Of course, he was the Eastern
Towhee. I soon became familiar with the
special hop and scratch he used in the
vegetation in the backyard. By the
end of summer he and his equally cute mate were
I was happy to see the Towhees
return this summer. It's always a
wonderful pleasure to see birds enjoying our
yard as much as we do.
I believe it was at the end of
July the Towhees left us. (the keeping of more
accurate records is now being instituted).
Taking pictures recently on
September 5th and 8th at dusk, I was trying to
capture some photos of the Cardinals and their
young. After enlarging the shots on the
first day, I realized I had taken pictures
(albeit blurry) of the female Eastern Towhee.
I believe she may have been migrating and
stopped for a safflower seed snack. I was
really surprised the second day, after trying
again for photos of the Cardinals, I actually
enlarged shots of the male Towhee also.
This proved to me the merit of
looking closely even at the most marginal
pictures I might take. An additional
lesson was the importance of daily records of
what we see in our yard using a simple check off
list. It's much more informative and
fun to know when our migrating and hibernating
friends come and go.