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Charlie Spencer

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  1. All I can tell you is that it's normal for activity to drop off at my feeders at this time of year. Consumption of all food types is down the last couple of weeks, but especially peanuts and suet.
  2. Good call on both. The hawk show a clear 'belly band' and dark patagials. The white tail tip on the Kingbird is clear too. Nice touch of drama.
  3. Lexington County, central SC. Of the 67 species eBird shows I've listed for the yard, roughly 35 utilize my feeders at least weekly at some time during the year. The number of those here year-round is in the low 20s.
  4. We old cranky men usually do. You have to watch the punks around here closely. It's unfortunate but some of them actually know what they're doing! (Seriously, we have a great bunch of skilled Young Birders here, among others. Just don't tell any of them I said so.)
  5. So we can at least agree it's an aythya species?
  6. Pete Dunne's 'Essential Field Guide Companion'' sez LBCU also head south beginning in June. eBird shows plenty of them in the last couple of months. https://ebird.org/map/lobcur?neg=true&env.minX=-98.34819307598637&env.minY=26.546553506464925&env.maxX=-96.11745348248051&env.maxY=28.413917014013883&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=6-7&bmo=6&emo=7&yr=cur
  7. I see white around the eye but not as much as I expect. The bird also looks not brown enough for a female, but I'm not sure it's dark enough for non-breeding / eclipse male. Personally, I wouldn't mark it as RNDU based on solely these photos, but it's an interesting bird.
  8. Oops, missed the Willet. Looks good. Keep in mind range maps may be labeled 'Summer' and 'Winter' but often really mean 'Breeding season' and 'Non-breeding season'. Willets begin heading south as early as late June. I can't find any quick migration references on godwits or curlews; maybe someone else can confirm when they start moving out. You might also check eBird for each species for the June and July over the last 10 years.
  9. I won't touch the godwits. With the pale gray legs and the pink under that massively extended bill, I don''t know what else the curlew could be. I gotta get me one of those...
  10. Can I assume you're looking at the high-peaked head, dark bill and feet, and pale around the base of the bill?
  11. Seriously? My sister in Houston had a landscape installation business for a couple of decades after starting as a grounds keeper at a Myrtle Beach golf course. Stay hydrated; that work can be a bear this time of year!
  12. FYI, Red-bellieds are noticeably larger, with longer bills, more red on the head, and narrow black and white horizontal stripes across the back. Here ya go: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-bellied_Woodpecker https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Downy_Woodpecker
  13. @JustinBirber, it's a good idea to start a new discussion instead of adding a bird. Some members will see your first bird was identified and not check back to see that you added a second. Welcome!
  14. eBird sightings of Least Sandpipers in west Texas in April through July, last 10 years. Very uncommon but not unheard of. The western hotspot has had sporadic sightings all year. https://ebird.org/map/leasan?neg=true&env.minX=-114.76801521569094&env.minY=23.718601014799265&env.maxX=-96.92209846764406&env.maxY=38.101496725290666&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=4&emo=7&yr=last10
  15. "Out in the west Texas town of El Paso ..."
  16. @Sugar Land, don't forget to include your location and the date of the sighting on your next bird. Thanks!
  17. Hey, the 'Views' counter is working again. My thanks to the support team.
  18. I haven't used steel posts and a driver in a while but as I recall, it isn't the quietest operation. Do you plan on installing the blind on one day and then using it the next? You may scare off more birds putting it in than you would by just standing there quietly. You can buy pop-up blinds for under $75.
  19. Try this link and scroll to the fifth photo:: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Mockingbird/id If this isn't it, can you describe how your bird differs from it?
  20. The amount of yellow varies: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/id I'm guessing there's some marshy terrain near those woods. That's their preferred environment. If I'm correct, watch for the males singing atop cattails.
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