Date: 1/9/18 3:35 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 9, 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: 1/8/2018
Adams (Barrow's Goldeneye, Greater Scaup)
Arapahoe (Winter Wren, Long-tailed Duck)
Arapahoe/Jefferson (Yellow-billed Loon, Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter)
Boulder (Swamp Sparrow)
Douglas (Brant)
El Paso (Red-breasted Sapsucker, Varied Thrush, Iceland Gull, Greater
Roadrunner, Ladder-backed Woodpecker)
Fremont (Curve-billed Thrasher, Greater White-fronted Goose, Western
Garfield (Barrow's Goldeneye)
Jefferson (Snowy Owl, Common Loon, Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe,
American Three-toed Woodpecker, Dusky Grouse, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Harris's
Sparrow, Greater White-fronted Goose)
Lake (Rosy Finches)
Larimer (Fox Sparrow, Eastern Screech-Owl, Pine Warbler, Winter Wren,
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Trumpeter Swan, Red-necked Grebe, Barrow's
Goldeneye, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull,
White-throated Sparrow)
Pitkin (Rosy Finches)
Pueblo (Snowy Owl, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Iceland Gull, Lesser
Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Prairie Warbler, barrow's
Summit (Barrow's Goldeneye)
Teller (Rosy Finches)
Weld (Greater White-fronted Goose)


Adams County
++++South Platte Birding Area
Barrow's Goldeneye (up to 6) --south/88th avenue (Dale Pate/Bill Fink)
(first 11/20) 6; last 1/8
Greater Scaup --78th avenue (Eric DeFonso) last 1/8
Black Phoebe --around 64th & York (Bob Canter/Cheryl Teuton) (first
12/29) last 1/3
(north of parking lot to Sand Creek)

Arapahoe County
++++Goldsmith Gulch Trail
Winter Wren --see map (Connie Kogler) first 1/8
++++Aurora Reservoir
Long-tailed Duck (2 female, 1 male) (Richard Stevens/David Dowell) (first
12/13) 2; last 1/8
++++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

Arapahoe/Jefferson Counties
++++South Platte Park Reservoir & Area
Yellow-billed Loon (seen in both Jefferson/Arapahoe Ctys (Joey
Kellner:Myron Gerhard/Marion & John Warren) (first 1/5) last 1/8
Greater Scaup (2) --South Platte Park Reservoir (David Suddjian) 8; last
White-winged Scoter (James McCall:DuWayne Worthington) first 1/8
Greater Scaup (2) --Platte River (Christopher Warneke/Thomas Halverstadt)
(first 11/24) 15; 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

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) (first 12/16) 2; last 1/7
++++Hawthorn Gulch, Boulder
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Ted Floyd) first 1/6

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/Loch Kilpatrick)
(first 11/18) last 1/8

El Paso County
++++Broadmoor area
Red-breasted Sapsucker --see directions (David Tonnessen/Jim Davis)
(first 12/21) last 1/8
(Latest: big pine across fairway, opposite House #13)
++++Cheyenne Mountain Road
Varied Thrush --across street Starsmore Discovery Center (Deb
Carstensen/Jim Davis) (first 12/31) last 1/8
(along Cheyenne creek just upstream from pullover #3, near large
Ponderosa Pine)
++++South Meridian Road
South Meridian Road/Hanover Road
Greater Roadrunner --Hanover Road (Alan Ketcham) first 1/8
Greater Roadrunner --south of Hanover Road (Kevin Ash/Alan Ketcham)
(first 1/4) last 1/8
++++Memorial Park
Iceland Gull (1st cycle) (David Tonnessen) first 1/8
++++Hanover Road and area
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Heidi Eaton) last 1/8

Jefferson County
++++Standley Lake area
Snowy Owl --88th & Queen (Bars Moore/Paula Hansley) (first 12/23) last 1/8
Common Loon (Matt Hofeditz/David Dowell) (first 12/29) last 1/8
++++Coors Pond
Long-tailed Duck (Tom & Debbie Behnfield/Tim Ryan) (first 1/3) 2; last 1/8
Red-necked Grebe (Wood:Barry/Sue Riffe) (first 12/29) last 1/8
++++Reynolds Park
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Stevens & Shane) last 1/8
(north of interserction of Oxen Draw, Raven's Roost & Eagle's View trails)
Dusky Grouse (Stevens & Shane) last 1/8
(Above unless stated: Eagle's View Trail, south of old service road)
Northern Pygmy-Owl --Songbird trail (Stevens & Shane) last 1/8
++++Ralston Creek Trail
Harris's Sparrow --Indiana Street to Ward Road (Rebecca Laroche/Myron
Gerhard) (first 12/7) again 1/8
++++Clement Park
Greater White-fronted Goose (Mackenzie Goldthwait:Doug Kibbe) last 1/8
++++Van Bibber Trail
Eastern Screech-Owl (Frank Farrell) last 1/7

