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Bird in the Rain: Pacific Northwest

November 21, 2012

Meteorologists have been busy reporting on a series of rainstorms in the Pacific Northwest that have brought record amounts of precipitation to some areas over the past few days. But this Varied Thrush, photographed by FeederWatcher Brandon Green, in Eugene, Oregon, doesn’t seem to mind. Notice how the rain is simply running off the back of the bird. Special oils, contained in the uropygial gland located at the base of the tail, help to make the feathers water resistant. Birds spread the oils through the feathers by preening.

Varied Thrush by Brandon Green, Eugene Oregon

4 Comments
  1. November 21, 2012 9:19 am

    Very nice! 🙂 Woof Woof

  2. Joyanne Hamilton permalink
    November 21, 2012 9:23 am

    Every year the Varied Thrush, or “Fancy Robin”, as Deg Hitan people call him, arrives in our area at the end of May. The mysterious song they make is so welcomed; spring is here! In 33 years of living here, though, I have never seen one. What a beauty in this photo!

  3. November 21, 2012 6:46 pm

    Love this bird! We had one in Ottawa, Canada last winter, so I got it as a lifer then. I was disappointed not to see any during my trip out west last July.

  4. December 7, 2012 12:34 am

    I have seen many of these beauties lately eating the last apples on my trees. I love the song they sing!

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