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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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albur18

trying to figure out what I saw in NC

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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!

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10 minutes ago, Pileus2112 said:

Could this have been an Eastern Towhee?

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.

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13 minutes ago, Al Hooks said:

My guess would be Pine Warbler.

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!

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