Date: 1/6/19 4:54 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 6.
Date: January 6, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, <jroller9...>

E-mail: RBA AT

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 6, 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 (*Boulder)

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)


Vermilion Flycatcher (Boulder)

Winter Wren (*Jefferson, *Teller))

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

Black Rosy-Finch (El Paso, Jefferson)

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

Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe, *Denver)


---On January 5 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 5 at
Blackrock Lake.

---On January 3 a bevy of six swans was reported from South Platte
Reservoir by Cheryl Teuton. Most or all of these are thought to be
Trumpeter Swans, but two experts ID’d one as a Tundra.

Based on your observations & photos, what species are they? And why? Post
to Cobirds, please.

---On January 5 the Rusty Blackbird that has been hanging out since last
Halloween was seen again at Cherry Creek SP, just north of the Swim Beach.


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

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

---On January 5 a Brant was reported at Stearns Lake by Dan Zmolek.

---On January 5 a mixed flock of 100-150 Rosy-Finches (Gray-crowned &
Brown-capped) was reported in (lower) Ward by Thomas Heinrich.


---On December 31 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Rocky Mountain
Lake Park by Matt Gray; it was seen through Jan 5, when it was in a tree
near two white trashcans, east of tennis courts.

---On January 5 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space by John Breitsch. They were first seen there on January 1 on the
Denver Urban Christmas Count.


---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 5.

---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 alas,
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 at the Hatchery.

---On January 5 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Oxbow Park by

Ryan Vota and Jason St Pierre.


—On December 14 through January 4 an imm, dark-phase GYRFALCON has
been seen off & on from western, gravel part of W Trilby Rd & over the
Larimer County Landfill. (Check in at a pay window or the main office &
park as directed). ---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. Last seen on January 2.

---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 present all winter at Pueblo Res - and for
many winters this century.


---On January 4 a Winter Wren was reported at Manitou Lake by Scott Shaum.


---On December 12 through January 5 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued at
Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, where it has been
among a diverse gaggle of goose species & hybrids. At times it moves to
the adjacent golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. 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 5.

*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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