Date: 2/24/18 3:31 am From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 24, 2018
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, February 24 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 (El Paso, Washington, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont, Yuma)
Wood Duck (Prowers)
Greater Scaup (Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Montezuma)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, El Paso, Montezuma, Weld)
Red-breasted Merganser (Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Sandhill Crane (Mesa, Pueblo, Rio Grande)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe, Mesa)
Mew Gull (Weld)
California Gull (Mesa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Weld)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Swainson’s Hawk (Prowers)
Snowy Owl (*Boulder)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Washington)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Broomfield)
Winter Wren (Archuleta, Morgan)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Denver)
Eastern Bluebird (Washington)
Mountain Bluebird (Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Washington)
Gray Catbird (Arapahoe)
Northern Mockingbird (Adams)
Common Redpoll (Arapahoe, Denver)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe)
Lapland Longspur (Douglas)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Fox Sparrow (*Delta, *Larimer)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*La Plata, Mesa)
Swamp Sparrow (*Arapahoe, Boulder)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe)
Harris’s Sparrow (Arapahoe, El Paso)
Brown-headed Cowbird (El Paso, Weld)
Rusty Blackbird (Morgan)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Arapahoe, Archuleta, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa,
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
---On February 18 at Big Dry Creek OS, David Ely reported Northern
---On February 18 at South Platte River Sand Creek mouth, Riley Morris
reported Black Phoebe. This would be new county record if accepted.
---On February 18 at South Platte Reservoir, Anna Lenshek reported
YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 19 at South Plate Reservoir, Alan and
MaryLynne Ketcham reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and Derek Lecy reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 20 at South Platte
Reservoir, David Suddjian reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED
LOON. Suddjian reported that the SW Bay was frozen. On February 22 at
South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian, Cheri Phillips, Norm Lewis, and Ted
Uhlemann reported White-winged Scoter.
---On February 20 at South Platte Park, Ben Sampson reported Yellow-rumped
Warbler near Nature Center. On February 22 at South Platte Park Carson
Nature Center, Bill Schreitz reported 2 f Barrow’s Goldeneyes and 5
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers in trees NE side of bicycle bridge.
---On February 18 at Ketring Park, Cheryl Teuton and several other birders
reported BLACK BRANT. The BRANT was also seen at neighboring Gallup Park.
On February 19 at Ketring Park, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham reported
BRANT. On Februaory 22 at Ketring Park, Diane Roberts reported Swamp
---On February 18 at Chapel Hill Memorial gardens, Jared Del Rosso reported
---On February 18 at Gallup Park in Littleton, Jared Del Rosso and
Christian Hagenlocher reported BLACK BRANT.
---On February 18 at St Mary’s Catholic Church lower area, David Suddjian
reported Say’s Phoebe
---On February 21 at Centennial Park, Edward Donnan reported Spotted
---On February 21 at Hawley Road, Doug Kibbe reported 18 Common Redpoll.
---On February 22 at Inverness Golf Course, Mary O’Connor reported 33 Red
---On February 18 on San Juan River Walk in Pagosa Springs, Ryan Votta
reported Yellow-rumped Warbler and Jim Beatty reported Winter Wren.
---On February 20 and 21 at Pleasant View Soccer Field, Ernest Crvich
reported Swamp Sparrow.
---On February 23 on Nelson Road, Sue Riffe reported a juv Snowy Owl flew
over the road flying NW. She was about a mile east of US 36.
----On February 23 at Paonia Forest Service Office feeder, Dennis Garrison
reported that the Fox Sparrow continues.
---On February 21 near DIA on Hudson Road, Doug Kibbe reported 2 Common
---On February 22 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheesman Park, Rebecca
Laroche reported 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets.
---On February 19 at Chatfield SP Model Airplane Field, Doug Kibbe reported
Lapland Longspurs. Doug warned that there is no access to Chatfield from
Wadsworth because of construction. On February 22 Tom Wilbering and Diane
Roberts reported Lapland Longspur at Chatfield SP Model Airplane Field.
EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 21 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw
reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 18 on Chapel Hills Drive, Susan Stover reported Greater
---On February 18 at Reflection Pond, Richard Bunn reported Greater
---On February 21 at Birdsall Road Jim Merritt reported 3 Brown-headed
---On February 21 at Hanover Rd, Jim Merritt reported 2 Greater Roadrunners
near Hanover and Meridian.
---On February 18 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Ginny Bergstrom reported 2
Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s Grebe; Gwen Moore reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.
On February 19 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Joy and Leonard Lake and SeEtta
Moss reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.
---On February 19 at Bear Creek Green Belt S Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth
Blvd, Chris Wood reported Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler foraging near
Wadsworth near the creek. On February 22 at Bear Creek trail, Tom
WIlberding reported Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler.
---On Februrary 19 at Ralston Creek at Croke, Steven Snyder reported
---On February 22 at Bennett Place in Lakewood, Chris Wood reported
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s ) Warbler.
LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 23 at Animas River Trail Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area,
Ryan Votta reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 16 on I-25 near Loveland, Gene Rutherford reported HARRIS’S
HAWK near Exit sign. On February 18 near I-25 Loveland exit, Susan
Broderick reported the HARRIS’S HAWK flying over trees near Wyngate Hotel
on Ronald Reagan Blvd.
---On February 18 from Dixon Reservoir to Horsetooth Reservoir, Elaine
Leslie reported Osprey flying north to south.
---On February 18 - 22 at Wild Horse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John
Reichhardt reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 18 at Hillsdale Park in Berthoud, Christine and Richard
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 20 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Derek Lecy reported
Red Fox Sparrow. On February 22 at CSU Environmental Learning Center,
Walter Wehtje reported Red Fox Sparrow. On February 23 at CSU
Environmental Learning Center, Neil Matheson reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 22 at Kngfisher Point, Nix Farms and Williams NA, Lori Zabel
reported Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler.
---On February 16 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Kathleen McGinley and
Mike Henwood reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows. On February 20 at Grand
Junction WA, Ryan Claar reported Lincoln’s Sparrow along Gunnison Trail
near the end.
---On February 18 at State Line, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 12
Sandhill Cranes and 3 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On February 18 at Horsethief Canyon SWA, David Price and Eileen
Cunningham reported Spotted Sandpiper and Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler.
---On February 21 at Highline Lake SP, Mike Henwood reported 3 California
---On February 14 at McPhee Reservoir Dolores End, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Long-tailed Duck. On February 15 at Dolores Ponds (wastewater
plant) Jim Beatty reported f Long-tailed Duck in second pond past Dolores
wastewater treatment ponds. On February 14 at West End, Jim Beatty
reported 2 f Red-breasted Mergansers. On February 16 at Dolores Ponds
(Watewater Treatment Plant), Jason St Pierre and Eric Hynes reported
Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 19 at South arm of
McPhee Reservoir, Erik Hendrickson reported Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s
---On February 18 at Riverside Park (east section) in Fort Morgan, Chris
Wood and David Dowell reported Winter Wren and Rusty Blackbird.
---On February 18 at Lamar Community College, Jon Horn reported f Wood
Duck, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 18 on Hwy 196 from Kornman to county line, Jon Horn reported
1st year light phase Swainson’s Hawk.
---On February 18 at Pueblo Reservoir, Robb Hinds reported Great
Black-backed Gull. On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir, Joy and Leonard
Lake reported Great Black-backed Gull and 8 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 19 at Whitewater Park in Pueblo, Lorna Megenity reported
Double-crested Cormorant and 6 Sandhill Cranes.
RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Monte Vista NWR, Bill Schreitz reported 475 Sandhill
Cranes. On February 20 at Monte Vista NWR, Jon Horn reported hundreds of
---On February 18 at Prewitt Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 7 Greater
White-fronted Geese, Red-bellied Woodpecker, 9 Eastern Bluebirds, and
---On February 18 at LUNA Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported 3 Greater
Scaup (2m, 1f) and Brown-headed Cowbird.
---On February 18 at St Vrain SP Great Egret Pond, Gene Rutherford reported
American White Pelican.
---On February 18 at Firestone Gravel Pits (view from road), Steve
Mlodinow, Gene Rutherford, and Luke Pheneger reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye
and American White Pelican; Mlodinow also reported 1st cyc Mew Gull.
---On February 18 at Barefoot Lakes, Gene Rutherford reported Mew Gull.
---On February 21 at Shelterbelt at CR 90 and CR 57, Danny Montalvo
reported 30 Mountain Bluebirds.
---On February 18 at Stalker Lake, David Dowell reported Trumpeter Swan.
DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be to Sloan’s Lake led by
Jackie King (jackie.king At ccd.edu; 720-381-3314) Directions: Meet on
the north side of Solan’s Lake near the boat house just south of W 25th Ave
at Wolff. Lunch is optional. Register online or contact leader.
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be Front Range Owling led
by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659). This trip is
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be to Fort Collins
Grandview Cemetery led by Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com;
303-665-9135). This trip is full
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be Boulder County: From
the Mountains to the Plains led by Paula Hansley (plhansley AT gmail.com;
720-890-2628). Directions: Meet at 0800 at Cinnebarre Theaters parking
lot off Dillon Rd in Louisville. Take McCaslin Blvd exit from Hwy 36
(Boulder Turnpike) to the north; go left at first traffic light at Dillon
Rd, take first left and follow little road into a large parking lot for
Cinebarre Theaters. Meet on west side. Carpool. Check out feeders
including Mtn Research Station and Allenspark. Will work way back to
plains. Bring lunch, water (and/or warm Beverage), warm clothes, including
gloves and hat. Register online or contact leader.