A new birdie at my feeders

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Happy Monday everyone-I have had birds and bird feeders for many years.  I have had quite a variety and some rare sightings of others that don't frequent the feeders as often or only at certain times of year. I have had chickadees, nuthatches(both wht and rose breasted ones). Several kinds of woodpeckers, tufted titmouses and the species that started my love affair with birds and that is the northern cardinal. This summer I had 7 males. Most men I have ever had in my yard. LOL

Also I have had yellow finches and the winter finches which are just finches where the male loses its yellow color feathers and then they all look like the females. I got a fairly decent shot of them although not as clear as I would like thru the window. There are 3 in this pic. Can you spot all 3?

Since earlier this year I started staying in my woman cave next door to Mom I had wanted to hang feeders closer to the windows in my frontroom so I could see them closer.  One of the kinds of food I feed the birds most often is sunflower seeds I didn't want the mess of all the shells in the mulch. 

The area where I have most of the feeders is grass and is outside my old bedroom in Mom's house. I purposely left grass there to be able to mow it and it didn't matter so much because the mess was contained to a small area. 

Since it is winter now there are many more kinds of birds that visit the feeders and I have more time to watch and enjoy them so I got the no waste kind(nuts/berries and shelled sunflower seeds) Well at least not so much mess. While it obviously cost more, it is less mess which works for me so I can have the birds closer to my windows for the winter. 

Now with all the varieties and rare sightings I have seen I had a first today which to a avid bird watcher is a real thrill and great fun. I thought I knew what it was but actually thought the species was smaller so I got to see a new birdie but also learned something new. 

During the research process I found out that they are called "New world sparrows. They are bigger than a sparrow and have prettier feathers. They also kick with their feet while foraging for their food like another fav of mine which is the dark eyed junco.

So what is my new birdie? Meet the Male eastern Towhee. Pretty isn't he. Hope he comes back.

It is the little things in life that bring me the most joy. This fellow did that today.

 

Posted by

Sharon Lee

Comments (32)

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sharon, isn't it THRILLING?? I'm right there with you!!!!  I had to move my attached birdfeeder from the window, as we discovered that birdseed and suet attract rats (ours was a packrat, but a rat nonetheless....). I have been scattering birdseed further out, still doing the hanging suet over our deck and I've taken my food processor and ground up old bread to crumbs and boy oh boy, they're coming out of the woodwork! I had some raisin bagels and they loved those. So...I spotted one that I took many photos of, but didn't have time to check it out as to what it is. I will try to edit one of my better photos (he was quite far away) and see what you think, my bird friend. 

I think this young 'un was saying hello to the camera just for YOU. 

Dec 29, 2014 05:37 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Alexandra-Thank you.  Somehow I knew you would agree.

Dec 29, 2014 05:44 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gayle-It is indeed. Thankfully I have never had a problem with rats and never want to. Birds will eat a lot of different foods but they do love the sunflower seeds and of course the berries and nuts.

Dec 29, 2014 05:47 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Sharon, he is a handsome guy for sure, hope he will come back.

Dec 29, 2014 06:08 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Ok, forgive me, these photos are really bad...but here it is:

Dec 29, 2014 06:16 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Beth-He is indeed and he was back tonite but sometimes migrating stay for a few days.

Gayle-I had those birds in NY. They are a Flicker. I love its coloring especially the black on his chest. Looks like a tuxedo. It is fav of mine. I like your pics

Dec 29, 2014 06:56 AM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Good evening Sharon ... feeding and watching the many species of birds is quite entertaining and brings a lot of pleasure.  Thanks for sharing.

Dec 29, 2014 08:00 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I don't think I have ever seen a Towhee. Interesting colors. YOU attracting the boys.

Dec 29, 2014 08:40 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Judith-It has provided me many hours of entertainment and pleasure over the years.

Gary-My first time and it is so pretty. Yes I can attract the boys.   In the  bird kingdom anyways.

Dec 29, 2014 10:40 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's a gorgeous and very unusual looking bird, Sharon!  We don't have anything quite like him here in Sacramento.

Dec 29, 2014 10:45 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Myrl-I agree. I think it is the caramel and black coloring combo that makes him unusual. You might have another species of towhee on the West coast.

Dec 29, 2014 11:00 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Sharon. I hope your new bird comes back, too. I love watching the birds. I plant the giant sunflowers every year so the birds have the seeds to eat in the winter. 

Dec 29, 2014 11:24 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning Sharon. I do see the Golden Finch and the Eastern Towhee quite regularly at the birdfeeders in my backyard. Hoo! Reminds me! I need to fill them today. Thanks for the reminder.

Dec 29, 2014 06:14 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debbie-So do I and I need to do that with sunflowers. I started them last year and then when I forgot to water them in the beginning they died and I didn't replant.

Michael-I hope the towhee will be a reg visitor. The finches are a reg in the Spring and winter. Not as much in summer. They may go farther north as I did have a lot of them in NY in the summer.  They eat a LOT of seed especially in the winter

 

Dec 29, 2014 09:31 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes Sharon I see all three. Pretty dedicated to your fine feathered friends you are.

Dec 30, 2014 11:35 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Noah-That I am especially in the Spring and winter. Glad you spotted all 3. They blend in really well

Dec 31, 2014 02:04 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

He's beautiful. Lovely colors in his outfit. I love watching for different birds.  I haven't seen one like that.

Jan 05, 2015 08:46 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

He is indeed Toni. I do too. I did spot him again yesterday so maybe I will get lucky and he will become a regular

Jan 05, 2015 11:33 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Sharon, Gosh you really have a birds eye view of the birds!  Wonderful photos of beautiful birds in your garden!

Enjoy!

Gloria

Jan 16, 2015 11:52 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gloria-I definitely do and thank you.

Jan 16, 2015 06:19 PM

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