Brown Thrashers have made their home in my neighborhood recently. These attractive songbirds are close relatives of the Northern Mockingbirds, and Catbirds. They even are very expert at singing! In reading up on the gorgeous rusty-brown and beige birds, I found that they can sing about 1,000 different tones. They only sing three notes at a time, but they can repeat the pattern or change the three notes. Very accomplished musical birds, and pretty, too!
The Brown Thrashers eat nearly all kinds of insects, worms, grubs, seeds, nuts, and fruits. I most often see the Brown Thrashers hunting on the ground. They seem pretty wary and I usually cannot get anywhere near them before they fly off. I took these pictures on my street here yesterday. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!