Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Bird and the Beach

We recently added dried meal worms to the fare that we offer to the birds on the back deck, hoping to attract a few different varieties.  A few days ago, this little guy/gal showed up.  We're pretty sure it's a Hermit Thrush based on it's reddish tail.
An unassuming bird with a lovely, melancholy song, the Hermit Thrush lurks in the understories of far northern forests in summer and is a frequent winter companion across much of the country. It forages on the forest floor by rummaging through leaf litter or seizing insects with its bill. The Hermit Thrush has a rich brown upper body and smudged spots on the breast, with a reddish tail that sets it apart from similar species in its genus.
We also chose to go to the beach, despite the glowering sky and the wind.  On the way to the beach, it decided to begin to rain, and so our walk was rather short and cold:

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