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#1 Weezyrider

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:41 AM

Does anyone have any pics of juveniles? I can't find too many pics of young, and have a bird that looks like a young green tailed towhee.

It has the stripes on the chest, the red on top of its head and an yellow type wash on the lower belly. I didn't see any yellow on the tail or wings yet. It showed up at the birdbath just after the Spotted Towhee left. It's the same size as the Spotted. Bigger than the House Finch and House sparrow that were getting a drink at the same time.

We do have the Towhees here in the summer, but I've never seen a young one.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:56 AM

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:10 AM

I hope these help. I just don't know the age of the Towhees.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:28 AM

Does anyone have any pics of juveniles? I can't find too many pics of young, and have a bird that looks like a young green tailed towhee.

It has the stripes on the chest, the red on top of its head and an yellow type wash on the lower belly. I didn't see any yellow on the tail or wings yet. It showed up at the birdbath just after the Spotted Towhee left. It's the same size as the Spotted. Bigger than the House Finch and House sparrow that were getting a drink at the same time.

We do have the Towhees here in the summer, but I've never seen a young one.


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Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:51 AM

NICE shots, BigOly!

Weezyrider, you might try a Google image search for immature Green-tailed Towhee.
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Posted 27 October 2012 - 01:46 AM

I've been searching and nothing really turned up. Most of the juveniles didn't have the red on the head. This one had the full red on the head of the adult.

Here's a link to a juvenile which is similar, but the one I saw had less yellow (didn't notice on the wings and tail) and the red on the head was like the adult. http://www.richbyoun...ackpage-12.html

Did I catch a juvenile in between molts? I suppose the yellow could vary from bird to bird. I see the bird off an on.

The birdbath is about 5 feet from the kitchen window. I moved it and the feeders to see who was eating what. The bath is heated, so we get a crowd in the winter. Usually house finches and sparrows. Watching a Northern Flicker drink reminds me of a sword swallower.

I did have a couple of immature black headed Grosbeaks a couple of weeks ago.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 02:05 AM

Looking at Pyle, I'd say you had a bird that was a bit late with it's first pre-basic molt.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 11:01 PM

The adult bird just turned up. It's a Canyon Towhee. I thought we were a little far north. If it hangs around, that will mean 3 Towhees - Spotted, Green-tailed and Canyon in the yard. The immature of the Canyon and Green-tailed are close in appearance.

Had all 3 Jays at the feeders this AM. We usually don't get Stellar's, but the major fire last summer might have moved them east. So I had Blue Jay, Stellar's Jay, and Scrub Jay all at once.

Odd question - squirrels don't eat carrion do they? I saw one of our Fox squirrels with the carcass of a Asian Collared Dove in its mouth. I know they eat eggs and maybe hatchlings - but a full bird?

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 11:21 PM

Check this out..http://www.indianlegend.com/lenape/lenape_002.htm

Also I've seen chipmonks eat birds.




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