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2/15/19 1:26 pm 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Breeding Bird Survey Routes Available
2/15/19 3:47 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 15, 2019
2/14/19 2:48 pm <mvjohnski...> [cobirds] Re: Birds Pouring In at Monte Vista NWR
2/14/19 1:00 pm 'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Pueblo, Fremont Counties
2/14/19 7:42 am 'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Pueblo, Fremont Counties
2/14/19 5:43 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 14, 2019
2/13/19 6:10 pm Brandon <flammowl17...> Re: [cobirds] A few notes from Otero and Crowley counties Feb 12
2/13/19 6:05 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] A few notes from Otero and Crowley counties Feb 12
2/13/19 4:18 pm 'Joan Glabach' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Says Phoebe and Coopers Hawk. Severance, CO
2/13/19 2:29 pm 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Fwd: BBS Routes Available
2/13/19 7:07 am Christy P <passerculus...> [cobirds] The latest issue of Colorado Birds is now available to members online
2/13/19 6:16 am DuWayne Worthington <duwayne.worthington...> Re: [cobirds] Arapahoe Co.: Mew Gull—South Platte Reservoir
2/13/19 6:09 am Tom Whitten <uswhittens...> [cobirds] Long-tailed Duck, Firestone Gravel Pits, Weld
2/13/19 4:20 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, February 13, 2019
2/12/19 9:59 pm Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Pueblo birding 2/12
2/12/19 6:52 pm 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Bird Bonanza - Pueblo 2
2/12/19 4:30 pm 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Bird Bonanza, Pueblo
2/12/19 1:54 pm <mvjohnski...> [cobirds] Birds Pouring In at Monte Vista NWR
2/12/19 11:41 am Georgia Doyle <gadoyle3...> [cobirds] Barrow's Goldeneye Larimer
2/12/19 4:36 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 12
2/11/19 5:04 pm Michael Lester <mlester126...> [cobirds] Arapahoe Co.: Mew Gull—South Platte Reservoir
2/11/19 1:19 pm David Gillilan <david.gillilan09...> [cobirds] Colorado Field Ornithologists 2019 Convention Headquarters, Montrose, Colorado
2/11/19 12:19 pm Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...> Re: [cobirds] S Platte Res heads up
2/11/19 9:00 am <joe......> <joega140...> [cobirds] January 2019 Birds, Woodland Park Area and Beyond
2/11/19 7:44 am Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 11 2019
2/11/19 5:39 am Christy P <passerculus...> [cobirds] CFO Convention 2019 - Montrose - Hotel Announcement
2/10/19 7:59 pm Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> [cobirds] Baca, Prowers, Kiowa counties, Feb. 8-10
2/10/19 3:56 pm Michael Lester <mlester126...> Re: [cobirds] S Platte Res heads up
2/10/19 3:22 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] S Platte Res heads up
2/10/19 10:07 am Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, February 10 2019
2/10/19 8:11 am Alan Bell <alan.bell...> [cobirds] Boulder goshawk
2/10/19 7:08 am Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...> [cobirds] RBA for 2/10 - Delayed
2/9/19 10:52 pm SeEttaM <seettam...> [cobirds] Virginia Rail in Canon City
2/9/19 7:52 pm Diane Roberts <samatha5760...> [cobirds] Black Scoters
2/9/19 7:26 pm Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...> [cobirds] Pueblo Glaucous-winged Gull and Red-bellied Woodpecker
2/9/19 2:18 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] Say's Phoebe at Littleton, Arapahoe
2/9/19 1:14 pm Chris Wilkens <ch.wilkens74...> [cobirds] Pueblo swans
2/9/19 8:06 am Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, February 9 2019
2/8/19 9:46 am David Tønnessen <davidtonnessenx...> [cobirds] Larimer Gyrfalcon
2/8/19 9:38 am David Tønnessen <davidtonnessenx...> [cobirds] Larimer Gyrfalcon
2/8/19 9:03 am Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Glaucous-winged Gull continues at Pueblo Res. 2/8
2/8/19 7:12 am Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 8 2019
2/7/19 9:53 am kalistongue <kalistongue...> [cobirds] Crystal Wilson Arapaho County
2/7/19 8:09 am Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...> [cobirds] RE: Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7 2019
2/7/19 8:05 am Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...> [cobirds] RE: Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7 2019
2/7/19 7:06 am Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7 2019
2/7/19 6:22 am R Carol Cushman <r.cushman...> [cobirds] Singing dipper, Boulder County
2/6/19 7:32 pm <Meredith.McBurney...> [cobirds] Barr Lake Fall Banding Summary/Highlights
2/6/19 7:29 pm Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> [cobirds] High Plains Snow Goose Festival, Lamar, Prowers County, THIS WEEKEND
2/6/19 1:40 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] Elbert and eastern Arapahoe counties Feb 5
2/6/19 1:03 pm stewar2090 <stewar2090...> [cobirds] Northern Goshawk, El Paso County
2/6/19 12:59 pm Rolf Hertenstein, Lyons <rfherten...> [cobirds] Purple Finch, Lyons, Boulder County
2/6/19 12:00 pm Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...> [cobirds] Rusty Blackbirds at First Creek @ Denver, Denver County, yes
2/6/19 10:16 am Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich...> [cobirds] Ward, Left Hand Res, Boulder Cty, 2/5
2/6/19 7:22 am Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, February 6 2019
2/5/19 6:23 pm Greg Pasquariello <greg...> RE: [cobirds] Storm impact on birds
2/5/19 6:10 pm Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [cobirds] Storm impact on birds
2/5/19 2:55 pm Scott Baily <skbaily...> [cobirds] Re: The value of COBIRDS
2/5/19 7:19 am Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 5
2/4/19 9:09 pm Arthur Bezuidenhout <odzibez...> Re: [cobirds] Re: Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
2/4/19 6:51 pm Joey Kellner <vireo1...> [cobirds] Re: Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
2/4/19 4:31 pm Skot Latona <skotlato...> [cobirds] Re: Ravens
2/4/19 3:49 pm beamiami via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Re: Raven gathering, Dillon, Summit Cty
2/4/19 11:58 am Karl Stecher Jr. <kstecher...> re: *** SPAM 10: [cobirds] Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
2/4/19 10:16 am Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> RE: [cobirds] Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
2/4/19 10:09 am 'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> Re: [cobirds] Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
2/4/19 10:02 am Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> [cobirds] Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
2/4/19 9:39 am <aketcham...> [cobirds] Re: more than one? Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose
2/4/19 9:32 am David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] Swamp Sparrow continues at Ken Caryl Valley, JeffCo
2/4/19 9:08 am 'Peter Ruprecht' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> Re: [cobirds] more than one? Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose
2/4/19 8:23 am Sandra Laursen <salaursen...> [cobirds] more than one? Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose
2/4/19 8:17 am 'David Simpson' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> Re: [cobirds] RE: How to find your true Colorado bird list total
2/4/19 8:12 am 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Raptor Alley Field Trip Results [Weld]
2/4/19 8:02 am Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Glaucous-winged Gull at Pueblo Res 2/4
2/4/19 7:49 am Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...> Re: [cobirds] RE: How to find your true Colorado bird list total
2/4/19 7:29 am DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> [cobirds] The value of COBIRDS
2/4/19 7:25 am Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14...> Re: [cobirds] Speaking of lists....rules for yardbirds?
2/4/19 7:00 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> Re: [cobirds] Speaking of lists....rules for yardbirds?
2/4/19 6:48 am Ed Baker <ednbonniebaker...> [cobirds] Ravens
2/4/19 5:27 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 4
2/3/19 10:42 pm Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich...> [cobirds] Speaking of lists....rules for yardbirds?
2/3/19 7:55 pm Andrew Bankert <abankert2007...> Re: [cobirds] RE: How to find your true Colorado bird list total
2/3/19 7:18 pm Joe Roller <jroller9...> Re: [cobirds] RE: How to find your true Colorado bird list total
2/3/19 6:59 pm Andrew Bankert <abankert2007...> [cobirds] RE: How to find your true Colorado bird list total
2/3/19 5:45 pm Skot Latona <skotlato...> [cobirds] Raven gathering, Dillon, Summit Cty
2/3/19 11:19 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] How to find your true Colorado bird list total
2/3/19 11:13 am Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Re: Black Scoter flock at Pueblo Res
2/3/19 9:30 am snowy.owlets <snowy.owlets...> [cobirds] Trilby Rd 2/3 (Larimer)
2/3/19 8:37 am 'Joshua Smith' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Larimer Gyrfalcon Continues
2/3/19 8:08 am Karen Strong <kstrong1109...> [cobirds] Canada Jays - Cub Creek Trailhead
2/3/19 7:30 am robert beauchamp <torobbeau...> [cobirds] Gyrfalcon
2/3/19 6:44 am Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...> Re: [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
2/3/19 6:24 am Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Black Scoter flock at Pueblo Res
2/3/19 5:35 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, February 3
2/3/19 5:30 am Karen Strong <kstrong1109...> Re: [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
2/2/19 9:18 pm Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...> Re: [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
2/2/19 8:37 pm David Tønnessen <davidtonnessenx...> [cobirds] Jeffco Golden-crowned Sparrow?
2/2/19 7:27 pm Greg Pasquariello <greg...> RE: [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
2/2/19 7:20 pm MARK CHAVEZ <markchavez...> [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
2/2/19 3:33 pm Greg Pasquariello <greg...> [cobirds] Mountain Bluebird
2/2/19 12:49 pm snowy.owlets <snowy.owlets...> [cobirds] Trilby Rd 2/2 (Larimer)
2/2/19 9:50 am David Wade <davespeedbump...> [cobirds] Gryfalcon Larimer
2/2/19 5:38 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for February 2
2/1/19 9:14 pm Eric DeFonso <bay.wren...> Re: [cobirds] Trumpeter Swans Grand County
2/1/19 7:46 pm Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Pueblo birds update 2/1
2/1/19 7:07 pm W. Robert Shade III <wrshade3...> [cobirds] Rusty Blackbirds still at First Creek and E. 56th Ave Denver County
2/1/19 6:26 pm Tom Wilberding <twilberding...> [cobirds] Re: Rusty Blackbirds and Barrow's Goldeneyes, Denver
2/1/19 4:31 pm Leon Bright <urraca2...> [cobirds] Coo time in Southern Colorado
2/1/19 3:26 pm DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> [cobirds] Gyrfalcon not seen as of early afternoon, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 1Feb2019
2/1/19 2:16 pm Eric DeFonso <bay.wren...> Re: [cobirds] Trumpeter Swans Grand County
2/1/19 2:33 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 1
1/31/19 7:04 pm DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> [cobirds] Gyrfalcon still present in Fort Collins (Larimer) on 31Jan2019
1/31/19 6:15 pm 'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Bufflehead feet
1/31/19 4:41 pm DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> [cobirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker seen at Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 31Jan2019
1/31/19 4:28 pm Mail.indra.com <elena...> [cobirds] Harlan’s Hawk, Jeffco
1/31/19 11:48 am Rachel Hopper <r-hopper...> [cobirds] Brant/Milevak Reservoir-Weld
1/31/19 11:18 am Gary & Sharon <gebsmn...> Re: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/31/19 10:43 am Gary & Sharon <gebsmn...> Re: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/31/19 10:24 am Carl Bendorf <carlbendorf...> [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/31/19 9:23 am Carl Bendorf <carlbendorf...> [cobirds] Negative report on PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in WELD CO.
1/31/19 6:43 am Tyler Wilson <wilsonswilsons...> [cobirds] Trumpeter Swans Grand County
1/31/19 5:19 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 31
1/30/19 9:03 am John Malenich <john.malenich...> [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/30/19 8:40 am <pygmyowl...> Re: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/30/19 8:10 am 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Re: "Nunn Guy" Field Trip: Raptor Alley
1/30/19 5:43 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 30, 2019
1/29/19 11:27 pm Derek Hill <derekthehill...> [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/29/19 11:19 pm Derek Hill <derekthehill...> [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/29/19 7:01 pm Scott <pygmyowl...> Re: [cobirds] RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/29/19 3:36 pm Tim Johnson <johnsthotrnstn...> [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/29/19 3:36 pm <willcbirds...> [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/29/19 2:54 pm Steven Rash <srashchiro...> [cobirds] RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/29/19 1:36 pm 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Re: "Nunn Guy" Field Trip: Raptor Alley
1/29/19 7:26 am Mark Minner-lee <markrminnerlee...> [cobirds] Cancelled - Wild Goose chase #3
1/29/19 5:54 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 29.
1/28/19 7:56 pm Ben S <benrmnp...> [cobirds] Re: Magpie Musings & Questions - Denver / Arapahoe
1/28/19 3:17 pm 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] "Nunn Guy" Field Trip: Raptor Alley
1/28/19 1:52 pm Peggy Gonder <Peggy.Gonder...> [cobirds] Re: David Leatherman at DFO Monday Jan.28
1/28/19 12:46 pm 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
1/28/19 4:54 am Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 28 2019
1/27/19 7:20 pm Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...> [cobirds] Magpie Musings & Questions - Denver / Arapahoe
1/27/19 3:35 pm DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> [cobirds] Prospect Ponds Natural Area, Fort Collins (Larimer) geese on 1/26/2019
1/27/19 2:45 pm Suke C Lee <mclee72...> [cobirds] Saw-whet Owl, El Paso County
1/27/19 2:45 pm <wmrkillam69...> [cobirds] Hairy Woodpeckers / Denver
1/27/19 10:53 am Peter Gent <gent...> [cobirds] Rusty Blackbirds and Barrow's Goldeneyes, Denver
1/27/19 9:15 am Ken Wat <watken76...> Re: [cobirds] Re: Varied Thrush
1/27/19 6:48 am Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...> Re: [cobirds] CFO Geese and Gulls Workshops Saturday Jan. 26, 2019 (Free) Weld, Larimer
1/27/19 3:59 am Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 27 2019
1/26/19 7:13 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] Re: A report from Cheyenne County, Jan 25
1/26/19 5:40 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] A report from Cheyenne County, Jan 25
1/26/19 2:24 pm Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8...> [cobirds] Pink- footed Goose and Long- tailed Duck. Frederick Res
1/26/19 12:47 pm Ernest Crvich <ecrvich...> [cobirds] Re: Varied Thrush
1/26/19 10:14 am <myrongerhard...> [cobirds] Varied Thrush
1/26/19 8:04 am Mary Cay <mcburger3...> [cobirds] David Leatherman at DFO Monday Jan.28
1/26/19 7:51 am Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...> [cobirds] Pink-footed Goose, Weld
1/26/19 5:02 am Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 26, 2019
1/25/19 11:42 am Mark Minner-lee <markrminnerlee...> Re: [cobirds] Varied Thrush - Boulder County
1/25/19 4:31 am Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 25, 2019
1/24/19 7:56 pm Ernest Crvich <ecrvich...> [cobirds] Varied Thrush
1/24/19 3:53 pm <joe.kipper28...> Re: [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld]
1/24/19 2:29 pm 'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> Re: [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld]
1/24/19 2:21 pm Scott <pygmyowl...> Re: [cobirds] What is this goose? [Weld]
1/24/19 12:51 pm DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> Re: [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld]
1/24/19 12:51 pm Dave Cameron <davednvr7...> [cobirds] Hairy Woodpeckers / Denver
1/24/19 10:47 am <joe.kipper28...> [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld]
1/24/19 10:32 am Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...> [cobirds] Dark-eyed Juncos - Arapahoe
1/24/19 9:29 am 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] What is this goose? [Weld]
1/24/19 9:25 am 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Re: Mute Swan - Greeley - Weld Co
1/24/19 7:11 am David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] Swamp Sparrow continues at Ken Caryl, Jefferson
1/24/19 5:07 am Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, January 24, 2019
1/23/19 5:51 pm David Gillilan <david.gillilan09...> [cobirds] CFO Geese and Gulls Workshops Saturday Jan. 26, 2019 (Free) Weld, Larimer
1/23/19 3:25 pm Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14...> [cobirds] Mute Swan - Greeley - Weld Co
1/23/19 1:17 pm William Bevil <william.bevil...> [cobirds] Upcoming Presentations in Denver & Fort Collins
1/23/19 7:39 am David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> Re: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 23, 2019
1/23/19 5:27 am Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 23, 2019
1/22/19 4:13 pm DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> [cobirds] Higbee Valley (Otero) on 21Jan2019
1/22/19 3:05 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] Backyard Swamp Sparrow, Ken Caryl, Jefferson Co Jan 22
1/22/19 10:31 am 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Yard birds, Douglas (including NOGO, FOXSP)
1/22/19 8:44 am Pam Piombino <piombino.pam...> [cobirds] Tonight, 1/22, Manakins in Costa Rica by Dr. Megan Jones-Patterson
1/22/19 5:48 am Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 22, 2019\
1/21/19 6:43 pm Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Pueblo County birds 1/19-1/21
1/21/19 6:03 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 21, 2019
1/20/19 8:36 pm Dave Cameron <davednvr7...> [cobirds] Re: Barnacle Goose
1/20/19 3:47 pm Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [cobirds] Barnacle Goose
1/20/19 2:26 pm Peter Gent <gent...> Fwd: [cobirds] White-winged Scoter, Jefferson
1/20/19 2:17 pm Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...> [cobirds] Glaucous-winged Gull Larimer yes
1/20/19 11:59 am <bay.wren...> [cobirds] White-winged Scoter, Jefferson
1/20/19 5:59 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 20, 2019
1/19/19 4:43 pm Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Another Franklin's Gull - Pueblo Res. Pueblo Co. 1/19
1/19/19 4:07 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> Re: [cobirds] East Africa field guide - thread closed
1/19/19 3:21 pm Gary & Judi Ogle <wypafl...> [cobirds] East Africa field guide
1/19/19 8:46 am <mvjohnski...> [cobirds] Conejos County Rosy-finches
1/19/19 7:43 am 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] West MX Trip - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
1/19/19 4:45 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday , January 19, 2019
1/18/19 7:21 pm Dave Cameron <davednvr7...> [cobirds] Re: Barnacle goose
1/18/19 4:50 pm Jace Wesley Brasher <vwjace...> [cobirds] Barnacle goose
1/18/19 12:23 pm Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe...> [cobirds] Stearn’s lake, Boulder Co- Brant
1/18/19 9:33 am Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> [cobirds] A ramble round Waneka Lake & environs, Thurs., Jan. 17
1/18/19 4:57 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 18, 2019
1/17/19 5:46 pm Steve Getty <sgetty...> [cobirds] Franklin's Gull (breeding plumage in Jan?!), fotos, Pueblo County
1/17/19 9:30 am Peter Burke <peterburke...> Re: [cobirds] Goose at Stearns Lake, Boulder Co
1/17/19 9:04 am Peter Gent <gent...> [cobirds] Goose at Stearns Lake, Boulder Co
1/17/19 4:27 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, January 17, 2019
1/16/19 12:14 pm 'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Varied Thrush, Larimer County
1/16/19 11:48 am Peter Gent <gent...> [cobirds] Stearns Lake, Boulder Co
1/16/19 10:55 am <janeb1952...> [cobirds] Long-tailed Duck at Milavec Reservoir, Frederick, Weld County
1/16/19 7:33 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Barnacle Goose Flew Off Since Last Post
1/16/19 7:16 am 'John Drummond' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Barnacle Goose
1/16/19 6:40 am 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 16, 2019
1/16/19 6:24 am David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] A report from Cheyenne County 1/15
 
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Date: 2/15/19 1:26 pm
From: 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Breeding Bird Survey Routes Available
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Date: 2/15/19 3:47 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 15, 2019
Date: February 15, 2019
Compiler: Allison Hilf, ahilf AT me.com
Phone: (303) 888-5120
E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 15, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.

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

Trumpeter Swan (Mesa, Pueblo)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, Weld)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, Garfield, Larimer)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (Elbert)
Winter Wren (*Jefferson, Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Brown Thrasher (Arapahoe)
American Pipit (*Weld)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)
Chestnut-collard Longspur (Weld)
Snow Bunting (Weld)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, *Denver, Garfield)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)

Gull species: several winter/very early spring gulls are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull).
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”. It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
—On February 12 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir
—On February 11 a Mew Gull (adult) was reported at South Platte Reservoir by Michael Lester.
—On February 11 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.
—On February 10 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Aurora Reservoir. First reported by Ben Sampson on Feb 9.
—On February 10 a Brown Thrasher was reported in Cherry Creek SP at Swim Beach/Smoky Hill Shelter area. First reported on by Alec Hopping on Feb 8.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 14 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23.

DENVER COUNTY:
—On February 14 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
—On February 8 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January and more recently, same locations).

ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 9 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported on CR 178 and on County Road 158 by different people. First reported on February 5 by David Suddjian. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On February 14 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
—On February 12 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Centennial Park in Carbondale. First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
—On February 12 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Carbondale Nature Park by Catherine Hagen.
—On February 9 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Delaney Nature Park by Matt Kuhn.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
—On February 14 a Winter Wren was reported at Ralston Creek - Maple Valley Park by Ginny Bergstrom.
—On February 14 the overwintering Fox Sparrow (Red) continued at Red Rock Trading Post.
—On February 11 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
—On February 9 (30) Brown-capped Rosy-Finch were reported in Echo Hills Area of Evergreen by Ginny Bergstrom,

LARIMER COUNTY:
—On February 12 a Pine Warbler was reported in Fort Collins south of E Harmony Rd and east of S Lemay Ave. First report on February 6 by Nick Komar.
— On February 10 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty. First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.
—On February 9 the overwintering (f) Northern Cardinal was reported. It has been visiting the feeders at the home of Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.
—On February 8 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too. If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.

MESA COUNTY:
—On February 10 (2) Trumpeter Swan were reported at Highline Lake State Park. First reported by Glenn Pearson on Feb 9.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On February 13 a Carolina Wren was reported at 1-23 Reservoir Dr by Tyler Wilson.
—On February 13 (7) Black Scoters were reported at Pueblo SWA. Various large flock numbers have been present at Pueblo Reservoir since (22) were first reported by Brandon Percival on Feb 3.
—On February 12 (1) Trumpeter Swan was reported at Pueblo Reservoir, below the dam. There have been 1-2 Swans reported over the past several days, likely moving between locations at the following locations at Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon Rd. in Pueblo, Mosquito Alley, and Valco Ponds.
—On February 12 (2) Long-tailed Duck were reported at Pueblo Reservoir (SWA on the NW Side of Pueblo Reservoir, west to the ice line, west of Turkey Creek). 2 birds first reported by Brandon Percival on Jan. 19.
—On February 10 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1.
—On February 10 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
—Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.

WELD COUNTY:
—On February 14 an American Pipit was reported at S. Platte River near 168th Ave by Bill Kaempfer.
—On February 13 a (f) Long-tailed Duck was reported at the Firestone Gravel Pit by Tom Whitten.
—On February 10 a Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported on WCR 132. First reported by David Ely on Feb 9
—On February 9 (2) Snow Bunting were reported on WCR 132, 134, and 111-119 area by Steve Mlodinow.

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details on dfobirds.org

South Platte River Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76
Saturday, February 16
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Amershek (Email: mamershek AT msn.com; 303-329-8646)

Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 17
8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Mary Cay Burger (E-mail: mcburger3 AT junco.com; 720-940-8394)

Southeastern Colorado
Monday, February 18
4:00 AM - 7:00 PM
David Suddijian (E-mail: dsuddijian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)

Good Birding,
Allison Hilf
Aurora, CO


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Date: 2/14/19 2:48 pm
From: <mvjohnski...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Birds Pouring In at Monte Vista NWR
Water is now running and birds are congregating at the usual turnouts.
Cinnamon Teal made a showing today as well as Common Goldeneye.

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:54:24 PM UTC-7, <mvjo......> wrote:
>
> The action is picking up at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and
> other Valley places. There are currently 2-3,000 assorted Cackling, Canada
> and Sandhill Cranes at the refuge (Rio Grande County). To see them, they
> are on the 7S and 3E roads. There is still plenty of snow cover so birds
> are flocking to fields with standing grain. Another 2,000 birds (assorted)
> were 2 miles north of La Jara on the east side of the highway.
>
> A trip to Antonito failed to produce Sagebrush Sparrow, which should be
> arriving soon.
>
> Still some Bald Eagles to be seen along South River Road, south of Alamosa
> (Alamosa County).
>
> John Rawinski
> Monte Vista, CO
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Date: 2/14/19 1:00 pm
From: 'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pueblo, Fremont Counties
Footnote:
Although I saw Canyon Wrens and Rock Wrens at Tunnel Drive, the photo is a Bewick’s Wren from the same location.

Dan Stringer
Larkspur, CO

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Date: 2/14/19 7:42 am
From: 'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pueblo, Fremont Counties
Yesterday afternoon at Pueblo SWA (at the end of Swallows Road, Pueblo
County) in the highest-velocity wind I've ever walked in, I saw a Greater
Roadrunner just above the mud flats. I also saw the "herd" of Black Scoters
(I counted 7) among the numerous waterfowl, before many hundreds of birds
lifted up in an effort to elude a Northern Harrier. At the south marina
mixed in with many Ring-billed and a few Herring Gulls were two Lesser
Black-backed, the Great Black-backed, and a Glaucous Gull. At Sailboard
Launch area I saw two Common Loons.

In Canon City (Fremont Co) I saw no sapsuckers in three locations searched.
At Tunnel Drive I saw a Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhees, two Canyon
Wrens, and a Rock Wren. All three wrens were foraging in rocky underbrush
like sparrows. In fact the Rock Wren was associating with two Song
Sparrows, moving and foraging with them.

Dan Stringer
Larkspur, CO



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Date: 2/14/19 5:43 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 14, 2019
Date: February 14, 2019
Compiler: Allison Hilf, ahilf AT me.com
Phone: (303) 888-5120
E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 14, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.

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

Trumpeter Swan (Mesa, Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Prowers)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, *Weld)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, Garfield, Larimer)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (Elbert)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Brown Thrasher (Arapahoe)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)
Chestnut-collard Longspur (Weld)
Snow Bunting (Weld)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, Denver, Garfield)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)

Gull species: several winter/very early spring gulls are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull).
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”. It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
—On February 12 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir
—On February 11 a Mew Gull (adult) was reported at South Platte Reservoir by Michael Lester.
—On February 11 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.
—On February 10 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Aurora Reservoir. First reported by Ben Sampson on Feb 9.
—On February 10 a Brown Thrasher was reported in Cherry Creek SP at Swim Beach/Smoky Hill Shelter area. First reported on by Alec Hopping on Feb 8.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 12 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23.

DENVER COUNTY:
—On February 12 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
—On February 8 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January and more recently, same locations).

ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 9 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported on CR 178 and on County Road 158 by different people. First reported on February 5 by David Suddjian. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On February 12 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
—On February 12 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Centennial Park in Carbondale. First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
—On February 12 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Carbondale Nature Park by Catherine Hagen.
—On February 9 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Delaney Nature Park by Matt Kuhn.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
—On February 13 a Fox Sparrow (Slate) was reported at Red Rock Trading Post by Norm Lewis.
—On February 11 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
—On February 10 the overwintering Fox Sparrow (Red) continued at Red Rock Trading Post.
—On February 9 (30) Brown-capped Rosy-Finch were reported in Echo Hills Area of Evergreen by Ginny Bergstrom,

LARIMER COUNTY:
—On February 12 a Pine Warbler was reported in Fort Collins south of E Harmony Rd and east of S Lemay Ave. First report on February 6 by Nick Komar.
— On February 10 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty. First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.
—On February 9 the overwintering (f) Northern Cardinal was reported. It has been visiting the feeders at the home of Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.
—On February 8 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too. If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.

MESA COUNTY:
—On February 10 (2) Trumpeter Swan were reported at Highline Lake State Park. First reported by Glenn Pearson on Feb 9.

PROWERS COUNTY:
—On February 7 a Tundra Swan was reported on County Road 7 and LL by Jane Stulp.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On February 13 a Carolina Wren was reported at 1-23 Reservoir Dr by Tyler Wilson.
—On February 12 (13) Black Scoters were reported at Pueblo Reservoir (SWA on the NW Side of Pueblo Reservoir, west to the ice line, west of Turkey Creek). Various large flock numbers have been present since (22) were first reported by Brandon Percival on Feb 3.
—On February 12 (1) Trumpeter Swan was reported at Pueblo Reservoir, below the dam. There have been 1-2 Swans reported over the past several days, likely moving between locations at the following locations at Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon Rd. in Pueblo, Mosquito Alley, and Valco Ponds.
—On February 12 (2) Long-tailed Duck were reported at Pueblo Reservoir (SWA on the NW Side of Pueblo Reservoir, west to the ice line, west of Turkey Creek). 2 birds first reported by Brandon Percival on Jan. 19.
—On February 10 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1.
—On February 10 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
—Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.

WELD COUNTY:
—On February 13 a (f) Long-tailed Duck was reported at the Firestone Gravel Pit by Tom Whitten.
—On February 10 a Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported on WCR 132. First reported by David Ely on Feb 9
—On February 9 (2) Snow Bunting were reported on WCR 132, 134, and 111-119 area by Steve Mlodinow.

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details on dfobirds.org

South Platte River Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76
Saturday, February 16
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Amershek (Email: mamershek AT msn.com; 303-329-8646)

Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 17
8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Mary Cay Burger (E-mail: mcburger3 AT junco.com; 720-940-8394)

Southeastern Colorado
Monday, February 18
4:00 AM - 7:00 PM
David Suddijian (E-mail: dsuddijian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)

Good Birding,
Allison Hilf
Aurora, CO







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Date: 2/13/19 6:10 pm
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] A few notes from Otero and Crowley counties Feb 12
The town of Rocky Ford certainly has a lot of White-winged Doves this
winter, there were 181 counted at a roosting site in town on December 18,
2018, on the Rocky Ford Christmas Bird Count.

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 7:05 PM David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> wrote:

> Dale Pate and I focused birding and exploring on parts of Otero and
> Crowley counties yesterday.
>
> In Otero... a flock of at least *114* *White-winged Doves* were at the
> Hillcrest Cemetery at the southeast side of Rocky Ford, gathered in the
> juniper row at the south side. This seemed like a pretty impressive number
> to us, but Steve M. commented that it is indeed unprecedented for Colorado
> and maybe even places near Colorado. The checklist is here, with a few
> images:.
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52650486
> We saw them late in the afternoon as they were flushing or just moving out
> of the south side of the cemetery, and they seemed to mostly depart the
> cemetery area over a few minutes. The cemetery is an eBird hotspot, located
> along CR 20 south of CR EE. A *Say's Phoebe* was at County Road 22.5
> southeast of Rocky Ford; I was surprised that eBird had no other records
> yet this year in southeast CO, 9 Canvasback at Holbrook Reservoir came up
> as rare for eBird.
>
> In Crowley... a flock of about 400* Am. Crows* at the east side of the
> town of Olney Springs seemed a notable number for southeastern CO, more
> than most reports it appears. How's that for thrills. Not much of special
> note in this County.
>
> But considering both counties, and including short forays in Pueblo
> (Nespesta Hills Road area) and Las Animas County (CR 197.6), we collectivey
> found 9 *Loggerhead Shrikes* (no Northern). Raptors were predominantly *Red-tailed
> Hawk* (about 36), *American Kestrel* (about 30), and Nor. Harrier (5).
> Our only others were single *Golden Eagle*, *Bald Eagle* and *Ferruginous
> Hawk*. I mention these especially to draw a contrast to the raptor make
> up observed in Cheyenne County (not that far away, but habitat differences)
> when I visited there in January. On two full field days there we barely
> scraped up 2 each of Red-tailed and Am. Kestrel, had just 1 shrike, and
> there were contrastingly nice numbers of Golden, and Ferrug, and esp.
> Rough-legged Hawks. And in Otero/Crowley we had 5 *Harlan's Red-taileds*,
> compared to none on the Cheyenne efforts. Fun to appreciate the
> differences, and to see all the hawks!
>
> David Suddjian
> Ken Caryl Valley
> Littleton, CO
>
>

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Date: 2/13/19 6:05 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] A few notes from Otero and Crowley counties Feb 12
Dale Pate and I focused birding and exploring on parts of Otero and Crowley
counties yesterday.

In Otero... a flock of at least *114* *White-winged Doves* were at the
Hillcrest Cemetery at the southeast side of Rocky Ford, gathered in the
juniper row at the south side. This seemed like a pretty impressive number
to us, but Steve M. commented that it is indeed unprecedented for Colorado
and maybe even places near Colorado. The checklist is here, with a few
images:.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52650486
We saw them late in the afternoon as they were flushing or just moving out
of the south side of the cemetery, and they seemed to mostly depart the
cemetery area over a few minutes. The cemetery is an eBird hotspot, located
along CR 20 south of CR EE. A *Say's Phoebe* was at County Road 22.5
southeast of Rocky Ford; I was surprised that eBird had no other records
yet this year in southeast CO, 9 Canvasback at Holbrook Reservoir came up
as rare for eBird.

In Crowley... a flock of about 400* Am. Crows* at the east side of the town
of Olney Springs seemed a notable number for southeastern CO, more than
most reports it appears. How's that for thrills. Not much of special note
in this County.

But considering both counties, and including short forays in Pueblo
(Nespesta Hills Road area) and Las Animas County (CR 197.6), we collectivey
found 9 *Loggerhead Shrikes* (no Northern). Raptors were predominantly
*Red-tailed
Hawk* (about 36), *American Kestrel* (about 30), and Nor. Harrier (5). Our
only others were single *Golden Eagle*, *Bald Eagle* and *Ferruginous Hawk*.
I mention these especially to draw a contrast to the raptor make up
observed in Cheyenne County (not that far away, but habitat differences)
when I visited there in January. On two full field days there we barely
scraped up 2 each of Red-tailed and Am. Kestrel, had just 1 shrike, and
there were contrastingly nice numbers of Golden, and Ferrug, and esp.
Rough-legged Hawks. And in Otero/Crowley we had 5 *Harlan's Red-taileds*,
compared to none on the Cheyenne efforts. Fun to appreciate the
differences, and to see all the hawks!

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Date: 2/13/19 4:18 pm
From: 'Joan Glabach' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Says Phoebe and Coopers Hawk. Severance, CO
Both Birds are in our yard today. Today was FOS sighting of the phoebe.

Joan Glabach
Windsor Reservoir

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Date: 2/13/19 2:29 pm
From: 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Fwd: BBS Routes Available
            We invitequalified observers to participate in the Breeding Bird Survey “BBS.”Participants must have the skills to identify the likely species on theirroutes by sight and by sound.             Since 1966 (1968 in Colorado and theWest) the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, originally US Fish & WildlifeService, now the Biological Research Division of the US Geological Survey, hassponsored the Breeding Bird Survey program to monitor birds across the US (andCanada, with the Canadian Wildlife Service). Last year volunteers ran almost3000 routes in the US & Canada.Scientists use BBS results to derive population trends forthe species that the system samples well.             Coloradohas 132 designated BBS routes, and we consistently run more routes than allother states in the U.S. except Texas and California.             A BBS routecovers 24.5 miles. Observers record all the birds they hear and see during a3-minute stop, then drive a half-mile to the next stop. You run the route, onceonly, during the peak of the songbird singing season, from May 25 on the plainsto July 15 in the high country. The ability to identify species by sound iscrucial--I record 75-85% of the birds on my routes by sound, not sight.             Theobserver should have the ability to identify, by sound and sight, most of the species likely to occur along thatroute. On my routes, I identify over 75% of the birds by sound, without everseeing them. We seek a commitment ofthree years, because the BBS prefers route data run by the same person forat least 3 years.             Let me knowif you would like one or more. The following list is organized geographically(sort of). I hope that we can fill most of them with qualified observers whohave good ears.             Thefollowing lists the available routes; I can send more detailed descriptions toyou if you’d like to consider one but want more information. I know it’s old–fashioned, but I use the DeLorme (printed on paper) Atlas to locate routes.3
Hugh Kingery
            Key to routedescriptions:Number and name                   County                        Page in DeLorme AtlasIespecially enjoyed the first few pre-dawn stops along the wetlands area ofPoncha Creek; the dawn Chorus there was often a tad overwhelming.  Anexperience I will never forget.” – Tina Mitchell ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS             East Central & North 17036 Wildhorse Lake            Logan              p95            Startsat intersection of CRds 25 & 58, 25 miles NW of Sterling; West 2 mi, S 10mi on CR 21; West 1.5 mi, south on CR 15 and 17 to end.  17007 Fleming            Phillips                        p 95Starts 8 miles SW of Fleming; easterlyon a series of county roads through Haxtun to end, 5 ½ miles east ofHaxtun.           17214 Kirk                  KitCarson       p 97            Starts5 miles S of Kirk; westerly on CR MM to end.             Southeast 17058 Campo              Baca                P101            Startin Campo; W on CR J 11 miles; north on CR 13 4 miles; west on CR M to end. 17028 Two Buttes      Prowers & Baca          p103            Startat intersection of CR 26 & CR D; east on CR D 9 miles; S on Colo 89 to end. 17327 Timpas              Otero               p100            Starts15 miles west of LaJunta. From Colo. 10, go south on GR 14 for 9 miles, east onGR 11 5.5 miles to Timpas, south 2 miles, east one mile, then south on GR 18 toend.  17220 Haswell            Bent, Kiowa    p 99            Start6 miles N of Las Animas; N 7 miles on CR 10; swing around SE edge of Adobe CrRes. SWA, then N 4 miles on Road 17; E on Road E 2 miles; N 5 miles on Road 19,E 1 mile on Road K, then N on Road 20 to end. 17321 Sheridan Lake    Prowers, Kiowa       p 103            Starton Prowers Co. Rd 30 at Rd VV; north on VV to Kiowa CR W; then east on W toend.             17050  Crowley          Crowley                      p 96Starts in Olney Springs; NE on CanalRoad to CR 8, then north 5 miles; jog west to CR 7, then north 10 miles, jogeast, then north on CR 8 to end              San Luis Valley and Southwest 17124 Blackhead Peak           Archuleta        p 88Starts about 20 miles east of PagosaSprings: on FR 665, go westerly to US 84; S on 84, but no stops on 84, to CR326; Left (east) and resume route on CRR326, to end. Beautiful scenery,demanding drive.  17125 San Luis           Costilla            91-81Start at 11 miles S of Blanca; From Rd.@.5, go north on CR 12 7 miles; just N of Smith Res., go W on Rd CC w miles,then N on CR 104 miles, W on US 160 a mile, N on CO 150 to end. 17223 Piedra               Archuleta                    p88, 87, 77Start at Highway 160, 10 miles west of PagosaSprings; North on Rd 146 and fR 629 7 miles; Left (NW) on Piedra Road to Road 631 and FR 640 past Williams Creek Res.to end             Northwest 17009 Buford             Rio Blanco      pp35, 24, 34Start 2 miles SW of Buford on CR 8; SWlyand NWly on CR 8 to CR 4; west on CR 4 & 36 to CR 13; south on CR 13 toend.  17201 Browns Park    Moffat             p 12Start 20 miles SE of Browns Park NWR;north on CR 10 to Colo 318; NWly on Colo 318 to CR 83; south on CR 83 to end inBrowns Park NWR. 17308 Baxter Pass      Garfield           pp 42,32Starts 15 miles NW of Highline Lake; Non CR 201 over Baxter Pass to end  

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Date: 2/13/19 7:07 am
From: Christy P <passerculus...>
Subject: [cobirds] The latest issue of Colorado Birds is now available to members online
The latest issue of Colorado Birds is now available to members on the CFO
webpage in full color at:
https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/Archives.aspx

Printed copies should arrive in mailboxes soon.

-Christy Payne
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Date: 2/13/19 6:16 am
From: DuWayne Worthington <duwayne.worthington...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Arapahoe Co.: Mew Gull—South Platte Reservoir
I am heading out to the south platte reservoir tonight at 4:30 to look for
the Iceland gull that has been seen there. Gulls are very difficult for me
to tell the difference between, so I would love some help in finding it as
well as the mew gull. Thanks! These would both be lifers for me!

*DuWayne Worthington*

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On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 6:04 PM Michael Lester <mlester126...> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Around 5:30pm, just as light was really starting to go, I found an Adult
> Mew Gull bathing in the open water. The bird was slightly smaller with a
> rounder head and slightly darker back compared to the Ring-billed Gulls,
> and the bill was noticeably thinner and appeared unmarked.
>
> 1 Glaucous Gull and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were around, as well.
>
> Michael Lester
> Littleton
>
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Date: 2/13/19 6:09 am
From: Tom Whitten <uswhittens...>
Subject: [cobirds] Long-tailed Duck, Firestone Gravel Pits, Weld



Found this female Long-Tailed Duck in the Firestone Gravel Pit today at
about 1pm amongst good numbers of the more usual species. It was diving so
much it took me a while to get even this somewhat inferior photo.


Tom Whitten

Denver



[image: IMG_2194.JPG]

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Date: 2/13/19 4:20 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Date: February 13, 2019
Compiler: Allison Hilf, <ahilf...>
Phone: (303) 888-5120
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This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, February 13, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.

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

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Mesa, *Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Prowers)
Black Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Pueblo)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, *Garfield, Larimer)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (Elbert)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Brown Thrasher (Arapahoe)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)
Chestnut-collard Longspur (Weld)
Snow Bunting (Weld)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (Red) (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, *Denver, *Garfield)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)

Gull species: several winter/very early spring gulls are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull). For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”. It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
—On February 12 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir
—On February 11 a Mew Gull (adult) was reported at South Platte Reservoir by Michael Lester.
—On February 11 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.
—On February 10 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Aurora Reservoir. First reported by Ben Sampson on Feb 9.
—On February 10 a Brown Thrasher was reported in Cherry Creek SP at Swim Beach/Smoky Hill Shelter area. First reported on by Alec Hopping on Feb 8.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 12 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23.

DENVER COUNTY:
—On February 12 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
—On February 8 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January and more recently, same locations).

ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 9 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported on CR 178 and on County Road 158 by different people. First reported on February 5 by David Suddjian. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On February 12 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
—On February 12 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Centennial Park in Carbondale. First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
—On February 12 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Carbondale Nature Park by Catherine Hagen.
—On February 9 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Delaney Nature Park by Matt Kuhn.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
—On February 11 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
—On February 10 the overwintering Fox Sparrow (Red) continued at Red Rock Trading Post.
—On February 9 (30) Brown-capped Rosy-Finch were reported in Echo Hills Area of Evergreen by Ginny Bergstrom,

LARIMER COUNTY:
—On February 12 a Pine Warbler was reported in Fort Collins south of E Harmony Rd and east of S Lemay Ave. First report on February 6 by Nick Komar.
— On February 10 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty. First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.
—On February 9 the overwintering (f) Northern Cardinal was reported. It has been visiting the feeders at the home of Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.
—On February 8 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too. If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.

