Guarding the nest.

I noticed a pair of brown thrashers nesting in our backyard azalea bush. The bush was near the house. So , not to disturb the nesting birds I opened a window but used the curtain as a blind . I took very few pics to keep any stews to a minimum . They ended up fledging 3 young from the nest.

Feeding Time

After sitting still for about an hour, I managed to gain the parents’ trust…long enough to snap this beautiful picture!

Brown Thrasher vs Black Snake

Unfortunately, by the time we discovered the reason for the ruckus in the trees just off our front yard, this snake had already snatched one of the two brown thrasher chicks from the nest, which was in a bush just a couple of feet off the ground. The parents tried to run off the snake, but it climbed a tree, where it held them at bay for a little while, then apparently grew tired of the battle, climbed back down and slithered off into the woods.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology