It appears the Abert Towhee family that had moved in poolside has abandoned their nest. Dr Desert Flower believes that the hatchlings have taken flight and moved out, but it's only been a week, and I can't imagine the tiny, helpless, nearly featherless trio of little gray creatures have all happily bounded up and out of the nest, to live happy and productive lives eating ground bugs. Maybe they did... it's just not been alot of time to enable that. There was NO carnage strewn about the nest site, as we had last year in the front yard with the ill fated vireo nest, nor did I find any drowned baby Towhees in the pool strainer (or the bottom of the pool for that matter).
As I do yoga in the back yard pool side, I find I miss the Towhees. We still have no shortage of sparrow mobs, Anna's and Costa's Hummingbirds, an occasional Gila Woodpecker, the idiot mourning doves, and an occasional fly catcher who visit.
1 year ago