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Sorry, I totally give up.. I've spent hours trying to id this one. Can anyone help? He's sort of between sparrow and turnstone size, and was on the rocks at Doran Beach, Sonoma County.I got one clear shot and one fuzzy one. It's the belly that keeps him from fitting in anything I find online. Thank you!


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16 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

This is an immature European Starling that is molting into nonbreeding adult plumage.

It is certainly molting into adult plumage, but European Starlings, as adults, molt only once per year, thus they don't have any other plumage (that is, "breeding" plumage = "non-breeding" plumage in the species).

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