Bay Nature magazineWinter 2023

Art and Design

Naturalist’s Notebook: Thrush Henge

Your local birds: a sort of calendar.

January 3, 2023
Thrushes are ground-feeding birds that you can use to mark the seasons.
In the winter, we welcome back varied thrushes, which were summering in deep northern forests.
In winter we also say goodbye to Swainson's Thrushes, which are headed south to warmer climes.
We also welcome back hermit thrushes, which fly our way from across Canada, Alaka and the Rocky Mountains. Some of them keep going down to Mexico.
About the Author

Naturalist and illustrator John Muir Laws is the author of the Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada and Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide. Learn more and find class schedules at