J. V. Remsen, Jr.
LSU - Museum of Nat. Sci.,
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
10/8/2015 11:20:00 AM
10/8/2015 12:00:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):
to within 30 ft
excellent - -see photos
Description of the Bird
We (Steve Larson) stopped at this pullout to do general birding. I heard a rich, hard "tsuck" call coming from within nearby willow thickets and thought to myself ... "what could sound exactly like a Brown Thrasher" [a familiar yard bird], given that this was at 10,750 ft; then thought "it has to be a Brown Thrasher" and "no one is ever going to believe a heard-only BRTH on Guanella Pass"; and then spished into view a real Brown Thrasher and thought "no one is ever going to believe this unless I get a photo". Fortunately, the bird cooperated. The rich reddish color, wingbars, golden eye, and only slightly curved bill eliminated all other thrashers. No point in thorough description given decent photos.
Similar Species Discussion
The very reddish overall color and only slightly curved bill eliminated the only other similar species, Long-billed.
Brown Thrasher is seen and heard daily in my yard in Louisiana.
Notes made DURING observation
Date Documentation Submitted
10/22/2015 9:39:00 AM
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