Date: 3/22/18 3:04 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 March 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: March 22, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, March 22 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
has changed.
Snow Goose (Arapahoe)
Greater White-fronted Goose (*Fremont, Jefferson)
Greater Scaup (Costilla, Park, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (*Arapahoe, Park, San Miguel)
Chukar (Larimer)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (*Larimer)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
White-throated Swift (Pueblo)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Pueblo)
Virginia Rail (Boulder, Chaffee, Saguache)
Sandhill Crane (Garfield, Kiowa, Rio Grande)
American Avocet (Denver, Pueblo)
Mountain Plover (Kit Carson)
Long-billed Dowitcher (La Plata)
Lesser Yellowlegs (El Paso)
Greater Yellowlegs (Boulder)
Bonaparte’s Gull (Park)
Franklin’s Gull (*Larimer, Mesa, Pueblo)
California Gull (Douglas, Mesa, Ouray)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Kiowa, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Douglas)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Gunnison)
American White Pelican (Douglas)
Turkey Vulture (Boulder, *Douglas, *El Paso, Jefferson, Mesa, Montrose,
Morgan, Rio Grande, Yuma)
Osprey (*Mesa, *Montrose)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larimer)
Ferruginous Hawk (Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (*Douglas, El Paso)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Montezuma)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso, Pueblo)
Black Phoebe (El Paso, Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (Arapahoe)
Say’s Phoebe (Arapahoe, El Paso, La Plata, Mesa, Ouray, Pueblo)
Western Kingbird (Rio Grande)
Chihuahuan Raven (El Paso, Fremont)
Tree Swallow (Adams, Boulder, Larimer)
Mountain Chickadee (Weld)
Bushtit (Weld)
Stub-tailed Wren spec (El Paso)
Eastern Bluebird (Denver, Yuma)
Western Bluebird (Ouray)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso, Kiowa)
Northern Mockingbird (El Paso)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (*San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park, *San Miguel)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe, Kit Carson)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa, Montrose)
Savannah Sparrow (*Jefferson, Kiowa, La Plata, Mesa, *Montrose, *San
Miguel, Weld)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*Arapahoe, Baca, Douglas, *El Paso, Kiowa, La Plata,
Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Park, Rio Grande, Saguache, *San Miguel)
Swamp Sparrow (Boulder)
White-throated Sparrow (*Arapahoe)
Harris’s Sparrow (Adams, Baca, *Denver, El Paso)
Dark-eyed Junco (Park, Weld)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Kiowa, Weld)
Western Meadowlark (Ouray)
Brown-headed Cowbird (*El Paso, Mesa, Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (Kit Carson, Larimer)
Pine Warbler (*Arapahoe, *Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Arapahoe)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On March 17 at First Creek at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, the DFO Field
trip led by Patrick O’Driscoll reported Harris’s Sparrow. On March 18 at
First Creek at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, Riley Morris reported Harris’s
Sparrow.
---On March 20 at E 74th and Colorado, Christy Payne reported 6 Tree
Swallows.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On March 17 at Lower Ridgewood Park, Edward Donnan reported Eastern
Phoebe. On March 18 at Lower Ridgewood Park, Michael Lester and David
Suddjian reported Eastern Phoebe and Say’s Phoebe.
---On March 16 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported
White-winged Scoter and Say’s Phoebe. On March 19 at South Platte
Reservoir, Dale Pate reported White-winged Scoter. On March 21 at South
Platte Reservoir, G Stacks, Jared Del Rosso, Mark Amershek, and Nelson Ford
reported White-winged Scoter.
---On March 16 at Cherry Creek SP Marina and nearby Dam Trail, Cynthia
Madsen and David Hill reported 3 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On March 18 on High Line Canal Trail – E Quincy to S Colorado Blvd
(Three Pond and Dahlia Hollow Parks), G Stacks, Jared del Rosso and Mark
Chavez reported Hermit Thrush, Pine Warbler, and White-throated Sparrow.
On March 19 on High Line Canal Trail – E Quincy to S Colorado Blvd (Three
Pond and Dahlia Hollow Parks), Matt Clark and Troy Becker reported Pine
Warbler; Matt Clark also reported Hermit Thrush. On March 21 on High Line
Canal Trail – E Quincy to S Colorado Blvd, Jeff Dawson reported Pine
Warbler.
