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June 15, 2009


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen & Lindsey - thanks for the info. I'll continue to update the post with good spots to find this neat bird.
Cathy - lucky you to have a towhee as a yard bird. I'm jealous!

Lindsey D.

Hello! I went on a bird walk at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve in May and we witnessed the 'chu-wink' call of the Eastern Towhee in the Camp Saratoga parcel, right past the cabin at the parking lot on Scout Road (it opens up to a large field - the Towhee was in the brush to the left of it).


I've had a Towhee in my yard this year! (Southern Maine) We have a very brushy border between our yard and the property in back of us. I heard him before I saw him, scuttling through the undergrowth underneath some very tall poplars.


Another reliable place for Eastern Towhees in our neck of the woods is the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. See http://www.albanypinebush.org

The Zen Birdfeeder

Margaret - no, the towhee hasn't made it to my yardlist unfortunately. Did get to see (and hear) one up at Crown Point in May and have seen them at WWP&P. Drink your tea!


Great birds, although I've never seen them up our way (perhaps you have?) My copy of Chester A. Reed's "Land Birds East of the Rockies," originally published in the early 1900's, does indeed include "Eastern Towhee" (along with Baltimore - erstwhile "Northern" - Oriole and "Solitary" Vireo). For local bloggers, I've found a reliable place for towhees is the Old Gick Farm on Rte. 50 (just north of the store!)

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