Date: 10/22/17 3:18 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for October 22, 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: 10/21/2017
Arapahoe (Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Bonaparte's Gull, Lesser
Black-backed Gull)
Boulder (Swamp Sparrow)
El Paso (Northern Pygmy-Owl)
Jefferson (Surf Scoter, Williamson's Sapsucker)
Larimer (Lesser Black-backed Gull, Bonaparte's Gull)
Pueblo (Eastern Phoebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull)
Bent (Harris's Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird)
Crowley (Common Loon, Lesser Black-backed Gull)
Kiowa (Black-bellied Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Laughing Gull,
Chestnut-collared Longspur)
Archuleta (Lewis's Woodpecker)
Clear Creek (White-tailed Ptarmigan)
La Plata (Fox Sparrow, Williamson's Sapsucker)
Mesa (Golden-crowned Sparrow)
Park (Brown-capped Rosy Finch)


Adams County
++++Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Sabine's Gull (2) (Diane Roberts) reported 10/20
Common Loon --Lake Ladora (Rebecca Laroche/Terry Michaels) (first 10/13)
last 10/18 NOT FOUND 10/20

Arapahoe County
++++Cherry Creek Reservoir
Common Loon (Richard Stevens/Loch Kilpatrick) (first 10/16) last 10/21
Red-necked Grebe (Jacob Washburn/Kilpatrick) (first 10/13) last 10/21
Bonaparte's Gull (Michaels/Kilpatrick) (first 10/19) last 10/21
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Kilpatrick) last 10/21
Jaeger species (Ben Sampson/David Hill:Cynthia Madsen) (first 10/14)
again 10/20 (Pomarine Jaeger)
++++Aurora Reservoir Area
Common Loon (Jacob Washburn/Richard Stevens) (first 10/15) last 10/21
Common Tern (Terry Michaels) first 10/19

Boulder County
++++Walden Ponds
Swamp Sparrow (Steve Frye) first 10/21
++++White Rocks Trail
Swamp Sparrow (Christian Nunes) first 10/18
++++Valmont Reservoir Complex
Common Loon (Jeff Parks) (first 10/1) last 10/18

El Paso County
++++Blodget Peak Open Space
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Diane Beatty & all) first 10/21
++++Black Forest Regional Park
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Roger Massey) last 10/20
++++Milne Road
Curve-billed Thrasher (3) (Jeff Dawson) first 10/20

Jefferson County
++++Wheat Ridge Greenbelt
Surf Scoter --Tabor Lake (Andy Knolla/Michelle Pupkava) (first 10/17)
last 10/21
++++Genesee Mountain Park
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jacob Washburn) last 10/21
++++Harriman Lake Park
American Bittern (Chuck Aid:Ginny Bergstrom/Frank Farrell) (first 10/18)
last 10/20
++++Waterton Canyon
Black-throated Blue Warbler --see map (Tom Wilberding) first 10/19

Larimer County
++++Lake Loveland
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Christine Sparks/Nick Komar) (first 10/14) 9;
last 10/21
++++Buckingham Lake
Bonaparte's Gull (2) (Nick Komar) first 10/21
++++Boyd Lake State Park
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Nick Komar) (first 9/30) again 10/20
++++Arapahoe Bend Natural Area
Common Loon (Lori Pivonka) first 10/20
++++Elder Reservoir
Common Loon (Joshua Smith) (first 10/10) last 10/19
++++Tri-Lakes Area
Common Loon (Nick Komar/Joshua Smith) (first 10/14) 2; last 10/19
++++Grandview Cemetery
Eastern Screech-Owl (Joshua Smith) last 10/18
++++Rocky Mountain National Park
(Be sure to check Trail Ridge Road status before visiting, weather will
close down)
Brown-capped Rosy Finch
--Alpine Visitor's Center (Michael Yuan) last 10/17

Pueblo County
++++Pueblo City Park
Eastern Phoebe (David Dowell) first 10/21
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Lesser Black-backed Gull (John Bruder/David Dowell) (first 10/13) last

Weld County
++++Union Reservoir
Red-necked Phalarope (Pheneger/Nick Moore) (first 10/17) last 10/19
Arctic Tern (Mlodinow:Dowell/Nick Moore) (first 10/17) last 10/19


