Thursday, April 2, 2015

Brown Thrasher in Hailey

On September 18 Zeke Watkins sent this interesting report in to IBLE:

“I have a Brown Thrasher under my feeders in Northwest Hailey. I first saw it last night about 7:30. It stayed for about 15 minutes before running over into the neighbors yard. It was here for abut 20 minutes again this morning. It seems to be running between three or four houses under the back fences (post and rail). As i sit typing this i just saw it hop through the fence into my yard then run north into the next yard. Seems to be happy I hope it stays a few days.”

Brown Thrasher’s are fairly rare in Idaho, though the Idaho Bird Records Committee does have 28 historical records, starting as early as 1963. Most of the prior records are in southeast Idaho, in places like Camas NWR, Market Lake WMA, and the Idaho National Laboratory area, but there are a handful of other records spread across the rest of the state as well. You can see from the range map below that they typically stay east of us.

Luckily the Watkins were generous enough to let others visit their backyard to see the bird. As soon as the weekend rolled around, we made the trip over and snuck into their backyard to stake out the bird. The bird wasn’t in sight at first, maybe because some of the neighbors were doing yard work close by, but after about 20 minutes of waiting it showed up!

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Brown Thrasher at the Watkins’ residence in Hailey, Blaine County. September 20, 2014.

It mostly stayed in the shade so the lighting was difficult for photos, but that’s typical for Brown Thrashers. They like to stay concealed in thick brush when they can.

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Brown Thrasher at the Watkins’ residence in Hailey, Blaine County. September 20, 2014.

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Brown Thrasher at the Watkins’ residence in Hailey, Blaine County. September 20, 2014.

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Brown Thrasher at the Watkins’ residence in Hailey, Blaine County. September 20, 2014.

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Brown Thrasher at the Watkins’ residence in Hailey, Blaine County. September 20, 2014.

Thank you Zeke and Michelle for sharing this bird with everybody! Great find!

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