When I was out for a walk yesterday, a passing police car stopped to watch what I was doing. I think I probably looked suspicious. Perhaps someone phoned in to say that there was a woman standing outside their house and taking photos of their tree.
In fact, I was trying to identify a bird that I had not heard in this neighbourhood before, and I could not name it when I saw it. I took pictures with both my cell phone and my camera and this is the only half-decent picture out of all of them.
The bird was very high in a very large tree.
I did manage to record its call sound. Here it is:
When I watched the bird fly away, I saw that it had brown underwings. The police watched me watch it fly away, and then we all left the area. The police must have decided I was harmless.
After I got home I spent a long time on three different bird identification sites, but could not find what I was looking for. The closest I came was a flicker, but the bird call was different.
If anyone knows the name of this bird, it will satisfy my curiosity and I will be grateful.
Mystery solved! Thank you to DeAnna for identifying this bird. It is a Red-Shafted Northern Flicker.