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Monday, May 16, 2016

Bird's nest with blue eggs

Hi, I spend a lot of time out in the woods in the spring banding woodcock chicks. My setter pointed this ground nest the other day and I would like help identifying the owner. I saw a small dusky brown bird walk away from the area but not sure want it was. My dog has pointed more than one Thrush nest and the eggs are white and she is a larger bird than the one I observed. This was a very clever nest placement and had my dog not pointed out I would never found it. These eggs were blue and I didn't see any specks on them. I have attached pictures. Thank you, Judy

The Hermit Thrush is a small brown bird on the head and back, with a reddish tail. The underparts are pale with distinct spots on the throat and smudged spots on the breast.

Nest Description from https://www.allaboutbirds.org/Hermit_Thrush
The female builds the nest from grass, leaves, pine needles, and bits of wood, with mud and lichen around the outside. It is often on the ground, in a natural hollow and well hidden by overhanging branches or surrounding low vegetation. She lines the nest with finer plant materials and willow catkins. The finished nest is 4–6 inches across, and the cup is 2–3 inches wide and 1–2 inches deep. The female takes 7–10 days to build the nest.

Eggs
3-5 eggs are common. Pale blue or greenish blue, occasionally flecked with brown or black. Incubation is by female, about 12 days.

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