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05 Mar 2023 Baldwin co. AL; bayside;  in small cypress grove adjacent to inundated grassy shoreline.  

No wing bars, no markings on face (shadows in pic) or otherwise, bland color, bill looks black-bird like in flight shot, but IDK...

I timed my shots perfectly to obscure any possibly helpful features...

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15 minutes ago, floraphile said:

@Avery @Peromyscus I called it an Eastern Bluebird in the field, then made the mistake of looking at the pics.  I'm sticking with bluebird.

The second photo pretty clearly shows an Eastern Phoebe. It has a large head, small dark bill, black on the head below the eye, and a white throat and breast. It's proportionally wrong for a bluebird, which appear somewhat pot-bellied. While poor, the first photo shows a white edge to the outer rectrix, which further supports Eastern Phoebe over Eastern Bluebird.

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8 hours ago, DLecy said:

The second photo pretty clearly shows an Eastern Phoebe. It has a large head, small dark bill, black on the head below the eye, and a white throat and breast. It's proportionally wrong for a bluebird, which appear somewhat pot-bellied. While poor, the first photo shows a white edge to the outer rectrix, which further supports Eastern Phoebe over Eastern Bluebird.

Thank you for the excellent discussion of defining characteristics.  That is always appreciated.  I am now in agreement with Eastern Phoebe.

As an aside:  to me, our Eastern Bluebirds appear rather trim and "at attention" when perched . 

 

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