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Two weeks ago, I was birding on the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Path in Upstate New York, Schenectady County, when I heard something strange, like some creature slapping the water. I started sneakily coming toward the bush where the sound seemed to be coming from until I saw a branch that was vibrating. Peering into the brush with my binoculars, I spotted a tiny bird, sparrow size or smaller, moving the branch somehow. It was very hard to see through the thick brush. Could it have been feeding on insects? A few minutes later I saw another one. My birding companion said I looked like I wanted to become one with the bush. I would have stayed longer, but we had other birds to see.

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15 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Not sure. It was also relatively low down, about four feet above the ground, and was somehow moving a branch.

Chickadees, titmice, and others can't crack seeds with their bills.  They'll use branches as anvils, and hammer seeds open with their bills.

Of course, there are other possibilities. 

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5 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Chickadees, titmice, and others can't crack seeds with their bills.  They'll use branches as anvils, and hammer seeds open with their bills.

Thanks for explaining my cryptic suggestion!

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