Monday Morning Mystery 052812
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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?
Any ideas?