Your description sounds like a Gray Catbird to me.
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From: "paul caron" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 7:18 AM
> Hi, unpracticed birder here, I saw something that I can't find in my
books. It was in a small ditch by the side of the road... it had a long
straight bill, though it was not a rail, it was largish, but it looked like
it had a body similar to a thrasher or a mockingbird, it was a dark grey
> with a dark band across the top of the head..
> Paul Caron
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