Date: 12/1/17 3:03 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 1 December 2017
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: December 1, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, December 1 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 (*El Paso, Jefferson, Phillips, *Weld)
BRANT (*Douglas)
Cackling Goose (Pueblo)
Mute Swan (Larimer)
Tundra Swan (Park, Weld)
Greater Scaup (Jefferson, Weld)
Surf Scoter (Routt)
White-winged Scoter (Mesa, Pueblo, Routt)
Long-tailed Duck (Crowley, *Mesa)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (*Chaffee, *Ouray, Pueblo, Routt)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Park, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso, Montezuma)
Sandhill Crane (*Boulder, *Delta, El Paso, Fremont, *Moffat)
Black-bellied Plover (Bent)
Sanderling (Pueblo)
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs (Douglas, Moffat)
Mew Gull (*El Paso, Pueblo)
Iceland Gull (Kiowa, Pueblo, Weld)
Glaucous Gull (Bent)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo, Weld)
Pacific Loon (Adams, *Weld)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Ouray)
Great Egret (Delta, Jefferson)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson)
SNOWY OWL (Morgan)
Hammond’s Flycatcher (Boulder)
Black Phoebe (*Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (Morgan)
Pinyon Jay (Baca, *Chaffee)
Steller’s Jay (Baca, *Mesa)
Chichuahuan Raven (El Paso)
Common Raven (Kiowa)
Mountain Chickadee (Baca)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Morgan, Phillips)
Winter Wren (Baca, Las Animas)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Adams, Mesa)
Eastern Bluebird (Adams, Baca, Denver)
Varied Thrush (Weld)
Brown Thrasher (Baca)
American Pipit (Pueblo)
Evening Grosbeak (Morgan)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Weld)
Common Redpoll (Boulder, Jefferson, *Otero, Weld)
Red Crossbill (Larimer, Pueblo)
Lapland Longspur (Bent, Kiowa, Larimer, Lincoln, *Otero, Pueblo, Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld)
McCown’s Longspur (Weld)
Snow Bunting (Weld)
Chipping Sparrow (Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Weld)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Baca, Jefferson, Otero)
Swamp Sparrow (Arapahoe)
White-throated Sparrow (*Mesa, Otero, San Miguel)
Harris’s Sparrow (*Adams, Baca, Boulder, Larimer)
Black-and-white Warbler (Larimer)
Common Yellowthroat (Broomfield)
Yellow Warbler (Mesa)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Pueblo)
Yellow-throated Warbler (*Pueblo)
Western Tanager (Mesa)
Northern Cardinal (*Otero)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On November 23 at First Creek at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, John
Brietsch reported 5 Eastern Bluebirds. On November 30 at First Creek at
Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, Eric DeFonso reported Harris’s Sparrow.
---On November 25 at South Platte River 74th Ave area, Brian Tavernia
reported Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
---On November 28 at South Platte River at 89th Aved pond. Chuck Aid
reported Pacific Loon.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On November 26 at Ketring Park and Lake, Jared Del Rosso reported Swamp
Sparrow.

BACA COUNTY:
---On November 27 at Cottonwood Canyon Southern Loop, Jill Smith reported
Steller’s Jay and Mountain Chickadees.
---On November 28 at Cottonwood Canyon Southern Approach, Kathy Mihm
Dunning reported Steller’s Jay and 3 Eastern Bluebirds.
---On November 28 at CR C between OK state line and CR 8, Kathy Mihm Dunnng
reported 120 Pinyon Jays.
---On November 28 at Two Buttes SWA below Dam, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Winter Wren, Brown Thrasher, Harris’s Sparrow and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

BENT COUNTY:
---On November 24 at John Martin Reservoir, Duane Nelson reported imm
Glaucous Gull.
---On November 26 at Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lake), Cheryl Teuton and
Dan Brooke reported Black-bellied Plover and 2 Lapland Longspurs.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On November 23 at Twin Lakes, Ginny Bergstrom reported Hammond’s
Flycatcher. On November 26 at Twin Lakes, Leslie S reported Hammond’s
Flycatcher.
---On November 23 at Boulder Reservoir, Earl Johnson reported Common
Redpoll.
---On November 24 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Luke Pheneger reported Harris’s
Sparrow was seen on the Great Boulder Caper. On November 25 at Walden
Ponds, Tim Mitzen reported 2 Harris’s Sparrows. On November 26 at Walden
Ponds, Candice Johnson reported 2 Harris’s Sparrows.
---On November 30 near Lagerman Reservoir, Kat Bradley-Bennett reported 24
Sandhill Cranes.
---On November 30 at Hall ranch W of Lyons, Emily Hertenstein reported
Sandhill Cranes.

