Spring migration and the Townsend’s Solitaire: Bird watch with John Tschopp

Here in Pemberton Valley, spring migration is in full swing, reports John Tschopp.

The Yellow rumped Warblers move in waves. Purple Finches and White-crowned Sparrows sing all day long. The Swallows scout for a nest hole. Today a rare visitor was with the Robins in our yard. A Townsend’s Solitaire spent the afternoon with us. Earlier in the week I saw 3 Solitaires near Lillooet river. They must be migrating to the rocky nesting grounds at higher elevation. Solitaire is a bird of the thrush family and has the shape of a Robin.

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