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I took photos of some birds near Bogue Sound on NC coast. They were mostly in the top of some very tall pine trees and I couldn't get good shots. I also got a photo of one of them in a grassy area nearby but I couldn't get close (no trespassing sign) so that photo is blurry, as well. I've tried and tried to identify what kind of bird these are but I can't figure it out. Main color is a grayish brown with red or rust along wings, with unusual mask-looking eyes. Can anyone help?

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Welcome to Whatbird! These are actually young European Starlings. 

EDIT: ninja'd 😛

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I'm not sure I've ever seen any that age before. I was thinking if I saw them in the field I wouldn't have had a problem with them but after looking in the guide, I'm not convinced I would have known right away. Interesting...

When was this? Are there juveniles around right now? Seems like an odd time of year for young.

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6 minutes ago, millipede said:

I'm not sure I've ever seen any that age before. I was thinking if I saw them in the field I wouldn't have had a problem with them but after looking in the guide, I'm not convinced I would have known right away. Interesting...

When was this? Are there juveniles around right now? Seems like an odd time of year for young.

The photo of the bird in the tree was taken May 29th, 2018 and the bird in the field was taken May 31st, 2018. I'm fairly new to birding but I've taken thousands of pictures already and this was the one bird I had not been able to identify. I was looking back through photos last night and realized I should post it somewhere to get ID help. I'm glad I did!

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Cool... yeah, I have a TON of photos and lists in my notebooks(lots of them) that I need to go through as I'm trying to get a lot more data into eBird...  so, I have quite a few I'll be submitting for assistance here.

May definitely makes more sense than thinking of seeing one right now that's that young. 
For some birds knowing the location and date will help people help ID them... but other times they're just spitting out the answers immediately. 🙂

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12 minutes ago, millipede said:

...For some birds knowing the location and date will help people help ID them... but other times they're just spitting out the answers immediately. 🙂

Thanks for the tip about including the date of the photo!

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