George Gobel, a comedian in the 1950's, once famously asked, "Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?" I often wonder if the California towhee feels that way. This shot of such a brown bird was taken in the woods in Oregon House, California, where it was competing for food with bright blue and white scrub jays, red and black acorn woodpeckers, multicolored flickers, and even other, more colorful towhees.
The California towhee feeds on the ground or in low scrub where it prefers a variety of seeds and some insects, and this is where I usually found them. Like cardinals, it is believed they form lifelong pairs. Even in a brilliant green forest, they prove that brown can be beautiful.
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Jack Huber has taken tens of thousands of photographs around the country and in his foreign travels.