Mostly images of birds found in our region of Northampton County, NC.
(Image above is Potecasi Creek at Burnt Bridges)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Brown Thrasher

The Brown Thrasher, Toxostoma rufum, has beautiful clean lines and markings.  They keep busy foraging on the ground, tossing leaves about searching for insects and other invertebrates.  They are very accomplished singers with quite a repertoire of tunes. This pair, above, are busy feeding their young in a nest in the grapevine behind our house.


  1. Hi Ken,

    My name is Rudy Bellani and I am a graduate student at Rockefeller University in Fernando Nottebohm's lab. I study songbirds and am writing my Ph.D. thesis at the moment and stumbled on your website. I was wondering if I could use your brown thrasher photo (the one with the big in his mouth) for a figure in my thesis? The work will be published by my University's press and also made available via PDF. In reality, all of 10 people will ever read it. Of course, you would be credited with the photo by name and your blog's address would be listed as the reference. Please let me know if this is okay with you by emailing me at Thank you so much either way Ken and keep up the awesome photography -LOVED the hummingbird close up photo by the way!

    Cheers and best,

  2. Ken, I love your image of the Brown Thrasher with a bug in its mouth. I write for a blog: My latest piece is about looking for nests in my yard. It features the Brown Thrasher, although I never actually found the nest. Of course, your image shows it carrying food, and that activity itself is proof of nesting. Check out our website ( You'll see our purpose is "to inspire and teach people to create healthy habitats in their yards by planting native plants and providing the essentials for wildlife to thrive." I'd love to use your photo and would give you credit with your name and blog address. You can contact me at