2 Spotted Towhees

This gallery contains 2 photos. I’d hardly call a Spotted Towhee “a cute little bird”. The red eyes on this large sparrow are mesmerizing and can best be described as eerie. The song that it sings is far from being music to one’s ears. However, this frontal closeup of one eating seeds left by visitors captures its curiosity, chubbiness, and strikingly beautiful plumage. Photographed at the stone bridge of Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon on a chilly November 29.

Spotted Towheenow here’s an expression that says “back off and get your own seeds!”
f/6.3, 1/400, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 4000

I have never seen so many Spotted Towhees within a foot of each other. Three popped out of the underbrush at the same time to join eight others busy scratching through the fallen leaves, not the least concerned about my long lens. Another few steps away, there were another “flock” of five. They could have almost been underfoot were they not constantly hopping about. By contrast, the ones we call our backyard visitors are solitary creatures who often use their bigger size to bully the smaller chickadees, Juncos, and Golden-Crowned Sparrows off the feeding stations, yet these big birds will startle and scatter at the slightest hint of human presence.

Spotted Towheeyou’d think I asked him to stop and give me his best side.
f/6.3, 1/400, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 6400

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