Prettiest NH Bird Song? The Elusive Wood Thrush
Such a bold statement to make in the middle of spring with so many great bird songs to listen to in The Granite State right now. The Wood Thrush has them all beat!
I could write about this speckled passerine for pages and pages but content regulations will only allow 250 words so that will have to suffice.
They're a difficult bird to see but easy to hear and especially now because it's their mating season. Males will sing at all hours of the day this time of year.
Their call is so beautifully inconsistent, yet with a consistent higher pitched bland whistle at the end of it. It's this whistle at the end though that I'm thankful for because that's the sound that I pick up on. Its such a great signal among the din of cardinals and robins.
Notice something about the YouTube video? It has great footage, yet, the thrush is still behind a twig or a leaf everytime, THEN, it bolts.
They're really tricky like that. HOWEVER, I've discovered a trick of my own that draws them closer than I've ever seen.
If you think you hear that hypnotic whistling somewhere close to the woods. Enter 'wood thrush call' into your search engine and play your mobile device as loud as possible in the direction of the noise.
Within a few seconds, I guarantee you'll see the speckled chest of the wood thrush flutter in, it'll sing once, maybe twice, then GONE.
But even though it'll be back out of site, it'll continue singing for hours. And you'll never hear the same notes in a row the whole time.