Please report observations and updates to COBirds. Thanks.
CAPITAL LETTERS denote very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee (“at the CFO website.
(*) indicates new information on this species.
For more information on birds seen today, go to cobirds.org<http://cobirds.org/> and scroll to the bottom for “Recent eBird Sightings”.
Rare, out-of-place and out-of-season species include:
COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD (Jackson)
Least Tern (Otero)
Great Egret (Jackson)
Bell's Vireo (Prowers)
LUCY’S WARBLER (Mesa)
Black-throated Sparrow (Otero)
PAINTED BUNTING (*Jeffco, Otero)
[Set of northern US prairie species (Larimer)]
[Southbound migrating warblers which breed outside CO are beginning to show up already, particularly in the northwest corner of the state (Nashville, Townsend's).]
—-On July 20 a (m) Costa’s Hummingbird was reported near the west end of Jackson CR 22 by Steve Mlodinow. It was perched on a thin wire on right side of road (as one is headed northwest) about 15 feet above scraggly line of willows. The first first house on the right side, occupied by somewhat hostile humans, has a hummingbird feeder. The second house (100-200 yards past) had very friendly occupants who rehab injured birds. Costa’s was between two houses, unfortunately, nearer first house and flew in that direction.
---On July 24 Brad Steger reported a Great Egret at 18 Island Reservoir off US34 about midway between Walden and Muddy Pass/Rabbit Ears Pass.
---On the morning of July 23 a cooperative male Painted Bunting was found by Claire H. at the Chatfield State Park Audubon Center feeders. It continues to appear off and on thru July 26. If the feeders are down in early morning or in the evening, be sure to check for the bird in trees, shrubs and on the ground in vicinity of feeder poles. As interest in this accessible individual is high, please provide COBIRDS with updates (yesterday over 25 reports to eBird, only one to COBIRDS (thank you, Eric)).
---Of late, Andy Bankert and Matthew Webb of BCR report Sprague's Pipit (singing, confirmed), Eastern Meadowlark and multiple Baird's Sparrows from the non-public areas within Soapstone Natural Area/Meadow Springs Ranch north of Fort Collins. These birds cannot be pursued by birders because of their locations but Andy wishes to let birders know of them because of the possibility other individuals might be detected nearby (for example, prairie areas east and west of I-25 from Wellington north to the WY line).
—On July 20 (2) LUCY’S WARBLERS were reported at Gateway Cottonwoods. Two birds have been seen several times at this location, although there is no confirmed breeding. First reported on July 16 by Nic Norte with credit to Mark and Denise Vollmar and Eileen Cunningham who discovered them during their Bluebird Box Survey.
—On July 21 a Least Tern was reported at Cheraw Lake by Kevin Williams.
---On July 23 a male Painted Bunting and adult Black-throated Sparrow were reported as "continuing" along Higbee Valley Road by Kevin Keirn. Both were photographed. No details provided as to where along the road these birds were seen but in the past these birds have been at least a mile west of Highway 109. Higbee Valley Road (shown but unnumbered in some DeLorme Atlases, in some listed as Otero CR804) goes sw off SR109 about 12 miles south of LaJunta. Also seen along this road were Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Summer Tanager, Ash-throated Flycatcher and Mississippi Kite.
---On July 23 a Bell's Vireo was reported as "continuing" at Granada SWA by Tony Leukering. This sighting, about 4 miles east of the town of Granada, was ne of the curve in 28 Road where it changes from e-w to n-s.