I remember growing up in Connecticut and seeing Eastern Towhees everywhere. My Dad taught me at a very early age to recognize them by their song, “Drink your tea!” (Click on blog link for other photo.)
I had seen an Eastern Towhee only one other time here on the Cape in the past few years so I was delighted to see this little guy foraging around in our yard.
The Eastern Towhee is a large sparrow with black upper parts, hood and upper breast, rufous-colored flanks, and white underparts. It forages on the ground and in low vegetation for insects, acorns, seeds and berries. You won’t see him at your feeder.
Have you ever seen an Eastern Towhee?