Rare bird: Varied Thrush makes a stop at Wesselman Woods | Home & Garden
Wesselman Woods Nature Center is a hosting habitat for a bird rarely seen in this area, the Varied Thrush. This is a west coast species that only rarely migrates to the eastern US. The thrush is similar in size and shape to a robin, but with much brighter color markings. The bird, a male in its first year, has been seen at the bird feeders near the Nature Center for over two weeks and at all times of the day.
The thrush can be easily seen from the bird viewing room inside the nature center, which provides very convenient viewing and photo opportunities of this unusual species. This is a rare opportunity to see this unique species up close in Indiana.
Before traveling a long distance to see him, the Center recommends calling ahead to ask if he is still being seen. They never know if and when he will return, but they can give you an update on “last seen”.
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve & Nature Center is located at 551 N. Boeke Rd., Evansville. The nature preserve is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday 12-5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays. For more information call 479-0771 or visit www.wesselmannaturesociety.org.