Date: 11/17/17 3:12 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 November 2017
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT
Date: November 17, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, November 17 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 changed.

Greater White-fronted Goose (Boulder, *Douglas, Jefferson, Kiowa,
Montezuma, *Sedgwick)
BRANT (*Douglas)
Cackling Goose (Boulder, Kiowa, Pueblo)
Trumpeter Swan (Mesa)
Tundra Swan (*Adams, Boulder, Larimer, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma)
Greater Scaup (Kiowa, *Mesa, Routt)
Surf Scoter (Custer, Jackson, *Routt, San Miguel)
White-winged Scoter (Custer, Logan/Sedgwick, Mesa, Montezuma, *Routt, San
Long-tailed Duck (Crowley, Mesa)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Douglas, *Eagle, Montezuma, *Routt)
Northern Bobwhite (Arapahoe)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Arapahoe, Fremont, Larimer, Otero)
Sandhill Crane (Jackson, Moffat)
Sanderling (Pueblo)
Least Sandpiper (Kiowa)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Greater Yellowlegs (Mesa, Moffat)
Black-legged Kittiwarke (Logan/Sedgwick, *Sedgwick)
Mew Gull (Logan/Sedgwick)
Iceland Gull (Kiowa, Larimer, Logan/Sedgwick, Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Pacific Loon (Boulder, Weld)
Great Egret (Delta, Otero)
Cattle Egret (Kiowa)
Osprey (Jefferson)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (Morgan)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Kiowa)
Chihuahuan Raven (Kiowa)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Kiowa)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Morgan, Phillips)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Kiowa, Mesa)
Eastern Bluebird (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Varied Thrush (Boulder)
Brown Thrasher (Jefferson)
Bohemian Waxwing (*Routt)
American Pipit (Douglas, Kiowa, San Miguel)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Mesa, Weld)
Common Redpoll (Adams, Boulder, Denver,*Larimer, Weld)
Red Crossbill (Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer)
Lapland Longspur (Kiowa)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa)
Chipping Sparrow (Denver)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson, *Mesa, Otero, Pueblo)
Swamp Sparrow (Broomfield, Larimer)
White-throated Sparrow (*Mesa, Montrose, Otero)
Harris’s Sparrow (Larimer)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Weld)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Jefferson)
Common Yellowthroat (Broomfield, Weld)
Yellow Warbler (Mesa)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (*Mesa, Pueblo)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Boulder)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Boulder)

---On November 10 at First creek at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, Lorraine
Lanning reported 2 Common Redpoll. On November 12 at First Creek at Rocky
Mountain Arsenal NWR, John Breitsch reported Common Redpoll.
---On November 12 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR Lower Derby, Bruce Snyder
reported Tundra Swan. On November 15 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR Lower
Derby Lake, Sara Leavesley and Eric DeFonso reported Tundra Swan.

---On November 11 at Cherry Creek SP north of Lake Loop, Glenn Walbek
reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On November 12 at Cherry Creek SP, Ben Sampson reported Spotted
---On November 14 at deKoevend Park Bart Deferme reported Northern
Bobwhite. On November 15 at DeKoevend Park, Steven Rash reported Northern

---On November 9 at Stearns Lake, Mark Minner-Lee reported 7 Tundra Swans
(3 ad, 4 imm). On November 10 at Stearns Lake, Peter Gent and Chuck
Hundertmark reported juv Tundra Swan and 2000 Cackling Geese. On November
11 at Stearns Lake, David Ely and Matt Hofeditz reported juv Tundra Swan.
On November 12 at Stearns Lake, Austin Hess and Michael McCloy reported
Tundra Swan.
---On November 11 at Boulder Reservoir, Peter Gent reported Pacific Loon.
---On November 11 at CU South, Peter Burke reported Lincoln’s Sparrow. On
November 12 at CU South, Laura Steadman reported Common Redpoll, Lincoln’s
Sparrow and Harris’s Sparrow; Melissa Metzger reported Tundra Swan and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On November 11 in Louisville in fields along Empire Road, Jack Bushong
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On November 11 at Skunk Creek behind Basemar Shopping Center, Topi
Martinez reported a Varied Thrush. On November 13 at Skunk Creek behind
Basemar Shopping Center, Peter Gent and many other birders reported m
Varied Thrush; Bill Kaempfer and many other birders reported m
Black-throated Blue Warbler; Bill Kaempfer and Loch Kilpatrick reported
Black-throated Gray Warbler. On November 14 at Skunk Creek behind Basemar,
Michael McCloy, Austin Hess, and Joshua Smith reported Varied Thrush and
Black-throated Blue Warbler; many other birders also reported the two
birds. On November 16, at Skunk Creek behind Basemar, Luke Pheneger and
many other birds reported Black-throated Blue Warbler.
---On November 12 at Walden Ponds, Michael McCloy, Austin Hess, Christy
Payne, and Peter Burke reported Tundra Swan.

--- On November 11 at Plaster Reservoir, Matt Hofeditz reported 1st year f
Common Yellowthroat and 2 Swamp Sparrows.
---On November 12 at Interlocken East Park, David Ely reported 30 Red
Crossbills and 18 Pygmy Nuthatches.

