This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 7, 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, these birds should be reported to the Colorado Rare Bird Committee thru CFO's website (www.cobirds.org <http://www.cobirds.org> , look for Colorado Bird Records Committee on how to report a rare bird).
Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings on COBirds - thanks! Please check there for updates.
Note this is a rare vagrant to Eastern North America; and extraordinarily rare in Western North America. However, populations of both of these geese are increasing in their breeding habitat, and as of 2015 there are thought to be approximately twice as many worldwide Barnacles (880K) as Pink-Footed (410K). Note that Barnacle Geese are for sale as collector's/barnyard specimens to a much greater degree than Pink-Footed Geese. Barnacle Geese are sold as close to Colorado as at least Wisconsin and Michigan, and, so far, no midwestern or western state with sightings have included this bird on its state list. Stay tuned to CFO's website to see what the rare bird committee ultimately decides, but this might be your only chance to see one (in 880,000).
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)
BARNACLE GOOSE (*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)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Fremont)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Denver, La Plata)
Winter Wren (*Jefferson, *Teller)
Carolina Wren (*Larimer)
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)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (La Plata)
Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe, *Denver)
---On January 6 the Rusty Blackbird that has been at Cherry Creek SP, just north of the Swim Beach since late October was seen again.
---On January 6 the (f) Black Scoter that has been at South Platte Reservoir for over a month was seen again.
---On January 6 a (juv) Tundra Swan was reported in South Platte Park at Blackrock Lake, then later in the day at Eaglewatch Lake (larger lake north of Blackrock Lake). First reported by Ben Sampson.
---On January 5 a bevy of six swans was reported from South Platte Reservoir. First reported by Cheryl Teuton. Most of these are thought to be Trumpeter Swans, but two experts, including a statewide E-bird reviewer, ID'd one as a Tundra Swan. A report of the presence of the swans made on January 6 may be a mis-dating issue.
---On January 6 the Brant (Black) continues at Stearns Lake. First reported on Jan 5 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 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 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 January 6, David Ely reported a Brant (Black) at Glasser Reservoir/Holy Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan. This is a second Brant in the area, as the Stearn's Lake (Boulder County) bird was being concurrently viewed.
---On January 6, up to 5 Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. They were first seen there on January 1 on the Denver Urban Christmas Count.
---On January 6 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Rocky Mountain Lake Park, east of tennis courts. First reported by Matt Gray on December 31.
EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 6, various numbers of Rosy-finches have continued at Rainbow Gulch Trail on shoreline of Rampart Reservoir. 300 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, 5 Black Rosy-Finch and 8 Brown-capped Rosy-Finch were first reported by Terence Berger on December 21.
---On January 1 & 2 three (f) Williamson's Sapsuckers were reported at Lakeside Cemetery in Fremont by Kara Carragher.
---On January 6 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on November 30.
---On January 3 a Winter Wren was reported at Morrison Park, near the bridge on west end of park. First reported by Karen Goetz Dec. 29.
---On January 6 a Winter Wren, present for weeks, was reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt--S Kipling to S Wadsworth by Mark Chavez.
FYI - Homeowners in Golden had welcomed birders to view Rosy-Finches noted in daily summary, but Friday, January 4, was the last day to visit.
LA PLATA COUNTY:
-On January 5 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Oxbow Park by Ryan Votta.
-On 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 at Animas River-Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery Area by Ryan Votta.
-On January 4 an imm, dark-phase GYRFALCON that has been seen off & on since Dec. 14 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 January 5 a GLAUCOUS -WINGED GULL was reported at Larimer County Landfill. First reported Dec 21.
---On January 4 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Warren Lake. First reported by Nick Komar on Dec 29.
--- On January 5 a mature GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Horsetooth Reservoir by Joey Kellner and others.
---On January 4 a Red-necked Grebe was reported from Horsetooth Reservoir by John Bruder.
---On January 2 a (juv) Black-legged Kittiwake was reported at Horsetooth Reservoir. First reported by Nick Komar on Dec. 24.
---On January 6, a Carolina Wren was reported at Sunnyside Park. First seen on the Loveland CBC on January 1.
---On January 4 a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Pueblo Reservoir by Richard Bunn.
---On January 1 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--State Wildlife Area (NW side) by Norm Erthal.
---Note, a Great-black Backed has been at Pueblo Reservoir all winter for many years, most recently Jan 4.
---On January 6 a Winter Wren was reported at Manitou Lake. First reported January 4 by Scott Shaum.
--- In January 6, a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, with large numbers of other geese including the PFGO below. Found by Klarissa Lawrence, with the initial report made by Mark Miller. This would be a first state record if approved by the CRBC.
---On January 6 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 CRBC.
---On January 6 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir; it has been seen for several weeks.
Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website DFObirds.org
Tuesday, January 8 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com <http://gmail.com> ; 831-713-8659)
Southwestern Metro Area Thursday, January 10 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Dale Pate (Email: dalelpate AT gmail.com <http://gmail.com> ; 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 msn.com <http://msn.com> ; 303-329-8646)
Denver City Park (Denver County) Sunday, January 13 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: patodrisk AT gmail.com <http://gmail.com> ; 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 yahoo.com <http://yahoo.com> ; 303-941-4881)
South Platte River Reservoir and River Trail Monday, January 14 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com <http://gmail.com> ; 831-713-8659)