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  1. So are we saying greater @Avery (lesser @Tanager 101) for all pics? I might not have been clear in the op, but the last pic is a different individual than the other pics.
  2. seen today in central nc there were 2 solitary sandpipers present then this other due rolls up looking significantly bigger than the solitary. my kneejerk reaction is greater yellowlegs. it also seemed to have a slightly upturned bill. when foraging it was doing a lot of sweeping its bill from side to side. id like it to be a greater, cause then id be right (for once), but im prepared for disappointment. the first pic is what i believe to be a solitary in back and greater yellow legs in front. the following 2 pics are of the same individual that i think is the grye. some of the pics make me think greater, others lesser. the last pic i didnt get a good look at in the field, and was surprised to see as i went through my pics because i thought there was only one yellowlegs out there. if i had to guess id say lesser yellowlegs... but the chances of 1 lesser and 1 greater are... slim? anyway, thanks!!
  3. seen april 11th this year i was going through a few of my recent lists and found a Warbler sp. on a list that i had forgotten to dig into. i didnt get a look at the head at all, but all the underparts i saw (belly to vent, maybe breast too) were yellow. not a bright yellow, but a bit more than a wash. i also noted the outer tail feathers were white, which means the not-outers were not white. so i dug into it tonight and it looks like a hooded warbler is good fit... in fact the only fit? thoughts? thanks!
  4. 🤦‍♂️ Of course! That's what happens when you get yellowlegs on the brain and stop looking at all the other field marks. Thanks!
  5. Seen today in central NC In the field I was pretty certain it was a greater, but some pics made me think lesser. More pics avail if needed. Thoughts? Thanks!
  6. im not listing it at all. by pursue, i meant ill go back there and take a closer longer look at the possible habitat. AAB says they nest in colonies, so its highly unlikely they nest around there. theres just not enough habitat to support that... but ill check anyway. ill be over there regardless.
  7. no worries, im going to pursue that possibility. rare birds have to be SOMEwhere, right? 🙂
  8. thats a pretty good fit. it matches colors and flight well; i dont recall the dark upper body in flight, but it was in the shadows so its very possible; the tail shape fits, though the colors are not exactly what i remember; i also specifically did not see trailing legs, but again it was in the shadows and since the tail was fanned it might have been coming in for a landing so the legs might not have even been trailing at that time. conversely... the habitat would be a stretch for a bcnh, there are a couple ponds in the immediate are and only one bigger one (few acres id guess) w/in a mile or so. its mostly farmland, fields, and forests; ebird would classify that bird as rare and itd be very right. i didnt even consider it because its so rare in this local area, but when you said it, i lit up 🙂 then dove into macaulay for some tail feather pics. not impossible, but not very likely. that said, it IS a pretty good fit. not good enough put on my list, but definitely something to keep in the back of my head.
  9. I was so focused on the back end i didn't look at the front much at all. Nothing stuck out as unusual, couldn't say for sure if it had a long neck and i definitely did not see the bill. Heres a terrible drawing of what i think i saw for the tail. I considered trying to do a better one, but it wouldn't have turned out any better. I cant draw to save my life.
  10. seen today in central nc in advance, sorry to those that hate these kind of posts... and thisll be one of the worst (least from me). and for those that love mental gymnastics... youre welcome 😁 i actually saw this bird while observing the hawk on top of the utility pole (other thread i have up atm). knee jerk reaction was green heron, but it was too big. coloring was good for a great blue heron (grey/blueish on top), but it was too small and tail was all wrong. i say heron twice because it had slow deep wing beats. at the time i saw it, it was pretty close to the ground flying pretty parallel to the ground. i saw a lot of white on the back end which made me think harrier, but a closer look showed the white to not be on the rump, but on the tail feathers themselves. what struck me as super odd was the shape and coloration of the tail. it was shaped like mourning dove or a sand piper, if that makes sense. the inner 2 (maybe 4) tail feathers were dark/black. all the others/outers were white/light. honestly, just typing this seems silly. i cant imagine any bird like this, but i had to post since it was so odd. i know it sounds a lot like a mourning dove, but the size and the very slow (relatively speaking) wing beats are nothing ive ever come close to seeing in a modo. sorry and thanks 🙂
  11. for an idea of size, heres another pic of the same (i believe) kind of utility pole that was a lot closer. ought to give an idea of how big the insulator? thing on top is.
  12. seen today in central nc at a spot where i often see kestrel. when i put the bins up, thats what i expected to see... but i didnt. then i thought it must be a red-shouldered, but the size threw me. then i thought it may be a broad-winged... until i got the pictures on the computer... still, broad-winged is my best guess. its been forever since ive seen a broad-winged, but now it seems ive seen 4 (or at least 4 distinct observations) in the last week. thanks!
  13. im getting this message when i try to play it: Sorry! We could not locate the item you are trying to view.
  14. sorry, duh. i knew that. i always say coopers=capped the alliteration helps me.
  15. seen today in centra nc got a message on fb asking about this. im thinking sharpie due to size, but it seems the dark cap may extend to then nape as well which would make it a coop, right? thanks **edit - no thats not me. yes it ended up flying away seeming ok.
  16. the one in back im pretty sure is the same bird.
  17. i saw the same this weekend. the kite was a lifer for me 🙂 @Aidan B @Birding Boy with the additional pics are you able to long vs short? also the linked full size pics have, i assumed, willets in them (as the biggest bird), but now wonder if they may be dowitchers. they were too far away to get a good look with the bins, and im 100% unfamiliar with them, so i can rely on any visual clues
  18. These pics specifically were taken across the road from the viewing platform at the twin lakes hot spot on shoreline dr. But i also hit up most the other spots including green swamp and the juniper game lands.
  19. regarding the dowitcher, barcharts for this (brunswick county) show short-billed much more common. this bird was seen in low tide mud. here are some additional pics. im pretty sure its the same bird. here are a couple links to full size pics . im pretty confident the bird in question is NOT in these, but now im second guessing all my id's since the ones i posted here were so wrong. https://www.dropbox.com/s/apzcds3ojp4s4nx/IMG_6558.JPG?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/i6qwgd3j8wtls76/IMG_6559.JPG?dl=0
  20. all 3 of what i said or what birding boy said? @Birding Boy yes i have a more pics, most have the bill in the mud or worse. this is the only other viable one
  21. seen this weekend in southern coastal nc dunlin? thanks!
  22. seen today in southern coastal nc lesser yellow-legs, black-bellied plover, whimbrel thanks!
  23. seen a few days ago in central nc initially this struck me as particularly small as i drove by it so i turned around snapped a few shots from the drivers seat and went on my way. looking at the back of my camera i thought it was probably just a juv redshouldered and that it just *looked* small... but now that i see it on the computer, the tail banding screams broad-winged. thoughts? thanks!
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