Date: 10/24/18 3:06 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 October 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT
Date: October 24, 2018
This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, October 24 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 is new)

Snow Goose (Kiowa)
Ross’s Goose (Kiowa, Prowers)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Adams, *Jefferson)
Wood Duck (San Miguel)
Surf Scoter (Adams)
White-winged Scoter (Kiowa)
Common Goldeneye (Broomfield)
Red-breasted Merganser (Boulder, Kiowa, Morgan, *Weld)
Ring-necked Pheasant (*Boulder)
Greater Prairie- Chicken (Yuma)
Horned Grebe (Adams, Denver, *Montrose)
Red-necked Grebe (*Jefferson)
Sandhill Crane (Adams, *Kiowa, *Montrose, Yuma)
American Avocet (Gunnison, Rio Blanco)
Black-bellied Plover (Adams, Bent)
American Golden-Plover (Adams, Boulder, *Summit)
Snowy Plover (Kiowa)
Piping Plover (Kiowa)
Stilt Sandpiper (Adams, Boulder, Kiowa, *Weld)
Sanderling (Adams, Bent)
Baird’s Sandpiper (Kiowa)
Least Sandpiper (*Boulder, Kiowa, Morgan)
Pectoral Sandpiper *Adams, Douglas, Kiowa, Morgan, *Weld)
Short-billed Dowitcher (Boulder, El Paso, Gunnison Kiowa)
Long-billed Dowitcher (Adams, *Boulder, Morgan, *Weld)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Adams, Kiowa, *Weld)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams, *Boulder, Gunnison, Kiowa, Morgan, Prowers)
Wilson’s Phalarope (Kiowa)
Bonaparte’s Gull (*Weld)
Franklin’s Gull (Larimer, Rio Grande)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Kiowa)
Red-throated Loon (Kiowa, *Weld)
Pacific Loon (Denver)
Common Loon (Denver, Jefferson, Kiowa, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, *Weld)
Osprey (Adams, *Fremont, Prowers, *Weld)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Prowers)
Hairy Woodpecker (Prowers)
Gray Flycatcher (Jefferson)
Cordilleran Flycatcher (Montezuma)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams, Denver)
Loggerhead Shrike (Mesa, Montrose)
Steller’s Jay (*El Paso, Jefferson)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Douglas, *El Paso, *Fremont, *(Mesa, Montrose)
Common Raven (Adams)
Bushtit (*Mesa)
Rock Wren (El Paso, *Fremont, Kiowa, *Montrose)
Winter Wren (Kiowa, Prowers, Yuma)
Marsh Wren (*Mesa, *Weld)
Bewick’s Wren (*Montrose, Prowers)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Adams, *Mesa, *Montrose)
American Dipper (San Miguel)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (San Miguel, Yuma)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Adams, *El Paso, *Fremont, Jefferson, *Mesa,
*Montrose, Morgan, Prowers, Yuma)
Eastern Bluebird (Douglas, *Kiowa, Prowers)
Mountain Bluebird (Douglas,*Fremont, Kiowa, *Mesa, Montrose)
Hermit Thrush (*Mesa, *Prowers)
Brown Thrasher (Prowers)
Sage Thrasher (*Montrose)
American Pipit (Morgan, *Weld)
Sprague’s Pipit (Yuma)
Lapland Longspur (Kiowa)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa)
McCown’s Longspur (Kiowa, Yuma)
Canyon Towhee (*El Paso, *Fremont)
Field Sparrow (Kiowa)
Brewer’s Sparrow (*Montrose)
Savannah Sparrow (Park, Prowers, Yuma)
Vesper Sparrow (Prowers)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Montrose)
Fox Sparrow (*El Paso)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek, Eagle, *El Paso, Kiowa, La
Plata, Mesa, Prowers)
Swamp Sparrow (Boulder, *Weld)
White-throated Sparrow (*Chaffee, *El Paso, Kiowa, *Larimer, Moffat, Yuma)
Harris’s Sparrow (Adams, Boulder, *El Paso, *Fremont, Jefferson, Kiowa,
Dark-eye Junco (White-winged) (Adams)
Rusty Blackbird (Eagle, Kiowa)
Great-tailed Grackle (Prowers)
Orange-crowned Warbler (Douglas, Kiowa, Montrose, Ouray, Prowers)
Common Yellowthroat (Mesa)
Hooded Warbler (Eagle)
Yellow Warbler (La Plata)
Palm Warbler (Yuma)
Townsend’s Warbler (*Fremont, Jefferson, La Plata, Pueblo)
Wilson’s Warbler (Eagle)
Western Tanager (Boulder, Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (*Pitkin)

