Date: 10/7/18 3:40 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for October 7, 2018
Hello cobirders

Our report is called Rare Bird Alert because search engines find it
better. The report is really "Uncommon Bird Report" Not all uncommon
birds are rare birds. Birders may want to know where to see them anyway!
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NOTE: Reports do not confirm sightings. Choose to chase at your own risk
and expense.!
NOTE: To reduce length of report, only recent sightings listed; visit
Colorado Birding Society's website everyday for additional sightings!

Reports added: 10/6/2018
Adams (Great Crested Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo)
Arapahoe (Lewis's Woodpecker)
Archuleta (Lewis's Woodpecker)
Baca (Common Tern)
Boulder (Parasitic Jaeger, Red-necked Phalarope, Lesser Black-backed Gull,
Vermilion Flycatcher, Pectoral Sandpiper, Lewis's Woodpecker, Magnolia
Delta (Sagebrush Sparrow, Greater White-fronted Goose, Pinyon Jay)
Douglas (Red-necked Phalarope)
El Paso (Broad-winged Hawk)
El Paso/Pueblo (Curve-billed Thrasher, Sage Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird,
Chestnut-collared Longspur)
Jefferson (Tropical Kingbird, White-throated Sparrow)
Jefferson/Douglas (Sabine's Gull, Eastern Phoebe)
Larimer (Surf Scoter, Red-necked Phalarope, Pectoral Sandpiper, Sage
Montrose (Sage Thrasher)
Prowers (Swamp Sparrow, Nashville Warbler, Northern Mockingbird)
Pueblo (Eastern Phoebe)
San Miguel (American Three-toed Woodpecker)
Weld (Gray Flycatcher, Short-billed Dowitcher)
Yuma (Burrowing Owl, Sprague's Pipit)


Adams County
++++Barr Lake Map
Great Crested Flycatcher --banding station (McBurney) first 10/6
Plumbeous Vireo (McBurney) first 10/6

Arapahoe County
++++Cherry Creek Reservoir
Black-bellied Plover --pelican bay/dam trail (Cynthia Madsen:David Hill)
first 10/5
Bonaparte's Gull (John Cobb) first 10/4

Boulder County
++++Lagerman Reservoir Map
Probable Parasitic Jaeger (Peter Burke:Steve Mlodinow) first 10/6
Red-necked Phalarope (4) (Steve Frye/Peter) (first 9/29) 11; last 10/6
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Peter Burke) 2; first 10/6
++++Walden Ponds Map
Vermilion Flycatcher (male) --50 feet east of Cottonwood marsh parking
lot (Peter Burke/Steve Mlodinow) (first 9/29) last 10/6
Pectoral Sandpiper (Pheneger:Zmolek/Preston Sowell:Lisa McGloin) (first
9/24) 1; last 10/6
++++Old St. Vrain Road & Area Map
Lewis's Woodpecker (Carl Bendorf) first 10/6
Magnolia Warbler (Dan Zmolek) first 10/6
(0.2 miles west of bridge over creek)

Douglas County
++++Walker Gravel Pit
Red-necked Phalarope (Riley Morris) first 10/6

El Paso County
++++Kettle Lakes Map
Broad-winged Hawk (Mel & Jeanne Goff) first 10/6
++++Fountain Creek Regional Park
Townsend's Warbler (2) (Richard Bunn) first 10/4
++++Clear Spring Ranch
Broad-winged Hawk (Steve Brown) first 10/4
(Steve Brown has banding station most days)

El Paso/Pueblo Counties County
++++Chico Basin Ranch (fee area)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Frank Farrell) 2; last 10/6
Sage Thrasher (Farrell) 7; last 10/6
Northern Mockingbird (Ginny Bergstrom) last 10/6
Chestnut-collared Longspur (2) (Frank Farrell) first 10/6
(above: banding station, El Paso Cty)

Huerfano County
++++Lathrop State Park
Greater Roadrunner (Audrey Etienne) last 10/4
Sage Thrasher (Etienne) last 10/4

