I have a Brown Thrasher in my backyard again this spring. I've been hearing him singing for at least a week, but it wasn't until a few minutes ago that I actually spotted him in the backyard. Isn't this a handsome bird?
I really like Brown Thrashers! A few years ago I had a nesting pair in one of the evergreens in the backyard. I wouldn't even have known it, but happened to catch them flying in and out of the tree one morning. When I walked over to investigate the activity, I found the nest right at eye level and snug up against the trunk of the evergreen. There were 4 almost-ready-to-fledge youngsters in the nest and they just sat there like little statues as I pushed the branches aside to get a closer look at them.
I guess since Brown Thrashers like to forage for food on the ground, it found the shelled peanuts and suet I have out in the starling trap particularly appealing.
At one point, the thrasher was actually sitting on top of the trap and eyeing those peanuts down inside. The last thing I wanted was an angry Brown Thrasher caught in this trap, so after I quickly snapped this photo, I went out and closed up the starling trap (whew! disaster averted!)