Where to begin? Let’s start with some good news: the brown thrashers and Carolina wrens have been released, although the thrashers in particular are still hanging around. Nothing slack about brown thrashers—I leave the flight pen door open and keep a dish inside stocked with mealworms, and when they can’t find enough outside, they dart in for a quick buffet. And they’ll still take formula, although they’re getting a bit shamefaced about that! Georgia’s legislators did at least one thing right in their long history of screw-ups when they chose the brown thrasher as our state bird. They’re pretty, smart, have pleasant voices, and are just generally delightful birds.
The first set of photos and video clips is the Carolina wrens; the second set is the brown thrashers.
The young red shouldered hawk—and we’re all in general agreement now that that’s what he is—continues to be a paranoid, vocal little snot. His cries are so loud that I can honestly FEEL my eardrums vibrating as I feed him—and he refuses to even attempt self-feeding yet.
I love the close-up below, as you can see the down on his head really well. Doesn’t it strongly resemble dandelion fluff?!