Date: 11/30/17 4:11 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for November 30, 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
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NOTE: To reduce length of report, only recent sightings listed; visit
Colorado Birding Society's website everyday for additional sightings!

Reports added: 11/29/2017
Adams (Harris's Sparrow)
Arapahoe (Swamp Sparrow)
Clear Creek (White-tailed Ptarmigan, American Three-toed Woodpecker)
Crowley (Bonaparte's Gull)
Douglas (Brant, Greater Scaup)
El Paso (Greater White-fronted Goose)
Larimer (Red-necked Grebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Eastern Screech-Owl)
Mesa (Black Phoebe)
Morgan (Long-eared Owl)
Ouray (Common Loon)
Pueblo (Barrow's Goldeneye, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed
Weld (Common Redpoll, Iceland Gull, Fox Sparrow, Greater White-fronted


Adams County
++++First Creek Trail
Harris's Sparrow (John Breitsch) first 11/29
++++South Platte Birding Area
Barrow's Goldeneye --south/88th avenue (Dale Pate/Norm Lewis) (first
11/20) last 11/28
Pacific Loon --89th Avenue Pond (Chuck Aid) first 11/28
++++Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Greater Scaup (2) (Michaels/Candice Johnson) (first 11/18) last 11/27

Arapahoe County
++++Cherry Creek Reservoir
Swamp Sparrow --Pelican Point (Richard Stevens/David Chernack) (first
11/3) last 11/29
++++Clement Park
Greater White-fronted Goose (Soctt Somershoe/Phil Lyon) (first 11/11)
last 11/28
Great Egret (Bruce Snyder) first 11/26
++++Ketring Park and Lake
Swamp Sparrow --small marsh near Lake (Jared Del Rosso) (first 11/11)
again 11/26
++++South Platte Park
Greater Scaup (2) --C470 area (Christopher Warneke/Ben Sampson) (first
11/24) last 11/26

Boulder County
++++Pella Crossing Area
Harris's Sparrow (Carl Starace) first 11/28
++++Twin Lakes Open Space
Hammond's Flycatcher (Jeff Parks/Leslie S) (first 11/19) last 11/26
++++Boulder Reservoir complex
Swamp Sparrow (Pheneger) first 11/26
++++Walden Ponds
Harris's Sparrow (Tracy Rackauskas/Candice Johnson) (first 11/24) 2; last
(near the barbed-wire fence on the west side of the "Ricky Weiser
++++Dodd Reservoir
Greater White-fronted Goose (Luke Pheneger) (first 11/4) last 11/26

Broomfield County
++++Plaster Reservoir
Common Yellowthroat (Matt Hofedtz) last 11/26

Douglas County
++++Twenty-mile Pond at Bar CCC Park
Brant (Cheri Phillips/Tom Wilberding) (first 11/11) last 11/29
(also check field at northwest corner of Plaza Drive & 20-Mile road; 0.7
miles north of pond)
++++Salisbury Equestrian Park
Greater Scaup (2) (Nancy Davis/Tim Ryan) (first 11/20) 1; last 11/29
++++Walker Gravel Pit
Greater Scaup (2) (Cheri Phillips/Meg Reck:Diane Roberts) (first 11/11)
3; last 11/28

El Paso County
++++Prospect Lake at Memorial Park, Colorado Springs
Greater White-fronted Goose (Steve Getty/John Bruder) (first 11/25) last

Jefferson County
++++Robert A. Easton Regional Park
White-throated Sparrow (Frank Farrell) last 11/28
++++Belmar Historic Park
Greater White-fronted Goose (2) (Frank Farrell) last 11/27

