Thursday, October 25, 2012

Skulker Tribe Lying Low

Some of the most interesting birds in our territory are those that "skulk": those that move about furtively under brush and scratch out a living on the ground.  Among these are the Brown Thrasher (shown), Eastern Towhee, and Chipping Sparrow.  For some weeks I have had real difficulty finding these characters, although I know they're out there.  Our small natural area buffer is so good that it can hide dozens of birds from the casual observer.  I figure they'll be a little more obvious in winter when the low leaves drop, and of course in spring when they sing up a storm.  For autumn, it's a game of hide and seek.  And hide is winning!

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