Jefferson County
++++South Platte Park Reservoir & Area
Tropical Kingbird (Frank Farrell:Michaels Leser/Aaron Shipe) (reported
10/5) last 10/6
(Seventh State Report, possible 2nd State Record)
++++Denver West Office Complex Map
White-throated Sparrow (Kevin DeBoer) first 10/6

Jefferson/Douglas County
++++Chatfield Reservoir Map
(NOTE: see directions on construction updates)
Sabine's Gull --north boat ramp (Michael Lester/Stevens:Michaels) (first
10/5) last 10/6
Eastern Phoebe --Deer Creek, north end of swim beach
(Farrell:Madsen/Stevens:Michaels) (first 9/19) last 10/6
(both in Jefferson Cty, construction restricts Douglas Cty birding maybe
until May, 2019)

Larimer County
++++Douglas Reservoir Map
Surf Scoter (2) (Tom Thomson:Nick Komar:David Wade) first 10/6
Red-necked Phalarope (5) (Thomson & all) first 10/6
Pectoral Sandpiper (John Shenot) first 10/6
Sage Thrasher (2) (Shenot) last 10/6
++++Timnath Reservoir
Pectoral Sandpiper (John Shenot) 1; last 10/6
Red-necked Phalarope (Komar:Bankert) first 10/4
++++Wellington Wildlife Area, Cobb Lake
Black-bellied Plover (3) (Andy Bankert/Jacy Bernath-Plaisted:Penny Bauer)
(first 9/28) 4; last 10/5
Common Loon (Jacy Bernath-Plaisted) first 10/5
Sage Thrasher (Komar:Bankert/Bauer) (first 10/4) 2; last 10/5
Cassin's Kingbird (Komar:Bankert) first 10/4
Chestnut-collared Longspur (8) (Komar:Bankert) first 10/4
Pectoral Sandpiper (Komar:Bankert) first 10/4
++++Horseshoe Lake Map
Mexican Duck --pond north of lake (Nick Komar/Erthal) (first 9/22) last
++++Grandview Cemetery
Cassin's Vireo (David Leatherman) (first 10/2) last 10/4

Pueblo County
++++Pueblo Reservoir Map
Eastern Phoebe (Darth Aves) 2; last 10/6
(Rock Canyon, below dam, north of Arkansas River)
++++Red Creek Springs Road West
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Darth Aves) first 10/5
Curve-billed Thrasher (Darth Aves) first 10/5
++++Pueblo Mountain Park
Williamson's Sapsucker (Tonnessen/Darth Aves) (first 7/9) last 10/5

Weld County
++++Union Reservoir & area Map
Gray Flycatcher (Bill Prather) first 10/6
Semipalmated Plover (Mlodinow) first 10/4
Common Tern (Steve Mlodinow) (first 9/15) last 10/2
++++North County Line Road Pond Map
Short-billed Dowitcher (12) (Penny Bauer) reported 10/6
(Just north of Weld CR 86; 2.5 to 3.0 miles north of hwy 14)


Baca County
++++Two Buttes Reservoir & area Map
Common Tern (probable first county record) (Mihm-Dunning:Leukering) first

Bent County
++++County Road 10
Curve-billed Thrasher (2) --south of the canal (Suddjian:Roberts) first

Kiowa County
++++Hwy 385 & CR G
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Mihm-Dunning:Leukering) first 10/5

Prowers County
++++North Gateway Park
Swamp Sparrow (Kathy Mihm-Dunning & all) first 10/6
Northern Mockingbird (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first 10/5
Lewis's Woodpecker (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first 10/4
++++County Road 21 at North Butte Creek
Nashville Warbler (Mihm-Dunning:Leukering) first 10/6
++++Ft. Bent Canal/west/14th street
Northern Mockingbird (2) (Dorothy Russell) first 10/6
++++Lamar Community College
Eastern Phoebe (Dorothy Russell) first 10/5
Nashville Warbler (Dorothy Russell) first 10/5
Northern Cardinal (Dorothy Russell) last 10/5
++++Highway 196 Pond, east of CR 85
Philadelphia Vireo (Kathy Mihm-Dunning:Tony Leukering) reported 10/5
++++Mike Higbee Wildlife Area
Red-headed Woodpecker (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first 10/4
Northern Mockingbird (2) (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first 10/4
++++Granada Relocation Center
Field Sparrow (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first 10/4
Blue-headed Vireo (Kathy Mihm-Dunning) first 10/4


