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 cobirds.org 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 changed.
*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site: www.coloradocountybirding.org
ADAMS COUNTY: ---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.
BACA COUNTY: ---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.
BOULDER COUNTY: ---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 Trumpeter/Tundra. ---On February 24 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Dan Stringer reported 10 Brown-capped and 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.
EL PASO COUNTY: ---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.
JEFFERSON COUNTY: ---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.
LARIMER COUNTY: ---On February 24 near Wellington on CR 64, David Dowell reported 2 Lapland Longspurs. ---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).
MESA COUNTY: ---On February 21 at Brewster's Ridge/Bar X Wash, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported Sagebrush Sparrow
PROWERS COUNTY: ---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.
PUEBLO COUNTY: ---On February 26, at Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon below the dam, Richard Taylor reported Great Black-backed Gull.
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY: ---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 gmail.com
WELD COUNTY: ---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 gmail.com; 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 gamil.com; 720-289-9395 <(720)%20289-9395>). This trip is full