---On October 21 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, Ken Wat, Meg Reck, Bob
Spencer, John Vanderpoel, Bill Kaempfer, and Michael Lester reported Surf
Scoter, Common Raven, and on East Auto Tour 12 Long-billed Dowitcher,
Greater Yellowlegs, Bonaparte’s Gull and Osprey. On October 22 at Rocky
Mountain Arsenal NWR, Alicia Arnold and Candace Johnson reported 91
Sandhill Cranes (flyover), Pectoral Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, and
Lesser Yellowlegs, Horned Grebe and Say’s Phobe.
---On October 21 at Barr Lake SP, Linda Lee, Jack and Ryan Bushong reported
4 Greater White-fronted Geese, 2 Black-bellied Plover, American
Golden-Plover, 3 Stilt Sandpipers, 5 Long-billed Dowitcher, 4 Lesser
Yellowlegs, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Harris’s Sparrow, and White-winged Junco.

---On October 20 at Adobe Creek Reservoir, David Tonnessen and David Dowell
reported 3 Black-bellied Plover, Sanderling, and Baird’s Sandpiper.

---On October 21 at Prince Lake #2, Laura Steadman reported American
Golden-Plover and Stilt Sandpiper and found FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER. These
birds were seen by many birders because Laura got word out immediately.
The flycatcher was mostly seen in the NW corner but late in evening flew to
nearby neighborhood and then back toward Prince Lake #2. On October 22 at
Prince Lake #2, John Drummond refound FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER and many
birders were able to see it from the dirt road on N side of Prince Lake #2.
Bruce Snyder reported Stilt Sandpiper. On October 23 at Prince Lake #2 plus
Carbonate neighborhood, Tom Behnfield and many other birders reported
FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER. The Flycatcher seems to prefer the Carbonate
neighborhood in the morning and the NW corner of Prince Lake #2 in the
afternoon. In the afternoon when the flycatcher was by the lake, it was
possible to see the flycatcher from the South side of the lake. At times
it was in the Russian Olives and at times perched on the fence to the
West. Also reported were Ring-necked Pheasant and Least Sandpiper.

---On October 20 at Valmont Reservoir Complex, Richard Trinkner, Jack and
Ryan Bushong reported 20 Cackling Geese.
---On October 19 in Louisville Paula Hansley reported 1st winter Harris’s
Sparrow on her patio. Birders are welcome. Call her at 720-890-2628 for
details. On October 20 Paula Hansley and David Waltman reported 3 Harris’s
Sparrows and Lincoln’s Sparrow. On October 21, Paula Hansley reported that
at least 1 Harris’s Sparrow continues to visit her yard.
---On October 21 at Twin Lakes, Dan Zmolek and Leslie S reported Least
Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Long-billed Dowitcher, and Short-billed
Dowitcher. On October 23 at Twin Lakes, Leslie S reported Least Sandpiper,
3 Long-billed Dowitcher, and Greater Yellowlegs.
---On October 21 at Golden Ponds, Luke Pheneger reported Swamp Sparrow.

---On October 21 at Plaster Reservoir, Linda Doran reported Common

---On October 23 at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, Riley Morris reported
White-throated Sparrow.

---On October 21 at Marston Reservoir East End, Diane Roberts reported
Pacific Loon, 2 Common Loon, and Say’s Phoebe.