---On March 19 at Exposition Park in Aurora, G Stacks reported Snow Goose
and Say’s Phoebe.
---On March 20 at E Smoky Hill Road, Cheri Phillips reported 8 Red
Crossbills.
---On March 21 at Dahlia Hollow Park in Cherry Hills Village, Gregg
Goodrich reported Pine Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, and Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 21 on Big Dry Creek Trail – S Colorado Blvd to S University
Blvd, Cynthia Madsen reported Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On March 21 at South Platte Park, G Stacks, Jared Del Rosso, Mark
Amershek, Nelson Ford and Cynthia Kristensen reported 6 Yellow-rumped
Warblers.
---On March 21 on Mary Carter Greenway Trail in Littleton, G Stacks, Jared
Del Rosso reported 2 Barrow’s Goldeneyes, and Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s)
Warbler.

BACA COUNTY:
---On March 18 at Turk’s Pond SWA, David Dowell reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 18 at Two Buttes SWA, David Dowell reported 2 Greater
Roadrunner, Canyon Towhee, 2 Field Sparrows, 3 Harris’s Sparrows, and 12
Lincoln’s Sparrows.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 16 at Pleasant View Marsh, Ernest Crvich reported Viriginia
Rail and Swamp Sparrow.
---On March 17 north of Hwy 7 and I-25, Anne Price reported Turkey Vulture.
---On March 18 on Darley Ave, Alexander Brown reported 3 Turkey Vultures.
---On March 19 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Jeff Parks reported Greater
Yellowlegs and 8 Tree Swallows. On March 20 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Ted
Floyd reported Greater Yellowlegs.
---On March 19 at Tantra Park in Boulder, Laura Steadman and Melissa Mezger
reported 2 Turkey Vultures.
---On March 20 in Louisville, Ryan Bushong reported Turkey Vulture.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
---On March 16 at Smith Reservoir, Ted Floyd reported 3 Greater Scaup.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On March 17 at TAVA Waters, Christina Yeagley reported 2 American
Avocets.
---On March 18 at Bluff Lake NC, Jeff Dawson reported 2 Eastern Bluebirds.
---On March 19 at First Creek at DEN OS, John Breitsch reported Harris’s
Sparrow. On March 21 at First Creek at DEN OS, John Breitsch and Kathy
Mihm Dunning reported Harris’s Sparrow.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On March 16 at Chatfield SP, R K Knapp reported Glaucous Gull.
---On March 20 at Rampart Range Road at Hwy 67, Gwen Moore reported
Williamson’s Sapsucker drumming.
---On March 21 at Castlewood Canyon Rd in Franktown, Diane Roberts reported
Turkey Vulture.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 16 on S Meridian Road from Hanover Road to Pueblo County Line,
Alan Versaw reported Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Northern Mockingbird.
---On March 17 at Aiken Canyon Preserve, Diane Roberts reported 2
Williamson’s Sapsuckers. On March 18 at Aiken Canyon Preserve, Kiki
Widjaja reported f Williamson’s Sapsucker.
---On March 17 at Cheyenne Mountain SP, Tanja Britton reported Say’s
Phoebe.
---On March 17 on Hanover Road, Robb Hinds reported 2 Curve-billed
Thrashers. On March 18 on Hanover Road, John Drummond reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Chihuahuan Raven. On March 21 on Hanover
Road, Ed Griffin reported Turkey Vulture.
---On March 18 east of downtown Colorado Springs, David Chartier reported
Turkey Vulture.
---On March 18 at Ramah Reservoir SWA, Renee Casias reported 2 Lesser
Yellowlegs.
---On March 18 at Double Tree Hotel Pond, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham
reported Black Phoebe and 2 stub-tailed wren.
---On March 18 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), John Drummond reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Say’s Phoebe.
---On March 19 at Clear Spring Ranch, Alan Ketcham and Jim Merritt reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow. On March 21 at Clear Spring Ranch, Terence Berger
reported Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 19 on Cottonwood Creek Trail North Side, Cathy Bondy reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 20 at Quail Lake Park, Alan Versaw reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 20 on Birdsall Road, David Tonnessen reported Brown-headed
Cowbird.