Larimer County
++++Dry Creek Reservoir
Red-necked Grebe (Nick Komar:Walter Wehtje) first 11/29
++++Horseshoe Lake
Lesser Black-backed Gull (up to 7) (Michael Britten) 7; last 11/29
++++Grandview Cemetery
Eastern Screech-Owl (David Leatherman) last 11/29
++++College Lake
Greater Scaup (Nick Komar) (first 11/27) last 11/28
++++Timnath Reservoir
Common Loon (Bob Righter/Nick Komar) (first 11/3) last 11/28
++++Wellington Wildlife Area, Cobb Lake
Pacific Loon (Mlodinow) first 11/28
Common Loon (Nick Komar/Mlodinow) (first 11/27) 3; last 11/28
Glaucous Gull (1st cycle) (Nick Komar) reported 11/26
Possible Slaty-backed Gull (Komar) (first 11/25) last 11/26
(Best viewed from CR 56; best times: 4:00-4:30 pm)
++++Lake Loveland
Iceland Gull (Michael Britten) first 11/27
Lesser Black-backed Gull (7) (Komar/Michael Britten) 3; last 11/27
++++CSU Environmental Learning Center to Cattail Chorus
Black-and-white Warbler --near parking lot (Damion Strommer/Walter
Wehtje) (first 11/25) last 11/26
++++Rawhide Reservoir
Pacific Loon (Nick Komar:Austin Hess) first 11/26
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Komar:Hess) first 11/26
++++Stearns Lake
Greater White-fronted Goose (Randall Siebert) first 11/26
Swamp Sparrow (Randall Siebert) first 11/26

Pueblo County
++++Pueblo City Park
Barrow's Goldeneye (2) (Hurtado/Alan Ketcham) (first 11/25) 3; last 11/29
Carolina Wren (Percival/John Drummond) (first 11/15) last 11/27
(Arkansas River Trail--east of Pueblo Blvd)
Yellow-throated Warbler --northeast corner (Mark Yaeger/Drummond) (first
11/19) last 11/27
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Paul Hurtado) first 11/25
(All above unless otherwise stated: Arkansas River trail: Reservoir Road
to train bridge)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Mark Yaeger/Paul Hurtado) (first 11/17) last
Chipping Sparrow (Mlodinow) first 11/25
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Alan Ketcham) 2; last 11/29
Great Black-backed Gull (adult) (Percival/Ketcham) (first 11/7) last 11/29
Bonaparte's Gull (197) (John Drummond) 4; last 11/27

Weld County
++++Crow Valley Campground
Common Redpoll (35) (David Leatherman/Sue Riffe) (first 11/28) last 11/29
(group picnic area to fenceline to Work Center)
++++Black Hollow Reservoir
Iceland Gull (2) (Mlodinow/Sue Riffe) (first 11/28) last 11/29
Lesser Black-backed Gull (3) (Mlodinow) first 11/28
Great Black-backed Gull (Mlodinow) reported 11/28
++++Greeley Gravel Ponds at 35th Avenue
Fox Sparrow (red) (Aaron Yappert) first 11/29
Greater White-fronted Goose (Gary Lefko/Yappert) (first 11/27) last 11/29
Varied Thrush (Shawn Mason) first 11/28
++++Adams and Bunker Reservoirs
Greater White-fronted Goose (Steve Mlodinow/Sue Riffe) (first 11/28) last
Snow Bunting (3) (Steve Mlodinow) first 11/28
++++County Road 111 (btw CR 124-136)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (6) (Mlodinow) last 11/28
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (5) (Mlodinow) reported 11/28
Longspurs (3 species) (Mlodinow) first 11/28
++++Newell Lake
Greater White-fronted Goose (2) (Gary Lefko) first 11/27
++++Union Reservoir & area
Pacific Loon (Mlodinow/Mark Amershek) (first 11/9) last 11/26
Common Loon (Bill Prather/Amershek) (first 10/28) 2; last 11/26
Bonaparte's Gull (3) (Mlodinow:Pheneger/Amershek) (first 10/17) 19; last


Baca County
++++County Road C
Pinyon Jay (120) --btw Oklahoma Line & CR 8 (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first
++++Cottonwood Canyon
Eastern Bluebird (3) --see map (Mihm-Dunning) first 11/28
++++Two Buttes Reservoir & area
Winter Wren (4) (David Dowell:Tim Smart/Mihm-Dunning) (first 11/26) 1;
last 11/28
Harris's Sparrow (4) (David Dowell:Tim Smart/Mihm-Dunning) (first 11/26)
last 11/28

Bent County
++++Blue Lake
Black-bellied Plover (Brooke:Teuton) first 11/26
Common Loon (1) (Leatherman:Thompson/Dan Brooke) (first 11/2) last 11/26
Bonaparte's Gull (24) (Brooke) first 11/26

