The Sublime Beauty of Spring Twilight & Melancholy Song of the Hermit Thrush…

Swollen Buds of Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Mohawk’ in Silhouette Against the Sublime Beauty of Spring Twilight

The melancholy song of the hermit thrush —rising and falling; a flute amongst the hemlock boughs of moody twilight— is a sound I eagerly anticipate each spring. As soon as winter’s ice begins to recede and the scent of warm earth bubbles up from melting snow, I begin to long for the thrush’s familiar trill in the forest.

If you know the sweet sadness expressed by this shy, cinnamon-colored bird, you will likely agree that it’s near impossible to describe. And yet, to me, the song of the hermit thrush captures the fleeting beauty of time better than words could ever express. Summer is coming, and every year the seasons seem to pass quicker; racing forward like a fast moving stream, strewn with springtime petals and chased by musky autumn leaves.

The Sound of April Twilight: Click Here to Listen to the Hermit Thrush’s Song & Explore Other Birdsong at Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Interactive Website

Travel back to a previous post on woodland wildflowers, songbirds and the ephemeral beauty of springtime, by clicking here.

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3 Replies to “The Sublime Beauty of Spring Twilight & Melancholy Song of the Hermit Thrush…”

  1. John

    Thanks for the heads up about the hermit thrush. That sent me searching YouTube for videos with vocalizations. Which led to more exploring than intended, as usual.

  2. Michaela

    Hi John, I hope you found some interesting entertainment. I never thought to look up songbirds on YouTube. Great idea. The hermit thrush has such a beautiful song! Enjoy the symphony! Michaela

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