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Ruth Harteneck

Oakland, CA, USA


First time ever to see a spotted towhee in our backyard. It has two tumors, one on its right foot and one under its bill. It still seems active. It appeared yesterday and today. Will continue to monitor and take pictures as long as we see it.




Spotted Towhee W/ 2 Tumors

Spotted towhee with two growths; foot and chin

2 replies on “Spotted towhee w/ 2 tumors”

Steve Kastama says:

Spotted a towhee with a growth protruding from eye about 1cm. Has been feeding in an open lawn and has been hanging around our chicken coop. Was able to catch by hand. I released and it flew away.

Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

Hi Steve, Anytime you see a sick bird, it’s best to take your feeders down and clean them. Cleaning them regularly (every 1-2 weeks) is the best way to prevent disease, even when you see no sick birds. You can learn more about bird diseases and how best to clean your feeders on our website. Please also note that it is against federal law to handle to treat wild birds without a federal permit. If you’re particularly worried about an individual, the best thing to do is to call a local wildlife rehabilitator before taking action. If you’re not sure who that is, your state’s wildlife office should have a list of rehabilitators that are federally certified.

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