Varied Thrush & Mountain Laurel

The Varied Thrush: a fascinating bird with an eerie song which inhabits the dark coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest. Similar to an American Robin in size and feeding habits, it is quite different in its song and reclusive manner. How did this bird end up in New England for me to paint? I don't have a definite answer, but from what I understand, it does sometimes appear outside its range, when food is scarce. However, that occurs usually in winter, so to see it here in breeding season is something special.
The other evening, I heard its song - an eerie raspy whistle on one note that resonates through the forest.
I painted this woodland bird sitting amongst Mountain Laurel which is blooming in abundance in the forests surrounding my home at this time of year.
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