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Charlie Spencer

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  1. Thanks, everyone. I have better shots of confirmed Forster's on this trip. The range and indistinct head markings confused me.
  2. Would non-breeding Forster's account for the black bill / orange legs combo? The caps look awfully solid compared to the patchy coverage I see in photos, but I think that's my only remaining option.
  3. Lockwood Folly Inlet, a tidal estuary in coastal Brunswick County, southeastern NC. April 24, 2021 I see a solid black cap and bill, strongly forked tail, and orange feet. I can't find anything else that matches those features. The main reason I'm asking is Roseates have dark wingtips, which I'm not seeing. All photos are of different birds, obviously at a ridiculous range. Thanks!
  4. Too yellow and not greenish enough to be a female Lesser. Not enough black to be a breeding male Lesser, esp. on the head. Too far north for the much grayer Lawrence's.
  5. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Goldfinch/species-compare/67272491
  6. That's not a valuable blackbird. THIS is a valuable blackbird. Although you did nail the description.
  7. Also, the ends of the wings on TUVU are blunter, not rounded. The feathers separating into long, distinct 'fingers' when they're soaring, See this image blatantly ripped off from Macaulay Library: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/349485771
  8. Kiddies, this is why it's worth spending a bit more to get binos from a company that includes a lifetime warranty. Vortex, Nikon, Zeiss, and others. I had a pair from Bushnell with a jammed diopter adjustment. They replaced them free, although it did take a couple of months.
  9. Welcome to Whatbird! This may be a breed of domestic pigeon. @Pigeon, any thoughts?
  10. The last two shots show an accipiter's longer tail. The next-to-last shows the narrow bands on the underside of the tail. @Jim Highberger I have no clue why I enjoyed looking at this particular bird so much, but I certainly did. Thanks!
  11. EBird shows only five reports of Brewer's in SC in Dec-Feb the last ten years, all of them at least 50 miles to the southeast. There's only been one sighting in the county ever. The bar chart was tastefully minimalist.
  12. I happily sit corrected regarding the wings. Do you think that's a wet adult's tail?
  13. Exactly. It's great you picked up that this only applies to 'many birds'. It definitely doesn't apply to all birds. In some species, both sexes are identical. So yes, this is a female Baltimore Oriole. We were all novices once; none of us were born knowing this stuff!
  14. The first bird is a Wood Duck. EDIT sniped again! To get even, https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wood_Duck https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mallard
  15. There's a lot less color on a House Finch and more brown. Also, look at the bill. This is a blackbird's general-purpose bill (orioles are in the Icteridae family), not a finch's blunter, thicker seed-cracking bill. And while size is difficult to judge, finches are generally half the size of orioles. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Baltimore_Oriole/overview https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/house_finch, although the red shown in this example can also be orange or yellow.
  16. "This philosophical razor advocates that when presented with competing hypotheses about the same prediction, one should select the solution with the fewest assumptions" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_razor
  17. I have wet and / or worn adults hopping across my deck regularly. Even under those conditions, the markings visible on the primaries here are noticeable across the body, like this young'un: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/309840051 Speaking of primaries, this bird appears to be short several, leading my to think it hasn't grown all it's flight feathers yet. It definitely does not yet have the full-length adult tail. For comparison, try these little fuzzballs: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/332998131 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/262410071
  18. Not important. I was asking mostly because the bird is browner than I expected. Tony would likely say that's because the bird's feathers are old and worn. This is a species I've honestly haven't paid as much attention to as I could have, so I'm not yet familiar with how they look through the year.
  19. You're alive! How's the spring and summer been treating you?
  20. Thanks. Can you venture a guess as to gender? I -assume- they're not breeding females; they look too dark compared to the guides I'm checking. They also look too brown for breeding males, leaving me to guess non-breeding males.
  21. These technically aren't lifers but they're close enough. I've ID'ed only one Rusty before. It was several years ago in flock of Red-Wingeds browsing rapidly across my back yard. I have a second one listed that I misidentified as a COGR and a reviewer had to correct me. It's a bit embarrassing because I routinely forget Rustys exist. I was determined to not rush through the photos of this flock, but I found the task intimidating and I've been putting it off for months. Thanks.
  22. Lexington County, central SC. February 5th, 2021. A large open field of several dozen acres, mowed, partially shade by a grove of pecan trees. I spotted a flock of several hundred mixed black-colored birds on my way home from work. I -think- the larger bird in the upper left is a female Common Grackle. The bottom right is a female Red-Winged. What's the bird on the top right, above the Red-Winged? Another Grack? It appears too pale for a female Rusty but my only previous Rusty sighting was a male. Female Brown Cowbird? Thanks.
  23. Lexington County, central SC. February 5th, 2021. A large open field of several dozen acres, mowed, partially shade by a grove of pecan trees. I spotted a flock of several hundred mixed black-colored birds on my way home from work. I originally marked most of them as Common Grackles but I'm reconsidering. They're roughly the same size as the female RWBL in the same photo (not included), and the tails look squared off. I never considered Rustys until reviewing these today; cut me some slack, it was a rough day at work and I've only knowingly seen one before. All pictures are of d
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