Spotted Towhee Under the Bird Feeder

Spotted Towhee

I love these fellows. They are timid and often hide in the bushes.  But sometimes they come out to hunt for seeds under our bird feeder.   For the longest time, I only saw one Towhee, but recently I counted two of them!   I think they might be a couple.

This picture shows you what a year’s worth of bird traffic has done to the area under our stand-alone bird feeder pole.  We installed it in our backyard last year.   It was lawn underneath, but the lawn directly under the hanging feeders seems to have died due to seed shells and heavy bird traffic.  There is a small area right next to the feeder pole that has flourished though… Apparently the birds have provided plenty of natural fertilizer!  Anyway, I don’t really have any landscaping ideas and the birds don’t care!