Date: 6/19/19 5:18 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Fwd: yard mystery
Re: mystery bird in Leslie of Elizabeth's yard (email address,
CenturyLinkCustomer)

The mystery bird may be a juvenile European Starling, which matches your
description.
That gray beak seems to be all wrong for a Starling, but the youngsters
don't earn
their yellow beaks until they cast off immaturity.
Joe Roller, Denver


On Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 2:10 PM CenturyLink Customer <hankerson3...>
wrote:

> Two things new this week in my yard.
> 1) Grackles! Very used to them when I lived in suburbs & city, not so
> much in Elizabeth. We've lived in Elizabeth for almost 20 years and never
> seen them until this week.
> 2) Mystery bird. This bird did show up several weeks ago and I cannot
> find it in any of my bird books. Size of a starling, smooth medium grey
> body, grey beak, no distinguishing body marks (none) & eating worms from
> bluebird feeder. The closest I've seen is a Townsend's Solitaire, but no
> eye ring & no wing marks. Any ideas?
>
> Lots of bluebird battles. Several males appearing to battle. Houses seem
> to be far enough apart (1/2 acre) that I wouldn't think it would be the
> cause.
>
> We did have one pair of Western Tanagers that hung out about a week after
> the rest left. I've been working a lot this week so not sure if they're
> still around.
>
> Juncos never used to stick around during mating season until this year.
> Not sure where they're nesting?
>
> Not a lot of hummingbirds like earlier in the year. This may be because
> there are so many options for wildflowers as alternatives to my feeder &
> yard. Road 21 has huge patches of penstemon that they may be taking
> advantage of.
>
> Leslie
> Elizabeth, CO
>
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