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Eastern Towhee

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Eastern Towhee (male)

By: Pat Coate

What a beautiful spring weekend we had! I enjoyed some hiking and birding at Pfeiffer Nature Center and got a nice look at this beautiful male Eastern Towhee. These birds are normally scurrying about deep in the brush and I rarely get more than a fleeting glimpse of them. This fellow, however, was most accommodating, staying in plain view for several minutes and repeatedly giving a very clear ‘towhee’ call.

He may have tired of me watching him as evidenced in the next picture.

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An Angry Eastern Towhee?

You may be familiar with the ‘Mad Bluebird’ photo by wildlife photographer Michael Smith. Well, this could be the bluebird’s grumpy cousin or something, definitely doesn’t look too happy in this picture.

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A silhouette shot, can you guess the species

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A bit lightened up shows a Grey Catbird on left, Towhee on right

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Eastern Towhee

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2 responses

  1. Awesome photos! THe Eastern Towhee is such a beautiful bird. Nice job.

    5 May 2011 at 8:23 pm

  2. I finally saw a pair last year near Ithaca. Not one I’ve seen very often. Beautiful!

    9 May 2011 at 8:50 pm

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