Date: 10/18/17 3:41 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 October 2017
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: October 18, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, October 18 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changes.

Mute Swan (*Weld)
Greater White-fronted Goose (*Denver)
Cackling Goose (Eagle, Jefferson, Larimer)
Wood Duck (Kiowa)
Surf Scoter (*Jefferson, *Mesa)
Red-necked Grebe (Arapahoe)
Sandhill Cranes (Baca, Boulder, Conejos, El Paso, Kiowa, Lincoln, Montrose,
Morgan, Rio Grande)
WHOOPING CRANE (Otero)
Black-bellied Plover (Larimer, Kiowa, Morgan, Park)
American Golden-Plover (Kiowa, Park)
Semipalmated Plover (Montezuma)
Mountain Plover (Baca)
Stilt Sandpiper (Kiowa)
Sanderling (Kiowa, Pueblo)
Pectoral Sandpiper (*Weld)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Kiowa, Larimer)
Red Phalarope (Morgan)
Long-tailed Jaeger (Pueblo)
Sabine’s Gull (Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, *Otero, Pueblo)
Laughing Gull (Kiowa)
Common Tern (Boulder, Weld)
ARCTIC TERN (*Weld)
Pacific Loon (Kiowa, Moffat)
Common Loon (Adams)
Cattle Egret (Kiowa)
Broad-winged Hawk (Boulder, Denver, Grand, Moffat)
Burrowing Owl (*Adams)
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Montrose)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (*Montrose)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (Boulder, Morgan, Weld)
Cassin’s Kingbird widespread in Colorado in recent weeks, eg, (Douglas, El
Paso)
Steller’s Jay (*Denver)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Kiowa)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Kiowa)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Morgan)
Winter Wren (Kiowa)
Eastern Bluebird (El Paso)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Kiowa)
Brown Thrasher (Adams, Kiowa)
Sage Thrasher (Adams, Garfield, *Montrose)
Lapland Longspur (Adams, Larimer)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa, Morgan, *Weld, Yuma)
McCown’s Longspur (Kiowa)
Nashville Warbler (Mesa)
Pine Warbler (Denver)
Clay-colored Sparrow (Jefferson, *La Plata)
Brewer’s Sparrow (Douglas, Montrose, *Weld)
Swamp Sparrow (Morgan)
White-throated Sparrow (Montrose, Morgan)
Harris’s Sparrow (Kiowa)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Douglas, Mesa, *Montrose)
Fox Sparrow (*La Plata, Larimer, *Montrose)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Conejos)
White-throated Sparrow (Boulder, Larimer, Montezuma, Morgan)
Summer Tanager (Garfield)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On October 14 at Barr Lake SP, Chip Clouse reported Brown Thrasher.
---On October 15 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, field trip led by Candace
Johnson reported Common Loon, Burrowing Owl, and Sage Thrasher, Chris
Goulart also
reported 4 Lapland Longspurs.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On October 7 Jonelle Balais and Bruce Cyganowski reported a Sabine’s
Gull at Cherry Creek SP. On October 10 Bob Righter reported an imm
Sabine’s Gull next to the dam on the west side of Cherry Creek SP.
---On October 14 at Cherry Creek SP, Glenn Walbek reported Red-necked Grebe.

BACA COUNTY:
---On October 10 near Pritchett, Jim Dennis reported 10 Sandhill Cranes.
On October 11 Jim Dennis reported 60 Sandhill Cranes near Pritchett. On
October 12 Kathy Carroll reported 60 Sandhill Cranes SW of Pritchett. On
October 12 Jim Dennis reported 30 Sandhill Cranes at Comanche National
Grasslands near Pritchett.
---On October 10 near Walsh, Janeal Thompson reported 102 Mountain Plover
in a field being drilled with wheat.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On October 8 Luke Pheneger reported fly over juv Broad-winged Hawk, 20+
Sandhill Cranes, and juv While-throated Sparrow at Golden Ponds in Longmont.
---On October 11 Ryan Bushong reported Eastern Phoebe at Warembourgh Open
Space in Louisville.
---On October 14 Peter Burke reported Broad-winged Hawk at Boulder Mountain
Park.
---On October 15 Bob Spencer reported Common Tern at Prince Lake 2.

CONEJOS COUNTY:
---On October 15 at Sego Springs SWA, Jack Harlan reported 12 Sandhill
Cranes and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On October 8 Chris Brobin reported Broad-winged Hawk at DIA.
---On October 9 Doug Kibbe reported Pine Warbler at Fort Logan National
Cemetery.
---On October 14 at Garland Park Lollipop Lake, Mary Keithler reported
Greater White-fronted Goose. On October 17 at Garland Park, Jessica
Gordon-Bowser reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On October 17 at Corvid Brewing HQ, Soren Dinsmore and Tracy Rackauskas
reported Steller’s Jay.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On October 10 at Chatfield SP Model Airplane Field, Dale Pate reported
Sagebrush Sparrow.
---On October 12 at Chatfield SP Marina’s Sandspit, Doug Kibbe reported
Sabine’s Gull.
---On October 14 at Chatfield SP on DFO Field Trip led by Ed Holub a
Brewer’s Sparrow was seen.

