Curve-billed Thrasher, Chandler AZ

From a bird I wasn’t sure of in the last posting, to a bird even I couldn’t mistake.

Back view of curve billed thrasher with head turned; perched on spiky jojoba branches.

Curve-billed thrasher on bare branch sticking up; blue sky in background.

Guides on free birding walks in the Phoenix area say that they’ll give you your money back if you don’t see a curve-billed thrasher.

This bird is so common and so vocal, that I actually know its call – one of a handful of birds for which I can make that claim.  It’s not spectacular, but it is like an old friend.  And that has a beauty all its own.

 

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2 Comments

  1. The composition in the first photo is mesmerizing. The curve-billed thrasher’s perch sets off its colours, shapes, and textures as if designed for that purpose. If it were a painting, I would have to ask, “Which did you draw first, the branches or the bird?” You certainly have the eye and the instinct to capture perfection.

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