Varied Thrush is a rare but fairly regular vagrant in this area, and we can usually bank on one showing up at some point in the winter. Last winter I saw a nice female Varied Thrush at the Guelph Lake Dam, and a few days ago, Ken Burrell and I went to try and track one down that was reported at someones backyard feeder in Waterloo. Fortunately there was a park that backed on to the area where it was reported, and we spent about 20mins walking around looking for it. We were just on our way out when we spotted it in a dense stand of conifers and we watched it for several minutes. Unfortunately it was very secretive and the best shot I got of the bird was pretty terrible, as you can see below. You can still see some of the orange on the head coming through. Despite not getting good shots of it, it was still pretty exciting to track this bird down!
Worst shot of a Varied Thrush...ever?
Just in case you forgot what this beautiful species looks like, here is the one I saw last year in Guelph.