This pair of Brown Thrashers visited my yard.
They worked up quite an appetite and feasted on a variety of my
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
. The acorn in
the next photo is much easier to see.
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.
...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.
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
the lizard is clinging to
intertwines with the Wild Lime
nest was in. These lizards
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
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.
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.