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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,


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 that you can listen to here.

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

More to come…




  1. Awesome series!

  2. This is lovely, I have missed you!

  3. Gorgeous photos, Deborah! How lovely that you got to hear him sing for 10 whole minutes! With a bushtit duo interlude! I’ll check out his song tomorrow. 🙂

  4. what a great story !! wonderful captures Deb!

  5. Photos and blog were awesome but the added sound effect link was thru the roof! Nice post.

    • Thank you so much Gordon! I’m looking forward to your images from China. It’s on my Bucket list, but who knows if I’ll ever see any of it.

  6. That is a bird with a lot of heart. And bill~look at that bill! Just wonderful, Deborah.

  7. What a proud looking bird!

  8. Handsome bird, excellent shots!

  9. 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.

    • 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!

  10. That is so cool that you got to hear one sing for 10 minutes, Deborah! Great photos! And what a lovely song he sings! 🙂

  11. Wow look at the cool beak! It’s like high heels, but for a bird lol!

  12. I can’t wait to listen to the bird songs and check out that website! Beautiful pictures!!!

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