Date: 1/10/18 6:25 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 10 January 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: January 10, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 10 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.
BARNACLE GOOSE (*Arapahoe)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Boulder, El Paso, Jefferson)
BRANT (*Douglas)
Trumpeter Swan (Garfield)
BLACK SWAN (*Weld)
MUTE SWAN (*Weld)
Wood Duck (Montrose)
EURASIAN WIGEON (Fremont)
Mallard (Mexican Intergrade) (Boulder)
Greater Scaup (Pueblo, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, La Plata, Weld)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, *Jefferson, Weld)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Garfield, Pueblo)
Greater Prairie-Chicken (Yuma)
Red-necked Grebe (*Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (*El Paso)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (Pueblo)
Iceland Gull (*El Paso, *Larimer, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Bent, Boulder, *Larimer, Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
Pacific Loon (Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe/Jefferson, Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (*Adams, Bent, *Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Bent, Boulder)
HARRIS’S HAWK (*Larimer)
Snowy Owl (*Jefferson, *Pueblo)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (*El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Teller)
Say’s Phoebe (Arapahoe, *Denver, Larimer)
Steller’s Jay (Mesa)
Chihuahuan Raven (El Paso)
Common Raven (Adams)
Mountain Chickadee (Larimer, *Pueblo)
Pygmy Nuthatch (*Arapahoe, Morgan, Phillips)
Winter Wren (*Arapahoe)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Mountain Bluebird (*Pueblo)
Hermit Thrush (*Arapahoe)
Varied Thrush (*El Paso)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso, Weld)
American Pipit (Boulder, Pueblo)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe)
White-winged Crossbill (Pueblo)
European Goldfinch (*Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (El Paso, *Pueblo)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Fremont)
Fox Sparrow (*Larimer)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo)
Swamp Sparrow (Weld)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver, Larimer, Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (Larimer)
Yellow Warbler (Mesa)
Pine Warbler (Arapahoe, Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler ( Adams, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo)
Prairie Warbler (*Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Logan)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 8 at S Platte River and mouth of Sand Creek, David Dowell
reported 4 Double-crested Cormorants and 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On January 6 at S Platte River at 88th, Julia Auckland reported 6
Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Double-crested Cormorant. On January 7 at S Platte
River at 88th Ave, Bill Fink reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye. On January 8
at S Platte River at 88th Ave, Eric DeFonso reported Barrow’s Goldeneye and
Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 6 at McKay Road Ponds, Adam Veseley reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On January 8 at 63rd and Fillmore, Christy Payne reported 2
Double-crested Cormorants and 7 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On January 8 at S Platte River and 78th Ave, David Dowell reported 2
Double-crested Cormorants.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 5 at Dahlia Hollow Park, Chris Gilbert reported Hermit
Thrush. On January 6 at Dahlia Hollow Park, Bez Bezuidenhout and Cynthia
Madsen reported Pine Warbler, Hermit Thrush, and White-throated Sparrow.
On January 7 at Hollow Park, Cherry Hills Village Anna Troth and Gregg
Goodrich reported Hermit Thrush. On January 9 at Dahlia Hollow Park, Loch
Kilpatrick reported 2 Pygmy Nuthatch and Hermit Thrush.
---On January 5 at S Platte Reservoir, Joey Kellner reported YELLOW-BILLED
LOON in north end of reservoir.
---On January 7 At Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Cynthia Madsen and
David Hill reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On January 7 at High Line Canal Trail Blackmer Lake, Jared Del Rosso
reported 3 Pygmy Nuthatch.
---On January 8 at Goldsmith Gulch Trail between E Crescent Parkway and E
Prentice Ave in Greenwood Village, Connie Kogler reported Winter Wren. On
January 9 at 5400 E Crescent Parkway in Greenwood Village, Loch Kilpatrick
reported Winter Wren.
