Date: 7/13/17 3:41 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for July 13, 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: 7/12/2017
Alamosa (American Three-toed Woodpecker)
Archuleta (Lewis's Woodpecker)
Boulder (Bobolink, Ovenbird)
Clear Creek (Barrow's Goldeneye)
Delta (Purple Martin, American Three-toed Woodpecker, White-winged
Crossbill, Dusky Grouse, Boreal Owl)
El Paso (Ash-throated Flycatcher)
Grand (American Three-toed Woodpecker)
Gunnison (White-tailed Ptarmigan, Dusky Grouse)
Jefferson (Ovenbird)
Jefferson/Douglas (Least Flycatcher)
La Plata (Grace's Warbler, Lewis's Woodpecker)
Larimer (Burrowing Owl, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Brown-capped Rosy Finch)
Montezuma (Pinyon Jay, Black-throated Sparrow)
Weld (Mountain Plover, Burrowing Owl)

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
++++Clear Creek Valley Park
Marbled Godwit (Betty Glass/Diane Roberts) (first 7/7) last 7/10
++++Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Burrowing Owl (4, 2 locations) (Stevens:Kosten/Alison Field) (first 3/31)
last 7/8
(new wildlife drive: north of mile 5 & near Havana & 88th Avenue)
Eastern Phoebe --64th avenue & Second Creek (Tom Jenkins) last 6/30

Adams/Denver Counties
++++DIA Owl Loop
Burrowing Owl
(2) --Trussville Road & 114th Avenue (Michaels/Miller:Davenport) (first
4/26) 1; last 7/11
(3) --prairie dog town at W. Cargo Road & Third Creek
(Stevens/Miller:Davenport) (first 3/15) 2; last 7/11
(2) --Gun Club Road/south/CR 112 (Stevens/Miller:Davenport) (first 5/5)
last 7/11

Boulder County
++++Boulder Open Space Office
Bobolink (2) --Field south of Boulder Road & Cherryvale (Nunes/Will
Anderson) (first 5/11) 8; last 7/12
++++Eldorado Mountain Open Space
Ovenbird (Christian Nunes) first 7/12
++++Boulder Creek/75th street & Area
Black Phoebe (Montgomery/Peter Gent) (first 3/22) last 7/11
Eastern Phoebe (Warren/Peter Gent) (first 4/16) last 7/11
++++Longs Peak Trail
White-tailed Ptarmigan (9) --treeline to keyhole (Jacob Drucker) last 7/11
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (13) --near summit (Jacob Drucker) first 7/11
(Anyone up for a long hike up to 9 miles, then climb Longs Peak)
++++Brainard Lake Area
Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored) (Dean Colprit/Brynne Byran) (first 6/23) 2;
last 7/11
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Long Lake Trail (Gautam
Surya/Kaempfer:Vanderpoel) last 7/8
++++St. Vrain Creek at 63rd Street
Eastern Phoebe (2) (Sue Riffe) last 7/10
Dickcissel (2) --north of Hygiene Road (Sue Riffe) first 7/10
++++65th Street & St. Vrain Road
Dickcissel (1+) --southeast corner (Peter Gent) first 7/10

Douglas County
++++Greenland Open Space & Spruce Mountain Open Space
Dickcissel --Spruce Meadows Road (Christine Alexander/Kevin Corwin)
(first 7/2) 1; last 7/11
++++Blodgett Peak Open Space
Ovenbird (2) (David Tonnessen) (first 5/26) 1; last 7/11

El Paso County
++++Ute Valley Park
Ash-throated Flycatcher (David Tonnessen) last 7/12
++++Hanover Road and area
Northern Mockingbird (Tanja Britton) 4; last 7/11
++++Cheyenne Mountain Park
Dickcissel (2) (Dan & Cheryl Hubbard/Carrie Goodall) (first 6/23) last
Ovenbird (15) (Deborah Barnes/Tanja Britton) (first 5/13) 6; last 7/9
++++Pike Peak Summit
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (Chris Brobin) first 7/10
++++Ramah Wildlife Area
Long-billed Curlew --north west area (Cici Lee) first 7/9
Red-headed Woodpecker (Versaw/Cici Lee) (first 6/21) pair; last 7/9
Dickcissel (2) (Hinds/Cici Lee) (first 6/24) 5; last 7/9
(two in north area, west of parking lot, NW corner; three south of
++++Black Forest Regional Park
American Three-toed Woodpecker (3) (Gloria Nikolai) first 7/7
(Last reported in park: 6/16/15 to 2/26/2016; also 7/14/1999)

Huerfano County
++++Santa Clara Creek
Hepatic Tanager (Wood:Barry/Luke & Tracy Pheneger) (first 5/13) 2; last

Jefferson County
++++Deer Creek area
Ovenbird (1) --Highgrade Road, see map (Frank Farrell) last 7/12
++++Stony Pass Road
Lewis's Woodpecker --at Wigwam Creek (Phil Lyon) 4; last 7/11
Red-headed Woodpecker --at Wigwam Creek (Phil Lyon) 2; last 7/11
++++Deer Creek area/South Valley Park
Eastern Phoebe
(2) --Deer Creek at Buckhorn Road (Betty Glass) last 7/10
(2) (Deer Creek at the junction with South Valley Road) (Suddjian) (first
4/10) last 7/7

Jefferson/Douglas Counties
++++Chatfield Reservoir area
Least Flycatcher --upstream/Kingfisher Bridge (Gwen Moore) 4; last 7/12
Eastern Phoebe (3) --upstream/Kingfisher Bridge (Eric Dinkel) last 7/10

Las Animas County
++++Purgatory River Trail, Trinidad
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Bill Lisowsky) first 7/11

Larimer County
++++Coyote Ridge Natural Area
Burrowing Owl (2) --see directions (Komar/Dan O'Donnell) (first 5/5) 2
adult, 3 young; last 7/12
++++Reservoir Ridge Natural Area
Bobolink (5) (Nick Komar/Alexander Keyel) (first 5/8) 10; last 7/11
++++Rocky Mountain National Park
White-tailed Ptarmigan
--Medicine Bow Curve (Marion Warren/Betty Fenton) (first 6/5) 2; last
Brown-capped Rosy Finch
(2) --Lava Cliff pullover (Warren/Betty Dunn) (first 6/5) last 7/12
Williamson's Sapsucker
(3)--Upper Beaver Meadows (Surya/Jean Olson) (first 5/26) 1; last 7/11
++++Devil's Backbone
Field Sparrow --45 minute hike from parking lot (Nick Komar:David Wade)
first 7/10
++++Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Baird's Sparrow (6) --see directions (Walter Wehtje:Erin Youngberg/Jean
Olson) (first 5/15) 1; last 7/8
(Approximately 1/2 mile north of Pronghorn Loop & Plover Trail
Dickcissel (Jean Olson) first 7/8

Pueblo County
++++Valco Ponds
Eastern Phoebe (3) (Mark Yaeger) (first 6/18) 1; last 7/9
Bell's Vireo --south/3rd pond (Brandon Percival/Tonnessen) (first 6/27)
last 7/6

Weld County
++++Lower Latham Reservoir
Caspian Tern (Steve Mlodinow) first 7/11
++++Union Reservoir
Dickcissel (Mlodinow) first 7/11
++++Interstate 25 Frontage Road
Dickcissel --north of CR 38 (Ira Sanders) first 7/10
++++Pawnee National Grasslands area
Mountain Plover
(7) --CR 100/west/CR 390 (Gary Lefko/Betty Fenton) (first 4/15) 1; last
Burrowing Owl
--CR 100/west/CR 390 (Lefko/Betty Fenton) (first 4/15) 1; last 7/12
(5) --CR 73/north/CR 110 (Jared Kidder/Tony Moline) (first 6/1) 1; last
Possible Sprague's Pipit
(2) --CR 61/north/hwy 14 (Betty Fenton) first 7/11
(There are ten previous reports in the County, two accompanied by
photographs were accepted by the Colorado Bird Records Board)
Long-billed Curlew
(1) --CR 73/north/CR 110 (Daryl Bernard/Tony Moline) (first 6/22) last
Chestnut-collared Longspur
(4) --CR 45, btw CR 122/CR 114 (Amber Carver/Bez Bezuidenhout) (first
6/11) 1; last 7/9
++++Beebe Draw Ponds
Burrowing Owl --CR 42 (Mlodinow) 11; last 7/11
++++South Platte River at CR 61
American Redstart (Mlodinow/Gene Rutherford) (first 6/20) last 7/9
Indigo Bunting (Rutherford) first 7/9
++++Weld County Road 37/CR 46 Ponds
Dickcissel (Gene Rutherford) first 7/9


Bent County
++++Blue Lake
Snowy Plover (1) (Mlodinow/Sean Walters) first 7/9
Piping Plover (2) (Steve Mlodinow/Walters) (first 6/4) 16; reported 7/9
Least Tern (4) (Mlodinow/Walters) (first 6/4) last 7/9
Dickcissel (13) (Mlodinow/Walters) first 7/9

Kiowa County
++++Upper & Lower Queens Reservoir areas
Long-billed Curlew (36) --Lower Queens (Walters:Mlodinow) first 7/9
Marbled Godwit --Upper Queens (Walters:Mlodinow) first 7/9
Dunlin (Walters:Mlodinow) reported 7/9
Laughing Gull (2nd year) (Walters:Mlodinow) reported 7/9
Dickcissel (2) (Walters:Mlodinow) first 7/9
++++Neenoshe Reservoir
Red-headed Woodpecker (5) (Mlodinow) last 7/9
Dickcissel (1) (Mlodinow) last 7/9


Kit Carson County
Mississippi Kite (2) (1852–1898 Rose Avenue) (Scott Severs0 first 7/10

Logan County
++++Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area
Yellow-billed Cuckoo --area 1West (Gwen Moore/Jack & Ryan Bushong) (first
5/24) 7/11
Northern Cardinal (Bushong) 3; last 7/11
Dickcissel (Walbek/Bushong) (first 6/2) last 7/11
Field Sparrow (Bushong) 8; last 7/11
Red-eyed Vireo (Walbek/Bushong) (first 6/2) last 7/11
Indigo Bunting (3) (Bushong) first 7/11


Alamosa County
++++Lake Como
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Richard Trinkner) first 7/12

Alamosa/Costilla Counties
++++San Luis Valley Dickcissels
(11) --CR 18/CR FiF, Costilla Cty (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first 7/5
(8) --CC Road; east of 109 S, Alamosa Cty (John Rawinski/CoBus Groups)
(first 6/20) 2+; last 6/29
(fly between Alamosa & Conejos Counties)
++++Highway 370; aka CR 10 S
Dickcissel (5) --0.8 miles/east/CR 100 (Dave Hawksworth) first 7/3

Archuleta County
++++Pagosa Springs
Lewis's Woodpecker
(2) --North 5th & Loma (Byron Greco) (first 4/18) 3; last 7/12
(2) --San Juan Riverwalk (Goodrich:Troth) 1; last 7/7
++++Pinon Lake Reservoir
NOTE: the Trumpeter Swan here is considered a tame bird

Chaffee County
Lewis's Woodpecker
(1) --Gunnison Avenue (Hagenlocher) last 7/9
(2) --315-349 Pleasant Ave (Christian Hagenlocher) last 7/9
(3) --Hwy 285/south/CR 162 (Richard Hasegawa) first 7/8
++++Monarch Pass
American Three-toed Woodpecker
(2) --see map, Gunnison Cty (Suzanne Detwiler) last 7/8
(3) --pullover area & north (Detwiler) last 7/8

Clear Creek County
++++Mt. Evans Road
Barrow's Goldeneye (2+) --Echo Lake (Dave King/Hugh Kingery) (first 5/11)
1; last 7/12
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (2) --north side/Summit Lake (Michaels &
all/Jenkins) (first 6/12) last 7/9
White-tailed Ptarmigan --east of Summit Lake (Michaels & all/Jenkins)
(first 6/12) last 7/9
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Campgrounds (Dave King/Jenkins) (first
6/11) last 7/9
++++Cloudland Picnic Ground
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Hwy 103 (Myron Gerhard) first 7/11
++++Guanella Pass
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Silver Dollar Trail (Frank Farrell) last

Costilla County
++++Smith Reservoir
Dickcissel (2) --CR 12/ approx. 0.5 miles/north of northern entrance
(John Rawinksi) first 7/6

Delta County
++++Grand Mesa South (see Mesa Cty)
Purple Martin (2) --Little Bear Campgrounds (CoBus Groups) first 7/12
American Three-toed Woodpecker --north of Visitor's Center (CoBus Groups)
last 7/12
White-winged Crossbill (2) --0.7 miles/east/Visitor's Center (CoBus
Groups) first 7/12
Dusky Grouse (3) (CoBus Groups) first 7/12
Boreal Owl (2) --north/Visitor's Center (CoBus Groups) first 7/12
Boreal Owl (2) --Grand Mesa Lodge (CoBus Groups) last 7/11
++++Orchard area
Lewis's Woodpecker (2) (Alan Versaw) first 7/8

Eagle County
++++Gypsum Ponds area
Least Flycatcher (JoAnn Riggle) (first 5/23) again 7/9

Fremont County
Cassin's Kingbird (Daniel Flemming/Gabriel Wiltse) (first 7/8) last 7/10
(hwy 115, west on 6th, turns north, 1/4 mile after becoming dirt,
Kingbird 100 yards after turn)

Garfield County
Pinyon Jay (35) --Sportman's Club (Carol Ortenzio) (first 7/2) 18; last
++++Forest Road 600
Dusky Grouse (5) (Jason Gregg) (first 7/8) 3; last 7/9

Grand County
++++Grand Lake
American Three-toed Woodpecker (1) --Adams Falls Trail (Mark Land) first

Gunnison County
++++Gunnison National Forest near Crested Butte
White-tailed Ptarmigan (2) (Tracy Hixon) reported 7/12
Dusky Grouse (Tracy Hixon) reported 7/12
++++Gunnison County Roads
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (5) --CR 38/north of CR 38A
(Stevens:Michaels/Suzanne Detwiler) (first 6/25) 3; last 7/8
++++Sapinero Mesa Road & CR 149
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (CoBus Groups/Gary Koehn) (first 6/27) last 7/7

La Plata County
++++Durango Trail to Junction Creek
Grace's Warbler (2) (Susan Allerton) first 7/12
++++Huck Finn Pond & Animas River Trail
Lewis's Woodpecker (Elyse Klingener) 4; last 7/12
++++Wildcat Canyon
Acorn Woodpecker (Susan Allerton) 3; last 7/7

Mesa County
++++Cameo/Coal Canyon
Chukar (2) Stevens & all/CoBus Groups) (first 3/3) 5; last 7/11
Black-throated Sparrow (2) (Hansen:Gabriel:Pitts/CoBus Groups) (first
4/4) 6+; last 7/11
Sagebrush Sparrow (Christine Alexander/CoBus Groups) (first 5/26) 2; last
++++Collbran Job Corp: PE Road
Least Flycatcher --see map (Mike Henwood/CoBus Groups) (first 6/20) last
++++Uncompahgre Plateau
Grace's Warbler
(2) --Carson Hole (Woodward:Harwood/Nic Korte) (first 5/27) 3; last 7/11
(1) --Jack's Canyon (Ron Lambeth/CoBus Groups) (first 5/29) 2; last 7/9
(2) --Telephone Trail (Drucker/CoBus Groups) (first 5/4) 2; last 7/9
(4) --Thimble Point Road (Henwood:Sabo) first 7/5
Lewis's Woodpecker
(2) --Divide Forks Campgrounds (CoBus Groups) first 7/9
Flammulated Owl
(2) --Telephone Trail (CoBus Groups) last 7/9
(2) --Jack's Canyon (CoBus Groups) last 7/9
Boreal Owl
(2) --undisclosed (CoBus Groups) first 7/9
Purple Martin
(3) --see map (Woodward:Harwood/CoBus Groups) (first 7/8) 1; last 7/9
Williamson's Sapsucker
(2) --Telephone Trail (Mike Henwood) last 6/16
Flammulated Owl (2) --Windy Point (COBus Groups) first 7/8
American Three-toed Woodpecker (2) --Windy Point (CoBus Groups) first 7/8
Purple Martin (2) --Columbine Pass (CoBus Groups) first 7/8
Dusky Grouse (3) --Columbine Pass (CoBus Groups) first 7/8
American Three-toed Woodpecker (1) --Columbine Pass (CoBus Groups) first
Black Swift --CR 90/east/Divide Rd (Jason St. Pierre/CoBus Groups) (first
6/15) last 7/8
American Three-toed Woodpecker (2) --25 Mesa Road (CoBus Groups) first 7/8
++++Brewster Ridge area
Sagebrush Sparrow --CR 4/7+ miles/north/S road (CoBus Groups) last 7/10
Long-eared Owl --Bar X wash (CoBus Groups) last 7/10
++++Douglas Pass
Northern Saw-whet Owl (CoBus Groups) first 7/10
Flammulated Owl (3) (CoBus Groups) first 7/10
++++Colorado National Monument
Gray Vireo (2) --Devil's Kitchen (CoBus Groups) last 7/10
Black-throated Sparrow (10) --Devil's Kitchen (CoBus Groups) last 7/10

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

Montezuma County
++++Sand Canyon Trail
Pinyon Jay (3) (Boyce/Nathan Goldberg) (first 6/10) 80; last 7/12
Black-throated Sparrow (4) (Nathan Goldberg) last 7/12
++++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
++++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

Ouray County
++++Ouray and Box Canyon Falls
Black Swift (2) (Glenn Walbek/Chris Owens) (first 6/11) 4; last 7/11
++++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

Routt County
Lewis's Woodpecker (Tom Litteral) first 7/9

Saguache County
++++Saguache County Road X
Dickcissel (2+) (Kathy Mihm-Dunning/John & Bayard Cobb) (first 7/10) 17;
last 7/11
(--btw CR 50 & CR 52)
++++CR 49
Dickcissel (3) --north of CR E (Hawksworth) first 7/3

San Miguel County
++++County Road 61K/60M
Dusky Grouse (1) --see map (Charles Price) first 7/9

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

Teller County
++++Manitou Experimental Forest area
Flammulated Owl (2) (Richard Stevens:Terry Michaels/Susan Meiler) (first
5/23) last 7/7

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