Gene and I were happy to see a Brown Creeper on a Willow Oak in our front yard a few minutes ago. This is only our fourth occurrence of Brown Creeper in our yard, in the 9 years since we moved to Bowie. (Usually when I tell people that we live in Bowie they get a somewhat comical evasive expression and sheepishly admit that they don't really know where Bowie is - so: Bowie is along Route 50, halfway between DC and Annapolis, in Prince George's County. Bowie is immediately south of South Tract at Patuxent Research Refuge; Belt Woods is at the south edge of Bowie; the Patuxent River flows along Bowie's eastern edge).
Also a female Eastern Towhee showed up today in our feeder area. I've been hearing Towhee calls down in the woods for the last few days but this is the first appearance of one. Other appearances this week include
- Northern Flickers - they're here all the time, but seldom come out of the woods. For the last few days they've been coming to our platform feeder and feeding on the lawn.
- Northern Mockingbird - although they are common elsewhere in our neighborhood, we seldom see them in the little wooded glen where our house is located. The mockingbird that showed up on our deck this week is only our 8th record in eBird.
- White-throated Sparrows arrived in force a few days ago, following single birds that filtered in one at a time over the past month or so. Today one of the White-throats is a leucistic bird with white patches like a piebald pony.
- A lone Junco was here a few days ago but we haven't seen it since.
- Every once in a while I hear a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the woods but have not spotted one at the feeders.