Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hermit Thrush

I am linking up with World Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

Sunday morning hubby and I drove around to the other side of the reservoir to hike on a different trail and to see the lake from another shore.

For me hiking and birding go well together. I am also on the lookout for anything that moves, LOL!  On this day we watched a large group of Juncos on the fireroad in front of us. They must have found something good to eat. From the fireroad we took a smaller trail down to the lake shore. It was here I found the Hermit Thrush sitting on a log watching us. I was able to snap off two shots before it flew away.


The Hermit Thrush breeds in boreal and high elevation coniferous and mixed wood forest. It forages n the ground for insects and berries. It is the only Catharus that winters north of Mexico. The reason why I am seeing them here during the winter in Maryland. They have spots on their chest and an eye ring. I think they are very similar to the Ovenbird that breeds here at the reservoir. I think they are pretty birds.

Of course it didn't like me taking its photo and took off for parts unknown.

During our hike to the lake we saw a group of Canada Geese and some unknown ducks. 
One of my favorite sightings of the day (but no photo) was seeing two Brown Creepers along with a White Breasted Nuthatch in the same tree. Other birds along the hike were Titmouse and Carolina Chickadees.

I will end my birdie post with one of my birdcam shots of two White Breasted Nuthatches and a Goldfinch.

To see more wonderful birds please visit World Bird Wednesday and Natures Notes .  Thanks to Springman the host of World Bird Wednesday and to Michelle the host of Nature Notes.

Thank you also for stopping by to see my post and birds. I hope the rest of the week is great and Happy Birding.

42 comments:

  1. sweet little nuthatch caught by your birdcam!

    lovely thrush! looks a lot like their robin cousins...

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  2. Looks like you had a successful weekend finding birds and getting some close-ups of them.

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  3. Lovely thrush.

    I saw its cousin a few days back in the jungle.

    The disappeared when my camera was ready.

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  4. very nice photos, I haven't seen a thrush in so long now (or so it seems)

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  5. lovely shot of the thrush...my favorite is the top one, what fun to have a bird feeder cam.

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  6. That Hermit Thrush is so adorable. I love it's fat little breast! I've had a terrible time trying to take a picture or two of birds visiting my yard, it's like they know just when the shutter is going to go off!

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  7. Hi Eileen, what a cute little sweetie that thrush is! I don;t think I have ever seen one. Beautiful collection of pictures, as usual! Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

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  8. I imagine that this little Hermit Thrush would be difficult to snap. They don't stay in one place to long:) Cute little bird.

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  9. Those Hermit Thrushes are so sweet aren't they Eileen? Nice shots of that little cutie!

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  10. That's a great shot of the Hermit Thrush! Those small birds can be difficult to photograph.

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  11. Sounds and looks like you had a great hike and the perfect opportunity to do some birding.

    The Thrush seems to be like my Nuthatches, you have to be quick in order to get a good photo.

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  12. That's a real Beauty you got there!
    Would love to do a real hike again too... :)

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  13. Great photos and the hike sounds good. The Hermit thrush is beautiful.

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  14. Hi there - nice post. You don’t always have to get a picture to enjoy the birds - and that’s something I should remember the next time I'm out!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  15. Love that little Thrush -- reminds me of the wrens that come in the spring! :)

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  16. Lovely little bird...they are just so camera shy! Good job catching it before it caught you catching it! Have a great day!

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  17. I have never heard of a Hermit Thrush before! I love the look of your birds . . . most so different to our UK ones. I have just returned from my first transatlantic trip (NY and Philadelphia). Had a great time, but sadly failed to see a Red Cardinal!

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  18. he's a puffed up beauty. He reminds me of birds that kids draw.

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  19. You did well to get those shots of the thrush Eileen. They are not called "Hermit" for nothing - i guess they like to hide away from view.

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  20. Nice capture of the Hermit Thrush!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  21. The hermit thrush is a little beauty. You get such good shots of the birds.

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  22. haha...I also photograph anything that moves. Great shots of the wee ones, they are just so cute.

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  23. I love those first 2 shots, Eileen! Such a sweet little bird.

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  24. Sweet pictures - I love watching birds, but am not good at getting their photographs. thanks for sharing...

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  25. Great catch on that shy little bird..I love seeing the creepers and the nutties...Love them..have a great week Eileen...Michelle

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  26. that´s a beautiful little Hermit Trush. You did get two good shots before it left. Not bad. :)

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  27. You have some wonderful birds.. many thanks for sharing them.

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  28. Cute little thrush. They so breed as far north as Alaska, but are listed as uncommon in Central Alaska, although we do get other thrushes here.

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  29. The hermit thrush is very cute!

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  30. That little Thrush is very cute, great shot.

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  31. I agree with your feelings about hiking and birding going together...the reason I rarely use my tripod. Nice sitings :)

    Happy Hiking!

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  32. The little thrush posed nicely for no longer than he stayed. :)
    Nice shot Eileen!
    Your birdcam shows you appear to have a woodland area behind you - perfect for attacting these beauties to your deck.

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  33. cute little birdie. mine is a sulphur-crested cockatoo.

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  34. Lovely post, Eileen! The first photo is so sweet:)

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  35. Very pretty thrush, Eileen. We rarely see one down here in South Florida.

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  36. Thanks for teaching us about the cute little thrush. I don't know if I've ever seen one.

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  37. The Hermit Thrush is one of my favorite birds. I love their song in the spring. Nice post, Eileen.

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  38. As always...your photos are wonderful. Look at the bird, just look at that precious face.

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  39. I love the Hermit Thrush and the fact that you caught him just as he was spreading his wings to take flight is very neat.

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  40. love the little hermit thrush! especially the action shot!

    and the birdcam...oh yeah...the cam...i have to remember to mention that to sam!

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