---On January 9 at Aurora Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported BARNACLE
GOOSE, Iceland (kumlieni) Gull, 3 Iceland (Thayer’s) Gulls, Glaucous Gull,
and 4 Long-tailed Ducks.

ARAPAHOE/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
---On January 5 at S Platte Reservoir, Joey Kellner reported YELLOW-BILLED
LOON in north end of reservoir. On January 6, Todd Deininger reported that
the YELLOW-BILLED LOON was still present on the Arapahoe County side but
was heading towards the Jefferson County side. Many, many birders reported
the YELLOW-BILLED LOON on January 6 is both counties. On January 7 at S
Platte Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and many other birders reported
YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On January 8 at S Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian and
many other birders reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and in afternoon Phil Lyon
and others reported White-winged Scoter. On January 9, John Haycraft and
many other birders reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and White-winged Scoter at
South Platte Reservoir.

BENT COUNTY:
---On January 6 at John Martin Reservoir, Duane Nelson reported 1st cyc
Glaucous Gull, 3 American White Pelicans, 2 Doube-crested Cormorants. Best
viewpoint is Overlook Point on the north side of the Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 5 at Boulder Creek and 75th St, Leslie S reported European
Goldfinch. On January 6 at Boulder Creek and 75th St, Alex Brown reported
European Goldfinch. On January 9 at Boulder Creek and 75th St, Dan Zmolek
reported European Goldfinch.
---On January 6 on Wild Basin Trail, Brian Schmid reported American
Three-toed Woodpecker.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 6 at Westerly Creek Park, Jason Bidgood reported Harris’s
Sparrow.
---on January 7 at Parkfield Lake Idalia Park, Patrick O-Driscoll reported
Say’s Phoebe.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On January 8 at Parker regional Park (aka Salisbury Equestrian Park),
Loch Kilpatrick, Dale Pate, and Diane Roberts reported BRANT. On January 9
at Parker Regional Park (aka Salisbury Equestrian Park), Bill Schreitz
reported BRANT. On January 9 at Bar CCC Park, David Suddjian and DFO Field
Trip and Adam Vesely, and Christine Alexander reported BRANT.

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 January
5 Kara Carragher and several other birders reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER
at Austrian Pines at 13 Miranda Road. On January 6 Sue Riffe and several
other birders reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER at Austrian Pines at 13
Miranda Road and one mentioned that the sapsucker flew in from the golf
course. On January 7 Ginny Bergstrom and several other birders reported
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER at Austrian Pines at 13 Miranda Road. On January 8,
Norm Lewis, James McCall, David and Cheryl Hubbard, and David Tonnessen and
others reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER at Austrian Pines at 13 Miranda
Road. On January 9 at Austrian Pines at 14 Miranda Road, Gregg Goodrich,
Anna Troth, Paula Hansley and Peggy Gonder reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
---On December 31 at 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 5 at Starsmore Nature Center and
S Cheyenne Canyon, Kara Carragher and others reported Varied Thrush. On
January 6, Bill Kosar and several other birders reported Varied Thrush near
Starsmore Center and S Cheyenne Canyon. On January 7, Ginny Bergstrom and
several other others reported Varied Thrush near Starsmore Discovery Center
and S Cheyenne Canyon. On January 8 at Starsmore Discovery Center, Norm
Lewis, Cathy Bondy and Doug Flores reported Varied Thrush. On January 9 at
Starsmore Discovery Center, Anna Troth, Gregg Goodrich, Paula Hansley, and
Peggy Gonder reported Varied Thrush.
---On January 5 near intersection of Meridian Road and Hanover Road, Mel
and Jeanne Goff and Richard Bunn and Tanja Britton reported Greater
Roadrunner. On January 6 near intersection of Meridian Road and Handover
Road, Todd Deininger, Joy and Leonard Lake, and Gloria Nikolai reported
Greater Road runner; Pablo Quezada reported Curve-billed Thrasher. On
January 7 on Hanover Road, Robb Hinds and several other birders reported
Greater Roadrunner. On January 8 at Hanover Road and Meridian Road, Alan
Ketcham, Jim Merrit, and Jeannie Mitchell reported Greater Roadrunner. On
January 9 on Hanover Road, Rod Schmidt reported Greater Roadrunner.
