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:

TexWisGirl said...

sweet little nuthatch caught by your birdcam!

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

AVCr8teur said...

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

rainfield61 said...

Lovely thrush.

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

The disappeared when my camera was ready.

Dan Huber said...

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

Island Rambles Blog said...

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

Leslie's Garden said...

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!

wildlifewatcher said...

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!

Kerri said...

The thrush is lovely!

Rohrerbot said...

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

Larry said...

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

heyBJK said...

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

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

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.

NicoleB said...

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

mick said...

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

Stewart M said...

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

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

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

Linda said...

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

Caroline Gill said...

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!

diane b said...

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

Phil said...

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.

Gary said...

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

Carver said...

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

Debbie said...

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

Liz said...

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

Mary said...

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

Rambling Woods said...

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

NatureFootstep said...

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

Andrew Fulton said...

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

Elaine said...

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.

EG Wow said...

The hermit thrush is very cute!

Gillian Olson said...

That little Thrush is very cute, great shot.

Tammy said...

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

Happy Hiking!

Carletta said...

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.

bailey-road.com said...

Nice shot of that Hermit Thrush!

Cher said...

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

joo said...

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

NewMexiKen said...

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

Leora said...

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

Hilke Breder said...

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

jewaicious said...

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

Celeste said...

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.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

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!