[Tweeters] Varied thrush in Ballard Lower Sunset Hill

Matt Dufort matt.dufort at gmail.com
Thu Dec 26 16:28:35 PST 2019

Sharon et al.,

I think it's likely that these sightings relate to the recent snow in the
mountains. In my experience, Varied Thrushes will spend early winter
fairly high up in the foothills, but snow accumulation seems to push them
down into the lowlands. The storms over the last week likely made the
higher elevations uninhabitable for them, leading to an increase in numbers
around Puget Sound.

It would be interesting to look at numbers of them on the Puget Sound CBCs
in years with and without heavy snow before the count period. Or to look
at eBird reports before and after the first heavy snows of the year.

Good birding,

Matt Dufort

On Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 10:23 AM Sharon Howard <clmssh at comcast.net> wrote:

> Yesterday we saw our first varied thrush in our front yard hopping on the

> sidewalk. I was thrilled and wrote to some friends, one of whom saw a

> varied thrush near her home in W. Seattle on December 24 and a second

> friend had just seen one on Orcas Island a few days before. I do not know

> if the 3 sightings tell us anything about the number of these birds or

> their locations this time of year or if they are unusual here, but I

> considered our sightings a gift from nature. Happy Holidays.



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