I’ll always remember the first time I spotted one of these birds!
It was on a very cold winter morning in our garden in Portland, Oregon.
I had to get the bird field guide out since I’d never seen this bird before and
learned they are easily identified by their black and orange markings.
Varied thrushes always appear with very cold weather
and disappear as soon as springtime arrives.
The last few years I haven’t seen nearly as many visit our garden!
This past winter I saw only three of them,
whereas in previous winters I might see a dozen of them all at once.
I wonder if it’s related to climate change?