Date: 1/2/20 7:52 am From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14...> Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, January 2, 2020
Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020
Compiler: Ira Sanders zroadrunner14 at gmail.com
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 cobirds.org and scroll to
the bottom for “Recent eBird Sightings.”
Rare, out-of-place and out-of-season species include:
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
Red-necked Grebe (Douglas/Jefferson)
Iceland Gull (“Kumlien’s”)(Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Pacific Loon (Arapahoe, Douglas/Jefferson)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Arapahoe)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, *Larimer)
PACIFIC WREN (Fremont, Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Douglas)
Black Rosy-Finch (w/mixed Rosy-Finch flock) (Fremont)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Mesa)
Rusty Blackbird (Garfield, Jefferson)
Wilson’s Warbler (Mesa)
—On Dec 29 a YELLOW-BILLED LOON was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Steve
Mlodinow. This might be the same bird first reported Nov 8 at Cherry Creek
SP, then at Aurora Reservoir in early Dec.
—On Dec 26 a Pacific Loon was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Cynthia
—On Dec 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported In pines along Old Tale
Road south of Arapahoe, about halfway to McSorley Lane. First reported on
Dec 15 by Nathan Pieplow.
—On Dec 30 Nine Grey-crowned Rosy-Finches were reported at Roxborough SP -
South Rim Trail by Carl Lundblad.
DOUGLAS /JEFFERSON COUNTIES (CHATFIELD SP RESERVOIR):
—On Dec 30 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 on Nov 29 by Joey Keller.
—On Dec 29 a Pacific Loon was reported at Chatfield SP N Boat Ramp area;
previously reported from the Handicapped Fisherman’s Platform. First
reported on Dec 8 by Joey Kellner.
—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 on Dec 21 by Al Guarente.
—On Dec 27 thirty-six Black Rosy-Finches were reported at Royal Gorge
Park-Nature Center by Joel Adams. Also observed in the same flock were two
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and a Brown-capped Rosy-Finch.
—On Dec 26 a PACIFIC WREN was reported at the Canyon City Riverwalk -Sell
Lake to Raynolds Ave. First reported on Dec 21 by Brandon Percival..
—On Dec 28 four Rusty Blackbirds were reported in Carbondale at Delany
Nature Park, in the ditches with running water. First reported Dec 21 by
—On Jan 1 a BRANT was reported at Lake Arbor. First reported by Amy
Cervene on Dec 20.
—On Dec 29 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
—On Dec 29 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Bear Creek Lake Park. First
reported Dec 23 by Robert Raker.
—On Dec 30 two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were reported in Fort Collins at
Grandview Cemetery. One is a young male and has been reported south of the
Trolley House several times in different trees. Last reported by Dave
Leatherman “in a medium-sized deciduous tree due south of the Trolley
House out on City Park Nine golf course. This tree has a white tag on the
north side about 7 feet up that identifies it as a tree I've never heard of
called "Pacific Sunset Maple". This is a hybrid between *Acer platanoides*
(Norway maple, a widely planted native of Europe) and *A. truncatum*
(Shantung maple, native to northern China). The tag also says it is the
horticultural variety called "Warrenred".
The Trolley House is the westernmost building on the south side of Mountain
Avenue just east of the cemetery entrance. There is an east-west row of 10
or so Scots Pines that runs from the sw corner of the building w toward the
golf course. It seems the bird spends a lot of time in those pines and
retreats out into deciduous trees on the golf course (between the Trolley
House and the softball fields to the south). This young male was first
reported by Dave Leatherman on Dec 23.
The other Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is an adult that favors Austrian pines
just east of the gray portapotty midway along the southern cemetery
boundary road and often retreats to the big cottonwood just east of the
pines. This adult male is probably the same bird reported by Fawn Simmons
on FC CBC, Dec 14 and seen periodically in the cemetery since mid November.
—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
—On Dec 29 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Grand Junction Wildlife
Area. First reported on Dec 28 by Mike Henwood.
—On Dec 30 a Dunlin was reported at Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area
on the shoreline of a gravel bar on the Colorado River. First reported Dec
28 by Douglas Diekman.
—On Dec 27 a Wilson’s Warbler was reported at Grand Junction Wildlife Area,
in willows along the Colorado River, by Mike Henwood.
—On Dec 30 a juvenile “kumlien’s” Iceland Gull was reported at Pueblo
Reservoir on the Sandspit at the boat ramp at South Shore Marina by Brandon
Percival. Although it’s no longer recognized as its own species by the
AOU, and has been combined with Thayer’s Gull, it is rare in CO.
—A Great Black-backed Gull that has spent the last twenty something winters
at Lake Pueblo (nicknamed “Murray”) is here again. See COBirds for most
recent sighting (Dec. 30)
It's Christmas Bird Count time across Colorado, between Dec 14 & Jan 5.
Please help out and sign up for one or more of these CBCs!