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Dec
10

the round web at the edge of town

Is it the Curved Bill Thrasher? The lone bird that picks around in our Cholla detritus (piles of dead Cholla underneath the massive plants). Or sits atop the high fence post. Or just now flew to perch across from me atop the cedar fence. I was looking down at my old cat’s grave, noticing at least 10 flies buzzing around the mess of leaf mulch, imagining his body decaying 8 inches below, happy that the flies were there, knowing the circle is being completed, food is there for the smallest. And the Thrasher comes just to that spot. I cluck low and lower my eyes, wanting to welcome this bird here. And wondering if it will want to catch these fresh flies in this 50 degree afternoon.

 

 

Sure enough, here is the description of Curve-billed Thrasher habitat, from Cornell Lab All About Birds:

Thorn brush and scrub, semi-desert (especially where mesquite or cholla cactus is present), shrubby areas, open brushy woodland, and around towns .

Curve-billed Thrasher photographed in El Dorado, Santa Fe County by Peter Wallack, 2006

Cornell Lab says more! totally corroborated here!

Food: Insects, seeds, berries.

Behavior: Forages on ground, pokes and probes in plant litter, and digs holes in the soil with its long, down-curved bill.

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6 Responses to “the round web at the edge of town”


  1. December 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Oh gee do I have stuff to learn. The title came to my email box for this: “Auto Post”! Ai yi yi, I won’t use that again.

  2. 2 nmmorales
    December 25, 2010 at 10:11 am

    There is a Thrasher that lives in the Cholla at the gate of the Rio Grande Nature Center. He welcomes all.

    • December 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      I never knew that, Norina. I will look next time!
      Our cholla has plenty to spare, if you’d ever want to plant some in your yard … our neighbor Albert gave us ours back when we moved in. It has beautiful red fuchsia blossoms in June …

  3. December 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    C.C.: I like this post very much. Right down my way of doing. I like your description of the cholla debris. And, going to the Cornell lab is the right place, isn’t it? I’ll have to check them out. I like your lowering of the eyes and clucking. Are we brothers and sisters? You describe the circle so very well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! I look forward to reading your work next year.

  4. January 1, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Cirrelda: I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!


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