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Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Bird At GonSS

We're enjoying a new bird at Garden on Sherlock Street.  This little guy/gal likes to scratch around in our back shrub border.  I tried using some online bird identification sites, but no luck figuring out what we have.

Do you know what bird this is?




19 comments:

  1. I wish my sister in law could see this. She might be able to tell you.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  2. Hi,
    We don't get anything that looks like that over here, but he/she is rather nice. Chris over at Las Aventuras may be able to help identify it for you. The link is http://gardeningandthespanishway-rohrerbot.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Rufus sided Towhee--we have a pair here every year. They're fun to watch as they search through the grass for things to eat.

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  4. I have no idea. Very different looking though.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  5. I'm sure someone will be able to tell you what this bird is. I think he/she is really striking.

    Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

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  6. Hi there....this little guy is an Eastern Twohee. The female is mostly light/rusty brown with no black, but the same white belly. They eat insects, seeds and fruit. You will see them hopping backward with both feet raking up leaf litter in search of insects and seeds. I enjoy watching them in my garden too!!

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    1. He is fun to watch. Do they nest on the ground? I've seen what may be the female fly out of the area below our red twig dogwood.

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    2. The female builds a cup and has 2 broods per year. The female broods, but the male does the most feeding of the young. The female is probably searching for insects under your tree.

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  7. I am pretty sure it is a towhee. They live in brush hedges and woodlands. They are very common in my garden and make a loud 'Teee'. It's a distinctive call. They are fairly friendly birds too.

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  8. I have seen Towhees on peoples blogs but we don't have them in this area. It is a neat bird.

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  9. Looks like you have a Towhee... Pretty bird... The ones here in the east have a neat song... It sounds like "Drink---My----Teaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" The tea part is high-pitched --and sounds like a giggle.. Teee-heee---heee---heee sound!!!!! SO neat!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. This is actually a male spotted towhee, the western equivalent of the eastern towhee. The classic name is rufous-sided towhee, which I think covered both species. They are so much fun to have around - I hope yours stay and nest! That would be great fun to watch.

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  11. Betsy's the birder in the family, but I also think it's a Towhee. We usually only see them as they are passing through.

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  12. I was going to say the male Spotted Towhee too. They like to forage on the ground. It is a different variety of Towhee than you saw on my site today, the Eastern Towhee is not spotted on its back. It looks like they like the same habitat.

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    1. The one here is very speckled. Really striking. Thanks.

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  13. You all are awesome. I told my wonderful husband how my garden blogging buddies came through for us. We really enjoy watching this fellow scratch around in the garden. This evening, we may have heard it calling but couldn't figure out where it was perched to try and see it sing too.

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  14. It is a lovely bird and I enjoy hearing them in the yard. Hope you have a nice week.

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  15. I have never seen one. Hope one will come through Ar.. It is a pretty one.

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