A while back I wrote that although the Brown Thrashers always showed up in my backyard in the spring, they always left to raise a family elsewhere. This year they decided to stay here and build their nest in the back jungle. All summer they rummaged through the leaves and branches to find yucky things to feed the kids. Never saw the nest but finally did see one large baby following them around getting fed, squawking the whole time.
Then one decided he would try the feeder hanging by my window and discovered the peanuts, shelled sunflower pieces, and the suet cake. Eureka!! That was it. No more scrabbing on the ground to find bugs when he could have the good stuff with very little effort. At first he was very shy and would grab and run. Not so any more. When he sees me he'll wait till the very last minute before he flies off. He'll even pose for a few pictures before he goes.
These were taken through the window, so they're not very good, but you get the idea. Click on them and you can see his little golden eye.