Friday, April 27, 2012

North Georgia Brown Thrasher Eating AGAIN

Project: Backyard Pishing
Location: Talking Rock, Pickens County, North Georgia

Can't quite put my Fingertips on it but there's something about how my Kodak Z740 blocks out or fades the background that seems to make the birds almost looked stuffed and posed. I don't know. Maybe it's the birds themselves voguing when the camera comes out. I'M JOKING! :))

One thing that always grabs my own eye is these Brown Thrashers (Toxostoma rufum, BRTH) have some wicked looking eyes. Like a tremendously intense wide-eyed stare.

The Thrasher pictured here is eating off a cheap platform feeder. Is a very weathered, untreated piece of 4x4 that is one of the more popular feeding spots here. I'd venture to guess it's favored because the board presents a long, open area. That allows for several birds to eat together at the same time with less face-to-face confrontation that a two foot square platform feeder might otherwise cause between them.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thrasher and Towhee Doing What? EATING!

Took these earlier today (Wednesday, 2012.04.25). The Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum, BRTH) started appearing on that suet feeder a couple days ago. This is a new behavior, new feeding station for ANY of the Thrashers. Best first guess is the Thrasher has noticed the Gray Catbirds at that same feeder. And, no, the image is not cockeyed. That feeder normally sits very horizontally aligned. The word "toad" comes to mind. :))

Both the male and female Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus, EATO), but moreso the male, have been hitting the food hard the last couple days. Running theme out in the yard is that the adult birds are looking "frazzled". Any second now I expect the latest fledglings to start appearing in hot pursuit of the parents.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Rose-breasted Grosbeak in North Georgia Willow Tree

These distinctly marked Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (Pheucticus ludovicianus, alpha banding code RBGR) started showing up somewhere around early 2009. JUST happened to look out the window in time to catch five males eating sunflower seeds on the front walkway one day. At the time I didn't know what they were and actually only saw all five backsides. Had no clue that year of the phenomenal red coloring on their chests.

The one pictured in the images here apparently has been in the yard a good solid week. He's a strangely relaxed little guy in spite of his flyoffs upon my presence. I kept seeing flashes of a white rump and white under the tail as he was exiting Stage Left when I'd poke my head out the window to check on bird feeders. Have seen two now (two days ago). This is THE ABSOLUTE lateness and longest repeated sightings in Spring they've been in my Pickens County yard yet. Every year the pishing gets better and better out there..! :))