Black-headed Grosbeak!

Look what vanilla found with the birdcam yesterday: A beautiful male Black-headed Grosbeak:

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vanilla was the only one to get shots during that first appearance, which was around 8:19 a.m. Pacific time. But the bird came back to the feeder around 11:45 a.m., allowing others to get some nice shots as well, including these two shots by usabirder and txbird, respectively:

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Although we had Black-headed Grosbeaks (sometimes a lot of them) on Craig’s deck back in the CONE SF days, this is a first for the Texas birdcam. The last new bird species identified with CONE Welder was the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher recorded by birdbrain back on August 5, 2009.

Congratulations to vanilla, and to everyone who got shots of this great bird!

Update: The bird is back this morning, with several users getting nice shots. Here he is admiring his reflection in the feeder in a shot taken by annelizabeth:

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And here’s the Northern Cardinal trying to steal some attention back from the colorful interloper, in a shot by vanilla:

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