Date: 12/25/18 2:43 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 25 December 2018
Date: December 25, 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
E-mail: RBA AT


This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, December 25, sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.

Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
(*) indicates new information on this species; CAPITAL LETTERS are used for
very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee,

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings on COBirds - thanks!
Please check there for updates.

Snow Goose (*Adams, *Arapahoe)
Ross’s Goose (*Arapahoe)
Brant (Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Larimer, Pueblo)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (*Weld)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Mesa, Pueblo)
Black-legged Kittiwake (*Larimer)
Mew Gull (*Adams)
Iceland Gull (*Adams, *Arapahoe, Kiowa, Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (*Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Araphaoe, Larimer)
Green Heron (*Pueblo)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Boulder, La Plata)
GYRFALCON (*Larimer)
Lewis’s Woodpecker (*La Plata)
Vermillion Flycatcher (*Boulder)
Bushtit (Mesa)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Teller)
Hermit Thrush (*La Plata)
Gray Catbird (Yuma)
Northern Mockingbird (Boulder)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*El Paso)
Black Rosy-Finch (*El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*El Paso)
Pine Siskin (Kiowa)
Lapland Longspur (*Arapahoe)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca)
Field Sparrow (El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (Red) (Kiowa, Yuma)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Mesa)
Swamp Sparrow (Kiowa, Weld)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Yuma)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Larimer)
Palm Warbler (Arapahoe, Boulder, Jefferson)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (La Plata)

---On December 22 at Barr Lake SP, Ira Sanders and Reed Gorner reported
1-st yr Great Black-backed Gull. On December 24 at Barr Lake SP, Steve
Mlodinow reported Snow Goose, Mew Gull, and Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull.

—On December 20 a (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Park--South
Platte Reservoir, present since Nov 26.
---On December 19 at South Platte Park on a trail on the east side of the
river, Polly Reetz reported Palm Warbler.
---On December 24 at Aurora Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and Sean Walters
reported 5 Snow Geese, 2 Ross’s Geese, 3 Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, Great
Black-backed Gull, and Lapland Longspur.

---On December 19 at Picture Canyon, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Rufous-crowned Sparrow.

---On December 21 a Palm Warbler was reported by Luke Pheneger at Longmont
Wastewater Treatment Ponds. On December 22 at Longmont Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Ron Podhajsky reported Palm Warbler.
---On December 18 the male Vermillion Flycatcher was seen again at Walden
Ponds, having been here since mid-November. On December 22 at Cottonwood
Marsh, Chris Friedman reported Vermilion Flycatcher. On December 24 at
Walden Ponds, Kevin Rutherford reported Vermilion Flycatcher.
---On December 23 on Centennial Trail—Dimmitt Drive to Old Tale Road,
Leslie S reported Northern Mockingbird.
---On December 24 on Coal Creek on E side of Dutch Creek Park near Chestnut
in Louisville, Ryan Bushong reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

---On December 19 through December 21 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Jim
Merritt reported Field Sparrow.
---On December 21 at Rainbow Gulch Trail, Terence Berger, David and John
Marvin reported 300 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, 5 Black Rosy-Finch, and 8
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch on shoreline of Rampart Reservoir. On December 22
at Rainbow Gulch Trail, Alan Vershaw, Tyler Stewart, and Bez Bezuidenhout
reported 200 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch including Hepburn’s, 10 Black
Rosy-Finch, 75 Brown-capped Rosy-Finch. On December 24 at Rainbow Gulch
Trail, Tanja Britton reported 150 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, 10 Black
Rosy-Finch, and 40 Brown-capped Rosy-Finch.

---On December 18 Chris Wood & Jessie Barry reported a (first winter)
Golden-crowned Sparrow at Bear Creek Lake Park between the boat launch &
the dam.
---On December 16 (3) Palm Warblers were reported by Mark Chavez in the
Denver West Office Park in front of buildings 15 and 16.
---On December 20 at Bear Creek Greenbelt – S Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth,
Tom Wilberding reported Winter Wren about .5 mile east of Estes, 300 ft
east of beaver dam. On December 21 at Bear Creek Greenbelt, Timothy
Burkhardt reported Winter Wren. On December 22 at Bear Creek Greenbelt,
Michael Lester reported Winter Wren.

---On December 22 at Neegronda Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gulls, and 22 Pine Siskins.
---On December 22 at Upper Queens/Neeskah Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow
reported Swamp Sparrow and Fox (Red) Sparrow.

—On December 17 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Animas
River--Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery area by Ryan Votta, who first spotted it
there on Dec 2, as the second county record. On December 23 at Animas
River – Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery area, Susan Allerton reported 2 Lewis’s
Woodpeckers, Hermit Thrush, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. On December 24
Animas River – Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery area, Ryan Votta reported Lewis’s
Woodpecker and Hermit Thrush.

