Saturday, July 31, 2010

Spotted Towhee

I have a fond spot in my heart for Spotted Towhees which, with the Eastern Towhee, used to be called Rufous-sided Towhee. My father had Alzheimer's and in its late stages, before he died, one of the few things he could say was "rufous" when one of these beauties would come into view under the bush outside his window. He no longer knew my name or who I was, but he could say "rufous." The mind is an amazing thing.

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