Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) – The Brown Thrasher! – sounds like a professional wrestler. Apparently, the name thrasher doesn’t derive from the word thrash; meaning to beat or flog with or as with a flail; punish, as by whipping. It is most likely a variant of dialectal thrusher, from THRUSH (songbird). That according to the American Heritage Dictionary. Not one to argue with my American Heritage Dictionary I must however note that the Brown Thrasher does love to thrash about in the leaves and debris of the forest floor looking for insects. They grab leaves, twigs and debris in their beak and fling them to one side or the other. I haven’t been able to photograph this species too often. They tend to be secretive and solitary and love to hang out in underbrush and vine tangles. This specimen was found along the banks of Mill Creek near my home. I was wading the creek when I heard something thrashing about in the leaves. The series of images above show the Brown Thrasher drinking. Thrashing is hot busy work and he or she was thirsty. I enjoy shooting from the water, whether I’m in a kayak or just wading. As long as I am in or on the water the wildlife seems to be less concerned with my presence.