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  1. Oh my, poor thing. I thought I could see eyes above those smaller bills.
  2. A few days ago I noticed this Mourning Dove by my backyard feeders. Noticing its face I thought maybe it had some kind disease or virus. But once I took a closer look at my photos it looks like there’s at least one small bird, maybe two, in the dove’s mouth. Could it be carrying its offspring? Feeding them perhaps? It’s very disturbing looking don’t you think?
  3. Hi Charlie- I had the Rose-breasted Grosbeak for several days in my North Charleston, SC backyard not an Indigo. Have not seen Rosie in a few days so may be heading north.
  4. Thank you for the tip Charlie. Yes, seem to be many sightings of this bird in the Carolinas now! A definite treat for me today!
  5. Thank you for clearing this up! Maybe wishful thinking that I could see the female too.
  6. This morning in the Charleston, SC area I was treated to a lifer bird in my backyard. Here’s the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak that dined on my Sunday buffet. My question is about this other one that stopped in around the same time. Is this the female Grosbeak of this type. I didn’t get the best photos. Going by one of my guidebooks this looks similar to the female. What do you think?
  7. Yes in the Charleston area, I should have included that. I can see the YRW now. Thank you akandula! I didn’t get a view or photo showing the yellow spot on the backside. Is Myrtle YRW a specific type of this bird?
  8. I did get this shot also. I don’t see the YRW signature “butter butt”.
  9. I have photographed this lovely bird in my backyard before. It seems to fit the profile of a Yellow-throated Warbler except for its white throat. What am I? Thank you and keep staying safe everyone.
  10. You never know where and when you’ll see birds to photograph! We just checked in to our hotel in Asheville, NC and from our fifth floor patio I see these two birds in a tree across the street. I was able to steady my camera on the low wall. I believe these to be a male and female House Finch. Am I correct?
  11. Spotted this small bird at a cemetery in Charleston, SC today. There were some YRWs in the area but I’m not seeing any butter butt here. Hope someone can help me ID. Thank you.
  12. Thank you both so much! Two lifer birds for me (the Black Redstart and White Wagtail) so I’m thrilled!
  13. I didn’t photograph many birds during a recent visit to Lisbon, Portugal. But I did come away with four types that I can use help identifying. Thank you!
  14. Photographed this bird during a Ravenel Bridge walk in Charleston, SC. I’m pretty sure it’s a European Starling. A photo my wife took shows its yellow bill. Thank you!
  15. Yes it was Charlie! You know that spot too sounds like.
  16. So, akandula, based on the yellow bill color of the pair in my first photo these are both female?
  17. Thanks for the link Charlie. How does a male become non-breeding? Is it seasonal?
  18. Wow what a surprise! Didn’t see the distinctive male white patch so thought a different type merganser. It’s kind of funny because I just took this photo at a North Carolina rest stop. I thought Hoodies but these are Buffleheads right?
  19. Charleston, SC area pond by my house today. Not the usual visitors. I am thinking Mergansers. If so, are they Red-breasted or Common? Something else? Thank you!
  20. Yes, Sanderling, thank you akiley and Kevin too. A great sign at the beach park shows and describes a number of local shore birds. I still wasn’t sure so thank again.
  21. I'm having trouble getting a positive ID on these small shorebirds I photographed last weekend at Folly Beach, S.C.
  22. That was my second choice. Thank you for the responses!
  23. I took this recently in the ACE Basin near South Carolina’s coast. I think it may be a Great Crested Flycatcher but I’m not sure. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you fellow birders. Sorry my photo isn’t sharper.
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