Larimer County
++++CSU Environmental Learning Center to Cattail Chorus
Fox Sparrow (red) --intersection of Alden and Wilcox Trail
(Bendorf:Bankert/Austin Hess) (first 1/5) last 1/8
Eastern Screech-Owl (Lori Zabel) last 1/8
++++3645 Wild Horse Court, Loveland
Pine Warbler (John Reichhardt/John Reichhardt) (first 12/26) last 1/8
++++Lions Open Space
Winter Wren (Austin Hess:Gwen Moore/David Leatherman) (first 12/16) last
++++Horsetooth Reservoir
Lesser Black-backed Gull (5) (Wade/Ken Duncan) (first 12/19) 1; last 1/8
Glaucous Gull (Nick Komar/Tiffany Warble) (first 12/17) last 1/6
++++Rawhide Reservoir
Trumpeter Swan (3 adult) (Wehtje:Komar/Komar) (first 12/9) 1; last 1/8
++++Carter Lake
Red-necked Grebe (John Shenot/Sue Riffe) (first 1/1) last 1/8
Barrow's Goldeneye (Sue Riffe) first 1/8
Iceland Gull (2) (Wehtje) last 1/8
Lesser Black-backed Gull (15) (Bankert) last 1/8
Glaucous Gull (Komar:Costello/Wehtje:Bankert) (first 1/2) last 1/8
++++Buckingham Lake
White-throated Sparrow (Andy Bankert) first 1/8
++++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

Pueblo County
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Snowy Owl --south marina (Leon Bright) first 1/8
Pacific Loon (David Tonnessen/Kilpatrick) (first 12/29) last 1/8
Common Loon (5) (Kilpatrick) reservoir to Wildlife Area 3; last 1/8
Iceland Gull (Doug Kibbe/Heidi Eaton) (first 12/16) last 1/8
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Heidi Eaton) last 1/8
Great Black-backed Gull (adult) (Percival/Eaton) (first 11/7) last 1/8
Prairie Warbler --below dam/Juniper Road (Leon Bright/Norm Lewis) (first
12/5) last 1/8
Red-necked Grebe --Wildlife Area (Dave King & all) 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
++++Below Pueblo City Park (Arkansas River Trail)
Barrow's Goldeneye (3) --7 reservoir drive (Jim Merritt) last 1/8
Carolina Wren (Percival/Dave King & all) (first 11/15) last 1/7
++++Mountain View Cemetery
White-winged Crossbill --spruce trees/western section (David
Tonnessen/Leon Bright) (first 1/6) last 1/7
++++Mineral Palace Park area
Greater Scaup (2) (Van Truan) (first 1/3) last 1/6

Weld County
++++Windsor Lake
Greater White-fronted Goose (Jeffrey Bisko) last 1/8
++++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
++++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

Fremont County
++++MacKenzie Avenue & Grandvew Avenue, Canon City
Curve-billed Thrasher (Norm Lewis) (first 12/27) again 1/8
++++Valco Ponds, Canon City
Greater White-fronted Goose (4) (Adams/Norm Lewis) (first 11/12) 1; last
Eurasian Wigeon (Rich Miller/Drummond:Mitchell:Ash) (first 12/23) last 1/6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker --885 East 5th Street (Walbek:Kilpatrick) first
++++Lakeside Cemetery
Williamson's Sapsucker (Walbek:Kilpatrick) last 1/7
++++Arkansas Riverwalk
Western Screech-Owl --Raynolds parking lot (Richard Bunn) last 1/7
++++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
++++Rouse Park
Western Screech-Owl (Linda Lee) first 1/6

Garfield County
++++Downstream Catherine Store Bridge, Carbondale
Barrow's Goldeneye (12) (Filby:Robertson/Filby) (first 1/1) 15; last 1/8
++++Two Rivers Park & Devereux Road
Barrow's Goldeneye (3) (JoAnn Riggle) last 1/8
++++Coryell Ranch Ponds
Barrow's Goldeneye (55) --private, view from Satank Road (Dick Filby)
first 1/7

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

Lake County
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (60) (Allan Welby) first 1/7

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

Pitkin County
++++Snowmass Ski Area
Rosy Finches --top of Village Express lift (30, mostly Brown-capped)
Denise, last 1/8
(requires lift ticket; Wednesday 1/10, Dick will conduct free bird tour,
meet by feeder)

Summit County
Barrow's Goldeneye (8) --see map (Jodi Chambers) (first 1/2) 5; last 1/8
++++Blue River Water Treatment Plant
Barrow's Goldeneye (Stevens & all/Jodi Chambers) (first 11/19) 12; last

Teller County
Rosy Finches (50+, 3 species) --see map (Cici Lee/Stevens:Shane) (first
12/5) last 1/8
++++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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