Can anyone help with some bird identification (in a less than perfect photo)? At first I thought this was an Eastern Phoebe, but upon looking at and listening to similar birds (at Cornell Lab of Ornithology), others seemed at least as likely. (My photos: Stage Nature Center, Troy, Michigan).
The Peewee’s song is the best fit, and my guy’s belly seems a bit more colorful than the Eastern Phoebe, though my photos don’t show it well.
Regarding metaphor: At first, I was also considering the Eastern Kingbird, but one site says that his belly is so white, and in such contrast to his dark grey back, that he looks as if he's wearing a charcoal business suit and white shirt. My guy was somewhat brownish, maybe with a touch of olive, and some faded color on the underside. Also, the Kingbird is larger).