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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.
CASIO EXLIM, 7.5 megapixel

Dayonda … “Dandy”
We’re cat people, living in the US Pacific Northwest. I’m a teacher… with preschool to adult experience. Teaching is something I love as much as cats…

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  • Jan  Tribe
    Jan Tribealmost 6 years ago

    I love bird pictures !! this one is great ! you can see his feathers from the back but still get a view of his face ! Wonderful ! ♥

  • Thanks, Shan!!

    – Dayonda

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaalmost 6 years ago


  • ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey
    ♥⊱ B. Randi Ba...almost 6 years ago

    Beautiful bird. Not sure I’ve seen one. The spots above wings and the eye are very unusual. Great capture,

  • Well, they’re white not baby blue. I didn’t realized that I’d opened it too often as either a BMP or a JPG. . . They blue-up a bit more every time you fiddle with the photo.
    It is a gorgeous bird! The red eye- that got me. I thought I was talking to a robin outside the window!

    – Dayonda

  • mrscarlotta
    mrscarlottaalmost 6 years ago

    You have done a brilliant job here gorgeous, xxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Thanks, dahhhhlinkk!
    I ran it through Kodak’s little photo processor.

    – Dayonda

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 6 years ago

    Aww this is beautiful sweetheART ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thanks Val!

    – Dayonda

  • saseoche
    saseochealmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture and excellent work!

  • Thanks, SA!

    – Dayonda

  • Squealia
    Squealiaalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely shot

  • Thank you, Squealia!

    – Dayonda

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 6 years ago

    fabulously done dayonda,dawnx

  • Thanks, Dawn. >yawn, buffing nails< I let Kodak’s little program have a go at it. It’s fantastic with – can’t think of the word: reflecty, shimmery surfaces. Like this guy’s.

    – Dayonda

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 6 years ago

    Great close up.

  • Thanks, barnsis. He stood still. Can’t believe it!

    – Dayonda

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture! Good timing!

  • Thanks Susan. LoL, if I open the shutter 100 times, there’s bound to be one decent shot! They hop around so fast and so often it’s hard to frame a pic. So I frame the area and wait for somebody to wander into it.

    – Dayonda

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