Townsend’s Solitaire

Myadestes townsendi

This relatively long-staying Townsend’s Solitaire in St. John’s during winter 2005 was the fifth record of this western species in Newfoundland.
– Photo: Bruce Mactavish (February, 2005)


This relatively long-staying Townsend’s Solitaire in St. John’s during winter 2005 was the fifth record of this western species in Newfoundland.
– Photo: Bruce Mactavish (February 3, 2005)

Status: Rare (Less than annual)

Origins: Breeds across western Canada and the United States north to Alaska, with a winter range extending well into Mexico. While rare east of the Rockies, it has occurred across the continent.

Record Details: Six records for Newfoundland: (1) St. John’s (Lower Rennies River), November 24 1983 – January 9, 1984; (2) Cape St Francis in the 1980’s (details missing); (3) Cape Spear, October 1989; (4) St. John’s (Shea Heights), January 20, 2002; (5) St, John’s, February  2 – March 21, 2005; and (6) Salvage, December 13, 2014.

There was an unconfirmed report from Corner Brook in fall 1989.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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One thought on “Townsend’s Solitaire

  1. I just saw a Townsend’s solitaire in my yard. I’m in southern Quebec . I was able to watch it for many minutes as it perched on several trees and flew down to the ground in search of insects. At first I thought it was our returning catbird as it was grey above and below. But it had no cap, sharply marked wings and an eye ring. I wish I had had my camera.

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