This is an old photo of a young bird, taken with a cheap point-and-shoot digital camera in the middle of a bright sunny day. Apologies for the photo quality. However, you have to admit the photo has some appeal. I particularly love those eyebrows…
One of the reasons for posting this photo is to get input from the birders out there. Since I took this photo in 2005, I’ve wondered what species of bird it is. I have a guess, which I’ll withhold until I see if there’s a consensus that forms among the replies. Not knowing for sure has been bugging me for a long time.
The photo was taken in south-central Nebraska, about 9 miles southwest of Grand Island, along the Central Platte River. It was in a brushy prairie with a fair number of mid-sized trees (mostly eastern red cedar and white mulberry) nearby.