I heard my first-of-the-year (FOY) Hermit Thrush during my rainy walk along the creek corridor this morning. I’ll admit now that their screy call used to really trip me up when I was a novice birder. In fact, there were three somewhat similar bird calls I would get mixed up this time of year: Hermit Thrush, Eastern Towhee, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Here are their calls:
I think most intermediate birders can pick out Yellow-bellied Sapsucker with relative ease, but I’ve witnessed even experienced birders confuse Hermit Thrush with Eastern Towhee. And, as Nature is often so inclined, there exists call variation to raise the identification challenge.
Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Apr 6, 2016 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM
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