Eastern Towhee – 5/4/13

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/4/13

Observation Time: 5:55 p.m.

Observation Location: Soccer parking area on Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Eastern Towhee

Scientific Name: Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Comments: The Eastern Towhee is our largest sparrow. This male was scuffing for food in the dry leaves on the ground in a grove of trees beside the soccer parking lot. The racket he was making attracted my attention.

The call of the Towhee, which sounds like “Toe-wee,” accounts for its name. It has another call that is said to sound like “Drink Your Tea.” Once you learn to recognize the Towhee’s call, you will begin to realize that these shy birds are quite common around here, even though you may not see them in the foliage.

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Eastern Towhee