The spotted towhee is a western bird and we were lucky to spot some on our last trip to British Columbia.
Towhees hop around moving leaves for find food.
Above is the male towhee and below is the female (not the best photo)
This over sized sparrow is usually a ground feeder but they will go to the feeders.
When we first saw the towhee we were walking the Galloping Goose trail and it flew in front of us and landed in one of the trees. Our first instinct was to say it was a robin as the flash of orange on its belly caught out eye. But looking closer after it landed we realized it was a bit smaller than a robin and had different colours. When we got back to the house we got out the BC bird guide for a correct identification.
The towhee is known for scratching/digging in the leaves to find food and very often you hear the sound before spotting the bird.
These videos were taken in our daughter’s back yard in late December 2017. They were fun birds to watch.
They will forage on the ground for insects, bugs, seeds and berries. We did toss out some grapes and they vanished in no time.
Here in Ontario we have the eastern towhee, very similar in looks but generally without the spots on the wings, but we have yet to spot any.
Have a look at some of the other BC birds we have spotted.