Date: 7/5/17 3:55 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for July 5, 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!
Without being a member, "cobirders" can be read at:

Report Uncommon Birds at: 303-324-7994 or

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: 7/4/2017
Adams (White Ibis)
Baca (Eastern Phoebe, Painted Bunting)
Baca (Painted Bunting, Eastern Phoebe, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher)
Bent (Eastern Bluebird)
Boulder (Dickcissel, Bobolink, Williamson's Sapsucker, Ovenbird, Red-eyed
Chaffee (Lewis's Woodpecker, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Barrow's
Custer (American Three-toed Woodpecker, Fox Sparrow)
Douglas (Least Flycatcher, Northern Mockingbird)
El Paso (Ash-throated Flycatcher, Mississippi Kite)
Jefferson (Williamson's Sapsucker)
Kiowa (Indigo Bunting)
Larimer (Eastern Phoebe, Bobolink, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Brown-capped
Rosy Finch)
Mesa (Least Flycatcher, Pinyon Jay)
Moffat (Chukar, Bobolink)
Pitkin (Black Swift)
Prowers (Northern Cardinal)
Saguache (American Bittern)
Summit (White-winged Crossbill)
Weld (Mountain Plover, Burrowing Owl, Dickcissel)

NOTE: Partial results of the CoBus Groups Western Slope bird breeding
survey have been added to RBA.
Full lists are on website. Members of the CoBus Groups are listed on the
CoBus Trip Blog as individual groups change daily.


Adams County
++++Lowell Ponds Wildlife Area
White Ibis (Chery Teuton) Valley Park bird, last 7/4
++++Clear Creek Valley Park
White Ibis (Zach Schiff/Jerry & John Petrosky) (first 6/18) last 7/2
++++Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Burrowing Owl (4, 2 locations) (Stevens:Kosten/Shawn Loewen) (first 3/31)
2; last 7/2
(new wildlife drive: north of mile 5 & near Havana & 88th Avenue)
Eastern Phoebe --64th avenue & Second Creek (Tom Jenkins) last 6/30
++++Barr Lake
Barn Owl (Lorranie Lanning:Michelle Puplava) 5; last 7/1

Adams/Denver Counties
++++DIA Owl Loop
Burrowing Owl
(2) --Trussville Road & 114th Avenue (Michaels/Petrosky) (first 4/26) 2;
last 6/30
(3) --prairie dog town at W. Cargo Road & Third Creek (Stevens/Petrosky)
(first 3/15) last 6/30
(2) --Gun Club Road/south/CR 112 (Stevens/Petrosky) (first 5/5) last 6/30

Arapahoe County
++++Aurora Reservoir Area
Cassin's Kingbird --scuba beach & northeast (Petrosky:Davenport/Marion &
John Warren) (first 6/30) last 7/1
++++Eastern Arapahoe County
Northern Mockingbird (2) --CR 42 (Terry Michaels/Petrosky:Davenport)
(first 5/13) last 6/30
Cassin's Kingbird --CR 42 (Stevens:Michaels/Petrosky:Davenport) (first
5/6) last 6/30
(CR 42 birds at hill cut approx. 1.0 miles east of CR 161)
Cassin's Kingbird
(2) --just east/CR 42 & CR 161 (Stevens/Petrosky:Davenport) (first 5/6)
last 6/30
(1) --Yale Avenue/just east/Smith Road (Petrosky:Davenport) first 6/30
(2+) --north/Orchard Road & CR 129 (Michaels/Petrosky:Davenport) (first
5/15) last 6/30
(1+) --CR 30/just east/CR 129 (Petrosky:Davenport) first 6/30
Burrowing Owl
(6) --CR 129, 0.7 miles south of Orchard Road (Petrosky:Davenport) first
(1) --CR 30, east of CR 149, just west of oil building
(Stevens:Kosten/Petrosky:Davenport) (first 5/5) last 6/30

Broomfield County
++++Broomfield (2850 Big Dry Creek Drive)
Orchard Oriole --possible 1st County Record (Eric Zorawowicz) first 7/1

