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2/25/18 11:09 am Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...> [cobirds] Goshawk - Arapahoe
2/24/18 9:09 pm William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...> [cobirds] NE Quadrant, Denver Area Birds
2/24/18 9:03 pm 'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Winter wren, Morgan County
2/24/18 8:47 pm Leon Bright <urraca2...> [cobirds] Nat Geo on bird migration
2/24/18 1:55 pm 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Cassin's Finches and Redpoll, Larimer Co.
2/24/18 3:31 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 February 2018
2/23/18 7:27 pm Ben S <benrmnp...> [cobirds] Re: West Centennial Gull Movement (Arapahoe)
2/23/18 7:26 pm Ben S <benrmnp...> [cobirds] Re: West Centennial Gull Movement (Arapahoe)
2/23/18 4:42 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> Re: [cobirds] West Centennial Gull Movement (Arapahoe)
2/23/18 4:25 pm Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...> [cobirds] West Centennial Gull Movement (Arapahoe)
2/23/18 3:00 pm Sue Riffe <sheflew...> [cobirds] Snowy Owl - Boulder
2/23/18 8:56 am <kirkhardie...> [cobirds] Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
2/23/18 8:56 am Luger <havtrav43...> [cobirds] Cassin's Finches and Redpoll flock, Larimer County
2/23/18 3:05 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 February 2018
2/22/18 9:32 am Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...> [cobirds] Front Range Birding Co (Jeffco) Snow Goose - Yes!
2/22/18 3:14 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 February 2018
2/21/18 1:04 pm Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...> [cobirds] Snow Goose at Front Range Birding Co, Jeffco
2/21/18 12:52 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] South Platte Park Reservoir rarities through 2/20 at least
2/21/18 12:44 pm Elaine Coley <elbo898...> [cobirds] Red Crossbills, Loveland, Larimer
2/21/18 12:36 pm Carol Kampert <carolkampert...> [cobirds] Common Redpolls (Boulder County)
2/21/18 9:52 am Tom Wilberding <twilberding...> [cobirds] February antidote
2/21/18 9:50 am Karl Stecher Jr. <kstecher...> re: [cobirds] Goshawk - Jeffco - Golden
2/21/18 3:01 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 February 2018
2/20/18 3:56 pm Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14...> [cobirds] Goshawk - Jeffco - Golden
2/20/18 2:46 pm <joe......> <joega140...> [cobirds] Redpoll update, Woodland Park
2/20/18 10:51 am Kevin DeBoer <kevdeboer...> [cobirds] Re: Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
2/20/18 7:07 am Douglas Kibbe <Dpkibbe...> [cobirds] Lapland Longspurs at Chatfield SP in Douglas Co
2/20/18 6:07 am Sheridan Samano <sheridan...> [cobirds] Re: Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
2/19/18 6:59 pm Kevin Ash <ashkevinm...> Re: [cobirds] Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
2/19/18 6:20 pm <kirkhardie...> [cobirds] Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
2/19/18 6:18 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] DFO 2/20 trip to NE Colorado rescheduled to 3/7
2/19/18 2:56 pm Pam Piombino <piombino.pam...> [cobirds] Tues., Feb. 27, Dr. Susan Bonfield on the Western Hummingbird Project
2/18/18 4:47 pm <mvjohnski...> [cobirds] Status Cranes at Monte Vista
2/18/18 12:56 pm Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] A day in the field with Chris Wood, DFO Field Trip to Larimer County
2/18/18 12:53 pm Luger <havtrav43...> [cobirds] Mountain Bluebirds in Larimer County
2/18/18 9:41 am Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...> [cobirds] Centennial & Littleton - Arapahoe
2/18/18 9:34 am Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] "Arctic" Loon at Pueblo Reservoir
2/18/18 9:25 am cteuton <teuton...> [cobirds] Black Brant at Ketring Park in Littleton, Arapahoe County
2/18/18 3:12 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 February 2018
2/17/18 7:44 pm William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...> [cobirds] Kiowa County plus
2/17/18 10:05 am Matt Crooks <cheezwhizdom...> [cobirds] Black Brant at Ketring Park in Littleton, Arapahoe County
2/17/18 3:07 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 February 2018
2/16/18 9:35 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [cobirds] Singing Am. Dipper at Lake Estes, Larimer Co.
2/16/18 7:35 pm SeEttaM . <seettam...> [cobirds] Fwd: Leucistic dark morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk in Otero County
2/16/18 5:19 pm Michelle Puplava <molegrrl...> [cobirds] Black Brant at Ketring Park in Littleton, Arapahoe County
2/16/18 1:57 pm Kathy and Jeff Dunning <mihmdunning...> [cobirds] Archuleta County Highlights
2/16/18 12:47 pm 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Northeast Section of Colorado Birding Trail Published
2/16/18 12:18 pm kevygudguy via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Leucistic Junco??? west Centennial in Arapahoe County
2/16/18 9:58 am Robert Righter <rorighter...> [cobirds] Re: Suggestion books on Migration
2/16/18 7:29 am coloradodipper via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] The rain, the (Belmar) park, and scaupy things
2/16/18 5:55 am Bob Santangelo <whiz3525...> [cobirds] South Africa
2/16/18 3:02 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 February 2018
2/15/18 10:54 pm SeEttaM . <seettam...> [cobirds] Leucistic dark morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk in Otero County
2/15/18 2:46 pm Douglas Kibbe <mackenziegoldthwait...> [cobirds] Black Brant at Ketring Park in Littleton, Arapahoe County
2/15/18 12:47 pm <joe......> <joega140...> [cobirds] Redpoll Returns, Woodland Park
2/15/18 8:25 am Tim Johnson <johnsthotrnstn...> [cobirds] Re: suggestions for books on migration
2/15/18 3:16 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 February 2018
2/14/18 7:16 pm <wwillem...> [cobirds] suggestions for books on migration
2/14/18 3:27 pm <mvjohnski...> [cobirds] Water is Flowing at Monte Vista NWR
2/14/18 10:10 am Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...> [cobirds] High Line Canal Trail - Arapahoe Co.
2/14/18 9:20 am Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...> [cobirds] Re: Worm-eating shrikes, Crowley & Lincoln Counties; and other matters
2/14/18 7:37 am Elaine Coley <elbo898...> [cobirds] Common Mergs and Dipper, Loveland, Larimer
2/14/18 7:37 am Norman Erthal <normerthal...> [cobirds] South Africa
2/14/18 3:35 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 February 2018
2/13/18 4:13 pm 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Hey Sweetie - Douglas & Adams
2/13/18 2:47 pm Charlie Chase <charlesachase3...> [cobirds] Sandhill Crane at Walcott Lake
2/13/18 9:12 am 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> Re: [cobirds] Common redpolls, Horsetooth mountain park, Larimer county
2/13/18 8:41 am Paula Hansley <redstart.paula...> [cobirds] Cedar Waxwings, IHop, Superior, Boulder Co.
2/13/18 6:06 am Mary Cay <mcburger3...> [cobirds] eBird's Chris Wood at DFO 7pm Monday Feb.19
2/13/18 3:13 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 13 February 2018
2/12/18 2:40 pm <joe......> <joega140...> [cobirds] January 2018 Birds, Woodland Park Yard Area and Beyond
2/12/18 2:25 pm <dril0008...> [cobirds] Re: Heron rookery I-25
2/12/18 12:45 pm 'John D' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Not receiving emails
2/12/18 11:55 am <joe......> <joega140...> [cobirds] Redpoll! Woodland Park
2/12/18 9:54 am Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...> [cobirds] N. Shrike & Harrier - Willow Spring Open Space (Arapahoe)
2/12/18 9:27 am Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> [cobirds] Worm-eating shrikes, Crowley & Lincoln Counties; and other matters
2/12/18 8:08 am 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Common redpolls, Horsetooth mountain park, Larimer county
2/11/18 12:20 pm R Carol Cushman <r.cushman...> [cobirds] Sandhill crane Boulder County
2/11/18 11:56 am Deb Evers <okbookwoman...> [cobirds] Re: Heron rookery I-25
2/10/18 10:40 am 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Redpoll, Larimer Co
2/10/18 10:05 am 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Musings on eBird
2/10/18 8:46 am Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...> [cobirds] Woodcock, Larimet
2/10/18 8:32 am Michael Lamson <michael.a.lamson...> [cobirds] Re: Unusual goose at Stearn's Lake (Boulder County) -- Monday Jan 29
2/10/18 7:04 am Michael Lamson <michael.a.lamson...> [cobirds] Spare Sibley Bird Guide
2/10/18 6:22 am Natalie P. <nat.ann27...> [cobirds] Heron rookery I-25
2/10/18 6:22 am Michael Lamson <michael.a.lamson...> [cobirds] Re: Hybrid ducks mystery
2/9/18 7:40 pm Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> [cobirds] Quick check-in from Lamar, Prowers Co., Feb. 9
2/9/18 12:50 pm Paula Hansley <redstart.paula...> [cobirds] DFO field trip canceled
2/9/18 10:06 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> Re: [cobirds] Who was Harris of Harris’s Hawk fame?
2/9/18 9:35 am Robert Righter <rorighter...> [cobirds] Who was Harris of Harris’s Hawk fame?
2/9/18 7:02 am 'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Texas parks pass
2/8/18 7:57 pm Tina Jones <tjcalliope...> [cobirds] Spelling corection
2/8/18 3:44 pm Tina Jones <tjcalliope...> [cobirds] Harris' Hawk
2/8/18 2:11 pm linda hodges <hikerhodges...> Re: [cobirds] El Paso County Clear Springs Ranch No screech owl today
2/8/18 2:04 pm 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Gyrfalcon? Jan. 30
2/8/18 1:40 pm kickback <bill_kosar...> [cobirds] El Paso County Clear Springs Ranch No screech owl today
2/8/18 9:21 am 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Next Raptor Alley Trip [Weld]
2/8/18 8:20 am Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett...> [cobirds] Harris Hawk
2/8/18 6:27 am 'William Fink' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Harris’s hawk 7:15 AM 2-8-18
2/7/18 5:10 pm David Chartier <davidchartier45...> [cobirds] Black-legged kittiwake, Fremont Co.
2/7/18 2:42 pm Joe Roller <jroller9...> Re: [cobirds] Hybrid ducks mystery
2/7/18 2:20 pm Tim Johnson <johnsthotrnstn...> [cobirds] Re: Out of season Long-billed Dowitcher continues at York St & S Platte River
2/7/18 2:20 pm Karen Strong <kstrong1109...> [cobirds] Hybrid ducks mystery
2/7/18 12:48 pm 'John Drummond' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Kittiwake still at valco canyon city
2/7/18 11:30 am Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...> [cobirds] Golden-crowned Kinglet - Centennial (Arapahoe)
2/7/18 7:59 am Marcia Maeda <marcia356...> [cobirds] Harris's Hawk, Larimer
2/7/18 7:39 am 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Harris's Hawk Again [Larimer]
2/7/18 6:35 am robert beauchamp <torobbeau...> [cobirds] Harris's hawk, Fort Collins
2/6/18 7:36 pm DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> [cobirds] Various Larimer and Weld today.
2/6/18 4:02 pm Jeff Parks <lastimout...> [cobirds] Re: Gulls on Baseline Reservoir
2/6/18 1:16 pm Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] Out of season Long-billed Dowitcher continues at York St & S Platte River
2/6/18 12:38 pm 'John Miller' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] BL Kittiwake , Valco Ponds, Fremont Co
2/6/18 12:35 pm Jeff Parks <lastimout...> [cobirds] Gulls on Baseline Reservoir
2/6/18 9:07 am Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett...> [cobirds] Harris Hawk still there
2/6/18 7:31 am Jessie <jmesch...> [cobirds] Numerous Bald Eagles
2/6/18 7:29 am 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Harris's Hawk [Larimer]
2/6/18 3:22 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 6 February 2018
2/5/18 5:55 pm modise <modise...> [cobirds] Probable Northern Shrike, lesser Scaup, and question about harrassing geese w/fireworks -Arapahoe Co
2/5/18 1:43 pm 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Raptor Alley Trip Results With CSU Ornithology Club [Weld]
2/5/18 9:35 am Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...> [cobirds] Clear Creek County birds 2/4
2/4/18 5:48 pm Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...> [cobirds] Re: Bird Photo ID Help, Grand County
2/4/18 5:46 pm Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna...> [cobirds] Re: Mountain Bluebirds at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR Adams County
2/4/18 5:25 pm Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...> [cobirds] Bird Photo ID Help, Grand County
2/4/18 11:59 am Kevin Ash <ashkevinm...> [cobirds] Rosy Finches on Pikes Peak (Teller County)
2/4/18 9:43 am David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] Otero County 2/3
2/4/18 2:20 am Pam Piombino <piombino.pam...> [cobirds] Wintering Waterfowl Along the Platte River with "Davis"
2/3/18 9:33 pm Dick FILBY <dickfilby...> [cobirds] Yellow-billed Loon, White-winged Scoter S.Platte Park resr still at dusk
2/3/18 8:59 pm Mindy Hetrick <prairiepal7...> [cobirds] Re: Mountain Bluebirds at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR and a newly opened Auto Tour route.
2/3/18 10:46 am 'Egret' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Re: Trumpeter swans Fremont county (picture)
2/3/18 9:49 am Joey Angstman <jangstma27...> [cobirds] Harris’s Hawk - Larimer
2/3/18 9:49 am Joey Angstman <jangstma27...> [cobirds] Harris’s Hawk - Larimer
2/3/18 8:40 am Dick FILBY <dickfilby...> [cobirds] Yellow-billed Loon, White-winged Scoter S.Platte Park resr still, (Arapahoe) Harris's Sparrow Denver County
2/3/18 6:05 am <mvjohnski...> [cobirds] First Cranes in San Luis valley
2/3/18 5:53 am 'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Bent County, Prowers County, Kiowa County, Crowley County
2/2/18 9:13 pm Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Pueblo birding Feb 2nd
2/2/18 3:33 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> Re: [cobirds] The sad tale of Nigel the gannet
2/2/18 1:02 pm Elaine Coley <elbo898...> [cobirds] Lincoln's Sparrow, Loveland, Larimer
2/2/18 12:48 pm Joe Roller <jroller9...> [cobirds] Mountain Bluebirds at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR and a newly opened Auto Tour route.
2/1/18 6:43 pm Dead Stones <ColoradoMartinis...> [cobirds] Re: 2 Snowy Owls at Boulder Res, Boulder
2/1/18 4:30 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [cobirds] Y-billed Loon and Ww Scoter continue at South Platte Park Res., plus
2/1/18 6:41 am Sharon Kay <sharonkay.mt...> [cobirds] Re: Fort Collins Miscellany (Larimer)
1/31/18 7:57 pm DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> [cobirds] Fort Collins Miscellany (Larimer)
1/31/18 6:13 pm William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...> [cobirds] May Convention(s)
1/31/18 12:57 pm Dick FILBY <dickfilby...> [cobirds] Rosy-Finches Snowmass (Pitkin Cty)
1/30/18 5:59 pm Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...> [cobirds] Rocky Mount Arsenal, Adams County
1/30/18 5:52 pm Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...> [cobirds] Harris's Sparrow still present, First Creek At Denver, Denver County
1/30/18 4:43 pm 'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Open Water
1/30/18 6:55 am 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Re: Common redpolls et al., Horsetooth mountain park, Larimer county
1/30/18 3:07 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 30 January 2018
1/29/18 7:02 pm 'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Response to email about unusual geese at Stearns lake
1/29/18 6:21 pm 'Alexander Brown' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Unusual Goos -- Stearn's Lake (Boulder County) -- additional photos
1/29/18 6:19 pm 'Alexander Brown' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Unusual goose at Stearn's Lake (Boulder County) -- Monday Jan 29
1/29/18 3:48 pm Kerry Hargrove <kerry.hargrove...> [cobirds] Harris's Hawk
1/29/18 12:41 pm 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] Re: Ft. Collins Harris’s Hawk present 09:30
1/29/18 3:37 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 January 2018
1/28/18 9:09 pm Dick FILBY <dickfilby...> [cobirds] Barrow's, Rosy-Finches etc: Last week in Garfield/Pitkin/Mesa
1/28/18 5:40 pm Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> [cobirds] Denver Post article on the DFO Big Year
1/28/18 2:52 pm Alan Bell <alan.bell...> [cobirds] Long-eared owl (Boulder)
1/28/18 12:07 pm Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Re: Pueblo Prairie Warbler, maybe gone 1/27
1/28/18 10:55 am <bay.wren...> Re: [cobirds] Long-tailed Duck, McKay Road Ponds, Adams County
1/28/18 10:01 am Joe Roller <jroller9...> Re: [cobirds] Long-tailed Duck, McKay Road Ponds, Adams County
1/28/18 8:33 am Bill Schmoker <bill.schmoker...> [cobirds] Ft. Collins Harris’s Hawk present 09:30
1/28/18 3:10 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 January 2018
1/27/18 10:50 pm Karl Stecher Jr. <kstecher...> [cobirds] merlin/Adams/late report
1/27/18 7:46 pm Brandon <flammowl17...> [cobirds] Pueblo Prairie Warbler, maybe gone 1/27
1/27/18 10:49 am Natalie P. <nat.ann27...> [cobirds] CSU Environmental Learning Center Eastern Screech Owl
1/27/18 10:41 am Adam Vesely <avesely22...> [cobirds] Long-tailed Duck, McKay Road Ponds, Adams County
1/27/18 9:52 am Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...> [cobirds] Harris’s Hawk, Larimer
1/27/18 8:54 am Jeff Parks <lastimout...> [cobirds] Re: Aythya ID question
1/27/18 8:10 am <mvjohnski...> [cobirds] All Three Rosy-finches in Conejos County
1/27/18 6:26 am Natalie P. <nat.ann27...> [cobirds] Re: hawk and snake
1/27/18 3:04 am Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 January 2018
1/26/18 9:21 pm Steven Rash <srashchiro...> [cobirds] Re: Aythya ID question
1/26/18 8:50 pm Jeff Parks <lastimout...> [cobirds] Re: Aythya ID question
1/26/18 6:05 pm Jeff Parks <lastimout...> [cobirds] Aythya ID question
1/26/18 5:09 pm DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> [cobirds] Photos of Long-billed Curlew at Two Buttes Res on 1-15-2018 (Baca)
1/26/18 2:40 pm kickback <bill_kosar...> [cobirds] Trumpeter swans Fremont county (picture)
1/26/18 11:50 am coloradodipper via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> [cobirds] eBird blog: The "Show Rarities" box
1/26/18 3:46 am William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...> [cobirds] Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 26
 
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Date: 2/25/18 11:09 am
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...>
Subject: [cobirds] Goshawk - Arapahoe
This morning (2/25), my wife and I took our dogs on a long walk from our
home, through deKoevend, and up the High Line Canal Trail to S. Broadway in
Littleton (Arapahoe). As we passed through Milliken Park, we encountered a
Northern Goshawk. The enormous bird -- I suspect a female -- first glided
low over the canal away from us (headed west). At that point, I didn't yet
know it was a Goshawk -- just a large, slate-backed, broad-winged bird. I
looked for it and its perch, but couldn't find it. Thankfully, the bird
soon flew low over the canal trail, directly over us, giving good looks at
white eyebrow, dark head, and pale belly. It was a thrilling moment, to
have the bird so close, but it ended too soon -- as the bird disappeared
again, out of view behind neighborhood trees, in a hidden perch, or perhaps
just gone. We didn't see it again during our return walk, nor did I find it
on a return visit to the park around 11:30.

- Jared Del Rosso
Centennial, CO

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Date: 2/24/18 9:09 pm
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...>
Subject: [cobirds] NE Quadrant, Denver Area Birds
John Vanderpoel and I headed into the NE quadrant of the Denver area today (north of I-10 and east of I-25) in order to try to escape the high wind forecast. We had great fortune in our birding adventures with upward of 57 species for the day including several rarities and surprises.

We started off at the Firestone Recreation Area (MIlavec Reservoir) at Colorado and Grant in Firestone. This large reservoir has a few bubblers that keep open water and there were several thousand geese on the ice around open spots when we got there. Included in these thousands of white-cheeked geese were three Snow Geese and a Greater White-fronted Goose. We then made our way to the Brighton Water Treatment Facility located at US 85 and 168th (the Weld/Adams County Line). This spot has a few warmed ponds and a trail along the South Platte that offer good cold-weather birding opportunities. Best here were four American Pipits along the river.

We continued to Barr Lake where we had usual offerings including a couple of Ring-necked Pheasants. Setting off down Piccadilly toward DIA, and then turning east on 120th Ave. we were surprised by a black corvid that showed all the right field marks at close range for Chihuahuan Raven. It was feeding in the road on a dead prairie dog, and we were both struck by its intermediate size, rounded tail and bristle covered bill. Just down the road from this spot we encountered a small flock of Horned Larks with a couple of slightly smaller Lapland Longspurs easily picked out in the flock.

We made the loop around DIA to get to First Creek which was really windy and pretty disappointing, so we started to make our way home with a stop at LUNA Reservoir along the way. This Thornton water supply reservoir was 85% frozen, but hosted close to 2,000 geese, unfortunately far away and closely packed, for the most part. We were able to find small numbers of Iceland (Thayer's) and Lesser Black-backed plus one Great Black-backed that towered over even the large number of Herring Gulls present.

Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Date: 2/24/18 9:03 pm
From: 'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Winter wren, Morgan County
Heeding warnings of possible high winds along the Front Range, Nina Routh and I decided that Morgan County might be a good choice for a day of birding. Having seen a couple of interesting sightings posted by Chris W and David D from a week or so ago, we decided to have a look at the east unit of Riverside Park. The area was reasonably birdy, with the best find being a winter wren.




We did not have a specific location for the winter wren reported by Chris and David, but I assume ours is the same bird. If you would like to look for the wren, the location is easy to find. If you are not familiar with the site, the east unit can be reached by taking the first exit past Fort Morgan, about a mile east of town. This exit basically serves a couple of motels, but taking the road to the north beyond the motels and then west will bring you to the parking area. Walk west from the parking area along the South Platte until you reach a creek. Staying on the east side of the creek, walk upstream a couple hundred yards until you come to the ninth tee of the frisbee golf course. The wren was in the bushes against the opposite bank.








At the west end of the park, in Fort Morgan, there were a thousand+ white-cheeked geese, split about evenly between Canada and cackling. There were two snow geese and one white-fronted among the crowd.


After Fort Morgan we took highway 144 west toward Weldona, and then followed county roads north and west, hoping to find some redpolls in the wild sunflowers along the roads. Unfortunately, a stiff breeze had come up which suppressed songbird activity, but we did find a decent assortment of raptors. From there we made a stop at Jackson Lake SP where things were pretty quiet. Nine bald eagles were loafing on the ice, and one of the resident great horned owls flushed from the woods across from the visitor center. There were the usual hoards of robins, a few solitaires and juncos, and not much else.


As so often happens, the "event of the day" occurred after we had quit birding and were headed for the barn. We took 144 from Orchard toward I-76, and were within a mile of the freeway when we spotted a large flock of geese in a cornfield. We had been hoping for a flock of snow geese, but up to this point been disappointed, but this mixed goose flock appeared to have several hundred snows in it. Mission accomplished! We then experienced the clown car version of a goose flock. Apparently the bulk of the flock was hidden behind a low rise, because the field began erupting snow geese, and continued doing so for several minutes. A few hundred lifted off, then a few hundred more, and then a few hundred more. By the time the field had given up all its geese, we estimated (conservatively!) that we had over ten thousand snow geese in the air. There were dense clouds of geese in every direction, joined by thousands more Canada/cacklers. It was quite a spectacle, and a fine end to a go
od day.


Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO


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Date: 2/24/18 8:47 pm
From: Leon Bright <urraca2...>
Subject: [cobirds] Nat Geo on bird migration
COBirders-- The March, 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine, as part
of its "Year of the Bird" series, has a very informative feature on
migration. For those of us with little formal academic background in
ornithology the essay and maps are quite accessible. If you would like to
learn of the latest findings in research on avian migration you will be
rewarded by checking out "Epic Journeys." [My only association with
National Geographic is as a subscriber and field guide owner of editions two
through seven.]

Leon Bright, Pueblo

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Date: 2/24/18 1:55 pm
From: 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Cassin's Finches and Redpoll, Larimer Co.
6 Cassin's Finches showed up at my place this morning in Horsetooth Lake Estates west of Fort Collins, along with a lone Common Redpoll, after a fresh 6" in light fluffy powder last night. Perhaps if my window was not so dirty this shot would have been in focus...


Cheers,
Arvind Panjabi 5700' feet, Larimer County, CO On the north slope of Milner Mtn Mountain mahogany shrubland and grassland

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Date: 2/24/18 3:31 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 24, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, February 24 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (El Paso, Washington, Weld)
BRANT (Arapahoe)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont, Yuma)
Wood Duck (Prowers)
Greater Scaup (Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Montezuma)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, El Paso, Montezuma, Weld)
Red-breasted Merganser (Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Sandhill Crane (Mesa, Pueblo, Rio Grande)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe, Mesa)
Mew Gull (Weld)
California Gull (Mesa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Weld)
Osprey (Larimer)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Swainson’s Hawk (Prowers)
Snowy Owl (*Boulder)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Washington)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Broomfield)
Winter Wren (Archuleta, Morgan)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Denver)
Eastern Bluebird (Washington)
Mountain Bluebird (Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Washington)
Gray Catbird (Arapahoe)
Northern Mockingbird (Adams)
Common Redpoll (Arapahoe, Denver)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe)
Lapland Longspur (Douglas)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Fox Sparrow (*Delta, *Larimer)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*La Plata, Mesa)
Swamp Sparrow (*Arapahoe, Boulder)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe)
Harris’s Sparrow (Arapahoe, El Paso)
Brown-headed Cowbird (El Paso, Weld)
Rusty Blackbird (Morgan)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Arapahoe, Archuleta, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa,
Prowers, Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Big Dry Creek OS, David Ely reported Northern
Mockingbird.
---On February 18 at South Platte River Sand Creek mouth, Riley Morris
reported Black Phoebe. This would be new county record if accepted.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 18 at South Platte Reservoir, Anna Lenshek reported
YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 19 at South Plate Reservoir, Alan and
MaryLynne Ketcham reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and Derek Lecy reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 20 at South Platte
Reservoir, David Suddjian reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED
LOON. Suddjian reported that the SW Bay was frozen. On February 22 at
South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian, Cheri Phillips, Norm Lewis, and Ted
Uhlemann reported White-winged Scoter.
---On February 20 at South Platte Park, Ben Sampson reported Yellow-rumped
Warbler near Nature Center. On February 22 at South Platte Park Carson
Nature Center, Bill Schreitz reported 2 f Barrow’s Goldeneyes and 5
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers in trees NE side of bicycle bridge.
---On February 18 at Ketring Park, Cheryl Teuton and several other birders
reported BLACK BRANT. The BRANT was also seen at neighboring Gallup Park.
On February 19 at Ketring Park, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham reported
BRANT. On Februaory 22 at Ketring Park, Diane Roberts reported Swamp
Sparrow.
---On February 18 at Chapel Hill Memorial gardens, Jared Del Rosso reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 18 at Gallup Park in Littleton, Jared Del Rosso and
Christian Hagenlocher reported BLACK BRANT.
---On February 18 at St Mary’s Catholic Church lower area, David Suddjian
reported Say’s Phoebe
---On February 21 at Centennial Park, Edward Donnan reported Spotted
Sandpiper.
---On February 21 at Hawley Road, Doug Kibbe reported 18 Common Redpoll.
---On February 22 at Inverness Golf Course, Mary O’Connor reported 33 Red
Crossbills.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On February 18 on San Juan River Walk in Pagosa Springs, Ryan Votta
reported Yellow-rumped Warbler and Jim Beatty reported Winter Wren.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 20 and 21 at Pleasant View Soccer Field, Ernest Crvich
reported Swamp Sparrow.
---On February 23 on Nelson Road, Sue Riffe reported a juv Snowy Owl flew
over the road flying NW. She was about a mile east of US 36.

DELTA COUNTY:
----On February 23 at Paonia Forest Service Office feeder, Dennis Garrison
reported that the Fox Sparrow continues.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 21 near DIA on Hudson Road, Doug Kibbe reported 2 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 22 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheesman Park, Rebecca
Laroche reported 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Chatfield SP Model Airplane Field, Doug Kibbe reported
Lapland Longspurs. Doug warned that there is no access to Chatfield from
Wadsworth because of construction. On February 22 Tom Wilbering and Diane
Roberts reported Lapland Longspur at Chatfield SP Model Airplane Field.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 21 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw
reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 18 on Chapel Hills Drive, Susan Stover reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On February 18 at Reflection Pond, Richard Bunn reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On February 21 at Birdsall Road Jim Merritt reported 3 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.
---On February 21 at Hanover Rd, Jim Merritt reported 2 Greater Roadrunners
near Hanover and Meridian.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Ginny Bergstrom reported 2
Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s Grebe; Gwen Moore reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.
On February 19 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Joy and Leonard Lake and SeEtta
Moss reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Bear Creek Green Belt S Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth
Blvd, Chris Wood reported Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler foraging near
Wadsworth near the creek. On February 22 at Bear Creek trail, Tom
WIlberding reported Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler.
---On Februrary 19 at Ralston Creek at Croke, Steven Snyder reported
Northern Goshawk.
---On February 22 at Bennett Place in Lakewood, Chris Wood reported
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s ) Warbler.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 23 at Animas River Trail Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area,
Ryan Votta reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 16 on I-25 near Loveland, Gene Rutherford reported HARRIS’S
HAWK near Exit sign. On February 18 near I-25 Loveland exit, Susan
Broderick reported the HARRIS’S HAWK flying over trees near Wyngate Hotel
on Ronald Reagan Blvd.
---On February 18 from Dixon Reservoir to Horsetooth Reservoir, Elaine
Leslie reported Osprey flying north to south.
---On February 18 - 22 at Wild Horse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John
Reichhardt reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 18 at Hillsdale Park in Berthoud, Christine and Richard
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 20 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Derek Lecy reported
Red Fox Sparrow. On February 22 at CSU Environmental Learning Center,
Walter Wehtje reported Red Fox Sparrow. On February 23 at CSU
Environmental Learning Center, Neil Matheson reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 22 at Kngfisher Point, Nix Farms and Williams NA, Lori Zabel
reported Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Kathleen McGinley and
Mike Henwood reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows. On February 20 at Grand
Junction WA, Ryan Claar reported Lincoln’s Sparrow along Gunnison Trail
near the end.
---On February 18 at State Line, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 12
Sandhill Cranes and 3 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On February 18 at Horsethief Canyon SWA, David Price and Eileen
Cunningham reported Spotted Sandpiper and Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler.
---On February 21 at Highline Lake SP, Mike Henwood reported 3 California
Gulls.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 14 at McPhee Reservoir Dolores End, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Long-tailed Duck. On February 15 at Dolores Ponds (wastewater
plant) Jim Beatty reported f Long-tailed Duck in second pond past Dolores
wastewater treatment ponds. On February 14 at West End, Jim Beatty
reported 2 f Red-breasted Mergansers. On February 16 at Dolores Ponds
(Watewater Treatment Plant), Jason St Pierre and Eric Hynes reported
Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 19 at South arm of
McPhee Reservoir, Erik Hendrickson reported Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s
Goldeneye.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Riverside Park (east section) in Fort Morgan, Chris
Wood and David Dowell reported Winter Wren and Rusty Blackbird.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Lamar Community College, Jon Horn reported f Wood
Duck, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 18 on Hwy 196 from Kornman to county line, Jon Horn reported
1st year light phase Swainson’s Hawk.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Pueblo Reservoir, Robb Hinds reported Great
Black-backed Gull. On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir, Joy and Leonard
Lake reported Great Black-backed Gull and 8 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 19 at Whitewater Park in Pueblo, Lorna Megenity reported
Double-crested Cormorant and 6 Sandhill Cranes.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Monte Vista NWR, Bill Schreitz reported 475 Sandhill
Cranes. On February 20 at Monte Vista NWR, Jon Horn reported hundreds of
Sandhill Cranes.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Prewitt Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 7 Greater
White-fronted Geese, Red-bellied Woodpecker, 9 Eastern Bluebirds, and
Hermit Thrush.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 18 at LUNA Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported 3 Greater
Scaup (2m, 1f) and Brown-headed Cowbird.
---On February 18 at St Vrain SP Great Egret Pond, Gene Rutherford reported
American White Pelican.
---On February 18 at Firestone Gravel Pits (view from road), Steve
Mlodinow, Gene Rutherford, and Luke Pheneger reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye
and American White Pelican; Mlodinow also reported 1st cyc Mew Gull.
---On February 18 at Barefoot Lakes, Gene Rutherford reported Mew Gull.
---On February 21 at Shelterbelt at CR 90 and CR 57, Danny Montalvo
reported 30 Mountain Bluebirds.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Stalker Lake, David Dowell reported Trumpeter Swan.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be to Sloan’s Lake led by
Jackie King (jackie.king At ccd.edu; 720-381-3314) Directions: Meet on
the north side of Solan’s Lake near the boat house just south of W 25th Ave
at Wolff. Lunch is optional. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be Front Range Owling led
by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659). This trip is
full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be to Fort Collins
Grandview Cemetery led by Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com;
303-665-9135). This trip is full

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be Boulder County: From
the Mountains to the Plains led by Paula Hansley (plhansley AT gmail.com;
720-890-2628). Directions: Meet at 0800 at Cinnebarre Theaters parking
lot off Dillon Rd in Louisville. Take McCaslin Blvd exit from Hwy 36
(Boulder Turnpike) to the north; go left at first traffic light at Dillon
Rd, take first left and follow little road into a large parking lot for
Cinebarre Theaters. Meet on west side. Carpool. Check out feeders
including Mtn Research Station and Allenspark. Will work way back to
plains. Bring lunch, water (and/or warm Beverage), warm clothes, including
gloves and hat. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/23/18 7:27 pm
From: Ben S <benrmnp...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: West Centennial Gull Movement (Arapahoe)
I also saw hundreds of gulls (150+) around 5:10 PM this evening flying over
near Belleview and Dayton (near NE Cherry Creek SP). Same flock?

Ben Sampson
Centennial, Co

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Date: 2/23/18 7:26 pm
From: Ben S <benrmnp...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: West Centennial Gull Movement (Arapahoe)
I also saw hundreds of gulls (150+) around 5:10 PM flying over near
Belleview and Dayton (near NE Cherry Creek SP). Same flock?

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Date: 2/23/18 4:42 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] West Centennial Gull Movement (Arapahoe)
There has been a definite increase in gull movement over Littleton, too,
coincident with the cold temps and increased ice coverage on local
reservoirs. So far I have only noted *Ring-billed* these recent days,
except for a few *Herring*.

By the way, it is a good time now to look for gulls at South Platte Park
Reservoir early and late in the day as we now have ice and limited open
water . I visited there early on 2/22 with rather limited open water, and
saw that the *White-winged Scoter* continued, and two *Red-breasted
Mergansers* were new for me there over recent weeks. I did not see the
Yellow-billed Loon, but distortion was challenged to the far side, and my
time was brief.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO



On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 5:25 PM, Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...>
wrote:

> Over the last hour or so, several hundred gulls have been headed west over
> my Centennial neighborhood (just north of University & Arapahoe). I noted
> most of them while walking my dogs. I had no binoculars with me and am an
> absolute beginner with gulls. So all I can say is that the vast majority
> appeared to be Ring-billed, but there also appeared to be several larger
> gulls mixed into the several flocks that passed over.This happened last
> January (2017) as well. Then, David Suddjian noted them over Littleton too,
> where they seemed headed toward McClellan Reservoir. (That post here
> <https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/cobirds/suddjian$20gull$20mcclellan%7Csort:date/cobirds/hoFzx1TZeyI/npvRgGM2FQAJ>.)
> David picked out some very good gulls from those flocks; I could only pick
> out a few Herring.
>
> Also on the walk were two, possibly three, Golden-crowned Kinglets.
>
> - Jared Del Rosso
> Centennial, CO
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Date: 2/23/18 4:25 pm
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...>
Subject: [cobirds] West Centennial Gull Movement (Arapahoe)
Over the last hour or so, several hundred gulls have been headed west over
my Centennial neighborhood (just north of University & Arapahoe). I noted
most of them while walking my dogs. I had no binoculars with me and am an
absolute beginner with gulls. So all I can say is that the vast majority
appeared to be Ring-billed, but there also appeared to be several larger
gulls mixed into the several flocks that passed over.This happened last
January (2017) as well. Then, David Suddjian noted them over Littleton too,
where they seemed headed toward McClellan Reservoir. (That post here
<https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/cobirds/suddjian$20gull$20mcclellan%7Csort:date/cobirds/hoFzx1TZeyI/npvRgGM2FQAJ>.)
David picked out some very good gulls from those flocks; I could only pick
out a few Herring.

