|Varied Thrush spotted in Tilden Nature Area near Boardwalk|
|Varied Thrush in Codornices Park|
|Varied Thrush, Wildcat Gorge Trail, Tilden Regional Park|
|Varied Thrush along El Toyonal Road|
And that is the question: will we never be seeing again the Varied Thrushes this season? Are they largely gone . . . for now? A web search just now came up with the possible answer to my serial conundrum in related posts - their populations go up and down on a 2-year cycle. Or in some places, maybe a 3 or 5-year cycle. This would explain why I had not ever seen one until about three years ago. So there you have it, Varied Thrush lovers, an exhaustive inquiry into - not good! - a "Common Bird in Steep Decline" as reported in The State of the Birds Report 2014. A sobering fact is that in a few short decades the Varied Thrush's population - along with 32 other birds - has plunged by 50%. Although designated as a species of "least concern", we are most fortunate to enjoy the rarefied company of the Varied Thrush.
BONUS FOOTAGE of Varied Thrush hopping up a branch: