Documentation of Blue Grosbeak

Observer Information

Reporter:  Donna Donna   
Other Observers:  none; yes

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Blue Grosbeak
First Date/Time:  5/16/2007
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  5 minutes
County:  Broomfield
Specific Location:  Lac Amora trail by Josh's pond on Broomfield open space.
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Rolling prairie with shortgrass, yucca, prairiedogs...

Description of the Bird

medium size songbird. Dark Blue with a black eye patch that fell down a little towards the cheek. Grey or dull yellow beak.Striking brown patch on the wing.
Behaviors: Sitting on a dried yucca flower signing like crazy with the surrounding meadowlarks.
Call: Singing like crazy
Plumage: not known

Similar Species Discussion

Eliminated Indigo Bunting because the shape of head was different. Also differed was the distinct eye patch and striking brown wing patch that seems unique to the Grosbeak.

Resources Used

I used a Peterson Field guide and a few Bird ID websites found by googling 'Blue Grosbeak'

Previous Experience

I have never seen a bird like this here, which is why I have done so much investigating into the matter.


Notes made AFTER observation

Additional Information

Time: 615am
Other Dates: I had never seen this bird before and have walked this trail for 1.5 years. For 'plumage' I put 1 because I didn't know how to fill that out
Nearest Town: Broomfield
Independent Observers: yes

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Date Documentation Submitted

11/6/2007 10:06:00 AM