Date: 1/3/18 3:42 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 3, 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
and expense.!
NOTE: To reduce length of report, only recent sightings listed; visit
Colorado Birding Society's website everyday for additional sightings!

Reports added: 1/2/2018
Adams (Black Phoebe, Barrow's Goldeneye)
Arapahoe (Pine Warbler, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Iceland
Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, White-throated Sparrow)
Boulder (Tundra Swan, Trumpeter Swan, Swamp Sparrow)
Douglas (Brant)
El Paso (Red-breasted Sapsucker, Varied Thrush, Eastern Bluebird, Greater
Scaup, Harris's Sparrow)
Fremont (Williamson's Sapsucker, Western Screech-Owl)
Garfield (Barrow's Goldeneye)
Jackson (Bohemian Waxwing)
Jefferson (Barrow's Goldeneye)
La Plata (Swamp Sparrow)
Larimer (Harris's Hawk, Red-necked Grebe, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull,
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Pine Warbler)
Mesa (White-throated Sparrow, Hermit Thrush)
Pueblo (White-winged Scoter, Common Loon, Bonaparte's Gull, Lesser
Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Prairie Warbler, Carolina Wren)
Summit (Barrow's goldeneye)
Weld (Long-eared Owl)


Adams County
++++South Platte Birding Area
Black Phoebe --around 64th & York (Bob Canter/Christy Payne) (first
12/29) last 1/2
(debris around center structure of I270 bridge, north of parking lot to
Sand Creek)
Greater White-fronted Goose --same as Black Phoebe (Walbek:Kilpatrick)
first 1/1
Barrow's Goldeneye (up to 6) --south/88th avenue (Dale Pate/Richard
Stevens) (first 11/20) 2; last 1/1
++++Hidden Lake
Iceland Gull (Gabriel Wiltse) first 1/1

Arapahoe County
++++Smoky Hill Village Greenbelt
Pine Warbler --19846 East Garden Drive (Doug Schoch/Stevens) (first
12/24) last 1/2
++++Aurora Reservoir
White-winged Scoter (male, female) (Richard Stevens) (first 12/13) 2;
last 1/2
Long-tailed Duck (2 female, 1 male) (Richard Stevens) (first 12/13) 2;
last 1/2
Iceland Gull (up to 7) (Diane Roberts/Stevens) (first 12/10) last 1/2
Lesser Black-backed Gull (up to 20) (Dave King/Stevens) (first 11/5) last
++++Dahlia Hollow Park
White-throated Sparrow --near Highline Canal (Jared Del Rosso/Loch
Kilpatrick) (first 1/1) last 1/2
Hermit Thrush --near Highline Canal (Jared Del Rosso) first 1/1
Pine Warbler (Bez Bezuidenhout) first 12/31
++++South Platte Park
Greater Scaup (25) --near nature center (Orien Richmond) reported 1/1
++++Blackmer Lake Area
Eastern Screech-Owl (Jared Del Rosso) first 1/1

Boulder County
++++Valmont Reservoir Complex
Tundra Swan (Michael Lamson/Sue Riffe) (first 12/28) last 1/2
Trumpeter Swan (3) (Jeff Parks/Riffe) (first 12/30) last 1/2
Greater White-fronted Goose (3) (Zmolek) first 1/1
Red-necked Grebe (Willem van viliet) reported last 12/31
++++Golden Ponds
Swamp Sparrow (3) (Luke Pheneger) (first 12/16) 1; last 1/2
++++Erie Reservoir
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Bob Spencer) first 1/1
++++Greenlee Preserve/Waneka Lake
White-throated Sparrow (Randall Siebert) first 12/31

Denver County
++++Marston Reservoir
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Doug Kibbe) first 12/31

Douglas County
++++Salisbury Equestrian Park
Brant --same bird as Twenty mile Pond (Terry Michaels/Richard Stevens)
(first 11/18) last 1/2

El Paso County
++++Broadmoor area
Red-breasted Sapsucker --see directions (David Tonnessen/Jacob
Washburn:Jamie Thompson) (first 12/21) last 1/2
(Latest: big pine across fairway, opposite House #13)
++++Cheyenne Mountain Road
Varied Thrush --across street Starsmore Discovery Center (Deb
Carstensen/Washburn:Thompson) (first 12/31) last 1/2
(along Cheyenne creek just upstream from pullover #3, near large
Ponderosa Pine)
++++Clear Spring Ranch
Eastern Bluebird (6) (Kevin Ash/Alan Versaw) (first 12/30) 6; last 1/2
White-throated Sparrow (Jim Merritt) first 12/31
++++Big Stratton Reservoir
Greater Scaup (Richard Bunn:Jan Allbright) first 1/2
++++Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Harris's Sparrow (Jim Merritt) (first 12/10) last 1/2
++++Fountain Creek Regional Park
Winter Wren (Tim Leppek) first 1/1

Jefferson County
++++Robert A. Easton Regional Park
Barrow's Goldeneye (Matt Clark) first 1/2
++++Standley Lake area
Snowy Owl --88th & Queen (Bars Moore/Richard Stevens) (first 12/23) last
(roof of eastern picnic table, south side of Standley Lake; 12/31)
++++Coors Pond
Red-necked Grebe (Wood:Barry/Frank Farrell & all) (first 12/29) last 1/1
++++Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge
Harris's Sparrow (Gabriel Wiltse) first 1/1
++++Clement Park
Greater White-fronted Goose (Myron Gerhard) last 1/1

Larimer County
++++Running Deer Natural Area
Harris's Hawk --viewed from Colorado Visitor's Center (David Wade/Walter
Wehtje) (first 12/10) last 1/2
(just south of recycling center)
++++Carter Lake Map
Red-necked Grebe (John Shenot/Nick Komar) (first 1/1) last 1/2
Iceland Gull (Michael Costello) first 1/2
Glaucous Gull (Komar:Costello) first 1/2
Lesser Black-backed Gull (2) (Bill Kaempfer/Komar) (first 1/1) last 1/2
Glaucous-winged Gull (Nick Komar) first 1/1
Snow Bunting --south end (Nick Komar) first 1/1
Black-legged Kittiwake (Nick Komar report) first 12/31
++++3645 Wild Horse Court, Loveland
Pine Warbler (John Reichhardt/Bankert:Costello) (first 12/26) last 1/2
(northwest corner of Wild Horse Court and 37th Street, behind the
apartments (visible along 37th across a small park area)
++++Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Andy Bankert) reported 1/1
American Woodcock (Nick Komar report) first 12/31
++++Green Ridge Glade Reservoir
Red-necked Grebe (John Shenot:Michael Costello) first 1/1

Pueblo County
++++Lake Beckwith
White-winged Scoter (Dave Silverman/Elizabeth) (first 11/21) last 1/2
Eastern Bluebird (Gwen Moore) first 1/1
Harris's Sparrow (Gwen Moore) first 1/1
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Common Loon (Jacob Washburn:Jamie Thompson) last 1/2
Bonaparte's Gull (4) (Washburn:Thompson) last 1/2
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Washburn:Thompson) last 1/2
Great Black-backed Gull (adult) (Percival/(Washburn:Thompson) (first
11/7) last 1/2
Prairie Warbler --below dam/Juniper Road (Leon Bright/Washburn:Thompson)
(first 12/5) last 1/2
Pacific Loon (David Tonnessen/DeBoer) (first 12/29) last 1/1
Least Sandpiper (Kevin & Jerry DeBoer) first 1/1
Mew Gull (DeBoer) last 1/1
++++Pueblo City Park
Carolina Wren (Percival/Washburn:Thompson) (first 11/15) last 1/2

Weld County
++++Banner Lakes Wildlife Area
Long-eared Owl (Richard Stevens) last 1/2
++++Windsor Lake
Greater White-fronted Goose (Gene Rutherford) last 1/1
++++Pawnee National Grasslands area
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (30) --CR 124/CR 67 (Shawn Mason) reported 1/1


Baca County
++++Cottonwood Canyon
Western Screech-Owl (Danny Akers) last 12/31
Curve-billed Thrasher (Wood:Barry/Akers) (first 12/26) last 12/31
Common Redpoll (Mlodinow/Akers) (first 12/15) last 12/31
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Glenn Walbek) 3; last 12/27


Archuleta County
++++San Juan Riverwalk, Pagosa Springs & area
Barrow's Goldeneye (7) (Byron Greco/Jean Zirnhelt) (first 12/26) 6; last

Chaffee County
++++Sands Lake Wildlife Area
Barrow's Goldeneye (up to 12) (Jack Harlan) (first 11/17) 6; last 1/1

Clear Creek County
++++Guanella Pass
White-tailed Ptarmigan (Sheridan Samano) 10; last 1/1
American Three-toed Woodpecker --Campgrounds (Stevens:Michaels) 1; last
++++Loveland Pass
White-tailed Ptarmigan
(latest: hill north of first pullover south of Pass and west of Hwy 9)
(2) (Michaels & all) last 12/31
(below west side of Summit) (Jacob Washburn: Jamie Thompson) 1; last 12/30

Delta County
++++Confluence Park
Greater White-fronted Goose (2) (Betty Fenton/Filby:Robertson) (first
12/31) last 1/1

Fremont County
++++Lakeside Cemetery
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jerry DeBoer) last 1/2
++++Arkansas Riverwalk
Western Screech-Owl --Raynolds parking lot (DeBoer) last 1/2
++++Tunnel Drive area
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (3) (Ash:Kellner:Suddjian) last 1/1
++++Valco Ponds, Canon City
Greater White-fronted Goose (4) (Adams/Kevin Ash) (first 11/12) last 1/1
++++Brush Hollow Wildlife Area
Western Screech-Owl (Joel & Dale Adams) first 1/1
Curve-billed Thrasher (Joel & Dale Adams) last 1/1
++++Canon City
Black Phoebe --1364-1498 Ash Street (Joey Kellner) first 1/1

Garfield County
++++Downstream Catherine Store Bridge, Carbondale
Barrow's Goldeneye (12) (Filby:Robertson/Filby) (first 1/1) 11; last 1/2
++++New Castle
Pinyon Jay (35) (John Drummond) (first 12/28) 36; last 12/31

Jackson County
++++Hwy 14 & Main Street, Walden
Bohemian Waxwing (50) (Rachel Hopper) first 1/2
++++Colorado State Forest
American Three toed Woodpecker
(m) --Across Hwy 14/north of Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center
(Stevens:Kosten) last 12/28
(1) --Ranger Lakes (CoBus group) last 12/27
Boreal Owl
(1) --south/Crags Campgrounds (CoBus group) last 12/27
(2)--from Hwy 14, west of Cameron Pass (CoBus group) last 12/27

La Plata County
++++Animas River Trail
Swamp Sparrow --behind Home Depot (Susan Allerton/Martin Cuntz) (first
1/1) last 1/2
Barrow's Goldeneye (3) --behind Escalante School (Allerton) last 1/1

Mesa County
++++Grand Junction Wildlife Area
White-throated Sparrow --southeast corner (Mike Henwood) last 1/2
Hermit Thrush (Henwood) first 1/2
++++KE Road near Molina
Pinyon Jay (30) (Mike Henwood) first 1/1
++++Powderhorn Ski Area
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Vollmar) last 1/1

Montezuma County
++++Totten Reservoir
Pinyon Jay (40) (Eric Hynes) first 12/30

Moffat County
++++Loudy Simpson Park
Bohemian Waxwing (85) (Jan Leonard) first 12/31

San Juan County
Rosy Finches (45, no Black) (Matthew Wlliams/Jim Beatty) (first 12/12)
76; last 1/1

Summit County
Barrow's Goldeneye (8) --see map (Jodi Chambers) first 1/2
++++Blue River Water Treatment Plant
Barrow's Goldeneye (Stevens & all/Michaels & all) (first 11/19) 12; last

Good Birding!

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Amy Davenport, Secretary, Colorado Birding Society Denver, CO
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