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Song identification for southeastern Arizona small bird (1 Viewer)

mjseka

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United States
Hello all,

I've been attempting to identify a song we've been hearing for about the past three weeks in midtown Tucson, Arizona. I haven't been able to get a good look, as they're most often tucked in trees, but they are definitely smaller than a Robin, short beak, non-distinct features. I saw a pair on a wire over the street but couldn't see them clearly enough. I thought I saw a small crest, but not sure. Very Finch-like.

This is likely a very common bird to this area, but all of the ID apps I've tried have not identified this song. The audio file is a bit rough, but you'll hopefully hear a frenetic warbling accented by one or more raspy descending sounds at the end of the call.

Thank you!
 

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KC Foggin

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United States
I'm probably way wrong but my first thought was a Northern Cardinal.

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mjseka

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United States
Especially for a novice like me. If my sister hadn't pointed out this song, I probably would never have singled it out. Now, it's the only song I hear when I walk outside. LOL Ack!

I'll continue trying to find whose song this is; if I find it, I'll holler back here.

We have some amazing birds here in AZ, and I would miss them if I moved away. It's amazing to me how bird sounds and sites can be so sentimental and grounding to a place. I miss Chickadees and Blue Jays more than I ever thought I could.
 
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mjseka

Member
United States
Okay so the one consistent response I've gotten is House Finch. The only thing that's stumping me is that short descending raspy sound at the end of each song.
 

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