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Small brown bird, about three to four inches long. "The Hermit Thrush has the white-dark-white underwing pattern characteristic of Catharus thrushes. Adults are mainly brown on the upperparts, with reddish tails. The underparts are white with dark spots on the breast and grey or brownish flanks. They have pink legs and a white eye ring. Birds in the east are more olive-brown on the upperparts; western birds are more grey-brown."
I always see these birds in the shrubbery outside the window. The cats catch them often because they're always low to the ground and not very fast moving. :( "Their breeding habitat is coniferous or mixed woods across Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern and western United States. They make a cup nest on the ground or relatively low in a tree. Hermit Thrushes migrate to wintering grounds in the southern United States and south to Central America but some remain in northern coastal US states and southern Ontario. Although they usually only breed in forests, Hermit Thrushes will sometimes winter in parks and wooded suburban neighbourhoods. They are very rare vagrants to western Europe. It has also occurred as a vagrant in northeast Asia. They forage on the forest floor, also in trees or shrubs, mainly eating insects and berries."
At first, I thought it might have been a brown creeper and then a house wren -- thanks to some help in ID, I'm pretty sure it's a Hermit Thrush. Plus, the music it makes sounds just like the songs we hear in summer time. So eerie! Their songs are like something out of a storybook, completely magical. The poor bird flew into the window and hit the ground. I picked him up and he wasn't moving at first. Then he stood up, and I was able to hold him in my hands. He pooped in my hand, twice! lol and then he flew away. You can see that his eye is bleeding; I hope the little guy healed quickly.