Date: 7/3/18 3:02 am From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 3 July 2018
Date: July 3, 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, July 3 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
Snow Goose (Kiowa)
Tundra Swan (Eagle)
Common Goldeneye (Chaffee)
Hooded Merganser (Boulder, Larimer)
Dusky Grouse (Clear Creek)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Larimer, Otero)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso, Otero)
Black Swift (Boulder, Pueblo)
Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
Calliope Hummingbird (Boulder)
Virginia Rail (Pitkin)
COMMON GALLINULE (*Larimer)
American Coot (Phillips)
Black-necked Stilt (Kiowa)
Mountain Plover (Kiowa)
Long-billed Curlew (Kiowa, Larimer)
Marbled Godwit (Jefferson)
Willet (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Greater Yellowlegs (*Boulder)
Franklin’s Gulls (Kiowa)
Least Tern (Kiowa)
Caspian Tern (*Boulder)
Common Loon (Kiowa)
Great Egret (Kiowa)
Little Blue Heron (*Boulder)
Cattle Egret (Pueblo)
Green Heron (Arapahoe, *Denver, Kiowa)
Mississippi Kite (Kiowa, Larimer, Otero)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson)
Swainson’s Hawk (Otero)
Lewis’s Woodpecker (La Plata, Mesa)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Logan, Otero)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (Jefferson)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Otero)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Clear Creek, *Grand, Larimer)
Peregrine Falcon (Adams)
Willow Flycatcher (Garfield, Mesa)
Least Flycatcher (Jefferson, Larimer)
Hammond’s Flycatcher (Weld)
Gray Flycatcher (Gunnison, Mesa)
Cordilleran Flycatcher (*Arapahoe)
Eastern Phoebe (Boulder, Otero)
Ash-troated Flycatcher (*El Paso)
Cassin’s Kingbird (Denver, La Plata, Otero)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Weld)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Arapahoe, Yuma)
Yellow-throated Vireo (Weld)
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Boulder)
Red-eyed Vireo (Larimer, Weld)
Canada Jay (Gray Jay) (El Paso)
Chihuanhuan Raven (Otero)
Canyon Wren (Otero)
Pacific Wren (Larimer)
Marsh Wren (Gunnison)
Swainson’s Flycatcher (Garfield)
Eastern Bluebird (Larimer, Otero)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Brown Thrasher (Boulder)
Sage Thrasher (Adams)
Red Crossbill (Clear Creek, Jefferson)
Lesser Goldfinch (Adams, Boulder)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Weld)
McCown’s Longspur (Larimer)
Green-tailed Towhee (Arapahoe)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Otero)
Cassin’s Sparrow (Boulder)
Chipping Sparrow (*Arapahoe)
Brewer’s Sparrow (Gunnison, La Plata)
Field Sparrow (Larimer, Weld)
Lark Sparrow (El Paso)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Gunnison, La Plata)
Lark Bunting (Boulder)
Grasshopper Sparrow (*Jefferson)
Fox Sparrow (Clear Creek)
White-throated Sparrow (Weld)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Kiowa)
Orchard Oriole (Otero)
Baltimore Oriole (*Prowers, Yuma)
Virginia’s Warbler (Park)
American Redstart (Kiowa)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (*Boulder)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Weld)
Grace’s Warbler (Mesa)
Lazuli Bunting (Adams)
Indigo Bunting (Boulder, Montrose, Otero)
Dickcissel (Douglas, *Jefferson, Kiowa, Mesa)
---On June 28 at Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, G Stacks reported
---On June 29 at Barr Lake—Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office Area and
below dam, Santiago Tabares and Gabriel Wiltse reported Peregrine Falcon.
---On June 30 at Lowell Ponds (Clear Creek Valley Park), Diane Roberts
reported Sage Thrasher.
---On July 1 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, First Creek, John Beitsch
reported m Lesser Goldfinch.
