Well, the hermit thrush next to my front door now has three eggs as of last
weekend, laying them each about one day apart. She is barely tolerant of my
peeking through the window, and will dart at my head on the few occasions I
open the door to get a better look. The young should appear any day now, though
I wonder if the hatching is staggered based on the fact she was, or seemed to
be, incubating with the first egg. The male stays close by, singing and
keeping watch, and this evening I sat on the deck, about 6 feet from her nest,
and watched the female leave the nest and posture for the male to feed her.
What great call notes, chucking and emitting a loud wheee note, all the while
flicking the tail up and down. They were unaware of my presence, me under a
towel, and so performed this dance barely a yard from my face.
I am attempting to let you all view a few photos, my son has led me to a
free photo album site.It is:
I still have yet to hear of a hermit nesting this close to a front door and
on a porch under a roof... let me know if you can view the photos.
As you might be able to see, the nest is on top of a used sunflower-design
seeded bird feeder, underneath a thermometer, next to a lazily un-removed
snowflake/Christmas light, adjacent to the main entrance to my home.
Thanks for viewing!
Jane Schlossberg, St. George, VT
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