Sunday, July 20, 2014

Spotted Towhee

Spotted towhees are common in chaparral habitats in the West, and they are certainly regulars here on the property especially during the warmer months of Spring to Fall. Like all towhees, they like to forage on the ground, kicking up dirt and leaf litter for some good eats. 

Kaufman's Focus Guide describes them as follows: "Rusty and white below, dark on hood and back, with bold white spots on back, wings, tail corners. Upper parts and hood are black on males and may be black or gray on females. Song is variable. Harsh buzzy trill, may be preceded by shorter notes."

12/28/12 Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) with a White-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) under one of our Sycamores. 

 4/29/17 Perched on a Flaxleaf Paperbark tree near the pond.

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