An amazing day at home

I am generally too clumsy to claim any real bird-stalking prowess. So I am grateful to God for the amazing experiences just outside my window.

Just yesterday, I had the delight of seeing a beautiful, very shy bird in my yard. I have always moved too fast to get a picture and scared it away. This time, I moved very slowly and raised my camera when it was turned away from me. This is the rest of the story:

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I did not realize the tail was reddish like this.

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In side profile, see the characteristic “mustache”

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In North Carolina, the season is also a cue: Hermit Thrush is the lone winter thrush (unless you count in the American Robin–but no ID difficulties there!!).

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And at last, the dapper front spots and streaks

Visits like this are a good reminder for keeping my bird bath clean and watered! 🙂

About birdsandbenjamin

I am a resident of the North Carolina foothills and visitor to the mountains who finds great joy in observing and living with one of man's best friends, birds! I have limited photographic equipment, only a Nikon L810 and a pair of binoculars (for long-distance images). Nonetheless, I hope you see the heart behind the images and enjoy the beauty of birds on this blog.
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