Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Hermit Thrush Blogging

Hermit Thrush & Privet Tree - Marin County  2012

The Cornell site says that the hermit thrush "forages on the forest floor by rummaging through leaf litter or seizing insects with its bill." However, the modern-day hermit thrushes in Marin County have gotten a new angle on things by doing a kind of hummingibird-like wing flutter and grabbing as many privet berries as they can.

Here's one in the rain . . . eyeballing the berries on the privet tree. Could it be that he's the only one to have discovered this trick? Unlikely.

Earlier photo, also in the rain, here.

Cornell description.

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