Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wordy Wednesday

I can't be wordless.

I've had quite a few of these spotted towhees here lately, hunting in the garden and at the feeder. I don't remember seeing them before, but maybe I wasn't paying attention. I might have thought they were robins, because they're about the same size. I'm pretty sure they're spotted towhees. The link at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology says they're large sparrows, but these are quite a bit bigger than sparrows. I should hang the motion-activated camera up at the feeder again.




13 comments:

  1. It's nice that your birds are color coordinated with your lilies! They are beautiful birds. My bird smart (bird brained?) friend, Julie, says you're right.

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  2. We have Eastern Towhees, differing from yours that they haven't the spots of yours. You might not notice them because they are usually scratching around under shrubbery.

    I am not a fan of wordless. I want to know where I am supposed to look and what I am supposed to see, given a picture. If you hadn't told me that was a Towhee, which word I recognize, I would have thought, 'Nice burd, nice chaise," and moved on.

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  3. Beautiful!!!! I love Towhees. They usually are shy birds and hard to photograph, looks like this fellow is posing for you. Nice!

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  4. What handsome birds! It's always nice to have visitors.

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  5. Such a beautiful bird in your garden. The towhee is unknown here, the colours are so pretty.

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  6. Yay for the Towhees! I love those guys...we get them occasionally too, I think of them as an auspicious gardening visitor....

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  7. I love Towhees too. Often one will sit in the top of the highest tree and sing it's heart out.

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  8. Alison, I saw one of these birds in my garden yesterday! Never seen them before.

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  9. Nice! We get rufous-sided towhees occasionally. I call them Rufus.

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  10. What a beautiful bird (overlooking the devil eyes, of course)!

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  11. We get them a lot coming to our suet feeder, I haven't noticed them having any bad habits so enjoy their coloration. In San Diego we got the Brown Towhee, which had a very annoying habit of going down the row of corn, bean, or pea seeds just planted and digging them up and eating them, leaving neat rows of little holes! The Spotted Towhee doesn't seem to do this, my beans are safe so far, at least until the voles or rabbits decide to munch on them.

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  12. We usually have a few spotted towhees around. Our bird field guide is an old Audobon one that still calls them rufous-sided towhees, but after seeing your post I had to look it up online. Turns out the species was split into spotted towhees in the west and eastern towhees in the east. Regardless of their name, I love watching them hop through the brush.

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