PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: RARE BIRD SPOTTED IN EAST COUNTY

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September 24, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Photographer Greg Turok snapped these images of a Nutmeg Mannakin, or Spice Finch, and its mate in the Mission Trails Regional Park area Sept. 5. 

 

 “This bird is a recent resident to San Diego County,” said Turok, who has had the bird identified by the Ornithology Department at the San Diego Natural History Museum. 

 

The bird was introduced to the U.S. from the tropics in Asia and has only been seen here for the past couple of years.