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He was quite vocal in Furnace Creek, Death Valley, California.
I have been told by two birders in the Field Guide: Birds of the World
group that this is a Great-Tailed Grackle. Not a Thrasher at all.
What a thrill! According to the Death Valley Bird list this bird is a "Rare' visitor to the park with a low chance of encountering one, although not out of normal range.
Thank you mpgoodey, and Dave Appleton!
Shari, good call!
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