Continuous rain has made it nearly impossible to get out birding. Even when I do get outside for a walk, I seldom take my camera equipment because of the threat of rain. So, it was a treat when this Varied Thrush showed up in my back yard while I was making cookies.
What was even more of a treat was that it stuck around long enough for me to go upstairs and get my camera and then stuck around even longer for several shots. I am pretty sure that leaving leaves in the flower beds until Spring, a hint from the Audubon society, is what attracts the bird.
It spent the whole time I was watching it turning over leaves looking for bugs.
I was surprised that it kept coming closer and closer, although it was clear that it saw me at the open patio door.
I assume it must have been curious because he jumped on top of our garden Buddha and gave me a close look before disappearing into the fir tree.
Now, if it would just show up on a sunnier day I could properly capture its bright colors and really do its beauty justice.