Green-tailed Towhee high up on Bountiful Canyon

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Green-tailed Towhee high up on Bountiful CanyonGreen-tailed Towhee high up on Bountiful Canyon – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Last week while heading up the Skyline Drive of Bountiful Canyon this Green-tailed Towhee was singing on top of a shrub (maybe a Utah Serviceberry) and I was surprised when it hung around for about 2 minutes, in my experience this ground skulking bird hasn’t hung around all that long with my lens pointed at them.  I do wish the tail were more visible and less obstructed by the leaves of the shrub but I am always happy to see and photograph this species and I truly enjoyed its song too.


*I’m off the grid and will only have spotty cell phone connection but please enjoy this post.


  1. Mia McPherson July 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you all, I am always happy to see this species out in the open and to get photos of them is the icing on the cake.

  2. Stu July 27, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Great photo!.. also intrigued by the origin of the shrub name ‘serviceberry’

  3. Julie Brown July 26, 2013 at 8:53 am

    You got nice eye contact here, Mia. I have only seen this species twice. They really are handsome birds.

  4. Elijah Goodwin July 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Nice shot Mia! Great bird.

  5. Larry Jordan July 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Having only seen one Green-tailed Towhee, I would be happy to just observe one again. This is a gorgeous shot Mia! The blue sky and the green leaves really set off the bird’s subtle colors. I like the tail being partially hidden to, it’s like a little teaser 😉

  6. eric c11 July 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    very sharp details and good composition like that, nice picture mia =))
    have a nice day ☼

  7. Merrill Ann Gonzales July 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Look at the expression on its face! What a great shot!

  8. biobabbler July 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Nice. Agreed re: I’ll take it where I can get it. Charming bird, very dapper.

  9. Sheila July 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Towhees are one of my most fav. I am lucky to have the Green-tailed visit my back yard! Beautiful shot!!

  10. patty chadwick July 24, 2013 at 7:19 am

    You can really see the green tail in this shot….good one!

  11. Dan Huber July 24, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Love these guys, great close up shot

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