Friday, April 20, 2007

My local patch flooded again.

Two days after the big storm, I decided to check out my usual local birding spot. It's just down the road from my house. Looks like I'll need my chest waders if I'm going to walk this way. I was feeling thirsty at this point, and wondered if the water was safe to drink.

Here's is a view looking down on a field that I visit throughout the year. I often find Brown Thrasher in the field as they sometimes nest here. Can you see the Sycamore tree in the distance?- Birds singing in the Sycamore Tree........ Here is a Brown Thrasher that I saw singing in the top of the very same Sycamore tree last spring. Brown Thrashers usually sing a song twice in a row before switching to another. They make themselves very noticeable in the spring, but become very secretive in the summer.

This horse is friendly. There is a black horse that will run toward me when I get in his field. I have to ease my way in and walk way around him. This picture of the horse was taken a week ago. It is grazing only about ten feet from that Sycamore tree. What a difference a week makes!


MojoMan said...

Great thrasher photo! It's been a long time since I've had a good look at one of those. Julie Zickefoose says they're becoming less common as brushy tangles get cleaned up. There's something to be said for messiness.

Larry said...

-Yes-Thrashers are a species of special concern in CT.-

I was asked to find evidence of nesting last year.-It was very difficult to get summer photos as the field gets very overgrown.

-I actually saw two of the young Thrashers running across the ground at one point.

LauraHinNJ said...

Thrashers are fun birds! You're right; they're very obvious in the springtime, but then seem to disappear.

Hope the water recedes and you get the chance to visit your spot - the weather should be nice this weekend!

Jayne said...

Spring is finally creeping back in here in the southeast, so I hope it does not take long for it to head on up the east coast to you. :c)

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I had a brown thrasher spend a few weeks in my back yard last fall. He was a blast to watch. He'd crash through the downed leaves, stop abruptly, then turn around to see what he'd stirred up. He ate every kind of food I put out: suet, peanut butter, meal worms and grape jelly! He was extremely photogenic and I was so sad to see him go.

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I never heard him sing though.

Cathy said...

And what a difference 1 more week will make! Yea!!!

You are sooo lucky to have a place where you can reliably count on Thrashers. Nice.

Gotta know - did you drink that water? I'm waaaay to chicken to do that.

Ruth said...

My, you got a lot of rain. Things are quite dry here this week. I have been looking for a Brown Thrasher. Your picture is better than the one on my bird guide.