Date: 1/14/20 5:41 am
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Email: <RBA...>

Compiler: Gregg Goodrich <GreggGoodrich...>



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:

BRANT (*Jefferson)

Trumpeter Swan (Mesa)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Red-necked Grebe (Douglas, Jefferson, Pueblo)
Dunlin (Mesa, Pueblo)
Least Sandpiper (Mesa, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Bent, Logan)

Great Black-backed Gull (Bent, *Pueblo)
Red-throated Loon (Pueblo)
Pacific Loon (Douglas, Jefferson, Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Custer, Garfield, Larimer, Otero)

GYRFALCON (*Larimer)

PACIFIC WREN (Jefferson)

Black-throated Sparrow (Otero)
Western Tanager (Pueblo)


—On Jan 12, a YELLOW-BILLED LOON was reported at Aurora Reservoir. First
reported Dec 29 by Steve Mlodinow. This may be the same bird reported first
at Cherry Creek SP on Nov 8, then at Aurora Reservoir in early Dec. There
is a $10 fee to enter this city Reservoir.

—On Jan 11, a Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir by Eric


—On Jan 11, a Great Black-backed Gull was reported at John Martin
Reservoir. First reported Jan 10.

—On Jan 10, a Glaucous Gull was observed at John Martin Reservoir by Duane


—On Jan 11, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Wetmore Library by Al
Garner and Darth Aves.


—On Jan 12, the continuing Pacific Loon was reported on the Jefferson side
of the reservoir. Also seen Jan 9 at Marina Sandspit and Handicapped
Fisherman Platform. First reported Dec 8 by Joey Kellner.


—On Jan 10, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Centennial Park in
Carbondale by Dick Filby and Al Levantin. This adult male is believed to be
the same bird that spent last winter in the park, in the same tree where it
was found Jan 10.


—On Jan 13, the continuing BRANT was reported at Lake Arbor by several
birders. First reported Dec 20 by Amy Cervene.

—On Jan 11, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Golden by Amanda

—On Jan 7, a PACIFIC WREN was reported at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood.
Previously seen along Bear Creek WSW of Whitetail Picnic area, about 150
yards downstream from junction creek and trail from parking lot. First
reported Dec 22 by Chris Wood. First county record for this species. NOTE:
Fee-only entry via daily or annual Lakewood city pass (not a state park).


—On Jan 13, a GYRFALCON was seen near Larimer County Landfill in Fort
Collins. First reported Nov 3 by Robert Beauchamp, in same location where a
Gyrfalcon spent much of winter 2019. *Please post updates to COB**irds**.*

—On Jan 9, the continuing adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported
in Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins by Joey Negreann. Two males (adult
and immature) were reported Jan 7. The adult was first reported in mid-Nov
and the immature on Dec. 23 by Dave Leatherman.


—On Jan 12, Least Sandpipers (2) were reported at Horsethief Canyon SWA by
Deb Stegall.

—On Jan 12, Trumpeter Swans (6) were reported at Grand Junction Wildlife
Area by Ron Lambeth, and 2 more TRSWs were reported near Persigo Water
Treatment Plant, Fruita.

—On Jan 9, a Dunlin was reported at Horsethief Canyon SWA on the Colorado
River. First reported Dec 28 by Douglas Diekman.


—On Jan 12, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Black-throated Sparrow were
reported on Higbee Valley Road (Otero CR 804) south of La Junta by Norman


—On Jan 13, the Great Black-backed Gull known as “Murray” was reported at
Pueblo Reservoir’s South Marina. Murray has spent 20-plus years as a winter
resident of Lake Pueblo SP.

—On Jan 12, a Western Tanager was reported at Valco Ponds SWA by Josh
Bruening. Likely the same bird observed Jan 4 at nearby Pueblo West Gravel
Pit and at Pueblo Nature Center. First reported Jan. 2 by Brandon Percival
and Chris Knight.

—On Jan 12, Least Sandpipers (2) were reported along Arkansas River between
Pueblo Reservoir dam and Valco Ponds by Brandon Percival and Chris Knight.
Believed to be same birds found Dec 14 on Pueblo Reservoir CBC.

—On Jan 12, a Pacific Loon was reported at Pueblo Reservoir’s South Marina
by Josh Bruening.

—On Jan 12, Dunlins (2) were reported at Pueblo Reservoir’s South Marina.
First reported Dec 31 by Paul Hurtado.

—On Jan 12, a Red-throated Loon was reported at Pueblo Reservoir’s South
Marina by several birders.

—On Jan 12, a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported Dec 14 by Elaine Wagner.


Upcoming Denver Field Ornithologists field trip (details at

*Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)*

Saturday, January 18

7:30 AM - NOON

Edward “Buzz” Schaumberg (email: <egsea......>; 303-478-4641)

*Chatfield State Park - Marina sandspit*

Monday, January 20

7:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Gregg Goodrich (email: <GreggG......> ; 303-655-9135)

*Park County Explorations*

Tuesday, January 21
7 AM - 3 PM
David Suddjian (email: <dsud......>; 831-713-8659)


Good birding,

Gregg Goodrich

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