As birdsong is always strongest at dawn, I headed out at that hour to the Brimley Rd. / Bluffs area.
An apparently loving pair of Turkey Vultures had spent the night here:
Hearing a call that sounded something like “Drink your tea” repeatedly coming from shrubby vegetation, I know that an Eastern Towhee was near.
I spent quite a bit of time trying to find it out in the open for a photograph but never really succeeded. You can see from the photos I did get why this bird was formerly called the “Rufous-sided” Tohwee.
I received a letter suggesting that I add an unidentified “test” bird or plant to each post and I do this today:
At the conclusion of the post, I will identify it.
Blossom of the almond trees,
April’s gift to April’s bees,
Birthday ornament of spring,
Flora’s fairest daughterling. – Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904)
TODAY’S TEST BIRD
This bird landed for one second and this darkish image is the only photo I got. It is a rusty-capped sparrow but which one? The black line through the eye with the white line over it identifies it as a Chipping Sparrow.