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I will need to check closer later, but it strikes me as either a lark bunting, or a leucistic sparrow of some sort. It almost looks like a molting leucistic California Towhee, but it seems too big. 

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12 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

I will need to check closer later, but it strikes me as either a lark bunting, or a leucistic sparrow of some sort. It almost looks like a molting leucistic California Towhee, but it seems too big. 

Thanks but the bird was dark gray in person, and lark buntings don’t live here and the males are not breeding now

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While this pic is really rough, I do agree that the white is not part of the bird. This bird feels like a California Towhee to me based on shape, the description of habitat, that fact that it's close to the ground, that beady dark eye, as well as the location of the sighting. But, this appears to be a phone phone pic and trying to ID a bird from phone photos can be comical at best. 

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7 minutes ago, DLecy said:

This bird feels like a California Towhee...

Quite a bit bigger than a sparrow.  But I think it is very difficult to gauge the size of the bird from these pictures.  The reason I noticed the white bit might be a branch was I was looking closely for nearby objects that might be used to estimate the size of the bird.  (I realize IKLland tried to compare it to nearby sparrows in the field, but judging size can be difficult.)  Shame one of the White-crowned Sparrows was not standing next to it in the picture.

I certainly wouldn't rule out California Towhee based on size.

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19 hours ago, Jim W said:

Actually, I'm not convinced the white is part of the bird.  Pic cropped further and brightened.  It wondering if the white is a branch.  Same arced shape as other branches.

 

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I remember seeing it and it was moving all over a lawn before I got the pic and the white was clearly on the bird.

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15 hours ago, Jim W said:

Quite a bit bigger than a sparrow.  But I think it is very difficult to gauge the size of the bird from these pictures.  The reason I noticed the white bit might be a branch was I was looking closely for nearby objects that might be used to estimate the size of the bird.  (I realize IKLland tried to compare it to nearby sparrows in the field, but judging size can be difficult.)  Shame one of the White-crowned Sparrows was not standing next to it in the picture.

I certainly wouldn't rule out California Towhee based on size.

I know I wish I got both birds. In pic

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