---On October 21 at Gateway Mesa Open Space, Hugh Kingery reported 2
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, 2 Eastern Bluebird, and 6 Mountain Bluebird.

---On October 21 on N Main in Minturn, Christine Alexander and Eric
Culbertson reported Rusty Blackbird and Hooded Warbler.
---On October 21 at Lake Creek Village Wetlands, Jennifer Austin reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow and 2 Wilson’s Warbler.

---On October 22 at Ramah Reservoir SWA, Alan Ketcham reported Rock Wren.
---On October 23 at Clear Spring Ranch, Steve Brown banded 2 Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, Fox Sparrow (slate-color), White-throated Sparrow, and 2 Lincoln’s
---On October 23 at Red Rock Canyon OS, Jim Merritt and David Tonnessen
reported Steller’s Jay, 14 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Fox Sparrow
(slate-color), Harris’s Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and Canyon Towhee.

---On October 23 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer, Lindsay Purifoy,
and Timo Mitzen reported Osprey, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, 2 Rock Wren,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 9 Mountain Bluebird, Canyon Towhee, Harris’s Sparrow
and Townsend’s Warbler.

---On October 21 at Blue Mesa East End, Arden Anderson reported American
Avocet, Greater Yelllowlegs, and Short-billed Dowitcher.

---On October 21 at Ken Caryl Ranch OS, Mike Henwood reported 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Townsend’s Warbler.
---On October 21 at Chatfield SP N Boat Ramp, Santiago Tabares reported
Red-necked Grebe and Common Loon.
---On October 23 at Belmar Park, Bob Buckham, Charlie Curlee, and Roger
Koester reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On October 23 at Standley Lake North Side, Ben Sampson reported
Red-necked Grebe and juv Harris’s Sparrow.

---On October 20 at Neenoshe Reservoir, David Tonnessen and David Dowell
reported 2 Common Loon and 11 White-winged Scoter on main reservoir; on SE
Pond Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs,
Long-billed Dowitcher, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Baird’s
Sandpiper, 100+ Stilt Sandpiper and 2 Wilson’s Phalarope. Also reported
were Snow Goose (flyover), Ross’s Goose (flyover), Chestnut-colllared
Longspur, McCown’s Longspur, Lapland Longspur, Lincoln’s Sparrow, 3 Swamp
Sparrow, 9 White-throated Sparrow, 6 Harris’s Sparrow, 2 Field Sparrow,
Eastern Bluebird (flyover), Mountain Bluebird (flyover), Winter Wren, Rock
Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, and Rusty Blackbird.
---On October 20 at Upper Queens, David Tonnessen and David Dowell reported
Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On October 20 at Adobe Creek Reservoir, David Dowell and David Tonnessen
reported Piping Plover, Snowy Plover, Red-throated Loon, and 4 Red-breasted
---On October 23 at Hwy 96 and CR 75, Tony Leukering reported Eastern
Bluebird (flyover).
---On October 23 at Sheridan Lake (Town and Playa), Tony Leukering reported
4 Sandhill Cranes (flyover).

---On October 22 at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area, Ryan
Votta reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, and Townsend’s Warbler.

---On October 21 at Tri-Lakes Region, Andy Bankert and Carolyn Olson
reported Forster’s Tern.
---On October 21 at Maple and FIshback, David Wade reported Harris’s
Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow. On October 22 at Maple and FIshback,
David Wade reported Harris’s Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow. On
October 23 at Maple and FIshback, David Wade reported 1 Harris’s Sparrow
and White-throated Sparrow.

---On October 22 at Grand Junction WA, Carol Ortenzio reported 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On October 23 at Horsethief Canyon SWA, Mike Henwood, Carol Ortenzio,
and Kathleen McGinley reported Loggerhead Shrike, 3 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay,
15 Bushtit, 2 Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 25
Mountain Bluebird, and 2 Hermit Thrush.

---On October 21 at Loudy-Simpson Nature Trail, Forrest Luke reported 2 ad
White-throated Sparrow (tan stripe).

