Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Entertaining The Locals


The fast and quick antics of these birds when they sail into the open from the nearby woods never disappoint.



Towhees are one of my all time favorites although I didn't know much about them until a fellow birder in Virginia pointed them out.



Striking in appearance with their jet black, white and rufous colored markings, their song, and quick flight patterns is what I love.







These characters are not shy around the feeders when they arrive in the Spring.  Even their regal-sounding name...Rose Breasted Grosbeak, matches their gentlemanly appearance, doesn't it?  






Now when the female Towhee appears, she seems to be in charge and her mate always gives her first pick of fallen seed.

When she leaves, he leaves.


Surprised that the Eastern Bluebirds still come to the feeders for suet, they have filled all three nesting boxes this year!!

Another thing i realized this Spring was how many we have nesting in the surrounding woods.



Then there's the resident worm hunter.  The American Robins love our place because we grow "em big out this way."

Needing no explanation whatsoever, the last two pix should tell you that soon I hope to get some shots of the chick which, if on schedule, will be branching soon.



It seems that this year, the adults (and the chick) are very quiet when I'm in observing. 

For some reason, they no longer sound an alert when I come to the edge of the clearing. They sit quietly and just watch me watch them.

It's when one sneaks up on me that I am the one making the ruckus.  Last week because I was leaning too far to the left, my three legged stool tipped over.  This pic is the best I could do once on the ground!






25 comments:

  1. Hello JP, your have some great feeder birds there. And I love the eagle capture. It will be cool to see the eaglets. Enjoy your day!

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  2. In all my years of birding, I've only seen ONE towhee. And never got a change to get a photo...I'm continually searching for another [In other words...I'm sooooo jealous!!!]

    Fantastic images!

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  3. sorry...'change' should be chance.

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  4. Very interesting to see birds I don't see in Sweden! The blue one is so cute.

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  5. all your little visitors are so cute and sweet and pretty and i really laughed at the from the ground shot... hope you did not scare the chick

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  6. Cute birds. Admire your shots.
    Thanks for dropping by.

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  7. wonderful birds you have, there! i'd love to see a towhee some day!

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  8. Some really wonderful birds here, but my favourite is that Grosbeak with it's bright red chest.

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  9. Beautiful pictures of these birds.
    These are not in the Netherlands.
    Best regards, Irma

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  10. The grosbeak and the bluebird, my dreams come true!! Awesome captures!!

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  11. I've never seen a Towhee and would love to. I've seen a RBGrosbeak here only twice. These,and the Bluebirds are lovely captures.

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  12. I Love Towhees, they are great fun to have around.

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  13. We have a few birds here, but nothing compared to your beauties.

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  14. What a great selection of birds you have. It sounds like the eagles are used to you being around

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  15. I enjoyed this variety of photos

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  16. These are lovely shots. It's exciting for me to see different birds from around the world.

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  17. Nice pics! I love to hear the towhees calling, "Drink your tea" from the woods. My fastidious sister thinks they say, "Brush your teeth!"

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  18. You have a great diversity of birds to photograph besides the eagles. I like the sunflower feeder you've shown, a number of birds could eat at one time with it!

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  19. Awesome sightings! Love the towhee and the rose-breasted grossbeak, but they are all wonderful. Great shots!

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  20. What a treat to have an eagle family to watch as well as your other visitors at the feeder. I love the bluebird! The robins are quite happy with the earthworms in my garden, too.

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  21. It is lovely that the birds come so close and you got great shots of them.

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  22. I would love to have bluebirds and towhees come to my feeders!

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  23. I really enjoyed seeing your bird feeding this week.
    JM, IL

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