I decided to run up to Roseville after work on Monday. The weather that day was pretty miserable, with overcast skies and drizzle that turned into cold rain, so I was not sure that I would be able to get any pics, but since we do not often see varied thrush in Minnesota I decided that it was definitely worth a try.
When I arrived at the location that the bird had been spotted there were already several other birders there, including Sharon Stiteler the Birdchick, the bird was in the crab apple trees along with a few robins. Unfortunately before I could get set up for a shot a passing car spooked the birds and they all flew off. Since most everyone else had already had good looks of the bird they all decided to leave but I stayed hoping that the bird would return.
About 15 to 20 minutes later a couple of robins came back to the crab apples, which got my hopes up, and then in flew the thrush. The thrush flew to the back side of the tree but I was able to find a position to shoot through the branches. Since the lighting was so bad I had to turn my ISO up to 800 and open up my aperture so that I could get enough light. Because of this the pictures are a bit washed but they I was happy with them considering the conditions. If he sticks around for a bit perhaps I will have an opportunity to photograph him in the sun and get some better pics, but since the varied thrush is a west coast bird and they do not often come to our part of the country I am happy just to have the pics that I got.