Rancho San Rafael, Reno, Washoe (10/28/14)
The Varied Thrush reported by Meg Andrews this morning was still in the botanical gardens in the early afternoon. I saw it almost immediately upon arrival at 1:00, but just got a glimpse & couldn't find it again. It was on ground well west of the fountain, flying up into a tree as I approached, & it was only then that I recognized it for what it was. After that, it disappeared for good though there's lots of suitable adjoining habitat & there's no reason to think it went very far. I didn't get a good enough look to be positive, but I think it was a female. After seeing the thrush, I looked around for another 45 minutes in search of small owls (this is definitely the season for them in NW Reno) but had no luck.
The only other birds of note were in a small mixed flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Mountain Chickadees & Ruby-crowned Kinglets foraging through the trees & bushes.
--Fred Petersen, Reno