While the girls were getting ready for school this morning I noticed an odd bird in the back yard. It was brown with a hooked bill. It would put it’s bill in the dirt, shake it’s head and look for bugs in the divits it was making. I tried  unsuccessfully to take a picture. There were 4 or 5 of them digging through the mole hills and sandy patches in the back yard.

Anyhow, while putzing around today I decided to do some quick research. Turns out the birds are called “The California Thrasher“. I’m not sure why I haven’t noticed them before, but they are kind of neat.

Here’s a picture I found online. It’s by Tom Grey from up at Stanford. Click on the picture to go to his bird website.

California Thrasher pictured by Tom Grey