Date: 12/29/17 3:28 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 December 2017
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT
Date: December 29, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, December 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 changed.

Greater White-fronted Goose (Arapahoe, Boulder, El Paso, Montrose, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (*Garfield, *Larimer)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder, Larimer)
Eurasian Wigeon (Fremont)
Mallard (Mexican Intergrade) (Boulder)
Greater Scaup (Delta, El Paso, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Weld)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Fremont, *Garfield, Pueblo)
Greater Prairie-Chicken (Yuma)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder)
American Avocet (La Plata)
Iceland Gull (*Boulder, Kiowa, Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
Pacific Loon (Boulder)
Snowy Owl (*Jefferson)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Steller’s Jay (Baca, Mesa, Otero)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Baca)
Chihuahuan Raven (Bent, Otero)
Common Raven (Adams)
Mountain Chickadee (Baca)
Bushtit (Baca)
Pygmy Nuthatch (*Arapahoe, Morgan, Phillips)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Boulder, Pueblo)
Western Bluebird (Bent, Otero)
Mountain Bluebird (Kit Carson)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe)
Varied Thrush (*Larimer, Pueblo)
Gray Catbird (Larimer)
Sage Thrasher (Bent)
American Pipit (Boulder)
Gray-crowned Rosy- Finch ( Mesa)
Black Rosy-Finch (Mesa)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Mesa)
Cassin’s Finch (Baca, Bent)
Common Redpoll (Jefferson, Larimer, *Pueblo)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe, Baca)
Pine Siskin (*Huerfano)
Lesser Goldfinch (Bent)
Lapland Longspur (El Paso, Kit Carson, *Larimer)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca)
Fox Sparrow (Baca, Delta)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Swamp Sparrow (Weld)
White-throated Sparrow (Baca, Boulder)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver, Larimer)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Logan)
Dark-eyed Junco (White-winged) (Baca)
Brown-headed Cowbird (El Paso)
Yellow Warbler (Mesa)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Jefferson)
Prairie Warbler (*Pueblo)
Black-throated Green Warbler (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Logan)


---On December 23 at Blackmer Lake Highline Canal Trail, Jared Del Rosso
reported Hermit Thrush and Pygmy Nuthatch.
---On December 26 at Aurora Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and Sean Walters
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On December 28 on Highline Canal Trail from Quincy Ave to Three Ponds
Park, Jared Del Rosso reported Pygmy Nuthatch.

---On December 26 at Comanche NG, Jessie Barry and Chris Wood reported 4
Bushtit, White-winged Dark-eyed Junco, 3 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Steller’s
---On December 26 at Cottonwood Canyon Chris Wood and Jessie Barrie
reported Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Red Fox Sparrow (W of where road from Kim
enters the lowlands), White-winged Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow,
Cassin’s Finch, 2 Red Crossbill, 13 Mountain Chickadees.

---On December 26 at CO 109 between CR 1 and CR 90, Chris Wood and Jessie
Barry reported 5 Chihuahuan Ravens, f Western Bluebird, sage Thrasher,
Cassin’s Finch, and 2 Lesser Goldfinch.

---On December 25 at Valmont Reservoir Complex, Ted Floyd reported Pacific
Loon and 2 Red-necked Grebes. On December 26 at Valmont Reservoir Complex
, Bob Spencer reported Pacific Loon.
---On December 23 at 28 and 29th St in Boulder, Nick Moore and John
Malenich reported Black-throated Green Warbler. Addresses were 777 29th St
and 770 28th St.
---On December 23 at Stearn’s Lake, Chuck Hundertmark reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On December 27 at Valmont Reservoir Complex, Ted Floyd reported Tundra
Swan, Iceland (Thayer’s) and Iceland (Kulieni) Gulls.

---On December 19 at FS office in Paonia on Rio Grande, Dennis Garrison
reported Slate-colored Fox Sparrow at the office feeders. On December 27
at FS office in Paoania, Dennis Garrison reported Fox Sparrow continues to

---On December 20 at First Creek at Denver Open Space, Doug Kibbe and Elain
Wagner reported Harris’s Sparrow. On December 24 at First Creek at DEN
Open Space, Alison Hixon reported Harris’s Sparrow.

