Spring is the time you'll most likely see the Brown Thrasher. Not so much because of this birds migratory patterns, instead, habitat is most likely the cause. These birds prefer dense thickets and woodland edges.
These birds are partial migrants. Northern populations of this bird move south, while southern populations are year-round residents.
About 9 - 12 inches in length, with reddish-brown upper parts,
heavily streaked with black below. A long tail, 2 white wing bars, and pale-yellow eyes. Male and female similar in appearance.
As spring begins, male thrashers arrive first. Claiming territory and choosing perches from which to sing from.
Within 10 days the females arrive and the males begin their loud sweet song in order to attract a mate.
Rarely seen by the average backyard bird watcher, the male may walk in circles around the female while dragging his tail along the ground.
The female may pick up sticks as a sign of her willingness to pair with the male. Nest building begins as soon as the pair bond is formed.
Both male and female birds share in the nest building process.