Date: 12/29/18 2:49 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 December 2018
Date: December 29, 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, December 29, 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.

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)
Brant (Weld)
Wood Duck (Montrose)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Weld)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Eagle, *Mesa)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (*Larimer)
Black-legged Kittiwake (*Larimer)
Bonaparte’s Gull (Pueblo)
Iceland Gull (Larimer)
SLATY-BACKED GULL (Larimer)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Pueblo)
Green Heron (Pueblo)
Northern Goshawk (Arapahoe, El Paso)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Jefferson)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Lewis’s Woodpecker (La Plata)
Vermillion Flycatcher (Boulder)
Canada Jay (*Jefferson)
Bushtit (Mesa)
Winter Wren (Teller)
SEDGE WREN (Eagle)
American Dipper (*Arapahoe)
Hermit Thrush (La Plata)
Northern Mockingbird (Boulder)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (El Paso)
Black Rosy-Finch (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (El Paso)
Common Redpoll (Routt)
Red Crossbill (*Jefferson)
Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*Mesa)
Swamp Sparrow (Weld)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (La Plata)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On December 27 at South Platte Reservoir, Charlie Chase reported Black
Scoter which was first seen on December 20.
---On December 27 at S Platte River – Northern Wildlife Area to West Bowles
Ave, Brian Johnson reported juv Northern Goshawk.
---On December 28 at South Platte Park, Dale Pate reported American Dipper
seen upstream from Mineral Ave bridge on SE side along South Platte.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---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
26 at Walden Ponds/Cottonwood Marsh, Chris Owens and Chris Gilbert 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.

EAGLE COUNTY:
---On December 25 at Lake Creek Village Wetlands, Eric Culbertson reported
continuing SEDGE WREN.
---On December 27 at Seven Castle in Basalt, Louise Glaser reported 8
Barrow’s Goldeneyes (2m, 6 f).

EL PASO COUNTY:
---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 25
at Rainbow Gulch Trail, James McCall reported Northern Goshawk and Tyler
Stewart reported 150 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, 1 Black Rosy-Finch, and 3
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch. On Decemeber 26 at Rainbow Gulch Trail, Tyler
Wilson reported 39 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, 6 Gray-crowned (Hepburn’s)
Rosy-Finch, 7 Black Rosy-Finch, 20 Brown-caped Rosy-Finch.
---On December 27 on Hanover Road, David Marvin reported Greater Roadrunner.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On December 25 at South Platte Reservoir Southwest Bay, Joey Kellner and
Crystal Wilson reported Black Scoter.
---On December 28 at Red Rock Trading Post, Myron Gerhard and Paulo and
Santiago Tabares reported Fox Sparrow (Red).
---On December 28 at Staunton SP, Chris Wood reported American Three-toed
Woodpecker, Canada Jay and numerous Red Crossbill.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
—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, on Animas River – Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery
area, Ryan Votta reported Lewis’s Woodpecker and Hermit Thrush. On
December 25 on Animas River –Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery Area, Ryan Votta
reported Hermit Thrush.

LARIMER COUNTY:
—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 27 at Larimer County Landfill, Andy Bankert reported that the
GYRFALCON flew by and then perched on one of the tall power poles on Trilby.
---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,
SLATY-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, Glaucous Gull, and imm Great
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. On
December 26 at Larimer County Landfill, Sue Riffe, Shawn Ashbaugh, and Josh
Bruening reported SLATY-BACKED GULL, Glaucous Gull, 3 Iceland (Thayer’s)
Gulls, and Great Black-backed Gull. On December 27 at the Larimer County
Landfill, Andy Bankert reported Glaucous Gull.
---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 25 at Horsetooth Reservoir
opposite Spring Canyon Dam, Nick Komar reported that the juv Black-legged
Kittiwake continues and many birders were able to see it. On December 26
at Horsetooth Reservoir, opposite Spring Canyon Dam, Joe Mammoser, Dave
Leatherman, and Sue Riffe reported Black-legged Kittiwake and Alec Hopping
and Ira Sanders reported the kittiwake at 3105 Centennial Dr. On December
27 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Marcel Such, Nick Komar, Josh Bruening,
Christine Sparks and Irene Fortune reported Black-legged Kittiwake. On
December 28 at Horsetooth Reservoir, David Suddjian and DFO Field trip
reported Black-legged Kittiwake at Horsetooth Reservoir Spring Canyon Dam;
later in the day Suddjian reported the Black-legged Kittiwake by Dixon Dam;
several other birders reported Black-legged Kittiwake at Horsetooth
Reservoir.
---On December 26 at 2401 W Trilby Rd, Ira Sanders reported Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gull, Glaucous Gull, and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls.
---On December 26 at Gyrfalcon Stakeout, Chris Gilbert reported Great
Black-backed Gull.
---On December 26 at Warren Lake, Nick Komar reported SLATY-BACKED GULL, 3
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, and Glaucous Gull.
---On December 28 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Kevin DeBoer reported AMERICAN
WOODCOCK in creek downstream of parking lot.

MESA COUNTY:
---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 28 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Kathleen McGinley
reported 2 Barrow’s Goldeneye and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On December 25 at Baldridge and Ute Parks, Betty Fenton reported Wood
Duck. On December 27 at Baldridge and Ute Parks, Betty Fenton Reported m
Wood Duck.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---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
off.
---On December 25 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Alan Ketcham reported
Great Black-backed Gull and 3 Bonaparte’s Gull. On December 27 at Pueblo
Reservoir, South Marina, David and John Marvin reported Great Black-backed
Gull.

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On December 27 south of Clark, Hwy 131/CR 56, Tom Litteral passed along
a reported of Common Redpoll.

TELLER COUNTY:
---On December 23 at Manitou Lake, Scott Shaum reported Winter Wren. On
December 27 at Manitou Lake, Scott Shaum reported Winter Wren

WELD COUNTY:
---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
25 at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
and others reported Long-tailed Duck. On December 26 at Frederick Lake
(Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, Scott And Andrew Schaum reported
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE and Long-tailed Duck.
---On December 28 at Pine Cone Ave Minicipal Golf Course in Firestone, Jean
Olson reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE.

YUMA COUNTY:
---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: DFObirds.org

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)
Cortez
Douglas County
Great Sand Dunes NP
Greeley
Westcliffe

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

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

Friday (01/04/2019)
Air Force Academy
Flagler

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

To learn more about Christmas Bird Counts, go to
https://www.audubon.org/conservation//christmas-bird-count/

To sign up for Christmas Bird Counts, contact the compiler soon.
https://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=fadfb421e95f4949bde20c29a38228bd

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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