Bird in the Rain: Pacific Northwest
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.