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!
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!