Date: 12/6/18 2:06 am
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for December 6, 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: 12/05/2018
Arapahoe (Palm Warbler, Long-tailed Duck, Rusty Blackbird, Iceland Gull.
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greater Scaup)
Arapahoe/Jefferson (Black Scoter)
Dolores (Tundra Swan)
El Paso (Rusty Blackbird, Field Sparrow, Greater White-fronted Goose)
Larimer (Trumpeter Swan, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Barrow's
Goldeneye, American Three-toed Woodpecker)
Montezuma (Pinyon Jay)
Montrose (Pinyon Jay, Harris's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow)
Pitkin (Chipping Sparrow)
Yuma (Eastern Screech-Owl, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird)


Adams County
++++Ken Mitchell Park and Open Space
Black-legged Kittiwake (juv/1st winter) (Adam Vesely/Dave King) (first
12/2) last 12/4
Swamp Sparrow (Lindsay Purifoy:Tim Mitzen) first 12/4

Arapahoe County
++++McLellan Reservoir Area
Palm Warbler --Long & Mineral Avenue area (Suddjian/Scott Somershoe)
(first 11/29) last 12/5
Pine Warbler --Long & Mineral Avenue area (Suddjian/James McCall:Burke
Angstman) (first 11/29) last 12/3
++++Cherry Creek Reservoir
Long-tailed Duck (Frank Farrell/Dave King) (first 11/16) 1; last 12/5
Rusty Blackbird (pair) (Edward Donnan/Dave King) (first 10/31) 2; last
(pond west of swim beach, north side of lake)
Iceland Gull (Loch Kilpatrick/Cathy Sheeter) 11/25) 2; last 12/5
Lesser Black-backed Gull (4) (Cathy Sheeter) last 12/5
++++South Platte Park
Greater Scaup (3) --Blackrock Lake (Skot Latona) first 12/5
Harris's Sparrow (Jan Gorski/Bez Bezuidenhout) (first 11/28) last 12/2

Arapahoe/Jefferson Counties
++++South Platte Park Reservoir & Area
Black Scoter (Goodrich:Alexander/Skot Latona:Robert Magee:Sally Swartz)
(first 11/10) last 12/5
Greater Scaup (6+) --Eaglewatch Lake & Platte River (Ben Sampson/Cynthia
Kristensen) (first 11/19) 2; last 12/4

Boulder County
++++Walden Ponds
Vermilion Flycatcher (male) --Cottonwood marsh to Toevs Pond (Peter
Burke/Barbara Brown) (first 9/29) last 12/3

El Paso County
++++Fountain Creek
Rusty Blackbird (2) --Between/S. Circle Drive & S. Academy Blvd (Terence
Berger/Richard Bunn:Jim Merritt) (first 11/30) last 12/5
++++Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Field Sparrow (Tonnessen:Merritt/Terence Berger:Jim Merritt) (first 12/1)
last 12/5
White-throated Sparrow (Tonnessen:Ketcham) first 12/1
++++Evergreen Cemetery
Greater White-fronted Goose (Joel Adams) first 12/5

Jefferson County
++++Red Rocks Park
Fox Sparrow (red) (Cheryl Teuton:Dan Brooke/Steven Snyder) (first 11/30)
last 12/2
++++Waterton Canyon
Fox Sparrow (red) --behind trailhead restroom (Johnson:Chavez/Pablo
Quezada) (first 11/22) last 12/2

Jefferson/Douglas Counties County
++++Chatfield Reservoir area
(NOTE: see directions on construction updates, Kingfisher Bridge under
Trumpeter Swan --Plum Creek Wetlands/Titan Road (Kibbe:Goldthwait/Jacob
Washburn:Jamie Thompson) (first 11/25) last 12/1
Red-throated Loon --old heron overlook (Joey Kellner/Washburn:Thompson)
(first 11/23) last 12/1
Greater Scaup (Christine Alexander) first 12/1
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Alexander) first 12/1

Larimer County
++++Southwest Fort Collins
Trumpeter Swan (7) (Nick Komar:Joshua Smith) first 12/5
Gyrfalcon --see directions; Trilby Road & Taft Hill Road (Andy Bankert)
12/3) last 12/4
++++Larimer County Landfill
Iceland Gull (Nick Komar/Andy Bankert) (first 11/28) 4; last 12/5
Lesser Black-backed Gull (10) (Nick Komar/Joe Kipper:Andy Bankert) (first
11/28) up to 6; last 12/5
(Restricted access, see directions; closed on Sundays, no view from
outside of property)
++++Fossil Creek Reservoir
Barrow's Goldeneye (John Shenot) first 12/5
Harris's Hawk (David Suddjian) last 11/27
(northwest of viewing platform; likely same Hawk moving around Larimer
++++Rocky Mountain National Park
American Three-toed Woodpecker
(1) --Glacier Gorge/Loch Vale) (Tim Mitzen:Lindsay Purifoy) last 12/5
++++Horseshoe Lake
Iceland Gull (Andy Bankert:Caroline Olson/David Wade) (first 10/31) 2;
last 12/4
Lesser Black-backed Gull (6) (Nick Komar) (first 10/19) 20; last 12/4
Glaucous-winged Gull (Komar:Wade) reported 12/4
++++Kechter Road Ponds
Trumpeter Swan (7) (Jay Breidt:Chris Gilbert/Jacob Washburn:Jamie
Thompson) (first 12/1) last 12/4
++++Arapahoe Bend Natural Area (Rigden Reservoir)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Lori Zabel/Jim Nachel) (first 11/29) last 12/3
++++CSU Environmental Learning Center
Eastern Screech-Owl (Lori Zabel) last 12/3
++++Grandview Cemetery
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (David Wade/Greg Vassilopoulos) (first 11/18)
last 12/2
Eastern Screech-Owl (Joe Kipper) last 12/1

