Spotted Towhee

A shy but spectacular large sparrow, the SPTO is a common sight in the underbrush, scurrying from one shelter to another. Once you’ve seen a few, the flight pattern and coloring both become unmistakable. The SPTO’s call is harsh and angry-sounding, and its bright red eye adds to the effect, but these are peaceful birds who want to be left alone to double-scratch under bushes and shrubs in search of their varied diet.