07 April 2011

A Tale of Two Thrashers...TEXAS (7 April)

After yesterday's Brown Thrasher in Boy Scout, we arrived at South Padre, a stone's throw from Mexico (for the Tip 'O Texas birding weekend) and walked right into a rather tame Long-billed Thrasher at the convention center which made for a nice comparison with the similar Brown of yesterday. Essentially it comes down to eye color, with the distinctly orange eye color of Long-billed compared to the yellow irides of Brown Thrasher. Furthermore the bright rust upperparts of Brown are lacking in Long-billed.

Ridiculously tame warblers at South Padre to come...

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