This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 5, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.
Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
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:
---On February 3 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir. First reported on November 10 by James McCall.
---On February 3 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird were reported from the north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.
---On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy Mihm-Dunning.
---On February 4 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich January 23.
---On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by Christian Hagenlocher.
--On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January, same locations) by Matt Gray.
---On February 2 Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. They were first reported on January 1.
EL PASO COUNTY:
--On February 4 a Ladder-backed Woodpecker reported on Hanover Road by Tom Behnfield.
—On February 4 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.
---On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial Park in Carbondale; first reported by Vic Zerbi on February 2.
---On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at the hotspot “Confluence Recreation Area” First seen January 30 by Alicia Arnold.
---On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by David Tonnessen.
---On February 3 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 February 3 the wintering Winter Wren was reported again at Morrison Park.
LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond. First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.
---On February 3 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen earlier this winter too.
---January 31 the GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area.
---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen again at Grandview Cemetery. First reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course, east of a Porta Potty.
—On January 30 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was seen again. Reported by Ryan Graves on January 26.
—On January 30 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 cowisp.net.
---On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque by David Price. First reported by him about January 30.
---A Winter Wren was reported on February 1 at Lamar Community College by Dorothy Russell.
—On February 4 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 4 by Brandon Percival.
--On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Pueblo Res - Osprey Picnic Area by Jim Merritt and others.
—On February 2 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on Jan 15; found by Brandon Percival on January 14.
---On February 4 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported February 1 by David Tonnesson.
--On February 4 a Red-bellied Woodpecker reported at Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo by Jerry DeBoer.
---On February 3 an unprecedented raft of (22) Black Scoters was reported from Pueblo Reservoir by Brandon Percival.
---On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard Area). First reported by Kara Carrager January 19.
---On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.
---On January 31 a Winter Wren was reported by Chris Nunes at Valco Ponds; present since November.
---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.
---On February 2 a (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by Steve Mlodinow on November 22.
---On January 28 a Long-tailed Duck was seen at Windsor Lake. First reported by Nick Komar on January 27.
---On January 31 a Brant was discovered at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.
---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was at Milavec Reservoir, but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on December 11, this would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee.
Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website
Saturday, February 9
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (303-604-0531)
First Creek at RM Arsenal
Sunday, February 10
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: <patodrisk...>; 303-885-6955)
Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: <kvonsaltza...>; 303-941-4881)
Park County Explorations
Monday, February 11
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...>; 831-713-8659)
South Platte River Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76
Saturday, February 16
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Amershek (Email: <mamershek...>; 303-329-8646)
Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 17
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mary Cay Burger (Email: <mcburger3...>; 720-940-8394)