Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sage Thrasher

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

Today's post is featuring the Sage Thrasher.  Even though I shared this thrasher on my post below I wanted to share more information on this bird. We found this Sage Thrasher along the Manzanita trail at the Guadalupe Mtns National Park.


The Sage Thrasher is a medium sized bird similar to the Mockingbird and Catbird. They are grey-brown on the upperparts and white with dark streaks on the underparts. They have a slim straight bill, yellow eyes and a long tail.


They mainly eat insects in the summer and berries, especially berries in the winter.


They breed in western North America from southern Canada to Arizona and New Mexico.

The Sage Thrasher was one of  my vacation lifers. Thanks for visiting and for the nice comments.

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54 comments:

Laura said...

pretty little bird Eileen. I do hope you will send me a "patch" for the gratitude quilt:-)

TexWisGirl said...

such a sharp looking bird! looks like a mockingbird got crossed with a brown thrasher. :)

Carletta said...

Lovely shots Eileen!
As always thank you for your info about the bird. I think the greens in this image really set off the coloring and markings of the Thrasher. He sure picked a fine place to pose. :)

Giga said...

Podobają mi się ich upierzenie. Jest bardzo ciekawe. Pozdrawiam.
I like their plumage. It is very interesting. Yours.

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

This is such a beautiful bird and great shots!

Terri Buster said...

That's quite a pretty bird- nice shots.

Carver said...

Good shots and interesting information about the bird.

Linda Gross said...

Great pictures of the thrasher. I enjoyed your previous blog post too. The countryside is beautiful, but looks very rugged.

Montanagirl said...

Congrats on your lifer! He's beautiful.

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

You are so fortunate to see this beautiful bird. I so appreciate all the information about him, too. Really lovely series.

Arija said...

Thanks for the info. and great pics. I always like learning more about birds.

Karen said...

Oh lovely shots! It's a handsome bird!

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Nice shots of this guy. I haven't seen one before.

Rambling Woods said...

Great photos Eileen... Another bird I would like to see in person.... Michelle

Maria said...

Nice profile of this Thrasher. In P.R. we also have one called the "Pearly-eyed" Thrasher.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such great information...and beautiful pictures of this bird that is hard to spot let alone photograph!

Chris Rohrer said...

Sweet bird Eileen! I'm still hoping to find this one eventually:) Thrashers are so amazing and congrats!

Carole M. said...

oh it's a beauty Eileen; a new one to me

Liz said...

What a lovely bird! Beautiful images, Eileen!

Brian King said...

Really nice shots! It does look a lot like a Mockingbird.

Wally Jones said...

Congratulations on a new life bird! And a good one it is!
That's a wonderful area to explore and can get pretty rugged in places.

Great photos of this beautiful Thrasher!

Dave said...

A new species to me. Good images and commentary so thank for sharing it for us on WBW, it a great way to learn about everyones varying species and habitats, Cheers
Dave

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful picture series shows you a beautiful bird. Wish you a nice day :) Hanne Bente

Hollow Orings said...

Nice Photographs...

Elaine said...

Lovely photos of a lovely little bird! This is a bird I hadn't heard of before.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Cutie pie ! Lovely yellow ring around the eyes.

The happy wanderer. said...

I wonder why they were called "thrashers" as a non American.

Bob Bushell said...

Love it, the Sage Thrasher, great one Eileen.

Nancy Claeys said...

A pert and lovely bird Eileen.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!!
What a preety little bird!!!Great captures!!!Beautiful pictures!!!I miss your yard birds!!!Have a nice day!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

Debbie said...

what a sharp looking bird, posing nicely atop the tree branches.

these are exceptionally beautiful eileen, capturing him within this natural setting!!

the greenery is gorgeous!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Those eyes are amazing.

Lynne said...

Gorgeous photos Eileen . . . love the close up views of the a Sage Thrasher . . .

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

This is a beautiful little bird. I´ve never heart of them. Wonderful photos !
Best regards, Synnöve

Julie G. said...

Beautiful images of the striking Sage Thrasher, Eileen! Congratulations on the life bird! Just last year a Sage Thrasher was seen in Chicago for several days. A rare sight here in the midwest. Though many others saw it, I was not able to locate it. At least I can view your terrific photographs here.

Noushka said...

Lovely bird and nice clear shots!
Fantastic how close you got to take these photos!
Cheers, Eileen!

Irma said...

What a beautiful bird, Eileen.
Very well photographed, compliment.
Greetings Irma

Stephanie said...

Really nice shots, pretty bird.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

What a cute bird! I really like the dark markings on the breast. Lovely!

Mama Zen said...

Pretty little bird!

grammie g said...

HI Eileen... Lifers are always so exciting to find!!
Love his eye in the second shot,and what a nice pattern on the chest!!
Thanks for sharing!!

Grace

Pat said...

What a lovely bird, and such beautiful shots.

Betsy Adams said...

What a neat little bird. So that is a Sage Thrasher? NEAT!!! Don't think I've ever seen one… Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

Thanks for these marvelous pictures and information about this new lifer for you.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Yes, very Mockingbird like in its looks. Also like the Brown Thrasher. So happy you got to see one. I never have seen one in person. Have a wonderful Thursday tomorrow!

Our photos said...

You have make beautiful photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful shots of this cute little bird. Have a great day!

Daniela Augustka Blah said...

Wonderful photos! Thank you for your comment on my blog. Bird that got the photos I've never seen, nor probably never see it, because in Europe lives not.
I love the blogs with automatic translation. I do not know English :-(

MyMaracas said...

It seems every time I visit you I see a bird I never knew before. This is a handsome one!

NatureFootstep said...

ongrats to that beautiful lifer. Really good shots of it too. :)

Faye said...

Between you and Stewart I may someday figure out the ID of all these little brown birds I see so many of! This thrasher cracks me up, he looks so sober. . .

Larry said...

Beautiful shots of the Sage Thrasher Eileen! One of the most impressive things I enjoyed when I found this bird a couple of years ago is its song. This is a link to its beautiful complex song.

It's unfortunate that the Sage Thrasher is declining due to loss of habitat, especially in British Columbia.

Larry said...

Sorry I didn't read the bit about links Eileen. Feel free to publish my comment without the link but check out this bird's incredible song.

Amanda said...

great pics, lovely light eyes

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