This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 11, 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.
Note this is a rare vagrant to Eastern North America; and extraordinarily rare in Western North America. 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 try to see one (in 880,000).
---On January 10 a (juv) Tundra Swan was reported in South Platte Park at Eaglewatch Lake. First reported by Ben Sampson.
---On January 10 the (f) Black Scoter that has been at South Platte Reservoir for over a month was seen again.
---On January 8 the Rusty Blackbirds (now 2) at Cherry Creek SP just north of the Swim Beach were seen again. At least one bird has been present since late October.
---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 10 a Brant 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 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 10 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Rocky Mountain Lake Park, east of tennis courts. First reported by Matt Gray on December 31.
---On January 9 three Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. Six birds were first reported on January 1 on the Denver Urban Christmas Count.
EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 6 various numbers of Rosy-finches have continued at Rainbow Gulch Trail on shoreline of Rampart Reservoir. Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Black Rosy-Finch and Brown-capped Rosy-Finch were first reported by Terence Berger on December 21.
---On January 10 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.
---On January 8 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.
LA PLATA COUNTY:
-On January 10 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Oxbow Park in rabbitbrush between railroad tracks and condos. First reported by Ryan Votta on Jan 5 .
-On January 9 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Animas River--Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery area. First reported by Ryan Votta on Dec 2 as the second county record.
---On January 10 a GLAUCOUS -WINGED GULL was reported at Larimer County Landfill. First reported Dec 21.
---On January 10 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Grandview Cemetery. It was first reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course, east of the big gray portapotty.
---On January 9 a mature GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Horsetooth Reservoir. First reported Jan 5 by Joey Kellner and others.
---On January 8 a Carolina Wren was reported at Sunnyside Park. First seen on the Loveland CBC on January 1.
---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull has been at Pueblo Reservoir all winter for many years, most recently Jan 10.
---On January 6 a Winter Wren was reported at Manitou Lake. First reported January 4 by Scott Shaum.
---On January 10 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. 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 9 a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. Found by Klarissa Lawrence, initial report made by Mark Miller. This would be a first state record if approved by the CBRC.
---On January 9 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir; it has been seen for several weeks.
---On January 9 a Long-tailed Duck was also reported at Windsor Reservoir by Gary Lefko.
Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website DFObirds.org
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 <http://msn.com> 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 <http://gmail.com> 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 <http://yahoo.com> 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 <http://gmail.com> gmail.com; 831-713-8659)