Often mistaken for a robin, the spotten towhee is in the same family.
This is basically a “ground bird”, not liking to feed from perches or hanging things, they busily scratch first with one foot and then the other, while watching closely through one eye and then the other to see if something delicious pops up.
They’re about the size of an American robin, but not quite as plump-looking.
The female resembles the male but about two tiny shades lighter.
The bird’s eye is absolutely ruby red, blood red, and a shock to see for the first time.
These birds are shy, but if you once see them feeding somewhere, they will be back. Don’t move when they feed, be ready with camera and tripod, etc..
We had two resident couples last year til it froze, and snowed. Hopefully they’ll be back in a few weeks.
Orton Effect applied.
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