Varied Thrush in Madelia, Minnesota. January, 2013

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Varied Thrush in Madelia, Minnesota. January, 2013

Post by TeeJay » January 21st, 2013, 12:26 pm

This female Varied Thrush showed up in our backyard on December 15, 2012 and is still here as of January 21, 2013.

Here's a few pics:

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Here's a couple of videos.

Video #1 late morning:



Video #2 late afternoon:



Birdy's a hot item, as we've now had at least 7 Birders make a special trip (some nearly half way across the state!) to either catch a brief glimpse of it from the street, or by watching an extended view from right here at our kitchen window.

Thank God for birds! 5 months is a long to time for poor northern herpetologists to go without seeing anything crawling around. :sleep:

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Re: Varied Thrush in Madelia, Minnesota. January, 2013

Post by Curtis Hart » January 21st, 2013, 2:47 pm

Only 7? I would have thought a Varied Thrush would get more attention than that. That's pretty nice to have that bird coming to your feeder for over a month. I haven't had anything out of the ordinary this winter.





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Re: Varied Thrush in Madelia, Minnesota. January, 2013

Post by Soopaman » January 21st, 2013, 4:10 pm

"Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks."

You'll be the first herper to find a dragon!

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Re: Varied Thrush in Madelia, Minnesota. January, 2013

Post by Andy Avram » January 22nd, 2013, 9:14 am

We had a Varied Thrush show up last fall on the west side of Cleveland (about 1 hour from my house). It was in a private development and permission was secured for birders to come and check out the bird. I tried twice and missed, but on weekdays there was 20-50 people there at any given time and weekends over 100. That bird drew a lot of attention.

Cool yard bird though! and I can't wait to finally see a Varied Thrush.

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Re: Varied Thrush in Madelia, Minnesota. January, 2013

Post by Ted » January 22nd, 2013, 3:25 pm

Nice find :beer:

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Re: Varied Thrush in Madelia, Minnesota. January, 2013

Post by cbernz » January 29th, 2013, 7:58 pm

Are you giving it mealworms or is it just eating regular seed?

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Re: Varied Thrush in Madelia, Minnesota. January, 2013

Post by TeeJay » January 31st, 2013, 8:15 am

Mostly regular bird seed. It also likes rabbit food and once I saw it grab a peanut-in-the-shell and fly off with it.

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Re: Varied Thrush in Madelia, Minnesota. January, 2013

Post by pete » February 2nd, 2013, 9:07 am

That is too cool! What a great guest to have for the winter.

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