Thursday, December 13, 2012
New bird: Varied Thrush
It sort of looked like a robin-size wren with dark brown and clear yellow markings. As soon as I'd finished my (now distracted) conversation with the contractor, I zipped inside to get my National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America. Weirdly, it opened right to a picture of the bird in question - the varied thrush, the female. It is hard to tell from the tiny map, but apparently Seattle is part of either it's year round habitat or its winter range.
I don't know how I've managed 20 years in Seattle without seeing this beauty, but what a fun thrill to spot a new bird in my own yard. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a fabulous site about birds with great pictures, information and recordings of their sounds. You can check out my new Thrush friend there.