Date: 1/29/18 3:37 am From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 January 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: January 29, 2018
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 29 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 (Jefferson, *Kiowa)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont)
Greater Scaup (*Adams, *Arapahoe, *El Paso, Jefferson)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (*Adams, Arapahoe)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, *Fremont, *Garfield, *Kiowa, Mesa, Summit)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, *El Paso)
Long-billed Curlew (Baca)
Least Sandpiper (*Mesa)
Long-billed Dowitcher (*Adams)
Mew Gull (Larimer)
California Gull (Arapahoe, *Douglas, *Kiowa, 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 (Weld)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (*El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (*Arapahoe, *Baca, Douglas, Jefferson)
Steller’s Jay (*Baca)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (*Baca)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont, *Kiowa)
Rock Wren (Baca)
Canyon Wren (Baca)
Pacific Wren (*La Plata)
Winter Wren (*Arapahoe, *Baca, El Paso)
Varied Thrush (El Paso)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*Baca, *El Paso)
Northern Mockingbird (*Baca)
American Pipit (Eagle, *Mesa)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Larimer, Park)
Black Rosy-Finch (Conejos)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Park, *Weld)
Cassin’s Finch (*Baca)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer)
Lapland Longspur (El Paso, *Kiowa)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Kiowa)
European Goldfinch (*Boulder)
Green-tailed Towhee (Denver)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (*Baca)
Canyon Towhee (*Baca)
Field Sparrow (*Baca)
Fox Sparrow (*Larimer)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*Baca, Pueblo)
Swamp Sparrow (El Paso)
White-throated Sparrow (*Mesa)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver, El Paso)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (*Weld)
Brewer’s Blackbird (*Kiowa)
Great-tailed Grackle (Eagle, *Kiowa)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Arapahoe)
Prairie Warbler (*Pueblo)
---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 28, at McKay road Ponds, Joe Roller and
Eric DeFonso reported f Long-tailed Duck.
---On January 28 on S Platte River, Hwy 224 and 68th, Gabriel Wiltse
reported Greater Scaup.
---On January 28 at S Platte Trail from Riverside Cemetery to Sand Creek,
Gabriel Wiltse reported Long-billed Dowitcher where S Platte River
instersects York St.
--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 28 on E
Crescent Parkway, Gabrield Wiltse reported Winter Wren and Rebecca Laroche
reported Yellow-rumped Warbler./
--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
reservoir. On January 28 at South Platte Reservoir, Matt Crooks, Jeff
Dawson, Joanne Parker, and John McConnell reported White-winged Scoter, and
Yellow-billed Loon; Jeff Dawson also reported White-winged Scoter on the
Jefferson County portion of the reservoir.
---On January 28 at S Platte Park C470 area, Robert Folzenlogen reported 23
Greater Scaup (19m, 4f) at N end of Eaglewatch Lake, Says’s Phoebe, and
---On January 28 at Robert Tartaglia Pavilion, Eric DeFonso reported Say’s
Phoebe and f Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler.
--On January 25 at Two Buttes Dave Leatherman reported Long-billed Curlew,
Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Rock Wren and Canyon Wren.
---On January 28 at Sike ranch SWA, CR Q, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported 4
Curve-billed Thrashers, 3 Canyon Towhee, and f type Cassin’s Finch.
---On January 28 at Cottonwood Canyon Southern Approach, Kathy Mihm Dunning
and David Dowell reported 4 Lincoln’s Sparow, 4 Canyon Towhee, and 4
---On January 28 at CR J, David Dowell and Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay and 3 Canyon Towhees.
---On January 28 at Cottonwood Canyon Loop, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David
Dowell reported Say’s Phoebe and 2 Steller’s Jays.
---On January 28 at Picture Canyon, David Dowell and Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported 7 Bushtit, Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, 2 Field Sparrows, 3
Canyon Towhees, and 2 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jays.
--On January 22, Janeal Thompson reported Greater Roadrunner at John Martin
---On January 28 at Boulder Creek and 75th St, Peter Burke and Christian
Nunes reported European Goldfinch. Christian said that the goldfinch was
bathing in the creek.
---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 26 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheeseman Park, Mark
Obmascik reported Green-tailed Towhee.
--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 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 28 at couble Tree
Hotel Pond, Gary Koehn 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 28 on Hanover Road, Cheri Phillips reported Curve-billed
Thrasher; Robb Hinds reported Ladder-backed Woodpecker; Joy and Leonard
Lake reported Greater Roadrunner.
---On January 28 at Aiken Canon Preserve, Jim Merritt reported Williamson’s
--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 21 at Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported Barrows Goldeneye. On
January 28 at Canon City Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported imm m Barrow’s
--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 25 at Coryell Ranch in Carbondale, Dick Filby reported 11
--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 28 in town of Eads, Steve Mlodinow reported Brewer’s
Blackbird and 2 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 28 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 3
Chihuahuan Ravens, California Gull, and Great-tailed Grackle.
---On January 28 at Upper Queens/Neeshkah Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow
reported Greater White-fronted Goose, 3 Barrow’s (2m, 1f) Goldeneyes,
California Gull, Lapland Longspur.
---On January 28 at Neegronda Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lapland
Longspur and Chestnut-collared Longspur.
LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 28 at Animas River Trail Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area,
Ryan Votta reported Pacific Wren.
—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 28, Bill Schmoker
reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Rd N of Prospect at the Welcome Center
and many other birders reported the hawk near Welcome Center and on SW
--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 28 at CSU Enviromental
Learning Center, Dave Leatherman and Janeal Thompson reported Red Fox
---On January 27 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Nick Komar reported Sora. On
January 28 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Jim Nachel reported Sora.
--On January 24, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Colorado
River State Park, Fruita Section.
---On January 25 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Dick Filby reported
---On January 25 at Horsethief Canyon, Dick Filby reported 7 Least
Sandpipers and American Pipit.
--On January 23 in Jefferson (town) Brian Johnson reported 4 Brown-capped
Rosy-finches and 56 Gray-crowned Rosy-finches.
--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 28
at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Matt Hofeditz and Cheri Phillips reported
Great Black-backed Gull.
--On January 24 Dale Pate reported continuing Prairie Warbler in Rock
Canyon below the Pueblo Reservoir Dam. On January 28 at Pueblo Reservoir
Rock Canyon below dam N of river, Cheri Phillips reported Prairied Warbler.
---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 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.
---On January 28 at Grover, Gene Rutherford reported a large flock of
Rosy-Finches most of which were Gray-crowned.
---On January 29 on CR 50 between CR 47 and CR 49, Gene Rutherford reported
DFO Field Trips
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.