This summer we had the wonderful experience of having Brown Thrashers nest in our back yard. They were such a wonder to experience. We have a shitzu/ maltese dog and there happened to be a cat in our yard and she just went crazy when she saw that cat. The birds must have been paying attention to what was going on. The next day when Gizmo and I were in the back yard the bird came on our deck and was just talking away to Gizmo as if to say thank you for saving our babies from that cat. Every time after that day when ever Gizmo was in the back yard you could see one or both of the birds hopping around talking away to Gizmo like they were buddies. It was such a wonderful thing to see. I really hope they decide to return next spring. I sure Gizmo does too!!!!!