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Nancy Curry — June 29, 12:00AM

Is it possible I saw a curve billed thrasher in Spokane Intn'l Airport

Yesterday, June 27, 2017 just about noon, while I was driving north on McFarland Road to Hwy. 2 (Airway Heights) coming from Cheney, as I was driving along the west side of the Spokane International Airport I observed what appeared to be a curved billed thrasher fly across the road in front of me and light on a fence to my right. It was large like a thrasher, brown, and had a de-curved beak and long tail. The habitat was open grassland, though there were some old trees in the area that looked like they may have been planted at one time by a house. Would they be in this area, Spokane County, Washington?

Curtis Mahon — June 29, 02:23AM

Hi Nancy,
It would be highly unlikely for a Curve-Billed Thrasher to be in the Spokane area. There are Sage Thrashers in nearby Lincoln county, but they have never been reported in Spokane county yet. Could it have been a Northern Flicker? They are extremely common, plus they are large, brown and have a bill which can appear to be down curved. If not, then this is certainly something that should be looked into more.

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Nancy Curry — June 29, 05:51PM

No, it wasn't a flicker. I may run out that way again, see if I can see anything.

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Nancy Curry — June 29, 07:01PM

I made a mistake on road name. It was on Hayford Road, east side of road South of McFarland Road. I drove out there again. Very heavy traffic along that section of road but I was able to pull off on the west side of road. No sighting of the bird today. I know there is very little chance it was a curved billed thrasher but that is what the image said to me when I saw it.

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Curtis Mahon — July 20, 09:07PM

Interestingly, a curve billed thrasher was seen in British Columbia on July 7th. This means that it actually would be possible for you to have seen this same bird in Spokane on June 29th. It is still unlikely, but with this sighting it is a lot more likely. I should be able to find a link to the sighting. Wouldn't it be awesome if you actually saw this same bird on it's way north to BC!


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