Pueblo County
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Bonaparte's Gull (4) (Aves/Suddjian:Diane Roberts) (first 10/25) 26; last
Great Black-backed Gull --south marina (Brandon
Percival/Suddjian:Roberts) (first 11/9) last 12/4
Sage Thrasher (Jeff Mills) first 12/3

Weld County
++++Union Reservoir & area
Bonaparte's Gull (Mlodinow) (first 10/11) 151; last 12/4


Bent County
++++Fort Lyons Wildlife Easement Area & Wildlife Area
Swamp Sparrow (2) (Stevens:Michaels) (first 12/3) last 12/4
White-throated Sparrow (Stevens:Michaels) first 12/4
Barn Owl (Stevens:Michaels) first 12/4
++++John Martin Reservoir
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Stevens:Michaels) first 12/3
Harris's Sparrow --Lake Hasty (Stevens:Michaels) first 12/3

Kiowa County
++++Upper & Lower Queens Reservoirs
Mew Gull (Mlodinow:Walters) first 12/2
White-throated Sparrow (Mlodinow) last 12/2
Harris's Sparrow (Ely/Mlodinow) (first 11/10) last 12/2
Swamp Sparrow (3) (Mlodinow) last 12/2
++++Neenoshe Reservoir
Bonaparte's Gull (31) (Steve Mlodinow:Sean Walters) last 12/2
Red-throated Loon (Mlodinow:Walters) first 12/2
Swamp Sparrow (Mlodinow) first 12/2


Yuma County
++++Bonny Reservoir Area Map
Eastern Screech-Owl --Hale Ponds (Stevens:Michaels) last 12/5
Red-bellied Woodpecker (2) --Hale Ponds (Stevens:Michaels) last 12/5
Eastern Bluebird (pair) --Hale Ponds (Stevens:Michaels) last 12/5
Northern Cardinal (Stevens:Michaels) last 12/5
++++County Road 12, west of Hwy 385
Greater Prairie-Chicken (12) (Mark Keller) first 12/4


Archuleta County
++++County Road 359
Lewis's Woodpecker (Ben Bailey:Byron Greco) first 12/4
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (1) (Ben Bailey:Byron Greco) first 12/4
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (300) (Ben Bailey:Byron Greco) first 12/4

Chaffee County
++++Sands Lake Wildlife Area
Pinyon Jay (30) (Fawn Simonds) last 12/3
Barrow's Goldeneye (15) (Preston Larimer/Jack Harlan) (first 11/17) 21;
last 12/2
Eastern Bluebird (Fawn Simonds) first 12/2

Clear Creek/Park Counties
++++Loch Lomand Trail
White-tailed Ptarmigan (14) --end of Steuart Road (Joe Seufert) first 12/2
++++Guanella Pass Road
Northern Saw-whet Owl --Whiteside Campgrounds, Park Cty (Grant side of
pass) (Stevens) first 11/30
NOTE: closed for season, over 2.0 mile snowshoe trip to top)
White-tailed Ptarmigan (29) --below Rosalie trail, Clear Creek Cty
(Stevens) 19; last 11/29

Dolores County
++++Dove Creek Sewage Ponds
Tundra Swan (Erik Hendrickson) first 12/5

Eagle County
++++Old Trail Road
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (3) (Jennifer Prusse) first 12/1
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (30) (Jennifer Prusse) first 12/1

Fremont County
++++Lion's Park, Florence
Williamson's Sapsucker (Rich Miller) first 12/4

Gunnison County
++++County Road 20, north of Hwy 50
Rosy Finches (Gray-crowned, 20; Black Rosy 4, Brown-capped (200) (Bill
Harris:Jon Horn) first 12/4

La Plata County
++++Huck Finn Pond area & Animas River Trail
Lewis's Woodpecker --Huck Finn Pond area (Ryan Votta) last 12/4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Ryan Votta) reported 12/2

Mesa County
++++Grand Junction Wildlife Area
White-throated Sparrow (Mike Henwood) last 12/4
++++James Robb Colorado River State Park, Fruita Section
Black Phoebe (Douglas Diekman) last 12/3
Greater Scaup (6) (Mike Henwood/Douglas Diekman) (first 11/30) 1; last

Montezuma County
++++Sand Canyon Trail
Pinyon Jay (2) (Scott Housten) first 12/5

Montrose County
Pinyon Jay (28) --East 5th Avenue (Dexter:Wright) 48; last 12/5
Harris's Sparrow --East 5th Avenue (Coen Dexter:Brenda Wright) (first
10/26) last 12/5
White-throated Sparrow --East 5th Avenue (Coen Dexter:Brenda Wright)
(first 10/26) last 12/5

Pitkin County
++++Midland Park, Aspen
Chipping Sparrow (Catherine Hagen) (first 11/14) last 12/5

Good birding!

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Amy Davenport, Secretary, Colorado Birding Society
Denver, CO
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