Date: 6/24/18 3:23 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 June 2018
Date: June 24, 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Sunay, June 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
has changed.
Swan spec (Mesa)
Hooded Merganser (*Arapahoe, Boulder)
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 (Las Animas)
Little Blue Heron (*Boulder)
Cattle Egret (*Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Green Heron (*Denver)
Mississippi Kite (Denver, *El Paso, Jefferson, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (*Denver, Weld)
Northern Goshawk (El Paso, Jefferson)
Red-headed Woodpecker (El Paso, *Jefferson, Logan)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Baca, Logan)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Baca)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Larimer)
Peregrine Falcon (*Denver)
Least Flycatcher (Eagle, *Larimer)
Hammond’s Flycatcher (Weld)
Cordilleran Flycatcher (*Arapahoe, *Boulder)
Eastern Phoebe (*Boulder)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Otero)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (El Paso)
Cassin’s Kingbird (*Boulder, *La Plata)
Northern Shrike (*Pueblo)
Bushtit (Weld)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (*Arapahoe)
Gray Vireo (Las Animas)
Yellow-throated Vireo (Weld)
Red-eyed Vireo (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca, Otero)
Purple Martin (*Gunnison)
Canyon Wren (Gunnison)
Pacific Wren (*Larimer)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (*Broomfield)
Eastern Bluebird (El Paso, Otero)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso, *Pueblo)
Lesser Goldfinch (Boulder)
McCown’s Longspur (Larimer)
Green-tailed Towhee (Baca)
Cassin’s Sparrow (Boulder, Larimer)
Chipping Sparrow (*Arapahoe)
Clay-colored Sparrow (Jefferson)
Field Sparrow (Larimer, Weld)
Lark Sparrow (El Paso)
Lark Bunting (Boulder, Jefferson)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Boulder, *Jefferson, Larimer)
BAIRD’S SPARROW (Jefferson, Larimer)
Fox Sparrow (*Gunnison, Park/Summit)
White-throated Sparrow (Weld)
Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) (Adams)
Bobolink (Boulder)
Ovenbird (Larimer)
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 19 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWAR, Andy Belt reported Dark-eyed
Junco (Gray-headed).

---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
Flycatchers. On June 23 on High Line Canal Trail—S University Blvd to E
Orchard Rd, Cynthia Madsen reported 2 Cordilleran Flycatchers and 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch.
---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 23 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian
reported 5 Chipping Sparrows and 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
---On June 21 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Littleton, David Suddjian
reported Red-breasted Nuthatch. On June 23 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in
Littleton, David Sddjian reported Red-breasted Nuthatch.
---On June 22 at South Platte Park Eaglewatch Lake, Bob Andrews m Hooded
Merganser. On June 23 at South Platte Park, Cynthia Madsen reported m
Hooded Merganser.
---On June 23 on Little Dry Creek Trail—Holly Street to High Line Canal,
Jared Del Rosso reported Cordilleran Flycatcher.

---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 23 at Boulder Creek at 75th St bridge, Maureen Blackford reported
Eastern Phoebe near 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
calling Dickcissels.
---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 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 Blue Heron. On June 23 at Walden Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh,
Barbara Brown and several other birders reported imm Little Blue Heron and
---On June 19 on Gunbarrel Hill, Steve Mlodinow reported 5 Lark Bunting and
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 23 at South Mesa Trail,
Steve Frye and Maureen Blackford and Cyndy Johnson reported Chestnut-sided
---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 23 at Heil Valley Ranch, Dan Zmolek and Leslie S reported
Cassin’s Kingbird and 2 Cordilleran Flycatchers nesting.

---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 23 at 295 Interlocken Blvd., Matt Hofeditz, Bruce Snyder, Bob
Spencer, and Eric DeFonso reported Northern Parula.
---On June 23 on Eldorado Blvd, bird from road, Matt Hofeditz reported 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

---On June 22 at 9000 Ute Trail in Salida, Todd Deininger reported 4

----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 21 at Bluff Lake Nature Center, George Ho reported Green Heron.
On June 22 at Bluff Lake Nature Center, Candice Johnson reported Green
Heron. On June 23 at Bluff Nature Center, Jason Bidgood, Steve Hebert,
Gwen Moore and Art Hudak reported Green Heron.
---On June 22 at Bear Creek Greenbelt – S Wadsworth Blvd, to S Sheridan
Blvd, Christ Wood reported flying Mississippi Kite.
---On Junes 23 at City Park West/Whittier Neighborhood, Patrick O’Driscoll
reported Sharp-shinned Hawk.

---On June 20 at bridge at Best Road, Alan Versaw reported Dickcissel.

---On June 19 at Gypsum Ponds, JoAnn Riggle reported Least Flycatcher.

---On June 18 at Cheyenne Mountain SP, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham reported
Ash-throated Flycatcher.
---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
Ash-throated Flycatchers.
---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
Curve-billed Thrasher.
---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 23 at Adams Open Space in Fountain, Tim Leppek and Michelle
Puplava reported Mississippi Kite.
---On June 23 on S Meridian Road – Hanover Road to Pueblo County line, Gary
and Kevin Ash reported Greater Roadrunner.

---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 23 on BBS Ragged Mount route, Stop # 2, Rodene Harwood and Ronda
Woodward reported 15 Purple Martin and 2 Fox 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
23 at Coal Creek OS, Maureen Blackford and Cyndy Johnson reported 1
Dickcissel and 2 Grasshopper Sparrows.
---On June 19 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 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
Red-headed Woodpecker. On June 23 at Stony Pass at Wigwam Creek, Matthew
Crawford reported Redh-headed Woodpecker.
---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
Cattle Egret.
---On June 22 at S Otis Court, Chris Wood reported Mississippi Kite flying
towards Denver.

---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
Least Flycatcher.
---On June 22 at Comanche Peak Wilderness, Creek Falls Trails, Bill and
Margaret Rowe, reported Pacific Wren. On June 23 at West Creek Trail in
Comanche Peak Wilderness, David Wade and Nick Komar reported Pacific Wren.
---On June 22 at Soapstone Prairie NA, Andy Bankert reported BAIRD’S
SPARROW and 15 McCown’s Longspurs.
---On June 23 at Rocky Mountain National Park along Nymph Lake-Dream Lake
Trail, trail starts at Bear Lake parking area, Bob Righter reported
nesting American Three-toed Woodpeckers. Two adults were feeding young.

---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 23 at Red Mesa, Jim Beatty reported Cassin’s Kingbird.

---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 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 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 Yellow-throated Warbler.
---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 23 at Pueblo Reservoir Swallows area, Robb Hinds reported 3
Cattle Egret and 2 Curve-billed Thrashers.
---On June 23 on Swallows Road in Pueblo, Kevin Ash reported Northern

---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

Denver City Park
Sunday, June 24
6:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Patrick O’Driscoll (patodrisk AT; 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; 303-329-8131)

Good Birding
Joyce Takamine


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