My friend Jeff took these photos some time ago in his backyard in central Oregon. I immediately recognized this bird- not because I’d seen it live before, or because I knew what it was. Rather, I’ve seen it’s picture many, many times…on the cover of my Sibley Guide (The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, that is).
It is a male Varied Thrush which is related to the American Robin. It feeds on berries which appear to be plentiful in Jeff’s tree. According to The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior:
The song…of the Varied Thrush haunts Redwood and Douglas-fir forests in the Pacific Northwest.
Now that is something that I need to hear!