Saturday, May 22, 2021

Spotted Towhee

We banded our first fledgling of 2021 on 21 May—a Spotted Towhee. This bird lacks most of the field marks of an adult—its eye is dark, not red, its flanks are streaky, not uniformly bright rufous. The tail feathers did sport white, terminal spots and a pair of adult towhees scolded nearby. The earliest date for egg laying in Washington is 10 April, with a median date of 7 May (Burke Museum)—so this fledgling is just about right on time. Spotted Towhees are year-round residents in our backyard.

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