The Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) was one of Miles' favorite birds. She describes its call in Our Southern Birds: "The Thrush tone is the purest and sweetest to be found among American birds. Thoreau says it is 'like things drawn up dripping from the bottom of deep springs'" (118). The reference to Thoreau offers a possible source of the Wood Thrush's transcendentalist message in the present FSC.