Bird #391 — Spotted Towhee

pipilo (to chirp) maculatus

Sunday, May 6, 2001 — 2:24 pm

San Diego, California — Point Loma — Cabrillo National Monument

The Anna’s Hummingbird zipped off to somewhere, and Don and Michael continued down the trail. I hadn’t gone anywhere when I heard a familiar song. The field guides say the Spotted Towhee sounds somewhat different than the Eastern Towhee, but I didn’t notice. I just knew it was a towhee.

I soon spotted it sitting in a bush across a small fold in the slope from where I saw the hummingbird. Like most of my lifers on this trip, I saw several during the three days I was in San Diego. It looked just like an Eastern Towhee, except that it had white spots all over its back.

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