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Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus

Common and ubiquitous in western counties, especially at low to moderate elevations but occurring right up to Cascade crest. Found in all forested regions as well as residential areas and wooded parks with sufficient brush; particularly associated with thickets of salmonberry and other native shrubs. Some BBA records from marginal urban habitat may represent migrants, since species moves well into June and begins fall dispersal before August. Fairly common in Kittitas County at moderate and high elevations, preferring moist forests generally above those occupied by Veery but with substantial overlap. Absent from agricultural lands of Kittitas Valley and from shrub-steppe.