Sunday, November 1, 2015
Birds of Fall Await You
Eastern Towhee, Red-eyed
0640-1015/50-62 degrees F/partly cloudy to sunny/light and variable winds
This is day two after a low pressure system that hasn't cleared until today, and all of these birds were
located at The Northern Reaches. Being the first day of the time change, it didn't hurt that I was out
in the field an hour early. The birds were out in full force and they were hungry. Our migrants are still coming in, and I was counting high on all the birds, except the lone little Eastern Towhee, which is a rare bird in this area. Usually we have the Spotted Towhee, which is basically the same, except it has white spots on the wings. For some reason, I get more than my share of rarities, so it always pays
to have one's eyes open.
Look around for the sparrows, as they are coming though now, so they will be more apparent, especially the Song Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. These two birds tend to spend the cool seasons with us, just like the Yellow-rumped Warbler, which is the only warbler that will be in the country over the winter.
Welcome to the cooler time of year with a small current sampling of what you will see. There will still be plenty of old favorites for you to get black-oil sunflower seeds for. Enjoy the birds this winter!