About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter towhee

I have an towhee under my feeder. Is that unusual for him to be here in the Michigan winter?
Photo from Wikimedia Commons
"Drink your tea!" That is the classic Eastern Towhee song, given by males. Male Eastern towhees have a black hood, back, wings and tail. The breast and belly are white and the sides are roufus. The female is similar, except she is brown where the male is black.

Towhees that nest in Michigan or Canada usually migrate to the southern United States for the winter. It is uncommon for one to stick around in the winter but don't worry. As long as there is food, water and a nice bush for them to roost they should be OK.

Towhees feed on various seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, acorns. They are also often observed feeding on the ground where they noisily scratch for food under bird feeders. A blend with sunflowers and peanuts, like the Wild Birds Unlimited no-mess blend would keep him fat until spring. https://youtu.be/mWVa08fpnXg

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