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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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20 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

You might want to listen to displaying Ruffed Grouse. It wouldn’t explain the small size but could be the sound you were hearing. 

Possible, but would there be grouse directly adjacent to water? There wasn't much woods either. Thanks for the input.

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