---On July 1 at Barr Lake SP, Tricia Van Laar reported f Lazuli Bunting by
---On June 27 on High Line Canal Trail – S University Blvd, to E Orchard
Rd, Jared Del Rosso and Cynthia Madsen reported 2 Cordilleran Flycatchers;
Madsen also reported Red-breasted Nuthatch. On June 28 on High Line Canal
Trail – S University Blvd to E Orchard Rd, Jared Del Rosso reported 2
Cordilleran Flycatchers. On June 29 on High Line Canal Trail – S
University Blvd to E Orchard Rd, Cynthia Madsen reported 2 Cordilleran
Flycatchers. On July 1 on High Line Canal Trail – S University Blvd to E
Orchard Rd, Jared Del Rosso reported 2 Cordilleran Flycatchers. On July 2
on High Line Canal Trail –S University Blvd to E Orchard Rd, Cynthia Madsen
reported 2 Cordilleran Flycatchers.
---On June 30 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian reported 2 Chipping
Sparrows. On June 30 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian reported 5
Chipping Sparrows. On July 1 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian
reported 3 Chipping Sparrows.
---On June 28 at Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space, Cynthia Madsen and
David Hill reported Green Heron.
---On June 30 at Littleton Lee Gulch Trail – Prince to Windermere – east
half, David Suddjian reported Cordilleran Flycatcher.
---On June 30 on Front Range Road (west side of loop), David Suddjian
reported 3 Chipping Sparrows.
---On July 1 at Cherry Creek SP, Matt Means reported Green-tailed Towhee.
---On July 1 on Big Dry Creek Trail – S Colorado Blvd, to S University
Blvd, Mary O’Connor reported 2 Cordilleran Flycatchers.
---On July 2 at Writers Vista Park in Littleton, Santiago Tabares reported
---On June 27 at Walden Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh, Markyu Mutchler reported
imm Little Blue Heron. On June 29 at Walden Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh, Sarah
Spotten and Alan de Queiroz reported imm Little Blue Heron. On June 30 at
Walden Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh, Diane Roberts, David Haskell, and Katie
Lehman reported imm Little Blue Heron. On July 2 at Walden
Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh, Tanja Britton, Lucas Rot, Ben Sanders, Tracy and
Luke Pheneger reported imm Little Blue Heron.
---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. On June 30 at South Mesa Trail, Chris Brown reported
Chestnut-sided Warbler. On July 1 at South Mesa Trail, Luke and Tracy
Pheneger reported Chestnut-sided Warbler. On July 2 at South Mesa Trail,
David Chernack reported Chestnut-sided Warbler.
---On June 27 at Golden Ponds, Luke Pheneger reported Eastern Phoebe.
---On June 27 at Izaak Walton Park, Luke Pheneger reported 3 Hooded
---On June 27 at Rocky Mountain NP Wild Basin, Dan Zmolek and Leslie S
reported Calliope Hummingbird and 7 Black Swifts.
---On June 27 On Indian Peaks BBS at Rainbow Lakes, Elena Klaver and Topi
Martinez reported American Three-toed Woodpecker.
---On June 28 at Rabbit Mountain, Johanna Beam and Ted Floyd reported Brown
----On June 29 at Lagerman Reservoir, John Rutenbeck reported Caspian
Tern. On July 2 at Lagerman Reservoir, Ben Sanders, Luke and Tracy
Pheneger and Chris Brown reported Caspian Tern; Brown also reported Greater
---On June 30, at St Vrain River Crossing at 63rd St, Steve Frye reported 2
---On July 1 at Sawhill Ponds, Ted Floyd reported 5 Warbling Vireo
---On July 1 at Little Gaynor Lake, John Rutenbeck reported Bufflehead.
---On June 28 in San Isabel NF S Cottonwood Drainage, David Olmstead
reported f Dusky Grouse.
---On June 30 at Sands Lake SWSA, Samuel Meeker reported f Common Goldeneye.
CLEAR CREEK COUNTY:
---On June 27 at Chicago Lakes Trail 2s, Chris Wood reported Red Crossbill
(Lodgedpole Pine or Type 5).
---On June 27 at Chicago Lakes Trail – Idaho Springs Reservoir, Chris Wood
reported American Three-toed Woodpecker and 2 Red Crossbills (Lodgepole
Pine, or type 5).
----On June 27 at Chicago Lakes Trail 3s, Clear Creek starting at
Wilderness Chris Wood reported Dusky Grouse, Fox Sparrow (Slate-color), Red
Crossbill (Lodgepole Pine, or type 5).
---On June 28 at Beaver Meadows TR 44 2c, Chris Wood reported 3 Red
Crossbill (Ponderosa Pine, type 2).
