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Brown Thrasher

Posted on May 13, 2015

This Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) has been avoiding my camera for at least two weeks now. It may have a mate, but I never end up spotting any true signs of probable nesting, and certainly lack any confirmations thus far. Sadly it is a far more notable sighting than it was back in Roger Tory Peterson’s day in the Northeast. The species has dropped dramatically in abundance, and what used to be a common breeding bird for many is now a ghost in behavior and population. I am still always startled by how boldly patterned, uniquely shaped, and even loudly musical they can be, yet often blend into the background so easily.

Brown Thrasher Stratford Point May 5 2015-0202

Brown Thrasher Stratford Point May 5 2015-0203

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator