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Hermit Thrushes Still Singing

8-7-15  hermit thrush 101The woods have become relatively quiet in the last few weeks. A majority of songbirds have mated and nested, so there is no need to reinforce pair-bonding with song. However, some late nesters, including the Hermit Thrush, are still on eggs and the males are still singing.

The Hermit Thrush makes up for its rather drab appearance with its melodious, haunting, flute-like song. The Hermit Thrush’s song is similar to that of its close relative, the Wood Thrush, but it starts with a single, clear note which the Wood Thrush’s song lacks. The Hermit Thrush doesn’t sing during migration or on its wintering grounds, so we are now privilege to its last lyrical songs of the year. To hear a recording, go to (Sound recording © Lang Elliott – &

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4 responses

  1. Thanks for distinguishing between those two thrushes; I never knew about that first note!

    August 11, 2015 at 8:28 am

  2. Kathryn

    Probably my most favorite bird call. It truly is haunting.

    August 11, 2015 at 10:27 am

  3. Susan Holland

    Do you know if Swanson’s thrushes are still singing? We hear them in Ontario, but I am not sure what time of year??? In Washington we hear them in the spring….but I cannot remember when we hear them in Canada. (I’ll let you know in a week or so!)

    August 11, 2015 at 3:51 pm

  4. Kathie Fiveash

    That is the most beautiful recording of a hermit thrush I have ever heard. And hearing the white-throated sparrow off in the background brought me back to Isle au Haut – two of our signature birds. Now a few gulls crying, and a winter wren, and I would be in heaven.

    August 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm

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