A Montpelier resident called me yesterday at the VINS North Branch Nature Center to ask me what to feed a Varied Thrush! It turned out to not be just a hypothetical question and I was able to see the bird for myself this morning. The bird was not present yesterday afternoon, but apparently has been around for a couple of weeks!
The thrush has been frequenting a feeding station behind the Century 21 office on the corner of State and Bailey Avenue in downtown Montpelier. Behind the Century 21 building (actually an old house) is a white garage with a covered shed at the south end. There's a feeder hanging at one end and the Varied Thrush has been seen mostly on the ground under the feeder and in the shed area. Probably the best place to view from is the parking lot of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) on State Street adjacent to the Century 21 office. The garage/shed is adjacent to the VHCB parking lot. On the weekend the lot is empty and you can use your car as a blind (the bird is pretty skittish). During the week, it's probably best to park in the park-and-ride lot just to the west and adjacent to the Exxon Station almost right across the street.
Pat, the person who found the bird and lives above Century 21, is happy to share the bird, but just be aware there are private homes and apartments in the area (and parking lots that should be avoided during the week).