Species, Date, Time and Location Information
5/15/2019 9:16:00 AM
9/15/2019 1:00:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):
Barr Lake State Park
light to my back, bright overcast
Description of the Bird
I observed this bird sitting in a small dead tree for several minutes. It was a large swallow type bird, with quite a heavy, slightly decurved bill. This bird appeared puffed up and more or less exhausted. It hardly moved and often seemed to doze off while I observed and photographed it. The bird was darker on top, with dark head and paler grayish belly. After about 5 minutes of observation the bird flew off.
Similar Species Discussion
No other regularly occuring swallows in Colorado have the heavy, hooked bill of Purple Martin. I did lightly look into other vagrant martin species, such as Brown-chested and Gray-chested, but the plumage traits seem most consistant with the more expected Purple Martin, and really nothing seemed off for a PUrple Martin, so I didn't spend a whole lot of time examining other options.
Sibley's and various online searches about some of the Central American species.
I lived for 3 years in New Jersey where Purple Martin is common and regularly occuring species. I have seen Gray-chested Martin in Guatemala on one occasion.
Date Documentation Submitted
9/15/2019 9:27:00 AM
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