Bendire's Thrasher Nest With Eggs Photograph and Sound Recording

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Photo by Greg Clark, April 1998

The Bendire's Thrasher often builds a nest in the same types of locations as does the Curve-billed Thrasher. However, it will sometimes choose a Palo Verde tree nest site over Cholla cactus, even if there is lots of Cholla available. The nest in this photograph is in a Palo Verde and there are many Cholla cactus plants nearby (including one with a Curve-bill Thrasher nest). On casual inspection the nest construction is similar to that of the Curvebill (they are different however) but one cannot mistake a Bendire's Thrasher egg for a Curve-bill egg (which is blue-green with dense small spots). This nest was photographed in 1998 approximately 40 miles north of the US-Mexico border. The sound recording was made in May, 1997 approximately 4 miles north of the US-Mexico border. Only 1.5 minutes of the recording were made available for downloading out of approximately 20 minutes of nearly continuous singing by the same individual.

The original Bendire's Thrasher sound recording was produced using a Sennheiser MKH70 shotgun microphone and the audio was stored on a 48 ksps DAT using a Tascam DA-P1 digital audio recorder. The recording was down-sampled to 44.1 ksps and converted to MPEG3 to reduce the file size to 1.185Meg bytes. (This is going to take awhile to download). The distance from the microphone to the bird is about 10 feet.

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Copyright Greg Clark, 1999


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