Spotted Towhees have been active this spring.  Look for these native sparrows scratching around on the ground for seeds, though they’ll take a break and find a safer perch when they see you coming.

These birds are ground-nesters, and will try to raise two broods in a season, so if you walk your dog in the forest, never let them run off-leash and make sure to keep your group on the trail to protect these vulnerable young families. 

Listen to a Towhee here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Spotted_Towhee/sounds  and see if you’ve heard one at Cheasty.