At first I thought his little neck was broken, as he couldn't hold his head up. That always dismays me, as there is no way to save a birdy with a broken neck. ARGH! But this little guy kept on breathing and looking at me intently, as I continued talking softly to him, and stroking his feathers ever so gently. It must have been a good ten minutes before we did anything but stare at eachother: me cooing, he staring intently. He slowly regained his birdlike composure, but showed no interest in leaving my hand. I needed to get going in the studio, so while I was glad to have his company, I also was ready for him to move on! Oh well!! Then I realized that I could get some nice closeup bird shots, if I could just get my right hand (upon which he had already left a little 'gift') into my pocket to retrieve my iPhone. So, I very gently performed that task. The first picture is above, and as you can see, it's a wee bit out of focus: I was nervous and just thrilled to snap one picture. He seemed perfectly content to hang around, so I continued to snap:
I had never seen a male Towhee so close-up, so the coloration on his feathers was a total delight to me. I hope you can see it here on his backside. Lovely, huh?
And here's a bit of his gorgeous breast. Often folks confuse the male Towhee with a Baltimore Oriole, and you can easily see why. He was really posing up a storm, don't you think? I started 'pishing' at him, just to see if I'd get a response:
amazing, huh? He was not amused!!! LOL I think he would have spent the rest of his life cradled in the palm of my hand had I not put him down on a clump of asters in my flower bed. At that point, he fully regained his birdlike composure and flew off into the underbrush. What a true gift those 15-20 minutes were! Treasure your moments!
p.s.: I realize that I have reached a milestone: over 900 posts! YIKES!!! Stay tuned, as I will soon post about a celebratory giveaway! It's time to PARTY!!