I have been bird watching in central Oregon for about 14 years now. In that time, I have seen most of the common birds in this area. However, there are a few I haven't seen.
One of those birds is the Black-headed Grossbeak. I have had my opportunities to see one. During my one of my early days, my mom and I went out birding. We were scanning the trees opposite of each other when she said, I see an orange bird with black on it. What is it? I turned in her direction, asked where the bird was and she said, "It just flew."
Another time, I was with some friends and one of them said, "Black-headed Grossbeak in the large pine." By the time I turned to focus my binoculars on that spot, nothing was there.
Earlier this week, I was sitting at my computer when I heard a bird singing in the tree outside my door. It sounded very unfamiliar to me, so I went to the door and realized the bird was higher than I could see. I stepped outside, circled the tree, looking upwards and there it was.
I quickly went and grabbed my camera, lifted it and fired off two shots. Just as I was ready to get a third image, my neighbor started her lawn mower, which startled the bird and off it flew.
But I finally saw a Black-headed Grossbeak. I even got a photo to prove I finally saw one. 8v)
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