Not One To Make Waves

We’ve all heard it said of a mild-mannered person- “They’re just not one to make waves.” Well, let me be the first to tell you that this has NEVER been said of the Brown Thrasher.

This fellow, who has been patrolling my backyard ever since we put in the new birdbath, landed in the water the other day and then proceeded to gently stick his face under the surface.  It reminded me of those first days of swim lessons as a kid; but I knew better than to believe that he was the type that preferred just getting his face wet.

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After testing the water, and finding it to his satisfaction, he was ready to start making some serious waves.

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Whenever he stopped thrashing about (is his name fitting, or what!) he would pause and flash an open-beaked glare as if to say to any other bird in the vicinity, “Don’t even think about getting a turn in MY birdbath!”


He stayed in the water for a long time, repeating the same process over and over.  Under then up…



…and then under and then up again.  It was highly entertaining to watch.

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His grand finale was his best rendition of “Twist and Shout” Thrasher style.


When he was finally done bathing, he perched on the edge of the birdbath, clearly guarding this coveted territory that he has claimed as his own!


Yep – this fellow’s a definite wave maker!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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18 Responses to Not One To Make Waves

  1. I have shared your wonderful post to My Poetic Spirit so I can enjoy it again.

  2. Susan Feniak says:

    Amazing images! I would say he is a real thrasher!

  3. Terrific sequence of shots!

  4. Jodi says:

    Oh Kathy – these are some of my favorite photos of yours so far! At least for this week! haha – it’s Sunday! How fun to watch that bird bath!

  5. aussiebirder says:

    The Brown Thrasher certainly lives up to its name, ‘thrashing about’ the way it does:-)

  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    Oh, your photos are hilarious! He was really into it! 😃

  7. I love your thrasher! They do have a personality! Great photos!

  8. He’s now a ‘clean’ wave-maker! 🙂 It is truly entertaining to watch them enjoy a bath. Great shots, Kathy!

  9. Tiny says:

    Fantastic captures of the simple joys of life, Kathy!

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