Monday, January 16, 2012

Shoot Me Monday

This Bendire's Thrasher was shot near Buckeye, AZ at a place known as "the thrasher spot".  I was hoping for a Le Conte's or Sage Thrasher but didn't have any luck since I arrived late in the afternoon.  I had to come away with a thrasher at a place known for thrashers, right?  These thrashers were overlooked until 1872 when U.S. Army Lieutenant Charles Bendire noticed that it was different from the common Curve-billed Thrasher.

Bendire's Thrasher


  1. So cool! I love the bit of history about the bird!

  2. Fun fact. It seems like a lot of people have been frustrated looking for the Le Conte's over there. I wonder if they're moving a little bit.

  3. I have been birding since 1994, and seen one (1) Bendire's Thrasher in that timespan. ITS NOT ENOUGH!!!

  4. I have observed thrashers in Arizona and it is a point needing my elucidation if the thrashers with short beaks which I am observing are either Bendire's or juvenile Curve-billed. My sources indicate that the Curve-billed produces two broods each year, and the juveniles would not be seen until Apr.-Aug. (spring/summer).

    Am I not going to observe juvenile Curve-billed Thrashers in the winter time? I appreciate any feedback to this!

    1. Mathew,
      Your sources sound correct. You probably won't see a juvenile Curve-billed in winter. Also look for triangular breast spots on the Bendire's (if you have photos).

  5. I think Thrashers are fun. They are the first ones at my feeder in the morning trying to get the birdseed out with their curved beaks....pretty funny watching them wait for the rest of the gang to get there and spread the seed out on the ground:)