This small and inconspicuous bird has a very conspicuous song. It is said to be one of the most beautiful songs. The Hermit thrush is quite cute and has a way of flicking its wings and tail nervously.
The Hermit Thrush will come to your garden if you have an abundance of food. They like Toyon, a large evergreen bush with red berries. This bush provides leaf litter, cover as well as a source of berries. Holly leaf cherry is also popular with the Hermit thrush. It is also evergreen and has very large attractive berries.
This bird migrates at night. Birds that breed here move south for the winter and birds farther up north move here for the winter.
The Hermit thrush is found throughout California in moist shaded areas.
The Hermit thrush nests in deep shade in small trees or shrubs, often near the ground.
The Hermit thrush feeds on insects, spiders, and worms found in the leaf litter. It forages in leaf litter with its bill. It also eats berries, fruits and seeds which it picks while hovering.
The Hermit thrush uses leaf litter and dense shrubbery.
If you want ground foraging birds you probably should not have a cat. I love cats but cats love birds. It is just one of those facts of nature.
Hermit thrushes as well as many other birds thrive on the creatures in the leaf litter so don't rake it up. The leaf litter helps to keep your soil and in turn your plants healthy. It also helps keep the soil moist. Your garden can still look neat and managed with leaf litter. Just allow it to build up in the beds and if you must you can rake the paths. This makes it look a little more formal. See the picture of the garden path above.