The Townsend's solitaire is native to the the western half of North America. They breed up in western Canada, Alaska and the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. Those that live up in Alaska and Canada migrate south into the western United States and northern Mexico for the winter. During the summer they eat mostly insects but during the winter they survive primarily on juniper berries. Every once in a while one of these birds gets a little mixed up during migration and ends up here in Minnesota. This bird spent the winter of 2010-2011 near Lake Vadnais where it found a good supply of juniper berries as well as a lot of crazy birders that hiked through the snow to see it.
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