WildlifeWildlife WatchingVermont Bird Records CommitteeVaried Thrush

Vermont Rare Bird Reports 2019

Common NameVaried Thrush
Scientific NameIxoreus naevius
Type of ReportRare Species
Date of Observation12/06/2018
MediaOther Documentation of Observation
Number Observed1
Reporting Observer's NameRuth Stewart
Mailing Address324 Morse Hill Rd
E Dorset, VT 05253
United States
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Date Completed12/10/2018
Latitude of Observation43.225304
Longitude of Observation-73.01956
Place NameE Dorset
Time of Day12:40 PM
Length of Time Observedless than a minute
Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)40'
Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)40
Noteworthy Weather Conditions

Overcast, 28degrees, dusting of snow on gd.

Optical Equipment Used for Observation

Naked eye. Immediately recognized as Varied Thrush so grabbed my Nikon Coolpix to take pictures instead of viewing with binos. Good thing I did as the bird stayed so, so briefly.

Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

Experienced birder. Seen many times in WA state when visiting family.

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Description of Habitat

Open lawn area in front of house with small circular garden and a large feeder at end area closest to house.

Behaviors Observed

Standing. Flew in, flew out. Sheer happenstance that I turned to look and bird was there.

Description of Vocalizations


Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

I can monitor my feeder from my home office which I had been doing for 4 hrs prior to sighting the VATH. I saw a robin sized bird with distinctive orange markings on the ground near my feeder. Day's tally entered into ebird.

Relative Size & Shape

Robin size and shape. Photo is much more 'descriptive' than any written description.


Dark head, orange eye line, orange throat

Feet & Bill

Dark, robin/thrush length bill, yellow legs

Upper Back


Lower Back & Rump

Dark. Too intent on getting a picture to rally notice.


Two rows of orange spots on dark wing - top row more spots, bottom row more an orange wing bar

Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

Orange throat, belly orange flowing into white


dark, medium length

IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

Didn't really need to eliminate anything but a robin due to orange markings

This report was written from notes taken:Immediately After