Boulder County
++++Teller Lakes North Trails
Dickcissel --1.0 miles/south/parking lot (Jessica Vance/Luke Pheneger)
(first 6/17) 7; last 7/4
Bobolink (2) (David Dowell/Luke Pheneger) (first 6/21) 3; last 7/4
++++Pella Crossing Area
Dickcissel (6) (Robert King) first 7/4
++++Skunk Canyon Trails
Williamson's Sapsucker (Luke Pheneger) first 7/4
Ovenbird (Matt Hofeditz/Pheneger) (first 5/16) last 7/4
++++Golden Ponds
Red-eyed Vireo (Carl Starace) (first 6/21) again 7/4
++++Boulder Open Space Office
Bobolink (2) --Field south of Boulder Road & Cherryvale (Christian
Nunes/Michelle Puplava) (first 5/11) 3; last 7/3
++++Baseline Road & 75th Street area
Black Phoebe --btw Sawhill & Walden Ponds (Bill Rowe) reported 7/3
++++Eldorado Mountain Open Space
Dusky Grouse (Mark Minner-Lee) first 7/3
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Minner-Lee) last 7/3
++++Wild Basin Section of Rocky Mountain National Park
Black Swift --on nest (Peter Gent) first 6/30
Williamson's Sapsucker --east of closure gate (Gent) first 6/30

Douglas County
++++Roxborough State Park
Least Flycatcher (Bea Weaver) first 7/4
Northern Mockingbird (2) (Bea Weaver) first 7/4
++++Salisbury Equestrian Park
Solitary Sandpiper (Tim Ryan) first 7/3
NOTE: Parker Regional Park no longer exists, county officials state the
park is now split:
McCabe Meadows Park (off Parker Rd) & Salisbury Equestrian Park (off 20
mile rd)
++++Walker Gravel Pit
Eastern Phoebe --hwy 86 to footbridge & north (Urling Kingery/Jerry &
John Petrosky) (first 3/21) last 7/2
(7/2: two Eastern Phoebes along Cherry Creek just south of hwy 86 bridge)
++++Castlewood Canyon State Park
Red-eyed Vireo (Marjorie Dunham) first 7/2
Bobolink --south of Winkler Ranch entrance (Stevens/Jerry & John
Petrosky) (first 5/15) 2; last 7/2
++++Greenland Open Space & Spruce Mountain Open Space
Dickcissel --Spruce Meadows Open Space (Christine Alexander) first 7/2
Dickcissel --Greenland O.S. (Gloria Nikolai) first 6/30
Bobolink (2) --Greenland O.S. (Nikolai) first 6/30

El Paso County
++++Ute Valley Park
Ash-throated Flycatcher (David & Cheryl Hubbard) (first 5/7) 2; last 7/4
++++Colorado Springs
Mississippi Kite (pair) --23 Otowi Drive (Brandon Nooner/Leonard & Joy
Lake) (first 7/1) last 7/4
++++Fountain Creek Regional Park
Mississippi Kite (Tanja Britton) last 7/4
++++Bear Creek Regional Park
Dickcissel (5) (Jim Nelson/David Tonnessen) (first 6/26) 3; last 7/3
(large field south of the community gardens, running from the power line
west to 21st Street)
++++Ramah Wildlife Area
Dickcissel (2) (Hinds/Diane Roberts) (first 6/24) 5; last 7/2
Red-headed Woodpecker (Versaw/Diane Roberts) (first 6/21) last 7/2
Cassin's Kingbird (Roberts) last 7/2

Jefferson County
++++Staunton State Park
Williamson's Sapsucker (Dale Pate/Brian Johnson) (first 4/23) 6; last 7/4
++++Stony Pass Road
Lewis's Woodpecker (6) --at Wigwam Creek (Frank Farrell) 8; last 7/2
Red-headed Woodpecker (2) (Frank Farrell) last 7/2
++++Genesee Mountain Park
Williamson's Sapsucker (2) (Richard Stevens/Jeff Dawson) (first 3/10) 2;
last 7/1
++++Deer Creek area/South Valley Park
Eastern Phoebe
(2) (Grizzly Drive bridge over Deer Creek) (Suddjian & all) last 7/1
(2) (Deer Creek at the junction with South Valley Road) (Suddjian) (first
4/10) last 7/1
++++Deer Creek area
Ovenbird (2) --Highgrade Road, see map (Frank Farrell) last 6/30

Jefferson/Douglas Counties
++++Chatfield Reservoir area
Least Flycatcher --Audubon Center trails (Mary Keithler) last 7/2

