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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…