We have a different species of thrush that spends much of the year in our backyard. They seem to prefer running across the ground rather than flying but they can soar to the top of the trees with the rest of our resident birds. They provide a lovely musical song but can be a bit elusive.
What makes the russet backed thrush unusual among other thrushes is the tawny eye-ring and cheeks. These birds have a wide range. They breed where it’s cooler in the summertime – the forests of Alaska, Canada, California, Michigan, West Virginia, New York and Maine. They spend their winters in an area that ranges from Mexico down into South America.
This wonderful Agassiz bird drawing is almost 100 years old. I removed a bit of discoloration and brightened it up for you. Other than that, I pretty much left it as I found it. Hopefully, someone will add this russet backed thrush drawing to their art, scrapbooking or other project and share it with all of us to see.
Like all of Fuertes work, this bird image is in the public domain and ready to be used in your own projects. It was included in the 1918 work The Book of Birds, Common Birds of Town and Country by Henshaw.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.