Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
|May 2017 Bird Of Month
It can be tricky to glimpse a Brown
Thrasher in a tangled mass of shrubbery, and once you do you may wonder how such a boldly patterned, gangly bird could stay
so hidden. Brown Thrashers wear a somewhat severe expression thanks to their heavy, slightly downcurved bill and staring yellow
eyes, and they are the only thrasher species east of Texas. Brown Thrashers are exuberant singers, with one of the largest
repertoires of any North American songbird. The song is a complex string of many musical phrases (with each phrase typically
sung twice before moving on). They also make a distinctive, harsh tsuck note. Scrubby fields, dense regenerating woods, and
forest edges are the primary habitats of Brown Thrashers. They rarely venture far from thick undergrowth into which they can
easily retreat. They are a common summer resident in our area.