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Old Saturday 18th November 2017, 23:49   #1
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Gray with rusty crown - Colorado

Date is 11/18/2017 Southern Colorado

I live in Southeastern Colorado on the prairie (high desert at about 4500 ft) and in my backyard, on the ground, I saw for the first time a pair of light gray birds with a rusty orange crown and rusty orange under the tail. He was a little bigger and plumper than a robin with a longish tail. He had a white upper chest then brownish streaks on his belly. His beak was short.

Unfortunately I didn't think to get a photo (I will next time, if he comes back) but was able to watch a pair for a few minutes. I can't find this description in my bird books, which focus on Colorado birds and Western birds.

I'm a member of Feeder Watch and e-bird, so I hope to add him to a list, if possible.

Thank you for your help!
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Old Sunday 19th November 2017, 00:08   #2
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Closest I could think of is Canyon Towhee.
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Canyon Towhee is my thought also.
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Old Sunday 19th November 2017, 01:59   #4
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I had towhee as a possibility, but my book photos just weren't enough. I googled Canyon Towhee and sure enough that 's him!

I appreciate both speedy replies! Thank you!
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