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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

First Sighting

I heard him early Monday morning as I was walking the dogs. I stopped to listen to the wonderful sound and tried to see my little friend. He kept out of sight, but I knew I would see him soon. The beautiful song made me feel as if spring would really arrive.

Little did I know that I would see him during a snowstorm the very next day. Yes, dear reader, we got dumped on with another 10 inches of snow! However, I did see my little friend yesterday. He came to our feeders early in the morning and he came back several times during the day. Normally a ground feeder, my little Eastern Towhee ate sunflower seeds and warmed my heart a little.

Isn't he a gorgeous bird?



When we see the towhee by himself, we admire his beauty and don't appreciate how big he really is. He shared the feeder with the goldfinches and once again, I was amazed at his size.




The snow continued most of the day and finally ended around 6:00. Unlike past storms, this one will not be accompanied by days of freezing weather, so it will leave us sooner. THANK GOODNESS! In the coming days I will hear and see my towhee friend in his usual spot. He nests there every year. And very soon I will see his lovely mate. I can hardly wait.
Amazing what the sight of one bird can do to lift your spirits. Now I know for sure that winter is almost over.

15 comments:

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Your Towhee really IS big alongside the goldfinches!

Waiting for spring too...

Vicki Lane said...

I do love the Towhees -- so vivid! We've also has a Brown Thrasher up on the bird feeder -- another ground feeder changing his ways.

Cedar ... said...

Ohhh, how nice! I haven't seen a Towhee here in the Adirondacks. What a beautiful little bird!

~Kim~ said...

He is a gorgeous bird, and as always gorgeous pictures too!

Busy Bee Suz said...

He is a beauty!! So glad your spirits were lifted by his song!

George said...

The Towhee is beautiful. We haven't seen one yet this year, although I hope we will before too long.

troutbirder said...

They are so rare around here. I'm quite in awe of their gorgeous looks. Lucky you!

Wendy said...

I saw my first robin of the year yesterday. Where is Spring?

robin andrea said...

I am surprised how much the eastern towhee looks like the spotted towhee. Such pretty birds. They are a wonderful harbinger of spring.

merrilymarylee said...

He's beautiful!

Toni aka irishlas said...

Your bird photos are absolutely wonderful! The Towhee is beautiful!

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

The difference in size between the towhee and the finches is striking! Thanks for sharing.

KB said...

During snow storms, I scatter seeds on the ground under the cover of our deck for the ground-feeding birds. They seem to be very apprecative.

We don't have Towhees here but we had them in past places that we lived. They're gorgeous. Thanks for sharing an inkling of spring!

The Thundering Herd said...

Hope you are getting clearing. We got hit with another 6 overnight and the NWS has us under a Winter Storm Warning for another 2-4 this morning - none of that was predicted last night. Surprise!

Jayne said...

He's gorgeous! When he and the Mrs. are together, it's such a sight to see with their contrasting beauty! Come on spring!!