• 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.

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    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