Bird in my garden

June 17, 2013

my pix 048I don’t have a telephoto lens on my camera, and birds rarely sit still as I approach. So I rarely have a close-up like this. But for whatever reason, this bird just sat there above my garden this morning, long enough for me to walk the dog and come back and fetch my camera.

So now that I have the picture, I’m wondering – what kind of bird is it? I tried but didn’t figure it out. Of course, I know the male and female often differ in appearance, and I have no idea whether this is a male or female.