Hi Barbara,

In the newest version (V2) of the Sibley app for iPhone/iPad, under the 
Dark-eyed Junco species account, there are several recordings of songs and 
calls. But there is one, which was recorded by our own Bob Mcguire in NY, that 
sounds the closest to your bird. The second trill on the bird in his recording 
is a bit truncated from your bird's song. So, I agree with the others that a 
Dark-eyed Junco, Slate-colored, is my best guess, too.

Ken Haas



On Jun 8, 2019, at 4:49 PM, Barbara Bauer Sadovnic wrote:

> Thank you all for the replies.
> 
> Asher, Sandy, Laura, and Meena suggest dark-eyed junco.  Laurie suggests 
> bluegrass gnatcatcher, or one of the little flycatchers,willow or alder.  My 
> one glimpse could have been a junco, but it really was just a glimpse.
> 
> The song has been very consistent all three days I heard it - a high trill, 
> then a trill about a major third higher.  That’s what it does!
> 
> It’s in a smallish grove/hedgerow between two fields, with a larger grove 
> acrosss the road.  It sings from a place I can’t spot, except for the one 
> time I saw it, when it was singing from the top of a dead tree at the side of 
> the road.  Some of the time it was in walnut trees.
> 
>> On Jun 8, 2019, at 3:44 PM, Sandy Podulka <s...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>> 
>> A bit puzzling. The song trill seems to have two parts?  A lower part and 
>> then a higher part?  It is not a typical song of any birds around here. But, 
>> perhaps it is an odd Junco song. Could it be a Dark-eyed Junco?  What is the 
>> habitat like and where is the bird singing from?  Another option might be 
>> Chipping Sparrow.
>> 
>> Sandy
>> 
>> At 02:14 PM 6/8/2019, you wrote:
>>> This bird has been on Tucker Rd. in Enfield since Friday May 31, at least.  
>>> I only got a brief look at it, on Tuesday - small and backlit - grayish, 
>>> clear pale breast, shortish tail.  But the song is distinctive.  It was 
>>> singing again today, but I couldn’t see it!  What is it?
>>> 
>>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/f6ejwayrd1x8sva/Tucker%20Rd%20bird%206-4-2019.m4a?dl=0
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