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Old 05-02-2020, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Southern Quebec
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Here is another link to an excellent wild bird site:

https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/
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Old 05-04-2020, 12:06 PM
 
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It sounds like an Eastern Towhee--formerly called a Rufous-sided Towhee. I've had one scratching below my feeders for the last few days. I don't know why they changed the name. I much prefer the older name as Rufous-sided Towhee is much more descriptive.
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Old 05-04-2020, 02:37 PM
 
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Hmmm. Looks like it would more likely be an Eastern (Rufous-sided) Towhee...Missouri is in it's range.
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Old 05-04-2020, 04:00 PM
 
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Two excellent sites for bird identification are run by Cornell: All About Birds and eBird. eBird is the primary online resource where people report their bird observations so it includes up-to-date sighting reports (it was started in conjunction with National Audubon).

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Towhee/

https://ebird.org/species/eastow

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Old 05-07-2020, 07:37 PM
 
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Spotted towhee, maybe? I’ve never seen one, but here’s a picture:

http://https://www.straight.com/life/620806/five-birding-hot-spots-around-vancouver
That was my thought as well

I am in southern Middle Tennessee.

A pair showed up last year and this year. Last year they were only here for a day. So far this year, they have been here all week..

I hope they stay - they are beautiful and peaceable
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Old 05-11-2020, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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I just today saw one of these myself - for the very first time! They seem to be more common further south but perhaps with the climate change are creeping northward:


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Old 05-11-2020, 06:37 PM
 
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I just today saw one of these myself - for the very first time! They seem to be more common further south but perhaps with the climate change are creeping northward:
I'm not sure which species the map is for, or the source of the map, but here's a link to a range map for Eastern Towhee from eBird.

https://ebird.org/species/eastow
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Saw an unusual bird at my feeder today-eastern-towhee-range-map.png  

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Old 05-19-2020, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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I looked out the window this morning and think I saw a similar unfamiliar bird. Cone-shaped beak, robin sized, dark with white spots on upper wings. But the breast was pale yellow.
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Old 05-19-2020, 09:33 AM
 
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I saw one again, the other day. I presume it was the same bird, but eh...what do I know really?
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