---On March 21 on Monument Valley Hwy, Gloria Nikolai reported Franklin’s
Gull.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On March 21 at Canon City Valco Ponds, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3
Greater White-fronted Geese.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On March 16 at Rifle Gap, JoAnn Riggle reported 2 Sandhill Cranes.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
---On March 18 at Curecanti NRA Bay of Chickens, Dave Hawksworth reported
YELLOW-BILLED LOON.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On March 17 on Ralston Creek Trail at Westwoods Golf Course, John Shunk
reported Great White-fronted Goose.
---On March 18 at Mount Falcon Park, Andrew Aldrich reported Turkey Vulture.
---On March 18 at Bear Creek Greenbelt S Kipling pkwy to S Wadsworth Blvd,
Max Miller reported Turkey Vulture.
---On March 21 at South Valley Park, David Suddjian reported Savannah
Sparrow.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 17 at Upper Queens/Neeskah Reservoir, David Dowell reported
Savannah Sparrow and 5 Lincoln’s Sparrows.
---On March 17 at Neenoshe Reservoir, David Dowell reported 27 Sandhill
Cranes, Iceland Gull, Curve-billed Thrasher, 8 Lincoln’s Sparrows, and
Yellow-headed Blackbird.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 18, Glenn Walbek reported Mountain Plovers have returned. He
saw some in a wheat field in the county.
---On March 20, Glenn Walbek reported Rusty Blackbird.
---On March 20 at Fairview Cemetery in Burlington, DFO Field Trip led by
David Suddjian reported 9 Red Crossbills.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On March 17 on Animas River Trail Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area, Ryan
Votta John Bregar, Elyse Klingener, and Megan Westervelt reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow. On March 18 on Animas River Trail Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery
Area, Ryan Votta reported 3 Lincoln’s Sparrows and Say’s Phoebe.
---On March 18 at Pastorius Reservoir, Jason St Pierre reported Long-billed
Dowitcher and Say’s Phoebe. On March 20 at Pastorius Reservoir, Jason St
Pierre reported 4 Savannah Sparrows and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On March 16 -20 at Wild Horse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John Reichhardt
reported Pine Warbler. On March 21 at Wild Horse Birdfeeder, Joshua Smith
reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 28 at Fort Collins City Park and Sheldon Lake, Dave
Leatherman found Red-necked Grebe which was seen by several other birders.
On March 20 at Fort Collins City Park and Sheldon Lake, Tim Priehs and
Colby Plante reported Red-necked Grebe. On March 21 at Fort Collins City
Park and Sheldon Lake, Adam Johnson reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On March 16 at Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow NA, David Wade
reported Tree Swallow.
---On March 18 at North Shield Pond NA, David Wade reported Chukar and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 18 at Fossil Creek Regional OS, Kirk LaGory reported Franklin’s
Gull.
---On March 19 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Colby Plante reported
Broad-winged Hawk on Wilcox Trail in a tree.
---On March 21 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Irene Fortune reported Franklin’s
Gull.

MESA COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Connected Lakes SP Audubon Trail, Carol Ortenzio and
Katey Buster reported 2 Black Phoebe.
---On March 16 at Highline Lake SP, Mike Henwood reported Say’s Phoebe and
3 Savannah Sparrows. On March 19 at Highline Lake SP, David Price reported
Franklin’s Gull.
---On March 16 at Clifton Nature Park, Ryan Claar reported Osprey. On
March 19 at Clifton Nature Park, Ryan Claar and Eileen Cunningham reported
Osprey. On March 21 at Clifton Nature Park, Mike Henwood reported Osprey.
---On March 16 at Loma 12 Rd from O Rd to O1/2 Rd, Mike Henwood reported 6
Savannah Sparrows.
---On March 16 at Colorado River Trail Audubon Section, Katey Buster
reported Black Phoebe and Say’s Phoebe.
---On March 17 at Redlands Pkwy Ponds, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 15
Turkey Vultures. On March 19 at Redlands Pkwy Ponds, Dave Hawksworth
reported Turkey Vulture. On March 21 at Redlands Pkwy Ponds, Mike Henwood
reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 18 on Hwy 141 N of Gateway Denise and Mark Vollmar reported
Osprey.
---On March 19 at Book Cliff Country Club, Kathleen McGinley and Deb
Mallory reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 19 at Ela Wildlife Sanctuary , Dave Hawksworth reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 19 at Patterson Rd and 29 Rd at feedlot, Denise and Mark
Vollmar reported Brown-headed Cowbird.
