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Charlie Spencer

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  1. Maybe I'm making this too easy but the bird on the vertical stick looks like a female and / or immature finch. I don't think there's enough facial pattern to say Purple, so I'm going with House.
  2. Agreed. I think there's something wrong with the bill causing that down turn. It doesn't appear life-threatening; the bird appears well-fed.
  3. I like Greater. The bill looks longer in proportion to the head than on a Lesser. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Greater_Yellowlegs
  4. There's also All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow_Warbler/ But field guides are less than $25.
  5. @Lonnie, are you familiar with eBird's 'Explore' tool? You can enter a county or state name in the 'Explore Regions' box. You'll get a map showing the registered birding hotspots for that county. (If you enter a state, you'll have to zoom in to see the individual hotspots.) You can also change the date range to show a particular month. Clicking a hotspot will let you see how many species have been reported; clicking 'See details' will provide more information. hthttps://ebird.org/explore Here's a link to instructions to use the tool: https://support.ebird.org/en/support/solutions/articles/48000961496-explore-birds-in-ebird
  6. I've been attributing that to leucism. Maybe I've been taking too much about DEJUs for granted!
  7. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Goldfinch and check the non-breeding plumages.
  8. Not that I recall. If I did, they weren't different enough to keep me from questioning them as DEJUs. I'll look more closely this winter.
  9. Aw, man! Everybody was happy with Magnolia and you had to open your bill again!
  10. @kpacinsc, welcome to another South Carolinian!
  11. I didn't know DEJU had different plumages by sex until this discussion. All the Slate-coloreds (the only sub I've seen) in my yard appear identical.
  12. Central Lexington County, central SC. A band of dense woods between 25 and 75 yards wide, on either side of the drainage creek cutting through a suburban complex of soccer fields. Four sightings - two singletons and two more moving together, although the pair could have been the first two combined.. Only one left the mid-upper canopy to land on the ground within a few feet of the trees, where it remained briefly. Too spotty for Veery. No Hermit has been seen before Halloween in the last decade. eBird bar charts show Swainson's, Gray-cheeked, and Wood as the remaining suspects in late Sept / early Oct. On a Wood, the spots are more distinct and go much farther down the belly, and there's more white on the face. There's too much spotting for Gray-cheeked, and GCTH wouldn't have an eyering. Process of elimination leaves Swainson's. Photos are of the two birds seen separately. Oh, they were a evil spy organization named 'T.H.R.U.S.H.". Thanks.
  13. Would y'all tell us what you see that supports your iDs? Thanks.
  14. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-rumped_Warbler/ https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Mockingbird/
  15. It looks like too much tail for a Chimney Swift.
  16. That's rather speciesist. Do we know that it wasn't adopted? Who among us is to say that Nature outweighs Nuture? Perhaps it identifies as Song. This is the 21st century; we should be past our outdated Eurocentric expectations of behavior based solely on to whom one is born, or the physical characteristics we are born with! We should be able to appreciate the bird as it perceives itself!! Or some such warm fuzzy trash...
  17. Would anyone care to recommend a good guide to what to look for on sparrows? Apparently I'm focusing on the wrong things. Not a field guide as much as a specific list of characteristics and behaviors to notice. Thanks in advance.
  18. Just when I think I have at least one of these LBJs down ... What makes this not a Song?
  19. @Katelyn Davis I think this one will remain unidentified. It looks like no one knows. Sorry, sometimes birding is like that.
  20. https://ebird.org/map/clcspa?neg=true&env.minX=-169.59589119190642&env.minY=-15.919575217710687&env.maxX=-30.50398822063871&env.maxY=75.61349715680564&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=8-11&bmo=8&emo=11&yr=cur I can't address the fourth and fifth photos but the others look good to my untrained eye.
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