A reader of my "Bird Watcher" column writes:
About a month ago while I was eating, I saw an unusual bird on the lawn. I was looking through a porch railing and the bird was moving, so it was hard to get a good look at it.
The bird had a black or dark brown head. The body seemed to be medium brown. The tail feathers stuck out and on the top of the end of the tail it was a beige or cream color.
I think it was about the size of a robin. ... I have Golden's "Birds of North America," and I searched the book from cover to cover and could not locate the bird I saw. Do you know what it was?