Date: 4/16/17 5:36 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for April 16, 2017
Hello cobirders,

Our report is called Rare Bird Alert because search engines find it
better. The report is really "Uncommon Bird Report" Not all uncommon
birds are rare birds. Birders may want to know where to see them anyway!
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NOTE: Reports do not confirm sightings. Choose to chase at your own risk
and expense.!
NOTE: With the many reports coming in daily this spring, RBA will reflect
daily sightings, not long term sightings, visit Colorado Birding Society's
website everyday!

Reports added: 4/15
Arapahoe (Black Swan, White-throated Sparrow)
Boulder (Eastern Phoebe, Marbled Godwit, Bonaparte's Gull, Greater Scaup,
Common Loon, Black Phoebe)
El Paso (Greater Scaup, Marbled Godwit, Curve-billed Thrasher,
Ladder-backed Woodpecker)
El Paso/Pueblo (Long-eared Owl, Eastern Phoebe, Chihuahuan Raven,
Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Bobwhite, Ladder-backed Woodpecker)
Jefferson (Long-billed Curlew)
Jefferson/Douglas (Eastern Phoebe)
Pueblo (Acorn Woodpecker, Red-necked Grebe, Curve-billed Thrasher)
Weld (Mountain Plover, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Caracara, Long-billed
Curlew, Burrowing Owl, Northern Mockingbird, Mute Swan)
Baca (Carolina Wren, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Curve-billed Thrasher,
Burrowing Owl, Northern Mockingbird)
Crowley (Black-bellied Plover, Marbled Godwit, Bonaparte's Gull, Mountain
Archuleta (Lewis's Woodpecker)
Clear Creek (White-tailed Ptarmigan, Barrow's Goldeneye, Fox Sparrow,
Brown-capped Rosy Finch)
Fremont (Eastern Phoebe, Black Phoebe)
Gunnison (Gunnison Sage-Grouse, Rosy Finches)
Jackson (Greater Sage-Grouse, Boreal Owl)
La Plata (Semipalmated Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Bonaparte's Gull)
Mesa (Chukar, Sagebrush Sparrow)
Montrose (Dusky Grouse, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Fox Sparrow)
Routt (Dusky Grouse)


Adams County
++++First Creek Trail
Barn Owl (John Breitsch) (first 3/10) last 4/14
++++Barr Lake
Barn Owl (Ed Harper) last 4/14
Bonaparte's Gull (16) (Michael San Miguel/Madsen:Balais) (first 4/11) 6;
last 4/13
+++Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Burrowing Owl (4, 2 locations) (Stevens:Kosten/Norm Lewis) (first 3/31)
2; last 4/13
(new wildlife drive: north of mile 5 & near Havana & 88th Avenue)
Eastern Phoebe (Bob Spencer/Richard Stevens) (first 4/2) last 4/11
Adams/Denver Counties
++++DIA Owl Loop
Burrowing Owl
(3) --prairie dog town at W. Cargo Road & Third Creek (Stevens/Warren)
(first 3/15) last 4/13

Arapahoe County
++++Blackstone County Club
Black Swan --Blackstone & Kettle (Jill and Brad Stewart) first 4/15
++++Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve
White-throated Sparrow (Jared Del Rosso) last 4/15
++++South Platte Park Reservoir & Area
Common Loon --Lakes North of C470 (Robert Folzenlogen) (first 4/12) last

Boulder County
++++St. Vrain Creek at 63rd Street
Eastern Phoebe (2) (Peter Burke) first 4/15
++++Jim Hamm Park
Marbled Godwit (Ted Floyd) first 4/15
++++McIntosh Lake
Bonaparte's Gull (Christian Nunes/Floyd) (first 4/1) last 4/15
++++Clark Reservoir
Greater Scaup (2) (Ted Floyd) last 4/15
++++Baseline Reservoir
Common Loon (Jeff Parks/Candice Johnson) (first 3/29) last 4/15
++++Crane Hollow Road
Black Phoebe --Crane Hollow Ponds (Todd Deininger) last 4/15
Eastern Phoebe --Crane Hollow Ponds (Deininger) last 4/15

Denver County
++++Westerly Creek Park
Harris's Sparrow --east of 2365 Beeler/south of retention area (Jason
Bidgood/Marion Warren) (first 3/5) last 4/12

