Date: 8/26/17 3:28 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for August 26, 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: To reduce length of report, only recent sightings listed; visit
Colorado Birding Society's website everyday for additional sightings!

Reports added: 8/25/2017
Adams/Denver (Crested Caracara, Burrowing Owl)
Alamosa (Common Tern, Williamson's Sapsucker, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Snowy
Plover, Semipalmated Plover)
Arapahoe (Willet, Least Sandpiper)
Boulder (American Three-toed Woodpecker)
Denver (Eastern Phoebe)
Grand (Barrow's Goldeneye)
La Plata (Lewis's Woodpecker)
Larimer (Caspian Tern, Brown-capped Rosy Finch)
Moffat (Red-eyed Vireo)
Montrose (Gray Flycatcher)
Weld (American Redstart, Least Flycatcher)


Adams County
++++Barr Lake
Barn Owl --banding area (Terry Michaels) last 8/24
Least Flycatcher --banding station (David Dowell/Meredith McBurney)
(first 8/10) last 8/22

Adams/Denver Counties
++++First Creek Trail
Crested Caracara (John Breitsch/Loch Kilpatrick & all) first 8/25 (Flew
to East)
(Bird ranged from First Creek to Tower Road Dump to Box Elder Creek at
Hudson Road, all Denver County)
Northern Waterthrush (Jacob Washburn) first 8/24
Northern Mockingbird (Washburn) last 8/24
(above: First Creek Trail, west of Buckley Road to new Rocky Mountain
Arsenal fence)
Northern Mockingbird (1 each, Denver & Adams Ctys) (John Breitsch) last
++++DIA Owl Loop
Burrowing Owl (1) south of Pena Blvd/61st Avenue Park n Ride (Stevens)
first 8/25
(NOTE: DIA Loop closed due to road construction)

Arapahoe County
++++Cherry Creek Reservoir
Willet --Pelican point (Stevens:Kosten) first 8/25
Least Sandpiper --Pelcian point (Stevens:Kosten) last 8/25
++++Eastern Arapahoe County
Red-headed Woodpecker (adult, 2 juvenile) (Terry Michaels) first 8/21
(Kiowa Creek at County Line Road; seen in Arapahoe & Elbert Counties)
Olive-sided Flycatcher --Kiowa Creek to Arapahoe Cty Open Space
(Michaels) first 8/21
Burrowing Owl (Stevens:Kosten/Michaels) first (first 5/5) Last 8/21
(--CR 30, 0.5 miles/east/CR 149)

Boulder County
++++Brainard Lake Area
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Long Lake Trail (Matt Cohen) last 8/25
++++Wild Basin Section of Rocky Mountain National Park
Black Swift (5) --see map (Marcel Such/Steve Altman) (first 7/17) 5;
last 8/23

Denver County
++++Westerly Creek Park
Eastern Phoebe (Jason Bidgood) reported 8/25

El Paso County
++++Fountain Creek Regional Park
Mississippi Kite (4) (Joel Adams) last 8/24
Northern Waterthrush (David Tonnessen/Joel Adams) (first 8/12) last 8/24
++++Squirrel Creek Road
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Mel &amp; Jeanne Goff) first 8/24
++++Hanover Road and area
Burrowing Owl (5) (Mel Goff & all) last 8/24
Cassin's Sparrow (4) --Hanover Road/west/DeGroot Road (Cheri Phillips)
last 8/23
++++Peyton Hwy south of Hanover Roada
Northern Mockingbird (Mel Goff & all) last 8/24
++++Ramah Wildlife Area
Dickcissel (2) (Hinds/Alan Versaw) (first 6/24) 3; last 8/22

El Paso/Pueblo Counties
++++Chico Basin Ranch (fee area)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (David Tonnessen) last 8/24
Bell's Vireo (Tonnessen) reported 8/24
Cassin's Vireo (Tonnessen) first 8/24
(all above: banding station area, El Paso County)
Curve-billed Thrasher --HQ (David Tonnessen) first 8/24
(All above: Pueblo County)

Jefferson County
++++Genesee Mountain Park
Williamson's Sapsucker (2) (Richard Stevens/Susan Strasevicz) (first
3/10) 4; 8/23
Townsend's Warbler (3) (Norm Lewis/Strasevicz) (first 8/14) last 8/23
++++Hildebrand Ranch Park
Northern Waterthrush (David Suddjian) first 8/22

