Date: 6/23/18 3:14 am From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 June 2018
Date: June 23, 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, June 23 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
Swan spec (*Mesa)
Hooded Merganser (*Arapahoe, Boulder, Larimer)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Otero, Weld)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Black Swift (Pueblo)
Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
Rufous Hummingbird (Jefferson)
American Coot (Phillips)
Long-billed Curlew (Larimer)
Long-billed Dowitcher (Las Animas, Weld)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Weld)
Willet (Alamosa, Jackson, Weld)
Common Loon (Delta, Las Animas)
Little Blue Heron (*Boulder)
TRICOLORED HERON (*Boulder)
Cattle Egret (*Jefferson, Pueblo)
Green Heron (*Denver)
Mississippi Kite (*Denver, El Paso, *Jefferson, Kiowa, *Las Animas, Otero)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Arapahoe, Weld)
Northern Goshawk (El Paso, Jefferson)
Red-headed Woodpecker (El Paso, *Jefferson, Logan)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Baca, Logan)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Baca)
Peregrine Falcon (*Denver)
Willow Flycatcher (Jefferson)
Least Flycatcher (Denver, Eagle, *Larimer)
Hammond’s Flycatcher (Weld)
Cordilleran Flycatcher (Arapahoe)
Black Phoebe (Ouray)
Eastern Phoebe (Boulder)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Otero)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (El Paso)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (*Arapahoe)
Brown Creeper (Adams)
Canyon Wren (Gunnison)
Pacific Wren (*Larimer)
Gray Vireo (Las Animas)
Yellow-throated Vireo (Weld)
Red-eyed Vireo (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca, Otero)
Eastern Bluebird (El Paso, Otero)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Lesser Goldfinch (Boulder)
McCown’s Longspur (*Larimer)
Green-tailed Towhee (Baca)
Cassin’s Sparrow (Boulder, Larimer)
Chipping Sparrow (*Arapahoe)
Clay-colored Sparrow (Jefferson)
Brewer’s Sparrow (Denver)
Field Sparrow (Larimer, Weld)
Lark Sparrow (El Paso)
Lark Bunting (Boulder, Jefferson)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson, Larimer)
BAIRD’S SPARROW (Jefferson, *Larimer)
Fox Sparrow (Park/Summit)
White-throated Sparrow (Weld)
Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) (Adams)
Bobolink (Boulder, Mesa)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder)
Tennessee Warbler (Larimer)
American Redstart (Broomfield, Kiowa)
Northern Parula (*Broomfield)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (*Boulder, Jefferson, Larimer)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Weld)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Pueblo)
Grace’s Warbler (Mesa)
Western Tanager (Arapahoe)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
Indigo Bunting (Boulder, El Paso)
Painted Bunting (Jefferson, Otero)
Dickcissel (Boulder, ^Chaffee, Douglas, Fremont, *Jefferson, Larimer)
---On June 17 at Barr Lake SP Neidrach Nature Trail, Bethany and Brook
Nelson reported Brown Creeper.
---On June 19 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWAR, Andy Belt reported Dark-eyed
---On June 18 on High Line Canal Trail – S University Blvd to E Orchard Rd,
Cynthia Madsen reported Cordilleran Flycatcher. On June 19 on High Line
Canal Trail – S University Blvd, to E Orchard Rd, Cynthia Madsen reported 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch. On June 20 on High Line Canal Trail – S University
Blvd, to E Orchard Rd, Cynthia Madsen reported 2 Cordilleran Flycatchers
and Cynthia Kristensen reported Cordilleran Flycatcher and Western
Tanager. On June 22 on High Line Canal Trail – S University Blvd to E
Orchard Rd, Cynthia Madsen reported Red-breasted Nuthatch and 2 Cordilleran
---On June 17 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian reported 4 Chipping
Sparrows. On June 20 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian reported
Chipping Sparrow. On June 21 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian
reported 2 Chipping Sparrows.
---On June 17 on Big Dry Creek Trail – S Colorado Blvd to S University
Blvd, Mary O’Connor reported Cordilleran Flycatcher.
---On June 17 at Tollgate Creek Trail from Iliff, Cathy Sheeter reported
---On June 21 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Littleton, David Suddjian
reported Red-breasted Nuthatch.
---On June 22 at South Platte Park Eaglewatch Lake, Bob Andrews m Hooded
---On June 20 in Picture Canyon, Sue Riffe reported Red-bellied Woodpecker,
Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 4 Chihuahuan Ravens, and 2 Green-tailed Towhees.
---On June 18 at Boulder Creek at 75th St bridge, Peter Gent and Bob
Andrews reported Eastern Phoebes who are nesting at the white barn.
---On June 18 at 63rd St Bridge over St. Vrain, Peter Gent and Bob Andrews
reported 3 Singing Dickcissels on west side of Crane Hollow Road. On June
20 on west side of Crane Hollow Road S of bridge, Bob Fiehweg reported 2
---On June 9 at Walden Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh, Brian and Kimberly Tavernia
spotted a TRICOLORED HERON about 0700 which was seen by many birders;
around 1100 James McCall reported both TRICOLORED HERON and Little Blue
Heron at Cottonwood and many birders got to see both birds sometime in the
same field of view. On June 17 at Walden Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh, Tess
Rudd, Frank Farrel, David Tonnessen, and Nick Moore reported TRICOLORED
HERON and juv Little Blue Heron; Rob Cassady reported TRICOLORED HERON. On
June 18 at Walden Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh, Peter Gent, Bob Andrews, Joey
Negreann, Jared Kidder, Al Clark, Betty Glass, and Joey Angstman reported
TRICOLORED HERON and Little Blue Herons; both Little Blues were not seen by
everybody. On June 20 at Walden Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh, Jeff Shenot,
Johanna Beam, Nathaniel Behl, and Kevin Keirn reported ad TRICOLORED HERON
and ad Little Blue Heron. On June 21 at Walden Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh,
Wendi Fish reported TRICOLORED HERON. On June 22 at Walden
Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh, Justin Lawson reported TRICOLORED HERON and Little
---On June 16 on 8203 – 8407 Lookout Road, Christian Nunes reported
Cassin’s Sparrow and EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Lilian’s). On June 17 on Lookout
Road pull off, Luke Pheneger reported 2 Cassin’s Sparrows and EASTERN
MEADOWLARK. On June 19 on Gunbarrel Hill, Steve Mlodinow reported 5 Lark
Bunting and EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Lilian’s); Gabriel WIltse reported EASTERN
MEADOWLARK. On June 20 at Gunbarrel Hill, Johanna Beam reported EASTERN
MEADOWLARK and 4 Grasshopper Sparrows.
---On June 18 at Hecla Lake, Rob Cassady reported m Hooded Merganser.
---On June 16 at South Mesa Trail Parking Lot, Dan Zmolek and Leslie S
reported m Chestnut-sided Warbler, pair of Indigo Bunting and 4 Lesser
Goldfinch; John Rutenbeck, Cole Sage, and Bill Kaempfer also reported
Chestnut-sided Warbler. On June 17 at South Mesa Trail Parking Lot, Luke
Pheneger, Alex Brown, Eric DeFonso, Frank Farrell, and David Tonnessen
reported Chestnut-sided Warbler. On June 19 at South Mesa Trail, Steve
Mlodinow reported Chestnut-sided Warbler. Mlodinow said that the parking
lot was closed so he birded from the road. On June 22 at South Mesa Trail,
Sue Riffe reported Chestnut-sided Warbler.
---On June 18 on east side of Cherryvale Road opposite Open Space
headquarter, Bob Andrews and Peter Gent reported Bobolinks; Bob Fiehweg
reported 2 male Bobolinks.
---On June 19 at Melody Park on Kalmia between Broadway and 16th, Bob
Fiehweg reported singing Northern Cardinal.
---On June 19 at w 134th Place, Matt Hofeditz reported American Redstart.
---On June 21 at 295 Interlock Blvd, Doug Faulkner reported singing
Northern Parula by the parking lot and Michael Lester reported the Northern
Parula at S end of pond about 5:40 pm. On June 22 at East Interlocken
Park, David Ely reported Northern Parula at noon on east side of pond.
---On June 17 at 8740 CR 175, Jeff Guy reported 3 Dickcissel.
---On June 22 at 9000 Ute Trail in Salida, Todd Deininger reported 4
---On June 17 at Overland Reservoir, Dennis Garrison reported basic
plumaged Common Loon.
----On June 18 at 1361 18th St, Megan Miller reported 2 Peregrine Falcons
flying in and out of upper window of tall brown building west of Xcel
energy. On June 20 at 1099 18th St, Megan Miller reported 2 ad Peregrine
Falcons flying and a juv on the ground a few blocks away; later at 1300
18th St., Megan Miller reported all 3 Peregrine Falcons at the Brown
Skyscraper. On June 21 at 1855 Blake, Megan Miller reported 2 Peregrine
Falcons circling Brown Skyscraper west of Xcel Energy. On June 22 at 1777
Wynkoop, Megan Miller reported 2 Peregrine Falcons and Joe Roller reported
1 Peregrine Falcon perched on ledge of brown skyscraper.
---On June 17 at First Creek at DEN OS, Patrick O’Driscoll and his DFO
Field Trip reported 2 Least Flycatchers and Brewer’s Sparrow.
---On June 21 at Bluff Lake Nature Center, George Ho reported Green Heron.
On June 22 at Bluff Lake Nature Center, Candice Johnson reported Green
---On June 22 at B ear Creek Greenbelt – S Wadsworth Blvd, to S Sheridan
Blvd, Christ Wood reported flying Mississippi Kite.
---On June 20 at bridge at Best Road, Alan Versaw reported Dickcissel.
---On June 19 at Gypsum Ponds, JoAnn Riggle reported Least Flycatcher.
EL PASO COUNTY:
---On June 17 on E Missouri Ave in Fountain, Christine Alexander reported 2
---On June 18 at Cheyenne Mountain SP, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham reported
---On June 18 at Chico Basin Ranch, Jack Rogers reported 5 Curve-billed
---On June 18 at 92 Fontaine Blvd, Colorado Springs, Gloria Nikolai
reported Mississippi Kite.
---On June 18 at Ute Valley Park, David and Cheryl Hubbard reported 2
---On June 19 at Ramah Reservoir SWSA, Alan Ketcham reported Red-headed
Woodpecker, m Eastern Bluebird, and f Indigo Bunting.
---On June 19 at Hanover Fire Station, David and Cheryl Hubbard reported
---On June 19 at Hanover Road, David and Cheryl Hubbard reported Greater
---On June 20 at Rainbow Gulch Trail, Diana Beatty reported Northern
---On June 21 at Ute Valley Park, Melanie Herring reported Ash-throated
---On June 18 along MacKenzie Ave in Canon City, SeEtta Moss reported over
a dozen Dickcissel.
---On June 20 at Curecanti, Jennifer Gardner reported Canyon Wren.
---On June 22 at Gunnison National Forest Crested Butte, Linda Swanson
reported pair of American Wigeon.
---On June 16 at Coal Creek Open Space (Plainview Road), Joe Roller, Tim
Smart, Norm Lewis. Bez Bezuidenhout, Steven Snyder and Bill Kaempfer
reported Dickcissel and Grasshopper Sparrow. On June 17 at Coal Creek OS,
Max Miller reported Dickcissel and 2 Grasshopper Sparrows; Eric DeFonso
reported 2 Dickcissel and 2 Grasshopper Sparrows. On June 18 at Coal Creek
OS Wendi Fisher, Myron Gerhard, and John Malenich reported Dickcissel;
Gerhard reported Grasshopper Sparrow; Fisher photographed BAIRD’S SPARROW.
On June 19 at Coal Creek Open Space, Maureen Blackford, Lindsay Purifoy,
Timo Mitzen, Phil Lyon, Frank Farrell, Gabriel Wiltse, and Tracy
Rackauskas reported Dickcissels and Grasshopper Sparrows. On June 20 at
Coal Creek Open Space, Nathan Pieplow, Brfuce Cyganowski, Eric DeFonso,
and Dev in DeBoer reported Grasshopper Sparrows and Dickcissels. On June
21 at Coal Creek Open Space, Justin Lawson, Elain Wagner, Doug Kibbe, Seena
Spencer, Norm Lewis, Yvonne Parrot, and Lorraine Lanning reported
Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissels and Cattle Egret. On June 22 at Coal
Creek Open Space Rob Cassady reported Dickcissel.
---On June 17 at Beaver Ranch in Conifer, Michael Kiessig reported Willow
---On June 17 at 21963 Coal Creek Canyon Rd, Bill Kaempfer reported 4
Cattle Egret. On June 9 at 21600 – 21946 Coal Creek Canyon Dr, Gabriel
WIltse reported 6 Cattle Egret. On June 20 at 21948 – 23478 Coal Creek
Canyon Dr, Eric DeFonso reported 4 Cattle Egret.
---On June 17 at Chatfield SP Audubon Center and Trails, Matt Clark, Susan
Bonfiglio, and Karen Goetz reported Rufous Hummingbird.
---On June 18 at Chatfield SP, Wes Donnell reported ad m Painted Bunting in
wooded area NW of Kingfisher Bridge.
---On June 19 at Clear Creek Trail – Indian Gulch to Clear Creek History
Park, Santiago Tabares reported m Lark Bunting.
--On June 19 at Staunton SP Brian Johnson reported N Goshawk.
