Karl Riggle of Zanesville, Ohio, sent this picture he shot of a rufous-sided towhee:
I’m told rufous-sided towhees are not uncommon. But they are not nearly so common as robins, and at first glance you might think you’re seeing a robin. But robins can tell the difference … and people can see differences as well.
Look at this picture of a robin, submitted by Ted Harwood, who lives in the 2600 block of East Fifth Street in Duluth:
Although robins are plentiful now, Ted says this one was around all winter. Judging from calls he heard, he thinks there were two winter robins.
Differences between the two birds are apparent. Unlike the robin, the rufous-sided towhee has significant white on the breast, white markings on the wings and an inky black hoodie. You can’t tell this from the pictures, but towhees are slightly smaller than robins.
But that color came from the same crayon in the Crayola box.
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