—On December 14 through 18 an (imm) dark-phase GYRFALCON was seen off and
on along W Trilby Rd and from Taft Hill Rd (where parking is not safe) &
over the Larimer County Landfill. On the 13th it was reported at the
landfill by Nick Komar. If you visit the landfill, be sure to check in at
one of the pay windows (or the main office) & park as directed. On
December 20 the GYRFALCON was seen on W Trilby on S side of road on brown
metal pole between Shields and Taft Hill Rd by Ray and Joan Galbach. On
December 21 the GYRFALCON was reported by Sarah Spotten, Sue Riffe, and Tom
Hall flying over Trilby Rd close to Hidden Springs Rd and heading SW over
the ridge. On December 22 the GYRFALCON was see by Walter Wehtje and Nick
Komar on tall power poles along Triby east of Taft Hill and it later flew
to a low post east of Taft Hill and found by Komar. On December 23 the
GYRFALCON was reported by Georgia Goyle and Chery Teuton near Trilby and
Taft but it flew. Peter Burke managed to get a flight shot but did not
tell us the location. On December 24 from gate of Larimer County Landfill,
Deb Carstensen and Ed Secor reported scoping the GYRFALCON eating prey.
---On December 15 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Loch Kilpatrick at
Larimer County Landfill (restricted access).
---On December 18 a Great Black-backed Gull was reported at the Larimer
County Landfill by Steve Mlodinow. On December 20 a Great Black-backed
Gull was reported by Scott Somershoe and Alec Hopping at 2751 – 2889 W
Trilby Road. On December 21 at Larimer County Landfill, David Ely, Matt
Hofeditz, and Dave Leatherman reported 8 Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull,
Black-backed Gull. On December 22 at Larimer County Landfill, Doug Kibbe,
Elaine Wagner, and Mackenzie Goldthwaite reported Iceland Gull (Thayer’s)
and Great Black-backed Gull. On December 23 at Larimer County Landfill,
David Ely and Loch Kilpatrick reported SLATY-BACKED GULL. On December 24
at Larimer County Landfill, Andy Bankert reported Glaucous Gull and Nick
Komar reported subadult WESTERN GULL.
---On December 17 a White-winged Scoter was reported from Fossil Creek Park
by Tim Priehs.
---On December 23 in afternoon, Nick Komar and Tim Smart reported ad
SLATY-BACKED GULL at Horsetooth Reservoir opposite Dixon Dam.
---On December 23 at Four Corners Bison Pens, Nick Komar and Tim Smart
reported Brown-headed Cowbird.
---On December 24 at Horsetooth Reservoir opposite Spring Canyon Dam, Nick
Komar and Peter Burke reported juv Black-legged Kittiwake and many other
birders were able to see it.

---On December 23 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Mike Henwood reported
pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye, 10 Bushtit in SE corner, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

---On December 18 a White-winged Scoter was reported at 29th Lane & S Rd
(St Charles Mesa Reservoir #2) by Scott Shaum. On December 19 at 29th Lane
and South Road, Van Truan and Rebecca Laroche reported White-winged Scoter
on Pueblo CBC.
---On December 22 on Arkansas River Trail – east of Pueblo Blvd, Pueblo,
David Fries reported 2 Barrow’s Goldeneye, and flyby Black-crowned
---On December 24 on Arkansas River Trail – East of Pueblo Blvd, Pueblo,
David Fries reported Green Heron foraging on N shore of river before flying

---On December 23 at Manitou Lake, Scott Shaum reported Winter Wren.

---On December 12 through 18 the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued at Frederick
Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, where it has been among a
diverse gaggle of goose species and hybrids. It was first reported by Steve
Mlodinow at Idaho Creek Open Space on Dec 11. This would be a first state
record if approved by the CBRC. On December 19 at Frederick Lake (Milavec
Reservoir) & Recreation Area, the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE and Long-tailed Duck
were reported by several birders. On December 20 at Frederick Lake
(Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE and
Long-tailed Duck were seen again by several birders. On December 21 at
Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, the PINK-FOOTED
GOOSE, Long-tailed Duck, and Brant were seen by several birders. On
December 22 an eagle scatter the geese early on Frederick Lake so it was
found at a field SW of intersection of CR 17 and CR 16 by Paul Hurtado and
at 7000-7998 CR 19 by Mike Hearell and Taylor Abbot. The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
returned to Frederick Lake later and also seen were Long-tailed Duck and 2
Swamp Sparrows. On December 23 at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) &
Recreation Area, Michelle Puplava, Alison Hixon and Andy Bankert reported
Long-tailed Duck and Swamp Sparrow. On December 24 at Frederick Lake
(Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, Riley and Heather Morris and many
other birders reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE and Long-tailed Duck.
---On December 14 a (Black) Brant was reported by Chris Wood at Frederick
aka Firestone Lake (Milavec) Reservoir. Seen on Dec 15.
---On December 22 at CR7 gravel pits, Phillip McNichols reported 4
Long-tailed Duck.

---On December 21 at CR-2 between CR-C and US 385, Joey Kellner and Kathy
Mihm Dunning reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird on Bonny CBC.
---On December 21 at Bonny SWA, Berm Area, Joey Kellner and Kathy Mihm
Dunning reported Fox Sparrow (red) and Gray Catbird on Bonny CBC.

DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website:

No DFO trips are scheduled until December 27, but the Christmas Bird Count
season is upon us, through Jan 5, 2019.

Saturday (12/29/2018)
Douglas County
Great Sand Dunes NP

Monday (12/31/2018)
Barr Lake
Rawhide Energy Station

Tuesday (01/01/2019)
Denver (Urban)
Grand Mesa

Friday (01/04/2019)
Air Force Academy

Saturday (01/05/2019)
Black Forest
Eagle Valley
Lake Isabel

To learn more about Christmas Bird Counts, go to

To sign up for Christmas Bird Counts, contact the compiler soon.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine

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