I am writing because I realized the other morning that I have not heard one of my favorite sounds this spring, the flute-like call of the Wood Thrush in our woods. It has been part of our spring/summer experience for as long as I can recall since we moved here 19 years ago.
Observer: Catriona Sinclair, Buckhorn
(Note: This species has shown a significant decline across its breeding range since the mid-1960s, and it faces continuing degradation and destruction of its forest habitat on both its North American breeding grounds and Central American wintering grounds. Increased forest fragmentation on Wood Thrush’s breeding grounds results in higher rates of nest predation and cowbird brood parasitism, thereby decreasing reproductive success. D.M. Source: Audubon WatchList)