BROOMFIELD COUNTY:
---On November 25 at Brunner Reservoir, David Ely reported Common
Yellowthroat.
---On November 26 at Plaster Reservoir, Matt Hofedtz reported Common
Yellowthroat.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On November 30 at Buena Vista Ice Pond as viewed from road, Christian
Hagenlocher reported 4 Barrow’s Goldeneyes and 280 Pinyon Jays.

CROWLEY COUNTY:
---On November 26 at Lake Henry, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported
Long-tailed Duck.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On November 12 on G50 Road W of Delta, Betty Fenton reported Great
Egret. On November 13 on G50 Rd, Rick Harner reported Great Egret. On
November 19 on G50 Road, Dennis Garrison reported Great Egret and thousands
of Sandhill Cranes. On November 21 on G50 Road, Betty Fenton reported
Great Egret and 400 Sandhill Cranes. On November 23 on G50 Road, Mike
Henwood reported Great Egret. On November 24 at G50 Road, Mike Henwood
reported Great Egret and 2000 Sandhill Cranes. On November 27 at G50 Road,
Rick Harner reported Great Egret.
---On November 30 at Confluence Park, Carol Ortenizo reported 5 Sandhill
Cranes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On November 23 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, John Brietsch reported
Eastern Bluebird.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On November 11 at Bar CCC Park, Cheri Phillips reported BRANT. On
November 23 at Bar CCC Park, John Haycrafter reported BRANT.
On November 24 at Bar CCC Park , Tim Ryan, Amy Davis, Alec and Bill Hopping
reported BRANT. On November 25 at Bar CCC Park, Phil Lyon and Mattew
Wistrand reported BRANT. On November 26 at Bar CCC Park, Kevin Ash
reported BRANT. On November 27 at Bar CCC Park, Tim Ryan, Anna Troth, and
Greeg Goodrich reported BRANT. On November 28 at Bar CCC Park, Meg Reck,
Tim Ryan, and Diane Roberts reported BRANT. On November 28 at Bar CCC
Park, Dale Pate and Tim Ryan reported BRANT.
---On November 27 at Chatfield SP Handicapped Fisherman Platform, Kathryn
Schuter and Norm Lewis reported Spotted Sandpiper.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On November 25 at Clear Spring Ranch, Diane Roberts reported 3 Sandhill
Cranes.
---On November 25 at Prospect Lake Memorial Park, Steve Getty reported
Greater White-fronted Goose. On November 28 at Memorial Park and Prospect
Lake, John Bruder reported Greater White-fronted Goose. On November 30 at
Memorial Park and Prospect Lake John Drummon reported Mew Gull.
---On November 26 on Hanover Road, Tim Leppek reported Greater Roadrunner.
---On November 26 at Midway Landfill, Art Hudak and Mark Chavez reported 5
Chihuahuan Ravens. On November 28 at Midway Landfill, Chris Brobin
reported Chihuahuan Raven.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On November 28 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer reported 12
Sandhill Cranes.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On November 22 at Belmar Park, Chris Gilbert reported Greater
White-fronted Goose and Greater Scaup. On November 27 at Belmar Park,
Frank Farrell reported 2 Greater White-fronted Geese.
---On November 22 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Brian Johnson
reported Greater White-fronted Goose. On November 24 at Clement Park and
Johnson Reservoir, Christopher Warneke reported Greater White-fronted
Goose. On November 26 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Betty Glass
and Bruce Snyder reported Greater White-fronted Goose and Brue Snyder
reported Great Egret.
---On November 23 at Waterton Canyon upstream from overhead pipes, Brian
Johnson reported Osprey.
---On November 23 at Hutchison Park in Lakewood, Timo Mitzen and Lindsay
Purifoy reported Common Redpoll.
---On November 25 at Chatfield SP, Joey Kellner and several other birders
reported 3 Greater White-fronted Geese.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On November 26 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke
reported 2 Common Raven and 34 Lapland Longspurs.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On November 23 at Rocky Mountain NP Trail Ridge Road, Joshua Smith
reported 1 Red Crossbill Type 4 and 1 Red Crossbill Type 2.
---On November 24 at Arapahoe Bend Natural Area Rigden Reservoir, Josh
Bruening, David Wade, and Robert Beauchamp reported Mute Swan.
---On November 25 at Environmental Learning Center in Fort Collins, Damion
Strommer reported Black-and-White Warbler off the parking lot. On November
26 at Envorinmental Learning Center, Nick Komar and many other birders
reported Black-and-White Warbler.
---On November 26 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Josh
Burening, Nick Komar, and Austin Hess reported Lapland Longspurs.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
---On November 28 at Cottonwood Canyon, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported Winter
Wren.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
---On November 24 at Hugo State WA, Chris Goulart reported 60 Lapland
Longspurs.

