It's a small bird between the size of a sparrow and a robin. It's a rich brown with a stark white belly and a jay-like crest, only it goes straight up and not out of the back of his head.
And he has the oddest aerial display! My folk's have a screened patio with a heavy gage of black screening and it makes a wonderful bird watching blind. I have two bird baths within ten feet of the patio and the bird thought he was alone.
Now it was late afternoon and gnats were swarming. The bird hopped off the birdbath and did a series of mid air bobs that defied gravity. It looked exactly like somebody was up in the tree dangling it on a string. Not only that, it was always using at least one wing to make motions that had nothing to do with flight and looked like the scooping motions birds of paradise use in their mating displays. The tail seemed to be used as a make-shift wing while the real ones were in use for other things.
Anybody have a clue?
The inside of the wings where white as well.