One of the interesting facts I’ve learned since I started birding is not to always look for birds in trees. Sometimes you need to look on the ground, and that’s the case for the Eastern Towhee.
I saw my first Eastern Towhee at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge back in March, but I’ve seen several more since then at the UCF Arboretum. The scrub bush landscape there is perfect for these colorful orange, white and black birds.
“Eastern Towhees are birds of the undergrowth, where their rummaging makes far more noise than you would expect for their size,” AllAboutBirds.com notes. Indeed, I’ve usually spotted them on the ground first – usually around sunset. They might hop up into a bush, but I haven’t seen any atop a tree.
Here are some photos I’ve taken of Eastern Towhees at UCF over the past several weeks.