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September 2008, Lexington, central SC. The shot was taken in a panic through a damp window screen before the bird flew off. Indeed, he was there only long enough for me to notice him, grab the camera, and get one truly mediocre shot (at best). I'm pretty sure it's a young Accipiter. Is the apparent lack of low streaking and the width of the white tail band enough to call this a Cooper's, or is the photo unidentifiable? Thanks!
I'm wading through some older photos. This bird was perched on a sign near a large pond in the middle of several dozen acres of farm fields. The bird remained for several minutes before taking off. It appears to me to be a swallow. I think there are six species in central SC. Too much white for a male Purple Martin, not enough spots underneath for a female. The pattern of white on the neck isn't right for a Tree or Bank, and the open pond in flat land doesn't suit a Bank's habitat. Not enough orange for a Barn or Cliff I'm left with Northern Rough-Winged, but it looks too dark compared to photos I have of confirmed NRWS. Is that just the angle of the light? April 2016, Lexington County, central SC. Thanks.