Austral Thrush

When I first saw this bird, I thought it was a robin. In winter, small flocks congregate in pastures and open areas searching for worms, snails (yeah!) and small insects. They also eat some seeds and small fruits and berries. This is the Magellanic thrush , in latin Turdus falcklandii and in Spanish Zorzal,  and is the southernmost living of the thrushes.  It lives in this area year round. They are closely related to blackbirds and the American robin.

They build nests out of grasses and twigs with a mud exterior and a soft lining probably of sheep wool since it is readily available in this area. The nests are usually on the ground in rocky crevices, dense foliage,  or other hidden places. They lay 2-3 blue eggs in the spring which in this hemisphere is September thru December.  The eggs hatch in 2 weeks and the young fledge in another 3 weeks.

A July afternoon walk

In July, think January – the northern hemisphere equivalent- it can be quite cold, rainy, and breezy but it was a beautiful afternoon – around 50 F. The day started out foggy and then cloudy but ended nicely with a bit of sun. Yesterday, it rained all day which is more typical for a Patagonian winter day. ??????????

 

 

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Here are some of the male blossoms with lots of pollen and a cone

 

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The trunk

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Willow trees are very common here with all the water

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They make a beautiful home for moss and lichens

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We explored the yard of this old burned down house

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The old foundation has become a miniature garden of moss

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This beautiful unidentified small tree is full of gorgeous berries

Can anyone ID this shrub?

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