I’ve been watching the birds in my backyard and spending most of the time looking at the feeders I have out. There are lots of interesting birds that come visit the suet and seed feeders but there are also some that prefer to stay on the ground. The Brown Thrashers seem to like the ground most you see them jumping about looking for insects more than on the feeders.
I discovered that there must be a nest at the edge of my yard because there are 2 fledglings there who hop about and flap their wings waiting for mom and dad to come feed them. The babies are out of the nest and able to fly but they still seem to prefer food delivered directly to them.
I also noticed a behavior that I’m not sure why it happens. The babies will lay flat on the ground and spread their wings out, looking as though they were injured. I would think they are either trying to cool off or rid themselves of some kind of insects. They will lay like this for a good while and then jump up and hop away.
It really is amazing how much there is to see just going out the back door.
Brown Thrasher and young
Roswell, Georgia, USA
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