Date: 1/29/19 5:54 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 29.
Date: January 29, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, jroller9 AT

Phone: (303) 204-0828

E-mail: RBA AT

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 29, sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.

(*) indicates new information on this species.

Rare, out of place and out of season species include:


Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson, Pueblo)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (*Weld)

Mew Gull (Pueblo)


Glaucous Gull (Weld)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (La Plata, Larimer)

Winter Wren (Denver, *Jefferson)

Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (Boulder)

Snow Bunting (Kiowa)

Black Rosy-Finch (*Jefferson)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso)

Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (Denver)

Several winter/very early spring gull species are being seen, primarily in
Pueblo and Larimer Counties, e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull, Herring Gull,
Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Iceland Gull (Thayer’s). For more
information on these birds please check


---On January 27 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


---On January 26 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh and
seen recently in neighborhood NW of park. First reported by Ernest Crvich
January 23.


---On January 27 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space. (6) birds were first reported there on January 1.

---On January 26 a Winter Wren was reported at the Denver Zoo by Brooks


—On January 28 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.


---On January 28 a (Red) Fox Sparrow continued at Red RocksTrading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

—On January 23 a White-winged Scoter was reported at Welton Reservoir;
first reported by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 28 a Winter Wren was reported at Morrison Park.

---On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Ralston Creek by James

—On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt. First
reported by Chris Woods on December 13.

—On January 21 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of the house.

---On January 19 through 28 a flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black
Rosy Finches was reported at the home of Kirsten WItherell, 19640 W 55th Pl,
Golden. For permission to visit and details, please text her at (720)


---On January 27 a Snow Bunting was reported at Lower Queens Reservoir by
Steve Mlodinow.


---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.


---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Grandview Cemetery. First
reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course,
east of a Porta Potty.

—On January 23 there was a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Warren Lake, first
reported by Josh Bruening.

—On January 28 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT


—On January 27 a White-winged Scoter was reported at a pond at 29th Lane &
South Rd. First reported by MaryLynne Ketcham on January 26.

—On January 27 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 27 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature
and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on Jan 15.

—On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.

---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.


---On January 28 a Long-tailed Duck was seen at Windsor Lake. First
reported by Nick Komar on January 27.

---On January 27 a (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir.
First reported by Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

—On January 26 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was reported by Ryan Graves.

---On January 27 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir)
& Recreation Area. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on December 11.
This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record

*Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website*

*Park County Exploration *Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT; 303-713-8659)

*Northeastern Raptor Tour *Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT; 303-978-1748)

*Denver City Park *Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT 253-225-7104).

Good birding!

Joe Roller, Denver

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