Crowley County
++++Lake Henry
Bonaparte's Gull (12) (Brooke/Kathy Mihm-Dunning) (first 11/26) 1; last
Long-tailed Duck (female) (David Chaffin/Dan Brooke) (first 11/15) last
Common Loon (David Chaffin/Brooke) (first 11/15) last 11/26

Las Animas County
++++Cottonwood Canyon
Winter Wren (Mihm-Dunning) last 11/28

Otero County
++++Vogel Canyon
Common Redpoll (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first 11/25


Logan County
++++Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area
Greater Prairie-Chicken (5) --CR 385 (Bill Kaempfer) first 11/24

Morgan County
++++Jackson Reservoir & area
Long-eared Owl (Stevens:Michaels) 1; last 11/29
Swamp Sparrow (Stevens:Michaels) first 11/28
White-throated Sparrow (2) (Mlodinow/Stevens:Michaels) (first 9/30) last
Eastern Screech-Owl (Stevens:Michaels) last 11/28
++++Fort Morgan Ponds
Eastern Bluebird (3) (Riley Morris/Stevens:Michaels) (first 11/26) last
++++Riverside Park; Fort Morgan
Greater White-fronted Goose (Riley Morris/Stevens:Michaels) (first 11/19)
last 11/27
Snowy Owl (David Dowell) first 11/25
(I76, east of exit 80, south of Park)


Clear Creek County
++++Guanella Pass
White-tailed Ptarmigan (12) (Mark Amershek) last 11/28
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Amershek) last 11/28
++++Loveland Pass
White-tailed Ptarmigan (1) (Stevens & all) last 11/19
(hill north of first pullover south of Pass and west of Hwy 9)

Delta County
++++G50 Road
Great Egret --G50 & CR 1250 (Glenn Pearson/Rick Harner) first (first
11/10) last 11/27

Fremont County
++++Arkansas Riverwalk
Western Screech-Owl --Raynolds parking lot (Kevin & Jerry DeBoer) last

Jackson County
++++County Road 26b
Greater Sage-Grouse (1) --CR 26b (Stevens:Kosten) last 11/26
++++Colorado State Forest
American Three toed Woodpecker
(1) --Ranger Lakes (Stevens:Kosten) last 11/23
(m) --Across Hwy 14/north of Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center
(Stevens:Kosten) last 11/22
Boreal Owl
(1) --Ruby Jewell Road (Washburn:Simmons/Stevens:Kosten) (first 5/8) last
(2) --Ranger Lakes area (Stevens:Michaels) last 11/12

Mesa County
++++Highline Lake State Park
Black Phoebe (Ronda Woodward/Katey Buster) (first 11/12) last 11/29
++++James Robb Colorado River State Park
White-winged Scoter (Denise & Mark Vollmar/Henwood:Cunningham) (first
11/11) last 11/28
++++Whitewater Gravel Ponds
Long-tailed Duck (Coen Dexter:Brenda Wright/McGinley:Stegall) (first
11/25) last 11/28
Common Loon (Dexter:Wright/Woodward:Stegall) (first 11/25) last 11/28

Montrose County
++++East 5th Avenue, Nucla
Pinyon Jay (53) (Dexter:Wright) (first 9/15) 25; last 11/27

Ouray County
++++Ridgway State Park
Common Loon (3) (Coen Dexter:Brenda Wright/Betty Fenton) (first 10/31) 2;
last 11/29

Park County
++++Antero Reservoir
Tundra Swan (3) (Somershoe:Shoup/Ketcham) (first 11/9) 21; last 11/27
Red-necked Grebe (3) (Bushong/Ketcham) (first 11/25) last 11/27

Routt County
++++Stagecoach Recreational Area
Surf Scoter (Litteral/Nick Korte) (first 11/16) last 11/28
White-winged Scoter (2) (Tom Litteral/Korte) (first 11/12) last 11/28
Barrow's Goldeneye (2) (Litteral/Korte) (first 11/12) 20; last 11/28

San Miguel County
++++Mountain Village
White-throated Sparrow (Eric Hynes) first 11/26
(big billies trail toward country club drive)

Summit County
++++Dillon Reservoir
Barrow's Goldeneye (2+) (Tom Wilberding/Bushong) (first 11/19) last 11/26

Good Birding!

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