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.