Friday, March 22, 2013

South Burlington Birds: Hermit Thrush photos

The Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttaus) is the official state bird of Vermont. Its musical
flute-like song is one of the most beautiful of any North American bird,
earning it the nickname American nightingale. -Vermont Fish & Wildlife.

           Vermont's Bird Beauty Queen: Hermit Thrush.


     Photo record of our backyard Hermit Thrush visitor(s)March-April 2013 

            March 14, 2013
                                     After 2 days of camera shy visits,
                             HT posed briefly.

                     H.T. visited our S.B. VT backyard again on
                3/19 at 11:39 and 3:28, but allowed no photos.

                             Than on 3/22 H.T. honored us in South Burlington, Vt
                      at 11:27, and 2:31,
                       though still a bit camera shy.

                                            However at about 3:00 on 3/22,
                               persevernce paid off with six photos below.


                                                    Paparazzi will you please go away!



                                               Which one is the HT and which is the oak leaf?                            

                                                                                           Can't a gal get a little privacy these days?

                                                        Rock Paper Scissors
                                                             You win; take a photo and be done with it.

It is a few weeks early for Hermit Thrushes, but once they arrive they are fairly common in wooded areas not far from Burlington. I have seen several at the Catamount Family Center in Williston, for example. HT migrate, but not far-southern states, generally. However, as insectivores they will struggle to find enough food in Vermont at this time of year. This bird is probably just passing through on the way to more forested habitat nearby. I have occasionally had them in the yard, but just transiently.  +Bruce MacPherson, Green Mountain Audubon
GMAS Web site.
GMAS newsletter.

 The star offered a backstage pass for more photos at about 4:30pm (3/22/2013).

Guess our Hermit Thrush visitor likes the food.
 Back for more on 3/23/2013, 5:17PM

Mar 24, 6pm

March 25 Two visits but no photos. 3:45pm, and 5:19pm.

March 26, I spotted Mrs. Thrush at
8:53AM, 10:42AM, 11:10AM, 2:55PM

 March 27, 2:53PM (Video)

March 28, 3:04PM

March 29, 9:49, 11:00, 12:58, 2:14, 4:48. 
  HT must have been particularly hungry today.
  And it likes peanut pieces.

                     March 30  12:50, 2:00, 2:40, 5:23

March 31, 2:32, 5:05, 6:19, 6:41.
Though we have only seen a single Hermit Thrush each time, we suspect a pair are visiting us one at a time. 

April 1, 11:07, 12:29, 3:24 sightings.

April 2, 8:37, 10:35, 11:12, 12:07, 12:57, 2:15, 2:49....sightings
Note the errant white feather.

                                                      Pardon me while I take a drink

All refreshed

                                                 Im going to dive into the water fountain.

                                            This is it, I am really going to do it, diving in...

Don't try this at home kids
Don't pay any attention to that bird behind the curtain.
This here is a Hermit Thrush exhibit so Mr. woodpecker,
and you Miss swan, don't be trying to steal the show.

Never mind the Hermit Thrush,
did you see the size of that Cardinal?

Don't you worry I got your back covered. 
Today (April 2)  at our feeders we see, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Mourning Doves, White Throated Sparrow, Brown Creeper, Goldfinches, Juncos, Titmouse, Robins, House Finches, (all regular visitors) and a more sparse visitor-an American Tree Sparrow. On March 30 in single visit many, many Bohemian Waxwings invaded the crabapple tree. Guess the berries are ripe!

April 2 Hermit Thrush visits: 8:37am, 10:35am, 11:12am, 12:07pm, 12:57pm, 2:15pm, 2:49pm,

More visits by Hermit Thrush to our backyard on
April 4: 9:42am, 3:59pm
April 5: 10:31am
April 6: 10:05am, 11:11am, 12:38pm, 2:12pm, 6:16pm.
April 8: 9:56am, 4:21pm, 5:15pm.
April 10: 12:05
April 11: 10:39, 12:07, 1:49, 4:49
April 12: 11:46, 1:36, 2:55
April 13,: 10:13
April 14: 12:58, 2:14, 3:57
April 16: 3:31, 4:51
April 17: 1:59
April 18: 11:23
April 19: 1:54
April 20: 10:09, 1:55, 2:36, 3:48, 4:16
April 21: 10:30, 11:06, 1:09
April 22 10:19
April 24: 9:55, 11:08
April 26: 3:12

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