Bird watching: varied thrush, revisited

Self-tutoring about birds: the tutor mentions a favourite, the varied thrush.

I’ve written a couple of posts about varied thrush, a year-round resident on Vancouver Island. Possibly similar to the Steller’s jay, the varied thrush is more visible certain times of year, as opposed to others, even though it doesn’t migrate.

Here, the varied thrush is often seen (and heard) from late winter through spring. Today, a great specimen appeared outside atop a low tree. My wife noted its handsome orange breast framed by a black collar, then its blue back. It’s a beautiful bird, seen up close. The one we saw today seemed a bit bigger than a robin.

I haven’t heard one, yet, though I’m listening for them. Hopefully soon:)


Hoar, De Smet, et al. Birds of Canada. Edmonton: Lone Pine Publishing, 2010.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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