Date: 1/13/18 12:15 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 13, 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!
Without being a member, "cobirders" can be read at:

Report Uncommon Birds at: 303-324-7994 or

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: 1/12/2018
Arapahoe (Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter)
Arapahoe/Jefferson (Yellow-billed Loon, White-winged Scoter, Greater Scaup,
Barrow's Goldeneye)
Boulder (Northern Pygmy-Owl)
Broomfield (Greater Scaup, Lesser Black-backed Gull)
Delta (Greater White-fronted Goose)
Douglas (Brant, American Three-toed Woodpecker)
El Paso (Red-breasted Sapsucker, Varied Thrush)
Jefferson (Snowy Owl, Long-tailed Duck, Greater White-fronted Goose)
La Plata (Lewis's Woodpecker, Pacific Wren)
Larimer (Harris's Hawk, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Eastern Screech-Owl)
Logan (Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Screech-Owl, Long-eared Owl, Eastern
Bluebird, Northern Cardinal, Field Sparrow)
Mesa (White-throated Sparrow)
Pueblo (Snowy Owl, Red-necked Grebe, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Loon,
Prairie Warbler, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed


Adams/Denver Counties
DIA Owl Loop
Short-eared Owl (1) --0.2 miles North of W. Cargo Road & Third Creek
(Richard Stevens) last 1/11
++++South Platte Birding Area
Barrow's Goldeneye (up to 6) --south/88th avenue (Dale Pate/Terry
Michaels) (first 11/20) 2; last 1/9

Arapahoe County
++++Aurora Reservoir
Long-tailed Duck (2 female, 1 male) (Richard Stevens/Cheri Phillips)
(first 12/13) 3; last 1/12
White-winged Scoter (male, female) (Richard Stevens/Phillips) (first
12/13) 2; last 1/12
Lesser Black-backed Gull (up to 20) (Dave King/Stevens) (first 11/5) 2;
last 1/10
Iceland Gull (up to 7) (Diane Roberts/Stevens) (first 12/10) 2; last 1/10
Greater White-fronted Goose (Stevens) last 1/10
++++McLellan Reservoir
Greater Scaup (2) (Brian Johnson) first 1/10
++++Goldsmith Gulch Trail
Winter Wren --see map (Connie Kogler/Loch Kilpatrick) (first 1/8) last 1/9

Arapahoe/Jefferson Counties
++++South Platte Park Reservoir & Area
Yellow-billed Loon (seen in both Jefferson/Arapahoe Ctys (Joey
Kellner:Myron Gerhard/M.OB.) (first 1/5) last 1/12
White-winged Scoter (James McCall:DuWayne Worthington/M.OB.) (first 1/8)
last 1/12
Greater Scaup (2) --South Platte Park Reservoir (David Suddjian/Ira
Sanders) 8; last 1/12
Greater Scaup (19) --northern Wildlife Area (Bill Schreitz) last 1/12
Barrow's Goldeneye (2) --northern Wildlife Area (Bill Schreitz) first 1/12
Barrow's Goldeneye --Reservoir (Jeffrey Olsson) last 1/10

Boulder County
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Loch Kilpatrick) first 1/12
++++Golden Ponds
Swamp Sparrow (3) (Luke Pheneger/Dan Zmoklek) (first 12/16) 1; last 1/10

Broomfield County
++++Siena Pond
Greater Scaup (2) (David Ely) first 1/12
Lesser Black-backed Gull (David Ely) first 1/12

Denver County
++++Denver City Park
Greater White-fronted Goose (Eric DeFonso) 1; last 1/11

Douglas County
++++Salisbury Equestrian Park & area
Brant (Cheryl Phillips/Jeffrey Olsson) (first 11/11) last 1/12
++++Rampart Range Road & Hwy 67 Map
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Greg Goodrich) last 1/12

