Nest and eggs of the wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
The wood thrush is a member of the same family as robins and other thrushes, but has a uniquely delicate and beautiful song.
Henry David Thoreau once said,
“Whenever a man hears it he is young, and Nature is in her spring; wherever he hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of Heaven are not shut against him.”
Like many thrushes, the wood thrush is serially monogamous, staying with a single partner during each breeding season, and raising chicks together. The full three-part song of the male is rarely heard before he establishes a new territory at the beginning of each year, when the northern migration is complete.
Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio, With Text. Howard Jones, illustrated by Mrs. N. E. Jones, 1886.