Chasing a Desert Apparition: LeConte’s Thrasher
Hoffman Room, The San Diego Foundation – Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Presented by Jay Sheppard.
LeConte’s Thrasher is a poorly-known, and little-studied species found in the hottest and driest deserts of the American Southwest and northwestern Mexico. Mr. Sheppard has spent years studying this enigmatic bird. He will be providing some of the results of his study and some insight into the daily life of this thrasher. A well-illustrated presentation of the thrasher’s ecology will be followed by a detailed summary of its general biology. A color-marked thrasher population was studied near Maricopa, California, and resulted in a better understanding of their daily lives, dispersal and movements. Other fascinating aspects of this shy bird’s life include information on reproduction, behavior, and vocalizations, as well as feeding and prey preferences. Numerous anecdotes will also be given in this talk. Jay’s monograph on this species is being published by the Western Field Ornithologists and is expected to be out this coming April. Jay is a retired ornithologist of the US Fish & Wildlife Service and now lives in Laurel, Maryland.