Date: 1/8/18 3:21 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 8, 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: 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: 1/7/2018
Arapahoe (Pine Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Swamp Sparrow)
Arapahoe/Jefferson (Yellow-billed Loon, Greater Scaup)
Denver (Greater White-fronted Goose, Barrow's Goldeneye)
Delta (Greater White-fronted Goose)
El Paso (Red-breasted Sapsucker, Varied Thrush, Greater Roadrunner)
Garfield (Barrow's Goldeneye)
Jefferson (Snowy Owl, Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Eastern
Screech-Owl, Greater White-fronted Goose)
Larimer (Fox Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Glaucous Gull)
Pueblo (White-winged Crossbill, Red-necked Grebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull,
Great Black-backed Gull, Iceland Gull, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Prairie
Warbler, Bonaparte's Gull, Curve-billed Thrasher, Carolina Wren, Barrow's
Weld (White-winged Scoter, Common Redpoll)
Fremont (Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Williamson's Sapsucker, Golden-crowned
Sparrow, Western Screech-Owl)
Garfield (Barrow's Goldeneye)
Mesa (White-throated Sparrow)
Montrose (Pinyon Jay)
Summit (Barrow's goldeneye)
Teller (Rosy Finches)


Adams County
++++South Platte Birding Area
Barrow's Goldeneye (up to 6) --south/88th avenue (Dale Pate/Julia
Auckland) (first 11/20) 6; last 1/6
Black Phoebe --around 64th & York (Bob Canter/Cheryl Teuton) (first
12/29) last 1/3
(north of parking lot to Sand Creek)
++++Lowell Ponds Wildlife Area
American Dipper --downstream Lowell Blvd (Bob Canter) last 1/4

Arapahoe County
++++Dahlia Hollow Park
Pine Warbler --east of footbridge (Bez Bezuidenhout/Terry Michaels)
(first 12/31) last 1/7
Hermit Thrush --near Highline Canal (Jared Del Rosso/Goodrich:Troth)
(first 1/1) last 1/7
White-throated Sparrow --Creek & Highline Canal (Jared Del Rosso/Bez
Bezuidenhout) (first 1/1) last 1/6
++++Smoky Hill Village Greenbelt
Pine Warbler --19846 East Garden Drive (Doug Schoch) (first 12/24) last
++++Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park
Swamp Sparrow (David Hill) first 1/7
++++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

Arapahoe/Jefferson Counties
++++South Platte Park Reservoir & Area
Yellow-billed Loon (seen in both Jefferson/Arapahoe Ctys (Joey
Kellner:Myron Gerhard/Terry Michaels) (first 1/5) last 1/7
Greater Scaup (2) --Platte River (Christopher Warneke/Thomas Halverstadt)
(first 11/24) 15; last 1/7
Greater Scaup (2) --South Platte Park Reservoir (Gloria Nikolai) last 1/7
Swamp Sparrow --cattails/pond/south/Mineral (Richard Stevens) first 1/6
Barrow's Goldeneye (2) --Platte River (Ben Sampson) (first 12/16) 1
female; last 1/6
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Myron Gerhard) first 1/5

Boulder County
++++Wild Basin Section of Rocky Mountain National Park
American Three-toed Woodpecker (1) --Wild Basin trail (Bez Bezuidenhout)
last 1/6
++++Golden Ponds
Swamp Sparrow (3) (Luke Pheneger/Richard Trinkner) (first 12/16) last 1/6
White-throated Sparrow (Jamie Simo) first 1/4
++++Hawthorn Gulch, Boulder
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Ted Floyd) first 1/6
++++White Rocks Trail
Swamp Sparrow (Nunes/Earl Johnson) (first 12/17) again 1/4

Denver County
++++Denver City Park
Greater White-fronted Goose (Edward Done) last 1/7
Barrow's Goldeneye (Edward Done) first 1/7
++++Westerly Creek Park
Harris's Sparrow (Jason Bidgood) first 1/6
++++First Creek Trail
Swamp Sparrow (reported in both Denver & Adams Ctys) (John
Breitsch/Edward Done) (first 12/29) last 1/6
++++Rocky Mountain Lake Park
Iceland Gull (Gabriel Wiltse) first 1/5

