|California Thrasher singing at dawn. Discovery Lake, San Marcos, California. December 14, 2014. Greg Gillson.|
How exciting it was, then, to have a pair of these birds out in the open feeding on the ground only 15 feet away! This was at Lake Hodges in Rancho Bernardo, just south of Escondido.
Rather more brownish than gray, the dark eye helps separate it from other similar long-billed, paler gray, desert thrashers of the American Southwest. The under tail coverts are described as the color "tawny," which is a pale brown or brownish-orange. Okay, butterscotch colored maybe.
|California Thrasher. Lake Hodges, California. December 14, 2014. Greg Gillson.|