Bird Watch: Hermit Thrush

By Brian M. Collins
Published: March 16, 2010
Hermit Thrush in April Snows
Photo by Brian M. Collins
As winter gives way to spring, southern states will say farewell to their hermit thrushes as these hearty, luxuriously feathered friends migrate north through the Great Plains amid surprise snowstorms and freezing rains. 

Viewed at a distance, the colors of the hermit thrush appear bland, but they tend to spring to life when viewed up close and through binoculars. The hermit thrush is the only thrush in North America with a boldly contrasting red tail, and the rusty red of the tail is often seen as this bird skulks along the forest floor in search of insect prey.
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