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 ( 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.

Sounds like a Killdeer who has a nest nearby.

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Apr 22, 2012
That's the bird!!
by: Frank Ferreira

Thank you, Susan. That is the bird I saw, although I'm sure I was wrong when I thought there were 3 black rings.

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