Date: 8/27/17 3:30 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for August 27, 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: To reduce length of report, only recent sightings listed; visit
Colorado Birding Society's website everyday for additional sightings!

Reports added: 8/26/2017
Adams (Northern Waterthrush, Common Tern, American Redstart)
Adams/Denver (Cassin's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Barn Owl, Burrowing Owl)
Alamosa (Snowy Plover, Ash-throated Flycatcher)
Arapahoe (Red-headed Woodpecker, Burrowing Owl)
Bent (Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black Rail)
Boulder (Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart)
Broomfield (Least Flycatcher)
Chaffee (Lewis's Woodpecker)
El Paso (Semipalmated Plover)
Jefferson/Douglas (Lesser Black-backed Gull, Least Flycatcher, Eastern
La Plata (Williamson's Sapsucker, Cassin's Vireo, Pinyon Jay, Northern
Parula, Nashville Warbler)
Larimer (Caspian Tern, Red-necked Phalarope)
Logan/Washington (Red-necked Phalarope, Marbled Godwit, Pectoral Sandpiper)
Mesa (Black Phoebe, Gray Flycatcher)
Montrose (Pinyon Jay)
Phillips (Magnolia Warbler, Red-headed Woodpecker)
Prowers (Great Crested Flycatcher, Carolina Wren, Black-and-white Warbler,
Red-eyed Vireo)
Weld (Pectoral Sandpiper)
Yuma (Greater Prairie-Chicken, Burrowing Owl)


Adams County
++++McKay and 100th Avenue Ponds
Northern Waterthrush (Matt Hofeditz) first 8/26
++++Brannon Pit #5
Common Tern (Gabriel Wiltse) first 8/26
++++Barr Lake
American Redstart (Meredith McBurney) first 8/26
Northern Waterthrush --banding station & north side (McBurney:Stevens)
first 8/26
Barn Owl --banding area (Terry Michaels) last 8/24

Adams/Denver Counties
++++First Creek Trail
Cassin's Sparrow (2) --Adams Cty section (Richard Stevens) first 8/26
Swamp Sparrow --west pond cattails, Adams Cty (Stevens) first 8/26
Barn Owl --Denver Cty (Goodrich:Troth) last 8/26
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)
++++DIA Owl Loop
Burrowing Owl (1) south of Pena Blvd/61st Avenue Park n Ride (Stevens)
(first 8/25) last 8/26
(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/Dave King)
(first 8/21) last 8/26
(Kiowa Creek at County Line Road; seen in Arapahoe & Elbert Counties)
Burrowing Owl (Stevens:Kosten/Dave King) first (first 5/5) Last 8/26
(--CR 30, 0.5 miles/east/CR 149)

Boulder County
++++Golden Ponds
Northern Waterthrush (Luke Pheneger) first 8/26
American Redstart (Luke Pheneger) first 8/26
++++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

Broomfield County
++++Plaster Reservoir
Least Flycatcher (Matt Hofeditz) first 8/26

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

El Paso County
++++Ramah Wildlife Area
Semipalmated Plover (John Drummond) first 8/26
++++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

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

Jefferson/Douglas County
++++Chatfield Reservoir area
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Jill Holden:Betty Glass) first 8/26
Least Flycatcher (Holden:Glass) last 8/26
Eastern Phoebe (Holden:Glass) last 8/26
American Redstart (2) --Audubon Center (Michaels) last 8/24

Larimer County
++++Kechter Road Ponds
Caspian Tern (Nick Komar) first 8/26
++++County Road 70 Ponds
Red-necked Phalarope --east/CR 13 (Nick Komar) first 8/26
++++Rocky Mountain National Park
White-tailed Ptarmigan
(2) --see map (David Stejskal) first 8/26
(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
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
++++CSU Environmental Learning Center
Caspian Tern (Jean Olson) first 8/25
++++Douglas Reservoir
Sage Thrasher (2) (Brandon Nooner/Jared Del Rosso) (first 8/9) last 8/24

Weld County
++++Weld County Road 124/122 Ponds
Pectoral Sandpiper (6) --124 pond (Cynthia Kristensen) first 8/26
++++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
++++Fort Lyons Wildlife Easement Area & Wildlife Area
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1) --CR 16/south/CR JJ (Angstman) first 8/26
Black Rail
(1) --CR 16/south/CR JJ (Christine Alexander/Joey Angstman) (first 8/12)
1; last 8/26
++++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

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

Prowers County
++++Lamar Community College
Great Crested Flycatcher (2) (Stringer/Joey Angstman) (first 8/25) last
Carolina Wren (2) (Stringer/Joey Angstman) (first 8/25) last 8/26
Black-and-white Warbler (Angstman) first 8/26
Red-eyed Vireo (Angstman) first 8/26
Northern Cardinal (Stringer) pair, last 8/25
Red-headed Woodpecker (Stringer) last 8/25
++++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


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
Red-necked Phalarope (2) --southwest corner/access from inlet canal
(Bushong/Bill Kaempfer) (first 8/20) last 8/26
Marbled Godwit (6) (Norm Lewis/Art Hudak) (first 7/28) last 8/26
Pectoral Sandpiper (Dean Shoup/Art Hudak) (first 8/6) 2; last 8/26
Least Flycatcher (David Blue) first 8/24
American Redstart (David Blue) first 8/24

Phillips County
++++Haxtun City Park
Magnolia Warbler (Bill Kaempfer) first 8/26
Red-headed Woodpecker (Kaempfer) last 8/26

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

Yuma County
++++County Road FF
Greater Prairie-Chicken (4) --south of 46 1/2 (Bill Kaempfer) first 8/26
++++Patent Creek Playa/CR 58
Burrowing Owl (4) (Kaempfer) first 8/26


Alamosa County
++++Blanca Wetlands
Snowy Plover (Daniel Toronto:Leah Dodd/Ed Huestis) (first 7/16) last 8/26
Semipalmated Plover (John & Lisa Rawinski) first 8/25
++++Great Sand Dunes National Monument
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Ed Huestis) first 8/26
Williamson's Sapsucker (Mlodinow) first 8/25
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Mlodinow) first 8/25

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)--Summit Lake (Michaels & all/Perkins) (first 6/12) 2; last 8/24

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

La Plata County
++++Animas River Trail
Williamson's Sapsucker (2) --behind Home Depot (Riley Morris) first 8/26
Cassin's Vireo --behind Home Depot (Riley Morris) first 8/26
Pinyon Jay (25) --behind Home Depot (Riley Morris) last 8/26
Northern Parula --behind Home Depot (Morris) first 8/26
++++Huck Finn Pond & Animas River Trail
Cassin's Vireo (Ed Huestis) first 8/26
Nashville Warbler (Ed Huestis) first 8/26
Lewis's Woodpecker (Ryan Votta) 14; last 8/25
Townsend's Warbler (2) (Ryan Votta) first 8/24

Mesa County
++++James Robb Colorado River State Park
Black Phoebe --Fruita section (Ronda Woodward) last 8/26
++++Canal Road, DeBeque
Gray Flycatcher (Nan Perkins) first 8/26

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
++++Nucla Town Reservoir
Pinyon Jay (9) (Dexter:Wright) (first 8/6) 17; last 8/26
++++Airport Lake Area
Gray Flycatcher (Dexter:Wright) first 8/25

Good Birding!

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