[Ontbirds] Port Colborne Spotted Towhee

Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter dannapotter at roadrunner.com
Sun Feb 1 20:28:02 EST 2009

We and others saw the Spotted Towhee in Port Colborne, Ont. this morning.
It never came to the seed but was seen in the shrubs nearby for about 30
minutes.  It is a very well-marked adult male.

Directions for the Spotted Towhee (from John Black's message) - To get to
Lakeshore Road East you need to find Lorraine Road and follow it south to
Lakeshore Road East. Lorraine Road can be reached by traveling about 1 to 2
km east of Highway 140 on Highway 3 . Turn south on Lorraine and then West
on Lakeshore Road East. Then go to 735 Lakeshore Road East. Please do not
park in the driveway or the graveyard. Instead park on the road. The bird
has been spending much of its time in the shrubs separating the two
driveways The bird may then go to the feeder on the balcony or to the ground
below the balcony where there is some seed.   The interval between visits to
the feeder on Friday was about 2 hours. You need to be patient. The bird is
very flighty . Try to see the bird in the hedge from the bottom of the
driveway. If that fails, then walk about half way up the driveway until you
see the the balcony.  There is also a female Eastern Towhee present. There
will be a guest book for you to sign in the mailbox at the bottom of the

Good birding!
Willie D'Anna
Betsy Potter
Wilson, NY

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