Date: 10/27/18 3:10 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 October 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT
Date: October 27, 2018
This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, October 27 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 (*Montrose)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Jefferson)
Wood Duck (San Miguel)
Blue-winged Teal (Mesa)
Eurasian Wigeon (Montezuma)
Greater Scaup (*Mesa)
Surf Scoter (*La Plata)
Bufflehead (Gilpin)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Kiowa)
Common Goldeneye (*Jefferson)
Common Merganser (Gilpin)
Red-breasted Merganser (Boulder, Weld)
Ring-necked Pheasant (Boulder)
Pied-billed Grebe (*Pitkin)
Horned Grebe (Denver, Montrose)
Sandhill Crane (Adams, Chaffee, Delta, Kiowa, *Mesa, *Montrose)
American Golden-Plover (Summit)
Stilt Sandpiper (Weld)
Sanderling (Adams)
Baird’s Sandpiper (Adams, *Larimer)
Least Sandpiper (*Arapahoe, Boulder, *Larimer, Weld)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Custer, Douglas, Larimer, Weld)
Short-billed Dowitcher (El Paso)
Long-billed Dowitcher (*Adams, *Arapahoe, Boulder, Custer, *La Plata,
Larimer, Weld)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe, El Paso, Mesa)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Adams, *Arapahoe, Larimer, Ouray, Weld)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Custer, *Moffat)
Wilson’s Phalarope (Kiowa)
Bonaparte’s Gull (*Adams, *Arapahoe, Mesa, Weld)
Franklin’s Gull (*Arapahoe, Larimer, Rio Grande)
Iceland Gull (Thayer’s) (*Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Larimer)
Forster’s Tern (La Plata)
Red-throated Loon (Weld)
Pacific Loon (Delta, *Denver)
Common Loon (Arapahoe, Larimer, San Miguel, Weld)
Great Egret (Pitkin)
Osprey (*Fremont, Garfield, Weld)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Eagle)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Hairy Woodpecker (Prowers)
Gray Flycatcher (Jefferson)
Cordilleran Flycatcher (Montezuma)
Say’s Phoebe (*Arapahoe, Douglas, *Mesa)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Loggerhead Shrike (El Paso, Mesa)
Northern Shrike (*Arapahoe)
Warbling Vireo (El Paso)
Steller’s Jay (*Archuleta, El Paso, Jefferson)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (El Paso, Fremont, *La Plata, Mesa)
Clark’s Nutcracker (Ouray)
American Crow (Arapahoe)
Common Raven (Gilpin)
Juniper Titmouse (Fremont, La Plata, Montrose)
Bushtit (*El Paso, Garfield, *La Plata, Mesa, Ouray)
Brown Creeper (El Paso)
Rock Wren (Fremont, Montrose)
Winter Wren (Adams, *Weld)
Marsh Wren (*Adams, Mesa, Weld)
Bewick’s Wren (Fremont, *Montrose)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Adams, Mesa, Montrose)
American Dipper (*Archuleta, Custer, San Miguel)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (San Miguel, *Weld)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (*Adams, *Archuleta, *El Paso, Fremont, *La Plata,
Mesa, *Montrose, *Weld)
Eastern Bluebird (Kiowa, Prowers)
Mountain Bluebird (Delta, Fremont, *Gunnison, Kiowa, Mesa, *Montrose)
Hermit Thrush (Fremont, Mesa)
Gray Catbird (*Adams, Jefferson)
Sage Thrasher (El Paso, *Montrose)
American Pipit (*La Plata, Weld)
Canyon Towhee (El Paso, Fremont)
Chipping Sparrow (*El Paso)
Brewer’s Sparrow (Montrose)
Savannah Sparrow (Park)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Larimer)
Vesper Sparrow (Adams)
Fox Sparrow (El Paso)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Adams, *Arapahoe, *Archuleta, Clear Creek, El Paso,
Swamp Sparrow (*Arapahoe, Custer, Weld)
White-throated Sparrow (Adams, Chaffee, El Paso, Larimer)
Harris’s Sparrow (El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (*Mesa)
Rusty Blackbird (Kiowa)
Orange-crowned Warbler (Douglas, Montrose, Ouray)
Common Yellowthroat (El Paso, Mesa, Montrose)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (*Custer)
Townsend’s Warbler (Fremont, Montrose, Pueblo)
Wilson’s Warbler (*Eagle, El Paso)
Western Tanager (Boulder, Pueblo)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pitkin)

