(photo by Marie Kennedy, skilled birder, horticulturist, and photographer)
Displaced leaves signal the presence of a Hermit Thrush
hop-scraping through the litter, foraging for grubs,
sometimes pausing to “foot quiver” due to conflicting impulses:
keep shaking bits of leaves to get bugs or go still & hide?
who are now in their fifth year of alternating between
foraging & quivering;
but, unlike for the HT,
the future is bleak for these displaced.
The Syrian refugee crisis in numbers; staggering but consider that this accounting is only from 2013: