Chipping Sparrow-like but had 3 black rings on a white neck
by Frank Ferreira
(Chapel Hill, NC)
While playing golf in Chapel Hill, NC, in a residential neighborhood my partner, as he was walking up to his ball in the fairway, was suddenly attacked by a very pretty bird. The bird, chirping constantly and loudly, began flying all around him. After a minute it landed near him and still making a lot of noise would walk towards him then fly back a couple of yards and begin walking toward him over and over. This went on for a good five minutes.
Using the Internet (whatbird.com) the best comparison I could find was a Chipping Sparrow. However, the bird I saw had 3 distinct black rings on its white neck and seemed, I think, to have more white on its back and wings. I was so stunned I didn't think to notice any other particular markings other than those 3 rings.Comment
Sounds like a Killdeer who has a nest nearby.