The Brown Thrashers are building a nest in my backyard. It’s in the viburnum hedge right behind my bird blind. I actually spotted the nest while doing yardwork, then on my next backyard photography expedition, I started to notice the sticks being taken into the hedge.
To give the birds some space, I stopped using the blind and set up my camera in other spots in the backyard. Still the birds seem quite trusting of the crazy camera lady. They come within a few feet of me in search of the perfect branch. In fact, they have a bit of a Goldilocks complex when it comes to selecting the perfect stick.
This leaf is too small.
This clump of leaves is too big.
This one is too scratchy.
This stick is just right!
When I trimmed my crape myrtle trees, I broke off some branches and left them out in the vicinity of the nest. The next morning I saw the twigs being transported into the hedge. It’s nice when my offerings are appreciated! I will look forward to watching this family grow. :)
Lucky you! The Brown Thrasher is one of my favorites. Most folks think they are hearing a Northern Mockingbird when they actually may be hearing Mr. Thrasher.
Yes, it took me a while with having both mockingbirds and thrashers in the yard to reliably distinguish their songs. I think I prefer the thrasher song (ssh! Don’t tell Mr. Mock)
The nest construction completed and now it seems unused. I think Mr. Catbird was a little too territorial. Rude!