A very rare sighting yesterday at Paulik Park (apart from blue sky) was a Varied Thrush perched in plain view on a branch at eye-level. I had just enough time to raise my camera and snap a picture of its vanishing tail (arrow).
The bird then went into classic VATH mode, flying a short distance into dense foliage and looking back nervously over its shoulder. It flew further, and I lost sight of it.
I went back to the park today and quickly found one, and then two, males feeding on holly berries. As usual, they offered only brief, partially obstructed views.
This is, by the way, two VATHs more than I saw during the entire winter last year. (Here they tend to be winter birds, arriving at lower elevations after the early mountain snows.)
This one is dangerously close to providing a chance for a decent photo. Lucky for him, the light was poor.
I'll be back, birds.