MESA COUNTY:
—On February 10 (2) Trumpeter Swan were reported at Highline Lake State Park. First reported by Glenn Pearson on Feb 9.

PROWERS COUNTY:
—On February 7 a Tundra Swan was reported on County Road 7 and LL by Jane Stulp.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On February 12 (13) Black Scoters were reported at Pueblo Reservoir (SWA on the NW Side of Pueblo Reservoir, west to the ice line, west of Turkey Creek). Various large flock numbers have been present since (22) were first reported by Brandon Percival on Feb 3.
—On February 12 (1) Trumpeter Swan was reported at Pueblo Reservoir, below the dam. There have been 1-2 Swans reported over the past several days, likely moving between locations at the following locations at Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon Rd. in Pueblo, Mosquito Alley, and Valco Ponds.
—On February 12 (2) Long-tailed Duck were reported at Pueblo Reservoir (SWA on the NW Side of Pueblo Reservoir, west to the ice line, west of Turkey Creek). 2 birds first reported by Brandon Percival on Jan. 19.
—On February 10 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1.
—On February 10 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
—Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.

WELD COUNTY:
—On February 10 a Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported on WCR 132. First reported by David Ely on Feb 9
—On February 9 (2) Snow Bunting were reported on WCR 132, 134, and 111-119 area by Steve Mlodinow.
—On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir), but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on Dec 11. This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. .

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details on dfobirds.org

South Platte River Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76
Saturday, February 16
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Amershek (Email: mamershek AT msn.com; 303-329-8646)

Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 17
8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Mary Cay Burger (E-mail: mcburger3 AT junco.com; 720-940-8394)

Southeastern Colorado
Monday, February 18
4:00 AM - 7:00 PM
David Suddijian (E-mail: dsuddijian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)

Good Birding,
Allison Hilf
Aurora, CO

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Date: 2/12/19 9:59 pm
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pueblo birding 2/12
Here is what I saw, with other birders today at Lake Pueblo State Park,
Pueblo County:


Highlights this morning in the SWA on the NW Side of Pueblo Reservoir, west
to the ice line, west of Turkey Creek:

13 Black Scoters (5 males, 8 female type) birds
2 Long-tailed Ducks (seen at the same time, for sure two birds -- I'm now
more sure there were two birds present on Jan 19th, as well)
1 male Barrow's Goldeneye
1 Red-necked Grebe
1 Bufflehead x Common Goldeneye (hybrid)

also, Red-breasted Mergansers, Horned, Eared and Western Grebes


Highlights during the afternoon at Lake Pueblo SP (below the dam and South
Shore Marina):

1 Black Phoebe (below the dam)
1 adult Trumpeter Swan (below the dam)
1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (below the dam)
1 adult Great Black-backed Gull (Shore Marina)
1 first year Glaucous Gull (Shore Marina)

A pretty fun day around Pueblo Reservoir, it is always nice to see and bird
with Hugh and Urling Kingery. They were hoping to see some Black Scoters,
and they certainly saw them and a lot more!

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Date: 2/12/19 6:52 pm
From: 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Bird Bonanza - Pueblo 2
I left out two things:
The best photo from today that I saw: Pearle has a wonderful shot of a Downy Woodpecker in flight.
And, at the farthest west section of the SWA, Brandon picked out for us to view, a Long-tailed Duck , and probably another that had us looking for one or two all over the reservoir.

Hugh

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Date: 2/12/19 4:30 pm
From: 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Bird Bonanza, Pueblo
Today Urling & I enjoyed a bird bonanza at Pueblo Reservoir & vicinity. Escorted by Pearle & Cliff Smith, Bill Maynard, and Brandon Percival we (and John Drummond) saw almost all the specialties reported for the area lately.
On the far west, north side of the reservoir, at Pueblo Res. State Wildlife Area, the quantity of ducks (all diving ducks) amazed us. We may have seen only 1000, but it seemed like a good deal more than that. Estimates: 150 Lesser Scaup, 150-250 Com. Goldeneyes with one beautifully marked Barrow's, 25 Ring-necked Ducks, 50 Common and 100 or more Red-breasted Mergansers. At the first stop we saw two of our hoped-for Black Scoters; further west we counted nine of them, the black males shining with their yellow popups on their bills, the females striking in their contrasting though muted colors. Also 100 Western Grebes and an equal number of Eared Grebes.

Four species of gull, though only Ring-billed at the SWA. The others, Greater Black-backed at the North Marina and Herring and Lesser Black-backed, below the dam. Also below the dam, one Trumpeter Swan, one Black Phoebe.

What a memorable day!


Hugh

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Date: 2/12/19 1:54 pm
From: <mvjohnski...>
Subject: [cobirds] Birds Pouring In at Monte Vista NWR
The action is picking up at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and
other Valley places. There are currently 2-3,000 assorted Cackling, Canada
and Sandhill Cranes at the refuge (Rio Grande County). To see them, they
are on the 7S and 3E roads. There is still plenty of snow cover so birds
are flocking to fields with standing grain. Another 2,000 birds (assorted)
were 2 miles north of La Jara on the east side of the highway.

A trip to Antonito failed to produce Sagebrush Sparrow, which should be
arriving soon.

Still some Bald Eagles to be seen along South River Road, south of Alamosa
(Alamosa County).

John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO

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Date: 2/12/19 11:41 am
From: Georgia Doyle <gadoyle3...>
Subject: [cobirds] Barrow's Goldeneye Larimer
Male at Fossil Creek Reservoir east blind.

Christine Sparks
Georgia Doyle
Fort Collins

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Date: 2/12/19 4:36 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 12
Date: February 12, 2019
Compiler: Allison Hilf, <ahilf...>
Phone: (303) 888-5120
E-mail: <RBA...>

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 12, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.

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

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Mesa, *Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Prowers)
Black Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Weld)
Mew Gull (*Arapahoe)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, *Garfield, *Larimer)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (Arapahoe, Elbert)
Winter Wren (*Jefferson, Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Brown Thrasher (Arapahoe)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)
Chestnut-collard Longspur (Weld)
Snow Bunting (Weld)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe, Denver, Garfield)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)

Gull species: several winter/very early spring gulls are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull).
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”. It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
—On February 11 a Mew Gull (adult) was reported at South Platte Reservoir by Michael Lester.
—On February 11 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir.
—On February 11 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.
—On February 10 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Aurora Reservoir. First reported by Ben Sampson on Feb 9.
—On February 10 a Brown Thrasher was reported in Cherry Creek SP at Swim Beach/Smoky Hill Shelter area. First reported on by Alec Hopping on Feb 8.
—On February 5 2 Loggerhead Shrike were reported by David Suddjian, one on CR 241 (first reported Jan 2) and second on CR 42.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 11 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23.

DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 10 Rusty Blackbird reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
--On February 8 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January and more recently, same locations).

ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 9 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported on CR 178 and on County Road 158 by different people. First reported on February 5 by David Suddjian. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On February 11 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
—On February 11 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Centennial Park in Carbondale. First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
—On February 9 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Delaney Nature Park by Matt Kuhn.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
—On February 11 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
—On February 10 the overwintering Fox Sparrow (Red) continued at Red Rock Trading Post.
—On February 9 (30) Brown-capped Rosy-Finch were reported in Echo Hills Area of Evergreen by Ginny Bergstrom,

LARIMER COUNTY:
—On February 11 a Pine Warbler was reported in Fort Collins south of E Harmony Rd and east of S Lemay Ave. First report on February 6 by Nick Komar.
— On February 10 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty. First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.
—On February 9 the overwintering (f) Northern Cardinal was reported. It has been visiting the feeders at the home of Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.
—On February 8 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too. If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.

MESA COUNTY:
—On February 10 (2) Trumpeter Swan were reported at Highline Lake State Park. First reported by Glenn Pearson on Feb 9.

PROWERS COUNTY:
—On February 7 a Tundra Swan was reported on County Road 7 and LL by Jane Stulp.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On February 11 (5) Black Scoters were reported on Pueblo Reservoir. Various large flock numbers have been present since (22) were first reported by Brandon Percival on Feb 3.
—On February 11 (2) Trumpeter Swans were reported at Valco Ponds. There have been 1-2 Swans reported over the past several days, likely moving between locations at the following locations at Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon Rd. in Pueblo, Mosquito Alley, and Valco Ponds.
—On February 10 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1.
—On February 10 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
—Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.

WELD COUNTY:
—On February 10 a Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported on WCR 132. First reported by David Ely on Feb 9
—On February 9 (2) Snow Bunting were reported on WCR 132, 134, and 111-119 area by Steve Mlodinow.
—On February 5 the overwintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir).
—On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir), but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on Dec 11. This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. .

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details

South Platte River Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76
Saturday, February 16
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Amershek (Email: mamershek AT msn.com; 303-329-8646)

Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 17
8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Mary Cay Burger (E-mail: mcburger3 AT junco.com; 720-940-8394)

Southeastern Colorado
Monday, February 18
4:00 AM - 7:00 PM
David Suddijian (E-mail: dsuddijian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)

Good Birding,
Allison Hilf
Aurora, CO

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Date: 2/11/19 5:04 pm
From: Michael Lester <mlester126...>
Subject: [cobirds] Arapahoe Co.: Mew Gull—South Platte Reservoir
Hi all,

Around 5:30pm, just as light was really starting to go, I found an Adult Mew Gull bathing in the open water. The bird was slightly smaller with a rounder head and slightly darker back compared to the Ring-billed Gulls, and the bill was noticeably thinner and appeared unmarked.

1 Glaucous Gull and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were around, as well.

Michael Lester
Littleton

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Date: 2/11/19 1:19 pm
From: David Gillilan <david.gillilan09...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Field Ornithologists 2019 Convention Headquarters, Montrose, Colorado

CFO is pleased to announce that the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose,
Colorado, will be the headquarters for CFO’s 2019 Convention, and is now
accepting reservations!

CFO has negotiated a special price of $105 per night (plus taxes) for
either Double Queen, or Single King, bedrooms, available only for those who
indicate that they are attending the convention. (If available, there may
be other room options available, but those are not subject to the
discount.)

There will be a total of 86 rooms reserved for CFO for each day of the
convention (June 13-17), plus 3 days prior and 3 days after the convention
for any of you who might want to extend your stay.

To make your reservations, call 970-240-1800, and don’t forget to mention
that you are with CFO! Looking forward to seeing you in Montrose!

David Gillilan, for CFO

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Date: 2/11/19 12:19 pm
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] S Platte Res heads up
Only 7 gulls on the Reservoir this morning. The female Black Scoter is still here. Had all 3 mergansers. Maybe they will all return this evening.

Gregg Goodrich
Highlands Ranch

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Date: 2/11/19 9:00 am
From: <joe......> <joega140...>
Subject: [cobirds] January 2019 Birds, Woodland Park Area and Beyond
January 2019 Birds, Woodland Park Area and Beyond


Red-tailed Hawk- 1 at Pulpit Rock area on 1-26


Bald Eagle- 1 adult at Rampart Reservoir on 1-9


Great Horned Owl- 1 at Rampart Reservoir on 1-9


Downy Woodpecker- 1 on 1-22

Spruce Mountain Trail on 1-16


Hairy Woodpecker- Fox Run Regional Park on 1-16


Blue Jay- 1 at Manitou Springs on 1-7


Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay- Manitou Springs on 1-7, Pulpit Rock area on 1-26,
Palmer Park on 1-28


Steller’s Jay- 4 on 1-11, Spruce Mountain Trail on 1-16


Canada Jay- Glen Cove on 1-5


Clark’s Nutcracker- 2 on 1-30


American Crow- 24 on 1-11


Common Raven- Spruce Mountain Trail on 1-16, 1 at Pulpit Rock area on 1-26


Golden-crowned Kinglet- Little Scraggy Loop Trail at Buffalo Creek RA on 1-2


Mountain Bluebird- Houses on Spruce Mountain Trail on 1-16


American Robin- Pulpit Rock area on 1-26


Townsend’s Solitaire- calling on Little Scraggy Loop Trail at Buffalo Creek
RA on 1-2, calling at Pulpit Rock area on 1-26


Red-breasted Nuthatch- Little Scraggy Loop Trail at Buffalo Creek RA on
1-2, Spruce Mountain Trail on 1-16


White-breasted Nuthatch- 1 on 1-30. Typically seen daily, scarce this winter


Pygmy Nuthatch- Spruce Mountain Trail on 1-16, Fox Run Regional Park on 1-16


Brown Creeper- Lovell Gulch Trail on 1-1, Little Scraggy Loop Trail at
Buffalo Creek RA on 1-2


European Starling- Small flocks hitting the heated birdbath all month, 24
on 1-26, 12 on 1-29


American Tree Sparrow- 10 at Palmer Park on 1-28


Dark-eyed Junco- all 5 subspecies seen many times during snowstorms,
Pink-sided and Slate-colored around most of the time, Oregon and
White-winged around some of the time


Evening Grosbeak- 1F on 1-1, a few on 1-17 and 1-20


Pine Siskin- 1 on 1-29, 2 on 1-30, 3 on 1-31

Spruce Mountain Trail on 1-16


House Finch- 12 on 1-10, 10 on 1-11, 15 on 1-23, 12 on 1-29


Cassin’s Finch- 1F on 1-23, last winter had daily flocks of 10 to 20,
perhaps due to the drought summer and lower reproduction. Previous summer
had lots of rain and snow and reproduction seemed above average.


Red Crossbill- Little Scraggy Loop Trail at Buffalo Creek RA on 1-2



Abert’s Squirrel- 1-3, 2 on 1-7, 1-9, 1-10, 2 on 1-20, 2 on 1-25, 1 on
1-27, 2 on 1-30, 1-31

Palmer Park on 1-28



Joe LaFleur

Woodland Park, Teller County, 8500 feet

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Date: 2/11/19 7:44 am
From: Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 11 2019
Date: February 11 2019
Compiler: Lynne Forrester, <lforrester27...>
Phone: 303-981-1045
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This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 11, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.
 
Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.
 
Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
 
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (*Mesa, *Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Prowers)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Weld)
Glaucous-winged Gull (*Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, Garfield)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (Arapahoe, Elbert)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Brown Thrasher (*Arapahoe)
Rosy Finch (Boulder)
-Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (El Paso)
-Black Rosy-Finch (El Paso)
-Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)
Purple Finch (Boulder)
Chestnut-collard Longspur (Weld)
Snow Bunting (*Weld)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Lark Bunting (Boulder)
Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe, Chaffee, *Denver, Garfield)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)

Gull species: several winter/very early spring gulls are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull). On February 10, 4 Glaucous Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Iceland (Thayer’s) Gulls, and a couple other unidentified gull species were reported in Arapahoe/Jefferson county at South Platte Park reservoir.
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”.  It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.

 
ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On February 10 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Aurora Reservoir. First reported on Feb 9 by Ben Sampson.
--On February 10 a Brown Thrasher was reported in Cherry Creek SP at Swim Beach/Smoky Hill Shelter area. First reported on February 8 by Alec Hopping.
--On February 10 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.
--On February 5 2 Loggerhead Shrike were reported by David Suddjian, one on CR 241 (first reported Jan 2) and second on CR 42.
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir.
 
BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 10 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23. 
--On February 5 a flock (flyover) of Rosy Finch was reported by Thomas Heinrich 1/2 mi up the Brainard Lake road from the Peak to Peak highway.
--On February 5 a Purple Finch was reported in Lyons by Rolf Hertenstein. Seen at feeder on private property. Not seen again and owner not available to provide further access.
--On February 5 a Lark Bunting was reported at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve by Art Reisman. There are no eBird records north of Pueblo in February.
 
CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by Christian Hagenlocher.
 
DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 10 Rusty Blackbird reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
--On February 8 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January and more recently, same locations).
 
ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 9 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported on CR 178 and on County Road 158 by different people. First reported on February 5 by David Suddjian. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On February 10 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and residence.
--On February 5 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (80 Hepburn's) and (160 Gray-crowned) reported on Rainbow Gulch Trail by David Tønnessen.
--On February 5 Black Rosy-Finch (3) reported on Rainbow Gulch Trail by David Tønnessen.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On February 9 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Delaney Nature Park by Matt Kuhn.
--On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial Park in Carbondale.  First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On February 9 Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (30) reported in Echo Hills Area of Evergreen by Ginny Bergstrom,
--On February 10 the (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on November 30 and seen occasionally since.
--On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by David Tonnessen.
--On February 3 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported on private property in Morrison on 2nd Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of the house. 
--On February 3 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
 
LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 10 a Pine Warbler was reported in Fort Collins south of E Harmony Rd, in several locations east of S Lemay Ave. First report on February 6 by Nick Komar.
—On February 9 the overwintering (f) Northern Cardinal was reported. It has been visiting the feeders at the home of Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.  
--On February 8 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too.  If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.  

MESA COUNTY:
--On February 10 & 9 Trumpeter Swan (2) reported at Highline Lake State Park by Glenn Pearson.
--On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque.  First reported by David Prove approx. Jan 30.
 
PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 7 a Tundra Swan was reported on County Road 7 and LL by Jane Stulp.
 
PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 10 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1.
--On February 10 & 9 Trumpeter Swans were reported at Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon Rd. in Pueblo, Mosquito Alley, and Valco Ponds (below).
--On February 9 two Trumpeter Swans were reported at Valco Ponds State Wildlife Area. Early speculation was that it was a single bird also seen at Pueblo Reservoir, but one report has two on different ponds at the same time.
--On February 10 numerous (from 2-14) Black Scoters was reported on Pueblo Reservoir (northwest portion of the lake). First reported February 3 by Brandon Percival.
--On February 10 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
--On February 4 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported by Brandon Percival on Jan 4.
--Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.
 
WELD COUNTY:
--On February 9 Sharp-tailed Grouse (9) were reported in the Pawnee National Grasslands by David Ely, Steven Mlodinow and Matt Hofeditz.
--On February 9 Snow Bunting (2) reported on WCR 132, 134, and 111-119 areas by David Ely, Steven Mlodinow and Matt Hofeditz.
--On February 10 a Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported on WCR 132. First reported on Feb 9 by David Ely and Steven Mlodinow.
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir).
--On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir), but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on Dec 11.  This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. 

 

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website

Park County Explorations - CANCELLLED
Monday, February 11
South Platte River Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76
Saturday, February 16
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Amershek (303-329-8646)
Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 17
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mary Cay Burger (720-940-8394)
Southeastern Colorado
Monday, February 18
4:00 AM - 7:00 PM
David Suddjian (831-713-8659)
Happy Birding!
Lynne

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Date: 2/11/19 5:39 am
From: Christy P <passerculus...>
Subject: [cobirds] CFO Convention 2019 - Montrose - Hotel Announcement


The 2019 CFO Convention is in Montrose, Colorado from June 13-17. Can you
say Black Swifts??



CFO is pleased to announce that the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose,
Colorado, will be the headquarters for CFO’s 2019 Convention, and is now
accepting reservations! CFO has negotiated a special price of $105 per
night (plus taxes) for either Double Queen, or Single King, bedrooms,
available only for those who indicate that they are attending the
convention. (There may be other room options available, but those are not
subject to the discount.) There will be a total of 86 rooms reserved for
CFO for each day of the convention (June 13-17), plus 3 days prior and 3
days after the convention for any of you who might want to extend your
stay. To make your reservations, call 970-240-1800, and don’t forget to
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Date: 2/10/19 7:59 pm
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...>
Subject: [cobirds] Baca, Prowers, Kiowa counties, Feb. 8-10
Hey, all.

With Hannah Floyd and Andrew Floyd, I had a splendid time with the High
Plains Snow Goose Festival, based out of Lamar, Prowers County, the past
few days. Highlights for Hannah and Andrew and me were:

Fri., Feb. 8, "The Black Hole," Two Buttes State Wildlife Area, Baca
County. 8 *greater white-fronted geese* and 1 *yellow-headed blackbird.*
Wind chill well below zero, but most in our group made it out alive.

Fri., Feb. 8, Turks Pond State Wildlife Area & vicinity, Baca County. A *McCown
longspur* mixed in with hundreds of *Lapland longspurs.* It was warmer here
than it was down in The Black Hole, but it was, believe it or not, even
windier. Couldn't get close to the pond (closed to all human activity), but
we saw several flocks of drake *northern pintails* on the wing.

Fri., Feb. 8, Rocking 7K Ranch, Prowers County. The first bird the group
saw was a *greater roadrunner* scampering across the front yard, and the
last birds we saw were *wild turkeys* in the exact same spot. In between,
it was terribly windy, but we did see 30+ *mountain bluebirds* hunting for
terrestrial caterpillars, a wind-tossed *curve-billed thrasher,* and
several *ferruginous hawks.*

Sat., Feb. 9, Lamar Community College, Prowers County. Made several visits,
with Tony Leukering and Tim Smart and with Hannah Floyd, to this ever-birdy
spot. 1 *Carolina nuthatch,* 3 *marsh wrens,* 1 *Townsend solitaire,* 1 *hermit
thrush,* 1 *white-throated sparrow,* 1 *swamp sparrow,* 1 *myrtle warbler,* and
5 *northern cardinals.*

Sat., Feb. 9, Willow Valley subdivision, Prowers County. At the
intersection of Willow Valley Way & Willow Valley Way, Hannah Floyd and I
counted at least 16 *white-winged doves.* This intersection is one block
east of the intersection of Willow Valley Way & Willow Valley Way, and it
is one block south of the intersection of Willow Valley Way & Willow Valley
Way.

Sat., Feb. 9, Big R of Lamar, Prowers County. With Hannah Floyd, 75 *great-tailed
grackles* caterwauling in the strong afternoon wind.

Sun., Feb. 10, Thurston Reservoir, Prowers County. A chatterbox *marsh wren*
was a crowd pleaser.

Sun., Feb, 10, King Reservoir, Kiowa County. Two *golden eagles* perched,
soaring, and even hopping around on the ground. The shallow water here was
frozen; looks like the site could be excellent for spring sandpipers.

Sun., Feb. 10, Upper Queen Reservoir, a.k.a. Neeskah Reservoir, Kiowa
County. We listened to and watched a steady progression of southbound (um?) *snow
geese,* the whole time we were there. Several thousand birds. An adult
female *rough-legged hawk* put in an appearance here too. And we saw a
swift fox.

Sun., Feb. 10, Neegronda Reservoir, Kiowa County. 1 first-cycle *lesser
black-backed gull* and 3 wayward *pine siskins. *A robber fly, perhaps in
the genus *Efferia*, was nice.

Sun., Feb. 10, Neenoshe Reservoir, Kiowa County. At least 20+ *bald eagles,* plus
counts of *mallards, common goldeneyes,* and *common goldeneyes* that blew
the eBIrd filter limits to smithereens.

Thanks to the organizers of the 18th annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival
for the fun-filled weekend, and thanks especially to the hearty field trip
participants for all their mirth and jollity in the face of the unrelenting
wind.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Date: 2/10/19 3:56 pm
From: Michael Lester <mlester126...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] S Platte Res heads up
Hi all,

I’m just about to leave the reservoir and can report at least 4 Glaucous Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, two Iceland (Thayer’s) Gulls, and a couple interesting unidentified gulls. As I got into my car, another large group of gulls flew in, but I didn’t get a chance to see what they were.

Michael Lester
Littleton

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> On Feb 10, 2019, at 4:22 PM, David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> wrote:
>
> I just drove by the south side of the reservoir on 470 and noticed quite a good gull flock out there. I can’t check them out, but if somebody can run over there it might be worthwhile
>
> David Suddjian
> Littleton Colorado see that send their head that
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Date: 2/10/19 3:22 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] S Platte Res heads up
I just drove by the south side of the reservoir on 470 and noticed quite a good gull flock out there. I can’t check them out, but if somebody can run over there it might be worthwhile

David Suddjian
Littleton Colorado see that send their head that

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Date: 2/10/19 10:07 am
From: Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, February 10 2019
Date: February 10 2019
Compiler: Lynne Forrester, <lforrester27...>
Phone: 303-981-1045
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This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, February 10, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.
 
Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.
 
Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
 
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Mesa, *Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Prowers)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Weld)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (*Weld)
Glaucous-winged Gull (*Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, Garfield, La Plata, Larimer)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (Arapahoe, *Elbert)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Brown Thrasher (*Arapahoe)
Rosy Finch (Boulder)
-Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*El Paso)
-Black Rosy-Finch (*El Paso)
-Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Jefferson)
Purple Finch (Boulder)
Chestnut-collard Longspur (*Weld)
Snow Bunting (*Weld)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Lark Bunting (Boulder)
Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe, Chaffee, Denver, *Garfield)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)

Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull).  
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”.  It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.

 
ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On February 9 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Ben Sampson.
--On February 9 a Brown Thrasher was reported in Cherry Creek SP at Swim Beach/Smoky Hill Shelter area and at Dixon Grove. First reported on February 8 by Alec Hopping.
--On February 9 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.
--On February 5 2 Loggerhead Shrike were reported by David Suddjian, one on CR 241 (first reported Jan 2) and second on CR 42.
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir.
 
BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 9 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23. 
--On February 5 a flock (flyover) of Rosy Finch was reported by Thomas Heinrich 1/2 mi up the Brainard Lake road from the Peak to Peak highway.
--On February 5 a Purple Finch was reported in Lyons by Rolf Hertenstein. Seen at feeder on private property. Not seen again and owner not available to provide further access.
--On February 5 a Lark Bunting was reported at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve by Art Reisman. There are no eBird records north of Pueblo in February.
 
CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by Christian Hagenlocher.
 
DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 8 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January and more recently, same locations).
--On February 5 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
 
ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 9 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported on CR 178 and on County Road 158 by different people. First reported on February 5 by David Suddjian. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On February 9 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and residence.
--On February 5 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (80 Hepburn's) and (160 Gray-crowned) reported on Rainbow Gulch Trail by David Tønnessen.
--On February 5 Black Rosy-Finch (3) reported on Rainbow Gulch Trail by David Tønnessen.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On February 9 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Delaney Nature Park by Matt Kuhn.
--On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial Park in Carbondale.  First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On February 9 Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (30) reported in Echo Hills Area of Evergreen by Ginny Bergstrom,
--On February 9 the (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on November 30 and seen occasionally since.
--On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by David Tonnessen.
--On February 3 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported on private property in Morrison on 2nd Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of the house. 
--On February 3 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
 
LA PLATA COUNTY:
--On February 2 the overwintering Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continued at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
 
LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 9 and 8 a Pine Warbler was reported in Fort Collins south of E Harmony Rd, in several locations east of S Lemay Ave. First report on February 6 by Nick Komar.
—On February 9 the overwintering (f) Northern Cardinal was reported. It has been visiting the feeders at the home of Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.  
--On February 8 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too.  If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.  
--On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty.  First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.

MESA COUNTY:
--On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque.  First reported by David Prove approx. Jan 30.
 
PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 7 a Tundra Swan was reported on County Road 7 and LL by Jane Stulp.
 
PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 10 & 9 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1.
--On February 9 two Trumpeter Swans were reported at Valco Ponds State Wildlife Area. Early speculation was that it was a single bird also seen at Pueblo Reservoir, but one report has two on different ponds at the same time.
--On February 9 Trumpeter Swans were reported at Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon Rd. in Pueblo, and Valco Ponds (above).
--On February 9 a raft of (up to 19) Black Scoters was reported on Pueblo Reservoir (northwest portion of the lake). First reported February 3 by Brandon Percival. 
--On February 9 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
--On February 4 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported by Brandon Percival on Jan 4.
--Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.
 
WELD COUNTY:
--On February 9 Sharp-tailed Grouse (9) were reported in the Pawnee National Grasslands by David Ely, Steven Mlodinow and Matt Hofeditz.
--On February 9 Snow Bunting (2) reported on WCR 132, 134, and 111-119 areas by David Ely, Steven Mlodinow and Matt Hofeditz.
--On February 9 a Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported on WCR 132 by David Ely and Steven Mlodinow
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir).
--On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir), but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on Dec 11.  This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. 

 

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website
Note: Monday trip to Park County CANCELLED

Park County Explorations - CANCELLLED
Monday, February 11
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...>; 831-713-8659)
South Platte River Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76
Saturday, February 16
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Amershek (303-329-8646)
Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 17
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mary Cay Burger (720-940-8394)

Happy Birding!
Lynne

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Date: 2/10/19 8:11 am
From: Alan Bell <alan.bell...>
Subject: [cobirds] Boulder goshawk
An adult (f?) goshawk flew in and perched briefly on a tree by our house at 8:45. About 3 mi north of Boulder near US 36. Flew off to northwest. Second goshawk this winter.

Alan Bell, Boulder

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Date: 2/10/19 7:08 am
From: Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...>
Subject: [cobirds] RBA for 2/10 - Delayed
Due to a medical emergency overnight the publication of today's RBA will be delayed.

Thank you for you understanding,
Lynne

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Date: 2/9/19 10:52 pm
From: SeEttaM <seettam...>
Subject: [cobirds] Virginia Rail in Canon City
I recently found a Virginia Rail in Canon City on private property but
could not refind until today when I was able to get a few good pics. I
have uploaded them to my Birds and Nature blog.
<https://birdsandnature.blogspot.com/2019/02/overwintering-virginia-rail.html>

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
http://BirdsAndNature.blogspot.com

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Date: 2/9/19 7:52 pm
From: Diane Roberts <samatha5760...>
Subject: [cobirds] Black Scoters
I just posted on the Facebook page so I thought I would add here for others. Brandon reported seeing 22 Black Scoters last weekend on Pueblo Reservoir. We went to the northwest portion of the lake today & there were 14 Black Scoters. Such a treat.

Diane Roberts
Lone Tree, CO

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Date: 2/9/19 7:26 pm
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pueblo Glaucous-winged Gull and Red-bellied Woodpecker
We traveled from the frigid north country of Denver to the tropical banana
belt of Pueblo this morning 2/9 with 2 target birds in mind,
Glaucous-winged Gull and Red-bellied Woodpecker. After missing both on our
first attempt we gathered intel from several other birders that were on a
similar quest. And were successful on our second attempts. Got some distant
photos of the Gull, but was able to get some fun flight shots. Though
nothing like Bill Maynard’s photos, it was a treat to get one of the shots
of Gull flying over the Great Black-backed Gull (affectionately known as
Murray). You can see it in the list below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52532965

The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a stunning bird with it’s blazing red nape
and barred back. It can be seen on the list below. We had it above the
gazebo at the Nature and Wildlife Center. Be sure to go to the 2nd
location of the Nature and Wildlife Center (also known as Coyote Grill)
down the hill and next to the river. There is a $5 parking fee.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52524744

Gregg Goodrich
Highlands Ranch (cold north country)

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Date: 2/9/19 2:18 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] Say's Phoebe at Littleton, Arapahoe
A Say's Phoebe showed up at St. Mary Church in Littleton at mid-day.
Whether this is a returning bird, or one that has been around the local
region this winter, who knows. None have been seen right near St. Mary this
winter, but one or more along the South Platte corridor are not too far off
from St. Mary. But I was interested to watch this one visit some of the
favored building roof spots of the pair that has nested at the church in
most recent years since I've been watching beginning 2014. It gave an
energetic series of about 10 calls at one point, before moving on.

Whatever the action and intent of the bird, "first of season" records for
this location have varied widely over the years. The "arrivals" I have
noted at this location have been: 1/31/14, 3/1/15, 2/13/16, 3/23/17,
2/18/18 and now 2/9/19. So a cluster in mid-February. Most often the first
sightings were followed by a gap of several weeks before any others were
detected. This may suggest a wintering wanderer, but might there be
occasional early northbound migrants? eBird's frequency graphs for ARA, JEF
and DOU counties show the seasonal upward swing in frequency of occurrence
and numbers as beginning in the 2nd week of March.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Date: 2/9/19 1:14 pm
From: Chris Wilkens <ch.wilkens74...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pueblo swans
While out birding today a ran across a trumpeter swan on valco pond #7. Didn't think to much about it as there has been one in the area for awhile now. However, when I got home I seen that a swan was also reported at the same time at the nearby gravel pit, which aroused my suspicion that there might be two swans in the area. To investigate, I drove up on the stonemoor hills bluffs overlooking the SWA. I was able to see a swan on pond #1 and pond #4 at the same time. Wasn't able to see pond #7 from the vantage point. But there are at least two, and possibly a third swan in the area today.

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Date: 2/9/19 8:06 am
From: Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, February 9 2019
Date: February 9 2019
Compiler: Lynne Forrester, <lforrester27...>
Phone: 303-981-1045
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This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, February 8, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.
 
Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.
 
Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
 
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Grand, Mesa, *Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (*Prowers, Pueblo)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Weld)
Mew Gull (Pueblo)
Glaucous-winged Gull (*Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Denver, Garfield, La Plata, Larimer)
GYRFALCON (*Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (Arapahoe, Elbert)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Prowers, Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Brown Thrasher (*Arapahoe)
Rosy Finch (Boulder)
Purple Finch (Boulder)
Field Sparrow (El Paso)
Lark Bunting (Boulder)
Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer) 
Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe, Chaffee, Denver)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)

Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull).  
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”.  It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.

 
ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On February 9 a Brown Thrasher was reported by Alec Hopping at Cherry Creek SP--Swim Beach & Smoky Hill Shelter area.
--On February 8 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.
--On February 5 2 Loggerhead Shrike were reported by David Suddjian, one on CR 241 (first reported Jan 2) and second on CR 42.
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir.
 
BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 8 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct (and Palo Neighborhood) in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23. 
--On February 5 a flock (flyover) of Rosy Finch was reported by Thomas Heinrich 1/2 mi up the Brainard Lake road from the Peak to Peak highway.
--On February 5 a Purple Finch was reported in Lyons by Rolf Hertenstein. Seen at feeder on private property. Not seen again and owner not available to provide further access.
--On February 5 a Lark Bunting was reported at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve by Art Reisman. There are no eBird records north of Pueblo in February.
 
CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by Christian Hagenlocher.
 
DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 8 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January and more recently, same locations).
--On February 5 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
 
ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 5 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported by David Suddjian on CR 178 east of CR 133. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On February 7 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
 
GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial Park in Carbondale.  First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
 
GRAND COUNTY:
--On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at the hotspot “Confluence Recreation Area”.  First reported by Alicia Arnold on Jan 30.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On February 8 the (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on November 30 and seen occasionally since.
--On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by David Tonnessen.
--On February 3 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported on private property in Morrison on 2nd Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of the house. 
--On February 3 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
 
LA PLATA COUNTY:
--On February 2 the overwintering Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continued at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
 
LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 9 a Pine Warbler was reported on the Oakridge Neighborhood Trail in Fort Collins by Nick Komar.
—On February 9 the overwintering (f) Northern Cardinal was reported. It has been visiting the feeders at the home of Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.  
--On February 8 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too.  If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.  
--On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty.  First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.

MESA COUNTY:
--On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque.  First reported by David Prove approx. Jan 30.
 
PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 8 a Tundra Swan was reported on County Road 7 and LL by Jane Stulp.
--On February 1 a Winter Wren was reported at Lamar Community College by Dorothy Russell.
 
PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 8 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1. 
--On February 8 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo. Previously seen at Valco Ponds State Wildlife Area and likely same bird seen at Pueblo Reservoir - Osprey Picnic Area.
—On February 4 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported by Brandon Percival on Jan 4.
--On February 3 an unprecedented raft of (22) Black Scoters was reported from Pueblo Reservoir by Brandon Percival. 
--On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard Area). First reported by Kara Carrager Jan 19.
--On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.
--On January 31 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
--Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.
 
WELD COUNTY:
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir).
--On January 31 a Brant was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.
--On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir), but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on Dec 11.  This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. 

 

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website
Note: Monday trip to Park County CANCELLED

First Creek at RM Arsenal
Sunday, February 10
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: <patodrisk...>; 303-885-6955) 
Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop
Sunday, February 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: <kvonsaltza...>; 303-941-4881) 
Park County Explorations - CANCELLLED
Monday, February 11
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...>; 831-713-8659)
South Platte River Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76
Saturday, February 16
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Amershek (303-329-8646)
Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 17
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mary Cay Burger (720-940-8394)

Happy Birding!
Lynne

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Date: 2/8/19 9:46 am
From: David Tønnessen <davidtonnessenx...>
Subject: [cobirds] Larimer Gyrfalcon
Meant to say dirt part of Trilby. Bird flew off to the southeast 4 minutes ago now.

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Date: 2/8/19 9:38 am
From: David Tønnessen <davidtonnessenx...>
Subject: [cobirds] Larimer Gyrfalcon
Gyrfalcon is on large posts along dirt road South of landfill right now

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Date: 2/8/19 9:03 am
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Glaucous-winged Gull continues at Pueblo Res. 2/8
I've got a couple requests for an update on this bird from today. I've
just got word that birders were able to see it this morning, at the South
Shore Marina tires at Pueblo Reservoir, Pueblo County. Check out Bill
Maynard's excellent photos from earlier this week at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52420925

I won't be around this weekend, to give any updates on any Pueblo County
birds, since I'll be birding elsewhere this weekend.

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Pueblo West, CO

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Date: 2/8/19 7:12 am
From: Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 8 2019
Date: February 8 2019
Compiler: Lynne Forrester, <lforrester27...>
Phone: 303-981-1045
E-mail:<RBA...>
 
This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 8, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.
 
Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.
 
Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
 
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Grand, Mesa, Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Pueblo)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Weld)
Mew Gull (Pueblo)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, Garfield, La Plata, Larimer)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (Arapahoe, Elbert)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Prowers, Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Rosy Finch (Boulder)
Purple Finch (Boulder)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Lark Bunting (Boulder)
Fox Sparrow (Red) (*Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer) 
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, Chaffee, Denver)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)

Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull).  
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”.  It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.

 
ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On February 5 2 Loggerhead Shrike were reported by David Suddjian, one on CR 241 (first reported Jan 2) and second on CR 42.
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir.
--On February 3 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.
 
BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 7 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct (and Palo Neighborhood) in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23. 
--On February 5 a flock (flyover) of Rosy Finch was reported by Thomas Heinrich 1/2 mi up the Brainard Lake road from the Peak to Peak highway.
--On February 5 a Purple Finch was reported in Lyons by Rolf Hertenstein. Seen at feeder on private property. Not seen again and owner not available to provide further access.
--On February 5 a Lark Bunting was reported (unconfirmed) at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve by Art Reisman. There are no eBird records north of Pueblo in February.
 
CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by Christian Hagenlocher.
 
DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
--On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January, same locations) by Matt Gray.
 
ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 5 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported by David Suddjian on CR 178 east of CR 133. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On February 7 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
 
GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial Park in Carbondale.  First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
 
GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at the hotspot “Confluence Recreation Area”.  First reported by Alicia Arnold on Jan 30.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On February 7 the (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post by Norm Lewis. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on November 30 and seen occasionally since.
---On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by David Tonnessen.
---On February 3 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported on private property in Morrison on 2nd Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of the house. 
---On February 3 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
 
LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2 the overwintering Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continued at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
 
LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 6 a Pine Warbler was reported on the Oakridge Neighborhood Trail (west of McMurray Ave) by Nick Komar.
--On February 3 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too.  If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.  
---January 31 the GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. 
---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty.  First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.
—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.  

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque.  First reported by David Prove approx. Jan 30.
 
PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 1 a Winter Wren was reported at Lamar Community College by Dorothy Russell.
 
PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Trumpeter Swan was reported Valco Ponds State Wildlife Area by Rod Schmidt.
--On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Pueblo Res - Osprey Picnic Area.  Likely the same bird that had been seen for the past few weeks at Valco Ponds SWA.
—On February 4 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported by Brandon Percival on Jan 4.
---On February 4 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1. 
---On February 3 an unprecedented raft of (22) Black Scoters was reported from Pueblo Reservoir by Brandon Percival. 
---On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard Area). First reported by Kara Carrager Jan 19.
---On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.
---On January 31 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.
 
WELD COUNTY:
---On February 5 the overwintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir).
--On January 31 a Brant was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.
---On January 31 a wintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir). 
---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir), but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on Dec 11.  This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. 

 

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website
Joder Ranch
Saturday, February 9
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (303-604-0531)
First Creek at RM Arsenal
Sunday, February 10
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: <patodrisk...>; 303-885-6955) 
Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: <kvonsaltza...>; 303-941-4881) 
Park County Explorations
Monday, February 11
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...>; 831-713-8659)

Happy Birding!

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Date: 2/7/19 9:53 am
From: kalistongue <kalistongue...>
Subject: [cobirds] Crystal Wilson Arapaho County
Funny you should mention the lack of birds at Richmil Ranch Open Space. I visited last Saturday, and I made it halfway around the loop before I saw or heard a single bird. I ended up seeing a small group of American Tree Sparrows, and a few juncos. My treat came as I was about to get in my car when I spotted a Rough-legged Hawk overhead.

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Date: 2/7/19 8:09 am
From: Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...>
Subject: [cobirds] RE: Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7 2019
From: Lynne Forrester
Sent: Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:06 AM
To: <cobirds...>
Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7 2019

Date: February 7 2019
Compiler: Lynne Forrester, <lynne_forrester...> (best), <lforrester27...>
Phone: 303-981-1045
E-mail:<RBA...>
 
This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.
 
Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.
 
Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
 
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Grand, Mesa, Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Pueblo)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Weld)
Mew Gull (Pueblo)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, Garfield, La Plata, Larimer)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (*Arapahoe, *Elbert)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Prowers, Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Rosy Finch (*Boulder)
Purple Finch (*Boulder)
Field Sparrow (Baca, *El Paso)
Lark Bunting (Boulder)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer) 
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, Chaffee, Denver)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)

Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull).  
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”.  It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.

 
ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On February 5 2 Loggerhead Shrike were reported by David Suddjian, one on CR 241 (first reported Jan 2) and second on CR 42.
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir.
--On February 3 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy Mihm-Dunning.
 
BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 6 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct (and Palo Neighborhood) in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23. 
--On February 5 a flock (flyover) of Rosy Finch was reported by Thomas Heinrich 1/2 mi up the Brainard Lake road from the Peak to Peak highway.
--On February 5 a Purple Finch was reported in Lyons by Rolf Hertenstein. Seen at feeder on private property. Not seen again and owner not available to provide further access.
--On February 5 a Lark Bunting was reported at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve by Art Reisman. There are no eBird records north of Pueblo in February.
 
CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by Christian Hagenlocher.
 
DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
--On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January, same locations) by Matt Gray.
 
ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 5 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported by David Suddjian on CR 178 east of CR 133. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On February 6 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
 
GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial Park in Carbondale.  First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
 
GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at the hotspot “Confluence Recreation Area”.  First reported by Alicia Arnold on Jan 30.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by David Tonnessen.
---On February 3 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported on private property in Morrison on 2nd Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of the house. 
---On February 3 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
 
LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2 the overwintering Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continued at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
 
LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 6 a Pine Warbler was reported on the Oakridge Neighborhood Trail (west of McMurray Ave) by Nick Komar.
--On February 3 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too.  If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.  
---January 31 the GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. 
---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty.  First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.
—On January 30 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was seen again. Reported by Ryan Graves on Jan 26.
—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.  

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque.  First reported by David Prove approx. Jan 30.
 
PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 1 a Winter Wren was reported at Lamar Community College by Dorothy Russell.
 
PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Trumpeter Swan was reported Valco Ponds State Wildlife Area by Rod Schmidt.
--On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Pueblo Res - Osprey Picnic Area.  Likely the same bird that had been seen for the past few weeks at Valco Ponds SWA.
—On February 4 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported by Brandon Percival on Jan 4.
---On February 4 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1. 
---On February 3 an unprecedented raft of (22) Black Scoters was reported from Pueblo Reservoir by Brandon Percival. 
---On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard Area). First reported by Kara Carrager Jan 19.
---On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.
---On January 31 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.
 
WELD COUNTY:
---On February 5 the overwintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir).
--On January 31 a Brant was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.
---On January 31 a wintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir). 
---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir), but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on Dec 11.  This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. 

 

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website
Joder Ranch
Saturday, February 9
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark  (303-604-0531)
First Creek at RM Arsenal
Sunday, February 10
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: <patodrisk...>; 303-885-6955) 
Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: <kvonsaltza...>; 303-941-4881) 
Park County Explorations
Monday, February 11
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...>; 831-713-8659)

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Date: 2/7/19 8:05 am
From: Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...>
Subject: [cobirds] RE: Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7 2019
FIX: Flock of finches seen in Boulder county by Thomas Heinrich were Rosy Finches (summary was correct, detail wrong).


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From: Lynne Forrester
Sent: Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:06 AM
To: <cobirds...>
Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7 2019

Date: February 7 2019
Compiler: Lynne Forrester, <lynne_forrester...> (best), <lforrester27...>
Phone: 303-981-1045
E-mail:<RBA...>
 
This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.
 
Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.
 
Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
 
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Grand, Mesa, Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Pueblo)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Weld)
Mew Gull (Pueblo)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, Garfield, La Plata, Larimer)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (*Arapahoe, *Elbert)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Prowers, Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Rosy Finch (*Boulder)
Purple Finch (*Boulder)
Field Sparrow (Baca, *El Paso)
Lark Bunting (Boulder)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer) 
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, Chaffee, Denver)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)

Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull).  
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”.  It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.

 
ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On February 5 2 Loggerhead Shrike were reported by David Suddjian, one on CR 241 (first reported Jan 2) and second on CR 42.
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir.
--On February 3 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy Mihm-Dunning.
 
BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 6 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct (and Palo Neighborhood) in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23. 
--On February 5 a flock (flyover) of Rosy Finch was reported by Thomas Heinrich 1/2 mi up the Brainard Lake road from the Peak to Peak highway.
--On February 5 a Purple Finch was reported in Lyons by Rolf Hertenstein. Seen at feeder on private property. Not seen again and owner not available to provide further access.
--On February 5 a Lark Bunting was reported at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve by Art Reisman. There are no eBird records north of Pueblo in February.
 
CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by Christian Hagenlocher.
 
DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
--On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January, same locations) by Matt Gray.
 
ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 5 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported by David Suddjian on CR 178 east of CR 133. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On February 6 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
 
GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial Park in Carbondale.  First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
 
GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at the hotspot “Confluence Recreation Area”.  First reported by Alicia Arnold on Jan 30.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by David Tonnessen.
---On February 3 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported on private property in Morrison on 2nd Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of the house. 
---On February 3 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
 
LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2 the overwintering Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continued at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
 
LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 6 a Pine Warbler was reported on the Oakridge Neighborhood Trail (west of McMurray Ave) by Nick Komar.
--On February 3 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too.  If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.  
---January 31 the GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. 
---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty.  First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.
—On January 30 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was seen again. Reported by Ryan Graves on Jan 26.
—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.  

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque.  First reported by David Prove approx. Jan 30.
 
PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 1 a Winter Wren was reported at Lamar Community College by Dorothy Russell.
 
PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Trumpeter Swan was reported Valco Ponds State Wildlife Area by Rod Schmidt.
--On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Pueblo Res - Osprey Picnic Area.  Likely the same bird that had been seen for the past few weeks at Valco Ponds SWA.
—On February 4 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported by Brandon Percival on Jan 4.
---On February 4 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1. 
---On February 3 an unprecedented raft of (22) Black Scoters was reported from Pueblo Reservoir by Brandon Percival. 
---On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard Area). First reported by Kara Carrager Jan 19.
---On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.
---On January 31 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.
 
WELD COUNTY:
---On February 5 the overwintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir).
--On January 31 a Brant was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.
---On January 31 a wintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir). 
---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir), but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on Dec 11.  This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. 

 

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website
Joder Ranch
Saturday, February 9
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark  (303-604-0531)
First Creek at RM Arsenal
Sunday, February 10
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: <patodrisk...>; 303-885-6955) 
Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: <kvonsaltza...>; 303-941-4881) 
Park County Explorations
Monday, February 11
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Date: 2/7/19 7:06 am
From: Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7 2019
Date: February 7 2019
Compiler: Lynne Forrester, <lynne_forrester...> (best), <lforrester27...>
Phone: 303-981-1045
E-mail:<RBA...>
 
This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 7, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.
 
Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.
 
Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
 
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Grand, Mesa, Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Pueblo)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Weld)
Mew Gull (Pueblo)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, Garfield, La Plata, Larimer)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Loggerhead Shrike (*Arapahoe, *Elbert)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Prowers, Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Rosy Finch (*Boulder)
Purple Finch (*Boulder)
Field Sparrow (Baca, *El Paso)
Lark Bunting (Boulder)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer) 
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, Chaffee, Denver)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)

Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull).  
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”.  It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.

 
ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On February 5 2 Loggerhead Shrike were reported by David Suddjian, one on CR 241 (first reported Jan 2) and second on CR 42.
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir.
--On February 3 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy Mihm-Dunning.
 
BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 6 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct (and Palo Neighborhood) in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23. 
--On February 5 a flock (flyover) of Purple Finch was reported by Thomas Heinrich 1/2 mi up the Brainard Lake road from the Peak to Peak highway.
--On February 5 a Purple Finch was reported in Lyons by Rolf Hertenstein. Seen at feeder on private property. Not seen again and owner not available to provide further access.
--On February 5 a Lark Bunting was reported at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve by Art Reisman. There are no eBird records north of Pueblo in February.
 
CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by Christian Hagenlocher.
 
DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
--On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January, same locations) by Matt Gray.
 
ELBERT COUNTY
--On February 5 a Loggerhead Shrike was reported by David Suddjian on CR 178 east of CR 133. There is no winter season precedent in eBird for the county.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On February 6 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
 
GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial Park in Carbondale.  First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
 
GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at the hotspot “Confluence Recreation Area”.  First reported by Alicia Arnold on Jan 30.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by David Tonnessen.
---On February 3 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported on private property in Morrison on 2nd Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of the house. 
---On February 3 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
 
LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2 the overwintering Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continued at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
 
LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 6 a Pine Warbler was reported on the Oakridge Neighborhood Trail (west of McMurray Ave) by Nick Komar.
--On February 3 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too.  If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.  
---January 31 the GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. 
---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty.  First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.
—On January 30 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was seen again. Reported by Ryan Graves on Jan 26.
—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.  

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque.  First reported by David Prove approx. Jan 30.
 
PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 1 a Winter Wren was reported at Lamar Community College by Dorothy Russell.
 
PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Trumpeter Swan was reported Valco Ponds State Wildlife Area by Rod Schmidt.
--On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Pueblo Res - Osprey Picnic Area.  Likely the same bird that had been seen for the past few weeks at Valco Ponds SWA.
—On February 4 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported by Brandon Percival on Jan 4.
---On February 4 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1. 
---On February 3 an unprecedented raft of (22) Black Scoters was reported from Pueblo Reservoir by Brandon Percival. 
---On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard Area). First reported by Kara Carrager Jan 19.
---On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.
---On January 31 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.
 
WELD COUNTY:
---On February 5 the overwintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir).
--On January 31 a Brant was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.
---On January 31 a wintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir). 
---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir), but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on Dec 11.  This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. 

 

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website
Joder Ranch
Saturday, February 9
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (303-604-0531)
First Creek at RM Arsenal
Sunday, February 10
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: <patodrisk...>; 303-885-6955) 
Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: <kvonsaltza...>; 303-941-4881) 
Park County Explorations
Monday, February 11
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...>; 831-713-8659)

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Date: 2/7/19 6:22 am
From: R Carol Cushman <r.cushman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Singing dipper, Boulder County
On Tuesday an American dipper was singing madly and blinking his white eyelid in Boulder Creek under the 30th Street bridge in Boulder. There was some debris I thought might be the beginning of a nest on one of the ledges, so I hope he will stay around for awhile. The song was so loud I heard it as I approached the bridge from some distance away, and yet everyone else walked right by without paying any attention. The easiest way to access this spot is to park at Scott Carpenter Park.
Carol Cushman
East Boulder County

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Date: 2/6/19 7:32 pm
From: <Meredith.McBurney...>
Subject: [cobirds] Barr Lake Fall Banding Summary/Highlights


Hi COBirders,


The middle of winter – a time when bird banders and many other field
biologists have a chance to catch up. So, a perfect time to share
highlights of the 2018 fall banding season at Barr Lake!


It was a big year for migrating songbirds. We caught 1,902 individual
birds, the most in any year in over a decade. It was comforting to have
such an excellent season after a dismal 2017 fall (we caught 75% more in
2018) and an equally terrible 2018 spring.



Almost every “regular” species did well. Wilson’s Warblers, almost always
our most frequently caught species, again led the parade. We caught 626,
which is more than any year since 2006, when we caught 647. However,
Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers (mostly Audubon’s) – at 213 and
232 respectively - were off the charts compared to normal years. These
three species (out of 61 total) accounted for over half of the birds we
caught. If we throw in Ruby-crowned Kinglets at 78 (another high number),
we get four species producing 60 percent of the birds caught.


Sparrows generally did well, with our three most commonly caught species –
Song, Lincoln’s, and White-crowned (Gambel’s) - all coming in well above
average. We also caught more Clay-colored Sparrows (39) than in any prior
year, but that was primarily because we caught 27 on September 5, the
morning after a rain storm hit during the night. The most interesting
thing about those CCSPs was that almost all of them had plenty of fat –
they stopped because of the rain, not to refuel.

In the extra-special species category, the Broad-winged Hawk was the big
adrenalin pumper and the Kestrel the personality award-winner. (This was
the first-ever BWHA and the first AMKE in over a decade.) Among the
species our nets are actually designed to catch, the closest to rarities
were a Tennessee and Chestnut-sided Warbler, a Field Sparrow, and 3 Marsh
Wrens (the first since 2007). No big storms blowing Eastern birds off
course this year.


Photos are posted on the Bird Conservancy website at
birdconservancy.org/big-year-for-banding-at-barr-lake


We are thinking about spring banding! I look forward to seeing many of you
at Chatfield sometime between April 25 and May 31. Find details at
www.denveraudubon.org


Meredith McBurney
Bander
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies


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Date: 2/6/19 7:29 pm
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...>
Subject: [cobirds] High Plains Snow Goose Festival, Lamar, Prowers County, THIS WEEKEND
Hey, all.

It's early February. It's snowing. It's cold. That means it's time for the
annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival <https://highplainssnowgoose.com/>,
based out of Lamar, Prowers County. The festival begins tomorrow, Thursday,
Feb. 7, and runs through the weekend. I absolutely love this time of year
down there. Although it's decidedly still winter, signs of spring abound:
big flocks of Mountain Bluebirds roaming about, Northern Cardinals singing
their heads off, Greater Roadrunners cooing from south-facing outcroppings,
the first Cinnamon Teals, Sandhill Cranes on the move, and, on sunny
afternoons, mourning cloak butterflies and oblique-lined tiger beetles.
With so many birders down there, it's a guarantee we'll find a rarity or
three, especially in the notorious Black Hole of Baca County. Oh, and one
other thing: the keynote address. I don't want to give it all away, but I'm
told there will be never-before-seen footage of state police sting
operations, pants-crappifyingly horrific arthropods, and mega blowout death
parties at Boulder Reservoir. See tease below.

I hope to see many of you in and around Lamar!

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

P.s. White-winged Dove singing yesterday, Feb. 5, at Boulder Creek at 75th
Street, Boulder County. They have White-winged Doves in Lamar, too.

[image: 101 Snow Goose Festival.png]


[image: 102 Snow Goose Festival.png]


[image: 103 Snow Goose Festival.jpg]


[image: 104 Show Goose Festival.png]


[image: 105 Snow Goose Festival.jpg]



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Date: 2/6/19 1:40 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] Elbert and eastern Arapahoe counties Feb 5
I owled some across the north central tier of Elbert County early yesterday
morning, encountering *Nor. Saw-whet Owl* in the pine forest block at
Elizabeth (a cool but short visual of a bird perched on a roadside fence
post), *Eastern Screech-Owl *at East Bijou Creek and Big Sandy Creek, *Barn
owl *at East Bijou Creek and, of course, a number of *Great Horned
Owls *holding
forth. It was near calm and the dark starry skies were amazing, until the
fog toward sunrise.

I was impressed to encounter 3 winter *Loggerhead Shrikes*. One in
northeastern Elbert at CR 178 east of CR 133 had no winter season precedent
in eBird for the county. Two in Arapahoe County included one at CR 241
continuing from when I saw it on Jan 2, and another at CR 42. That's Three
Loggerheads on Feb 5, but I did not find any Northern Shrikes all day!
A *White-throated
Sparrow* with juncos was a treat at the CR 241 shrike spot. There were
several flocks of 30-250* Lapland Longspurs* eastern Arapahoe, all in grain
stubble fields. Elbert had few raptors but a single *Rough-legged
Hawk*, *Ferruginous
Hawk *and *Golden Eagle*, but the wide expanses of Arapahoe seemed nearly
raptor free, yielding only 3 *Red-tailed Hawks* and 2 *Am. Kestrels *up to
me.

Richmil Ranch Open Space in Arapahoe is a lovely spot, but don't go there
now to practice counting birds. I made the 1.5 mile loop walk in good
conditions, but had only four individual birds to count actually in the
open space preserve: 3 *Eastern Bluebirds* (a treat) and one *Hairy
Woodpecker.*

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Date: 2/6/19 1:03 pm
From: stewar2090 <stewar2090...>
Subject: [cobirds] Northern Goshawk, El Paso County
All, 
I just had an adult NOGO at the base of Cheyenne Mountain in El Paso Co., just below NORAD. It came in, presumably off the mountain right on the heals of a decent snow squall.
Best,Tyler J. StewartColorado Springs


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Date: 2/6/19 12:59 pm
From: Rolf Hertenstein, Lyons <rfherten...>
Subject: [cobirds] Purple Finch, Lyons, Boulder County
Had (what looks like) a female Purple Finch visit the feeder yesterday, mid
afternoon. Didn't stay long and have not seen it return. Thanks for the
ID help Carl!

Rolf Hertenstein, Lyons, Boulder County

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Date: 2/6/19 12:00 pm
From: Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...>
Subject: [cobirds] Rusty Blackbirds at First Creek @ Denver, Denver County, yes
Yesterday I tried my luck at finding the Rusty Blackbirds that have been at
First Creek park near the stable (east of the light rail bridge) and after
spending twenty minutes I did get a photo of on bird that turned out to be
a Rusty Blackbird. I had my doubts though since I lost the bird after
getting two photos, one poor and the other from the back, and after
thinking I refund it I found instead a Red-winged Blackbird male that
disappointed me. However my photos on ebird have been confirmed. So these
birds, while not reported for a few days are still present. They were
mainly hidden in the cattails across from the stables. This is my check
list link. Sorry for the later post, I wanted to make sure my photos were
the right ones.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52420194

Brian Johnson,
Englewood Co

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Date: 2/6/19 10:16 am
From: Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Ward, Left Hand Res, Boulder Cty, 2/5
Yesterday I rode my bike up to the Brainard Lake gateway trailhead, then hiked up to, and around, Left Hand Reservoir in hopes of finding White-tailed Ptarmigan. The weather was close to ideal: temps around, or just below, freezing, wind gusts up to 15/20 mph mainly only right up at the reservoir, large gaps of beautiful blue sky, fresh snow, but snowshoes not necessary. Unfortunately, I didn’t come across any ptarmigan. I wonder if perhaps they were in amongst the pines, or maybe up higher on the windswept ridges. Or, maybe just very well camouflaged.

I found a flock of 5-6 Pine Grosbeaks at a feeder in lower Ward around 11:15 am, and a pair of Am. Three-toed Woodpeckers on the jeep road to Left Hand Res about a quarter mile up from the trailhead. Also had a flock of rosy finches (75-100) fly overhead around 12:15 about 1/2 mi up the Brainard Lake road from the Peak to Peak highway. They were coming from lower elevations heading up, so possible they were coming from Ward. I did not see any while in town however.

Great day to be up there.

Thomas Heinrich
Boulder, CO
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Date: 2/6/19 7:22 am
From: Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, February 6 2019
Date: February 6 2019
Compiler: Lynne Forrester, <lynne_forrester...> (best), <lforrester27...>
Phone: not available at this time
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This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 5, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.
 
Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.
 
Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
 
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Grand, Mesa, *Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Pueblo)
Black Scoter (*Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Weld)
Mew Gull (Pueblo)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, Garfield, La Plata, Larimer)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Prowers, Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Field Sparrow (Baca, El Paso)
Lark Bunting (*Boulder)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer) 
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, Chaffee, *Denver)

Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Thayer’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull).  
For more information on these Gull species, as well as other birds not on RBA list, please check cobirds.org, scroll down to the very bottom “Bird Trax” and click on “sightings”.  It will list ALL birds reported on e-bird for the day.

 
ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On February 5 the overwintering (f) Black Scoter continued at South Platte Reservoir continued.
--On February 3 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird continued, north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy Mihm-Dunning.
 
BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Lark Bunting was reported at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve by Art Reisman. There are no eBird records north of Pueblo in February.
--On February 5 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct (and Palo Neighborhood) in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich Jan 23. 
 
CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by Christian Hagenlocher.
 
DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. First reported by Denver Urban CBC on Jan 1.
--On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January, same locations) by Matt Gray.
 
EL PASO COUNTY:
—On February 4 the overwintering Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
 
GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial Park in Carbondale.  First reported by Vic Zerbi on Feb 2.
 
GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at the hotspot “Confluence Recreation Area”.  First reported by Alicia Arnold on Jan 30.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by David Tonnessen.
---On February 3 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported on private property in Morrison on 2nd Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of the house. 
---On February 3 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Morrison Park.
 
LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2 the overwintering Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continued at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
 
LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 3 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen periodically this winter too.  If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.  
---January 31 the GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. 
---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Grandview Cemetery on the adjacent golf course midway along the cemetery’s southern border that runs east-west; approx. 50 yds east of the port a potty.  First reported by David Leatherman on Jan 8.
—On January 30 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was seen again. Reported by Ryan Graves on Jan 26.
—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.  

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque.  First reported by David Prove approx. Jan 30.
 
PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 1 a Winter Wren was reported at Lamar Community College by Dorothy Russell.
 
PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 5 a Trumpeter Swan was reported Valco Ponds State Wildlife Area by Rod Schmidt.
--On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Pueblo Res - Osprey Picnic Area.  Likely the same bird that had been seen for the past few weeks at Valco Ponds SWA.
—On February 4 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported by Brandon Percival on Jan 4.
---On February 4 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported by David Tonnesson on Feb 1. 
---On February 3 an unprecedented raft of (22) Black Scoters was reported from Pueblo Reservoir by Brandon Percival. 
---On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard Area). First reported by Kara Carrager Jan 19.
---On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.
---On January 31 the overwintering Winter Wren continued at Valco Ponds.
---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.
 
WELD COUNTY:
---On February 5 the overwintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir).
--On January 31 a Brant was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.
---On January 31 a wintering (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir). 
---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir), but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on Dec 11.  This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. 

 

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website
Joder Ranch
Saturday, February 9
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (303-604-0531)
First Creek at RM Arsenal
Sunday, February 10
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: <patodrisk...>; 303-885-6955) 
Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: <kvonsaltza...>; 303-941-4881) 
Park County Explorations
Monday, February 11
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...>; 831-713-8659)

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Date: 2/5/19 6:23 pm
From: Greg Pasquariello <greg...>
Subject: RE: [cobirds] Storm impact on birds
The storms may affect the birds. There is has been some discussion on this mailing list, I believe, in the past, that snow on the ground at higher elevations sends Rosy Finches to lower altitudes, and Red Rocks can be one of the beneficiaries of that.

Regards
-Greg Pasquariello

From: Eric Storms
Sent: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 7:10 PM
To: <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Storm impact on birds

Hello,
     I am new to Colorado (Castle Rock) and had a quick question. Do storms like the one about to come through tend to push down some of the higher elevation birds like the Rosie finches and grosbeaks into places like Red Rocks? Or, is it just another day in the mountains for them? :-) 

Thanks!
Eric Storms 
Castle Rock
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Date: 2/5/19 6:10 pm
From: Eric Storms <ericbs1975...>
Subject: [cobirds] Storm impact on birds
Hello,
I am new to Colorado (Castle Rock) and had a quick question. Do storms
like the one about to come through tend to push down some of the higher
elevation birds like the Rosie finches and grosbeaks into places like Red
Rocks? Or, is it just another day in the mountains for them? :-)

Thanks!
Eric Storms
Castle Rock

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Date: 2/5/19 2:55 pm
From: Scott Baily <skbaily...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: The value of COBIRDS
In the spirit of encouraging further discussion on this post, I'd like to
echo the importance of respect and objectively sharing accurate and timely
information in a venue like this. It's also valuable to have place where
you can ask questions or offer observations for discussion and comment.
There are indeed many fine and interesting examples that illustrate the
value of COBIRDS and similar discussion groups around the country. Whenever
I travel, the local equivalent of COBIRDS is a resource that I try to
locate for prior to arriving.

Dave raises an interesting point about the sense of discovery, and the
potential impact of modern communications upon that. There is no denying
that getting out to look for, and occasionally finding something unusual is
pretty great! Getting back to the value of COBIRDS, so is sharing that
information with others. So I think the two are not mutually exclusive, but
can and should be complementary. Without people taking the initiative to go
out and see what's around, there would be far less information to share
with others. I think it's up to each of us to decide how to pursue - and
hopefully advance - our knowledge and appreciation of the wondrous avian
world. Hopefully everyone can find a balance they are comfortable with!

For what it's worth, that's how I look at it. Cheers,

Scott Baily
Fort Collins

On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 8:29:02 AM UTC-7, Dave Leatherman wrote:
>
> A while back we had a thread on this listserv about whether COBIRDS should
> continue, the various merits of different social media platforms and
> alerts, etc. This morning so far seems like a great example of why COBIRDS
> should be the premier site for Colorado birding information. We have had
> back-and-forth, very detailed, exchange on listing rules; an up-to-date
> rare bird alert; and wonderful discussion supplemented with photos, video
> and follow-up from another birder of very interesting raven behavior.
> Can't get all that anywhere else.
>
> There are two things I wanted to add to the thread last year but refrained
> at the time: 1) if any one of us knows any thing about a bird because
> someone else told us, that is a PRIVILEGE, not a right (including whether
> you hear it instantaneously or a month later than the new information was
> learned by the other person), and 2) the absolute best part of birding is
> the SENSE OF DISCOVERY which is at risk of extinction from too much
> detailed intel. To my way of thinking, finding a rare bird by following a
> treasure map is equal in thrill, and in many cases less so, than finding a
> good bird on your own or seeing a common bird doing something you've never
> observed before. May we experience and respectfully share all of these
> categories, and many others, on COBIRDS.
>
> Dave Leatherman
> Fort Collins
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Date: 2/5/19 7:19 am
From: Lynne Forrester <lforrester27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 5

Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 5

Date: February 5, 2019
Compiler: Lynne Forrester, <lynne_forrester...> (best), <lforrester27...>
Phone: (303) 981-1045
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This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 5, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Thanks!
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.
(*) indicates new information on this species.

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

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Grand, *Mesa, *Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Pueblo)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Weld)
Mew Gull (Pueblo)
Glaucous-winged Gull (*Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Denver, Garfield, La Plata, Larimer)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (*Pueblo)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso)
GYRFALCON (Larimer)
Winter Wren (Jefferson, Prowers, Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (*Boulder)
Field Sparrow (Baca, *El Paso)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Larimer) 
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, Chaffee, Denver)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 3 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir. First reported on November 10 by James McCall.
---On February 3 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird were reported from the north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.

BACA COUNTY:
---On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy Mihm-Dunning.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 4 a Varied Thrush was reported on Bosque Ct in Boulder. First reported by Ernest Crvich January 23. 

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by Christian Hagenlocher.

DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported in Rocky Mountain Lake Park (possibly same one seen in January, same locations) by Matt Gray.
---On February 2 Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. They were first reported on January 1.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On February 4 a Ladder-backed Woodpecker reported on Hanover Road by Tom Behnfield.
—On February 4 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial Park in Carbondale; first reported by Vic Zerbi on February 2.

GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at the hotspot “Confluence Recreation Area” First seen January 30 by Alicia Arnold.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by David Tonnessen.
---On February 3 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of the house. 
---On February 3 the wintering Winter Wren was reported again at Morrison Park.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond. First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 3  a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County Landfill. Seen earlier this winter too.
---January 31 the GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. 
---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen again at Grandview Cemetery. First reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course, east of a Porta Potty.
—On January 30 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was seen again. Reported by Ryan Graves on January 26.
—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July. Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.  

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque by David Price. First reported by him about January 30.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---A Winter Wren was reported on February 1 at Lamar Community College by Dorothy Russell.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On February 4 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 4 by Brandon Percival.
--On February 4 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Pueblo Res - Osprey Picnic Area by Jim Merritt and others.
—On February 2 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on Jan 15; found by Brandon Percival on January 14.
---On February 4 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir--South Marina area. First reported February 1 by David Tonnesson.
--On February 4 a Red-bellied Woodpecker reported at Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo by Jerry DeBoer.
---On February 3 an unprecedented raft of (22) Black Scoters was reported from Pueblo Reservoir by Brandon Percival. 
---On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard Area). First reported by Kara Carrager January 19.
---On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.
---On January 31 a Winter Wren was reported by Chris Nunes at Valco Ponds; present since November.
---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 2 a (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by Steve Mlodinow on November 22.
---On January 28 a Long-tailed Duck was seen at Windsor Lake. First reported by Nick Komar on January 27.
---On January 31 a Brant was discovered at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.
---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was at Milavec Reservoir, but recent searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on December 11, this would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record Committee. 

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website
Joder Ranch
Saturday, February 9
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (303-604-0531)
First Creek at RM Arsenal
Sunday, February 10
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: <patodrisk...>; 303-885-6955) 
Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: <kvonsaltza...>; 303-941-4881) 
Park County Explorations
Monday, February 11
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...>; 831-713-8659)
South Platte River Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76
Saturday, February 16
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Amershek (Email: <mamershek...>; 303-329-8646) 
Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Sunday, February 17
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mary Cay Burger (Email: <mcburger3...>; 720-940-8394)

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Date: 2/4/19 9:09 pm
From: Arthur Bezuidenhout <odzibez...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
Just wondering? I don’t know when the Arizona Baikal Teal got onto their list, could it be the same bird?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 4, 2019, at 7:51 PM, Joey Kellner <vireo1...> wrote:
>
>
> Interesting thing about the Baikal Teal that few people know about. After the CBRC voted on the bird, additional information was received by the CBRC. Seems the small creek the bird was initially seen on (before the bird made it to Bear Creek) runs through the property of a woman that maintained exotic birds! Birders continued to watch the teal as it was located time and again further downstream along Bear Creek...it was escaping! All this came to light when months later two birders found her escaped Trumpeter Swan! Like the teal the swan was also unbanded and had both its halluxes (hind toes) intact. She refused to answer any questions (or even thank the birders that found her "lost swan").
>
> "Now you know the rest of the story." - Paul Harvey
>
> Joey.
>
> Joey Kellner
> Littleton, Colorado
>
>> On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:02:18 AM UTC-7, Ted Floyd wrote:
>> Hey, all.
>>
>> I'm writing here in official ABA (American Birding Association) capacity.
>>
>> Andy Bankert's interpretation is correct. I have confirmed this with the chair of the ABA Recording Standards & Ethics Committee. As long as the bird is on the ABA Checklist, you may count it for your ABA list. Thus, the Weld County Pink-footed and Barnacle geese may be counted for your ABA list. Note that you are not compelled to do so. The decision is based on your own personal assessment of the birds' statuses. Which can lead to some interesting dilemmas, two of which I briefly describe below.
>>
>> 1. Two birders discovered a White-cheeked Pintail in Florida and, interestingly, it was a prospective milestone for both. (Definitely #800 for one birder, #750 as I recall for the other.) At the time the species was on both the ABA and the Florida lists. So it was countable. However, one of the birders wasn't satisfactorily persuaded that the bird was a natural vagrant; so he didn't count it. This is okay! It was the exact same bird; the identification was not in question; and the bird counted for one birder's list but not the other's. The two birders are still friends. Life goes on.
>>
>> 2. A glorious Smew near St. Louis delighted birders in the winter of 1999-2000. Some of us saw that very bird. Including Yours Truly. But here's the rather interesting thing. The bird was seen on both sides (Missouri and Illinois) of the Mississippi River, with one state's committee accepting the record and other rejecting it. We are talking about the same bird! Accepted by one committee, rejected by the other. Missouri and Illinois birders are still friends. Life goes on.
>>
>> Back to the Weld County geese. You are 100% allowed to count them for your ABA list--right now, without waiting for the records committee. You are also 100% allowed to exclude one or both species from your list. If the Colorado Bird Records Committee accepts, say, the Pink-footed Goose, you are *still* 100% allowed to exclude the species from your list--for example, if you feel that the bird was not satisfactorily demonstrated to be a natural vagrant.
>>
>> Okay, that's the end of my official response. The rest is my own personal opinion.
>>
>> The moral of this story, if you ask me is this: There are two kinds of people in this world, those who can accept ambiguity and uncertainty in life, and those whose heads explode. I, personally, delight in the diverse, and sometimes incompatible, approaches we bring to birding. Some folks don't count heard-only, exotic, and Hawaiian birds for the personal lists; that truly doesn't bother me. One listing authority (the ABA) excludes the Mexican Duck from its list, but another (eBird) not; that doesn't bother me, either. And some folks have cheerfully ticked the Weld County Pink-footed Goose off their bird lists, whilst others are taking a wait-and-see attitude; and that, too, is perfectly fine with me.
>>
>> My take, which doesn't have to be yours, is that birds are cool and that I'm inclined to err on the side of inclusivity when it comes to counting birds for my personal list. Even feral peafowl. (By the way, the Indian Peafowl was recently added to the ABA Checklist. I'm just saying.) And as with the Florida pintail and Missouri/Illinois Smew: We're still friends; life goes on.
>>
>> Ted Floyd
>> Lafayette, Boulder County
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Date: 2/4/19 6:51 pm
From: Joey Kellner <vireo1...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)

Interesting thing about the Baikal Teal that few people know about. After
the CBRC voted on the bird, additional information was received by the
CBRC. Seems the small creek the bird was initially seen on (before the
bird made it to Bear Creek) runs through the property of a woman that
maintained exotic birds! Birders continued to watch the teal as it was
located time and again further downstream along Bear Creek...it was
escaping! All this came to light when months later two birders found her
escaped Trumpeter Swan! Like the teal the swan was also unbanded and had
both its halluxes (hind toes) intact. She refused to answer any questions
(or even thank the birders that found her "lost swan").

"Now you know the rest of the story." - Paul Harvey

Joey.

Joey Kellner
Littleton, Colorado

On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:02:18 AM UTC-7, Ted Floyd wrote:
>
> Hey, all.
>
> I'm writing here in official ABA (American Birding Association) capacity.
>
> Andy Bankert's interpretation is correct. I have confirmed this with the
> chair of the ABA Recording Standards & Ethics Committee. As long as the
> bird is on the ABA *Checklist*, you may count it for your ABA list. Thus,
> the Weld County Pink-footed and Barnacle geese may be counted for your ABA
> list. Note that you are not compelled to do so. The decision is based on
> your own personal assessment of the birds' statuses. Which can lead to some
> interesting dilemmas, two of which I briefly describe below.
>
> 1. Two birders discovered a White-cheeked Pintail in Florida and,
> interestingly, it was a prospective milestone for both. (Definitely #800
> for one birder, #750 as I recall for the other.) At the time the species
> was on both the ABA and the Florida lists. So it was countable. However,
> one of the birders wasn't satisfactorily persuaded that the bird was a
> natural vagrant; so he didn't count it. This is okay! It was the exact same
> bird; the identification was not in question; and the bird counted for one
> birder's list but not the other's. The two birders are still friends. Life
> goes on.
>
> 2. A glorious Smew near St. Louis delighted birders in the winter of
> 1999-2000. Some of us saw that very bird. Including Yours Truly. But here's
> the rather interesting thing. The bird was seen on both sides (Missouri and
> Illinois) of the Mississippi River, with one state's committee accepting
> the record and other rejecting it. We are talking about the same bird!
> Accepted by one committee, rejected by the other. Missouri and Illinois
> birders are still friends. Life goes on.
>
> Back to the Weld County geese. You are 100% allowed to count them for your
> ABA list--right now, without waiting for the records committee. You are
> also 100% allowed to exclude one or both species from your list. If the
> Colorado Bird Records Committee accepts, say, the Pink-footed Goose, you
> are *still* 100% allowed to exclude the species from your list--for
> example, if you feel that the bird was not satisfactorily demonstrated to
> be a natural vagrant.
>
> Okay, that's the end of my official response. The rest is my own personal
> opinion.
>
> The moral of this story, if you ask me is this: There are two kinds of
> people in this world, those who can accept ambiguity and uncertainty in
> life, and those whose heads explode. I, personally, delight in the diverse,
> and sometimes incompatible, approaches we bring to birding. Some folks
> don't count heard-only, exotic, and Hawaiian birds for the personal lists;
> that truly doesn't bother me. One listing authority (the ABA) excludes the
> Mexican Duck from its list, but another (eBird) not; that doesn't bother
> me, either. And some folks have cheerfully ticked the Weld County
> Pink-footed Goose off their bird lists, whilst others are taking a
> wait-and-see attitude; and that, too, is perfectly fine with me.
>
> My take, which doesn't have to be yours, is that birds are cool and that
> I'm inclined to err on the side of inclusivity when it comes to counting
> birds for my personal list. Even feral peafowl. (By the way, the Indian
> Peafowl was recently added to the ABA *Checklist*. I'm just saying.) And
> as with the Florida pintail and Missouri/Illinois Smew: We're still
> friends; life goes on.
>
> Ted Floyd
> Lafayette, Boulder County
>

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Date: 2/4/19 4:31 pm
From: Skot Latona <skotlato...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Ravens
There were groups of ravens flying to and from the hill frequently and with excitement . . . I bet you saw some coming of going. It was an amazing hill to watch. I'd be curious how often it happens there!

Skot Latona

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From: Ed Baker <ednbonniebaker...>
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 7:48:08 AM
To: <skotlato...>; CobirdsGoogle
Subject: Ravens

Skot

I was skiing across the lake this past Saturday from the Dillon Marina heading for the Peninsula and witnessed about 6 or 7 Ravens on the peninsula wildly and raucously flying around exhibiting the described behavior, which gave me pause.

I stood and watched trying to get a reason for it, i.e., a fox or coyote, but I got nothin.'

They just looked to be celebrating some event, but what? I HAVE read that they do some sledding on occasions and now we've got proof.

Thanks for the heads-up.

Bonnie Boex
Dillon resident

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Date: 2/4/19 3:49 pm
From: beamiami via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Raven gathering, Dillon, Summit Cty


On Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 6:45:50 PM UTC-7, Skot wrote:
>
> We observed quite an impressive gathering of ravens in Dillon this
> weekend. 40 - 50 ravens had marked up an entire snowy hill near the north
> east arm of the lake . . . They were snow-bathing, jumping, rolling,
> sledding, and copulating. There are lots of cute videos of a couple
> ravens rolling down a snowy roof or car windshield, but nothing
> suggesting this level of gathering. We didn't have any optics, but there
> was a nice wide shoulder to pull off to watch briefly. I'd not heard of
> such gatherings at specific places in the state. Anyone know if this is a
> regular occurrence? Lots of links talk about names like 'unkindness',
> 'conspiracy' of ravens and whether those terms every really got used or are
> just antiquated trivia , but I didn't find anything on how such a gathering
> works, is it organized or is there a pattern birds follow? Is there a
> hierarchy? It seemed much more complex than a typical chicken lek. Quite
> interesting to watch. In the video, there are 5 - 6 birds center of the
> shot doing some tumbling, and about 18 - 20 far left of center just sitting
> in the deep snow as others flew in and out. Pretty clear though, that
> every mark on that hill was made by ravens!
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/Bd9xEHSV8AdRn9b66
>
> Skot Latona
> Littleton, CO
>

Skot, I have a view of this hill from my condo overlooking that inlet into
the Snake River arm of Dillon Reservoir. This gathering is quite common
when there is fresh snow on the hill. The birds seem to really enjoy the
powder! I think they roost in the conifers up the hill.
Bea Weaver
Roxborough, CO

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Date: 2/4/19 11:58 am
From: Karl Stecher Jr. <kstecher...>
Subject: re: *** SPAM 10: [cobirds] Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
Thanks, Ted.
A few notes...
I count the Evergreen Baikal teal on my ABA list. This is based upon
habitat, latitude, looks of the bird, and that it was a "loner," ignoring
other ducks. Will it be reconsidered for the Colorado list, and when?
I don't count heard only birds, and therefore am missing on ABA LL
mountain quail! And I don't count heard only owls, even.
I already had pink-footed and barnacle geese in Rhode Island, but would
have counted the pink as a life bird when I saw it here.
If I saw an introduced bird, say, peafowl, five states away from an
established population, I wouldn't count it.
I know this thread will be taken down, but wanted to input a set of
personal guidelines for readers' comparisons.

Karl Stecher
Aurora/Arapahoe




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From: "Ted Floyd" <tedfloyd57...>
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2019 12:43 PM
To: "Colorado Birds" <cobirds...>
Subject: *** SPAM 10: [cobirds] Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose
(etc.)
Hey, all.
I'm writing here in official ABA (American Birding Association) capacity.


Andy Bankert's interpretation is correct. I have confirmed this with the
chair of the ABA Recording Standards & Ethics Committee. As long as the
bird is on the ABA Checklist, you may count it for your ABA list. Thus, the
Weld County Pink-footed and Barnacle geese may be counted for your ABA
list. Note that you are not compelled to do so. The decision is based on
your own personal assessment of the birds' statuses. Which can lead to some
interesting dilemmas, two of which I briefly describe below.

1. Two birders discovered a White-cheeked Pintail in Florida and,
interestingly, it was a prospective milestone for both. (Definitely #800
for one birder, #750 as I recall for the other.) At the time the species
was on both the ABA and the Florida lists. So it was countable. However,
one of the birders wasn't satisfactorily persuaded that the bird was a
natural vagrant; so he didn't count it. This is okay! It was the exact same
bird; the identification was not in question; and the bird counted for one
birder's list but not the other's. The two birders are still friends. Life
goes on.

2. A glorious Smew near St. Louis delighted birders in the winter of
1999-2000. Some of us saw that very bird. Including Yours Truly. But here's
the rather interesting thing. The bird was seen on both sides (Missouri and
Illinois) of the Mississippi River, with one state's committee accepting
the record and other rejecting it. We are talking about the same bird!
Accepted by one committee, rejected by the other. Missouri and Illinois
birders are still friends. Life goes on.

Back to the Weld County geese. You are 100% allowed to count them for your
ABA list--right now, without waiting for the records committee. You are
also 100% allowed to exclude one or both species from your list. If the
Colorado Bird Records Committee accepts, say, the Pink-footed Goose, you
are *still* 100% allowed to exclude the species from your list--for
example, if you feel that the bird was not satisfactorily demonstrated to
be a natural vagrant.

Okay, that's the end of my official response. The rest is my own personal
opinion.

The moral of this story, if you ask me is this: There are two kinds of
people in this world, those who can accept ambiguity and uncertainty in
life, and those whose heads explode. I, personally, delight in the diverse,
and sometimes incompatible, approaches we bring to birding. Some folks
don't count heard-only, exotic, and Hawaiian birds for the personal lists;
that truly doesn't bother me. One listing authority (the ABA) excludes the
Mexican Duck from its list, but another (eBird) not; that doesn't bother
me, either. And some folks have cheerfully ticked the Weld County
Pink-footed Goose off their bird lists, whilst others are taking a
wait-and-see attitude; and that, too, is perfectly fine with me.

My take, which doesn't have to be yours, is that birds are cool and that
I'm inclined to err on the side of inclusivity when it comes to counting
birds for my personal list. Even feral peafowl. (By the way, the Indian
Peafowl was recently added to the ABA Checklist. I'm just saying.) And as
with the Florida pintail and Missouri/Illinois Smew: We're still friends;
life goes on.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Date: 2/4/19 10:16 am
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...>
Subject: RE: [cobirds] Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
Hey, Mark & all.

Mark's interpretation is correct: He can count the bird for his ABA list.

Not sure about exploding heads, though. The committee isn't charged with policing individual birders' lists. I'm pretty sure they know that... ;-)

Something else. I was speaking a little while ago with an ornithologist about our evolving understanding of the status of the Baikal Teal, and that ornithologist wonders whether the committee might wish to reconsider that old Baikal Teal record. It's not just that we have new data and facts; our outlook on things, our epistemology, is constantly evolving. It's okay for committees to go back and overturn old decisions. You can't do that for New Orleans Saints football games, but you can in fact with records committee decisions.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County




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De: Mark Obmascik <mobma...>
Enviado: lunes, 4 de febrero de 2019 10:08 a. m.
Para: Colorado Birds; Ted Floyd
Asunto: Re: [cobirds] Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)

Awesome, Ted. This means the Baikal teal that Bill Brockner showed me in 1993 behind the Baskin Robbins in Evergreen is good for my list?

