Townsends Solitarie


The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology describes the Townsend’s Solitaire as “A long-tailed gray bird of the high western mountains, the Townsend’s Solitaire descends in the winter to lower elevations where it feeds almost exclusively on juniper berries. ”

That pretty much sums up our experience with these birds. We see them only in winter and always in, around and defending their patch of Juniper berries.

Although described as grey they are much more than that and deserving of the spotlight on a stage all their own.

22 thoughts on “Townsends Solitarie

  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    Beautiful portrait Mike! I love these birds. They sing such a sweet subtle robin like song right now when all the others are not singing. Also do a repeating one note, just to let you know they are there. So sweet.

    1. HI and thanks for the information on their song. We have not really noticed them singing but will pay more attention next time we see them. Would love to have them around here in the winter but it is probably a bit too cold. Hope you are having a great day.

    1. Hi Eliza, they do have that nice long tail which is not all that common for the birds we have around here. Hope the day is going well. We got a bit of that arctic blast last night and it’s cold here today.

    1. Thanks, I monkeyed around with this image for quite some time and finally decided on the black instead of the pure blue sky it was shot against. Just seem to make this bird pop out in a good way.

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