The Hilltop Conservation park at Dana Point is an important island set aside in the growing beach communities of Southern California. This small park that overlooks the harbor is home to several at risk or endangered species including the California Thrasher and California Gnatcatcher. On the walk down to the look out points, there were 4 or 5 Thrashers sitting conspicuously on the top of the Sumac. This vocal bird was doing a fantastic job of mimicking several other birds. I love the songs they mimic that are of birds off in the distance, shows off the ability of these amazing xerophilic (dry-loving) birds.