Also on the walk were two, possibly three, Golden-crowned Kinglets.

- Jared Del Rosso
Centennial, CO

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Date: 2/23/18 3:00 pm
From: Sue Riffe <sheflew...>
Subject: [cobirds] Snowy Owl - Boulder
CoBirders,

At 3:20 pm I had a juvenile Snowy Owl fly across the road. I was about one
mile east of SR 36 on Nelson Road. The bird flew across the road flying
NNW. There is a ton of snowy open fields in this area. I scoped north on
Nelson and south from St Vrain Road and couldn't refined it. Be on the
lookout.

Sue Riffe
Lyons, CO

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Date: 2/23/18 8:56 am
From: <kirkhardie...>
Subject: [cobirds] Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
Hi Colorado birders,
Thanks to everyone who responded. I went up Loveland Pass today to try my luck, but it was snowing and windy so it made a hard to find bird even more challenging. Thus, I didn’t see a Ptarmigan up there today. Hoping to see some Rosy-Finches in Snowmass over the next few days.

Kirk Hardie
Incline Village, NV

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Date: 2/23/18 8:56 am
From: Luger <havtrav43...>
Subject: [cobirds] Cassin's Finches and Redpoll flock, Larimer County
Just had a large flock of Cassin's Finches move through my neighborhood. We were able to count 23 but there were probably more. With them were at least four Common Redpolls. They were in the area for about ten minutes in the tops of large elm trees. We live 1/2 mile south of Horsetooth Mtn Open Space. The flock was last seen moving east.
Greg Luger
Fort Collins

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Date: 2/23/18 3:05 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 23, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 23 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (El Paso, Jefferson, Washington, Weld)
BRANT (Arapahoe)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont, Yuma)
Wood Duck (Prowers)
Greater Scaup (Jefferson, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Montezuma)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, *Arapahoe, El Paso, Montezuma, Weld)
Red-breasted Merganser (Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Sandhill Crane (Alamosa, Costilla, Kiowa, Mesa, Pueblo, Rio Grande)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe, Mesa)
Mew Gull (Weld)
California Gull (Adams, Archuleta, Kiowa, Larimer, Mesa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Kiowa, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Kiowa)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (Otero, Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Otero, Weld)
Osprey (Larimer)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Swainson’s Hawk (Prowers)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Washington)
Black Phoebe (Montrose)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams, Archuleta)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont)
Bushtit (Weld)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Broomfield)
Brown Creeper (Kiowa)
Winter Wren (Archuleta, Morgan)
Bewick’s Wren (Otero)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (*Denver)
Eastern Bluebird (Washington)
Mountain Bluebird (Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Washington)
Gray Catbird (Arapahoe)
Curve- billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Brown Thrasher (Otero)
Northern Mockingbird (Adams)
Bohemian Waxwing (Summit)
American Pipit (La Plata)
Rosy-Finch spec (Archuleta)
Common Redpoll (Arapahoe, Denver)
Red Crossbill (*Arapahoe)
Lapland Longspur (*Douglas, Kiowa)
McCown’s Longspur (Kiowa)
Green-tailed Towhee (Montrose)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Vesper Sparrow (Larimer)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Savannah Sparrow (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (*Larimer, Prowers)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Archuleta, Larimer, Mesa)
Swamp Sparrow (*Arapahoe, Boulder, La Plata)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe, Otero, Prowers)
Harris’s Sparrow (Arapahoe, Denver, El Paso, Kiowa)
Brown-headed Cowbird (*El Paso, Weld)
Rusty Blackbird (Morgan)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Arapahoe, Archuleta, *Jefferson, *Larimer, Mesa,
Otero, Prowers, Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Otero, Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Mann Nyholt Lake, Adam Vesely reported California Gull.
---On February 12 at Barr Lake Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office and below
dam, Colin Woolley reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 18 at Big Dry Creek OS, David Ely reported Northern
Mockingbird.
---On February 18 at South Platte River Sand Creek mouth, Riley Morris
reported Black Phoebe. This would be new county record if accepted.

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hwy 17 near Hooper, James Loy reported 1100 Sandhill
Cranes.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 16 at South Platte Reservoir, Chris Wood reported
White-winged Scoter, YELLOW-BILLED LOON, and Say’s Phoebe; Chris Wood
reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay (Jefferson). On February 17 at
South Platte Reservoir, Meg Reck and Holden Maxfield reported White-winged
Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Michelle Desrosiers and Colin Woolley
reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON in SW bay (Jefferson).
On February 18 at South Platte Reservoir, Anna Lenshek reported
YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 19 at South Plate Reservoir, Alan and
MaryLynne Ketcham reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and Derek Lecy reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 20 at South Platte
Reservoir, David Suddjian reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED
LOON. Suddjian reported that the SW Bay was frozen. On February 22 at
South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian, Cheri Phillips, Norm Lewis, and Ted
Uhlemann reported White-winged Scoter.
---On February 20 at South Platte Park, Ben Sampson reported Yellow-rumped
Warbler near Nature Center. On February 22 at South Platte Park Carson
Nature Center, Bill Schreitz reported 2 f Barrow’s Goldeneyes and 5
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers in trees NE side of bicycle bridge.
---On February 14 at Ketring Park, Elaine Wagner and Doug Kibbe reported
Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird. On February 16 at Ketring Park in
Littleton, Doug Kibbe and Elaine Wagner reported BLACK BRANT. On February
17 at Ketring Park in Littleton, Matt Crooks and several other birders
reported BLACK BRANT. On February 18 at Ketring Park, Cheryl Teuton and
several other birders reported BLACK BRANT. The BRANT was also seen at
neighboring Gallup Park. On February 19 at Ketring Park, Alan and
MaryLynne Ketcham reported BRANT. On Februaory 22 at Ketring Park, Diane
Roberts reported Swamp Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Dahlia Hollow Park, Bez Bezuidenhout reported Pygmy
Nuthatch.
---On February 18 at Chapel Hill Memorial gardens, Jared Del Rosso reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 18 at Gallup Park in Littleton, Jared Del Rosso and
Christian Hagenlocher reported BLACK BRANT.
---On February 18 at St Mary’s Catholic Church lower area, David Suddjian
reported Say’s Phoebe
---On February 21 at Centennial Park, Edward Donnan reported Spotted
Sandpiper.
---On February 21 at Hawley Road, Doug Kibbe reported 18 Common Redpoll.
---On February 22 at Inverness Golf Course, Mary O’Connor reported 33 Red
Crossbills.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Navajo Lake Sailboard beach, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported California Gull.
---On February 16 at Pagosa Riverwalk, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow and Winter Wren. On February 17 at San Jan River Walk in
Pagosa Springs, Jason St Pierre and Ryan Votta reported Winter Wren and
Yellow-rumped Warbler. On February 18 on San Juan River Walk in Pagosa
Springs, Ryan Votta reported Yellow-rumped Warbler and Jim Beatty reported
Winter Wren.
---On February 17 at Cat Creek, CR 700, Ben Bailey, Cedar Mcgrath, and Judy
Jones reported 75 Rosy-Finch and Say’s Phoebe.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Pella Crossing OS, Steve Frye reported Swamp Sparrow.
---On February 20 and 21 at Pleasant View Soccer Field, Ernest Crvich
reported Swamp Sparrow.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
---On February 16 on E Hwy 160 near Blanca, Emily Samuel reported 10
Sandhill Cranes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at First Creek at DEN OS, Lorraine Lanning reported
Harris’s Sparrow in vegetation near Creek just east of Buckley.
---On February 21 near DIA on Hudson Road, Doug Kibbe reported 2 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 22 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheesman Park, Rebecca
Laroche reported 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Chatfield SP Model Airplane Field, Doug Kibbe reported
Lapland Longspurs. Doug warned that there is no access to Chatfield from
Wadsworth because of construction. On February 22 Tom Wilbering and Diane
Roberts reported Lapland Longspur at Chatfield SP Model Airplane Field.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chris Brobin
reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 21 at Monument Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 16 on Chapel Hills Drive in Colorado Springs, Roger Massey
reported Greater White-fronted Goose foraging on a front lawn. On
February 17 on Chapel Hills Drive Joy and Leonard Lake reported Greater
White-fronted Goose on grassy bank across from library. On February 18 on
Chapel Hills Drive, Susan Stover reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 17 at Reflection Pond, John Drummond, Alan and MaryLynne
Ketcham reported Greated White-fronted Goose. On February 18 at Reflection
Pond, Richard Bunn reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 17 on Birdsall Road in Fountain, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham
reported Curve-billed Thrasher and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds.
---On February 21 at Birdsall Road Jim Merritt reported 3 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.
---On February 21 at Hanover Rd, Jim Merritt reported 2 Greater Roadrunners
near Hanover and Meridian.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Norm Lewis and Mike Serruto
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s Grebe. On February 18 at Brush
Hollow Reservoir, Ginny Bergstrom reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s
Grebe; Gwen Moore reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On February 19 at Brush
Hollow Reservoir, Joy and Leonard Lake and SeEtta Moss reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Clear Creek trail from Golden to I-70, Chuck Aid and
Micahel Kiessig reported 3 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 16 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Thomas Holub
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 16 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Wood reported 14 Greater
Scaup.
---On February 19 at Bear Creek Green Belt S Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth
Blvd, Chris Wood reported Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler foraging near
Wadsworth near the creek. On February 22 at Bear Creek trail, Tom
WIlberding reported Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler.
---On Februrary 19 at Ralston Creek at Croke, Steven Snyder reported
Northern Goshawk.
---On February 22 at Bennett Place in Lakewood, Chris Wood reported
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s ) Warbler.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 17 on CR 3E, Bill Kaempfer reported 2 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 17 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 4 Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gulls, 2 California Gulls, Glaucous Gull, and 4 McCown’s
Longspur.
---On February 17 at Upper queens/Neeskah Reservoir, Steve Mlodiow reported
110 Sandhill Cranes, California Gull, Lapland Longspur, 3 Harris’s
Sparrows, and Brown Creeper.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Pastorius Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Jason St.
Pierre reported American Pipit and Swamp Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Joshua
Smith reported California Gull. On February 17 at Larimer County Landfill
(restricted access), Chris Wood reported 2nd year California Gull.
---On February 16 on I-25 near Loveland, Gene Rutherford reported HARRIS’S
HAWK near Exit sign. On February 18 near I-25 Loveland exit, Susan
Broderick reported the HARRIS’S HAWK flying over trees near Wyngate Hotel
on Ronald Reagan Blvd.
---On February 16 at Cottonwood Run NA Rec trail Wilson to Taft, Christine
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Dixon Reservoir, Jim Nachel reported Vesper Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 2 ad
California Gulls.
---On February 18 from Dixon Reservoir to Horsetooth Reservoir, Elaine
Leslie reported Osprey flying north to south.
---On February 18 - 22 at Wild Horse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John
Reichhardt reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 18 at Hillsdale Park in Berthoud, Christine and Richard
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 20 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Derek Lecy reported
Red Fox Sparrow. On February 22 at CSU Environmental Learning Center,
Walter Wehtje reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 22 at Kngfisher Point, Nix Farms and Williams NA, Lori Zabel
reported Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Colorado River Isaland SWA, Glenn Pearson reported 2
California Gulls.
---On February 16 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Kathleen McGinley and
Mike Henwood reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows. On February 20 at Grand
Junction WA, Ryan Claar reported Lincoln’s Sparrow along Gunnison Trail
near the end.
---On February 18 at State Line, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 12
Sandhill Cranes and 3 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On February 18 at Horsethief Canyon SWA, David Price and Eileen
Cunningham reported Spotted Sandpiper and Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler.
---On February 21 at Highline Lake SP, Mike Henwood reported 3 California
Gulls.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 14 at McPhee Reservoir Dolores End, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Long-tailed Duck. On February 15 at Dolores Ponds (wastewater
plant) Jim Beatty reported f Long-tailed Duck in second pond past Dolores
wastewater treatment ponds. On February 14 at West End, Jim Beatty
reported 2 f Red-breasted Mergansers. On February 16 at Dolores Ponds
(Watewater Treatment Plant), Jason St Pierre and Eric Hynes reported
Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 19 at South arm of
McPhee Reservoir, Erik Hendrickson reported Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s
Goldeneye.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Marine Road Park, Susan Entsminger reported Black
Phoebe at edge of North Ponds and Green-tailed Towhee at South side of Park.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Riverside Park (east section) in Fort Morgan, Chris
Wood and David Dowell reported Winter Wren and Rusty Blackbird.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Rocky Ford SWA, David Dowell reported Brown Thrasher,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow and 2 Northern Cardinals.
---On February 17 at Holbrook Reservoir, David Dowell reported 2
Double-crested Cormornats, 17 American White Pelicans and Bewick’s Wren.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--- On February 16 at Lamar Community College, Jane Stulp reported Red Fox
Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and 2 Northern Cardinals. On February 18
at Lamar Community College, Jon Horn reported f Wood Duck, 4 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 18 on Hwy 196 from Kornman to county line, Jon Horn reported
1st year light phase Swainson’s Hawk.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Jon Horn reported Great
Black-backed Gull. On February 18 at Pueblo Reservoir, Robb Hinds reported
Great Black-backed Gull. On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir, Joy and
Leonard Lake reported Great Black-backed Gull and 8 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 19 at Whitewater Park in Pueblo, Lorna Megenity reported
Double-crested Cormorant and 6 Sandhill Cranes.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Monte Vista NWR Hwy 15 Viewing Area, John W. Cobb
reported 120 Sandhill Cranes. On February 19 at Monte Vista NWR, Bill
Schreitz reported 475 Sandhill Cranes. On February 20 at Monte Vista NWR,
Jon Horn reported hundreds of Sandhill Cranes.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Arapaho NF near Dillon, Helen Butts reported 120
Bohemian Waxwings.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Prewitt Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 7 Greater
White-fronted Geese, Red-bellied Woodpecker, 9 Eastern Bluebirds, and
Hermit Thrush.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 14 at LUNA Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported Greater
Scaup. On February 18 at LUNA Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported 3
Greater Scaup (2m, 1f) and Brown-headed Cowbird.
---On February 16 in Bittersweek Park in Greeley, Matthias Sirch reported
Bushtit.
---On February 17 at Behren Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported Savannah
Sparrow.
---On February 18 at St Vrain SP Great Egret Pond, Gene Rutherford reported
American White Pelican.
---On February 18 at Firestone Gravel Pits (view from road), Steve
Mlodinow, Gene Rutherford, and Luke Pheneger reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye
and American White Pelican; Mlodinow also reported 1st cyc Mew Gull.
---On February 18 at Barefoot Lakes, Gene Rutherford reported Mew Gull.
---On February 21 at Shelterbelt at CR 90 and CR 57, Danny Montalvo
reported 30 Mountain Bluebirds.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Stalker Lake, David Dowell reported Trumpeter Swan.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be to Sloan’s Lake led by
Jackie King (jackie.king At ccd.edu; 720-381-3314) Directions: Meet on
the north side of Solan’s Lake near the boat house just south of W 25th Ave
at Wolff. Lunch is optional. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be Front Range Owling led
by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659). This trip is
full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be to Fort Collins
Grandview Cemetery led by Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com;
303-665-9135). This trip is full

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be Boulder County: From
the Mountains to the Plains led by Paula Hansley (plhansley AT gmail.com;
720-890-2628). Directions: Meet at 0800 at Cinnebarre Theaters parking
lot off Dillon Rd in Louisville. Take McCaslin Blvd exit from Hwy 36
(Boulder Turnpike) to the north; go left at first traffic light at Dillon
Rd, take first left and follow little road into a large parking lot for
Cinebarre Theaters. Meet on west side. Carpool. Check out feeders
including Mtn Research Station and Allenspark. Will work way back to
plains. Bring lunch, water (and/or warm Beverage), warm clothes, including
gloves and hat. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/22/18 9:32 am
From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...>
Subject: [cobirds] Front Range Birding Co (Jeffco) Snow Goose - Yes!
The Snow Goose reported yesterday stayed until dark and is back again today
behind the store. Our patio overlooks the Deer Creek Golf Club near C470
and Kipling. If you need a Snow Goose for your Jeffco Big Year, come on
down!

Good birding,
Chip Clouse
Golden (currently Littleton)

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Date: 2/22/18 3:14 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 22, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 21 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (El Paso, Jefferson, Washington, Weld)
BRANT (Arapahoe)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont, Yuma)
Wood Duck (Prowers)
Greater Scaup (Jefferson, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Montezuma)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, *El Paso, Montezuma, Weld)
Red-breasted Merganser (Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Greater Roadrunner (*El Paso)
Sandhill Crane (Alamosa, Costilla, Kiowa, Mesa, Pueblo, Rio Grande)
Spotted Sandpiper (*Arapahoe, Mesa)
Mew Gull (Weld)
California Gull (Adams, Archuleta, Kiowa, Larimer, *Mesa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Kiowa, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Kiowa)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (Otero, Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Otero, Weld)
Osprey (Larimer)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Swainson’s Hawk (Prowers)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Washington)
Black Phoebe (Montrose)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams, Archuleta)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont)
Bushtit (Weld)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Broomfield)
Brown Creeper (Kiowa)
Winter Wren (Archuleta, Morgan)
Bewick’s Wren (Otero)
Eastern Bluebird (Washington)
Mountain Bluebird (*Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Washington)
Gray Catbird (Arapahoe)
Curve- billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Brown Thrasher (Otero)
Northern Mockingbird (Adams)
Bohemian Waxwing (Summit)
American Pipit (La Plata)
Rosy-Finch spec (Archuleta)
Common Redpoll (*Arapahoe, Denver)
Lapland Longspur (Kiowa)
McCown’s Longspur (Kiowa)
Green-tailed Towhee (Montrose)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Vesper Sparrow (Larimer)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Savannah Sparrow (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Larimer, Prowers)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Archuleta, Larimer, Mesa)
Swamp Sparrow (*Boulder, La Plata)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe, Otero, Prowers)
Harris’s Sparrow (Arapahoe, Denver, El Paso, Kiowa)
Brown-headed Cowbird (*El Paso, Weld)
Rusty Blackbird (Morgan)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Arapahoe, Archuleta, Jefferson, Mesa, Otero,
Prowers, Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Otero, Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Mann Nyholt Lake, Adam Vesely reported California Gull.
---On February 12 at Barr Lake Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office and below
dam, Colin Woolley reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 18 at Big Dry Creek OS, David Ely reported Northern
Mockingbird.
---On February 18 at South Platte River Sand Creek mouth, Riley Morris
reported Black Phoebe. This would be new county record if accepted.

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hwy 17 near Hooper, James Loy reported 1100 Sandhill
Cranes.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 16 at South Platte Reservoir, Chris Wood reported
White-winged Scoter, YELLOW-BILLED LOON, and Say’s Phoebe; Chris Wood
reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay (Jefferson). On February 17 at
South Platte Reservoir, Meg Reck and Holden Maxfield reported White-winged
Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Michelle Desrosiers and Colin Woolley
reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON in SW bay (Jefferson).
On February 18 at South Platte Reservoir, Anna Lenshek reported
YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 19 at South Plate Reservoir, Alan and
MaryLynne Ketcham reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and Derek Lecy reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 20 at South Platte
Reservoir, David Suddjian reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED
LOON. Suddjian reported that the SW Bay was frozen.
---On February 20 at South Platte Park, Ben Sampson reported Yellow-rumped
Warbler near Nature Center.
---On February 14 at Ketring Park, Elaine Wagner and Doug Kibbe reported
Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird. On February 16 at Ketring Park in
Littleton, Doug Kibbe and Elaine Wagner reported BLACK BRANT. On February
17 at Ketring Park in Littleton, Matt Crooks and several other birders
reported BLACK BRANT. On February 18 at Ketring Park, Cheryl Teuton and
several other birders reported BLACK BRANT. The BRANT was also seen at
neighboring Gallup Park. On February 19 at Ketring Park, Alan and
MaryLynne Ketcham reported BRANT.
---On February 17 at Dahlia Hollow Park, Bez Bezuidenhout reported Pygmy
Nuthatch.
---On February 18 at Chapel Hill Memorial gardens, Jared Del Rosso reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 18 at Gallup Park in Littleton, Jared Del Rosso and
Christian Hagenlocher reported BLACK BRANT.
---On February 18 at St Mary’s Catholic Church lower area, David Suddjian
reported Say’s Phoebe
---On February 21 at Centennial Park, Edward Donnan reported Spotted
Sandpiper.
---On February 21 at Hawley Road, Doug Kibbe reported 18 Common Redpoll.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Navajo Lake Sailboard beach, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported California Gull.
---On February 16 at Pagosa Riverwalk, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow and Winter Wren. On February 17 at San Jan River Walk in
Pagosa Springs, Jason St Pierre and Ryan Votta reported Winter Wren and
Yellow-rumped Warbler. On February 18 on San Juan River Walk in Pagosa
Springs, Ryan Votta reported Yellow-rumped Warbler and Jim Beatty reported
Winter Wren.
---On February 17 at Cat Creek, CR 700, Ben Bailey, Cedar Mcgrath, and Judy
Jones reported 75 Rosy-Finch and Say’s Phoebe.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Pella Crossing OS, Steve Frye reported Swamp Sparrow.
---On February 20 and 21 at Pleasant View Soccer Field, Ernest Crvich
reported Swamp Sparrow.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
---On February 16 on E Hwy 160 near Blanca, Emily Samuel reported 10
Sandhill Cranes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at First Creek at DEN OS, Lorraine Lanning reported
Harris’s Sparrow in vegetation near Creek just east of Buckley.
---On February 21 near DIA on Hudson Road, Doug Kibbe reported 2 Common
Redpoll.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chris Brobin
reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 21 at Monument Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 16 on Chapel Hills Drive in Colorado Springs, Roger Massey
reported Greater White-fronted Goose foraging on a front lawn. On
February 17 on Chapel Hills Drive Joy and Leonard Lake reported Greater
White-fronted Goose on grassy bank across from library. On February 18 on
Chapel Hills Drive, Susan Stover reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 17 at Reflection Pond, John Drummond, Alan and MaryLynne
Ketcham reported Greated White-fronted Goose. On February 18 at Reflection
Pond, Richard Bunn reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 17 on Birdsall Road in Fountain, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham
reported Curve-billed Thrasher and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds.
---On February 21 at Birdsall Road Jim Merritt reported 3 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.
---On February 21 at Hanover Rd, Jim Merritt reported 2 Greater Roadrunners
near Hanover and Meridian.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Norm Lewis and Mike Serruto
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s Grebe. On February 18 at Brush
Hollow Reservoir, Ginny Bergstrom reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s
Grebe; Gwen Moore reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On February 19 at Brush
Hollow Reservoir, Joy and Leonard Lake and SeEtta Moss reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Clear Creek trail from Golden to I-70, Chuck Aid and
Micahel Kiessig reported 3 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 16 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Thomas Holub
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 16 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Wood reported 14 Greater
Scaup.
---On February 19 at Bear Creek Green Belt S Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth
Blvd, Chris Wood reported Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler foraging near
Wadsworth near the creek.
---On Februrary 19 at Ralston Creek at Croke, Steven Snyder reported
Northern Goshawk.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 17 on CR 3E, Bill Kaempfer reported 2 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 17 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 4 Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gulls, 2 California Gulls, Glaucous Gull, and 4 McCown’s
Longspur.
---On February 17 at Upper queens/Neeskah Reservoir, Steve Mlodiow reported
110 Sandhill Cranes, California Gull, Lapland Longspur, 3 Harris’s
Sparrows, and Brown Creeper.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Pastorius Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Jason St.
Pierre reported American Pipit and Swamp Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Joshua
Smith reported California Gull. On February 17 at Larimer County Landfill
(restricted access), Chris Wood reported 2nd year California Gull.
---On February 16 on I-25 near Loveland, Gene Rutherford reported HARRIS’S
HAWK near Exit sign. On February 18 near I-25 Loveland exit, Susan
Broderick reported the HARRIS’S HAWK flying over trees near Wyngate Hotel
on Ronald Reagan Blvd.
---On February 16 at Cottonwood Run NA Rec trail Wilson to Taft, Christine
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Dixon Reservoir, Jim Nachel reported Vesper Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 2 ad
California Gulls.
---On February 18 from Dixon Reservoir to Horsetooth Reservoir, Elaine
Leslie reported Osprey flying north to south.
---On February 18 - 21 at Wild Horse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John
Reichhardt reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 18 at Hillsdale Park in Berthoud, Christine and Richard
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 20 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Derek Lecy reported
Red Fox Sparrow.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Colorado River Isaland SWA, Glenn Pearson reported 2
California Gulls.
---On February 16 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Kathleen McGinley and
Mike Henwood reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows. On February 20 at Grand
Junction WA, Ryan Claar reported Lincoln’s Sparrow along Gunnison Trail
near the end.
---On February 18 at State Line, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 12
Sandhill Cranes and 3 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On February 18 at Horsethief Canyon SWA, David Price and Eileen
Cunningham reported Spotted Sandpiper and Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler.
---On February 21 at Highline Lake SP, Mike Henwood reported 3 California
Gulls.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 14 at McPhee Reservoir Dolores End, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Long-tailed Duck. On February 15 at Dolores Ponds (wastewater
plant) Jim Beatty reported f Long-tailed Duck in second pond past Dolores
wastewater treatment ponds. On February 14 at West End, Jim Beatty
reported 2 f Red-breasted Mergansers. On February 16 at Dolores Ponds
(Watewater Treatment Plant), Jason St Pierre and Eric Hynes reported
Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 19 at South arm of
McPhee Reservoir, Erik Hendrickson reported Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s
Goldeneye.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Marine Road Park, Susan Entsminger reported Black
Phoebe at edge of North Ponds and Green-tailed Towhee at South side of Park.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Riverside Park (east section) in Fort Morgan, Chris
Wood and David Dowell reported Winter Wren and Rusty Blackbird.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Rocky Ford SWA, David Dowell reported Brown Thrasher,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow and 2 Northern Cardinals.
---On February 17 at Holbrook Reservoir, David Dowell reported 2
Double-crested Cormornats, 17 American White Pelicans and Bewick’s Wren.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--- On February 16 at Lamar Community College, Jane Stulp reported Red Fox
Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and 2 Northern Cardinals. On February 18
at Lamar Community College, Jon Horn reported f Wood Duck, 4 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 18 on Hwy 196 from Kornman to county line, Jon Horn reported
1st year light phase Swainson’s Hawk.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Jon Horn reported Great
Black-backed Gull. On February 18 at Pueblo Reservoir, Robb Hinds reported
Great Black-backed Gull. On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir, Joy and
Leonard Lake reported Great Black-backed Gull and 8 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 19 at Whitewater Park in Pueblo, Lorna Megenity reported
Double-crested Cormorant and 6 Sandhill Cranes.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Monte Vista NWR Hwy 15 Viewing Area, John W. Cobb
reported 120 Sandhill Cranes. On February 19 at Monte Vista NWR, Bill
Schreitz reported 475 Sandhill Cranes. On February 20 at Monte Vista NWR,
Jon Horn reported hundreds of Sandhill Cranes.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Arapaho NF near Dillon, Helen Butts reported 120
Bohemian Waxwings.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Prewitt Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 7 Greater
White-fronted Geese, Red-bellied Woodpecker, 9 Eastern Bluebirds, and
Hermit Thrush.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 14 at LUNA Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported Greater
Scaup. On February 18 at LUNA Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported 3
Greater Scaup (2m, 1f) and Brown-headed Cowbird.
---On February 16 in Bittersweek Park in Greeley, Matthias Sirch reported
Bushtit.
---On February 17 at Behren Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported Savannah
Sparrow.
---On February 18 at St Vrain SP Great Egret Pond, Gene Rutherford reported
American White Pelican.
---On February 18 at Firestone Gravel Pits (view from road), Steve
Mlodinow, Gene Rutherford, and Luke Pheneger reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye
and American White Pelican; Mlodinow also reported 1st cyc Mew Gull.
---On February 18 at Barefoot Lakes, Gene Rutherford reported Mew Gull.
---On February 21 at Shelterbelt at CR 90 and CR 57, Danny Montalvo
reported 30 Mountain Bluebirds.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Stalker Lake, David Dowell reported Trumpeter Swan.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be to Sloan’s Lake led by
Jackie King (jackie.king At ccd.edu; 720-381-3314) Directions: Meet on
the north side of Solan’s Lake near the boat house just south of W 25th Ave
at Wolff. Lunch is optional. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be Front Range Owling led
by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659). This trip is
full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be to Fort Collins
Grandview Cemetery led by Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com;
303-665-9135). This trip is full

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be Boulder County: From
the Mountains to the Plains led by Paula Hansley (plhansley AT gmail.com;
720-890-2628). Directions: Meet at 0800 at Cinnebarre Theaters parking
lot off Dillon Rd in Louisville. Take McCaslin Blvd exit from Hwy 36
(Boulder Turnpike) to the north; go left at first traffic light at Dillon
Rd, take first left and follow little road into a large parking lot for
Cinebarre Theaters. Meet on west side. Carpool. Check out feeders
including Mtn Research Station and Allenspark. Will work way back to
plains. Bring lunch, water (and/or warm Beverage), warm clothes, including
gloves and hat. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/21/18 1:04 pm
From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...>
Subject: [cobirds] Snow Goose at Front Range Birding Co, Jeffco
There is currently a Snow Goose feeding with several white-cheeked geese in
the golf course drainage behind the Front Range Birding Co at 10146 W San
Juan Way in Littleton. That is species #63 on the store list. Not sure how
long it will stay but it's here at 2pm.

Good birding,
Chip Clouse
Golden (currently Littleton)

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Date: 2/21/18 12:52 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] South Platte Park Reservoir rarities through 2/20 at least
Yesterday afternoon about 4 pm I saw the continuing *Yellow-billed Loon *and
*White-winged Scoter* at South Platte Park Reservoir. At the time the
reservoir was mostly open water in Arapahoe and thinly frozen over in the
JeffCo embayment. Early this morning as I drove by on C470 it looked like
the great majority of the Arapahoe portion was also then frozen over, if
not all of it. It would be interesting to see if those lingering rare birds
are still there today, or if they had to move elsewhere (if they could).

An adult *Harris's Sparrow* continues to visit my yard in Ken Caryl Valley
through this morning 2/21. A *Gray Jay* and *Am. Three-toed Woodpecker*
were at Staunton SP on 2/19.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Date: 2/21/18 12:44 pm
From: Elaine Coley <elbo898...>
Subject: [cobirds] Red Crossbills, Loveland, Larimer
Just had about a dozen Red Crossbills (2 adult males, rest females or
immature) picking at the cones of an Austrian Pine behind my nook window.
First time (in 21 years) I've ever seen them around here.

Lincoln's Sparrow is still here -- 2 months to the day since I first
noticed it.

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Elaine Coley

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Date: 2/21/18 12:36 pm
From: Carol Kampert <carolkampert...>
Subject: [cobirds] Common Redpolls (Boulder County)
Last Sunday, Feb. 18, three of us were thrilled to observe about 20 to 25
Common Redpolls in the shrub/ewill area next to the road between Nederland
and El Dora. Starting at 10:30 in a freeziing wind, we spent half an hour
observing them foraging for seeds on the ground, periodically flyiing up
into the shrub branches when a Steller's Jay appeared or when we made a
sudden move. The were still there when we decided to leave.
Unfortunately, we didn't get a photo of these beautiful, hardy red-capped
visitors from the north who seemed unfazed by wind gusts of up to 50 mph.

Happy winter birding, Carol Kampert

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Date: 2/21/18 9:52 am
From: Tom Wilberding <twilberding...>
Subject: [cobirds] February antidote


It’s been observed that February is the slowest birding month in Colorado..
What to do? Some travel to Florida, Texas, or Arizona for a birding fix,
others to Minnesota to see winter birds. If you can’t get away, it helps to
simply think of spring. Here are three books about the slow seasonal turn
from winter to spring.

*Prairie Spring* by Pete Dunne. His four month journey from winter to
spring occurs in Colorado, starting at Crow Valley on February 2, Groundhog
Day, 15 below zero.

*North with the Spring *by Edwin Way Teale*. *He and his wife start their
winter to spring birding adventure in South Florida at the Everglades, and
drive slowly up with spring to New England. BTW, If you simply want to
savor winter, Teale’s *Wandering Through Winter*:is also very good.

*Spring in Washington* by Louis Halle. This winter to spring journey occurs
in Washington, D.C. Written by a State Department official during World
War II, it is an escape to the real world of nature and man. “To snatch the
passing moment and examine it for eternity is the noblest of occupations,”
writes Halle. Tour guide Victor Emmanuel lives in Texas, but reads this
book every spring.

How to glimpse spring in February in Colorado? Rather than head out on a
warm, dry day, maybe better to head out the day after a snowfall, about 10
am. The birds are hungry, out and about. I heard a red-wing blackbird’s *conk-eree
*this morning. Tonight, back to winter.



Tom Wilberding

Littleton, CO

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Date: 2/21/18 9:50 am
From: Karl Stecher Jr. <kstecher...>
Subject: re: [cobirds] Goshawk - Jeffco - Golden
Congratulations...an excellent shot. When I had one at my feeder last
year, I had the frontal view for 30 seconds, so photoed oblique shots from
the right only. More defined transverse lines on mine. The striking thing
(besides the breast) is how barrel chested the bird is, tapering down from
that.

Karl Stecher
Aurora




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Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1:26 AM
To: "cobirds" <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Goshawk - Jeffco - Golden
Birders,
A few minutes ago there was a Goshawk in my backyard at 314 DeFrance Ct.
I don't know which direction it went as it took off when I was going
upstairs to try and get a better angle.

-- Ira Sanders Golden, CO
"My mind is a raging torrent flooded with rivulets of thought cascading
into a waterfall of creative alternatives."

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Date: 2/21/18 3:01 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 21, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, February 21 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (El Paso, Jefferson, Washington, Weld)
BRANT (Arapahoe)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont, Yuma)
Wood Duck (Prowers)
Greater Scaup (Jefferson, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (*Montezuma)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, El Paso, *Montezuma, Weld)
Red-breasted Merganser (Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Sandhill Crane (Alamosa, Costilla, Kiowa, Mesa, Pueblo, *Rio Grande)
Spotted Sandpiper (Mesa)
Mew Gull (Weld)
California Gull (Adams, Archuleta, Kiowa, Larimer, Mesa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Kiowa, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Kiowa)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (Otero, Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Otero, Weld)
Osprey (Larimer)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Swainson’s Hawk (Prowers)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Washington)
Black Phoebe (Montrose)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams, Archuleta)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont)
Bushtit (Weld)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Broomfield)
Brown Creeper (Kiowa)
Winter Wren (Archuleta, Morgan)
Bewick’s Wren (Otero)
Eastern Bluebird (Washington)
Hermit Thrush (Washington)
Gray Catbird (Arapahoe)
Curve- billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Brown Thrasher (Otero)
Northern Mockingbird (Adams)
Bohemian Waxwing (Summit)
American Pipit (La Plata)
Rosy-Finch spec (Archuleta)
Lapland Longspur (Kiowa)
McCown’s Longspur (Kiowa)
Green-tailed Towhee (Montrose)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Vesper Sparrow (Larimer)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Savannah Sparrow (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (*Larimer, Prowers)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Archuleta, Larimer, *Mesa)
Swamp Sparrow (*Boulder, La Plata)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe, Otero, Prowers)
Harris’s Sparrow (Arapahoe, Denver, El Paso, Kiowa)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Weld)
Rusty Blackbird (Morgan)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Arapahoe, Archuleta, Jefferson, Mesa, Otero,
Prowers, Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Otero, Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Mann Nyholt Lake, Adam Vesely reported California Gull.
---On February 12 at Barr Lake Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office and below
dam, Colin Woolley reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 18 at Big Dry Creek OS, David Ely reported Northern
Mockingbird.
---On February 18 at South Platte River Sand Creek mouth, Riley Morris
reported Black Phoebe. This would be new county record if accepted.

