Photo of the Week – November 4, 2011

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…

Young bird along Central Platte River, Nebraska

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.