Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thrushing and Thrashing

This is the first year that I have been able to see both the wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) and the brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) up close and often.  Therefore, I can actually now see the differences between the two which are substantial!  Both are similar in coloring and habitat, but that is where the similarity ends.

The thrasher has yellow and piercing eyes that go with the edginess of his name.  He is much larger and intimidates almost all the birds that come to my feeders.  The thrush has large and soft brown eyes and a smaller but sharper piercing bill.  He is much smaller in size.  Regarding coloring, the thrasher has more a more spotted breast while the thrush has streaks starting at the neck.

Both birds are great at pooping the in the water or feeder dish, though.  You can tell they are used to eating on the ground!

Below some up close and personal photos, taken through a window, of course, so not as sharp as in the wild!










11 comments:

Mage said...

I kept scrolling up and down to see the details. Delightful, thank you.

Brian Miller said...

the second one looks a lot nicer....just saying...those eyes...yikes.

Linda Reeder said...

It's fun to see your birds. I don't think we have the thrasher here. We have the Varied Thrush, which is a robin sized ground bird with beautiful coloring and distinct markings.

messymimi said...

They are beautiful in different ways. Thank you for the close-up lesson on the differences.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful pictures, and there is a change, the header is new one. Pretty.

Red said...

The wood thrush is a much softer looking bird. You're right the thrasher has an edge to it.

Barbara Shallue said...

Thank you so much for this! Beautiful shots, even through a window!

Hilary said...

These show wonderful detail considering it was through the glass. Great captures of these lovely birds.

Snaggle Tooth said...

I think your close-ups are great-! My cam won't do this-
Plus I learned something!
I saw an Eastern Wren in my yard yesterday. Today the grackles took over all the bread again, robbing the poor squirrels of a needed after-snow snack.
The poor Robins are here, but hiding today.

Linda said...

Lovely bird photos.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Nice shots of each -- always mixed up the two but now the color of the eyes will be my good clue thanks -- barbara