---On June 19 at Chatfield SP downstream of Kingfisher Bridge W, C ole and
Beth Sage reported Rufous Hummingbird.
---On June 21 at Lower White Ranch Park, Norm Lewis reported Clay-colored
---On June 22 at Stony Pass at Wigwam Creek, Myron Gerhard reported
---On June 22 on Hwy 72 W of Hwy 93, Rob Cassady reported 3 Cattle Egret.
On June 22 on Hwy 93 just south of Hwy 72, Lindsay Purifoy reported 2
---On June 22 at S Otis Court, Chris Wood reported Mississippi Kite flying
---On June 17 at River Bluffs OS, Nick Komar, Walter Wehtje, and Jay Breidt
---On June 17 at Fossil Creek Reservoir and Regional Open Space, Kit Gray
reported m Hooded Merganser.
---On June 18 at Reservoir Ridge NA, Robert Beauchamp reported 2 Dickcissel.
---On June 19 at Wellington SWA Gary Lefko reported Dickcissel, Cassin’s
Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow.
---On June 19 at Backcountry Happy Grass, Joel Such reported Ovenbird.
---On June 20 at YMCA of Rockies, Estes Park, Scott Rashid and Johanna Beam
reported banding a f Chestnut-sided Warbler. It is suspected to be
breeding in the area.
---On June 20 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Blue Sky Trail, Arvind Panjabi and
Josh Bruening reported singing Tennessee Warbler.
---On June 22 at Lory SP, John Shenot, Jeff Shenot, Nick Komar reported
---On June 22 at Rocky Mountain National Park West Creek Falls Trails, Bill
and Margaret Rowe, reported Pacific Wren.
---On June 22 at Sopastone Prairie NA, Andy Bankert reported BAIRD’S
SPARROW and 15 McCown’s Longspurs.
LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
---On June 18 at North Lake SWA, Anna Troth and Gregg Goodrich reported 1st
summer Common Loon.
---On June 19 at CR 76.8, Sue Riffe reported Gray Vireo.
---On June 22 at RCR 94001 CR 20.6, Jim Dennis reported 7 Mississippi Kites.
---On June 17 on ME3/4 and 57 Rd, Rodene Harwood, Rhonda Woodward, and Deb
Stegall reported 3 Bobolink.
---On June 20 at Jack’s Canyon Area, Mike Henwood reported 2 Grace’s
---On June 20 at Divide Rd—Thimble Point, Forest Road #417, Mike Henwood
reported 2 Grace’s Warblers.
---On June 22 at Palisade Riverbend Park close to Coloradco River, Roger
Brown reported swan flying low.
---On June 20 on Highbee Valley Rd (CR 804), Sue Riffe reported Mississippi
Kite, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, m Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Chihuahuan Ravens,
pair of Eastern Blue birds, m Painted Bunting.
---On June 17 at Billy Creek, CR 2, Betty Fenton reported Black Phoebe.
---On June 18 on her BBS route, Paula Hansley reported 2 Fox Sparrows at
top of Boreas Pass and 2 Fox Sparrows between top of pass and Como.
---On June 17 at Mineral Palace Park, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham reported
Yellow-throated Warbler. On June 18 at Mineral Palace Park, Gloria
Nikolai, Linda Hodges, Diana Beaty, and Cole Sage reported Yellow-throated
Warbler. On June 19 at Mineral Palace Park, Jacqueline Heyla reported
---On June 17 at Pueblo Reservoir Swallows area, Tim Leppek reported 4
Cattle Egret. On June 18 at Pueblo Reservoir Swallows area, Gloria
Nikolai, Linda Hodges, and Diana Beatty, Jim and Tracy Zervos reported 2
Cattle Egret. On June 19 at Pueblo Reservoir Swallows area, Tanja Britton
reported 7 Cattle Egret.
---On June 19 at Glenmere Park in Greeley, Ben Sampson reported Bushtit.
---On June 20 on Poudre River trail—N 59th Ave to N 35th Ave in Greeley,
Diane Thomas reported Sharp-shinned Hawk.
---On June 21 at Baxter Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Yellow-billed Cuckoo
and Lesser Yellowlegs.
DFO Field Trips
Genessee Park (Denver Mountain Parks)
Saturday June 23
6:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Karen Drozda (drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-388-0891)
This trip is FULL
Saturday, June 23
6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (chundertmark8 AT gmail.com; 303-604-0531)
Denver City Park
Sunday, June 24
6:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Patrick O’Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955 (cell))
Rocky Mountain National Park
Sunday, June 24
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Candice Johnson and Mary Cay Burger (candice.johnson AT