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  1. Thanks for the responses. I actually spotted four more Tennessee Warblers this morning and quite a few Palm Warblers. The Palm Warblers are another species that in the past I'd see a few in the spring and a few in the fall. I've probably seen at least 30 of them the last three days. In general my neighborhood isn't a great warbler spot, but I've done pretty well this fall.
  2. Hello, Yesterday I was walking my usual morning bird watching trail in my neighborhood hoping to catch some migrating birds as the migration is winding down. Early on in my walk I spotted a Tennessee Warbler, which is a great find for my neighborhood. Over the last few years, I might see a Tennessee Warbler once or twice a year in this neighborhood, usually in the fall. I spotted that one and continued on my walk and saw some other good birds. About an hour later I noticed some movement in a row of trees along a road near one of our ponds. The previous fall I has seen some warblers in those trees and had been keeping an eye on them every time I walked by. I found several different bird species in the trees, including two more Tennessee Warblers. I was surprised to find two more and I managed to get a decent photo of one of them before they disappeared on me. I knew that I had seen Tennessee Warblers in that same tree last year and when I got home I went into eBird and went back to last Octobers observations. I discovered that I saw two Tennessee Warblers on the exact same date last year. Considering that I seldom see Tennessee Warbler in this area, I was a bit amazed that I had seen them on the same date, a year apart in the same tree. Is this just a coincidence? Not that I think they are the same birds, but it's a funny thing. Mark
  3. That was fast. I thought I was seeing Swamp Sparrows, not as well defined as the ones I usually see, although this was probably the earliest I've seen them here. The eBird checklist had them as being uncommon, so I wanted to be as sure as possible. Thanks!
  4. I saw this sparrow in Chapel Hill, NC this morning and it has me stumped. I may have seen several of this species, and wanted to get a photos of at least one of them to assist me with an ID. Not great photos, but the best I could get. Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks!
  5. The photos were taken this morning in Chapel Hill, NC. This bird, which is a very young bird was hiding in the brush near where I was trying to get photos of some other birds. It was chirping off and on and keeping very still. I actually got very close to it and although it looked at me, never budged from it's spot. I felt I could have reached out and picked it up, but I would never do something like that. Anyway, I first thought it was a Common Yellowthroat, but it obviously (to me) isn't. There were several Orchard Orioles in the area, and I thought it was a fledgling Oriole. The bobbed tail was interesting, not sure if that's normal for a fledge or if it already lost some tail feathers.
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