(Pause here to wait for heads to explode on Colorado Bird Records Commitee.)

Good birding,

Mark Obmascik
Denver, CO

On Monday, February 4, 2019, 11:02:21 AM MST, Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> wrote:

Hey, all.

I'm writing here in official ABA (American Birding Association) capacity.

Andy Bankert's interpretation is correct. I have confirmed this with the chair of the ABA Recording Standards & Ethics Committee. As long as the bird is on the ABA Checklist, you may count it for your ABA list. Thus, the Weld County Pink-footed and Barnacle geese may be counted for your ABA list. Note that you are not compelled to do so. The decision is based on your own personal assessment of the birds' statuses. Which can lead to some interesting dilemmas, two of which I briefly describe below.

1. Two birders discovered a White-cheeked Pintail in Florida and, interestingly, it was a prospective milestone for both. (Definitely #800 for one birder, #750 as I recall for the other.) At the time the species was on both the ABA and the Florida lists. So it was countable. However, one of the birders wasn't satisfactorily persuaded that the bird was a natural vagrant; so he didn't count it. This is okay! It was the exact same bird; the identification was not in question; and the bird counted for one birder's list but not the other's. The two birders are still friends. Life goes on.

2. A glorious Smew near St. Louis delighted birders in the winter of 1999-2000. Some of us saw that very bird. Including Yours Truly. But here's the rather interesting thing. The bird was seen on both sides (Missouri and Illinois) of the Mississippi River, with one state's committee accepting the record and other rejecting it. We are talking about the same bird! Accepted by one committee, rejected by the other. Missouri and Illinois birders are still friends. Life goes on.

Back to the Weld County geese. You are 100% allowed to count them for your ABA list--right now, without waiting for the records committee. You are also 100% allowed to exclude one or both species from your list. If the Colorado Bird Records Committee accepts, say, the Pink-footed Goose, you are *still* 100% allowed to exclude the species from your list--for example, if you feel that the bird was not satisfactorily demonstrated to be a natural vagrant.

Okay, that's the end of my official response. The rest is my own personal opinion.

The moral of this story, if you ask me is this: There are two kinds of people in this world, those who can accept ambiguity and uncertainty in life, and those whose heads explode. I, personally, delight in the diverse, and sometimes incompatible, approaches we bring to birding. Some folks don't count heard-only, exotic, and Hawaiian birds for the personal lists; that truly doesn't bother me. One listing authority (the ABA) excludes the Mexican Duck from its list, but another (eBird) not; that doesn't bother me, either. And some folks have cheerfully ticked the Weld County Pink-footed Goose off their bird lists, whilst others are taking a wait-and-see attitude; and that, too, is perfectly fine with me.

My take, which doesn't have to be yours, is that birds are cool and that I'm inclined to err on the side of inclusivity when it comes to counting birds for my personal list. Even feral peafowl. (By the way, the Indian Peafowl was recently added to the ABA Checklist. I'm just saying.) And as with the Florida pintail and Missouri/Illinois Smew: We're still friends; life goes on.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Date: 2/4/19 10:09 am
From: 'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
Awesome, Ted. This means the Baikal teal that Bill Brockner showed me in 1993 behind the Baskin Robbins in Evergreen is good for my list? 
(Pause here to wait for heads to explode on Colorado Bird Records Commitee.)
Good birding,
Mark ObmascikDenver, CO
On Monday, February 4, 2019, 11:02:21 AM MST, Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> wrote:
Hey, all.
I'm writing here in official ABA (American Birding Association) capacity.
Andy Bankert's interpretation is correct. I have confirmed this with the chair of the ABA Recording Standards & Ethics Committee. As long as the bird is on the ABA Checklist, you may count it for your ABA list. Thus, the Weld County Pink-footed and Barnacle geese may be counted for your ABA list. Note that you are not compelled to do so. The decision is based on your own personal assessment of the birds' statuses. Which can lead to some interesting dilemmas, two of which I briefly describe below.
1. Two birders discovered a White-cheeked Pintail in Florida and, interestingly, it was a prospective milestone for both. (Definitely #800 for one birder, #750 as I recall for the other.) At the time the species was on both the ABA and the Florida lists. So it was countable. However, one of the birders wasn't satisfactorily persuaded that the bird was a natural vagrant; so he didn't count it. This is okay! It was the exact same bird; the identification was not in question; and the bird counted for one birder's list but not the other's. The two birders are still friends. Life goes on.
2. A glorious Smew near St. Louis delighted birders in the winter of 1999-2000. Some of us saw that very bird. Including Yours Truly. But here's the rather interesting thing. The bird was seen on both sides (Missouri and Illinois) of the Mississippi River, with one state's committee accepting the record and other rejecting it. We are talking about the same bird! Accepted by one committee, rejected by the other. Missouri and Illinois birders are still friends. Life goes on.
Back to the Weld County geese. You are 100% allowed to count them for your ABA list--right now, without waiting for the records committee. You are also 100% allowed to exclude one or both species from your list. If the Colorado Bird Records Committee accepts, say, the Pink-footed Goose, you are *still* 100% allowed to exclude the species from your list--for example, if you feel that the bird was not satisfactorily demonstrated to be a natural vagrant.
Okay, that's the end of my official response. The rest is my own personal opinion.
The moral of this story, if you ask me is this: There are two kinds of people in this world, those who can accept ambiguity and uncertainty in life, and those whose heads explode. I, personally, delight in the diverse, and sometimes incompatible, approaches we bring to birding. Some folks don't count heard-only, exotic, and Hawaiian birds for the personal lists; that truly doesn't bother me. One listing authority (the ABA) excludes the Mexican Duck from its list, but another (eBird) not; that doesn't bother me, either. And some folks have cheerfully ticked the Weld County Pink-footed Goose off their bird lists, whilst others are taking a wait-and-see attitude; and that, too, is perfectly fine with me.
My take, which doesn't have to be yours, is that birds are cool and that I'm inclined to err on the side of inclusivity when it comes to counting birds for my personal list. Even feral peafowl. (By the way, the Indian Peafowl was recently added to the ABA Checklist. I'm just saying.) And as with the Florida pintail and Missouri/Illinois Smew: We're still friends; life goes on.
Ted FloydLafayette, Boulder County

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Date: 2/4/19 10:02 am
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...>
Subject: [cobirds] Yes, you can count the Pink-footed Goose (etc.)
Hey, all.

I'm writing here in official ABA (American Birding Association) capacity.

Andy Bankert's interpretation is correct. I have confirmed this with the
chair of the ABA Recording Standards & Ethics Committee. As long as the
bird is on the ABA *Checklist*, you may count it for your ABA list. Thus,
the Weld County Pink-footed and Barnacle geese may be counted for your ABA
list. Note that you are not compelled to do so. The decision is based on
your own personal assessment of the birds' statuses. Which can lead to some
interesting dilemmas, two of which I briefly describe below.

1. Two birders discovered a White-cheeked Pintail in Florida and,
interestingly, it was a prospective milestone for both. (Definitely #800
for one birder, #750 as I recall for the other.) At the time the species
was on both the ABA and the Florida lists. So it was countable. However,
one of the birders wasn't satisfactorily persuaded that the bird was a
natural vagrant; so he didn't count it. This is okay! It was the exact same
bird; the identification was not in question; and the bird counted for one
birder's list but not the other's. The two birders are still friends. Life
goes on.

2. A glorious Smew near St. Louis delighted birders in the winter of
1999-2000. Some of us saw that very bird. Including Yours Truly. But here's
the rather interesting thing. The bird was seen on both sides (Missouri and
Illinois) of the Mississippi River, with one state's committee accepting
the record and other rejecting it. We are talking about the same bird!
Accepted by one committee, rejected by the other. Missouri and Illinois
birders are still friends. Life goes on.

Back to the Weld County geese. You are 100% allowed to count them for your
ABA list--right now, without waiting for the records committee. You are
also 100% allowed to exclude one or both species from your list. If the
Colorado Bird Records Committee accepts, say, the Pink-footed Goose, you
are *still* 100% allowed to exclude the species from your list--for
example, if you feel that the bird was not satisfactorily demonstrated to
be a natural vagrant.

Okay, that's the end of my official response. The rest is my own personal
opinion.

The moral of this story, if you ask me is this: There are two kinds of
people in this world, those who can accept ambiguity and uncertainty in
life, and those whose heads explode. I, personally, delight in the diverse,
and sometimes incompatible, approaches we bring to birding. Some folks
don't count heard-only, exotic, and Hawaiian birds for the personal lists;
that truly doesn't bother me. One listing authority (the ABA) excludes the
Mexican Duck from its list, but another (eBird) not; that doesn't bother
me, either. And some folks have cheerfully ticked the Weld County
Pink-footed Goose off their bird lists, whilst others are taking a
wait-and-see attitude; and that, too, is perfectly fine with me.

My take, which doesn't have to be yours, is that birds are cool and that
I'm inclined to err on the side of inclusivity when it comes to counting
birds for my personal list. Even feral peafowl. (By the way, the Indian
Peafowl was recently added to the ABA *Checklist*. I'm just saying.) And as
with the Florida pintail and Missouri/Illinois Smew: We're still friends;
life goes on.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Date: 2/4/19 9:39 am
From: <aketcham...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: more than one? Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose
Hi Sandra,

Mary Lynne and I met your mother at the Port Aransas Wetlands the day
before yesterday and struck up a conversation. She was very helpful both
to us and some other birders as we looked over the wetlands. Somehow we
got talking about Colorado and she mentioned you living in Boulder. I
told her about the exciting birds up there recently like the Barnacle and
the Pink Footed Goose. Also, the Long-tailed Duck and Gyrfalcon. I
mentioned how hard it was to find the Pink-footed among the thousands of
white-cheeked geese at the pond. Not sure how the goose numbers got
inflated! Anyway, we had a very nice visit with her.

Alan Ketcham
Colorado Springs (Currently in Port Aransas and onto Brownsville tomorrow!)

On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 9:23:08 AM UTC-7, Sandra Laursen wrote:
>
> Word gets around in the birding world, so I was amused when my parents,
> wintering at Port Aransas TX, reported meeting some birders who had
> recently spent time in Colorado and talked about seeing "several"
> Pink-footed Geese and "hundreds" of Barnacle Geese. As far as I can tell,
> the discussions on this list have been talking about repeated sightings of
> *one* of each species. So I am curious if anyone has seen larger numbers
> of either goose, or if these sightings got magnified in the re-telling.
> There are lies, damn lies, and bird lists....
>
> Sandra Laursen
> Boulder
>

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Date: 2/4/19 9:32 am
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] Swamp Sparrow continues at Ken Caryl Valley, JeffCo
The *Swamp Sparrow* that showed up in my Ken Caryl Valley yard on Jan 22
was seen almost daily through Jan 30, but then not after. Until this
morning, when it appeared back at its favored spot in the dimmest shade and
cover of a hedge juniper. It has been very furtive the last handful of
sightings, appearing only briefly, and in that hard to view spot. Keeps me
on my toes. Where it is at other times I have no idea.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Date: 2/4/19 9:08 am
From: 'Peter Ruprecht' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] more than one? Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose
I have a vague recollection of seeing a large but somewhat blurry flock of pink geese, but that may have been following an exposure to Wild Turkey, Grey Goose, and Old Crow.  Not sure what it would take to induce an entire flock of Barnacle Geese, or if they'd be countable under those circumstances.
Peter RuprechtSuperior

On Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:23:12 AM MST, Sandra Laursen <salaursen...> wrote:

Word gets around in the birding world, so I was amused when my parents, wintering at Port Aransas TX, reported meeting some birders who had recently spent time in Colorado and talked about seeing "several" Pink-footed Geese and "hundreds" of Barnacle Geese.  As far as I can tell, the discussions on this list have been talking about repeated sightings of one of each species.  So I am curious if anyone has seen larger numbers of either goose, or if these sightings got magnified in the re-telling.  There are lies, damn lies, and bird lists....

Sandra LaursenBoulder


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Date: 2/4/19 8:23 am
From: Sandra Laursen <salaursen...>
Subject: [cobirds] more than one? Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose
Word gets around in the birding world, so I was amused when my parents,
wintering at Port Aransas TX, reported meeting some birders who had
recently spent time in Colorado and talked about seeing "several"
Pink-footed Geese and "hundreds" of Barnacle Geese. As far as I can tell,
the discussions on this list have been talking about repeated sightings of
*one* of each species. So I am curious if anyone has seen larger numbers
of either goose, or if these sightings got magnified in the re-telling.
There are lies, damn lies, and bird lists....

Sandra Laursen
Boulder

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Date: 2/4/19 8:17 am
From: 'David Simpson' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] RE: How to find your true Colorado bird list total
Hi all,

State committees are inherently variable and even absent from some states, therefore they are an impractical means of establishing a level playing field in the ABA Listing game.  Furthermore, the ABA Checklist Committee is only interested in reviewing first occurrences within the ABA Area.  Any state first records occurring after that would be up to the local states' committees (or lack thereof).  Anyone wishing to count those birds on state, local, or ABA lists would be at their discretion to do so, regardless of state and local committee decisions.  Furthermore, state and local committees are not a part of the ABA, although they often provide useful guidance when considering first occurrences of species within the ABA Area.  They also provide useful guidance for ABA Listers considering whether or not to count a particular species, but are not binding by the rules of the game.

Full listing rules:  ABA Listing Rules

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

On Feb 03, 2019, at 10:55 PM, Andrew Bankert <abankert2007...> wrote:

I could not find any mention of state records committees in the ABA Recording Rules.  Has anyone seen anything saying that records committees have any say in ABA list totals?  Here are the rules I was referring to in my first email:

For vagrants it seems pretty clear to me that personal judgement and knowledge are what matters:
(ii) A species observed far from its normal range may be counted if, in the observer’s best judgment and knowledge, it arrived there unassisted by man. A wild bird following or riding a ship at sea, without being captured, is considered traveling unassisted by man.

For introduced species it seems like strays from established populations (in conjunction with the rule above) are countable:
(v) an individual of an introduced species may be counted only when part of, or straying from, a population that meets the ABA Checklist Committee’s definition of being established; 

Again, I personally think that official state lists tend to be more accurate, but I do believe records committees are occasionally too conservative and have rejected species that should have either been accepted or at least received more consideration and the ABA rules are nice in some situations if a lister thinks a decision was too cautious.

Andy Bankert
Fort Collins

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 8:18 PM Joe Roller <jroller9...> wrote:
Andy,
This is NOT my understanding. 
You can count those geese on the ABA checklist ONLY if you have
seen them in the states out east where they have been accepted by the state bird record committees. 
Ditto with Mute Swan and Budgerigar. They are established and countable in some states, but you have
to see one where the local population is established in order to add it to your ABA area or Lower 48 list. 
"Personal judgment" does not trump State Records Committees. The whole idea of having rules for listing
is so we are all on a level playing field.

Joe Roller, Denver

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 7:59 PM Andrew Bankert <abankert2007...> wrote:
I just wanted to add a quick note that is really minor about listing. If you do report your totals to the ABA you can count anything on the ABA checklist in your state totals even if that species hasn't been accepted by the state records committee.  That means for ABA, you can count Pink-footed and Barnacle Goose if, in your own personal best judgement, you think they arrived unassisted by man.  You cannot count Rufous-collared Sparrow since that does not appear on the ABA checklist.  For ABA, you can even count Mute Swan if you see one you believe is a stray from the countable populations in the Midwest.  I still think that using the official state list is a better way to keep track, but I just wanted to clarify for anyone using ABA's listing rules.  

Andy Bankert
Fort Collins

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Date: 2/4/19 8:12 am
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Raptor Alley Field Trip Results [Weld]
Hi all

Beautiful day for raptoring Saturday! I took the Colorado State University
Field Ornithologists Club on their 4th Annual Raptor Alley trip (along with
some other birders)--probably had two dozen total.
Photos-http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/albums/view/30/raptor-alley-nunn.


We had all of the raptor expected species (9) and an average # of birds
(31):

- Bald Eagle - 2
- Ferruginous Hawk - 7
- Red-tailed Hawk - 6
- Merlin - 1
- Northern Harrier - 3
- Prairie Falcon - 1
- American Kestrel - 3
- Rough-legged Hawk - 2
- Unknown buteo - 3
- Unknown falcon - 1
- Golden Eagle - 2
- Pronghorn, Jackrabbit and Coyote

Sunday, Cozzens Lake [Eaton] was one of my stops and my Wild Turkey
"friends" appeared--38 of them (first 8 photos,
http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/albums/view/11/cozzens-lake-eaton)!

We had a Red-bellied Woodpecker on the Sterling CBC a month ago, here is
photo:
http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/albums/photos/view/67/594/red-bellied-woodpecker

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/

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Date: 2/4/19 8:02 am
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Glaucous-winged Gull at Pueblo Res 2/4
Anyone who can get here quickly, the first year Glaucous-winged Gull
continues at South Shore Marina tires, seen from main parking lot at the
marina. The adult Great Black-backed Gull is here too. No scoters appear
to be present from this location.

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Date: 2/4/19 7:49 am
From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] RE: How to find your true Colorado bird list total
Andy et al,
It has always been my understanding that the ABA only accepts species to
their overall list that have been accepted by state bird record committees
as having arrived unassisted by man or, in the case of established exotics,
been there for multiple generations, is successfully breeding AND has had a
paper published in a peer-reviewed journal documenting that. As Joe said,
it would lead to a bird being countable only in those states where
accepted. For years, Muscovy Duck was only countable in the Rio Grande
Valley until FL (and maybe other states) added Muscovy to their State List.
Now you can count Muscovies seen on a golf course in Boca (though it feels
like cheating...)
Certain birds like Budgy and Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, once ABA countable
- but only in FL - have been removed from the ABA list as they are not
thriving or "established" anymore. I don't count the Budgy I saw free
flying by the Denver Botanic Gardens 15 years ago, OR the one I saw in Dade
county, FL 10 years ago, as the only countable ones were around Hermosa
Beach north of Tampa when Budgy was still on the ABA list.

Good birding,
Chip Clouse
Golden

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 8:55 PM Andrew Bankert <abankert2007...> wrote:

> I could not find any mention of state records committees in the ABA
> Recording Rules. Has anyone seen anything saying that records committees
> have any say in ABA list totals? Here are the rules I was referring to in
> my first email:
>
> For vagrants it seems pretty clear to me that personal judgement and
> knowledge are what matters:
> (ii) A species observed far from its normal range may be counted if, in
> the observer’s best judgment and knowledge, it arrived there unassisted by
> man. A wild bird following or riding a ship at sea, without being captured,
> is considered traveling unassisted by man.
>
> For introduced species it seems like strays from established populations
> (in conjunction with the rule above) are countable:
> *(v)* an individual of an introduced species may be counted only when
> part of, or straying from, a population that meets the ABA Checklist
> Committee’s definition of being established
> <http://listing.aba.org/criteria-determining-establishment-exotics/>;
>
> Again, I personally think that official state lists tend to be more
> accurate, but I do believe records committees are occasionally too
> conservative and have rejected species that should have either been
> accepted or at least received more consideration and the ABA rules are nice
> in some situations if a lister thinks a decision was too cautious.
>
> Andy Bankert
> Fort Collins
>
> On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 8:18 PM Joe Roller <jroller9...> wrote:
>
>> Andy,
>> This is NOT my understanding.
>> You can count those geese on the ABA checklist ONLY if you have
>> seen them in the states out east where they have been accepted by the
>> state bird record committees.
>> Ditto with Mute Swan and Budgerigar. They are established and countable
>> in some states, but you have
>> to see one where the local population is *established* in order to add
>> it to your ABA area or Lower 48 list.
>> "Personal judgment" does not trump State Records Committees. The whole
>> idea of having rules for listing
>> is so we are all on a level playing field.
>>
>> Joe Roller, Denver
>>
>> On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 7:59 PM Andrew Bankert <abankert2007...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I just wanted to add a quick note that is really minor about listing. If
>>> you do report your totals to the ABA you can count anything on the ABA
>>> checklist in your state totals even if that species hasn't been accepted by
>>> the state records committee. That means for ABA, you can count Pink-footed
>>> and Barnacle Goose if, in your own personal best judgement, you think they
>>> arrived unassisted by man. You cannot count Rufous-collared Sparrow since
>>> that does not appear on the ABA checklist. For ABA, you can even count
>>> Mute Swan if you see one you believe is a stray from the countable
>>> populations in the Midwest. I still think that using the official state
>>> list is a better way to keep track, but I just wanted to clarify for anyone
>>> using ABA's listing rules.
>>>
>>> Andy Bankert
>>> Fort Collins
>>>
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Date: 2/4/19 7:29 am
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: [cobirds] The value of COBIRDS
A while back we had a thread on this listserv about whether COBIRDS should continue, the various merits of different social media platforms and alerts, etc. This morning so far seems like a great example of why COBIRDS should be the premier site for Colorado birding information. We have had back-and-forth, very detailed, exchange on listing rules; an up-to-date rare bird alert; and wonderful discussion supplemented with photos, video and follow-up from another birder of very interesting raven behavior. Can't get all that anywhere else.

There are two things I wanted to add to the thread last year but refrained at the time: 1) if any one of us knows any thing about a bird because someone else told us, that is a PRIVILEGE, not a right (including whether you hear it instantaneously or a month later than the new information was learned by the other person), and 2) the absolute best part of birding is the SENSE OF DISCOVERY which is at risk of extinction from too much detailed intel. To my way of thinking, finding a rare bird by following a treasure map is equal in thrill, and in many cases less so, than finding a good bird on your own or seeing a common bird doing something you've never observed before. May we experience and respectfully share all of these categories, and many others, on COBIRDS.

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Date: 2/4/19 7:25 am
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Speaking of lists....rules for yardbirds?
I agree with Joe except that I would count birds I saw flyover my house
even if I wasn't in my own yard.
Ira Sanders
Golden, CO

On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 8:00 AM Joe Roller <jroller9...> wrote:

> Thomas,
> Here are the guidelines for keeping a yard list on eBird- similar in some
> ways to Big Sit rules, with key differences.
> *from eBird **Help section**: *
> *What birds count?* For eBird yard and patch lists, feel free to count
> anything seen or heard from within your yard or patch. Fly-overs are fair
> game. In other words, the bird need not actually be in your yard or
> patch, as long as you are. Thus, if you have a small city apartment with no
> actual trees or grass, you can still count anything you see or hear from
> your property.
>
> The one difference I noticed is that Big Sit rules provide for a team or
> group of birders to
> combine their sightings into one list. Yard lists on eBird are personal
> lists and are limited to what the you alone observes.
> *However, please note that birds that you do not record personally (i.e.,
> a friend sees it in your yard, you record it on a feeder cam, or use
> microphones to record birds from your yard),should not be counted.*
>
> Another difference is that Big Sit guidelines allow a team member to walk
> or drive away from the Sit Site to
> check birds seen far away from that spot. And I believe that birds seen
> *from* that ectopic site can be added
> to the Sit list. Joey Kellner will know all about that, having organized
> the Chatfield Big Sit for many years.
>
> In contrast Yard lists include birds seen or heard from within your yard.
> That guideline seems NOT to
> allow adding species present IN your yard even if you are OUT of your
> yard, eg, walking home from
> a stroll. Which seems like a silly constraint to me.
>
> Just as with Life Lists or any other list, one can make up your own rules
> if your yard list. It's only important
> to follow standard guidelines when you choose to document your yard
> totals on eBird or the CFO site described
> in my post of 2/3.
>
> And eBird also encourages "Patch Lists" which might include your whole
> neighborhood or a nearby park.
> But that is another topic.
>
> Please weigh in on whether I got this straight or not.
>
> Joe Roller, Denver
>
> On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 11:42 PM Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich...>
> wrote:
>
>> The discussion regarding listing rules got me wondering about which rules
>> we choose to follow for yardbirds. How many of us use the ABA model as
>> opposed to the Big Sit model, or some other perhaps?
>>
>> What do you count? If you happen to be returning from a walk around the
>> neighborhood, see a Northern Goshawk fly directly over your house, but
>> you’re not actually standing in your yard, does it count? What do you do
>> when you hear a flock of 150 migrating Sandhill Cranes off in the distance,
>> or maybe see the 23 Am White Pelicans through your scope five miles distant
>> over the Valmont complex, or find the motion triggered night vision camera
>> in your backyard captured an image of a Boreal Owl? Not that all of these
>> have happened to me...yet. But one can still hope. I actually had two new
>> yardbird owl species (N Pygmy Owl and E Screech Owl) in one day back in
>> August, one at dawn, the other at dusk.
>>
>> I tend to like and use something similar to the Big Sit model (whatever
>> you can see and accurately identify from within a boundary) mainly because
>> it greatly expands the potential list (e.g. Lewis’s Woodpecker, Clark’s
>> Nutcracker, Pinyon Jay up along the Dakota Ridge behind my house), which I
>> guess is a bit greedy, but also more fun. I do also try to get photo
>> records for all yardbirds, and have been successful in all but 5 species
>> out of about 120. After IDing the bird from the yard sometimes I will hike
>> beyond the property to get better shots.
>>
>> Anyway, I’m curious to hear other approaches, thoughts, etc.
>>
>> —Thomas
>>
>>
>>
>> Thomas Heinrich
>> Boulder, CO
>> <Nyctea...>
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Date: 2/4/19 7:00 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Speaking of lists....rules for yardbirds?
Thomas,
Here are the guidelines for keeping a yard list on eBird- similar in some
ways to Big Sit rules, with key differences.
*from eBird **Help section**: *
*What birds count?* For eBird yard and patch lists, feel free to count
anything seen or heard from within your yard or patch. Fly-overs are fair
game. In other words, the bird need not actually be in your yard or patch,
as long as you are. Thus, if you have a small city apartment with no actual
trees or grass, you can still count anything you see or hear from your
property.

The one difference I noticed is that Big Sit rules provide for a team or
group of birders to
combine their sightings into one list. Yard lists on eBird are personal
lists and are limited to what the you alone observes.
*However, please note that birds that you do not record personally (i.e., a
friend sees it in your yard, you record it on a feeder cam, or use
microphones to record birds from your yard),should not be counted.*

Another difference is that Big Sit guidelines allow a team member to walk
or drive away from the Sit Site to
check birds seen far away from that spot. And I believe that birds seen
*from* that ectopic site can be added
to the Sit list. Joey Kellner will know all about that, having organized
the Chatfield Big Sit for many years.

In contrast Yard lists include birds seen or heard from within your yard.
That guideline seems NOT to
allow adding species present IN your yard even if you are OUT of your yard,
eg, walking home from
a stroll. Which seems like a silly constraint to me.

Just as with Life Lists or any other list, one can make up your own rules
if your yard list. It's only important
to follow standard guidelines when you choose to document your yard totals
on eBird or the CFO site described
in my post of 2/3.

And eBird also encourages "Patch Lists" which might include your whole
neighborhood or a nearby park.
But that is another topic.

Please weigh in on whether I got this straight or not.

Joe Roller, Denver

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 11:42 PM Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich...>
wrote:

> The discussion regarding listing rules got me wondering about which rules
> we choose to follow for yardbirds. How many of us use the ABA model as
> opposed to the Big Sit model, or some other perhaps?
>
> What do you count? If you happen to be returning from a walk around the
> neighborhood, see a Northern Goshawk fly directly over your house, but
> you’re not actually standing in your yard, does it count? What do you do
> when you hear a flock of 150 migrating Sandhill Cranes off in the distance,
> or maybe see the 23 Am White Pelicans through your scope five miles distant
> over the Valmont complex, or find the motion triggered night vision camera
> in your backyard captured an image of a Boreal Owl? Not that all of these
> have happened to me...yet. But one can still hope. I actually had two new
> yardbird owl species (N Pygmy Owl and E Screech Owl) in one day back in
> August, one at dawn, the other at dusk.
>
> I tend to like and use something similar to the Big Sit model (whatever
> you can see and accurately identify from within a boundary) mainly because
> it greatly expands the potential list (e.g. Lewis’s Woodpecker, Clark’s
> Nutcracker, Pinyon Jay up along the Dakota Ridge behind my house), which I
> guess is a bit greedy, but also more fun. I do also try to get photo
> records for all yardbirds, and have been successful in all but 5 species
> out of about 120. After IDing the bird from the yard sometimes I will hike
> beyond the property to get better shots.
>
> Anyway, I’m curious to hear other approaches, thoughts, etc.
>
> —Thomas
>
>
>
> Thomas Heinrich
> Boulder, CO
> <Nyctea...>
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Date: 2/4/19 6:48 am
From: Ed Baker <ednbonniebaker...>
Subject: [cobirds] Ravens
Skot

I was skiing across the lake this past Saturday from the Dillon Marina
heading for the Peninsula and witnessed about 6 or 7 Ravens on the
peninsula wildly and raucously flying around exhibiting the described
behavior, which gave me pause.

I stood and watched trying to get a reason for it, i.e., a fox or coyote,
but I got nothin.'

They just looked to be celebrating some event, but what? I HAVE read that
they do some sledding on occasions and now we've got proof.

Thanks for the heads-up.

Bonnie Boex
Dillon resident

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Date: 2/4/19 5:27 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 4
Date: February 4, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, jroller9 AT gmail.com

Phone: (303) 204-0828

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 4, sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Thanks!

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.

(*) indicates new information on this species.


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


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Brant (Weld)

Trumpeter Swan (*Mesa, *Pueblo, Grand)

Tundra Swan (Pueblo)

Black Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Pueblo)

Long-tailed Duck (Weld)

Mew Gull (Pueblo)

Glaucous-winged Gull (*Pueblo)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Garfield, *La Plata, *Larimer)

GYRFALCON (*Larimer)

Winter Wren (*Jefferson, Prowers, Pueblo)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (*Boulder)

Black Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso, Baca)

Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (*Jefferson)

Northern Cardinal (Larimer)

Rusty Blackbird (*Chaffee, *Denver, *Arapahoe)


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 3 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte
Reservoir. First reported on November 10 by James McCall.

---On February 3 the overwintering Rusty Blackbird were reported from the
north of the Swim Beach in Cherry Creek SP.


BACA COUNTY:

---On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy
Mihm-Dunning.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On February 2 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh and
seen recently in neighborhood NW of park. First reported by Ernest Crvich
January 23.


CHAFFEE COUNTY:

---On February 3 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Mt Ouray SWA by
Christian Hagenlocher.


DENVER COUNTY:

---On February 2 Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open
Space. They were first reported on January 1.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On February 3 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.


GARFIELD COUNTY:

---On February 3 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported from Centennial
Park in Carbondale; first reported by Vic Zerbi on February 2.


GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at the hotspot
“Confluence Recreation Area” First seen January 30 by Alicia Arnold.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

---On February 3 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Morrison Park by
David Tonnessen.

---On February 3 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of the house.

---On January 28 a (Red) Fox Sparrow continued at Red RocksTrading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

---On February 3 the wintering Winter Wren was reported again at Morrison
Park.

---On January 19 through 28 a flock of all three Rosy-Finch species was
reported at the home of Kirsten WItherell, 19640 W 55th Pl, Golden. For
permission to visit, please text her at (720) 372-0833.


LA PLATA COUNTY:

---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.


LARIMER COUNTY:

---On February 3 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County
Landfill. Seen earlier this winter too.

---January 31 the GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported
by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area.

---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen again at Grandview
Cemetery. First reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the
golf course, east of a Porta Potty.

—On January 30 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was seen again. Reported by
Ryan Graves on January 26.

—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.


MESA COUNTY:

---On February 3 a Trumpeter Swan was reported along I-70 at De Beque by
David Price. First reported by him about January 30.


PROWERS COUNTY:

---A Winter Wren was reported on February 1 at Lamar Community College by
Dorothy Russell.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

---On February 3 an unprecedented raft of (22) Black Scoters was reported
from Pueblo Reservoir by Brandon Percival.

---On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at
Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.

---On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard
Area). First reported by Kara Carrager January 19.

---On February 3 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported by David Tonnesson at
Pueblo Reservoir.

---On January 31 a Winter Wren was reported by Chris Nunes at Valco Ponds;
present since November.

—On January 31 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 4 by Brandon Percival.

—On February 2 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature
and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on Jan 15; found by Brandon
Percival on January 14.

---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo
Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.


WELD COUNTY:

---On January 31 a Brant was discovered at Frederick Lake (Milavec
Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.

---On January 28 a Long-tailed Duck was seen at Windsor Lake. First
reported by Nick Komar on January 27.

---On January 31 a (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir.
First reported by Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was at Milavec Reservoir, but recent
searches have *not* turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could
still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on December 11,
this would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record
Committee.


Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website


*Denver City Park*

Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


*Yoder Ranch*

Saturday, February 9

8:00 AM - Noon

Chuck Hundertmark (Email: chundertmark8 AT gmail.com 303 604-0531)


*First Creek at Rocky Mountain Arsenal*

Sunday, February 10
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955)


*Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop *

Sunday, February 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com; 303-941-4881)



Good birding!

Joe Roller, Denver

jroller9 AT gmail.com

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Date: 2/3/19 10:42 pm
From: Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Speaking of lists....rules for yardbirds?
The discussion regarding listing rules got me wondering about which rules we choose to follow for yardbirds. How many of us use the ABA model as opposed to the Big Sit model, or some other perhaps?

What do you count? If you happen to be returning from a walk around the neighborhood, see a Northern Goshawk fly directly over your house, but you’re not actually standing in your yard, does it count? What do you do when you hear a flock of 150 migrating Sandhill Cranes off in the distance, or maybe see the 23 Am White Pelicans through your scope five miles distant over the Valmont complex, or find the motion triggered night vision camera in your backyard captured an image of a Boreal Owl? Not that all of these have happened to me...yet. But one can still hope. I actually had two new yardbird owl species (N Pygmy Owl and E Screech Owl) in one day back in August, one at dawn, the other at dusk.

I tend to like and use something similar to the Big Sit model (whatever you can see and accurately identify from within a boundary) mainly because it greatly expands the potential list (e.g. Lewis’s Woodpecker, Clark’s Nutcracker, Pinyon Jay up along the Dakota Ridge behind my house), which I guess is a bit greedy, but also more fun. I do also try to get photo records for all yardbirds, and have been successful in all but 5 species out of about 120. After IDing the bird from the yard sometimes I will hike beyond the property to get better shots.

Anyway, I’m curious to hear other approaches, thoughts, etc.

—Thomas



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Date: 2/3/19 7:55 pm
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] RE: How to find your true Colorado bird list total
I could not find any mention of state records committees in the ABA
Recording Rules. Has anyone seen anything saying that records committees
have any say in ABA list totals? Here are the rules I was referring to in
my first email:

For vagrants it seems pretty clear to me that personal judgement and
knowledge are what matters:
(ii) A species observed far from its normal range may be counted if, in the
observer’s best judgment and knowledge, it arrived there unassisted by man.
A wild bird following or riding a ship at sea, without being captured, is
considered traveling unassisted by man.

For introduced species it seems like strays from established populations
(in conjunction with the rule above) are countable:
*(v)* an individual of an introduced species may be counted only when part
of, or straying from, a population that meets the ABA Checklist
Committee’s definition
of being established
<http://listing.aba.org/criteria-determining-establishment-exotics/>;

Again, I personally think that official state lists tend to be more
accurate, but I do believe records committees are occasionally too
conservative and have rejected species that should have either been
accepted or at least received more consideration and the ABA rules are nice
in some situations if a lister thinks a decision was too cautious.

Andy Bankert
Fort Collins

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 8:18 PM Joe Roller <jroller9...> wrote:

> Andy,
> This is NOT my understanding.
> You can count those geese on the ABA checklist ONLY if you have
> seen them in the states out east where they have been accepted by the
> state bird record committees.
> Ditto with Mute Swan and Budgerigar. They are established and countable in
> some states, but you have
> to see one where the local population is *established* in order to add it
> to your ABA area or Lower 48 list.
> "Personal judgment" does not trump State Records Committees. The whole
> idea of having rules for listing
> is so we are all on a level playing field.
>
> Joe Roller, Denver
>
> On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 7:59 PM Andrew Bankert <abankert2007...>
> wrote:
>
>> I just wanted to add a quick note that is really minor about listing. If
>> you do report your totals to the ABA you can count anything on the ABA
>> checklist in your state totals even if that species hasn't been accepted by
>> the state records committee. That means for ABA, you can count Pink-footed
>> and Barnacle Goose if, in your own personal best judgement, you think they
>> arrived unassisted by man. You cannot count Rufous-collared Sparrow since
>> that does not appear on the ABA checklist. For ABA, you can even count
>> Mute Swan if you see one you believe is a stray from the countable
>> populations in the Midwest. I still think that using the official state
>> list is a better way to keep track, but I just wanted to clarify for anyone
>> using ABA's listing rules.
>>
>> Andy Bankert
>> Fort Collins
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Date: 2/3/19 7:18 pm
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] RE: How to find your true Colorado bird list total
Andy,
This is NOT my understanding.
You can count those geese on the ABA checklist ONLY if you have
seen them in the states out east where they have been accepted by the state
bird record committees.
Ditto with Mute Swan and Budgerigar. They are established and countable in
some states, but you have
to see one where the local population is *established* in order to add it
to your ABA area or Lower 48 list.
"Personal judgment" does not trump State Records Committees. The whole idea
of having rules for listing
is so we are all on a level playing field.

Joe Roller, Denver

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wrote:

> I just wanted to add a quick note that is really minor about listing. If
> you do report your totals to the ABA you can count anything on the ABA
> checklist in your state totals even if that species hasn't been accepted by
> the state records committee. That means for ABA, you can count Pink-footed
> and Barnacle Goose if, in your own personal best judgement, you think they
> arrived unassisted by man. You cannot count Rufous-collared Sparrow since
> that does not appear on the ABA checklist. For ABA, you can even count
> Mute Swan if you see one you believe is a stray from the countable
> populations in the Midwest. I still think that using the official state
> list is a better way to keep track, but I just wanted to clarify for anyone
> using ABA's listing rules.
>
> Andy Bankert
> Fort Collins
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Date: 2/3/19 6:59 pm
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007...>
Subject: [cobirds] RE: How to find your true Colorado bird list total
I just wanted to add a quick note that is really minor about listing. If
you do report your totals to the ABA you can count anything on the ABA
checklist in your state totals even if that species hasn't been accepted by
the state records committee. That means for ABA, you can count Pink-footed
and Barnacle Goose if, in your own personal best judgement, you think they
arrived unassisted by man. You cannot count Rufous-collared Sparrow since
that does not appear on the ABA checklist. For ABA, you can even count
Mute Swan if you see one you believe is a stray from the countable
populations in the Midwest. I still think that using the official state
list is a better way to keep track, but I just wanted to clarify for anyone
using ABA's listing rules.

Andy Bankert
Fort Collins

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Date: 2/3/19 5:45 pm
From: Skot Latona <skotlato...>
Subject: [cobirds] Raven gathering, Dillon, Summit Cty
We observed quite an impressive gathering of ravens in Dillon this weekend. 40 - 50 ravens had marked up an entire snowy hill near the north east arm of the lake . . . They were snow-bathing, jumping, rolling, sledding, and copulating. There are lots of cute videos of a couple ravens rolling down a snowy roof or car windshield, but nothing suggesting this level of gathering. We didn't have any optics, but there was a nice wide shoulder to pull off to watch briefly. I'd not heard of such gatherings at specific places in the state. Anyone know if this is a regular occurrence? Lots of links talk about names like 'unkindness', 'conspiracy' of ravens and whether those terms every really got used or are just antiquated trivia , but I didn't find anything on how such a gathering works, is it organized or is there a pattern birds follow? Is there a hierarchy? It seemed much more complex than a typical chicken lek. Quite interesting to watch. In the video, there are 5 - 6 birds center of the shot doing some tumbling, and about 18 - 20 far left of center just sitting in the deep snow as others flew in and out. Pretty clear though, that every mark on that hill was made by ravens! https://photos.app.goo.gl/Bd9xEHSV8AdRn9b66

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Littleton, CO

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Date: 2/3/19 11:19 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] How to find your true Colorado bird list total
Mark Chavez's comments were spot on!

Your eBird list is usually an overcount, as it includes birds that
are not on the official Colorado list, as carefully maintained by
the CFO's Colorado Bird Record Committee, the CBRC.

Here is one way to figure out your true, valid CO list, the only way to
compare
your sightings with other birders:
Start with your eBird CO list total, which is an *over-count* for most of
us.
Subtract species that have not yet been considered or voted on by the CBRC
for inclusion
on the official state list, like Pink-footed and Barnacle Goose.

Other species to subtract from your eBird list are "exotics" like Mute Swan
and African Collared-Dove.
Mexican Duck has been considered and *not* accepted as a separate species
from Mallard. But you'll be pleased to know that birds like
Fork-tailed Flycatcher HAVE been voted on and accepted. To see the
up-to-date, official CO list, go to the CFO website and
look under "Birding Resources", then at the top of the menu, go to the
(printable) Official Checklist of Colorado Birds.
Some of us print that out and keep a paper list for Colorado birds.

You can keep track of your true CO and county lists this way:
Go to the CFO website, and under Birding Resources, click County Listing,
then Enter Your Counts. Log in and fill in the boxes. Click Annual and
All-time lists. In small font at the bottom,
be sure to click "Update your counts" or the updates will not be kept. You
can do this a few times a year if you
care to.

But that is somewhat tedious. An easier way is to use the Colorado state
list that eBird keeps for you, which is a close
approximation, but an over-count, and mentally subtract PF Goose and any
exotics you may have ticked off
on eBird. That is the only way you can compare your lists with those of
others. When you hit a milestone, like
350 or 400 species on your Colorado *eBIrd* list, you may not have actually
hit it yet, if it includes Pink-footed Goose or Mute Swan.

And yes, you can keep your personal lists any way you want, eg, counting
birds you see at the zoo or counting the Evergreen
Rufous-collared Sparrow. BUT such a list cannot be compared to any other
birders' lists. Use the ABA rules,
of course - no dead birds, no eggs, no birds seen in a mist net at the
banding station!
True, it's all a game, but there are good rules to follow to avoid fooling
yourself, just as in golf, curling and stamp collecting.

I'll try to answer questions and clarify this off-line (or on-line if of
general interest).

Joe Roller, Denver

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Date: 2/3/19 11:13 am
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Black Scoter flock at Pueblo Res
The flock of 22 Black Scoters didn't stay long at South Shore Marina at
Pueblo Reservoir. Not sure where they went, I had to leave to meet people
at the Nature Center. A couple other birders were also able to see the
first year Glaucous-winged Gull, before it flew off, mid-morning, at the
South Shore Marina tires. We got very nice looks at it in flight and
standing on the tires.

