Date: 1/6/19 12:15 pm
From: Derek Hill <derekthehill...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Clay-colored sparrow, Columbine Meadows Park, Broomfield
Interesting bird here, surprised there hasn't been more feedback. Why isn't
this a Brewer's Sparrow? Good learning experience going over of the
CCSP/BRSP ID especially for vagrant/out of season birds. This is a tricky
enough ID especially for out of season, or vagrant birds, and I think
warrants discussion.
-Derek Hill
Milliken, CO

On Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 6:38:49 PM UTC-7, David Ely wrote:
> Happy New Year Cobirders,
> This morning while walking my dog I spotted a hermit thrush on the west
> end of Columbine Meadows Park in Broomfield. I alerted Matt Hofeditz and
> he came over in the early afternoon to look for the thrush and anything
> else we could find. We were not able to find the hermit thrush, but the
> fruit-laden trees in the neighborhood were full of robins, house finches, a
> few solitaires, and waxwings. Naturally, right after I walked the 3
> minutes back to my house and got my boots off, Matt texted me. He'd found
> a clay-colored sparrow. I geared back up and walked over with my camera.
> Matt stayed on the bird until I arrived and it fed contently and allowed
> close approach. The checklist link is below.
> While the hermit thrush is rare in winter, the clay-colored sparrow is the
> first December or January record in ebird for Colorado. This area would be
> worth checking out if you're so inclined to visit Broomfield.
> The specific location where the sparrow was is along the Columbine Meadows
> Greenbelt Trail. It was about 50-70 yards west along the trail, past a
> yard that has a "Beware of Dog" sign on the fence. The sparrow was feeding
> on the ground right along the wooden fences here. The closest intersection
> would be 126th Ave. and Hazel St.
> David Ely
> Broomfield, CO

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