Documentation of Brown Thrasher

Observer Information

Reporter:  J. V. Remsen, Jr.  LSU - Museum of Nat. Sci.,   BATON ROUGE, LA  70803-3216
Other Observers:  Steve Larson

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Brown Thrasher
First Date/Time:  10/8/2015 11:20:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  10/8/2015 12:00:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  15 mins
County:  Clear Creek
Specific Location:  Guanella Pass
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


willow thicket

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  10X40 binos
Distance:  to within 30 ft
Light:  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.

Resources Used


Previous Experience

Brown Thrasher is seen and heard daily in my yard in Louisiana.


Notes made DURING observation

Materials Available

Photographer: Van Remsen

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Date Documentation Submitted

10/22/2015 9:39:00 AM
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