|Spotted Towhee nest with a clutch of 4 eggs|
|The nest was under this thicket, invisible to all who pass by|
We decided to try to photograph the nest for this blog, so the next day we went back down the trail. We watched carefully to see if the towhee would fly from the nest as we approached, but we never saw her leave. We did find the nest again and I took 2 quick photos and quickly left the scene. Since we didn't see the mama towhee, we are worried we may have scared her off for good the first day we stopped at the nest.
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the incubation period for towhee eggs is 12-13 days and the nesting period is 10-12 days, so we will take another look at the nest 25 days after we first discovered it, and see if the eggs have hatched and the little birds have flown.