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I was doing a quail and pheasant survey for the Dept. of Conservation this
morning and got a great look at a lone MALE BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK!! It flew
over me, then landed on a weed next to the truck. At first I thought it was
an OROR, because it wasn't nearly as bright as a BAOR. At first, I wasn't at
all sure what the deal was... after BAOR/OROR, I thought it was a Eastern
Towhee, but noticed it had an orange neck, white and orange spots, and white
bars on the wings. It then turned toward me and I saw the black 'mask' and
crown. The real giveaway was the huge, seed-breaker beak. I couldn't, and
still can't, believe it! No pics, as I didn't take my camera with me per I
was working, and I tried to get it with my phone but it wouldn't load fast
enough before the bird took off. I walked the area with my bird app playing
the BHGR, but it never answered back.

Copy / paste the Google map location if you'd like.
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Albany,+MO&daddr=Ball+Ford+Trail&hl=en&ll=40.228301,-94.391613&spn=0.052751,0.111494&sll=40.219814,-94.377623&sspn=0.01319,0.027874&geocode=FR8lZgIdRJ9g-imhz0AuPF7qhzG5fbkO6St4wQ%3BFRS0ZQIdHOlf-g&oq=Albany&mra=ls&t=m&z=14

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