Brown Thrasher  
This pair of Brown Thrashers visited my yard.  They worked up quite an appetite and feasted on a variety of my bugs and plants during their visit. This picture to the right isn't very clear, but you can make out the spider and its legs in the beak of the Brown Thrasher. Yummy!  Spider snack. It looks like a Wolf Spider.  The acorn in the next photo is much easier to see.
A Pair of Male and Female Brown Thrasher Birds Mating in Late August in South East Florida
This bird put the acorn on the ground, lifted its head high, and slammed it's beak down to pop open the acorn. After a few attempts, it quickly ate the nutty flesh inside and moved on to other food.
Brown Thrasher Bird eating a large spider, probably a Wolf Spider
Brown Thrasher Bird eating an acorn
...and finally, a bit of grub for lunch. Then the Thrashers were gone, flitting about in the trees and bushes, a few flickers of brown, then completely out of sight. I paid close attention to the shrubbery they frequented the most, then left them alone.  I'm hoping that if I give them some people free space and time, and keep a sharp eye out, I'll find them building a nest.
Brown Thrasher bird with its head held high abuot to plunge its beak into an acorn to break it open so it could eat it
Brown Thrasher Bird eating a grub
Brown Thrasher Bird perched in a Mahogany Tree
Well it took a year, but, quite by accident, I found the nest. Not the same nest, of course, but quite possibly the same birds. They chose my Wild Lime Tree to build it in. I guess the thorny briar offered more protection than the other trees. Mama bird wasn't terribly happy when I wandered too near, so there are no egg photos and not many nest pictures. I didn't want to upset her.
There were at least two chicks in the nest. You can see two beaks sticking up from their twiggy nursery. Again, I did not want to pester them, so I didn't try for additional shots. Both mom and dad Brown Thrasher took care of their chicks. They were very attentive, for which I was grateful, because this large, hungry Cuban Knight Anole lurked too close to their nest for my comfort. The Firebush the lizard is clinging to intertwines with the Wild Lime the nest was in. These lizards have teeth, and they are meat eaters.
Fortunately the protective parent birds are doing a great job, and both chicks are fine. One of them got out of the nest before the other, and even while there was a chick in the grass in my back yard, and a chick in the nest in my front yard, the parents remained vigilant and clicked if I got too close.
They stayed very busy feeding their chicks.
Eventually they hid them under some Australian Pines where these wasps were grouped here and there on the needles. I think they are the same bugs that this Brown Thrasher is about to feed to its baby.
Brown Thrasher Bird perched on a rock
Brown Thrasher mommy bird sitting on her eggs in a Wild Lime tree
Two Brown Thrasher chicks in their bird nest, little beaks piking up
Cuban Knight Anole lurking near a Brown Thrasher nest
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher parents sitting on thier nest
Wasps on an Australian Pine Needle, a.k.a. bird food
Brown Thrasher bring a wasp to its fledgling chick
Brown Thrasher bring a wasp to its fledgling chick
It was easy to tell that this next meal was a small worm.
I was a little worried about that ant on the chick, but it didn't seem to mind and I didn't want to interfere beyond making sure that we didn't mow too close to the birds.
Brown Thrasher Chick
Brown Thrasher bring its chick a worm
Brown Thrasher parent feeding its chick a worm
Brown Thrasher Fledgling, close up, pin feathers, ant on the bird's foot
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