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Spotted Towhee


This towhee and the eastern towhee both used to be called rufous- sided towhees, but to differentiate it from the eastern towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), it is  now called a spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus).


Rufus is trying to figure out the best way to get into Lincoln the squirrel’s food.

“Have you ever been undecided, and had a foot in each camp?” he asks.

He finally decided to just go for it. Showing off his acrobatic skills.

No, he didn’t get put in jail for stealing Lincoln’s sunflower seeds. He’s just hiding here in plain sight. Nothing can get him here behind this maze of twigs.

“And no,” he says, ” I didn’t pull an all-nighter. My eyes are always red.”

Author: wordsfromanneli

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31 thoughts on “Spotted Towhee

  1. Cuteness overload! ❤

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  2. He is a bit of a thief ..but such a great little poser.

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  3. So sweet! I love the Towhees!


  4. He does not look stable in that first photo!

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  5. Your photos are adorable! The little towhee is so cute.

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  6. Handsome little bird. Nice photos!

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  7. Excellent shots, Anneli! 🙂

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  8. Such a pretty bird. I guess Lincoln’s seeds were there for the taking. 🙂

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  9. Entertaining! Perfect afternoon moment spent with this cute and clever bandit.

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  10. Such a pretty bird, Anneli. You got some great photos! I love the one in the twigs. 🙂

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  11. I’m with Kiki–cuteness overload! Good to hear Lincoln is prepared for winter.

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  12. I love his rusty autumn colour, it blends in well. I hope he left some for Lincoln!

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  13. What a cute little bird, very good pictures.

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