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  •  good idea Marty...the eye stripe is hard to find (3+ / 0-)

    but the pictures in the cornell page  do show the stripe in some, much variation and I hadn't looked at the right page of pictures, but it sounds most likely...very Towhee like, size wise and behavior...interesting, and found in the La Brea tar pits deposits as well.

    Thanks, I'll go with that as most likely then.

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    by KenBee on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 02:16:29 PM PDT

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    •  The first thing one notices besides their size is (3+ / 0-)

      the overall dark coloring on top and sides. They look darker than most other sparrows, and the coloring on the breast varies greatly from one to another. Some have a central "dot" (not a good word, because it is way bigger than a dot, a circular blotch on the breast) in front, and some just have a camouflage of markings, like this one from my front yard:

      Well, I see that mine has a blotch, but it is not as pronounced as some, and it is irregular, not really circular. As I said, lots of variation.

      One thing they all have in common, though, is their scratching in leaf litter, reminding one of the way chickens scratch for food. They all do that, and they like the protection of bushes overhead, too.

      What did you think of the Varied Thrush as a possibility for your Meadowlark? It's up above somewhere.

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      by martyc35 on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 01:17:39 AM PDT

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