In Focus #14—One Fun Bird at Feeder

There are so many good photographers of birds on the internet. The photos are remarkable, and some do not even seem possible to me to capture. Such patience and great timing. I admire all of them.

For me, it is more of a ‘catch as catch can’ with photographing birds. It was so thrilling to see this special little bird at our feeder last week. I have fed birds for forty years, and still have some I am waiting to see, i.e. an Evening Grosbeak and/or a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. Oh the joy of seeing one of them at our feeders.

I hardly believed my eyes early the other morning when looking out at the feeder. Transfixed at the window, I did not dare to move, but needed field glasses for a positive identification. To my intense joy, my eyes proved correct.

There foraging all around the ground was an adorable Rufous-Sided Towhee! Happily eating the sunflower seed off the ground (they are ground feeders). I have admired Towhees for many years, and enjoy beyond measure their sweet, Spring song, “Drink your Teeeaaa!”. But I have never had one at the feeder.

There was no photo taken because I was having such joy just watching it. It flew away just as I was thinking I could get a photo. That sweet little bird gave me a second chance. It was at the feeder the following morning. I did not dare to open a window or door, so the photos were taken through windows with screens.

These photos are surely not the best, but by golly, I have one, and that is so fun. Just look and see how cute and happy this bird is! It is sure to put a smile on your face. I love what Calvin used to say in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, “There is treasure everywhere!”

Indeed so.

See the seed in his beak?

7 thoughts on “In Focus #14—One Fun Bird at Feeder

  1. Arenโ€™t birds fun to watch in our backyards? And here you have one that gave you a second chance. Good for you for being persistent. Thank you for sharing my friend. Enjoy your weekend.

    • Yes, Nancy, they are such fun to watch! I bet you have great birds out there! When I visit my sister in Colorado, I get in a bit of birding time! It’s been chilly here in Va this week, but lovely just the same. Thank you for your kind comment. I so enjoy your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I’m not sure of their range. Man! I’d love to come out your way, Diane, for several reasons: 1st: to meet you; 2nd: meet your kitchen; and 3rd: see all those wonderful birds you have that we do not! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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