Did you know that every state in the USA has a State Bird? You might not know this if you are reading this from another country. (There are many state symbols...there are state flowers, state reptiles, state trees, state songs...you get the idea, but almost everyone knows their own state bird.) The state bird for Georgia is the Brown Thrasher. I read in one of the descriptions of this bird that it is a dull brown. Well, I don't think so! It is a beautiful shade of brown, long and elegant and it can out sing the mockingbird! It's true! The brown thrasher can imitate 1100 different song types!The Brown Thrasher may be hard to see as it likes to scrummage around in the earth for its food and since it is brown, it is usually camouflaged with its surroundings. In the early Spring, we still had some suet in our suet feeder and the Brown Thrashers really enjoyed it, even feeding it to its young.
Notice in the first photo that the adult Brown Thrasher has yellow eyes and that beautiful sleek brown coat of feathers. Can you tell that the photo below is of the young Brown Thrashers? The young ones have blue eyes and well, you can tell by looking at them that they are younger, their feathers are just not quite the same as the adult yet, even if the coloring is almost there.
Now, can you tell that I love birds? I do, very much so! Richard and I are always watching out our glass doors to see what the birds are doing! And also, looking and listening for them on our walks!
If you are in the USA, what is your State bird? And if you are reading this from another country, what bird would you select to represent where you live? Do tell, I am for the the birds, you know!
Oh! And one of the questions I saw from the National Audubon Society was this: What was the first bird that you remember as a child that made you fall in love with birds?
(You might not be in love with birds yet, but you should be!) I love them ALL!
Hey! The state reptile for Georgia is the gopher tortoise. (Love this look on his face, I had a driver's license photo like this once! HA!)