While birding with a beginning birder class west of the Pueblo Nature
Center this morning, the Red-bellied Woodpecker was seen by all present
(like 22 people). I've only seen it now twice this year, missed it more
times than I've seen it.


On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 7:24 AM Brandon <flammowl17...> wrote:

> There is a flock of about 20 Black Scoters, including adult males at
> Pueblo Reservoir, swimmimg off South Shore Marina tires currently! Never
> seen this many in Colorado before. First year Glaucous-winged Gull
> continues and the adult Great Black-backed Gull are both sitting on south
> shore marina tires. Happy I woke up early.
>
> Brandon K. Percival
> Pueblo West, CO
>
> Sent from my Android
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Date: 2/3/19 9:30 am
From: snowy.owlets <snowy.owlets...>
Subject: [cobirds] Trilby Rd 2/3 (Larimer)
Hi Everyone, 
As of 10:30am 2/3, a Glaucous Gull is at the Larimer Landfill. Several of us had the Gyrfalcon on a pole along Taft Hill Road, but it flew southeast around 9:45. There is more traffic than usual along Trilby Rd this morning. There is an auction going on. 
Mark Miller Longmont, CO 


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Date: 2/3/19 8:37 am
From: 'Joshua Smith' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Larimer Gyrfalcon Continues
Gyrfalcon continues as of 9:30 am. Perched on a power trip pole just north of the Larimer County Landfill on Taft Hill Rd. Nice pull-off for parking.

- Joshua Smith
(Fort Collins)

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Date: 2/3/19 8:08 am
From: Karen Strong <kstrong1109...>
Subject: [cobirds] Canada Jays - Cub Creek Trailhead
When I left the Cub Creek Trailhead at 8:55 this morning, the two Canada
Jays were in the stand of trees just to the left of the trailhead sign,
flying between trees & hopping around on branches, occasionally calling.
They first appeared at about 8:20.

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Date: 2/3/19 7:30 am
From: robert beauchamp <torobbeau...>
Subject: [cobirds] Gyrfalcon
Gerfalcon currently on power pole at Trilby and Taft, near landfill. 8:30 a.m.
Robert Beauchamp
Fort Collins

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Date: 2/3/19 6:44 am
From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
You are correct, Karen. A Life Bird is a life bird, geography aside.
People start categorizing the geography of the sighting (local patch,
county, state, country, area (ABA-area, etc.) if they care to do so. If
use eBird, it will categorize for you if you care to look at the
breakdown. To Mark's point (and you seem to get it) the geographic
location of the sighting is often categorized for you using the GPS
location of your phone with the eBird app, which may not be where the bird
actually is. There are separate eBird hotspots listed at South Platte
Reservoir (and Chatfield for that matter) for each county. If you report
using the Jeffco hotspot, the birds you list should actually be in Jeffco.
Same for the much, much larger Arapahoe County hotspot.

Good birding,
Chip Clouse
Golden

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 6:30 AM Karen Strong <kstrong1109...> wrote:

> I’m a relatively new birder, but am I wrong in stating that the very first
> time I see a bird of a particular species (assuming I properly identify
> it), that that sighting counts as a “life bird” for me, no matter where the
> bird is and/or where I am when I see it?
>
> Having said that, I completely understand that the specific location of
> the bird (not myself) is of utmost importance when keeping record of birds
> seen in Jeffco, or Colorado, or whatever geographic location one is
> concerned with making record of.
>
> To put it another way, I thought life birds simply came down to seeing
> birds that one had never seen before - separate from location (of oneself
> or the birds).
>
> Please tell me if I’m wrong.
>
> Karen
> Conifer, CO
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Date: 2/3/19 6:24 am
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Black Scoter flock at Pueblo Res
There is a flock of about 20 Black Scoters, including adult males at Pueblo
Reservoir, swimmimg off South Shore Marina tires currently! Never seen
this many in Colorado before. First year Glaucous-winged Gull continues
and the adult Great Black-backed Gull are both sitting on south shore
marina tires. Happy I woke up early.

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Date: 2/3/19 5:35 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, February 3
Date: February 3, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, jroller9 AT gmail.com

Phone: (303) 204-0828

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, February 3, sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Thanks!

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.

(*) indicates new information on this species.


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


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Brant (Weld)

Trumpeter Swan (*Pueblo, Grand)

Tundra Swan (Pueblo)

Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Weld)

Mew Gull (Pueblo)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Garfield, *La Plata, *Larimer)

GYRFALCON (*Larimer)

Winter Wren (Jefferson, Prowers, Pueblo)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (*Boulder)

Black Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso, Baca)

Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)

Northern Cardinal (Larimer)

Rusty Blackbird (*Denver)


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 2 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte
Reservoir. First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


BACA COUNTY:

---On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy
Mihm-Dunning.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On February 2 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh and
seen recently in neighborhood NW of park. First reported by Ernest Crvich
January 23.


DENVER COUNTY:

---On February 2 Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open
Space. They were first reported on January 1.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On February 2 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.


GARFIELD COUNTY:

---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found in Centennial Park in
Carbondale by Mary Harris, reported by Vic Zerbi.


GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at Confluence Recreation
Area (first right off Grand CR 1 = Trough Rd); first seen January 30 by
Alicia Arnold.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

---On January 28 a (Red) Fox Sparrow continued at Red RocksTrading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

---On January 28 a Winter Wren was reported at Morrison Park.

---On January 19 through 28 a flock of all three Rosy-Finch species was
reported at the home of Kirsten WItherell, 19640 W 55th Pl, Golden. For
permission to visit, please text her at (720) 372-0833.


LA PLATA COUNTY:

---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.


LARIMER COUNTY:

---On February 2 a GYRFALCON was seen from Trilby Rd at the Larimer County
Landfill by David Wade. Seen earlier this winter too.

---January 31 the GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported
by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area.

---On February 2 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen again at Grandview
Cemetery. First reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the
golf course, east of a Porta Potty.

—On January 30 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was seen again. Reported by
Ryan Graves on January 26.

—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.


PROWERS COUNTY:

---A Winter Wren was reported on February 1 at Lamar Community College by
Dorothy Russell.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

---On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at
Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.

---On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard
Area). First reported by Kara Carrager January 19.

---On February 1 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported by David Tonnesson at
Pueblo Reservoir.

---On January 31 a Winter Wren was reported by Chris Nunes at Valco Ponds;
present since November.

—On January 31 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 4 by Brandon Percival.

—On February 2 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature
and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on Jan 15; found by Brandon
Percival on January 14.

---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo
Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.


WELD COUNTY:

---On January 31 a Brant was discovered at Frederick Lake (Milavec
Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.

---On January 28 a Long-tailed Duck was seen at Windsor Lake. First
reported by Nick Komar on January 27.

---On January 31 a (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir.
First reported by Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was at Milavec Reservoir, but recent
searches have *not* turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could
still be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on December 11.
This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record
Committee.


Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website


*Denver City Park*

Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


*Yoder Ranch*

Saturday, February 9

8:00 AM - Noon

Chuck Hundertmark (Email: chundertmark8 AT gmail.com 303 604-0531)


*First Creek at Rocky Mountain Arsenal*

Sunday, February 10
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll (Email: patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955)


*Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop *

Sunday, February 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Karen von Saltza (Email: kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com; 303-941-4881)



Good birding!

Joe Roller, Denver

jroller9 AT gmail.com

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Date: 2/3/19 5:30 am
From: Karen Strong <kstrong1109...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
I’m a relatively new birder, but am I wrong in stating that the very first time I see a bird of a particular species (assuming I properly identify it), that that sighting counts as a “life bird” for me, no matter where the bird is and/or where I am when I see it?

Having said that, I completely understand that the specific location of the bird (not myself) is of utmost importance when keeping record of birds seen in Jeffco, or Colorado, or whatever geographic location one is concerned with making record of.

To put it another way, I thought life birds simply came down to seeing birds that one had never seen before - separate from location (of oneself or the birds).

Please tell me if I’m wrong.

Karen
Conifer, CO

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Date: 2/2/19 9:18 pm
From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
Your life list is your life list and you can do whatever you want with it.
I saw a Yellow-faced Grassquit in Laredo that was not accepted by the TX
Bird Records Committee (no photo) but I know what I saw and it's on my life
list and my ABA-area list. It was seen on the US side. The ABA Listing
Guidelines pertain to the rules of listing species IF you wish to submit
your list to ABA to be compared with other lists. An Amazon Kingfisher on
the Mexican side of the Rio Grande while you are standing in TX would count
on your Mexican list and your Life list, just not your ABA area list unless
it flew to the TX side. By that rationale, a Black Scoter seen from Jeffco
but IN Arapco would count for your Arapco list, your ABA area list, and
your Life list: just not your Jeffco list. If you are competing in the
Denver Audubon Big Year Competition, you should follow the ABA listing
guidelines since your list will be compared to others' lists. If not, and
you never plan to compare your list to others in any formal way, do what
you wish - especially with your life list - which shouldn't be restricted
by geography. If you've seen it, you've seen it. My 2 cents...

Chip Clouse
Golden
(and former ABA education and outreach director)

On Sat, Feb 2, 2019, 8:26 PM Greg Pasquariello <greg...> wrote:

> I edited your email below for relevance, but I’d clarify that you can
> count the kingfisher (for example) on your life list, just not on your ABA
> area list.
>
>
>
> Regards
>
> -Greg Pasquariello
>
>
>
> *From: *MARK CHAVEZ <markchavez...>
> *Sent: *Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:20 PM
> *To: *COBIRDS <cobirds...>
> *Subject: *[cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
>
>
>
> According to ABA (American Birding Association) you cannot count a bird
> for your life list unless the bird is physically in that county, state, or
> country.
>
> Mark Chavez
> Lakewood-Green Mtn
> http://jaeger29.smugmug.com/
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Date: 2/2/19 8:37 pm
From: David Tønnessen <davidtonnessenx...>
Subject: [cobirds] Jeffco Golden-crowned Sparrow?
Has anyone seen the Jefferson County Golden-crowned Sparrow lately, or for that matter, tried for it unsuccessfully?

Thank you,
David Tonnessen
Colorado Springs, CO

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Date: 2/2/19 7:27 pm
From: Greg Pasquariello <greg...>
Subject: RE: [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
I edited your email below for relevance, but I’d clarify that you can count the kingfisher (for example) on your life list, just not on your ABA area list.

Regards
-Greg Pasquariello

From: MARK CHAVEZ
Sent: Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:20 PM
To: COBIRDS
Subject: [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines

According to ABA (American Birding Association) you cannot count a bird for your life list unless the bird is physically in that county, state, or country. 
Mark Chavez
Lakewood-Green Mtn
http://jaeger29.smugmug.com/
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Date: 2/2/19 7:20 pm
From: MARK CHAVEZ <markchavez...>
Subject: [cobirds] South Platte Reservoir and ABA guidelines
Today, after a full day birding, I decided to stop at South Platte Reservoir. This place is always a tough place to bird for the county listers, because a majority of the lake is in Arapahoe County and very little is Jefferson County. I have seen many reports of the Black Scoter and other birds being reported in Jefferson County in ebird. When I got there, I saw that the ice shelf is starting to retreat in Jeffco. For the majority of the winter, the Jeffco portion has been iced over. I was excited to get my year Jeffco Black Scoter swimming along the ice, and a beautiful adult Iceland (Thayer's) Gull on the ice edge. I then realized that the birds were still in Arapahoe County. No!!!!!! Jefferson County starts somewhere between blue markers 96 and 97. These are the markers on the south side of the trail and the lake. As I stood there bummed, the gulls where spooked and every one of them circled and flew far over the Jeffco side of the lake. YES!!! The scoter of course stayed on the Arapahoe side. I was still excited to finally get an Iceland for Jefferson County. I will still have to wait for warmer weather to retreat the ice edge to get that scoter in Jeffco. Now for the confusion for new birders and listers... According to ABA (American Birding Association) you cannot count a bird for your life list unless the bird is physically in that county, state, or country. A great example was that there was an Amazon Kingfisher on the US/Mexico border. You could not count the bird unless he would land on the U.S bank. Many birders spent hours waiting for the bird to come on the U.S side. So if you want to list for county, state, or country and follow ABA rules, you only count the birds that are physically there. Ebird which we all use to count and list birds allows us to count birds from the area we see the bird which contradicts ABA rules. Ebird still asks that you make a comment on your checklist stating that the bird was observed from a different county then where the bird was physically. Ebird is all about bird populations and trends, that's why birds like African Collared Dove, Indian Peafowl, and Colorado Mute Swan count in ebird but are not ABA countable, which mean they don't really count on your life list because breeding populations have not been established. I just wanted to clarify a few things for the new individuals to this great hobby. If I'm incorrect I would welcome clarification.


Mark Chavez
Lakewood-Green Mtn
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Date: 2/2/19 3:33 pm
From: Greg Pasquariello <greg...>
Subject: [cobirds] Mountain Bluebird
One of my personal “first signs of spring” is finding Mountain Bluebirds either at Chatfield or Roxborough Rd. I drove the latter this morning, and went to Chatfield this afternoon. Nothing but disappointment, until, on my way home, I found one single male sitting on a wire on the road just past the south entrance to Chatfield.

Also, one Pine Siskin on my feeder in Sterling Ranch, that heretofore has only served House Finches.

Regards
-Greg Pasquariello
Littleton,CO

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Date: 2/2/19 12:49 pm
From: snowy.owlets <snowy.owlets...>
Subject: [cobirds] Trilby Rd 2/2 (Larimer)
Hi Everyone, 
A falcon disturbed the starlings over the Larimer Landfill around 1:30pm today 2/2. It eventually landed on one of the large power pylons west of Taft Hill Rd. I got some not very good digiscope photos. This appears to be a female Merlin. It's still here as of 1:45.
Mark Miller Longmont, CO 


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Date: 2/2/19 9:50 am
From: David Wade <davespeedbump...>
Subject: [cobirds] Gryfalcon Larimer
We just spotted the Gyr at the landfill. Parked on Trilby Rd, we noticed the starling, crows and ravens all flying en mass, that was our tip-off to its presence. (Sorry Glenn W spotted it minutes after you left)

Walt Wehtje
Georgia Doyle
David Wade
Ft Collins CO

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Date: 2/2/19 5:38 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for February 2
Date: February 2, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, jroller9 AT gmail.com

Phone: (303) 204-0828

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, February 2, sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Thanks!

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.

(*) indicates new information on this species.


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

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Brant (Weld)

Trumpeter Swan (*Pueblo, *Grand)

Tundra Swan (*Pueblo)

Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Weld)

Mew Gull (*Pueblo)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (La Plata, *Larimer)

GYRFALCON (Larimer)

Winter Wren (Jefferson, *Prowers, Pueblo)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (*Boulder)

Snow Bunting (Kiowa)

Black Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)

Field Sparrow (El Paso, Baca)

Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)

Northern Cardinal (Larimer)

Rusty Blackbird (*Denver)



ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 1 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte
Reservoir. First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


BACA COUNTY:

---On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy
Mihm-Dunning.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On February 1 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh and
seen recently in neighborhood NW of park. First reported by Ernest Crvich
January 23.


DENVER COUNTY:

---On February 1 Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open
Space. They were first reported on January 1.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On January 31 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.


GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 1 (3) Trumpeter Swans were reported at Confluence Recreation
Area (first right off Grand CR 1 = Trough Rd); first seen January 30 by
Alicia Arnold.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

---On January 28 a (Red) Fox Sparrow continued at Red RocksTrading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

---On January 28 a Winter Wren was reported at Morrison Park.

---On January 19 through 28 a flock of all three Rosy-Finch species was
reported at the home of Kirsten WItherell, 19640 W 55th Pl, Golden. For
permission to visit, please text her at (720) 372-0833.


KIOWA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Snow Bunting was reported at Lower Queens Reservoir by
Steve Mlodinow.


LA PLATA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.


LARIMER COUNTY:

---On January 31 a GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported
by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area; seems to be the same
bird that graced the Larimer Landfill this winter. For detailed directions
see Dave’s note on CObirds 1/31.

---On February 1 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen again at Grandview
Cemetery. First reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the
golf course, east of a Porta Potty.

—On January 30 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was seen again. Reported by
Ryan Graves on January 26.

—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.


PROWERS COUNTY:

---A Winter Wren was reported on February 1 at Lamar Community College by
Dorothy Russell.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

---On January 31 a Tundra Swan was reported west of Fowler (Hwy 50 at
Chicosa Creek) by Jerry DeBoer. First reported by Joey Kellner on Jan 28.

---On February 1 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir (Sailboard
Area). First reported by Kara Carrager January 19.

---On February 1 a Glaucous-winged Gull was reported by David Tonnesson at
Pueblo Reservoir.

---On January 31 a Winter Wren was reported by Chris Nunes at Valco Ponds;
present since November.

—On January 27 a White-winged Scoter was reported at a pond (now frozen) at
29th Lane & South Rd by MaryLynne Ketcham.

—On January 31 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 4 by Brandon Percival.

—On February 1 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature
and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on Jan 15; found by Brandon
Percival on January 14.

---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull, “Murray” is often reported at Pueblo
Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.


WELD COUNTY:

---On January 31 a Brant was discovered at Frederick Lake (Milavec
Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.

---On January 28 a Long-tailed Duck was seen at Windsor Lake. First
reported by Nick Komar on January 27.

---On January 31 a (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir.
First reported by Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was at Milavec Reservoir, but recent
searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still
be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on December 11. This
would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record
Committee.


*Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website*

*Denver City Park*

Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


*Yoder Ranch*

Saturday, February 9

8:00 AM - Noon

Chuck Hundertmark (Email: chundertmark8 AT gmail.com 303 604-0531)


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Date: 2/1/19 9:14 pm
From: Eric DeFonso <bay.wren...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Trumpeter Swans Grand County
As a followup, I wanted to add that I don't believe this would be a first
Grand County record, as Trumpeter Swan appears to already be on the CFO's
Grand County checklist. Nor does the species appear on the Colorado Bird
Records Committee's list of review species for Grand County, as I think it
would if it had not yet been documented there.

All the same, thank you to Tyler and Alicia for locating these birds!

Eric


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Eric DeFonso
Coal Creek Canyon, Jefferson County, CO (at exactly 8,000' ASL)


On Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 3:16 PM Eric DeFonso <bay.wren...> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> The three swans were still present today in what I'm guessing is the same
> area of the Confluence Rec Site (south of Kremmling) as previously reported.
>
> Eric
>
> -------
> Eric DeFonso
> Coal Creek Canyon, Jefferson County, CO (at exactly 8,000' ASL)
>
>
> On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 7:43 AM Tyler Wilson <wilsonswilsons...>
> wrote:
>
>> Alicia Arnold and I came across 3 Trumpeter Swans on the Blue River just
>> south of Kremmling on Highway 9 this evening around 3 PM. They were hanging
>> with 5 Canada Geese on the river just west of Confluence Rectreation Site.
>> If you are heading north on highway 9 you will take a left shortly before
>> the Colorado River. Grand County Road 1is the turn (also known as Trough
>> Road). After taking a left off of Highway 9 you would take your first right
>> and follow signs to the Confluence parking area and then scan to the west.
>> This would be a first Grand County record and if you are in the the area I
>> would love for others to snag this county tik.
>>
>> Tyler Wilson
>> Thornton, CO for a bit at least
>>
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Date: 2/1/19 7:46 pm
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pueblo birds update 2/1
Since I think some birders are coming to Pueblo County this weekend, I
should mention both the juvenile Tundra Swan and female/immature
White-winged Scoter, both present last weekend, weren't seen today. The
swan was around yesterday, though not today, and the scoter wasn't around
either day. The pond has a lot more ice, so the scoter may have left the
area, after being around over a month from Dec 13 to Jan 27th.

Other birds that were seen in Pueblo County today (check e-bird for
details): Glaucous-winged (first year), Glaucous (immature, very white
bird), Mew (2nd year), Iceland (Thayer's), Great Black-backed and Lesser
Black-backed Gulls. Hermit Thrush, three White-throated Sparrows, Lincoln's
Sparrow, Trumpeter Swan and Greater Scaup. Most of these birds have been
around for the winter, some haven't been seen before today.

Good birding,

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Date: 2/1/19 7:07 pm
From: W. Robert Shade III <wrshade3...>
Subject: [cobirds] Rusty Blackbirds still at First Creek and E. 56th Ave Denver County
Thanks to Peter Gent's excellent directions on 1/27 Micki and I found the
Rusty Blackbirds, two males and a females. They were skulking in reeds and
cattails but we were able to see them by climbing the bank of what looks to
be like preliminary construction for a new bridge and looking down on them.
Great site fidelity! I was surprised to see no rusty color whatsoever; both
genders were in complete breeding plumage. Sibley says the males are in
breeding plumage in January and the females in March.

Bob Shade
Lakewood

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Date: 2/1/19 6:26 pm
From: Tom Wilberding <twilberding...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Rusty Blackbirds and Barrow's Goldeneyes, Denver


Hi Peter,
I went on this scavenger hunt today. Your directions were very clear. I
arrived at both destinations, and fortunately, the birds were still there. *Gracias!
*Some of my photos below.

Tom Wilberding
Littleton, CO

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On Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:53:55 AM UTC-7, Peter Gent wrote:
>
> All,
>
> This morning I ventured southeast to the Denver area, and had a successful
> trip.
>
> First, with the help of several local Denver birders, I saw two males and
> a female Rusty Blackbirds. These birds have been along the creek at the
> First Creek at DEN Open Space since at least January 1st. The quickest way
> to the location is to take East 56th Ave east under the light rail bridge,
> and turn immediately left onto a track. Go 1/4 mile north and park. The
> birds are along the creek to the east and before the bridge where the creek
> goes under East 56th Avenue.
>
> I then went to the South Platte River, and saw a pair of Barrow's
> Goldeneyes in their usual winter location in Adams County. This is in the
> river about 300-400 yards upstream (south) of the green and white tank and
> by two benches along the paved trail. The quickest way to get there is to
> walk north from the parking lot at the east end of East 78th Avenue. This
> location provides beautiful close comparisons between Barrow's and Common
> Goldeneyes.
>
> Peter Gent,
> Boulder.
>

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Date: 2/1/19 4:31 pm
From: Leon Bright <urraca2...>
Subject: [cobirds] Coo time in Southern Colorado
COBirders-- In Pueblo, with a high temp of 62 degrees, no clouds, and
almost no wind the White-winged Doves were feeling amorous today, filling my
neighborhood with their cooing.

Leon Bright, Pueblo

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Date: 2/1/19 3:26 pm
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Gyrfalcon not seen as of early afternoon, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 1Feb2019
Scott Baily, yesterday's refinder of the gyr initially found at the landfill by Andy Bankert, and I went out to Reservoir Ridge Natural Area on the west side of Fort Collins between 9 and 11am this morning. In some sort of dirty trick, sitting on a pole only two away from where the gyr was yesterday afternoon, was a Prairie Falcon. After eliminating Red-tailed Hawk and under the influence of long distance and "want", both of us talked ourselves into the initial belief the Prairie Falcon was the gyr. So did two other birders who viewed the bird independently. Eventually we all came to our senses. I put together this comparison graphic for the sake of anyone else who might be going out there as an aid to unnecessary heart rate increases, or worse, misidentifications/posts, etc. Prairie Falcons are a full 6 inches shorter than a Gyrfalcon, but a lone bird can be tough to gauge. Other differences are contained in the Power Point frame below.

Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

PS - the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, with some difficulty, was seen at Grandview Cemetery today by Carl, John and Mark (all from Longmont), Dave Farmer from FC, and me. In the southwestern corner of the cemetery, the double-trunked pine EAST of the light pole east of the golf course portapotty is its favorite hang (60-70% of way up the trunk), with the big cottonwood east of the pine being its default retreat (as are probably other places we don't know about).

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Date: 2/1/19 2:16 pm
From: Eric DeFonso <bay.wren...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Trumpeter Swans Grand County
Hi all,

The three swans were still present today in what I'm guessing is the same
area of the Confluence Rec Site (south of Kremmling) as previously reported.

Eric

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Coal Creek Canyon, Jefferson County, CO (at exactly 8,000' ASL)


On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 7:43 AM Tyler Wilson <wilsonswilsons...>
wrote:

> Alicia Arnold and I came across 3 Trumpeter Swans on the Blue River just
> south of Kremmling on Highway 9 this evening around 3 PM. They were hanging
> with 5 Canada Geese on the river just west of Confluence Rectreation Site.
> If you are heading north on highway 9 you will take a left shortly before
> the Colorado River. Grand County Road 1is the turn (also known as Trough
> Road). After taking a left off of Highway 9 you would take your first right
> and follow signs to the Confluence parking area and then scan to the west.
> This would be a first Grand County record and if you are in the the area I
> would love for others to snag this county tik.
>
> Tyler Wilson
> Thornton, CO for a bit at least
>
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Date: 2/1/19 2:33 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 1
Date: February 1, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, jroller9 AT gmail.com

Phone: (303) 204-0828

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 1, sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Thanks!

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.

(*) indicates new information on this species.


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


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Brant (*Weld)

Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo, Grand)

White-winged Scoter (Pueblo)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (*Weld)

Mew Gull (Pueblo)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (La Plata, *Larimer)

GYRFALCON (*Larimer)

Winter Wren (Denver, Jefferson, Pueblo)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (Boulder)

Snow Bunting (Kiowa)

Black Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso, Baca)

Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)

Northern Cardinal (Larimer)

Rusty Blackbird (Denver)



ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 27 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


BACA COUNTY:

---On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy
Mihm-Dunning and Tony Leukering.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 31 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh and
seen recently in neighborhood NW of park. First reported by Ernest Crvich
January 23.


DENVER COUNTY:

---On January 30 Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open
Space. They were first reported there on January 1.

---On January 26 a Winter Wren was reported at the Denver Zoo by Brooks
Bennett.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On January 31 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.


GRAND COUNTY:
---On January 30 (3)Trumpeter Swans were reported at Confluence Recreation
Area on Grand CR 1 (Trough Rd) by Alicia Arnold and Tyler Wilson.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

---On January 28 a (Red) Fox Sparrow continued at Red RocksTrading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

---On January 28 a Winter Wren was reported at Morrison Park.

---On January 19 through 28 a flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black
Rosy Finches was reported at the home of Kirsten WItherell, 19640 W 55th Pl,
Golden. For permission to visit and details, please text her at (720)
372-0833.


KIOWA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Snow Bunting was reported at Lower Queens Reservoir by
Steve Mlodinow.


LA PLATA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.


LARIMER COUNTY:

---On January 31 a GYRFALCON was photographed by Scott Bailey and reported
by Dave Leatherman at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. Seems to be the same
bird that graced the Larimer Landfill this winter. For detailed directions
see Dave’s note on CObirds, please.

---On January 31 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen again at Grandview
Cemetery. First reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the
golf course, east of a Porta Potty.

—On January 30 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was seen again. Reported by
Ryan Graves on January 26.

—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

---On January 31 a Winter Wren was reported by Chris Nunes at Valco Ponds.

—On January 27 a White-winged Scoter was reported at a pond at 29th Lane &
South Rd. First reported by MaryLynne Ketcham on January 26.

—On January 31 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 27 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature
and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on Jan 15.

---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.



WELD COUNTY:

---On January 31 a Brant was discovered at Frederick Lake (Milavec
Reservoir) by Rachel Hopper.

---On January 28 a Long-tailed Duck was seen at Windsor Lake. First
reported by Nick Komar on January 27.

---On January 31 a (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir.
First reported by Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was at & Recreation Area, but recent
searches have not turned it up among the thousands of geese. It could still
be there. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on December 11. This
would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record
Committee.


*Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website*


*Northeastern Raptor Tour*

Saturday, February 2
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*Denver City Park*

Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


*Yoder Ranch*

Saturday, February 9

8:00 AM - Noon

Chuck Hundertmark (Email chundertmark8 AT gmail.com 303 604-0531)


Good birding!

Joe Roller, Denver

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Date: 1/31/19 7:04 pm
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Gyrfalcon still present in Fort Collins (Larimer) on 31Jan2019
I got an email message today from Scott Baily today who lives on the west side of Fort Collins that contained a beautiful photo of a Gyrfalcon. It almost assuredly is the same individual found late last year by Andy Bankert at the Larimer County Landfill. The location of Scott's photo is Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, which is roughly 7 miles nnw of the landfill along the foothills. The pole in the picture is part of a powerline that crosses the foot trail that leads west from the RRNA parking lot on Overland Trail. This parking lot is on the west side of Overland Trail about a mile north of West Vine Drive. I would estimate the distance from the parking lot to the powerline at about a mile. The walking is flat. Although I don't normally go that far west when I am visiting to see/photograph the bobolinks that nest in this area in summer, Scott tells me the powerline is just east of where the two trails come together near the metal foot bridge over the irrigation ditch. If you go west from the parking lot, just key on the tall n-s powerline. It is the only one straight west of the parking lot. Scott first saw the bird at 2:30pm, went home got his camera and it was still there at 3:30. Nice refind, Scott!

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Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

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Date: 1/31/19 6:15 pm
From: 'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Bufflehead feet
SPOILER ALERT!
I took this picture at a Salt Lake City aviary. I know it isn’t in Colorado and it was not out in nature but I simply couldn’t get my mind off these amazing, surprising and unexpected feet of a bufflehead! I don’t know how many people get an opportunity to see them and I know I never had so I just wanted to share this picture.

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Date: 1/31/19 4:41 pm
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker seen at Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 31Jan2019
The continuing young male was seen about 2pm today in the Austrian pine that has been its favorite for the last few weeks. This tree is in the grove of Austrian pines and spruce just out on City Park 9 golf course about midway along the cemetery's southern border road that runs east-west. This grove is about 50 yards east of the portapotty that sits on the side of the fareway. The double-trunked pine the sapsucker favors is just east of the big security light pole. Its most recent patches of sap wells are about 70% up the trunk. It is VERY wary, almost always stays on the side opposite you. Birders get lucky when the bird responds to golfers, moves around to the opposite side from them, which is the cemetery side where we are. I guess I'm saying find the tree, stay back in the shadows midway between the portapotty and the light pole, be patient, and hope groups of golfers come down the fareway. Check out any bird that leaves the section of trunk described above, as the sapsucker likes to go hide in the big cottonwood with the flicker box that is east of the pine-spruce grove. Most of the time, this bird has been silent, which definitely hampers detection.

The screech-owl seen of late north of the old stone office was not out today.

Seen soaring high over the golf course today were both an adult Bald Eagle and a juvenile Golden Eagle.

Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

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Date: 1/31/19 4:28 pm
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Subject: [cobirds] Harlan’s Hawk, Jeffco
Along Highway 93, just north of Table Mountain, Jefferson County, a Harlan’s Hawk about 11:30 this morning.

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Date: 1/31/19 11:48 am
From: Rachel Hopper <r-hopper...>
Subject: [cobirds] Brant/Milevak Reservoir-Weld
I just found a Brant on Milevak Res. among thousands of geese. No sign of the Pink-footed or Barnacle.

R.

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Date: 1/31/19 11:18 am
From: Gary & Sharon <gebsmn...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
The Boulder Bird club held their annual Mountain Feeders Field Trip last Saturday in Ward and Allenspark. We stopped at the Rock Creek Tavern & Pizza for refreshments. The owners are going to move this establishment into the old Fawnbrook and they are busy working in that direction. We enquired about bird feeders and they were non-committal at this time focusing only on their move. In the future after they are settled they may be more approachable regarding feeders. Later, maybe the birding community could pitch in to assist with this if the owners are receptive to the idea?

Sharon Norfleet, BBC president
Louisville, Boulder County

> On Jan 31, 2019, at 11:24 AM, Carl Bendorf <carlbendorf...> wrote:
>
> Went by the Fawnbrook Inn in Allenspark (Boulder County) yesterday. The restaurant doesn't appear to be open. From the outside, it looks like some building repairs are underway--can't tell what might be going on inside. There were just a few feeders hung out but no bird action and couldn't tell whether these are just vestiges from the previous owners. If I were a bird, the situation didn't look very attractive. I have no info on what the future might hold but at least for now, I wouldn't advise traveling to Allenspark just to visit the Fawnbrook Inn.
>
> Carl Bendorf
> Longmont
>
> On Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10:03:44 AM UTC-7, John Malenich wrote:
> Back when the Fawnbrook Inn closed, the family had said that the folks who own the nearby Rock Creek Tavern & Pizza had bought the property and were planning to develop it into a restaurant of some kind, but the expectation was they would not maintain the bird feeders, but so far nothing has happened with the property it seems.
>
> John Malenich
> Boulder, CO
>
> On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:46:04 PM UTC-7, Arvind wrote:
> I am wondering if anyone knows if the feeders at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark are being maintained this winter or if there is another spot nearby where feeders are viewable by the public (in hopes of seeing Rosy-Finches, etc). I am leading a winter ornithology field trip for CU students next weekend. Fawn Brook has served us well over the past decade but no longer was in operation last year.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Arvind Panjabi
> Fort Collins
>
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Date: 1/31/19 10:43 am
From: Gary & Sharon <gebsmn...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
The Boulder Bird club held their annual Mountain Feeders Field Trip last Saturday in Ward and Allenspark. We stopped at the Rock Creek Tavern & Pizza for refreshments. The owners are going to move this establishment into the old Fawnbrook and they are busy working in that direction. We enquired about bird feeders and they were non-committal at this time focusing only on their move. In the future after they are settled they may be more approachable regarding feeders. Later, maybe the birding community could pitch in to assist with this if the owners are receptive to the idea?

Sharon Norfleet, BBC president
Louisville, Boulder County


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> On Jan 31, 2019, at 11:24 AM, Carl Bendorf <carlbendorf...> wrote:
>
> Went by the Fawnbrook Inn in Allenspark (Boulder County) yesterday. The restaurant doesn't appear to be open. From the outside, it looks like some building repairs are underway--can't tell what might be going on inside. There were just a few feeders hung out but no bird action and couldn't tell whether these are just vestiges from the previous owners. If I were a bird, the situation didn't look very attractive. I have no info on what the future might hold but at least for now, I wouldn't advise traveling to Allenspark just to visit the Fawnbrook Inn.
>
> Carl Bendorf
> Longmont
>
>> On Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10:03:44 AM UTC-7, John Malenich wrote:
>> Back when the Fawnbrook Inn closed, the family had said that the folks who own the nearby Rock Creek Tavern & Pizza had bought the property and were planning to develop it into a restaurant of some kind, but the expectation was they would not maintain the bird feeders, but so far nothing has happened with the property it seems.
>>
>> John Malenich
>> Boulder, CO
>>
>>> On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:46:04 PM UTC-7, Arvind wrote:
>>> I am wondering if anyone knows if the feeders at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark are being maintained this winter or if there is another spot nearby where feeders are viewable by the public (in hopes of seeing Rosy-Finches, etc). I am leading a winter ornithology field trip for CU students next weekend. Fawn Brook has served us well over the past decade but no longer was in operation last year.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Arvind Panjabi
>>> Fort Collins
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
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Date: 1/31/19 10:24 am
From: Carl Bendorf <carlbendorf...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
Went by the Fawnbrook Inn in Allenspark (Boulder County) yesterday. The
restaurant doesn't appear to be open. From the outside, it looks like some
building repairs are underway--can't tell what might be going on inside.
There were just a few feeders hung out but no bird action and couldn't
tell whether these are just vestiges from the previous owners. If I were a
bird, the situation didn't look very attractive. I have no info on what
the future might hold but at least for now, I wouldn't advise traveling to
Allenspark just to visit the Fawnbrook Inn.

Carl Bendorf
Longmont

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10:03:44 AM UTC-7, John Malenich wrote:
>
> Back when the Fawnbrook Inn closed, the family had said that the folks who
> own the nearby Rock Creek Tavern & Pizza had bought the property and were
> planning to develop it into a restaurant of some kind, but the expectation
> was they would not maintain the bird feeders, but so far nothing has
> happened with the property it seems.
>
> John Malenich
> Boulder, CO
>
> On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:46:04 PM UTC-7, Arvind wrote:
>>
>> I am wondering if anyone knows if the feeders at Fawn Brook Inn in
>> Allenspark are being maintained this winter or if there is another spot
>> nearby where feeders are viewable by the public (in hopes of seeing
>> Rosy-Finches, etc). I am leading a winter ornithology field trip for CU
>> students next weekend. Fawn Brook has served us well over the past decade
>> but no longer was in operation last year.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Arvind Panjabi
>> Fort Collins
>>
>>
>> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
>> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
>>
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Date: 1/31/19 9:23 am
From: Carl Bendorf <carlbendorf...>
Subject: [cobirds] Negative report on PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in WELD CO.
Three of us spent about two hours at mid-day yesterday combing through the
thousands of geese at Milavec Reservoir and were unable to find the
Pink-footed Goose. To my knowledge, it hasn't been reported since last
Saturday the 26th. With so many birds either on the reservoir or coming
and going, it's very possible to have missed it.

The continuing Long-tailed Duck was present, however.

Carl Bendorf
Longmont, CO

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Date: 1/31/19 6:43 am
From: Tyler Wilson <wilsonswilsons...>
Subject: [cobirds] Trumpeter Swans Grand County
Alicia Arnold and I came across 3 Trumpeter Swans on the Blue River just south of Kremmling on Highway 9 this evening around 3 PM. They were hanging with 5 Canada Geese on the river just west of Confluence Rectreation Site. If you are heading north on highway 9 you will take a left shortly before the Colorado River. Grand County Road 1is the turn (also known as Trough Road). After taking a left off of Highway 9 you would take your first right and follow signs to the Confluence parking area and then scan to the west. This would be a first Grand County record and if you are in the the area I would love for others to snag this county tik.

Tyler Wilson
Thornton, CO for a bit at least

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Date: 1/31/19 5:19 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 31
Date: January 31, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, jroller9 AT gmail.com

Phone: (303) 204-0828

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, January 31, sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Thanks!

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.

(*) indicates new information on this species.


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


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo, *Grand)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson, Pueblo)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (*Weld)

Mew Gull (Pueblo)

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)

Glaucous Gull (Weld)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (La Plata, Larimer)

Winter Wren (Denver, Jefferson, *Pueblo)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (*Boulder)

Snow Bunting (Kiowa)

Black Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso, *Baca)

Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Northern Cardinal (*Larimer)

Rusty Blackbird (Denver)


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 27 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


BACA COUNTY:

---On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported from Baca CRs G & 36 by Kathy
Mihm-Dunning.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 29 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh and
seen recently in neighborhood NW of park. First reported by Ernest Crvich
January 23.


DENVER COUNTY:

---On January 29 Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open
Space. They were first reported there on January 1.

---On January 26 a Winter Wren was reported at the Denver Zoo by Brooks
Bennett.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On January 30 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.


Grand County:
---On January 30 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Confluence Recreation
Area on Trough Rd, downstream from Kremmling, by Alicia Arnold.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

---On January 28 a (Red) Fox Sparrow continued at Red RocksTrading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

—On January 23 a White-winged Scoter was reported at Welton Reservoir;
first reported by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 28 a Winter Wren was reported at Morrison Park.

—On January 21 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of the house.

---On January 19 through 28 a flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black
Rosy Finches was reported at the home of Kirsten WItherell, 19640 W 55th Pl,
Golden. For permission to visit and details, please text her at (720)
372-0833.


KIOWA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Snow Bunting was reported at Lower Queens Reservoir by
Steve Mlodinow.


LA PLATA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.


LARIMER COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Grandview Cemetery. First
reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course,
east of a Porta Potty.

—On January 23 there was a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Warren Lake, first
reported by Josh Bruening.

—On January 30 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

---On January 31 a Winter Wren was reported by Chris Nunes at Valco Ponds.

—On January 27 a White-winged Scoter was reported at a pond at 29th Lane &
South Rd. First reported by MaryLynne Ketcham on January 26.

—On January 27 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 27 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature
and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on Jan 15.

---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.



WELD COUNTY:

---On January 28 a Long-tailed Duck was seen at Windsor Lake. First
reported by Nick Komar on January 27.

---On January 30 a (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir.
First reported by Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

—On January 26 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was reported by Ryan Graves.

---On January 27 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir)
& Recreation Area. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on December 11.
This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record
Committee.


*Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website*


*Northeastern Raptor Tour*

Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)


*Denver City Park*

Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


*Yoder Ranch*

Saturday, February 9

8:00 AM - Noon

Chuck Hundertmark (Email chundertmark8 AT gmail.com 303 604-0531)


Good birding!

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Date: 1/30/19 9:03 am
From: John Malenich <john.malenich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
Back when the Fawnbrook Inn closed, the family had said that the folks who
own the nearby Rock Creek Tavern & Pizza had bought the property and were
planning to develop it into a restaurant of some kind, but the expectation
was they would not maintain the bird feeders, but so far nothing has
happened with the property it seems.

John Malenich
Boulder, CO

On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:46:04 PM UTC-7, Arvind wrote:
>
> I am wondering if anyone knows if the feeders at Fawn Brook Inn in
> Allenspark are being maintained this winter or if there is another spot
> nearby where feeders are viewable by the public (in hopes of seeing
> Rosy-Finches, etc). I am leading a winter ornithology field trip for CU
> students next weekend. Fawn Brook has served us well over the past decade
> but no longer was in operation last year.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Arvind Panjabi
> Fort Collins
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
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Date: 1/30/19 8:40 am
From: <pygmyowl...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
The restaurant was owned by an older couple and the husband was getting
unable to continue working at the caliber he wanted to so they decided to
close. As far as I know, No one bought it, so it sits vacant.
Scott Rashid
Estes Park




On Tue, 29 Jan 2019 23:19:51 -0800 (PST), Derek Hill
<derekthehill...> wrote:
> So whats up with Fawn Brook Inn lately? Went a couple years ago and we
> brought seed and enjoyed hundreds of rosy finches of all 3 species, some
> Evening Grosbeaks, etc.  Is the business still owned by bird-feeder
> friendly folk?  Id be willing to drive up a few sacks of bird seed to
> help sustain the feeders if anyone has info on the situation up there,
as
> it seemed to be one of the most easily accessible spots to see Rosy
> finches in the winter. Would be willing to donate a feeder or two as
> well. I have photos hanging on my wall of the tree full of 3 spp. of
rosy
> finches at Fawn Brook - what a gem of winter birding in CO!  If its not
> too late, lets keep it going. Anyone have info?
> -Derek HillMilliken
>
> On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:46:04 PM UTC-7, Arvind wrote: I am
> wondering if anyone knows if the feeders at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark
> are being maintained this winter or if there is another spot nearby
where
> feeders are viewable by the public (in hopes of seeing Rosy-Finches,
> etc).  I am leading a winter ornithology field trip for CU students next
> weekend. Fawn Brook has served us well over the past decade but no
longer
> was in operation last year.
> Thanks,
> Arvind PanjabiFort Collins 
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone [1]
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Date: 1/30/19 8:10 am
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: "Nunn Guy" Field Trip: Raptor Alley
Hi all

Just to clarify for some/all my Raptor Alley trip is this Saturday 0830
meet at the new Varra gas station on SW corner of Hwy/85 and Weld CR 100.
It is a big, red, barn-looking building.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/

On Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 2:36:30 PM UTC-7, The "Nunn Guy" wrote:
>
> Hi all
>
> Ignore link above in original post-it points to an event with incorrect
> date. Here is *correct event link and date for Raptor Alley trip this
> Saturday Feb 2*.
>
>
> http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/event/132/nunn-guy-field-trip-raptor-alley
>
> Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
> http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/
>
> On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 4:17:49 PM UTC-7, The "Nunn Guy" wrote:
>>
>> Hi all
>>
>> Next "Raptor Alley trip in Nunn is this Saturday, joining us will be
>> Colorado State University Ornithology Club for its annual outing. See
>> details below--special note we are meeting at Nunn's "*BRAND NEW*" gas
>> station (Nunn is "Growing", believe that? lol)!
>>
>> - http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/event/131
>>
>> Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
>> http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/
>>
>>

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Date: 1/30/19 5:43 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for January 30, 2019
Date: January 30, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, jroller9 AT gmail.com

Phone: (303) 204-0828

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 30, sponsored
by Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Thanks!

