Have you ever seen this bird?
California Towhee visits the Natural History Museum. Image courtesy of Kimball Garrett
Okay, so unless you are a birder type, you may look at this picture and think, "How the heck do I know? It just looks like a dull, brown bird to me." This is almost exactly what I thought when I saw the picture in my inbox recently. However, after reading the e-mail it was sent in, I realized this is a bird I see, and hear, in Griffith park all the time. You see, this bird can be much easier to identify when it is alive—scratching around in the leaf litter in front of your eyeballs, and chirping away close to your earholes.
First rule of bird nerd club, you gotta look at more than just color and pattern!
Kimball, teaches this and an...