Wednesday, February 12, 2014

California Thrasher

California Thrasher
California Thrasher. Lake Hodges, California. February 2, 2014. Greg Gillson.
One of the inhabitants of chaparral habitats in California is the California Thrasher. They are larger than robins, but rather secretive in winter. However, they have started singing now from exposed perches. Their songs are in many TV shows filmed outdoors in California. For instance, the TV show Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983) was supposed to be Kansas. But it is filled with the natural on-location songs of California Quail and California Thrashers, birds that do not occur in Kansas. It was filmed at the Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley, NE of Los Angeles. As I've said before: Never watch TV with bird watchers!

California Thrasher
California Thrasher. Lake Henshaw, California. January 26, 2014. Greg Gillson.