I once happened upon a Veery nest that was on the ground (hardwood
forest on Texas Hill in Hinesburg). The literature says that they nest
in low trees or shrubs but there was no mistaking that this was a Veery
on its nest under cover of a shrub.
On 7/24/2014 10:05 PM, Charlie La Rosa wrote:
> 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.
> Any thoughts?
> Charlie La Rosa
> Brattleboro, VT