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Photos of the day: October 1-15, 2021

Every day on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, we share a photo of the day — a superb image from the more than 20,000 pictures in our Reader GalleriesOur selections below from the first half of October 2021 include photos of Eastern Bluebirds, a close-up of a Gila Woodpecker, a dramatic group shot of Boat-tailed Grackles, and more!

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Varied Thrush by Douglas Harr

Varied Thrush by Douglas Harr
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This female Varied Thrush visited Calkins Nature Area and Interpretative Center in north-central Iowa in late September. The bird's primary range is in the western U.S., Canada, & Alaska, but every fall, it fans out to the east, as far as the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Douglas Harr shared this photo in our Rarities Gallery.

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