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  1. reporting a banded Piping Plover

    I will let you know, thanks! And as a side note, two pairs were confirmed this year nesting on Presque Isle, Erie, PA. These I believe are the first Piping Plovers to nest in the Great Lakes outsidea of Lake Michigan/Superior/Huron area in decades!
  2. TERNS!!!

    Thanks psweet. And the molt timing is something I was wondering about. Sibley has winter plumage listed as August-whenever, so would all terns be showing at least some progress towards winter plumage at this date?
  3. TERNS!!!

    Thanks, any tips for separating Least Terns when no size comparison is available?
  4. Pine warbler is a good fit and behavior fits also. I dont get to see them often since they are not as common in PA. Thanks a lot!
  5. Towhee tail patterns have the white in a triangular shape over the corners of the tail, but what we saw looked more like the outer couple tail feathers were white most of the way toward the tail base, like a junco. Also, I don't know that a towhee would go in extended pursuit of a flying insect. This bird also seemed smaller, warbler or sparrow sized. https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hiltonpond.org%2Fimages%2FJuncoDarkEyedTail01.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hiltonpond.org%2FThisWeek020215.html&docid=rZlBBnErp607GM&tbnid=jvr0Pc7DPPOJ9M%3A&vet=10ahUKEwjcgsPtt9TVAhUCYiYKHVCFBjEQMwg7KAMwAw..i&w=300&h=204&client=ms-android-verizon&bih=560&biw=360&q=dark eyed junco tail&ved=0ahUKEwjcgsPtt9TVAhUCYiYKHVCFBjEQMwg7KAMwAw&iact=mrc&uact=8
  6. I have no picture, but was hoping for help IDing a bird I saw in a NC native pine forest. The location was Holly Shelter Gameland in Pender County. I was there looking for Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Bachman's Sparrow (success!), but both myself and fellow birder saw briefly a bird that was flying in a circle chasing an insect low to the ground. Easily seen was the tail pattern, which was dark except for distinct white edging on the outer 1 or 2 tail feathers. It was not a mockingbird as there was no white wing patch, which would have been easily seen. The birds I typically associate with that tail pattern (i.e. Dark-eyed Junco, American Pipit, etc), would be nowhere near here. Any ideas? Thanks!
  7. Does anyone know the best way to report a banded Piping Plover? I took the pictures below on Friday on Topsail Island, NC. I know that in this case, the sequence of colored bands and whether they have flags are what identifies the individual bird, but I've never reported any type of banded bird. I know the BBL website is a possibility, but I didn't know if there was a more specific place to report a PIPL. Thanks! PipingPlover8-11-17(2)edit by albur_18, on Flickr PipingPlover8-11-17edit by albur_18, on Flickr
  8. two confirms NC

    Thanks a lot!
  9. two confirms NC

    This morning in North Topsail Beach, NC. Thanks! Possibly a Laughing Gull? a juvenile? DSCN6312 by albur_18, on Flickr Confirm Least Sandpiper DSCN6282 2 by albur_18, on Flickr
  10. Marsh birds

    Agree with this. The bird you thought was a Willet is a Lesser Yellowlegs as well.
  11. gulls, shorebirds, North Carolina

    Thanks, wanted a confirmation just in case!
  12. These were taken the last few days in North Topsail Beach, North Carolina. Thanks! DSCN5892 2 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN5930 2 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN6199 2 by albur_18, on Flickr
  13. This group landed on the beach briefly at North Topsail Island, NC today. A couple also have leg bands although not readable. Thanks! DSCN6162 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN6154 by albur_18, on Flickr
  14. TERNS!!!

    All in North Topsail Beach, coastal North Carolina, last couple days. Thanks! Bird #1 (2 photos) DSCN5795 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN5796 by albur_18, on Flickr Bird #2 (2 photos) DSCN5812 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN5813 by albur_18, on Flickr Bird #3 DSCN5824 by albur_18, on Flickr Bird #4 DSCN5828 by albur_18, on Flickr Bird #5 DSCN5832 by albur_18, on Flickr Bird #6 (2 photos) DSCN5841 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN5842 by albur_18, on Flickr Bird #7 DSCN5916 by albur_18, on Flickr
  15. shorebird ID help coastal NC

    I can see number 3 as a Western based on the rufous and the bill looks long enough, but shouldn't it be showing some small spots extending down the flanks and belly? This bird has literally no speckling.