Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

December 20, 2011

Brown Thrasher – today’s rarity

Filed under: Birds, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, rarities — richditch @ 4:14 pm
Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher


This morning (December 20, 2011) as I was making my usual rounds at the Gilbert Water Ranch under heavy overcast skies I caught a glimpse of rusty brown movement in the brushy tangle under the trail-side bushes. I immediately suspected that I’d found a Brown Thrasher: – a species I know well from our old New Jersey backyard. I’ve been fortunate to see one that returned to Boyce Thompson Arboretum a few times over many years, but this is my first for the Water Ranch and my first in Maricopa County.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Typical of the species this bird was rather shy, staying in the brush and behind the twigs. It was associating with a pair of Curve-billed Thrashers.

For those who know the Water Ranch or wish to look for the bird I had it near the northwest end of the path between ponds 3 and 4, between the metal gate and the first bench. At first it was at ground level on the pond 3 side, then crossed the path (when I got these shots), and ended up about eye level not far from the path in a dense cedar wher it was impossible to take photos.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 300/2.8 AF-S lens, ISO 800, 1/200th second @ f/2.8, tripod, 25% of frame, 8:45 am on 12/20/2011



  1. Rich,

    Congats on being able to photograph another rare bird for your area. Even when they were abundant in Florida I always had a hard time getting them out in the open, they are such skulkers!

    Comment by Mia McPherson — December 21, 2011 @ 7:07 am

  2. Whoa! Awesome. Gilbert Water Ranch seems to be racking up the rarities more and more each year.

    Comment by Robert Mortensen — December 21, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

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