Friday, June 24, 2016

Mama Bird reveals herself

When I posted the pictures of the turquoise eggs nestled in the cholla cactus on Wednesday, 
Peg and Auntie Em did some sleuthing and figured out that 
a Curve-Billed Thrasher was responsible.

Well, guess who showed up on the porch railing that afternoon...
a Curve-Billed Thrasher.

Me: Aren't you supposed to be sitting on those eggs?

Mama Bird: Oh, give me a freakin' break. 
Papa Bird is taking his turn while I get some much needed shade.

Me: Sorry...didn't mean to ruffle your feathers.


  1. This is going to be fun to watch!
    Where's Johnny?

  2. Cough*birdseed*cough What do Curve-billed Thrashers eat?

  3. She's a beauty too! I'm hoping her protective nest will become a productive nest. ~Auntie Em~

  4. I found some videos on youtube of curve-billed thrashers singing. Its song is really intricate, but one video showed it singing just two notes over and over. Maybe the intricate song is for finding a mate. In this video the bird is actually standing on a cholla cactus.

  5. Not like there is any danger of the eggs getting cold. Interesting bird. Hope it all goes well.

  6. That is a beautiful bird! Here in Upstate New York, we have Brown Thrashers, and they are absolutely beautiful singers. Hope all goes well with your bird family.

  7. How funny!!! Those eggs and nest are very pretty, as nests go....
    We have a small wren nest in an dryer pipe that we put on our side porch.
    We didn't get it to the garbage fast enough tho, as a sweet little wren
    built a nest in it and there are three tiny eggs in it...One of the
    eggs hatched a couple days ago...Sorry, I didn't get a chance to get out there
    to take pictures....
    Hope the birdie gets some shade before she has to go take her turn
    sitting on the eggs...
    Love from NC

  8. Gosh what a lovely bird. I am surrounded by black birds. Finally, the parents and babies have successful moved out of my shed roof-line-cubby hole-thingy. I don't even know how they built the nest. It felt like ages before their little babies left the nest.

  9. this cute critter looks thirsty

  10. What a beautiful bird, I love her beak. Better warn her about the resident feral feline. I've seen pictures of him perched on that rail.

  11. Oh I know that type of bird well...
    When I had my garden a thrasher would come through daily and flick tender seedlings out of the ground daily despite my efforts to thwart him. One time I caught it on the fence ready to swoop down. We had a staring contest and it finally flew off. I called him (or her) Jerkwad. Although that is cool that she built a nest in the cactus. I suppose they are interesting to watch as long as they aren't ruining a garden.

  12. Wow. So maybe the nest in my cholla is really a thrasher? I've seen cactus wrens in it but i will have to watch more closely. I've never seen a thrasher around here but I hope there is.

  13. An American in Tokyo6/27/16, 6:02 PM

    Hi Mama!!!
    She looks a little dinosaur-ish. I hope she isn't as aggressive as the Girls! ;)