---On March 20 at Brewster’s Ridge/Bar X Wash, David Price reported
Ferruginous Hawk and 2 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On March 20 at Corn Lake, Nic Korte reported Osprey.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On March 21 in Mancos (town), David and Cheryl Hubbard reported f
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On March 18 at Nucla Sewage Lagoons, Brenda Wright and Coen Dexter
reported Lincoln’s Sparrow and 2 Turkey Vultures.
---On March 16 at Nucla Domestic Reservoir, Coen Dexter reported Turkey
Vulture, Sagebrush Sparrow, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 21 at Cerise Regional Park, Sue Riffe reported Osprey.
---On March 21 at Redvale Pond, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright reported 3
Savannah Sparrows.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On March 17 at Brush, Norm Lewis reported Turkey Vulture.

OURAY COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Ridgway SP Dallas Creek area, Betty Fenton reported 4
California Gulls.
---On March 20 at Owl Creek Pass Rd, Betty Fenton reported Say’s Phoebe,
Western Bluebird, and 2 Western Meadowlark.

PARK COUNTY:
---On March 17 in town of Jefferson, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Lincoln’s
Sparrows. On March 19 in town of Jefferson, Carl Bendorf and John
Rutenbeck reported Brown-capped Rosy-Finch and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 17 at Elevenmile Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye, 4 Greater Scaup, and Bonaparte’s Gull.
---On March 17 at Plamann Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Bonaparte’s Gull
and White-winged Junco.
---On March 17 at Antero Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Bonaparte’s
Gulls.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 18 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Kim Score reported 5
American Avocets, 2 Franklin’s Gulls, and Say’s Phoebe.
---On March 16 at Lake Beckwith in Colorado City, Gloria Nikolai reported
White-winged Scoter. On March 17 at Lake Beckwith, Darth Aves reported
White-winged Scoter.
---On March 18 at Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, Kim Score reported
Broad-tailed Hummingbird and Ladder-backed Woodpecker.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On March 16 at Monte Vista NWR, Gloria Nikolai reported 10,000 Sandhill
Cranes. On March 17 at Monte Vista NWR, Gloria Nikolai reported 8000
Sandhill Cranes and 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows. On March 18 at Monte Vista NWR,
Art Hudak and Gwen Moore reported 3000 Sandhill Cranes and Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 20 at Sargent High School, Ben Bailey reported Western Kingbird.
---On March 20 at Shaw Creek Rest Area, David and Cheryl Hubbard reported
Turkey Vulture.

SAGUACHE COUNTY:
---On March 16 at Russel Lakes SWA, Tom and Debbie Behnfield reported 2
Virginia Rail.
---On March 17 at Colorado College Baca Campus, John Cobb reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On March 21 at The Terraces at Mountain Village, Coen Dexter and Brenda
Wright reported 7 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, 1 Gray-crowned (Hepburn’s), 1
Black Rosy-Finch, and 100 Brown-capped Rosy-Finch.
---On March 17 at Miramonte Reservoir, Eric Hynes reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye.
---On March 21 at Telluride (town), Eric Hynes reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 21 at CR 43 ZN, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright reported Savannah
Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 16 at Glenmere Park, Shawn Mason reported 4 Bushtit, Mountain
Chickadee and Turkey Vulture. On March 17 at Glenmere Park, Norm Lewis
reported 3 Bushtit and White-winged Junco.
---On March 17 on Hwy 119 across from St. Vrain SP, Gene Rutherford
reported Osprey on nest platform.
---On March 17 at CR 40, Gene Rutherford reported Yellow-headed Blackbird.
---On March 17 at Stewart’s Pond, Christine Alexander reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.
---On March 18 on CR 134 between CR 111 and CR 115, Steve Rash reported 30
Sharp-tailed Grouse.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On March 17 at Yuma South Circles, Jane Stulp reported Turkey Vulture.
---On March 20 at Hale Ponds, DFO Field Trip led by David Suddjian reported
Red-bellied Woodpecker, 2 Eastern Bluebirds and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Friday, March 23 will be to Rueter-Hess Reservoir
led by Mary Cay Burger (mcburger3 AT juno.com; 720-940-8394) This trip is
full

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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