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.

(*) indicates new information on this species.


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


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson, Pueblo)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Weld)

Mew Gull (Pueblo)

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)

Glaucous Gull (Weld)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (La Plata, Larimer)

Winter Wren (Denver, Jefferson)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (*Boulder)

Snow Bunting (Kiowa)

Black Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)

Field Sparrow (El Paso)

Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (*Denver)


Several winter/very early spring gull species are being seen, primarily in
Pueblo and Larimer Counties, e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser
Black-backed Gull, and Iceland Gull (Thayer’s). For more information on
these birds please check ebird.org


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 27 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 29 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh and
seen recently in neighborhood NW of park. First reported by Ernest Crvich
January 23.


DENVER COUNTY:

---On January 29 Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open
Space. They were first reported there on January 1.

---On January 26 a Winter Wren was reported at the Denver Zoo by Brooks
Bennett.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On January 28 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

---On January 28 a (Red) Fox Sparrow continued at Red RocksTrading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

—On January 23 a White-winged Scoter was reported at Welton Reservoir;
first reported by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 28 a Winter Wren was reported at Morrison Park.

—On January 21 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of the house.

---On January 19 through 28 a flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black
Rosy Finches was reported at the home of Kirsten WItherell, 19640 W 55th Pl,
Golden. For permission to visit and details, please text her at (720)
372-0833.


KIOWA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Snow Bunting was reported at Lower Queens Reservoir by
Steve Mlodinow.


LA PLATA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.


LARIMER COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Grandview Cemetery. First
reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course,
east of a Porta Potty.

—On January 23 there was a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Warren Lake, first
reported by Josh Bruening.

—On January 28 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

—On January 27 a White-winged Scoter was reported at a pond at 29th Lane &
South Rd. First reported by MaryLynne Ketcham on January 26.

—On January 27 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 27 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature
and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on Jan 15.

---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.



WELD COUNTY:

---On January 28 a Long-tailed Duck was seen at Windsor Lake. First
reported by Nick Komar on January 27.

---On January 27 a (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir.
First reported by Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

—On January 26 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was reported by Ryan Graves.

---On January 27 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir)
& Recreation Area. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on December 11.
This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record
Committee.


*Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website*


*Northeastern Raptor Tour*

Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)


*Denver City Park*

Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


*Yoder Ranch*

Saturday, February 9

8:00 AM - Noon

Chuck Hundertmark (Email chundertmark8 AT gmail.com 303 604-0531)


Good birding!

Joe Roller, Denver


—On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.


---On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Ralston Creek by James
McCall.

—On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt. First
reported by Chris Woods on December 13.

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Date: 1/29/19 11:27 pm
From: Derek Hill <derekthehill...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
Maybe some wealthy birder groups could buy out the place and maintain it as
a birder-friendly bed and breakfast and market it as the best place in the
nation to see all 3 rosy finch species out your window while having huevos
rancheros and fresh brewed coffee. Any investors?


On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:46:04 PM UTC-7, Arvind wrote:
>
> I am wondering if anyone knows if the feeders at Fawn Brook Inn in
> Allenspark are being maintained this winter or if there is another spot
> nearby where feeders are viewable by the public (in hopes of seeing
> Rosy-Finches, etc). I am leading a winter ornithology field trip for CU
> students next weekend. Fawn Brook has served us well over the past decade
> but no longer was in operation last year.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Arvind Panjabi
> Fort Collins
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
>

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Date: 1/29/19 11:19 pm
From: Derek Hill <derekthehill...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
So what's up with Fawn Brook Inn lately? Went a couple years ago and we
brought seed and enjoyed hundreds of rosy finches of all 3 species, some
Evening Grosbeaks, etc. Is the business still owned by bird-feeder
friendly folk? I'd be willing to drive up a few sacks of bird seed to help
sustain the feeders if anyone has info on the situation up there, as it
seemed to be one of the most easily accessible spots to see Rosy finches in
the winter. Would be willing to donate a feeder or two as well. I have
photos hanging on my wall of the tree full of 3 spp. of rosy finches at
Fawn Brook - what a gem of winter birding in CO! If it's not too late,
let's keep it going. Anyone have info?
-Derek Hill
Milliken

On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:46:04 PM UTC-7, Arvind wrote:
>
> I am wondering if anyone knows if the feeders at Fawn Brook Inn in
> Allenspark are being maintained this winter or if there is another spot
> nearby where feeders are viewable by the public (in hopes of seeing
> Rosy-Finches, etc). I am leading a winter ornithology field trip for CU
> students next weekend. Fawn Brook has served us well over the past decade
> but no longer was in operation last year.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Arvind Panjabi
> Fort Collins
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
>

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Date: 1/29/19 7:01 pm
From: Scott <pygmyowl...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
I have been having a handful of Rosy-finches at my House in Estes, But
they seem to show up at different times each day. There  has been a few
Gray-crowned's and brown-caps, but no Blacks.

For those of you that know of the number of birds that I can get at my
house, these are extremely small flocks. Simply a handful at a time.

Scott Rashid
Estes Park


On 1/29/2019 3:54 PM, Steven Rash wrote:
> Arvind,
>
> There are a couple of houses with feeders just west of the church. Also, if you head south on Ski road past 2nd ave there are a few houses with feeders where the road bends right then left again.
>
> Went there New Year’s Day hoping for Bohemian waxwings and struck out, no rosy finches either, but did get a good sized flock of evening grosbeaks.
>
> Good luck,
>
> Steve Rash
> Denver Co.
>

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Date: 1/29/19 3:36 pm
From: Tim Johnson <johnsthotrnstn...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
No one is filling Fawn Brook's feeders this year. There are a couple
feeders at a home near the beginning of Ski Road where it makes a 90 degree
turn up a hill. 4 weeks ago it had Evening Grosbeaks and Clark's
Nutcracker, etc. There are also feeders at Charles Eagle Plume's Indian
Store on route 7 near the turnoff for Big Owl Rd, and they get woodpeckers
and finches. Candice Johnson, Denver


On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:46:04 PM UTC-7, Arvind wrote:
>
> I am wondering if anyone knows if the feeders at Fawn Brook Inn in
> Allenspark are being maintained this winter or if there is another spot
> nearby where feeders are viewable by the public (in hopes of seeing
> Rosy-Finches, etc). I am leading a winter ornithology field trip for CU
> students next weekend. Fawn Brook has served us well over the past decade
> but no longer was in operation last year.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Arvind Panjabi
> Fort Collins
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
>

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Date: 1/29/19 3:36 pm
From: <willcbirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
Feeders are not being maintained at Fawn Brook. We saw rosy finches in the
town of Ward, but I am not sure how welcoming they would be to a large
group of people looking at their feeders. The birds in JeffCO are easy but
not close to where you're going.

Good Luck,

Will Anderson
Boulder

On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:46:04 PM UTC-7, Arvind wrote:
>
> I am wondering if anyone knows if the feeders at Fawn Brook Inn in
> Allenspark are being maintained this winter or if there is another spot
> nearby where feeders are viewable by the public (in hopes of seeing
> Rosy-Finches, etc). I am leading a winter ornithology field trip for CU
> students next weekend. Fawn Brook has served us well over the past decade
> but no longer was in operation last year.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Arvind Panjabi
> Fort Collins
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
>

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Date: 1/29/19 2:54 pm
From: Steven Rash <srashchiro...>
Subject: [cobirds] RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
Arvind,

There are a couple of houses with feeders just west of the church. Also, if you head south on Ski road past 2nd ave there are a few houses with feeders where the road bends right then left again.

Went there New Year’s Day hoping for Bohemian waxwings and struck out, no rosy finches either, but did get a good sized flock of evening grosbeaks.

Good luck,

Steve Rash
Denver Co.

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Date: 1/29/19 1:36 pm
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: "Nunn Guy" Field Trip: Raptor Alley
Hi all

Ignore link above in original post-it points to an event with incorrect
date. Here is *correct event link and date for Raptor Alley trip this
Saturday Feb 2*.

http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/event/132/nunn-guy-field-trip-raptor-alley

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/

On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 4:17:49 PM UTC-7, The "Nunn Guy" wrote:
>
> Hi all
>
> Next "Raptor Alley trip in Nunn is this Saturday, joining us will be
> Colorado State University Ornithology Club for its annual outing. See
> details below--special note we are meeting at Nunn's "*BRAND NEW*" gas
> station (Nunn is "Growing", believe that? lol)!
>
> - http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/event/131
>
> Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
> http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/
>
>

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Date: 1/29/19 7:26 am
From: Mark Minner-lee <markrminnerlee...>
Subject: [cobirds] Cancelled - Wild Goose chase #3
The Wild Goose chase at Walker Ranch for Feb 2 has been cancelled - an updated schedule will be out shortly.

Regards,

Mark Minner-Lee
Broomfield, CO

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 1/29/19 5:54 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 29.
Date: January 29, 2019

Compiler: Joe Roller, jroller9 AT gmail.com

Phone: (303) 204-0828

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 29, sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Thanks!

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.

(*) indicates new information on this species.


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


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson, Pueblo)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (*Weld)

Mew Gull (Pueblo)

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)

Glaucous Gull (Weld)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (La Plata, Larimer)

Winter Wren (Denver, *Jefferson)

Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (Boulder)

Snow Bunting (Kiowa)

Black Rosy-Finch (*Jefferson)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso)

Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (Denver)


Several winter/very early spring gull species are being seen, primarily in
Pueblo and Larimer Counties, e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull, Herring Gull,
Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Iceland Gull (Thayer’s). For more
information on these birds please check ebird.org



ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 27 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 26 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh and
seen recently in neighborhood NW of park. First reported by Ernest Crvich
January 23.


DENVER COUNTY:

---On January 27 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space. (6) birds were first reported there on January 1.

---On January 26 a Winter Wren was reported at the Denver Zoo by Brooks
Bennett.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On January 28 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

---On January 28 a (Red) Fox Sparrow continued at Red RocksTrading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

—On January 23 a White-winged Scoter was reported at Welton Reservoir;
first reported by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 28 a Winter Wren was reported at Morrison Park.

---On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Ralston Creek by James
McCall.

—On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt. First
reported by Chris Woods on December 13.

—On January 21 a Golden-Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of the house.

---On January 19 through 28 a flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black
Rosy Finches was reported at the home of Kirsten WItherell, 19640 W 55th Pl,
Golden. For permission to visit and details, please text her at (720)
372-0833.


KIOWA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Snow Bunting was reported at Lower Queens Reservoir by
Steve Mlodinow.


LA PLATA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Finn Pond.
First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.


LARIMER COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Grandview Cemetery. First
reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course,
east of a Porta Potty.

—On January 23 there was a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Warren Lake, first
reported by Josh Bruening.

—On January 28 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions: falconridge AT cowisp.net.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

—On January 27 a White-winged Scoter was reported at a pond at 29th Lane &
South Rd. First reported by MaryLynne Ketcham on January 26.

—On January 27 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 27 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature
and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on Jan 15.

—On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.

---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.



WELD COUNTY:

---On January 28 a Long-tailed Duck was seen at Windsor Lake. First
reported by Nick Komar on January 27.

---On January 27 a (f) Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir.
First reported by Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

—On January 26 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake was reported by Ryan Graves.

---On January 27 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir)
& Recreation Area. First reported nearby by Steve Mlodinow on December 11.
This would be a first state record if approved by the Colorado Bird Record
Committee.


*Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website*



*Park County Exploration *Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 303-713-8659)


*Northeastern Raptor Tour *Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)


*Denver City Park *Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104).


Good birding!

Joe Roller, Denver

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Date: 1/28/19 7:56 pm
From: Ben S <benrmnp...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Magpie Musings & Questions - Denver / Arapahoe
Hi Jared and all.

I also notice magpies relatively absent from central Denver. Currently, I
go to college at Auraria Campus (next to downtown) going on my second
semester. There are some open areas and some nice trees. During migration
I've had some nice migrants like Clay-colored Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, and
Wilson's Warbler. However, the campus has virtually no birds in the winter.
But, I have had Yellow-rumpeds there this winter, including this morning.
What's missing? Magpies. No reports from the "Auraria Campus" hotspot on
ebird.

However, as far as Blue Jays vs Magpies in my yard, I've had the opposite
expierence. Blue Jays are seen in multiple numbers every day I watch.
However, magpies are uncommonly seen in my yard. I have seen them year
round, however, rarely in the summer. They seem to be a winter visitor in
my yard for whatever reason.

Ben Sampson
Centennial, CO

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Date: 1/28/19 3:17 pm
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] "Nunn Guy" Field Trip: Raptor Alley
Hi all

Next "Raptor Alley trip in Nunn is this Saturday, joining us will be
Colorado State University Ornithology Club for its annual outing. See
details below--special note we are meeting at Nunn's "*BRAND NEW*" gas
station (Nunn is "Growing", believe that? lol)!

- http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/event/131

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/

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Date: 1/28/19 1:52 pm
From: Peggy Gonder <Peggy.Gonder...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: David Leatherman at DFO Monday Jan.28
Is the meeting still on tonight (Monday) with all the snow?
I have been out and major roads are OK. -

Peggy Gonder
<peggy...>


On Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:04:12 AM UTC-7, Mary C wrote:
>
> David Leatherman, birder and entomologist, will tell about the
> biodiversity of Southeastern Colorado which he has discovered in over 40
> years of visits there. Denver Field Ornithologist (DFO) will meet at 3021
> S University Blvd, Denver, the Unity Spiritual Center, at 7pm this Monday
> Jan 28. Meet & Greet time 6:30 -7pm. Meetings are free and open to the
> public.
>
>
> Mary C Burger, DFO membership
> 10826 E Maplewood Pl
> Englewood, Co 80111
>
> 720.940.8394
> <mcburger3...>
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Date: 1/28/19 12:46 pm
From: 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] RFI: Fawn Brook Inn or other feeding stations in Estes Park areA
I am wondering if anyone knows if the feeders at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark are being maintained this winter or if there is another spot nearby where feeders are viewable by the public (in hopes of seeing Rosy-Finches, etc).  I am leading a winter ornithology field trip for CU students next weekend. Fawn Brook has served us well over the past decade but no longer was in operation last year.
Thanks,
Arvind PanjabiFort Collins 


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Date: 1/28/19 4:54 am
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 28 2019
Date: January 28 2019

Compiler: Gregg Goodrich, <gregggoodrich...>

Phone: (303) 655-9135

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 28 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303) 655-9135, and
your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.


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

(*) indicates new information on this species.

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Trumpeter Swan (*Pueblo)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson, *Pueblo)

Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, *Weld)

Mew Gull (Adams, Pueblo)

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)

Glaucous Gull (Weld)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*La Plata, *Larimer)

Winter Wren (Denver, Jefferson)

Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (Boulder)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch El Paso)

Black Rosy Finch (El Paso)

Snow Bunting (*Kiowa)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso, Fremont)

Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (*Denver, Washington)


Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen,
primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull,
Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Great Black-backed Gull). For
more information on these birds please check ebird.org


ADAMS COUNTY:

—On January 21 a Mew Gull was reported at Hwy 224 & 68th. First reported by
Gabriel Wiltse on January 21.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 27 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 26 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh and
seen recently in neighborhood NW of park. First reported by Ernest Crvich
January 23.


DENVER COUNTY:

---On January 27 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas
Count on January 1.

---On January 26 a Winter Wren was reported at Denver Zoo. First reported
by Brooks Bennett on January 26.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On January 27 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.

—On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was
reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on January
17.


FREMONT:

—On January 23 a Field Sparrow was reported at Brush Hollow Reservoir.
First reported by Jerry DeBoer on January 23.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

---On January 27 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

—On January 23 a White-winged Scoter was first reported at Welton Reservoir
by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Ralston Creek. First
reported by James McCall on January 23.

—On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt. First
reported by Chris Woods on December 13.

—On January 21 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of his house.


KIOWA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Snow Bunting at Lower Queens Reservoir. First reported
by Steve Mlodinow on January 27.


LA PLATA COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Animas River—Huck Fin Pond.
First reported by Ryan Votta December 2.


LARIMER COUNTY:

*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one
of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking
from landfill employees.

---On January 27 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Grandview Cemetery. First
reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course,
east of the big gray porta-potty.

—On January 23 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Warren Lake first reported by Josh
Bruening.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

—On January 27 a White-winged Scoter was reported at Pond at 29th Lane and
South Rd. First reported by MaryLynne Ketcham on January 26.

—On January 27 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 27 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA and Nature
and Raptor Center. First reported by Al Garner on January 15.

—On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.

---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.


WASHINGTON COUNRY:

---On January 21 a Rusty Blackbird was at Merino. First reported by Norm
Erthal on January 21.


WELD COUNTY:

---On January 27 a Long-tailed Duck at Windsor Lake. First reported by Nick
Komar on January 27.

---On January 27 a Long-tailed Duck at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by
Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

—On January 26 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake first reported by Ryan
Graves on January 26.

---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in the vicinity of Frederick Lake
(Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to the adjacent
golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow
at a nearby location on December 11. This would be a first state record if
approved by the CBRC. The CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and it will
likely take several months for their meticulous review process to be
completed.


Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website


Park County Exploration
Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 303-713-8659)

Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)

Denver City Park
Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


Good Birding,

Gregg Goodrich

Highlands Ranch, CO

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Date: 1/27/19 7:20 pm
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...>
Subject: [cobirds] Magpie Musings & Questions - Denver / Arapahoe
Haven't had a whole lot of time to bird lately, so not much to report.
Siskins are still hanging around Centennial (Arapahoe). In my neighborhood,
they like a yard just southeast of the shopping center on University &
Orchard in Greenwood Village. Bushtit were numerous in pines in that
shopping center lot yesterday. As for the sisks, they haven't found their
way to my yard this year, at least not while I'm watching it, even though
there fellow travelers (House Finches, American & Lesser Goldfinches...)
have.

But I'm writing about the magpies, which are doing what corvids do --
keeping me on my toes. Yesterday, I put out dried mealworm for the first
time in a while. A mapgie collected most of them, then *tried* to cache
them in my yard. Another magpie followed it closely, causing the potential
horder to lift its wings, briefly vocalize, then give up -- the second
magpie collected the mealworms from where the first left them.

Today, along the partially frozen Little Dry Creek in Cherry Hills Village
(Arapahoe), I watched a magpie unpeel a tiny, whole, frozen rodent from the
frozen surface of the creek. Couldn't get my camera out in time, though.

All this leads me to some long simmering questions about magpies in the
Denver metro area.

1. Why do magpies largely avoid central Denver, from about Hampden to City
Park? They're spotty at Wash Park, absent from Cheesman, and avoid the
University of Denver. In the year and a half that I regularly birded
Cheesman Park, I saw them once or twice, about as many times as I saw scrub
jays there. I distinctly remember crows chasing one out of Cheesman,
something I've never seen anywhere else around Denver. In seven years
working at DU, I've not seen one there. I haven't lived in Denver long
enough to know the history of jays, crows, and magpies in the city. Any
thoughts from longtime residents?

2. In my yard in Centennial, the magpies are happy to attack the suet
feeders. They'll sometimes land beneath them and "jump" up at them,
striking them with their bill and dropping food on the ground, which they
(and squirrels) swiftly collect. They'll also awkwardly land on them, their
tails jutting well beyond the feeder, and chip away at the suet. In three
years in Centennial, I've yet to see a Blue Jay on my suet feeders, even
though they seem better sized for landing on the feeders. I know Blue Jays
visit suet feeders. There are plenty of photos of them doing so online. But
not in my yard. Anyone else notice this? I don't have a good explanation,
except the magpies seem dominant in my neighborhood. They're more numerous
than jays and nest in neighbors' conifers. Blue Jays, on the other hand,
seem to stick to slightly less developed spaces -- parks, cemeteries, open
spaces -- and even there they're outnumbered by magpies.

- Jared Del Rosso
Centennial, CO

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Date: 1/27/19 3:35 pm
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Prospect Ponds Natural Area, Fort Collins (Larimer) geese on 1/26/2019
In the pond just south of Prospect Road on the east side of Sharp Point Drive by the feedlot are a few thousand geese currently. Most are Cackling Geese (75%?), a few hundred are Canada Geese plus the following:

1 White-fronted Goose

[cid:cf523bf0-309a-4ebd-95ba-319d266c1bc4]

3 Hybrids.
[cid:bdc4f76b-b3f7-4b5f-b667-9724c2fc2094]

I would appreciate any comments as to parentage of the hybrids. It would be nice if we could start a repository (CFO webpage?) for hybrid photos, especially when there is reasonable certainty of the two species involved. The field guides do not cover this issue very well and I almost think we need a separate field guide devoted to hybrids (all taxa, not just waterfowl), at least combinations that are distinctive and occur with regularity. I know several birders among us have a considerable number of hybrid photographs and they would be very useful if archived, labeled and made accessible. Just a thought.

Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

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Date: 1/27/19 2:45 pm
From: Suke C Lee <mclee72...>
Subject: [cobirds] Saw-whet Owl, El Paso County
We just had great views of A N. Saw-whet at Red Rock Canyon Park West of Colorado Springs, South of Hwy 24.
I think the park is in El Paso but near Teller.
Cecile Lee
Elbert, CO

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Date: 1/27/19 2:45 pm
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Subject: [cobirds] Hairy Woodpeckers / Denver
I live in NW Denver and have also seen Hairy woodpeckers on the suet for the 1st time this winter.

Bill Killam

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Date: 1/27/19 10:53 am
From: Peter Gent <gent...>
Subject: [cobirds] Rusty Blackbirds and Barrow's Goldeneyes, Denver
All,

This morning I ventured southeast to the Denver area, and had a successful
trip.

First, with the help of several local Denver birders, I saw two males and a
female Rusty Blackbirds. These birds have been along the creek at the
First Creek at DEN Open Space since at least January 1st. The quickest way
to the location is to take East 56th Ave east under the light rail bridge,
and turn immediately left onto a track. Go 1/4 mile north and park. The
birds are along the creek to the east and before the bridge where the creek
goes under East 56th Avenue.

I then went to the South Platte River, and saw a pair of Barrow's
Goldeneyes in their usual winter location in Adams County. This is in the
river about 300-400 yards upstream (south) of the green and white tank and
by two benches along the paved trail. The quickest way to get there is to
walk north from the parking lot at the east end of East 78th Avenue. This
location provides beautiful close comparisons between Barrow's and Common
Goldeneyes.

Peter Gent,
Boulder.

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Date: 1/27/19 9:15 am
From: Ken Wat <watken76...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: Varied Thrush
As of 9:30am, the thrush has not been seen or heard.

Ken Wat
Aurora

On Sat, Jan 26, 2019, 1:47 PM Ernest Crvich <ecrvich...> wrote:

> Still in the same neighborhood this morning, day three. Same as yesterday,
> I've seen her twice so far at the exact same times, around 8:30 and 10:00
> (just now), like she's on a fixed schedule of specific tree visitation.
>
> I can only imagine what my neighbors think about the sudden influx of
> people with bins and large camera lenses roaming this little street, LOL.
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Date: 1/27/19 6:48 am
From: Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] CFO Geese and Gulls Workshops Saturday Jan. 26, 2019 (Free) Weld, Larimer
At Milavec Reservoir Saturday in Frederick (Weld County), about 20 birders got cold but great views of the famous Pink-footed Goose on Saturday morning as well as Richardson’s Cackling Goose (thousands), two subspecies of Canada Goose, four Snow Goose (includes one Blue), three Greater White-fronted Goose, and about 10 hybrids of three combinations. There were plenty of other waterfowl to ogle including the ongoing immature female Long-tailed Duck (see photo below).

The afternoon session studying gulls at Warren Lake in Fort Collins (Larimer County) was warmer but high winds hindered the viewing for about 15 birders. We did see four adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, adult and first cycle Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, about thirty Herring Gulls and forty Ring-billed Gulls.

Many thanks to my co-leaders Ted Floyd, Walter Wehtje, Andy Bankert, to the CFO for promoting this event, and to the participants for showing up and participating.



Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

> On Jan 23, 2019, at 6:51 PM, David Gillilan <david.gillilan09...> wrote:
>
>
>
> The Colorado Field Ornithologists cordially invites birders of all levels to attend this free bird identification workshop Saturday Jan 26, 2019. No registration necessary.
>
> Workshop: OF GEESE AND GULLS
>
> Location: Milavec Reservoir, Frederick
> Time. 8:00-11:00 am
> Topic. Goose identification.
> Leaders: David Ely, Walter Wehtje, Nick Komar
> Description: Leaders will provide guidance and identification tips for 6-7 Goose species as well as 3-4 hybrid combinations expected at the reservoir. Recent rarities include Pink-footed Goose and Barnacle Goose.
>
> Location: Warren Lake, Fort Collins (park along Breakwater Drive)
> Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
> Topic: Gull identification.
> Leaders: Andy Bankert, Walter Wehtje, Nick Komar
> Description: Leaders will provide guidance and identification tips for 6-7 Gull species as well as 1-2 hybrid combinations expected at the lake. Recent rarities include Glaucous-winged and Glaucous Gulls.
>
> Participants are welcome to attend one or both workshops. It is not necessary to stay the entire length of the workshop. Carpooling from Frederick to Fort Collins will be encouraged.
>
> David Gillilan
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Date: 1/27/19 3:59 am
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 27 2019
Date: January 27 2019

Compiler: Gregg Goodrich, <gregggoodrich...>

Phone: (303) 655-9135

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 27 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303) 655-9135, and
your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.


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

(*) indicates new information on this species.

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)

Brant (Boulder, Broomfield)

Trumpeter Swan (*Pueblo)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson, *Pueblo)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, *Weld)

Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)

Mew Gull (Adams, Pueblo)

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)

Glaucous Gull (*Weld)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Larimer)

Winter Wren (*Denver, Jefferson)

Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (*Boulder)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Jefferson, Teller)

Black Rosy Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Field Sparrow (El Paso, Fremont)

Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (*Denver, Washington)


Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen,
primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull,
Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Great Black-backed Gull). For
more information on these birds please check ebird.org


ADAMS COUNTY:

—On January 21 a Mew Gull was reported at Hwy 224 & 68th. First reported by
Gabriel Wiltse on January 21.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 23 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 26 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh. First
reported by Ernest Crvich January 23.

---On January 19 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First
reported by Dan Zmolek on January 5.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.


BROOMFIELD COUNTY:

---On January 20 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy
Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan.
First reported by David Ely on January 6.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.



CONEJOS COUNTY:

—On January 20 (400+) Rosy Finches were reported at the feeders of Susan
Hochstetler’s home, south of Monte Visa NWR. They are primarily
Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few Gray-crowned. She is located 7 miles
south of the Monte Vista Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. To get
there, go south on CO 15 and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue
south for 1 mile. Her place is second on the left, about a mile south of
the end of pavement. Susan welcomes birders and please consider helping her
out with a donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per
day!


DENVER COUNTY:

---On January 26 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas
Count on January 1.

---On January 26 a Winter Wren was reported at Denver Zoo. First reported
by Brooks Bennett on January 26.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On January 25 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.

—On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was
reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on January
17.


FREMONT:

—On January 23 a Field Sparrow was reported at Brush Hollow Reservoir.
First reported by Jerry DeBoer on January 23.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

---On January 26 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

—On January 23 a White-winged Scoter was first reported at Welton Reservoir
by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Ralston Creek. First
reported by James McCall on January 23.

—On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt. First
reported by Chris Woods on December 13.

—On January 21 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of his house.

---On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell
and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission
to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you
more details.


LARIMER COUNTY:

*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one
of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking
from landfill employees.

—On January 23 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Warren Lake first reported by Josh
Bruening.

---On January 23 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Grandview Cemetery. First
reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course,
east of the big gray porta-potty.

—On January 19 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If
Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable,
close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that
faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

—On January 26 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 26 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA first
reported by Al Garner on January 15.

—On January 26 a White-winged Scoter was reported at Pond at 29th Lane and
South Rd. First reported by MaryLynne Ketcham on January 26.

—On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.

—On January 19 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Kara Carragher on January 1.

—On January 19 a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Van Truan December 15.

---Note, a Great Black-backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.


TELLER COUNTY:

---On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was first reported by David Suddjian on his DFO field trip in
Goldfield at a feeder north side of town on January 21.


WASHINGTON COUNRY:

---On January 21 a Rusty Blackbird was at Merino. First reported by Norm
Erthal on January 21.


WELD COUNTY:

—On January 26 a Glaucous Gull at Windsor Lake first reported by Ryan
Graves on January 26.

---On January 26 a Long-tailed Duck at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by
Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

---On January 26 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in the vicinity of Frederick Lake
(Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to the adjacent
golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow
at a nearby location on December 11. This would be a first state record if
approved by the CBRC. The CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and it will
likely take several months for their meticulous review process to be
completed.


Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website


Park County Exploration
Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 303-713-8659)

Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)

Denver City Park
Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


Good Birding,

Gregg Goodrich

Highlands Ranch, CO

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Date: 1/26/19 7:13 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: A report from Cheyenne County, Jan 25
I add these two photos taken by Dale Pate for some visual fun. A Prairie
Falcon along Road D near Kansas, and one of the many flying Lapland
Longspurs, hoping not to be falcon food.

[image: DSC_5525.jpg]

[image: DSC_5517.jpg]

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On Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 6:40 PM David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> wrote:

> Yesterday Dale Pate and I made a transect all the way across Cheyenne
> County from west to east, following the approach of my Jan 15 visit
> (reported previously). But this time we covered roads in the southern
> portion of the county, south of the Hwy 40 corridor (Jan 15 we were north
> of Hwy 40). Then in the afternoon as we returned west, we covered some
> roads north of Hwy 40 in the central part of the county between the towns
> of Cheyenne Wells and Kit Carson. It is about 61 miles from the west side
> to the east, and our total distance birding is greater as there are jogs
> north and south, and other deviations. And we get out of the car where
> appropriate.
>
> Before our outing, I saw that eBird had only 12 checklists submitted
> for the last week of January for all years in Cheyenne County (compare to
> 1,853 checklists for the same week in Jefferson County - 2 orders of
> magnitude difference). We added 35 checklists for Cheyenne County
> yesterday. A summary of the totals from Jan 25 is provided below, along
> with the Jan 15 counts, and, for what it is worth, totals from both dates.
> I think it was a pretty good sample of the bird life out there right now,
> missing maybe a couple night owls and no doubt another few regular winter
> landbirds. Waterbird habitat seems absent. The ponds at the Kit Carson
> dump, if not frozen, are behind a locked gate.
>
> It is interesting to note the contrasts between days. We had no *Golden
> Eagle* on Jan 15, but yesterday we found* five* Golden Eagles in Cheyenne
> County. And we had 4 more in Lincoln County along CR 39/Hwy 63. So we were
> happy with *NINE* Goldens in one day; it is not often that Golden Eagle
> is the most common raptor on a full day afield. But then yesterday we had
> "only" 4 *Rough-legged Hawks* in Cheyenne, compared to 27 on the northern
> transect on Jan 15. *Red-tailed Hawk* remained the least common of the
> hawks. A *Sharp-shinned Hawk* seen right across the state line on 14 Mile
> Road *in Kansas *was the only Accipiter either day. A *Merlin *continued
> at the Arapahoe Cemetery just west of the town of Arapahoe. Both days it
> flushed from pines near the southwest corner of the cemetery, flew around
> and perched at or near the cemetery. Here is a stake out Merlin for those
> passing that way. Our only *shrike* was one south of Wild Horse that flew
> off too quickly to be identified between Northern and Loggerhead. I was
> surprised not to encounter other shrikes over two full days. Similarly, we
> had only one *American Kestrel *in the county over both days. 3 others
> were along Hwy 287 in Lincoln.
>
> *Lapland Longspurs* were far more abundant along the southern transect on
> Jan 25, with 3,711 as our cumulative tally of estimates and counts from our
> checklists.. Yesterday there were a number of corn and milo (and others?)
> stubble fields that had several 200-800 longspurs in evidence,, and we were
> sure there were many more that were out in the same fields but not flushing
> at the time we were there. Other similar appearing stubble fields did not
> seem to have any longspurs, so it was patchy abundance. In contrast, on Jan
> 15 we did not have any large flocks, and only found longspurs at two fields.
>
> A *Downy Woodpecker* at the town of Cheyenne Wells was the only new
> species after Golden Eagle and Am. Kestrel. Songbird diversity remained
> low. A single adult *White-crowned Sparrow* at CR 58 east of Arapahoe was
> flagged by eBird as rare for Cheyenne, but they are likely regular in small
> numbers. Our 4 White-crowneds in 2 days was more than some other regular
> winter landbirds. We noted that the vast majority of our *Dark-eyed
> Juncos* were Slate-colored, with just one Oregon picked out among them.
>
> Here to the roads less traveled,
>
> David Suddjian
> Ken Caryl Valley
> Littleton, CO
>
> Summary of Cheyenne County West to East Transect Birding
> 25-Jan 15-Jan
> Species South North Total
> Rock Pigeon 17 3 20
> Eurasian Collared-Dove 28 50 78
> Golden Eagle 5 -- 5
> Northern Harrier 2 7 9
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 2 3
> Rough-legged Hawk 4 27 31
> Ferruginous Hawk 3 2 5
> Buteo sp. 1 -- 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1 -- 1
> Northern Flicker -- 1 1
> American Kestrel 1 -- 1
> Merlin 1 1 1 (same bird both dates)
> Prairie Falcon 1 4 5
> Loggerhead/Northern Shrike 1 -- 1
> Horned Lark 1806 985 2791
> Townsend's Solitaire -- 1 1
> American Robin -- 3 3
> European Starling 253 148 401
> House Finch 17 1 18
> Lapland Longspur 3711 22 3733
> American Tree Sparrow 83 38 121
> Dark-eyed Junco 51 13 64
> White-crowned Sparrow 1 3 4
> Western Meadowlark 32 28 60
> House Sparrow 100 279 379
> Total Individuals 5523 1618 7737
> Total Species 21 20 24
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Date: 1/26/19 5:40 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] A report from Cheyenne County, Jan 25
Yesterday Dale Pate and I made a transect all the way across Cheyenne
County from west to east, following the approach of my Jan 15 visit
(reported previously). But this time we covered roads in the southern
portion of the county, south of the Hwy 40 corridor (Jan 15 we were north
of Hwy 40). Then in the afternoon as we returned west, we covered some
roads north of Hwy 40 in the central part of the county between the towns
of Cheyenne Wells and Kit Carson. It is about 61 miles from the west side
to the east, and our total distance birding is greater as there are jogs
north and south, and other deviations. And we get out of the car where
appropriate.

Before our outing, I saw that eBird had only 12 checklists submitted
for the last week of January for all years in Cheyenne County (compare to
1,853 checklists for the same week in Jefferson County - 2 orders of
magnitude difference). We added 35 checklists for Cheyenne County
yesterday. A summary of the totals from Jan 25 is provided below, along
with the Jan 15 counts, and, for what it is worth, totals from both dates.
I think it was a pretty good sample of the bird life out there right now,
missing maybe a couple night owls and no doubt another few regular winter
landbirds. Waterbird habitat seems absent. The ponds at the Kit Carson
dump, if not frozen, are behind a locked gate.

It is interesting to note the contrasts between days. We had no *Golden
Eagle* on Jan 15, but yesterday we found* five* Golden Eagles in Cheyenne
County. And we had 4 more in Lincoln County along CR 39/Hwy 63. So we were
happy with *NINE* Goldens in one day; it is not often that Golden Eagle is
the most common raptor on a full day afield. But then yesterday we had
"only" 4 *Rough-legged Hawks* in Cheyenne, compared to 27 on the northern
transect on Jan 15. *Red-tailed Hawk* remained the least common of the
hawks. A *Sharp-shinned Hawk* seen right across the state line on 14 Mile
Road *in Kansas *was the only Accipiter either day. A *Merlin *continued at
the Arapahoe Cemetery just west of the town of Arapahoe. Both days it
flushed from pines near the southwest corner of the cemetery, flew around
and perched at or near the cemetery. Here is a stake out Merlin for those
passing that way. Our only *shrike* was one south of Wild Horse that flew
off too quickly to be identified between Northern and Loggerhead. I was
surprised not to encounter other shrikes over two full days. Similarly, we
had only one *American Kestrel *in the county over both days. 3 others were
along Hwy 287 in Lincoln.

*Lapland Longspurs* were far more abundant along the southern transect on
Jan 25, with 3,711 as our cumulative tally of estimates and counts from our
checklists.. Yesterday there were a number of corn and milo (and others?)
stubble fields that had several 200-800 longspurs in evidence,, and we were
sure there were many more that were out in the same fields but not flushing
at the time we were there. Other similar appearing stubble fields did not
seem to have any longspurs, so it was patchy abundance. In contrast, on Jan
15 we did not have any large flocks, and only found longspurs at two fields.

A *Downy Woodpecker* at the town of Cheyenne Wells was the only new species
after Golden Eagle and Am. Kestrel. Songbird diversity remained low. A
single adult *White-crowned Sparrow* at CR 58 east of Arapahoe was flagged
by eBird as rare for Cheyenne, but they are likely regular in small
numbers. Our 4 White-crowneds in 2 days was more than some other regular
winter landbirds. We noted that the vast majority of our *Dark-eyed Juncos*
were Slate-colored, with just one Oregon picked out among them.

Here to the roads less traveled,

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

Summary of Cheyenne County West to East Transect Birding
25-Jan 15-Jan
Species South North Total
Rock Pigeon 17 3 20
Eurasian Collared-Dove 28 50 78
Golden Eagle 5 -- 5
Northern Harrier 2 7 9
Red-tailed Hawk 1 2 3
Rough-legged Hawk 4 27 31
Ferruginous Hawk 3 2 5
Buteo sp. 1 -- 1
Downy Woodpecker 1 -- 1
Northern Flicker -- 1 1
American Kestrel 1 -- 1
Merlin 1 1 1 (same bird both dates)
Prairie Falcon 1 4 5
Loggerhead/Northern Shrike 1 -- 1
Horned Lark 1806 985 2791
Townsend's Solitaire -- 1 1
American Robin -- 3 3
European Starling 253 148 401
House Finch 17 1 18
Lapland Longspur 3711 22 3733
American Tree Sparrow 83 38 121
Dark-eyed Junco 51 13 64
White-crowned Sparrow 1 3 4
Western Meadowlark 32 28 60
House Sparrow 100 279 379
Total Individuals 5523 1618 7737
Total Species 21 20 24

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Date: 1/26/19 2:24 pm
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pink- footed Goose and Long- tailed Duck. Frederick Res
Continuing

Chuck Hundertmark
Lafayette

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Date: 1/26/19 12:47 pm
From: Ernest Crvich <ecrvich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Varied Thrush
Still in the same neighborhood this morning, day three. Same as yesterday,
I've seen her twice so far at the exact same times, around 8:30 and 10:00
(just now), like she's on a fixed schedule of specific tree visitation.

I can only imagine what my neighbors think about the sudden influx of
people with bins and large camera lenses roaming this little street, LOL.

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Date: 1/26/19 10:14 am
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Subject: [cobirds] Varied Thrush
Seen just now (11:05) on the NE corner of Bosque Ct and Corriente Dr.
Myron Gerhard, Jeffco

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Date: 1/26/19 8:04 am
From: Mary Cay <mcburger3...>
Subject: [cobirds] David Leatherman at DFO Monday Jan.28
David Leatherman, birder and entomologist, will tell about the biodiversity of Southeastern Colorado which he has discovered in over 40 years of visits there. Denver Field Ornithologist (DFO) will meet at 3021 S University Blvd, Denver, the Unity Spiritual Center, at 7pm this Monday Jan 28. Meet & Greet time 6:30 -7pm. Meetings are free and open to the public. Mary C Burger, DFO membership
10826 E Maplewood Pl
Englewood, Co 80111

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Date: 1/26/19 7:51 am
From: Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pink-footed Goose, Weld
Peter Gent spotted the Pink-footed Goose at Milavec Res, Frederick this morning, for the CFO goose id workshop.

Nick Komar
At Milavec

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Date: 1/26/19 5:02 am
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 26, 2019
Date: January 26 2019

Compiler: Gregg Goodrich, <gregggoodrich...>

Phone: (303) 655-9135

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 26 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303) 655-9135, and
your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.


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

(*) indicates new information on this species.

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Brant (Boulder, Broomfield)

Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, *Weld)

Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)

Mew Gull (Adams, Pueblo)

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Larimer)

Winter Wren (Jefferson)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (*Boulder)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Jefferson, Teller)

Black Rosy Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso, Fremont)

Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (*Denver, Washington)


Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen,
primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull,
Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull). For
more information on these birds please check ebird.org


ADAMS COUNTY:

—On January 21 a Mew Gull was reported at Hwy 224 & 68th. First reported by
Gabriel Wiltse on January 21.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 23 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 25 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh. First
reported by Ernest Crvich January 23.

---On January 19 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First
reported by Dan Zmolek on January 5.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.


BROOMFIELD COUNTY:

---On January 20 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy
Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan.
First reported by David Ely on January 6.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.



