Posted by: atowhee | February 8, 2017


Usually I see Varied Thrush feeding on the ground…in shade.  Or occasionally I don’t see them until they flush and fly into the center of a tree, often a conifer.  I do not put them into my “tree-top” category…up there with Scrub-Jays, starlings, flickers, kestrel and other higher ups.  But today there were two in thirty-foot tall bare tree…and one of them even called from up there. They were near my home in McMinnville, mid-afternoon between rains.vasth-two-pairvath-two-upMcMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 8, 2017 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.  8 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2     crows were pursuing Raven to drive it away, which they did
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  20

I am teaching a birding class for McMinnville Park & Rec this spring, click here for info.



  1. They think they are robins! It is pouring rain and gusty here. You better not be out getting soaked! m a

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