Tuesday, May 18, 2010
When I looked to identify the bird, it became clear that we'd just had a close encounter of the Wood Thrush kind. Today, when I approached the same spot, I peeked and saw that there are now three eggs. They are a darker and more vibrant blue-green than Robin's eggs, a bird that most don't realize is also one of the Thrushes. Just click on the title above and it is a link (To Cornell's Ornithology Lab...a superb resource for anyone interested in birds, btw) where you can click on a button and hear the melodious call of the Wood Thrush and I am guessing you will say: "Oh, THAT'S what that bird is." Because--if you have spent any time in the hardwood forests of North America--it will sound very familiar.
Here is yet another member of the forest fauna that relies on superb camouflage to survive. Today, when I approached her nest, this thrush held tight until I was just a few feet away and she was utterly invisible. My ''bird dogs" have gone right on by about once a day for as long as her nest has been there, a testament to how perfectly she is situated.