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hwy 17 near Hooper, James Loy reported 1100 Sandhill
Cranes.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 16 at South Platte Reservoir, Chris Wood reported
White-winged Scoter, YELLOW-BILLED LOON, and Say’s Phoebe; Chris Wood
reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay (Jefferson). On February 17 at
South Platte Reservoir, Meg Reck and Holden Maxfield reported White-winged
Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Michelle Desrosiers and Colin Woolley
reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON in SW bay (Jefferson).
On February 18 at South Platte Reservoir, Anna Lenshek reported
YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 19 at South Plate Reservoir, Alan and
MaryLynne Ketcham reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and Derek Lecy reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 20 at South Platte
Reservoir, David Suddjian reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED
LOON. Suddjian reported that the SW Bay was frozen.
---On February 20 at South Platte Park, Ben Sampson reported Yellow-rumped
Warbler near Nature Center.
---On February 14 at Ketring Park, Elaine Wagner and Doug Kibbe reported
Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird. On February 16 at Ketring Park in
Littleton, Doug Kibbe and Elaine Wagner reported BLACK BRANT. On February
17 at Ketring Park in Littleton, Matt Crooks and several other birders
reported BLACK BRANT. On February 18 at Ketring Park, Cheryl Teuton and
several other birders reported BLACK BRANT. The BRANT was also seen at
neighboring Gallup Park. On February 19 at Ketring Park, Alan and
MaryLynne Ketcham reported BRANT.
---On February 17 at Dahlia Hollow Park, Bez Bezuidenhout reported Pygmy
Nuthatch.
---On February 18 at Chapel Hill Memorial gardens, Jared Del Rosso reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 18 at Gallup Park in Littleton, Jared Del Rosso and
Christian Hagenlocher reported BLACK BRANT.
---On February 18 at St Mary’s Catholic Church lower area, David Suddjian
reported Say’s Phoebe

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Navajo Lake Sailboard beach, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported California Gull.
---On February 16 at Pagosa Riverwalk, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow and Winter Wren. On February 17 at San Jan River Walk in
Pagosa Springs, Jason St Pierre and Ryan Votta reported Winter Wren and
Yellow-rumped Warbler. On February 18 on San Juan River Walk in Pagosa
Springs, Ryan Votta reported Yellow-rumped Warbler and Jim Beatty reported
Winter Wren.
---On February 17 at Cat Creek, CR 700, Ben Bailey, Cedar Mcgrath, and Judy
Jones reported 75 Rosy-Finch and Say’s Phoebe.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Pella Crossing OS, Steve Frye reported Swamp Sparrow.
---On February 20 at Pleasant View Soccer Field, Ernest Crvich reported
Swamp Sparrow.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
---On February 16 on E Hwy 160 near Blanca, Emily Samuel reported 10
Sandhill Cranes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at First Creek at DEN OS, Lorraine Lanning reported
Harris’s Sparrow in vegetation near Creek just east of Buckley.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chris Brobin
reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 16 on Chapel Hills Drive in Colorado Springs, Roger Massey
reported Greater White-fronted Goose foraging on a front lawn. On
February 17 on Chapel Hills Drive Joy and Leonard Lake reported Greater
White-fronted Goose on grassy bank across from library. On February 18 on
Chapel Hills Drive, Susan Stover reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 17 at Reflection Pond, John Drummond, Alan and MaryLynne
Ketcham reported Greated White-fronted Goose. On February 18 at Reflection
Pond, Richard Bunn reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 17 on Birdsall Road in Fountain, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham
reported Curve-billed Thrasher and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Norm Lewis and Mike Serruto
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s Grebe. On February 18 at Brush
Hollow Reservoir, Ginny Bergstrom reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s
Grebe; Gwen Moore reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On February 19 at Brush
Hollow Reservoir, Joy and Leonard Lake and SeEtta Moss reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Clear Creek trail from Golden to I-70, Chuck Aid and
Micahel Kiessig reported 3 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 16 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Thomas Holub
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 16 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Wood reported 14 Greater
Scaup.
---On February 19 at Bear Creek Green Belt S Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth
Blvd, Chris Wood reported Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler foraging near
Wadsworth near the creek.
---On Februrary 19 at Ralston Creek at Croke, Steven Snyder reported
Northern Goshawk.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 17 on CR 3E, Bill Kaempfer reported 2 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 17 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 4 Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gulls, 2 California Gulls, Glaucous Gull, and 4 McCown’s
Longspur.
---On February 17 at Upper queens/Neeskah Reservoir, Steve Mlodiow reported
110 Sandhill Cranes, California Gull, Lapland Longspur, 3 Harris’s
Sparrows, and Brown Creeper.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Pastorius Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Jason St.
Pierre reported American Pipit and Swamp Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Joshua
Smith reported California Gull. On February 17 at Larimer County Landfill
(restricted access), Chris Wood reported 2nd year California Gull.
---On February 16 on I-25 near Loveland, Gene Rutherford reported HARRIS’S
HAWK near Exit sign. On February 18 near I-25 Loveland exit, Susan
Broderick reported the HARRIS’S HAWK flying over trees near Wyngate Hotel
on Ronald Reagan Blvd.
---On February 16 at Cottonwood Run NA Rec trail Wilson to Taft, Christine
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Dixon Reservoir, Jim Nachel reported Vesper Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 2 ad
California Gulls.
---On February 18 from Dixon Reservoir to Horsetooth Reservoir, Elaine
Leslie reported Osprey flying north to south.
---On February 18 - 20 at Wild Horse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John
Reichhardt reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 18 at Hillsdale Park in Berthoud, Christine and Richard
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 20 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Derek Lecy reported
Red Fox Sparrow.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Colorado River Isaland SWA, Glenn Pearson reported 2
California Gulls.
---On February 16 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Kathleen McGinley and
Mike Henwood reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows. On February 20 at Grand
Junction WA, Ryan Claar reported Lincoln’s Sparrow along Gunnison Trail
near the end.
---On February 18 at State Line, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 12
Sandhill Cranes and 3 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On February 18 at Horsethief Canyon SWA, David Price and Eileen
Cunningham reported Spotted Sandpiper and Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 14 at McPhee Reservoir Dolores End, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Long-tailed Duck. On February 15 at Dolores Ponds (wastewater
plant) Jim Beatty reported f Long-tailed Duck in second pond past Dolores
wastewater treatment ponds. On February 14 at West End, Jim Beatty
reported 2 f Red-breasted Mergansers. On February 16 at Dolores Ponds
(Watewater Treatment Plant), Jason St Pierre and Eric Hynes reported
Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 19 at South arm of
McPhee Reservoir, Erik Hendrickson reported Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s
Goldeneye.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Marine Road Park, Susan Entsminger reported Black
Phoebe at edge of North Ponds and Green-tailed Towhee at South side of Park.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Riverside Park (east section) in Fort Morgan, Chris
Wood and David Dowell reported Winter Wren and Rusty Blackbird.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Rocky Ford SWA, David Dowell reported Brown Thrasher,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow and 2 Northern Cardinals.
---On February 17 at Holbrook Reservoir, David Dowell reported 2
Double-crested Cormornats, 17 American White Pelicans and Bewick’s Wren.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--- On February 16 at Lamar Community College, Jane Stulp reported Red Fox
Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and 2 Northern Cardinals. On February 18
at Lamar Community College, Jon Horn reported f Wood Duck, 4 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 18 on Hwy 196 from Kornman to county line, Jon Horn reported
1st year light phase Swainson’s Hawk.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Jon Horn reported Great
Black-backed Gull. On February 18 at Pueblo Reservoir, Robb Hinds reported
Great Black-backed Gull. On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir, Joy and
Leonard Lake reported Great Black-backed Gull and 8 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 19 at Whitewater Park in Pueblo, Lorna Megenity reported
Double-crested Cormorant and 6 Sandhill Cranes.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Monte Vista NWR Hwy 15 Viewing Area, John W. Cobb
reported 120 Sandhill Cranes. On February 19 at Monte Vista NWR, Bill
Schreitz reported 475 Sandhill Cranes. On February 20 at Monte Vista NWR,
Jon Horn reported hundreds of Sandhill Cranes.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Arapaho NF near Dillon, Helen Butts reported 120
Bohemian Waxwings.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Prewitt Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 7 Greater
White-fronted Geese, Red-bellied Woodpecker, 9 Eastern Bluebirds, and
Hermit Thrush.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 14 at LUNA Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported Greater
Scaup. On February 18 at LUNA Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported 3
Greater Scaup (2m, 1f) and Brown-headed Cowbird.
---On February 16 in Bittersweek Park in Greeley, Matthias Sirch reported
Bushtit.
---On February 17 at Behren Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported Savannah
Sparrow.
---On February 18 at St Vrain SP Great Egret Pond, Gene Rutherford reported
American White Pelican.
---On February 18 at Firestone Gravel Pits (view from road), Steve
Mlodinow, Gene Rutherford, and Luke Pheneger reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye
and American White Pelican; Mlodinow also reported 1st cyc Mew Gull.
---On February 18 at Barefoot Lakes, Gene Rutherford reported Mew Gull.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Stalker Lake, David Dowell reported Trumpeter Swan.

DFO Field Trips:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be to Sloan’s Lake led by
Jackie King (jackie.king At ccd.edu; 720-381-3314) Directions: Meet on
the north side of Solan’s Lake near the boat house just south of W 25th Ave
at Wolff. Lunch is optional. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be Front Range Owling led
by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659). This trip is
full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be to Fort Collins
Grandview Cemetery led by Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com;
303-665-9135). This trip is full

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be Boulder County: From
the Mountains to the Plains led by Paula Hansley (plhansley AT gmail.com;
720-890-2628). Directions: Meet at 0800 at Cinnebarre Theaters parking
lot off Dillon Rd in Louisville. Take McCaslin Blvd exit from Hwy 36
(Boulder Turnpike) to the north; go left at first traffic light at Dillon
Rd, take first left and follow little road into a large parking lot for
Cinebarre Theaters. Meet on west side. Carpool. Check out feeders
including Mtn Research Station and Allenspark. Will work way back to
plains. Bring lunch, water (and/or warm Beverage), warm clothes, including
gloves and hat. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/20/18 3:56 pm
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14...>
Subject: [cobirds] Goshawk - Jeffco - Golden
Birders,
A few minutes ago there was a Goshawk in my backyard at 314 DeFrance Ct. I
don't know which direction it went as it took off when I was going upstairs
to try and get a better angle.

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Date: 2/20/18 2:46 pm
From: <joe......> <joega140...>
Subject: [cobirds] Redpoll update, Woodland Park
Male Common Redpoll continues to hang out in the yard area, it has been
seen on 2-12, 2-15, 2-17, 2-20.


Joe LaFleur
Woodland Park, Teller County, 8500 feet

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Date: 2/20/18 10:51 am
From: Kevin DeBoer <kevdeboer...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
I agree with Sheridan. Best bet for access with young kids would be to hope
they're along the road, or viewable, up on Loveland Pass. The wind up there
can be pretty strong, so they'll most likely be hunkered down. I haven't
been up there this season, but scan any vegetation that hasn't been
completely covered by the recent snowfalls. A scope can be beneficial in
doing so if you have one. It's a hit or miss bird, but hopefully the young
kids can keep an eye out on the way up the pass and may come up with a
roadside bird!

Kevin DeBoer
Lakewood, CO

On Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:20:18 PM UTC-7, <kirkh......> wrote:
>
> Hello Colorado birders,
> I'm visiting Colorado this week and I am hoping to see White-tailed
> Ptarmigan. On Thursday, I'll be driving from Denver to Snowmass. I've come
> across Guanella Pass as being a good spot to search for them, but it looks
> like the road to the pass is closed. Is that true? I'll have a my young
> kids with me, so a long trek through the snow isn't in the cards for this
> trip. If I can't get to Guanella Pass is there another location along
> Highway 70 where I could search for them? Thanks for your help!
>
> Kirk Hardie
> Incline Village, NV
>
>

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Date: 2/20/18 7:07 am
From: Douglas Kibbe <Dpkibbe...>
Subject: [cobirds] Lapland Longspurs at Chatfield SP in Douglas Co
Those not wanting to drive many miles in search of Lapland Longspurs on the Colorado Plains will be glad to hear that there were three feeding calmly with some 40 Horned Larks at the model airplane parking lot late yesterday afternoon. Be aware however that these birds were seen first at the Highline Canal parking lot along Roxborough Park Road. When flushed by vehicles entering the parking area, they flew west to the model airplane area.

Be aware also that you cannot access the park from S. Wadsworth Blvd. due to ongoing construction activities. You must enter via Titan Road and Roxborough Park Road.

Doug Kibbe Littleton

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Date: 2/20/18 6:07 am
From: Sheridan Samano <sheridan...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
Hi Kirk,

It's true that the road all the way to Guanella Pass Summit is closed in
winter requiring a hike of about 1.5-2 miles to the starting point for
ptarmigan searches. Since you're traveling with kids, it's probably not
the best option since it typically takes a couple of hours of hiking
without looking for the birds. I've only seen ptarmigan on 50% of my
outings so not guaranteed. Wind can also be a major factor at those
elevations. If Loveland Pass is open the day you drive, there are reports
of seeing ptarmigan near the pullouts along the pass. That might be a
better option with the kids. Happy Birding!

Sheridan


On Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:20:18 PM UTC-7, <kirkh......> wrote:

> Hello Colorado birders,
> I'm visiting Colorado this week and I am hoping to see White-tailed
> Ptarmigan. On Thursday, I'll be driving from Denver to Snowmass. I've come
> across Guanella Pass as being a good spot to search for them, but it looks
> like the road to the pass is closed. Is that true? I'll have a my young
> kids with me, so a long trek through the snow isn't in the cards for this
> trip. If I can't get to Guanella Pass is there another location along
> Highway 70 where I could search for them? Thanks for your help!
>
> Kirk Hardie
> Incline Village, NV
>
>

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Date: 2/19/18 6:59 pm
From: Kevin Ash <ashkevinm...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
Kirk -

I attempted to find the WTPT about 2 weeks ago on Guanella Pass. The road
to the closure/parking lot was dry and easy driving. The road is closed
about 1.75 miles from the pass, but the hike up was not bad. If it has
snowed a bunch since then, it could be difficult. I wore microspikes with
hiking boots. Snowshoes would have been useful, but they weren't
necessary. You can check out 14ers.com for an update on the trailhead
status, as it may have been updated more recently.

I found no signs of the birds around the pass nor on the first mile of the
trail up Bierstadt. I later read that they stay under the snow during the
winter. But, there are sightings on eBird not that long ago.

I'd be curious if someone could confirm that looking for them at this point
is futile. Anyone?

Kevin Ash
Colorado Springs, CO


On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 10:20 AM, <kirkhardie...> wrote:

> Hello Colorado birders,
> I'm visiting Colorado this week and I am hoping to see White-tailed
> Ptarmigan. On Thursday, I'll be driving from Denver to Snowmass. I've come
> across Guanella Pass as being a good spot to search for them, but it looks
> like the road to the pass is closed. Is that true? I'll have a my young
> kids with me, so a long trek through the snow isn't in the cards for this
> trip. If I can't get to Guanella Pass is there another location along
> Highway 70 where I could search for them? Thanks for your help!
>
> Kirk Hardie
> Incline Village, NV
>
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Date: 2/19/18 6:20 pm
From: <kirkhardie...>
Subject: [cobirds] Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
Hello Colorado birders,
I'm visiting Colorado this week and I am hoping to see White-tailed
Ptarmigan. On Thursday, I'll be driving from Denver to Snowmass. I've come
across Guanella Pass as being a good spot to search for them, but it looks
like the road to the pass is closed. Is that true? I'll have a my young
kids with me, so a long trek through the snow isn't in the cards for this
trip. If I can't get to Guanella Pass is there another location along
Highway 70 where I could search for them? Thanks for your help!

Kirk Hardie
Incline Village, NV

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Date: 2/19/18 6:18 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] DFO 2/20 trip to NE Colorado rescheduled to 3/7
DFO's field trip to NE Colorado planned for 2/20 has been moved to 3/7.
There are spaces available. Register here:
https://dfobirds.org/FieldTrips/UpcomingTrips.aspx

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Date: 2/19/18 2:56 pm
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam...>
Subject: [cobirds] Tues., Feb. 27, Dr. Susan Bonfield on the Western Hummingbird Project
This program is brought to you by Boulder County Audubon.

Tuesday, February 27, 2017. 7:15 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist
Church, 5001 Pennsylvania Avenue, Boulder, CO

“*Western Hummingbird Partnership*” - a presentation by Dr. Susan Bonfield

Dr. Bonfield is the Executive Director of Environment for the Americas,
which is coordinating the Western Hummingbird Partnership. This is a
developing network of conservation organizations, working to protect and
preserve these flying gems, found only in the New World, Working with
partners in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, they will endeavor to
understand what hummingbirds need to survive when challenged by habitat
loss, pollution and climate change.

The Western Hummingbird Partnership's multi-pronged approach to the
conservation of hummingbird populations includes science-based research and
monitoring, habitat restoration and enhancement, and educating the public
as to how they can be a major and positive component of this endeavor. Dr.
Bonfield will also talk about the evolutionary history of this avian
family, featuring research by Dr. David Inouye.

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Date: 2/18/18 4:47 pm
From: <mvjohnski...>
Subject: [cobirds] Status Cranes at Monte Vista
Still waiting for the numbers of birds to arrive. Yes there are a few
cranes here and there but big numbers are yet to arrive. Water is flowing
onto the fields and wetlands now so more should be coming in daily when
winds are favorable. Forecast is for cold front to hit Tuesday so that may
slow things down for a few days.

Some cranes are in the grain fields just south of Home Lake. Others are
scattered about. A few Cackling Geese in amongst the Canadas.

Susan Hochstetler still has the Rosy-finches (Conejos County) for those
wishing to see them. She is one mile south after pavement ends on Co Hwy 15
due south of Monte Vista.

Many of the wetlands down here have closed for the waterfowl nesting season
so be aware of that in your travels here.

A Swan was reported to Lisa and I last week. It was a vague picture so we
could not determine species. Lisa went out (Blanca Wetlands now closed) and
could not re-find it. But be on the lookout in other accessible wetland
areas.

John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO

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Date: 2/18/18 12:56 pm
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] A day in the field with Chris Wood, DFO Field Trip to Larimer County
On Saturday 17 February our group of intrepid DFO birders ventured up to
Larimer County with Chris Wood,
who needs no introduction, unless you have not been introduced. Chris, a
founder of eBird, was good
company for the whole day, patiently answering our insightful questions
(and several others) and pointing out
some fine points of field identification.

At Lake Loveland we picked up our savvy guide, Nick Komar, who took us to
umpteen
choice birding locations, in a great variety of habitats in Larimer. The
only time we ventured off the
planned route was when I made a wrong turn, before we met Nick. BUT on that
aberrant byway, we happened upon a tree full
of "Dark Shape Sp" which we thought might have been roosting turkeys - not
the more familiar roasting turkeys. We flipped a U-ie
and in the dim pre-dawn light changed our minds, as the large cottonwood
was a fowl one . A "muster" of perched Peafowl!
All we could see in the weak light were the silhouettes - colorful birds
rendered in black and white. The males' tails
were unlike the caudal extremities of any Colorado bird. We were not able
to see any de-tail, like pattern or color.
The trip was off to a great start - one species of introduced, exotic,
uncountable bird, the farmyard guardian.

We were hoping for at least one or more of the rara aves that have been
present in Larimer, though elusive,
over recent weeks. We wound up confirming that Harris's Hawk, American
Woodcock and Common
Redpoll were indeed elusive, as we had been told. At least they eluded us,
despite diligently searching. So did a
stake-out Pine Warbler, which might have been nearby, but did not stick
out. Ditto for Mew and Glaucous Gulls, Swamp and Fox Sparrows,
the red-phase Eastern Screech-Owl at the cemetery and a few others. We
dipped on the ouzel.

BUT with warm sunshine, little wind and many species of more common birds,
a good time was had by all. Among other places, we visited
the CSU Environmental Learning Center, Larimer County Landfill, Horsetooth
Reservoir and Mountain Park, Bobcat Ridge NA, Riverbend Ponds NA,
Big Thompson Ponds SWA, Rigden Ponds and up and down the frontage roads of
I-25, where the Harris's Hawk had been seen the day before.
We studied a perched Prairie Falcon, looking pale and ghostly in the strong
light, as well as several flavors of Red-tails, including a handsome
Harlan's Hawk. Bald Eagles were all about, including one sitting on its
giant nest. We heard the interesting call a first-year male Red-winged
Blackbird
makes - not quite up to par with the adults.The last bird of the day was a
perched Sharp-shinned Hawk, which allowed Chris Wood to hold a seminar
about details of accipiter ID.

Finally, I encourage each of you to brave the predicted inclement weather
Monday evening, 2/19, DFO meeting at the Denver Museum of Natural History,
to hear Chris Wood's
presentation on "eBird and the Elephant's Child." (Hint: read your Rudyard
Kipling). The show starts at 7, so be there earlier to find a place to
park, enter through the north security door
and schmooze a bit with the friendly crowd there.

Thanks,
Joe Roller, Denver

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Date: 2/18/18 12:53 pm
From: Luger <havtrav43...>
Subject: [cobirds] Mountain Bluebirds in Larimer County
While watching for birds today around my feeders 1/2 mile south of Horsetooth Mtn Open Space, we saw two Mountain Bluebirds sitting on the power line to my house. It's the first time this year.
Greg Luger

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Date: 2/18/18 9:41 am
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...>
Subject: [cobirds] Centennial & Littleton - Arapahoe
This morning (2/18), I visited Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens (Arapahoe) to
check for the Harris's Sparrow. I hadn't seen the bird since December, but
I've only made a few, brief trips to the cemetery to look for it this year.
The hedge row along the cemetery's western edge was busy with juncos and
chickadees. Several of the juncos seemed to be practicing their songs,
making all sort of strange, garbled noises. Amid that, I thought I heard
the Harris's practice its, but only once and not definitively. A juvenile
Cooper's swung by and quieted the lot. I stuck around for a bit longer and
was glad to have. The Cooper's flew off, the juncos starting singing again,
and a *Mountain Chickadee*, my first at the cemetery, appeared amid the
Black-capped. And then the *Harris's* emerged from wherever it had been
hiding, taking a just-above-eye-level perch in the open.

From there, I headed to Littleton to look for the Brant at Ketring, a
potential lifer for me and a potential new bird for me in my three mile
home circle. On my way to the Ketring, I noted a large flock of
white-cheeked geese at Gallup Park (across the street from Ketring). I
hurried to the lake anyway, finding a good number of ducks and few geese.
The *Hermit Thrush* was in the brushy stuff near between lake and open
fields.

I gave up on Ketring and hurried over to inspect the goose flock at Gallup.
Most seemed like Cackling; all seemed to want to keep their heads buried in
the grass and their necks turned away from me. I got a better angle on them
and the flock seemed to split, leaving the *Brant *in the front and middle
of all the white-cheeked geese.

- Jared Del Rosso
Centennial, CO


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Date: 2/18/18 9:34 am
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] "Arctic" Loon at Pueblo Reservoir
I'm getting so many messages this morning asking if there is a Arctic Loon
at Pueblo Reservoir. Someone reported one yesterday on e-bird without a
photo, so far, though this morning (18 February), three birders saw a
Common Loon in the NE Corner of Pueblo Reservoir, by the dam, where the
Arctic Loon was reported yesterday. I don't have time to check the entire
reservoir right now. Another birder is checking a few other places,
in-case it is somewhere else. Looking forward to seeing photos of the
loon, that was seen yesterday.

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Date: 2/18/18 9:25 am
From: cteuton <teuton...>
Subject: [cobirds] Black Brant at Ketring Park in Littleton, Arapahoe County
The Brant was seen in Gallup Park earlier this morning, but along with its cohorts was spooked by a dog walker, and currently is on the west side of the lake at Ketring Park.
Cheryl Teuton
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Date: 2/18/18 3:12 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 18, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, February 18 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (*El Paso, Jefferson, Morgan, Weld)
BRANT (*Arapahoe)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont)
Greater Scaup (Arapahoe, Chaffee, Jefferson, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Montezuma)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, El Paso, Montezuma)
Red-breasted Merganser (Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (*Fremont)
Sandhill Crane (Alamosa, Baca, Costilla, *Rio Grande)
Spotted Sandpiper (Mesa)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Prowers)
Greater Yellowlegs (Prowers)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
California Gull (Adams, Archuleta, *Larimer, Mesa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
ARCTIC LOON (*Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, Gunnison, *Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (*Otero)
American White Pelican (*Otero)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Weld)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson, Larimer)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Ferruginous Hawk (Park)
Snowy Owl (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Black Phoebe (Montrose)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams, Arapahoe, *Archuleta)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont, Kiowa)
Juniper Titmouse (Montezuma)
Bushtit (Weld)
Pygmy Nuthatch (*Arapahoe, Broomfield)
Winter Wren (*Archuleta, Baca)
Bewick’s Wren (Montezuma, *Otero)
Mountain Bluebird (Kiowa)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe)
Gray Catbird (Arapahoe)
Curve- billed Thrasher (*El Paso)
Brown Thrasher (Morgan, *Otero)
Northern Mockingbird (Baca)
Bohemian Waxwing (*Summit)
American Pipit (La Plata)
Rosy-Finch spec (*Archuleta)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer, Mesa)
Lapland Longspur (Denver, *Kiowa, Kit Carson)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (Kiowa, Kit Carson)
Green-tailed Towhee (Montrose)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Vesper Sparrow (*Larimer)
Savannah Sparrow (*Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Larimer, Prowers)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Archuleta, Larimer, Mesa)
Swamp Sparrow (*Boulder, La Plata)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe, *Otero, Prowers, Summit)
Harris’s Sparrow (*Denver, El Paso)
Brown-headed Cowbird (*El Paso, Morgan, Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca)
Great-tailed Grackle (Prowers)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Arapahoe, *Archuleta, Jefferson, *Otero, Prowers)
Northern Cardinal (*Otero, Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Mann Nyholt Lake, Adam Vesely reported California Gull.
---On February 12 at Barr Lake Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office and below
dam, Colin Woolley reported Say’s Phoebe.

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hwy 17 near Hooper, James Loy reported 1100 Sandhill
Cranes.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 10 at South Platte Reservoir, William Test reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 12 at South Platte
Reservoir, Susan Broderick reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 12 at
South Platte Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported White-winged Scoter and
YELLOW-BILLED LOON and later he reported both birds in SW Bay (Jefferson).
On February 13 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian and Dale Pate
reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Suddjian, Pate, Myron Gerhard, and Frank
Farrel reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay (Jefferson); Matt Newport
reported White-winged Scoter in Arapahoe side. On February 16 at South
Platte Reservoir, Chris Wood reported White-winged Scoter, YELLOW-BILLED
LOON, and Say’s Phoebe; Chris Wood reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay
(Jefferson). On February 17 at South Platte Reservoir, Meg Reck and Holden
Maxfield reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Michelle
Desrosiers and Colin Woolley reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED
LOON in SW bay (Jefferson).
---On February 11 at South Platte Park C470 area, Ben Sampson reported 7
Greater Scaup (1 on Blackrock, 6 on Eaglewatch), f Barrow’s Goldeneye on
Eaglewatch, and 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 12 at South Platte River Northern Wildlife Area to W Bowles
Ave, Ted Uhlemann reported 14 Yellow-rumped Warblers on the Mary Carter
Greenway trail. On February 13 at South Platte Park, Northern Wildlife
Area, Dale Pate and David Suddjian reported 2 Yellow-rumped (Myrtle)
Warblers and 2 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 13 at Highline Canal Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado
Blvd, Joe Roller reported Say’s Phoebe. On February 14 at High Line Canal
Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado Blvd (Three Pond and Dahlia Hollow
Parks), Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On February 14 at High Line Canal Trail E Bellview Ave to E Quincy Ave
(Blackmer Lake), Jared Del Rosso reported Pygmy Nuthatch.
---On February 14 at Ketring Park, Elaine Wagner and Doug Kibbe reported
Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird. On February 16 at Ketring Park in
Littleton, Doug Kibbe and Elaine Wagner reported BLACK BRANT. On February
17 at Ketring Park in Littleton, Matt Crooks and several other birders
reported BLACK BRANT.
---On February 17 at Dahlia Hollow Park, Bez Bezuidenhout reported Pygmy
Nuthatch.


ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Navajo Lake Sailboard beach, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported California Gull.
---On February 16 at Pagosa Riverwalk, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow and Winter Wren. On February 17 at San Jan River Walk in
Pagosa Springs, Jason St Pierre and Ryan Votta reported Winter Wren and
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 17 at Cat Creek, CR 700, Ben Bailey, Cedar Mcgrath, and Judy
Jones reported 75 Rosy-Finch and Say’s Phoebe.

BACA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd and Brian Johnson
reported 50 Sandhill Cranes, Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, and Rusty
Blackbird.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Pella Crossing OS, Steve Frye reported Swamp Sparrow.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Sands Lake SWA, Christian Hagenlocher reported pair of
Greater Scaup.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
---On February 16 on E Hwy 160 near Blanca, Emily Samuel reported 10
Sandhill Cranes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 13 on Gun Club Road E of 112th Ave, Brian Johnson reported
Lapland Longspur.
---On February 17 at First Creek at DEN OS, Lorraine Lanning reported
Harris’s Sparrow in vegetation near Creek just east of Buckley.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber)
on Miranda Road in Colorado Springs. On February 1 on Miranda Road, Tony
Leukering reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
---On February 11 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Tanja Britton and
John Drummond reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Joy and Leonard Lake
reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 12 at Monument Wasterwater
Treatment Plant, Jan Allbright and Richard Bunn reported pair of Barrow’s
Goldeneyes; Heidi Eaton, Kevin Ash, and Jim Merritt reported 1 Barrow’s
Goldeneye. On February 13 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rod
Schmidt, David and Cheryl Hubbard, Alan and Mary Lynn Ketcham, and David
Tonnessen reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 14 at Monument
Watewater Treatment Plant, Alan Ketcham reported pair of Barrow’s
Goldeneye. On February 15 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chris
Brobin reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 10 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 10 at Fillmore Ridge, Rod Schmidt reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On February 13 on Hanover Road, Kevin Ash reported Ladder-backed
Woodpecker.
---On February 13 on Birdsall Road, John Drummond reported 4 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.
---On February 16 on Chapel Hills Drive in Colorado Springs, Roger Massey
reported Greater White-fronted Goose foraging on a front lawn. On
February 17 on Chapel Hills Drive Joy and Leonard Lake reported Greater
White-Fronted Goose on grassy bank across from library.
---On February 17 at Reflection Pond, John Drummond, Alan and MaryLynne
Ketcham reported Greated White-fronted Goose.
---On February 17 on Birdsall Road in Fountain, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham
reported Curve-billed Thrasher and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Rich Miller reported 2
Trumpeter Swans. On February 14 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Kevin Ash
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On February 17 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Norm
Lewis and Mike Serruto reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s Grebe.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Blue Mesa Reservoir between mm 138 and mm 139 on US 50
east of Red Creek, Kathy Mimh Dunning reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.
Location was on US 50 between Red Creek and Bay of Chickens.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 10 along Ralston Creek near east edge of West Woods Golf
Course, Steven Snyder reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 10 at Standley Lake near 86th and Sims, Karl Gerken reported
Snowy Owl. He first saw it in the neighborhood
South of Standley Lake. The owl flew to the gazebo N of 86th and Simms, to
the lake. Gerken said that the ranger reported that the Snowy Owl has been
back at Standley since Thursday 2/8.
---On February 11 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Kevin DeBoer reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler. On February 15 at Wheat Ridge Greenbetl, Ginny
Bergstrom reported Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 16 on Clear Creek trail from Golden to I-70, Chuck Aid and
Micahel Kiessig reported 3 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 16 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Thomas Holub
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 16 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Wood reported 14 Greater
Scaup.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Queens State WA Queens Reservoir, JoAnn Andrews
reported Snowy Owl.
---On February 11 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported
Chihuahuan Raven, 6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 48 between CR E and CR C, Steve Mlodinow reported 2
Mountain Bluebirds and 10 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 27 between CR C and CR 3, Steve Mlodinow reported
125 Lapland Longspurs and 3 McCown’s Longspurs.
---On February 17 on CR 3E, Bill Kaempfer reported 2 Lapland Longspurs.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On February 11 at CR B between CR 10 and CR 11, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported 3000 Lapland Longspurs in 4 flocks of 700 – 800+,
Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown’s Longspur.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 9 at Meadow Rd, Rafter J Subdivision, Ryan Votta reported 4
Acorn Woodpeckers.
---On February 16 at Pastorius Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Jason St.
Pierre reported American Pipit and Swamp Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 8, Bill Fink, Kat Bradley-Bennet, Tina Jones and others
reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Road N of Prospect.
---On February 9 at Livermore Community Church, Sue Riffe reported 3 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 12 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 7
Common Redpoll. On February 13 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Carl Schimmel
and Arvind Panjabi reported Common Redpolls.
---On February 6 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Joey and Burke
Angstman reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 9 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Sue Riffe reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK.
On February 10 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Nick Komar and David Wade reported
AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Buffum Creek in the morning and in the afternoon Nick
Komar and Walter Wehtje reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at creek below parking
lot; Andy Bankert and Caroline Olson found the AMERICAN WOODCOCK on the
road to Bobcat Ridge on the south side by 3rd stream crossing and 15 mph
sign. On February 12 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Norm Lewis reported AMERICAN
WOODCOCK near cattails below Castle House.
---On February 12 at Wildhorse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John Reichhardt
reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 12 at Clear Spring Ranch, Jim Merritt reported
White-throated Sparrow.
---On February 12 at Carter Lake, David Dowell reported California Gull, 3
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, Iceland (kumlieni) Gull, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.
---On February 13 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Joshua
Smith reported California Gull. On February 17 at Larimer County Landfill
(restricted access), Chris Wood reported 2nd year California Gull.
---On February 13 at Running Deer NA in Fort Collins, Richard Herrington
reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 16 on I-25 near Loveland, Gene Rutherford reported HARRIS’S
HAWK near Exit sign.
---On February 16 at Cottonwood Run NA Rec trail Wilson to Taft, Christine
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Dixon Reservoir, Jim Nachel reported Vesper Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 2 ad
California Gulls.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 8 on Grand Mesa, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 10 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Aaron Yappert reported
Spotted Sandpiper.
---On February 15 at Colorado River Isaland SWA, Glenn Pearson reported 2
California Gulls.
---On February 16 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Kathleen McGinley and
Mike Henwood reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 9 at Hwy 145 in Dolores, Aaron Yappert reported m Barrow’s
Goldeneye.
---On February 14 at McPhee Reservoir Dolores End, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Long-tailed Duck. On February 15 at Dolores Ponds (wastewater
plant) Jim Beatty reported f Long-tailed Duck in second pond past Dolores
wastewater treatment ponds. On February 14 at West End, Jim Beatty
reported 2 f Red-breasted Mergansers. On February 16 at Dolores Ponds
(Watewater Treatment Plant), Jason St Pierre and Eric Hynes reported
Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 14 at Sand Canyon Trail, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported 6
Juniper Titmouse and 3 Bewick’s Wrens.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Marine Road Park, Susna Entsminger reported Black
Phoebe at edge of North Ponds and Green-tailed Towhee at South side of Park.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Jackson Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater
White-fronted Gees, Brown Thrasher, and 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Rocky Ford SWA, David Dowell reported Brown Thrasher,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow and 2 Northern Cardinals.
---On February 17 at Holbrook Reservoir, David Dowell reported 2
Double-crested Cormornats, 17 American White Pelicans and Bewick’s Wren.