---On October 21 at Nucla Domestic Reservoir, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Mountain Bluebird, and 2 Sagebrush
Sparrow. On October 22 at Nucla Domestic Reservoir, Coen Dexter and Brenda
Wright reported 7 Mountain Bluebird and 8 Sagebrush Sparrow.
---On October 21 at Paradox West Pond, Brenda Wright and Coen Dexter
reported Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, 2 Bewick’s Wren, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 34 Mountain Bluebird, and Orange-crowned Warbler.
---On October 21 at Bedrock CG and Boat Ram, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported Loggerhead Shrike, 2 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
and 7 Mountain Bluebird.
---On October 22 at Nucla Water Treatment Plant, Brenda Wright and Coen
Dexter reported Bewick’s Wren Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, and
Brewer’s Sparrow.
---On October 23 at Elda’s, Brenda Wright and Coen Dexter reported Sandhill
Crane, Rock Wren, 3 Bewick’s Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 5 Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, 3 Sage Thrasher, and Brewer’s Sparrow.

---On October 21 at Jackson Reservoir (S end), Nathan Pieplow reported 3
Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Least Sandpiper, 2 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2
Long-billed Dowitcher, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and 17
American Pipit.

---On October 22 at Midland Park in Aspen, Catherine Hagen reported
Rose-breasted Grosbeak. On October 23 at Midland Park in Aspen, Catherine
Hagen and Matt Kuhn reported Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

---On October 21 at North Gateway Park, Tony Leukering reported 16 Ross’s
Geese (flyover), 4 Greater Yellowlegs, Osprey, 2 Bewick’s Wren, Vesper
Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, 3 Lincoln’s Sparrow, and 2 Great-tailed Grackle
---On October 22 at Lamar Community College Woods, Dave Leatherman reported
Winter Wren, Brown Thrasher, 3 Northern Cardinals, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Hermit Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Eastern Bluebird, and Hairy
---On October 22 at Willow Creek Park just S of swimming pool, Dave
Leatherman reported ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

---On October 20 at Lake Avery, Forrest Luke reported Common Loon and 4
American Avocet.

---On October 22 on Boomerang to River Trails, Telluride, Eric Hynes
reported f Wood Duck, 2 American Dipper, and 5 Golden-crowned Kinglet.

---On October 23 at Dillon Reservoir Giberson Bay, M Walt reported American

---On October 22 at Union Reservoir, Joel and Dale Adams reported
Red-throated Loon and 4 Common Loon. On October 23 at Union Reservoir,
Steve Mlodinow, Jamie Simo, Sarah Spotten, Sue Riffe, and Joshua Smith
reported 13 Red-breasted Merganser, 33 Bonaparte’s Gull, Red-throated Loon,
2 Common Loon, Marsh Wren, and Swamp Sparrow.
---On October 23 at Idaho Creek OS, Steve Mlodinow reported Osprey, 2
American Pipit, and 2 Swamp Sparrow.
---On October 23 at Baxter Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported 4 Stilt Sandpiper,
6 Pectoral Sandpiper, 61 Long-billed Dowitcher, and Lesser Yellowlegs.

---On October 21 at Pipit Hill in Hale Area, Steve Mlodinow reported 2
Sandhill Crane, Sprague’s Pipit, and 2 McCown’s Longspur.
---On October 21 at Hale Crossroad, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Winter Wren,
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 White-throated Sparrow and
Palm Warbler (Western).
---On October 21 at CR 45 in Wray area, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Greater
Prairie-Chicken and Savannah Sparrow.

DFO Field Trips
For more details go to the DFO website

Belmar Historic Park
Saturday, October 27
7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Patrick O’Driscoll (patodrisk AT; 303-885-6955 (Cell))

Prospect Park (Wheat Ridge Greenbelt)
Sunday, October 28
7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Paul Slingsby (paslingsby AT; 720-347-5169 (mobile))

Park County Explorations
Monday, October 29
5:30 AM – 4:00 PM
David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT; 831-713-8659)

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine

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