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Dec 28, 2016 11:56 |  #1

This Varied Thrush appeared at a local birding buddy's residence a few days before Christmas. She has gotten some good shots of it and I was able to get a few yesterday when the sun finally shone. Minnesota Ornithologists' Union records indicate five or less reported sightings of this species in our county in winter, the only time one might be expected. They are residents of the rainforests of the Pacific NW, but a few, for whatever reason, end up rarely but regularly in the mid-west and even the north-eastern US in winter. Oddly enough, one appeared at another birding friend's house a year ago and I was able to photograph that one too. They are a species that is very skittish and difficult to approach. But they surely are worth the effort to try as they are a gorgeous species.


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Dec 28, 2016 12:02 |  #2

Nice. My front yard has 3 or 4 foraging around as we speak.


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Dec 28, 2016 14:26 |  #3

A couple of great shots.




  
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Dec 28, 2016 20:15 |  #4

Very nice shots. I appreciate seeing the back of the bird in number two.


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Dec 28, 2016 22:44 |  #5

Beautiful bird-one showed up a few miles north of my house two years ago, in the same area I find snowy owls, but I was unable to find it(of course, people who went by five minutes later were able to find it). Of course, I was concentrating on the owls and didn't know how big a deal a varied thrush is for the area until after it moved on.




  
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Dec 29, 2016 05:21 |  #6

Tis a beauty Al, there is one that shows up here usually most winters in the same yard each year, never have made the trip before to try and find it. Beautiful work as usual.


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Dec 29, 2016 09:21 |  #7

N.V.M. wrote in post #18225705 (external link)
Nice. My front yard has 3 or 4 foraging around as we speak.


dm1215al wrote in post #18225828 (external link)
A couple of great shots.


Greg_8 wrote in post #18226078 (external link)
Very nice shots. I appreciate seeing the back of the bird in number two.


Shackleton wrote in post #18226168 (external link)
Beautiful bird-one showed up a few miles north of my house two years ago, in the same area I find snowy owls, but I was unable to find it(of course, people who went by five minutes later were able to find it). Of course, I was concentrating on the owls and didn't know how big a deal a varied thrush is for the area until after it moved on.


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Tis a beauty Al, there is one that shows up here usually most winters in the same yard each year, never have made the trip before to try and find it. Beautiful work as usual.

Thank you all for your kind comments. Wouldn't one love to know why these birds migrate so far east in winter, of all seasons? Apparently, if they have the right resources, they tend to stay all winter in a spot. So, we are currently keeping a group of MN County Listers in the loop who would love to come up and add it to their lists.


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Dec 29, 2016 17:07 |  #8

Pretty great Christmas present. Happy for your good fortune, nice shooting


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Dec 29, 2016 18:03 |  #9

What a beauty, nice shots Allan. Way to rise to the challenge, well done.


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Dec 30, 2016 05:46 |  #10

Well done Allan.


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Dec 30, 2016 06:02 |  #11

What a beautiful bird, and great to see a rarity.


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Dec 30, 2016 10:09 |  #12

CaptBob wrote in post #18226977 (external link)
Pretty great Christmas present. Happy for your good fortune, nice shooting


Nighthound wrote in post #18227030 (external link)
What a beauty, nice shots Allan. Way to rise to the challenge, well done.


Red Dexs wrote in post #18227478 (external link)
Well done Allan.


cannylad wrote in post #18227488 (external link)
What a beautiful bird, and great to see a rarity.

Thank you, guys; I appreciate your taking the time to comment. I think it would really be neat to see one of these birds in their more typical rainforest habitat in the Pacific NW. They have a very haunting call that apparently is well suited to that verdant environment.


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