I spent a good portion of the day birding like many of you and had a few nice sightings. I went to the Crow Road location Northeast of Green Bay and met a fellow birder who was also looking for the Townsend's Solitaire. After walking up and down the short road a few times without success I was about to leave when we clearly heard the call of the Solitaire. Unfortunately it never showed itself. I then left to try the other site where a Townsend's Solitaire was seen on Anapaula Lane a couple of miles away. This site has a single row of Red Cedar trees all the way down on one side. I struck out on finding a Solitaire but I did notice a scratching noise coming from one of the Red Cedars.
I tried to pish the bird into view and caught a glimpse of a bird running under the cedar boughs along the line of trees. I walked down the line and caught a glimpse of a tail at the trunk of one of the Red Cedars. The bird began to attack the loose bark of the trunk with its feet, knocking chunks to the ground. I then got a good look at it and low and behold it was an Eastern Towhee! I think it was frantically looking for food.
Other notables for the day included a White-throated Sparrow under the feeders at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and a Northern Shrike at the east end of Lineville Road on the west side of Green Bay.