Our Grandson, Nathan, found her on the driveway. She and her brother had fallen from their nest. The brother didn't survive the fall and lay dead by her side. Our grandson brought her home and named her "Survi", short for "Survivor".
"Worms", the Audubon Book said, "every 20 - 30 minutes". The local Feed and Tackle Shop LOVED us! Three days later, she was riding around on Nathan's shoulders. A week and a half later, she took her first flight. Each day, a little farther away, but always "home" for dinner and a night's rest in her bed inside our house. Finally, at four weeks, she fully-fledged, came by for a final visit, posed for a final portrait, and joined the rest of her breed for the Fall migration.
That was last July and August. Here's our hope: Grandson, Nathan, is coming for his summer visit again this July. We hope "Survi" will, on this year's migration through the McKenzie River Valley, come by, say "Hi", pose for a picture, and raise the next generation of Varied Thrushes in the trees on our property. If she does, we will be sure to post the pictures of her return visit.