El Paso County
++++Ramah Wildlife Area
Greater Scaup (Alan Versaw) last 4/15
Marbled Godwit (Versaw) first 4/15
++++Mallard Pond
Greater Scaup (2) (David & Cheryl Hubbard) first 4/15
++++Hanover Road and area
Curve-billed Thrasher --btw Hammer & DeGroot Roads (Minner-Lee/Kiki
Widjaja) (first 3/31) 3; last 4/15
Curve-billed Thrasher --Fire Station (John Bruder) last 4/15
Curve-billed Thrasher (3) --Peyton Hwy/south Hanover Rd (Widjaja) last
Ladder-backed Woodpecker --btw Hammer & DeGroot Roads (Widjaja) first
++++Sondermann Park
Dusky Grouse (David Chartier) first 4/14
(on the path going north along the creek just before the second bridge)
++++Hanover Road
Curve-billed Thrasher --east/DeGroot Road (Steadman:Mezger) last 4/14
++++Squirrel Creek Road Area
Greater Scaup --pond area (Tanja Britton) first 4/13
Mountain Plover (2) --NE of Ellicott Hwy; see map
(Hodges:Getty/Barkley:Montgomery) (first 4/1) last 4/12
Burrowing Owl (4) --near Milne Road (Kara Carragher/Kyle Hawley) (first
4/11) last 4/12

El Paso/Pueblo Counties
++++Chico Basin Ranch (fee area)
Long-eared Owl (6) --banding area (John Drummond/John Bruder) (first
1/30) last 4/15
Eastern Phoebe --banding station (Graham Montgomery/Bruder) (first 4/12)
last 4/15
Chihuahuan Raven (3) (Widjaja) last 4/15
Curve-billed Thrasher (2) (Widjaja) last 4/15
Northern Bobwhite (4) (Widjaja) last 4/15
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Widjaja) last 4/15
(Above: El Paso County)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (3) --headquarters (Laura Steadman) last 4/14
(Above: Pueblo County)

Gilpin County
++++Upper Apex Road
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Doug Kibbe) first 4/13

Jefferson County
++++Great Western Reservoir
Long-billed Curlew (Todd Deininger) first 4/15
++++Wheat Ridge Greenbelt
Eastern Phoebe --1/2 mile/west/bridge/I70 (Kevin DeBoer/Bob Shade) (first
4/12) last 4/13
++++Belmar Historic Park
Greater Scaup (Bez Bezuidenhout) last 4/13
++++Robert A. Easton Regional Park
Burrowing Owl (2) (Brian Johnson/Frank Farrell) (first 4/6) last 4/13
Greater Scaup (2+) (Dale Pate/Tom Wilberding) (first 3/7) last 4/12
++++Pine Valley Ranch Park & Pike National Forest
American Three-toed Woodpecker
(PNF) --Buck Gulch trail, 250 yards south of park boundary line, 35 yards
east of trail (Merlynn Brown) last 4/12
Northern Pygmy-Owl
(PVR) --heard only Buck Gulch trail, from Pine Lake Loop to about 50
yards south (Merlynn Brown) last 4/12
++++Wheat Ridge Greenbelt
Eastern Phoebe --bridge/west/I70 (Kevin DeBoer) first 4/12

Jefferson/Douglas Counties
++++Chatfield Reservoir
Eastern Phoebe --upstream kingfisher bridge (Gregg Goodrich/Holub:Pate)
(first 3/25) 2; last 4/15
Eastern Phoebe --Plum Creek Delta (Loch Kilpatrick) first 4/14

Larimer County
++++Boyd Lake State Park
Bonaparte's Gull (8) (Andy Bankert) last 4/14
++++Horseshoe Lake
Lesser Black-backed Gull (4) (McCloy:Bankert/Bankert) (first 4/10) last
++++North Poudre Reservoir #4
Common Loon (Janice Backstrom) first 4/13

Pueblo County
++++Pueblo Mountain Park
Acorn Woodpecker (Tom & Debbie Behnfield) 2; last 4/15
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Red-necked Grebe --north shore marina area (Tom & Debbie Behnfield) last
Curve-billed Thrasher (2) --north marina (Behnfield) last 4/15
++++Cattail Crossing
Curve-billed Thrasher (Darth Aves/Patricia Stuckey) (first 10/17) last
++++IL Road, north of Youtsey Airport
Curve-billed Thrasher (4) (Roderick/Gavin Bieber) (first 4/2) last 4/13
Sage Thrasher (Bieber) first 4/13
Northern Mockingbird (Bieber) first 4/13
++++Arkansas River Trail, below City Park
Black Phoebe --east of Pueblo Blvd (Maikel Wise/Charles Hundertmark)
(first 4/5) last 4/12

