Date: 1/5/19 5:28 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 5.
Date: January 5, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, <jroller9...>

E-mail: RBA AT

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 5, 2019,
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 (*Arapahoe)

Tundra Swan (*Arapahoe, Boulder)

Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, *Weld)

Red-necked Grebe (*Larimer, *Pueblo)


Black-legged Kittiwake (Larimer)



Great Black-backed Gull (Larimer, *Pueblo)

Williamson’s Sapsucker (Fremont)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Denver, La Plata)

GYRFALCON (*Larimer)

Vermilion 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)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Broomfield)

Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe)

Yellow Warbler (Boulder)


---On January 3 at South Platte Reservoir the long-staying (f) Black Scoter

---On January 2 a (juv) Tundra Swan was reported in South Platte Park on
the river, south of Mineral Ave, by Ben Sampson. It continued on Jan 4 in
the Park, at Blackrock Lake.

---On January 3 a bevy of six swans was reported from South Platte
Reservoir by Cheryl Teuton. This is a tough ID. Photo study suggests that
although most were Trumpeter Swans, at least one Tundra Swan was present.

---On January 4 the Rusty Blackbird that has been hanging out since last
Halloween at Cherry Creek SP, just north of the Swim Beach, was seen again.


---On December 29 the male Vermilion 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 an out-of-season Yellow Warbler.

---On January 2 a Tundra Swan was reported at Valmont Overlook (Legion
Park) by Emil Yappert.


---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. Perhaps a “1 day wonder,” it could
not be found on Jan 2.


---On December 31 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Rocky Mountain
Lake Park by Matt Gray; seen through Jan 4, when it was east of tennis


---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 & 2 three (f) Williamson’s Sapsuckers were reported at
Lakeside Cemetery in Fremont by Kara Carragher.


---On December 28 at Red Rock Trading Post, Myron Gerhard, Paulo and
Santiago Tabares reported (Red) Fox Sparrow; seen through January 4.

---On December 29 at Morrison Park, Karen Goetz & Matt Clark reported
Winter Wren near the bridge on west end of park; seen through January 3.

---On January 2 a Winter Wren, present for weeks, was reported at Bear
Creek Greenbelt--S Kipling to S Wadsworth by Mark Chavez.

FYI - Homeowners in Golden welcomed birders to view Rosy-Finches, but
Friday, January 4, was the last day to visit.


—On December 31 & January 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at
Animas River--Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery area by Ryan Votta, who first found
it there on Dec 2 as the second county record.

---On January 1 a Pacific Wren was reported by Ryan Votta there too.


—On December 14 through January 4 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 21 at Larimer County Landfill, David Ely reported a
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (seen through Jan 4) & second-cycle Great Black-
backed Gull, (seen thru 12/30).

---On December 24 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and Peter Burke
reported (juv) Black-legged Kittiwake, which continued through January 2.

---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; seen through January 4.

---On January 4 a Red-necked Grebe was reported from Horsetooth Reservoir

John Bruder.


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

---On January 4 a Red-necked Grebe was reported from Pueblo Reservoir by

Richard Bunn.

---A Great-black Backed has been at Pueblo Res all winter for many years.


---On December 12 through January 4 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.

---Long-tailed Duck has been at Milavec Reservoir for weeks, seen Jan 4.

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


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

*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)

*South Platte River Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76*

Saturday, January 12
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Amershek (Email: mamershek AT; 303-329-8646)

*Denver City Park (Denver County)*

Sunday, January 13
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: patodrisk AT; 303-885-6955)

*Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)*

Sunday, January 13
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: kvonsaltza AT; 303-941-4881)

Good birding!

Joe Roller, Denver

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