Date: 3/12/17 11:09 pm
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 12 March 2017
Compiler: Ira Sanders
e-mail: RBA AT
Date: March 12, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, March 12 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 and the order of
families has changed.

BRANT (Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas)
Tundra Swan (Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Larimer)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Larimer)
Virginia Rail (Jefferson)
Greater Yellowlegs (*Park)
Thayer’s Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (Boulder, Pueblo)
American 3-toed Woodpecker (Boulder)
Carolina Wren (*Arapahoe)
Winter Wren (El Paso)
Lincoln‘s Sparrow (Denver)
Harris's Sparrow (*Denver)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe)
Great-tailed Grackle (Weld)

---On March 5 at Cherry Creek SP, Christine Alexander reported Rusty
---On March 11 at Cherry Creek SP, Pheneger reports a Carolina Wren and
Thayer's Gull.

---On March 4 at Heil Valley Ranch, Wapiti Trail, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Williamson’s Sapsucker.
---On March 7, Thomas Heinrich reports an American 3-toed Woodpecker at
Heil Ranch.

---On March 9, Cheryl Teuton re-found a Harris's Sparrow at Westerly
Creek, first
reported by Jason Bidgood, in roughly the same area that he originally
found it. A Brown Thrasher was also seen. Adam Vesely saw the Harris's
Sparrow later in the day. Both were seen again on March 11.
---On March 5, Tueton had a Lincoln's Sparrow associating with a small
flock of juncos in the same area.

---On February 27 Brandon Percial reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield
SP on pond viewed from High Line Canal Trail, accessed from Titan
Road. On March 3, Gregg Goodrich and Ben Lagasse reported Trumpeter
Swan in SE Pond at Chatfield, best viewed from Highline Canal Trail on
Rampart Range Rd.
On March 4, Joy and Leonard Lake reported Trumpeter Swan viewed from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from W Titan Road.

---On March 6 at Sondermann Park,
Kim Mauritz reported Winter Wren.

---On February 28, Heidi Retherford reported BRANT at
Indian Tree Golf Course. On March 7, Tyler Stuart reported the BRANT
continues at Indian Tree Golf Course.
---On March 9 at Bass Lake in the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Walt Combs reports
2 Virginia Rails.

---On March 3 at Lory State Park, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke
reported Long-tailed Duck viewed from North Eltuck Bay. On March 4,
Joe Mammoser reported Long-tailed Duck at Lory State Park, North
Eltuck Bay.
---On March 5 at Douglas Reservoir, David Wade reported Sharp-tailed Grouse.
---On March 12, Bankert reports the following at Timnath Reservoir: 3
Greater White-fronted Geese, an early Franklin's Gull, and a weird looking
first-cycle Mew Gull.

---On March 11, Mlodinow reports 3 Greater Yellowlegs at Elevenmile

---On March 4, Christine Alexander and Renee Casias reported ACORN
WOODPECKER at Pueblo Mountain Park. On March 5 at Pueblo Mountain
Park, Kara Carragher and Mark Chavez reported ACORN WOODPECKER and
Williamson’s Sapsucker.
---On March 5 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), John Drummond reported
5 Tundra Swans.

---On February 25, Glenn Walbek reported AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Woods
Lake. On March 4 at Woods Lake, Kara Carragher,
Lisa Edwards, and Tim Smart reported AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. On March 4,
Frank Farrel, Matt Clark, Susan Bonfiglio, and Gene Rutherford
reported AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Woods Lake. On March 5 at Woods
Lake, Joey Kellner and Adam Vesely reported Great-tailed Grackles.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, March 14, is to Southwest Metro Area Ponds
and Lakes from 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...>
Phone: 831-713-8659) Trail Difficulty: Moderate Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at parking lot for Harriman Lake Park off South Kipling
St. From Hwy 285, take S Kipling St south and turn right into the parking
lot a short way south after crossing W Quincy Ave. We will visit several
lakes and ponds seeking a variety of waterbirds. Stops will be decided the
day of the trip, but may include an entrance fee at Chatfield SP. Scopes
will be helpful. Bring liquids and snacks. Register online or contact

The DFO Field Trip for Thursday, March 16, is to Westerly Creek Park from 4:00
PM - 7:30 PM Chris Rurik (Email: <chrisrurik...> Phone: 253-225-7104)
Trail Difficulty: Easy Directions: Park on the east side of Beeler Street
between 25th Drive and East 24th Place. From I-70 take Central Park Blvd
south. Turn left on MLK Drive, then right on Beeler Street. This is in the
Stapleton neighborhood of Denver. Come take an evening ramble through
Westerly Creek Park, another urban hotspot that has been discovered in the
last few years as a place with great birds. We'll mosey around looking for
early migrants (for the past few years it has hosted some of the state's
earliest returning Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teal) and residents. Expect a
mix of waterfowl and land birds. Bring binoculars, water, and snacks. Dress
for the weather. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, March 18, is at Chatfield State Park
from 8:00
AM - 12:30 PM. Edmund J Holub (Email: <edmund.holub...> Phone:
303-979-2194) Trail Difficulty: Easy Directions: Meet at swim beach by
entering west entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.
State Parks pass or day pass required. Bring water, snacks, scope if you
have one. Dress for the weather Looking for waterfowl, raptors, resident
birds. Parks pass required. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, March 19, is to Golden Gate Canyon State
Park from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Chris Goulart (Email: <cgoulart001...>
Phone: 586-764-2126) Trail Difficulty: Moderate Maximum Participants: 11
Directions: Meet at Park-n-Ride on west side of Ward Road, just north of
I-70. State Parks pass or day pass required. Late winter romp in the
mountains. We will walk several trails (as available) and look for what
late winter or early spring birds may be active. Three-toed Woodpeckers,
Mountain Bluebirds, and more. Winter time in the mountains can be slow or
magical. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Ira Sanders
Golden, CO

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