This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

what's this bird?

bird in the euonymous

Skippy and I walked by the big old Euonymous (nice to know its name now!) and the red inner parts of the fruits are disappearing fast! I found out why. Birds are enjoying them. This is one of the birds. What is it? A young robin?


Blogger Dan said...

Looks like a Thrasher of some kind, maybe a Brown Thrasher.

October 17, 2009 9:14 PM

Blogger CJ's Veggie Garden experiment said...

Here is the site I use to find birds in my yard

I put in Mass. as the location,
brown as the primary color and
bill shape as all purpose.

Louisiana waterthrush

I wish I knew how to paste an image.

October 17, 2009 9:41 PM

Blogger MIchaeldg said...

Given the hint of white around the eye and the heavy dark markings on the neck, I vote for Juvenile Robin. Next guess is a Hermit Thrush, less likely a Wood Thrush (which shouldn't be around anymore).

October 17, 2009 9:45 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Looks like a Thrush to me.

Used to get loads in our suburban gardens, not many about now it seems.


October 18, 2009 3:47 AM

Blogger Sue Swift said...

I went immediately for Wood Thrush too - though they should all have migrated by mid-Sept. But if you've had an autumn as warm as the one we've had, they could well be confused ...

October 18, 2009 7:27 AM

Blogger kathy said...

We have a resident Hermit thrush in the woods that I love to hear sing. He's always singing when Skippy and I walk into the woods, but I've never seen it. The song is distinct and beautiful.

This bird was being very shy - more so than I would have thought for a robin. And it was making little chip/cluck noises.

I looked up Louisiana water thrush. This looks similar. And the tree is right by the water hole.

I'll have to go back and look again. I need a better shot. Robin's are so common that it really likely is a young one it seems. But even baby robins tend to have more red to the breast.


October 18, 2009 8:26 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I looked up what birds eat euonymous berries and found this list: flicker, thrasher, catbird, bluebird, cardinal, and towhee

October 18, 2009 8:57 PM

Blogger Karen Anne said...


I don't think Blogger lets images be posted in Comments, but here's how to post a clickable link


October 19, 2009 3:11 AM

Blogger CJ's Veggie Garden experiment said...

Trying Karen Anne's suggestion.


Hope it works!!


October 19, 2009 8:27 PM

Blogger CJ's Veggie Garden experiment said...

Karen Anne. Thanks, correcting the Title. I always enjoy learning something new.

Louisiana Waterthrush photo


October 19, 2009 8:34 PM

Blogger victoria T. said...

Definitely a Thrush--probably Hermit--as per the "Golden Guide to Field Identification of Birds". It's almost the exact picture- although from a slightly different angle. I love thrushes! Their songs are so,so beautiful!

October 24, 2009 10:24 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks Mom!

October 24, 2009 10:46 PM


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