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White-crowned x Golden-crowned Sparrow hybrid, Mission Trails Dam

White-crowned x Golden-crowned Sparrow hybrid, Mission Trails Dam
By – 1:59 pm
Birders might be interested in an apparent hybrid White-crowned x Golden-crowned Sparrow I photographed bathing in the river just downstream (west) of the Mission Trails dam this morning, viewed from the north bank.The bird is superficially like a White-crowned but with a strong yellow central crown stripe, and yellow above the lores. The black stripe behind the eye is more extensive than in most White-crowns. It didn’t call or sing while I watched it. Photos in my eBird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S107317744Other nice birds included a group of Vaux’s Swifts feeding with the Cliff Swallows over the grassland, several Lazuli Buntings, and 1 Hermit Warbler.– Nick BarberTierrasanta, San Diego