4354Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: Nutmeg manakin
- Sep 9, 2005I had a bunch of nutmeg manakins at my feeder last winter. At least 4
adults and 8-10 juveniles would mob the feeder and hold their own against
house finches a third larger in size. Great-looking birds, but as you say
they are exotics and appear to be increasing in numbers. I haven't seen
them around (I live in L.A.) since early this year, but am actually
hoping to see them return this fall/winter.
I wondered at the time if anyone has done a population study in CA. From
what I could tell, they are found all over the southern states and even
in Northeastern states.
Quoting "Paul S. Highland" <paul-kim@...>:
> > I was walking my dog this morning with my binocs and admiring an
> > Bishop, and cutting back through the shortcut, exiting the bike
> trail, I
> > came across a flock of six to eight birds fitting that description.
> > knew they weren't Black Phoebes so out came the binocs. They were
> > Mannikins and they definitely are colonizing my neighborhood by the
> Santa Ana River.
> So how did these exotic birds get to California? Are they cage birds
> being released illegally?
> === Paul H!
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