A Spotted Towhee observed in a wooded vacant lot.
Spotted Towhee, More Mesa.
San Luis Obispo County, California, US
I find this bird difficult to photograph since it usually stays among brushy limbs near the ground.
The Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) is a large New World sparrow. The taxonomy of the towhees has been debated in recent decades, and formerly this bird and the Eastern Towhee were considered a single species, the Rufous-sided Towhee. An archaic name for the Spotted Towhee is the Oregon Towhee (Pipilo maculatus oregonus).