Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Still Enamored


A real natural here, the Eastern Towhee is still one of my long time favorites.

First learning of them while I lived in Virginia, I remember when I described this handsome bird to couple of real birders I met at the gym.

Unlike me, who had just begin delving into the world of birds after I retired, Marshal and Larry were pros.  Inviting me to a meeting at the Roanoke Bird Club, I was hooked! 

They taught me what to listen for to identify the Towhees.










Learning a lot about birds from Marshall and Larry, they also introduced me to a gentleman from Audubon who participated in the annual migration/hawk count at Harvey's Knob, an overlook on the Blue Ridge in VA.  It was during that migration and count where I began my love affair with buetos and accipiters.  



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So, what's your favorite bird?

13 comments:

Delores said...

My favourite....I guess it would be the big birds of prey....hawks, ospreys....turkey vultures. I love to watch them on high riding the air currents.

Linda said...

Real bird watchers would love our yard and the forest that surrounds it. As for me, the cardinals and hummers are my favorites. They get up close and personal on our front porch. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Sandra said...

he is a cutie and that is a lot of singing from a tiny bird...

TexWisGirl said...

would love to see one of these.

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

pretty. my fav - are chick-a-dees ... i love their little black caps ... they are so chipper ... happy & cute! ( :

Ginny said...

Do you still go to the bird club meetings? We have seen a towhee once, not very close. At first we thought it was a robin, but came hone to research and quickly found our mistake. Oh, you have some beautiful grape hyacinth in the third picture, too! Did you also post the one underneath today? It is a real WOW one! I have never seen a flower like this before!! Amazing, but WHAT is it? I imagine a lot of people are guessing now.

EG CameraGirl said...

You DO sound hooked. I rarely see or hear towhees here but I do know they are around. The Hawk watch here starts in early September but the birds don't really begin moving in large numbers for a few weeks after that. My husband and I watch the hawks fly over a marsh just north of Lake Ontario.

Ann said...

I'm pretty sure I've never seen one of these but the song sure does sound familiar. I loved listening to that video

eileeninmd said...

I like the Towhee song! They are beautiful birds, both the male and female have pretty colors.. Great post.

Barb said...

I like the Gray Jay because it stays at altitude all year round while other less hardy souls migrate to someplace warmer.

Rajesh said...

Nice place with beautiful birds.

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely birds.

Rambling Woods said...

Favorite bird.... Wood duck... Songbird would be cardinal

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