California Towhees

Walking Waterhoods: Sausal Creek - Palo Seco

California Towhees

Oakland, California 94607, United States

Created By: Wholly H2O


Keep an eye out here for tiny, brown songbirds fluttering in the low branches. Well camouflaged, California towhees (Melozone crissalis) forage, nest, and sing in the shrubbery. Their even brown color boasts a splash of rust along their tail and around their beak. Towhees have the same short, rounded wings and thick seed-cracking beaks as sparrows but are larger and bulkier. Listen for their cheerful, chirpy trill while you watch them feast on wild seeds and the many local insects. Keep your distance in the spring since they’re very protective of their nests, sometimes even physically attacking intruders!

This point of interest is part of the tour: Walking Waterhoods: Sausal Creek - Palo Seco


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