El Paso County
++++Broadmoor area
Red-breasted Sapsucker --see directions (David Tonnessen/Irene Weinman)
(first 12/21) last 1/12
(Latest: big pine across fairway, opposite House #13)
++++Cheyenne Mountain Road
Varied Thrush --across street Starsmore Discovery Center (Deb
Carstensen/George Cresswell) (first 12/31) last 1/12
(latest: along Cheyenne creek just upstream from pullover #3 to #4, near
large Ponderosa Pine)
++++South Meridian Road/Hanover Road
Greater Roadrunner --Hanover Road (Alan Ketcham/Gary Koehn) (first 1/8)
last 1/11
Greater Roadrunner --south of Hanover Road (Kevin Ash/Stevens:Shane)
(first 1/4) last 1/9
++++Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Harris's Sparrow (Jim Merritt) (first 12/10) last 1/11
++++Hanover Road and area
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Stevens:Shane) last 1/9
Curve-billed Thrasher (Stevens:Shane) last 1/9

Jefferson County
++++Deer Creek area/South Valley Park
Northern Mockingbird --Meadowlark Trail (Neil Reinecke) first 1/11
++++Standley Lake area
Snowy Owl --88th & Queen (Bars Moore/Norm Lewis) (first 12/23) last 1/12
(1/12: north shore)
++++Coors Pond
Long-tailed Duck (Tom & Debbie Behnfield/Norm Lewis) 2; last 1/12
Red-necked Grebe (Wood:Barry/Sue Riffe) (first 12/29) last 1/8
++++Robert A. Easton Regional Park
Greater White-fronted Goose (Frank Farrell) first 1/12
++++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

Larimer County
++++Running Deer Natural Area
Harris's Hawk --viewed from Colorado Visitor's Center (David Wade/Loch
Kilpatrick) (first 12/10) last 1/12
++++Lake Estes
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Sherrie Duris) first 1/12
++++Spring Canyon Community Park
Eastern Screech-Owl (Adam Vesely) last 1/12
++++CLP/Gateway Natural Area
Winter Wren (heard only) (Nick Komar) first 1/10

Pueblo County
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Snowy Owl (Leon Bright/Dale &and Joel Adams) (first 1/8) last 1/12
(Latest: northwest of dam, southeast of Juniper Road)
Red-necked Grebe --Wildlife Area (Adams) last 1/12
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams) first 1/12
Common Loon (5) (Adams) (Adams) last 1/12
Prairie Warbler --below dam/NE corner of the parking lot (Leon
Bright/Carol Ortenzio) (first 12/5) last 1/12
Iceland Gull (Doug Kibbe/Adams) (first 12/16) last 1/12
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams) 1; last 1/12
Great Black-backed Gull (adult) (Adams) (first 11/7) last 1/12
Long-tailed Duck --Wildlife Area (Percival last 1/11
Glaucous Gull (Hurtado/Percival) (first 1/3) last 1/11
++++Below Pueblo City Park (Arkansas River Trail)
Carolina Wren (Percival/Kathy Mihm-Dunning) (first 11/15) last 1/10
Barrow's Goldeneye (4) --Aberdeen Bluffs area (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) last

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


Logan County
++++Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area
Red-bellied Woodpecker (2) (Stevens) last 1/12
Eastern Screech-Owl (1) (Stevens) 2; last 1/12
Long-eared Owl (Stevens) last 1/12
Eastern Bluebird (7) (Stevens) last 1/12
Northern Cardinal (2) (Stevens) last 1/12
Field Sparrow (2) (Stevens) last 1/12


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/Rick Harner) (first 12/31)
last 1/12

Eagle County
++++Dotsero Ponds
Pinyon Jay (35) (JoAnn Riggle) last 1/9

La Plata County
++++Huck Finn Pond & Animas River Trail
Lewis's Woodpecker (Ryan Votta) last 1/12
Pacific Loon (James Beatty:Ryan Votta) reported 1/11
Pacific Wren --151 East 16th Street (Martin Cuntz) reported 1/12

Mesa County
++++Grand Junction Wildlife Area
White-throated Sparrow --southeast corner (Judy West) last 1/12

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
++++Horsethief Falls Trail
American Three-toed Woodpecker (4) (Bunn:Allbright) first 1/9
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
maybe the first 2/3 mile of that section; update: up to 1.7 miles)

Good Birding!

Directions to birding spots and maps on CoBus website:

Amy Davenport, Secretary, Colorado Birding Society Denver, CO
Contact CoBus/Report Interesting Birds: 303-324-7994
Subscribe to "cobirders" by sending blank email to:
cobirders-subscribe AT
Read "cobirders" at:

Join us on Facebook!