Monday, May 4, 2009

Can You Identify This Bird?

This morning I was intrigued by
something partially hidden in the
garden. I waited patiently with my
camera and managed to photograph
this elusive bird. I have never seen it here
before and was wondering if anyone
can identify this lovely brown bird with
some orangy rust color.


Thanks to those who know, she is an Eastern ( Rufus) Towhee!


quiltcat said...

Hi Nan. Lovely picture! I'm pretty sure that's a female Towhee.

quiltcat said...

You probably saw her kicking back and forth and scratching in the leaves, somewhat like a chicken :).

ShySongbird said...

Hi Nan, I'm afraid I'm not too familiar with American birds, many of them are so different from ours here in the UK. I had a look around the internet without success and then came back and found quiltcat's comment and after looking up the Towhee I think that is more than likely right.

It is a lovely photo of a very pretty bird and you have another great blog here.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Eastern Towhee (used to be Rufus Sided Towhee). I have a pair in my yard for the first time. Used to have them when I lived in Alabama. The male is black on the back where the female is brown. Very striking. I'm having a hard time getting a photo of them. Very shy birds;) Lucky you, you got a great picture.

Nan and =^..^= said...

Hi quiltcat, ShySongbird and Marnie,
Thanks so much for helping me identify this beautiful bird.
My husband had never seen one before either and was equally puzzled!
Yes, it must be a towhee.

she was scratching the leaves!

I had a feeling that you might have different birds from us but I thought I'd take a chance! Hope you stop by again!

Isn't that something that it's the first time you've seen them in your yard, too. I really didn't think I'd be able to photograph her for she was very shy and would disappear quickly, but then she returned and I managed to see her from the porch with the screen door propped open with my foot!

thanks again everyone!

Karen L R said...

I was just listening to VT Edition on VPR is AM. The broadcast was "Bridget Butler on Spring Birds", and in one segment they talked about how the ranges for birds are changing with the climate...much like planting zone changes. Fun to see new birds, but maybe not so good for them?

Great picture!

Nan and =^..^= said...

Karen LR, Thanks for that info, it is very interesting! I've noticed even the robins this year seemed to spend most of the winter here, which is very unusual for to me when one sees the robins return, it's a sign of spring!
What happens when they never leave...