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Charlie Spencer

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  1. I'll second Sharp-shinned. @cobal, good eye!
  2. Even at 50 yards, I was pretty sure when I saw it. It just looked too big. Just wanted confirmation since I've only seen one before, over a decade ago, before I took birding seriously. Thanks, everybody.
  3. Dec. 20th. Batesburg-Leesville Industrial Park, central SC. A relatively undeveloped industrial park. Paved roads with shoulders cleared between 50 - 150 feet. One retention pond, one multi-acre pond. Uncleared woods are mixed hardwood and pines. The bird didn't stay put very long, moving between trees at least 25 feet above the ground. There was a Red-headed Woodpecker in the area defending a 50-foot snag, and it's likely why she moved out pretty quickly. The bill looks almost as long as the head, and the tail appears to be unblemished.
  4. The entire site crashed in the summer of '18 and to be rebuilt from scratch.
  5. I see that foot too, and it may be webbed. That wing looks pretty stout, too.
  6. I think the lower right bird has its head rotated slightly away from us, giving the bill a slightly shorter appearance.
  7. Definitely. A female wouldn't have the white vertical stripe on the middle of the face. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wood_Duck/overview @PawleysDude, welcome! What river, one of the tributaries of the Waccamaw (if not the Waccamaw itself)?
  8. Another side effect of memes - misunderstood discussions.
  9. I confess I began losing my interest in the article as soon as I saw the word 'meme', a word I've come to understand as 'Something somebody thinks is funny / cute but that I won't understand because I don't know the pop culture touchstones referred to". I quickly reached 'For those not terminally online...', knew that I not only wasn't but likely wouldn't be, and felt my interest drop another couple of notches. I've never heard the word 'birb' before today (or 'doggo' or 'snek'). As to rules for using the word 'birb', I scanned them briefly but with little interest. Since I don't see myself ever using the word intentionally outside this discussion, I can relax and not worry about whether I'm using it 'incorrectly'. I'm not trying to be Debby Downer here. Like most things I'm told are memes, it just another Internet thing I don't get. Now quit staring at my trees with those binoculars and get off my lawn!
  10. Welcome! Creeker is right, this is a Green Heron. They eat fish, frogs, and other things they catch in shallow water. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Green_Heron
  11. Note to self: start flushing Scaup. Disclaimer: this is s joke. Never flush or intentionally disturb birds when birding. (Except Scaup )
  12. Pot-bellied thrush with a broken eye ring. Looks good for American Robin. They're pretty much everywhere. The beak looks a little short but I think that's due to the angle.
  13. The original post says ' last week of April/first week of May '.
  14. @cccougar, any chance it was the NC welcome center on I-95 North, just past South of the Border?
  15. Yeah, many birds have non-breeding plumage in the 'off season'. Breeding plumages are often pretty showy, to attract a mate or to let other males know they've wandered into someone else's territory. When the breeding season is over and many species will replace their feathers (molt), they may change color schemes. Some males have the new feathers come in with colors that are better camouflage and less likely to attract predators. Females will get new feathers too, usually in colors pretty close to what they had, but they can also show some significant differences. It all depends on the species. And it's not just feathers. Bills, lores and other body features can change colors and even shapes before and after breeding season. Some young 'first year' males can leave the nest showing those non-breeding colors since they won't be mating soon. Again, it all depends on the species. You may already know that gulls, raptors, and some others may change color patterns several times as they mature, taking years to acquire adult breeding plumages. By the way, I love Hoodies. They're my favorite winter migrants.
  16. Relatively short bill and dark chest say Hooded females or non-breeding males. Keep an eye out for males in breeding plumage; they're impressive. EDIT: Sniped by @Phalarope713 while I was checking range maps! https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Merganser/overview
  17. Nice bird! [Blasted Cracker has more time on SC beaches than I do. ]
  18. @KeleeEiselein, in the long run you'll do better by starting a new topic when you have additional birds. Other members may see that new posts have been added but think there are just more comments on the original bird (in this case, the Towhee). They may have seen that your first bird was correctly ID'ed and assumed the matter was settled. By starting a new discussion, you'll get fresh attention. Thanks!
  19. Wasn't there a Great Egret recently with bright blue feathers over a large percentage of its body? Maybe this is due to the same source?
  20. I wondered about that but the blue color is in areas not normally affected by diet. The normal red is still present on the head and breast; the blue appears limited to the wings. In the last two shots, it appears to be symmetrical across both wings. This symmetry makes me question random darkening by moisture or exposed down. Anyone else have "Guide to Little Known and Seldom Seen"? Bicentennial Warbler!
  21. That's an interesting bunch of Ruddies. Not a one appears to have its tail in the oft-held upright position.
  22. Welcome! It probably hangs around that campground a lot, and is used to the types of activity that occur there. Is this campground located near a marsh, swamp, or lake? Night herons are usually found in those environments.
  23. Ruby-crowned don't have any black on the top of their heads so, yes, that's probably what you were thinking of.
  24. Nursermk, welcome to Whatbird! You can copy and paste your photo or image directly into your post.
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