CONEJOS COUNTY:

—On January 20 (400+) Rosy Finches were reported at the feeders of Susan
Hochstetler’s home, south of Monte Visa NWR. They are primarily
Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few Gray-crowned. She is located 7 miles
south of the Monte Vista Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. To get
there, go south on CO 15 and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue
south for 1 mile. Her place is second on the left, about a mile south of
the end of pavement. Susan welcomes birders and please consider helping her
out with a donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per
day!


DENVER COUNTY:

---On January 25 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas
Count on January 1.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On January 25 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.

—On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was
reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on January
17.


FREMONT:

—On January 23 a Field Sparrow was reported at Brush Hollow Reservoir.
First reported by Jerry DeBoer on January 23.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

---On January 25 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

—On January 23 a White-winged Scoter was first reported at Welton Reservoir
by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Ralston Creek. First
reported by James McCall on January 23.

—On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt. First
reported by Chris Woods on December 13.

—On January 21 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of his house.

---On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell
and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission
to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you
more details.


LARIMER COUNTY:

*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one
of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking
from landfill employees.

—On January 23 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Warren Lake first reported by Josh
Bruening.

---On January 23 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Grandview Cemetery. First
reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course,
east of the big gray porta-potty.

—On January 19 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If
Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable,
close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that
faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

—On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.

—On January 21 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 21 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA first
reported by Al Garner on January 15.

—On January 19 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Kara Carragher on January 1.

—On January 19 a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Van Truan December 15.

---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.


TELLER COUNTY:

---On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was first reported by David Suddjian on his DFO field trip in
Goldfield at a feeder north side of town on January 21.


WASHINGTON COUNRY:

---On January 21 a Rusty Blackbird was at Merino. First reported by Norm
Erthal on January 21.


WELD COUNTY:

---On January 25 a Long-tailed Duck at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by
Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

---On January 19 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in the vicinity of Frederick Lake
(Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to the adjacent
golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow
at a nearby location on December 11. This would be a first state record if
approved by the CBRC. The CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and it will
likely take several months for their meticulous review process to be
completed.


Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website

Stearns Lake
Sunday, January 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-655-9135)

Park County Exploration
Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 303-713-8659)

Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)

Denver City Park
Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


Good Birding,

Gregg Goodrich

Highlands Ranch, CO

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Date: 1/25/19 11:42 am
From: Mark Minner-lee <markrminnerlee...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Varied Thrush - Boulder County
Varied Thrush female is being seen now in trees on Bosque Ct just south of Corriente (12:15 PM) after being refound by Ernest Crvich earlier this morning. eBird tracks it to 3896 Bosque Ct, Boulder, CO if anyone needs an address for directions.

Regards,

Mark Minner-Lee
Broomfield, CO

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> On Jan 24, 2019, at 4:10 PM, Ernest Crvich <ecrvich...> wrote:
>
> Varied Thrush in Boulder County this morning, around noon near Pleasant View Marsh, on ground and in trees in various yards on Bosque Ct just off the creek trail. Hard to say if it's still in the area or not.
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Date: 1/25/19 4:31 am
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 25, 2019
Date: January 25 2019

Compiler: Gregg Goodrich, <gregggoodrich...>

Phone: (303) 655-9135

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 25 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303) 655-9135, and
your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.


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

(*) indicates new information on this species.

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Brant (Boulder, Broomfield)

Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, Weld)

Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)

Mew Gull (Adams, Pueblo)

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Larimer)

Winter Wren (Jefferson)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (*Boulder)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Jefferson, Teller)

Black Rosy Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso, Fremont)

Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (Denver, Washington)


Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen,
primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull,
Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull). For
more information on these birds please check ebird.org


ADAMS COUNTY:

—On January 21 a Mew Gull was reported at Hwy 224 & 68th. First reported by
Gabriel Wiltse on January 21.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 23 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
It was first reported over 6 weeks ago.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 24 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh. First
reported by Ernest Crvich January 23.

---On January 19 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First
reported by Dan Zmolek on January 5.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.


BROOMFIELD COUNTY:

---On January 20 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy
Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan.
First reported by David Ely on January 6.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.



CONEJOS COUNTY:

—On January 20 (400+) Rosy Finches were reported at the feeders of Susan
Hochstetler’s home, south of Monte Visa NWR. They are primarily
Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few Gray-crowned. She is located 7 miles
south of the Monte Vista Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. To get
there, go south on CO 15 and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue
south for 1 mile. Her place is second on the left, about a mile south of
the end of pavement. Susan welcomes birders and please consider helping her
out with a donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per
day!


DENVER COUNTY:

---On January 21 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas
Count on January 1.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On January 24 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.

—On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was
reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on January
17.


FREMONT:

—On January 23 a Field Sparrow was reported at Brush Hollow Reservoir.
First reported by Jerry DeBoer on January 23.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

—On January 23 a White-winged Scoter was first reported at Welton Reservoir
by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Ralston Creek. First
reported by James McCall on January 23.

—On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt. First
reported by Chris Woods on December 13.

---On January 23 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

—On January 21 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of his house.

---On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell
and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission
to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you
more details.


LARIMER COUNTY:

*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one
of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking
from landfill employees.

—On January 23 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Warren Lake first reported by Josh
Bruening.

---On January 23 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Grandview Cemetery. First
reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course,
east of the big gray porta-potty.

—On January 19 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If
Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable,
close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that
faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

—On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.

—On January 21 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 21 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA first
reported by Al Garner on January 15.

—On January 19 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Kara Carragher on January 1.

—On January 19 a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Van Truan December 15.

---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.


TELLER COUNTY:

---On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was first reported by David Suddjian on his DFO field trip in
Goldfield at a feeder north side of town on January 21.


WASHINGTON COUNRY:

---On January 21 a Rusty Blackbird were reported at Merino by Norm Erthal
on January 21.


WELD COUNTY:

---On January 21 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First
reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.

---On January 19 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues in the vicinity of Frederick
Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to the
adjacent golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve
Mlodinow at a nearby location on December 11. This would be a first state
record if approved by the CBRC. The CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and
it will likely take several months for their meticulous review process to
be completed.


Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website


Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, January 26
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (Email: chundertmark8 AT gmail.com; 303-604-0531)

Stearns Lake
Sunday, January 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-655-9135)

Park County Exploration
Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 303-713-8659)

Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)

Denver City Park
Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


Good Birding,

Gregg Goodrich

Highlands Ranch, CO

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Date: 1/24/19 7:56 pm
From: Ernest Crvich <ecrvich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Varied Thrush
Varied Thrush in Boulder County this morning, around noon near Pleasant
View Marsh, on ground and in trees in various yards on Bosque Ct just off
the creek trail. Hard to say if it's still in the area or not.

[image: vath1.jpg]

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Date: 1/24/19 3:53 pm
From: <joe.kipper28...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld]
You're right - the feathers do look wet/ruffled. It could also be oil. Good
point, Dave.
Joe Kipper
Fort Collins

On Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 3:29:10 PM UTC-7, Mark Obmascik wrote:
>
> Sibley says oilfield waste pits kill up to 2 million birds a year:
>
> https://www.sibleyguides.com/conservation/causes-of-bird-mortality/
>
> More info from US Fish and Wildlife Service here:
>
>
> https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/contaminants/documents/COWDFBirdMortality_000.pdf
>
> Good birding,
>
> Mark Obmascik
> Denver, CO
>
> On Thursday, January 24, 2019, 1:51:14 PM MST, DAVID A LEATHERMAN <
> <daleat......> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
>
> Joe, Gary, et al,
> I have seen a few geese lately, particularly at Milavec Res in Frederick,
> that appeared oil-stained. That is another possibility with this bird.
> Feathers look "wet". Without seeing the bird up close, or actually
> inspecting it in-hand, may be tough to tell which it is for sure, melanism
> or oil. If aquatic insects land on my blue Honda all the time, thinking
> it's a pond, I would imagine waterfowl can land in pools of oil thinking
> they are clean water. Just a thought.
>
> Dave Leatherman
> Fort Collins
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <cob......> <javascript:> <cob......>
> <javascript:>> on behalf of <joe.ki......> <javascript:> <
> <joe.ki......> <javascript:>>
> *Sent:* Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:47 AM
> *To:* Colorado Birds
> *Subject:* [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld]
>
> Hello Gary,
> If you look closely at the face of the goose in your photos (especially
> the photo where the goose is facing sideways), you can see the outline of
> the "cheek patch" that occurs on Canada and Cackling geese. On an ordinary
> cackling goose, that patch would be white; on this goose it seems to be a
> lightish brown which contrasts with the dark color of the rest of the
> goose. Once you see it, the cheek patch is quite obvious and because of
> that field mark I would call this goose a melanistic cackling goose. (I'm
> assuming it's cackling based off of the stubby bill, but lesser Canada is
> not out of the question.) There have been recent reports of a couple
> different melanistic cackling geese in Northern Colorado, and the goose you
> photographed appears very similar to the pictures from those other reports.
> This is just my opinion, and other people might have different opinions,
> but I would confidently ID it as a melanistic cackling goose.
> Joe Kipper
> Fort Collins
>
> On Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 10:29:49 AM UTC-7, The "Nunn Guy" wrote:
>
> Hi all
>
> Domestic or hybrid? Photos here:
>
> http://www. friendsofthepawneegrassland. org/albums/view/65/35th-ave-
> gravel-pit-ponds-greeley
> <http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/albums/view/65/35th-ave-gravel-pit-ponds-greeley>
>
> Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
> http://www. friendsofthepawneegrassland. org/
> <http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/>
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Date: 1/24/19 2:29 pm
From: 'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld]
Sibley says oilfield waste pits kill up to 2 million birds a year:
https://www.sibleyguides.com/conservation/causes-of-bird-mortality/

More info from US Fish and Wildlife Service here:
https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/contaminants/documents/COWDFBirdMortality_000.pdf

Good birding,
Mark ObmascikDenver, CO
On Thursday, January 24, 2019, 1:51:14 PM MST, DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> wrote:

Joe, Gary, et al,I have seen a few geese lately, particularly at Milavec Res in Frederick, that appeared oil-stained.  That is another possibility with this bird.  Feathers look "wet".  Without seeing the bird up close, or actually inspecting it in-hand, may be tough to tell which it is for sure, melanism or oil.    If aquatic insects land on my blue Honda all the time, thinking it's a pond, I would imagine waterfowl can land in pools of oil thinking they are clean water.  Just a thought.
Dave LeathermanFort Collins

From: <cobirds...> <cobirds...> on behalf of <joe.kipper28...> <joe.kipper28...>
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:47 AM
To: Colorado Birds
Subject: [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld] Hello Gary,If you look closely at the face of the goose in your photos (especially the photo where the goose is facing sideways), you can see the outline of the "cheek patch" that occurs on Canada and Cackling geese. On an ordinary cackling goose, that patch would be white; on this goose it seems to be a lightish brown which contrasts with the dark color of the rest of the goose. Once you see it, the cheek patch is quite obvious and because of that field mark I would call this goose a melanistic cackling goose. (I'm assuming it's cackling based off of the stubby bill, but lesser Canada is not out of the question.) There have been recent reports of a couple different melanistic cackling geese in Northern Colorado, and the goose you photographed appears very similar to the pictures from those other reports. This is just my opinion, and other people might have different opinions, but I would confidently ID it as a melanistic cackling goose.
Joe KipperFort Collins

On Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 10:29:49 AM UTC-7, The "Nunn Guy" wrote:
Hi all
Domestic or hybrid?  Photos here:
http://www. friendsofthepawneegrassland. org/albums/view/65/35th-ave- gravel-pit-ponds-greeley
Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunnhttp://www. friendsofthepawneegrassland. org/



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Date: 1/24/19 2:21 pm
From: Scott <pygmyowl...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] What is this goose? [Weld]
Looks like it is Canada/cackling type goose that is soiled with oil or
some such thing.

Scott Rashid

Estes Park

On 1/24/2019 10:29 AM, 'The "Nunn Guy"' via Colorado Birds wrote:
> Hi all
>
> Domestic or hybrid?  Photos here:
>
> http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/albums/view/65/35th-ave-gravel-pit-ponds-greeley
>
> Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
> http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/
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Date: 1/24/19 12:51 pm
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld]
Joe, Gary, et al,
I have seen a few geese lately, particularly at Milavec Res in Frederick, that appeared oil-stained. That is another possibility with this bird. Feathers look "wet". Without seeing the bird up close, or actually inspecting it in-hand, may be tough to tell which it is for sure, melanism or oil. If aquatic insects land on my blue Honda all the time, thinking it's a pond, I would imagine waterfowl can land in pools of oil thinking they are clean water. Just a thought.

Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

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Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:47 AM
To: Colorado Birds
Subject: [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld]

Hello Gary,
If you look closely at the face of the goose in your photos (especially the photo where the goose is facing sideways), you can see the outline of the "cheek patch" that occurs on Canada and Cackling geese. On an ordinary cackling goose, that patch would be white; on this goose it seems to be a lightish brown which contrasts with the dark color of the rest of the goose. Once you see it, the cheek patch is quite obvious and because of that field mark I would call this goose a melanistic cackling goose. (I'm assuming it's cackling based off of the stubby bill, but lesser Canada is not out of the question.) There have been recent reports of a couple different melanistic cackling geese in Northern Colorado, and the goose you photographed appears very similar to the pictures from those other reports. This is just my opinion, and other people might have different opinions, but I would confidently ID it as a melanistic cackling goose.
Joe Kipper
Fort Collins

On Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 10:29:49 AM UTC-7, The "Nunn Guy" wrote:
Hi all

Domestic or hybrid? Photos here:

http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/albums/view/65/35th-ave-gravel-pit-ponds-greeley

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Date: 1/24/19 12:51 pm
From: Dave Cameron <davednvr7...>
Subject: [cobirds] Hairy Woodpeckers / Denver
I've had Downies and Flickers nesting in my yard for some years now. This
winter, I've seen a male Hairy on-and-off, and just saw a m/f pair on the
suet. Hoping they stick around!

Dave Cameron
Denver


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Date: 1/24/19 10:47 am
From: <joe.kipper28...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: What is this goose? [Weld]
Hello Gary,
If you look closely at the face of the goose in your photos (especially the
photo where the goose is facing sideways), you can see the outline of the
"cheek patch" that occurs on Canada and Cackling geese. On an ordinary
cackling goose, that patch would be white; on this goose it seems to be a
lightish brown which contrasts with the dark color of the rest of the
goose. Once you see it, the cheek patch is quite obvious and because of
that field mark I would call this goose a melanistic cackling goose. (I'm
assuming it's cackling based off of the stubby bill, but lesser Canada is
not out of the question.) There have been recent reports of a couple
different melanistic cackling geese in Northern Colorado, and the goose you
photographed appears very similar to the pictures from those other reports.
This is just my opinion, and other people might have different opinions,
but I would confidently ID it as a melanistic cackling goose.
Joe Kipper
Fort Collins

On Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 10:29:49 AM UTC-7, The "Nunn Guy" wrote:
>
> Hi all
>
> Domestic or hybrid? Photos here:
>
>
> http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/albums/view/65/35th-ave-gravel-pit-ponds-greeley
>
> Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
> http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/
>
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Date: 1/24/19 10:32 am
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...>
Subject: [cobirds] Dark-eyed Juncos - Arapahoe
In my yard, during the snow, were all the expected types of Dark-eyed
Juncos, including two of the Gray-backed (my favorites) and one
White-winged Junco. I first noticed the White-winged on January 19th. I
think it's a first-year, but while it provided good looks today through my
binoculars, showing the wingbars, the extensive white on tail when spread,
and the larger size than nearby juncos, I can't seem to get a decent photo
for closer study. It may be a female.

For good measure, one of the juncos traipsed across my patio, leaving
tracks.

[image: DSC_0576 Junco Tracks.jpg]

- Jared Del Rosso
Centennial, CO

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Date: 1/24/19 9:29 am
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] What is this goose? [Weld]
Hi all

Domestic or hybrid? Photos here:

http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/albums/view/65/35th-ave-gravel-pit-ponds-greeley

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Date: 1/24/19 9:25 am
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Mute Swan - Greeley - Weld Co
Hi all

Speaking of Greeley swans … not only are the two resident Mute Swans at the
Lunn Grove Cemetery, there is one more swan in the gravel pit across the
road north of the cemetery pond.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/


On Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 4:25:15 PM UTC-7, Ira Sanders wrote:
>
> Birders
> There is an adult Mute Swan on the water at Bittersweet Park in Greeley.
> There is also one white goose mixed in with the white cheeked geese which
> is most likely a Ross's goose but could be a Snow. I didn't have binoculars.
> Bittersweet Park is on 35th avenue south of business 34 which is also 10th
> Avenue.
>
> Ira Sanders
> Golden
>
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Date: 1/24/19 7:11 am
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] Swamp Sparrow continues at Ken Caryl, Jefferson
The *Swamp Sparrow* has stuck around, spending a good deal of time in the
yard yesterday, and it is out there now feeding with juncos in current
blizzard conditions. I include two images from yesterday - one of the bird
alert and erect in response to something, and another of a butt shot. I
figure that one seldom sees the butt of a Swamp Sparrow, given their usual
habits, so enjoy.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Date: 1/24/19 5:07 am
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, January 24, 2019
Date: January 24 2019

Compiler: Gregg Goodrich, <gregggoodrich...>

Phone: (303) 655-9135

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, January 24 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303) 655-9135, and
your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.


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

(*) indicates new information on this species.

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)

Brant (Boulder, Broomfield)

Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)

White-winged Scoter (*Jefferson)

Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, Weld)

Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)

Mew Gull (Adams, Pueblo)

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (*Larimer)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Larimer)

Winter Wren (*Jefferson, Pueblo)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Jefferson, Teller)

Black Rosy Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso, *Fremont)

Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson, Pueblo)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, Denver, Washington)


Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen,
primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull,
Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull). For
more information on these birds please check ebird.org


ADAMS COUNTY:

—On January 21 a Mew Gull was reported at Hwy 224 & 68th. First reported by
Gabriel Wiltse on January 21.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 23 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
It was first reported over 6 weeks ago.

—On January 17 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Cherry Creek SP Swim
Beach. 1-2 birds have been present since late October 2018.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 19 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First
reported by Dan Zmolek on January 5.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.


BROOMFIELD COUNTY:

---On January 20 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy
Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan.
First reported by David Ely on January 6.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.



CONEJOS COUNTY:

—On January 20 (400+) Rosy Finches were reported at the feeders of Susan
Hochstetler’s home, south of Monte Visa NWR. They are primarily
Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few Gray-crowned. She is located 7 miles
south of the Monte Vista Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. To get
there, go south on CO 15 and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue
south for 1 mile. Her place is second on the left, about a mile south of
the end of pavement. Susan welcomes birders and please consider helping her
out with a donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per
day!


DENVER COUNTY:

---On January 21 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas
Count on January 1.


EL PASO COUNTY:

—On January 23 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.

—On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was
reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on January
17.


FREMONT:

—On January 23 a Field Sparrow was reported at Brush Hollow Reservoir.
First reported by Jerry DeBoer on January 23.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

—On January 23 a White-winged Scoter was first reported at Welton Reservoir
by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Ralston Creek. First
reported by James McCall on January 23.

—On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt. First
reported by Chris Woods on December 13.

---On January 23 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

—On January 21 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of his house.

---On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell
and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission
to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you
more details.


LARIMER COUNTY:

*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one
of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking
from landfill employees.

—On January 23 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Warren Lake first reported by Josh
Bruening.

---On January 23 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Grandview Cemetery. First
reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course,
east of the big gray porta-potty.

—On January 19 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If
Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable,
close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that
faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

—On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.

—On January 21 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 21 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA first
reported by Al Garner on January 15.

—On January 19 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Kara Carragher on January 1.

—On January 19 a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Van Truan December 15.

—On January 17 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at the Nature and Raptor
Center of Pueblo first reported by Jim Merritt.

—On January 17 a Winter Wren was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center
of Pueblo first reported by Jim Merritt.

---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.


TELLER COUNTY:

---On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was first reported by David Suddjian on his DFO field trip in
Goldfield at a feeder north side of town on January 21.


WASHINGTON COUNRY:

---On January 21 a Rusty Blackbird were reported at Merino by Norm Erthal
on January 21.


WELD COUNTY:

---On January 21 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First
reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.

---On January 19 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues in the vicinity of Frederick
Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to the
adjacent golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve
Mlodinow at a nearby location on December 11. This would be a first state
record if approved by the CBRC. The CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and
it will likely take several months for their meticulous review process to
be completed.


Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website


Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, January 26
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (Email: chundertmark8 AT gmail.com; 303-604-0531)

Stearns Lake
Sunday, January 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-655-9135)

Park County Exploration
Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 303-713-8659)

Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)

Denver City Park
Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


Good Birding,

Gregg Goodrich

Highlands Ranch, CO

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Date: 1/23/19 5:51 pm
From: David Gillilan <david.gillilan09...>
Subject: [cobirds] CFO Geese and Gulls Workshops Saturday Jan. 26, 2019 (Free) Weld, Larimer


The Colorado Field Ornithologists cordially invites birders of all levels
to attend this free bird identification workshop Saturday Jan 26, 2019. No
registration necessary.

Workshop: OF GEESE AND GULLS

Location: Milavec Reservoir, Frederick
Time. 8:00-11:00 am
Topic. Goose identification.
Leaders: David Ely, Walter Wehtje, Nick Komar
Description: Leaders will provide guidance and identification tips for 6-7
Goose species as well as 3-4 hybrid combinations expected at the reservoir.
Recent rarities include Pink-footed Goose and Barnacle Goose.

Location: Warren Lake, Fort Collins (park along Breakwater Drive)
Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
Topic: Gull identification.
Leaders: Andy Bankert, Walter Wehtje, Nick Komar
Description: Leaders will provide guidance and identification tips for 6-7
Gull species as well as 1-2 hybrid combinations expected at the lake.
Recent rarities include Glaucous-winged and Glaucous Gulls.

Participants are welcome to attend one or both workshops. It is not
necessary to stay the entire length of the workshop. Carpooling from
Frederick to Fort Collins will be encouraged.

David Gillilan
President, CFO

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Date: 1/23/19 3:25 pm
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14...>
Subject: [cobirds] Mute Swan - Greeley - Weld Co
Birders
There is an adult Mute Swan on the water at Bittersweet Park in Greeley.
There is also one white goose mixed in with the white cheeked geese which
is most likely a Ross's goose but could be a Snow. I didn't have binoculars.
Bittersweet Park is on 35th avenue south of business 34 which is also 10th
Avenue.

Ira Sanders
Golden

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Date: 1/23/19 1:17 pm
From: William Bevil <william.bevil...>
Subject: [cobirds] Upcoming Presentations in Denver & Fort Collins


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Hello everyone,

Wanted to let you know about an upcoming program(s) that might be of
interest to the community...

Award-winning photographer *Noppadol Paothong* will present the
extraordinary story of life, natural history and the unique spring
courtship behaviors of sage-grouse that he's captured for the last 17 years
through stunning visuals. In his latest book *Sage Grouse, Icon of the West*
<https://www.npnaturephotography.com/iconofthewest/>, Noppadol strives to
rescue grassland grouse from the brink of extinction by sharing what we
stand to lose if these species disappear. He hopes to increase the
understanding of its value and plight, and encourage discussion about
conservation in ways that will benefit all – humans and wildlife – that
live in and near sage-grouse habitat. Noppadol will share his amazing
photographs that depict the dazzling beauty of sage-grouse species whose
populations are diminishing across the prairies and plains of America.
He'll also explore conservation efforts underway to conserve these species
for future generations to enjoy. *Book sale & signing follows presentation*
.

Noppadol is providing this presentation twice, in Fort Collins and Denver.
Here are links for each specific event:
Fort Collins (@ Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
<https://birdconservancy.org/event/sage-grouse-icon-of-the-west/> - Feb 11,
2019
Denver (@ Denver Museum of Nature & Science)
<https://secure1.dmns.org/save-the-last-dance-a-story-of-north-american-grassland-grouse>
- Feb 12, 2019

These programs are offered in collaboration with Denver Museum of Nature &
Science <https://www.dmns.org/>, with promotional support from Audubon
Denver <http://www.denveraudubon.org/>and Audubon Rockies
<http://rockies.audubon.org/>. The Fort Collins presentation is generously
sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop <https://fortcollins.wbu.com/>
in Fort Collins. *THANK YOU to our program partners and supporters!*

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free
to reach out: William Bevil <william.bevil...>
(Communications Manager, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies) 970-482-1707 x30

Thank you & hope you can make it!

~William






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Date: 1/23/19 7:39 am
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 23, 2019
A correction to this RBA. Under JeffCo the report says:

On January 21 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street by David Suddjian.

But I did not report the species on Jan 21. My recent observation was a
week ago. Just to clarify.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO


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On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 6:27 AM Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
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> Date: January 23, 2019
>
> Compiler: Gregg Goodrich, <gregggoodrich...>
>
> Phone: (303) 655-9135
>
> E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
>
>
>
> This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 23, sponsored
> by Denver Field Ornithologists.
>
>
> Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on
> CoBirds. Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303)
> 655-9135, and your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.
>
>
> Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
>
> (*) indicates new information on this species.
>
> CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
> Bird Records Committee.
>
>
> PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)
>
> BARNACLE GOOSE (Weld)
>
> Brant (Boulder, Broomfield)
>
> Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo, Mesa)
>
> White-winged Scoter (Jefferson)
>
> Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)
>
> Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, Weld)
>
> Red-necked Grebe (Jefferson, Pueblo)
>
> Mew Gull (Adams, *Pueblo)
>
> GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (*Larimer)
>
> Common Loon (Pueblo)
>
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Larimer)
>
> Winter Wren (Pueblo)
>
> Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
>
> Varied Thrush (Larimer)
>
> Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)
>
> Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Jefferson, Teller)
>
> Black Rosy Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)
>
> Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
>
> Fox Sparrow (Jefferson, Pueblo)
>
> Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
>
> Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, Denver, Washington)
>
>
> Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen,
> primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull,
> Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull). For
> more information on these birds please check ebird.org
>
>
> ADAMS COUNTY:
>
> —On January 21 a Mew Gull was reported at Hwy 224 & 68th. First reported
> by Gabriel Wiltse.
>
>
> ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
>
> ---On January 22 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte
> Reservoir. It was first reported over 6 weeks ago.
>
> —On January 17 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Cherry Creek SP Swim
> Beach. 1-2 birds have been present since late October 2018.
>
>
> BOULDER COUNTY:
>
> ---On January 19 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First
> reported by Dan Zmolek on January 5.
>
> *Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
> Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.
>
>
> BROOMFIELD COUNTY:
>
> ---On January 20 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy
> Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan.
> First reported by David Ely on January 6.
>
> *Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
> Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.
>
>
>
> CONEJOS COUNTY:
>
> —On January 20 (400+) Rosy Finches were reported at the feeders of Susan
> Hochstetler’s home, south of Monte Visa NWR. They are primarily
> Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few Gray-crowned. She is located 7 miles
> south of the Monte Vista Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. To get
> there, go south on CO 15 and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue
> south for 1 mile. Her place is second on the left, about a mile south of
> the end of pavement. Susan welcomes birders and please consider helping her
> out with a donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per
> day!
>
>
> DENVER COUNTY:
>
>
> ---On January 21 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
> Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas
> Count on January 1.
>
>
> EL PASO COUNTY:
>
>
> —On January 22 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
> First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.
>
> —On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was
> reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on January
> 17.
>
>
> JEFFERSON COUNTY:
>
> —On January 21 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
> Street by David Suddjian. This is a continuing bird on private property.
> Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private
> parking lot just south of his house.
>
> —On January 20 a White-winged Scoter was first reported at Welton
> Reservoir by Eric DeFonso on January 20.
>
> ---On January 19 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading
> Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.
>
> ---On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black
> Rosy Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten
> WItherell and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For
> permission to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she
> can give you more details.
>
> —On January 15 a Red-necked Grebe was first reported at Welton Reservoir
> by Diane Roberts on January 13.
>
>
> LARIMER COUNTY:
>
> *NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at
> one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for
> parking from landfill employees.
>
> —On January 22 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Warren Lake by Josh
> Bruening.
>
> ---On January 20 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Grandview
> Cemetery. It was first reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out
> on the golf course, east of the big gray porta-potty.
>
> —On January 19 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at
> his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
> Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If
> Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable,
> close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that
> faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.
>
> —On January 16 a Varied Thrush was reported in Berthoud on 8th street,
> from Massachusetts to one block north, by Steve Mlodinow.
>
>
> PUEBLO COUNTY:
>
> —On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
> by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.
>
> —On January 21 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
> east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.
>
> —On January 21 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA by Al
> Garner.
>
> —On January 20 (3) Common Loon were reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
> reported by Janeal Thompson on January 17.
>
> —On January 20 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
> reported by Kara Carragher on January 19.
>
> —On January 19 a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
> reported by Brandon Percival January 2.
>
> —On January 17 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at the Nature and Raptor
> Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.
>
> —On January 17 a Winter Wren was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center
> of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.
>
> ---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
> where it has wintered for many years.
>
>
> TELLER COUNTY:
>
> ---On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black
> Rosy Finches was first reported by David Suddjian on his DFO field trip in
> Goldfield at a feeder north side of town on January 21.
>
>
> WASHINGTON COUNRY:
>
> ---On January 21 a Rusty Blackbird were reported at Merino by Norm
> Erthal on January 21.
>
>
> WELD COUNTY:
>
> ---On January 22 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued in the vicinity of
> Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to
> the adjacent golf course or neighborhood NW of Lake, but can be seen from
> Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow at a nearby location on December
> 11. This would be a first state record if approved by the CBRC. The CBRC
> has not reviewed this bird yet and it will likely take several months for
> their meticulous review process to be completed.
>
> ---On January 21 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First
> reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.
>
> ---On January 16 a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec
> Reservoir) & Recreation Area. First reported by Klarissa Lawrence on
> January 6. This would be a first state record if accepted by the CBRC. The
> CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and it will likely take several months
> for their meticulous review process to be completed.
>
>
>
>
> Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website
>
>
> Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
> Saturday, January 26
> 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
> Chuck Hundertmark (Email: chundertmark8 AT gmail.com; 303-604-0531)
>
> Stearns Lake
> Sunday, January 27
> 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
> Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-655-9135)
>
> Park County Exploration
> Tuesday, January 29
> 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
> David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 303-713-8659)
>
> Northeastern Raptor Tour
> Saturday, February 2
> 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
> Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)
>
> Denver City Park
> Wednesday, February 6
> 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
> Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)
>
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Gregg Goodrich
>
> Highlands Ranch, CO
>
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Date: 1/23/19 5:27 am
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Date: January 23, 2019

Compiler: Gregg Goodrich, <gregggoodrich...>

Phone: (303) 655-9135

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 23, sponsored
by Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303) 655-9135, and
your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.


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

(*) indicates new information on this species.

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)

BARNACLE GOOSE (Weld)

Brant (Boulder, Broomfield)

Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo, Mesa)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson)

Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, Weld)

Red-necked Grebe (Jefferson, Pueblo)

Mew Gull (Adams, *Pueblo)

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (*Larimer)

Common Loon (Pueblo)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Larimer)

Winter Wren (Pueblo)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (Larimer)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Jefferson, Teller)

Black Rosy Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso)

Fox Sparrow (Jefferson, Pueblo)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, Denver, Washington)


Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen,
primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull,
Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull). For
more information on these birds please check ebird.org


ADAMS COUNTY:

—On January 21 a Mew Gull was reported at Hwy 224 & 68th. First reported by
Gabriel Wiltse.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 22 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
It was first reported over 6 weeks ago.

—On January 17 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Cherry Creek SP Swim
Beach. 1-2 birds have been present since late October 2018.


BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 19 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First
reported by Dan Zmolek on January 5.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.


BROOMFIELD COUNTY:

---On January 20 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy
Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan.
First reported by David Ely on January 6.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.



CONEJOS COUNTY:

—On January 20 (400+) Rosy Finches were reported at the feeders of Susan
Hochstetler’s home, south of Monte Visa NWR. They are primarily
Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few Gray-crowned. She is located 7 miles
south of the Monte Vista Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. To get
there, go south on CO 15 and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue
south for 1 mile. Her place is second on the left, about a mile south of
the end of pavement. Susan welcomes birders and please consider helping her
out with a donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per
day!


DENVER COUNTY:


---On January 21 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas
Count on January 1.


EL PASO COUNTY:


—On January 22 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.

—On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was
reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on January
17.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

—On January 21 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street by David Suddjian. This is a continuing bird on private property.
Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private
parking lot just south of his house.

—On January 20 a White-winged Scoter was first reported at Welton Reservoir
by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 19 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

---On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell
and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission
to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you
more details.

—On January 15 a Red-necked Grebe was first reported at Welton Reservoir by
Diane Roberts on January 13.


LARIMER COUNTY:

*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one
of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking
from landfill employees.

—On January 22 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Warren Lake by Josh
Bruening.

---On January 20 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Grandview
Cemetery. It was first reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out
on the golf course, east of the big gray porta-potty.

—On January 19 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If
Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable,
close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that
faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.

—On January 16 a Varied Thrush was reported in Berthoud on 8th street, from
Massachusetts to one block north, by Steve Mlodinow.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

—On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.

—On January 21 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 21 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA by Al
Garner.

—On January 20 (3) Common Loon were reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Janeal Thompson on January 17.

—On January 20 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Kara Carragher on January 19.

—On January 19 a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Brandon Percival January 2.

—On January 17 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at the Nature and Raptor
Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.

—On January 17 a Winter Wren was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center
of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.

---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.


TELLER COUNTY:

---On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was first reported by David Suddjian on his DFO field trip in
Goldfield at a feeder north side of town on January 21.


WASHINGTON COUNRY:

---On January 21 a Rusty Blackbird were reported at Merino by Norm Erthal
on January 21.


WELD COUNTY:

---On January 22 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued in the vicinity of Frederick
Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to the
adjacent golf course or neighborhood NW of Lake, but can be seen from
Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow at a nearby location on December
11. This would be a first state record if approved by the CBRC. The CBRC
has not reviewed this bird yet and it will likely take several months for
their meticulous review process to be completed.

---On January 21 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First
reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.

---On January 16 a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec
Reservoir) & Recreation Area. First reported by Klarissa Lawrence on
January 6. This would be a first state record if accepted by the CBRC. The
CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and it will likely take several months
for their meticulous review process to be completed.




Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website


Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, January 26
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (Email: chundertmark8 AT gmail.com; 303-604-0531)

Stearns Lake
Sunday, January 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-655-9135)

Park County Exploration
Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 303-713-8659)

Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)

Denver City Park
Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


Good Birding,

Gregg Goodrich

Highlands Ranch, CO

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Date: 1/22/19 4:13 pm
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Higbee Valley (Otero) on 21Jan2019
Just a heads-up to anyone visiting this area in the near future: yesterday I had a bird that was either a Turkey Vulture or a Zone-tailed Hawk about 2 miles w of SR119 on the Higbee Valley Road (CR31.56 in the new DeLorme Atlas, seems like it was 803 in old one). It was south of the road and not seen well before passing behind a distant tree and I never located it again. Drat. Good bird, either one.

Also seen along the Higbee Road: a few Mountain Bluebirds, a Rock Wren, 2 Bewick’s Wrens, a Curve-billed Thrasher, a Canyon Towhee, and a Ladder-backed Woodpecker (heard only).

Road was very muddy yesterday and the southeast got more snow today. Canyons south of Kim? Fuggitaboudit for at least a few days.

Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

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Date: 1/22/19 3:05 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] Backyard Swamp Sparrow, Ken Caryl, Jefferson Co Jan 22
This afternoon a *Swamp Sparrow* made an unexpected visit to my front yard
feeding station, out of its usual habitat. It remained in one spot where
there was seed on the ground for a few minutes - long enough for me to get
out my scope and take a few pictures with my iPhone. Then it flushed and
was not to be seen.

[image: IMG_4544.jpg]

A while later I spotted it in an isolated deciduous shrub near a parked
car. It remained in that shrub for at least 20 minutes, lurking in the
dense thicket of stems. As I looked around, it was probably the item of
vegetation in the yard that is closest in density and verticality to the
usual marsh or weed patch. Mostly it just sat still in there, not moving
much at all for extended periods, but for the turning of its head. The bird
is in the shrub in the photo below - you just can't see it. Later it
slipped away, unnoticed as they do.

[image: IMG_4562.jpg]

Two more photos are on this checklist, including an interesting face-on
view and one (though blurry) of the bird taking flight as it flushed.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51941626


David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO



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Date: 1/22/19 10:31 am
From: 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Yard birds, Douglas (including NOGO, FOXSP)
These snowstorms really pack in the birds at our feeders. Today we had an exceptional array.
A Northern Goshawk perched in the scrub oaks, 10 feet behind all our feeders, for over an hour. The sun came out and she left. We called her a female because of her bulky size. During her perch, bird activity in front of her diminished not at all!
During her perch, we counted 16 Spotted towhees, 40 juncos, a dozen Pine Siskins, 6 Blue Jays (one 'jaying' at the Goshawk from a foot & a half). Two Song Sparrows, 2 Tree Sparrows. One Fox Sparrow, which we have seen sporadically over the last 10 days (just before the first snowstorm).
I plan to post some photos on eBird, but it will take a while.
Hugh

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Date: 1/22/19 8:44 am
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam...>
Subject: [cobirds] Tonight, 1/22, Manakins in Costa Rica by Dr. Megan Jones-Patterson
5001 Pennsylvania Avenue, Unitarian-Universalist Church. Start time,
promptly at 7:15. Free and all welcome.

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> Take a break from the cold and join Boulder County Audubon on January 22,
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> cooperative in their courtship of females.
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> last summer on a farm near Monteverde banding birds and learning about
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> neighborhood activist who has been studying and writing about birds
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> Dr. Megan Jones Patterson <https://ebird.org/profile/MTkwMTA0> will then
> weave together her original research on cooperative display behavior, tales
> of tropical fieldwork, and videos of dancing birds to provide us insight
> into why White-ruffed Manakin males frequently court females with another
> male at their side.
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> White-ruffed Manakin male on display log by Kendrick Moholt
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Date: 1/22/19 5:48 am
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 22, 2019\
Date: January 22, 2019

Compiler: Gregg Goodrich, <gregggoodrich...>

Phone: (303) 655-9135

E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org



This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 22, sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.


Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303) 655-9135, and
your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.


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

(*) indicates new information on this species.

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)

BARNACLE GOOSE (Weld)

Brant (Boulder, Broomfield)

Trumpeter Swan (*Pueblo, Mesa)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, *Weld)

Red-necked Grebe(Jefferson, Pueblo)

Mew Gull (*Adams, *Pueblo)

GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (*Larimer)

Common Loon (Pueblo)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Larimer)

Winter Wren (Pueblo)

Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (Larimer)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, *El Paso, Jefferson, *Teller)

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Jefferson, *Teller)

Black Rosy Finch (Conejos, *El Paso, Jefferson, *Teller)

Field Sparrow (El Paso)

Fox Sparrow (Jefferson, Pueblo)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (*Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, *Denver, *Washington)


Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen,
primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull,
Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull). For
more information on these birds please check ebird.org


ADAMS COUNTY:

—On January 21 a Mew Gull was reported at Hwy 224 & 68th. First reported by
Gabriel Wiltse.


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

—On January 17 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Cherry Creek SP Swim
Beach. 1-2 birds have been present since late October 2018.

---On January 17 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
It was first reported over 6 weeks ago.



BOULDER COUNTY:

---On January 19 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First
reported by Dan Zmolek on Jan 5.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.


BROOMFIELD COUNTY:

---On January 20 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy
Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan.
First reported by David Ely on Jan 6.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.



CONEJOS COUNTY:

—On January 20 (400+) Rosy Finches were reported at the feeders of Susan
Hochstetler’s home, south of Monte Visa NWR. They are primarily
Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few Gray-crowned. She is located 7 miles
south of the Monte Vista Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. To get
there, go south on CO 15 and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue
south for 1 mile. Her place is second on the left, about a mile south of
the end of pavement. Susan welcomes birders and please consider helping her
out with a donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per
day!


DENVER COUNTY:

---On January 21 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas
Count on Jan 1.

—On January 20 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on Dec 19.


EL PASO COUNTY:


—On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was
reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on Jan 17.


JEFFERSON COUNTY:

—On January 21 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street by David Suddjian. This is a continuing bird on private property.
Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private
parking lot just south of his house.

—On January 20 a White-winged Scoter was first reported at Welton Reservoir
by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 19 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

---On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell
and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission
to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you
more details.

—On January 15 a Red-necked Grebe was first reported at Welton Reservoir by
Diane Roberts on January 13.


LARIMER COUNTY:

*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one
of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking
from landfill employees.

—On January 21 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Warren Lake by Josh
Bruening.

---On January 20 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Grandview
Cemetery. It was first reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out
on the golf course, east of the big gray porta-potty.

—On October 19 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If
Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable,
close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that
faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.

—On October 16 a Varied Thrush was reported in Berthoud on 8th street, from
Massachusetts to one block north, by Steve Mlodinow.


PUEBLO COUNTY:

—On January 21 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carragher and Brandon Percival on January 19.

—On January 21 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported Jan 16 by Jerry De Boer.

—On January 21 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA by Al
Garner.

—On January 20 (3) Common Loon were reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Janeal Thompson on January 17.

—On January 20 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Kara Carragher on January 19.

—On January 19 a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Brandon Percival January 2.

—On January 17 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at the Nature and Raptor
Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.

—On January 17 a Winter Wren was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center
of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.

---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.


TELLER COUNTY:

---On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was first reported by David Suddjian on his DFO field trip in
Goldfield at a feeder north side of town on January 21.


WASHINGTON COUNRY:

---On January 21 a Rusty Blackbird were reported at Merino by Norm Erthal
on January 21.


WELD COUNTY:

---On January 21 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued in the vicinity of Frederick
Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to the
adjacent golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve
Mlodinow at a nearby location on December 11. This would be a first state
record if approved by the CBRC. The CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and
it will likely take several months for their meticulous review process to
be completed.

---On January 21 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First
reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.

---On January 16 a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec
Reservoir) & Recreation Area. First reported by Klarissa Lawrence on Jan 6.
This would be a first state record if accepted by the CBRC. The CBRC has
not reviewed this bird yet and it will likely take several months for their
meticulous review process to be completed.




Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website


Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, January 26
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (Email: chundertmark8 AT gmail.com; 303-604-0531)

Sterns Lake
Sunday, January 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gregg Goodrich (Email: GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-655-9135)

Park County Exploration
Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 303-713-8659)

Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748)

Denver City Park
Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT gmail.com 253-225-7104)


Good Birding,

Gregg Goodrich

Highlands Ranch, CO

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Date: 1/21/19 6:43 pm
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pueblo County birds 1/19-1/21
Lots of birds and birders around Pueblo, during the three day Holiday
Weekend.