EAGLE COUNTY:
---On October 15 at Spring Park Reservoir, Lori Pivonka reported 17
Cackling Geese.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On October 8 John Bruder reported 3 fly over Sandhill Cranes on Santa Fe
Trail.
---On October 17 at Cheyenne Mountain SP, Rod Schmidt reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On October 13 Jo Ann Riggle reported Sage Thrasher at Fravert Reservoir.
---On October 15 at a private residence on Sweetwater Road, JoAnn Riggle
reported Summer Tanager. To try to
See the bird, contact Janet Rivera at 970-524-7799.

GRAND COUNTY:
---On October 8 Steve Weston reported Broad-winged Hawk at Rocky Mt NP
Kawuneeche Visitor Center.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On October 9 at Chatfield SP Swim Beach, David Suddjian reported
Sabine’s Gull.
---On October 8 at South Platte Reservoir access road, David Suddjian
reported 4 Clay-colored Sparrow’s.
---On October 15 at Main Reservoir in Lakewood, Art Hudak reported 3
Cackling Geese.
---On October 17 at Tabor Lake at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, a f Surf Scoter
was reported by Andy Knolla and
later seen seen by Mark Chavez, George Mayfield, and Ginny Bergstom.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On October 13 at Lower Queens Reservoir, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham
reported 2 Cattle Egret and 15 Sanderling.
---On October 13 at Queens SWA Check Station, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham
reported Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay.
---On October 15 at Lower queens Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 2
Black-bellied Plovers, 27 Stilt Sandpipers, and 4 Semipalmated Sandpipers.
---On October 15 at Neegronda Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 5 Wood
Ducks, Pacific Loon, American Bittern, 24 Sandhill Cranes, Semipalmated
Plover, and 3 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
---On October 15 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Laughing
Gull, 2 Sandhill Cranes, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, 20
Chestnut-collared Longspurs, 5 McCown’s Longspurs, and Harris’s Sparrow.
---On October 15 at Upper Queens/Neeskah Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported
Curve-billed Thrasher, Brown Thrasher, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted
Nuthatch, and 2 Winter Wrens.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On October 8 Jason St. Pierre reported 2 Slate-colored Fox Sparrows at
Oxbow Park and Preserve.
---On October 15 Jason St Pierre reported Red Fox Sparrow in his front
yard. Birders are welcome to try for it at 3508 Earl St in Durango.
On October 16 Susan Allerton reported seeing the Red Fox Sparrow in the St.
Pierre yard. On October 17 Jason St Pierre reported that the
Red Fox Sparrow continues in his yard.
---On October 17 at Pastorius Reservoir, Ed Rumberger reported Clay-colored
Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On October 8, David Wade reported Fox Sparrow at Maple & Fishback in
Fort Collins. On October 10 in the morning David Wade reported Red Fox
Sparrow at Maple and Fishback but around noon Wade reported a different Fox
Sparrow a possible intergrade. On October 11 at Maple and FIshback, David
Wade and John Shenot reported Fox Sparrow.
---On October 8 at Arapahoe Bend Natural Area – Rigden Reservoir (Strauss
Cabin Lake), Amy Davis reported Black-bellied Plover and Semipalmated
Sandpiper. On October 8 at Arapahoe Bend Naturnal Area, Lori Zabel
reported Black-bellied Plover. On October 11 at Arapahoe Bend NA, Josh
Bruening reported Black-bellied Plover.
---On October 8 and October 10 Dave Leatherman reported tan-striped
White-throated Sparrow at Grandview Cemetery.
---On October 12 Nick Komar reported Eastern Phoebe at Pleasant Valley and
Lake Canal greenbelt at W Lake St in Fort Collins.
---On October 13 at Timnath Reservoir, David Wade and Nick Komar reported 6
Cackling Geese. On October 17 Nick Komar reported that the 6 Cackling
Geese continue at Timnath Reservoir.
---On October 14 at Soapstone Prairie NA, David Wade, Georgia Doyle, and
Nick Komar reported Lapland Longspur.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
---On October 12 Norm Lewis reported 200 Sandhill Cranes at Evilsizer Lake.

