After the Melt: Varied Thrushes!

Kirkland Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush: Occasional neighborhood visitor.

My home office overlooks our street, a quiet cul-de-sac in Kirkland. It’s perfect for watching neighborhood going’s-on—including, of course, whatever birds are around.

Yesterday morning there were an unusual number of yard birds, happily picking at the seeds and other detritis left by the melting snow. Juncos, Robins, Chickadees, and—most exciting for me—Varied Thrushes. More Varied Thrushes than I’ve seen here before. They visit us when their upper-elevation homes get especially cold.

I raced to put on decent clothes, slinked outside with my camera, and was rewarded by a pretty shot of this fellow.

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