Tuesday, December 17, 2013
By Grant Scott-Goforth
on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM
It's unclear what the "Asian-based" species is doing on this side of the Pacific.
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A diminutive, pudgy, winged visitor has set Humboldt County's birding community all atwitter. The little bunting has decided to show its beak in the fields of McKinleyville, and, according to a Godwit Days mailer, "hundreds of birders in California and — even from the East Coast and other states — have changed their weekend plans to see this bird, which is only the 5th record for the Lower 48 states and only the 2nd record for mainland California (2 records for the Farallone Islands)."