MESA COUNTY:
---On October 13 at Bridgeport, Mark and Denise Vollmer reported Nashville
Warbler and Sagebrush Sparrow.
---On October 13 at Horsethief Canyhon SWA, Mike Henwood and David Price
reported Black Phoebe on Cottonwood snag on gravel bar in river.
---On October 17 Ron Lambeth reported Surf Scoter at Colorado River SP
Fruita Section.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On October 5 Jan Leonard and Forrest Luke reported Pacific Loon at Big
Bottom, Southwest of Craig. It was seen again on October 6 by Jan and by
Vic Zerbi.
On October 8, Jan Leonard and Tresa Moulton reported Pacific Loon at Big
Bottom. On October 8 Forrest Luke reported Pacific Loon at Big Bottom
south of Craig.
On October 9 Jason Beason and Forrest Luke reported Pacific Loon at Big
Bottom. On October 12 Tom McConnell reported Paciffic Loon at Big Bottom.
---On October 11 at Yampa River SP at Maybell Bridge, Steve Weston reported
imm Broad-winged Hawk.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On October 8 Erick Hendrickson reported Semipalmated Plover and
White-throated Sparrow at Summit Reservoir.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On October 8 Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright reported Sage brush Sparrow
at Nucla Sewage Lagoons. On October 10 Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported 4 Sandhill Cranes and Sagebrush Sparrow at Nucla Sewage Lagoons.
On October 15 Coen Dexter reported Sagebrush Sparrow at Nucla Sewage
Lagoons.
---On October 10 at Cooper’s Ditch, Brenda Wright and Coen Dexter reported
Lewis’s Woodpecker and Sagebrush Sparrow.
---On October 10 at Airport Lake, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright reported
Brewer’s Sparrow and 3 Sagebrush Sparrows. On October 15 at Airport Lake,
Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright reported 8 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On October 11 at Silver Hawk Ranch, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported Brewer’s Sparrow and Sagebrush Sparrow.
---On October 13 at Bedrock Campground and Boat Ramp, Coen Dexter and
Brenda Wright reported 3 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On October 13 at V and 900 Road, Brenda Wright and Coen Dexter reported
3 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On October 14 at Nucla Domestic Reservoir, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported White-throated Sparrow and Sagebrush Sparrow.
---On October 14 at Rose Garden, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright reported
Sagebrush Sparrow.
---On October 16 at Silver Hawk Ranch, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported f Williamson’s Sapsucker.
---On October 17 James Valimont reported Slate-colored Fox Sparrow at Black
Canyon of Gunnison NP.
---On October 17 SW of Hopkins Montrose Airport, Betty Fenton reported Sage
Thrasher and 6 Sagebrush Sparrows.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On October 12 at Jackson Reservoir, David Dowell reported 95 Sandhill
Cranes, 7 Black-bellied Plovers Red Phalarope, Chestnut-collared Longspur,
2 White-throated Sparrows and Swamp Sparrow.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On October 14 Tresa Moulton reported 6 WHOOPING CRANES flying at Picket
Wire Canyon S of Withers Canyon observed at Window Rock.
---On October 16 at Holbrook Lake, Stan Oswald reported juv Sabine’s Gull.

PARK COUNTY:
---On October 8 at Antero Reservoir, John Drummond reported 2 Black-bellied
Plovers and American Golden-Plover.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On October 9 Brandon Percival reported Long-tailed Jaeger, Sanderling at
South Shore Marina, and 2 juv Sabine’s Gulls at West Fishing Road. On
October 10 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival and John Drummond reported
juv Long-tailed Jaeger. The bird seems to prefer the NE part of the
reservoir. On October 11 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival and Richard
Bunn reported Long-tailed Jaeger which seemed to be moving around the
reservoir. On October 11 Brandon Percival reported juv Sabine’s Gull and
Sandhill Cranes in SE part of reservoir.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On October 13 Dylan Hardy reported 400 Sandhill Cranes at Monte Vista
NWR.

WELD COUNTY:
---On October 8 Gene Rutherford reported Eastern Phoebe at Windsor
Reservoir.
---On October 15 Gene Rutherford reported Common Tern at Union Reservoir.
---On October 17 at Eaton Cemetery, Steve Mlodinow reported Brewer’s
Sparrow.
---On October 17 at Stewart’s Pond, Steve Mlodinow reported Mute Swan and 5
Pectoral Sandpipers.
---On October 17 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and David Dowell
reported ARCTIC TERN and Luke and Tracy Pheneger reported Chestnut-collared
Longspur.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On October 14 at Pipit Hill, Bill Kaempfer reported Chestnut-collared
Longspurs.

DFO Field Trip
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, October 21 will be to Walden Ponds
Wildlife Habitat/Sawhill in Boulder led by Chuck Hundertmark (chundertmark8
AT gmail.com; 303-604-0531) Meet at 0800 at Cottonwood Marsh parking lot.
Directions: From northbound US 36 take Foothills Pakrway exit. Go north 2
miles to Arapahoe Ave, then east to 75th St. Go north on 75th St past
Valmont Rd and railroad tracks. Turn left at Wildlife Habitat sign.
Follow road west and south to Cottonwood Marsh parking lot.
Will wallk 1-2 miles on level ground Bring binoculars, snacks, and
water. Scopes are useful. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, October 22 will be to Cherry Creek SP led by
Mary Cay Burger (mcburger3 AT juno.com; 720-940-8394). Meet at 0800 at
Pelican Point.
Directions: Enter east side of Cherry Creek SP via Lehigh off of Parker
Road. Go just past the entrance station and turn left (South) at the first
intersection. The road bends and heads west with the reservoir ahead of
you. Go about ¼ miles, just past the next intersection. The parking for
Pelican Point will be on your left. State Parks pass or day pass
required. Will carpool from Pelican Point to various stops and walk 1-2
miles. Bring binoculars, water, snacks , and sunscreen. Scopes are
useful. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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