Larimer County
++++Oxbow Natural Area
Eastern Phoebe (Nick Komar/Sparks) (first 4/25) 1; last 7/4
++++Reservoir Ridge Natural Area
Bobolink (up to 5) (Nick Komar/David Wade) (first 5/8) 2; last 7/4
Cassin's Sparrow (Andy Bankert) first 7/3
Dickcissel (2) (Robert Beauchamp/Gary Lefko) (first 6/16) 4; last 7/2
(Near the parking lot in first part of trail from Overland Drive)
++++Rocky Mountain National Park
White-tailed Ptarmigan
--Medicine Bow Curve (Marion Warren/Jeanne-Marie Maher) (first 6/5) 2;
last 7/4
--Rock Cut Trail (Marion Warren/Austin Hess) (first 6/5) 1; last 6/29
Brown-capped Rosy Finch
(2) --Lava Cliff pullover (Warren/James Nelson) (first 6/5) last 7/4
Williamson's Sapsucker
--Upper Beaver Meadows (Surya/McQuade) (first 5/26) 3; last 7/2
American Three-toed Woodpecker
(1) --Bear Lake (Bill Rowe) 2; last 7/1
++++Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Baird's Sparrow (6) --see directions (Walter Wehtje:Erin Youngberg/Scott
Somershoe) (first 5/15) 1; last 7/3
(Approximately 1/2 mile north of Pronghorn Loop & Plover Trail
++++Red Feather Lakes
Williamson's Sapsucker (4) (Dale & Joel Adams) first 7/2

Pueblo County
++++Mineral Palace Park
Red-eyed Vireo --19th & Court (Van Truan) (first 5/26) last 7/1

Weld County
++++Pawnee National Grasslands area
Mountain Plover
(7) --CR 100/west/CR 390 (Gary Lefko/Eric Ollie) (first 4/15) 1; last 7/4
Burrowing Owl
(3) --CR 69/south/CR 104 (Margaret Viens) last 7/4
(3) --CR 114/east/Hwy 85 (Lily Douglas) last 7/3
(2) --CR 18/east/CR 53 (Scott Somershoe/Jeff Dawson) (first 7/3) last 7/4
++++County Road 18
Dickcissel (2) --east/CR 53 (Scott Somershoe) first 7/3
++++Windsor Lake
Lesser Black-backed Gull (4) (Steve Mlodinow/Scott Somershoe) (first
6/20) 2; last 7/3
++++Beebe Draw Ponds
Burrowing Owl --CR 42 (Rutherford) last 7/2
Dickcissel (2) --CR 47/south/CR 44 (Rutherford) first 7/1
++++Weld County Road 59 Ponds
Burrowing Owl (Rutherford) last 7/2
++++Lower Latham Reservoir
Dickcissel (Gene Rutherford) first 7/1


Baca County
++++Picture Canyon
Eastern Phoebe (2) (Brandon Nooner) last 7/4
Painted Bunting (2 male) (Kaempfer/Nooner) (first 5/13) last 7/4
++++County Road J
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Brandon Nooner) first 7/4
(btw Picture Canyon & Campo)

Bent County
++++John Martin Reservoir area
Eastern Bluebird --Campgrounds (Sanders) last 7/4

Kiowa County
++++Neenoshe Reservoir
Indigo Bunting (Brandon Nooner) first 7/4

Otero County
++++Old Bent's Fort
Dickcissel (4) --just east (Setta Moss) first 6/30
++++Northwest of Lake Cheraw
Dickcissel (2) --CR jj.5/hwy 109 (Setta Moss) first 6/30

Prowers County
++++Lamar Community College
Northern Cardinal (Brandon Nooner) last 7/4


Logan County
++++Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area
Yellow-billed Cuckoo --area 1West (Gwen Moore/Matthew Sabatine) (first
5/24) 2; last 7/2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (up to 6) (Sabatine) 2; last 7/2
Great Crested Flycatcher (up to 4) (Quezada/Sabatine) (first 5/13) 1;
last 7/2
Field Sparrow (Sabatine) 3; last 7/2
Northern Cardinal (1) (Sabatine) last 7/2
Baltimore Oriole (1) (Sabatine) last 7/2
Eastern Screech-Owl (Kilpatrick) last 6/28

Yuma County
++++Stalker Pond
Northern Cardinal (Riley Morris) last 7/3


Alamosa County
++++Highway 370; aka CR 10 S
Dickcissel (5) --east/100 100 (Dave Hawksworth) first 7/3
++++San Luis Valley Dickcissels
Dickcissel (8) --CC Road; east of 109 S (John Rawinski/CoBus Groups)
(first 6/20) 2+; last 6/29
(fly between Alamosa & Conejos Counties)

