I wasn’t familiar with this bird so when it showed up in my back yard I had to look it up. It is larger than a sparrow but smaller than a robin and has a distinctive white band around its eye. It is named after John Kirk Townsend who collected the first Townsend’s Solitaire along the lower Willamette River in Oregon in 1835. There are 7 species of solitaire in Latin America and the Caribbean and 5 species native to Hawaii, but the Townsend’s Solitaire is the only one in the continental United States. In the winter they survive on juniper berries which are abundant in our neck-of-the-woods. It is said they need to eat between 42,000 to 84,000 berried in order to survive the winter.