Many semitrucks have been blown over and there’s lots of damage just to the north of me. But there is no mistaking the ‘thrasher eyes’. . Free, global bird ID and field guide app powered by your sightings and media. Speaking of birds and weather, the hummingbird migration seems to be in full force here. Grayish brown with buffy wash on belly and sides and thin white wingbars. Nice pictures of the thrasher.I would be a little clumsy trying to settle among the dried stems…I always fear for the birds when I see them fly quickly into the cockspur hawthorns…one could easily impale themselves. Colder than we’re used to right now here and snowy and windy. The teal have been coming in by the hundreds — it’s time to start watching for the white pelicans and coots. In Utah the vast majority of them will have migrated south by the middle of this month and they won’t start coming back until April of next year. It came directly toward us as it swerved gracefully between sage plants. My balance issues sometimes make me look like a gymnast NOT sticking her landing. Brother Mike & I were talking about the old elms of our youth in GF and your elm a couple of days ago…….. Grayish brown with buffy wash on belly and sides and thin white wingbars. I think I saw my last hummer of the year in my yard four days ago. Yesterday our forecast for last night and this morning was for rain and wind gusts up to hurricane force near our canyons and that’s exactly what we had during the night. Legs and feet are black. However, during territory establishment, male Sage Thrashers sing while performing circular, undulating flights through the sagebrush, often sweeping low amid the vegetation. Thanks, Marty. And thank you for your concern, professor!. At least my tomatoes are OK. No BLT’s using garden tomatoes for the next couple of months –  now that would have been a real disaster. prophylactically to save your (and your neighbor’s ) roof ! I was up much earlier than your usual post, wondering if the huge old Cottonwood tree in my backyard was going to drop an enormous limb on Long tail. I live in Arizona but we’re in Park City for the summer. Very lucky. Once at home I was able to ID the bird as the Sage Thrasher- A Lifer for me! Cute shot of the Sage Thrasher! In flight, look for white corners on tail. And also being more than a little clumsy. 1/5000, f/6.3, ISO 800, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in. Glad the tomatoes are OK. Ha, don’t worry about it. We show it here as “accidental” meaning there are less than 5 sightings per year. In flight, look for white corners on tail. We got 1/2″ rain – we’ll take it – and a high in the mid-40’s yesterday with NNE winds. Talking with the wife last night about how thankful I am to not have that tree there with this incoming storm. We got 1/2″ rain – we’ll take it – and a high in the mid-40’s yesterday with NNE winds. Cleared smoke but with the wind don’t know how much it helped the fires. The global Sage Thrasher population is estimated at 7.9 million individuals (Partners in Flight 2007). Glad the Sage Thrasher didn’t go ass-over-teakettle. I know this feeling! Even though I’m not particularly good with bird identification, this one has just enough of a hint of the brown thrasher I’m familiar with that I might have gotten ‘thrasher’ right if asked what I thought the bird might be. True to its name, shows a strong affinity for sagebrush. Until then, I had never seen a Sage Thrasher fly more than a few feet. Although they are reminiscent of mockingbirds, Sage Thrashers are browner, more spotted, and lack bold white wing flashes. List and description of various conservation status ranks for Sage Thrasher (from No more voice recognition for me! It’s so easy to project feelings onto these most expressive birds you capture on film… I imagine I see a touch of indignation tempered with the determination to keep his dignity… Possibly after his scramble with his balance? The Sage Thrasher song is a long, harmonious, flute-like series of warbling notes. Wings are dark with thin,white bars. Thank you, Linda. They get a handle on one fire and another starts…. UGH. The wind’s supposed to last through tomorrow morning and my power could go out at any moment. Thanks Ron for starting my morning off with series ❗️Perfect takeoff pic Sage Thrasher - Oreoscoptes montanusThe aptly named Sage Thrasher is indeed a denizen of sagebrush habitats, and is rarely found outside that habitat during the summer breeding season. Quite lovely soft background. Really neat! Given his direction of takeoff this wing position is probably about the best I could hope for. In 2013, Partners in Flight estimated that Sage Thrasher had a global population of approximately 5.9 million individuals and a Wyoming population of approximately 1 million 6 . Be careful, Arwen. Thanks, EC. Love these shots Ron. Fast flight on shallow wing beats. Sage Thrashers become especially shy during breeding, and prefer running secretively, tail cocked upward, rather than taking flight. West of the divide got the wind in spades from the sound of it. Song is a long, loose series of musical chirps and whistles. I succeeded, despite the fact that he took off in my general direction. Thanks, Shane. A neighbor gave me some seeds over 20 years ago and I keep getting volunteers every year. Why, I don’t even know what that last sentence of mine was supposed to be! I like them so much I just let some of them grow. It’s 47° here right now and with the wind blowing it feels COLD out there. My favorite is the change of position one. Your pictures are so perfect and I always enjoy the heck out of them. Tail is dark with white corners. Legs and feet are black. There have been wind gusts in some areas of the valley as high as 112 mph and 120,000 households are now without power. Long tail. Isn’t it a relief to have that tree gone! As I write this it’s still dark o’clock out there but a few minutes ago I could hear debris of some kind being blown down the street. His reaction to his predicament made me smile. Sage Thrasher nestling "size" was smaller on the posttreatment malathion plot in 1989, but similar between plots in 1990. Take Merlin with you in the field! Two days ago in northern Utah I found a hotspot for Sage Thrashers near a mixed clump of Fragrant Sumac and Wild Rose bushes. Kris, getting rid of that tree was expensive but that expense was nowhere near the cost of repairing the likely damage to our two houses in a windstorm like this. It’s worse due to being rear-ended recently. The smallest thrasher; crisp black streaking on underparts unlike most other western thrashers. I’ll discipline myself to waiting until I’m in front of the computer before riding in. I’ve also been doing a bit of yoga to try to work on my balance. And the you said it. Which I would have. They don’t occur here in NW Washington either, unfortunately. If there is any cleanup that needs to take place, please let us know. Always a treat to see one out in the open! Tis that sad time of the year…, “there is no mistaking the ‘thrasher eyes’”. Obviously the clumsiness is not HIS fault. I’ve only escaped it SO FAR. I can see snow in the mountains in your direction from my house. I am even klutzier now than I used to be. . They’re not quite as brittle as an elm, but getting there…..glad Please follow this link for more information, Northern Harrier Athletic Flight Maneuver, Red-tailed Hawk Bonded Pair – Forever Together, Male Northern Harrier Looking Back At Me While Banking, American Goldfinch – ‘Common’ Species Deserve More Respect, Rough-legged Hawk – Still A Work In Progress, Female Merlin – No Way To Treat A Newcomer, Northern Harrier Takeoff And Flight Series, Multiple Attacks – Kestrel And Magpie vs. Merlin, Adventures of a Vagabond Volunteer – Marilyn Kircus, In Light of Nature Photography – Ed Mackerrow. Smaller and shorter-billed than most thrashers, it may suggest a washed-out robin. We’ve all had something similar happen. Tail is dark with white corners. Wings are dark with thin,white bars. This one dropped into the channels between the sage and flew like an F-15 fighter jet. Then it took flight. Small, slightly downcurved bill. These are enchanting, Ron! I’ll bet the current Park City weather is quite a change for you right now. Partners in Flight is an international coalition of government agencies, conservation groups, academic institutions, ... Loggerhead Shrike, Sage Thrasher, Long-billed Curlew, Brewer’s Sparrow and Bur-rowing Owl.

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