Interesting story but one hint I can offer is that
you wrote: "nor did the adult appear to have
food in its beak." All Aussie finches are fed by
regurgitation, so you wouldn't normally see a feeding adult finch
carrying food in its beak. When Red-browed Finches are newly fledged they
are not very stable and the parents fuss around them. They make a lot of alarm
calls if they are bothered. This is a clear clicking sound and very different
from their usual SSS sound.
Why wouldn't this be a NY record from
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