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Feathered UFO Identified!

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Remember my August post about a "Feathered UFO?

I shared my field notes of a spectacular exotic bird, of orange color, that I have never identified. I said it still bugs the heck out of me not knowing what I saw.

I'm sure someone can ID this beauty from the description. (If so, please send me a note). Till then, or until I get the right "bird book," I've reverted back to my childhood—to my personal identification system––what we have here is a "Flame-collared-feathered UFO!"

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Orange Bishop
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Sure enough, from my field notes a reader named Spencer sent me a nice note and some photos about the bird I had seen and never identified:

Your mysteries are resolved and you got a great shot of the Nutmeg Mannikin...

From your notes, it seems what you saw is an exotic finch called an Orange Bishop. You can clearly see how appropriate that name is. Or as one might say: "it's easy to see why it is called a Bishop; it definitely looks like ecclesiastical regalia. The Pope would love it.

The very last place I'd expect to find one was at the grounds of the Huntington Beach Library but, there were several in the tulles, behind the library. The unique Nutmeg Mannikin that you saw in Vista, is also established there.


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Nutmeg Mannikin
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