A final shot, one photo… I think the size is too large, even having shrunk each image. I took most of them with the digital zoom to get a better look right away, so they are impossibly large files to begin with and still a little too big after being modified.
Occam’s Razor comes to mind and after some image searching, I have concluded these to be exactly what I had originally suspected. However, their behavior seems “off” and, assuming they are what I think, there were no males in this flock of approximately 30. The behavior I am referring to is their foraging in the pines. This little flock has been attracted to the same couple trees at least twice in the last three or so weeks (east central Florida). They fly in, forage through the pine cones, and fly off; all the while making soft clucking noises. I have never seen the suspected birds foraging through pine cones and ignoring the seed feeders which I would have thought would attract them also. I have actually only ever seen them in wetlands/marshes/fields and once traveling through in a flock with another species.
So I’d love to get your thoughts on this one, all! So here is this mystery flock of mine (which I have concluded is not the mystery I first thought it to be):
(“If you see me clap your hands” Bedford Bear signed – SLB)