---On January 5 on Hanover Road, Richard Bunn, Tanja Britton, Alan and
MaryLynne Ketcham reported 2 Chihuahuan Rave, Lincoln’s Sparrow,
Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 3 Lapland Longsurs, and Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On January 6 at Hanover Fire Station, Gloria Nikolai and Todd Deininger
reported Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On January 8 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs,
David Tonnessen reported 1-st cyc Iceland Gull.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On January 5 at Canon City Valco Pond, Brandon Percival, Bill Maynard,
and Jerry DeBoer reported EURASIAN WIGEON. This is private property so
observed behind fence. On January 6 at Canon City Valco Pond, Kevin Ash
reported EURASIAN WIGEON.
---On January 5 at Tunnel Drive, Dan Stringer reported Rufous-crowned
Sparrow.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On January 8 in Carbondale, Dick FIlby reported 15 Barrow’s Goldeneyes
on the Roaring Fork River viewed from road bridge on Catherine Store Road.
---On January 6 at Coryell Ranch Ponds (private) viewed from Satank Road by
Hwy 82 east, Dick Filby reported 55 Barrow’s Goldeneys and on January 7
Filby reported 4 Trumpter Swans.
---On January 8 at Devereux road and Two Rivers Park, JoAnn Riggle reported
3 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 6 on south shore of Standley Lake, Veronica Blazewicz
reported Snowy Owl perched at top of large pine tree. On January 7, Joey
Kellner and many other birders reported Snowy Owl on top of dam at Standley
Lake. On January 8 S of 100th Ave and N of western extension of Lake, near
where Woman Creek enters Standley Lake, Paula Hansley reported Snowy Owl;
Shannon Cwik and Karl Brummert reported Snowy Owl on Standley Lake Dam. On
January 9 Bob Shade reported that the Snowy Owl was perched on a chimney at
9809 W 99th Ave; Chuck Pringle reported that the owl flew towards the dam
from
---On January 5 at Coors Ponds, Gwen Moore, Frank Farrell, Brian Johnson,
and Pablo Quezada reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks and Red-necked Grebe. On
January 7 at Coors Ponds, Kevin DeBoer and Eric DeFonso reported 2
Long-tailed Ducks and Red-necked Grebe. On January 9 at Coors Ponds,
Lorraine Lanning and Sue Riffe reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks and Red-necked
Grebe.
---On January 6 at Belmar One, Mark Chavez reported Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On January 7 and 8 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Doug Kibbe
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 5 at CR 210 on Lake Nighthorse, Jack Maher reported
White-winged Scoter.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 2, Walter Wehtje reported HARRIS’S HAWK SW of Rest Area. On
January 6 near Rest Area, Michelle Puplava reported HARRIS’S HAWK. On
January 9, Josh Bruening reported HARRIS’S HAWK perche on tree at farm
house N of Prospect and across from Welcome Center.
---On January 8 at Wild Horse Ct Birdfeeder, John Reichhordt reported Pine
Warbler.
---On January 5 on Big Thompson River Rec Trail between Taft and Wilson in
Loveland, Elain Coley reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On January 5 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Andy Bankert and Carl
Bendorf reported Fox Sparrow (Red) with a flock of Juncos at intersection
of Alden and Wilcox Trail. On January 7 at CSU Environmental Learning
Center, Dave Leatherman reported Fox Sparrow (Red). On January 8 at CSU
Enviromental Learning Center, Austin Hess and Lori Zabel reported Fox (Red)
Sparrow. On January 9 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Christine
Sparks, Irene Fortune, Josh Brueing, and Walter Wehtje reported Fox (Red)
Sparrow.
