The song of the Hermit Thrush is the sound of a summer evening in Interior Alaska.
The ethereal, fluting song, spiraling up, haunts the boreal forest. Unlike other songbirds, the Hermit Thrush will sing most the night. So it was a special treat for WC to find a Hermit Thrush in his backyard Saturday, hanging out with the Dark-eyed Junco and Song Sparrows. The photo was taken in quite low light, at 9:30 in the morning. WC uses a Canon 1D-X, a camera that functions amazingly well at high ISO, in this case ISO6400. Of course, in Fairbanks right now, at 9:30 AM it is still an hour to sunrise. The whole “More birds and more light” thing seems to be working out pretty well.
And a single Hermit Thrush can compensate for an entire week of struggling with Boise’s auto traffic.
In just a few months – well, four months or so, hardly as much as a third of a year – this bird may be on its way to Fairbanks.