Towhee at the Guild Inn: April 21, 2022

It was a challenging walk this morning at the Guild Inn. Constant rain, big hills to descend and climb, puddles to navigate and mud to avoid. Our group came through splendidly.

We were rewarded in the final minutes by hearing the “Drink your Tea” call of an Eastern Phoebe. Tohwees are often found in brushy vegetation and can be difficult to spot. Our bird came out into the open.

Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee

Here is the call. (The former Rufous-sided Towhee is now called the Eastern Towhee).

Other birds:

Northern Cardinal (male)
Mourning Dove

Area views:

summer Bank Swallow colony

Some botany:

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
soaking Willow buds
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Swamp Buttercup (Ranunculus septentrionalis)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

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NATURE POETRY

That was a spring of storms. They prowled the night;
Low level lightning flickered in the east
Continuous. The white pear-blossom gleamed
Motionless in the flashes; birds were still.             – Vita Sackville-West (1892–1962)

Miles Hearn

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