Date: 1/28/18 3:10 am From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 January 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: January 28, 2018
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 28 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
Greater White-fronted Goose (Adams, Boulder, Delta, Jefferson, Pueblo)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont, Weld)
Greater Scaup (Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, *Jefferson)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (*Adams, Arapahoe, Fremont)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Fremont, Mesa, Summit)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, El Paso)
Long-billed Curlew (Baca)
Mew Gull (Larimer, Pueblo)
California Gull (Arapahoe, *Douglas, Larimer)
Iceland Gull (Arapahoe, El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo, *Weld)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (*Larimer)
Snowy Owl (Boulder, Pueblo, *Weld)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (*El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont)
Rock Wren (Baca)
Canyon Wren (Baca)
Winter Wren (*El Paso)
Varied Thrush (*El Paso)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*El Paso)
American Pipit (Eagle)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Conejos, Larimer, Park)
Black Rosy-Finch (*Conejos)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Conjeso, Park)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer)
Lapland Longspur (*El Paso)
Green-tailed Towhee (Denver)
Fox Sparrow (*Larimer)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*Pueblo)
Swamp Sparrow (El Paso)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver, El Paso, Prowers)
Bohemian Waxwing (Larimer)
Great-tailed Grackle (Eagle)
Prairie Warbler (Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Pueblo)
---On January 20 at Barr Lake State Park, Bruce Snyder reported 1 Greater
---On January 27 at McKay Road Ponds in Thornton, Adam Vesely reported
Long-tailed Duck in Southern most pond between S Platte River and 104th Ave
east of McKay Road.
--On January 19, at Ketring Park Mary Geder, Diane Roberts and Rebecca
LaRoche reported Hermit Thrush.
--On January 20, Ben Sampson reported continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye.
--On January 20 at Inverness Golf Course Kay Rasmussen reported Say’s
--On January 22 Frank Ferrell reported Winter Wren at 8413 E. Crescent
Circle in Greenwood Village. Bird re-found by Steve Rash on January 24. On
January 27 on East Crescent Parkway in Greenwood Village, Loch Kilpatrick,
Glenn Walbek and Diane Roberts reported Winter Wren.
--On January 23, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater Scaup, White-winged
Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, California, Iceland Gull at Aurora Reservoir.
—On January 23 at South Platte Reservoir, White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon continue to be reported by mob. The loon is also
reported to drift to Jefferson County. On January 26 at South Platte
Reservoir, Doug Shoffner and Jane Stulp reported White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon; Jodi Chambers reported seeing the White-winged Scoter
flying on the Jefferson county side. On January 27 at South Platte
Reservoir, Christian Hagenlocher and many others reported White-winged
Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon; Bez Bezuidenhout reported White-winged
Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon in the Jefferson County portion of the
--On January 25 at Two Buttes Dave Leatherman reported Long-billed Curlew,
Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Rock Wren and Canyon Wren.
--On January 22, Janeal Thompson reported Greater Roadrunner at John Martin
--On January 19 Mark Minner-Lee reported Greater White-fronted Goose at
--On January 19 at Twin Lakes, Leslie S. reported White-winged Dove.
--On January 20 at Boulder Reservoir many observers reported 2 Snowy Owl,
not reported since.
--On January 22, David Chernack reported 2 Greater Scaup at Erie Reservoir.
---On January 27 John Rawinski reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at
feeders of Susan Hochstetter. Go south from Monte Vista on Hwy 15 until
payment ends, then go another 1 mile. Susan’s place is on the east side of
the road with numerous feeders.
--On January 24 at First Creek Open Space Doug Kibbe reported Harris’s
Sparrow. Re-found by Ivan Mota on January 25.
--On January 25 at First Creek Open Space Ivan Mota reported Marsh Wren.
--On January 20, Jon Horn reported 2 Greater White-fronted Geese at
---On January 26 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheeseman Park, Mark
Obmascik reported Green-tailed Towhee.
--On January 8 at Parker Regional Park (aka Salisbury Equestrian Park),
Loch Kilpatrick, Dale Pate, and Diane Roberts reported BRANT. Last report
by Joe Roller and Joey Kellner on January 20.
