STATE BIRD Hermit Thrush No. 1 of the Acts of 1941 established the Hermit Thrush as the official State Bird, effective June 1, 1941. Attaining this status was not, however, an easy flight for Catharus guttatus. Among other things, it was not considered a true Vermonter because, unlike the blue jay or crow (which were favored by some legislators), the Hermit Thrush leaves Vermont during the winter in its southward migration. The record is not clear, but this bird was selected to represent Vermont, among other things, because it has a distinctive sweet call, and because it is found in all of Vermont's 14 counties. The bird's usual habitat is the ground and low branches of shrubs and trees in woodland areas. ------- from Office of the Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual, Biennial Session, 1993-1994, p. 12. Image produced from a photograph by Wilson Bloomer for the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.