---On October 24 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, Chris Rurik and Vicki
Sandage reported 50 Sandhill Crane (flyover), 12 Long-billed Dowitcher,
Lesser Yellowlegs, White-throated Sparrow, and Vesper Sparrow.
---On October 24 at Barr Lake SP, Tony Leukering reported 3 Baird’s
Sandpiper, 9 Long-billed Dowitcher, 4 Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser
Black-backed Gull, and Winter Wren. On October 26 at Barr Lake SP, Chris
Owens reported Long-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte’s Gull, Marsh Wren,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Gray Catbird.
---On October 25 at Valente Lake, Jerome Cech reported 2 Blue-gray

---On October 24 at Cherry Creek SP, Cynthia Madsen reported 2 White-winged
Scoter (Prairie Loop), Least Sandpiper, 21 Long-billed Dowitcher, 2 Greater
Yellowlegs, 10 Bonaparte’s Gull (Prairie Loop), 4 Franklin’s Gull, Common
Loon, 36 American Crow. On October 26 at Cherry Creek SP—Cottonwood Creek
wetlands, Jeff Dawson reported Least Sandpiper, 3 Long-billed Dowitcher,
Lesser Yellowlegs, 8 Bonaparte’s Gull, Franklin’s Gull.
---On October 25 at Centennail Park, Edward Donnan reported Spotted
---On October 26 at Willow Springs O, Centennial, Jared Del Rosso reported
Northern Shrike, Say’s Phoebe, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and Swamp Sparrow.
---On October 26 at Holly Park, Centennial, Jarel Del Rosso reported
Northern Shrike.

---On October 26 in Pagosa Springs, Ben Bailey reported Steller’s Jay, 4
American Dipper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

---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 23 at Twin Lakes, Leslie S reported Least Sandpiper, 3
Long-billed Dowitcher, and Greater Yellowlegs.
---On October 23 David Haskell reported a hatch year RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD coming to his feeder at Riverside Ave and Redwood Ave, Birders
are welcome to view the bird from the public sidewalk on Redwood Ave. You
can see the balcony with the feeder from there. You cannot see the feeder
from his driveway. Please respect private property and stay out of yards.
On October 25 Bob Fiehweg and Robin Byers and several other birders
reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on Redwood Ave.

---On October 23 at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, Riley Morris reported
White-throated Sparrow.
---On October 25 at The Link School Base Camp, Christian Hagenlocher
reported 72 Sandhill Cranes (flyover).

---On October 24 at DeWeese Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer reported Pectoral
Sandpiper, 35 Long-billed Dowitcher, 14 Greater Yellowlegs, American Dipper
and Swamp Sparrow. Own October 26 at DeWeese Reservoir, Rich Miller
reported Black-throated Blue Warbler in Willows along Grape Creek below the
dam and near concrete flume.

---On October 23 at G50 Road, Bruce Ackerman reported 300 Sandhill Cranes
coming into roost and Pacific Loon at pond on west end. On October 24 at
G40 Road, Jon Horn and Bill Harris reported 300 Sandhill Cranes (flyover),
Pacific Loon, and 2 Mountain Bluebirds. On October 15 at G50 Rd, Carol
Ortenzio and Andrea Robinsong reported Pacific Loon.

---On October 26 at Marston Reservoir West End, Doug Kibbe and Elaine
Wagner reported Pacific Loon.

---On October 25 at Platte Canyon Reservoir, Lynne Forrester reported Say’s

---On October 26 at Lake Creek Village Wetlands, Eric Culbertson reported
Wilson’s Warbler.

---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
Sparrow. On October 25 at Clear Spring Ranch, Steve Brown banded
Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Warbling Vireo. On October 26 at Clear Spring
Ranch, Steve Brown banded 2 Bushtit, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Orange-crowned Sparrow, and Chipping Sparrow.
---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 24 at Red Rock Canyon OS, Alan Ketcham, Chris Brobin,
John Drummond, and Jim Merritt reported Steller’s Jay, 10 Woodhouse’s
Scrub-Jay, Fox Sparrow (Slate-color), juv Harris’s Sparrow, White-throated
Sparrow, and 2 Canyon Towhee.
---On October 25 at Fountain Creek Regional Park, Joel Adams reported 3
Brown Creeper, 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Harris’s Sparrow, White-throated
Sparrow, 3 Lincoln’s Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Common Yellowthroat, and
Wilson’s Warbler.
---On October 25 at Big Stratton Reservoir, Terence Berger reported Spotted
Sandpiper and 2 Greater Yellowlegs.
---On October 25 at Chico Basin Ranch, Jim Merritt reported Ladder-backed
Woodpecker, Loggerhead Shrike, Sage Thrasher, and 2 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 25 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry
DeBoer reported Osprey, 5 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Juniper Titmouse, 2 Rock
Wren, Bewick’s Wren, 16 Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Thrush.

