Monday, March 30, 2009

Mr. Brown is Back in Town

The brown thrasher returned to our ridge-top farm on Sunday morning. Zick heard him first and yelled it to me from the other end of the house. I stuck my head out the window and heard his jumbly sing-song coming from the spring trail.

This is a photo of the same dude (I suspect) from a few years ago. He was singing from the same tree yesterday and I would have gone after him with the camera for some fresh images, but I was simply not able. I've been down with some weird flu-like affliction since Friday night and have not been feeling anywhere close to myself.

Nice to know spring goes on, rolling around on Nature's giant wheel, even when we, ourselves, feel more like roadkill.

I am thankful for brown thrashers. Knowing that Mr. Brown is back in town has me feeling better—I'd say he's done more tom improve my health than a full dose of Biaxin—at least so far.

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At 7:39 AM, Anonymous MaineBirder said...

Nice photo! Hope you are feeling better soon.

Last summer, I was walking a trail and got into some dense brush at the end. As I was heading back out, a Brown Thrasher came at me and knocked my hat off! He must have been guarding a nest.

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Sorry your not feeling well, BOTB. Get well soon! Thanks for sharing your spring migration sightings. I haven't seen or heard either of these birds yet in Athens county, but I'll be on the lookout. So far the Eastern Phoebe is our big return migrant (they came back about 2 weeks ago, and are nesting on the side of our house!) Oh, and saw my first American Woodcock up at Old Man's Cave last Friday. WOOT! It was very cool, even if it was almost dark by the time he decided to do his thang.

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Kenton and Rebecca said...

We hope you get well soon! Sometimes being ill is the perfect time to pay attention to our other senses, and it was interesting that you highlighted its call -- we listened, compared it to other calls, and have now added another bird-call to our memories. Thanks!

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

Ah yes, Biaxin... for me, it proved to be just as good a laxative as it was an antibiotic.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Kyle said...

Great shot of the thrasher, Bill. Hope you get to feeling better soon, and can get some updated shots of Mr. Brown!

At 6:49 PM, Blogger Terry said...

We have a Brown Thrasher constantly pecking our large picture window like it is trying to get in the house. It has gone on for so long, the window is considerably scared; it will take a long time to clean. But first we have to get him to stop. Any helpful hints??
Thanks Terry


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