Green-tailed Towhee – 2nd chance


What a difference a day makes.  I went back out to the photography blind at San Angelo State Park yesterday to see if I could get a better exposed photo of the Green-tailed Towhee.  The sky was cloudy, but it wasn’t raining.  There was an abundance of birds to be seen, and the light was perfect.  There was this Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca) eating seed that was put on this log.

Canyon Towhee

There also was this Lesser Goldfinch, (Carduelis psaltria), hanging sideways on a branch sticking out of the pond.

Lesser Goldfinch

How about a female Northern Cardinal, (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal - female

Or a Pyrrhuloxia , Cardinalis sinuatus), a relative to the Northern Cardinal.

Pyrrhuloxia

Don’t you love the bokeh on the three above above photos?  A few minutes later about a dozen Northern Bobwhites, (Colinus virginianus) came running into the area.  What fun it was watching them scurry around.  This is a photo of one of the females.

Northern Bobwhite - female

Oh, lest I forget why I decided on this post, the Green-tailed Towhee, (pipilo chlorurus), finally made an appearance.  He flew in from the surrounding brush and made himself at home in this bird feeder.  I took this shot, then he was gone.  I haven’t seen him since.

Green-tailed Towhee

I hope you enjoyed looking at these photos.  I have this habit of wanting you to see all of my photos at once.  I don’t have any left for the next post.  So you know where I’ll be tomorrow.  There is no time to rest, but I must keep going to satisfy my readers. :-)

All images were shot with my Canon EOS 7D with Canon 500mm lens, tripod mounted.  No tele-converter was used.

Click on any of the images to see an enlargement.  Have a Happy Super Bowl Weekend. :-)

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42 thoughts on “Green-tailed Towhee – 2nd chance

    • Hi, Tracy. Nice to hear from you. I can often hear the Northern Bobwhite’s calls, then have to look carefully around to see them. Quite often I spot them in the trees calling to one another. Thanks for the comment.

  1. Thanks for sharing, Bob. My feeder hasn’t provided me with as many shots as I’d like so far this winter, so it is great to come over here and see yours. I find that relative of the northern cardinal quite fascinating. Does it have an easier, more common name than “Pyrrhuloxia”? I can’t imagine exclaiming, “ooh, look at the pyrrhuloxia!” if I ever happened to see one! ;-)

    • No, I am sorry to say that there is no easy name for the Pyrrhuloxia. It is pronounced “Pie-roll-loxia”, if that helps. :-)

      I don’t know who is is in charge of naming birds, but I think they could have come up with something easier. :-)

      Thanks for commenting, Karen.

  2. Yes, my eyes are completely satisfied after watching so many of them! :D

    Loved these shots, the light is perfect, and the colors are absolutely beautiful! :) My favorites – Northern Cardinal – female & Her relative. Fantastic tweeties. :)

  3. Awesome set of photos Mr. Bob, it seems they all are posing for you.

    The Canyon Towhee looks like a Sparrow, but colored like a Morning Dove
    Pyrrhuloxia is my favorite.

    We have tons of Bobwhites around here in the warmer months, but I can’t recall seeing/hearing one in winter…do they fly south for the winter??

    I don’t have a bird blind, but there is a lake down in the meadow that seems to draw the birds in…maybe I’ll head down there tomorrow bout noon.

    Raven

  4. Absolutely beautiful..could not say which would be my favorite. The cloudy day really popped out the colors and details on the birds. Thank you again for sharing…take care and have a fun day tomorrow…

  5. What fabulous photos. I am so glad I found your blog. The photos are so crisp, the feathers are clear. In looking at some of your previous posts, I can see that you are a talented photographer.

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