---On November 15 at Lake Henry, David Chaffin reported f Long-tailed Duck.

---On November 13 at DeWeese Reservoir, Rich Miller reported 3 White-winged
Scoters and one unidentified scoter. On November 14 at DeWeese Reservoir,
Brandon Percival reported 3 White-winged Scoters and Surf Scoter.

---On November 12 on G50 Road W of Delta, Betty Fenton reported Great
Egret. On Novmeber 13 on G50 Rd,m Rick Harner reported Great Egret.

---On November 11 at Bluff Lake NC, Alan Peryam and Colleen Mamsfield
reported 2 Chipping Sparrows.
---On November 11 at First creek at DEN Open Space, Renee Casias reported
Common Redpoll.

---On November 11 at Bar CCC Park, Cheri Phillips reported BRANT. On
November 12 at Bar CCC Park and nearby in Parker, Paul Turelli and Cheri
Phillips and many other birders reported BRANT. On November 13 at Bar CCC
Park, Cynthia Kristensen reported Dark-bellied BRANT. On November 16 at
Bar CCC Park in Parker, Loch Kilpatrick, John Drummond, Tim Ryan, and Mary
Burger reported BRANT and 2 Greater White-fronted Geese.
---On November 11 at Walker Road Gravel Pond, Cynthia Kristensen reported
Barrow’s Goldeneye and American Pipit.
---On November 16 at Walker Pit, Hugh Kingery reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.

---On November 16 at Ruedi Reservoir, Vic Zerbi reported 3 Barrow’s

---On November 11 at Walden Reservoir, Tom Litteral reported Surf Scoter
and 105 Sandhill Cranes.

---On November 13 at Majestic View Park, Frank Farrell and Aaron Shipe
reported Brown Thrasher and Brown-headed Cowbird.
---On November 11 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Scott Somershoe
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On November 11 at Mount Falcon Park, Jan Gorski reported 6 Eastern
---On November 14 on Bear Creek Greenbelt from S Kipling Pkwy to S
Wadsworth Blvd, Mary Burger reported an Osprey.
---On November 14 at Belmar Historic Park, Bez bezuidehout reported imm
Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On November 14 at Bear Creek Lake Park Big Soda Lakes N Trail, Pam
Zimmer reported Spotted Sandpiper.
---On November 15 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Diane Roberts
reported Greater White-fronts Goose.

---On November 12 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Greater
White-fronted Goose, 17 Least Sandpipers, 2 Chihuahuan Ravens, 50 Lapland
Longspurs, 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
---On November 12 at Upper Queens/Neeskah Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow
reported Greater White-fronted Goose, juv Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull,
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and 10 Lapland Longspur.
---On November 12 at Lower Queens Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 4
Eastern Bluebirds, 15 Lapland Longspurs, and American Pipit.
---On November 12 at Neegronda Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 7 Greater
Scaup and Lapland Longspur.

---On November 11 at Running Deer NA in Fort Collins, Joe Mammoser reported
ad Swamp Sparrow in marsh.
---On November 11 at Dry Creek Reservoir, Walter Wehtje and Nick Komar
reported ad Tundra Swan.
---On November 11 at Cattail Pond, Nick Komar and Walter Wehtje reported
leucistic Red-necked Grebe.
---On November 14 at Grandview Cemetery, Nick Komar reported Red Crossbill
– Type 2.
---On Novmeber 15 at Spring Canyon Community Park, Walter Wehtje reported
---On November 15 in Rocky Mountain NP Cub Lake and Trail, Inez Whipple
reported 12 Common Redpoll.
---On November 16 at Lory SP, half way down Kimmons Trail, Kevin Keirn
reported 3 Common Redpoll.

---On November 14 at Jumbo Reservoir, Cole Wild reported Black-legged
Kittiwake and White-winged Scoter. On November 14 at Jumbo Reservoir,
Steve Larson reported Black-legged Kittiwake, White-winged Scoter, 2 1st
winter Mew Gulls, and ad Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull.