PARK COUNTY:
---On February 13 in town of Jefferson, Jerry Baines reported 3 Ferruginous
Hawks and 40 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Lamar Community College Woods, Brian Johnson reported
Red Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal. On February 17 at Lamar Community
College Woods, Adam Vesely reported Red Fox Sparrow, 2 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, White-throated Sparrow and Northern Cardinal. On February 16 at
Lamar Community College, Jane Stulp reported Red Fox Sparrow,
White-throated Sparrow, and 2 Northern Cardinals.
---On February 9 at Willow Creek in Lamar, Ted Floyd reported Hermit
Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler,
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler, and Northern Cardinal. On February 9 at
Willow Creek Park, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red Fox
Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and singing m Great-tailed Grackle.
---On February 9 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Chip Clouse reported Greater
Yellowlegs. On February 10 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Paula Moyers
reported 3 Lesser Yellowlegs; Sharon Stiteler reported 2 Greater Yellowlegs.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--- On February 10 at 40th Lane, JoAnn Riggle reported 4 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.
---On February 17 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Jon Horn reported Great
Black-backed Gull.
---On February 17 at Pueblo Reservoir Sailboard Area, Jon Horn reported
ARCTIC LOON.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Monte Vista NWR Hwy 15 Viewing Area, John W. Cobb
reported 120 Sandhill Cranes.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Bills Ranch Lake, Ryan Bushong reported White-throated
Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Arapaho NF near Dillon, Helen Butts reported 120
Bohemian Waxwings.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Woods Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Black-crowned
Night-Heron.
---On February 13 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow Reported
Savannah Sparrow.
---On February 14 at LUNA Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported Greater Scaup.
---On February 16 in Bittersweek Park in Greeley, Matthias Sirch reported
Bushtit.
---On February 17 at Behren Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported Savannah
Sparrow.

DFO Field Trips:

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 18 will be to Tamarack State
Wildlife Area and Associated Prairie led by Chris Goulart (cgoulart001 AT
comcast.net; 586-764-2126). Meet at 0600 at the Division of Parks and
Wildlife parking lot 2 block north of E 58th Ave on east side of Broadway:
6060 Broadway, Denver.
This will be an intense trip looking for late winter prairie and
eastern forest specialties. Target birds include Snow Geese, Greater
Prairie Chickens, and more. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, February 20 will be to Northeastern
Colorado led by david Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659).
Directions: Meet at 0500 at Colorado Park and Wildlife Office at 6060 N.
Broadway. Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to Broadway, then north
2 blocks to parking lot on right.
Special guest leader: Norm Lewis. May visit Jumbo, Red Lion, and
Tamarack and Prewitt. Prepare for this full day winter outing with
supplies of food. Possible park entry fees. Register online or contact
leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/17/18 7:44 pm
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...>
Subject: [cobirds] Kiowa County plus
Wind in the Indian Peaks (gusts forecast to 80 MPH) changed my plans today, and I headed south east. I drove out to the Arriba area and managed to pick out a couple of Lapland Longspurs among the dozens of Horned Larks along CR 3E. Then I headed south through the brown parched landscape. Things were pretty much birdless other than more Horned Larks and an occasional raptor-mainly Norther Harriers, but one Golden Eagle and one Prairie Falcon on the road from Arriba to Boyero. Interestingly, I saw no Rough-legged Hawks today once I was beyond the eastern edge of the metro area.

Things changed when I pushed south past Eads. From a high point along US 287 it was obvious that Neenoshe Reservoir was full of water (either that or a mirage to make the French Foreign Legions' mouths water!). It was actual water, and the most I've seen in this spot since the mid-1980s (unfortunately, dating myself). I would estimate that the shoreline was extended by at least ½ mile in all directions around the lake from when I was last there in May 2017. For instance at that time you could drive way in along the outlet canal in the SE corner of the reservoir. Today, you couldn't get more than 100 feet off CR E. In other words, the lake pretty much extends to the limit of the blue if you look at hotspot map for the site on eBird. Compare the map function with the satellite function and you'll see what I mean.

Well, all that water meant lots of birds, several thousand. I confess to undercounting all of the duck and gull species out there (and probably missing something rare), but it was pretty awesome. Fortunately, both Steve Mlodinow and David Dowell were in Kiowa County today, so I'm expecting to hear the bad news of just what I missed from their reports later! I will note that I had a FOS Cinnamon Teal as a nice harbinger of spring. In any event, I expect the Great Plains Reservoirs will be well worth exploring this spring.

Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Date: 2/17/18 10:05 am
From: Matt Crooks <cheezwhizdom...>
Subject: [cobirds] Black Brant at Ketring Park in Littleton, Arapahoe County
It is one the lake right now. West side.

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Date: 2/17/18 3:07 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 17, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, February 17 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (*El Paso, *Jefferson, Morgan, Weld)
BRANT (Arapahoe)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont)
Greater Scaup (Arapahoe, Chaffee, *Jefferson, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (*Montezuma)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, El Paso, *Montezuma)
Red-breasted Merganser (Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Sandhill Crane (*Alamosa, Baca, *Costilla)
Spotted Sandpiper (Mesa)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Prowers)
Greater Yellowlegs (Prowers)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
California Gull (*Adams, *Archuleta, Larimer, *Mesa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, Gunnison, Jefferson)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Weld)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson, Larimer)
HARRIS’S HAWK (*Larimer)
Ferrugious Hawk (Park)
Snowy Owl (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Black Phoebe (*Montrose)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams, *Arapahoe)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont, Kiowa)
Juniper Titmouse (Montezuma)
Bushtit (*Weld)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Arapahoe, Broomfield)
Winter Wren (*Archuleta, Baca)
Bewick’s Wren (Montezuma)
Mountain Bluebird (Kiowa)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe)
Gray Catbird (Arapahoe)
Brown Thrasher (Morgan)
Northern Mockingbird (Baca)
American Pipit (*La Plata)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer, Mesa)
Lapland Longspur (Denver, Kiowa, Kit Carson)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (Kiowa, Kit Carson)
Green-tailed Towhee (*Montrose)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Savannah Sparrow (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Larimer, *Prowers)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*Archuleta, *Larimer, *Mesa)
Swamp Sparrow (*La Plata)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe, *Prowers, Summit)
Harris’s Sparrow (El Paso)
Brown-headed Cowbird (El Paso, Morgan, Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca)
Great-tailed Grackle (Prowers)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Arapahoe, *Jefferson, Prowers)
Northern Cardinal (*Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Mann Nyholt Lake, Adam Vesely reported California Gull.
---On February 12 at Barr Lake Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office and below
dam, Colin Woolley reported Say’s Phoebe.

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hwy 17 near Hooper, James Loy reported 1100 Sandhill
Cranes.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 10 at South Platte Reservoir, William Test reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 12 at South Platte
Reservoir, Susan Broderick reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 12 at
South Platte Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported White-winged Scoter and
YELLOW-BILLED LOON and later he reported both birds in SW Bay (Jefferson).
On February 13 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian and Dale Pate
reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Suddjian, Pate, Myron Gerhard, and Frank
Farrel reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay (Jefferson); Matt Newport
reported White-winged Scoter in Arapahoe side. On February 16 at South
Platte Reservoir, Chris Wood reported White-winged Scoter, YELLOW-BILLED
LOON, and Say’s Phoebe; Chris Wood reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay
(Jefferson).
---On February 11 at South Platte Park C470 area, Ben Sampson reported 7
Greater Scaup (1 on Blackrock, 6 on Eaglewatch), f Barrow’s Goldeneye on
Eaglewatch, and 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 12 at South Platte River Northern Wildlife Area to W Bowles
Ave, Ted Uhlemann reported 14 Yellow-rumped Warblers on the Mary Carter
Greenway trail. On February 13 at South Platte Park, Northern Wildlife
Area, Dale Pate and David Suddjian reported 2 Yellow-rumped (Myrtle)
Warblers and 2 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 13 at Highline Canal Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado
Blvd, Joe Roller reported Say’s Phoebe. On February 14 at High Line Canal
Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado Blvd (Three Pond and Dahlia Hollow
Parks), Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On February 14 at High Line Canal Trail E Bellview Ave to E Quincy Ave
(Blackmer Lake), Jared Del Rosso reported Pygmy Nuthatch.
---On February 14 at Ketring Park, Elaine Wagner and Doug Kibbe reported
Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird. On February 16 at Ketring Park in
Littleton, Doug Kibbe and Elaine Wagner reported BLACK BRANT.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Navajo Lake Sailboard beach, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported California Gull.
---On February 16 at Pagosa Riverwalk, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow and Winter Wren.

BACA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd and Brian Johnson
reported 50 Sandhill Cranes, Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, and Rusty
Blackbird.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Sands Lake SWA, Christian Hagenlocher reported pair of
Greater Scaup.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
---On February 16 on E Hwy 160 near Blanca, Emily Samuel reported 10
Sandhill Cranes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 13 on Gun Club Road E of 112th Ave, Brian Johnson reported
Lapland Longspur.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber)
on Miranda Road in Colorado Springs. On February 1 on Miranda Road, Tony
Leukering reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
---On February 11 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Tanja Britton and
John Drummond reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Joy and Leonard Lake
reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 12 at Monument Wasterwater
Treatment Plant, Jan Allbright and Richard Bunn reported pair of Barrow’s
Goldeneyes; Heidi Eaton, Kevin Ash, and Jim Merritt reported 1 Barrow’s
Goldeneye. On February 13 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rod
Schmidt, David and Cheryl Hubbard, Alan and Mary Lynn Ketcham, and David
Tonnessen reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 14 at Monument
Watewater Treatment Plant, Alan Ketcham reported pair of Barrow’s
Goldeneye. On February 15 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chris
Brobin reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 10 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 10 at Fillmore Ridge, Rod Schmidt reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On February 13 on Hanover Road, Kevin Ash reported Ladder-backed
Woodpecker.
---On February 13 on Birdsall Road, John Drummond reported 4 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.
---On February 16 on Chapel Hills Drive in Colorado Springs, Roger Massey
reported Greater White-fronted Goose foraging on a front lawn.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Rich Miller reported 2
Trumpeter Swans. On February 14 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Kevin Ash
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Blue Mesa Reservoir between mm 138 and mm 139 on US 50
east of Red Creek, Kathy Mimh Dunning reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.
Location was on US 50 between Red Creek and Bay of Chickens.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 10 along Ralston Creek near east edge of West Woods Golf
Course, Steven Snyder reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 10 at Standley Lake near 86th and Sims, Karl Gerken reported
Snowy Owl. He first saw it in the neighborhood
South of Standley Lake. The owl flew to the gazebo N of 86th and Simms, to
the lake. Gerken said that the ranger reported that the Snowy Owl has been
back at Standley since Thursday 2/8.
---On February 11 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Kevin DeBoer reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler. On February 15 at Wheat Ridge Greenbetl, Ginny
Bergstrom reported Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 16 on Clear Creek trail from Golden to I-70, Chuck Aid and
Micahel Kiessig reported 3 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 16 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Thomas Holub
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 16 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Wood reported 14 Greater
Scaup.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Queens State WA Queens Reservoir, JoAnn Andrews
reported Snowy Owl.
---On February 11 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported
Chihuahuan Raven, 6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 48 between CR E and CR C, Steve Mlodinow reported 2
Mountain Bluebirds and 10 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 27 between CR C and CR 3, Steve Mlodinow reported
125 Lapland Longspurs and 3 McCown’s Longspurs.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On February 11 at CR B between CR 10 and CR 11, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported 3000 Lapland Longspurs in 4 flocks of 700 – 800+,
Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown’s Longspur.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 9 at Meadow Rd, Rafter J Subdivision, Ryan Votta reported 4
Acorn Woodpeckers.
---On February 16 at Pastorius Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Jason St.
Pierre reported American Pipit and Swamp Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 8, Bill Fink, Kat Bradley-Bennet, Tina Jones and others
reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Road N of Prospect.
---On February 9 at Livermore Community Church, Sue Riffe reported 3 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 12 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 7
Common Redpoll. On February 13 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Carl Schimmel
and Arvind Panjabi reported Common Redpolls.
---On February 6 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Joey and Burke
Angstman reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 9 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Sue Riffe reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK.
On February 10 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Nick Komar and David Wade reported
AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Buffum Creek in the morning and in the afternoon Nick
Komar and Walter Wehtje reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at creek below parking
lot; Andy Bankert and Caroline Olson found the AMERICAN WOODCOCK on the
road to Bobcat Ridge on the south side by 3rd stream crossing and 15 mph
sign. On February 12 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Norm Lewis reported AMERICAN
WOODCOCK near cattails below Castle House.
---On February 12 at Wildhorse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John Reichhardt
reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 12 at Clear Spring Ranch, Jim Merritt reported
White-throated Sparrow.
---On February 12 at Carter Lake, David Dowell reported California Gull, 3
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, Iceland (kumlieni) Gull, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.
---On February 13 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Joshua
Smith reported California Gull.
---On February 13 at Running Deer NA in Fort Collins, Richard Herrington
reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 16 on I-25 near Loveland, Gene Rutherford reported HARRIS’S
HAWK near Exit sign.
---On February 16 at Cottonwood Run NA Rec trail Wilson to Taft, Christine
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 8 on Grand Mesa, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 10 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Aaron Yappert reported
Spotted Sandpiper.
---On February 15 at Colorado River Isaland SWA, Glenn Pearson reported 2
California Gulls.
---On February 16 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Kathleen McGinley and
Mike Henwood reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 9 at Hwy 145 in Dolores, Aaron Yappert reported m Barrow’s
Goldeneye.
---On February 14 at McPhee Reservoir Dolores End, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Long-tailed Duck. On February 15 at Dolores Ponds (wastewater
plant) Jim Beatty reported f Long-tailed Duck in second pond past Dolores
wastewater treatment ponds. On February 14 at West End, Jim Beatty
reported 2 f Red-breasted Mergansers. On February 16 at Dolores Ponds
(Watewater Treatment Plant), Jason St Pierre and Eric Hynes reported
Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 14 at Sand Canyon Trail, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported 6
Juniper Titmouse and 3 Bewick’s Wrens.


MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On February 15 at Marine Road Park, Susna Entsminger reported Black
Phoebe at edge of North Ponds and Green-tailed Towhee at South side of Park.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Jackson Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater
White-fronted Gees, Brown Thrasher, and 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

PARK COUNTY:
---On February 13 in town of Jefferson, Jerry Baines reported 3 Ferruginous
Hawks and 40 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Lamar Community College Woods, Brian Johnson reported
Red Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal. On February 17 at Lamar Community
College Woods, Adam Vesely reported Red Fox Sparrow, 2 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, White-throated Sparrow and Northern Cardinal. On February 16 at
Lamar Community College, Jane Stulp reported Red Fox Sparrow,
White-throated Sparrow, and 2 Northern Cardinals.
---On February 9 at Willow Creek in Lamar, Ted Floyd reported Hermit
Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler,
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler, and Northern Cardinal. On February 9 at
Willow Creek Park, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red Fox
Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and singing m Great-tailed Grackle.
---On February 9 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Chip Clouse reported Greater
Yellowlegs. On February 10 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Paula Moyers
reported 3 Lesser Yellowlegs; Sharon Stiteler reported 2 Greater Yellowlegs.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--- On February 10 at 40th Lane, JoAnn Riggle reported 4 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Bills Ranch Lake, Ryan Bushong reported White-throated
Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Woods Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Black-crowned
Night-Heron.
---On February 13 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow Reported
Savannah Sparrow.
---On February 14 at LUNA Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported Greater Scaup.
---On February 16 in Bittersweek Park in Greeley, Matthias Sirch reported
Bushtit.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 17 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-281-3314) Directions: From i-70 exist 267, take Kipling south about ¾
mile and turn right (west) on 44thAve. Go one mile west. Look for the
entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south). Meet at 0900 just inside
the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
This is a trip with easy walking, accessible for mobility impaired
individuals. Bring water and a snack; lunch optional. Good trip for
novice birders and new members. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 18 will be to Tamarack State
Wildlife Area and Associated Prairie led by Chris Goulart (cgoulart001 AT
comcast.net; 586-764-2126). Meet at 0600 at the Division of Parks and
Wildlife parking lot 2 block north of E 58th Ave on east side of Broadway:
6060 Broadway, Denver.
This will be an intense trip looking for late winter prairie and
eastern forest specialties. Target birds include Snow Geese, Greater
Prairie Chickens, and more. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, February 20 will be to Northeastern
Colorado led by david Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659).
Directions: Meet at 0500 at Colorado Park and Wildlife Office at 6060 N.
Broadway. Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to Broadway, then north
2 blocks to parking lot on right.
Special guest leader: Norm Lewis. May visit Jumbo, Red Lion, and
Tamarack and Prewitt. Prepare for this full day winter outing with
supplies of food. Possible park entry fees. Register online or contact
leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/16/18 9:35 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [cobirds] Singing Am. Dipper at Lake Estes, Larimer Co.
Enjoying a nice winter visit to Estes Park, I had a very windy walk at Lake Estes this afternoon. Just east of the Matthews-Reeser Bird Sanctuary, in the Big Thompson right by trail by the Lake, I had a male American Dipper singing his heart out. This is the first time I've heard one sing. A real treat.


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, Maryland

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Date: 2/16/18 7:35 pm
From: SeEttaM . <seettam...>
Subject: [cobirds] Fwd: Leucistic dark morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk in Otero County
I think I wasn't clear enough that the leucistic feathers on this bird are
on the distal wings so not visible in the head on photo of the hawk perched
you see when first go to my blog. To see the other photos where the
leucistic feathering is shown requires you to click on 'Read more' to go to
full blog post after you go to http//BirdsAndNature.blogspot.com

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
http//Birdsandnature.blogspot.com

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From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam...>
Date: Feb 15, 2018 11:54 PM
Subject: Leucistic dark morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk in Otero County
To: <cobirds...>
Cc:

On my drive back from an extended trip to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas I
spotted several dark morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawks including one apparent
leucism. I usually see several Harlan's Hawks every year but I have never
seen a leucistic one and it was most striking. I have uploaded several
photos of the bird onto my Birds and Nature blog
<https://birdsandnature.blogspot.com/>.

It was a productive drive from Lamar to Canon City with a total of 36
Red-tailed Hawks (including several Harlan's) and 1 Northern Harrier viewed
as I drove down H50. This corridor is usually quite productive for raptors
but was especially so this trip.

My blog has some interesting birds I photographed in the Rio Grande Valley
including Blue Bunting and Rose-throated Becard for those interested.

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

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Date: 2/16/18 5:19 pm
From: Michelle Puplava <molegrrl...>
Subject: [cobirds] Black Brant at Ketring Park in Littleton, Arapahoe County
No luck with the Brant this afternoon.
Michelle Puplava

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Date: 2/16/18 1:57 pm
From: Kathy and Jeff Dunning <mihmdunning...>
Subject: [cobirds] Archuleta County Highlights
Greetings -

Today I visited several locations in Archuleta County.

A Common Loon was present on Navajo Lake best seen from the state park
entrance area. A California Gull graced the Sailboard beach.

Echo Canyon SWA had little of note.

Along the Pagosa Riverwalk, I found a Lincoln's Sparrow and while taking
its picture I got a brief view of a stub-tailed wren. Some patience netted
me good looks and audio which appears to indicate it is of the Winter
variety.

GPS coordinates of the wren are:

37.2638,-107.0146


There is some asphalt the comes down from the road on the opposite side of
the river. The bird hangs out in the bushes and rock crevices in that area.

Good birding,
Kathy Mihm Dunning
Denver

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Date: 2/16/18 12:47 pm
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Northeast Section of Colorado Birding Trail Published


Hi all


FANTASTIC news in itself, as well for me, "Raptor Alley" is now included on
the new northeast portion of the Colorado Birding Trail! BTW there is a
trip tomorrow at 0830 at Nunn Cafe meeting place.


Northeast Section of Colorado Birding Trail published here are new areas:

- Raptor Alley - http://coloradobirdingtrail.com/site/raptor-alley/
- New Pawnee Trail -
http://coloradobirdingtrail.com/trail/eastern-plains/pawnee/
- New Sandsage Trail -
http://coloradobirdingtrail.com/trail/eastern-plains/sandsage/
- New Prairie Oases Trail -
http://coloradobirdingtrail.com/trail/eastern-plains/prairie-oases/
- Colorado Birding Trail - http://coloradobirdingtrail.com/

Thanks, Gary Lefko, Nunn

http://coloradobirder.club/


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Date: 2/16/18 12:18 pm
From: kevygudguy via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Leucistic Junco??? west Centennial in Arapahoe County
Hello Fellow Birders,
 
   This little guy just flew into my little townhouse yard in west Centennial near Holly & Arapahoe, tried unsuccessfully to land on a tube feeder, fluttered to the ground and scampered around gobbling up stuff on the ground for about five minutes, then was gone.  I'm guessing it's a leucistic junco, but that's just a wild guess.  Any help would be much appreciated!  I have a few more pix but these 3 are the best.
 
Keep Smilin',
Kevin
 
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Date: 2/16/18 9:58 am
From: Robert Righter <rorighter...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Suggestion books on Migration
Another book about migration and birds is Migration Ecology of Birds by Ian Newton. Unfortunately the book is a bit thick, but very thorough on the reasons different birds migrate or partially migrate depending upon location or not migrate but then start to migrate, and lots on how they navigate during migration. Fortunately the text is well written so it’s easy to comprehend. Lots of WOW and OMG, moments.

Bob Righter
Denver CO

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Date: 2/16/18 7:29 am
From: coloradodipper via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] The rain, the (Belmar) park, and scaupy things
Hi all:

Apologies to The Cowsills for paraphrasing their song title.

Part of the CO eBird review team have written a piece on the perils... well, difficulties, anyway, on the ID of Greater Scaup, based primarily on the scaup at Belmar Park.

<a href="http://cowyebird.blogspot.com/2018/02/greater-scaup-ebird-problem-child.html?m=1">http://cowyebird.blogspot.com/2018/02/greater-scaup-ebird-problem-child.html?m=1</a>


I thought that I would also take the opportunity to bring another post to the CO & WY eBird blog back to the forefront of eBirders’ minds:

<a href="http://cowyebird.blogspot.com/2017/08/ebird-basics-species-comments-box.html?m=1">http://cowyebird.blogspot.com/2017/08/ebird-basics-species-comments-box.html?m=1</a>


Tony

Tony Leukering
currently Keyes, OK

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Date: 2/16/18 5:55 am
From: Bob Santangelo <whiz3525...>
Subject: [cobirds] South Africa
Dang! I'm married. . .

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Date: 2/16/18 3:02 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 16, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 16 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (El Paso, Morgan, Weld)
BRANT (*Arapahoe)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont)
Greater Scaup (Arapahoe, Chaffee, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (*Montezuma)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, *El Paso, Montezuma)
Red-breasted Merganser (*Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Sandhill Crane (Baca)
Spotted Sandpiper (Mesa)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Prowers)
Greater Yellowlegs (Prowers)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
California Gulll (Adams, Larimer, *Mesa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Arapahoe, Gunnison, Jefferson)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Weld)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson, Larimer)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Ferrugious Hawk (Park)
Snowy Owl (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont, Kiowa)
Juniper Titmouse (Montezuma)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Arapahoe, Broomfield)
Winter Wren (Baca)
Bewick’s Wren (Montezuma)
Mountain Bluebird (Kiowa)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe)
Gray Catbird (Arapahoe)
Brown Thrasher (Morgan)
Northern Mockingbird (Baca)
American Pipit (*La Plata)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer, Mesa)
Lapland Longspur (Denver, Kiowa, Kit Carson)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (Kiowa, Kit Carson)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Savannah Sparrow (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Larimer, Prowers)
Swamp Sparrow (*La Plata)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe, Prowers, Summit)
Harris’s Sparrow (El Paso)
Brown-headed Cowbird (El Paso, Morgan, Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca)
Great-tailed Grackle (Prowers)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Arapahoe, *Jefferson, Prowers)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Mann Nyholt Lake, Adam Vesely reported California Gull.
---On February 12 at Barr Lake Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office and below
dam, Colin Woolley reported Say’s Phoebe.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 10 at South Platte Reservoir, William Test reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 12 at South Platte
Reservoir, Susan Broderick reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 12 at
South Platte Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported White-winged Scoter and
YELLOW-BILLED LOON and later he reported both birds in SW Bay (Jefferson).
On February 13 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian and Dale Pate
reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Suddjian, Pate, Myron Gerhard, and Frank
Farrel reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay (Jefferson); Matt Newport
reported White-winged Scoter in Arapahoe side.
---On February 11 at South Platte Park C470 area, Ben Sampson reported 7
Greater Scaup (1 on Blackrock, 6 on Eaglewatch), f Barrow’s Goldeneye on
Eaglewatch, and 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 12 at South Platte River Northern Wildlife Area to W Bowles
Ave, Ted Uhlemann reported 14 Yellow-rumped Warblers on the Mary Carter
Greenway trail. On February 13 at South Platte Park, Northern Wildlife
Area, Dale Pate and David Suddjian reported 2 Yellow-rumped (Myrtle)
Warblers and 2 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 13 at Highline Canal Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado
Blvd, Joe Roller reported Say’s Phoebe. On February 14 at High Line Canal
Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado Blvd (Three Pond and Dahlia Hollow
Parks), Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On February 14 at High Line Canal Trail E Bellview Ave to E Quincy Ave
(Blackmer Lake), Jared Del Rosso reported Pygmy Nuthatch.
---On February 14 at Ketring Park, Elaine Wagner and Doug Kibbe reported
Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird. On February 16 at Ketring Park in
Littleton, Doug Kibbe and Elaine Wagner reported BLACK BRANT.

BACA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd and Brian Johnson
reported 50 Sandhill Cranes, Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, and Rusty
Blackbird.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Sands Lake SWA, Christian Hagenlocher reported pair of
Greater Scaup.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 13 on Gun Club Road E of 112th Ave, Brian Johnson reported
Lapland Longspur.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber)
on Miranda Road in Colorado Springs. On February 1 on Miranda Road, Tony
Leukering reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
---On February 11 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Tanja Britton and
John Drummond reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Joy and Leonard Lake
reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 12 at Monument Wasterwater
Treatment Plant, Jan Allbright and Richard Bunn reported pair of Barrow’s
Goldeneyes; Heidi Eaton, Kevin Ash, and Jim Merritt reported 1 Barrow’s
Goldeneye. On February 13 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rod
Schmidt, David and Cheryl Hubbard, Alan and Mary Lynn Ketcham, and David
Tonnessen reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 14 at Monument
Watewater Treatment Plant, Alan Ketcham reported pair of Barrow’s
Goldeneye. On February 15 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chris
Brobin reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 10 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 10 at Fillmore Ridge, Rod Schmidt reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On February 13 on Hanover Road, Kevin Ash reported Ladder-backed
Woodpecker.
---On February 13 on Birdsall Road, John Drummond reported 4 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Rich Miller reported 2
Trumpeter Swans. On February 14 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Kevin Ash
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Blue Mesa Reservoir between mm 138 and mm 139 on US 50
east of Red Creek, Kathy Mimh Dunning reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.
Location was on US 50 between Red Creek and Bay of Chickens.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 10 along Ralston Creek near east edge of West Woods Golf
Course, Steven Snyder reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 10 at Standley Lake near 86th and Sims, Karl Gerken reported
Snowy Owl. He first saw it in the neighborhood
South of Standley Lake. The owl flew to the gazebo N of 86th and Simms, to
the lake. Gerken said that the ranger reported that the Snowy Owl has been
back at Standley since Thursday 2/8.
---On February 11 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Kevin DeBoer reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler. On February 15 at Wheat Ridge Greenbetl, Ginny
Bergstrom reported Yellow-rumped Warbler.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Queens State WA Queens Reservoir, JoAnn Andrews
reported Snowy Owl.
---On February 11 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported
Chihuahuan Raven, 6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 48 between CR E and CR C, Steve Mlodinow reported 2
Mountain Bluebirds and 10 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 27 between CR C and CR 3, Steve Mlodinow reported
125 Lapland Longspurs and 3 McCown’s Longspurs.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On February 11 at CR B between CR 10 and CR 11, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported 3000 Lapland Longspurs in 4 flocks of 700 – 800+,
Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown’s Longspur.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 9 at Meadow Rd, Rafter J Subdivision, Ryan Votta reported 4
Acorn Woodpeckers.
---On February 16 at Pastorius Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Jason St.
Pierre reported American Pipit and Swamp Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 8, Bill Fink, Kat Bradley-Bennet, Tina Jones and others
reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Road N of Prospect.
---On February 9 at Livermore Community Church, Sue Riffe reported 3 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 12 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 7
Common Redpoll. On February 13 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Carl Schimmel
and Arvind Panjabi reported Common Redpolls.
---On February 6 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Joey and Burke
Angstman reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 9 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Sue Riffe reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK.
On February 10 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Nick Komar and David Wade reported
AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Buffum Creek in the morning and in the afternoon Nick
Komar and Walter Wehtje reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at creek below parking
lot; Andy Bankert and Caroline Olson found the AMERICAN WOODCOCK on the
road to Bobcat Ridge on the south side by 3rd stream crossing and 15 mph
sign. On February 12 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Norm Lewis reported AMERICAN
WOODCOCK near cattails below Castle House.
---On February 12 at Wildhorse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John Reichhardt
reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 12 at Clear Spring Ranch, Jim Merritt reported
White-throated Sparrow.
---On February 12 at Carter Lake, David Dowell reported California Gull, 3
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, Iceland (kumlieni) Gull, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.
---On February 13 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Joshua
Smith reported California Gull.
---On February 13 at Running Deer NA in Fort Collins, Richard Herrington
reported Northern Goshawk.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 8 on Grand Mesa, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 10 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Aaron Yappert reported
Spotted Sandpiper.
---On February 15 at Colorado River Isaland SWA, Glenn Pearson reported 2
California Gulls.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 9 at Hwy 145 in Dolores, Aaron Yappert reported m Barrow’s
Goldeneye.
---On February 14 at McPhee Reservoir Dolores End, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Long-tailed Duck. On February 15 at Dolores Ponds (wastewater
plant) Jim Beatty reported f Long-tailed Duck in second pond past Dolores
wastewater treatment ponds. On February 14 at West End, Jim Beatty
reported 2 f Red-breasted Mergansers.
---On February 14 at Sand Canyon Trail, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported 6
Juniper Titmouse and 3 Bewick’s Wrens.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Jackson Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater
White-fronted Gees, Brown Thrasher, and 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

PARK COUNTY:
---On February 13 in town of Jefferson, Jerry Baines reported 3 Ferruginous
Hawks and 40 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Lamar Community College Woods, Brian Johnson reported
Red Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal. On February 17 at Lamar Community
College Woods, Adam Vesely reported Red Fox Sparrow, 2 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, White-throated Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 9 at Willow Creek in Lamar, Ted Floyd reported Hermit
Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler,
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler, and Northern Cardinal. On February 9 at
Willow Creek Park, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red Fox
Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and singing m Great-tailed Grackle.
---On February 9 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Chip Clouse reported Greater
Yellowlegs. On February 10 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Paula Moyers
reported 3 Lesser Yellowlegs; Sharon Stiteler reported 2 Greater Yellowlegs.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--- On February 10 at 40th Lane, JoAnn Riggle reported 4 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Bills Ranch Lake, Ryan Bushong reported White-throated
Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Woods Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Black-crowned
Night-Heron.
---On February 13 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow Reported
Savannah Sparrow.
---On February 14 at LUNA Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported Greater Scaup.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 17 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-281-3314) Directions: From i-70 exist 267, take Kipling south about ¾
mile and turn right (west) on 44thAve. Go one mile west. Look for the
entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south). Meet at 0900 just inside
the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
This is a trip with easy walking, accessible for mobility impaired
individuals. Bring water and a snack; lunch optional. Good trip for
novice birders and new members. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 18 will be to Tamarack State
Wildlife Area and Associated Prairie led by Chris Goulart (cgoulart001 AT
comcast.net; 586-764-2126). Meet at 0600 at the Division of Parks and
Wildlife parking lot 2 block north of E 58th Ave on east side of Broadway:
6060 Broadway, Denver.
This will be an intense trip looking for late winter prairie and
eastern forest specialties. Target birds include Snow Geese, Greater
Prairie Chickens, and more. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, February 20 will be to Northeastern
Colorado led by david Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659).
Directions: Meet at 0500 at Colorado Park and Wildlife Office at 6060 N.
Broadway. Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to Broadway, then north
2 blocks to parking lot on right.
Special guest leader: Norm Lewis. May visit Jumbo, Red Lion, and
Tamarack and Prewitt. Prepare for this full day winter outing with
supplies of food. Possible park entry fees. Register online or contact
leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/15/18 10:54 pm
From: SeEttaM . <seettam...>
Subject: [cobirds] Leucistic dark morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk in Otero County
On my drive back from an extended trip to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas I
spotted several dark morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawks including one apparent
leucism. I usually see several Harlan's Hawks every year but I have never
seen a leucistic one and it was most striking. I have uploaded several
photos of the bird onto my Birds and Nature blog
<https://birdsandnature.blogspot.com/>.

It was a productive drive from Lamar to Canon City with a total of 36
Red-tailed Hawks (including several Harlan's) and 1 Northern Harrier viewed
as I drove down H50. This corridor is usually quite productive for raptors
but was especially so this trip.

My blog has some interesting birds I photographed in the Rio Grande Valley
including Blue Bunting and Rose-throated Becard for those interested.

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

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Date: 2/15/18 2:46 pm
From: Douglas Kibbe <mackenziegoldthwait...>
Subject: [cobirds] Black Brant at Ketring Park in Littleton, Arapahoe County
Special thanks are owed to Bob Santangalo who pointed out the Black Brant
feeding (with several hundred white-cheeked geese) on the lawn at Ketring
Park to us this afternoon.
The brant is relatively tame but appeared ready to fly when several of the
white cheeked geese departed.
Doug Kibbe
Littleton

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Date: 2/15/18 12:47 pm
From: <joe......> <joega140...>
Subject: [cobirds] Redpoll Returns, Woodland Park
The male Common Redpoll returned for another brief visit to yard area on
2-15.


Joe LaFleur
Woodland Park, Teller County, 8500 feet

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Date: 2/15/18 8:25 am
From: Tim Johnson <johnsthotrnstn...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: suggestions for books on migration
We like the Atlas of Bird Migration edited by Jonathan Elphick, published
by the Natural History Museum of the United Kingdom, 2007 or later. Lots
of maps, but not specific to Colorado. Candice and Tim Johnson, Denver

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 8:16:11 PM UTC-7, <wwi......> wrote:
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> I would welcome suggestions for books on bird migration, including maps,
> not necessarily but preferably with information specific to Colorado.
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> willem van vliet--
> Boulder
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Date: 2/15/18 3:16 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 15, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 15 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (El Paso, Morgan, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont)
Greater Scaup (Arapahoe, Chaffee, *Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (*Montezuma)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, *El Paso, Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Sandhill Crane (Baca)
Least Sandpiper (La Plata)
Spotted Sandpiper (*Mesa)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Prowers)
Greater Yellowlegs (Prowers)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
California Gulll (Adams, Larimer)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Arapahoe, Gunnison, Jefferson)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (*Weld)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson, *Larimer)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Ferrugious Hawk (Park)
Snowy Owl (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams)
Chihuahuan Raven (El Paso, Fremont, Kiowa)
Juniper Titmouse (*Montezuma)
Pygmy Nuthatch (*Arapahoe, Broomfield)
Winter Wren (Baca)
Bewick’s Wren (*Montezuma)
Mountain Bluebird (Kiowa)
Hermit Thrush (*Arapahoe)
Gray Catbird (*Arapahoe)
Brown Thrasher (Morgan)
Northern Mockingbird (Baca)
American Pipit (La Plata)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer, Mesa)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe)
Lapland Longspur (El Paso, Denver, Kiowa, Kit Carson)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (Kiowa, Kit Carson)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Savannah Sparrow (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Larimer, *Prowers)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe, *Prowers, Summit)
Harris’s Sparrow (El Paso)
Brown-headed Cowbird (El Paso, Morgan, Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca)
Great-tailed Grackle (Prowers)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Arapahoe, Jefferson, *Prowers)
Northern Cardinal (*Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Mann Nyholt Lake, Adam Vesely reported California Gull.
---On February 12 at Barr Lake Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office and below
dam, Colin Woolley reported Say’s Phoebe.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 9 at South Platte Reservoir, Mark Burns reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON in SW Bay (Jefferson); Kevin Ash
and Jerry DeBoer reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON on the
Arapahoe county side. On February 10 at South Platte Reservoir, William
Test reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 12
at South Platte Reservoir, Susan Broderick reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On
February 12 at South Platte Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON and later he reported both birds
in SW Bay (Jefferson). On February 13 at South Platte Reservoir, David
Suddjian and Dale Pate reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Suddjian, Pate, Myron
Gerhard, and Frank Farrel reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay
(Jefferson); Matt Newport reported White-winged Scoter in Arapahoe side.
---On February 8 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian reported Red
Crossbill.
---On February 8 at E Crescent Parkway, Edward Donnan reported f Red
Crossbill.
---On February 9 at S Platte River from W Bowles Ave to S Prince, Betty
Glass reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 11 at South Platte Park C470 area, Ben Sampson reported 7
Greater Scaup (1 on Blackrock, 6 on Eaglewatch), f Barrow’s Goldeneye on
Eaglewatch, and 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 12 at South Platte River Northern Wildlife Area to W Bowles
Ave, Ted Uhlemann reported 14 Yellow-rumped Warblers on the Mary Carter
Greenway trail. On February 13 at South Platte Park, Northern Wildlife
Area, Dale Pate and David Suddjian reported 2 Yellow-rumped (Myrtle)
Warblers and 2 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 13 at Highline Canal Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado
Blvd, Joe Roller reported Say’s Phoebe. On February 14 at High Line Canal
Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado Blvd (Three Pond and Dahlia Hollow
Parks), Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On February 14 at High Line Canal Trail E Bellview Ave to E Quincy Ave
(Blackmer Lake), Jared Del Rosso reported Pygmy Nuthatch.
---On February 14 at Ketring Park, Elaine Wagner and Doug Kibbe reported
Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird.

BACA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd and Brian Johnson
reported 50 Sandhill Cranes, Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, and Rusty
Blackbird.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Sands Lake SWA, Christian Hagenlocher reported pair of
Greater Scaup.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 13 on Gun Club Road E of 112th Ave, Brian Johnson reported
Lapland Longspur.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber)
on Miranda Road in Colorado Springs. On February 1 on Miranda Road, Tony
Leukering reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
---On February 6 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw
reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 7 at Monument Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw reported a pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes and
Gloria Nikolai reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 8 at Monument
Wastewater Treatment Plant, Jacqueline Heyda and Terence Berger reported m
Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 11 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant,
Tanja Britton and John Drummond reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Joy
and Leonard Lake reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 12 at Monument
Wasterwater Treatment Plant, Jan Allbright and Richard Bunn reported pair
of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Heidi Eaton, Kevin Ash, and Jim Merritt reported 1
Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 13 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant,
Rod Schmidt, David and Cheryl Hubbard, Alan and Mary Lynn Ketcham, and
David Tonnessen reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 14 at Monument
Watewater Treatment Plant, Alan Ketcham reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 8 at Hanover Road, Jim Merritt reported Chihuahuan Raven and
6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 10 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 10 at Fillmore Ridge, Rod Schmidt reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On February 13 on Hanover Road, Kevin Ash reported Ladder-backed
Woodpecker.
---On February 13 on Birdsall Road, John Drummond reported 4 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Rich Miller reported 2
Trumpeter Swans. On February 14 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Kevin Ash
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Blue Mesa Reservoir between mm 138 and mm 139 on US 50
east of Red Creek, Kathy Mimh Dunning reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.
Location was on US 50 between Red Creek and Bay of Chickens.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 10 along Ralston Creek near east edge of West Woods Golf
Course, Steven Snyder reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 10 at Standley Lake near 86th and Sims, Karl Gerken reported
Snowy Owl. He first saw it in the neighborhood
South of Standley Lake. The owl flew to the gazebo N of 86th and Simms, to
the lake. Gerken said that the ranger reported that the Snowy Owl has been
back at Standley since Thursday 2/8.
---On February 11 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Kevin DeBoer reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Queens State WA Queens Reservoir, JoAnn Andrews
reported Snowy Owl.
---On February 11 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported
Chihuahuan Raven, 6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 48 between CR E and CR C, Steve Mlodinow reported 2
Mountain Bluebirds and 10 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 27 between CR C and CR 3, Steve Mlodinow reported
125 Lapland Longspurs and 3 McCown’s Longspurs.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On February 11 at CR B between CR 10 and CR 11, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported 3000 Lapland Longspurs in 4 flocks of 700 – 800+,
Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown’s Longspur.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On Februrary 4 at Pastorius Reservoir, Jason and Amanda St Pierre
reported Least Sandpiper; Martin Cuntz reported 2 Least Sandpiper and 2
American Pipits. On February 8 at Pastorius Reservoir, Eric Hynes and Ryan
Votta reported 2 American Pipits.
---On February 8 at Vallecito Reservor Pura Vida Café, Eric Hynes reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 9 at Meadow Rd, Rafter J Subdivision, Ryan Votta reported 4
Acorn Woodpeckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 8, Bill Fink, Kat Bradley-Bennet, Tina Jones and others
reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Road N of Prospect.
---On February 9 at Livermore Community Church, Sue Riffe reported 3 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 12 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 7
Common Redpoll. On February 13 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Carl Schimmel
and Arvind Panjabi reported Common Redpolls.
---On February 6 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Joey and Burke
Angstman reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 9 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Sue Riffe reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK.
On February 10 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Nick Komar and David Wade reported
AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Buffum Creek in the morning and in the afternoon Nick
Komar and Walter Wehtje reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at creek below parking
lot; Andy Bankert and Caroline Olson found the AMERICAN WOODCOCK on the
road to Bobcat Ridge on the south side by 3rd stream crossing and 15 mph
sign. On February 12 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Norm Lewis reported AMERICAN
WOODCOCK near cattails below Castle House.
---On February 12 at Wildhorse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John Reichhardt
reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 12 at Clear Spring Ranch, Jim Merritt reported
White-throated Sparrow.
---On February 12 at Carter Lake, David Dowell reported California Gull, 3
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, Iceland (kumlieni) Gull, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.
---On February 13 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Joshua
Smith reported California Gull.
---On February 13 at Running Deer NA in Fort Collins, Richard Herrington
reported Northern Goshawk.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 8 on Grand Mesa, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 10 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Aaron Yappert reported
Spotted Sandpiper.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 9 at Hwy 145 in Dolores, Aaron Yappert reported m Barrow’s
Goldeneye.
---On February 14 at McPhee Reservoir Dolores End, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Long-tailed Duck.
---On February 14 at Sand Canyon Trail, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported 6
Juniper Titmouse and 3 Bewick’s Wrens.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Jackson Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater
White-fronted Gees, Brown Thrasher, and 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

PARK COUNTY:
---On February 13 in town of Jefferson, Jerry Baines reported 3 Ferruginous
Hawks and 40 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 6 at Lamar Community College Woods, Jane Stulp and Janeal
Thompson reported Red Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal. On February 7 at
Lamar Community College Woods, Dorothy Russell reported Fox Sparrow. On
February 10 at Lamar Community College Woods, Brian Johnson reported Red
Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal. On February 17 at Lamar Community
College Woods, Adam Vesely reported Red Fox Sparrow, 2 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, White-throated Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 9 at Willow Creek in Lamar, Ted Floyd reported Hermit
Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler,
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler, and Northern Cardinal. On February 9 at
Willow Creek Park, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red Fox
Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and singing m Great-tailed Grackle.
---On February 9 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Chip Clouse reported Greater
Yellowlegs. On February 10 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Paula Moyers
reported 3 Lesser Yellowlegs; Sharon Stiteler reported 2 Greater Yellowlegs.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--- On February 10 at 40th Lane, JoAnn Riggle reported 4 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Bills Ranch Lake, Ryan Bushong reported White-throated
Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Woods Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Black-crowned
Night-Heron.
---On February 13 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow Reported
Savannah Sparrow.
---On February 14 at LUNA Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported Greater Scaup.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 17 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-281-3314) Directions: From i-70 exist 267, take Kipling south about ¾
mile and turn right (west) on 44thAve. Go one mile west. Look for the
entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south). Meet at 0900 just inside
the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
This is a trip with easy walking, accessible for mobility impaired
individuals. Bring water and a snack; lunch optional. Good trip for
novice birders and new members. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 18 will be to Tamarack State
Wildlife Area and Associated Prairie led by Chris Goulart (cgoulart001 AT
comcast.net; 586-764-2126). Meet at 0600 at the Division of Parks and
Wildlife parking lot 2 block north of E 58th Ave on east side of Broadway:
6060 Broadway, Denver.
This will be an intense trip looking for late winter prairie and
eastern forest specialties. Target birds include Snow Geese, Greater
Prairie Chickens, and more. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, February 20 will be to Northeastern
Colorado led by david Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659).
Directions: Meet at 0500 at Colorado Park and Wildlife Office at 6060 N.
Broadway. Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to Broadway, then north
2 blocks to parking lot on right.
Special guest leader: Norm Lewis. May visit Jumbo, Red Lion, and
Tamarack and Prewitt. Prepare for this full day winter outing with
supplies of food. Possible park entry fees. Register online or contact
leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/14/18 7:16 pm
From: <wwillem...>
Subject: [cobirds] suggestions for books on migration

I would welcome suggestions for books on bird migration, including maps,
not necessarily but preferably with information specific to Colorado.

willem van vliet--
Boulder

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Date: 2/14/18 3:27 pm
From: <mvjohnski...>
Subject: [cobirds] Water is Flowing at Monte Vista NWR
Today, my wife Lisa and I observed that the water has been turned onto the
wetlands, and birds are starting to gather there. Best place to see these
birds is along Co Hwy 15, 6 miles south of Monte Vista. Did not have a
chance to glass through them because of other errands, but will give you a
report soon as we can. The magic of migration begins....

John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO

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Date: 2/14/18 10:10 am
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...>
Subject: [cobirds] High Line Canal Trail - Arapahoe Co.
This morning (2/14), I walked one of my dogs along the High Line Canal
Trail from Three Ponds Park to Blackmer Lake (Arapahoe Co.). A Hermit
Thrush continued around the small marsh off the High Line near Dahlia
Hollow Park. Around the park were a handful of White-breasted and
Red-breasted Nuthatches and a Brown Creeper. I didn't see the
White-throated Sparrow that was around there last month.

Nearer to Blackmer, we had a few Pygmy Nuthatches and a flock of at least
70 Cedar Waxwings (along with many starlings and robins) down in the brushy
growth near the lake.

- Jared Del Rosso
Centennial, CO

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Date: 2/14/18 9:20 am
From: Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Worm-eating shrikes, Crowley & Lincoln Counties; and other matters

It was great birding with you Ted at the Black Hole and John Martin
Reservoir. The festival was great fun.
Brian Johnson,
Englewood CO

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Date: 2/14/18 7:37 am
From: Elaine Coley <elbo898...>
Subject: [cobirds] Common Mergs and Dipper, Loveland, Larimer
24 Common Mergansers basking in Yard Waste Pond this afternoon.

American Dipper has been on the Big Thompson River here behind my house for
the past 2 weeks or so. First Dipper we have seen since the 2013 flood, so
very welcome. Hope this means the river is recovering after flood and all
the mitigation work last winter.

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Elaine Coley, Big Thompson Rec Trail, halfway between Taft and Wilson,
Loveland

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Date: 2/14/18 7:37 am
From: Norman Erthal <normerthal...>
Subject: [cobirds] South Africa
I have a space for my upcoming birding trip to South Africa on October 23
to November 11 for a single male. The announcement of these trips have been
approved by the board, Please contact me directly for information.
Norm Erthal
Arvada, CO

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Date: 2/14/18 3:35 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 14, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, February 14 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (El Paso, *Morgan, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont
Greater Scaup (Arapahoe, Chaffee)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, *El Paso, Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Sandhill Crane (Baca)
Least Sandpiper (La Plata)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Prowers)
Greater Yellowlegs (Prowers)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
California Gulll (Adams, *Larimer)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, *Larimer, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, *Gunnison, Jefferson)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (*Weld)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Ferrugious Hawk (*Park)
Snowy Owl (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams, *Arapahoe)
Chihuahuan Raven (El Paso, Fremont, Kiowa)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Broomfield)
Winter Wren (Baca)
Mountain Bluebird (Kiowa)
Brown Thrasher (*Morgan)
Northern Mockingbird (Baca)
American Pipit (La Plata)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Park)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, *Larimer, Mesa)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe)
Lapland Longspur (El Paso, *Denver, Kiowa, Kit Carson)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (Kiowa, Kit Carson)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Savannah Sparrow (*Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Larimer, Prowers)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe, Summit)
Harris’s Sparrow (El Paso)
Brown-headed Cowbird (*El Paso, *Morgan, Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca)
Great-tailed Grackle (Prowers)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Arapahoe, Jefferson, Prowers)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Mann Nyholt Lake, Adam Vesely reported California Gull.
---On February 12 at Barr Lake Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office and below
dam, Colin Woolley reported Say’s Phoebe.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 9 at South Platte Reservoir, Mark Burns reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON in SW Bay (Jefferson); Kevin Ash
and Jerry DeBoer reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON on the
Arapahoe county side. On February 10 at South Platte Reservoir, William
Test reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 12
at South Platte Reservoir, Susan Broderick reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On
February 12 at South Platte Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported
White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON and later he reported both birds
in SW Bay (Jefferson). On February 13 at South Platte Reservoir, David
Suddjian and Dale Pate reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Suddjian, Pate, Myron
Gerhard, and Frank Farrel reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay
(Jefferson); Matt Newport reported White-winged Scoter in Arapahoe side.
---On February 8 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian reported Red
Crossbill.
---On February 8 at E Crescent Parkway, Edward Donnan reported f Red
Crossbill.
---On February 9 at S Platte River from W Bowles Ave to S Prince, Betty
Glass reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 11 at South Platte Park C470 area, Ben Sampson reported 7
Greater Scaup (1 on Blackrock, 6 on Eaglewatch), f Barrow’s Goldeneye on
Eaglewatch, and 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 12 at South Platte River Northern Wildlife Area to W Bowles
Ave, Ted Uhlemann reported 14 Yellow-rumped Warblers on the Mary Carter
Greenway trail. On February 13 at South Platte Park, Northern Wildlife
Area, Dale Pate and David Suddjian reported 2 Yellow-rumped (Myrtle)
Warblers and 2 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 13 at Highline Canal Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado
Blvd, Joe Roller reported Say’s Phoebe.

BACA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd and Brian Johnson
reported 50 Sandhill Cranes, Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, and Rusty
Blackbird.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Sands Lake SWA, Christian Hagenlocher reported pair of
Greater Scaup.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 13 on Gun Club Road E of 112th Ave, Brian Johnson reported
Lapland Longspur.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber)
on Miranda Road in Colorado Springs. On February 1 on Miranda Road, Tony
Leukering reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
---On February 6 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw
reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 7 at Monument Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw reported a pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes and
Gloria Nikolai reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 8 at Monument
Wastewater Treatment Plant, Jacqueline Heyda and Terence Berger reported m
Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 11 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant,
Tanja Britton and John Drummond reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Joy
and Leonard Lake reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 12 at Monument
Wasterwater Treatment Plant, Jan Allbright and Richard Bunn reported pair
of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Heidi Eaton, Kevin Ash, and Jim Merritt reported 1
Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 13 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant,
Rod Schmidt, David and Cheryl Hubbard, Alan and Mary Lynn Ketcham, and
David Tonnessen reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 8 at Hanover Road, Jim Merritt reported Chihuahuan Raven and
6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 10 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 10 at Fillmore Ridge, Rod Schmidt reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On February 13 on Hanover Road, Kevin Ash reported Ladder-backed
Woodpecker.
---On February 13 on Birdsall Road, John Drummond reported 4 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Rich Miller reported 2
Trumpeter Swans.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Bue Mesa Reservoir between mm 138 and mm 139 on US 50
east of Red Creek, Kathy Mimh Dunning reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 10 along Ralston Creek near east edge of West Woods Golf
Course, Steven Snyder reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 10 at Standley Lake near 86th and Sims, Karl Gerken reported
Snowy Owl. He first saw it in the neighborhood
South of Standley Lake. The owl flew to the gazebo N of 86th and Simms, to
the lake. Gerken said that the ranger reported that the Snowy Owl has been
back at Standley since Thursday 2/8.
---On February 11 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Kevin DeBoer reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Queens State WA Queens Reservoir, JoAnn Andrews
reported Snowy Owl.
---On February 11 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported
Chihuahuan Raven, 6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 48 between CR E and CR C, Steve Mlodinow reported 2
Mountain Bluebirds and 10 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 27 between CR C and CR 3, Steve Mlodinow reported
125 Lapland Longspurs and 3 McCown’s Longspurs.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On February 11 at CR B between CR 10 and CR 11, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported 3000 Lapland Longspurs in 4 flocks of 700 – 800+,
Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown’s Longspur.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On Februrary 4 at Pastorius Reservoir, Jason and Amanda St Pierre
reported Least Sandpiper; Martin Cuntz reported 2 Least Sandpiper and 2
American Pipits. On February 8 at Pastorius Reservoir, Eric Hynes and Ryan
Votta reported 2 American Pipits.
---On February 8 at Vallecito Reservor Pura Vida Café, Eric Hynes reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 9 at Meadow Rd, Rafter J Subdivision, Ryan Votta reported 4
Acorn Woodpeckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 8, Bill Fink, Kat Bradley-Bennet, Tina Jones and others
reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Road N of Prospect.
---On February 9 at Livermore Community Church, Sue Riffe reported 3 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 12 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 7
Common Redpoll. On February 13 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Carl Schimmel
and Arvind Panjabi reported Common Redpolls.
---On February 6 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Joey and Burke
Angstman reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 9 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Sue Riffe reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK.
On February 10 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Nick Komar and David Wade reported
AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Buffum Creek in the morning and in the afternoon Nick
Komar and Walter Wehtje reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at creek below parking
lot; Andy Bankert and Caroline Olson found the AMERICAN WOODCOCK on the
road to Bobcat Ridge on the south side by 3rd stream crossing and 15 mph
sign. On February 12 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Norm Lewis reported AMERICAN
WOODCOCK near cattails below Castle House.
---On February 12 at Wildhorse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John Reichhardt
reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 12 at Clear Spring Ranch, Jim Merritt reported
White-throated Sparrow.
---On February 12 at Carter Lake, David Dowell reported California Gull, 3
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, Iceland (kumlieni) Gull, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.
---On February 13 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Joshua
Smith reported California Gull.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 8 on Grand Mesa, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 10 Common
Redpoll.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 9 at Hwy 145 in Dolores, Aaron Yappert reported m Barrow’s
Goldeneye.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Jackson Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater
White-fronted Gees, Brown Thrasher, and 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

PARK COUNTY:
---On February 13 in town of Jefferson, Jerry Baines reported 3 Ferruginous
Hawks and 40 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 6 at Lamar Community College Woods, Jane Stulp and Janeal
Thompson reported Red Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal. On February 7 at
Lamar Community College Woods, Dorothy Russell reported Fox Sparrow. On
February 10 at Lamar Community College Woods, Brian Johnson reported Red
Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 9 at Willow Creek in Lamar, Ted Floyd reported Hermit
Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler,
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler, and Northern Cardinal. On February 9 at
Willow Creek Park, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red Fox
Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and singing m Great-tailed Grackle.
---On February 9 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Chip Clouse reported Greater
Yellowlegs. On February 10 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Paula Moyers
reported 3 Lesser Yellowlegs; Sharon Stiteler reported 2 Greater Yellowlegs.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--- On February 10 at 40th Lane, JoAnn Riggle reported 4 Brown-headed
Cowbirds.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Bills Ranch Lake, Ryan Bushong reported White-throated
Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 13 at Woods Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Black-crowned
Night-Heron.
---On February 13 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow Reported
Savannah Sparrow.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 17 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-281-3314) Directions: From i-70 exist 267, take Kipling south about ¾
mile and turn right (west) on 44thAve. Go one mile west. Look for the
entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south). Meet at 0900 just inside
the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
This is a trip with easy walking, accessible for mobility impaired
individuals. Bring water and a snack; lunch optional. Good trip for
novice birders and new members. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 18 will be to Tamarack State
Wildlife Area and Associated Prairie led by Chris Goulart (cgoulart001 AT
comcast.net; 586-764-2126). Meet at 0600 at the Division of Parks and
Wildlife parking lot 2 block north of E 58th Ave on east side of Broadway:
6060 Broadway, Denver.
This will be an intense trip looking for late winter prairie and
eastern forest specialties. Target birds include Snow Geese, Greater
Prairie Chickens, and more. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, February 20 will be to Northeastern
Colorado led by david Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659).
Directions: Meet at 0500 at Colorado Park and Wildlife Office at 6060 N.
Broadway. Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to Broadway, then north
2 blocks to parking lot on right.
Special guest leader: Norm Lewis. May visit Jumbo, Red Lion, and
Tamarack and Prewitt. Prepare for this full day winter outing with
supplies of food. Possible park entry fees. Register online or contact
leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/13/18 4:13 pm
From: 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Hey Sweetie - Douglas & Adams
February birds singing.

In our Franktown yard in the past week we have heard singing: Black-capped and Mountain Chickadees, House Finches, and Dark-eyed Juncos.

Today at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on the Wildlife Drive and heard (and saw) singing Western Meadowlarks and Horned Larks. (Also a couple of Ferruginous Hawks, several Red-tails, a harrier, several Bald Eagles, and a Great Horned Owl on a nest.)

Snow on Thursday?


Hugh Kingery
Franktown, CO

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Date: 2/13/18 2:47 pm
From: Charlie Chase <charlesachase3...>
Subject: [cobirds] Sandhill Crane at Walcott Lake
A Sandhill Crane was seen at Walcott Lake near Sheridan and Yale, 12 Feb
2018 in the snow at the edge of the lake.


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Date: 2/13/18 9:12 am
From: 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Common redpolls, Horsetooth mountain park, Larimer county
Redpolls were back again this morning, same place.
Arvind PanjabiFort Collins 

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The Redpoll flock is back again at the same brushy draw, about 300 yards from the main parking lot trailhead along the pedestrian/hiking trail.

They were hunkered down on the ground and flushed as I approached but returned immediately to the ground where they are presumably foraging for something, but they are difficult to see once they go down so I have no idea what they’re getting. Whatever it is it must be better than what I am offering at my feeders, which are only about 1/4 mile away. As before, they were first detected by voice giving soft, frequent ‘chup’ notes. These birds have not been reliable, but this is now the fourth time I’ve run into them in this same draw.  I suspect they might stick around there for a few hours during the snow.
Arvind Panjabi5500’ on the north slope of Milner MountainLarimer, Co.

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Date: 2/13/18 8:41 am
From: Paula Hansley <redstart.paula...>
Subject: [cobirds] Cedar Waxwings, IHop, Superior, Boulder Co.
At least 32 Cedar Waxwings are resting in deciduous trees on the north side of the IHOP restaurant Marshall Rd. now, 9:35 am. I think there may be more waxwings in other trees in the shopping center.

Paula Hansley
Louisville

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Date: 2/13/18 6:06 am
From: Mary Cay <mcburger3...>
Subject: [cobirds] eBird's Chris Wood at DFO 7pm Monday Feb.19
Chris Wood, Asst. Director of Information Science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will speak about eBird at the Denver Field Ornithologists meeting Monday February 19. Much of Wood&rsquo;s time is now focused on eBird, which has grown from a small traditional citizen science project into a collaborative global enterpriseThe DFO meeting is held at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science at 20th & Colorado Blvd. Park on the north side of the building and enter through the security door between 6:30 and 7pm. Meetings start at 7pmand are free and open to the public. Mary C Burger
10826 E Maplewood Pl
Englewood, Co 80111

720.940.8394
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Date: 2/13/18 3:13 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 13 February 2018
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 13 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (El Paso, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont)
Greater Scaup (Arapahoe, Chaffee, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson, Pueblo)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, *El Paso, Garfield, Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Virginia Rail (Huerfano)
Sandhill Crane (Baca)
Least Sandpiper (La Plata)
Long-billed Dowitcher (Adams)
Spotted Sandpiper (Garfield)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Prowers)
Greater Yellowlegs (Prowers)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (*Larimer)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Fremont)
California Gulll (Archuleta, Adams, *Larimer, Weld)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, *Larimer, Pueblo, Weld)
Glaucous Gull (*Larimer)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Snowy Owl (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Say’s Phoebe (*Adams, Arapahoe)
Chihuahuan Raven (El Paso, Fremont, *Kiowa)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Arapahoe, *Broomfield)
Winter Wren (Arapahoe, Baca)
Mountain Bluebird (Adams, *Kiowa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Sage Thrasher (Huerfano)
Northern Mockingbird (Baca)
American Pipit (La Plata)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Teller)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, *Larimer, Mesa)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe)
Lapland Longspur (El Paso, *Kiowa, *Kit Carson)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (*Kiowa, *Kit Carson)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Fox Sparrow (Larimer, Prowers)
White-throated Sparrow (*Arapahoe, Summit)
Harris’s Sparrow (El Paso)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Mesa)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Pueblo)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Mesa, Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca)
Great-tailed Grackle (Prowers)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson, Prowers)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 3 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, Camereon Carver reported
Mountain Bluebird. On February 5 at Rocky Mt Arsenal NWR, Eric DeFonso
reported California Gull.
---On February 6 at S Platte River and York, Joe Roller reported
Long-billed Dowitcher. On February 7 at S Platte River and 58th Ave,
Candice Johnson reported Long-billed Dowitcher.
---On February 6 at E 136th Ave, Tony Leukering reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 6 at First Creek at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Lorraine Lanning
reported Mountain Bluebird along Buckley at trail entrance.
---On February 11 at Mann Nyholt Lake, Adam Vesely reported California Gull.
---On February 12 at Barr Lake Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office and below
dam, Colin Woolley reported Say’s Phoebe.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On February 4 at S Platte Reservoir, Weston Petty reported White-winged
Scoter. On February 6 at South Platte Reservoir, Betty Glass reported
White-winged Scoter; Dale Pate reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Doug Kibbe
reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON in SW Bay (Arapahoe).
On February 7 at South Platte Reservir, Anna Lenshek reported White-winged
Scoter and Say’s Phoebe; David and Cheryl Hubbark reported White-winged
Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 9 at South Platte Reservoir,
Mark Burns reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON in SW Bay
(Jefferson); Kevin Ash and Jerry DeBoer reported White-winged Scoter and
YELLOW-BILLED LOON on the Arapahoe county side. On February 10 at South
Platte Reservoir, William Test reported White-winged Scoter and
YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 12 at South Platte Reservoir, Susan
Broderick reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON. On February 12 at South Platte
Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED
LOON and later he reported both birds in SW Bay (Jefferson).
---On February 5 at Crescent Pkwy, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Tony Leukering
reported Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 4 at Ketring Park and Lake, Kay Rasmussen reported Winter
Wren.
---On February 6 at E Crescent Parkway in Greenwood Village, Diane Roberts
and Tim Ryan reported Winter Wren. On February 7 at E Crescent Parkway,
Bez Bezuidenhout reported Winter Wren.
---On February 6 at Robert Tartaglia Pavilion, Eric DeFonso reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 7 at Dahlia Hollow Park, Bez Bezuidenhout reported 2 Pygmy
Nuthatch.
---On February 7 at South Platte Park Northern Wildlife Area, Brian Johnson
reported 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers and Anna Lenshek reported 8 Yellow-rumped
Warblers near Carson Nature Center.
---On February 8 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian reported Red
Crossbill.
---On February 8 at E Crescent Parkway, Edward Donnan reported f Red
Crossbill.
---On February 9 at S Platte River from W Bowles Ave to S Prince, Betty
Glass reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 11 at South Platte Park C470 area, Ben Sampson reported 7
Greater Scaup (1 on Blackrock, 6 on Eaglewatch), f Barrow’s Goldeneye on
Eaglewatch, and 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 12 at South Platte River Northern Wildlife Area to W Bowles
Ave, Ted Uhlemann reported 14 Yellow-rumped Warblers on the Mary Carter
Greenway trail.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On February 6 at Navajo SP, Jim Beatty reported 2 California Gulls.

BACA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd and Brian Johnson
reported 50 Sandhill Cranes, Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, and Rusty
Blackbird.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Sands Lake SWA, Christian Hagenlocher reported pair of
Greater Scaup.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber)
on Miranda Road in Colorado Springs. On February 1 on Miranda Road, Tony
Leukering reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
---On February 4 on S Meridian Road and Hanover Road, Chris Brobin reported
Greater Roadrunner and Lapland Longspur.
---On February 5 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Jim Merritt reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On February 5 at Peyton Rd and Squirrel Creek intersection, Diana Beatty
reported 4 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 5 at Hanover Fire Station, David and Cheryl Hubbard reported
Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On February 6 at De Groot and Loop, Rod Schmidt reported Curve-billed
Thrasher.
---On February 6 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw
reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 7 at Monument Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw reported a pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes and
Gloria Nikolai reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 8 at Monument
Wastewater Treatment Plant, Jacqueline Heyda and Terence Berger reported m
Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 11 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant,
Tanja Britton and John Drummond reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Joy
and Leonard Lake reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye. On February 12 at Monument
Wasterwater Treatment Plant, Jan Allbright and Richard Bunn reported pair
of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Heidi Eaton, Kevin Ash, and Jim Merritt reported 1
Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 8 at Hanover Road, Jim Merritt reported Chihuahuan Raven and
6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 10 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 10 at Fillmore Ridge, Rod Schmidt reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 5 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer reported 2
Trumpeter Swans. On February 7 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Alan Ketcham and
Jim Merritt reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s Grebe.
---On February 6 at West Valco Pond in Canon City, Rich Miller reported juv
Black-legged Kittiwake which was also seen by Jerry DeBoer and Tony
Leukering. On February 7 at Valco Ponds in Canon City, John Drummond
reported that the Black-legged Kittiwake was flying between the two ponds;
Alan Ketcham, Jim Merritt and David Chartier also reported Black-legged
Kittiwake

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On February 5 at Devereux Rd and Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs,
Catherine Hagen and JoAnn Riggle reported Barrow’s Goldeneye and Spotted
Sandpiper.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
---On February 4 at Lathrop SP, Tony Leukering reported 4 Virginia Rails
from SE corner of Lake Oehm.
---On February 7 at Lake Maria, Tony Leukering reported Sage Thrasher.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 7 at Mount Falcon Park, Myron Gerhard reported Northern
Goshawk.
---On February 7 on Conifer mountain road, Ira Sanders and Gwen Moor
reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 10 along Ralston Creek near east edge of West Woods Golf
Course, Steven Snyder reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 10 at Standley Lake near 86th and Sims, Karl Gerken reported
Snowy Owl. He first saw it in the neighborhood
South of Standley Lake. The owl flew to the gazebo N of 86th and Simms, to
the lake. Gerken said that the ranger reported that the Snowy Owl has been
back at Standley since Thursday 2/8.
---On February 11 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Kevin DeBoer reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Queens State WA Queens Reservoir, JoAnn Andrews
reported Snowy Owl.
---On February 11 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported
Chihuahuan Raven, 6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 48 between CR E and CR C, Steve Mlodinow reported 2
Mountain Bluebirds and 10 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 27 between CR C and CR 3, Steve Mlodinow reported
125 Lapland Longspurs and 3 McCown’s Longspurs.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On February 11 at CR B between CR 10 and CR 11, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported 3000 Lapland Longspurs in 4 flocks of 700 – 800+,
Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown’s Longspur.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On Februrary 4 at Pastorius Reservoir, Jason and Amanda St Pierre
reported Least Sandpiper; Martin Cuntz reported 2 Least Sandpiper and 2
American Pipits. On February 8 at Pastorius Reservoir, Eric Hynes and Ryan
Votta reported 2 American Pipits.
---On February 8 at Vallecito Reservor Pura Vida Café, Eric Hynes reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 9 at Meadow Rd, Rafter J Subdivision, Ryan Votta reported 4
Acorn Woodpeckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 5 along Frontage Road, Jamie Simo and Earl Johnson reported
HARRIS’S HAWK. On February 6, Gary Lefko reported HARRIS’S HAWK on
Frontage Road, N of Prospect; Mark Chavez and Frank Farrell reported the
hawk on E Prospect, and Lori Zabel, Burke and Joey Angstman reported
HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Rd. On February 7 Robert Beauchamp and Gary
Lefko reported HARRIS’S HAWK near Welcome Center and Frontage Road N of
Prospect; the hawk was see by several other birders mostly near the
Frontage Road. On February 8, Bill Fink, Kat Bradley-Bennet, Tina Jones
and others reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Road N of Prospect.
---On February 9 at Livermore Community Church, Sue Riffe reported 3 Common
Redpoll.
---On February 12 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 7
Common Redpoll.
---On February 6 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Joey and Burke
Angstman reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 9 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Sue Riffe reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK.
On February 10 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Nick Komar and David Wade reported
AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Buffum Creek in the morning and in the afternoon Nick
Komar and Walter Wehtje reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at creek below parking
lot; Andy Bankert and Caroline Olson found the AMERICAN WOODCOCK on the
road to Bobcat Ridge on the south side by 3rd stream crossing and 15 mph
sign. On February 12 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Norm Lewis reported AMERICAN
WOODCOCK near cattails below Castle House.
---On February 12 at Wildhorse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John Reichhardt
reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 12 at Clear Spring Ranch, Jim Merritt reported
White-throated Sparrow.
---On February 12 at Carter Lake, David Dowell reported California Gull, 3
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, Iceland (kumlieni) Gull, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 4 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, David Price reported imm
Golden-crowned Sparrow near feeder and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds.
---On February 4 at Clifton Nature Park, Ryan Claar reported Black Phoebe
on N side of pond. On February 7 at Clifton Nature Park, Mike Henwood
reported Black Phoebe.
---On February 8 on Grand Mesa, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 10 Common
Redpoll.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 9 at Hwy 145 in Dolores, Aaron Yappert reported m Barrow’s
Goldeneye.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 6 at Lamar Community College Woods, Jane Stulp and Janeal
Thompson reported Red Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal. On February 7 at
Lamar Community College Woods, Dorothy Russell reported Fox Sparrow. On
February 10 at Lamar Community College Woods, Brian Johnson reported Red
Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 9 at Willow Creek in Lamar, Ted Floyd reported Hermit
Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler,
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler, and Northern Cardinal. On February 9 at
Willow Creek Park, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red Fox
Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and singing m Great-tailed Grackle.
---On February 9 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Chip Clouse reported Greater
Yellowlegs. On February 10 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Paula Moyers
reported 3 Lesser Yellowlegs; Sharon Stiteler reported 2 Greater Yellowlegs.


PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 4 at Lake Beckwith in Colorado City, Tony Leukering reported
White-winged Scoter. On February 7 at Lake Beckwith, Cameron Carver
reported White-winged Scoter.
---On February 4 at 40th Lane, Tony Leukering reported Yellow-headed
Blackbird and 130 Brown-headed Cowbirds. On February 10 at 40th Lane,
JoAnn Riggle reported 4 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Bills Ranch Lake, Ryan Bushong reported White-throated
Sparrow.

TELLER COUNTY:
---On February 4 on Pikes Peak, Green Mountain Falls Trail to South
Catamount Reservoir, Kevin Ash reported 400 Rosy-Finches at the reservoir;
he identified only 2 Brown-capped and Black.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 7 at LUNA Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 13 Greater
Scaup and California Gull.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 17 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-281-3314) Directions: From i-70 exist 267, take Kipling south about ¾
mile and turn right (west) on 44thAve. Go one mile west. Look for the
entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south). Meet at 0900 just inside
the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
This is a trip with easy walking, accessible for mobility impaired
individuals. Bring water and a snack; lunch optional. Good trip for
novice birders and new members. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 18 will be to Tamarack State
Wildlife Area and Associated Prairie led by Chris Goulart (cgoulart001 AT
comcast.net; 586-764-2126). Meet at 0600 at the Division of Parks and
Wildlife parking lot 2 block north of E 58th Ave on east side of Broadway:
6060 Broadway, Denver.
This will be an intense trip looking for late winter prairie and
eastern forest specialties. Target birds include Snow Geese, Greater
Prairie Chickens, and more. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, February 20 will be to Northeastern
Colorado led by david Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659).
Directions: Meet at 0500 at Colorado Park and Wildlife Office at 6060 N.
Broadway. Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to Broadway, then north
2 blocks to parking lot on right.
Special guest leader: Norm Lewis. May visit Jumbo, Red Lion, and
Tamarack and Prewitt. Prepare for this full day winter outing with
supplies of food. Possible park entry fees. Register online or contact
leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/12/18 2:40 pm
From: <joe......> <joega140...>
Subject: [cobirds] January 2018 Birds, Woodland Park Yard Area and Beyond
January 2018 Birds, Woodland Park Yard Area and Beyond


Common Merganser- 1 on South Platte River near Lake George on 1-31

Bald Eagle- 1 adult on South Platte River near Lake George on 1-31

Northern Goshawk- 1 adult on Feb.2, new species for yard area

Northern Harrier- 1 in Colorado Springs on 1-2

Northern Pygmy-Owl- Report from Florissant area from last summer.

Belted Kingfisher- 1 on South Platte River near Lake George on 1-31

Downy Woodpecker- 1 on 1-3, 1-13, 1-26, 1-29

Hairy Woodpecker, drumming on 1-12

Steller’s Jay- 7 on 1-22 after snowstorm, 11 on 1-26

Black-billed Magpie- flock of 10 on 1-26

Clark’s Nutcracker- 1 on Lovell Gulch Trail on 1-28

Golden-crowned Kinglet- 1 on Rainbow Gulch Trail, 1-14, 2 on Lovell Gulch
Trail, 1-28

Townsend’s Solitaire- singing on 1-10

Black-capped Chickadee- 1 on 1-5, 1-16, 1-23, 1-25

Brown Creeper- 1 on 1-30

Dark-eyed Junco- Pink-sided and White-winged thru the month, Slate-colored
on 1-4, 1-16, 1-21, 1-22, 1-26 and Oregon on 1-12

Pine Siskin- 2 on 1-11, 1 on 1-12, 1 on 1-16, 2 on 1-18, vocalizing more on
1-16, 2 on 1-19, 2 on 1-22, 2 on 1-26

Cassin’s Finch- Daily flocks of 10-20 birds, high count 26 on 1-5

Rosy-Finch- A couple reports this winter during storms, Cripple Creek Area

Pine Grosbeak- A couple reports this winter during storms, Cripple Creek
Area

House Sparrow- 1M on 1-15


Joe LaFleur
Woodland Park, Teller Cty., 8500 feet

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Date: 2/12/18 2:25 pm
From: <dril0008...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Heron rookery I-25
Natalie,

I don't know anything about the ownership of that property but you are
correct that standing underneath the trees, especially so early in the
nesting season, does disturb the birds and cause them to abandon the
colony. So to all of you photographers, please pull out your long lenses
and keep a respectful distance from nesting birds.

Nancy Drilling
ColonyWatch coordinator
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:22:40 AM UTC-7, Natalie P. wrote:
>
> I saw someone standing directly underneath the heron rookery off I-25 in
> Fort Collins this week, taking photos. I was under the impression that
> property was off limits, and that being directly underneath the trees might
> disturb the nesting birds? Does anyone know?
>
> -Natalie
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Date: 2/12/18 12:45 pm
From: 'John D' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Not receiving emails
CO birds administrator :

Although signed in to receive every new email , for the last week I have not received Joyce's daily summary at all nor do I receive every new email so for instance I have only received 2 out of the 5 sent today , Ted Floyds being one of the received ones. Can you look into this thanks .

John Drummond
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Date: 2/12/18 11:55 am
From: <joe......> <joega140...>
Subject: [cobirds] Redpoll! Woodland Park
Awesome new species for yard area today Feb. 12, a male Common Redpoll. Had
another great new yard bird recently, an adult Northern Goshawk on Feb. 2.


Joe LaFleur
Woodland Park, Teller County, 8500 feet elevation

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Date: 2/12/18 9:54 am
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...>
Subject: [cobirds] N. Shrike & Harrier - Willow Spring Open Space (Arapahoe)
I took one of my dogs out for a cold, foggy walk at Marjorie Perry Nature
Preserve & Willow Spring Open Space in Arapahoe Co. this morning (2/12). I
didn't hear or see much at the preserve. The best sightings were a tree
full of magpies and crows mobbing a Red-tailed and some distant birders
that I couldn't positively ID (though based on equipment and other field
marks, I suspect David Hill & Cynthia Madsen).

My walk around Willow Spring Open Space didn't yield much until the end,
when I glimpsed the open space's Northern Shrike dive from a conspicuous
perch and disappear into the brush. Soon after, a Northern Harrier,
coursing over the marsh and grasses, cut close to us, flying just beyond
arm's reach. This is the first time I've seen a harrier appear to hunt in
my suburban portion of westish Arapahoe. (All my previous local sightings
were flyovers.) And it was certainly the closest I've ever been to this
bird. Even my dog appeared to watch it pass by...

- Jared Del Rosso
Centennial, CO

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Date: 2/12/18 9:27 am
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...>
Subject: [cobirds] Worm-eating shrikes, Crowley & Lincoln Counties; and other matters
Hey, all.

Here's a thought. Loggerhead Shrikes are absent in winter from northeastern
Colorado, yet widespread in winter in the Arkansas River drainage of
southeastern Colorado. There aren't many other passerines with
distributions like that. Mountain Bluebird approximates that distributional
pattern, but it's a pretty weak approximation; Sage Thrasher approximates
it even more weakly. Which raises a question: What is it about southeastern
Colorado that appeals to wintering Loggerhead Shrikes?

Yesterday afternoon, Sun., Feb. 11, Hannah Floyd and Andrew Floyd and I
pondered the matter as we observed at least 7 *Loggerhead Shrikes* along
and near Colorado Route 71 from Ordway north to southern Lincoln County.
The shrikes were actively and efficiently foraging on caterpillars in the
shortgrass prairie. Here's a photo of one of the shrikes and its prey:

<https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CShX1cBXAow/WoG2Bs8KPmI/AAAAAAAAWWE/-BrHEPtrvDAUBt1TZ8Tv1Wk428GHSNrXwCLcBGAs/s1600/LOSH%2B1.png>
<https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-f1gm-S2hhbg/WoG2ZTTM1_I/AAAAAAAAWWQ/L4yNydvqajoLo3NSXdn46fn77v1NP5xYQCLcBGAs/s1600/LOSH%2B2.png>

As usual, click on the image to enlarge. Heidi Eaton tells us that these
appear to be the caterpillars of the army cutworm, *Euxoa auxiliaris*,
a.k.a. the "miller moth."


I wonder if the situation is ecologically analogous to the Mountain
Bluebirds feasting on the caterpillars of tiger moths in the genus *Grammia*.
Dave Leatherman has opened our eyes to this phenomenon
<http://tinyurl.com/wisdom-of-DAL>. The basic idea is that the distribution
in late winter and early spring of such species as Loggerhead Shrike and
Mountain Bluebird might be limited in part by the availability of these
juicy, abundant, terrestrial caterpillars. And I'll tell you this: Once you
get north of southern Lincoln County on 71, the terrain quickly goes from
semi-tropical to the cold depths of interstellar space. There are no
unfrozen caterpillars there.


A few other roadside birds from this past weekend down in southeastern
Colorado were headlined by this stunner:


<https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HhhLN18ZEAQ/WoG5VikjvxI/AAAAAAAAWWk/V_ve1a2jT74aWueBkO1M6VCrxLDHtSFWACLcBGAs/s1600/03%2BINPE.png>


This *Indian Peafowl* was just ambling along U.S. 50 near Bent County Road
6.25. We decided that there are two types of humans in this world: Those
who delight in serendipitous encounters with the most spectacular bird on
Earth and those who are joyless pedants. Farther east along U.S. 50, in
Prowers County, we saw these roadside birds:


<https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-99BVWZUowys/WoG6yR-xqvI/AAAAAAAAWW0/UlrfpiAlK5cJJbrOI0iXGdlrwOJNPaxIwCLcBGAs/s1600/GTGR%2B01.jpg>


Here's more of the flock, at closer range:

<https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VeVJi7EM7Rs/WoG68tw1hGI/AAAAAAAAWW4/8txLSlh1uosJVUCGEMxQpOm0ZVd4OiiSgCLcBGAs/s1600/GTGR%2B02.png>


They are *Great-tailed Grackles,* and they made funny sounds
<https://www.xeno-canto.org/402536>.


Along U.S. 385, Prowers County, we saw this *Scaled Quail* watching us from
the other side of a chainlink fence:


<https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-tMjPRgcpHd4/WoHEiMBqIEI/AAAAAAAAWXY/J6LsEUBqjRcrzmsxE6iXkdOz4Z67k086wCLcBGAs/s1600/SCQU.jpg>


We actually did get off the main highways from time to time. At Hasty
Campground, John Martin Reservoir State Park, Bent County, on Sunday
morning, Feb. 11, we found a *Swamp Sparrow,* a *Marsh Wren,* a *Ladder-backed
Woodpecker,* a wayward *Black-capped Chickadee,* and *Hooded Mergansers*
and *Ruddy Ducks.* And *Snow Geese!* For 30+ minutes we watched a non-stop
procession from the east. Just a handful of *Ross's Geese* mixed in, best
we could tell. Anyhow we could see--and hear!--that the geese were putting
down on the reservoir proper, so we went up to the dam where we saw 100,000
Snow Geese <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6hncTU3NXs>. We sorted through
the flock a second time, and again got an exact count of 100,000 Snow Geese
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urIkHJYUuxQ>. (That's a joke. Joyless
pedant alert. Anyhow, a lot of geese.)


Let's see, what else? I mentioned a couple days ago that Willow Creek Park,
behind Lamar Community College, was decently birdy but frigid, with our
highlights being an *auduboni* *Hermit Thrush* and a previously reported
*iliaca* *Fox Sparrow.* Two Buttes State Wildlife Area, Baca County, was
even more frigid when we birded there on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10, but
we found some nice birds, highlighted by *Rusty Blackbird, Winter Wren,*
and *Northern Mockingbird.* Also flyover *Sandhill Cranes, Rock Wren* and *Canyon
Wren,* 30+ *Pine Siskins,* several *Townsend's Solitaires,* flyover
longspurs (maybe chestnuts?), and *Mountain Bluebirds* galore. Like this
guy:


<https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3sr7F12TNeY/WoHAOTxxcpI/AAAAAAAAWXM/jxH9Qzzdb7Ag5R9nkbRjWalgxCxv00-MgCLcBGAs/s1600/01%2BMOBL.jpg>


Lake Henry, Crowley County, was frozen solid. Bummer. Lots of *Bald Eagles*
there, though, waiting for the dead fish and influx of rare gulls. Maybe
this coming weekend? Box Springs Pond, just off Colorado Route 71, extreme
northern Crowley County, had a *Marsh Wren* chippering away. Lots of
raptors there and in the general vicinity, including *Harlan's Hawk, Great
Horned Owl, Prairie Falcon, Rough-legged Hawk, Golden Eagle,* and *Northern
Harrier.*


A final remark. All the birding and bugging and general merrymaking was in
connection with the 16th annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival
<http://www.highplainssnowgoose.com/schedule.html>, based out of Lamar,
Prowers County. The folks in Lamar are already scheming for the 17th
festival, February 2019.

Ted Floyd

Lafayette, Boulder County

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Date: 2/12/18 8:08 am
From: 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Common redpolls, Horsetooth mountain park, Larimer county

The Redpoll flock is back again at the same brushy draw, about 300 yards from the main parking lot trailhead along the pedestrian/hiking trail.

They were hunkered down on the ground and flushed as I approached but returned immediately to the ground where they are presumably foraging for something, but they are difficult to see once they go down so I have no idea what they’re getting. Whatever it is it must be better than what I am offering at my feeders, which are only about 1/4 mile away. As before, they were first detected by voice giving soft, frequent ‘chup’ notes. These birds have not been reliable, but this is now the fourth time I’ve run into them in this same draw.  I suspect they might stick around there for a few hours during the snow.
Arvind Panjabi5500’ on the north slope of Milner MountainLarimer, Co.

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Date: 2/11/18 12:20 pm
From: R Carol Cushman <r.cushman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Sandhill crane Boulder County
Around 11:30 this morning a lone sandhill crane flew over East Boulder Trail at the bridge over Boulder Creek heading west.

A brown thrasher has been hanging around and sporadically foraging under our feeder, sheltering under a mugo pine, since October 30. Very aggressive, it chases away the smaller birds, including redwing blackbirds, but retreats when the magpies arrive or when the Cooper’s hawk is perching somewhere near. A few days ago Glenn was watching out the window and said it was out of my sight, watching me approach with the mealworms and then retreated just barely out of my sight. Hope it stays around till spring and we get to hear it sing.

Carol Cushman
East Boulder County

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Date: 2/11/18 11:56 am
From: Deb Evers <okbookwoman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Heron rookery I-25
Hopefully, the birds "blessed" that person wholeheartedly!

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:22:40 AM UTC-7, Natalie P. wrote:
>
> I saw someone standing directly underneath the heron rookery off I-25 in
> Fort Collins this week, taking photos. I was under the impression that
> property was off limits, and that being directly underneath the trees might
> disturb the nesting birds? Does anyone know?
>
> -Natalie
>

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Date: 2/10/18 10:40 am
From: 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Redpoll, Larimer Co


At least one of the local redpolls finally decided to stop by my place across from Horsetooth Mountain Park, west of Fort Collins, yesterday afternoon.  I was able to get this photo with my iPhone through the basement window.


Also new with the falling snow were two gray-headed juncos, adding to the oregons, pink-sideds, slate-colored, and white-wings that have been hanging around this winter, albeit in lower numbers than usual.


Arvind Panjabi
5500’ Larimer Co.
On the north slope of Milner Mountain

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Date: 2/10/18 10:05 am
From: 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Musings on eBird







On Feb. 1, I hit a milestone: and even 10,000 checklists-on-eBird, and yesterday, reached the10,000 Complete-checklists milestone.That started me musing about various eBird topics.

Over half my submittals (which should have Urling's name on them too, but don't) list birds seen at our house in Franktown (or rather within a 200-acre area including our house). Somehow I should try to analyze them to look for trends, but I don't know the ins & outs of collating the data. I have the same data on Excel spread sheets, with the same challenge.

Many of my checklists record observations back to my early days of birdwatching -- beginning in 1945. One set lists birds at a place that no longer exists (Longmont buried it with a reservoir.). And I still have more paper records to pour into the eBird including about 15 years of records for our Denver house. In Denver we took 20 years to achieve a house list of 100; in Franktown it took us one year.

* * *

Recent eBird manifestos have suggested various 'enhancements.'

Mobile: Now the mobile app will track us from start to finish - miles & time. Seems convenient.
When we go to the Walker Road Cherry Creek trailhead: sometimes Urling drives, sometimes I do. I start eBird in the car (warmer); but eBird thinks that the two starts -- driver and passenger -- start different routes.
And with, I think, the same, route, sometimes it Tracks and sometimes it doesn't.

Trail units: When we walk a trail and come back the same way, eBird wants separate lists going & coming. eBird thinks it will learn something from the separate up and back lists. This adds to the number of checklists that you submit. So now I faithfully divide up our regular walks on the Cherry Creek trail into two parts. I don't know how this correlates with the Cherry Creek Trail HotSpot.

Counties: eBird wants us to divide our lists by counties -- notably at South Platte Res. & Chatfield Res. I don't really care what counties the loon swims in and out of. [We once watched a Black Phoebe fly across the Rio Grande River from Conejos County into Costilla County, and that seemed memorable. But If I entered both, it would appear that two phoebes had occurred instead of one. Same with Prairie Falcons nesting along the river. ]

Road trips: Recently eBird directed us that, on driving trips, we divide the road-trip into smaller sections (one, in 2016 suggested 5 miles units; more recently it mentioned 15-mile units). That adds to the number of checklists and helps to locate the hawks as you speed along I-76. Either 30 or 10 checklists per 150 miles.
However --- on the all-day Christmas, spring, and fall bird counts at Rocky Mtn. Arsenal NWR, we drive 30 miles & walk 4-6 miles. The 30- miles includes some roads one-way and some back and forth, at various times of day, sometimes several times. The roads go in and out of several habitats -- grassland, marsh, pond, riparian. Going 30 miles back & forth on the same road or branching out from them doesn't correspond to speeding 30 miles on I-76.
My records for several hundred Breeding Bird Atlas blocks don't separate roads or habitats, so when I enter those data I pick a point in the middle of the block; these encompass 10 square miles.

eBird has various foibles that I find deflating.
I can't delete two 'shared' contacts, apparently because the entry has two email addresses.
It never recognizes the moniker for our Franktown home, even after 5,000 checklists. . . . Yet it quickly picks up on bird names that it doesn't recognize the first time you plug it in (like Bullock's Oriole instead of Northern). . . .
Checking up on my old (or not so old) records offers challenges -- trying to plow through 406 pages of records.

The great people who man the buttress, in Ithaca and in Colorado, respond promptly and courteously to queries. They have a fascinating and monumental task -- and vision.



Hugh Kingery
Franktown, CO







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Date: 2/10/18 8:46 am
From: Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...>
Subject: [cobirds] Woodcock, Larimet
An American Woodcock continues in Buffum Creek this morning, along the entrance road to Bobcat Ridge natural area south of Masonville. It was in the creek on the south side of the road below the stone castle house.

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Date: 2/10/18 8:32 am
From: Michael Lamson <michael.a.lamson...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Unusual goose at Stearn's Lake (Boulder County) -- Monday Jan 29
Look at the Swan Goose X Canada goose hybrid on page 16 of the 2011 Sibley
Birds.

Michael Lamson
Boulder County

On Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7:19:27 PM UTC-7, Alex Brown wrote:
>
> This morning Gillian and I found a very unusual goose at Stearn's Lake
> (southeast Boulder County).
> The bird resembled a "Blue" Snow Goose but had an all dark beak and
> non-standard plumage.
>
> Our best guess is that the bird is a Snow Goose hybrid with either Canada
> or Cackling Goose.
> There is a faint but obvious "grin" patch on the beak, so it is unlikely
> to be a Ross's Goose hybrid.
>
> There were six Snow Geese this morning at Stearn's Lake -- three "white"
> and three "Blue".
> This the most Snow Geese that I have ever seen at one place in Boulder
> County.
>
>
>
> Alex Brown
> Boulder, CO
>
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Date: 2/10/18 7:04 am
From: Michael Lamson <michael.a.lamson...>
Subject: [cobirds] Spare Sibley Bird Guide
An Ontrac snafu has left me with an extra copy of the new Sibley Birds.
Would anyone like it?

Michael Lamson
Boulder County

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Date: 2/10/18 6:22 am
From: Natalie P. <nat.ann27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Heron rookery I-25
I saw someone standing directly underneath the heron rookery off I-25 in
Fort Collins this week, taking photos. I was under the impression that
property was off limits, and that being directly underneath the trees might
disturb the nesting birds? Does anyone know?

-Natalie

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Date: 2/10/18 6:22 am
From: Michael Lamson <michael.a.lamson...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Hybrid ducks mystery
If you tour the livestock exhibit at the county fair, these are called "colored runners".

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 3:19:58 PM UTC-7, Karen Strong wrote:
> Please forgive my ignorance - I'm a brand new birder & have only been observing for a little over a month.
>
>
> I saw these ducks yesterday (2/6/18) in the pond in Prospect Park, Wheat Ridge.  My best guess is that they are Mallard-Northern Shoveler hybrids.  They resemble male Mallards, in that they have green heads, yellow bills, and those curly "butt" feathers (I'm sure there's a more proper term for those).  But they were significantly larger than a Mallard they paddled by - they were about the size of a cackling goose that was also nearby.  And then there are those white chest markings.  Northern Shovelers have white chests, and the front duck's bill definitely looks Shoveler-like in shape.  But Northern Shovelers are even smaller than Mallards.  Could the offspring of a Mallard-N. Shoveler mating be larger than either species?  Do these species even "commingle"?
>
>
>
>
> Thanks to anyone who can enlighten me!
>
>
> Karen Strong
> Conifer, CO

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Date: 2/9/18 7:40 pm
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...>
Subject: [cobirds] Quick check-in from Lamar, Prowers Co., Feb. 9
Hey, all. With Sharon Stiteler and Hannah Floyd and Andrew Floyd, I'm
having a grand old freezing cold time down here at the High Plains Snow
Goose Festival, Lamar, Prowers County. Earlier today, Fri., Feb. 9, at
Willow Creek Park, behind Lamar Community College, we saw an *auduboni
Hermit Thrush* and an *iliaca Fox Sparrow,* along with more expected birds
like *Red-bellied Woodpecker, Myrtle Warbler,* *Audubon's Warbler,* and *Northern
Cardinal.* A *Great-tailed Grackle* was inclined to sing, for whatever
reason, this dreary afternoon. And an oddity was a leucistic dark-morph *Red-tailed
Hawk.* Think about it.

Hard to believe, but the weather is supposed to be even more wretched
tomorrow. So what are you waiting for! Come on down for the rest of the
weekend. Great workshops and presentations, plus mildly insane field trips.
Sharon was last seen photographing bluebirds in a cemetery well east of
town Lord knows where...

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Date: 2/9/18 12:50 pm
From: Paula Hansley <redstart.paula...>
Subject: [cobirds] DFO field trip canceled
The Feb. 10 field trip “From the mtns. to the Plains” has been officially canceled. It will be re-scheduled.

Paula Hansley
Leader

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Date: 2/9/18 10:06 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Who was Harris of Harris’s Hawk fame?
What's in a name?

Ed Harris must have been basking in the warm glow of Audubon's recognition
in the Latin name of that raptor, as Audubon's drawing of what is now known
as *Parabuteo unicinctus* was labelled
Louisiana Hawk (Buteo harris) in his *The Birds of America
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birds_of_America>* (published, London
1827–38) as Plate 392.

Harris (if still alive) was pleased all over again when his name became the
English name too, with improved spelling,
as :Harris's Hawk", even though the Latin name rudely dropped "*harris*"
when it was changed to *Parabuteo unicinctus*

Then at some point, the English name changed to Bay-winged Hawk. When was
that, I wonder?

By the time of Peterson's first western field guide in 1941, the
descriptive "Bay-winged" name had
been changed to "Harris's Hawk".

All along the birds did not seem to care what name they carried, as
they carried on.

Joe Roller, Denver


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> Ed Harris of course! Harris was a friend of J.J. Audubon during the early
> 1800s. Audubon valued close friendships and often honored those
> friendships by naming a bird after that person. In 1837 the Harris’s Hawk,
> illustrated by Audubon, was introduced to the world with the publication of
> Birds of North America.
> Harris’s Hawk is locally found throughout the Americas and utilizes one
> of the most sophisticated cooperative hunting techniques known to birds.
> The Hawk is a favorite amongst falconers because of its skills in hunting
> varied assortment of prey as well as its ease in trainability.
>
> Bob Righter
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Date: 2/9/18 9:35 am
From: Robert Righter <rorighter...>
Subject: [cobirds] Who was Harris of Harris’s Hawk fame?
Ed Harris of course! Harris was a friend of J.J. Audubon during the early 1800s. Audubon valued close friendships and often honored those friendships by naming a bird after that person. In 1837 the Harris’s Hawk, illustrated by Audubon, was introduced to the world with the publication of Birds of North America.
Harris’s Hawk is locally found throughout the Americas and utilizes one of the most sophisticated cooperative hunting techniques known to birds. The Hawk is a favorite amongst falconers because of its skills in hunting varied assortment of prey as well as its ease in trainability.

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Date: 2/9/18 7:02 am
From: 'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Texas parks pass
This is a bit off topic, but I wanted to throw out an offer. I just returned from a trip to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. For the trip I purchased a Texas state parks pass. If any Cobirders might be heading down that way, I'd be happy to lend it to you- just contact me off list and we can make arrangements. I used it at a lot of the well known spots of the Valley (Estero Llano Grande, Falcon, Resaca de las Palmas, etc.) but I imagine it would be useful elsewhere, too.


Just let me know if you could use it.


Norm


Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO


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Date: 2/8/18 7:57 pm
From: Tina Jones <tjcalliope...>
Subject: [cobirds] Spelling corection
Hi all,

I meant to spell and say, the Harris's Hawk, was seen just south of the Ducati dealership, this late afternoon.

The upper mandible had a red coloration on it, which looked like blood. The bird dove onto the ground but flew up with nothing in the talons


Happy Birding,

Tina Jones

Littleton, Jefferson County, CO.

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Date: 2/8/18 3:44 pm
From: Tina Jones <tjcalliope...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris' Hawk
At 4:37pm seen at frontage road north of Prospect siting on top of fence post close to and south of the Duucati dealership.Happy Birding,Tina Jones

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Date: 2/8/18 2:11 pm
From: linda hodges <hikerhodges...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] El Paso County Clear Springs Ranch No screech owl today
The owl was seen in the cavity on a sunny day from about 11:45 to 12, buy
not at all at the same time on a cold, windy day. Sorry it eluded you today.

On Feb 8, 2018 2:39 PM, "kickback" <bill_kosar...> wrote:

> Several other birders and I checked the location next to the creek at
> Clear Springs Ranch where the screech owl had been reported over a span of
> a few hours this morning. We found the cavity in the cottonwood but no owl
> as of about 12:30 pm.
>
> I am curious as to what time of day the other folks who saw it have seen
> it.
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> Thanks
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Date: 2/8/18 2:04 pm
From: 'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Gyrfalcon? Jan. 30

I just received this email forwarded from Denver Audubon.

Hugh Kingery

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 4:10 PM
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Subject: Gyr


https://goo.gl/images/ZbuEKt

January 30, 2018

Looks much like the above to this fellow.



GYR 11:30 am 100 meters or so, North of the Aurora reservoir at the Sport's activity parking lot. The Gyr was on the top of the cell (?) tower on the north side of the lot. While I had it in the bins (10x42s it flew to the West at about 40'.)

its shading was not as not as light as Gyrs seen in Alaska and Washington State by this person.


I do not claim a positive sighting, however, the size and view of the underside as well as the lack of a helmet was certainly convincing.


I send this description in order that others might be aware of the possibilities.




Thanks, William Thacker






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Date: 2/8/18 1:40 pm
From: kickback <bill_kosar...>
Subject: [cobirds] El Paso County Clear Springs Ranch No screech owl today
Several other birders and I checked the location next to the creek at Clear
Springs Ranch where the screech owl had been reported over a span of a few
hours this morning. We found the cavity in the cottonwood but no owl as of
about 12:30 pm.

I am curious as to what time of day the other folks who saw it have seen it.

Thanks

Bill Kosar

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Date: 2/8/18 9:21 am
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Next Raptor Alley Trip [Weld]
Hi all

Sat. Feb 17th details here -
http://coloradobirder.club/m/events/view/Raptor-Alley-Driving-Tour

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.club/

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Date: 2/8/18 8:20 am
From: Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris Hawk
The Harris Hawk was on Frontage Road, north of Prospect this morning. It’s perched in a tree north of the Ducati dealership.

Kat Bradley-Bennett

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Date: 2/8/18 6:27 am
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Subject: [cobirds] Harris’s hawk 7:15 AM 2-8-18

Present in small tree on frontage road north of Prospect-finally on my fifth trip up here! Good birding. Bill Fink Longmont
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Date: 2/7/18 5:10 pm
From: David Chartier <davidchartier45...>
Subject: [cobirds] Black-legged kittiwake, Fremont Co.
Still present at 5pm. Moving around a lot.

David Chartier
Colorado Springs

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Date: 2/7/18 2:42 pm
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Hybrid ducks mystery
First, as a brand new birder, welcome to this great pastime, Karen!
And thanks for your good question.

Some would label those funky birds
"Mallard (Domestic type)" which is a checkbox on the eBIrd list.

My personal name for them is "ducks of uncertain heritage."

In the Sibley field guide and some others, there is a drawing of similar
birds in the
"domestic duck" section.

Keep on birding'!
Joe Roller, Denver

To paraphrase an old saw -
"Its a wise duckling who knows who his father is."

On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 8:23 AM, Karen Strong <kstrong1109...> wrote:

> Please forgive my ignorance - I'm a brand new birder & have only been
> observing for a little over a month.
>
> I saw these ducks yesterday (2/6/18) in the pond in Prospect Park, Wheat
> Ridge. My best guess is that they are Mallard-Northern Shoveler hybrids.
> They resemble male Mallards, in that they have green heads, yellow bills,
> and those curly "butt" feathers (I'm sure there's a more proper term for
> those). But they were significantly larger than a Mallard they paddled by
> - they were about the size of a cackling goose that was also nearby. And
> then there are those white chest markings. Northern Shovelers have white
> chests, and the front duck's bill definitely looks Shoveler-like in shape.
> But Northern Shovelers are even smaller than Mallards. Could the offspring
> of a Mallard-N. Shoveler mating be larger than either species? Do these
> species even "commingle"?
>
>
> <https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NiB2TQd-V00/WnsY4grz4cI/AAAAAAAACHw/rt1YahlKDXULyHpRseQAIOS-c7cE2ObugCLcBGAs/s1600/2.6.18%2Bodd%2Bducks.jpg>
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> Thanks to anyone who can enlighten me!
>
> Karen Strong
> Conifer, CO
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Date: 2/7/18 2:20 pm
From: Tim Johnson <johnsthotrnstn...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Out of season Long-billed Dowitcher continues at York St & S Platte River
The Long-billed Dowitcher remains exactly where Joe Roller reported him;
and we saw him the minute we parked our car and crossed the canal to the
sandbar in the river. Also, if you park 1/2 mile north at the Sand Creek
mouth you can see 5 or 6 Black-crowned Night Herons which perch in the
cottonwoods at the bridge next to the outflow from the water treatment
plant. They have been there for several years. Candice Johnson, Denver

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 2:16:15 PM UTC-7, Joe Roller wrote:
>
> A basic plumage Long-billed Dowitcher, first reported to eBird by Gabriel
> Wiltse on Sunday, Jan 28, was seen today at 12:30 PM
> at the York St bridge across the South Platte River. See directions below.
> *
>
> Tom Whitten had found the bird on Jan 25 and after he and I tried again
> with no luck, he saw it again yesterday, Feb 6, when he captured splendid
> image seen below. Previous photos by Gabriel and Tom had been taken in poor
> light, so it's nice to have this one.
>
> The bird is usually feeds within 50 meters of that bridge, upstream or
> down, although Tom's first sighting was farther downstream at the mouth
> of Sand Creek.
>
> Today I saw the bird in excellent light, with a 25-60 zoom scope, about 40
> meters away. It was probing in it's Singer sewing machine/Dowitcher
> feeding style in shallow water, and I also saw it sleeping, with its long
> bill tucked under a wing, and preening.
>
> Description _ This was a rotund, gray shorebird, medium sized and it had
> that "swallowed a grapefruit" or rounded back appearance, that
> is not diagnostic, but often seen, compared to the flat back of the
> Short-billed Dowitcher. The bill was quite perfectly straight, long, dark,
> a bit paler near the base. Legs were yellowish-green.
> It had a narrow, white supercilum, gray head, neck and upper back. Wings
> and back were nearly gray, but with some brownish feather edgings.
> The flanks were white, spotted not barred, suggesting Long-billed over its
> less endowed cousin.
>
> Belly and lower chest were white, breast and throat light gray.
>
> Tail was banded above, with dark bands wider than white.
> Bird was silent and not seen in flight.
>
> Similar species:
> Short-billed Dowitcher has barred flanks, and white tail bands are wider
> than black ones. Bill size is not reliable, but this one looks long.
>
>
> When I heard in January that this dowitcher had been found, I checked
> eBird and found no CO records for Jan through mid Feb, so this bird
> is quite out of season. It may have spent the winter in this suitable
> ice-free S Platte habitat. Who knows?
>
>
> * Driving NW on Interstate 270, exit at York Street and drive south and
> eventually cross the S Platte River. I chose to park just past the bridge
> on the right shoulder, where some gravel trucks were resting. I would not
> leave a vehicle here all day, but it is not signed. I suggest sticking to
> the South Platte trail and staying off the bridge, as it is not totally
> safe with a crumbly sidewalk and big trucks rumbling past.
>
> OR reach that site by driving east on 58th Ave from I-25 to the junction
> with York, then continue across the bridge and park.
>
> By the way, my eyes and nose told me that this area is the foul underbelly
> of the Denver industrial zone. It would qualify for the
> axilla of the metro area, but that honor has been garnered by the oil
> refinery complex nestled nearby along Brighton Blvd.
>
> Joe Roller, Denver
>
>
> [image: Inline image 1]
> PHOTO CREDIT TOM WHITTEN. THANKS!
>

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Date: 2/7/18 2:20 pm
From: Karen Strong <kstrong1109...>
Subject: [cobirds] Hybrid ducks mystery
Please forgive my ignorance - I'm a brand new birder & have only been
observing for a little over a month.

I saw these ducks yesterday (2/6/18) in the pond in Prospect Park, Wheat
Ridge. My best guess is that they are Mallard-Northern Shoveler hybrids.
They resemble male Mallards, in that they have green heads, yellow bills,
and those curly "butt" feathers (I'm sure there's a more proper term for
those). But they were significantly larger than a Mallard they paddled by
- they were about the size of a cackling goose that was also nearby. And
then there are those white chest markings. Northern Shovelers have white
chests, and the front duck's bill definitely looks Shoveler-like in shape.
But Northern Shovelers are even smaller than Mallards. Could the
offspring of a Mallard-N. Shoveler mating be larger than either species?
Do these species even "commingle"?

<https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NiB2TQd-V00/WnsY4grz4cI/AAAAAAAACHw/rt1YahlKDXULyHpRseQAIOS-c7cE2ObugCLcBGAs/s1600/2.6.18%2Bodd%2Bducks.jpg>

Thanks to anyone who can enlighten me!

Karen Strong
Conifer, CO

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Date: 2/7/18 12:48 pm
From: 'John Drummond' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Kittiwake still at valco canyon city

Kittiwake remains at canyon city flying between the two valco ponds .
John Drummond
Colorado Springs
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Date: 2/7/18 11:30 am
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...>
Subject: [cobirds] Golden-crowned Kinglet - Centennial (Arapahoe)
This afternoon (2/7), while walking my dogs around my neighborhood in west
Centennial (near deKoevend Park in Arapahoe Co.), we heard then saw a
Golden-crowned Kinglet in a nice collection of pines lining a neighbor's
yard.

- Jared Del Rosso
Centennial, CO

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Date: 2/7/18 7:59 am
From: Marcia Maeda <marcia356...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris's Hawk, Larimer
The Harris's hawk was on a fence post directly next to the I-25 frontage road north of the Prospect Road Welcome Center at 2:45 PM yesterday, 2/6, adding to Gary's morning sighting time.

Marcia and Ron Maeda

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Date: 2/7/18 7:39 am
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris's Hawk Again [Larimer]
Hi all

It seems the window of opportunity of late is 7-9AM along the frontage road
north of Prospect Road. He was present for me (closest I've seen) at
815-830AM just at the curve east. Two other birders got great views as
well.

Photos:
http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/browse/album/Running-Deer-Natural-Area-Fort-Collins/

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Date: 2/7/18 6:35 am
From: robert beauchamp <torobbeau...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris's hawk, Fort Collins
The Harris Hawk continues. Located this morning just after 7 a.m. about 200 yards north of the Welcome Center forging along a ditch.
Robert Beauchamp
Fort Collins

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Date: 2/6/18 7:36 pm
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Various Larimer and Weld today.
Harris's Hawk was cooperative today on the frontage road north of Prospect Rd in Fort Collins (Larimer) this morning, despite being pushed around quite a bit by photographers. I saw the bird flushed three times today by people with bazooka cameras out of their cars walking straight at the bird. This bird, for one, will not tolerate that. For various reasons, mostly personal safety of birders but also consideration for the safety of non-birders, I would recommend paying close attention to traffic on that Frontage Road and staying in your car for photography.


At Windsor Lake in the town of Windsor (Weld) there was a mass of birds. Not much diversity but still impressive. Mixed in with all the white-cheeked geese were 1 young Snow Goose, at least 4 white x white-cheeked geese (I would guess Ross's X Cackling for at least 3 of these), several Northern Pintails, all three mergansers and 2 geese with White-fronted Goose in them. The white-fronts (one of which might be a hybrid with Snow Goose, comments welcome) came out of the water onto the grass near the prairie-dog town on the east side of the res, allowing good photo ops. Gull numbers were not high and were all ringers and Herring that I could make out. I'd say about 60% of the water was open.


[cid:9b895040-ffb4-47e0-90e0-fee929bd8856] Windsor Lake hybrid white X white-cheeked geese with Cackling Geese for size comparison (Ross's X Cackling?).


[cid:91eec243-5445-4fda-8239-a574c9d210b7] [cid:eabfdb9e-dccf-42fb-8985-e7ec0af139e6]
Two different White-fronted Geese on east side of Windsor Lake (pure adult left, young bird right (which might be a white-front x snow))


A small body of water (Franklin Lake?) e of Severance s of Weld CR74 w of Bald Ridge Estates had another throng of geese that included more white x white-cheeked hybrids, at least 2 White-fronted Geese and a few Bald Eagles stirring the pot just to see if any of the waterfowl stew stuck to the ice (i.e. was dead or crippled). No ducks except for Mallards.


Woods Lake (Weld CR74 se of CR27) was difficult to view, as always, had a zillion birds, as always, and left me wondering what was really out there (Brant, Black Duck, etc), as always. I did see 4 White-fronted Geese, at least 32 white geese that were sleeping (mostly appeared to be Snows, but I think one was a Ross's). Also saw a few hybrid white X white-cheeks. One pair of pintails, lots of Common Mergansers, few Common Goldeneyes, many Mallards. No special gulls that I could find but I will admit my heart is rarely in the "Where's Waldo?" gull game. Lump 'em all if they have a white head (is the opposite of a "-phile" a "-phobe"?). Don't get me wrong, my feet will leave the ground if and when that first Ivory shows up.


At Drake Lake on Weld CR23 just s of SR14 were 9 Bald Eagles, mostly ice, and waterfowlless water.


Dave Leatherman

Fort Collins

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Date: 2/6/18 4:02 pm
From: Jeff Parks <lastimout...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Gulls on Baseline Reservoir


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Hey-o

Gulls were on the west side of the Res, easily seen from Cherryvale with
binoculars. The Lesser Black-backed Gull was still there when I drove by
around 4 pm.

More pictures will be posted on my eBird report from today.

Jeff


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Date: 2/6/18 1:16 pm
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Out of season Long-billed Dowitcher continues at York St & S Platte River
A basic plumage Long-billed Dowitcher, first reported to eBird by Gabriel
Wiltse on Sunday, Jan 28, was seen today at 12:30 PM
at the York St bridge across the South Platte River. See directions below. *

Tom Whitten had found the bird on Jan 25 and after he and I tried again
with no luck, he saw it again yesterday, Feb 6, when he captured splendid
image seen below. Previous photos by Gabriel and Tom had been taken in poor
light, so it's nice to have this one.

The bird is usually feeds within 50 meters of that bridge, upstream or
down, although Tom's first sighting was farther downstream at the mouth
of Sand Creek.

Today I saw the bird in excellent light, with a 25-60 zoom scope, about 40
meters away. It was probing in it's Singer sewing machine/Dowitcher
feeding style in shallow water, and I also saw it sleeping, with its long
bill tucked under a wing, and preening.

Description _ This was a rotund, gray shorebird, medium sized and it had
that "swallowed a grapefruit" or rounded back appearance, that
is not diagnostic, but often seen, compared to the flat back of the
Short-billed Dowitcher. The bill was quite perfectly straight, long, dark,
a bit paler near the base. Legs were yellowish-green.
It had a narrow, white supercilum, gray head, neck and upper back. Wings
and back were nearly gray, but with some brownish feather edgings.
The flanks were white, spotted not barred, suggesting Long-billed over its
less endowed cousin.

Belly and lower chest were white, breast and throat light gray.

Tail was banded above, with dark bands wider than white.
Bird was silent and not seen in flight.

Similar species:
Short-billed Dowitcher has barred flanks, and white tail bands are wider
than black ones. Bill size is not reliable, but this one looks long.


When I heard in January that this dowitcher had been found, I checked eBird
and found no CO records for Jan through mid Feb, so this bird
is quite out of season. It may have spent the winter in this suitable
ice-free S Platte habitat. Who knows?


* Driving NW on Interstate 270, exit at York Street and drive south and
eventually cross the S Platte River. I chose to park just past the bridge
on the right shoulder, where some gravel trucks were resting. I would not
leave a vehicle here all day, but it is not signed. I suggest sticking to
the South Platte trail and staying off the bridge, as it is not totally
safe with a crumbly sidewalk and big trucks rumbling past.

OR reach that site by driving east on 58th Ave from I-25 to the junction
with York, then continue across the bridge and park.

By the way, my eyes and nose told me that this area is the foul underbelly
of the Denver industrial zone. It would qualify for the
axilla of the metro area, but that honor has been garnered by the oil
refinery complex nestled nearby along Brighton Blvd.

Joe Roller, Denver


[image: Inline image 1]
PHOTO CREDIT TOM WHITTEN. THANKS!

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Date: 2/6/18 12:38 pm
From: 'John Miller' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] BL Kittiwake , Valco Ponds, Fremont Co
This afternoon there was a juv. Black-legged Kittiwake at the west Valco Pond in Canon City. Black collar, black smudge behind eye, small black bill. Not seen in flight


Easy to find, it's the only gull in the pond. Last seen 1:00 PM.


Rich Miller
Canon City

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Date: 2/6/18 12:35 pm
From: Jeff Parks <lastimout...>
Subject: [cobirds] Gulls on Baseline Reservoir
Hi all, I stopped by Baseline Reservoir to see what was out here today besides the usual mergansers & redheads, there is a bunch of gulls including a Herring Gull and a lesser black-backed Gull pictures to follow later
Jeff Parks Boulder

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Date: 2/6/18 9:07 am
From: Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris Hawk still there
The Harris Hawk was right where Joey Angstman reported it last Friday,
north of Prospect Rd on the frontage road yesterday (2/5/) morning. It was
sitting low in a small tree. It eventually flew and kind of bounced around
in the wind gusts over the Colorado Welcome Center before heading south. I
lost it after that.

Kat Bradley-Bennett
Longmont

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Date: 2/6/18 7:31 am
From: Jessie <jmesch...>
Subject: [cobirds] Numerous Bald Eagles
Many, many eagles have been counted (as many as 37 at one time) on New Windsor Reservoir. There has been more open water this winter with our milder temperatures (or maybe something warming that body of water from underneath—lots of fracking in this area) and I would venture the thought that a food source is available to them for extended stretches of time during our winter this year. They have been observed eating fish or geese that congregate on the reservoir or come in wounded from hunting in the area farm fields. This reservoir has no public access but can be viewed from CR 74 near CR 19.

Anyone have any comments they would like to share on these sightings?

Jessie Meschievitz
Windsor CO

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Date: 2/6/18 7:29 am
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris's Hawk [Larimer]
Hi all

I commute by where the Harris's Hawk has been seen most mornings since he
has been around ... today (8:15AM) he was perched nicely just off the
frontage road north of Prospect Road and just before it curves east on low
fence post.

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http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/browse/album/Running-Deer-Natural-Area-Fort-Collins/

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

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Date: 2/6/18 3:22 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 6 February 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: February 6, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 6 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Delta, *El Paso, Otero, Pueblo)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont)
Wood Duck (Otero)
Greater Scaup (Arapahoe, El Paso, Jefferson, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, *Garfield)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
Wild Turkey (Denver, El Paso)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Western Grebe (Archuleta)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, *El Paso)
Virginia Rail (*Huerfano, Weld)
Least Sandpiper (*La Plata, Mesa)
Spotted Sandpiper (*Garfield)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams)
California Gulll (Archuleta, *Adams)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Pueblo, Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Archuleta)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (Kiowa, Pueblo)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Pueblo)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Boulder)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Black Phoebe (*Mesa)
Say’s Phoebe (Arapahoe, Denver)
Steller’s Jay (Baca)
Chihuahuan Raven (El Paso, Fremont, Pueblo)
Mountain Chickadee (Otero)
Rock Wren (Otero)
Canyon Wren (Otero)
Winter Wren (*Arapahoe)
Western Bluebird (Douglas)
Mountain Bluebird (Adams)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso, Pueblo)
Long-billed Thrasher (Baca)
Northern Mockingbird (Adams)
American Pipit (La Plata, Montezuma, Pueblo)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Pitkin, Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Teller)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
PURPLE FINCH (Yuma)
Cassin’s Finch (Baca, Yuma)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe, Larimer)
Lapland Longspur (*El Paso, Pueblo)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca, Otero)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Otero)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Fox Sparrow (Delta, Larimer)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Baca)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (*Mesa)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (*Pueblo, Weld)
Brown-headed Cowbird (*Mesa, *Pueblo)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Arapahoe, Larimer, Prowers)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 2 on S Platte Trail from Riverside Cemetery to Sand Creek,
Gabrield Wiltse reported Greater Yellowlegsl near intersection with York
St.
---On February 1 at Big Dry Creek Open Space, David Ely reported Northern
Mockingbird.
---On February 2 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR East Auto Tour, Joe Roller
reported 2 Mountain Bluebirds. On February 3 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR, Camereon Carver reported Mountain Bluebird. On February 5 at Rocky Mt
Arsenal NWR, Eric DeFonso reported California Gull.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---On January 29 at South Platte Reservoir, Robert Thoren and others
reported Yellow-billed Loon and White-winged Scoter in Jefferson County
part of reservoir; Candice Johnson and Gwen Moore reported White-winged
Scoter in Douglas county. On January 30 at South Platte Reservoir, Jerry
Baines reported White-winged Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon. On January 31
at South Platte Reservoir, Alan Peryam reported White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon; Cynthia Kristensen reported White-winged Scoter. On
February 1 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian repored White-winged
Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon and fly by Long-tailed Duck. On February 2
at South Platte Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick reported White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon; Crystal Wilson reported Yellow-billed Loon. On
February 3 at S Platte Reservoir, Dick Filby and several other birders
reported White-winged Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon. On February 4 at S
Platte Reservoir, Weston Petty reported White-winged Scoter.
--- On February 3 at Eaglewatch Lake, Kathy Mihm Dunning, Scott Somershoe,
and Tony Leukering reported Yellow-rumped Warbler and Yellow-rumped
(Audubon’s) Warbler.
---On January 30 at Lee Gulch Overlook Trail, David Hill reported Say’s
Phoebe.
---On January 31 at Aurora Reservoir, Nick Komar reported White-winged
Scoter, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, and Glaucous Gull.
---On February 2 at Cherry Creek SP, David Hill reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 3 at South Platte Park, Cynthia Madsen reported 9 Greater
Scaup.
---On February 5 at Crescent Pkwy, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Tony Leukering
reported Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 4 at Ketring Park and Lake, Kay Rasmussent reported Winter
Wren.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On February 3 at Navajo Lake SP Windsurf Beach, Amada and Jason St
Pierre reported Lesser Black-backed Gull. This is a new County Bird if
accepted. They also reported 3 California Gulls and 15 Western Grebe.

BACA COUNTY:
---On January 31 at Cottonwood Canyon southern loop, Tony Leukering
reported Steller’s Jay, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and
Cassin’s Finch, and Long-billed Thrasher.
---On January 31 at CR J at Wait Ranch, Tony Leukering reported Canyon
Towhee.
---On January 31 at CR at NE most canyon, Tony Leukering reported Canyon
Towhee and 2 Rufous-crowned Sparrows.

BENT COUNTY:
---On February 2 at Hasty Campground Dan Stringer reported 3 Greater
Roadrunners.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 31 at 6th and Arapahoe in Boulder by Boulder Creek, Jonathan
Striepen reported Red-naped Sapsucker.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 29 in Paonia, Dennis Garrison reported that the Fox Sparrow
continues to visit the FS office feeder.
---On January 31 at Confluence Park in Delta, Carol Brysky reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.

DENVER COUNTY:
--On January 30 at First Creek at DEN, Brian Johnson reported Harris’s
Sparrow. On February 2 at First Creek at DEN, Dick Filby reported Harris’s
Sparrow.
---On January 30 at Bluff Lake Nature Center, Alison Hixon reported Wild
Turkey.
---On January 31 at Westerly Wetlands, Janice Avey reported Say’s Phoebe.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On February 2 on East Plum Creek Trail, Cynthia Kristensen reported
Western Bluebird.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber)
on Miranda Road in Colorado Springs. On February 1 on Miranda Road, Tony
Leukering reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
---On February 3 at Double Tree Hotel Pond, Joy and Leonard Lake reported f
Greater Scaup.
--- On February 1 on Hanover Road, Diane Roberts and Betty Glass reported
Greater Roadrunner and 2 Chihuahuan Raven.
---On February 1 at Hanover Fire Station, Diane Roberts and Betty Glass
reported Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On February 2 at Old Pueblo Rd S of Link Rd, Gwen Moore reported 26 Wild
Turkey and 2 Curve-billed Thrashers.
---On February 2 at Old Pueblo Road and Birdsall Rd, Alan Ketcham reported
Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On February 2 on Hanover Road, Gwen Moore reported Curve-billed
Thrasher. On February 3 on Hanover Road, Christine Alexander and Renee
Casias reported Greater Roadrunner and Curve-billed Thrasher; Tanja Britton
reported Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
---On February 2 at Nancy Lewis Park in Colorado Springs, Gloria Nikolai
reported 2 Greater White-fronted Geese.
---On February 4 on S Meridian Road and Hanover Road, Chris Brobin reported
Greater Roadrunner and Lapland Longspur.
---On February 5 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Jim Merritt reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On February 5 at Peyton Rd and Squirrel Creek intersection, Diana Beatty
reported 4 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 5 at Hanover Fire Station, David and Cheryl Hubbard reported
Curve-billed Thrasher.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On January 26 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jim Merrit reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans and 2 Chihuahuan Ravens; Joel Adams reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On
January 27 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Robb Hinds, Glenn Walbek, and Loch
Kilpatrick reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On January 29 at Brush Hollow
Reservoir, John Drummond and Richard Dunn reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On
February 1 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jim Merritt reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans. On February 2 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Chris Brobin reported 2
Trumpeter Swans. On February 3 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Christine
Alexander, Renee Casias, Nick Komar and others reported 2 Trumpeter Swans
and Clark’s Grebe. On February 5 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On January 29 on Devereux Rd and Two Rivers Park, JoAnn Rigggle reported
5 Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Spotted Sandpiper. On February 5 at Devereux Rd
and Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs, Catherine Hagen and JoAnn Riggle
reported Barrow’s Goldeneye and Spotted Sandpiper.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
---On February 4 at Lathrop SP, Tony Leukering reported 4 Virginia Rails
from SE corner of Lake Oehm.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 29 at Belmar Park, Jerry Baines reported Greater Scaup. On
January 30 at Belmar Park, Mark Chavez reported Greater Scaup. On January
31 at Belmar Park, Cathy Fennelly reported Greater Scaup.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On January 29 at Neenoshe Reservoir Locust Grove, Jane Stulp and Janeal
Thompson reported Double-crested Cormorant.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On Februrary 4 at Pastorius Reservoir, Jason and Amanda St Pierre
reported Least Sandpiper; Martin Cuntz reported 2 Least Sandpiper and 2
American Pipits.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 29, Kerry Hargrove reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Rd N of
Welcome Center. On February 1 at SW Frontage Rd., Sue Riffe reported
HARRIS’S HAWK. On February 2, HARRIS’S HAWK was reported by Meg Reck and
Betty Glass at Welcome Center, and by Tony Leukering and Kathy Mihm Dunning
at Prospect and Frontage Road. On February 3, the HARRIS’S HAWK was
reported by Joey Angstman, Debbie and Tom Behnfield, and Adam Vesely and
Ryan Bushong on N side of Prospect along Frontage Road. On February 5
along Frontage Road, Jamie Simo and Earl Johnson reported HARRIS’S HAWK.
---On February 1 at Livermore Community Church, Christine and Richard
Sparks reported 3 Common Redpoll. On Februrary 2 at Livermore Community
Church, Betty Glass and Meg Reck reported 3 Common Redpoll.
---On February 4 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 9
Common Redpoll.
--On January 30 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Austin Hess and Alexa
Stickel reported Red Fox Sparrow. On January 30 and 31, Dave Leatherman
reported Red Fox Sparrow at CSU Enviromental Learning Center. On February
2 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, David Wade reported Red Fox
Sparrow. On February 3 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Adam Veseley,
Dave Letherman, and Joey Angstman reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 3 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Kendra David reported Yellow-rumped
Warbler.
---On January 31 in Fort Collins near Battlecreek Dr and S Timberline Rd,
Dave Leatherman reported 15 Red Crossbills.
---On February 1 in Loveland at Wild Horse Birdfeeder, John Riechhardt,
John Rutenbeck and Brandon Nooner reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 1 at Wellington SWA Schware Unit & Morris Reservoir, Sue
Riffe reported Common Redpoll.
---On February 2 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Tony Leukering reported AMERICAN
WOODCOCK.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 2 at Horsethief Canyon SWA, Mike Henwood reported 7 Least
Sandpipers.
---On February 4 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, David Price reported imm
Golden-crowned Sparrow near feeder and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds.
---On February 4 at Clifton Nature Park, Ryan Claar reported Black Phoebe
on N side of pond.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On February 3 at Totten Reservoir, Jim Beatty reported American Pipit.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 3 at Blaine Park in La Junta, the DFO field trip led by
Amber Carver and others reported Greater White-fronted Goose and 4 Wood
Ducks.
---On February 3 at Vogel Canyon, the DFO field trip led by Amber Carver
reported 4 Mountain Chickadees, 4 Canyon Wrens, and 6 Canyon Towhee, 3 Rock
Wren, and Rufous-Crowned Sparrow.

PITKIN COUNTY:
---On January 31 at Snowmass, Dick Filby reported 30 Brown-capped
Rosy-Finch and 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.

PROWERS COUNTYL
---On February 2 at Lamar Community College Woods, Dan Stringer reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler and 2 Northern Cardinals.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On January 31 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Rich Miller reported
Great Black-backed Gull and 5 Double-crested Cormorants. On February 3 at
Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Nick Komar, Mary Geder, Burke Angstman and
others reported 2 Double-crested Cormorants, Great Black-backed Gull, 2
Red-necked Grebes, Curve-billed Thrasher, American Pipit, and Lapland
Longspur.
---On February 1 at Pueblo City Park, Christopher Wilkens reported Greater
White-fronted Goose. On February 2 at Pueblo City Park, Brandon Percival
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 2 at Roselawn Cemetery in Blende, Brandon Percival reported
ad Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 2 on Bush Road, Brandon Percival reported 2 Chihuahuan
Ravens.
---On February 3, at Pueblo Mountain Park, Jerry and Kevin DeBoer reported
m Williamson’s Sapsucker.
---On February 3 at Pueblo Reservoir SWA NW side, Nick Komar and others
reported 2 Red-necked Grebes and Great Black-backed Gull.
---On February 4 at Lake Beckwith in Colorado City, Tony Leukering reported
White-winged Scoter.
---On February 4 at 40th Lane, Tony Leukering reported Yellow-headed
Blackbird and 130 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

TELLER COUNTY:
---On February 4 on Pikes Peak, Green Mountain Falls Trail to South
Catamount Reservoir, Kevin Ash reported 400 Rosy-Finches at the reservoir;
he identified only 2 Brown-capped and Black.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 29 on CR 50 between CR 47 and CR 49, Gene Rutherford reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.
---On January 30 at Wood Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Iceland (Thayer’s)
Gull.
---On January 30 at Windsor Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gulls.
---On January 30 at Firestone Gravel Pits (View from road), Steve Mlodinow
reported f Greater Scaup.
---On February 3 at CR 136 and CR 99, Bill Kaempfer reported 30
Sharp-tailed Grouse.
---On February 3 at CR 89 near Riverside Reservoir, Joey Kellner and DFO
field trip reported 3 Virginia Rail.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On January 29 at Bonny Reservoir SP, Glenn Walbek reported both a PURPLE
FINCH and Cassin’s Finch in the same tree.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 2/5/18 5:55 pm
From: modise <modise...>
Subject: [cobirds] Probable Northern Shrike, lesser Scaup, and question about harrassing geese w/fireworks -Arapahoe Co
All,

At about 5:00 p.m. today, while biking along the Platte along the Broken
Tee golf course in Englewood, I saw what I thought was, at first, a Clark's
nutcracker. Upon review of eBird data, a Northern Shrike seems much more
likely, particularly as Art Hudak posted one at Centennial Park (1/2 mile
south of my location) in January. I saw a lesser scaup on the river close
by. Both were in Arapahoe Co.

As I approached the bridge over the Platte, directly opposite the golf
course, a VERY loud firework was set off by a course marshal. It scared
the you know what out of me, but it was actually aimed at a flock of geese
on the course. Is it legal to shoo geese away this way? I certainly
didn't appreciate it, on their behalf or mine!

Bryan Arnold
Jeffco
5,500'

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Date: 2/5/18 1:43 pm
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Raptor Alley Trip Results With CSU Ornithology Club [Weld]
Hi all

Another fantastic Saturday Raptor Alley trip with the many birders of the
CSU Ornithology Club! Fantastic weather and birds. Photos (~first 40):

-
http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/browse/album/Raptor-Alley-Nunn-Pierce-Weld-02-27-2017/

Total raptors: 43

Accipiter - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Merlin - 1
Northern Harrier - 2
Golden Eagle - 1
Ferruginous Hawk - 11 (1 dark morph)
Prairie Falcon - 1
Bald Eagle - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 8 (1 dark morph)
American Kestrel - 4
UNK ID - 2

Others:

Lapland Longspur - ~9
Northern Shrike - 1
White-crowned Sparrow - 1
Common Raven - 3
American Goldfinch - 22
Pronghorn - ~50

Next Raptor Alley trip probably in two weeks--stay tuned.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Date: 2/5/18 9:35 am
From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...>
Subject: [cobirds] Clear Creek County birds 2/4
COBirders,
A post-holing windy snowshoe attempt for ptarmigan at Guanella Pass was
unsuccessful yesterday but a group of 6 or 7 Pine Grosbeaks at the parking
area was a nice consolation prize. The weirdest and report-worthy (eBird
"box birds" ) sighting of the day were 2 Common Grackles at feeders in the
town of Georgetown. Long tails and 2 tone bodies ruled out Brewer's or
Rusty blackbirds.

Good birding,

Chip Clouse
Golden

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Date: 2/4/18 5:48 pm
From: Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Bird Photo ID Help, Grand County
Thanks for the suggestions. Townsend's Solitair is the mystery bird. Thanks
every one,
Brian Johnson
Englewood CO

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Date: 2/4/18 5:46 pm
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Mountain Bluebirds at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR Adams County
This isa great place for birds. The newest stretch of the auto route was open all of 2017. Tons of raptors, and in the spring and summer there are some really great birds on that stretch: Orioles, Burrowing Owls, Horned Larks,Grasshopper Sparrows, Vesper Sparrows, woodpeckers, nuthatches...and the list goes on and on! Once spring gets here, you'll want to drive very slow so you don't miss anything!
Susan Rosine
Thornton

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Date: 2/4/18 5:25 pm
From: Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...>
Subject: [cobirds] Bird Photo ID Help, Grand County
Years ago in Rocky Mountain National Park I was only just starting to photo
birds and looking back at this photo I find I don't know exactly what it
is. It was taken along the East Inlet Trail in Rocky Mountain National
Park, Grand County. Can some one follow this link,
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S25998450
and let me know what you think this bird is? The birds is listed as a
flyacher species.
Thanks
Brian Johnson
Englewood CO

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Date: 2/4/18 11:59 am
From: Kevin Ash <ashkevinm...>
Subject: [cobirds] Rosy Finches on Pikes Peak (Teller County)
I had a neat surprise while hiking with my dogs this morning. We hiked
from Green Mountain Falls up to South Catamount Reservoir. Shortly after I
turned around and headed back, I noticed about 10 birds flying in/out of
the rocks below the dam on the north side of South Catamount Res. I
assumed Rosy Finches, so I walked back up the trail and onto the dam to get
a better look. The birds were very hard to see below the damn among the
rocks. I was only able to positively id 2 Brown-capped and one Black
before the flock got spooked and started taking off. I would never have
guessed how many birds were among the rocks - they kept coming and coming
and coming. Almost magical. I recorded 400, but that's a conservative
count.

Next time I go, I'll bring my scope and stay below the damn. The birds
will be easier to see and less likely to get spooked.

I was hoping this was going to be El Paso County, but it's just inside
Teller.

Kevin Ash
Colorado Springs, CO

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Date: 2/4/18 9:43 am
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] Otero County 2/3
Yesterday I went to Otero County for part 1 of DFOs weekend trip there.
Before the trip met in La Junta, I checked Holbrook Reservoir and Lake
Cheraw. Holbrook was nearly all open water with a cross-section of
ducks, 2 *Bald
Eagles*, lots of *Ring-billed Gulls* and some other waterbirds. Cheraw was
mostly frozen and had no waterbirds except for a few coots. A few flocks of
mostly *Snow Geese* plus small numbers of *Ross's* passed over going east.

Blaine Park (City Park) in La Junta had a *Gr. White-fronted Goose *and 4 *Wood
Ducks*.

At Vogel Canyon we had a *Rufous-crowned Sparrow*, *Canyon Wren* and 2
*Mountain
Chickadees *among others. The Rufous-crowned was along the Canyon Trail
immediately before the area of petroglyphs and graffiti with a display on
the left.

At dusk we drove CRs 25, 26 and R seeking *Short-eared Owl*, and had one
cross Road R very near 26. It was 6:04 pm

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton CO

Rufous-crowned Sparrow


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Date: 2/4/18 2:20 am
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam...>
Subject: [cobirds] Wintering Waterfowl Along the Platte River with "Davis"
This field trip is brought to you by Boulder County Audubon



WINTER WATERFOWL ALONG THE PLATTE RIVER with Ray Davis



Wednesday, February 14, 2017; significant snow date, Friday, February 16

Free. For more information or questions: 303 823 5332 or
<davisblackdog...> <davis...>

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The South Platte River Trail through Denver and its suburbs is well-known
for exceptional viewing and photographic opportunities for most species of
wintering waterfowl to be found in the Front Range. These birds will be
glowing in their iridescent breeding plumages in February. This public
area includes lakes, 15 miles of flat river-walk and if it’s really cold,
“every duck in three counties.” Past rarities have included Barrow’s
Goldeneye and Long-tailed Duck; we’ll try to find 14-15 species of ducks.
Passerines and birds of prey are less common, but found in the surrounding
area.

Meet at the East Boulder Recreation Center (off South Boulder Road and
55th St.)
at the northeast corner of the parking lot at 8:00 AM to carpool. This
outing is for all skill levels. Bring binoculars and scopes and drinking
water. If you want to meet there at 8:50, go east of Lafayette on Hwy 7
until you find Colorado Blvd. (2.5 miles east of I-25) then go south on
Colorado Blvd. 8.5 miles until it dead-ends just past 88th Ave. We’ll meet
you in the parking lot on the left.

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Date: 2/3/18 9:33 pm
From: Dick FILBY <dickfilby...>
Subject: [cobirds] Yellow-billed Loon, White-winged Scoter S.Platte Park resr still at dusk
Hi all,
This afternoon, Saturday, after Denise had done her presentation at the AAA travel show at Mile High, we headed down 85 to South Platte Park Resr and arrived just in time to enjoy watching the Yellow-billed loon and the White-winged Scoter, which were both still on the central part of the reservoir (Arapahoe) at dusk. The loon again favouring the north end, and the scoter out in the middle. Nice views of two great birds!

Best wishes

Dick Filby
Carbondale, CO

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Date: 2/3/18 8:59 pm
From: Mindy Hetrick <prairiepal7...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Mountain Bluebirds at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR and a newly opened Auto Tour route.
Wonderful new and easy Ebird hotspot to do the Great Backyard Bird Count
Feb 16-19. Shameless plug, but it is a mecca of changing avian activity!

On Friday, February 2, 2018 at 1:48:05 PM UTC-7, Joe Roller wrote:
>
> There is an nice, paved auto tour that was opened at Rocky Mt Arsenal NWR
> last October.
> I checked it out and found a few raptors:
> 3 Bald Eagles,
> 5 Red-tails,
> 1 Ferrug Hawk
> and a Prairie Falcon.
>
> I toured there for less than an hour, but was surprised to see only one
> Western Meadowlark and no Horned Larks.
>
> Plus two Mountain Bluebirds. Although that species was found here and
> there in Colorado during the winter,
> these males were the first reported to eBird in the Metro area so far this
> year.
>
> The route I followed was the newly opened Auto Tour, which covers a lot of
> untrammeled land on the north side of the Arsenal.
> AND you get to cross First Creek twice - once on a sturdy bridge, then
> closer to its "headwaters," through a little swale.
>
> This is a one-way drive and for much of the route, you are advised to stay
> in your vehicle, so as not to bother
> the local herbivore - *Bison bison, *which roam unfenced. (I guess the
> bison could reciprocate and bother you, too).
> One shaggy beast was right on the shoulder of the road, which made it seem
> more like Yellowstone than Genesee Park.
>
> Being alone out there on the prairie was inspiring, in a landscape little
> altered by "us." I usually need to get up to the
> Pawnee Grasslands to get that same feeling.
>
> Joe Roller, Denver
>
> PS IF you go, please compile a separate checklist for the new eBird
> hotspot, "Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR--East Auto Tour."
>
>

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Date: 2/3/18 10:46 am
From: 'Egret' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Trumpeter swans Fremont county (picture)
I viewed them yesterday on the Reservoir (2018-2-3). They were on the
Northeast corner of the Lake.

Chris Brobin
Manitou Springs,CO

On Friday, January 26, 2018 at 3:40:12 PM UTC-7, kickback wrote:
>
>
> <https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pbl18tqR3_g/WmutyIbnP2I/AAAAAAAABBg/T3QInoJXkVgt29_8fsvcUDaj7Uj3ycjaQCLcBGAs/s1600/1Z7A1437_cr.jpg>
> The pair of trumpeter swans is still present at Brush Hollow reservoir.
> Pretty cold and windy there today, they seemed to be staying near the east
> or west shoreline at the north end of the reservoir.
>
> Thanks to those who reported them.
>
> Bill Kosar
>
> <bill_......> <javascript:>
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Date: 2/3/18 9:49 am
From: Joey Angstman <jangstma27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris’s Hawk - Larimer
Joey Angstman
Greeley, CO

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Date: 2/3/18 9:49 am
From: Joey Angstman <jangstma27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris’s Hawk - Larimer
Harris’s Hawk being seen right now on North Side of Prospect along the frontage road. Not more than 1000 feet north of Prospect. West side of frontage road.

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Date: 2/3/18 8:40 am
From: Dick FILBY <dickfilby...>
Subject: [cobirds] Yellow-billed Loon, White-winged Scoter S.Platte Park resr still, (Arapahoe) Harris's Sparrow Denver County
Hi all,
This morning, Saturday, the Yellow-billed loon and the White-winged Scoter, both still on east side of South Platte Park reservoir (Arapahoe) early morning. Watched the scoter come up with a Crayfish, but it got stolen by an adult Ring-billed Gull.

Yesterday the Harris’s Sparrow and a White-winged Junco were still at 1st Creek, 50 yards west (downstream) of the Buckley Road bridge early afternoon (Denver County)

Best wishes

Dick Filby
Carbondale, CO

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Date: 2/3/18 6:05 am
From: <mvjohnski...>
Subject: [cobirds] First Cranes in San Luis valley
The first sightings of 2018 occurred in the last few days as two different
persons reported a group of 5 seen (Alamosa County). While they are the
first for the year, they may actually be some of the few that wintered here
and were counted on the Christmas Bird Count. With no snow cover, food has
been available all winter. I just returned from a few days in Bosque doing
some photography and those birds will soon be headed our way. In mid
February, the Monte Vista Refuge should be dancing with cranes. Will keep
you posted along the way.

John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO

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Date: 2/3/18 5:53 am
From: 'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Bent County, Prowers County, Kiowa County, Crowley County
Yesterday Tom Whitten and I did an ambitious southeast circle, a 60 species
winter day but we covered a lot of ground to find the birds, starting early
in Bent County at Ft Lyon Wildlife Easement, then to Van's Grove, John
Martin Reservoir, Hasty Campground, then Prowers county to Lamar Community
College Woods, Thurston Reservoir, then Kiowa County to visit Upper Queens
and Lower Queens Reservoirs, Neenoshe Reservoir, then up through Eads and
west to Lakes Meredith and Henry in Crowley County.

Highlights in Bent County were a huge number of Snow Geese with Ross's
mixed in at John Martin Reservoir, many thousands on the water with Bald
Eagles standing on all sides of the surrounding ice, with wave after wave
of white geese coming in above us for over an hour. At Hasty campground
below the dam we saw three Greater Roadrunners in less than ten minutes, it
was a bit of a stunner. They were walking in the short grass, bug-catching.
In Prowers County, Lamar Community College woods had a large concentration
of American Robins and a few Townsend's Solitaires focusing on the
junipers, along with a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and
two Northern Cardinals. At Thurston Reservoir we saw something interesting,
eight Red-tailed Hawks and one Rough-legged Hawk lined up on the shoreline,
with ducks swimming near and sometimes right in front of them...the hawks
ignored the ducks, it appeared that the high water had receded, leaving
fish in small pooled areas, with the hawks standing in a row dining
together. In Kiowa County at Upper Queens Reservoir were massive numbers of
Snow Geese, I'd estimate over ten thousand. Neenoshe Locust Grove with a
Merlin on guard was quiet.

