Monday, March 30, 2020

Spotted Towhee

On 17 March 2020. we found a Spotted Towhee singing from a woodpile in a clearcut at Kennedy Flats, west of Olympia. The Spotted Towhees of the Northwest are less heavily spotted that other populations across wesztern North America. I have not seen a photograph of a Spotted Towhee with such as prominent crest as this one sports. Perhpas this male was particularly jazzed up with testosterone. Erika and I were not close to this bird when we took this image, so I do not think this crest raising was due to our presence. This behavior does not seem to be mentioned by Smith and Greenlaw (2002) in Birds of the World.

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