Green-tailed Towhee near Bishop

Observers: Chris Howard
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Date: 12/23/2006
Time: 11:13 AM -0500


This morning (23 Dec) there was a Green-tailed Towhee doing the 'hop-shuffle', feeding along the canal south of Green-gate Cottonwoods. It was located on a birm at the south end of two downed beaver trees. The first thing I noticed was a bird larger than the adjacent White-crowns with a longer tail, yellowish undertail coverts and yellowish-gray body. Then I saw the solid rufous cap, white throat and malar with contrasting black lateral throat stripe. I only occasionally see this large sparrow in spring and fall on the valley floor, but never before this late in the year.