By Foran Hall
Keyed to species using gobotany's Polygonum key: https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/dkey/polygonum/
In the late evening, seen flying in the distance, probably over the field along Lakeview Ave. 7 individuals counted. Dark birds with erratic flight, pointed wings, and white wing patches.
Heard it call "che-bik" a few times.
Seen through shrubs. Could make out the overall tan body color and black head stripes. Got a bad but IDable photo, which has since been lost.
Call note fit Louisiana better than Northern. Date is also rather early for Northern.
Keyed to species using gobotany's Lepidium key:
Found on a Solanum nigrum tending to aphids back in October. I stored in approx 59% ethanol which I think caused the gaster to swell.