Date: 1/2/18 3:14 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 2 January 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: January 2, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 2 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 (*Adams, *Boulder, *Fremont, Montezuma,
Montrose, Weld)
BRANT (*Douglas)
Trumpeter Swan (*Boulder, Garfield, Larimer)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder)
Wood Duck (Montezuma)
Mallard (Mexican Intergrade) (Boulder)
Greater Scaup (Delta, Montezuma)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Weld)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (*Adams, *Chaffee, Garfield, *La Plata, Pueblo)
Greater Prairie-Chicken (Yuma)
Wild Turkey (Baca)
Red-necked Grebe (*Jefferson, *Larimer)
Sandhill Crane (*Fremont)
American Avocet (La Plata)
Least Sandpiper (*Pueblo)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Iceland Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder, Kiowa, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
Pacific Loon (Denver, *Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (*Adams, *Jefferson, *Pueblo)
American White Pelican (*Adams, *Boulder, *Douglas)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Ferruginous Hawk (Montezuma)
Snowy Owl (*Jefferson, Larimer,*Las Animas, Lincoln)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (*El Paso)
Black Phoebe (*Adams)
Say’s Phoebe (Broomfield, *Denver, Pueblo)
Pinyon Jay (Jefferson)
Steller’s Jay (Denver, Mesa)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca, Boulder)
Common Raven (Adams)
Mountain Chickadee (*Arapahoe)
Juniper Titmouse (Baca)
Pygmy Nuthatch (*Arapahoe, Morgan, Phillips)
Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Boulder)
Eastern Bluebird (*Pueblo)
Western Bluebird (*Pueblo)
Mountain Bluebird (*Pueblo)
Hermit Thrush (*Arapahoe)
Varied Thrush (*El Paso, Larimer)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca)
American Pipit (Boulder)
Gray-crowned Rosy- Finch (*Weld)
Common Redpoll (Larimer, Pueblo)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe, Denver)
Pine Siskin (Huerfano)
Lapland Longspur (*Cheyenne, Larimer, *Pueblo)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Cheyenne)
McCown’s Longspur (*Cheyenne)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
Fox Sparrow (Delta)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Baca, *El Paso, Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Swamp Sparrow (*La Plata, Weld)
White-throated Sparrow (*Arapahoe, Baca, Boulder)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver, Larimer, *Pueblo)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Baca)
Yellow Warbler (Mesa)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Adams, Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Jefferson)
Prairie Warbler (*Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Logan)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On December 29 on S. Platte River at sewage treatment plant near 64th
and York, Bob Canter reported Black Phoebe. This would be a new county
record if accepted. On December 30 at 64th and York, Bob Canter and Eric
DeFonso reported Black Phoebe. On Janaury 1 at 64th and York along the S
Platte River, Eric DeFonso reported Black Phoebe.
---On January 1 at S Platte River at 99th Ave, Richard Trinker reported 6
Barrow’s Goldeneyes (4m, 2f)
---On January 1 at S Platte River at McKay Road and 100th Ave, Susan Rosine
reported 2 Double-crested Cormorants and 2 American White Pelicans.
---On January 1 on S Platte River and mouth of Sand Creek, Glenn Walbek and
Loch Kilpatrick reported Greater White-fronted Goose, Black Phoebe,
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), and Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 1 on S Platte River at 88th Ave, Richard Trinker reported 5
Barrow’s Goldeneyes (3m, 2f) and 2 Double-crested Cormorants; Candice
Johnson reported Double-crested Cormorant.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On December 28 on Highline Canal Trail from Quincy Ave to Three Ponds
Park, Jared Del Rosso reported Pygmy Nuthatch. On December 30 and 31 on
Highline Canal Trail from Quincy Ave to Three Ponds Park, Jared Del Rosso
reported Hermit Thrush.
---On December 29 at Hollow Park, Cherry Hills Village, Gregg Goodrich
reported Pygmy Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush, and White-throated Sparrow.
---On December 30 at Aurora Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping
reported 2 White-winged Scoters, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, Mew Gull and 7
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gulls. On December 31 at Aurora Reservoir, Christine
Alexander reported 2 White-winged Scoters, 2 Iceland Gulls, and 2 Glaucous
Gulls.
---On January 1 at High Line Canal in Cherry Hills Village, Jared Del Rosso
reported White-throated Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, 5 Pygmy Nuthatch, and 2
Mountain Chickadees.

BACA COUNTY:
---On December 31 at Comanche National Grasslands near Pritchett, Danny
Akers reported 2 Curve-billed Thrasers, Juniper Titmouse, 6 Woodhouse’s
Scrub-Jay, 10 Canyon Towhee; near a feed lot, Akers reported 180 Wild
Turkey, 22 Chichuahuan Raves, 4 Brown-headed Cowbirds.
---On December 31 on Cottonwood Canyon southern loop, Danny Akers reporter
23 Steller’s Jays, 3 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, 2 Mountain Chickaees, and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On December 27 at Valmont Reservoir Complex, Ted Floyd reported Tundra
Swan, Iceland (Thayer’s) and Iceland (Kumlieni) Gulls.
---On December 29 on S St Vrain, south of Lyons, Ben Sampson reported
Chihuahuan Raven.
---On December 30 at Valmont Reservoir Complex, Paul Bonfils reported 3
Trumpeter Swans; Donald Jones reported 3 Trumpter Swans, Tundra Swan and
Glaucous Gull; Jeff Parks reported 3 Trumpeter Swans and Tundra Swan. On
December 31 at Valmont Reservoir Complex, Kim Mauritz and Jeff Parks
reported Trumpeter Swans; Peter Gent reported 3 Trumpeter Swans and 1
Tundra Swan. On January 1 at Valmont Reservoir Complex, Bill Kaempfer,
Richard Trunker, Dan Zmolek, Leslie S, and Luke Phenger reported 3
Trumpeter Swans and Tundra Swan; Zmolek also reported 3 Greater
White-fronted Geese. On January 1 Norm Lewis and Nick Moore reported 3
Trumpeter Swans, Tundra Swans, and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.

BROOMFIELD COUNTY:
---On December 29 at Interlocken East Park, Nick Moore reported Say’s
Phoebe.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On December 29 at Sands Lake SWA Chris Brobin reported 12 Barrow’s
Goldeneyes. On December 30 at Sands Lake SWA, Chris Brobin reported 4
Barrow’s Goldeneyes. On January 1 at Sands Lake SWA, Jack Harlan reported
6 Barrow’s Goldeneyes (5m, 1f).

CHEYENNE COUNTY:
---On January 1 on 251 – 999 US 385 in Cheyenne Wells, Danny Akers reported
750 Lapland Longspurs and 20 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
---On January 1 on 44001 – 44237 US 385 in Cheynne Wells, Danny Akers
reported 1600 Lapland Longspus, 400 Chestnut-collared Longspurs, and 100
McCown’s Longspurs.

DELTA COUNTY:
---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
visit.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On December 30 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, Georgiah Hartman
reported Harris’s Sparrow.
---On December 29 at Marston Reservoir Complex, West end, Doug Kibbe
reported Pacific Loon.
---On December 30 on Bear Creek Greenbelt from S Wadsworth Blvd, to S
Sheridan Blvd, Chris Wood reported Steller’s Jay.
---On December 31 at Bible and Hutchinson Park, Eric DeFonso reported Red
Crossbill Type 2.
---On January 1 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheeseman Park Heidi
Retherford and Shannon Cwik reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On January 1 at 3228 – 32888 Florence Way in Denver, Mike Serruto
reported 2 Say’s Phoebe.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 30 at Parker regional Park aka Salisbury Equestrian Park,
Loch Kilpatrick reported BRANT. On January 1 at Parker Regional Park aka
Salisbury Equestrian Park, Loch Kilpatrick and Glenn Walbek reported BRANT
and Amy Davis reported American White Pelican.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---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. 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 29,
the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was reported by Bez Bezuidenhout at the Austrian
Pines and the sapsucker was seen at the pines and the nearby Cottonwood by
several birders. On December 30, the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was reported
by Sue Riffe and several other birders at the Austrian Pines and Cottonwood
at 13 Miranda Road. On December 31, the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was
reported by Roger Linfield and seen by several other birders at the
Austrian Pines at 13 Miranda Road. On January 1, The RED-BREASTED
SAPSUCKER was reported by Mel Goff and many other birders in the Austrian
Pines on Miranda Road and the Sapsucker was seen in the Ponderosa Pine on
the Broadmoor Gold Course.
---On December 31 and January 1 at Clear Spring Ranch, Jim Merritt reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On December 31 on Hanover Road, Tim Leppek reported Greater Roadrunner.
---On December 31at Northern Cheyenne Canyon Park in Colorado Springs, Deb
Carstensen reported Varied Thrush. The bird was along Cheyenne Creek
upstream from footbridge near parking lot. This park is across the street
from Starsmore Nature Center. On January 1, Alan Ketcham and many other
birders reported the Varied Thrush up stream from the parking lot of the
park and at Starsmore Discovery Center.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On January 1 at Canon City Valco Ponds, the DFO trip led by Joey Kellner
reported 3 Greater White-fronted Geese and Sandhill Crane.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---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.

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

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---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 29 the Snowy Owl was first
reported on South Shore by Joseph Hartman, then in a tree on west side of
lake by a red barn by Chris Wood, then the Snowy Owl spent the most time at
a house at 99th Place and Independence Dr near the middle school on a
chimney top reported by Brian Johnson and several other birders. On
December 31 at Standley Lake south Shore, Steven Snyder reported Snowy Owl
atop a gazebo. On January 1 at Standley Lake on S side of Lake near 88th
and Independence, Gabriel Wiltse reported Snowy Owl.
---On December 29 at Mount Falcon Park, Chris Wood reported 6 Pinyon Jays.
---On December 29 at Coors Ponds, Chris Wood and Jessie Barry reported
Red-necked Grebe. On January 1 at Coors Pond, Aaron Shipe, Frank Farrell,
and Tom Behnfield reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On January 1 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Dale Pate reported 2
Double-crested Cormorants.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---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 30 at Zink’s Pond, David Dunford reported
American Avocet.
---On January 1 on southernmost section Animas River Trail, Susan Allerton
reported Swamp Sparrow. On January 1 on Animas River Trail behind Home
Depot, Jason St Pierre and Ryan Volta reported Swamp Sparrow.
---On January 1 on Animas River trail behind Escalante School, Susan
Allerton reported 3 Barrow’s Goldeneyes (1f, 2m)

LARIMER COUNTY:
---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 road. On December 29
the HARRIS’S HAWK was reported by Robert Beauchamp, Susan Rosine, Glenn
Walbek, Loch Kilpatrick, and Alec Hopping in the vicinity of the Welcome
Center. On December 30, Adam Veseley, Maggie Boswell, and Sandy Arnesen
reported HARRIS’S HAWK at recycle center; Jim Thomspon reported HARRIS’S
HAWK east of visitor center. There were several birders who saw the
HARRIS’S HAWK on December 30 but there were no e-Bird reports.
---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
Wehtje. On December 29, Dave Leatherman reported Pine Warbler at Wild
Horse Ct. in Loveland. On December 30 at W 37th St, Joey Angstman reported
Pine Warbler. On December 31, Diane Kristoff, Christine and Richard Sparks
reported Pine Warbler at Wild Horse Ct in Loveland. On January 1 at Wild
Hourse Ct, John Reichardt, and several other birders reported Pine Warbler.
---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
Thrush.
---On December 30 on N CR 9 between CR 76 and CR 82, Austin Hess, David
Wade and Nick Komar reported Lapland Longsppur.
---On December 31 when scouting for Loveland CBC, Nick Komar discovered a
Snowy Owl. He will provide details after the count which is on January 1.
---On January 1 at Glade Reservoir, David Wade, Sean Walters, and Bill
Kaempfer reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On January 1 at Carter Lake, Bill Kaemper reported Red-necked Grebe.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
---On December 31 on Hwy 350 between Trinidad and La Junta, a Snowy Owl was
reported by tim Crisler near the abandoned town of Model.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
---On December 28 on I-70 - between Genoa and Limon on a telephone pole,
Aaron Driscoll reported Snowy Owl.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On December 29 in Cortez near City Park, Brenda Wright reported 1 f Wood
Duck.
---On December 29 at Dolores Sewage Pond, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported f Greater Scaup.
---On December 30 at Parque de Vida, Jason St. Pierre and Ryan Votta
reported 3 Greater White-fronted Geese on Cortez CBC.
---On December 30 at Centennial Park, Jason St. Pierre reported f Wood Duck
on Cortez CBC.
---On December 30 at Totten Reservoir, Eric Hynes reported Ferruginous Hawk.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---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 30 at
Otter Pond Jon Horn reported Greater White-fronted Goose.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---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 29
at Pueblo Reservoir, David Tonnessen reported Pacific Loon, 2 Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gulls and Great Black-backed Gull. On January 1 at Pueblo
Reservoir South Marina, Tom Bunker reported Great Black-backed Gull. On
January 1 at Pueblo Reservoir, Joey Kellner and DFO Field Trip reported 2
Double-crested Cormorants, Great Black-backed Gull, and Lapland Longpsur.
---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 28 Pueblo Reservoir Cottonwood Picnic Area to Valco Pond,
Brandon Percival reported Common Redpoll, 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows and Say’s
Phoebe.
---On January 1 at Pueblo Reservoir, Kevin DeBoer reported Pacific Loon,
Least Sandpiper, Mew Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Prairie Warbler, and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On January 1 at Lake Beckwith, Gwen Moore and Paul Hurtado reported
White-winged Scoter; Moore also reported Eastern Bluebird, 4 Western
Bluebird and 5 Mountain Bluebirds and Harris’s Sparrow; Van Truan reported
White-winged Scoter, 2 Mountain Bluebirds, and Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Audubon’s).
---On January 1 at 505-557 Juniper Road in Pueblo Reservoir, Tom Bunker
reported 15 Mountain Bluebirds, Prairie Warbler, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On January 1 on Arkansas River E of Pueblo Blvd, Jerry and Kevin DeBoer
reported Carolina Wren.


WELD COUNTY:
---On January 1, CR 124 and CR 67, Shawn Mason reported 30 Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finch.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field trip for Tuesday, January 2 will be to Southwestern Metro
Area led by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 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
Boulder

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