Help with ID


Rosemary Johnson
 

On my walk in Hercules neighborhood this morning, I saw an interesting bird that I couldn't id and neither could Merlin to my satisfaction. Laugh because Merlin was what I first thought by size, shape and coloring.  I should mention that I mostly saw the bird from the back.
 
It had a mottled brown and white back, more of a solid brown head and a black tail.  But here's the interesting part. It had a definite red cap that I saw when it turned its head.  The app suggested a Bohemian waxwing which the coloring was similar, except for the white speckling, but body type was not.
 
Any ideas?  Sorry, when I tried to take a pic, of course, it flew.
 
Rosemary Johnson

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