Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Towhees Quite Conspicuous

Eastern Towhees spend most of their year being nearly invisible.  They skulk in the understory and cling tightly to the shrubs.  In contrast, at this time of year, the males become unmistakable and sing territorial songs from high perches.  We have one who likes using the north side feeder post and nearby honeysuckle trellis for this purpose and is a very loud songster indeed.  Interestingly, the towhees gain a notch in fearlessness and allow me to get a good bit closer than usual, or at least ignore me more so than at the other end of the year.  This stuff will end in a short run of weeks and they'll be harder to spot.  It will be a good show until then!

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