Date: 10/29/17 3:37 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 October 2017
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: October 29, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, October 29 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, Larimer)
Cackling Goose (Larimer)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, *Jackson, Montrose)
Wood Duck (Otero)
Greater Scaup (Routt)
Surf Scoter (*Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Jefferson, Mesa,
Montezuma, *Pueblo, San Miguel)
White-winged Scoter (Montezuma, San Miguel)
Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Routt)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (San Miguel)
Red-necked Grebe (*Weld, Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Douglas, La Plata)
Common Poorwill (*El Paso)
Sora (*Mesa, Otero)
Sandhill Crane (Delta, Kiowa, Teller)
Black-bellied Plover (El Paso, Kiowa)
Sanderling (Pueblo)
Pectoral Sandpiper (*Jackson, Kiowa, Weld)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Kiowa)
Solitary Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Pomarine Jaeger (Arapahoe)
Black-legged Kittiwake (*Pueblo)
Sabine’s Gull (Otero, Pueblo)
Common Tern (Boulder, Crowley, Denver, Pueblo)
Red-throated Loon (*Denver)
Common Loon (*Boulder, *Denver, *Jackson, Larimer, Montezuma, *Pueblo,
*Weld)
American Bittern (Jefferson)
Snowy Egret (*Boulder, Mesa)
Cattle Egret (Kiowa)
White-faced Ibis (Jefferson)
Bald Eagle (Crowley)
Northern Pygmy-Owl (El Paso)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Kiowa)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Bent)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (La Plata, Montrose)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Larimer)
Willow Flycatcher (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Morgan)
Northern Shrike (Fremont, Lincoln)
Blue-headed Vireo (*Pueblo)
Steller’s Jay (Denver)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Kiowa)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Kiowa)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Morgan)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (*Douglas)
Eastern Bluebird (El Paso)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Sage Thrasher (Montrose)
Sprague’s Pipit (Yuma)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)
Red Crossbill (Bent, *Boulder, Pueblo)
White-winged Crossbill (Ouray)
Lesser Goldfinch (Denver)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa)
Hooded Warbler (Otero)
American Redstart (Larimer)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Jefferson)
Palm Warbler (Custer)
Yellow-throated Warbler (*Boulder)
Wilson’s Warbler (Custer)
Chipping Sparrow (Custer)
Clay-colored Sparrow (La Plata)
Brewer’s Sparrow (Weld)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Otero)
Swamp Sparrow (Boulder, Moffat, Park)
White-throated Sparrow (Boulder, Kiowa, La Plata, Otero, Pueblo)
Harris’s Sparrow (Kiowa, Larimer)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Mesa)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa, Montrose)
Fox Sparrow (La Plata, Montrose)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Garfield)
Black-headed Grosbeak (Boulder)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On October 28 at McKay Road Ponds, SE of interesetion of McKay Road and
104th Ave in Thornton, Adam Vesely reported 3 Surf Scoters.
ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---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.

BENT COUNTY:
---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.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---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
Scoters.
---On October 25 at Walden Ponds, Kevin Rutherford reported 6 Tundra Swans.
---On October 26 at Sombrero Marsh and Pond, Mike Hensley reported 6 Tundra
Swans.
---On October 26 at Walden Ponds, Chris Brobin reported Snowy Egret. On
October 27 at Walden Ponds, Ted Floyd reported Snowy Egret. On October 28
at Walden Ponds, Luke Pheneger et al reported 2 Snowy Egrets.
---On October 27 at Kettredge Ponds on University of Colorado Campus in
Boulder, Nick Moore reported Yellow-throated Warbler which was also seen by
Laura Steadman, Peter Gent, Nathan Pieplow, and Melissa Metzger. On
October 28, Nathan Pieplow reported 2 Red Crossbill Type 4 and the
Yellow-throated Warbler was see in pines between Fiske Planetarium and
Speech Language Hearing Services Building.
---On October 28 at Valmont Reservoir, Jeff Parks reported 6 loons.

CROWLEY COUNTY:
---On October 21 at Lake Meredith, David Dowell reported Commonn Loon and 2
ad Bald Eagles.

CUSTER COUNTY:
---On October 23 at DeWeese Reservoir, Rich Miller reported Western Palm
Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler and 4 Chipping Sparrows.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On October 26 at Crawford Reservoir, Dennis Garrison reported couple of
hundred Sandhill Cranes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---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
Lesser Goldfinch.
---On October 23 at Marston Reservoir West End, Doug Kibbe reported
Red-throated Loon and 4 Common Loon. On October 27 at Marston Reservoir,
Loch Kilpatrick reported Red-throated Loon and 2 Common Loon; Jeff Dawon
reported Red-throated Loon. On October 28 at Marston Reservoir, Jesse and
Renee Casias, and Frankie Toan Reported Red-throated Loon and 3 Common Loon.
---On October 27 at Marston Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported ad m Surf
Scoter in middle of lake.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On October 22 Laura Roberts reported White-winged Dove in Larkspur.
---On October 28 at Chatfield SP, Joey Kellner et al reported Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher on monthly bird walk.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On October 17 at Cheyenne Mountain SP, Rod Schmidt reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
---On October 20 on Milne Road, Jeff Dawson reported 3 Curve-billed
Thrasher.
---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
Plover.
---On October 26 at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Heidi Eaton reported Common
Poorwill. On October 27 at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Aaron and Pati Driscoll
reported Common Poorwill.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On October 26 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry De Boer reported Northern
Shrike.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On October 22 at Glenwood Canyon Grizzly Creek Rest Area, Soren Dinsmore
and Tracy Rackauskas reported imm m Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

