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melanie kelley

Gray, TN, United States


Last winter the Hermit Thrush could only be seen in the bird bath either at dawn or dusk. This year, it is coming in the daylight to dine on native winterberry. This means my habitat building efforts were worth all the hard work! I’ve filled the area between the neighbor’s woods and my house with dozens of native plants and shrubs. Placement of those shrubs gives easy cover to shy birds like this Hermit Thrush. He runs the 25 feet to the most heavily laden bush. There, he eats two berries then grabs and third and heads back to the downed logs at the edge of the woods.
Last year during these same two weeks every single berry was eaten by the bluebirds. This year, they still visit but apparently the berries were not yet just right for their liking.


Shy Friend

My shy friend comes to dine! Really, this is my reward for building habitat. Thank you YardMap for all the help!

2 replies on “Shy friend”

Lorraine S LaRose says:

Really pretty! They are shy…
Way to go…native shrubs do help bring them in. This needs an honorable mention at least for promoting natives!

Theresa Nickels says:

Great shot and wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it.

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