---On July 1 at Bluff Lake Nature Center, George Ho reported Green Heron;
Matt Means reported Cassin’s Kingbird. On July 2 at Bluff Lake Nature
Center, Elaine Wagner, Colleen Nunn, and Meg Reck reported Green Heron.
---On June 30 at Winkler Ranch, Hugh Kingery reported Dickcissel.
---On June 28 at Spring Park Reservoir, Babs Buck reported Tundra Swan.
EL PASO COUNTY:
---On June 27 at Hanover Road, Tanja Britton and Jim Merritt reported 4
Curve-billed Thrashers. On June 29 on 16831 – 16959 Hanover Road, David
and Tammy McQuade reported 3 Greater Roadrunners and Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On June 29 on Pikes Peak, Alan and Mary Lynne Ketcham reported Canada
---On July 1 at Hanover Fire Station, Cathy Bondy reported Curve-billed
---On July 2 at Chico Basin Ranch wooded areas, Cathy Bondy reported
---On July 2 at Cheyenne Mountain SP, Rod Schmidt reported Ash-throated
---On June 28 on South Fork of White River near Budges, Vic Zerbi reported
15 Swainson’s Thrush and 20 Willow Flycatchers.
---On July 2 on Lake Gulch Rd, Eric DeFonso reported 3 Bushtits.
---On July 2 on Green Mountain Trail, Marcus Roening reported 8 American
Three-toed Woodpeckers (3 pairs, 2 young).
---On June 30 on Hwy 30 S of Gunnison, Gaylee and Richard Dean reported
Gray Flycatcher, 2 Brewer’s Sparrows and 2 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On June 30 at McCabes Lane Wetland, Dave Hawksworth reported 3 Marsh
---On June 27 at Coal Creek OS, Meg Reck and Marky Mutcher reported
Dickcissel; Mutcher also reported 3 Grasshopper Sparrows. On June 30 at
Coal Creek OS, Timo Mitzen reported 3 Grasshopper Sparrows and 2
Dickcissel. On July 1 at Coal Creek OS, Chris Sherry, Santiago Tabares,
Jeremiah Trimble reported Dickcissels and Grasshopper Sparrows. On July 2
at Coal Creek OS, Betty Glass, David Chernack, Jack and Ryan Bushong
reported Dickcissels and Grasshopper Sparrows.
---On June 28 at Staunton SP, Rebecca Laroche and Burke Angstman reported
Northern Goshawk, 2 Williamson’s Sapsuckers and Red Crossbill. On June 30
at Staunton SP, Rebecca Laroche and her DFO Field Trip reported Northern
Goshawk, 11 Williamson’s Sapsuckers (4 nests), and 2 Red Crossbills;
Christine Alexander also reported Least Flycatcher.
---On June 27 at Standley Lake, David Chernak reported 19 Willets. On June
28 at Standley Lake, David Chernak reported 6 Marbled Godwits.
---On June 28 at Upper Queens/Neeskah Reservoir, Doug Faulkner reported
Common Loon in alternate plumage.
---On July 1 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Snow Goose,
Great Egret, Green Heron, 9 Black-necked Stilts, 2 House Wren, and
---On July 1 at Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lake), Steve Mlodinow reported
Mountain Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Willet, 21 Franklin’s Gulls, 3 Least
Terns, Yellow-breasted Chat, 3 Dickcissel.
LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On June 28 on Rancho Durango Road, Jim Beatty reported 4 Cassin’s
Kingbirds, 2 Brewer’s Sparrows and Sagebrush Sparrow.
---On June 29 at Meadow Road, Rafter J Subdivision, David Dunford reported
Lewis’s Woodpecker and 2 Acorn Woodpeckers.
---On June 22 at Comanche Peak Wilderness, Creek Falls Trails, Bill and
Margaret Rowe, reported Pacific Wren. On June 27 on West Creek Trail in
Comanche Peak Wilderness, Bez Bezuidenhout reported Pacific Wren where Nick
Komar described and further downstream Bez found 3 more Pacific Wrens – 2
adults and 1 fledging.
---On June 27 at Soapstone Prairie NA, Andy Bankert reported McCown’s
Longspur. On June 28 at Soapstone Prairie NA, Andy Bankert reported 2
McCown’s Longspur. On June 30 at Soapstone Prairie NA, John Shenot
reported 7 McCown’s Longspsurs.
---On June 27 at Rocky Mountain NP Dream and Emerald Lakes, Matt Means
reported Mississippi Kite.