Weld County
++++Pawnee National Grasslands, Pawnee Buttes Area
Mountain Plover (6) (Gavin Bieber) first 4/15
Chestnut-collared Longspur (50) (Bieber) first 4/15
++++Greeley Poudre River Trail, Sheep Draw
Northern Caracara --Sheep Draw, east of North 71st Avenue (Shawn
Mason:Blake Hess) first 4/15
++++Lower Latham Reservoir
Long-billed Curlew (2) (Gene Rutherford) first 4/15
++++Beebe Draw Ponds
Burrowing Owl (2) --CR 42 (Gene Rutherford) last 4/15
++++Drake Lake
Northern Mockingbird (Joshua Smith) first 4/15
++++Weld County Road 37/CR 46 Ponds
Mute Swan (Austin Hess0 last 4/15
++++CR 79; South of High School, Briggsdale
Mountain Plover (Joan Baker) first 4/12
++++ Pawnee National Grasslands area
Mountain Plover
(1) --CR 96/north of pipe gate/east/Murphy's Pasture (Stevens:Kosten)
first 4/12
Chestnut-collared Longspur
(3) --CR 110/CR 73 (Joan Baker) first 4/12
(1) --CR 96/east/Murphy's Pasture) (Stevens:Kosten) first 4/12
(1) --SE/Hwy 85/CR 114:may require permit which we have (Stevens:Kosten)
first 4/12
(4) --CR 113/CR 82 (Richard Sayles) first 4/11
(3) --Murphy's Pasture (Simon Harvey/M.OB.) (first 4/7) last 4/11


Baca County
++++Cottonwood Canyon
Carolina Wren (Joey Kellner) first 4/15
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Kellner) last 4/15
Rufous-crowned Sparrow --CR 5 (Baca & Las Animas Ctys) (Kellner) last
++++Sand Canyon
Curve-billed Thrasher (Kellner) first 4/15
++++County Road 13, south CR X
Burrowing Owl (3) (Joey Kellner) first 4/15
Northern Mockingbird (Kellner) first 4/15
++++Two Buttes Reservoir & area
Eastern Phoebe (Washburn:Simmons/Joey Kellner) (first 4/2) last 4/14
++++Pasture G, across from Washington Work Center
Long-billed Curlew (3) (Richard Sayles) first 4/9
Greater Roadrunner (1) (Richard Sayles) first 4/9
Ladder-backed Woodpecker --Little Washington Work Center (Sayles) first
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (2) --Little Washington Work Center (Sayles) first
Eastern Phoebe --Little Washington Work Center (Sayles) first 4/9

Bent County
++++John Martin Reservoir area
Piping Plover (Duane Nelson) first 4/14
(in closed areas: contacnt Duane at least one day in advance to see?:

Crowley County
++++Lake Meredith
Black-bellied Plover (Nathan Pieplow) first 4/15
Marbled Godwit (Pieplow) first 4/15
Bonaparte's Gull (4) (Mike McCloy/Nathan Pieplow) (first 4/7) 6; last 4/15
++++County Road 31
Mountain Plover --hwy 96 to Horse Creek (Nathan Pieplow) first 4/15

Otero County
++++Lake Cheraw
Glossy Ibis (Gavin Bieber) reported 4/13

Prowers County
++++Lamar Community College
Northern Cardinal (Joey Kellner) 2; last 4/14
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Washburn:Simmons) last 4/11
++++Thurston Reservoir
American Bittern (Stulp) first 4/12
Burrowing Owl (2) (Jane Stulp) first 4/12
Eastern Phoebe (Stulp) first 4/12
Broad-winged Hawk --Hwy 287 & W. Oak Street (Jane Stulp) first 4/12
++++Willow Creek Park
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Washburn:Simmons) first 4/12


Cheyenne County
++++County Road M (btw CR 2 & CR 8)
Burrowing Owl (17) (Janet Paisley) first 4/14
++++County Road 10 at Rush Creek
Northern Mockingbird (2) (Sue Riffe) first 4/13

Kit Carson County
++++County Road K
Mountain Plover
(1) --CR K/btw CR 57 & CR 55 (Daniel Maynard) first 4/13
(2) --CR K/btw CR 57 &CR 56 (Eric Hough) first 4/10

