These included 101 mourning dove nests (1024 exposure days), 54 yellow-billed cuckoo nests (575 exposure days), 56 brown thrasher
nests (666 exposure days), and 57 northern mockingbird nests (731 exposure days).
The brown thrasher
flew down from its perch and, sitting on the table just across from him, crapped again.
Among them are the eastern meadowlark, short-eared owl, vesper sparrow, brown thrasher
, grasshopper sparrow, and others.
Nest reuse is a plastic behavior that is regularly observed, albeit uncommonly, in a number of species including brown thrashers
(Toxostoma rufum; Cavitt et al., 1999), western kingbirds (Tyrannus verticalis; Bergin, 1997), barn and cliff Swallows (Hirundo rustica and H.
House Sparrows, Brown Thrashers
, and Northern Cardinals, the free-ranging species with the highest antibody prevalence, are all locally abundant birds, which increases the probability of their contact with infected mosquitoes.
Bell's vireos and field sparrows tended to nest in younger stems whereas blue grosbeaks, brown thrashers
, mourning doves, northern cardinals and northern mockingbirds tended to nest in older stems.
I chose to focus on American robin (Turdus migratorius), brown thrasher
(Toxostoma rufum) and loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) because they were abundant and because their nests were relatively accessible.
The large patches of young forest attract brown thrashers
, chestnut-sided warblers, and eastern towhees.
We see birds through his appreciative eyes: the remarkable stillness of an owl, the sweeping drama of a flock of swallows, the collective spirit of brown thrashers
Many birds, like cardinals and chickadees, mourning doves and blue jays, house sparrows and brown thrashers
, live in my Louisiana backyard all year round.
Placed in tube-shaped, metal-mesh feeders, peanuts will entice woodpeckers, jays, chickadees, titmice, bushtits, nuthatches, brown creepers, wrens, kinglets, Northern mockingbirds, brown thrashers
, starlings, and yellowrumped and pine warblers.
and last the brash chatter of two brown thrashers
defending nests with
I jotted down countless crows, flocks of American goldfinches, several brown thrashers
, a few chipping sparrows, eastern bluebirds, doves, at least three species of woodpeckers, swallows, starlings, gray catbirds, phoebes, and 25 red-tailed hawks.
At the flashier extreme, brown thrashers
in North America have repertoires of more than a thousand syllable types.
Also include trees and shrubs that will provide leaf litter, where birds such as brown thrashers
, towhees and white-throated sparrows can scratch for insects that hide among the dried leaves in late spring.