- Mar 2, 2014Date: 03/02/2014Time: 2:30 p.m.Species: Varied thrush, Ixoreus naeviusSiting Description:I was walking my dog on the sidewalk through the the Cobble Creek Golf Course Community in Montrose. At 2:30 p.m., I noticed a medium-size gray bird drinking water from the gutter in front of a house at 577 Cobble Drive. The bird was slate gray, smaller than a robin, with a medium length tail. When it stopped drinking, it flew directly towards me. It did not have the bright orange breast of a robin. It landed in a shrub-size pine on the property of 586 Cobble Drive. I turned and walked back toward the pine. The bird was fairly well hidden in the pine. When I was only a few feet away from it, I pished several times. The bird took flight, flying away from me, across the street, to small trees on the property of 581 Cobble Drive. I had a perfect view of the dorsal side of the bird. It was slate gray. It also had a VERY obvious orange stripe down the center of each wing, where the greater secondary coverts meet the secondaries and primaries. The bird always stayed fairly close to the ground. I walked home to retrieve my camera. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to relocate the bird but was unsuccessful.I lived in western Washington State for 13 years and saw dozens of these birds every year.Maureen Briggs487 Cobble DriveMontrose, CO 81403970-240-4108skelligmichael@...
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