Friday, June 3, 2011

Spring 67: Brown Thrasher!

Friday, May 27, 2011

6:50am-7:30am, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
humid, hazy/foggy

It's so exciting to hear a bird live for the first time, especially when you've been studying it in books and recordings for months!

This morning's Brown Thrasher was a total treat, with his amazing voice, varied calls and so-called "preacher" style delivery (everything repeated 2-3 times):

He was also unexpectedly lovely - a beautiful orange-y brown color - and I followed him from tree to tree to tree to tree, including an excursion up the knee-high grass on Bussey Hill.

The hill is full of delicate buttercups, and tiny mosquitoes. How nature balances out everything!

(Today's bird completes the family of mimics that I've been checking out - his relatives include the Norther Mockingbird, and the Catbird.)


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