When I first got settled here, I was surprised at how few birds there were. The trees and bushes seemed silent compared to what I was used to at our house in the valley. I put out feed in hopes of encouraging the locals.
It took more than two weeks, but finally Juncos came - by the dozens.
A few weeks after that I was startled by a flash of bright blue, a Steller Jay.
And recently a handful of these cocky fellows. I've never seen this bird before so I got the out the book and found they are a Varied Thrush. They're considered 'an uncommon year round resident, a migrant visitor from September to March in forested areas.'