John Hamil Photographs

Spotted Towhee

I still like to think of Spotted Towhees as Rufous-sided Towhees but I will bend to the current usage. They are ground nesting birds living here year round. For most years I've noticed that there have been two males vieing for this territory each spring. One perches at the top of a tall tree and sings lustily. The other sits huddled in the middle of a nearby thicket and has a wheezy song. There have been a few families of towhees living in our area year round for as long as I can remember.

Juvenile Spotted Towhee Gallery: A series of images of young Towhees.