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Fw: More logistical info on apparent Eastern Towhee

Fw: More logistical info on apparent Eastern Towhee
By – 12:39 pm
Important correction.  When I said to stay off Heber I meant to say Calexico east of Heber. Heber is fine, but by far the best viewing is from the alleyway on the north side of the house.Also thanks to today’s finders of the bird, Bridget Spencer, Tim Swain and Max Leibowitz.Paul Lehman  San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android On Sat, Nov 6, 2021 at 11:54 AM, Paul Lehman<lehman.paul@…> wrote: Here is some rather important information on looking for and hopefully finding the eastern towhee in Jacumba. At least the bird that looks like a male eastern towhee and that has given calls typical of Eastern towhee but also calls that I guess one could say are intermediate and shared by both species potentially? Find the intersection of Calexico and Heber in Jacumba which is just east of the middle of town or very close to the middle of town. There is a large sycamore tree and the Methodist Church at this corner, and that sycamore tree is often where a male Scott’s Oriole does some singing early in the morning. Directly across Heber to the east from the church is a gray house that has a fairly nice backyard where they feed birds that one views from taking the alleyway to the east that is on the north side of the house and quietly stand there. White crown sparrows come and go and there’s also a single fairly dull white-throated sparrow there as well. The towhee often buries itself in the 1-ft 2-ft tall vegetation in what looks like a brick planter in the backyard but then also loves drinking water out of the garbage can lid along the fence where you’re standing and bury itself in the yellow leaved arbor that grows on that fence, and it also goes and hides in the bushes next to the cactus in the backyard and goes to the two juniper trees that are along the south edge of the property. Now here’s where there’s a problem. A homeowner on Calexico two houses down from the corner is irate about birders being here so please stay off Heber and do all the viewing from the alleyway on the north side of the house. The people who actually own the yard are fairly nice and so no problem standing in the alleyway. The bird has also flown south across Calexico to the next yard to the south but then it has come back to its favored yard fairly soon. For what it’s worth I was here four days ago and had a spotted or Eastern towhee in that yard to the south of Calexico but only saw the front of the bird before it disappeared and so if it’s in fact the same bird then it’s been here several days already. Spotted towhees are actually quite scarce in Jacumba.Lots and lots of photos have been taken which will be embedded in people’s eBird lists, among other things.Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android