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Tag Archives: Varied Thrush
Here are some random birds from recent weeks. This Great Blue Heron was wading deep at Commonwealth Lake. The white face and yellow eye really popped, giving her a creepy look. A Black-capped Chickadee was excavating a cavity in a … Continue reading
This is that long awkward time of year between winter and spring. The big winter flocks have broken up, but the spring migrants haven’t returned yet. As I have said before, there is always something to see, but we have … Continue reading
One consolation to the dreary wet weather of winter is the occasional appearance of a Varied Thrush. These are birds of the shadows, nesting in mature forests of the Coast Range and Cascades. In winter, they move to lower elevations, … Continue reading
The grounds around Pittock Mansion in northwest Portland are a favorite spot for spring migrants. Most people visit this park to tour the ostentatious limestone house, but birders prefer the brushy hillsides and the woods around the parking lot. Since … Continue reading
This March has been one of the coolest and wettest on record in the Portland area. Aside from keeping me indoors far more than I would like, the weather has created a bit of a stall in spring’s progress. The … Continue reading
Here are some photos from a recent scouting trip to Mt. Hood for my upcoming Portland Audubon class. Timothy Lake, a good spot to look for migrant loons and grebes Varied Thrush on the shore of Timothy Lake Clear Lake … Continue reading
I don’t have good habitat for Varied Thrushes, but I get to see them occasionally in winter. This female was poking around under the feeder recently, until the resident male American Robin chased her off.