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  1. im in cabarrus co., if you keep your eyes open, youll notice a lot of these. certainly not as proliferous as house finches or sparrows, but i see them pretty regularly. and like @The Bird Nuts said, a quick and easy id is the bobbing tail.
  2. thats highly courteous! obviously not a millennial owl 😉
  3. fwiw, tennessee warbler isnt common in that area and according to bar charts, has been seen only in the fall. not saying it cant happen, just saying i dont have the kind of luck. the only rare birds i see are in zoos! lol https://ebird.org/barchart?r=L358792&yr=all&m=
  4. also, and correct me if im wrong, but this bird has an eye ring, which rules out a palm, and works for a pine.
  5. thats what i was thinking. but im also a bit in doubt about the colors we see in the pic and the colors that were actually there... after all there is a lot of blurring going on. i KNOW there were a handful of lifers there yesterday, ive already id'd about 4 of them and now am trying to do one from memory as it was flighty and i couldnt get pics. the issue is there are a ton of birds like this in this area during this time of year, making an otherwise moderate-to-easy deduction more difficult.
  6. and if were asking questions, wouldnt the shells, discarded seeds, bird poop, etc really do a number on the water quality?
  7. all birds seen today in central nc at Pee Dee NWR. the first photo seems to me to be a... yellow bird. ... but seriously, if i *have* to make a guess, id say palm warbler. but thats a shot in the dark. its possible the 2nd pic is the same bird... hard to say there were definitely a few 'yellow birds' around that i was unfamiliar with and which would not sit still. if i had to guess by just the pic id say pine warbler, but i usually dont take pics of them, and having found the northern parula in the area, i suppose it may be that too... or something completely different. 3rd bird i believe is a swamp sparrow. seems to be maybe ugly or molting (or both) so i just wanna verify. Thanks!
  8. all birds seen today in central nc at Pee Dee NWR. first one would be a lifer; northern parula. the 2nd photo, was taken in a different location, but i believe it is also a northern parula. 3rd im pretty certain is a white-eyed vireo. but since its a lifer id like verification. the color seems a bit off on the 4th photo, but it still looks like a white-crowned sparrow to me the 5th i thought was just another red-winged, because there were a slew about, and i took the photo for funsies, but after looking at it, i think it may be a rusty blackbird. if so, itd be a lifer. ill do another post with the rest thanks!
  9. these, i expect, will be pretty easy for some of yall. heard w/in the past week/month in central nc. Thanks! 20200330_145450_Normal.wav 20200221_150746_Normal.wav
  10. my 2cents: first one sound like a red tailed second one i only hear a blue jay (and a cardinal), no hawk at all 3rd sounds a lot like a red shouldered to me.
  11. thanks, @Charlie Spencer, i appreciate it! thats what ive noticed about the rsha, definitely a lot more vocal recently. still moreso in the winter than im used to from rtha. what sparked my hummer question is my wife was outside and came running in yesterday hopping like kid on christmas and said, "we had a humming bird! we had a humming bird! it was red and green." so i thought, 'great our first rthu of the year!' then, 'hm... what if its not a rthu....? so, being new to nc, i dug around and it seems theres little else it really could be even IF my wife hadnt seen any colors. (ps. feeders have been out for a few weeks now) 🙂 so basically if i see a hummer at my feeder ill consider it a rthu and NOT drop everything, run for my camera/binocs, and spend who knows how much time looking and pining over pictures trying to identify it. that said, if im running a checklist, i WILL take some photos, etc, to verify. and fwiw @everyone else, i DO spend a lot of time ensuring my reported species are accurate. im not a its-probably-a-Xbird-so-ill-just-report-it-anyway-kind-of guy. but i like to keep a i-probably-saw-Xbird-at-Xlocation list in my head so i can do further studying/research and be more prepared next time im there should i see it again.
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