Today, January 31, I refound the Varied Thrush at house on the SW side of Elk Lake, north of Zimmerman.  He did not come to the feeders, but after some searching I found him resting, then preening in a conifer behind the front yard feeders.


I returned to 253rd for crossbills, saw-whet and solitaire.  I did not find any of my three target birds.  It was incredibly quiet.  It seems like it's been a couple of weeks or more since anyone has reported seeing the Townsend's Solitaire.  If anyone with an update could post, that would be appreciated.


I talked to 3 birders who said that no one they talked to had seen or heard the Black-backed Woodpecker all day.  I stopped to listen from the road, but did not go in.  Thanks to Diana for showing me the bird yesterday.


Linda Sparling




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