Saturday, March 14, 2009

Brown Thrasher

Did you know:

A large, skulking bird of thickets and hedgerows, the Brown Thrasher has one of the largest song repertoires of any North American bird. Boldly patterned, it is conspicuous when singing on its territory, but is hardly discernable during the rest of year.

An aggressive defender of its nest, the Brown Thrasher is known to strike people and dogs hard enough to draw blood.


Brown Thrashers leave the nest at only 9 to 13 days old, earlier than either of its smaller relatives, the Northern Mockingbird or Gray Catbird.




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29 comments:

Kallen305 said...

I will remember the tidbit of info about defending its nest. LOL!

I am wondering how I am going to bird during nesting season this year. Last year I was dive bombed by bluebirds and red winged blackbirds. Maybe I should wear a helmet or something. ;o)

Tina said...

Craig,
Nice capture of this bird..from your description, it sounds like a bird to be wary of during nesting time. What a warrior he is!! Neat!!

Bird Girl said...

I love this bird, Craig! It is usually on the ground where I live and very difficult to photograph! Birdlady got some beautiful shots last year of the young being fed by a parent!

Janet Creamer said...

Very cool blog, Craig. I am a birder, as well. Such an addicting lifestyle :)Nice shots of the thrasher.

Jedediah said...

Warrior bird :) Great shots!

Tink *~*~* said...

Hard enough to draw blood, huh? I guess that's why they call 'em "thrashers".

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Teena in Toronto said...

Thanks for the lesson :)

I played too :)

Kendris said...

Great shots, great info! Thanks for sharing both!

i beati said...

lots of new info your header magnificent sandy

Snap said...

Thanks for the lesson!

Kerri said...

Very interesting bird!

Rose said...

Wonderful captures...it has been ages and ages and ages since I have seen a brown thrasher.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

I have never seen one of these (outside of my field guides, that is). Wonderful shots!

Dianne said...

I've been buzzed by a bird but never attacked, that must be something

great shots

Carolina said...

I don't think that bird lives in the Netherlands. I have never seen it. And I must say, I'm not too sorry that I haven't met one personally ;-)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is about time you quit being so lazy and posted something. :)

An interesting post Craig. I am glad to have you back. :)

Salty said...

BT's are quite the hansome bird. Although once common in my area I have encountered them rarely in recent years.

Babooshka said...

You know you stuff. Lovely bird we don't get here. Looks a like lot our Mistlethrush.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I look forward to the return of the Brown Thrashers each spring.Seems like once they start singing they can't stop.
Blessings,Ruth

Lanny said...

I think I've seen this bird in a movie! Great voice but harsh attitude?

Abe said...

I am looking forward to the Brown Thrasher's arrival here on its way north to breeding grounds. I had them last spring but think it is a bit too early for them. I hope they show up. So I was pleased to see one here and you did a nice job taking their picture. Nice work.

I have brought back my hawks blog. Blogger saved the name for me. I have started posted in it again and have a lot of pictures yet to post.

http://coopershawk.blogspot.com/

dAwN said...

Yikes..I didn't know that about them..I will stay away from their nest for sure.

Steve B said...

They are beautiful singers and complex singers. They way I recognize the song is by not being able to recognize it!

The Write Girl said...

Hi Craig,

Thanks for the information about the Brown Thrasher. I didn't know they were so aggressive. I guess that's where they get the name "thrasher" from. : )

Manz said...

Interesting post.

Not sure I want to go bird watching for these guys - especially when you tell us that they "strike people and dogs hard enough to draw blood". Magpies do that here. I've been lucky to avoid a bloody encounter, but I've seen friends "attacked".

Leedra said...

Have missed you...did you have spring fever? Nice post. I have said this before, but I think it everytime I open your blog now...I love your new header photo.

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Anonymous said...

There are Thrashers nesting in a large rose bush in my yard. They have destroyed a nearby Flycatcher's nest with 5 eggs. All the usual birds that inhabit my backyard/garden area are gone. This is the first year of having a Thrasher and may be the last......these birds remind me of Starlings in their aggressive nature toward other nesting birds. I've watched Starlings attack nest after nest on and around my house.

Tamara said...

I have a brown thrasher family in my small yard, and this is really my first time to "follow" the doings of a bird family. They built a nest near the kitchen door in the star jasmine vine and bred two babes, but unfortunately my outdoor cat killed one of them; I am hoping that the other survived, since I haven't seen evidence of death. I am interested in whether the thrashers will use the same nest again or will nest elsewhere. Any thoughts on this? e-mail me at tmilesgantt@yahoo.com if you can. Thanks.

Craig Glenn said...

Tamara,

I think it's great you have a nest nearby to watch. Sorry to hear about the loss of one but that is nature. As far as your question about the nest for next year I am not sure. Here is the best link I could find on the subject. Maybe it will get you started.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown_Thrasher/lifehistory

Thanks for the visit and comment and I hope you can come again. Good luck with your backyard birding.

Craig Glenn
http://craigglenn.blogspot.com