I nearly stepped on a ground nest today in an open hardwood forest in
Washington, VT. A bird flew out from below a Christmas fern at my feet.
Thinking it might be an ovenbird, since I had heard one earlier in the day
in the vicinity, I pushed the frond aside to find the oven nest. Instead, I
found an open nest on the ground with two nestlings. At that point I
thought perhaps it was that of a hermit thrush since both birds look
similar in size and color when flying quickly away from you in the woods.
Charlie La Rosa