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Charlie Spencer

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  1. @Skydog, note the solid black back and solid white primaries. You're right that the red feathers haven't come in yet, but they'll be on the head and not on the belly. Nice bird to get at a feeder, by the way. I've spotted them repeatedly within a few miles of the house but they've never shown at my feeders.
  2. @RAD, is this close? https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pyrrhuloxia/media-browser-overview/67448301
  3. I see I again failed to make myself clear. I wasn't trying to come up with a definitive list of species. I was trying to say that because a guide list a behavior for a species doesn't mean other species don't have the same behavior. Peterson may explicitly say BCNH roost in trees but for ID purposes, that's not much use in separating them from other tree-roosting herons, egrets, etc.
  4. Most (all?) herons, egrets, and other NA waders (not shorebirds) roost in trees.
  5. Welcome! You have a Tricolored Heron! They're found around the southeastern coast. Notice the white stripe down the front of the neck, extending to the underparts. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tricolored_Heron
  6. Agreed. That second shot is the classic 'flying cigar'. They're a real challenge to photograph.
  7. That behavior might indicate it's a young bird still working on its flight skills. Young birds often 'hop-fly', hopping and flapping their wings, able to get to low branches or structures with a bit of effort. Oh, and I agree it's a Mourning Dove. Adult Rock Pigeons are at least the same sized as Mourning Doves, often larger.
  8. Can one accurately count the toes in this photo?
  9. I know the area. There's some terrific birding spots near there - Harbison State Forest (red), Archer Pond across from the mall near the AMC theater (purple), and Riverfront park just across the river (blue). There's a group bird walk at Saluda Shoals (green) on the last Saturday of every month, 8:00 am.
  10. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pied-billed_Grebe/id and scroll to the fourth photo.
  11. Are you finished running 30 seconds ahead of me for the afternoon??? I again have the privilege of seconding @Benjamin's ID, for the second time in three minutes: Red-winged Blackbirds, I think they're immature of indeterminate sex. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird
  12. Hello from Lexington! What part of Cola? Like @Benjamin said, these are Red-Tailed Hawks. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-tailed_Hawk/id
  13. Most birds are lighter than people expect; weight complicates flying. AAB says Red-taileds go 2 to 3 pounds. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-tailed_Hawk/id
  14. I haven't seen any sign of a shortage here in central SC. I believe birding in general is on the rise as people are looking for entertainment during COVID shutdowns. Maybe that's driving up BOSS sales in some areas. I've been to a couple of Lowe's where they had seed and feeders displayed prominently just inside the front door; I'd never seen them in that location before.
  15. Keep in mind that during molt cycles, new feathers are shinier than old ones, regardless of species. In NA grackles, there are color and size differences between males and females, ones that are much easier to see than the relative shininess of the feathers. The females are usually brown and smaller, compared to the iridescent black of males.
  16. Turkey Vulture? One would stay in the same spot for an hour if it was eating road kill.
  17. Some of my favorite spots are ones others have overlooked. On the other hand, there are couple of hotspots in the area where the only birds I might see are decoys I placed myself.
  18. I’ve given up on ID’ing on the phone, other than cardinals.
  19. Did I miss something? The original post says 'late summer early fall'; where did 'early summer' come from?
  20. The other 47 states; Virginia is a Commonwealth.
  21. Oh, sure, you like Blue Jay NOW. Where were you three months ago???
  22. Sparrows can be a challenge but it may be worth learning Song Sparrows. First, they're one of the most common sparrow species, so you're likely to see them everywhere. Second, because they're common, they're a good sparrow to use to compare others to.. "Well, it was kind of like a Song Sparrow but it didn't have any streaks or malar stripes (those dark lines coming from the base of the bill down either side of the throat), etc." So if you see the circled markings, start with Song Sparrow:
  23. Were you imagining an Evil Twin bird with a goatee? Just me, I guess.
  24. Welcome to Whatbird! It's common for some species to change colors as the mature, particularly raptors and gulls.
  25. Gray Catbird? Although it may have too much bill. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Gray_Catbird
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