Sage Thrasher

We watched and mostly listened as this male Sage Thrasher sang his long and complex song from the top a the sage brush on a quiet dirt road near Walden, CO.

According to All About Birds “males have long, complex, melodic songs, with remarkable variety. The rambling series of phrases, often preceded by soft clucking notes, is continuous and interspersed with moments of repetition and mimicry. Songs can be very long indeed; one male was recorded singing for 22 minutes straight.”

While this guys song was not a whopping 22 minutes it did go on and on leaving me out of breath just listening.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sage_Thrasher/sounds

16 thoughts on “Sage Thrasher

  1. First time we saw a ST was in Yellowstone singing from a tree. As we had no idea what it was, I recorded the song, snapped a couple of photos, then did the business of ID’ing the Lifer that evening in the hotel room over beer and several field guides (and sound bytes). Some species you just never forget!

    1. HI Shannon, yes this guy is hard to ignore out in the sage. Such a wonderful song and I hop your recording came out well as their song is one to listen to over and over again.

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