Back to posting after missing yesterday. I was just tired the previous evening, that I just did not manage to find and edit photos to post early yesterday morning. I know part of the reason is lacking in sleep, but I have felt overwhelmingly tired since getting back from Trinidad & Tobago. I need to get more sleep and then see if that helps. If not, I guess it's always possible that I picked up something during our trip.
Despite this very distant, cropped image, I wanted to add this photo of a Brown Thrasher, this bird was a lifer for me It was seen yesterday, June 17, 2017, when five of us went east of the city for the day, to visit our friend, Shirley, at her seasonal trailer.
Most of our birding was done at Shirley's trailer site, including seeing the great Great Horned Owl family, two Killdeers and their nests, a Baltimore Oriole, and (finally!) a pair of Brown Thrashers. I had wanted to see Thrasher for a number of years, so yesterday's sighting was a real treat.More news: Bensonians
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"It can be tricky to glimpse Brown Thrasher in a tangled mass of shrubbery, and once you do you Brown Thrashers wear a somewhat severe expression thanks to their heavy, slightly downcurved bill and staring yellow eyes, and they are the only thrasher species of Texas Brown Thrashers are exuberant singers, with one of the largest repertoires of any North American songbird. " From AllABoutBirds.
We are so happy to be able to see the Great Horned Owl family - three owlets and both adults. There was a fourth owlet, but it died recently. When I was posting a photo of two of the owlets this morning, I realized that one youngster was clutching a small bird in its talons!
Thank you so much, Shirley, for inviting us all out to visit you while you were there for the weekend! It was such a pleasure to see some of your "birds" that you enjoy so much. Such a great variety of species! Wow, what a lunch we had, sitting at a table under the Tree Swallow tree, with a very vocal American Robin just a few feet away and a pair of busy Tree Swallows flying back and forth with food for their babies. How DO birds manage to sing non-stop like this Robin ?! Hot chili made by Shirley, and a whole array of delicious salads and desserts left me feeling full until the early evening.
Many thanks, Anne B, for picking up three of us and driving us east across the prairies Hugely appreciated!