Date: 10/1/18 3:08 pm
From: <birdingbreitsch...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Possible Gray-cheeked Thrush at First Creek

I was there yesterday with Roseanne J and she spotted this bird where you
mentioned. I put it down as a Hermit. I thought I had seen rufous in the
tail at the time, but I can't prove that I did. I also didn't get any side
or back photos. The bird in this photo sounds like the one you described,
so if anyone wants to venture an opinion, this may help.

[image: Hermit Thrush - 1st Creek @ RMA, CO - 30 September 2018 (3).jpg]

John Breitsch
Denver, Colorado

On Monday, October 1, 2018 at 6:37:16 AM UTC-6, john haycraft wrote:
> 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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