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This bird in the country is similar in size to a cardinal. It has a longer tail. Soft gray/white front. Brown back and head. In flight it displays white splotches on each wing. Two of them work together taking turns flying to the ground to search for bugs or worms and take back to the nest in a cedar tree.

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What state is this in? First impression is Brown Thrasher, but they are a little bigger than a Cardinal, with a much longer tail.

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similar in size to a cardinal - longer tail - Soft gray - white splotches on each wing : this could be a good description of a Northern Mockingbird.

Yes, Where and When would be a good idea. 

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These birds are in Southeast Kansas. Have been watching this pair for a few weeks. Their nest is in an old cedar tree that we sit under and observe them taking turns swooping down to the ground to grab bugs and other critters to take back to the nest. The most prominent feature is when they are in flight. They have those white spots on their wings. Thanks for your help.

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12 minutes ago, Don Papst said:

These birds are in Southeast Kansas. Have been watching this pair for a few weeks. Their nest is in an old cedar tree that we sit under and observe them taking turns swooping down to the ground to grab bugs and other critters to take back to the nest. The most prominent feature is when they are in flight. They have those white spots on their wings. Thanks for your help.

Yes, it does sound like a mockingbird now. The brown threw me off.

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The third and fifth photos looks quite similar to my birds perched and in flight, however I have noticed very little sound coming from them. Thanks much for the help.

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