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  1. Thanks for the help. I made an error in iBird. Used color buff instead of brown and that eliminated this bird.
  2. Saw this bird today, 4/2/2020, at Santa Ysabel East Preserve in Southern California. It is a hilly grasslands area with many oaks. This bird seemed to be tending a nest in a hollowed out part of a dead oak tree. Can't find a match in iBird.
  3. From Wikipedia: ------------------------------------------------------ The scaly-breasted munia or spotted munia, known in the pet trade as nutmeg mannikin or spice finch, is a sparrow-sized estrildid finch native to tropical Asia. A species of the genus Lonchura, it was formally described and named by Carl Linnaeus in 1758. Wikipedia Scientific name: Lonchura punctulata Family: Estrildidae Mass: 0.48 oz Encyclopedia of Life Conservation status: Least Concern (Population stable) Encyclopedia of Life Rank: Species Higher classification: Lonchura --------------------------------------------------------------------- This is surely a young scaly-breasted munia. As I noted in my reply above it is a small bird which is consistent with an immature bird. Also there are several adults scaly-breasted munias that frequent the feeders and ground below. These birds are not indigenous and are the result of the pet trade and birds that escaped or were released by owners. The reason the ID did not come up in iBird is that I had done a search on finches. Thanks for all the replies and the help with the ID.
  4. I forgot to mention that the bird is smaller than the other finches, probably about half as tall. We have several scaly-breasted munias (aka nutmeg mannikin) in our yard, so maybe this is a young one. Thanks for the help HamRHead and Bird Brain.
  5. Photographed this bird around my feeder in Southern Cal, near San Diego. Can't find a match using iBird Ultimate. Seems to be a finch and was in the company of a lot of House finches, purple finches, and gold finches.
  6. Thanks everyone for the help.
  7. Saw this bird today at the visitor's center at Anza Borrego Desert State Park (Southern Ca). Can't find a match in iBird.
  8. Thanks for the help. So in the future if it doesn't fit any other dove it's a pigeon 😉.
  9. Is the white eye ring within the range of variability of the Rock Pigeon?
  10. This bird was seen in southern California on Jan 23 near Santa Ysabel. It was in a flock of about a dozen. I believe it is some type of dove but I can't find a match. The photos are not good since the light was poor.
  11. Thanks for the ID. It looks like you are right.
  12. This bird was seen today in the grasslands near Ramona in Southern Cal. I assume it is a female. Does not seem to fit anything perfectly. Any ideas?
  13. This bird was seen in the Ramona Grasslands in Southern California yesterday. The bird was distant and the atmospheric conditions bad so the photo is poor. I believe it is a red-tailed hawk but I am not sure. Any ideas?
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