Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


The Spotted Towhee is a large, striking sparrow.

Male Towhee, Junco in front.

Male Spotted Towhees have jet-black upper parts and throat; their wings and back are spotted bright white. The flanks are warm rufous and the belly is white. Females have the same pattern but are warm brown where males are black.

Spotted Towhees are also at home in backyards, forest edges, and overgrown fields, and like to frequent our seed and suet feeders during the winter months.


Alison said...

Great pictures, thanks for posting the info. I haven't seen those here.

tina said...

You have the coolest birds! I have towhees here but not the thrush. Way neat and what a wonderful way to pass the winter season. I wish I could take such good pictures. I really do enjoy yours.

Darla said...

Wonder if the Towhees ever visit here. Cool looking bird!

Aerie-el said...

Towhees (love the name!) are so cute! Do you have grosbeaks visit you as well?