Swainson's Thrush, Catharus ustulatus
Nesting habitats used by the Swainson's Thrush
The Swainson's Thrush generally nests in willows or other riparian habitats.
Migration of the Swainson's Thrush
The Swainson's Thrush is a nocturnal migrant. At night this bird migrates up from Mexico and Central America in the summer. They just come to visit us in the summer.
Range of the Swainson's Thrush
The Swainson's Thrush is a summer visitor along the coast of California.
Habitat/plant communities used by the Swainson's Thrush
The Swainson's Thrush uses dense brushy areas along the coast of California. In the inland valleys it frequents oak woodlands as well as riparian pant communities.
Niche filled by the Swainson's Thrush
The Swainson's Thrush utilizes the organism rich leaf litter. This leaf litter is filled with all kinds of organisms that break down plant material. This includes spiders, worms, fungi, insects and many other creatures.
The Swainson's Thrush forages in the leaf litter for insects and spiders. They also glean them from shrubs. So make sure you have lots of mulch in your garden. It also helps retain moisture, and nutrients for your plants.
How to attract the Swainson's Thrush to your garden
They Swainson's Thrush enjoys Toyon berries as well as the cover it provides. Toyon is a large evergreen shrub with clusters of red berries. The Swainson's Thrush likes large and small shrubs for nesting and foraging as well as leaf litter for foraging. So don't rake up your leaf litter. It is a treasure trove of nutrition and organic matter.