I spent some time yesterday on Antelope Island State Park photographing and listening to a very cooperative and melodious Sage Thrasher. The light was not the best because of clouds blocking the morning rays of the sun but the bird kept singing so I kept photographing it. Its not like bad light has ever stopped me before. 🙂 Sage Thrashers are often called the Mockingbirds of the Sagebrush and they are probably more closely related to mockingbirds than they are thrashers.
This Sage Thrasher was singing from the top of an old stump of a dead Sagebrush close to the road, this stump is a favorite of Western Meadowlarks too.
Sage Thrashers and Northern Mockingbirds are from the same family and they can mimic the sounds of other birds, in fact yesterday I thought I was hearing another Sage Thrasher in different location on the island but it turned out to be my first of the year Northern Mockingbird!
You can listen to the song of the Sage Thrasher here, they sing during the day but will also sing throughout the night especially during a full moon.
Sage Thrashers are currently listed by the IUCN as a species of least concern but a recent study by the USGS suggests that climate change may affect their habitat and could cause a 78% decline in their overall population.
I’m glad the Sage Thrashers are back on Antelope Island because I enjoy listening to them and photographing them is great too.