Bent County
++++Fort Lyons Wildlife Easement Area & Wildlife Area
Harris's Sparrow (Joel Adams) first 10/21
++++Lake Hasty Campgrounds
Eastern Bluebird (4) (Joel Adams) last 10/21
++++Tempel Grove
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Dan Stringer:Tom Whitten) first 10/20

Crowley County
++++Lake Meredith
Common Loon (David Dowell) first 10/21
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Dowell) first 10/21

Kiowa County
++++Neenoshe Reservoir
Black-bellied Plover (Joel Adams) first 10/21
Pectoral Sandpiper (Joel Adams) first 10/21
Laughing Gull (Mlodinow/Joel Adams) (reported 10/15) again 10/21
Chestnut-collared Longspur (20) (Mlodinow/Adams) (first 10/15) 2; last
++++Neegronda Reservoir
Chestnut-collared Longspur (3) (Mlodinow/Adams) (first 10/15) 2; last


Yuma County
++++Fox Ranch Nature Conservancy
Greater Prairie-Chicken (Washburn:Stevens) first 10/20
Harris's Sparrow (Kaempfer/Washburn:Stevens) first (first 10/14) last
Field Sparrow (Kaempfer/Washburn:Stevens) first (first 10/14) last 10/20
++++Bonny Reservoir Area
Red-bellied Woodpecker --Forster Grove (Norm Lewis) last 10/20
Sprague's Pipit --Pipit Hill (Richard Stevens/Jacob Washburn) (first
9/21) 1; last 10/19
Eastern Bluebird (1) --Hale (Washburn) last 10/19
Eastern Screech-Owl --Hale Ponds (Washburn) last 10/19
Eastern Screech-Owl (2) --Republican River/east/hwy 385 (Washburn) last
Long-eared Owl --foster's grove (Washburn) last 10/19


Archuleta County
++++Pagosa Springs & area
Lewis's Woodpecker (14) --San Juan Riverwalk (Charles Martinez) last

Chaffee County
++++Chaffee County
Pinyon Jay (14) --Hwy 24, see map (Erthal) last 10/20

Clear Creek County
++++Guanella Pass
White-tailed Ptarmigan (6) (Stevens & all) last 10/21

La Plata County
++++Huck Finn Pond & Animas River Trail
Fox Sparrow (red form) (Ryan Votta) (first 10/20) last 10/21
Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored) (Ryan Votta) (first 10/19) last 10/21
Fox Sparrow (red sub-species) (Jason St. Pierre) (first 10/15) last 10/21
(Front yard at 3508 Earl Street, visitors may sit on front porch)
++++Colorado Trail
Williamson's Sapsucker (Susan Allerton) first 10/21
(Trailhead to Junction Creek Bridge at 2.6 miles)

Mesa County
++++Snooks Bottom Open Space
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Wayne Baumgartner) reported 10/21
++++James Robb Colorado River State Park
Black Phoebe (Mike Henwood) last 10/19
Surf Scoter --Book Cliff Pond (Ron Lambeth/Mike Henwood) (first 10/17)
last 10/18

Moffat County
++++Loudy Simpson Park
Swamp Sparrow (Jan Leonard) first 10/18

Montrose County
++++East 5th Avenue, Nucla
Pinyon Jay (53) (Dexter:Wright) (first 9/15) 41; last 10/20
++++South of Montrose
Tundra Swan/Trumpeter Swan (Sandy Beranich) first 10/18
(south side Uncompahgre River on east side of Highway 550 just before the
highway crosses
the river immediately before the turnoff onto Chipeta Road at the Ute
++++Nucla Town Reservoir
Pinyon Jay (4) (Dexter:Wright) last 10/18
Sagebrush Sparrow (Dexter:Wright) (first 10/14) 3; last 10/18

Park County
++++Wade Elk Lodge
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (3) (Alex Oliver) first 10/21
++++Lake George
Swamp Sparrow (David Elwonder:John Druder) reported 10/20

Good Birding!

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Amy Davenport, Secretary, Colorado Birding Society Denver, CO
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