Monday, July 1, 2013

Green-tailed Towhee

Green-tailed Towhee
Park City, Utah, USA
Member of the Sparrow Family
 ~true bird fact~ The female Green-tailed Towhee makes her nest in low scrubby bushes in the high desert. When the nest is approached by a predator, she drops to the group and runs across it using her legs, holding her tail straight up. This is thought to be a mimicry of the way a chipmunk runs, and draws predators away from the nest. A braver bird than I.
§A Teatpot of Towhees§

Sings lonely desert love songs to nobody in particular
Appreciates wide open spaces
Has a rugged and endearing dustiness to him
Rarely speaks out, but surprisingly erudite

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