Archuleta County
++++Pagosa Springs
Lewis's Woodpecker
(2) --San Juan Riverwalk (Ben Bailey) 2; last 7/3
(2) --Pinon Lake Reservoir (Jan Allen) 2; last 7/3
(2) --North 5th & Loma (Byron Greco) (first 4/18) last 7/1
++++Pinon Lake Reservoir
NOTE: the Trumpeter Swan here is considered a tame bird
++++Navajo Reservoir
Black Phoebe (2) --wildlife overlook area (Ben Bailey:Byron Greco/CoBus
Groups) (first 3/28) last 6/30
Cassin's Sparrow (1) --Wildlife Area (CoBus Groups) first 6/30
Pinyon Jay (4) (CoBus Groups) first 6/30
Lewis's Woodpecker (2) (CoBus Groups) first 6/30
Cassin's Kingbird (2) (CoBUS Groups) first 6/30
(above unless stated otherwise: State Park)

Chaffee County
Lewis's Woodpecker (1) --James Street (Hagenlocher) (first 6/30) 3; last
Pinyon Jay (5) --Ruby Mt Campgrounds (Bert Frenz) (first 6/29) last 6/30
++++Buena Vista Overlook
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Christian Hagenlocher) last 7/4
++++Sands Lake Wildlife Area
Barrow's Goldeneye (8) (Gwen Moore/David McQuade) (first 11/13) 1; last
++++Ice Lake
Pinyon Jay (Paige Menton) last 7/2

Clear Creek County
++++orest Road 480
Dusky Grouse (7) (Chuck Aid) first 7/3
++++Loveland Pass
White-tailed Ptarmigan (1) (Nick Komar) last 6/29
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (2) (Komar) last 6/29
++++Mt. Evans Road
Barrow's Goldeneye (2+) --Echo Lake (Dave King/Alec Hopping) (first 5/11)
last 6/24
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (2) --north side/Summit Lake (Michaels & all)
first 6/12
White-tailed Ptarmigan --east of Summit Lake (Michaels & all) first 6/12
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Campgrounds (Dave King/Michaels & all)
(first 6/11) last 6/12

Conejos County
++++Highway 15
Dickcissel (6) --1.75 miles/west/Hwy 285 (Dave Hawksworth) first 6/30
++++San Luis Hills (John James Canyon)
Sagebrush Sparrow (1) (Richard Stevens:Barry Humboldt/CoBus Groups)
(first 3/23) 1; last 6/29

Custer County
++++Macey Lakes
American Three-toed Woodpecker (David Dowell) first 7/4
Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored) (Dowell) first 7/4

Delta County
++++Paonia River Park
Common Loon (Dave Hawksworth) reported 7/2
++++Hubbard Park
Purple Martin (2+) (Dennis Garrison) first 6/28

Fremont County
++++Howard Area
Pinyon Jay (25) --east of Howard (Dick Porter/Sean Burns) (first 4/2) 45;
last 7/1
++++Canon City
Dickcissel (1) --15th Street/east/K Street (Setta Moss) first 6/29

Garfield County
Pinyon Jay (35) --Sportman's Club (Carol Ortenzio) first 7/2

Gunnison County
++++Gunnison County Roads
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (5) --CR 38/north of CR 38A (Stevens:Michaels/Sean
Burns) (first 6/25) 6; last 7/2

Hinsdale County
++++Finger Mesa
White-tailed Ptarmigan (3) (Marcel Such) first 7/2
++++Cinnamon Pass
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Animas Forks Ghost Town (CoBus Groups)
first 6/29
White-tailed Ptarmigan --Minnie Gulch Road, San Juan (CoBus Groups) first
Grace's Warbler (1) --Mill Creek Campgrounds (CoBus Groups) first 6/28
American Three-toed Woodpecker (2) --Burrows Park (CoBus Groups) first
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (2) --Pass Summit (Richard Stevens:Rebecca
Kosten) first 6/28
++++Engineer Pass
NOTE: much of Engineer Pass requires 4-wheel drive vehicle and some slushy
road driving
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Nellie Creek trail (CoBus Groups) first
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Burrows Creek Road (CoBus Groups) first
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (2) --Pass Summit (CoBus Groups) first 6/28
Boreal Owl --North Fork Cutoff, San Juan Cty (CoBus Groups) first 6/28

Jackson County
++++Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Willet (6) --self driving loop (Charles Hundertmark/Eric Ollie) (first
6/24) last 7/2

La Plata County
++++Wildcat Canyon
Acorn Woodpecker (1) (Bill Scott) last 7/2
++++Huck Finn Pond & Animas River Trail
Black Swift (2) (Thomas Holub) reported 6/30

Mesa County
++++Collbran Job Corp: PE Road
Least Flycatcher --see map (Mike Henwood/Denise & Mark Vollmar) (first
6/20) 2; last 7/4
++++McInnis Canyons Map
Pinyon Jay (8) (Jared Del Rosso) last 7/4

Mineral County
++++Wolf Creek Pass Area
Black Swift (5) --Treasure Falls (CoBus Groups) first 6/29

Moffat County
++++Brown's Park National Wildlife Refuge
Chukar --self driving auto route, Swinging Bridge (Steve Mlodinow) first
++++County Road 318
Bobolink (Steve Mlodinow) first 7/4
++++Black Mountain
Dusky Grouse (Mlodinow) first 7/3
American Three-toed Woodpecker (10) (Steve Mlodinow) first 7/3
Williamson's Sapsucker (4) (Mlodinow) first 7/3
White-winged Crossbill (Mlodinow) first 7/3
Purple Martin --road to Mt (Mlodinow) first 7/3
Sagebrush Sparrow --road to Mt (Mlodinow) first 7/3
++++Craig Maintenance Shop Pond
Marbled Godwit (Jan Leonard) first 7/2

Montezuma County
++++Narraguinnep Reservoir
Black Phoebe (CoBus Groups) first 7/3
++++McPhee Reservoir
Black Phoebe (CoBus Groups) first 7/3
Purple Martin (CoBus Groups) first 7/3
++++Taylor Creek Road
Grace's Warbler (2) (Andy Boyce/CoBus Groups) (first 6/18) last 7/3
Purple Martin (3) (Andy Boyce) first 6/19
Lewis's Woodpecker (Andy Bankert/CoBus Groups) (first 6/15) last 7/3
++++Yellow Jacket Canyon
Lucy's Warbler (up to 6) (Sue Allerton/CoBus Groups) (first 4/14) last 7/2
Black-throated Sparrow (4) (Votta/CoBus Groups) (first 4/24) last 7/2

Montrose County
++++Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park
Dusky Grouse (1) --Campgrounds (Laura Chain) last 6/29

Ouray County
++++Ouray and Box Canyon Falls
Black Swift (2) (Glenn Walbek/CoBus Groups) (first 6/11) last 7/1
++++Billy Creek Wildlife Area
Black Phoebe (Kent Nelson/CoBus Groups) (first 5/6) last 7/1

Pitkin County
++++Capitol Peak Area of Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Black Swift (3) --see map (Jason Gregg) first 7/4

Rio Blanco County
++++Rio Blanco Wildlife Area
Long-billed Curlew (H. David Chapman) first 7/1

Rio Grande County
++++Highway 285
Dickcissel (1) --mile north/hwy 160 (Dave Hawksworth) first 6/30

Routt County
++++County Road 27
American Three-toed Woodpecker --see map (Jacob Drucker) first 7/3
++++County Road 183, Hayden
Bobolink (4) --North of Hwy 40 (Steve Mlodinow) first 7/2

Saguache County
++++Russell Lakes Wildlife Area
American Bittern (2) (John & Kathy Keagle/Jack Harlan) (first 5/26) 2;
last 7/4
++++CR 49
Dickcissel (3) --north of CR E (Hawksworth) first 7/3
++++Zapata Falls
Black Swift (1) (CoBus Groups) first 6/28
++++Great Sand Dunes National Monument
Pinyon Jay (8) --Visitor's Center (CoBus Groups) first 6/28
Hepatic Tanager --behind Campgrounds (CoBus Group) first 6/28
Western Screech-Owl --behind Campgrounds (CoBus Group) first 6/28

San Miguel County
++++County Road 61K
Dusky Grouse (2) (Charles Price) first 7/2
++++Yankee Boy Basin
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (2+) --Mt Sneffels (CoBus Groups) first 6/30
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Sneffels Creek (CoBus Groups) first 6/30
Black Swift (2 flyover)(CoBus Groups) first 6/30
++++Bridal Veil Falls
Black Swift (4+) (CoBus Groups) first 6/30
++++Ophir Pass
Black Swift (3) (CoBus Groups) first 6/30
Dusky Grouse (CoBus Groups) first 6/30
Calliope Hummingbird (male) (CoBus Groups) first 6/30
NOTE: not recommended without 4-wheel drive

Summit County
++++Hoosier Pass trail
White-winged Crossbill --west side (Jacob Socolar) reported 7/4

Teller County
++++Florissant Fossil Beds
American Three-toed Woodpecker --CR 42, see map (Steve Snyder) first 7/2
Williamson's Sapsucker (Deborah Barnes) 3; last 7/1

Good Birding!

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