During the fall, as the various berries started to ripen, I spotted quite a few birds feasting on them!
This hermit thrush was huge surprise when I noticed it at the Justin Bieber Lookout Point!
Hermit thrushes are usually quite shy around humans, but not this one.
Birds in the thrush family include American Robins, Veery, Varied Thrushes and Wood Thrushes.
Most thrushes live in the underbrush of mixed forests and occasionally visit bird feeders.
Their diet consists of insects, spiders, seeds and during the fall and winter also berries.
You can easily identify them by their spotted breasts and thin white eye-ring.
They have a reddish rump and a grey-brown back.
The hermit thrush in this photo is eating a Oregon native snow berry.
Until last year I was unaware that this park has such a variety of birds.
It’s really a suburban paradise as long as one ignores the constant hum of the nearby highway.
Right now, parts of the park are still off limits due to ice damage to many of the trees.
Next week I will venture there to check on the clean-up progress.