Not wishing to sound picky, but this photograph would be almost perfect with a lighter sky and if the tree branch had not been exactly where it was. Clouds would be great too but lets not push our luck.
Voila through the magic of the spot healing brush and clone stamp tool in Photoshop (as well as hue, saturation and luminance adjustments in Lightroom) we have a new view of the bird! I know some people have a problem with this kind of manipulation and that it puts in question other work you do, but I would ask those who object to reflect on what other photographers they admire did in the darkroom and lab before Photoshop came along. I do not do this very often but the occasional mucking around with reality is fun. When I do it, I make it very clear what I did.
We have had some wicked weather this year, but things are looking up. Where my wife and I like to walk and take photographs, there is still lots of snow and water But we were surprised to see butterflies yesterday (Mourning Cloaks), the birds are out and we also saw our first flies of the year. Next two days the forecast is for substantial rain. Better weather cannot come soon enough.