Brown Thrasher — April 2022

Occasionally, this past Winter, I spied a Robin-sized bird with striking plumage. I snapped a few photos of it, but few were any good. The bird is the Brown Thrasher, and I live right at the edge of its year-round range.

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And now, on with the bird stuff.

That’s my neighbor’s junky landscaping. It’s a tad unsightly but I don’t mind because many birds forage there. They come for the seeds of various weeds, the bugs, and for material for their nests.

Anyway, on this occasion, the Brown Thrasher chased a grackle away from the area under my suet feeders.

Birds like to hunt between the rocks for suet crumbs, and this offered a rare opportunity to photograph the bird in the open and in good light. For the record, these are shot from inside the house through a double-pane window.

I’m not sure if the following shots show the bird foraging for food or for nesting material. I’d wager the latter because a couple of photos shows it holding a twig. Plus, it will often fly off to a nearby clump of trees and then return.

Regardless, I was just happy to get a few decent photos of it.

By the way, did you notice the landscaping fabric in the previous photos? I think I have a few photos of a Robin pulling on the fabric and presumably to get material for its nest. I’ll be doing a post about Robins soon, and I’ll see if I can find that photo and include it.

Here is a SmugMug slideshow of the above:

Slideshow of the Brown Thrasher – April 2022 SmugMug Gallery.

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