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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

California Towhee

This is another one of those birds I have long taken for granted and is very nondescript. A dull drab dusky brown bird with no remarkable features. Yet once I began to understand what is normal run-of-the-mill for me, can be quite unusual to those in other parts of the country and the world. In fact this fellow is only found down along the Pacific coast region of California and Baja Mexico, plus one small spot in southwest Oregon.
Of all the birds that frequent our yard, the Towhee is always underfoot, almost literally. They are the most tolerant of having people around and will continue with their shuffling about and scratching in the leaf litter with their feet until you are almost on top of them. That is until you have a camera in hand, of course.
So there you have it, the camera shy California Towhee.


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24 comments:

  1. how neat! nope, don't see those here! and would certainly notice if they were underfoot!

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  2. Great close ups. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Very beautiful and sharp closeups. Beautiful birds aswell.

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  4. Great photos. WBW really makes me aware that what is common for me is definitely not so for others!

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  5. It is great to see birds from all around the world. Your Towhee is pretty, great photos.

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  6. Sounds like our pigeons!
    You've got great shots of them in great detail Andrew!

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  7. Excellent images! Thanks for sharing these Pacific rim birds. That California sunshine looks great too!

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  8. The bird's eye is in such detail/clarity in the first photo, very neat.

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  9. Dear John,
    I find this bird very beautiful. Even if it is not multicolored. It looks beautiful nevertheless!You've got great shots from this bird!!!
    greetings & Hugs Synke ;-)

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  10. Great Images, first one is a gem

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  11. That first towhee looks a little grizzled, like he's been around for a while. Interesting consideration about how one man's common is another's unusual.

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  12. Hi there - I had just left a post else where saying that it would be a bit of a nightmare to be a starting birder in the US becasue of the huge number of "little brown jobs" there - then along comes your post - I rest my case!

    Cheers Stewart M - Australia

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  13. Lovely shots.
    His actions sound like our Robins here, when working in the garden.

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  14. Clothes may make the man but not necessarily the bird. Drab looking birds may be just as pretty and have a lovely song as well. Really nice shots.

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  15. he has a whole lot of character. a curious little creature. his name even more curious. I like that he's bold and courageous, not intimidated by you except for your camera in hand. I've never heard of this bird, and most likely will never encounter one, so thanks for sharing. happy day to you John.

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  16. Wonderful close-up shots of this little bird. You caught him on a day when he wasn't too camera shy.

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  17. Just look at those eyes :)

    Nice captures.

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  18. Marvelous images... Especially the middle one. Lovely light and lovely poses!

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  19. Poor DBB = dirty brown birds. They are not as pretty as some, but they are enjoyable to watch. I see you call the DDDBB. The small things in life that are crucial to our world has to be the birds and animals we see.

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  20. OH a super sleek looking bird! I have never even noticed it in the Bird Guide but now Im looking it up..Thanks for pointing it out!! Excellent photos----

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  21. You are right about our common birds being someone else's rarity John. It's nice to show the folks birds that are nearly endemic to California like this Towhee. I do consider their rusty undertail coverts a decent remarkable feature though ;-)

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