Date: 12/18/20 5:19 am
From: Gretchen Schramm (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: ID help
What about female Redwing blackbirds?

On Thu, 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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