Washington state

by Jennifer
(Spokane, Washington )

This is the first time I've ever seen this bird in my yard. It has a orange breast with a black collar and an orange face with a black mask. It's beak is long, black, and on the thinner side. It's wings have some orange spots on them as well. Its currently eating sunflower seeds on the ground. It's about the size of a robin. It's March 2nd. The picture is low quality because I could get any closer without scaring it. Any ideas??

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Mar 04, 2014
Varied Thrush
by: Jennifer

Thank you for the information! This bird isn't in my book. It was so pretty. I'm glad I got to see it.

Mar 04, 2014
washington state
by: Brook

Hi Jennifer,

I too think it would have to be a Varied Thrush. They are a beautiful and unusual looking bird here in the NW. I have them visiting now before they migrate further and I'm located in Troutdale just East of Portland, OR.

Mar 04, 2014
Varied Thrush
by: Judy-Seattle

Jennifer, I have posted photos here that I took of a Varied Thrush in my backyard last November.

Mar 04, 2014
Orange Bird
by: Judy-Seattle

Hi Jennifer. Your visitor is a Varied Thrush. I see them in my yard every fall and early spring. They are always feeding on the ground. They have a very unusual call. It sounds like a single ascending note followed by a brief pause then a descending note. It has a rather odd tone to it. I heard one a couple of days ago but haven't seen the bird yet. I usually hear the call early in the morning or early evening.

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