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What is that bird? March 5, 2024

What is that bird? March 5, 2024

What is that bird? March 5, 2024

It is the coldest morning this week.  -24•c.  Even the woodpeckers are slow to get up.  The first feathered visitor is a Northern Flicker.  He is at the base of the tree pecking up the scraps from yesterday.  A movement catches my eye-orange and a black necklace.  Oh, another Flicker has arrived.  But no.  That scurrying walk is not a Flicker but a lovely bright orange and black Varied Thrush.  He makes daily visits now under the feeders and we do put out some extra seeds and chopped apple cores on the ground for him.  I am sure he is wondering why he arrived during such cold unpleasant weather.

 Varied ThrushFree Varied Thrush Thrush photo and picture

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Varied_Thrush/id

The Varied Thrush enjoys fruits, berries, seeds, and insects.  It enjoys moist evergreen forest habitats.  It migrates from high elevations in the summer to winter in the lowlands, usually returning to our area of the Cariboo in mid-March.  It has a beautiful haunting call.

Let’s have a look at some of the other members of the Thrush family that live in B.C.  They all have beautiful singing voices, a scurrying run, and they spend a lot of time on the ground.  They will also spend time in the lower branches of the trees.  Some are very reclusive while others gather in groups on our lawns and can eat very berry off of a Mountain Ash tree in an afternoon.

American RobinFree Birds American Robin photo and picture

 https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Robin/overview#

The Robin is one of the most common birds in Canada and is seen coast to coast.  Often in large groups running around the lawn looking and then pulling out a worm to feed on. First up in the morning and last to bed and always singing.

 Swainson’s  Thrush

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Swainsons_Thrush/idFree Swainson'S Thrush Bird photo and picture

This summer visitor has a flute like song.  They primarily migrate at night and are often victims of highly lit tall buildings in city landscapes.

 Hermit Thrush

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hermit_Thrush/id

Similar to the Swainson’s Thrush, this fine bird has a reddish tail.  It is considered one of the finest songbirds in the area.  Their song begins with a long clear whistle continuing on with a cascade of flute sounds in varying pitches.

Free Hermit Thrush Bird photo and picture

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