anyone brave enough to have a go at this?
On the basis of the relatively indistinct wing bars, obvious crest, and longish bill, I'm going to go for:
Greater Pewee, Contopus pertinax.
I don't have any experience with most American birds though, so I'm not exactly confident.
It looks like one of the "tyrant flycatchers" (probably genus Contopus or Empidonax - and at the moment I favour the former) but I'll have to come back to it later.
"punky" Spotted Fly
female redstart with a dodgy beak?
No - definitely not brave enough!!
Edit: I might as well dig a deeper hole for myself - Lesser Whitethroat.
More confident than some of us Roy,outside UK birds I thought some relative of a Kookaburra
Seymour could have helped us out a bit by telling us where the photo was taken!
I hadn't thought of looking west. It does have the shape of that family. Interesting that Seaman described it as a sort of Kookaburra. The Kiskadee is in the flycatcher family and yet could be described as a colourful small kookaburra. I suspect if RoyW is right this is one of those birds that unless you go on a specific birding holiday you will overlook. I am sure like most of us, my holidays tend to be generalised with a bit of birding thrown in where I can.
Nice one Roy :)
Difficult, but I thought it was fun having a go!
Must try and get to the Americas sometime...