---On January 6 at North Shields Pond NA, Doug Swartz and John Shenot
reported Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler.
---On January 6 at Prospect Ponds, NA, DFO Chase trip led by Christ Gilbert
reported Rusty Blackbird.
---On January 7 at Ryan Gulch, Christine and Richard Sparks reported Say’s
Phoebe.
---On January 7 at North Shield Ponds NA, Rob Sparks reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow and 2 Mountain Chickadees.
---On January 8 at Carter Lake, Andy Bankert and Walter Wehtje reported
Iceland Gull, 4 Iceland (Thayer’s) Gulls,
3 Glaucous Gulls.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On January 8 at Nucla Sewage Lagoons, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported m Wood Duck.

PITKIN COUNTY:
---On January 8 at Snowmass, Denise Landau reported Brown-capped
Rosy-Finches at the feeder at the top of Village Express.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 5 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Gloria Nikolai and Loch
Kilpatrick reported 7 Greater Scaup, Pacific Loon, Double-crested
Cormorant, Glaucous Gull, 2 Iceland (Thayer’s) Gulls, Great Black-backed
Gull and Yellow-rumped Warbler. On January 6 at Pueblo Reservoir South
Marina, David Tonnessen reported 3 Double-crested Cormorants, 6 Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gulls, Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Mountain Chickadees, 33
Lapland Longspurs; Pablo Quezada reported Iceland (Kumlien) Gull, and
Eastern Bluebird. On January 6 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, David
Tonnessen reported Pacific Loon, 2 Red-necked Grebe, White-winged Scoter, 2
Mew Gulls and 48 Mountain Bluebirds; Gwen Moore reported 9 White-winged
Scoters. On January 7 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Glenn Walbek, Loch
Kilpatrick, Ginny Bergstrom, and Adam Veseley reported 8 Double-crested
Cormorants, Iceland Gull (Thayer’s), Great Black-backed Gull, 42 Mountain
Bluebirds, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. On January 8 at Pueblo reservoir
South Marina, Jim Merritt and Alan Ketcham and many other birders reported
Great Black-backed Gull, Double-crested Cormorants, Iceland (Thayer’s)
Gull. On January 8 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, David Tonnessen
reported Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Iceland (Thayer’s) Gulls, Glaucous
Gull, Mountain Chickadee, 24 Mountain Bluebirds, and 29 Lapland Longspurs.
---On January 5 on Juniper Road at Pueblo Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick
reported Mew Gull, Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, and Prairie Warbler. On
January 7 in Rock Canyon below the dam at Pueblo Reservoir, Debbie and Tom
Behnfield and Ginny Bergstrom reported Prairie Warbler. On January 8 at
Pueblo Reservoir below the dam, Richard Bunn and Norm Lewis reported
Prairie Warbler. On January 9 at Pueblo Reservoir below the dam, Kevin Ash
reported Prairie Warbler.
---On January 7 on Juniper Road at Pueblo Reservoir, Jim Merritt reported
12 Mountain Bluebirds, American Pipit and Prairie Warbler.
---On January 5 on Arkansas River Trail East of Pueblo Blvd, Loch
Kilpatrick reported Carolina Wren and 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows. On January 7
on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Renee Casias reported 2
Barrow’s Goldeneyes, Carolina Wren, and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On January 6 at Pueblo Reservoir, Van Truan reported Pacific Loon, 2
Double-crestd cormorants, Mew Gull, Glaucous Gull, Great Black-Backed Gull,
4 Mountain Chickadees, 25 Mountain Bluebirds, Lapland Longspur, 3
Yellow-rumpled Warblers and Prairie Warbler.
