Sage Thrasher - Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
Today at approximately 4:20 pm I observed a bird about the size of a Mockingbird (there was not other bird to compare the size with in the area), with the general appearance of a Mockingbird but when observed through binoculars it had a cheek pattern, brown vertical streaked breast, and bill similar to a Mockingbird, the coloration was brown and not gray as you would expect a Mockingbird to be. When I first saw the bird with my bare eyes I thought it was a Mockingbird out of its territory, but when observed through my binoculars it was quite apparent it was not a Mockingbird but rather a Sage Thrasher.
I saw this bird at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in Davis. It was at the merge of the car route and the route that hunters drive directly to the hunters check station and makes a sharp right turn to go directly to the hunters check station – there is a sign there pointing to the 'Hunter Check Station'. The bird was observed for about one minute perched near the top of one of the tallest plants in the area. It then flew down towards an irrigation ditch near where the ditch makes a right angle.