January 20, 2014

A winter towhee.

A winter towhee. by ricmcarthur
A winter towhee., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
We don't normally have towhees in our area during winter but this one is wintering at the visitor centre at Rondeau Provincial Park.

They are a summer bird that breeds in southern Ontario and migrate to warmer areas in the winter.

Towhees eat many foods: seeds, fruits, insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and snails, as well as soft leaf and flower buds in spring. They also eat seeds and fruits, including ragweeds, smartweeds, grasses, acorns, blackberries, blueberries, wheat, corn, and oats.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Pipilo erythrophthalmus

The oldest known Eastern Towhee was 12 years, 3 months old.

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