This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 10 sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Note that the RBA is using the new AOU checklist. Rare and out of range species for the last seven days include: (*indicates new information on this species)
Black Phoebe (Douglas) BAIRD'S SPARROW (Larimer, Weld)
Golden-winged Warbler (Chaffee)
---On August 6, Bill Harris and Jon Horn reported a Black Rail at Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge (this bird is rare for this county). The bird was seen from the Bluff Overlook picnic shelter, looking to the north-northwest.
---On August 6 Frank and Nancy Hatch reported a TRICOLORED HERON at a pond at the corner of Havana and Alameda. The bird was seen at 8:50, but not on a return trip at 12:30. Lowry wetlands would be closest appropriate nearby habitat for anyone trying to re-find the bird.
---On August 7, Matt Hofeditz reported a Gray Flycatcher at W 134th place in Broomfield County (this bird is rare for this county).
---On August 4, Jack Harlan reported a male Golden-Winged Warbler in Fairview Cemetery near Salida (this bird is rare for this county). The bird was seen in the northern/western part of the cemetery, in willows/poplars and was about 40-50 feet up in the canopy.
DOUGLAS COUNTY/JEFFERSON COUNTY (Chatfield SP) -On August 8 Glenn Walbek reported a Black Phoebe at Chatfield SP, near the end of the sand spit (this bird is rare for this county).
KIOWA COUNTY: ---On August 4 Steve Mlodinow reported a female MOTTLED DUCK at Neegronda Reservoir, seen from the upper boat launch at the end of Kiowa Co Rd C (where it hits the east side). Reported to be the same bird first seen by Steve and Tony Leukering on July 22. On August 5, the MOTTLED DUCK was last seen by Cici and Suke Lee at about 3:30. The MOTTLED DUCK was reported on August 6 by John Drummond and others, initially along the shore north of the upper boat ramp, later in the northeast corner of the reservoir. This is only the second state record.
---On August 4, Steve Mlodinow reported a LESSER NIGHTHAWK (male) at Upper Queens/Neeskah reservoir, which flushed from the ground in tamarisk along the northwest side of the reservoir.
---On August 4, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 NEOTROPICAL CORMORANTS (one adult, one subadult) at the pond near the southeast corner of Neenoshee reservoir. On August 9, John Drummond and three others reported the birds at the same location, with the adult feeding the immature bird.
---On August 6, John Drummond and others reported a flyover TRICOLORED HERON at Neegronda Reservoir. The bird was seen heading south.
LARIMER COUNTY: ---On July 17 through 24 at Soapstone Prairie NA Andy Bankert reported 5 BAIRD'S SPARROWS. Andy observed nestlings, representing the first documented breeding record of this species in Colorado! This exciting news was released by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. On July 24 in Meadow Pasture at Soapstone, Andy found 3 singing males and an adult feeding 3 young. On August 3, David Chernak reported 9 BAIRD'S SPARROWS (4 singing) at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. On August 6, Andy Bankert reported 4 BAIRD'S SPARROWS (which were not banded) at Soapstone Natural Area.
---On August 4, Kathy Mihm-Dunning reported 2 ZONE-TAILED HAWKS (1 adult and 1 second year) on Higbee Road, near the location where Vogel Canyon comes in to the road. There is a bridge at this location which is fairly well marked on Google maps. The birds were last seen heading north with some Turkey Vultures.
---ON August 6, David Dowell reported a Piping Plover (rare for this county) at Jumbo Reservoir (in the Sedgwick County portion of the reservoir).
WELD COUNTY: ---On August 3, David Chernack reported two sets of BAIRD'S SPARROWS in Carr, with 10 near I-25 and WCR 126, and 3 near WCR 17 and WCR124. On August 6, Christoph Moning and Julia Wittman reported 3 BAIRD'S SPARROWS in Carr near 1-25 and WCR 126 (40.899, -104.931).
DFO Field Trips August 10-19- See DFO website for more information:
Catamount Trail (Green Mountain Trail to Catamount Reservoir) Saturday, August 11 5:15AM-1:00 PM.