The bird with the bright brown back and streaked breast hops about, thrashing among the fallen leaves, his long bill pitching them in all directions with sideways strokes as he searches for insects. Some believe the Brown Thrasher was named for this habit. He is Georgia's state bird.

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Kyle Wolff on October 2, 2009

I love that title! (It's so much better than mine)

Nice capture of this wonderful bird! Our state bird! I really like how he his a bit hidden in the tree and he is looking right into the camera!

Excellent, Mary Alice!

Best regards,


MaryAlice on October 2, 2009


It is NOT better than yours. No way!

I posted this one just for YOU actually! You got me all enthused about birds again after seeing all of your new postings. I knew you'd enjoy seeing another picture of our beautiful state bird! Indeed, I think he is grand, and I'm very proud that he is our state bird!

I'm glad you like him perched in the shrubbery. He was actually guarding his wife's nest at the time. =) The stabbing attack to my head came later, but I managed to get a few shots before I set him off.

Thank you so much for your visit and kind words. It's wonderful hearing from you tonight.

Very best regards,

Mary Alice

Kyle Wolff on October 2, 2009

That is sooo nice of you, Mary Alice to have posted this bird just for me!

I'm so glad I was able to get you enthusiastic about birds! I will admit to the fact that you have definitely got me interested in old buildings and things like that and I believe I can now spot such things, thanks to you! There are so many old and neat Georgia things I would overlook in the past, but you have most definitely taught me how to spot them better!

I nearly thought my day couldn't possibly get any better, but you made it even more!

Thank you so much, MARY ALICE!`!

Even better regards, Kyle

MaryAlice on October 2, 2009

Kyle, Yes indeed, my friend, I posted it up JUST FOR YOU! =) I'm so happy that you found it, and so quickly too! I wasn't expecting that.

It's funny how we can rub off on each other. Me seeing all of your birds, and you seeing all of my abandoned places. How great! That's exactly why sites like this are so much fun. We learn from each other and grow. Very nice! I'm happy to have influenced you to look around at the old and lonely. So much character can be found in the past. Thank you for inspiring me to put up more of our delightful little feathered friends too! =) Maybe I'll catch a shot of a Chik a dee dee dee one day soon. You'll be the first one to know it if I do.

You have made my day as well, and I thank you again for all of the smiles.

Even just a wee bit better still,

Mary Alice

Marilyn Whiteley on October 2, 2009

Beautiful portrait, Mary Alice! I've always loved brown thrashers but I haven't seen one for years. Thank you for bringing them back into my life with this lovely photo which makes perfect use of selective focus.


MaryAlice on October 2, 2009

Thank you very much, Marilyn! I'm so happy to share our little Thrashers with you! They are migratory in the North, but stay here in the South year around, so we get to enjoy them daily. In the springtime they delivers a spectacular song from a lofty perch nearby! They are full of sparkle, no doubt, and I'm so glad that you've enjoyed my capture of this one.

Thank you also for your comment on the selective focus. Absolutely, this was a manual focus job due to all of the surrounding limbs, and I'm really happy that it turned out. Thank you again for your praise, as it is greatly appreciated.

Warmest regards,

Mary Alice

Klaus & Elvira on October 2, 2009

Hi Mary Aalice, congratulations on this wonderful natural Shot. Ein good Motive

Greetings from Ellimaus

MaryAlice on October 2, 2009

Greetings, Bruce, and thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so very pleased that you enjoyed this pretty Thrasher in his favorite setting. I appreciate your careful observations and very thoughtful praise so much. Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead! =)

Hello, Elliimaus, and thank you for stopping by and commenting on this Brown Thrasher. I am delighted that you've enjoyed the shot, and I appreciate your praise very much.

Again, thank you both for your very kind words.

Best wishes from Georgia,

Mary Alice

((Ospr3y)) on October 2, 2009

Beautiful shot! I love birds. Would like to be friends with some of mine? YS!


Jan de Boer on October 2, 2009

Brown Thrasher looks like the song trush, in Dutch called zanglijster. Beautifully spotted Mary Alice! And nice camera..

Best regards from Holland, Jan

MaryAlice on October 3, 2009

Greetings, Liam, and thank you so much for enjoying this Brown Thrasher. I love birds too! Of course he would like to be friends with some of yours! =)

I appreciate your visit and kind words so much.

Thank you again for stopping over tonight.

Best regards,

Mary Alice

MaryAlice on October 3, 2009

Liam, I completely forgot to say THANK YOU for the yellow star! My goodness, thank you so very much. I am honored.


Mary Alice

((Ospr3y)) on October 3, 2009

Birds are just my passion. I enjoy watching them, and even more "snapping" them.

Best regards, liam...

MaryAlice on October 3, 2009

Me too, Liam! Me too! =)

I've just been exploring your bird section, and see that you indeed enjoy them very much! You've got quite an impressive collection.

It's nice to meet yet another lover of birds.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Mary Alice

jenper on October 3, 2009

A beautiful pic MaryAlice!! Cheers!!. jenper

danimero on October 4, 2009

Extended and interesting title Mary Alice: Curious bird

Greetings, Daniel

MaryAlice on October 6, 2009

Greetings, Jan, and thank you for stopping by to see this pretty Thrasher. I have never heard of the Zanglijster, But now I think I'll have to look it up!

Thank you so much for your praise. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the shot.

Very best wishes,

Mary Alice

MaryAlice on October 6, 2009

Thank you so much, Jenper! I'm so happy to see you here, and really glad that you enjoyed this Brown Thrasher.

Very best regards,

Mary Alice

MaryAlice on October 6, 2009

Hello there, Daniel, and thank you for visiting. It's so good to hear from you again.

I'm glad that you've enjoyed this Brown Thrasher, and my extended title. I hope it wasn't too long. I just wanted to share a few facts about them. =)

Thank you again for your kind visit.

Wishing you a really nice week ahead,

Mary Alice

Silvyp on October 9, 2009

NIce photo and bird, the title explain all , thank you! Greetings from Brazil. Silvy

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