Shy but Hungry


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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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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4 Responses to Shy but Hungry

  1. Chris says:

    There are a couple of places where Varied Thrush are seen around here. We got our lifer just before we moved here, on a visit. They were seen a lot in January last year but Jim was in too much pain then to care, and we didn’t see them. This year there have been a couple seen, and we went to the spot but missed it. Maybe soon. Currently there is an Evening Grosbeak coming to a feeder about two miles from here, going to try that too. We got our lifer of those up in the Sierras 10 years ago. I saw it first, no question what it was. Just like the picture in the field guide.

  2. says:

    Beautiful picture!!!!

  3. Deborah Pinkham says:

    Lovely photo!

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