Eastern Towhee

When I spotted this bird this morning, I knew he was an Eastern Towhee.  I also knew he was a “lifer” for me.  He moved so fast and jumped into the bush, I wasn’t sure if any of my three shots were good enough for ID for my count.  After missing shots in prior years, I finally got lucky with one.  Yay!

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Eastern Towhee (male)

This fella brings my “lifer” total to 193 birds photographed in the wild.  For my birding buddies, you know how it feels to add another ‘feather to our hat’!  😊



53 thoughts on “Eastern Towhee

    • Yes, I count only what I photograph and can prove. 🙂 I have seen many more birds that I know were new to my list, whether just by chance or missed the shot. But, well, who’s to say I saw if I don’t have a photo? Hmmmm……I’ve been with ‘pro-birders’ who have shouted out a bird that I have luckily captured, and I’ve went home to find out it was NOT the bird ‘ID’d’. And other times where there’s an argument on what it was. Each ‘pro-birder’ listed it as ‘they ID’d’ it. I don’t like/approve guessing….probably why I like going alone and doing my thing. 😊

      • Good on you Donna, that’s a good number to get in the tin!
        It’s probably a bit easier in this country, being smaller with less species. My life list is birds I’ve seen (just over 400) I wish I had images of some of the rare ones I have seen but when I used to go twitching I just took my scope and bins.
        I don’t chase after rarities these days so my list has sort of stagnated, I used to have a pager that kept me up to date, now when I hear news it’s always a day or two too late!

  1. Great shot Donna! And yes – lifers are quite significant. Mine was an Arctic Gull on our recent Arctic trip, and Peter’s was a gyrfalcon, which unfortunately I didn’t see so couldn’t claim it.

  2. Congratulations! Your new “lifer” is beautiful. Being in NC you’re going to see many of them, in this photo you have captured the male, the female is brown instead of black. 🙂

  3. Congrats! Towhees are pretty birds. We don’t see them here, but when I lived in Maine one summer, there were several always scratching the forest floor for food.

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