California Thrasher II

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Back in March while birding and photographing flowers in Santa Cruz, CA I was thrilled to hear and see a California Thrasher for a minute…long enough to get a few images, before I spooked it trying to get a little bit closer to it.  You can see that post here.

I’ve been wishing to see one again, and be closer to it. Well, on Sunday I got my wish while birding down in the southern end of Santa Clara Valley.

California Thrasher

He was singing his little heart out!

California Thrasher

He sang for 10 minutes.  Then he stopped, gave himself a real good shake…

California Thrasher

…took a breath, and began singing again!

California Thrasher

Two little Bushtits flew into the bush beside him and began talking to him,

Bushtits

so he turned around to sing to them.

California Thrasher

There were a few more notes sung by the Bushtits to the Thrasher then they flew off. It happened so fast I was only able to get 3 shots of the Bushtits.  The image isn’t great. My lens kept wanting to focus on the branches in front of the bird rather than the little bird.

Then the Thrasher flew north. What a treat that was to hear him singing for so long.  It was the highlight of my morning.

The California Thrasher is found in California and Baja California.

I found some  California Thrasher Song sound files over on allaboutbirds.com that you can listen to here.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2015

More to come…

 

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Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Silicon Valley. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

30 thoughts on “California Thrasher II”

    1. Thank you so much Lynn! I missed you too! It’s nice to travel, but it’s good to be home. I hope I can catch up soon! My son and his fiance are coming home tonight for the week-end so I won’t be online too much this week-end either.

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I don’t think i’ve ever seen one. What a beak, and that tail…they both look so large for a small bird. You got some great shots. I’m going to head over to hear him sing.

    1. Thank you so much Dan! You’d only see this bird if you were in CA or Baja CA. The beak and tail are striking, but on this morning I found his song even more so. It’s Spring and he was working hard to attract a mate with his song. Spring is a wonderful time to be out birding!

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