Highlights that I know about:
*Pueblo Reservoir:*
Mew Gull - 1 adult (seen all three days, mostly at N. Shore Marina tires,
also once at S. Shore Marina tires)
Great Black-backed Gull - 1 adult (all three days, most at S. Shore Marina)
Iceland Gull (Thayer's) Gull - 1 adult (photographed on Sunday)
Franklin's Gull - 1 non-full adult (all three days, seen mostly at N. Shore
Marina, also at S. Shore Marina)
Bonaparte's Gulls - continue in the western part of Pueblo Reservoir
Lesser Black-backed Gull - continue at South Shore Marina mostly
Red-necked Grebe - 1 on the 19th, far off Hobie Cat Road, seen in the early
morning good light)
Long-tailed Duck - 2 on the 19th, one off Hobie Cat Road, one near the dam
(also seen here on the 20th)
Common Loon - up to 3 (all three days), mostly near the dam

*Valco Ponds/Rock Canyon:*
Trumpeter Swan - 1 adult (all three days, first found on Monday the 14th)
Black Phoebe - 1 seen on the 20th
Eastern Bluebird - 1 seen on the 19th and 21st
Say's Phoebe - 1 seen on 19th and 20th
Rock Wren - 1 seen on the 19th

*Pueblo Nature Center and West along the Arkansas River ($5 parking fee, to
park here):*
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1 seen on the 21st
White-throated Sparrow - 1 seen on the 19th
Hermit Thrush - 2 seen on the 19th

*Arkansas River, below Pueblo City Park and east (from south side of
River):*
Carolina Wren - 1 singing, all three days
Barrow's Goldeneye - 2 males, on 19th and 20th

Some other interesting birds were seen on Thursday the 17th around Pueblo,
not sure if these were found over the weekend or not. Red Fox Sparrow,
Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Black-crowned Night-Heron. All were
looked for on Saturday, and not seen.

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Pueblo West, CO

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Date: 1/21/19 6:03 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 21, 2019
Date: January 21, 2019
Compiler: Allison Hilf, <ahilf...>
Phone: (303) 888-5110
E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 21, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303) 888-5110, and your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.

Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
(*) indicates new information on this species.
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)
BARNACLE GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (Boulder,*Broomfield)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Arapahoe)
White-winged Scoter (*Jefferson)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (*Pueblo, *Weld)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (*Larimer)
Common Loon (*Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Larimer)
Winter Wren (Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (Larimer)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, *El Paso, Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Jefferson)
Black Rosy Finch (Conejos, *El Paso, Jefferson)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (Jefferson, Pueblo)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, *Denver)

Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen, primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull). For more information on these birds please check ebird.org

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
—On January 17 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Cherry Creek SP Swim Beach. 1-2 birds have been present since late Oct. 2018.
---On January 17 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir. It was first reported over 6 weeks ago.
---On January 15 a (juv) Tundra Swan was reported at South Platte Park at Blackrock Lake. First reported by Ben Sampson on Jan 2.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 19 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First reported by Dan Zmolek on Jan 5.
*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.

BROOMFIELD COUNTY:
---On January 20 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan. First reported by David Ely on Jan 6.
*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.

CONEJOS COUNTY:
—On January 20 (400+) Rosy Finches were reported at the feeders of Susan Hochstetler’s home, south of Monte Visa NWR. They are primarily Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few Gray-crowned. She is located 7 miles south of the Monte Vista Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. To get there, go south on CO 15 and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue south for 1 mile. Her place is second on the left, about a mile south of the end of pavement. Susan welcomes birders and please consider helping her out with a donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per day!

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 20 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas Count on Jan 1.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On January 20 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. First reported by Jim Merritt on Dec 19.
—On January 20 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on Jan 17.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
—On January 20 a White-winged Scoter was reported at Walton Reservoir by Eric DeFonso.
---On January 19 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.
---On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you more details.
—On January 16 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd Street by David Suddjian. This is a continuing bird on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Visitors are REQUIRED to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of his house

LARIMER COUNTY:
*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.
—On January 20 a GLAUCOUS -WINGED GULL was reported at Warren Lake by Josh Bruening.
---On January 20 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Grandview Cemetery. It was first reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course, east of the big gray portapotty.
—On October 19 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July. Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable, close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.
—On October 16 a Varied Thrush was reported in Berthoud on 8th street, from Massachusetts to one block north, by Steve Mlodinow.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
—On January 15 (4) Tundra Swans were reported at Brown’s Park by Tom Litteral.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On January 20 (3) Common Loon were reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported by Janeal Thompson on Jan 17.
—On January 20 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported by Kara Carragher on Jan. 19.
—On January 19 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported Jan 16 by Jerry De Boer.
—On January 19 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA by Al Garner.
—On January 17 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.
—On January 17 a Winter Wren was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.
---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 20 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued in the vicinity of Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to the adjacent golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow at a nearby location on Dec 11. This would be a first state record if approved by the CBRC. The CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and it will likely take several months for their meticulous review process to be completed.
---On January 20 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.
---On January 16 a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. First reported by Klarissa Lawrence on Jan 6. This would be a first state record if accepted by the CBRC. The CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and it will likely take several months for their meticulous review process to be completed.


Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, January 26
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Chatfield State Park
Sunday, January 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gregg Goodrich (Email: GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-655-9135)

Good Birding,
Allison Hilf
Aurora

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Date: 1/20/19 8:36 pm
From: Dave Cameron <davednvr7...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Barnacle Goose
We were among many birders scouring the lake Saturday morning. No sighting
of it, nor any word of any sighting of it as of about 2:30 or so on Sat.

Dave Cameron
Denver

On Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 4:47:37 PM UTC-7, Carol Ortenzio wrote:
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> Has anyone seen the. Barnacle Goose since last week? I will be passing
> through this week.
> Thanks for any info.
> Carol Ortenzio
> Grand Junction

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Date: 1/20/19 3:47 pm
From: Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...>
Subject: [cobirds] Barnacle Goose
Has anyone seen the. Barnacle Goose since last week? I will be passing through this week.
Thanks for any info.
Carol Ortenzio
Grand Junction

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Date: 1/20/19 2:26 pm
From: Peter Gent <gent...>
Subject: Fwd: [cobirds] White-winged Scoter, Jefferson
All,

The bird is still present at 3:20 way in the NW corner of the reservoir.

Peter Gent,
Boulder.



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From: Eric DeFonso <bay.wren...>
Date: Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 2:45 PM
Subject: Re: [cobirds] White-winged Scoter, Jefferson
To: Peter Gent <gent...>


Hi Peter -

The eBird hotspot is called Walton Reservoir, and I do believe the signage
there also calls it Walton instead of Welton, although I see now that
Google calls it that. In any case, yes, it is the reservoir just north of
72 between Indiana and CO 93. Just head S on 93 from Boulder until 72, then
continue east for about 3-4 miles? until the reservoir shows up on your
left. There is a pullout where you can park near the "Cold War Horse", a
small statue of a red horse wearing a gas mask on the south side of the
road as it bends around the reservoir. A scope is definitely required, as
it is a large reservoir and the viewpoints are not close to the action.
Last I saw, the scoter was scooting over more toward the NW corner.

Eric

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Date: 1/20/19 2:17 pm
From: Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...>
Subject: [cobirds] Glaucous-winged Gull Larimer yes
The adult Glaucous-winged Gull is currently at Warren lake in Fort Collins,Larimer County.

Nick Komar
Fort Collins

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Date: 1/20/19 11:59 am
From: <bay.wren...>
Subject: [cobirds] White-winged Scoter, Jefferson
Hi folks-just found an adult male white winged scoter at Walton reservoir, the location where the elusive red necked grebe was reported about a week ago. Grainy photos obtained - Bird is in the far north end of the reservoir, associating with Canada and cackling geese

Eric DeFonso
Coal Creek Canyon, CO
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Date: 1/20/19 5:59 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 20, 2019
Date: January 20, 2019
Compiler: Allison Hilf, <ahilf...>
Phone: (303) 888-5110
E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 20, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds. Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303) 888-5110, and your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.

Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
(*) indicates new information on this species.
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)
BARNACLE GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (*Boulder)
Trumpeter Swan (*Pueblo, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Arapahoe, Moffat)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Aurora, *Weld)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larimer)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Larimer)
Winter Wren (Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Varied Thrush (Larimer)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Conejos, *El Paso, *Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Conejos, *Jefferson)
Black Rosy Finch (*Conejos, *El Paso, *Jefferson)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson, Pueblo)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, *Denver)


ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
—On January 17 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Cherry Creek SP Swim Beach. 1-2 birds have been present since late Oct. 2018.
---On January 17 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir. It was first reported over 6 weeks ago.
---On January 15 a (juv) Tundra Swan was reported at South Platte Park at Blackrock Lake. First reported by Ben Sampson on Jan 2.
---On January 13 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Corey Ellingson.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 19 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First reported by Dan Zmolek on Jan 5.

CONEJOS COUNTY:
—On January 20 (400+) Rosy Finches were reported at the feeders of Susan Hochstetler’s home, south of Monte Visa NWR. They are primarily Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few Gray-crowned. She is located 7 miles south of the Monte Vista Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. To get there, go south on CO 15 and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue south for 1 mile. Her place is second on the left, about a mile south of the end of pavement. Susan welcomes birders and please consider helping her out with a donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per day!

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 19 (5) Rusty Blackbird was reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas Count on Jan 1.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On January 19 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. First reported by Jim Merritt on Dec 19.
—On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on Jan 17.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 19 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.
---On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you more details.
—On January 16 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd Street by David Suddjian. This is a continuing bird on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Visitors are REQUIRED to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of his house

LARIMER COUNTY:
*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.
—On October 19 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July. Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable, close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.
---On January 17 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Grandview Cemetery. It was first reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course, east of the big gray portapotty.
—On October 16 a Varied Thrush was reported in Berthoud on 8th street, from Massachusetts to one block north, by Steve Mlodinow.
—On January 15 a GLAUCOUS -WINGED GULL was reported at Warren Lake by Josh Bruening.
—On January 14 a Great-blacked Gull was reported at Larimar County Landfill by Richard Dean. (See above note).

MESA COUNTY:
—-On January 14 a Trumpeter Swan was reported in Fruita at 901-999 1 1/2 Rd by Rhonda Woodward.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
—On January 15 (4) Tundra Swans were reported at Brown’s Park by Tom Litteral.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On January 19 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA by Al Garner.
—On January 17 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.
—On January 17 a Winter Wren was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.
—On January 16 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. by Jerry De Boer.
---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 19 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.
---On January 19 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued in the vicinity of Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to the adjacent golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow at a nearby location on Dec 11. This would be a first state record if approved by the CBRC.
---On January 16 a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. First reported by Klarissa Lawrence on Jan 6. This would be a first state record if accepted by the CBRC.

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website

Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR
Sunday, January 20
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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South-Central Colorado
Monday, January 21
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, January 26
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Chuck Hundertmark (Email: chundertmark8 AT gmail.com; 303-604-0531)

Chatfield State Park
Sunday, January 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gregg Goodrich (Email: GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-655-9135)

Good Birding,
Allison Hilf
Aurora

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Date: 1/19/19 4:43 pm
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Another Franklin's Gull - Pueblo Res. Pueblo Co. 1/19
This afternoon, Kara Carragher and I saw a non-breeding plumage Franklin's
Gull at North Shore Marina at Pueblo Reservoir today. This isn't the same
bird seen on Thursday around Pueblo Reservoir, which was a full breeding
plumage. I've never seen this species in January in Colorado before,
though I think there were a couple others this month too. Pretty early
spring migrants I guess.

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Date: 1/19/19 4:07 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] East Africa field guide - thread closed
This thread is closed as not pertaining to Colorado Birds. Please reply
directly and not to the list, if you wish to reply.

Thank you,

David Suddjian
CoBirds list moderator
Littleton, CO

On Sat, Jan 19, 2019 at 4:21 PM Gary & Judi Ogle <wypafl...> wrote:

> Hi friends,
> In June I will have the privilege of traveling to Kenya and Uganda to help
> at a hospital there. But we will also get to go to Amboseli National
> Park. I would like to familiarize myself with the 600 species of birds
> there before I go [image: Smile] Do any of you know of a good, small,
> not too expensive field guide?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Judi
> Burns, WY
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Date: 1/19/19 3:21 pm
From: Gary & Judi Ogle <wypafl...>
Subject: [cobirds] East Africa field guide
Hi friends,
In June I will have the privilege of traveling to Kenya and Uganda to help at a hospital there. But we will also get to go to Amboseli National Park. I would like to familiarize myself with the 600 species of birds there before I go Do any of you know of a good, small, not too expensive field guide?

Thanks,

Judi
Burns, WY

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Date: 1/19/19 8:46 am
From: <mvjohnski...>
Subject: [cobirds] Conejos County Rosy-finches
Just chatted with Susan Hochstetler and she told me she now has 4-500 Rosy
finches coming to her feeders, south of the Monte Vista Refuge. (Conejos
County). They are primarily Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few
Gray-crowned as well. She is located 7 miles south of the Monte Vista
Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. So to get there, go south on CO 15
and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue south for 1 mile. Her place
is second on the left, about a mile south of the end of pavement.

Susan is an Amish lady who lost her husband Martin this past fall. She
would welcome your visit and please consider helping her out with a
donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per day!

John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO

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Date: 1/19/19 7:43 am
From: 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] West MX Trip - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
 Dear CO-birders,





Thanks to CFO for allowing me to make this post.  Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is once again offering a Conservation Birding Tour to western Mexico (Nayarit & Jalisco), March 30-April 7, 2019, together with partners from the University of Guadalajara and San Pancho Bird Observatory.  This unique trip will combine world-class birding with conservation education in one of the Earth’s biodiversity hotspots and Endemic Bird Areas of Mesoamerica that is also home to the majority of neotropical migrants from Colorado and across the West.  More than 520 species of birds have been found in this area.  Travel with local ornithologists and get off the beaten path with exclusive access to places like the Las Joyas research station, located deep in the heart of the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve.  This trip is limited to 10 people, and we have a few spots remaining.  If interested, please visit the website below, which includes additional links to the complete itinerary and other trip details, or contact me directly via the email/phone number below.  100% of the proceeds from this trip will go to support bird conservation in this important region for Colorado’s avifauna!

 

https://birdconservancy.org/get-involved/take-a-birding-tour/

 

For the birds,

 

Arvind Panjabi

 

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Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

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Date: 1/19/19 4:45 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday , January 19, 2019
Date: January 19, 2019
Compiler: Allison Hilf, (303) 888-5110, <ahilf...>
E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 19, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Barnacle Goose/Pink-footed Goose - Weld County
Note, both birds are extremely rare vagrants to Eastern North America; almost unheard of in Western North America. Pink-footed Goose is very rare in captivity; whereas Barnacle Goose is somewhat common in private agriculturalists collections. Populations of both geese are increasing in their breeding habitat, with about twice as many Barnacle than Pink-footed Goose. Both birds are also expanding north over the top of Greenland and could end up in NE Canada, putting them close to Goose populations that winter in the Great Plains. Steve Mlodinow posted a thorough summary on previous sightings and detailed rationale for the Colorado Bird Records Committee to ponder. Paul Hurtado also suggested the following pdf from ABA Birding Magazine about Greenland Geese:
http://publications.aba.org/birding_archive_files/v40n3p46.pdf
There is no guarantee either of these is a wild bird and/or that either will be accepted by the CBRC; but this might be your only chance to see them in CO.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on COBirds; please keep reporting all sightings on COBirds and check for any location updates.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to Allison Hilf (303) 888-5110, and she will post them on your behalf.

Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
(*) indicates new information on this species; CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Weld)
BARNACLE GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (Broomfield, *Boulder)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Arapahoe)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Aurora, *Weld)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Arapahoe, Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe,Larimer)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Larimer)
Winter Wren (Adams, Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo’
Varied Thrush (Larimer)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (El Paso, Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)
Black Rosy Finch (El Paso, Jefferson)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson, Pueblo)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (*Jefferson) has
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe, *Denver)


ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 12 a Winter Wren was reported on the South Platte River, 88th Ave area by John Breitch.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
—On January 17 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Cherry Creek SP Swim Beach. 1-2 birds have been present since late Oct. 2018.
---On January 17 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir. It was first reported over 6 weeks ago.
---On January 15 a (juv) Tundra Swan was reported at South Platte Park at Blackrock Lake. First reported by Ben Sampson on Jan 2.
---On January 13 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Corey Ellingson.
—On January 12 a (first winter) GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Steve Mlodinow.
---On January 12 an adult Great Black-backed Gull was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Steve Mlodinow.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 18 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First reported by Dan Zmolek on Jan 5.
*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported below in nearby Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.

BROOMFIELD COUNTY:
---On January 13 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan. First reported by David Ely on Jan 6.
*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.

DENVER COUNTY
---On January 17 a Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas Count on Jan 1.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On January 18 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. First reported by Jim Merritt on Dec 19.
—On January 17 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail by Jan Allbright.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
—On January 18 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd Street by David Suddjian. This is a continuing bird on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the private parking lot just south of his house.


---On January 18 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.
---On January 17 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you more details.
---On January 13 a Winter Wren continued to be reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt--S Kipling to S Wadsworth by Mark Chavez.

LARIMER COUNTY:
*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.
—On October 17 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July. Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable, close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.
---On January 17 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Grandview Cemetery. It was first reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course, east of the big gray portapotty.
—On October 16 a Varied Thrush was reported in Berthoud on 8th street, from Massachusetts to one block north, by Steve Mlodinow.
—On January 15 a GLAUCOUS -WINGED GULL was reported at Warren Lake by Josh Bruening.
—On January 14 a Great-blacked Gull was reported at Larimar County Landfill by Richard Dean. (See above note).

MESA COUNTY:
—-On January 14 a Trumpeter Swan was reported in Fruita at 901-999 1 1/2 Rd by Rhonda Woodward.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On January 17 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.
—On January 17 a Winter Wren was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.
—On January 16 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. by Jerry De Boer.
—On January 15 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA by Al Garner.
---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir, where it has wintered for many years.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 18 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.
---On January 17 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued in the vicinity of Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, where it has been among a diverse gaggle of goose species & hybrids. At times it moves to the adjacent golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow at a nearby location on Dec 11. This would be a first state record if approved by the CBRC
---On January 16 a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. First reported by Klarissa Lawrence on Jan 6. This would be a first state record if accepted by the CRBC.

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website

Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Saturday, January 19
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Edward "Buzz" Schaumberg (Email: EGSEAGLE171 AT aol.com; 303-478-4641)

Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR
Sunday, January 20
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Karen Drozda (Email: drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-388-0891)

South-Central Colorado
Monday, January 21
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)

Good Birding,
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Aurora

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Date: 1/18/19 7:21 pm
From: Dave Cameron <davednvr7...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Barnacle goose
We have the same question. But then, we had that same question last
friday, and decided to run up only if there was a new report, due to
undesirable weather. There wasn't one, so we didn't go, and it was
re-reported Monday morning. Not making the same mistake again. Planning
on being up there to search.

Dave Cameron
Denver

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> Has anyone seen the barnacle goose today? I was hoping to go see it this
> weekend.

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Date: 1/18/19 4:50 pm
From: Jace Wesley Brasher <vwjace...>
Subject: [cobirds] Barnacle goose
Has anyone seen the barnacle goose today? I was hoping to go see it this weekend.

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Date: 1/18/19 12:23 pm
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe...>
Subject: [cobirds] Stearn’s lake, Boulder Co- Brant
I have to share a story from this mornings largely aborted birding. Forecast was 50% snow or rain showers so why not go. That’s decent weather.

I get to Stearn’s at 920 and almost nothing on the lake. I scanned the flocks of geese in fields to the north for a while and found an immature white-fronted (rare in eBird apparently), a likely snow x cackling hybrid and some other mutt goose I couldn’t figure out. At this point it’s dumping snow pretty hard. I give up and head back to Stearn’s to check my sanity.

Snow stopped and it was pleasant out so I walked around to the NE side of the lake where a huge red-winged blackbird flock was hanging out. Of course it was largely gone when I got there. I hung out for a while, dumping snow again, but after 20 min or so, hordes of geese were coming over the rise towards me in the corn stubble. I scanned a lot and found an adult white-fronted goose and saw likely the same snow x cackling. No brant. I gave up after 2 hours largely in the snow. Scope and tripod is covered in snow. My gloves are soaked but hey, this was fun. This was a neat place that I’d never been to, so it was a win.

I’m walking back to the car and I scan the 150 geese on the lake and there’s the BRANT! Maybe a phone scope photo came out but everything was covered in snow and I was cold. And then a harrier flies by within spitting distance! That was a real treat. Made up for the traffic and roads getting home. Oh well. Some forecast. Quite a lovely and memorable day in the field.

Cheers,
Scott Somershoe
Littleton CO

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Date: 1/18/19 9:33 am
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...>
Subject: [cobirds] A ramble round Waneka Lake & environs, Thurs., Jan. 17
Hey, everybody.

No rarities to report, but that doesn't mean the birding wasn't good at
Waneka Lake & environs, eastern Boulder County, yesterday, Thurs., Jan. 17.
Highlights for me were 1 *Taverner cackling goose,* 1 apparent *snow goose
x Canada goose* hybrid (and I would venture "blue" goose x "Lesser" Canada,
but that's getting deep in the thickets), 3 *wood ducks,* 1 aberrant
*mallard* that I think was "just" a domestic; all three mergansers,
including some intense and insane-looking second-year male *hooded
mergansers,* 3 *bald eagles;* 2 *bushtits,* perhaps a pair prospecting for
nest sites; 1 *Townsend solitaire;* and 1 *spotted towhee.*

Here's my eBird checklist for the outing:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51779861

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

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Date: 1/18/19 4:57 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 18, 2019
Date: January 18, 2019
Compiler: Allison Hilf, (303) 888-5110, <ahilf...>
E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 18, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Barnacle Goose/Pink-footed Goose - Weld County
Note, both birds are extremely rare vagrants to Eastern North America; almost unheard of in Western North America. Pink-footed Goose is very rare in captivity; whereas Barnacle Goose is somewhat common in private agriculturalists collections. Populations of both geese are increasing in their breeding habitat, with about twice as many Barnacle than Pink-footed Goose. Both birds are also expanding north over the top of Greenland and could end up in NE Canada, putting them close to Goose populations that winter in the Great Plains. Steve Mlodinow posted a thorough summary on previous sightings and detailed rationale for the Colorado Bird Records Committee to ponder. Paul Hurtado also suggested the following pdf from ABA Birding Magazine about Greenland Geese:
http://publications.aba.org/birding_archive_files/v40n3p46.pdf
There is no guarantee either of these is a wild bird and/or that either will be accepted by the CBRC; but this might be your only chance to see them in CO.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on COBirds; please keep reporting all sightings on COBirds and check for any location updates.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to Allison Hilf (303) 888-5110, and she will post them on your behalf.

Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
(*) indicates new information on this species; CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)
BARNACLE GOOSE (Weld)
Brant (Broomfield, *Boulder)
Trumpeter Swan (*Pueblo, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Arapahoe)
Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Aurora, *Weld)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Arapahoe, Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe,Larimer)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Larimer)
Winter Wren (Adams, *Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo’
Varied Thrush (Larimer)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*El Paso, Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)
Black Rosy Finch (*El Paso, *Jefferson)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe, *Denver)


ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 12 a Winter Wren was reported on the South Platte River, 88th Ave area by John Breitch.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
—On January 17 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Cherry Creek SP Swim Beach. 1-2 birds have been present since late Oct. 2018.
---On January 17 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir. It was first reported over 6 weeks ago.
---On January 15 a (juv) Tundra Swan was reported at South Platte Park at Blackrock Lake. First reported by Ben Sampson on Jan 2.
---On January 13 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Corey Ellingson.
—On January 12 a (first winter) GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Steve Mlodinow.
---On January 12 an adult Great Black-backed Gull was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Steve Mlodinow.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 17 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First reported by Dan Zmolek on Jan 5.
*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported below in nearby Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.

BROOMFIELD COUNTY:
---On January 13 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan. First reported by David Ely on Jan 6.
*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.

DENVER COUNTY
---On January 17 (3)Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas Count on Jan 1.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On January 17 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail by Jan Allbright.
—On January 17 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. First reported by Jim Merritt on Dec 19.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 17 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.
---On January 17 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you more details.
---On January 13 a Winter Wren continued to be reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt--S Kipling to S Wadsworth by Mark Chavez.

LARIMER COUNTY:
*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.
—On October 17 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July. Email for current status and directions falconridge AT cowisp.net. If Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable, close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.
—On October 16 a Varied Thrush was reported in Berthoud on 8th street, from Massachusetts to one block north, by Steve Mlodinow.
—On January 15 a GLAUCOUS -WINGED GULL was reported at Warren Lake by Josh Bruening.
—On January 14 a Great-blacked Gull was reported at Larimar County Landfill by Richard Dean. (See above note).
---On January 15 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Grandview Cemetery. It was first reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course, east of the big gray portapotty.

MESA COUNTY:
—-On January 14 a Trumpeter Swan was reported in Fruita at 901-999 1 1/2 Rd by Rhonda Woodward.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On January 17 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.
—On January 17 a Winter Wren was reported at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo by Jim Merritt.
—On January 16 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. by Jerry De Boer.
—On January 15 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA by Al Garner.
---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull has been at Pueblo Reservoir all winter for many years, most recently Jan 14.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 17 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.
---On January 17 ac PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued in the vicinity of Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, where it has been among a diverse gaggle of goose species & hybrids. At times it moves to the adjacent golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow at a nearby location on Dec 11. This would be a first state record if approved by the CBRC
---On January 16 a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. First reported by Klarissa Lawrence on Jan 6. This would be a first state record if accepted by the CRBC.

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website

Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Saturday, January 19
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Edward "Buzz" Schaumberg (Email: EGSEAGLE171 AT aol.com; 303-478-4641)

Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR
Sunday, January 20
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Karen Drozda (Email: drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-388-0891)

South-Central Colorado
Monday, January 21
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)

Good Birding,
Allison Hilf
Aurora


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Date: 1/17/19 5:46 pm
From: Steve Getty <sgetty...>
Subject: [cobirds] Franklin's Gull (breeding plumage in Jan?!), fotos, Pueblo County
COBirders,

Linda Hodges, Tyler Stuart, and I had a breeding plumage Franklin's Gull soaring, passing over us at the Osprey picnic area at Pueblo Res. before lunch. Very distinctive wing-tip pattern per any other gulls with black heads. It's intriguing to think of a "spring" molt in early January, wherever it was, and then movement, nudgings northward (presumably).

Tyler then re-found later amongst the Ring-billed and a few Herrings at the Valco pond (north), also hosting a Trumpeter Swan today. Far fotos below. Jim Merritt and David Tønnessen, and then some very friendly birders from Pueblo also saw.

Cordially,
Steve Getty, Colorado Springs


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Date: 1/17/19 9:30 am
From: Peter Burke <peterburke...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Goose at Stearns Lake, Boulder Co
COBirders,
For anyone interested in a second look at this interesting goose, here is
another photo <https://flic.kr/p/2cNMoY2> that shows the extended neck,
pink legs and a bit more detail of the back end. There's been quite a bit
of discussion about it's potential parentage, with Dark Morph Ross's x
Cackling being perhaps the most interesting.

Good birding,
Peter



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On Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 10:04 AM Peter Gent <gent...> wrote:

> All,
>
> Christian, who is way above my pay grade on bird ID, says the goose at
> Stearns Lake is a hybrid.
>
> Peter Gent, Boulder.
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Christian Nunes
> Date: Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 9:40 AM
> Subject: Re: Boulder County Rare Bird Alert
> To: Peter Gent
>
> Consensus is a Ross’s x Cackling. Very cool looking goose, and perhaps a
> blue morph Ross’s was a parent.
>
> Christian
>
> [image: 134900111.png]
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Date: 1/17/19 9:04 am
From: Peter Gent <gent...>
Subject: [cobirds] Goose at Stearns Lake, Boulder Co
All,

Christian, who is way above my pay grade on bird ID, says the goose at
Stearns Lake is a hybrid.

Peter Gent, Boulder.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Christian Nunes
Date: Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 9:40 AM
Subject: Re: Boulder County Rare Bird Alert
To: Peter Gent

Consensus is a Ross’s x Cackling. Very cool looking goose, and perhaps a
blue morph Ross’s was a parent.

Christian

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Date: 1/17/19 4:27 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, January 17, 2019
Date: January 17, 2019
Compiler: Allison Hilf, (303) 888-5110, <ahilf...>
E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, January 17, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Barnacle Goose/Pink-footed Goose - Weld County
Note, both birds are extremely rare vagrants to Eastern North America; almost unheard of in Western North America. Pink-footed Goose is very rare in captivity; whereas Barnacle Goose is somewhat common in private agriculturalists collections. Populations of both geese are increasing in their breeding habitat, with about twice as many Barnacle than Pink-footed Goose. Both birds are also expanding north over the top of Greenland and could end up in NE Canada, putting them close to Goose populations that winter in the Great Plains. Steve Mlodinow posted a thorough summary on previous sightings and detailed rationale for the Colorado Bird Records Committee to ponder. Paul Hurtado also suggested the following pdf from ABA Birding Magazine about Greenland Geese:
http://publications.aba.org/birding_archive_files/v40n3p46.pdf
There is no guarantee either of these is a wild bird and/or that either will be accepted by the CBRC; but this might be your only chance to see them in CO.

—Both birds were last reported around 8:15 am yesterday (Dec 16) at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area in Frederick.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on COBirds; please keep reporting all sightings on COBirds and check for any location updates.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to Allison Hilf (303) 888-5110, and she will post them on your behalf.

Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
(*) indicates new information on this species; CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)
BARNACLE GOOSE (*Weld)
Brant (Broomfield, *Boulder)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Arapahoe)
Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Aurora, Weld)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Arapahoe, Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe,Larimer)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Larimer)
Winter Wren (Adams)
Carolina Wren (*Pueblo’
Varied Thrush (*Larimer)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Jefferson)
Black Rosy Finch (*Jefferson)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)
Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe, *Denver)
Yellow-rumpled Warbler (Arapahoe,*Jefferson)


ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 12 a Winter Wren was reported on the South Platte River, 88th Ave area by John Breitch.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 16 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Cherry Creek SP Swim Beach. 1-2 birds have been present since late Oct. 2018.
---On January 16 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir. It was first reported over 6 weeks ago.
—On January 15 (2)Yellow-rumpled Warblers were reported at South Platte Park-Carson Nature Center by Chris Petrizzo.
---On January 15 a (juv) Tundra Swan was reported at South Platte Park at Blackrock Lake. First reported by Ben Sampson on Jan 2.
---On January 13 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Corey Ellingson.
—On January 12 a (first winter) GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Steve Mlodinow.
---On January 12 an adult Great Black-backed Gull was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Steve Mlodinow.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 16 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First reported by Dan Zmolek on Jan 5.
*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported below in nearby Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.

BROOMFIELD COUNTY:
---On January 13 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan. First reported by David Ely on Jan 6.
*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.

DENVER COUNTY
---On January 16 (3)Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas Count on Jan 1.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On January 16 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. First reported by Jim Merritt on Dec 19.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 16 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.
—On January 16 a Yellow-rumpled Warbler was reported at Denver West Office Park by Ginny Bergstrom.
---On January 16 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you more details.
---On January 13 a Winter Wren continued to be reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt--S Kipling to S Wadsworth by Mark Chavez.

LARIMER COUNTY:
*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.
—On October 16 a Varied Thrush was reported in Berthoud on 8th street, from Massachusetts to one block north, by Steve Mlodinow.
—On January 15 a GLAUCOUS -WINGED GULL was reported at Warren Lake by Josh Bruening.
—On January 14 a Great-blacked Gull was reported at Larimar County Landfill by Richard Dean. (See above note).
---On January 15 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Grandview Cemetery. It was first reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course, east of the big gray portapotty.


MESA COUNTY:
—-On January 14 a Trumpeter Swan was reported in Fruita at 901-999 1 1/2 Rd by Rhonda Woodward.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On January 16 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail, east of Pueblo Blvd. by Jerry De Boer.
—On January 15 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA by Al Garner.
---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull has been at Pueblo Reservoir all winter for many years, most recently Jan 14.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 16 a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. First reported by Klarissa Lawrence on Jan 6. This would be a first state record if accepted by the CRBC.
---On January 16 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, where it has been among a diverse gaggle of goose species & hybrids. At times it moves to the adjacent golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow at a nearby location on Dec 11. This would be a first state record if approved by the CBRC.
---On January 16 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website

Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Saturday, January 19
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Edward "Buzz" Schaumberg (Email: EGSEAGLE171 AT aol.com; 303-478-4641)

Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR
Sunday, January 20
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Karen Drozda (Email: drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-388-0891)

South-Central Colorado
Monday, January 21
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)

Good Birding,
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Aurora, CO

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Date: 1/16/19 12:14 pm
From: 'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Varied Thrush, Larimer County
Greetings All


I heard a Varied Thrush giving its shrill/buzzy call and chuck notes several times on 8th street, from Massachusetts to one block north, about 30 minutes ago. I saw it once, about 1/2 way along the block, flying from one conifer to another in a backyard on east side of street. This is in Berthoud.


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Longmont

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Date: 1/16/19 11:48 am
From: Peter Gent <gent...>
Subject: [cobirds] Stearns Lake, Boulder Co
All,

The Black Brant flew into Stearns Lake in southeast Boulder Co from the
south at about 11:30. Was picked out in flight and identified by a very
competent young lady named Mary (didn't get her last name).

Also present was the very interesting and beautiful goose that has been
there a while. Photo from last Sunday by Leslie Sutton. I'm not sure
whether this is a Ross's/Cackling hybrid or whether its parents are a blue
phase and white phase Ross's Goose. The back is much darker than on all
the other hybrids including Cackling Geese that I have seen this winter.

Peter Gent, Boulder.

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Date: 1/16/19 10:55 am
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Subject: [cobirds] Long-tailed Duck at Milavec Reservoir, Frederick, Weld County
The Boulder bird club plus several other birders have been observing the long-tailed duck this morning. There is a curious absence of geese at Milavec right now.
Jane Baryames
Boulder (Boulder County) CO
Currently at Milavec Reservoir Weld county

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Date: 1/16/19 7:33 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Barnacle Goose Flew Off Since Last Post
Joe Roller asked me to post that the Barnacle Goose flew off since the 8:16am posting.

Check all nearby fields!!

Allison Hilf
Aurora, Co

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Date: 1/16/19 7:16 am
From: 'John Drummond' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Barnacle Goose
Joe Roller asked me to post that the goose is currently being observed at Frederick Lake , Weld County , first located by Jennifer Small .
John Drummond
Colorado Springs

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Date: 1/16/19 6:40 am
From: 'Allison Hilf' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Date: January 16, 2019
Compiler: Allison Hilf, <ahilf...>
E-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 16, sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists.

Rare, out of place and out of season species include:
(*) indicates new information on this species;
CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado Bird Records Committee.

Barnacle Goose/Pink-footed Goose - Weld County
Note, both birds are extremely rare vagrants to Eastern North America; almost unheard of in Western North America. Pink-footed Goose is very rare in captivity; whereas Barnacle Goose is somewhat common in private agriculturalists collections. Populations of both of these geese are increasing in their breeding habitat, with about twice as many Barnacle than Pink-footed Goose. Both birds are also expanding north over the top of Greenland and could end up in NE Canada, putting them close to Goose populations that winter in the Great Plains. Steve Mlodinow posted a thorough summary on previous sightings and detailed rationale for the Colorado Bird Records Committee to ponder. Paul Hurtado also suggested the following pdf from ABA Birding Magazine about Greenland Geese:
http://publications.aba.org/birding_archive_files/v40n3p46.pdf
There is no guarantee either of these is a wild bird and/or that either will be accepted by the CBRC; but this might be your only chance to see them in CO.

Both birds were last reported around 4pm yesterday (Dec 15) at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area in Frederick. The Pink-footed was reported until noon; the Barnacle was reported as late as 4pm)

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings on CObirds; please keep reporting all sightings on CObirds and check for any location updates.

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (*Weld)
BARNACLE GOOSE (*Weld)
Brant (Broomfield, *Boulder)
Trumpeter Swan (*Pueblo, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (*Arapahoe)
Black Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (*Aurora, *Weld)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Arapahoe, *Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe,Larimer)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver, La Plata, *Larimer)
Winter Wren (Adams)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Jefferson)
Black Rosy Finch (*Jefferson)
Field Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (*Douglas, *Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (La Plata)
Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe, Denver)
Yellow-rumpled Warbler (*Arapahoe)


ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 12 a Winter Wren was reported on the South Platte River, 88th Ave area by John Breitch.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
—On January 15 two Yellow-rumpled Warbler were reported at South Platte Park-Carson Nature Center by Chris Petrizzo.
---On January 15the (f) Black Scoter that has been at South Platte Reservoir for over a month was reported.
---On January 15 a (juv) Tundra Swan continued at South Platte Park at Blackrock Lake. First reported by Ben Sampson on Jan 2.
---On January 15 a Rusty Blackbird was reported at Cherry Creek SP Swim Beach. 1-2 birds have been present since late Oct. 2018.
—On January 12 a (first winter) GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Steve Mlodinow.
---On January 12 an adult Great Black-backed Gull was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Steve Mlodinow.
—On January 12 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Aurora Reservoir by Corey Ellingson.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 15 a Brant continues at Stearns Lake. First reported on Jan 5 by Dan Zmolek.
*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported below in nearby Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.

BROOMFIELD COUNTY:
---On January 13 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan. First reported by David Ely on Jan 6.
*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.

DENVER COUNTY
---On January 13 three Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN Open Space. Six birds were first reported on January 1 on the Denver Urban Christmas Count.
---On January 10 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Rocky Mountain Lake Park, east of the tennis courts. First reported by Matt Gray on December 31.

EL PASO COUNTY:
—On January 15 a Field Sparrow continued at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. First reported by Jim Merritt on Dec 19.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 15 a (Red) Fox Sparrow continued to be reported at Red Rock Trading Post. First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.
---On January 14 approx. a mixed flock of 15 Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy Finches was reported at the home of Kirsten WItherell at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission to visit, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you more details.
---On January 13 a Winter Wren continued to be reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt--S Kipling to S Wadsworth by Mark Chavez.
—On January 12 a Gray-Crowned Rosy Finch was reported at Red Rock Trading Post by Corey Ellingson.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
—On January 10 a Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported at Oxbow Park in rabbitbrush between railroad tracks and condos. First reported by Ryan Votta on Jan 5.
—On January 9 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Animas River--Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery area. First reported by Ryan Votta on Dec 2 as the second county record.

LARIMER COUNTY:
*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking from landfill employees.
—On January 15 a GLAUCOUS -WINGED GULL was reported at Warren Lake by Josh Bruening.
—On January 14 a Great-blacked Gull was reported at Larimar County Landfill by Richard Dean. (See above note).
---On January 15 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported at Grandview Cemetery. It was first reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course, east of the big gray portapotty.
---On January 10 a mature GLAUCOUS -WINGED GULL was reported at Larimer County Landfill. First reported Dec 21. (See above note)
---On January 9 a mature GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported at Horsetooth Reservoir. First reported Jan 5 by Joey Kellner.

MESA COUNTY:
—-On January 14 a Trumpeter Swan was reported in Fruita at 901-999 1 1/2 Rd by Rhonda Woodward.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
—On January 15 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA by Al Garner.
---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull has been at Pueblo Reservoir all winter for many years, most recently Jan 14.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 15 a BARNACLE GOOSE was reported at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. First reported by Klarissa Lawrence on Jan 6. This would be a first state record if accepted by the CRBC.
---On January 15 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued at Frederick Lake (Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area, where it has been among a diverse gaggle of goose species & hybrids. At times it moves to the adjacent golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow at a nearby location on Dec 11. This would be a first state record if approved by the CBRC.
---On January 15 a Long-tailed Duck continued at Milavec Reservoir; it was first reported by Steve Mlodinow several weeks ago.

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website

Cherry Creek State Park (Arapahoe County)
Saturday, January 19
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Edward "Buzz" Schaumberg (Email: EGSEAGLE171 AT aol.com; 303-478-4641)

Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR
Sunday, January 20
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Karen Drozda (Email: drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-388-0891)

South-Central Colorado
Monday, January 21
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)

Good Birding,
Allison Hilf
Aurora, CO

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Date: 1/16/19 6:24 am
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] A report from Cheyenne County 1/15
Lynne Miller and I ventured to Cheyenne County on Jan 15 to add some winter
birds there and to explore. The county is little visited, and indeed there
were only 5 checklists ever submitted to eBird for Cheyenne during the 3rd
week of January (at least in the public output). We added 27 more
checklists. We made a west to east transect more or less and with various
jogs across the northern half of the county, falling shy of Kansas by 3
miles, and then made fewer stops along a westward return along the Hwy
40/287 corridor.

I've included the tally from our Cheyenne checklists below. Birds were
similarly scarce, similar to my experience on the Flagler CBC in Kit Carson
Co to the north about 10 days prior. We managed only 20 species. Horned
Lark was the only plentiful species that was widespread. Raptors were a
treat, with an impressive 27 Rough-legged Hawks in Cheyenne Co, including
one beautiful dark morph at CR Z near CR 41. The only Red-taileds all day
were a pair at Cheyenne Wells. A Merlin was perched at the tiny Arapahoe
Cemetery. Lapland Longspurs were apparently sparse, detected in small
numbers at just two spots. Most ranch yard groves and hedgerows and other
tree areas had no birds evident, with mostly the collared dove / starling /
house sparrow assemblage. We found only one active feeder. That yard had a
White-crowned Sparrow, and two other White-crowneds were with tree sparrow
flocks at weedy spots elsewhere along roads. Interestingly, there were no
prior winter season eBird reports for Cheyenne County and this was the only
species that came up rare for us according to eBird filters. Presumably
this partly reflects limited winter coverage?

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

Birds recorded in Cheyenne Co 1/15/2019

Rock Pigeon 3
Eurasian Collared-Dove 50
Northern Harrier 7
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rough-legged Hawk 27
Ferruginous Hawk 2
Northern Flicker 1
Merlin 1
Prairie Falcon 4
Horned Lark 985
Townsend's Solitaire 1
American Robin 3
European Starling 148
House Finch 1
Lapland Longspur 22
American Tree Sparrow 38
Dark-eyed Junco 13
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Western Meadowlark 28
House Sparrow 279

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