Jefferson/Douglas County
++++Chatfield Reservoir area
Crested Caracara (Lowell Baunmunk) first 8/24
(last seen 8:15 flying toward Chatfield State Park from Highline canal)
(probable same bird seen at 10:45 at Rueter Hess Reservoir, private)
American Redstart (2) --Audubon Center (Michaels) last 8/24

Larimer County
++++CSU Environmental Learning Center
Caspian Tern (Jean Olson) first 8/25
++++Rocky Mountain National Park
Brown-capped Rosy Finch
(2) --Lava Cliff pullover (Marion Warren/Kay Hawklee) (first 6/5) 1; last
(7) --Forest Canyon overlook (Edward Lewis) first 8/22
(4) --Rock Cut pullover (Kara Carragher/Edward Lewis) (first 6/4) 1; last
Dusky Grouse
(3) --Cub Lake trail (Matt Cohen/Kay Hawklee:Lisa Grubbs) (first 8/22)
last 8/24
(2) --Fern Lake trail (Kay Hawklee:Lis Grubbs) first 8/23
American Three-toed Woodpecker
(1) --Lake Irene (Leslie Starr) last 8/22
(2) --Moraine Park (Austin Hess) first 8/22
White-tailed Ptarmigan
(up to 8) --Rock Cut Trail (Marion Warren/Shannon Skalos) (first 6/5)
last 8/17
(2) --Medicine Bow Curve (Marion Warren/Kevin Floyd) (first 6/5) 3; last
++++Douglas Reservoir
Sage Thrasher (2) (Brandon Nooner/Jared Del Rosso) (first 8/9) last 8/24

Pueblo County
++++Nepesta Road Marsh
Red-headed Woodpecker (2) (Richard Taylor) last 8/23
Black Rail (2) (Brad Steger:Mark Peterson/Nick Komar:Austin Hess) (first
5/26) 2; last 8/20

Weld County
++++Crow Valley Campground
American Redstart (2) (Steve Mlodinow/Jared Del Rosso) (first 8/22) last
Least Flycatcher (Ryan Graves) last 8/25


Alamosa County
++++San Luis Lakes State Park
Common Tern (Steve Mlodinow) first 8/25
++++Great Sand Dunes National Monument
Williamson's Sapsucker (Mlodinow) first 8/25
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Mlodinow) first 8/25
++++Blanca Wetlands
Snowy Plover (Daniel Toronto:Leah Dodd/Rawinski) (first 7/16) last 8/25
Semipalmated Plover (John & Lisa Rawinski) first 8/25

Bent County
++++John Martin Reservoir area
Upland Sandpiper --Hwy 50, east of CR 14 (Joel Adams) first 8/24
Burrowing Owl --Hwy 50, east of CR 14 (Joel Adams) first 8/24
++++Fort Lyons Wildlife Easement Area & Wildlife Area
Black Rail (1) --CR 16/south/CR JJ (Christine Alexander/Loch Kilpatrick)
(first 8/12) 2; last 8/22

Kiowa County
++++Neenoshe Reservoir
Red-headed Woodpecker (8) (Nick Moore) last 8/24
Least Flycatcher (Nick Moore) first 8/24
Great Crested Flycatcher (Nick Moore) first 8/24
++++Kiowa Creek at CR 40
Great Crested Flycatcher (Mlodinow/Nick Moore) (first 8/6) last 8/24
++++Upper & Lower Queens Reservoirs
American Redstart (Nick Moore) first 8/24
Olive-sided Flycatcher (2) (Richard Tayler) first 8/23

Prowers County
++++Willow Creek Park
Swallow-tailed Kite (Eric DeFonso) last 8/24
(intersection of 3rd and Walnut)
(also: Willow Creek swimming pool, look in Mississippi Kite flocks)
White-winged Dove (Nick Moore) first 8/24
Greater Roadrunner (Nick Moore) first 8/24
Red-headed Woodpecker (Nick Moore) last 8/24
++++Lamar Community College
Northern Waterthrush (John Drummond) first 8/23
Northern Cardinal (John Drummond) last 8/23


Logan County
++++Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area
Blue-headed Vireo (Stevens:Kosten) first 8/24
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Stevens:Kosten) 3; last 8/24
Northern Cardinal (Stevens:Kosten) 2; last 8/24
Baltimore Oriole (female type) (Stevens:Kosten) last 8/24
Eastern Screech-Owl (Stevens:Kosten) 2; last 8/24
++++County Road 8 (btw: CR 67/CR 65)
Bewick's Wren (Steve Larson) reported 8/23