---On October 24 at Bair Ranch Rest Area, Theresa Nickles reported 20
---On October 25 at Lions Park in Rifle, Mary and Phil Lyon reported Osprey.

---On October 25 at Los Lagos Reservoir, Bruce Snyder reported 1 f
---On October 25 at Central City Reservoir, Bruce Snyder reported 4 Common
Merganser, and 26 Common Raven on fresh Elk kill.

---On October 26 on Rd 12 East of Horse Ranch Park, Mike Wanger reported
Mountain Bluebird.

---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 25 at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, Cynthia Madsen,
Martha Eubanks, and Pam Zimmer reported Gray Catbird.
---On October 26 at Bear Creek Lake Park—Big Soda Lakes N Trail, Chuck Aid
reported Common Goldeneye.

---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 24 at Pastorius Reservoir, Susan Allerton reported Surf
Scoter, 2 Long-billed Dowitcher, 2 Forster’s Tern, 3 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay,
2 Juniper Titmouse, 10 Bushtit, and 5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet. On October 26
at Pastorius Reservoir, Susan Allerton reported Surf Scoter, 2 Long-billed
Dowitcher, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, 4 Bushtit, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and 2
American Pipit.

---On October 23 at Maple and FIshback, David Wade reported 1 Harris’s
Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow. On October 24 at Maple and FIshback,
David Wade and Andy Bankert reported 2 Harris’s Sparrow. On October 25 at
Maple and FIshback, Edward Raynor and David Wade reported Harris’s Sparrow.
---On October 24 at Wellington SWA—Cobb Lake Unit, Andy Bankert reported
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Common Loon, and
Grasshopper Sparrow.
---On October 24 at Timnath Reservoir, Andy Bankert reported 2 Bairds’s
Sandpiper, 3 Least Sandpiper, 12 Pectoral Sandpiper, 15 Long-billed
Dowitcher and Lesser Yellowlegs. On October 26 at Timnath Reservoir, Andy
Bankert reported Baird’s Sandpiper, 2 Least Sandpiper, and Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gull.

---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 25 at Horsethief Canyon
SWA, Mike Henwood reported Spotted Sandpiper, 5 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, 2
Marsh Wren, 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 30 Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Thrush.
---On October 24 at Redlands Parkway Ponds, Carol Ortenzio reported Black
Phoebe, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
---On October 24 at Colorado River SP Fruita section, Carol Ortenzio
reported f Greater Scaup, Bonaparte’s Gull, and 3 Marsh Wren. On October
25 at Colorado River SP—Fruita Section, Ryan Claar reported Greater Scaup,
Blue-winged Teal, and Marsh Wren. On October 26 at Colorado River SP
Fruita Section, Phil Lyon reported 2 Greater Scaup.
---On October 26 at Loma 11 8/10 Road from P ½ to Q Road, Mike Henwood and
Kathleen McGinley reported 5 Sandhill Crane, Say’s Phoebe, Yellow-headed

---On October 26 at Wyman Living History Museum, Jan Leonard reported 3
Greater Yellowlegs.

---On October 23 at Industrial Pond in Cortez, Erick Hendrickson reports
that the Eurasian Wigeon continues.

---On October 25 at Nucla Domestic Reservoir, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported Juniper Titmouse, Rock Wren, 7 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 14 Mountain
Bluebird, Orange-crowned Warbler, and Townsend’s Warbler.
---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 24 at Chipeta Lake SWA, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
reported 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lincoln’s Sparrow, 2 Common Yellowthroat,
and Townsend’s Warbler.
---On October 26 at Nucla Water Treatment Plant, Coen Dexter and Brenda
Wright reported Snow Goose, 2 Sandhill Crane (flyover), Bewick’s Wren,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 66 Mountain Bluebird, 2 Sage Thrasher, and Lincoln’s

---On October 24 at Ridgway Reservoir and State Park, Brenda Wright and
Coen Dexter reported Lesser Yellowlegs, 32 Bushtit, 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
and Clark’s Nutcracker.

---On October 23 at Midland Park in Aspen, Catherine Hagen and Matt Kuhn
reported Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
---On October 24 at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Catherine Hagen
reported Great Egret and 3 Pied-billed Grebe. On October 26 at Aspen
Center for Environmental Studies, Catherine Hagen reported 2 Pied-billed

---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 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
---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 24 at Baxter Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Stilt Sandpiper, Least
Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, 33 Long-billed
Dowitcher, and 2 Marsh Wren.
---On Octobder 26 at Crow Valley CG, John Missing reported Winter Wren, 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet, and 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

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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