As I was photographing a distant Great Blue Heron, while simultaneously watching for activity around the Osprey nest at a nearby pond, I heard a little noise over near my T-Bird. There was a little bird pecking at my front tire and then he started kicking it with his toe to see if it was going flat! ☺
Then he was on my windshield, hopping all around and pecking at the trim. He had a white belly, orange sides and a black head. Turns out, I had just spotted my first Eastern Towhee. The Towhee seemed to like my T-Bird. I think it was love at first sight, just like when I saw my first T-Bird.
From the windshield he decided to hop down to take a look in the passenger side view mirror. I think he was surprised to see how much bigger he looked in the mirror, until he read that objects appear closer. ☺ Either that or he was admiring what he thought was a very handsome Towhee in the mirror (himself). ☺ Or, he was watching me watch the other big birds and was trying to get my attention. The more I think about it, I think he was vying for my attention and wanted his picture taken.
I should have taken more pictures of him, but I was a little worried that with the top off the car I might end up with a bit of a mess inside. One of the joys of bird watching for this novice is that you never know what you might see. I’ll end with a little poem I just had to write! ☺
The Eastern Towhee
Never before a sound had I heard,
of a feathered friend pecking at my black T-Bird.
Nor did I ever think I would see,
a Towhee watching me watch an Osprey in a tree!