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:
Least Tern (Otero)
Great Egret (Jackson)
Bell's Vireo (Prowers)
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 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 27. 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. On July 27 in the morning it was found in the area west of the southernmost of the two buildings. Thank you for updates posted to COBIRDS.
---Of late, Andy Bankert and Matthew Webb of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies report Sprague's Pipit (singing, confirmed), Eastern Meadowlark and multiple Baird's Sparrows from the non-public areas within Meadow Springs Ranch north of Fort Collins. Multiple Baird's Sparrows have been detected of late in the non-public areas of Soapstone Natural Area, also 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 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 (Otero Road 804) by Kevin Keirn. No details on the location but presumably these were west of the cemetery which is just west of SR109 about 12 miles south of LaJunta. Also seen along this road, famous for its Zone-tailed Hawk(s) last summer, were Summer Tanager, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Mississippi Kites and Ash-throated Flycatcher.
---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.