Date: 1/11/19 5:53 am
From: Cheryl Teuton <teuton...>
Subject: [cobirds] RE: Colorado RBA Friday January 11, 2019 (minor correction, one line removed )
Date: January 11, 2019

Compiler: Cheryl Teuton, <mailto:<teuton...>

E-mail: RBA AT <>

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).



Brant (*Boulder)

Trumpeter Swan (Arapahoe)

Tundra Swan (*Arapahoe)

Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Weld (two locations))


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Denver, *La Plata, *Larimer)

Winter Wren (Jefferson, Teller)

Carolina Wren (Larimer)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (El Paso)

Black Rosy-Finch (El Paso)

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (El Paso)

Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (*La Plata)

Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, *Denver)


---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

---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.


---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.


-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

---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

---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

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 <>;

Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, January 13
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: kvonsaltza AT <>;

South Platte River Reservoir and River Trail
Monday, January 14
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT <>;



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