Debra Palenik; Again, hardly a rarity, I'm just reporting that this one seems to have wintered here, which I understand is uncommon.
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
My back yard on West Warren Ave in Harvey Park, SW Denver, roughly the vicinity of Sheridan and Evans.
once at 30 feet, once at 10 feet
Mid-day, good light
Description of the Bird
Not sure if this is of interest; obviously the Green-Tailed Towhee is not rare in Colorado in summer. But I had one that seemed to winter here in my back yard, so I thought I'd report it, even in retrospect. I assume it was the same bird, despite the lengths of time between sightings, as the odds of having individual Green-Taileds passing through, one-at-a-time, every few weeks, is even smaller.
Rusty crown, black-and-white throat, etc. Photos attached.
Behaviors: Typical ground feeding and kicking. It would come around to eat feeder spillage and cracked corn that I put out for Juncos and other wintering birds.
Call: none heard
Similar Species Discussion
Common species that we've all seen before. I-D-ing it wasn't a chore. Only surprise was the season.
We've seen nearly all species of Towhees; Green-tailed is an obvious standout.
Notes made DURING observation
Date Documentation Submitted
5/12/2009 10:04:00 AM
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