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Old Saturday 20th October 2018, 05:11   #1
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Western meadowlark?

I think this is a western meadowlark in fall plumage (from the mottled cheek).

Santa Cruz, California. Both photos are same bird, slightly different head posture.

Thanks for ID help.

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Old Saturday 20th October 2018, 07:29   #2
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Please can anyone advise: how do we distinguish between Eastern and Western?
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Cornell has a helpful link comparing the two side by side. See:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/...mpare/67377581
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Thank you - I guess that would be hard to separate in the field in an overlap zone except by voice.
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