[Tweeters] Towhee scooping up springtails

Rob Sandelin floriferous at msn.com
Thu Jan 1 18:29:15 PST 2009

There has been a mass explosion of springtails in a couple areas around my
neighborhood including near my bird feeder. Millions of them forming
purplish/black living mold spots as they aggregate together in breeding
groups. I watched a towhee repeatedly scooping its bill on the top of the
snow, making little furrows, like a whale eating krill, sifting out the tiny
little snacks.

Rob Sandelin
Naturalist, Writer, Teacher
Snohomish County, WA

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