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Sun Apr 22, 2012, 01:53 PM

ok birders help me identify some birds

I've put out my first ever feeder here in coastal SC and have one bird that's throwing me off.

It looks like a common wren..grey head and body,but it has white wingtips and a white belly.

What is it?

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Reply ok birders help me identify some birds (Original post)
backwoodsbob Apr 2012 OP
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Curmudgeoness Apr 2012 #2
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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 02:38 AM

1. Dark-eyed Juncos are gray with white bellies, winter along coastal SC, and visit feeders

But I would guess they'd be mostly gone by now and their white is on the edge of their tail and not their wingtips. That's still my best guess.

Female Eastern Towhee is grayish brown with a white belly along with some white in the wings, but it is bigger and has reddish brown flanks.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 07:30 PM

2. When you say it looks like a wren,

do you mean size, or does the tail tip up like a wren? I have still had dark-eyed juncos as recently as the past week in W PA, and they are gray head/body and white belly, but are fatter-looking than wrens, and the gray is pretty dark. Mine never go to feeders, but do eat seeds from the ground below the feeders. But I would not expect them to still be as far south as SC at this time of year.

Can you give more info? I am sure you will enjoy your feeder! If you don't have one, get a field guide or two.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 03:12 AM

3. It's not a nuthatch, is it?

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 07:42 PM

4. titmouse?

If it has a thin feathering of apricot near the white belly, it's a titmouse...and does it have a crest on its head like a cardinal or blue jay has?

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