Thrushes are another common family for your yard bird photography. I find the name a bit confusing because it also includes robins and bluebirds. I am sure the American Robin was the first bird that I could identify and one most everyone can as well.
Thrushes – Family Turdidae
The Thrushes family Turdidae, are a group of passerine birds that occur mainly but not exclusively in the Old World. They are plump, soft plumaged, small to medium sized insectivores or sometimes omnivores, often feeding on the ground. Many have attractive songs. Well that was rather boring, but here is a bit more from Wikipedia. There is much better information about the different species in this family on All About Birds.
Thrushes – Collective Nouns
The official collective noun for Robins is a worm. I love that one! I am endlessly amused by collective nouns and have seen a group of robins called a round, a hood, a rouge, a jolly, a redbreast, a christopher, a bobbin and of course someone came up with a rockin!
Bluebirds seem to have been left out in the cold and have not been given a collective noun. I always seem to associate bluebirds with the nest boxes that people build for them. I think a box of bluebirds is fitting. Your thoughts?
A mutation of thrushes seems like a rather poor collective noun, but I am somewhat stuck on that one at the moment.
Thrushes – Jeff Wendorff’s Photography Portfolio
I have quite a few images in my thrushes photography portfolio. You can see all of them and order prints or purchase the rights for your publication needs. In fact my image gallery has grown so much that I have broken the thrushes up in to easier to find groups.
The thrush portfolio contains well the thrushes and solitaires and the bluebird gallery is shockingly enough, bluebirds!
Books on Collective Nouns
If you love collective nouns you might like to check these out.