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PIC OF THE WEEK: 01/19/15 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2015 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Richmond, VA • Glidewell Rd.
Notes: The Eastern Towhee is generally not a particularly unusual bird for this part of the country, but for our backyard suburban location, it is uncommon here at best. In ideal areas perhaps they only seem less common, because they prefer to forage on the leaf littered ground in dense thickets. Towhees even nest on the ground. Thus, they are not often seen in clear view. Typically each winter we only get one or two visits for about a day from this species and then they are gone. In the past, brief stopovers have been during snow events, seen eating seed off the ground beneath the bird feeders (SEE: 01-11-10 Pic Of The Week). This pair arrived late in fall migration. Knowing that they spend a majority of their time near the ground foraging amongst the fallen leaves, this fall we decided to leave the large back corner Hosta garden un-raked for the winter, hoping it would offer them more of their preferred habitat. Not raking, seemed like an easy way to improve our backyard habitat for the winter. The triangular mulched garden is bordered with low brush piles along the back. lt also contains several Mohonia bushes and the birdbath. The back corner location provides both distance from local human disruption and visual separation for neighbors. I don’t know if keeping the leaves contributed to them staying or not, but there has been a regular presence around the backyard since. Almost daily their soft “cha-wink” sounding call is heard.

Bird Photo 1
(female)

Small Bird Photo 2

(male)

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo Series 3 Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101 • Remote Shutter Release
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/800 second • Aperture = f-7.1 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 3200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 01-08-15

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