My Visitor: Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

The Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) is a large New World sparrow. The taxonomy of the towhees has been under debate in recent decades, and formerly this bird and the spotted towhee were considered a single species, the rufous-sided towhee. Their breeding habitat is brushy areas across eastern North America.

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What’s Up?

Happy Days…

It has been  a few days of doing many things at home and about. To start, it was my birthday and five days later it was Tyler’s birthday.

For me it’s just like any regular day but I couldn’t stop Lucy and Tyler to bake me a cake and blow one candle at breakfast time. It was good to have only one candle on the cake otherwise if we had the real number we could’ve incurred into a unstoppable blaze!

For Tyler things were much different, he had a birthday party at school with his classroom friends. He came home with some birthday gifts and happy for he had a lot of fun. He also went out to the movies with some friends. He was happy about that too. I grilled some delicious meat for Lucy and Tyler, he loves to eat hamburgers! Lucy and I love flank steak and I grilled a mean supper delicious piece…I’m drooling on my keyboard now!

Before Tyler’s birthday I painted his room and we rearranged it with new furniture, he loves it ! He’s acting very mature now…he says! After all he’s 7 y.o. now!

Although I had a great deal of fun, doing many great things around the house and inside, I had to wear long sleeve shirts for the reason of some nasty poison oak on my right arm. I’m well now but I felt very uncomfortable while the poisoned skin was affected.

My birds have been very active because the weather has improved to a point of ideal for plants, grass, flowers, trees etc. Everything is green and colorful my shrubs are looking their best, also my trees. All these favorable changes make me happy! The bird families  in my backyard  have increased their numbers and all look full of health!

These are the birds that accompanied us during our birthdays!


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Portraits of Birds

eastern towhee (M) – pipilo erythrophtalmus


I will not blog while on vacation starting  tomorrow April 1st ’till Saturday April 8th …day I’ll resume blogging. 

I’ll be on vacation with wife Lucy and son Tyler (I bought him a new camera!)

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Happy New Year!

“Dear friends of Avian101, H.J. has just picked me to deliver an absolutely sincere message to all of you…Let me make something clear, H.J. did not pick me because I’m a great orator, oh no! He’s always saying that I have a big mouth!

Now that I got this out of my chest~ my dear friends, tomorrow will be the first day of the year 2017. e-0706

Myself with other avian friends and…oh yeah…H.J. (sigh)… wish you a very happy  and prosperous New Year! We promise to continue working hard for you, our dear readers. We’d love you to come and visit us daily, it is an honor to have you as company.”


Here’s a gallery of friends from our avian Community. They want to say something to you.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101