Date: 2/13/18 3:17 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for February 13, 2018
Hello cobirders

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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: To reduce length of report, only recent sightings listed; visit
Colorado Birding Society's website everyday for additional sightings!

Reports added: 2/12/2018
Arapahoe (White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Lesser Black-backed Gull)
Arapahoe/Jefferson (Yellow-billed Loon, White-winged Scoter, Lesser
Black-backed Gull)
Chaffee (Pinyon Jay)
Delta (Lewis's Woodpecker)
El Paso (Harris's Sparrow, Barrow's Goldeneye, White-throated Sparrow)
Grand (Barrow's Goldeneye)
La Plata (Acorn Woodpecker, Pacific Wren)
Larimer (American Woodcock, Pine Warbler, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed
Gull, Glaucous Gull, Common Redpoll)
Lincoln (Sage Thrasher)
Park (Rosy Finches)


Adams County
++++Spratt Platte Lake Area
Greater Scaup --McKay Road & 100th Avenue (David Ely/Morris) (first 1/28)
last 2/11
Long-tailed Duck (Adam Vesely/Heather & Riley Morris) (first 1/27) last
++++McKay Lake
Swamp Sparrow (Matt Hofeditz) (first 12/10) 2; last 2/11
++++South Platte Birding Area
Barrow's Goldeneye (up to 6) --south/88th avenue (Dale Pate/Carolyn
Beach) first 11/20) 4; last 2/10
++++First Creek Trail
Harris's Sparrow
(Adams Cty: (Jacob Washburn:Jamie Thompson) last 2/9
(Denver Cty: (Brian Johnson) last 1/30
++++DIA Owl Loop
Short-eared Owl --W. Cargo Road & 96th Avenue (Stevens:Michaels) first 2/9

Arapahoe County
++++Aurora Reservoir
White-winged Scoter (male, female) (Richard Stevens/Stevens:Kosten)
(first 12/13) 2; last 2/12
Long-tailed Duck (2 female, 1 male) (Richard Stevens/Stevens:Kosten)
(first 12/13) 4; last 2/12
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Stevens/Stevens:Kosten)last 2/12

Arapahoe/Jefferson Counties
++++South Platte Park Reservoir & Area
Yellow-billed Loon (seen in both Jefferson/Arapahoe Ctys
(Kellner:Gerhard/Harrison)(first 1/5) last 2/12
White-winged Scoter (James McCall:DuWayne Worthington/Jay & Jean
Harrison) (first 1/8) last 2/12
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Sean Fitzgerald) last 2/12
Greater Scaup (7) --c470 area (Ben Sampson) last 2/11

Broomfield County
++++Plaster Reservoir
Iceland Gull (Matt Hofeditz) first 2/10

Denver County
++++Rocky Mountain Lake Park
Swamp Sparrow (Jake Shorty) first 2/9

Douglas County
++++Rampart Range Road & Hwy 67
Northern Saw-whet Owl (2) (Stevens:Washburn/Tom Wilberding) (first 11/8)
last 2/9
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Doug Kibbe) last 2/9

El Paso County
++++Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Harris's Sparrow (Jim Merritt) (first 12/10) last 2/12
++++Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant
Barrow's Goldeneye (Alan Versaw/Merritt:Ash:Eaton) (first 2/6) last 2/12
++++Clear Spring Ranch
White-throated Sparrow (Jim Merritt) first 2/12

Jefferson County
++++Standley Lake
Snowy Owl --86th & Sims (Karl Gerken) last 2/10
++++Belmar Historic Park
Greater Scaup (Lorraine Lanning/Bez Bezuidenhout) (first 1/25) last 2/7

Larimer County
++++Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
American Woodcock (Nick Komar/Norm Lewis) (first 12/31) last 2/12
++++3645 Wild Horse Court, Loveland
Pine Warbler (John Reichhardt) (first 12/26) last 2/12
(northwest corner of Wild Horse Court and 37th Street, behind the
apartments (visible along 37th across a small park area)
++++Carter Lake
Iceland Gull (3) (David Dowell) 4; last 2/12
Lesser Black-backed Gull (5) (Dowell) last 2/12
Glaucous Gull (2) (Dowell) last 2/12
++++Horsetooth Mountain Park
Common Redpoll (9) (Arvind Panjabi) (first 1/23) 7; last 2/12
(brushy draw, about 300 yards from the main parking lot trailhead along
the pedestrian/hiking trail)
++++Spring Canyon Community Park
Eastern Screech-Owl (Colten Dornbach) last 2/11
++++Frank Wildlife Area & Gravel Ponds
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Andy Bankert:Caroline Olson) first 2/10
++++Rist Benson Lake
Greater Scaup (Nick Komar:Walter Wehtje) first 2/10
++++Livermore Church
Common Redpoll (3) (Bankert/Sue Riffe) (first 1/21) 3; last 2/9
++++Running Deer Natural Area
Harris's Hawk --viewed from Colorado Visitor's Center (David Wade/M.OB.)
(first 12/10) last 2/8
(north of Visitor's Center, in tree just before hard right turn)

