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Townsend's solitaire        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Townsend's solitaires are interesting (if a bit plain) thrushes that breed high in western mountains.   They are easily identified by their slim profile, gray plumage with buffy wingbars (not easily visible here) and small white eye-rings.   These were photographed at McGee Creek in the eastern Sierra Nevada, near Palm Desert, and in Pacific Grove all in California.

  • Canon 10D, 7D2, or R7; 500 mm f4 IS lens + 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2005, 2015, 201, 2022)