---On June 28 at Fossil Creek Reservoir and Regional Park, Nick Komar
reported 2 f Hooded Mergansers.
---On June 28 at Lorey SP Well Gulch Trail, David Leatherman reported Least
---On June 29 at Rist Canyon (Miles 6 – 9), Georgia Doyle reported Ovenbird.
---One June 30 On N CR 15 where it crosses Boxelder Creek, John Shenot
reported Yellow-billed Cuckoo;
David Wade and Georgia Doyle were able to refind the bird. N CR 15 crosses
Boxelder Creek between CR 78 and CR 82.
---On June 30 in Rocky Mountain National Park, ½ mile along trail from Bear
Lake to Bierstadt, Bill and Margaret Rowe reported pair of American
---On July 1 on Bobcat Ridge NA, Caroline Olson and Andy Bankert reported 2
Eastern Bluebirds and Red-eyed Vireo.
---On July 1 at Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow NA, Robert Beauchamp
reported COMMON GALLINULE. On July 2 at Running Deer NA, David Wade, Jim
Nachel, Joe Mammoser, and Nick Komar reported COMMON GALLINULE.
---On July 1 at I-25 Frontage Road, Carr, David and Tammy McQuade and
Walter Wehtje reported Long-billed Curlew; Nick Komar and Georgia Doyle
reported 3 McCown’s Longspur.
---On June 27 on ME ¾ and 57 Rd, Rodene Harwood, Ronda Woodward and Mike
Henwood reported Bobolink and 3 Dickcissels. On June 28 on OE Rd/57 Rd/ME
¾ Rd, Nic Korte and Vic Zerbi reported Bobolink and Dickcissel.
---On June 27 at Vega Reservoir and Vega SP, Mike Henwood reported 2
Lewis’s Woodpeckers and Willow Flycatcher (southwest)
---On June 28 on Divide Road Thimble Pt FR #417, Mike Henwood reported 2
Grace’s Warblers. On June 30 on Divide Road thimble Pt, FR #417, Drew
Kelly reported Gray Flycatcher and 4 Grace’s Warblers.
---On June 28 at Jack’s Canyon Area, Mike Henwood reported 2 Grace’s
---On June 29 at Molina/Upper Plateau Creek, Connee Moffatt reported
---On July 1 on 13001 – 14061 57 Rd near Collbran, Rick Harner reported 4
---On June 27 on Old Hwy 90 through Silver Hawk Ranch, Brenda Wright and
Coen Dexter reported Indigo Bunting.
---On July 1 at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Steve Mlodinow
---On July 1 at Higbee Valley Rd (CR 804), Steve Mlodinow reported 3
Mississippi Kites, 131 Swaninson’s Hawk – one year olds in a single large
field, Greater Roadrunner, 4 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 7 Red-headed Woodpecker,
5 Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, 5 Eastern Phoebe, Cassin’s Kingbird, 5
Chihuahuan Raven, 8 Eastern Bluebirds, 7 Curve-billed Thrasher,
Rufous-crowned Sparrow, m Painted Bunting, 11 Orchard Oriole, 2 Canyon Wren.
---On June 28 at Spruce Grove CG, Lane Quinn reported Virginia’s Warbler.
---On June 27 at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Susan Foster and
Catherine Hagen reported Virginia Rail.
---On July 2 on S 13th in Lamar, Dorothy Russell reported Baltimore Oriole.
---On June 28 on Swallow’s Road Cemetery, Alan and Mary Lynn Ketcham
reported 2 Cattle Egret.
---On July 1 NE of Briggsdale, heading east on CR 100 about ½ mile past CR
83, Kevin Clark reported Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
---On July 1 at CR 45 just north of CR 114, Gary Lefko reported 12
---On July 1 at Wray City Park, Carol and Carol Trovall reported
Red-breasted Nuthatch and Baltimore Oriole.
DFO Field Trips
See DFO website for more information
Ken Caryl Valley Area
Thursday, July 5
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)
This trip is FULL
Prospect Park (Wheat Ridge Greenbelt)
Saturday, July 7
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Jackie King (kingjackie3372 AT gmail.com; 720-381-3314)
Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop
Sunday, July 8
8:00AM – 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza & Bill Wuerthele (kvonsaltza AT YAHOO.COM; 303-941-4881)