This week’s photo, taken November 21, 2015 in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, WA, features a female VARIED THRUSH.
The VARIED THRUSH, a rare sight in most regions of the United States, is fairly common in the Pacific Northwest during the winter months. Yet, due to its secretive nature, it often remains hidden from bird-watchers who hope for a glimpse of this attractive thrush.
Nevertheless, when there’s food available, even a shy bird will come out in the open. Last Saturday, while we were conducting a monthly bird survey in the Arboretum for the Seattle Audubon Society, half a dozen or more Varied Thrushes gathered to feast on the colorful and irresistible berries of a Sorbus tree.
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