Nutmeg Finch/Scaly-breasted Mannikin at Clark Reg. Pk
- Had a great day birding on Saturday at Clark Regional Park on Rosecrans in Fullerton. Meadowlarks, flickers, hawks, warblers,
kingbirds, bluebirds, flycatchers, sparrows, finches, etc....and a beautiful pair of nesting Kestrels. New green, greeen plant cover
all over, budding trees, puffy white clouds,...MAN, it was great to be OUT!
Not expected were the exotics, the Scaly-breasted Munia/Nutmeg Finchs (not sure which name is apropriate to use here). There
was a flock of about 30 individuals, feeding on the south slope of Camel Hill near the large dumpster. They seemed to use the
Oleanders around the dump site for home base, feed in one spot on the slope, and then use a large bush higher up on the slope for
their "flight" bush. It was a three-point pattern all the time we were watching them. Very beautiful birds...colors rich in the sun.
Found a nice photo of them at this site: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/lonchura/page51.html
Fullerton, North Orange County, California, USA