I live on the edge of some woods and, because of that, I get feathered visitors in the winter that most folk don't get to see. Perhaps they are there, but they don't notice...don't observe. For the last few days I've noticed that something has been rustling up the mulch in my gardens, leaving a bit of a mess on my sidewalk for me to sweep. So I do that, and it gives me time to take a little walk around to see what's up.
Yesterday I watched from my front window a little bird I had never seen before. He was eating the berries from my Gray Cotoneaster (left)...and then he would scooch down in the mulch and soil and wiggle around to stir up the insects that must be there, leaving a little birdie "mulch angel" in his wake. :)
I tried to get a good photo of him, but this was all I could do without spooking him (see below).
See that little guy in the center of the picture? His feathers were striking! He had a pitch-black hooded head, a robin-red belly with a streak of stark white, his wings spotted black and white. Armed with that description, I googled the little fellow and discovered he was a Spotted Towhee, a visitor from the Northwest and frequent migrator in the winter to where I live.
Here is a better picture by Glenn Bartley/Vireo, which I found on the Audubon web site. Isn't he gorgeous??!! I listened to the recordings of his various calls...fascinating!
My New Year's Resolution is to learn more about wildlife. Seems I'm off to a good start with the Spotted Towhee!
So many natural wonders that a Garden can offer. You know, Spring is just around the corner...a great time now to be planning a new garden or dreaming of improvements! And don't forget to take the wildlife into consideration and the time to observe...
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