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Charlie Spencer

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  1. Mark! I don't have a guess about your bird but it's good to hear from you.
  2. Oops, missed this. There's only one variety of Cedar Waxwing, there are no subspecies, and males and females are identical in appearance.
  3. Your photos appear to be back-lit, with the bird in the shade. That's what's making the brownish shoulders appear gray, and the grayish tail and wings appear blue. The yellow belly and the lack of a white wing bar are enough to separate this Cedar from a Bohemian, and those are the only two waxwing species in North America. The color under the tail is another difference; a Cedar like this would be pale gray or white, a Bohemian would be rusty red. Check some of these photos and notice the variations in color depending on how much light is on the bird. https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=cedwax&q=Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum
  4. Wayne, welcome to Whatbird! Photo Sleuth is right; Cedar Waxwings have a yellowish belly like this one; a Bohemian would have a white belly. Both move around in large flocks eating any fruits they can find; these appear to be juniper berries. They'll often strip the fruit bare and then move on. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cedar_Waxwing
  5. Nice shots. They're notoriously uncooperative subjects.
  6. The only reports this winter of Snow Buntings south of the Mason-Dixon line are all on the east coast; only five sightings south of the DelMarVa peninsula. Judy, welcome to Whatbird! Can you get a photo of this bird? Even cell phone photos can be useful for identifications.
  7. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Snow_Bunting/id EDIT: Sniped by @Kerri! What a way to start the weekend!
  8. I checked AAB recently for another merganser ID, and I recall Common doesn’t get that far south.
  9. Funny, the shaggy throat feathers and relatively long, heavy bill look like a Common Raven to me. Maybe it's the camera angle but that bill looks like a heavy-duty piece of hardware, more than what a crow comes equipped with.
  10. Pine Warbler, definitely! Lemony / chartreuse head and chest. slim eye ring, slightly darker back and covert, a strong pair of wing bars, faint streaking on the chest, white belly. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Warbler Unlike Goldfinches, I don't think there are any warblers that eat niger / thistle. I have had more of them than usual this season, six or seven at a time instead of the usual one or two. Boy, they fight almost as much as hummingbirds!
  11. Well, of course! Doesn't everybody? We had guests arrive today. They were expected, so there was no excuse for my not tackling my share of the clean-up chores YESTERDAY. If I had instead of procrastinating, I would have been out today at the crack of dark myself.
  12. Nah, RCKI are easy to photograph! Under the right circumstances, they'll sit still while you walk within 7 or 8 feet. 1. Put out suet. 2. Set the temperature for 20 degrees 3. Add 8" of snow...
  13. I'll back @MerMaeve up on this one. There's plenty of room on this particular limb and those photos are strong enough for all of us.
  14. Were you birding or do you have an ocean view at home?
  15. 7:10 Eastern - at least a half-dozen Cardinals, then a Junco, and then a male Eastern Towhee. The Towhee was a bit of a surprise; they show up only a few times a year. It was still rather dark; I needed the binos for the Junco and Towhee although all were within 25 feet.
  16. Just for practice, what else do you have there? American Wigeons north and south of the Ruddies, and Redhead to the left?
  17. Northern Cardinals are at my feeders before the sun is over the horizon. They are usually the first birds large enough and active enough to identify in the dim light of a winter morning.
  18. @PV-John, you may have lost track of your earlier post. Here it is, and yes, the consensus was Grayis Saltator.
  19. Welcome! That was an excellent description, and the photos were fine for identification purposes. Nuthatches are noted for their agility, and their ease at hopping vertically and upside down. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-breasted_Nuthatch
  20. Welcome! MIght I ask why you thought Red-winged Blackbird wasn't likely? The bird is perched on what appears to be a plant in the Mallow family, plants that like moist soil. That looks like water in the background. If those are the case, a marshy area is the right setting for a Red-winged. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/
  21. I sorted those by price, high to low. There's one pair at $300, one at $200, and the rest are $175 or below (some are WAY below). Most of them are less than the $100 - $150 I suggest a beginning birder spend on a starter pair of binos. They're also less than the $200 or so I've seen for an entry-level 'bridge / superzoom' point and shoot. I don't see how a combined device can be priced less than either of those devices individually and still meet even a beginning birder's needs for either binos or a camera.
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