Vermont State Flower and State Bird
Hermit Thrush ~ Hylocichla guttata
The Sweetest singer of his family, the Hermit Thrush, along with the Mockingbird, is fondly called the American Nightingale. He repeats the passages of his music often, each time in a slightly altered version. His singing has been compared to the “theme with variations” of the classical composers. There is, indeed, an air of classical dignity and serenity about this bird as he sits motionless on an evergreen perch in the remote north woods and sings to the wilderness sunset. Thoreau rightly noted in his journal that this little Hermit Thrush could “make a sabbath out of a weekend.”
Red Clover ~ Trifolium pratense
Red Clover, like other clovers, has a deceptive blossom. A single globe-shaped clover head is made up of about a hundred rose-purple florets. The first to come into bloom are those at the base of the head. Some writers believe that the Clover Leaf was the original shamrock. The leaf was also thought to resemble the three-knobbed club carried by Hercules; hence the plant was called “clava,” the Latin for club, which was corrupted into “clover.” This also explains why in playing cards the Clover Leaf is called a club.
From The Wildflowers of the 50 States U.S. stamps issued July 24, 1992: