You can observe and listen to birds for many years and yet, they still can surprise you. Today, Richard and I went for a morning walk and we heard the bird that we have heard for years, the one that sounds as if it is calling Richard's name. For a long time now, we were convinced that it was the tufted titmouse, but we NOW know that it is the Rufous sided towhee also called the Eastern towhee!
As we were walking on the trail, we went past a tree and we heard the familiar bird song: "Rich-ARD...tweet, tweet, tweet". If you listen to the video that I have here for you, you can hear it just at the beginning! Let me know if you have ever heard this birdsong! I hope it won't take you years to figure out WHAT bird sings a song that you hear quite often! (And you will see why this bird is called a "towhee", the next bird call after "Rich-ARD...tweet, tweet, tweet"...is "Tow-hee, tow-hee, tow-hee"!)
I was determined to see this bird, but it was not easy! The leaves on the tree were very thick and I walked around the tree and looked as high as I could. I walked away a bit and there he was, almost at the very top, just singing away...the rufous sided towhee! We see this bird quite a bit in our yard and after reading what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology says about them, now I know why!
Eastern Towhees are likely to visit – or perhaps live in – your yard if you’ve got brushy, shrubby, or overgrown borders. If your feeders are near a vegetated edge, towhees may venture out to eat fallen seed.
Ha! See, it is best for birds if you have "brushy, shrubby or overgrown borders"! Take that, you perfect lawn owner!
Oh! I have been outside for the past half hour just looking at that beautiful moon. I wish that Richard could have been here to take some photos for you! I was able to snap a few, and I will try to remember to share with them you. The light of the moon was so bright, I was surprised that when I turned to walk back up my steps that I could see my shadow. I could have easily gone on a walk down my street without any kind of flashlight. (There was a Moonlight hike at Panola Mountain tonight, you know I wish I had been there!)
I hope you all have a good rest of the weekend, restful and peaceful and full of all the good things that you enjoy. Good night to you, lovely moon! And sweet dreams to you, dear readers of this blog!