Backyard Birds: California Towhee

Now that the weather is cooling down, the bird activity in our backyard seems to be picking up.


  • The California Towhee looks distinctly different than those we have here in Arizona. Ours have a little black mask around the eyes. My favorites though. Love their distinctive call. What a wonderful photo!!

  • I’ve noticed a lot of increased wildlife activity in my neighborhood too: birds, squirrels, turkeys…it reminds me of those “getting ready for winter” children’s books 🙂

    • Absolutely! The squirrels especially! I keep finding “hidden” acorns “planted” throughout our backyard (especially in the flower pots). It’s also been fascinating to watch the various animals (deer, coyotes, steller’s jays, turkeys) eating the acorns and how they get them out of the oak trees.

      • I find peanuts in my yard that the jays hide; one of the neighbors must leave them out.

        • We find all kinds of weird stuff in our yard… the strangest being fruit of different kinds (there aren’t fruit trees anywhere near us). I’ve also found cheese slices…

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