Date: 10/25/17 3:26 am From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 25 October 2017
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: October 25, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, October 25 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
---On October 18 at Cherry Creek Reservoir, Bob Righter reported 3 loons,
one of which he identified as Common.
---On October 20 at Cherry Creek SP Swim Beach and Smoky Hill Shelter Area,
Cynthia Madsen and David Hill reported Pomarine Jaeger.
---On October 22 at Cherry Creek SP Mary Cay Burger reported the DFO Field
Trip had a f Surf Scoter best seen from Prairie Loop and Common Loon. On
October 24 at Cherry Creek SP, Bob Righter reported Surf Scoter.
---On October 22 on South Platte River from Union Ave south to footbridge,
Crystal Wilson reported Solitary Sandpiper.
---On October 20 at Melody Tempel Grove, Dan Stringer and Tom Whitten
reported Red-bellied Woodpecker.
---On October 21 at John Martin Reservoir, Joel Adams reported flyover Red
Crossbill on top of dam.
---On October 22 at Eldorado Canyon SP, Elizabeth Frazee reported pair of
Black-headed Grosbeaks near Visitors Center.
---On Ocober 22 at Golden Ponds in Longmont, Luke Pheneger reported
White-throated Sparrow and Swamp Sparrow.
---On October 24 at Baseline Reservoir, Luke Pheneger reported Common Loon.
---On October 24 at Valmont Reservoir, Luke Pheneger reported Common Loon.
---On October 24 at Boulder Reservoir, Luke Pheneger reported 2 Surf
---On October 21 at Lake Meredith, David Dowell reported Commonn Loon and 2
ad Bald Eagles.
---On October 23 at DeWeese Reservoir, Rich Miller reported Western Palm
Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler and 4 Chipping Sparrows.
---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.
---On October 22 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, Jason Bidgood reported
---On October 23 at Marston Reservoir West End, Doug Kibbe reported
Red-throated Loon and 4 Common Loon.
---On October 22 Laura Roberts reported White-winged Dove in Larkspur.
EL PASO COUNTY:
---On October 17 at Cheyenne Mountain SP, Rod Schmidt reported
---On October 20 on Milne Road, Jeff Dawson reported 3 Curve-billed
---On October 21 at Blodget Peak Open Space, Aiken Audubon field trip
reported Northern Pygmy Owl.
---On October 22 at Ramah Reservoir SWA, Robb Hines reported Black-bellied
---On October 22 at Glenwood Canyon Grizzly Creek Rest Area, Soren Dinsmore
and Tracy Rackauskas reported imm m Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
---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. On
October 18 the Surf Scoter at Tabor Lake was seen by Dough Kibbe, Jeff
Dawson, Bruce Snyder, and Meg Reck. On October 18 the Surf scoter at Tabor
Lake was seen by Karen Drozda, Lorraine Lanning, and Sarah Leavesley. On
October 20 at Tabor Lake, Mary Geder, Ira Sanders, Christy Payne, Cyndy
Johnson, Candice Johnson, Bez Bezuidenhoot, and Jerry Baines reported Surf
Scoter. On October 21 at Tabor Lake Michelle Pupkava and many other
birders reported Surf Scoter. On October 22 at Tabor Lake, Susan Rosine
and many other birders reported Surf Scoter. On October 23 at Tabor Lake,
Dale Pate, Tim Ryan, and Mark Amershek reported Surf Scoter. On October 24
at Tabor Lake, Weston Perry reported Surf Scoter.
---On October 18 at Harriman Lake Park, Chuck Aid and Michael Kiessig
reported American Bittern; Ginny Berstrom also saw it. On October 20 at
Harriman Lake Park, Frank Farrell reported American Bittern.
---On October 19 at Waterton Canyon from Waterton Road to overhead pipes,
Tom WIlberding reported Black-throated Blue Warbler.
---On October 18 on Trailmark Retention Pond, Cynthia Madsen and Janet Shin
reported Winter Wren.
---On October 22 at Harriman Lake, Brian Johnson reported Willow Flycatcher.
---On October 20, Dan Stringer and Tom Whitten reported Tan Stripe
White-throated Sparrow, Black-bellied Plover, and Pectoral Sandpiper at
---On October 20 at Upper Queens, Dan Stringer and Tom Whitten reported
---On October 20 at Lower Queens, Dan Stringer and Tom Whitten reported 4
Black-bellied Plover, 7 Pectoral Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and 30
---On October 21 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Joel Adams reported Black-bellied
Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Laughing Gull and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On October 18 Glenn Walbek reported PURPLE FINCH and Le CONTE’s SPARROW
somewhere in Kit Carson County. He gave no details
Of his photos on Facebook.
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 18 Jason St Pierre reported that the
Red Fox Sparrow continues in his yard. On October 19 Vic Zerbi reported
Red Fox Sparrow and White-winged Doves in St. Pierre yard.
