I cannot identify this bird. It looks like a juvenile male rosy grosbeak but they are not supposed to be where I am.
I am in the mountains (8400 feet), pinon-juniper montane plant life, in southern Chaffee county Colorado, specifically Maysville outside of Salida. This bird appeared this morning in a snow storm, congregated at the feeder but ate seeds that the stellar jays were dropping, not going to the feeder itself. It was by itself. It was quite tame, allowing me to get within 5 feet of it and stayed while I took at least a dozen pictures.
It is smaller than the jays but larger than the juncos. It did not make any noises while I was observing it.
Any ideas? Thanks, Rose