Varied Thrush

This past weekend I took a trip over to my friend’s house in Ely. She has been hosting a Varied Thrush at her feeders since mid-December.

Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush

The bird is a very handsome male. The male bird of this species is a much brighter color. The female’s plumage is more subdued.

Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush

The Varied Thrush is a “rare” regular here in Minnesota. Every winter at least one of these beautiful birds show up in Minnesota. The birds home range is the Pacific Northwest and on the west coast there is a seasonal movement from north to south.

Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush

But sometimes in the fall they wander a little too far to the east and end up in Minnesota. My friends in Ely have been spreading out cracked corn under their sunflower feeders and that’s where he spends his time, on the ground eating his fill. Then he will take off and head back to the woods for cover.

Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius

Ixoreus naevius

As I watched him on this cold, below zero morning, I noticed he would tuck one of his legs up into his feathers. In this photo you can just see his one toenail hanging down from his puffed up feathers.

Varied Thrush, Ixoreus naevius

Varied Thrush, Ixoreus naevius

Two years ago, my friend had a male Varied Thrush at her feeders in December, we are thinking that perhaps this is the same bird. Here is where I blogged about it before: http://visitcranelake.com/blog/?p=346

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2 Responses to Varied Thrush

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook says:

    There was a Varied Thrush that spent the winter at our neighbor’s yard by Hasty Brook near Cromwell,MN two years ago. I got to gomover and watch it several times. He was a gorgeous bird, and like you said, I thought he had a bright personality too. He was a life bird for me.

  2. Mike B. says:

    Beautiful photos! I love Varied Thrushes, and we are lucky to have them here in Oregon. The males have amazing colors.

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