These young thrashers appeared out of the tall brush for the first time three days ago. I suspected a nest was somewhere behind the grassy fence line because their parents were frequently seen there. I observed the young ones for a little while as they investigated the wide open space on my side of the fence. They initially proceeded with caution, staying close to the brush and each other. When they became more comfortable, they intermittently walked and hopped along several feet near the fence line, pecking at the ground. Obviously their "thrashing" skills will develop as the young birds mature.
I contemplated the appearance of the young thrashers in the same area yesterday. They didn't show. However, they surprised me a little later when they made an appearance in the tree near my front porch. They had followed a parent to the bird feeder. Soon one of them made clumsy attempts to follow the parents lead. I saw the family again yesterday evening- this time they were under the huge azalea tree on the opposite side of the yard.
Brown Thrashers are interesting to watch- the adults dart quickly around the shrubby areas in the yard, thrashing heartily through piles of old leaves and tossing them aside. Most often the best images I can capture of them are at the feeders because they're so fast and elusive. Some of the features I find most attractive in the adult brown thrasher are the bright yellow eyes and heavy dark brown streaks on the chest.
I'll post more photos of this thrasher family in a few weeks.
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