Help with Bird ID I see in my backyard
So, the past few weeks I see a bird that I havnt seen in my yard.
I live in the North East ( New York).
The bird is:
Smaller than a sparrow
Bigger than a humming bird
solid brown ( kinda dark) although its underbelly is a little lighter)
Black beak which is thin and longer then you would think on a bird this size.
Chirps are annoying, not like a song, almost sound like an annoyed squirrel
seems to hang out in shrubs, heavily leaved.
Ive seen them in a group of about 4 -6
Any Ideas ??
The only other possible clue, is I may have seen one years ago, which built a nest in a birdhouse gourd I converted to a bird house, and the nest was made out of twigs ( not grass or hay) about 1 - 2 inches long.