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Do Dark-eyed Juncos hybridize with sparrows?

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I was in the (Portland, OR) Tualatin Hills Rec District Cooper Mountain Nature Park this morning, in the wooded part of the service road that leads out toward SW Stonecreek Dr.  I saw a pair of juncos feeding ahead of me in the grass and the wheel ruts.  But one of them was a mess!  Bad molt or something?  But molting from what?  It was more brown than most, without the clean, clearcut areas on the head, nape, and back.  When I returned, it was perched with its companion junco on a twig in the forest to the side of the path.  The sides of its breast showed faint streaks.  It looked like a cross between a junco and a sparrow.  No camera with me, just binocs.

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