We are excited about a Varied Thrush sighting today in our yard next to Paramount Park.
Hopefully he will return so I can get a better photo. But got this sillouette. Just a few moments before it was in better light, but missed it. But was able to ID it for sure.
|Varied Thrush in Birch Tree|
photo credit-Janet Way
And good photos.
|photo credit-Cornell Lab|
- Males, but only rarely females, defend and maintain small feeding territories around bird feeders. They are aggressive and dominate many other feeder bird species.
- To defend a territory a male may first give a Tail-Up display where the bird faces away from the intruder and holds its tail up to show off the gray-and-white patterned undertail coverts. If the intruder keeps coming the male may turn around and give the Head-Forward display with the wings fanned to show off the orange wing stripe and the tail cocked up over the head showing the white corners.
- Data from Project FeederWatch show that populations go up and down every other year. Gohere for a discussion.
Arthropods, fruit, acorns.
- Breeds in wet coniferous or mixed forests. Prefers mature forests with a closed canopy, but found in second growth forests.
- Winters in forests, parks, and gardens.
BehaviorFeeds primarily on ground for litter-dwelling arthropods; grabs litter in bill, hops back, tosses litter aside, then examines cleared area.