Posts tagged: hermit thrush

Our Summer’s First Hermit Thrush

By , May 9, 2011

This morning, Michelle and i sat at the table, enjoying a morning hot drink and gazing out the window. We noticed a newcomer to the front yard, a fairly non-descript bird that had a longer tail than our other recently returned songbirds. With binoculars, we “chased” it around as it flitted from cover to cover in the windbreak. Finally, it stopped briefly in a clear space, facing the cabin. We still didn’t make a positive identification, but I’m pretty sure it’s a thrush, possibly a Swainson’s, but probably my favorite, the hermit thrush.

We’ve been expecting their arrival somewhat, but I guess I’ve been thinking of them as coming later in the season. Now, looking back to last year’s posts on the blog and our wildlife journal, I see it’s right on time, if not, perhaps, a bit late.

I feel like the host of a party who has been waiting for a particularly important guest to arrive. We’ve greeted each seasonal return gladly, but the most anticipated arrival among the songbirds, for me, is the hermit thrush. Any time now, our mornings and evenings will be further sweetened by their song. Everyone’s here, the summer can begin.


A Shy Summer Neighbor: the Hermit Thrush

By , May 7, 2010

Last year at this season, I stood in the dooryard, getting some fresh air and checking the weather. A small songbird ran around on the far edge of our quickly-reviving rhubarb patch, foraging for breakfast. To my surprise, it started singing as it scurried over the ground. I had understood that songbirds begin their mornings by singing for a few hours to re-establish their territory, then they fall silent while foraging. This bird whistled while he worked! What pleased me most is that it was a hermit thrush. Continue reading 'A Shy Summer Neighbor: the Hermit Thrush'»

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