What’s Your Yard Bird of the Day II?


The song of the Hermit Thrush is the sound of a summer evening in Interior Alaska.

Hermit Thrush, Boise, Idaho, January 8

Hermit Thrush, Boise, Idaho, January 8

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.

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One thought on “What’s Your Yard Bird of the Day II?

  1. Not to knock the clear, lovely tones of a Hermit Thrush, but from your description, that song you heard is from a Swainson’s Thrush. To me, it’s the iconic sound of early summer in the boreal forest, one I fell in love with in my years in Fairbanks. Luckily, we have them in Juneau, too.

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