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/Dave King)
(first 12/21) last 1/7
(Latest: big pine across fairway, opposite House #13)
++++Cheyenne Mountain Road
Varied Thrush --across street Starsmore Discovery Center (Deb
Carstensen/Dave King) (first 12/31) last 1/7
(along Cheyenne creek just upstream from pullover #3, near large
Ponderosa Pine)
++++South Meridian Road
Greater Roadrunner --south of Hanover Road (Kevin Ash/Walbek:Kilpatrick)
(first 1/4) last 1/7
++++Hanover Road and area
Curve-billed Thrasher (Hubbard:Merritt) last 1/6
Curve-billed Thrasher (Deininger:Nikolai) last 1/6
Chihuahuan Raven (2) (Bunn:Britton) first 1/5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Bunn:Britton) last 1/5

Jefferson County
++++Standley Lake area
Snowy Owl (Bars Moore/Stevens:Kosten) (first 12/23) last 1/7
++++Coors Pond
Long-tailed Duck (Tom & Debbie Behnfield/Richard Stevens) (first 1/3)
last 1/7
Red-necked Grebe (Wood:Barry/Stevens) (first 12/29) last 1/7
++++Van Bibber Trail
Eastern Screech-Owl (Frank Farrell) last 1/7
++++Clement Park
Greater White-fronted Goose (Doug Kibbe) last 1/7

Larimer County
++++CSU Environmental Learning Center to Cattail Chorus
Fox Sparrow (red) --intersection of Alden and Wilcox Trail
(Bendorf:Bankert/David Leatherman) (first 1/5) last 1/7
++++Riverbend Ponds Natural Area & Poudre River Trail
Swamp Sparrow (Nick Komar) (first 12/19) last 1/7
++++Running Deer Natural Area
Harris's Hawk --viewed from Colorado Visitor's Center (David
Wade/Michelle Puplava) (first 12/10) reported 1/6
++++Carter Lake
Glaucous Gull (Komar:Costello/Kathy Mihm-Dunning) (first 1/2) last 1/6
++++Horsetooth Reservoir
Glaucous Gull (Nick Komar/Tiffany Warble) (first 12/17) last 1/6
++++Prospect Ponds Natural Area
Rusty Blackbird (Rebecca Laroche:Chris Glbert) first 1/6
++++Spring Canyon Community Park
Eastern Screech-Owl (Sean Walters) last 1/6
++++Larimer County Landfill
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Joshua Smith) 5; last 1/5

Pueblo County
++++Mountain View Cemetery
White-winged Crossbill --spruce trees/western section (David
Tonnessen/Leon Bright) (first 1/6) last 1/7
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Red-necked Grebe --Wildlife Area (Dave King & all) last 1/7
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Dave King) last 1/7
Great Black-backed Gull (adult) (Percival/King) (first 11/7) last 1/7
Iceland Gull (Doug Kibbe/Dave King) (first 12/16) last 1/7
Pacific Loon (David Tonnessen/Dave King) (first 12/29) last 1/7
Common Loon (5) (Dave King) reservoir to Wildlife Area last 1/7
Prairie Warbler --below dam/Juniper Road (Leon Bright/Dave King) (first
12/5) last 1/7
Bonaparte's Gull --Wildlife Area (Dave King) last 1/7
Curve-billed Thrasher --south marina (Dave King) last 1/7
White-winged Scoter (9) (Percival & all) first 1/6
Glaucous Gull (Hurtado/Hudak:Gwen Moore) (first 1/3) last 1/6
Mew Gull --off Juniper Road (Percival) last 1/6
Greater Scaup (7) (Loch Kilpatrick) first 1/5
++++Below Pueblo City Park (Arkansas River Trail)
Carolina Wren (Percival/Dave King & all) (first 11/15) last 1/7
Barrow's Goldeneye (3) --7 reservoir drive (Renee Casias) 2; last 1/7
++++Mineral Palace Park area
Greater Scaup (2) (Van Truan) (first 1/3) last 1/6

Weld County
++++Luna Reservoir
White-winged Scoter (Gene Rutherford:Steve Mlodinow) first 1/7
++++Crow Valley Campground
Common Redpoll (1) campgrounds to work center (Stevens:Kosten/Mike
Serruto) (first 12/28) last 1/6
++++Windsor Lake
Greater White-fronted Goose (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) last 1/6
++++County Road 116 & CR 133
Curve-billed Thrasher (Gene Rutherford:Mike Stanley) first 1/6


