Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Spotted Towhee Fledgling

My third fledging of the season—a Spotted Towhee, almost unrecognizable compared to the adult plumage. You can see just a hint of what will become this bird’s chestnut sides. Identification was helped by the nearby scolding parents. The date of this record was 19 May, which seems a tad early for a fledgling towhee. Marshall et al (2003, however, report fledglings in Oregon on this date. The second photo is of an adult female, which fearlessly foraged in Erika’s garden after raking.

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