Length: approx 11.5"
Habitat: Brushy edges of woodlands, dry thickets, overgrown fields, early successional woodlands, forest openings such as power-line cuts, shrubby undergrowth in open woods, residential shrubs and hedges.
Diet: Insects, including beetles, ants, caterpillars, and cicadas; spiders; earthworms, snails, small amphibians; waste grains; nuts, especially acorns.
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Brown Thrasher breeds throughout New England, excluding northern Maine.
In Vermont, it breeds most abundantly in the Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley. This bird is found in fewer numbers throughout the rest of Vermont, except in the Green Mountains and the Northeast Kingdom, where it is rare or absent.
It breeds throughout New Hampshire but more sparsely in the northern part of the state.
In New England, a few Brown Thrashers winter along the coasts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
Winter Map from eBird
Sightings of the Brown Thrasher Dec-Feb over past 10 years (2009-2019)
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS