Date: 8/7/19 4:43 am
From: Eric DeFonso <bay.wren...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday August 7, 2019
Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

E-mail: RBA AT

Compiler: Eric DeFonso; <bay.wren...>

Phone: 970.818.1567

Observers have been helpful by reporting 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 and scroll to
the bottom for “Recent eBird Sightings”.

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

Upland Sandpiper (Larimer)


Ash-throated Flycatcher (*Jefferson)

White-winged Crossbill (Fremont)

Field Sparrow (*Larimer)

Northern Waterthrush (Douglas)

Grace’s Warbler (Pueblo)

Townsend’s Warbler (Jefferson)


Dickcissel (*Douglas)


---On August 5 an immature Dickcissel was reported by Cathy Sheeter along
Castlewood Canyon Rd. entering the state park. A possible second bird may
be nearby too.

---On August 1 a Northern Waterthrush was reported by Bea Weaver near the
intersection of N. Platte River Road and W. Pine Creek Road.
(39.3584,-105.1696). Early migrant.


---On August 3 a White-winged Crossbill was reported by David Tonnessen at
Forest Road 6 to Hayden Pass.


---On August 4 an Ash-throated Flycatcher was reported by Mark Chavez in
Reynolds Ranch County Park.

---On August 4 a Townsend’s Warbler was reported by Stephen Suddjian along
the Shaffer Trail between Lost Creek Canyon And Manor House.

---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 31, making it perhaps the
most-viewed individual of its species ever in Colorado. 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 28 one
specific area where it occurred was the area west of the southernmost of
the two buildings, including the bench where mixed seed that included
millet, apparently its favorite, had been placed. Thank you for updates
posted to COBIRDS, including those about its feeding habits.


---On August 4 an Upland Sandpiper was reported by Christian Hagenlocher
along County Rd 5 north of Buckeye Rd.

---On August 2 a Field Sparrow was reported by Denise Bretting at Devils
Backbone Open Space. Continuing on August 6 along Hunter's Loop trail.


---On August 1 a Northern Waterthrush was reported by David Price and
Eileen Cunningham at Vega Reservoir. It was seen along the shoreline
vegetation and tangles.


---On August 2 a continuing Grace’s Warbler was reported at Pueblo Mountain
Park, after not having been confirmed there for over a month. An individual
bird has persisted at this location for consecutive multiple summers.


---On August 3 a Least Bittern was heard at Cozzens Lake by Steve Mlodinow.
East end of lake, south side. Responded to recording.

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details on

*Mt. Evans Area (Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties)*

Tuesday, August 6

6:00 AM - 4:00 PM

John Malenich (<john.malenich...>; 303-359-9456)

*Bluff Lake Nature Center (Denver County)*

Saturday, August 10

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Megan Miller (<Megan.k.miller2473...>; 720-775-9710)

*Cherry Creek State Park Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)*

Sunday, August 11

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Karen Von Saltza (<kvonsaltza...>; 303-941-4881)

*Southeastern Colorado*

Monday, August 12

4:30 AM - 8:00 PM

David Suddjian (<dsuddjian...>; 831-713-8659)

*Republican Management Area and Pipit Hill (Kit Carson and Yuma Counties)*

Wednesday, August 14

5:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Mark Amershek (<mamershek...>; 303-329-8646)

*Ken Caryl Valley Area (Jefferson County) *

Friday, August 16

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

David Suddjian (<dsuddjian...>; 831-713-8659)

*Buena Vista, CO (Chaffee and Lake Counties)*

Saturday, August 17 - Sunday, August 18

6:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Wendy Wibbens (<wibbwj...>; 303-330-1175) &

Sue Summers (<summerssue...>; 253-678-3721)

*New Mexico Southwestern Corner*

Sunday, August 18 - Friday, August 23

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Breitsch (<jbreitsch...>; 303-588-0552) &

Mark Amershek (<mamershek...>; 303-329-8646)

*Southwestern Metro Area*

Tuesday, August 20

6:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Dale Pate (<dalelpate...>; 575-706-4584)

Good birding!

Eric DeFonso



Eric DeFonso
near Lyons, Boulder County, CO

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