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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