Date: 3/29/21 5:31 pm
From: Mag Tait <magtait1...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hermit Thrush
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> On Mar 29, 2021, at 12:34 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> wrote:
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> I was once told by our founder and former admin, Bruce Bowman, that summer is the only season where we don't have Hermit Thrushes in Southeast Michigan.
> They regularly overwinter in small numbers in our area, even in the UP, and also are common spring and fall migrants. The do breed in the Northern Lower Peninsula, and farther north. I have heard them singing their haunting song in Kirtland's Warbler territory, during the season.
> How fun that you had one wintering in your yard! Congrats,
> Juliet Berger
> Washtenaw Audubon
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>> On Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 11:09 AM Patricia Burden <tallerpat526...> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> We have had a Hermit Thrush in and around our feeding station since
>> the 1st of March. it generally visits our heated birdbath, but will
>> often feed on the ground under the suet feeders. We have a decent
>> sized brush piler in the middle of our feeding area and when the
>> weather was inclement, it often took refuge down inside it. At first I
>> didn't think much of it because I know they are one of the few
>> thrushes to be around past summer, however, I know I have also been
>> birding on days when they are moving through during migration. So I am
>> wondering, is this bird more likely to be an early migrant or one that
>> has over wintered here?
>> Pat Burden
>> Melvin & Yale, MI
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