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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.





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