Logan/Sedgwick County
++++Jumbo Reservoir
Semipalmated Plover (5) (Brian Johnson) first 8/23
Ruddy Turnstone (Steve Larson) first 8/22
Pectoral Sandpiper (Steve Larson) first 8/22

Logan/Washington Counties
++++Prewitt Reservoir & Area
Marbled Godwit (6) (Norm Lewis/David Blue) (first 7/28) last 8/24
Pectoral Sandpiper (Dean Shoup/David Blue) (first 8/6) last 8/24
Least Flycatcher (David Blue) first 8/24
American Redstart (David Blue) first 8/24
Burrowing Owl (2) --CR 6/west/CR 17 (Norm Lewis) (first 7/28) last 8/23
Red-headed Woodpecker (Norm Lewis) last 8/23

Morgan County
++++County Road 26 Playa
Semipalmated Plover (2) (Steve Mlodinow) first 8/22

Sedgwick County
++++Sedgwick Bar Wildlife Area
Upland Sandpiper (Stevens:Danka) first 8/23
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Stevens:Danka) last 8/23

Yuma County
++++Bonny Reservoir Area
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Stevens:Kosten) last 8/22
Eastern Screech-Owl --Hale Ponds (Stevens:Kosten) last 8/22
Lewis's Woodpecker --Wagon Wheel (Stevens:Kosten) last 8/22
++++Beecher Island
Eastern Phoebe (Stevens:Kosten) last 8/22
++++Wray Fishing Unit
Northern Cardinal (Stevens:Kosten) last 8/22


Archuleta County
++++Pagosa Springs
Lewis's Woodpecker (14) --San Juan Riverwalk (Ben Bailey) 5; last 8/23

Clear Creek County
++++Mt. Evans Road
Barrow's Goldeneye (2+) --Echo Lake (Dave King/Nan Perkins) (first 5/11)
4; last 8/24
Brown-capped Rosy Finch
(2)--east of Summit Lake (Michaels & all/Perkins) (first 6/12) 2; last
(4) --summit (Frank Hall) 5; last 8/21
(2) --northwest side/Summit Lake (Michaels & all/Tom Jenkins) (first
6/12) last 8/19
White-tailed Ptarmigan
(2)--just below summit (Hudak/Jenkins) (first 7/9) 1; last 8/19
(1) --1000 yards east of Summit Lake parking lot (Stevens & Diaz) last
++++Guanella Pass
White-tailed Ptarmigan (Stevens:Kosten/Washburn) (first 9/25) 2; last 8/19
(near intersection of Rosalie & 603 trails)
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Campgrounds (Stevens:Kosten/Jacob
Washburn) (first 9/25/16) last 8/19

Grand County
++++Windy Gap Reservoir
Barrow's Goldeneye (female type) (Doug Gochfeld) (first 8/24) last 8/25

Fremont County
Lewis's Woodpecker (2) (Susan Strasevicz) first 8/24
++++County Road 19 at CR 105
Lewis's Woodpecker (2) --see map (Sandra Ewald) last 8/23

Jackson County
++++Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge and Nearby
Greater Sage-Grouse (5) --CR 31, south of Hwy 14 (Walter Wehtje) first
Lark Bunting (3) --self driving auto tour (Wehtje) first 8/23
Sagebrush Sparrow --see map (Ed Huestis) reported 8/20

La Plata County
++++Huck Finn Pond & Animas River Trail
Lewis's Woodpecker (Ryan Votta) 14; last 8/25
Townsend's Warbler (2) (Ryan Votta) first 8/24

Moffat County
++++Loudy Simpson Park
Red-eyed Vireo (Jan Leonard/Tresa Moulton) (first 8/23) last 8/25
American Redstart (Leonard) first 8/24

Montrose County
++++Airport Lake Area
Gray Flycatcher (Dexter:Wright) first 8/25

Ouray County
++++Ouray and Box Canyon Falls
Black Swift (2) (Glenn Walbek/Shannon Skalos) (first 6/11) last 8/18

Routt County
++++Steamboat Springs (Yampa River Core Trail)
Nashville Warbler (San Miguel) (first 8/22) last 8/23
Golden-winged Warbler --see directions (Michael San Miguel) (reported
8/19) last 8/22

Good Birding!

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