Monday, June 20, 2005

we have babies

The Brown Thrasher, Toxostoma rufum, eggs have hatched, and there are 3 apparently healthy hatchlings.

They are so young that they don't make any noise, nor have their eyes opened yet. I'm estimating they are 2-3 days old in these photos.

The top chick heard me rustle the brush pile and thought I had food.

One of the parents, perched nearby watching me.

I did not realize both parents help care for the chicks until I had 2 thrashers watching my every move, fussing at me from time to time. Both kept a wary distance, but did not seem to be too agitated. Perhaps they sensed I meant their babies no harm.


pablo said...

We have a brown thrasher nest in the hawthorn tree in our front yard. I know they are native to this area (Kansas City), but I've only seen them rarely. Then to find we have a nest makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

Rurality said...

Nice! I never have good luck finding nests.