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Charlie Spencer

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  1. First one looks like a Boat-tailed Grackle. The second is a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
  2. The bill looks too narrow and pale colored for Pine; the breast doesn't look streaky enough for Pine; and I don't think Pine have yellow feet. I won't say it's Blackpoll BUT I will say it's not Pine.
  3. Batesburg-Leesville Industrial Park, Lexington County, central SC. 17 Nov 23. Perched on utility lines over open fields. Song seems likely but the facial marking show more contrast than i expect. It may just be the lighting. I probably should have exposed these more when I took the shots. If requested, I can try lightening them. Same bird in all three shots. Thanks!
  4. Thanks. I was asking mostly for the knowledge. I wasn't going to report by gender anyway.
  5. Red-winged. The bird is too dark overall and too streaky underneath for female / nonbreeding Bobolink. Note the dark bill; female Bobolink would be much lighter / pinkish.
  6. Follow-up. Same location and date. See any reason these aren't Greater on the left, Lesser on the right? Head shape should be accurate for these birds; they did not dive at any time in the 30 minutes I was there. Is the 'browner vs. grayer' reliable for side-by-side comparison? Do males show any facial white at any age or plumage? If not, I'll consider these females. Thanks!
  7. Greater / Lesser and move on to the turkey dinner.
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  9. birdie 🦃 #550: 🟥🟥🟩⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
  10. birdie 🦆 #549: 🟥🟥🟥🟥🟩⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
  11. Outlet Pointe Wastewater Treatment Plant, Lexington County, central SC. 17 Nov 23. 3 to 4 Greater have been reported and confirmed repeatedly over the last week, along with a single Lesser. I'm pretty confident these are Greaters but I've read a couple of references regarding the length of the white stripe on the trailing side of the wing. I have other shots of this feature but this one also includes a good shot of the underwing of the upper bird. I'm mostly interested in feedback regarding the value of the wing markings. Thanks!
  12. Then what kind of duck is it? Outlet Pointe Wastewater Treatment Facility, Lexington County, central SC. 18 Nov 23. Blue-winged Teal and Northern Pintail have been reported repeatedly this week. Head appears to lack darker markings of BWTE but would like confirmation. Thanks!
  13. As usual, my Canadian comrade is far from correct. The actual number is 207; almost a full 33% more than his poorly calculated estimate. I suspect he forgot to use the correct conversion factor for metric to standard measurements. (Or he forgot that sometimes we've had multiple birds in the same week.)
  14. birdie 🦆 #548: 🟥🟥🟥🟥🟥🟥 https://birdiegame.net/ When it wasn't a <sandpiper, plover, or Willet>, I threw in the towel.
  15. Good morning afternoon, Whatbirders! Let's cut to the chase: Cactus Wren
  16. I see yellow all the way under, and reddish breast streaks. Wait for more opinions but it looks good to me.
  17. Let me be the first to admit I don't understand the reference.
  18. birdie 🦅 #547: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/ I was pretty sure about the family but got lucky on the species.
  19. The problem is with birds that won't read field guides or look at range maps.
  20. I'm pretty sure Hermits are the only brown thrushes left in the eastern US at this time of year.
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