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SmoothPebble

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  1. Thanks for the confirmations. I hope to get better pics soon.
  2. Sorry about the lack of picture quality. Had to take the pictures with my phone. Roswell, Georgia on Sep 18, 2021, near Big Creek and the Chattahoochee River. Bird definitely had a yellow bill. Slowly moved its head while peering into the canopy. About the size of a Robin.
  3. Thanks to all repliers. The size is about right for Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. My first thought looking at the first picture was a long downturned bill. Zooming in, I think it is the bug. Other pics confirm the bug theory. I ruled out Blue-gray Gnatcatcher because of color; hence "no clue". I guess color is not reliable due to photo being back-lit.
  4. Oriental, NC. June 8, 2021. This bird is about half the size of a Purple Martin. Sorry about the quality of the back-lit photo. Maybe the experts here can see ID marks that I'm missing.
  5. I have read that Eastern Phoebes do not visit seed feeders. And yet, I saw this bird eat sunflower hearts. Sure looks like a Phoebe to me, but I hope I'm wrong; it would be a new bird if I'm wrong. P.S. Roswell, Georgia on May 31, 2021.
  6. Saw this bird on Pig Island in Saint Joseph Bay near Port Saint Joe, Florida on January 12, 2021. Size was comparable to nearby Snowy Egrets.
  7. Thanks for the Snowy Egret confirmation. I'll start a new topic for the heron.
  8. This is a better picture of what I thought was a Great Blue Heron. I hope it is not.
  9. Saw this bird on Pig Island in Saint Joseph Bay near Port Saint Joe, Florida on January 12, 2021. It seemed to be a little smaller than a Great Egret, and the bill has a lot of black. The picture that shows it near what appears to be a Great Blue Heron is included for size comparison.
  10. Thanks to all for the quick replies. I have seen this bird before, but not when I had a good camera. Life list just got a little longer.
  11. These birds were in Saint Joseph Bay near Port Saint Joe, Florida on January 12, 2021. Looks like a duck when it flies.
  12. I took this picture of two American Oyster Catchers on an oyster bed in Apalachicola Bay, near Saint George Island, Florida on January 28, 2020 at 5:15 PM. I just noticed that both birds are banded. Should I contact somebody to report their location on that date?
  13. Thanks, The Bird Nuts. I'll definitely be on the lookout for the whole family.
  14. Thanks, Kevin. My life list is longer now. 😁 I see it now. I have been looking for my first Purple Finch for years, ruling out thousands of male House Finches. I never looked for the female. I should have.
  15. At first, I thought this was a Song Sparrow, but I see no dot on its chest. Taken December 12, 2020 in Roswell, GA.
  16. Taken on the Chattahoochee River in the north Atlanta suburbs on August 29, 2020.
  17. Thanks, hbvol50. 2000 shutter speed helped, but it was not flitting about as much as the first time we saw it. I wonder if it was looking for the source of the call it heard from my girlfriend's phone.
  18. We think this is a Blue-grey Gnatcatcher. This Chickadee sized bird visited us in the canopy next to our third floor balcony. It was constantly in motion, jumping from branch to branch and hovering briefly next to a fern. We heard no call, but when my girlfriend played the call of a Blue-grey Gnatcatcher on her phone, this one showed up and posed for me. This photo was taken on June 6, 2020 in Roswell, GA, a suburb north of Atlanta. This is a new bird for me, so I would very much appreciate a confirmation or correction.
  19. I was leaving the park, in the parking lot overlooking the creek, when I saw this Red-tailed Hawk about 50 yards away and below my vantage point. It saw something on the ground about 30 yards away from me and tried to get some lunch. Alas, the prey escaped.
  20. When I saw this bird in Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia on March 28, 2020, I thought it was finally my first Hairy Woodpecker. When I got back home and processed the pictures, I talked myself out of that identification. Now I am not even sure if it is a woodpecker. Please help me ID this bird. Sorry about the poor quality, but it was after sunset.
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