Rare Thrasher Appears
Several years ago we had a Brown Thrasher here on our property in Fredericton. I was attracted to the edge of our field by the voluminous, loud sound that bird was making. On inspection, I saw a beautiful thrasher doing just that, thrashing. It was scratching and scrambling around in the leaves in a hedgerow using its long curved bill to flip up the leaves and debris, looking for insects, seeds, and other invertebrates. The bird seen this week was feeding on seeds on the ground under the feeder.
| Brown Thrasher|
The Brown Thrasher is a large bird, 29 cm long (11.5 in), slightly larger than the Blue Jay. The rusty brown on its back and brilliant stripes on the breast are stunning. Watch for it at your feeders. You never know what might show up this time of year. It readily feeds on sunflower seeds, suet and nuts. I bet peanut butter would be a welcome feast!