Date: 12/18/20 4:28 am
From: Gary Gmail (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: ID help
From the flocking, orangey underparts and lots of noise the sound like they might be cedar waxwings. Was there something in the yard they were eating. Like winter or holly berries?

Gary Harbour
23 Hardy Ridge Way
Travelers Rest, South Carolina 29690
+1 864 354 8300
gharbour@gmail. com

> On Dec 17, 2020, at 4:51 PM, Noah Rokoske <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just returned on bicycle from the store to a large flock of unidentified birds in my back yard. Without camera or binoculars, I could not identify them. Obviously, they were flocking birds, about 20-30 of them. As far as I could tell, they had orangey underparts and dark upper parts. They made a huge amount of noise— flock calls, I presume. About the size of titmice, maybe a tad larger. I tried for a recording, but some neighbor was leaf blowing, and the recording didn’t turn out well. The one photo I managed to get before they took off is also terrible as I didn’t have enough time to properly focus the lens before the bird in question escaped. Their calls were low, shrill burblings that had some high-pitched squeaks. If anyone has an idea of what they may be, please let me know.
> -- Noah Rokoske
> Duke Forest, Durham NC
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