My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Hermit Thrush, Catharus guttatus

The Hermit Thrush is another species of bird known more for its song than a flamboyant appearance. The Hermit Thrush’s song is ethereal and flute-like, consisting of a beginning note, then several descending musical phrases in a minor key, repeated at different pitches. They often sing from a high open location.

The song of the Hermit Thrush is audible in the “Garden” stage of Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii.

A slightly altered song of the Hermit Thrush was used for the Mockingjay’s song in the early scenes of the Hunger Games film. The Hermit Thrush’s song, as well as the House Wren and Mourning Warbler are all very common in modern-day media.

Their breeding habitat is coniferous or mixed woods across Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern and western United States. They make a cup nest on the ground or relatively low in a tree.

Hermit Thrushes migrate to wintering grounds in the southern United States and south to Central America but some remain in northern coastal US states and southern Ontario. Although they usually only breed in forests, Hermit Thrushes will sometimes winter in parks and wooded suburban neighborhoods.

They forage on the forest floor, also in trees or shrubs, mainly eating insects and berries.

On to the photos.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

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Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

This is number twelve in my photo life list, only 338 to go!

That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!

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5 responses

  1. Northern Narratives

    I love to watch a bird sing.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:38 am

    • As do I. One of the days I hope to be able to “go pro” so that I can post videos, and birds singing will be one of my favorite subjects when I do.

      January 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  2. It is so wonderful that you are creating this birding photo journal with information on each species. At this rate you can start running your own birding/photography tours as an expert!

    January 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    • Hardly, besides, then I would have to find them, I prefer to let them come to me. Works much better that way.

      January 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    • Oh, but thank you for the thought.

      January 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm