Encouraged by your responses, I was able to find an Internet picture of one with a bill that was as long, that was the sticky point with me, such a long bill and it appeared to be longer than the Brown Thrasher pictures I had seen before. I think I was trying tooooooo hard.
if its eatting puppy chow..thats thrasher size. I have no idea why I like my thrasher so much, the memebers of household hear me regularly calling...brown thrasher-brown thrasher. Its silly really, but i do it everytime.
I don't think any wild birds would be about to lay eggs at this time of year in Tn. - the babies would die from the cold. But they do puff their feathers up for better insuulation when the weather gets cold kind of like this goldfinch is doing.
[quote]I don't think any wild birds would be about to lay eggs at this time of year in Tn. - the babies would die from the cold[/quote]
Overall, I'd agree, and it would apply to Brown Thrasher - but there is a small handful of exceptions of birds that would be about to lay eggs at this time of year: Red Crossbill, Common Raven, and also (with a reliable food source) House Sparrow and Collared Dove, will all lay in January.
LOL They produce the eggs one at a time over days!! Oh My, I learn something new everyday. So I guess that leaves out the term "with eggs". I figured since they only laid 2-3 eggs that they would all be growing at the same time. lol lol You all are giving me a wonderful education on birds.
We keep food out for them all the time. I have bowls of wild bird seeds and an extra bowl of puppy chow or cat food sitting on a tall bench. The cats eat, move on out, then the birds come in to eat. They also perch to wait for the dogs to leave their pan of food. When the woodpeckers are with "young" they will deman I give them softened puppy chow for the young ones. If we don't they will get on a low limb of a tree close to our path and talk to us. If we don't pay attention to them, they will pursue us by flying tree to tree down low so we can't help but notice.
Something I didn't know before this week was, bluejays love raw peanuts in a shell. I had bought a 5 lb bag that had some kinds of tiny moth like creatures in them and it was obvious they had laid eggs in the shells. I put the peanuts in a pile outside about 10 feet from the porch so I could see what ate them. It wasn't 20 minutes before the Bluejays were fighting off all of the larger birds. I wondered if they would eat the peanut and use the shells to line their nest.
" I don't think any wild birds would be about to lay eggs at this time of year in Tn. - the babies would die from the cold. "
The Great Horned Owls nest in February, as far north as Canada and Alaska! There are exceptions. A few years ago a pair of Great Horned Owls nested above the cross-country ski trail in a local park. They were dive bombing skiers so regularly, in defense of the nest, that warnings were posted, on the news media.
You are exactly right, white-breasted nuthatches!!! That is what I've been seeing but by the time I've laid my hands on the camera they were gone.
Grasmussen - re: Owls - as far as I know there is only one pair in the immediate area and they just came last year. I've never seen them, but hear them at times calling to each other. I sure wouldn't want one dive bombing at me.
gardenglory - I'll have to make sure DH doesn't read your posting, he's already making bird and cat sounds, plus he interacts with the deer. I have to keep reminding him if they become to friendly they will be easy prey for hunters or wild animals.
Resin - thanks for you input, we have all sorts of small birds eating with us. I'll have to compile a list.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to post.
Judy, who is actually afraid of birds, thanks to a mama Bluejay protecting her nest which she built in a tree shading our path into the school yard, way back when.
Here I go thinking again, I thought perhaps it was because they were puffed up against the cold so I was seeing down into the feathers. They like a particular tree which is right in front of the house but I've only seen them 3 times and that has just been within the last week.
I guess I take weird laughs in stride around here , ha ha. have only noticed the second part.. But I am so glad to know the nuthatch and some others are around even if I haven''t seen them, because I hear them.