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Friday, May 3, 2013

Another New To Us Bird

We are attracting a lot of different birds this year.

A pair of these are scratching through the mulch in our garden.  The feathers are very auburn.  The color in this photos doesn't show that as well as I'd hoped, but it did pose for me.

Any idea what bird this is? 


In other news, the rain barrels are back together and we wait again for warmer temperatures.
Have a good weekend.





25 comments:

  1. Hi There, Can't see the bird good enough to try to recognize... I tried to enlarge the photo --but it was still too small for my OLD eyes!!!!! ha

    Hope your bad weather is finally over. I know you are tired of the cold temps and are ready for some Spring... We are supposed to get more rain all weekend again this weekend. Just glad it is not snow!!!! ha

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. No idea on the bird. So happy your weather is warming.

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  3. I do not know what your bird is but he is beautiful. I love to see new visitors in my garden!

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  4. I believe this bird is a type of thrush. They will root around in gardens and mulch piles and all looking for insects.

    It was very, very windy all day here and cold tonight. When will this weather warm up and stay warm?

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  5. It looks a bit like a Thrush, but I bet it isn't.

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  6. Hi! Looks like some kind of Thrasher.
    Wow-you're really getting a variety of new birds....I wonder if the "odd" spring has set them off course?

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  7. You are so good at catching bird photos. Me not so good. :)
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  8. What a handsome bird. He looks decked out in a vest and tails.

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

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  9. It looks like a thrasher. We have the same bird visit our garden! We had snow Thursday night -- enough to stick and it did although it was gone by Friday at 8 am or so. It was said that the last time it snowed here in May was 1907!

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  10. It's a Brown Thrasher. The male and female look the same. They eat insects and fruit. The male has the largest documented song repertoire of all North American birds, with over 1,100 song types. How exciting that you're getting new birds in your garden. I have Brown Thrashers in my garden too. They are pretty big so they're easy to see as they run all around!!

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    1. We may have two pairs then as we counted 4 in the garden later in the evening.

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  11. How exciting that you are getting so many new birds!

    I think this one is a brown thrasher. They are in the same family as mockingbirds, so listen for a bird that sings many songs. The thrashers repeat each song two times; the mockingbirds will repeat each song many times.

    There is a third bird in this group of mimics, the gray catbird. They are much more secretive than the other two species, but you'll often hear them sing - they repeat each song once, interspersing the songs they're mimicking with occasional mewing sounds, which give them their name.

    With any luck, the thrashers will be breeding in your yard or somewhere nearby this summer!

    Cynthia

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    1. We'll have to do more attentive listening to learn all these new songs. Today, they've been checking out the bird bath on the ground a lot. We've counted 4 at one time so I'm hoping we have mating pairs.

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  12. Just dropped by to say hi! It's always nice to read your updates and congrats on spotting a new bird. I enjoy bird watching too, and it's always fun to be able to identify them. Enjoy your spring!

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  13. We are also seeing some interesting birds. Day before yesterday I had an Eastern Bluebird in my yard. It sat still in my tree just long enough for me to see what it was, and then I haven't seen it again. Melanie has them a lot, but I've never been lucky enough to see one so I was very excited!! We've also seen a ton of American Goldfinches. They so cute!!

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  14. Good Afternoon to you, I found you after you left a comment on another blog and I was fascinated by the name Garden on Sherlock Street, so I had to come over and investigate.
    I am so glad I have as I love gardening. It is always exciting when you discover new birds visiting the garden. We have lots of blackbirds nesting at the moment, so they are busy collecting debris from the garden to build their nest.
    I have enjoyed my visit and I have become a new follower. I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have the time, you will be most welcome.
    I am now going to read your other posts....ooh I have just seen a label for Solomon's Seal....I love that plant.
    Best Wishes to you,
    Daphne

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  15. Glad you got an identification. It is really neat watching and learning about birds.

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  16. I saw one in our yard last week too. .I was looking for a mockingbird when I heard it. .and was certainly surprised to see the thrasher. .I have seen them before and knew what they were. .but had never heard their call. .or mistakenly thought it to be a mocker when I heard them!! I hope they stick around!!

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  17. OH MY!!!! You have a Brown Thrasher!!! What a cool bird to have digging around:) They look for the grubs under the mulch. We don't get them here but instead have the Curve-billed Thrasher. Extremely cool birds!!! Congrats to you!

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  18. I see you got an identification on your pretty bird. It was warmer today, and we are expecting highs in the 70s this week. I hope spring is here to stay. We have lots of plants up and doing well. Larry got our rain barrels set up yesterday.

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  19. Glad someone could identify your bird for you. I keep my bird I.d. Book close by the front window, because I can't identify any beyond the common ones.

    I could use a dozen rain barrels as much rain as we've had this spring!

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  20. Yep, a Thrasher! We have the Brown Thrasher and fitting as they are the Georgia State Bird....

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  21. Interesting! Not sure I've ever seen a Brown Thrasher.

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  22. Oh wow looks as big as some squirrel we have here.

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