Female Varied Thrush

by Bryce W. Robinson


This winter, at least two Varied Thrush have taken refuge in a very wild city park in Boise, Idaho. This park, Kathryn Albertson Park, is my go to spot for birding close to home. There have been a great collection of birds there this winter, including White-throated Sparrow, Bewick’s Wren, Evening Grosbeak, Both species of Waxwing, and the list goes on.

I’ve made it a personal goal to strengthen my video archive. Given the regularity of my sightings of both Varied Thrush and White-throated Sparrow, I’ve decided to focus on filming these birds while I have the opportunity.

Filming such secretive skulkers is tough. I’ve spent some time trying, botched multiple opportunities, and ended up empty handed time and again. Yesterday, the active White-throated Sparrow didn’t cooperate as usual, but a female Varied Thrush gave me the opportunity for the clip I’ve been hoping for. Although these clips are short, and at times anticlimactic, they are my goal. My goal is to create an opportunity for birders to get to know particular species a little better through more exposure to their plumage, posture, and behaviors, and re-live some birding moments through those short glimpses that make our day. These clips seem simple, but with most birds a decent video requires loads of persistence, patience, a little skill, and a moment of luck. The end result is so exciting for me, and something I plan to keep working on for the rest of my life.