The first of these "California" species is a life bird - California Thrasher. Ten years ago I wandered the Elfin Forest near Morro Bay in search of this species. No luck. So, I was not optimistic this time. Then I heard a thrasher type song, sought out the source, and found this gentleman posing and singing ...
|California Quail (hen)|
The Yellow-billed Magpie lacks "California" in its common name, but it range is pretty much restricted to the central valleys of California. On a rare rainy day, this individual posed for me at a rest area not far from Pinnacles Nat'l Park ...
The California Scrub-Jay has not yet achieved species status; officially it is still the Western Scrub-Jay. The Pacific population is richer in color, has distinctive plumage characteristics, a thicker bill, and tends to be bold and conspicuous. Many feel it is overdue for species status. Someday ...
|Western Scrub-Jay (California Scrub-Jay)|