Lincoln County
++++County Road J area
Cassin's Sparrow
--CR 10/btw CR J & CR M (Joey Kellner) first 4/14
--CR J/west/CR 16 (Janet Paisley) first 4/14
++++Hugo Wildlife Area
Mountain Plover (2) (Sue Riffe) first 4/13
++++County Road 41 area
Mountain Plover
(1) --CR 3F, east/CR 41 (Jan Hansen/John Vanderpoel) (first 4/7) last 4/14
(1) --CR 39, south/hwy 24 (Janel Paisley) first 4/14
(1) --CR J btw CR 39 & CR 44 (Sue Riffe) first 4/13
(2) --CR 3F & CR 43 (Tom Johnson) (first 4/8) 8; last 4/12

Yuma County
++++Bonny Reservoir Area
Greater Prairie-Chicken (4) --Hale Ponds (Sue Riffe) first 4/14
Long-eared Owl --Hale Ponds (Riffe) last 4/14
Red-bellied Woodpecker --Hale Ponds (Riffe) last 4/14
Eastern Bluebird (Riffe) last 4/14
Sprague's Pipit --Pipit Hill (Sue Riffe) reported 4/14
Northern Cardinal (2) --Hale Ponds (Riffe) last 4/14
Eastern Meadowlark --Hale Ponds (Riffe) reported 4/14
++++Wray Fishing Unit
White-eyed Vireo (Gibbons:Sayles/Timo Mitzen) (first 4/11) last 4/13
(second earliest date, 4/8 first) --junipers at entrance road
Eastern Bluebird (2) (CoBus/Mitzen) (last 1/1) 2; last 4/13
Northern Cardinal (Mitzen) last 4/13
++++County Road KK
Greater Prairie-Chicken (20) (Richard Sayles/Joan Baker) (first 4/11) 21;
last 4/13
Burrowing Owl (3) (Sayles) first 4/11
Harris's Sparrow (Sayles) first 4/11
++++CR V, btw CR 59 & CR 57
Grasshopper Sparrow (3) (Dan Maynard) first 4/13
++++CR 45
Greater Prairie-Chicken --Between Hwy 385 and Lek, 1.7 miles/east/hwy 385
(Stevens:Kosten/Art Hudak) 2; (first 2/18) last 4/8
(Between Hwy 385 and Lek, 1.7 miles/east/hwy 385)


Archuleta County
+++Pagosa Springs
Lewis's Woodpecker
(up to 9) --5th & Loma (Byron Greco) (first 4/12) 2; last 4/15

Chaffee County
++++Ice Lake
Barrow's Goldeneye (up to 42) (Christian
Hagenlocher/Weissburg:Hagenlocher) (first 2/12) 2; last 4/13
++++Monarch Pass
American Three-toed Woodpecker (2) --pullover area (Stevens & all/Janet
Paisley) (first 3/5) 2; last 4/12
++++Chaffee County
Lewis's Woodpecker
(1) --Gunnison Avenue (Niels Poul Dreyer) last 4/14
(1) --San Juan Avenue (Simon Harvey) last 4/10
Pinyon Jay
(168) --CR 384 (Hagenlocher/Casey Weissburg) (first 3/15) 1; last 4/13
(4) --CR 367 (Christian Hagenlocher/Weissburg) (first 3/12) 6; last 4/13

Clear Creek County
++++Loveland Pass
White-tailed Ptarmigan (see website for additional locations)
(3) --below west summit (Washburn:Simmons/Kevin DeBoer:Olaf Danielson)
(first 11/22) 2; last 4/15
(1) --(Jeff Buecking) 2; last 4/14
++++Chicago Lakes Trail
Barrow's Goldeneye (3) (Ben Lagasse) first 4/15
Fox Sparrow (3, slate colored) (Lagasse) first 4/15
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (Lagasse) first 4/15

Eagle County
++++Edwards Sewer Plant
Fox Sparrow (slate colored) (JoAnn Riggle) first 4/14

Fremont County
++++Florence River Park
Eastern Phoebe (Moss) last 4/15
Black Phoebe (Rich Miller/Moss) (first 3/22) reported 4/10
++++Holcim Wetlands
Black Phoebe --area closed, view from CR 20 (Moss) first 4/15
++++Black Hollow Reservoir
Eastern Phoebe --along dam (Joe LaFleur) first 4/14
++++Tunnel Drive area
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Jan Hansen) last 4/10

