The Brown Thrasher returned earlier this week and I heard it several times, but it was rather secretive. I did see it yesterday in the tree line, but just briefly.
Today, on a sunny, warm 60F day, it was singing away, high in an oak tree, for quite a while in the back of our yard. I was able to quietly approach and photograph it from several angles, as it was in a fairly densely-branched area.
It gave me a chance to see how vigorously it sings, and keeps singing, wagging its tail quite a bit. A beautiful song and a pretty bird.
The Goldfinch are becoming more plentiful at the nyjer feeders and are continuing to change into their breeding plumage, with a few almost fully yellow. We don’t often get to see birds undergo their color change, so it’s been fun to watch over the last few weeks.
Next bird expected to return? The Eastern Towhee. Dan Getman, Kirksville, northeast MO