---On November 11 at Vega Reservoir, Ronda Woodward and Deb Stegall
reported 3 White-winged Scoters.
---On November 10 at Highline Lake SP, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 8
Tundra Swans (2 ad, 6 juv) and 3 Common Loon; Mike Henwood and Gary Atwood
reported 8 Tundra Swans. On November 11 at Highline Lake SP, Carol
Ortenzio and JoAnn RIggle reported 8 Tundra Swans (2 ad, 6 juv); Ortenzio
also reported Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. On November 12 at Highline Lake SP,
Ronda Woodward and Deb Stegall reported 8 Tundra Swans and Black Phoebe.
On November 13 at Highline Lake SP, JoAnn Riggle reported 8 Tundra Swans
and 15 Trumpeter Swans. On November 14 at Highline Lake SP, Carol Ortenzio
reported 10 Tundra Swan (3 ad, 7 juv). On November 16 at Highline Lake SP,
Connee Moffat reported 10 Tundra Swans.
---On November 11 at Colorado River SP Fruita Section, Mike Henwood
reported juv White-winged Scoter, Black Phoebe and 2 juv Chestnut-sided
Warblers; Carol Ortenzio reported White-winged Scoter and Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher; Jerry and Linda Elling reported White-winged Scoter. On
Novmeber 12 at Colorado River SP Fruita Section, Chestnut-sided Warbler was
reported by Jackson Trappett, Katey Buster, Carol Ortenzio, and Lee Stigen,
JoAnn RIggle, and Betty Fenton; White-winged Scoter was reported by Ronda
Woodward and Deb Stegall and Betty Fenton. On November 13 at Colorado
River SP Fruita Section, JoAnn Riggle reported White-winged Scoter, Yellow
Warbler, and Chestnut-sided Warbler; Vic Zerbi reported Chestnut-sided
---On November 15 at Jerry Creek Reservoir SWA, Mike Henwood reported
Greater Yellowlegs. On November 16 at Colorado River SP Fruita Section,
Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 2 f Greater Scaup and Chestnut-sided
---On November 15 at Powderhorn Ski Area, Mike Henwood reported 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.
---On November 16 at Grand Junction WA, Katey Buster and Mike Henwood
reported White-throated Sparrow and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

---On November 12 at Moffat County Road Dept ponds, Jan Leonard reported 6
Tundra Swans, 4 Sandhill Cranes, and 3 Greater Yellowlegs.
---On November 15 at pond off Hwy 13 beween turnoffs to Craig Station and
Trapper Mine, Forrest Luke 6 Tundra Swans (2 ad, 4 juv) and 4 Greater

---On November 11 at Narraguinnep reservoir, Erik Hendrickson reported
Tundra Swan, White-winged Scoter.
---On November 11 at McPhee Reservoir, Erik Hendrickson reported 4 Barrow’s
---On November 14 at Centennial Park, Jim Beatty reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.

---On November 11 at Nucla Domestic Reservoir, Coen Dexter and Brenda
Wright reported White-throated Sparrow.

---On November 13 at Holbrook Reservoir, David Chaffin reported Red-necked
Grebe. On November 14 at Holbrook Reservoir, Stan Oswald reported Great
Egret and Red-necked Grebe.

---On November 11 at Valco Ponds SWA, Mark Yaeger reported 4 Lincoln’s
---On November 12 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported 2 f-type
Black Scoter, ad Great Black-backed Gull, juv Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull.
---On November 15 at Pueblo Reservoir, Robb Hinds reported ad Great
Black-backed Gull.
---On November 15 along Arkansas River in Pueblo, Brandon Percival
reported Chestnut-sided Warbler.

---On November 12 at Stagecoach Reservoir, Tom Litteral reported 2
White-winged Scoters and 2 Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Tresa Moulton reported
Greater Scaup and 2 White-winged Scoters.
---On November 12 at Stagecoach Reservoir, Tom Litteral reported Surf
Scoter, White-winged Scoter, 11 Barrow’s Goldeneyes and just east of
reservoir dam on CR 18, Tom Litteral reported 80 Bohemian Waxwings.

---On November 13 at Miramonte Reservoir, George Steele reported 4 Surf
Scoters, 2 White-winged Scoters, and 5 American Pipits.

---On November 16 at Jumbo Reservoir, Aaron Yappert reported 9 Greater
White-fronted Geese and Black-legged Kittiwake.

---On November 11 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Pacific Loon
and Common Yellowthroat.
---On November 11 at CR 136 W of CR 111, Gene Rutherford reported 8
Sharp-tailed Grouse.
---On November 11 at CR 136 W of CR 105, Gene Rutherford reported
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.
---On November 12 at Union Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported Pacific Loon
and 1st winter LITTLE GULL; later in the day Luke Pheneger, Susan and
Maikel Wise, and Ginny Bergstrom were able to refind the Pacific Loon and
---On November 12 in Platteville, Bill Hutchinson reported Golden-crowned
---On November 13 at CR 26 and CR 5 going north, near Union Reservoir, Bob
and Nancy Bierling reported Common Redpoll.

DFO Field Trip:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 18 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT;
Directions: From I-70 exit 267, take kipling south about ¾ miles and turn
right (west) on 44th Ave. Go one mil.e west. Look for entrance to
Prospect Park on your left (South). Meet at 0800 just inside the park in
the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
This is a trip with easy walking that is accessible for mobility
impaired individual. Bring water and a snack; lunch optional. Register
online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 19 will be to Lakes of Lakewood,
Belmar Park led by Alison Kondler (BirdingByEar AT; 303-904-9140).
Meet at Belmar Historic Park at 0900 in parking lot near the lake. Belmar
is at 800 South Wadsworth Blvd in Lakewood. From Alameda and Wadsworth, go
south on Wadsworth, turn west at the light on West Ohio Ave. Drive a short
2 blocks to the parking lot behind the buildings.
Will start at Belmar, then drive to various ponds, lakes, and reservoir
in Lakewood look for ducks and other winter birds. Bring binoculars,
water, and snacks. Scopes are optional. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine

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