Morgan County
++++Jackson Reservoir & area
Sabine's Gull --north side (Norm Lewis) first 10/5

Yuma County
++++Track near Sandy Bluffs State Trust Lands Map
Burrowing Owl (Kaempfer) first 10/6
Sprague's Pipit (4) (Bill Kaempfer) first 10/6
++++Bonny Reservoir Area
Sprague's Pipit --Pipit Hill (Richard Stevens) first 9/28


Alamosa County
++++Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
Sage Thrasher --see map (Glenn Gade) first 10/5

Archuleta County
++++Pagosa Springs & area Map
Lewis's Woodpecker (1) --San Juan Riverwalk (Jean Zimhelt:Charles
Martinez) last 10/6

Chaffee County
++++Ice Lake
Common Tern (Christian Hagenlocher) (first 10/4) last 10/5
Pinyon Jay (180) (Hagenlocher) last 10/5
(private, must view from road with scope)
++++Chaffee County
Lewis's Woodpecker (1) --Hwy 24, Arkansas River (William Buskirk) first

Conejos County
++++17401-17499 County BB
Sage Thrasher (William Buskirk) first 10/5

Delta County
++++Sweitzer Lake State Park Map
Sagebrush Sparrow (Betty Fenton/Carol Ortenzio) (first 9/30) 3; last 10/6
Sage Thrasher (Betty Fenton) first 9/30
++++Confluence Park Map
Greater White-fronted Goose (Adam Cupito/Carol Ortenzio) (first 9/23)
last 10/6
++++Escalante Canyon Map
Pinyon Jay (7) (Gary Witt) last 10/6
(above: Gunnison River to Cap Smith Cabin)

La Plata County
++++Wildcat Canyon (Rafter J)
Acorn Woodpecker (2) (Steve Frohock) last 10/5
++++County Road 124, La Plata Canyon
Lewis's Woodpecker (2) (Steve Frohock) first 10/5
++++Pastorius Reservoir
Cassin's Vireo (James Beatty/Susan Allerton) (first 9/25) last 10/4
Townsend's Warbler (Susan Allerton) first 10/4

Lake County
++++Independence Pass
White-tailed Ptarmigan (Richard Stevens) first 10/3
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (3) (Richard Stevens) first 10/3

Mesa County
++++Connected Lakes State Park Area
Black Phoebe (Adam Cupito) (first 10/3) last 10/5
Nashville Warbler (Adam Cupito) (first 10/2) last 10/5
++++Highline Lake State Park
Sagebrush Sparrow (6) (David Price/Ronda Woodward:David Price) (first
10/2) 1; last 10/5
++++Grand Junction Wildlife Area
Sage Thrasher (Henwood:Moffatt) first 10/5

Montezuma County
++++Dolores area (CR 184)
Tennessee Warbler (3) --see map (Carol Bylsma) reported 10/5

Montrose County
Sage Thrasher (2) --East 5th Avenue (Dexter:Wright) first 10/6
Pinyon Jay (28) --Cooper's Ditch (Coen Dexter:Brenda Wright) first 10/4

Routt County
++++Steamboat Springs
Townsend's Warbler --Yampa River Core Trail (Daniel Patrick) first 10/5
++++Colorado Mountain College, Steamboat Springs
Townsend's Warbler --Yampa River Core Trail (Daniel Patrick) first 10/5

San Miguel County
++++Bear Creek Reserve
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Tom Prestby) first 10/6

Good Birding!

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