Eastern Towhees

Central Park is visited by the eastern towhees, Pipilo erythrophthalmus. These members of the New World sparrows can be spotted digging away furtively in the undergrowth. This makes them difficult to find and even more difficult to photograph and film. But when we do get a chance to see them, we're always taken by the pattern of their feathers and how they seem to jump backwards as they dig for the seeds, fruit, insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes and soft leaves and flower buds that make up their diets.

I've done one Filming the Feathers video of the Eastern Towhee. It covers footage from 2013 through March 2016.

 February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014

Left: March 4, 2016, north of the Boathouse. Right: April 18, 2015.

Left: March 8, 2015; center: Oct. 25, 2014; right: Oct. 24, 2014

Left: Oct. 24, 2014; right: Oct, 20, 2014

Left to right: Feb. 11, 2014; Feb. 7, 2014; Feb. 6, 2014; Oct. 20, 2013