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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.
He was singing his little heart out!
He sang for 10 minutes. Then he stopped, gave himself a real good shake…
…took a breath, and began singing again!
Two little Bushtits flew into the bush beside him and began talking to him,
so he turned around to sing to them.
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…
30 thoughts on “California Thrasher II”
Thank you so much Donna!
This is lovely, I have missed you!
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.
fun times! Relax and enjoy your life!
🙂 I’ll try!
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. 🙂
Thank you so much Myriam! It was a gift I will cherish always. It’s not everyday one sees or hears such a duet! 🙂
what a great story !! wonderful captures Deb!
Thank you so much Hana!
you are most welcome!
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.
That is a bird with a lot of heart. And bill~look at that bill! Just wonderful, Deborah.
Isn’t it wonderful and unique! I feel so blessed to have seen and photograph it.
What a proud looking bird!
Thank you! It sure was proud, and a bit of a show off this morning. 🙂
Handsome bird, excellent shots!
Thank you so much Belinda!
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!
That is so cool that you got to hear one sing for 10 minutes, Deborah! Great photos! And what a lovely song he sings! 🙂
Thank you so much Jill! I’m glad you enjoyed the images, and song!
Wow look at the cool beak! It’s like high heels, but for a bird lol!
LOL! That’s funny Laura. Thank you so much for that laugh, and visit!
I can’t wait to listen to the bird songs and check out that website! Beautiful pictures!!!
Thank you so much Amie Elna! I’m so glad you enjoyed the images! I hope you like the song too.