Date: 10/1/18 5:37 am
From: john haycraft <jchaycraft...>
Subject: [cobirds] Possible Gray-cheeked Thrush at First Creek
Possible GCTH at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR - First Creek. Bird was found
in the cottonwoods running east of the fence corner near the pond at the
end of the path (along dirt road). Distinctly different thrush from Hermit
Thrush seen at trail start on east side of road ten minutes later.
No rufous in tail/rump. Slight rufous in primaries. Extremely thin eye
ring (Hermit was bolder). Very gray flanks. Dull back (the Hermit was
much warmer). Throat had a yellow wash. Bill was yellow at base with a
dark tip (halfway) on top and bottom of bill. Bird did not call, but it
did allow for long, fairly close looks - not shy. Bird eventually flew
southwest across pond. Would love it if other birders could confirm.

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