Never mind the weather, I had a nice week with the birds. Like being surprised by this beautiful fledgling Eastern Towhee, last week I saw a juvenile one and I felt so happy, now to see an even younger Towhee it’s great!… same evening I was on the deck looking at my recently mowed lawn when I noticed a little bird flying toward me and then sit on a branch about 2 feet from my face, it was the young Towhee and it wasn’t scared, he twitted a couple of times looking at me and flew off again. I loved that moment I immediately refilled the feeders and went in the house again totally satisfied! The little bird asked me for food!
In other occasion I’m in the middle of shooting pictures of birds, the background is dark because the trees, the light effect is dramatic but great… to my opinion. When I see a light blue dart going across my screen, it’s an Indigo Bunting! Going from light blue to darker blue every time it’s hit by direct sunlight. Of course I had to oblige and switched my attention to the new comer since it’s visits don’t take long. What a pleasure to see this outstandingly colored bird!
Once in a while I get to see a group of Brown-headed Cowbirds arriving all at once creating a bit of a commotion among birds, perhaps about 15 to 20 individuals which the majority are females, all taking turns to jump in and get some chow. Male cowbirds act very moody and dominant toward the females. Females vs. females are not gentle at all either.
Bonus: An occasional visitor has the audacity to push around some birds and eat their seeds. The squirrel is daring and bold, going open like that. There are predators eyes watching from far at all times. Be careful…!
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101