Jun 16 2017

The Most Beautiful Song on Earth

Published by at 7:15 am under Songbirds,Vocalizations

I used to think that the wood thrush had the best song of all North American birds until I stood on a trail in north central Michigan this week surrounded by singing hermit thrushes.  What a privilege to hear them!

If you’ve never experienced their ethereal song, don’t put off the experience for two decades as I did. Hermit thrushes (Catharus guttatus) nest on the ground in coniferous or mixed northern forests.  As our climate warms their preferred habitat will be disappear from the eastern U.S.  By 2050 their eastern breeding range will move north into Canada at Hudson Bay.

Listen now to the most beautiful song on earth.


(video of a hermit thrush in Maine by Wild Bird Videos by McElroy Productions on YouTube)

8 responses so far

8 Responses to “The Most Beautiful Song on Earth”

  1. Melissa Rohmon 16 Jun 2017 at 8:36 am

    So beautiful, but my favorite is the Veery. I had one sing not three feet from me at Crane Creek. Magical!

  2. Patricia Mundaon 16 Jun 2017 at 8:49 am

    What a beautiful sound.

  3. Peteron 16 Jun 2017 at 10:09 am

    It comes with its own echo!

  4. Nickie Wilkinsonon 16 Jun 2017 at 10:27 am

    Haunting ….

  5. kcon 16 Jun 2017 at 11:19 am

    I appreciate all the thrush songs. They are all magical. My favorite though is also the Veery’s song. I love the downward spiral and the complexity of multiple sounds at once. It’s like it’s harmonizing with itself, very cool.

  6. Robinon 16 Jun 2017 at 2:02 pm

    You can’t tell me that’s not language!

  7. Deeon 16 Jun 2017 at 5:05 pm

    A big thank you! I have wondered for years what bird sings that tune, I was googling it the other night trying to find it, to no avail. Wow, thank you!

  8. Helenon 17 Jun 2017 at 8:26 am

    Thank you so much. What a truly beautiful way to start my day.

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