MESA COUNTY:
---On November 23 in town of Gateway, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported Western Tanager. On November 25 in Gateway, Coen Dexter and
Brenda Wright reported Black Phoebe and Western Tanager.
---On November 23 at Whitewater Ponds, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported Long-tailed Duck. On November 26 at Whitewater Ponds, Denise and
Mark Vollmar and Ronda Woodward reported Long-tailed Duck. On November 27
at Whitewater ponds, Mike Henwood and Betty Fenton reported Long-tailed
Duck. On November 28 at Whitewater ponds, Kathleen McGinley, Ronda
Woodward, Deb Stegall reported Long-tailed Duck. On November 30 at
Whitewater Ponds, Carol Ortenzio reported Long-tailed Duck.
---On November 28 at Colorado River SP Fuita Section, Mike Henwood reported
White-winged Scoter on Bookcliff Pond (smaller pond to north).
---On November 28 at Highline Lake SP, Mike Henwood reported Black Phoebe.
---On November 30 at Grand Juncion SW, Mike Henwood and Katey Buster
reported White-throated Sparrow and Steller’s Jay.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On November 26 at Moffat County Rd Dept ponds, Jan Leonard reported 3
Greater Yellowlegs.
---On November 30 in two of Craig, Jan Leonard reported 130 Sandhill Cranes.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On November 25 in Mancos, Vicki Noland reported Greater Roadrunner.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On November 25 at Riverside Park, I-76 east of Hwy 42 exit 80, several
birders (Lauren Migalski, Hannah Crowley, Anne Price, David Dowell, and
Steve Rash) reported SNOWY OWL on a light pole next to the highway.
---On November 26 at CR 144 Bridge over Bijou Creek, Myron Gerhard reported
Evening Grosbeak.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On November 30 at Rocky Ford SWA, David Dowell reported pair of Wood
Ducks, Lapland Longspur, 4 Common Redpoll, and Northern Cardinal.

OURAY COUNTY:
---On November 30 at Ridgway SP, Dallas Creek Entrance, Andrea Robinsong
reported a probable YELLOW-BILLED LOON and Barrow’s Goldeneyes.

PARK COUNTY:
---On November 25 at Antero Reservoir, Ryan and Jack Bushong reported 25
tundra Swans and 3 Red-necked Grebes. On November 27 at Antero Reervoir,
Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham reported 21 Tundra Swans.

PHILLIPS COUNTY:
---On November 25 at Haxtun sewage ponds, Bill Kaempfer reported 21 Greater
White-fronted Geese.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On November 19 at Pueblo City Park, Mark Yaeger reported Yellow-throated
Warbler. On November 20 at Pueblo City Park, Brandon Percival reported
Yellow-throated Warbler. On November 26 at Pueblo City Park, Steve
Mlodinow reported Yellow-throated Warbler and Chipping Sparrow. On
November 27 at Pueblo City Park, Monday Birders reported Yellow-throated
Warbler and 4 Red Crossbills. On November 30 at Pueblo City Park, Coen
Dexter and Brenda Wright reported Yellow-throated Warbler.
---On November 20 at Pueblo Reservoir South Shore Marina, Brandon Percival
reported Great Black-backed Gull and juv Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull. On
November 25 at Pueblo Reservoir South Shore Marina, Ira Sanders reported 2
Red-necked Grebes, Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, and Great-Black-backed Gull;
Steve Mlodinow reported Mew Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, American Pipit,
and 3 Lapland Longspurs. On November 26 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon
Percival reported Great Black-backed Gull. On November 27 at Pueblo
Reservoir south shore marina tires, Monday Birders reported Great
Black-backed Gull. On November 29 at Pueblo Reservoir South Shore Marina
Tires, Alan Ketcham reported Great Black-backed Gull. On November 30 at
Pueblo Reservoir South Shore Marina, Brenda Wright and Coen Dexter reported
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On November 21 and 22 Dave Silverman reported f-type White-winged Scoter
at Lake Beckwith. On November 24 at Lake Beckwith, Dave Silverman reported
that the White-winged Scoter continues.
---On November 25 at Arkansas River Trail Reservoir Road to train bridge,
Paul Hurtado reported 2 Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Chestnut-sided Warbler; Van
Truan reported on trail east of Pueblo Blvd, 2 Barrow’s Goldeneyes,
Carolina Wren, and Chestnut-sided Warbler; Steve Mlodinow reported
Chestnut-sided Warbler. On November 27 on Arkansas River Trail east of
Pueblo Blvd, Monday Birders reported Carolina Wren.










ROUTT COUNTY:
---On November 24 at Stagecoach Reservoir, Riley Morris reported Surf
Scoter, White-winged Scoter, and 4 Barrow’s Goldeneyes. On November 25 at
Stagecoach Reservoir, Katie Week reported 2 White-winged Scoters and Surf
Scoter. On November 28 at Stagecoach Reservoir, Nic Korte reported Surf
Scoter, White-winged Scoter and 18 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On November 26 on Cuntry Club Drive in Telluride, Eric Hynes reported
White-throated Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On November 24 at Union Reservoir, Norm Lewis and Steve Mlodinow
reported Pacific Loon. On November 25 at Union Reservoir, Matthew Wistrand
reported Pacific Loon. On November 26 at Union Reservoir, Mark Amershek
reported Pacific Loon. On November 30 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow
reported Pacific Loon.
---On November 23 at LUNA Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Tundra
Swans. On November 24 at LUNA Reservoir, Joe Mammoser reported Greater
Scaup.
---On November 28 at 35th Ave Ponds in Greeley , Shawn Mason reported m
Varied Thrush.
---On November 28 at Crow Valley CG, Dave Leatherman reported 36 Common
Redpoll. Dave reported that the redpoll are very nervous. The road into
the campground is closed so you will have to walk in.
---On November 28 at Pawnee National Grassland on CR 124 from CR 105 – CR
111, Steve Mlodinow reported Lapland Longspur and 5 Gray-crowned Rosy-
Finches.
---On November 28 at Pawnee NG on CR 111 between CR124 – CR 136, Steve
Mlodinow reported 6 Sharp-tailed Grouse, 350 Lapland Longspur, 2
Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown’s Longspur, Common Redpoll.
---On November 28 at Pawnee NG Adams and Bunker Reservoirs, Steve Mlodinow
reported Greater White-fronted Goose, 8 Lapland Longspur, and 3 Snow
Buntings. On November 29 at Pawnee NG Adams and Bunker Reservoir Number 3,
Sue Riffe reported Greater White-fronted Goose, 7 Lapland Lonspurs, and 2
Buntings.
---On November 28 at Black Hollow Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 2
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gulls, Iceland (Kumlieni) Gull, Greater Black-backed
Gull.
---On November 28 at Poudre Ponds on 35th Ave in Greeley, Aaron Yappert
reported Red Fox Sparrow.

DFO Field Trip:
The DFO Field Trip for Friday, December 1 will be Annual Barrow’s Goldeneye
Count to Silverthorne led by Paul Slingsby (paslingsby AT comcast.net;
303-442-3728).
Meet at 00720 at the RTD Park-n-Ride located at Union Blvd and W 2nd
Place. From US 6 go south to the second stoplight. Turn left and proceed
toward the end of W 2nd Place. Look for the group at the SE corner of
Park-n-Ride lot.
We will count Barrow’s Goldeneyes and other birds at the Silverthorne
water treatment plant and then drive to Holt Sulphur Springs
(rosy-finches), Lake Granby, Shaow Mountain Lake, and Grand Lake. Spotting
scopes, Binoculars, and 2-way radios will be useful. Dress for cold, windy
weather. Insulated, wind-proof leg coverings and warm boots are
recommended. Bring water and snacks; we’ll find a warm place to buy
lunch. Plan to be back at the meeting place by dark. Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, December 2 will by South Platte River
trail at E 88th Ave and I-76 led by John Breitsch (jbreitsch At
Hotmail.com; 303-588-0552)
The trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, December 3 will be to Denver City Park led
by Patrick O’Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955 (cell))
Meet at parking strip on north side of Ferril Lake. Directions: Enter
park from Colorado Blvd. Northbound turn left onto 22nd Ave past Museum of
Nature & Science; southbound turns right onto 22nd at police station. Go
past museum park until road curves toward zoo. Take immediate left at “to
Pavilion bandstand” sign and go 300 yards down to corner with tall spruce
trees, where lake comes into view. Park diagonally of left beneath spruces.
Dress for weather and bring water and snacks. Scopes welcome if
waterfowl congregate in middle of Ferril Lake or behind Duck Lake island.
Expect to walk up to 3 miles on level asphalt, concrete and cinder paths,
and across lawns through park groves. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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