English and Scientific names:

Black-headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus


Number of individuals: 

One, 1st winter male

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

Peveto Woods Sanctuary

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  

11:25 am

Reporting observer and address:

Stephen Pagans

West Monroe, LA 

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Joan Brown

Other observers not accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Mike Musumeche


Light conditions:

Clear, sunny with bird in full sun.


Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10x binoculars

Canon 5D Mark II camera with 400 mm lens

Distance to bird(s): 

Fifty feet


Duration of observation:

Fifteen minutes



Hardwoods with brush, weeds and vines

Behavior of bird: 

Sitting in trees.


Bird appeared to be first winter male.  It had a light orange breast without any streaks, two wing bars, black crest, white eyebrow, dark eye.


It did chink at least one time.

Similar species:

Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  It was similar to first winter male of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak but had no streaking on the breast.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photographs by myself, Steve Pagans.

Previous experience: 


Identification aids: 

Bird books and other birders.


Memory and scrutiny of photographs.

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 



Date and time: 

11-3-10, 10:36 am