Monday July 7th 2014 Tim
It's difficult to tell whether a Thrasher is on her
nest in the Apple tree. If you get too close, and she is there,
there's panic and mayhem and flying around and a general sense of
disgruntlement that passes through the community of birds and ends up
with a communication to the Summer Tanager asking him to start singing.
I am firmly of the opinion that no one enjoys the Tanager's song, so he
just jumps at any request made of him to exercise his voice.
theory is with Tanager's, the boy sings only when attempting
to seduce an unfortunate girl Tanager. Like a lonely boy
Bobwhite, who will follow an engaged Bobwhite couple around
calling intermittently, on the off chance that the boy side
of the engaged couple will succumb to something like a
raptor or big snake or somebody's feral Pussy Cat or some
mental patient with a shotgun and one of those horrible
little hunting dogs. With Tanager's I have decided their
need to irritate the neighborhood lies somewhere in their
desire to rule the universe no matter the cost to others.