Yesterday in the garden I had my camera out while photographing something entirely different, when this bird suddenly flitted into view. I started snapping photos right away.
The bird lingered for just a few seconds, then flew away.
I'm at a loss what kind of bird it is. In comparing illustrations in my bird book, it looks like a female Western Tanager.
(Note how it says "Our only tanager with wing-bars.) I've never seen a Tanager around here before, but that certainly doesn't mean they're not in the area. Their habitat description fits our area perfectly, so it wouldn't surprise me.
So, all you bird experts out there, can you confirm what kind of bird this is?