While hiking on one of my regular trails I came upon a western thrasher calling from the top of an oak tree about 100 yards away. In the calm of the morning, his calling seemed very close and the recording is good.
The western thrasher’s call is very unique and identifiable after you’ve heard one. They are secretive and spend most of their time in the chaparral, but expose themselves while singing. They are drab in color and about the size of a scrub jay. Their long downward turning beak gives them away.