Pacheco Marsh - Help with ID

Jeff Acuff

Today I took a walk through Pacheco Marsh in Martinez which turned out to be mostly quiet.  Highlights were northern harrier, white-tailed kites and a pair of cinnamon teal along Waterfront Road.

Additionally I found and photographed a bird that I cannot ID.  My best guess is juvenile western meadowlark, but the plain back and contrasting malar stripe don't look right.  I've had even less success turning the bird into a horned lark, dickcissel, pipit or Ammodramus sparrow.  If anyone would like to take a look at the photos, I've posted them at the link below, and I welcome comments.

Good Birding,
Jeff Acuff

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