The California Towhee (is it 'tow' as in 'cow' or 'tow' as in 'toe'?? I don't know), has been visiting us regularly every day but has been too quick for me to take his photo. At one point I think we had a Mr. and Mrs. Towhee, but I've only seen one lately. Anyway I managed to get a few fuzzy photos, but nothing worth posting, but I got him today! Notice he is mostly brown with a reddish tinge under his tail. On his neck he has a small speckled patch and that area is reddish brown also.
I have been sitting out on the patio every day for almost two weeks. The weather has been gorgeous and I have done a lot of reading and writing. At the same time I keep my eyes and ears open. The Wilson's Warbler has been back every day since I last took his photo. But there has been no sign of goldfinches since before Mother's Day, which is when I put our thistle feeder up. But we do have a couple of pretty fat house finches who have had the patience to peck away at the thistle seed. In addition I watched about 50 or more (I stopped counting) crows going back to roost late afternoon, yesterday. I think they roost in a copse of eucalyptus trees not far away.