brown back, rufous tail (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

Hermit Thrush
Catharus guttatus

Native Range: North America

Notes: one of several 'spot-breasted' thrushes that all look quite similar (others iinclude Swainson's, Gray-cheeked, and Veery); this species has moderate spotting on the upper breast, a thin white eye-ring, and rufous confined to the dorsal tail region; prefers brushy habitat and often flits its wings nervously while standing; flute-like song on breeding grounds.

frontal view; spotted upper breast (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

a touch of rufous on wings too (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

catching a drop of water (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

note light eye-ring, bicolored bill (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

posing for a portrait (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

a common posture, with tail cocked (Georgia, USA; 2011-12-21)