--On January 20 at Parker Regional Park Tom and Debbie Behnfield reported 2
--On January 24 at 10001 S. Oswego St., Jodi Chambers reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On January 27 at Chatfield SP, Joey Kellner and others reported
--On January 22 at Lake Creek Village Wetlands Marbry Hopkins reported
American Pipit. On January 26 at Lake Creek Village Wetland, JoAnn Riggle
reported American Pipit and Great-tailed Grackle.
EL PASO COUNTY:
--On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber) on
Miranda Road in Colorado Springs, most recently re-found by Michael Turisk
on January 25. On January 27 on Miranda Road, Gary Koehn reported
--On January 17 JoAnn Riggle and Linda Hodges most recently reported Varied
Thrush at Starsmore Discovery Center. On January 27 at Starsmore Discovery
Center, Brook Nelson reported a f-type Varied Thrush, not the bright male
that has been seen.
--On January 20 along Hanover Road, Mark Chavez and mob. reported
continuing Greater Roadrunner.
--On January 21 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Jim Merritt reported a
Harris’s Sparrow. Re-found on January 25.
--On January 25 at Fountain Creek, Bill Maynard observed a Swamp Sparrow.
---On January 26 at Double Tree Hotel Pond in Colorado Springs, Jim Merrit
and Alan Ketcham reported f Greater Scaup.
---On January 27 at S Meridian Road, Roger Massey reported m Ladder-backed
Woodpecker and 2 Curve-billed Thrashers.
---On January 27 in east El Paso County, Tim Leppek reported hundreds of
Lapland Longspurs on Finch Rd and Myers Rd and east into Lincoln county.
--On January 19 at Tunnel Drive, Rich Miller reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye.--On January 20 at Valco Pond, DFO Field Trip reported one
Greater White-fronted Goose.
--On January 20 at Tunnel Drive, Jerry DeBoer reported Long-tailed Duck.
--On January 21 at Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported Barrows Goldeneye.
--On January 25 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer, Alan Ketchum and
MaryLynne Ketchum reported Trumpeter Swan. On January 26 at Brush Hollow
Reservoir, Jim Merrit reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and 2 Chihuahuan Ravens;
Joel Adams reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On January 27 at Brush Hollow
Reservoir, Robb Hinds, Glenn Walbek, and Loch Kilpatrick reported 2
--On January 18 at Blue Mesa Reservoir, Jon Horn reported Barrow’s
--On January 23 at Denver West Office Park, Rob Raker reported
--On January 24 at Denver West Office Space, Brian Johnson reported Say’s
--On January 24 at RA Easton Park Gwen Moore reported continuing Greater
White-fronted Goose. Re-foound by Cathy Fennelly on January 25.
--On January 25 at South Platte Reservoir David Suddjian reported
continuing Yellow-billed Loon also in Arapahoe.
---On January 26 at Belmar Park, Joe Roller, Doug Kibbe, and Dale Pate
reported m Greater Scaup. On January 27 at Belmar Park, Candice Johnson
and Reed Gorner reported m Greater Scaup.
—On January 20 Carl Bendorf and John Rutenbeck most recently reported
continuing HARRIS’S HAWK at Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural
Areas. On January 27, Georgia Doyle and Phil Carafo and several others
reported HARRIS’S HAWK near the Welcom Center; Nick Komar reported HARRIS’S
HAWK at Box Elder Creek at SW Frontage Road.
--On January 20 at the Sprague Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park,
Jon Bitner reported Bohemian Waxwings.
--On January 21 at Livermore Community Church Andy Bankert reported 1
Brown-capped Rosy Finch, 1 Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, 15 rosy finch sp., and
3 Common Redpoll. Nick Komar re-found one Common Redpoll on January 22.
On January 26 at Livermore Community Church, Loch Kilpatrick reported one
--On January 22 at Carter Lake, Nick Komar, Andy Bankert and other
observers reported Iceland, Iceland (Thayer’s), California, and Glaucous
--On January 23 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 9
--On January 25 at College Lake, Nick Komar reported Mew Gull.
