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I need help in identifying this bird who arrived yesterday. At first I thought it was a dove but quickly noticed he was eating way too fast and the doves don't eat like that-so I ran for my binoculars. It is sized like a dove though. Very distinct white line under dark eyes, then a dark throat; a dark patch of dark brown/black on breast, very spotted throughout entire body; short bill. Though the rump his coloring starts from light to dark as you reach the tail. The best I could do with the pics. 

Thank you for any help.

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This bird seen in backyard in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia at approximately 7:00am on July 16, 2018. It's been raining here quite a bit of late though ground was wet didn't start to rain yet - cloudy though. Other birds hadn't come to feed as yet, I think I saw a Thrasher show while it was still feeding, and maybe a song sparrow - that's it. Did notice when more birds started to appear he left. Thanks again.

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Welcome!  Send some of your rain over here to South Carolina.

The moustache, chest crescent, and heavily spotted back and underparts have me leaning toward a Northern Flicker.  The bill looks too short but that could be a result of the pixelated photo.   See if these photos match what you saw:


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oh, I failed to mention - I did notice a light red circular spot on back of head too. I thought of the flicker when I saw pics yesterday but, the flicker has a lot more coloring than this bird has - aside from red dot -- and the flicker doesn't have the very distinct white line under black eyes... mmm

thank you so much for responding ... any other ideas?



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through binoculars and naked eye I could see the white line under black eyes, then dark brown/black under that - it wasn't as bright and light as the flicker ... I don't see that in any flicker pics - it does show in the even in the blurry pics above  mmmm

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