Hermit Thrush, Catharus guttatus
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
How to attract the hermit thrush to your garden
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.
Migration of the Hermit thrush
This bird migrates at night. Birds that breed
here move south for the winter and birds farther up north move here for
Range of the Hermit thrush
Hermit thrush is found throughout California in moist shaded areas.
Habitat and plant community used by the Hermit
Nesting Habitats used by the Hermit thrush
The Hermit thrush nests in deep shade in small
trees or shrubs, often near the ground.
Diet of the Hermit thrush
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
Niche filled by the Hermit thrush
The Hermit thrush uses leaf litter and dense
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.