Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

April 13, 2009

Nesting Activity

Filed under: behavior, Birds, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch — richditch @ 6:20 pm
Abert's Towhee with nesting material

Abert's Towhee with nesting material

With all the baby bird activity around our yard and at the Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ, I thought I’d add another image from February of this Abert’s Towhee with nesting material in its beak. I think I’ve seen young towhees at the Ranch on the last couple of visits, but not any feeding behavior involving the adults.

Abert’s Towhee is a typical towhee: it spends a lot of its time on or close to the ground and can usually be seen kicking around in the plant litter under a shrub along the edge of a trail. Having one out in plain view like in this photo is not usual and therefore a real treat when it happens.

Abert’s Towhee is a southwestern specialty with a close association with the Colorado River system. I saw my first one back in the 1980’s at the Salton Sea in southern California when I took an extra day after a business trip from NJ to San Diego. In our 15 years living in Phoenix we’ve seen them become more common here, and in the last year we’ve acquired a resident pair in our back yard.


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