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Black-headed Grosbeak and Rose-breasted Grosbeak songs are extremely similar. I always try to get a visual confirmation on Grosbeaks along the California coast at times of year when Rose-breasted Grosbeak is likely to occur.

That being said, since Black-headed Grosbeak is expected while Rose-breasted Grosbeak is rare, you're pretty safe calling it Black-headed Grosbeak. If you really want to be conservative you can call it "Black-headed/Rose-breasted", but I'd recommend just making the assumption that its Black-headed.

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6 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

That being said, since Black-headed Grosbeak is expected while Rose-breasted Grosbeak is rare, you're pretty safe calling it Black-headed Grosbeak. If you really want to be conservative you can call it "Black-headed/Rose-breasted", but I'd recommend just making the assumption that its Black-headed.

It almost certainty was because there were other BHGR around but I thought I saw one with a hint of red on the breast but it coulda been lighting.

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