Garfield County
++++Spring Park Reservoir
Barrow's Goldeneye (50) (Dick Filby) (first 4/8) 74; last 4/13

Grand County
++++Windy Gap Reservoir
Barrow's Goldeneye (10) (Noreen Baker/Roderick:Hepburn) (first 3/13) 15;
last 4/10
++++Rabbit Ears Pass
American Three-toed Woodpecker --maintenance shed road (Stevens) (first
3/14) last 4/9

Gunnison County
++++Waunita Hot Springs Area
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (up to 25) (Stevens/Eugene Hunn) (first 3/5) 6; last
++++Crested Butte
Rosy Finches (102, 3 species) --Hunter Hill Road (Eugene Hunn) first 4/15
Rosy Finches (152, 3 species) --Bitter Root Circle (Stephan Lorenz/Ruth
Richards) (first 4/11) no Gray-crowned last 4/13

Jackson County
++++County Road 26b
Greater Sage-Grouse (up to 117) --CR 26b (Stevens:Michaels/Bez
Bezuidenhout) (first 12/17) 45; last 4/15
++++Colorado State Forest
Boreal Owl
(2) --from Hwy 14, west of Cameron Pass (Stevens:Kosten/Francis
Commercon) (first 3/1) last 4/15
++++Walden Reservoir and area
Long-billed Curlew (3) --CR 26/east/hwy 14 (Michael O'Brien) first 4/13
++++County Roads
Bohemian Waxwing
(5) --CR 41 (Ruben & Victor Stoll/Michael O'Brien) (first 4/1) 75; last
(20) --Gould (O'Brien) first 4/12

La Plata County
++++Pastorius Reservoir
Semipalmated Plover (Amy Dobbins:Susan Allerton) first 4/15
Long-billed Curlew (4) (Amy Dobbins) (first 4/11) last 4/15
Bonaparte's Gull (1) (Susan Allerton/Dobbins) (first 4/10) 2; last 4/15

Mesa County
++++Cameo/Coal Canyon
Chukar (2) Stevens & all/Ed Harper) (first 3/3) 1; last 4/15
Pinyon Jay (2) Stevens & all/Gregg Goodrich) (first 3/3) last 4/13
Black-throated Sparrow (2) (Hansen:Gabriel:Pitts/Goodrich) (first 4/4) 5;
last 4/13
++++Colorado National Monument
Black-throated Sparrow (6) --Devil's Kitchen (Stevens/Gregg Goodrich)
(first 4/8) last 4/12
Chukar (2) --Visitor's Center (Ron Lambeth) last 4/11
++++2.8 Road area North of Old Highway 6/50
Sagebrush Sparrow (3) --2 Road (Cameron Cox/Tom Johnson) (first 4/10)
last 4/15
++++Grand Mesa North
Boreal Owl --south of Spruce Grove Campgrounds (Stevens & all) (first
3/3) 2; last 4/8

Montrose County
++++Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park
Dusky Grouse (Stevens & all/Tom Johnson) (first 3/4) 3; last 4/15
(Latest: southern entrance; also check South Rim Drive & Campgrounds)
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Johnson:Fellenbaum) last 4/15
Fox Sparrow (2, slate colored) (Tom Johnson) last 4/15
(NOTE: South Rim Road is closed at Visitor's Center)

Montezuma County
++++McPhee Reservoir
Common Loon (Carl Lundblad) first 4/13

Rio Blanco County
++++Rio Blanco Reservoir
Common Loon (Gavin Bieber/Janet Fedrizzi) (first 4/10) last 4/12

Routt County
++++80 Route Leks
Dusky Grouse --2nd cattle guard (Stevens & all/Kathy Seymour) (first 4/9)
2; last 4/15
Sharp-tailed Grouse (8) (Andrew McCormick) first 4/13
Greater Sage-Grouse (several heard from cattle guard) (Stevens & all)
first 4/9
++++County Road 46b
Sharp-tailed Grouse (8) --see map (Michael O'Brien) first 4/14
++++Twenty Road Leks
Sharp-tailed Grouse (5) (Stevens & all/Simon Harvey) (first 3/3) last

Summit County
++++Blue River Bridge at CR 1870
Fox Sparrow (slate colored) (Jeff Guy) first 4/14

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