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Coastal NC, new feeder visitor

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Old Saturday 4th January 2020, 13:57   #1
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Coastal NC, new feeder visitor

This bird has been visiting our feeders since New Year’s Day. It’s bright yellow with black tail, larger than a goldfinch. Need help identifying.
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Old Saturday 4th January 2020, 14:07   #2
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Looks like Western tanager
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Old Saturday 4th January 2020, 14:52   #3
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That was my thought as well, but we live in southeastern NC. Does their habitat include this area? A friend suggested perhaps a female oriole, but the black tail feathers make me think Western Tanager.
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Old Saturday 4th January 2020, 15:36   #4
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. . .but the black tail feathers make me think Western Tanager.
Dto the comparatively thick bill.
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Certainly seems like a vagrant for our side of the US.

I just searched all the range maps for the Western Tanager and none of them show the east coast area.
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Old Saturday 4th January 2020, 16:47   #6
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An ebird search shows a few sightings in N.C. including one last year in the Myrtle Beach area.
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Old Saturday 4th January 2020, 16:58   #7
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wow and congrats, that's a good get...I've only seen Western Tanagers in the west, and I previously lived along the NC coast (Beaufort)
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Definite Western Tanager there. Regular range is out west. They are vagrants and every winter there are scattered reports along the east coast. We've had one or two reported in NJ already this fall/winter.
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If you can stand the hordes, you might put the word out about your Western Tanager, as there will be birders that will like to see it.
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