Date: 2/27/17 3:17 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 February 2017
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT
Date: February 27, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 27 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)

NOTE: The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has

Swan spec (*Boulder)
Trumpeter Swan (*Jefferson)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
American Woodcock (*Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, *Larimer, Weld)
ICELAND GULL (*Larimer, Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Douglas, *El Paso, *Larimer, Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Prowers)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Baca, El Paso)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Prowers)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Lapland Longspur (Larimer, Logan, Weld)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Great-tailed Grackle (*Weld)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:

---On February 19 at McKay Road Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Thayer's
Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 2 juv). On February 20 at McKay
Gravel Ponds, Ryan and Jack Bushong reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

---On February 25 at Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area, Alan Versaw reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Chihuahuan Raven, and Canyon Towhee.
---On February 25 at Cottonwood Canyon (Southern Loop), Alan Versaw
reported 2 Greater Roadrunners and 4 Canyon Towhee.

---On February 17 at Walden/Sawhill in Boulder, Carrie Vaughn reported 3
Tundra Swans and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows. On February 19, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swans at Walden Ponds. On February 20 at Walden/Sawhill
Ponds, Mark Minner-Lee reported 3 Tundra Swans and Lincoln's Sparrow. On
February 25 at Sawhill Ponds, Kyle Medina reported swan. On February 26 at
Cottonwood Marsh, Mark Miller reported 3 Tundra Swans sleeping and a 4th
swan fly in. The 4th swan is a bit of a mystery. It may be a hybrid
---On February 24 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Dan Stringer reported
10 Brown-capped and 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

---On February 21 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), Adam Vesely reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
---On February 23 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs,
Bill Maynard and RIchard Bunn reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. On
February 26 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake, Heidi Eaton, Leonard and
Joy Lake reported Lesser Black-backed Gull.

---On February 24 at Chatfield SP, Cheri Phillips reported Trumpeter Swan.
It was seen from Heron Overlook on the reservoir. On February 25 at
Chatfield SP upstream from Kingfisher Bridge west of gravel ponds, Richard
Taylor, Art Hudak, and Gwen Moore reported Trumpeter Swan. On February 26
at Chatfield gravel ponds, Phil Lyon reported Trumpeter Swan.

---On February 24 near Wellington on CR 64, David Dowell reported 2 Lapland
---On February 26 at Bobcat Ridge, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported
American Woodcock in creek east of ranger's house.
---On February 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, David Dowell reported juv
Thayer's Gull, juv ICELAND GULL, and 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 juv, 1
imm, 5 ad).

---On February 21 at Brewster's Ridge/Bar X Wash, Denise and Mark Vollmar
reported Sagebrush Sparrow

---On February 21 at N end of Willow Creek Park in Lamar, Dave Leatherman
reported ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 20 at N end of Lamar Community College Woods, Dave
Leatherman reported a sing Carolina Wren; heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker at
the S end, 4+ Northern Cardinals, and a Curve-billed Thrasher in Woodland
Park Subdivision south of the woods, right where Woodland Park Drive
crosses Willow Creek.

---On February 26, at Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon below the dam, Richard
Taylor reported Great Black-backed Gull.

---On February 24 and 25, Eric Hynes reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
at his feeders in Telluride. If you
would like to try for them please contact him at erichynes28 AT

---On February 24, Gary Lefko reported 2 Lapland Longspurs on N side of
dump along CR 84, .25 m E of CR 25 in fallow field on south.
---On February 25, Glenn Walbek reported AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Woods
Lake. On February 25 at Woods Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported AMERICAN BLACK
DUCK, 2 ad Thayer's Gull, ad ICELAND GULL, 2 ad Thayer's Gulls,
Great-tailed Grackle. On February 26 at Woods Lake, John Drummond, Jeannie
Mitchell, and Lynne Miller reported American Black Duck.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, March 4 will be to South Platte river
Trail at E 99th Ave and I-76 led by Chuck Hundertmark (chundertmark8 AT; 303-604-9531 <(303)%20604-9531>). Meet at 0800 at parking area
at 88th Ave and South Platte River Trail. From I-76 take E 88th Ave exit,
go west on 88th for 1.6 miles, then turn south at Colorado Blvd, Tur nleft
again into the parking lot for South Platte River Greenway Trailhead.
Hike along pave trail and occasional in adjacent mud for up to three
miles. Scopes optional. Bring water and snacks. Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field trip for Sunday, March 5 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by George Mayfiled & Karen Drozda (georgemayfield AT;
720-289-9395 <(720)%20289-9395>). This trip is full

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine

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