August 12, 2014

The Body Builder

Looks like this thrasher has been working out.

No longer slim and sleek he looks ready to take on the bully birds
Oddly enough it was feeding at a feeder. It was eating grapes from a mesh bag.

Normally they are ground feeders and I haven't seen this behaviour before.
He actually drove of a number of blue jays, definitely bully birds, and hogged the grapes.

Toxostoma rufum

An aggressive defender of its nest, the Brown Thrasher is known to strike people and dogs hard enough to draw blood.

Brown Thrashers are accomplished songsters that may sing more than 1,100 different song types and include imitations of other birds, including Chuck-will’s-widows, Wood Thrushes, and Northern Flickers.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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