LBHE at RM Arsenal (Not)

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Bill Schreitz

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Jul 23, 2022, 3:46:07 PMJul 23
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Immature SNEG , actually. Originally I thought this bird to be immature LBHE. My observations were accurate, but not complete enough - (Pale yellow lores & bill base w/ gradual dark tip, green legs & feet, flashing wings to startle fish, about the same size as the nearby SNEG.) I have since relocated the bird and noted a few more things. The neck does not appear thicker nor the bill heavier at the base than the other SNEG's feeding nearby. The pale yellow lores were suspect. Its foraging behavior is similar to the other SNEG as is its general posture. Another photo (which I posted on eBird) that I was able to take today shows a distinct color change from green legs to yellow green feet, something I missed the day before. Also the leading edge of the legs show clear traces of black, which is something mentioned in Sibley for the juvenile SNEG. See the pic! (It was as if it knew what I came back to look for:)

Bill Schreitz

Susan Rosine

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Jul 23, 2022, 5:41:05 PMJul 23
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Well darn, I'll have to examine my photos closely. I thought it was a LBHE, and not a SNEG.  Hopefully I got some photos of the feet. But the one I saw didn't appear to have the yellow lores that yours have in the photo. I'll know more when I put my pictures on my computer screen.
Susan Rosine
Brighton 

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Gisellys Zarzuela

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Jul 24, 2022, 4:25:05 PMJul 24
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Hi All, 

I was birding with a group from Denver Audubon yesterday morning and we think we saw a different bird than Bill's. Our bird had the gray leg color into the feet (not yellow) and did not appear to have the yellow lores like Bill's (not visible from this photo). Will report back if someone in the group has a better photo, but sharing a shoddy iPhone/Scope pic for now. 

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Gigi 
Denver County

Susan Rosine

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Jul 24, 2022, 5:03:42 PMJul 24
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That is the bird I saw as well; south Lake Ladora, yesterday. I am going through all of my photos to find the best ones. I took my sighting down until I process my photos.

Susan Rosine
Brighton 

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