Fresh, never frozen
Ruffed Grouse maybe? They usually prefer a teeter totter, but will occasionally perch on swings.
Is it a partridge?
Oh you people are no help...
Maybe it was off course by a few thousand miles. My dog once found a parrot in my back yard when I lived in Aiken, SC.
Have you consulted Olsen's Standard Book of British Birds, expurgated version (the one without the nuthatch)?
I checked out Stokes Field Guide to Birds, but I can't make out a difference between the various immature hawks that it could be. By the way, Stokes includes the nuthatch. As your Grandfather used to say, Jay, "It was worth the extra nickel."
You can't trust Stokes. That guy thinks a Tit-warbler and Flycatcher-tits are the same thing. Idiot.
Looks like a Bobwhite Quail.Merry Christmas to you and yours, Alan!
Have you considered using the focus on your camera and then maybe we could help you. Or you cold shoot it with the Pellet gun and take it to your local natural resources office and they will identify it, and possibly arrest you if it is a protected species (pretty much everything but pigeons are protected).
I agree with Bill. I look like you took this picture from the window of a moving helecopter. Summon the bird back and take a better photo please.
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