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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush, side view.

Hermit Thrush, back view.

A newly arrived Hermit Thrush was giving calls in the evening, here in NH, last night. We get lots of Hermit Thrushes, both migrating through and nesting, because we have the wooded habitat they like. The reddish tail of the Hermit Thrush is a great ID clue and helpful in telling it apart from other thrushes.
The songs of thrushes are one of the more beautiful bird sounds. Sometimes we will be serenaded in the evenings here by several Hermit Thrushes singing on territories, as well as a Wood Thrush. Hermit Thrushes breed in the Northeast, upper parts of the Midwest, much of the West and Canada. They winter along the Pacific Coast and much of the southern part of the country.


Kevin said...

Beautiful bird sound indeed, one of my favorites. Sometimes we can hear Hermit Thrush, Wood Thrush, and Veery singing in our yard on the same day.

P.S. I used to be terrible at recognizing bird songs and calls, but your CD set and lots of practice have made all the difference.

Anonymous said...

hi, was wondering if you have any idea about touching their babies. will they get abandoned?

Lillian Stokes said...

Touching baby birds will not cause abandonment as most birds do not have a well developed sense of smell, but one should not be touching baby birds unless it is necessary. Abandoned baby birds should be taken to a licensed bird rehabilitator as it is illegal to keep native birds.