|Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
My most exciting backyard visitor this spring - a male Spotted Towhee! He stayed for about 3 days, hopping around in true towhee-style in the thick brush. Most of the time he foraged on the ground under our seed block, mixing right in with the White-crowned Sparrows. But my resident Abert's Towhees were not as thrilled as I to see their colorful cousin and chased him away at every turn. I tried to tell them not to be so inhospitable to their visiting relative, but the Abert's just wouldn't listen.