---On October 17 at Pastorius Reservoir, Ed Rumberger reported Clay-colored
---On October 18 at Animas River Trail Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery area,
Ryan Votta reported Slate-colored Fox Sparrow. On October 20, Ryan Votta
reported Red Fox Sparrow at Animas River Trail Huck Finn Pond and Hatcher
area. On October 21, Ryan Votta reported both Slate-colored and Red Fox
Sparrow at Animas River Trail Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery area.
---On October 21 on Colorado Trail Durango Trailhead to June Creek Bridge
at 2.6 mi, Susan Allerton reported m Williamson’s Sapsucker.
---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.
---On October 18 at pond S of Wellinton on Clinton Avew, Lori Pivonka
reported Cackling Goose.
---On October 18 in Rocky Mountain NP, Alexa Boyes reported American
---On October 24 at Greyrock Commons, Dough Swartz reported 2 Harris’s
---On October 21 at Hugo SWA, Norm Lewis reported Northern Shrike.
---On October 17 Ron Lambeth reported Surf Scoter at Colorado River SP
Fruita Section. On October 18 the Surfscoter at Colorado River SP Fruita
Section was seen by Denise and Mark Vollmar, Mike Hendwood, Katey Buster,
Rhonda Woodward, and Rodene Harwood.
---On October 21 at Snooks bottom Open Space, Wayne Baumgartner reported
---On October 22 at orchard Mesa Wildife Area, David Price reported
---On October 18 at Loudy-Simpson Nature Trail, Jan Leonard reported Swamp
---On October 23 at Narraguinnep Reservoir, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported 3 Scoters, 2 were Surf Scoters and one was sleeping.
---On October 23 at McPhee Reservoir west arm, Coen Dexter and Brenda
wright reported 3 Scoters, 1 was White-winged and two were sleeping and a
---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.
---On October 18 S of Montrose E side of Hwy 550 on S side of Uncomphgre
River immediately after Chipeta Road, Jon Horn reported Tundra Swan.
---On October 16 at Holbrook Lake, Stan Oswald reported juv Sabine’s Gull.
---On October 22 at Rocky Ford SWA, Joey Kellner, David Dowell, and Kathy
Mihm Dunning reported ad m Hooded Warbler. Park at the west most parking
area (just east of Hwy 266). The warbler was on east side of pond.
---On October 24 at Orvis Hots Springs, Ira Sanders reported 2 White-winged
---On October 20 at Lake George, David Elwonger and John Druder reported
---On October 21 at Wade Elk Lodge, Alec Oliver reported 3 Brown-capped
---On October 19 at Valco Ponds, Brandon Percival reported 2 White-throated
---On October 22 at Pueblo Reservoir below dam, Brandon Percival reported 2
Red Crossbills and Common Loon.
---On October 24 at Lake Beckwith in Colorado City, Dave Silverman reported
3 juv type Surf Scoters.
---On October 24 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported 8 Surf
Scoters, juv Sabine’s Gull, and 2 Common Loon in SE part of reservoir.
---On October 22 at Lake Catamount, Cait Boyd and JoAnn RIggle reported 2
---On October 24 at Lake Catamount, Tresa Moulton reported 2 f Greater
Scaup and 2 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On October 22 at Miramonte Reservoir, Eric Hynes reported 15 Surf
Scoters in three groups of 3, 7, 5, Common Loon, and a fly-over Gunnison
Sage-Grouse. On October 23 at Miramonte Reservoir, Coen Dexter and Brenda
Wright reported Surf Scoters and 5+ White-winged Scoters.
---On October 22 at Mueller SP, Matt Newport reported 30 Sandhill Cranes.
---On October 17 at Eaton Cemetery, Steve Mlodinow reported Brewer’s
---On October 17 at Stewart’s Pond, Steve Mlodinow reported Mute Swan and 5
---On October 17 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and David Dowell
reported ARCTIC TERN and Luke and Tracy Pheneger reported Chestnut-collared
On October 18 at Union Reservoir, Nick Moore reported ARCTIC TERN.
DFO Field Trip
The DFO Field Trip for Friday, October 27 will be Littleton Lunch Hour
Birding led by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659) The
leader will notify participants of the meeting place and birding location
the day before the trip. Join the leader on his lunch hour for a 45-60
minute outing to one seasonally interesting location in Littleton. Plan
for some easy walking. You may eat lunch as we bird. Register online or
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, October 28 will be to Barr Lake State Park
led by Paul Slingsby (paslisngsby AT comcast.net; 303-422-3728). This trip
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, October 29 will be to Harriman Lake led by
Doris Cruze (cruzeduo AT aol.com; 303-798-8072). Meet at 0800 at Avoca
Park & Ride at the Southwest corner of S. Wadsworth and Hwy 285. Will bird
the area just west of the Park & Ride, then drive to Quincy to check areas
near the Federal Correctional facility. Harriman Lake Parking lot is at
Quincy and Kipling. Some walking on level trails. Bring binoculars, bird
book, water, snack and/or money for food when we make a rest stop at a fast
food place. Dress for changing eather conditions as the morning can be
cool be warms up before we finish. Register online or contact leader.