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March 26, 2011 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Hermit Thrush

The Hermit Thrush is a North American native that migrates south for the winter and north in the summer. It does not make its home in the Chicago area but does pass through during spring and autumn migration. If I’m lucky I’ll get to see one this month or next as they make their way back north for breeding season.

Hermit Thrush

They are ground foragers and can often be found kicking around in leaf litter. This little guy, or gal, I’m not sure which, was hopping around on the edge of my driveway in the back yard last spring. I rarely see them in the yard, and they never stay still, but I managed to get one decent shot from the back door before he flew away.

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  1. Leeswammes / Mar 26 2011 9:49 am

    It’s a beauty! And the picture worked really well with those colours.


    • Leslie / Mar 26 2011 10:26 am

      I got lucky … he paused for a moment on the driveway where there was some contrast and looked up at me. If he had stayed in the woodchips I wouldn’t have gotten a shot.


  2. Rebecca Rasmussen / Mar 26 2011 10:00 am

    What a cute one! Ah, spring!


    • Leslie / Mar 26 2011 10:26 am

      Spring can’t come soon enough. We had some warmth last week and now it’s cold again.


  3. Alyce / Mar 26 2011 10:48 am

    Aw! He looks so cute and curious – and like he’s looking right at you.


    • Leslie / Mar 26 2011 12:31 pm

      When I slowly opened the door he looked up.I only had a second or two to get the shot.


  4. Lee / Mar 26 2011 11:57 am

    Your timing on this shot was perfect. Great capture of this little bird’s expression.

    My March Madness snapshot is here.


    • Leslie / Mar 26 2011 12:32 pm

      It helps when the bird cooperates. Some of them just never stop moving.


  5. laurelrainsnow / Mar 26 2011 12:09 pm

    Capturing shots of birds takes patience, doesn’t it? This one looks amazing…thanks for stopping by my blog.


    • Leslie / Mar 26 2011 12:33 pm

      Lots and lots of patience. And some frustration too.


  6. Ellie / Mar 26 2011 1:04 pm

    Love photos of birds!

    You can see my snapshot HERE


  7. Trish / Mar 26 2011 3:58 pm

    What a camouflaged little bird he (or she?) is.


  8. Helen Murdoch / Mar 26 2011 6:14 pm

    Very cute!


  9. kadybug / Mar 26 2011 8:08 pm

    LOL I love the look on his face!


  10. Marie / Mar 27 2011 1:48 pm

    Great shot! Beautiful bird.


  11. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Mar 27 2011 6:43 pm

    I love your knowledge of all these beautiful creatures. Such a cutie.


  12. BermudaOnion / Mar 27 2011 8:43 pm

    Your posts always make me want to learn more about birds.


  13. Suko / Mar 28 2011 12:42 am

    What a cutie! Terrific photo, as usual!


  14. Bev@My Reader's Block / Mar 28 2011 9:54 am

    I love your bird picture. He doesn’t look too sure that he’s happy about having his picture taken. But he is handsome.

    I am running late this week, but here is mine if you’d like to take a peek:


  15. notjustlaura / Mar 29 2011 1:24 am

    What a cute little guy!



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