Bent County
++++John Martin Reservoir area
Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult) (Duane Nelson) first 1/6
Glaucous Gull (1st cycle) (Duane Nelson) first 1/6


Logan County
++++Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area
Red-bellied Woodpecker (2) (Bill Kaempfer) last 1/5
Eastern Screech-Owl (1) (Rebecca Laroche) 2; last 1/5
Long-eared Owl (Stevens:Michaels) last 1/5
Eastern Bluebird (7) (Stevens:Michaels) last 1/5
Northern Cardinal (2) (Stevens:Michaels) last 1/5
Field Sparrow (2) (Stevens:Michaels) last 1/5
Harris's Sparrow (CoBus group/Stevens:Michaels) (first 12/14) last 1/5
White-throated Sparrow (1) (CoBus group/Stevens:Michaels) (first 12/14)
last 1/5
Common Redpoll (4) (CoBus group/Stevens:Michaels) (first 12/14) last 2;
last 1/5

Morgan County
++++Fort Morgan Ponds
Winter Wren (Stevens:Michaels/Kathy Mihm-Dunning:David Dowell) (first
12/17) last 1/6

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


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 1/5

Fremont County
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker --885 East 5th Street (Walbek:Kilpatrick) first
++++Lakeside Cemetery
Williamson's Sapsucker (Walbek:Kilpatrick) last 1/7
++++Valco Ponds, Canon City
Eurasian Wigeon (Rich Miller/Drummond:Mitchell:Ash) (first 12/23) last 1/6
Greater White-fronted Goose (4) (Adams/Jerry DeBoer) (first 11/12) 1;
last 1/5
++++Canon City
Golden-crowned Sparrow --Longs Peak Lane (Rich Miller) first 1/6
Black Phoebe --1364-1498 Ash Street (Joey Kellner) first 1/1
++++Tunnel Drive area
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Dan Stringer) last 1/6
++++Holy Cross Abbey
Williamson's Sapsucker (Renee Casias) first 1/6
++++Brush Hollow Wildlife Area
Eastern Screech-Owl (Kath Mihm-Dunning:David Dowell) reported 1/6
++++Arkansas Riverwalk
Western Screech-Owl --Raynolds parking lot (Pablo Quezada) last 1/6
++++Rouse Park
Western Screech-Owl (Linda Lee) first 1/6

Garfield County
++++Coryell Ranch Ponds
Barrow's Goldeneye (55) --private, view from Satank Road (Dick Filby)
first 1/7
++++Downstream Catherine Store Bridge, Carbondale
Barrow's Goldeneye (12) (Filby:Robertson/Filby) (first 1/1) 25; last 1/6
++++Two Rivers Park & Devereux Road
Barrow's Goldeneye (JoAnn Riggle) 4; last 1/4

La Plata County
++++Lake Nighthorse
White-winged Scoter (Jack Maher) first 1/5

Mesa County
++++Grand Junction Wildlife Area
White-throated Sparrow --southeast corner (Trappett) last 1/7
Western Screech-Owl (Carol Ortenzio) last 1/6
++++Grand Mesa (Hwy 65)
Northern Pygmy-Owl --see map (Ortenzio) last 1/6

Montrose County
Pinyon Jay (53) --East 5th Avenue (Dexter:Wright) (first 9/15) 25; last

Summit County
++++Blue River Water Treatment Plant
Barrow's Goldeneye (Stevens & all/Jodi Chambers) (first 11/19) 12; last
++++Dillon Reservoir
Barrow's Goldeneye --Soda Inlet (Tom Wilberding/Bea Weaver) (first 11/19)
4; last 1/5

Teller County
Rosy Finches --see map (Cici Lee/Kevin Ash) (first 12/5) 2 Brown-capped,
2 Black, 3 Gray-crowned) last 1/7
++++Horsethief Park Trail
American Three-toed Woodpecker (4) (Alan Ketcham:Jim Merritt) first 1/6
++++Mueller State Park
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Roger Massey) last 1/6
++++Pancake Rocks Trail
American Three-toed Woodpecker (6) (Kevin Ash/Maynard) (first 1/3) 9;
last 1/5
(trail right after the Pancake Rocks trail diverges from Horsethief Falls
trail - maybe the first 2/3 mile of that section; update: up to 1.7 miles)

Good Birding!

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