They’re not juniper berries, but this medium-sized grey bird–which is rarely seen here in BC (so rare, as a matter of fact, that my sighting of it actually required filing late last year as a rare bird alert in BC (for the Vancouver Area and Fraser Valley region)–clearly isn’t finicky when it comes to winter fruits. This Townsend’s Solitaire (another bird for my life list) materialized on our front lawn pyracantha bush on December 9, 2015, but it required two more visits more a week later to finally get proof of this handsome thrush. Photographed on December 18, 2015.
every bird who visits us just *has* to take a turn posing on the pyracantha bush
f/7.1, 1/400, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 1000
“Charlie” lives up to his reputation of being a solitary bird. I have not seen any others of his kind (that white eyering is a real attention-grabber) in the area, and eBird sightings typically only show 1 or 2. He has not been defending these pommes (aggressively or otherwise), but the six other American Robins with him were! I had to shoot him rather surreptitiously, as my previous attempts were unsuccessful. Of course, he was dining with a number of other birds this time, which probably distracted him.