Swainson's Thrush, White-crowned Sparrows and House Sparrows
Looking for sparrows in the community garden by the soccerfield on the SIT campus I was surprised to find this Swainson's Thrush on a low bush fattening up on wild purple berries, while passing through on its migration further south:
Most of the activity was behind the garden in the bushes and thickets bordering a little stream. The sparrows would dip in and out of the foliage, often announcing their presence only by the vigorous shaking of a branch. I did however manage to get a couple of photos of immature white-crowned sparrows:
These dark purplish blue berries with white frosting appear to be very popular with the birds. I have no idea what they are called, have tried to search for the name on Google Images without success . So if anybody reading this knows it please put your answer in the comments box.
Of course a day of birding can't pass without running across a Yellow-rumbed Warbler, here enjoying the morning sun:
Lastly I could not resist including this photo of some House Sparrows taking it easy in an window of an old horse barn: