Date: 1/5/18 3:51 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 5, 2018
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: To reduce length of report, only recent sightings listed; visit
Colorado Birding Society's website everyday for additional sightings!

Reports added: 1/4/2018
Adams (American Dipper, Barrow's Goldeneye)
Arapahoe (White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Lesser Black-backed Gull,
Iceland Gull, Greater Scaup, Common Loon)
Boulder (Swamp Sparrow, Trumpeter Swan, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated
El Paso (Red-breasted Sapsucker, Varied Thrush, Harris's Sparrow, Greater
Fremont (Greater White-fronted Goose)
Garfield (Barrow's Goldeneye)
Jefferson (Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull)
Larimer (Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan)
Pueblo (Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Iceland Gull, Great Black-backed Gull,
Prairie Warbler, Greater Scaup)
San Miguel (Rosy Finches)
Teller (Rosy Finches)
Yuma (Common Redpoll, White-throated Sparrow)


Adams County
++++Lowell Ponds Wildlife Area
American Dipper --downstream Lowell Blvd (Bob Canter) last 1/4
++++South Platte Birding Area
Barrow's Goldeneye (up to 6) --south/88th avenue (Dale Pate/Joe Roller)
(first 11/20) 2; last 1/4
Black Phoebe --around 64th & York (Bob Canter/Cheryl Teuton) (first
12/29) last 1/3
(north of parking lot to Sand Creek)
Greater White-fronted Goose --same as Black Phoebe
(Walbek:Kilpatrick/Gabriel Wiltse) (first 1/1) last 1/3
Rusty Blackbird --78th avenue (Gabriel Waltse) reported 1/3

Arapahoe County
++++Aurora Reservoir
White-winged Scoter (male, female) (Richard Stevens/David Dowell) (first
12/13) 2; last 1/4
Long-tailed Duck (2 female, 1 male) (Richard Stevens/David Dowell) (first
12/13) 4; last 1/4
Lesser Black-backed Gull (up to 20) (Dave King/Dowell) (first 11/5) last
Iceland Gull (up to 7) (Diane Roberts/Dowell) (first 12/10) 4; last 1/4
++++South Platte Park Reservoir & Area
Greater Scaup (5) --Reservoir (Jefferson Cty) (Elaine Wagner) first 1/4
Common Loon (Cynthia Madsen) first 1/4
++++Smoky Hill Village Greenbelt
Pine Warbler --19846 East Garden Drive (Doug Schoch/Stevens) (first
12/24) last 1/2
++++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

Boulder County
++++White Rocks Trail
Swamp Sparrow (Nunes/Earl Johnson) (first 12/17) again 1/4
++++Waneka Lake
Trumpeter Swan (Randall Siebert) first 1/4
++++Golden Ponds
Swamp Sparrow (3) (Luke Pheneger/Jamie Simo) (first 12/16) 2; last 1/4
White-throated Sparrow (Jamie Simo) first 1/4
++++Valmont Reservoir Complex
Tundra Swan (Michael Lamson/Loch Kilpatrick) (first 12/28) last 1/3
Trumpeter Swan (3) (Jeff Parks/Kilpatrick) (first 12/30) last 1/3
++++Boulder Reservoir complex
Tundra Swan (Richard Trinkner) first 1/3

Douglas County
++++Salisbury Equestrian Park
Brant --same bird as Twenty mile Pond (Terry Michaels/Cynthia Kristensen)
(first 11/18) last 1/3

El Paso County
++++Broadmoor area
Red-breasted Sapsucker --see directions (David Tonnessen/M.OB.) (first
12/21) last 1/4
(Latest: big pine across fairway, opposite House #13)
++++Cheyenne Mountain Road
Varied Thrush --across street Starsmore Discovery Center (Deb
Carstensen/Chris Brobin) (first 12/31) last 1/4
(along Cheyenne creek just upstream from pullover #3, near large
Ponderosa Pine)
++++Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Harris's Sparrow (Jim Merritt) (first 12/10) last 1/4
++++South Meridian Road
Greater Roadrunner --south of Hanover Road (Kevin Ash) first 1/4
++++Clear Spring Ranch
Eastern Bluebird (6) (Kevin Ash/Alan Versaw) (first 12/30) 6; last 1/2
++++Big Stratton Reservoir
Greater Scaup (Richard Bunn:Jan Allbright) first 1/2
++++Fountain Creek Regional Park
Winter Wren (Tim Leppek) first 1/1

Jefferson County
++++Coors Pond
Long-tailed Duck (Tom & Debbie Behnfield/Myron Gerhard) (first 1/3) 2;
last 1/4
Red-necked Grebe (Wood:Barry/Gerhard) (first 12/29) last 1/4
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Matt Clark:Susan Bonfiglio) first 1/4
++++Robert A. Easton Regional Park
Barrow's Goldeneye (Matt Clark/Brian Johnson) (first 1/2) last 1/3
++++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)

Larimer County
++++Strauss Cabin area/Rigden Reservoir
Trumpeter Swan (April Eisele:Nick Komar) first 1/4
Tundra Swan (April Eisele:Nick Komar) first 1/4
++++Horsetooth Reservoir
Lesser Black-backed Gull (5) (Wade/Ken Duncan) (first 12/19) 1; last 1/3
++++Carter Lake
Iceland Gull (Michael Costello/Joshua Smith) (first 1/2) last 1/3
Glaucous Gull (Komar:Costello/J. Smith) (first 1/2) 2; last 1/3
Lesser Black-backed Gull (2) (Bill Kaempfer/J. Smith) (first 1/1) 3; last
++++Cow Creek, Rocky Mountain National Park
Northern Pygmy-Owl (2) (Komar:Rashid:Dixon) last 1/3
++++Lily Lake
White-winged Crossbill (Joshua Smith:Austin Hess) reported 1/3
++++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)
++++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
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Pacific Loon (David Tonnessen/Richard Bunn:Tanja Britton) (first 12/29)
last 1/4
Common Loon (Richard Bunn:Tanja Britton) last 1/4
Iceland Gull (Doug Kibbe/Tanja Britton) (first 12/16) last 1/4
Great Black-backed Gull (adult) (Percival/Britton) (first 11/7) last 1/4
Prairie Warbler --below dam/Juniper Road (Leon Bright/Richard Bunn:Tanja
Britton) (first 12/5) last 1/4
Red-necked Grebe (Paul Hurtado) last 1/3
Bonaparte's Gull (4) (Paul Hurtado) last 1/3
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Hurtado) 12; last 1/3
Mew Gull (Hurtado) last 1/3
++++Mineral Palace Park area
Greater Scaup (2) (Van Truan) (first 1/3) last 1/4
++++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 City Park
Carolina Wren (Percival/Washburn:Thompson) (first 11/15) last 1/2

Weld County
++++Pawnee National Grasslands, Pawnee Buttes Area
Common Redpoll (40) Bill Schmoker) first 1/3
++++Banner Lakes Wildlife Area
Long-eared Owl (Richard Stevens) last 1/2


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

Otero County
++++Vogel Canyon
Common Redpoll (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) (first 11/25) 3; last 1/2


Yuma County
++++Sandsage Wildlife Area
Common Redpoll (2) (Stevens:Michaels) first 1/4
White-throated Sparrow (CoBus group/Stevens:Michaels) (first 12/20) 2;
last 1/4
++++Wray Fishing Unit
White-throated Sparrow (CoBus group/Stevens:Michaels) (first 12/20) 2;
last 1/4
++++Bonny Reservoir Area
Greater Prairie-Chicken --northeast of office (Stevens:Michaels) first 1/3
Eastern Screech-Owl --Republican River (Stevens:Michaels) 5; last 1/3
Eastern Screech-Owl (2) --Hale Ponds (Stevens:Michaels) last 1/3
Common Redpoll --Hale (Stevens:Michaels) first 1/3
Red-bellied Woodpecker (2) --Hale Ponds (Stevens:Michaels) last 1/3
Red-bellied Woodpecker --south road (Stevens:Michaels) last 1/3
Red-bellied Woodpecker --Fosters Grove (Stevens:Michaels) last 1/3
Eastern Bluebird (2) --below dam (Stevens:Michaels) 5; last 1/3
Eastern Bluebird (6) (Stevens:Michaels) last 1/3
Northern Cardinal --Fosters Grove (Stevens:Michaels) last 1/3
Harris's Sparrow --CR 4 (Kilpatrick/Stevens:Michaels) (first 12/21) 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

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

Garfield County
++++Two Rivers Park & Devereux Road
Barrow's Goldeneye (JoAnn Riggle) 4; last 1/4
++++Downstream Catherine Store Bridge, Carbondale
Barrow's Goldeneye (12) (Filby:Robertson/Filby) (first 1/1) 11; last 1/2

Jackson County
++++Hwy 14 & Main Street, Walden
Bohemian Waxwing (Rachel Hopper) first 1/2

La Plata County
++++Bobo Wildlife Area
White-winged Scoter (1) (Ryan Votta:Jason St. Pierre) first 1/3
++++Zink's Pond
Barrow's Goldeneye (Sue Riffe/Jim Beatty) (first 12/17) last 1/3
++++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

Montrose County
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Coen Dexter) first 1/3
Pinyon Jay (53) --East 5th Avenue (Dexter:Wright) (first 9/15) 27; last

Routt County
++++Dry Lake Campground
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Tresa Moulton) first 1/3

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

San Miguel County
++++Telluride Ski Area
Rosy Finches --County Club Drive (40 Brown-capped; 2 Gray-crowned Rosy)
(Eric Hynes) first 1/4

Summit County
Barrow's Goldeneye (8) --see map (Jodi Chambers) first 1/2

Teller County
++++Pancake Rocks Trail
American Three-toed Woodpecker (6) (Kevin Ash) first 1/3
Rosy Finches --CR 861 (Cici Lee/Jacob Washburn:Jamie Thompson) (first
12/5) 12 Brown-capped, 25 Black, 12 Gray-crowned) last 1/4

Good Birding!

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