December 14: Slow but pleasant day

Today Ali Sheehey and I did some urban birding in the Los Angeles area. We missed a few target birds but I did see, new for the year, #577–Allen’s Hummingbird, and #578–Nutmeg Mannikin. If California’s checklist committee more readily accepted species that were fully established, I’d also have added Mandarin Duck, Orange Bishop, and Red-whiskered Bulbul. If only keeping exotic birds off the list kept them out of the natural world as well.

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