Date: 8/30/19 10:25 pm
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, August 31, 2019
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
E-mail: RBA AT
Compiler: Allison Hilf; <ahilf...>
Phone: 303.888.5110

Birders 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 a 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:

Long-billed Curlew (Broomfield)
Marbled Godwit (Saguache)
Red Phalarope (*Boulder, Jackson)
Caspian Tern (Las Animas)
Gray Flycatcher (*Jackson)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Morgan)
White-winged Crossbill (Douglas)
Eastern Kingbird (Clear Creek)
Canada Jay (Douglas)
Clay-colored Sparrow (Teller)
Bobolink (Jackson)
Northern Waterthrush (Clear Creek)

—On August 30 a Red Phalarope was reported at Lagerman Reservoir. First reported on August 29 by Peter Burke. The viewing location at Lagerman is from the north side near the parking lot and the bird (and most other species present) was in the west end of the reservoir. Shore access to the west end is restricted until September 1, so scope from area near north side parking lot.

—On August 26 a Long-billed Curlew was reported at Great Western Reservoir by Norm Erthal.

—On August 27 an Eastern Kingbird was reported at Bard Creek Ponds (PRIVATE, must view from roads). Reported by David Suddjian.
— On August 27 a Northern Waterthrush was reported at Bard Creek Ponds (PRIVATE, must view from roads). Reported by Dale Pate.

—On August 28 (2) Canada Jay was reported at Experimental Forest Rd (39.157, -105.03) by David Tønnessen. This is a first county e-bird record for this species.
—On August 27 a White-winged Crossbill was reported at Rampart Range Lodgepole Pine Forest, near a pull-off at (39.1299029, -105.0293509) by David Tønnessen.
—On August 26 a Piping Plover was reported at the Plum Creek Delta of Chatfield State Park; other shorebirds in area include Semipalmated Sandpiper. First reported on August 24 by Joey Kellner.

—On August 30 a Gray Flycatcher was reported in Cowdrey at FSR 895 (40.985, -106.272) by Elaine Wagner.
—On August 27 a Red Phalarope was reported at Cowdrey Reservoir by Nathan Pieplow. This is a first county e-bird record for this species.
—On August 27 (4) Bobolink were reported in Walden at CR 12 W (40.735, -106.42) by Nathan Pieplow.

—On August 29 a Caspian Tern was reported at Trinidad Reservoir by Tony Godfrey.

—On August 26 an Ash-throated Flycatcher was reported at the playa by Morgan CT JJ & Hwy 71 by Chuck Aid. This is a first county e-bird record for this species.

—On August 26 a Marbled Godwit was reported at Russel Lakes SWA by Stephen Noseworthy.

—On August 29 (2) Clay-colored Sparrows were reported at Indian Creek by MaryLynne Ketcham.
—On August 27 a Clay-colored Sparrow was reported at Manitou Lake by David Tønnessen.

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details at

Pawnee National Grasslands (Weld County)
Saturday, August 31
6:15 AM - 4:00 PM
Amber Carver (caramb22 AT; 310-483-5721)

Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Sunday, September 1
6:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (patodrisk AT; 303-885-6955)

Ken Caryl Valley Area
Monday, September 2
6:30 AM - 10:30 AM
David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT; 831-713-8659)

Southeastern Colorado
Tuesday, September 3
4:30 AM - 8:00 PM
David Suddjian ( dsuddjian AT; 831-713-8659)

Ouzel Falls, Rocky Mt. Natl. Park
Wednesday, September 4
6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
John Malenich (john.malenich AT; 303-359-9456)

FALL COUNTS are coming up! Save the dates and pick a place to join groups of eager birders on one of these time-honored birding trips. There’ll be seven trips in all during the peak of fall migration, September 13 through 15.
Sign up now at the DFO website:

Details will appear on the Colorado RBA as the dates draw near.

Good birding!

Allison Hilf
Aurora, CO
ahilf AT

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