---On December 21 and 22, David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER
(ruber) on Miranda Road in Colorado Springs. This is a new state record if
accepted. The sapsucker has been seen on Broadmoor property. If you want
to photograph the bird on Broadmoor property you need to obtain a photo
permit. On December 22 Aaron and Pati Driscoll reported the RED-BREASTED
SAPSUCKER on a tree next to Mirada Road. On December 22 Kevin Ash, and
Glenn Walbek reported the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER at Broadmoor. On December
23, Loch Kilpatrick and many other birders reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER
on Miranda Road and Broadmoor. John Drummond reported that a photo permit
is not needed. On December 24 on Miranda Road, Nick Komar reported
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER before 0900, then the sapsucker disappeared for a
few hours and was then seen in the afternoon by several birders. On
December 25 Doug Faulkner and several other birders reported RED-BREASTED
SAPSUCKER on Miranda Road. On December 26 Thomas Heinrich reported that
the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was seen at the trio of pines where it was first
reported. Several other birders reported the sapsucker from the Broadmoor
Golf Course. The bird apparently goes back and forth from the residence
side to the golf course side of Miranda Road. On December 27 the
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was reported at the Broadmoor Golf Course by Bruce
Snyder in the morning and in the afternoon the Sapsucker was reported by
Brad Benter, Janice and Paul Sweet, and Norm Lewis by its preferred pine
next to house 13 on Miranda Road. On December 28, the RED-BREASTED
SAPSUCKER was first reported by David Ely and by many other birdes. The
Sapsucker spend most of the day near its favorite tree, only one report
mentioned seeing it at the Golf Course.
---On December 25 at Double tree Hotel Pond, David and John Marvin reported
Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On December 26 at Fountain Creek RP Nature Center/ Cattail Marsh, Alan
Ketcham reported f Greater Scaup.
---On December 26 on Squirrel Creek Road, David and John Marvin reported 7
Lapland Longspur and Brown-headed Cowbird a farm feedlot.
---On December 26 at Ute Valley Park, Chris Brobin reported Yellow-bellied

---On December 23 at Canon City Valco Ponds, Rich Miller reported m
Eurasian Wigeon on east pond.
---On December 26 at Canon City Valco Ponds, Matt Clark reported Barrow’s

---On December 28 at 2 -12 Brown Court in Carbondale, Ted Robertson and
Dick Filby reported 6 juv Trumpeters Swans and 2 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.

---On December 28 at Wahatoya Creek and CR 358, Chris Wood reported Pink
Siskin (green morph).

---On December 23 at One Belmar Place, Norm Lewis, Tim Ryan, Doug Kibbe
and Mackenzie Goldthwaite reported 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers,
Yellow-throated Warbler, and Say’s Phoebe. On December 24 at One Belmar
Place, Chris Wood and Jessie Barry reported 6 Say’s Phoebes and 3
Yellow-rumped Warblers. On December 27 at One Belmar Place, JoAnn Riggle
reported Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On December 23 near Stanley Lake on light pole at 88th and Queen, Bars
Moore reported Snowy Owl. On December 24 near Standley Lake (south) at
88th Pkwy and Newcombe, Victoria Baldwin reported Snowy Owl. Please view
from a distance. On December 25, the Snowy Owl was reported by Bez
Bezuidenhout at Colorado Hill Open Space which is NW of Standley Lake, then
many birders reported Snowy Owl on 100th Ave on the north side of Standley
Lake. Last report of the Snowy Owl on December 25 was from South Shore of
Standley Lake by Timo Mitzen. On December 26, the Snowy Owl was reported
sitting on the dam in the afternoon by Paul Hurado and several other
birders. It was best viewed from the parking lot of the middle school on
100th Ave. Around 5 pm the owl took off from the dam. On December 27,
Peter Gent and others reported Snowy Owl on roof of wayne Carle Middle
School on 100th Ave around 10 am. Norm Erthal reported that 2 Crows
harassed the Snowy Owl around 10:42 causing it to fly south. Paul Hurtado
and many other birders reported the Snowy Owl on the South Shore near 86th
and Queen in the afternoon. Kevin De Boer reported the Snowy Owl on a park
bench at 4:30. On December 28 the Standley Lake Snowy Owl was seen perched
on a rooftop on a house NE of the middle school on 100th Ave by David
Tonnessen and many other birders.
---On December 24 at Belmar Park, Jessie Barry and Chris Wood reported 2
Greater Scaup and Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler.
---On December 25 at Chatfield SP Audubon Center and Trails, Jessie Barry
and Chris Wood reported Common Redpoll.
---On December 25 at 2739 Shaffer Pkwy in Littleton, Mike Henwood reported
Say’s Phoebe perched on top of entry at Homewood Suites.

---On December 26 at Flager Reservoir SWA, Doug Kibbe and Jeff Dawson
reported 31 Lapland Longspurs, Chestnut-collared Longspur and m Mountain
---On December 26 at Mossland Memorial Golf Course ponds, Bill Kaempfer
reported 2 m Mountain Bluebirds.

---On December 26 at Zink’s Pond, Adrian Johnson and Jim Beatty reported
American Avocet. On December 27 at Zink’s Pond, Jason St. Pierre reported
American Avocet.

---On December 15 the HARRIS’S HAWK was reported by Walter Wehtje at
Running Deer NA Parking Lot perched in a tree about 250 m away, later
perched in a tree on S side of Hageman’s Recycling. Later Robert Beauchamp
reported the HARRIS’S HAWK perched in a tree behind Hageman’s Recycling
Center in a tree behind the main building. On December 16 the HARRIS’S
HAWK was reported by Kevin DeBoer and several other birders at Hagerman
Recycling Center. On December 17 behind Hagerman’s Recycling Center, Tom
Behnfield, Mark Chavez, Art Hudak, David Starbuck and Frank Farrell
reported HARRIS’S HAWK. On December 18 Tom Heinrich and several other
birders reported HARRIS’S HAWK around Hagerman Recycle Center and Welcome
Center. On December 19 Kevin Keirn reported the HARRIS’S HAWK on the
largest tree at the farmhouse N of Prospect Rd N of Welcome Center. Many
other birders reported HARRIS’S HAWK in the area around Prospect and the
Welcome Center. On December 20 in tree in middle of Hagerman Recycle
Center Scott Somershoe reported HARRIS’S HAWK and Mark Amershek reported
HARRIS’S HAWK at Visitor Center. On December 22, from Welcome Center, John
Shenot, Paul Hurtado, Rob Sparks were able to view HARRIS ‘S HAWK. The
hawk was seen by several birders. On December 23, Dave Leatherman and
several other birders reported HARRIS’S HAWK in the area around Visitor
Center and Recycle center. On December 25, Diane Roberts reported HARRIS’S
HAWK in area near Visitors Center. On December 26, the HARRIS’S HAWK was
by Bob Spencer at the Welcome Center, by Paul Ode in ditch S of Visitor
Center, and by Brad Denter at Running Deer/Cottonwood Hollow; Gary Lefko
reported the hawl near a motorcycle business N of Prospect Road on Frontage
---On December 22 at Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins, Andy Bankert
reported Gray Catbird. On December 24 at Lee Martinez Park, Caroline Olson
and Andy Bankert reported Gray Catbird.
---On December 24 at Hamilton Reservoir, Dave Leatherman reported Tundra
---On December 27 at 3645 Wild Horse Ct in Loveland, Joe Mammoser reported
Pine Warbler which was also seen by David Wade, Nick Komar, and Walter
---On December 27 on Cub Lake Trail in Estes Park, Alyssia Church and Kris
McDaniel reported 12 Common Redpoll.
---On December 28 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Nick Komar
reported 3 Trumpeter Swans and 16 Lapland Longspurs.
---On December 28 at CSU Oval in Fort Collins, Sean Walters hear Varied Thr

---On December 23 at CR 93 just north of S Platte River bridge, Bill
Kaempfer reported Golden-crowned Sparrow on the Crook CBC. This is 1 mile
N of I-76 on CR 93. It was associating with Juncos, American Tree
Sparrows, and White-crowned Sparrows.

---On December 23 at Powderhorn Ski Area, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported
35 Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, 110 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and 8 Black

---On December 26 at Otter Pond in Montrose, Betty Fenton reported Greater
White-fronted Goose. On December 27 at Otter Pond in Montrose, Vic Zerbi
and Betty Fenton reported Greater White-fronted Goose.

---On December 26 at Higbee Cemetery and environs, Chris Wood and Jessie
Barry reported Steller’s Jay and Western Bluebird.
---On December 26 at Villegreen Road, Chris Wood and Jessie Barry reported
Chihuahuan Raven.

---On December 26 at Pueblo Reservoir, South Shore Marina, Steve Mlodinow
reported Iceland (Thayer’s Gull) and Great Black-backed Gull. On December
27 at Pueblo Reservoir, Kevin Ash reported Great Black-backed Gull. On
December 28 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, JoAnn Andrews and Nate
Kauffman reported Great Black-backed Gull.
---On December 23 at Pueblo Reservoir below the dam, Brandon Percival
reported Prairie Warbler. On December 24 at Pueblo Reservoir below Dam on
Juniper Road, Doug Kibbe and Mackenzie Goldthwaite reported Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher and Prairie Warbler. On December 26 at Pueblo Reservoir Rock
Canon below dam n of river, Steve Mlodinow reported Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
Varied Thrush, and Prairie Warbler. On December 28 at Pueblo Reservoir
below dam, Brandon Percival, Nate Kauffman, and Nick Moore reported Prairie
Warbler; Nick Moore also reported Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On December 23 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Robb Hinds
reported Carolina Wren.
---On December 28 Pueblo Reservoir Cottonwood Picnic Area to Valco Pond,
Brandon Percival reported Common Redpoll, 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows and Say’s

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Monday, January 1 will be to Pueblo and Canon City
Areas led by Joey Kellner (Vireo1 AT; 303-978-1748)
Directions: Meet at the Safeway on Lincoln at 0615 Ave and Yosemite (1
mile west of I-25 on the north side of Lincoln), Lone Tree CO.
This will be an intensive, fast-paced tri to start off the new Year.
Will bird various locations from Colorado Springs to Canon City to Pueblo
through a series of “surgical strikes” to maximize our success at finding
new birds for the year. Will carpool, in four vehicles of four people
each, from Safeway parking lot at Lincoln Ave and Yosemite. Bring your own
breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks for an all day trip. Register online
or contact leader.

The DFO Field trip for Tuesday, January 2 will be to Southwestern Metro
Area led by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT; 831-713-8659).
Directions: Meet at 0800 at Home Depot at 4277 S. Eldridge St, Morrison,
From C-470 take the Quincy exit. Cross over the bridge on W Quincy Ave and
park at the far end of the Home Depot parking lot that face an open field
to the south.
Specific birding spots will be selected the day of the trip based on
what is around and the weather. As we begin the Big Year we will add a
number of species this day and will try for local rarities found over the
recent weeks. Plan for some walking. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine

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