JACKSON COUNTY:
---On October 28 at Walden Reservoir, David Dowell reported Common Loon and
2 Pectoral Sandpipers.
---On October 28 at 18 Island Reservoir, David Dowell reported 2 Tundra
Swans and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---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 25 at Tabor
Lake, Larry Versaw and Cheri Phillips 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 25 at South Platte Reservoir in SW Bay, Bart Deferme, Michael
Kiessig, and Chuck Aid reported 2 Surf Scoters.
---On October 25 at Chatfield SP Platte River Delta, Michael Kiessig, Bart
DeFerme, Chuck Aid, and Pam Zimmer reported White-faced Ibis. On October
26 Pam Zimmer reported White-faced Ibis at Platte River Delta at Chatfield
SP.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On October 20, Dan Stringer and Tom Whitten reported Tan Stripe
White-throated Sparrow, Black-bellied Plover, and Pectoral Sandpiper at
NeeNoshe Reservoir.
---On October 20 at Upper Queens, Dan Stringer and Tom Whitten reported
Red-headed Woodpecker.
---On October 20 at Lower Queens, Dan Stringer and Tom Whitten reported 4
Black-bellied Plover, 7 Pectoral Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and 30
Sandhill Cranes.
---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
Sparrow.
---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 26 at Vallecito Reservoir, Jason St. Pierre reported
White-throated Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---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
Three-toed Woodpecker.
---On October 24 at Greyrock Commons, Doug Swartz reported 2 Harris’s
Sparrows.
---On October 25 at Douglas Reservoir, David Wade reported Common Loon and
American Redstart.
---On October 27 at Lake Loveland, Norm Lewis reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.

LINCOLCN COUNTY:
---On October 21 at Hugo SWA, Norm Lewis reported Northern Shrike.

MESA COUNTY:
---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
Golden-crowned Sparrow.
---On October 22 at orchard Mesa Wildife Area, David Price reported
Sagebrush Sparrow.
---On October 25 and 26 at Ela Wildlife Sanctuary, Lucy El Pond Mike
Henwood reported Snowy Egret. On October 27 at Ela Wildlife Sanctuary,
Glenn Pearson reported Snowy Egret.
---On October 28 at Colorado River SP Fruita Section, Ronda Woodward
reported Sora.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On October 18 at Loudy-Simpson Nature Trail, Jan Leonard reported Swamp
Sparrow.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---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
Common Loon.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---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.

OTERO COUNTY:
---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 25 at Rocky Ford SWA, Stan Oswald reported 4 Wood Ducks and Sora.

OURAY COUNTY:
---On October 24 at Orvis Hots Springs, Ira Sanders reported 2 White-winged
Crossbills.

PARK COUNTY:
---On October 20 at Lake George, David Elwonger and John Druder reported
Swamp Sparrow.
---On October 21 at Wade Elk Lodge, Alec Oliver reported 3 Brown-capped
Rosy-Finch.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On October 19 at Valco Ponds, Brandon Percival reported 2 White-throated
Sparrows.
---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 25 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival report NO Surf Scoters,
Red-necked Grebe, juv Sabine’s Gull and 5 Common Loon.
---On October 27 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported Long-tailed
Duck, Red-necked Grebe, 5 Common Loon, and Common Tern.
---On October 28 at Pueblo Res SWA NW side, David Tonnessen reported 2 Surf
Scoters and Common Loon.
---On October 28 at Lake Beckwith in Colorado City, Dave Silverman reported
ad Black-legged Kittiwake between 0800 and 0900 but it disappeared after
0900.
---On October 28 at Pueblo Reservoir below day by footbridge that goes from
Snakeskin Picnic area to Swim Beach, N Side of Arkansas River, Brandon
Percival and Van Truan reported Blue-headed Vireo.

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On October 22 at Lake Catamount, Cait Boyd and JoAnn RIggle reported 2
Barrow’s Goldeneyes.
---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.

TELLER COUNTY:
---On October 22 at Mueller SP, Matt Newport reported 30 Sandhill Cranes.

WELD COUNTY:
---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 28 at Union Reservoir, Bill and Inez Prather reported
Red-necked Grebe in NW corner along cattails and Common Loon.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On October 25 at Pipit Hill in the Hale area, Norm Lewis reported
Sprague’s Pipit.

DFO Field 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.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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