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.