---On January 7 at Pueblo Reservoir S Fishing Road, Renee Casias and Chris
Gilbert reported 2 Double-crested Cormorants, Great Black-backed Gull, and
2 Mountain Chickadees, and 30 Mountain Bluebirds.
---On January 6 at Mountain View Cemetery on W Northern Ave, David
Tonnessen reported a m White-winged Crossbill feasting on the many cones in
the “forest” on the cemetery. Brandon Percival went over to see and helped
about 30 birders see the bird. The crossbill likes Spruce cones between
Acero and Brown St in the middle of the cemetery. On January 7 at Mountain
View Cemetery, Brandon Percival and many other birders reported
White-winged Crossbill; Brandon also reported 2 White-winged Doves.
---On January 8 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina tires, Brandon Percival
reported Snowy Owl which was seen by many birders. The Snowy Owl was still
on the tires when Brandon left. On January 9, Brandon Percival reported
that the Snowy Owl was back at the South Marina of Pueblo Reservoir and
many birders got to see the owl.

TELLER COUNTY:
---On January 3 on Pancake Rock Trail section after it diverges from
Horsethief Falls Trail, Kevin Ash reported 6 American Three-toed
Woodpeckers. On January 5, on Pancake Rock Trail, John Maynard reported 9
American Three-toed Woodpeckers.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 6 at CR 116 and CR 133, Gene Rutherford and Mike Stanley
reported Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On January 7 at LUNA Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and Gene Rutherford
reported 4 Greater Scaup and White-winged Scoter.
---On January 9 at CR 61 bridge just east of Kersey, Derek Hill reported
BLACK SWAN and MUTE SWAN>

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 13 will be to Prospect Park (Wheat
Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu; 720-381-3314)
Directions: From I-70 exit 267, take Kipling south about ¾ mile and turn
right (west) on 44th Ave. Go one mile west. Look for entrance to Prospect
Park on you left (south). Meet at 0900 just inside the park in the lot
right next to Prospect Lake.
This is an easy walking trip, accessible for mobility impaired
individuals. Bring water and a snack. Lunch optional Register online or
contact leader.
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 14 will be South Platte River Trail
at E 88th Ave and I-76 led by Mark Amershek (mamershek AT msn.com;
303-329-8646). Meet at 0800 at the parking area at 88th Ave and South
Platte River Trail. From I-76 take E 88th Ave exit, go west on 99th for
1.6 miles, then turn south at Colorado Blvd. Turn left again into the
parking lot for South Platte River Greenway Trailhead. Hike along paved
tail and occasional in adjacent mud for up to 3 miles. Register online or
contact leader.
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 14 will be Cherry Creek SP Wetlands
Loop led by Karen von Saltza and Bill Wuerthele (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com;
303-941-4881). Meet at 0900 at the Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek Sp.
From either park entrance, follow Lake View Rd to the Prairie Loop that is
located at the south rim of the reservoir. State Parks pass or day pass
required.
This is a half day of walking that passes through most of the important
habitats found in the park over a distance of about 3 miles. Trails could
be slippery or muddy. Bring water and snacks; lunch is optional. Register
online or contact leader.
The DFO Field Trip for Monday, January 15 will be to First creek at Denver
Open Space led by Patrick O’Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com;
303-885-6955). Directions: From East Denver take 56th Ave east toward
Pena BLvd. First Creek parking lot is just before Pena on your left
(North). Or take I-70 east to Pena Blvd, Drive north to 56th Ave Exit.
Turn left at the light and at the bottom of the off ramp, pass under the
highway and turn right, almost immediately, into the First Creek Parking
Lot.
Meet at 0730. Depending on the weather and birds, we may focus on the
Denver Open Space side of the creek OR the Adams County portion inside
Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR. Dress for weather, bring water and snacks. A
scope may be useful. Expect to walk 203 miles on flat surfaced pathes and
paved trail. There are no restrooms at this location. The closest
Facilities are on Tower Road (Green Valley Ranch, King Soopers) and East
40th Montebello). Register online or contact leader.
Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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