Pueblo County
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Common Loon --south marina area (JoAnn Riggle) last 2/11
Great Black-backed Gull (adult) --south marina (Percival/JoAnn Riggle)
last 2/11
++++Lake Beckwith
White-winged Scoter (Dave Silverman/Cameron Carver) (first 11/21) last
1/2 again 2/8


Baca County
++++Two Buttes Reservoir & area
Winter Wren (2) --seen several times since 11/26 (David Dowell/Brian
Johnson) (first 11/26) last 2/10
Northern Mockingbird (Brian Johnson) first 2/10
Rusty Blackbird (Ted Floyd) reported 2/10

Bent County
++++Lake Hasty
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Brian Johnson) first 2/11
Swamp Sparrow (Brian Johnson) first 2/11

Kiowa County
++++County Road C (see map)
Snowy Owl (JoAnn Andrews) first 2/10

Prowers County
++++Lamar Community College
Fox Sparrow (red) (Jane Stulp/Brian Johnson) (first 2/6) last 2/10
Northern Cardinal (Brian Johnson) last 2/10
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Floyd) last 2/9


Kit Carson County
++++County Road B, btw CR 10 & CR 11
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first 2/11
McCown's Longspur (Mihm-Dunning) first 2/11

Lincoln County
++++Karval Reservoir Wildlife Area
Sage Thrasher (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first 2/11


Chaffee County
++++Chaffee County Road 361
Pinyon Jay (48) --CR 361 (Hagenlocher) first 2/12
++++Ice Lake
Barrow's Goldeneye (14) --Private property, view from road (Christian
Hagenlocher) last 2/11
++++Sands Lake Wildlife Area
Greater Scaup (2) (Christian Hagenlocher) first 2/11

Clear Creek County
++++Idaho Springs area
Rosy Finches
100+, no Black --Pine Drive (Tracy Rackauskas) first 2/10
(75+, no Bloack --CR 181 (Cynthia Kristensen) first 2/10

Delta County
++++Fruitgrower's Reservoir
Lewis's Woodpecker (Glenn Pearson) last 2/11
++++Rogers Mesa
Lewis's Woodpecker (9) (Jon Horn) first 2/10

Fremont County
++++Brush Hollow Wildlife Area
Trumpeter Swan (Rich Miller) (first 1/23) 2; last 2/9

Grand County
++++above Windy Gap Reservoir
Barrow's Goldeneye (11) (Matt Hansen) first 2/12

La Plata County
++++Wildcat Canyon (Rafter J)
Acorn Woodpecker (Amanda St. Pierre) 5; last 2/11
++++Huck Finn Pond & Animas River Trail
Pacific Wren (James Beatty:Ryan Votta/Votta) (reported 1/11) again 2/11

Mesa County
++++Grand Junction Wildlife Area
White-throated Sparrow --southeast corner (Mike Henwood) 1; last 2/10
Barrow's Goldeneye (2) (Mike Henwood/Trappett) (first 1/31) last 2/9
++++Grand Mesa (Hwy 65)
Rosy Finches (70+, 3 species) (Denise & Mark Vollmar/Mike Henwood) (first
12/23) last 2/9
Chukar (4) --Plateau Canyon (44401 Hwy 65) (Mike Henwood) first 2/9

Montezuma County
++++McPhee Reservoir
Barrow's Goldeneye --southern end/hwy 145 (Aaron Yappert) first 2/9

Montrose County
++++Marine Park Road
Black Phoebe (Susan Entsminger) first 2/9

Park County
Gray-crowned Rosy Finches (15) (Norm Lewis/Pate:Suddjian:Roberts) (first
11/22) 400; last 2/12
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (3) (Norm Lewis/Pate:Suddjian:Roberts) (first
11/22) 12; last 2/12

Summit County
++++Bills Ranch Lake
White-throated Sparrow (Ryan Bushong) first 2/11
Barrow's Goldeneye (8) --see map (Jodi Chambers/Ryan Bushong) (first 1/2)
3; last 2/10

Good Birding!

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