Saturday, May 5, 2012

Enjoying the Towhees

Earlier this week I cleared a section of our property on the streetside of overgrown and unsightly junipers.  One result was to deprive several neighbor cats an ambush site for our north feeders.  But as a side benefit we also can see some ground feeders in action that were previously entirely obscured by vegetation.  And the number one such bird is the Eastern Towhee.  They're year-rounders for us, but they lie low and skulk under cover, and so I only usually hear them.  For several days I have seen them quite readily scratching at the currently open ground as they forage for arthropods.  Inevitably this section will be set up as a sun garden, so perhaps the towhee show will continue for a long time.  And I don't miss the cats, either.

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