Every time I see a bird like this one in my walnut tree I assume it’s a robin. But something didn’t look quite right so I started snapping photos. I’m glad I did.
It was a female Varied Thrush. The female is not as boldly colored as the male, as shown in these photos my friend Jeff took. According to Birds of the Willamette Valley Region by Harry Nehls, Tom Aversa, and Hal Opperman, Varied Thrushes live in the mountains during the summer but travel down to our area in the winter to avoid the snow.
Despite its understated markings, the female is still a beautiful bird.