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Two for Sunday

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Just two for today–the Brown Thrasher that Max and I saw while out for a walk. The bit of fluff showing on its back on the left makes me wonder if it’s a young bird.

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The thrasher is looking more intense in this photo!

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A Few for Wednesday

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Just a few for today. Here is a pair of little Ground-doves sitting on a wire, with palm fronds in the background. These tiny doves are much smaller than the more common Mourning Doves.

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A Brown Thrasher. I’ve seen Brown Thrashers several times before, but not very often, so I always enjoy spotting one. I like the rusty brown color and the streaked breast and abdomen.

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A goose standing by itself, gazing off into the distance.

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Brown Thrasher and More on Thursday

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I see Brown Thrashers in the yard every once in awhile, but not often, and I always enjoy spotting one. They’re bigger and sturdier than mockingbirds, with reddish brown coloring and streaked breasts. This thrasher was walking around hunting bugs this morning.

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One more of the thrasher.

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Gloriosa lily.

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Female anole just sitting on the fence.

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And a big male climbing around nearby, maybe trying to impress her.

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One of the baby anoles looking directly into the camera. He’s getting used to posing for photos.

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Another shot of the baby–maybe a hint of a dewlap on his throat.

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I had the camera set for bright sunshine when I took a quick photo of this anole on the fence in deep shade. So naturally the shot is way too dark, except where one little spot of sunlight lit up the area around the anole’s eye. Not intentional, but I like the effect.

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A memory of Sophie and Lulu for today: watching Richard’s yard, hoping their little friend would come out to see them.

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Birds on Thursday

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Pretty cardinal sitting in the fallen tree.

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I saw a pair of birds flying around in another part of this tree, and I was happy to identify them as Brown Thrashers. I’ve seen this bird a few times over the past few years, not very often, so it was really nice to spot not one but a pair of them!

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They’re mostly reddish brown, with a light chest and abdomen with dark markings.

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Thrashers have bright yellow eyes like mockingbirds, but as juveniles their eyes are a light blue/gray.

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From a distance they look  a bit like mockingbirds, though the coloring is different and Thrashers are slightly bigger birds with longer bills.

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Here’s a mockingbird to compare to the Brown Thrasher.

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One more of the Thrasher.

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Brown Thrasher on Monday

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The Brown Thrasher returned again today, hanging around the same area in the yard.

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I noticed some soft fluff on this thrasher which made me suspect it’s a juvenile. I looked up the Brown Thrasher, and sure enough, this one is a juvenile–its light blue-gray eyes are a sure sign of that. Adult Brown Thrashers have yellowish eyes.

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Thrasher looking for bugs.

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Thrasher looking toward the camera. I stayed back a good distance, but the bird did notice me after awhile.

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The squirrel was out there with the thrasher for quite awhile, and they seemed very comfortable together.

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