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Swainson's Thrush

SWAINSON'S THRUSH (Catharus ustulatus) [Russet-backed Thrush]



1907 San Clemente Island:Hylocichla ustulata. Russet-backed Thrush. Common in the larger canyons in October.” [“Visits were made to Clemente in January, February, March, April and October, 1907.”]
Linton, C. B. Notes from San Clemente Island The Condor 10:82-86, March 1908

San Clemente Island C. B. Linton KU October 12, 1907 KU-26036 Catharus ustulatus Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ October 12, 1907 MCZ-316984 Catharus ustulatus Birds


1897 Santa Barbara Island:Turdus ustulus—Russet-backed Thrush. Three seen and one specimen, an adult female, taken on May 16. They were on the east side of theisland near camp. Probably migrants...The party consisted of Joseph Grinnell, who had immediate charge of the expedition, and gave special attention to the ornithology and entomology of the islands; Horace Gaylord, who collected mammals; and Harry Gaylord and James Brittan [Britton] who devoted their time to archaeology. The party left San Pedro harbor May 11 in a large fishing schooner... [returning June 9, 1897]”
Grinnell, Joseph The Islands of Santa Barbara, San Nicolas and San Clemente, in the Spring of 1897 Pasadena Academy of Sciences Publication No. 1, August, 1897 (26 pages).


1907 Santa Cruz Island:Hylocichla ustulata ustulata. Russet-backed Thrush. One secured.” [“At 11:30 p. m., November 19, 1907, my father (H. Linton), Mr. George Willett, and myself left San Pedro harbor in a dilapidated fishing smack and in company with a crawfisherman, one “Cold-foot” Jorgensen. We arrived off the south end of Santa Cruz Island at 10:30 the following day during a stiff norwester. For various reasons we were unable to make camp until the 22nd. It may not be amiss to state here that twice during the blow we were nearly wrecked: once while at anchor in Potatoe Harbor, a broken anchor allowing the boat to drift within the breaker line and nearly onto the rocks. In this instance the timely arrival of Willett and H. Linton in a small boat, saved the day, and incidentally the fishing smack. At another time (the engine having broken down) we were blown nearly onto the rocks of Anacapa Island; but with father at the wheel and Willett and I on the “sheet” we managed to hold her off. I mention the foregoing, and the many sleepless nights spent on the rocky shores, “running” the surf several times each day (with attendant duckings), etc., merely as a warning to those who seem inclined to believe a field naturalist’s life “strewn with roses”. (Its ’ generally strewn with cacti!)”]
Linton, C. B.
Notes from Santa Cruz Island] The Condor 10(3):124-129, May 1908


1927 Santa Rosa Island:Hylocichla ustulata. Russet-backed Thrush. [J. R.] Pemberton saw two birds on April 3 and, except for a few tail feathers, was unsuccessful in collecting one of them. They were seen in deep canyon oak brush and positively identified.” [“Through the generosity of Mr. Silsby M. Spalding who placed at our disposal his splendid cruiser Padariva I the writer accompanied by H. W. Carriger, Dudley DeGroot and 0. W. Howard was enabled to spend the period from March 25 to April 5, 1927, inclusive, among the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California.”]
Pemberton, J. R. Additions to the known avifauna of the Santa Barbara Islands The Condor 30(2):144-148, March-April 1928