Date: 4/16/18 11:26 am
From: Angela Cobas <angnix...>
Subject: Re: [birders] First birds (oops!)
Yes, that is a very clear photo of an Eastern Towhee.

Angela Cobas

On Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 2:24 PM Eric Arnold <eba...> wrote:

> I reported recently that I had seen an oriole under my feeders, and I
> believed I had until I saw a towhee under my feeder just a few minutes ago,
> and I realized that I could have mistaken it (and very probably did) for an
> oriole under the conditions (brighter light and limited viewing angle &
> time). I have not seen many towhees, so that did not spring to mind and I
> jumped to the conclusion, being in a hurry at the time to be somewhere
> else. When this appeared again today, I soon realized that this was not an
> oriole and that it might very well have been the same bird I saw on
> Saturday. This time I had more time to observe it and saw the white
> underparts, which I had not seen in the brief view before.
>
> Anyway, I did get some photos this time which I believe confirm my
> mistake. Here's one:
>
>
>
> Sorry about that!
>
> Eric​
>
> On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 1:32 PM, Joan Lutovsky <lutovskj...> wrote:
>
>> Cool
>>
>> On Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 1:17 PM Eric Arnold <eba...> wrote:
>>
>>> Really! I did a double take, since this was quite a surprise, but I
>>> don't know anything else that I could have seen that would have looked like
>>> that. I see them with fair frequency in later spring and summer and they
>>> are regular visitors at oriole feeders i put out later in spring & In the
>>> summer.
>>>
>>> It was otherwise a busy (and chilly & wet) day and I didn't have a
>>> chance to try for a photo, but I can't think of anything else that it might
>>> have been which would not be more unlikely. It seems possible that it
>>> might be a bird returning from a previous season with some memory of where
>>> the food sources were, which conceivably might increase the probability of
>>> attracting an "early bird" in search of food under difficult
>>> circumstances. That's my best guess.
>>>
>>> Eric
>>>
>>> On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 1:01 PM, Joan Lutovsky <lutovskj...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Really?? Holy cow
>>>>
>>>> On Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 1:00 PM Eric Arnold <eba...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I briefly saw a male Baltimore oriole under my feeder yesterday
>>>>> (4/14/2018). Today a couple of song sparrows showed up.
>>>>> The location is just north of the Huron River in Ann Arbor, near the
>>>>> Broadway bridge and Argo park.
>>>>>
>>>>> Eric Arnold
>>>>>
>>>>> On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 11:41 AM, Juliet Berger <
>>>>> <juliet.berger...> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Good birds, Jim.
>>>>>> Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets in my yard today, and Bluebirds and
>>>>>> Carolina Wrens trying
>>>>>> to chip their dried mealworms out from under 1/4 inch of ice.
>>>>>> Guess I'm sticking around in this ice storm so as to not risk certain
>>>>>> demise
>>>>>> Good birding, everyone!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Juliet Berger
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 11:31 AM, James Buschmann <
>>>>>> <jbuschmann...> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> First redwinged blackbird female and chipping sparrow at my feeder
>>>>>>> this morning.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Sent from my iPad
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