Date: 3/6/18 8:10 am From: john polo <jpolo...> Subject: [obol] Hermit Thrush foraging behavior
Last Friday, I saw a Hermit Thrush in our tiny yard. I had seen a HETH several times in late December and part of January. It was taking fruit off of a bush that I don't recognize and most of the bush was picked clean where I could see it, so I figured I wouldn't see the bird much any more.
When the bird was in the yard this past Friday, it was down on the ground, apparently foraging. It was the first time I saw it move to the ground of all its visits (I'm assuming it was the same bird I saw couple of months ago). While it was searching, I noticed its legs shivering. I was close, I was just on the other side of a glass door to the yard, and could see the bird quite well. It was just the legs shaking pretty violently and I was surprised that a bird would be that cold in weather that was about 44 degrees. I've seen juncos and thrushes in snow and never shake at all. It was just in the legs.
Anyway, I thought this was pretty interesting and figured I'd share this. I suppose I don't get to watch thrushes just act "normal", since my situation Friday was akin to being in a blind (already being in place and able to observe the bird as it moved about its business), instead of the usual pish and the bird shows up for a minute to check the disturbance and then runs off and hides.