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  1. Thank you for all the insight! It is appreciated.
  2. Morning, Great Smoky Mountains at 3600' yesterday afternoon. I have two thrushes visit my camera trap yesterday about two hours apart that appear to me to be Swainson's Thrushes - most distinctive are the eyerings although one has a more streaked breast than the other and both a general olive color in my opinion. This would be a first-time "sighting" for me and I suspect passing Swainson's are fairly rare in these parts so am looking for expert opinion. I have these birds documented extremely well on a six minute video taking baths in the deep forest spring. 4 screen captures are attached. Wood Thrushes ring out in glorious song all summer here, but have never seen these birds. Thanks
  3. Thanks for the confirmation. There is a lot of subtle variety in RSH's around here and in juveniles especially. I'll remember the white barring.
  4. Got a great look at this hawk in perfect morning light today and assumed red-shouldered, but on editing now I'm not totally convinced. Red Shouldered and Cooper's are the most common in this area followed by red tail, but this fellows color and streaking is off a bit and the eyes are so dark in good light for a juvenile red shoulder. I need a sanity check. The way it took off I didn't get a good look at tail and wings were a blur. thanks in advance
  5. Thanks for the sanity check. I have done some further digging and realize that I am at the extreme southern end of the RBG's breeding range at the tip of the southern Appalachians so maybe that is why they don't really migrate from here but stay all winter even at this harsh high elevation. I see immature/juvenile RBGs around the feeder throughout late summer that are much bigger-adult-sized birds and different appearance than this little guy so it must be a fairly recent fledgling even though this was October 15th after several freezes already. In reviewing the video I can see where it may have been just chilling in that hemlock waiting to be fed and its the first time I ever noticed one. Since they are not leaving maybe they did have a second late brood. Interesting. BB
  6. I don't know as I've ever seen a fledgling Grosbeak, they are around all year and spend a lot of time at my feeders but this is a little thing filmed October 15th.
  7. I'm guessing this may be embarrassing, but I can't nail this little brown bird down - I have never seen it around the yard in 13 years. Lots of sparrows and house finches, pine siskins around all the time. This is Great Smoky Mountains 3500 feet in mid-October heavy and I mean heavy mixed forest. It is perched on an Eastern Hemlock Tree and oddly sitting still for several minutes and yawning while I took video. Its bright large beak and white all around the neck and white eye stripe is what caught my eye. At first thought was shrunken Grosbeak but its about a 5 inch bird. I though maybe it was a juvenile that makes ID a little harder but this is a stout little bird and pretty late for juveniles. I'm sure someone will know this right off. Thanks in advance.
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