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Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Colorful visitor

Similar in size and shape to the American Robin but slighter in build, the Varied Thrush is a boldly patterned bird.

The Varied Thrush is similar in behavior to the American Robin, but more elusive. Much of its foraging is done on the ground, usually in dense cover, although sometimes it forages on open lawns and roads. The Varied Thrush's song is a unique fuzzy, metallic whistle on different pitches.

Like other species of thrushes, Varied Thrushes eat a combination of insects and berries, shifting seasonally. In winter, they feed on berries, seeds, and acorns, in trees or shrubs or on the ground. In summer, they prey on insects and other invertebrates.
This one seemed to enjoy the seed and fruit suet cake on the feeder.

Varied Thrushes are altitudinal migrants. They generally breed at middle to high elevations. They head down into the lowlands in winter. In late winter and early spring, they may wander to more open areas, and then in March and April they return to their breeding range. Winter range may depend on severity of weather.
I enjoy watching these colorful visitors when they visit my garden.

12 comments:

Becca's Dirt said...

Beautiful birds.

Alison said...

What pretty, interesting birds! I'll have to keep my eye out for them when Spring comes. I've never heard of them before, but I've seen plenty of robins. Thanks for posting about them, great information!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

They are pretty! I remember first seeing them a few years ago by our pond in the winter. They are jut occasional visitors here. I didn't really know much about them, great info!

GAIL said...

Boy, that little bird needs to join me on my daily weightloss walks! But he sure is pretty.
Hugs, Gail

Kim and Victoria said...

Beautiful!

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Debbie said...

What a beautiful bird!

Debbie

Aerie-el said...

Great post and pictures! They are such pretty birds. Seattle Audubon Society has great info on their website, including recordings you can play of different bird songs. Here's a link to varied thrush info where you can play their haunting song: http://birdweb.org/birdweb/bird_details.aspx?id=355
Happy New Year!

Carrie said...

it looks like the perfect round little bird a child would draw - i love it!

Jenni said...

I don't get them too often our yard, but I have seen them on walks in some of our wooded parks. Great pics!

Grace Peterson said...

Jennifer, I just saw a Varied Thrush this morning. It must have found some yummy bugs because it hung around for quite awhile.

Pond Pumps said...

Really it is true watching birds amongst the flowers birds enjoying the pleasure of the garden is a very beautiful sight to watch. This enhances the beauty of the garden. I always enjoy the company of such visitors in my garden very often. Those pictures are cute.