The Feather Report: The Value of Observation

Hermit Thrush, rust tail bobbing - Male

By Rachel A. Powless Feather Reporter Photos by Carl Pascoe & Rachel A. Powless It has been a while since our last conversation yet our resident birds still continue on. And so, shall I. Back in the mid-nineties, an elder I met asked me what I knew of the Hermit Thrush. I indicated to the late Richard G. Green – I know that this bird is said to have the most beautiful voice throughout our woodlands. It is a species of thrush (the American Robin is part of this family) that has the ability to sing in harmony with its self. The notes are like a flute in a cathedral and within its syrinx or voice box where muscles, valves and membranes are located, the valves are split creating this…

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