Hermit Thrush on Christmas Bird Count

Dec 18, 2010 | Birding

What do you see when you get up at 5:00 am on a cold December morning and go birding? Today was the St. Paul Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Over 50 brave souls car pooled around St. Paul and suburbs counting everything that moved including Sparrows and Starlings.

While birding at a local Nature Center, we were given a report of a Hermit Thrush within our counting circle and we quickly headed north to a lake Owasso neighborhood.  After a few minutes watching a backyard, this little guy popped up to have his picture taken.

Note: Their winter range starts in southern Missouri and proceeds south, so he is a bit out of range for this time of year.  Must have found a great food source.


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