One of the great joys of living on a large block of forest is hearing the songs of Wood Thrushes almost every day from late April to late July. The ones in this video were all on our property near Easley, and the nest was near our home. While easy to hear, Wood Thrushes are shy birds, and nearly all of the clear views I have had of them were short-lived, especially if my camcorder was with me. Notice that all of the video of prolonged singing was captured when the bird was partially hidden by vegetation.
The Wood Thrush is a medium-sized thrush with a song whose beauty rivals that of any other bird. Males defend relatively large territories in wooded areas throughout the eastern half of the United States, and females, which are similar in appearance, take the responsibility for nest building.