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#1 willnova1970

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:16 AM

I saw this one and it seemed to gray to be a Brown Thrasher. Any ideas? Thanks

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:20 AM

I would say Brown Thrasher. Not quite gray enough over the entire body. The back and tail are quite brown. I think the patterning on the breast is more consistent with the BT as well.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:26 AM

Looks good for a Long-billed Thrasher

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:28 AM

I second Long-billed.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:28 AM

Looks good for a Long-billed Thrasher


I was kind of thinking that as well but I don't know if that beaks long enough.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:37 AM

I am posting 2 other thrashers seen at same park for comparasion. Thanks all!

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#7 willnova1970

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:52 AM

Long Billed has orange eyes.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:55 AM

Curved Bill Thrasher?

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:58 AM

Curved Bill Thrasher?


Curve-billed don't have the dark streaking that brown thrashers and long-billed thrashers have. The streaks are light.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:58 AM

First looks more like a Brown Thrasher to me. Back and tail see a bit too reddish for a LB, plus the bill looks too straight.

EDIT: I'm not actually sure on the second two. They jumped out as LB based on bill shape, but now I see the undertail coverts are unmarked.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:59 AM

Just noticing that Meghann, you are quite correct. Thanks

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:00 AM

Can you clarify when you say South Texas, how far South?

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:02 AM

Sure. I saw these birds in Caliham, Texas at Choke Canyon State Park. That is about 1 and 1/4 hours South of San Antonio.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:06 AM

I have seen the Brown Thrashers and the Long Billed and this one just seems different. It has the eyes of a Brown Thrasher but the color seems off. The bill is too short to be a Long Billed and the
pattern is off to be a Curved Bill as Meghann pointed out. I am confused. LOL

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:08 AM

According to ebird, that puts both species in range for May

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:12 AM

First looks more like a Brown Thrasher to me. Back and tail see a bit too reddish for a LB, plus the bill looks too straight.

EDIT: I'm not actually sure on the second two. They jumped out as LB based on bill shape, but now I see the undertail coverts are unmarked.


Yeah, the last one especially says "Long-Billed" to me, except it also doesn't have wingbars?

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:15 AM

Yeah, the last one especially says "Long-Billed" to me, except it also doesn't have wingbars?


Good point. Do you think they could be immatures or juveniles? That might explain the confusion.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:16 AM

The three birds posted are all different birds. Sorry for any confusion. I just posted two others for comparasion. I am still stumped by the first.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:17 AM

Good point. Do you think they could be immatures or juveniles? That might explain the confusion.


That did cross my mind, although with both species, it says buff wingbars are present, so who knows?

I'm hoping we're just missing something very obvious, and someone else will come along and say "they are THIS because of THIS" and we'll both go "Duh, I see it now."

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:18 AM

It looks like a Brown, which is correct for the eye color. The only thing is that head is so grey.




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