--On January 25 at CSU Environmental Learning Center Colby Plante reported
Fox Sparrow. On January 26 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Jim
Nachel Loch Kilpatrick, and Jonny Appleseed reported Red Fox Sparrow. On
January 27 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Mikkp Jimenez, Gwen Moore,
and Nick Komar reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On January 27 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Nick Komar reported Sora.
--On January 20, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Grand
Junction Wildlife Area.
--On January 24, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Colorado
River State Park, Fruita Section.
--On January 23 in Jefferson (town) Brian Johnson reported 4 Brown-capped
Rosy-finches and 56 Gray-crowned Rosy-finches.
--On January 18 Janeal Thompson reported Northern Cardinal and Harris’s
Sparrow at Lamar Community College Woods.
--On January 8 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina tires, Brandon Percival
reported Snowy Owl seen most recently on January 22 by Michael Shoop.
--On January 18 Adam Vesley reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds working the
shoreline of the stream just oorth of the Cottonwood Picnic area parking
lot at Pueblo State Park.
--On January 18, JoAnn Andrews reported Mew Gull at Rock Creek Area below
the Pueblo Reservoir Dam.
--On January 18 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Denise and Mark Vollmer
reported Say’s Phoebe.
--On January 18 along the Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd., John
Drummond reported Carolina Wren. Re-found by Mihm-Dunning and Dowell on
--On January 20, Van Truan reported one Greater White-fronted Goose at
--On January 23 at Pueblo Reservoir Wildlife Area David Tonnessen reported
--On January 24 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Dale Pate report
continuing Great Black-backed Gull. On January 27 at Pueblo Reservoir
South Marina, Matt Newport reported Great Black-backed Gull.
--On January 24 Dale Pate reported continuing Prairie Warbler in Rock
Canyon below the Pueblo Reservoir Dam.
---On January 27 at Olive Marsh, Van Truan reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
—On January 20 Phil Lyon reported continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye at
--On January 19 Jim Nachel reported Trumpeter Swan at Rawhide Energy
Station/Hamilton Reservoir, continuing since at least the Rawhide CBC in
--On January 23 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Greater White-fronted Goose, Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On January 27 at Windsor Lake, Gene Rutherford reported Iceland
---On January 27 on Hwy 402 also known as CR54 east of Hwy 257, Jazmine
Novela reported a Snowy Owl on a power pole.
DFO Field Trips
Greenwood Gulch and Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve
Sunday, January 28
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kevin Corwin (Email: <KevyGudGuy...> Phone: 720-482-8454)
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at the parking lot at Castlewood Park, 5601 East Orchard
DRIVE (not Orchard Road) at its intersection with South Holly St.; about .1
mile north of the intersection of Holly and Orchard Road. There is a
portable toilet at the parking lot.The paved trail follows the Greenwood
Gulch waterway northwest for .75 mile, then joins the dirt HighLine Canal
Trail that surrounds the Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve. We’ll walk a 1.5
mile loop along the High Line and through the Preserve back to the
Greenwood Gulch trail then return to our starting point. Total distance is
about 3 miles. The trails border cattail marshes, wet meadows, and the
typical High Line riparian strip. There are a couple of small ponds in the
Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve at the northwest part of the loop.
Register online or contact leader.
Mueller State Park and Victor
Tuesday, January 30
5:30 AM - 3:30 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...> Phone: 831-713-8659)
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at Lowe's in Castle Rock near the outlet stores.. I-25
south, exit at Founders/Meadows Pkwy (exit 184), turn right (west), then
right on Santa Fe Dr (Hwy 85), then right on New Beale St. Exact address
1360 New Beale St, Castle Rock, CO 80108
We will seek forest and mountain birds at Mueller, with possible Pygmy-Owl
and Gray Jay, and look for
Rosy- finches at the nearby towns of Victor and Cripple Creek. Then we will
make our way back via Road 87 to Deckers and along the South Platte back
toward Sedalia, birding as we go. Register online or contact leader.