Sunday, May 24, 2009
California Thrasher, Toxostoma redivivum, Batiquitos Lagoon. The California Thrasher lives on bugs and fruit. I'm not at all sure what purpose the hooked beak serves although I'd guess that it is for getting into little nooks and crannies where some tasty bug may be hiding. You see something similar with reef fish. These birds are found only in California and Baja California where they live in coastal chapparal. This is the first one I've seen although they are apparently not threatened. In listening to the recordings on the web, I believe that I've heard them before but this one just happened to be perching up in the open where I could snap a picture.