2013 was a very productive gardening year for me. I planted about 100 perennials, shrubs and trees, and oddly it still doesn't look like it made a dent in my vision. But I am very happy with my endeavors and I hope I will be as driven in 2014.
This is a look back at my garden through the seasons.
Often I wonder if they are there all along, hiding in plain sight, and I just don't see them. Or am I some lucky gal who happened to be looking out the right window at the right time?
I have lived in this house for 12 years now and this is the first time I have seen an Eastern Towhee.
Female... Beautifully... Striking... Plumage.
The Eastern Towhee is found in eastern North America, usually in the
underbrush. They are considered a large sparrow, and are smaller and
more compact than a robin. They prefer wooded edges and scratch among
the fallen debris on the ground in search of food.
The male has a black back or hood, a white underbelly and rufous or red side patches that can be hidden by their wings. My visitor is a female and has a brown hood, rufous sides and a white belly.
How can I not help but admire this bird who knows a great bird bath