This is another first photographed for me - the Brown Thrasher. Like the Spotted Towhee, the Brown Thrasher stays in dense underbrush. It will dart out to grab a bite to eat, then return to the brush as quickly as it appeared. Like most other thrashers, the Brown prefers running or hopping to flying.
The Brown Thrasher eats insects (loves beetles), worms, grains, nuts, berries, and fruit. Its numbers are said to be declining - possibly due to the fragmentation of large, wooded habitat that it needs.