My “I’m thankful for…” list included two male Eastern towhees (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) in the backyard last week. The guidebooks previously referred to them as rufous-sided towhees, and I still prefer that name – the way it sounds and the way it describes their unique markings.
It’s a special treat to see male or female towhees in the backyard. They usually stay in the underbrush, and we more often hear than see them when we’re hiking. I always enjoy their distinct call which sounds like “drink your tea.”
The contrast between the male towhee and one of our brilliant male Northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) is quite striking – perhaps symbolic of autumn and Christmas?
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and I like to practice being thankful, ideally every day of the year. My “thankful for” list definitely includes our backyard and all its inhabitants – plants and animals. I’m also grateful to be able to share the various happenings with others who share my interest in nature and its many wonders. It’s great to be a part of such a community.