Hi Shai et al.,
    So I googled Sporophila lineola and up popped an image of a caged bird
with an impressively long and varied (though not terribly melodious) song.
I strongly suspect an escaped cage bird.
  Yrs.,
  Bob Paxton

On Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 4:41 PM Shaibal Mitra <shaibal.mi...@csi.cuny.edu>
wrote:

> We birders are good at distinguishing between the improbable (e.g., seeing
> a Lined Seedeater in New York) and the imponderable (e.g., deliberately
> driving the Belt Parkway on a morning when one had been granted a reprieve
> from doing so). With a chance at the former as an inducement for the
> enduring the latter, I visited the Charles Memorial Park this morning, on
> the north shore of Jamaica Bay, directly north of the parking area where we
> stage for visits to the north end of the East Pond.
>
> The male Lined Seedeater was skulky but still present, continuing from at
> least 7 Sep:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60461352
>
> I'm not sure why this bird has not garnered more attention within the
> birding community. Lined Seedeater is a trans-equatorial austral migrant
> and a plausible candidate for natural vagrancy to North America. There is a
> specimen from the Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire, from 8 August 1935 (MCZ),
> and records of vagrants north of the regular northern South American
> austral winter (our summer) range from Costa Rica, and from Guadeloupe--the
> latter from 6-7 Sep 2017, perhaps not coincidentally almost exactly the
> date the present bird was found this year.
>
> Shai Mitra
> Bay Shore
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