This eastern towhee seemed curious about my presence in the thicket, lowering its head to get a clear look at me through the tangle of branches.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Field Guide describes the eastern towhee as a strikingly marked, oversized sparrow.
The Cornell Field Guide also noted the amount of noise they make when foraging in the underbrush, and I have to agree.
When I approached the thorn bush a couple of them were under, I thought I was creeping up on a small mammal of some sort, they were noisily scratching at the leaves to expose the soil.
I shot this sequence of photos on January 27, 2015 of an eastern towhee transiting to one of the feeders at Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland.
The male cardinal and the towhee brushed past one another as a black-capped chickadee and a female cardinal sit in the bushes.