Veery vs Gray Cheeked

"What the heck am I anyway?"

For those who love a good hard core birding debate, check out the comments on the last photo quiz (the one asking for correct id) someone is saying this is a dark morph veery? Anyone care to comment? We do get veerys (or is it veeries) in Minnesota, but I'm new to the concept of a dark morph/dark phase. There were several people involved in the id of this bird and even before I posted the quiz, I had a friend on the records committee of the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union give me his thoughts. All landed on gray-cheeked.

For those not as interested in hard core birding, I promise colorful bird photos in the blog are on the horizon. Really.