Date: 1/1/19 8:38 pm
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 2.
Date: January 2, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, <jroller9...>

E-mail: RBA AT

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 2, 2019,
updated Jan 1 at 9:33 PM, 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.


Brant (Weld)

Trumpeter Swan (*Jefferson)

Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (*Pueblo, *Weld)


Black-legged Kittiwake (*Larimer)

Iceland Gull (Larimer)



Great Black-backed Gull (Boulder, Larimer, Pueblo)

Williamson’s Sapsucker (*Fremont)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Denver, La Plata)

GYRFALCON (*Larimer)

Vermillion Flycatcher (Boulder)

Winter Wren (Jefferson)


Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (El Paso, *Jefferson)

Black Rosy-Finch (El Paso, *Jefferson)

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (El Paso, *Jefferson)

Common Redpoll (Routt)

Clay-colored Sparrow *Broomfield)

Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)

Yellow Warbler (Boulder)


---On January 1 at South Platte Reservoir the Black Scoter continued.


---On December 29 the male Vermillion Flycatcher was seen again at Walden
Ponds, having been here since mid-November.

---On December 29 at Erie Reservoir, Steve Frye and Boulder Flying Circus
Birders Walk reported Great Black-backed Gull.

---On December 29 & 30 at Longmont Wastewater Treatment Ponds, Luke
Pheneger reported a Yellow Warbler.


---On January 1 an out-of-season Clay-colored Sparrow was reported by Matt
Hofeditz & David Ely at Columbine Meadows Park. It was about 50-70 yards
west along the trail, past a yard with a "Beware of Dog" sign. The sparrow
was feeding on the ground right along the wooden fences. The closest
intersection is 126th Ave & Hazel St. An eBird hotspot is being set up


---On December 31 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Rocky Mountain
Lake Park by Matt Gray; seen again on January 1.


---On December 25 at Lake Creek Village Wetlands, Eric Culbertson reported
a SEDGE WREN, present for weeks.


---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. Rosy-Finches
have continued there in various numbers through December 30.


---On January 1 three (f) Williamson’s Sapsuckers were reported at Lakeside
Cemetery in Fremont by Kara Carragher and others.


---On December 28 at Red Rock Trading Post, Myron Gerhard, Paulo and
Santiago Tabares reported (Red) Fox Sparrow; seen through January 1.

---On December 29 at Morrison Park, Karen Goetz & Matt Clark reported
Winter Wren near the bridge on west end of park.

---On December 31 & January 1 a flock of all 3 species of Rosy-Finch was
reported by Kirsten Witherell at her backyard feeders (only visible from
inside the home) at 19540 W. 55th Pl. Golden.

For permission to visit, please text her at (720) 372-0833. She
and her husband have been very hospitable!

---On January 1 a Trumpeter Swan was seen flying south from South Platte
Reservoir toward Chatfield SP by Amy Darling.


—On December 31 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Animas
River--Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery area by Ryan Votta, who first reported it
there on Dec 2 as the second county record.

---On January 1 a Pacific Wren was reported by Ryan Votta, also at the


—On December 14 through January 1 an imm, dark-phase GYRFALCON has been
seen off & on along W Trilby Rd and from Taft Hill Rd (where parking is not
safe) & over the Larimer County Landfill. (Check in at a pay window or the
main office & park as directed). It was seen briefly at 71st & Franklin on
Jan 1.

---On December 18 a Great Black-backed Gull was reported at the Larimer
County Landfill by Steve Mlodinow. On December 21 at Larimer County
Landfill, David Ely reported SLATY-BACKED GULL (seen through Dec 26),
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL & second-cycle Great Black-backed Gull, both seen
thru 12/30.

---On December 24 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and Peter Burke
reported juv Black-legged Kittiwake, which continued through January 1.

---On December 28 at Bobcat Ridge NA Kevin DeBoer reported AMERICAN
WOODCOCK downstream from the parking lot.

---On December 29 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Warren Lake by
Nick Komar and seen by many through January 1.


---On January 1 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--State
Wildlife Area (NW side) by Norm Erthal & Dan Brooke.


---On December 27 Tom Litteral passed along a report of a Common Redpoll

south of Clark (Hwy 131/CR 56).


---On December 12 through January 1 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued at
Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, where it has been
among a diverse gaggle of goose species & 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.

---Other waterfowl at Milavec Reservoir seen off and on include Black Brant
& Long-tailed Duck (Jan 1).

---On December 29 at Windsor Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported 1st winter

*Christmas Bird Counts continue. Sign up for one of these:*

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.


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

Aurora Reservoir & Cherry Creek State Park

Wednesday, January 2
6:45 AM - 1:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT; 831-713-8659)

First Creek at Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Sunday, January 6
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: patodrisk AT; 303-885-6955)

Elbert County

Monday, January 7
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT; 831-713-8659)

Southwestern Metro Area

Thursday, January 10
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dale Pate (Email: dalelpate AT; 575-706-4584)

Have a Happy and Birdy New Year!

Joe Roller, Denver


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