For example, this is a robin.
Picture taken in San Jose, where the bird kindly posed for me in the city's little central park, opposite the Tech Museum
Not really the tiny little red-breasted creature we're familiar with in Europe.
Other Californian avian moments on this trip included seeing what could only have been California condors slowly circling above the cliffs and mountains of the Big Sur coast, and the strangely flourescent orange safety-jacketed road-side antics of the red-winged blackbirds on the northern edges of San Francisco bay as we drove up to Napa.
Oh, that and what could possible be the best number-plate mount seen yet: "Happiness is biting my parrot back"*
* I am worried that searching Google for the source of such a beast came up with a site full of parrot-related ephemera.