Finally … a Towhee

 It’s amazing how a rufous-sided towhee can loudly sing its song or repeat its call note and not be located.

It took several days to locate the towhee that called from various places in our yard.  They have a knack for concealment, even when in the open.

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I accidentially ended up in the right place at the right time to locate the male while he repeated his  “Drink your teeeeee” (wavering the “tea.”)

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His call note was a sharp whistled “wheep.”

Rufous-sided towhee’s breeding range covers over half the U.S. and Canada. Southern Illinois is in its winter range.  The female is dark brown where the male is black. They scratch for nuts, seeds and fruits to feed on, plus some insects.


12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on May 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Congratulations! Nothing gets by you.


  2. Posted by Ed on May 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Great shot, are they also known as the Eastern Towhee? I have a few pics of them too..:-)


  3. I know exactly what you mean about those ventriloquist bird–I have trouble locating them by sound as well.


  4. Yes, they are hard to locate, but their song is so pretty!


  5. My first towhee showed up a couple weeks ago when he visited my feeder, they’re always a welcome sign of spring.


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