Date: 1/10/19 11:09 pm
From: Amy Davenport <cobussec...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 11, 2019
Hello cobirders,

Our report is called Rare Bird Alert because search engines find it
better. The report is really "Uncommon Bird Report" Not all uncommon
birds are rare birds. Birders may want to know where to see them anyway!
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NOTE: Reports do not confirm sightings. Choose to chase at your own risk
and expense.!
NOTE: To reduce length of report, only recent sightings listed; visit
Colorado Birding Society's website everyday for additional sightings!

Reports added: 1/10/2019
Arapahoe (Long-tailed Duck, Rusty Blackbird Tundra Swan)
Arapahoe/Jefferson (Black Scoter, Greater Scaup)
Boulder (Brant)
Denver (Rusty Blackbird, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker)
El Paso (Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Curve-billed Thrasher, Field Sparrow)
Jefferson (Fox Sparrow)
Larimer (Glaucous-winged Gull, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker)
Otero (Black-throated Sparrow, Rufous-crowned Sparrow)
Pueblo (Carolina Wren, Great Black-backed Gull)
Weld (Pink-footed Goose, Long-tailed Duck)


Arapahoe County
++++Aurora Reservoir & area
Long-tailed Duck (3) (David Suddjian/Richard Stevens) (first 1/2) 1; last
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Stevens) last 1/9
++++Cherry Creek Reservoir
Rusty Blackbird (pair) (Edward Donnan/Richard Stevens) first 10/31) 1;
last 1/10
Brown Thrasher --pond area (Michael Lester/Angie Koehler) (first 12/9)
last 1/9
(swim beach pond, also check western drainage from pond west of swim
++++South Platte Park
Tundra Swan (Ben Sampson:Carl Paulson/Amy Darling) (first 1/2) last 1/10
(South Platte River to Blackrock lake last: moved to Eaglewatch Lake)

Arapahoe/Jefferson Counties
++++South Platte Park Reservoir & Area
Black Scoter (Goodrich:Alexander/Phil Lyon) (first 11/10) last 1/10
Greater Scaup (Amy Darling) last 1/10

Boulder County
++++Stearns Lake
Brant (Leslie Sutton/Gregg Goodrich) (first 1/5) last 1/10
Greater White-fronted Goose (Sutton/Dan Zmolek) (first 1/5) last 1/9
++++Boulder Community Gardens
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Lisa Brin) reported 1/9

Broomfield County
++++Glasser Reservoir
Brant (David Ely/Ben Sampson) (first 1/6) last 1/8

Denver County
++++First Creek Trail
Rusty Blackbird (4) (John Breitsch/M.OB.) (first 1/1) 3; last 1/10
++++Rocky Mountain Lake Park
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker --east corner of tennis courts (Matt Gray/Glenn
Walbek:Chris Petrizzo) (first 12/31) last 1/10

El Paso County
++++Hanover Road and area
Ladder-backed Woodpecker --see map (Scott Somershoe) last 1/10
Curve-billed Thrasher --Meridian Rd to Pueblo Cty (Somershoe) last 1/10
Curve-billed Thrasher (Alan & MaryLynne Ketcham/Hubbard) (first 1/5) last
++++Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Field Sparrow (Tonnessen:Merritt/Merritt) (first 12/1) last 1/10
++++Clear Spring Ranch
Western Screech-Owl (Charles Paterson) last 1/8

Jefferson County
++++Red Rocks Park
Fox Sparrow (red) (Cheryl Teuton:Dan Brooke/Amy Darling) (first 11/30)
last 1/10
++++Morrison Park
Winter Wren --by western bridge (Matt Clark:Karen Goetz/Clark) (reported
12/29) last 1/8
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Matt Clark:Karen Goetz/Matt Clark) (reported
12/29) again 1/8
++++Wheat Ridge Greenbelt (Prospect Park)
Brown Thrasher --4101 Miller Street (Paul Slingsby) last 1/8

Larimer County
NOTE: Larimer County Gulls wander, gulls listed may be the same birds!
++++Larimer County Landfill & area
(Restricted access to Landfill, see directions; closed on Sundays, no
view from outside of property)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Pablo Quezada/Carrie Olson:Andy Bankert) (first
1/5) last 1/10
Gyrfalcon (Nick Komar/Ortenzio) (first 12/13) last 1/4
++++Grandview Cemetery
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (David Wade/Christine Sparks) (first 11/18) last
(Austrian Pine, midway along southern border of Cemetery)
++++Horsetooth Reservoir
Glaucous-winged Gull (M.OB./David Dowell) (reported 1/5) again 1/9
++++Sunnyside Park
Carolina Wren (M.OB./Stevens:Michaels) (first 1/1) last 1/8
(Latest: along alley north of 6th Street, btw Adams & Pierce 1-2 blocks
west of Sunnyside Park; to be eighth Larimer County record)

Pueblo County
++++Arkansas River below City Park
Carolina Wren (Robb Hinds/Scott Somershoe) (first 1/5) last 1/10
++++Pueblo Reservoir
Great Black-backed Gull --south marina (Percival/Scott Somershoe) (first
11/9) last 1/10

Weld County
++++Milavec Reservoir (Frederick Recreation Area & Reservoir)
Pink-footed Goose (Michael King/M.OB.) (first 12/13) last 1/10
(Latest: Milavec Reservoir, also try municipal golf course pond north of
Long-tailed Duck (Steve Mlodinow/M.OB.) (first 11/22) last 1/10
Barnacle Goose (Klarissa Lawrence/M.OB.) (first 1/6) last 1/9
(one at Aurora Reservoir 11/12; one reported in Northeastern Colorado:
12/23; likely none countable birds)
Swamp Sparrow (Bill Schmoker/Andy Bankert:Carrie Olson) (first 12/15)
last 1/9
++++Windsor Lake
Long-tailed Duck (Shawn Mason/Gary Lefko) (first 12/30) last 1/9
++++Banner Lakes Wildlife Area
Long-eared Owl --Windbreak/Pond 6-7 (Michaels:Stevens) last 1/8
++++Union Reservoir & area
Barn Owl (Steve Mlodinow) last 1/8


Otero County
++++Higbee Valley Road Area (CR 804)
Black-throated Sparrow (4) (David Dowell) first 1/10
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (3) (David Dowell) first 1/10


La Plata County
++++Oxbow Park, Durango
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jason St. Pierre:Ryan Votta/Votta) (first 1/5)
last 1/10
(rabbit brush between the railroad tracks and the condos just north of
the entrance to Oxbow Park)
++++Huck Finn Pond area & Animas River Trail
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3rd county record) (Ryan Votta) (first 12/2)
last 1/9

Montrose County
Harris's Sparrow --East 5th Avenue (Coen Dexter:Brenda Wright) (first
10/26) last 1/9
White-throated Sparrow --East 5th Avenue (Coen Dexter:Brenda Wright)
(first 10/26) last 1/9
++++Woodgate Rd. at Uncompahgre River
Northern Mockingbird (Bill Harris) first 1/8

Pitkin County
++++Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
White-throated Sparrow (2) (Jesse Sleamaker/Matt Kuhn) (first 12/6) last

Good birding!

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Amy Davenport, Secretary, Colorado Birding Society
Denver, CO
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