This poor blog has been terribly neglected the past few weeks. Between participating in the June WordCount Blogathon at my other blog and having the bulk of our extra summer activities (camp and VBS) during June, I’ve gotten a bit behind. Hopefully I’ll make up for that now.
It’s been gorgeously cool here this week for July…highs in the 80s, of all the crazy things! Usually this time of year we’re seeing triple digits. I’m not complaining…not one bit. I’ll take unseasonably low highs just as long as they’ll hang around.
I’ve tried to spend some time every day taking advantage of the cooler weather by sitting outside and taking pictures of all the backyard wildlife.
Today the Brown Thrashers have been out in abundance. This has been a bit odd, since typically they don’t spend a lot of time out in the open. We love our Brown Thrashers. They are fascinating birds.
First, they are beautiful. Just beautiful.
They are also amazing songbirds. I have read that they have the largest repertoire of any songbird.
The Brown Thrasher population is beginning to decline in the U.S., shrinking somewhat, probably in part because of the decline of fencerows, hedges, and shrubby areas. These are the areas in which they like to nest. We have had them in our back, rather wild, fencerow, and in our front hedge.
They seem rather shy, but they can be very aggressive. One of our dogs found this out a couple of years ago when she got too close to a Thrasher’s nest. Brown Thrashers are serious about guarding their young, and they will attack dogs, snakes, and even humans if they feel the nest is threatened. Their attacks are often severe enough to draw blood.
Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday today.