Brown Thrasher – Toxostoma rufum
This is the first Brown Thrasher to visit our yard in four years. I first noticed it Saturday afternoon on one of our suet feeders. I’ve never seen a Brown Thrasher at a feeder, let alone a suet feeder. Has anyone else ever seen this bird at a bird feeder? What surprised me was the other birds at the feeding station didn’t feel put out by the Thrasher’s presence. Birds included a Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, Chipping Sparrow, Black-capped Chickadee and a Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Later in the afternoon, I saw the Thrasher carrying nesting material to the dense thicket at the bottom of our yard, near the edge of the cove. Sunday passed without a sighting and I began to think it left the area. Lo and behold I saw the Thrasher this morning, once again carrying small twigs to the thicket. It’s looking more and more likely that this bird will be nesting in our yard this year.
The following photos were taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography