Saturday, October 17, 2009

Invader Identified


Thanks to a session with the binos and a little investigating on the web, our gutter-foraging birds have been identified: they are Varied Thrushes, noted for their sometimes aggressive defense of feeding territories and their preference for moss as a lining of their nests (hence the dumpster diving in our gutters). A group of these thrushes is known as a "hermitage," which doesn't seem to suit their in-your-face behaviour, or a "mutation," which better matches our feeling of being besieged in the middle of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

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