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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 cobirds.org and scroll to the bottom for “Recent eBird Sightings.”
Rare, out-of-place and out-of-season species include:
Trumpeter Swan (Adams, Logan)
White-winged Scoter (*Douglas/Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck continues to be seen in multiple counties. You can search with eBird’s “Explorer” menu in your preferred county for any recent sightings.
Red-necked Grebe (*Douglas/Jefferson)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Pacific Loon (*Arapahoe, *Douglas/Jefferson)
SNOWY OWL (Logan)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Garfield, Larimer)
PACIFIC WREN (*Fremont, *Jefferson)
Varied Thrush (Jefferson)
—On Dec 21 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Barr Lake. First reported by Ray Graham on Dec 19.
—On Dec 26 a Pacific Loon was reported Aurora Reservoir by Cynthia Kristensen.
—On Dec 25 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported In pines along Old Tale Road south of Arapahoe, about halfway to McSorley Lane. First reported by Nathan Pieplow on Dec 15.
DOUGLAS /JEFFERSON COUNTIES (CHATFIELD SP RESERVOIR):
—On Dec 26 a White-winged Scoter was reported at Chatfield SP Marina Sandspit; preciously seen from the N Boat Ramp and Handicapped Fisherman’s Platform. First reported by Joey Keller on Nov 29
—On Dec 26 a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Chatfield SP N Boat Ramp area; previously seen from the Handicapped Fisherman’s Platform. First reported by Al Guarente on Dec 21.
—On Dec 26 a Pacific Loon was reported at Chatfield SP N Boat Ramp area; previously reported from the Handicapped Fisherman’s Platform. First reported by Joey Kellner on Dec 8.
—On Dec 26 a PACIFIC WREN was reported at the Canyon City Riverwalk -Sell Lake to Raynolds Ave. First reported by Brandon Percival on Dec 21.
—On Dec 21 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Carbondale by Sue Riffe.
—On Dec 26 a PACIFIC WREN was reported at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood. It was observed along Bear Creek WSW of Whitetail Picnic area, where trail from parking lot meets creek. First reported by Chris Wood on Dec 22. This is a first County Record for this species. Note, this location requires a fee via Daily or Annual Pass (Not covered by State Park Pass).
—On Dec 26 a BRANT was reported at Lake Arbor; later in the afternoon Jessi Oberbeck relocated it at Indian Tree Golf Course behind the Sprouts shopping center, the same location it had been seen a few years ago . First reported by Amy Cervene on Dec 20.
—On Dec 22 a male Varied Thrush was seen at a private home near Carmody Park in Lakewood. For details, please see the note Joe Roller posted Dec 14 on COBirds. Visitors are welcome, with some reasonable guidelines from the homeowner.
—On Dec 26 a Gyrfalcon was observed near the Larimer County Landfill in SW Fort Collins. First reported by Robert Beauchamp on Nov 3. This is the same location a Gyrfalcon spent much of last winter. Please post updates to COBirds.
—On Dec 25 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Fort Collins at Grandview Cemetery. This appears to be a young male and hence would be a different bird than the adult reported on Dec 22. It was in an American Elm near the Trolley House on Mountain Avenue just east of the cemetery entrance. First reported by Dave Leatherman on Dec 23.
—On Dec 22 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Fort Collins from the NW corner of the golf course just south of Grandview Cemetery (just east of the big gray winter portapoty). It flew into the giant cottonwood just to the east. This appears to be the same tree where the bird was reported by Fawn Simonds on FC CBC, Dec 14.
Probably the same adult male seen in the cemetery in November.
—On Dec 23 a SNOWY OWL was reported at North Sterling State Park by CO Parks & Wildlife. There was a SNOWY OWL found in the same park by Kathy Mihm Dunning in 2011. Pictures indicate the current owl sighting appears to be near the same location as the one in 2011.
—On Dec 21 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Jumbo Reservoir by Glenn Walbek.
—A Great Black-backed Gull that has spent the last umpteen winters at Lake Pueblo (nicknamed “Murray”) is here again. See COBirds for most recent sighting.
It's Christmas Bird Count time across Colorado, between Dec 14 & Jan 5.