I spotted this brown thrasher in Thompson, Illinois. I was really surprised that I was able to get a clear photo. Normally when I see brown thrashers they are hiding in bushes or brush piles.
Brown thrashers are large birds, with a long tail and long legs. It is copper-brown in color on top, with brown and white speckled underparts. Its beak is long and curved slightly downward. Brown thrashers have bright yellow eyes. This bird is an omnivore and will eat seeds, berries, insects, worms, snails, etc. They live in the the thick undergrowth of forests where they forage for food on the ground. Both the males and females incubate their eggs. They are fierce defenders of their nests.