Eastern Towhee


If you’re outside and hear a bird singing “pretty, pretty, pretty,” odds are good a Northern Cardinal is perched close by.  If a shrill “weed-eater, weed-eater” reaches your ears, then a Carolina Wren is in the vicinity, while a resounding “over heeere, over heeere” means a Red-winged Blackbird is surely lurking about.  But if you happen to hear a loud scratching and scuffing of leaves, followed by “Who meee?  Who meee?”, then you are being blessed by the presence of this weeks “bird of the week” – the Eastern Towhee.


Sometimes mistaken for a robin or an oriole, the Eastern Towhee is a truly striking bird.  The male has a black head and back, with rusty sides and a white chest.  The female has similar markings, only she boasts a soft shade of brown where the male is black.  Both genders tend to have red eyes.  Together, they make a handsome couple.


If you can get a glimpse of them, towhees are fun to watch.  They hang out around the undergrowth of shrubs and bushes and forage for food on the ground.  They look rather comical as they first hop and then scratch up leaves with both of their feet at the same time.  Their sturdy, cone-shaped beaks are good for cracking shells and crunching seeds, but they also munch on spiders and even small snakes, so they are great to have around!

Since most of my feeders are up on my deck, my husband helped me set up a “ground feeding” station so I could attract a few more of these lovely birds to our backyard.  He even let me steal the log he was using as a gate-stop…truthfully though, it makes a much better bird perch, don’t you think?


About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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