I read this sci-fi short story about 30 years ago; it's set in the United States and the main character is an alien who landed on Earth to scout in advance of an invasion force.
The alien is decidedly non-human, but he is able to interact with the locals thanks to some technology or telepathic powers that makes him look like a normal human being to everyone within a very large radius (seen from afar, the alien could pass for human anyway).
While he assesses our world and thinks we will be easy prey for his fellow invaders, he is unaware that humans are on his trail.
I distinctly remember the alien discarding an almost empty packet of seeds (a snack from his world, like sunflower seeds); the trash is picked up and analyzed by government employees who determine that the seeds aren't from Earth plants (botanists even ask for more seeds to try and make them germinate); also the packet material is not man-made cellophane.
In the end the alien is dispatched by a sniper using a long-range rifle; seen through the rifle scope the target doesn't appear human at all. The invasion threat is averted.
Please help me find the title and author, I'd like to re-read this!