Other than John Martin which was mostly iced over, the reservoirs were all
open water, the large numbers of Western Meadowlarks and Great Blue Herons
seemed indicative of the mild winter we've had, eight raptor species with
very high counts were seen at all locations, including a couple Harlan's
Red-tailed Hawks, two Prairie Falcons, a Merlin, over 40 Northern Harriers,
many Ferruginous Hawks including more dark-morphs than I'd previously seen,
and lots of Rough-legged Hawks. Perched American Kestrals and Northern
Shrikes were plentiful and it occurred to me that they had a lot to choose
from with all open ground, no snow cover. Notable misses were no Loons, no
Longspurs.

Dan Stringer
Larkspur, CO

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Date: 2/2/18 9:13 pm
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pueblo birding Feb 2nd
Had some time today, to see a few birds while doing non-birding things.

I stopped by Pueblo West Wal-Mart this morning for shopping and saw 15
Great-tailed Crackles in the parking lot. Mid-day I stopped by Pueblo City
Park and saw the Greater White-fronted Goose that was seen yesterday. Then
out at Roselawn Cemetery in Blende, saw the adult female Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker that was seen on the Pueblo CBC in December. Then at the 40th
Lane marsh, a Virginia Rail called. Then at Huerfano Reaervoir, lots of
Snow and Ross's Geese and many ducks continue, also two Chihuahuan Ravens
were also Bush Road, East of 40th Lane. Then I got to Pueblo County High
School for some basketball games.

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Date: 2/2/18 3:33 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] The sad tale of Nigel the gannet
This thread is closed as not pertaining to Colorado. Thank you.

David Suddjian
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Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 2, 2018, at 3:56 PM, macawolf via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> wrote:
>
> Poignant lesson of human intentions gone awry...
>
> https://gizmodo.com/nigel-the-bird-found-dead-next-to-the-concrete-partner-1822655398
>
> Marty Wolf,
> NW CO Spgs
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Date: 2/2/18 1:02 pm
From: Elaine Coley <elbo898...>
Subject: [cobirds] Lincoln's Sparrow, Loveland, Larimer
Still here since Dec. 21. Comes and goes during every day to eat seed from
deck railing and floor.

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Date: 2/2/18 12:48 pm
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] Mountain Bluebirds at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR and a newly opened Auto Tour route.
There is an nice, paved auto tour that was opened at Rocky Mt Arsenal NWR
last October.
I checked it out and found a few raptors:
3 Bald Eagles,
5 Red-tails,
1 Ferrug Hawk
and a Prairie Falcon.

I toured there for less than an hour, but was surprised to see only one
Western Meadowlark and no Horned Larks.

Plus two Mountain Bluebirds. Although that species was found here and there
in Colorado during the winter,
these males were the first reported to eBird in the Metro area so far this
year.

The route I followed was the newly opened Auto Tour, which covers a lot of
untrammeled land on the north side of the Arsenal.
AND you get to cross First Creek twice - once on a sturdy bridge, then
closer to its "headwaters," through a little swale.

This is a one-way drive and for much of the route, you are advised to stay
in your vehicle, so as not to bother
the local herbivore - *Bison bison, *which roam unfenced. (I guess the
bison could reciprocate and bother you, too).
One shaggy beast was right on the shoulder of the road, which made it seem
more like Yellowstone than Genesee Park.

Being alone out there on the prairie was inspiring, in a landscape little
altered by "us." I usually need to get up to the
Pawnee Grasslands to get that same feeling.

Joe Roller, Denver

PS IF you go, please compile a separate checklist for the new eBird
hotspot, "Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR--East Auto Tour."

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Date: 2/1/18 6:43 pm
From: Dead Stones <ColoradoMartinis...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: 2 Snowy Owls at Boulder Res, Boulder
On Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 6:03:15 PM UTC-7, Carl Bendorf wrote:
> Both birds still present at 3 pm today.
>
> Carl Bendorf
> Longmont

Has anyone seen these owl since the 20th?

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Date: 2/1/18 4:30 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] Y-billed Loon and Ww Scoter continue at South Platte Park Res., plus
Late this afternoon I saw the *Yellow-billed Loon* and adult male *White-winged
Scoter* at South Platte Park Reservoir, both in Arapahoe Co. A *Long-tailed
Duck* flew over from the south and turn to the east and never landed. Gulls
were moving toward Chatfield, nearly all were *Ring-billed*, but I saw one
adult *Lesser Black-backed Gull*, and a few *Herrings*, too.


In other notes, DFOs Jan 30 field trip to Victor, Teller Co seeking
Rosy-Finches found some at the blue house at Diamond x 5th on the north
side of town. Feeders were stocked, and a flock of about 100 (mostly
*Gray-crowned*, at least some *Black*) appeared overhead around 10:45, and
roamed over the area for a few minutes before settling in the aspens near
the feeders. Alas, too soon a crow flew in and flushed the flock. They flew
off to the east-southeast and we did not see them again. A little later we
saw 2 *Blacks* and one *Brown-capped *in the aspens. The yard with feeders
along nearby Road 861 (off CR 86) had a lot of seed out, and a lot of bird
activity. It looked ripe for Rosies, but we didn't see any. A *Northern
Shrike* was at Road 81 near Hwy 67.

An adult *Harris's Sparrow* has been appearing in my Ken Caryl Valley yard
since early December. I last saw it on Jan 25, but it has been sporadic
lately and I suspect it is still here.

By the way, DFO's March field trips are now posted and open for
registration, featuring more fun Big Year 2018 outings!

https://dfobirds.org/FieldTrips/UpcomingTrips.aspx

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Date: 2/1/18 6:41 am
From: Sharon Kay <sharonkay.mt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Fort Collins Miscellany (Larimer)
It was great to meet you yesterday. I had no idea I was with such a
knowledgeable birder although I was picking up clues. Great pic and thanks
for showing me the snail. I appreciate your help with the bird very much.
-Sharon Kay

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 8:57:12 PM UTC-7, Dave Leatherman wrote:
>
> Today I visited a new area of Fort Collins at the invitation of a friend
> who said he was "seeing interesting ducks" at his neighborhood pond. The
> pond is called "Willow Springs", I guess. I can't find it named on any
> map. The pond is sw of the intersection of Battlecreek Drive and S.
> Timberline Road in southeastern Fort Collins. Waterfowl present today on
> this totally ice free pond were Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards,
> Cackling Geese and Canada Geese.
>
>
> While trying to figure out where the pond was and how to access it from
> inside the nearby condo maze, I saw some interesting things. A flock of
> approximately 15 Red Crossbills (sounded like Type 2s) was coming down to a
> small drainage to drink. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was exploring roofs and
> gutters. At one juncture he got what looks like a winged carpenter ant but
> it might be a darkened European Paper Wasp cadaver pulled from its cell in
> a roof corner comb. Tough to tell dead insects in the beak of a bird 15
> feet away.
>
>
>
>
>
> A Downy Woodpecker was percussing various objects. Most notably he
> checked out adventitious root knots protruding above the grass at the base
> of a cottonwood (not sure what would be in these) and goldenrod gall fly
> galls (see below).
>
>
>
>
>
> (1) Goldenrod plant with three galls (left), (2) opened gall showing two
> fly larvae (*Eurosta solidaginis*) which cause these swellings (middle)
> and (3) downy woodpecker (right) going after goldenrod gall fly maggots
> (gall is right in front of its chest).
>
>
> The wonderful red Fox Sparrow first found at the Northern Colorado
> Environmental Learning Center by Andy Bankert continues. Yesterday and
> today it was in the exact site where first reported (southeast of the
> intersection of the Wilcox and Alden Trails a few tenths of a mile south of
> the east end of the suspension bridge). I watched the bird at length both
> yesterday and today and found its behavior most interesting. Whatever it
> is after is down in the leaf litter. This species is a well-known
> doublefoot scratcher, similar to towhees and certain other sparrows,
> including the juncos it hangs with. What I had never seen before was
> scratching with a twist. A full twist, that is. Its normal posture is
> head-down and its scratching is modest. But every once in a while, it
> raises its head, stands on it clawtip toes, and does a rapid 360-degree
> spin. Ice skaters at the upcoming Olympics would receive high marks if
> they could bust such a move. Presumably this flips particularly thick or
> matted litter. In an attempt to discern what the red sparrow and juncos
> were getting, several times a minute, from said leaf litter, I got down on
> my knees, scrunched my trifocals so as to use the reader layer at the
> bottom to best advantage and scratched back leaves with my hands. Over a
> period of 20 minutes and exposing an area of approximately one square
> meter, I found exactly ZERO insects, one snail barely a mm across, lots of
> deer droppings, and some seeds of an unidentified plant that might be the
> answer to the puzzle. Not exactly the cornucopia I was expecting. Once
> again I marvel at the survival skills of birds, once again I walked away
> stumped. But that gorgeous sparrow was worth the effort. If you are
> looking for it, approach the described area QUIETLY AND SLOWLY. This bird
> has been pursued by dozens of birders, many of them loud and impatient,
> playing tapes, etc. It is VERY WARY, very difficult to see. Find the
> junco flock, stay back and just watch all the scratchers. It is usually
> the farthest one away. When approached or warned of something by nervous
> juncos, it usually goes up a short ways into the boxelder trees. Patience
> usually is rewarded by it returning to the leaf litter but sometimes this
> takes 15-30 minutes.
>
>
>
>
>
> I have looked for the Harris's Hawk out off Prospect Road near the Welcome
> Center at I-25 yesterday and today and not seen it (which means NOTHING
> with that bird). It works a huge area, is quite active, never seems to sit
> in the same place for very long or two days in a row.
>
>
> Dave Leatherman
>
> Fort Collins
>
>
>
>
>
>

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Date: 1/31/18 7:57 pm
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Fort Collins Miscellany (Larimer)
Today I visited a new area of Fort Collins at the invitation of a friend who said he was "seeing interesting ducks" at his neighborhood pond. The pond is called "Willow Springs", I guess. I can't find it named on any map. The pond is sw of the intersection of Battlecreek Drive and S. Timberline Road in southeastern Fort Collins. Waterfowl present today on this totally ice free pond were Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards, Cackling Geese and Canada Geese.


While trying to figure out where the pond was and how to access it from inside the nearby condo maze, I saw some interesting things. A flock of approximately 15 Red Crossbills (sounded like Type 2s) was coming down to a small drainage to drink. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was exploring roofs and gutters. At one juncture he got what looks like a winged carpenter ant but it might be a darkened European Paper Wasp cadaver pulled from its cell in a roof corner comb. Tough to tell dead insects in the beak of a bird 15 feet away.


[cid:aeb9ebb2-e5fa-47b8-a5e2-89ffbd575c83]



A Downy Woodpecker was percussing various objects. Most notably he checked out adventitious root knots protruding above the grass at the base of a cottonwood (not sure what would be in these) and goldenrod gall fly galls (see below).


[cid:38fbd75c-b286-478d-840f-a12452794253] [cid:f8fc9a6e-8df9-403c-ab12-aa882ed532bf] [cid:13c8650d-a0de-423e-be80-a81b4bf4e6e5]



(1) Goldenrod plant with three galls (left), (2) opened gall showing two fly larvae (Eurosta solidaginis) which cause these swellings (middle) and (3) downy woodpecker (right) going after goldenrod gall fly maggots (gall is right in front of its chest).


The wonderful red Fox Sparrow first found at the Northern Colorado Environmental Learning Center by Andy Bankert continues. Yesterday and today it was in the exact site where first reported (southeast of the intersection of the Wilcox and Alden Trails a few tenths of a mile south of the east end of the suspension bridge). I watched the bird at length both yesterday and today and found its behavior most interesting. Whatever it is after is down in the leaf litter. This species is a well-known doublefoot scratcher, similar to towhees and certain other sparrows, including the juncos it hangs with. What I had never seen before was scratching with a twist. A full twist, that is. Its normal posture is head-down and its scratching is modest. But every once in a while, it raises its head, stands on it clawtip toes, and does a rapid 360-degree spin. Ice skaters at the upcoming Olympics would receive high marks if they could bust such a move. Presumably this flips particularly thick or matted litter. In an attempt to discern what the red sparrow and juncos were getting, several times a minute, from said leaf litter, I got down on my knees, scrunched my trifocals so as to use the reader layer at the bottom to best advantage and scratched back leaves with my hands. Over a period of 20 minutes and exposing an area of approximately one square meter, I found exactly ZERO insects, one snail barely a mm across, lots of deer droppings, and some seeds of an unidentified plant that might be the answer to the puzzle. Not exactly the cornucopia I was expecting. Once again I marvel at the survival skills of birds, once again I walked away stumped. But that gorgeous sparrow was worth the effort. If you are looking for it, approach the described area QUIETLY AND SLOWLY. This bird has been pursued by dozens of birders, many of them loud and impatient, playing tapes, etc. It is VERY WARY, very difficult to see. Find the junco flock, stay back and just watch all the scratchers. It is usually the farthest one away. When approached or warned of something by nervous juncos, it usually goes up a short ways into the boxelder trees. Patience usually is rewarded by it returning to the leaf litter but sometimes this takes 15-30 minutes.


[cid:bf249930-b17a-4cc7-bf43-dea290cc1291]


I have looked for the Harris's Hawk out off Prospect Road near the Welcome Center at I-25 yesterday and today and not seen it (which means NOTHING with that bird). It works a huge area, is quite active, never seems to sit in the same place for very long or two days in a row.


Dave Leatherman

Fort Collins





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Date: 1/31/18 6:13 pm
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...>
Subject: [cobirds] May Convention(s)
Cobirders,

I hope you are all making plans for this year's CFO Convention. I believe it is the 55th CFO Convention, but the first to be located in Longmont with its access to plains, prairies, foothills, and mountains. As always the CFO Convention from May 17th to 20th will offer you all sorts of opportunities for fieldtrips, paper sessions, evening entertainment, and a smash-up banquet.

While I don't want to discourage you from attending the CFO Convention, there is some competition that weekend. If you seek something different you might consider the Nebraska Ornithologists Union Spring Meetings at Fort Robinson, Nebraska in the northwest corner of the state on May 18-20. I've attended the last two NOU Meetings and loved the friendly comradery and great birding. If you want more information on the NOU Spring Meetings (or on the NOU in general), please contact Robin Harding, Vice President of the NOU at <snowbunting...><mailto:<snowbunting...>

Bill Kaempfer
Boulder
(with permission from CFO President, David Gillian)

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Date: 1/31/18 12:57 pm
From: Dick FILBY <dickfilby...>
Subject: [cobirds] Rosy-Finches Snowmass (Pitkin Cty)
Hi all

I did another free birding session at Snowmass Ski-area today, Wednesday

We enjoyed

BROWN-CAPPED ROSY-FINCHES c30
GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES – 2. One was a Coastal form, the other an Interior form
PINE GROSBEAK – 1 adult male
Mountain Chickadees several
Steller’s Jay – 1+


Good birding all
Best wishes

Dick Filby
Carbondale, CO

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Date: 1/30/18 5:59 pm
From: Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...>
Subject: [cobirds] Rocky Mount Arsenal, Adams County
With my day off I went out to roam around Rocky Mountain Arsenal and though
I had to work to find them I did find some nice birds. I got a great look
at a pair of *Ferruginous hawks* along side of the road. This road is part
of the new expansion for the wildlife drive. If you have not seen it it is
an extra 7 ish miles of exploring in an area previously unavailable except
by tour bus. It is part of the new Bison rang expansion. To reach this new
area drive past Lower Derby Lake (which now has a parking lot and a
observation deck) and just before the road turns to gravel (the way to Blue
Stem Lake) there is a left hand turn. It becomes a one way road after a bit
so you must enter here. Since it is part of Bison Range you must stay in
your car. At the end is a parking lot for Rattle Snake Hill, and a short
loop trail. It's great to have some new options at such a great location.
Brian Johnson
Englewood CO

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Date: 1/30/18 5:52 pm
From: Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris's Sparrow still present, First Creek At Denver, Denver County
HI,
After roaming around Rocky Mountain Arsenal I went over to check out First
Creek to see if the Barn Owls where around (I did not find them) or if that
Harris's Sparrow was still around that was reported a while ago (I can't
remember when and by whom). I did find the Harris's Sparrow to be around. I
found it with a flock of White Crowned Sparrows, a Song Sparrow and some
Dark Eyed Juncos (Oregon). They where on the other side of the fence in
some dead fall under a tree. This was at the intersection of Buckley Road
(which is the trail here if you have not been here before) and the other
trail heading east and under Pena BLVD.
Brian Johnson
Englewood CO

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Date: 1/30/18 4:43 pm
From: 'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Open Water
Greetings All


On Sunday, I went off to Kiowa County and found significant open water at Lower and Upper Queens as well as Neenoshe and Neegronda. The latter two had most of the birds, but the most interesting birds by far were on Upper Queens: Two male and one female Barrow's Goldeneye. Not seen since, alas (I couldn't refind them 3 hours later)


In Weld, Windsor Lake has a nice bit of open water, best viewed from south side in AM and from west side in PM, though I had far more birds present in morning (including 2 Thayer's Gulls)


Windsor Reservoir has substantial amount of open water on the south side. Nothing rare, unless you like studying hybrid geese :o)


Woods Lake also has much open water. In PM (or a cloudy AM), I'd go up the road along the lake's west side, find a safe place to park, and then walk down the road until you find an opening to survey the lake. 1 Thayer's and 1 LBB Gull were the best birds there today, but a reasonable number of gulls and lotsa ducks


Drake's Lake has some open water, but gulls seemed unwilling to land with the bevy of eagles on the ice


Black Hollow is still an ice cube


Union has a sliver of water opening -- mostly Mallards.


And the ponds at Firestone have many Aythya. Nothing rare but potential is there.


Cheers
Steve Mlodinow
Longmont CO

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Date: 1/30/18 6:55 am
From: 'arvind panjabi' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Common redpolls et al., Horsetooth mountain park, Larimer county
The redpolls are back in the same draw, at least 13 of them just now at 7:55 am.
Arvind PanjabiFort Collins 


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I encountered a flock of nine Common Redpolls in Horsetooth Mountain park today. They were along the hiking trail (footpath) at the first drainage crossing less than a quarter-mile from the trailhead. They were mostly feeding on the ground near the edge of melting snow.  
Also seen was a Northern Goshawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. The goshawk was flying high over the ridge as if it were moving some distance. The last few days I’ve had several raptors soaring over the south facing ridge at Horsetooth mountain park including Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and a Rough-legged Hawk.  Red Crossbills are much fewer in number than this time last year, almost non-existent, although I did bump into a flock of 8 today.  

Also of note, I had a flock of 10 Evening Grosbeaks stop ever so briefly in my yard in Horsetooth Lake Estates exactly 2 weeks ago today. 

Good birding,

Arvind PanjabiWest of Fort Collins


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Date: 1/30/18 3:07 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 30 January 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: January 30, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 30 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont)
Greater Scaup (Adams, Arapahoe, El Paso, *Jefferson)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Adams, Arapahoe)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Fremont, *Garfield, Kiowa, Mesa, Summit)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Sora (Larimer)
White-winged Dove (Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, *El Paso)
Long-billed Curlew (Baca)
Least Sandpiper (*Mesa)
Long-billed Dowitcher (*Adams)
Spotted Sandpiper (*Garfield)
Mew Gull (Larimer)
California Gull (Arapahoe, Douglas, Kiowa, Larimer)
Iceland Gull (Arapahoe, El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo, Weld)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (*Kiowa)
HARRIS’S HAWK (*Larimer)
Snowy Owl (Weld)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (Arapahoe, Baca, Douglas, Jefferson)
Steller’s Jay (Baca)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Baca)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont, Kiowa)
Bushtit (Baca)
Rock Wren (Baca)
Canyon Wren (Baca)
Pacific Wren (La Plata)
Winter Wren (*Arapahoe, Baca, El Paso)
Varied Thrush (El Paso)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, El Paso)
Northern Mockingbird (Baca)
American Pipit (Eagle, Mesa)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Larimer, Park)
Black Rosy-Finch (Conejos)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Park, Weld)
Cassin’s Finch (Baca)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer)
Red Crossbill (*Arapahoe)
Lapland Longspur (*El Paso, Kiowa)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa)
European Goldfinch (Boulder)
Green-tailed Towhee (Denver)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
Field Sparrow (*Baca)
Fox Sparrow (*Delta, *Larimer)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Baca, Pueblo)
Swamp Sparrow (El Paso)
White-throated Sparrow (*Mesa)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver, El Paso)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Weld)
Brewer’s Blackbird (Kiowa)
Great-tailed Grackle (Eagle, *Kiowa)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Arapahoe)
Prairie Warbler (Pueblo)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 27 at McKay Road Ponds in Thornton, Adam Vesely reported
Long-tailed Duck in Southern most pond between S Platte River and 104th Ave
east of McKay Road. On January 28, at McKay road Ponds, Joe Roller and
Eric DeFonso reported f Long-tailed Duck.
---On January 28 on S Platte River, Hwy 224 and 68th, Gabriel Wiltse
reported Greater Scaup.
---On January 28 at S Platte Trail from Riverside Cemetery to Sand Creek,
Gabriel Wiltse reported Long-billed Dowitcher where S Platte River
instersects York St.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

--On January 22 Frank Ferrell reported Winter Wren at 8413 E. Crescent
Circle in Greenwood Village. Bird re-found by Steve Rash on January 24. On
January 27 on East Crescent Parkway in Greenwood Village, Loch Kilpatrick,
Glenn Walbek and Diane Roberts reported Winter Wren. On January 28 on E
Crescent Parkway, Gabrield Wiltse reported Winter Wren and Rebecca Laroche
reported Yellow-rumped Warbler./
--On January 23, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater Scaup, White-winged
Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, California, Iceland Gull at Aurora Reservoir.
—On January 23 at South Platte Reservoir, White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon continue to be reported by mob. The loon is also
reported to drift to Jefferson County. On January 26 at South Platte
Reservoir, Doug Shoffner and Jane Stulp reported White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon; Jodi Chambers reported seeing the White-winged Scoter
flying on the Jefferson county side. On January 27 at South Platte
Reservoir, Christian Hagenlocher and many others reported White-winged
Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon; Bez Bezuidenhout reported White-winged
Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon in the Jefferson County portion of the
reservoir. On January 28 at South Platte Reservoir, Matt Crooks, Jeff
Dawson, Joanne Parker, and John McConnell reported White-winged Scoter, and
Yellow-billed Loon; Jeff Dawson also reported White-winged Scoter on the
Jefferson County portion of the reservoir. On January 29 at South Platte
Reservoir, Robert Thoren and others reported Yellow-billed Loon and
White-winged Scoter in Jefferson County part of reservoir; Candice Johnson
and Gwen Moore reported White-winged Scoter in Douglas county.
---On January 28 at S Platte Park C470 area, Robert Folzenlogen reported 23
Greater Scaup (19m, 4f) at N end of Eaglewatch Lake, Says’s Phoebe, and
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On January 28 at Robert Tartaglia Pavilion, Eric DeFonso reported Say’s
Phoebe and f Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 25 at Two Buttes Dave Leatherman reported Long-billed Curlew,
Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Rock Wren and Canyon Wren.
---On January 28 at Sike ranch SWA, CR Q, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported 4
Curve-billed Thrashers, 3 Canyon Towhee, and f type Cassin’s Finch.
---On January 28 at Cottonwood Canyon Southern Approach, Kathy Mihm Dunning
and David Dowell reported 4 Lincoln’s Sparow, 4 Canyon Towhee, and 4
Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
---On January 28 at CR J, David Dowell and Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay and 3 Canyon Towhees.
---On January 28 at Cottonwood Canyon Loop, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David
Dowell reported Say’s Phoebe and 2 Steller’s Jays.
---On January 28 at Picture Canyon, David Dowell and Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported 7 Bushtit, Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, 2 Field Sparrows, 3
Canyon Towhees, and 2 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jays.

BENT COUNTY:
--On January 22, Janeal Thompson reported Greater Roadrunner at John Martin
State Park.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 28 at Boulder Creek and 75th St, Peter Burke and Christian
Nunes reported European Goldfinch. Christian said that the goldfinch was
bathing in the creek.

CONEJOS COUNTY:
---On January 27 John Rawinski reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at
feeders of Susan Hochstetter. Go south from Monte Vista on Hwy 15 until
payment ends, then go another 1 mile. Susan’s place is on the east side of
the road with numerous feeders.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 29 in Paonia, Dennis Garrison reported that the Fox Sparrow
continues to visit the FS office feeder.

DENVER COUNTY:
--On January 24 at First Creek Open Space Doug Kibbe reported Harris’s
Sparrow. Re-found by Ivan Mota on January 25.
--On January 25 at First Creek Open Space Ivan Mota reported Marsh Wren.
---On January 26 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheeseman Park, Mark
Obmascik reported Green-tailed Towhee.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On January 24 at 10001 S. Oswego St., Jodi Chambers reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On January 27 at Chatfield SP, Joey Kellner and others reported
California Gull.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--On January 22 at Lake Creek Village Wetlands Marbry Hopkins reported
American Pipit. On January 26 at Lake Creek Village Wetland, JoAnn Riggle
reported American Pipit and Great-tailed Grackle.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber) on
Miranda Road in Colorado Springs, most recently re-found by Michael Turisk
on January 25. On January 27 on Miranda Road, Gary Koehn reported
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
--On January 17 JoAnn Riggle and Linda Hodges most recently reported Varied
Thrush at Starsmore Discovery Center. On January 27 at Starsmore Discovery
Center, Brook Nelson reported a f-type Varied Thrush, not the bright male
that has been seen.
--On January 21 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Jim Merritt reported a
Harris’s Sparrow. Re-found on January 25.
--On January 25 at Fountain Creek, Bill Maynard observed a Swamp Sparrow.
---On January 26 at Double Tree Hotel Pond in Colorado Springs, Jim Merrit
and Alan Ketcham reported f Greater Scaup. On January 28 at couble Tree
Hotel Pond, Gary Koehn reported f Greater Scaup.
---On January 27 at S Meridian Road, Roger Massey reported m Ladder-backed
Woodpecker and 2 Curve-billed Thrashers.
---On January 27 in east El Paso County, Tim Leppek reported hundreds of
Lapland Longspurs on Finch Rd and Myers Rd and east into Lincoln county.
---On January 28 on Hanover Road, Cheri Phillips reported Curve-billed
Thrasher; Robb Hinds reported Ladder-backed Woodpecker; Joy and Leonard
Lake reported Greater Roadrunner.
---On January 28 at Aiken Canon Preserve, Jim Merritt reported Williamson’s
Sapsucker.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On January 19 at Tunnel Drive, Rich Miller reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye.--On January 20 at Valco Pond, DFO Field Trip reported one
Greater White-fronted Goose.
--On January 21 at Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported Barrows Goldeneye. On
January 28 at Canon City Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported imm m Barrow’s
Goldeneye.
--On January 25 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer, Alan Ketchum and
MaryLynne Ketchum reported Trumpeter Swan. On January 26 at Brush Hollow
Reservoir, Jim Merrit reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and 2 Chihuahuan Ravens;
Joel Adams reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On January 27 at Brush Hollow
Reservoir, Robb Hinds, Glenn Walbek, and Loch Kilpatrick reported 2
Trumpeter Swans. On January 29 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, John Drummond
and Richard Dunn reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On January 25 at Coryell Ranch in Carbondale, Dick Filby reported 11
Barrow’s Goldeneyes.
---On January 29 on Devereux Rd and Two Rivers Park, JoAnn Rigggle reported
5 Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Spotted Sandpiper.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--On January 18 at Blue Mesa Reservoir, Jon Horn reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On January 23 at Denver West Office Park, Rob Raker reported
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
--On January 24 at Denver West Office Space, Brian Johnson reported Say’s
Phoebe.
--On January 24 at RA Easton Park Gwen Moore reported continuing Greater
White-fronted Goose. Re-foound by Cathy Fennelly on January 25.
--On January 25 at South Platte Reservoir David Suddjian reported
continuing Yellow-billed Loon also in Arapahoe.
---On January 26 at Belmar Park, Joe Roller, Doug Kibbe, and Dale Pate
reported m Greater Scaup. On January 27 at Belmar Park, Candice Johnson
and Reed Gorner reported m Greater Scaup. On January 29 at Belmar Park,
Jerry Baines reported Greater Scaup.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On January 28 in town of Eads, Steve Mlodinow reported Brewer’s
Blackbird and 2 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 28 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 3
Chihuahuan Ravens, California Gull, and Great-tailed Grackle. On January29
at Neenoshe Reservoir Locust Grove, Jane Stulp and Janeal Thompson reported
Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 28 at Upper Queens/Neeshkah Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow
reported Greater White-fronted Goose, 3 Barrow’s (2m, 1f) Goldeneyes,
California Gull, Lapland Longspur.
---On January 28 at Neegronda Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lapland
Longspur and Chestnut-collared Longspur.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 28 at Animas River Trail Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area,
Ryan Votta reported Pacific Wren.

LARIMER COUNTY:
—On January 20 Carl Bendorf and John Rutenbeck most recently reported
continuing HARRIS’S HAWK at Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural
Areas. On January 27, Georgia Doyle and Phil Carafo and several others
reported HARRIS’S HAWK near the Welcom Center; Nick Komar reported HARRIS’S
HAWK at Box Elder Creek at SW Frontage Road. On January 28, Bill Schmoker
reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Rd N of Prospect at the Welcome Center
and many other birders reported the hawk near Welcome Center and on SW
Frontage Rd. On January 29, Kerry Hargrove reported HARRIS’S HAWK on
Frontage Rd N of Welcome Center.
--On January 21 at Livermore Community Church Andy Bankert reported 1
Brown-capped Rosy Finch, 1 Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, 15 rosy finch sp., and
3 Common Redpoll. Nick Komar re-found one Common Redpoll on January 22.
On January 26 at Livermore Community Church, Loch Kilpatrick reported one
Common Redpoll.
--On January 22 at Carter Lake, Nick Komar, Andy Bankert and other
observers reported Iceland, Iceland (Thayer’s), California, and Glaucous
Gulls.
--On January 23 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 9
Common Redpoll.
--On January 25 at College Lake, Nick Komar reported Mew Gull.
--On January 25 at CSU Environmental Learning Center Colby Plante reported
Fox Sparrow. On January 26 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Jim
Nachel Loch Kilpatrick, and Jonny Appleseed reported Red Fox Sparrow. On
January 27 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Mikkp Jimenez, Gwen Moore,
and Nick Komar reported Red Fox Sparrow. On January 28 at CSU Enviromental
Learning Center, Dave Leatherman and Janeal Thompson reported Red Fox
Sparrow.
---On January 27 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Nick Komar reported Sora. On
January 28 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Jim Nachel reported Sora.

MESA COUNTY:
--On January 24, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Colorado
River State Park, Fruita Section.
---On January 25 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Dick Filby reported
White-throated Sparrow.
---On January 25 at Horsethief Canyon, Dick Filby reported 7 Least
Sandpipers and American Pipit.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 23 in Jefferson (town) Brian Johnson reported 4 Brown-capped
Rosy-finches and 56 Gray-crowned Rosy-finches.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On January 23 at Pueblo Reservoir Wildlife Area David Tonnessen reported
Red-necked Grebe.
--On January 24 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Dale Pate report
continuing Great Black-backed Gull. On January 27 at Pueblo Reservoir
South Marina, Matt Newport reported Great Black-backed Gull. On January 28
at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Matt Hofeditz and Cheri Phillips reported
Great Black-backed Gull.
--On January 24 Dale Pate reported continuing Prairie Warbler in Rock
Canyon below the Pueblo Reservoir Dam. On January 28 at Pueblo Reservoir
Rock Canyon below dam N of river, Cheri Phillips reported Prairied Warbler.
---On January 27 at Olive Marsh, Van Truan reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
—On January 20 Phil Lyon reported continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye at
Silverthorne WTP.

WELD COUNTY:
--On January 23 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Greater White-fronted Goose, Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On January 27 at Windsor Lake, Gene Rutherford reported Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gull.
---On January 27 on Hwy 402 also known as CR54 east of Hwy 257, Jazmine
Novela reported a Snowy Owl on a power pole.
---On January 28 at Grover, Gene Rutherford reported a large flock of
Rosy-Finches most of which were Gray-crowned.
---On January 29 on CR 50 between CR 47 and CR 49, Gene Rutherford reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.

DFO Field Trips
Mueller State Park and Victor
Tuesday, January 30
5:30 AM - 3:30 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...> Phone: 831-713-8659)
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at Lowe's in Castle Rock near the outlet stores.. I-25
south, exit at Founders/Meadows Pkwy (exit 184), turn right (west), then
right on Santa Fe Dr (Hwy 85), then right on New Beale St. Exact address
1360 New Beale St, Castle Rock, CO 80108
We will seek forest and mountain birds at Mueller, with possible Pygmy-Owl
and Gray Jay, and look for
Rosy- finches at the nearby towns of Victor and Cripple Creek. Then we will
make our way back via Road 87 to Deckers and along the South Platte back
toward Sedalia, birding as we go. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 1/29/18 7:02 pm
From: 'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Response to email about unusual geese at Stearns lake

I have two similar geese on the ponds at my house that have been here for about five years. They have grown to have more white on their head and neck through the years.
I decided that they were a hybrid of Canada geese and white farm geese or emden geese. One of the features I looked at is that they have a lot of fat underneath their tail, a large white rump that sticks up higher out of the water that is reported to be caused by the amount of fat that they carry there. Their legs were orange/pink when they first came, they’re darker now.
They are slightly bigger than the other Canada geese. They became in charge of our geese fairly quickly, have a distinctive, loud honk and are clearly the guard geese for the ponds.

These pictures are from a year and a half ago and their heads and next are much whiter now.

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Date: 1/29/18 6:21 pm
From: 'Alexander Brown' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Unusual Goos -- Stearn's Lake (Boulder County) -- additional photos
Sorry -- regarding the hybrid goose I forgot to say that more photos are available on eBird at

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42352414

Alex BrownBoulder, CO

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Date: 1/29/18 6:19 pm
From: 'Alexander Brown' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Unusual goose at Stearn's Lake (Boulder County) -- Monday Jan 29
This morning Gillian and I found a very unusual goose at Stearn's Lake (southeast Boulder County).
The bird resembled a "Blue" Snow Goose but had an all dark beak and non-standard plumage.
Our best guess is that the bird is a Snow Goose hybrid with either Canada or Cackling Goose.There is a faint but obvious "grin" patch on the beak, so it is unlikely to be a Ross's Goose hybrid.
There were six Snow Geese this morning at Stearn's Lake -- three "white" and three "Blue".
This the most Snow Geese that I have ever seen at one place in Boulder County.


Alex BrownBoulder, CO

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Date: 1/29/18 3:48 pm
From: Kerry Hargrove <kerry.hargrove...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris's Hawk
The Harris's Hawk is still at previously recorded location on frontage road north of the welcome center

Kerry Hargrove
Thornton

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Date: 1/29/18 12:41 pm
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Ft. Collins Harris’s Hawk present 09:30
Hi all

Pat G. took a nice photo of the Fort Collin's Harris's Hawk:
http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/view/Harris-s-Hawk-Running-Deer-OS

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.club/


On Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 9:33:08 AM UTC-7, Bill Schmoker wrote:
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> Folks- I finally caught up with the Harris’s Hawk. It flew into a tree
> along the frontage road north of Prospect at the welcome center (I25 &
> Prospect.) The tree is west of the road just before the hard right turn.
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> Bill Schmoker, Longmont
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Date: 1/29/18 3:37 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 January 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: January 29, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 29 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Jefferson, *Kiowa)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont)
Greater Scaup (*Adams, *Arapahoe, *El Paso, Jefferson)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (*Adams, Arapahoe)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, *Fremont, *Garfield, *Kiowa, Mesa, Summit)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Sora (*Larimer)
White-winged Dove (Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, *El Paso)
Long-billed Curlew (Baca)
Least Sandpiper (*Mesa)
Long-billed Dowitcher (*Adams)
Mew Gull (Larimer)
California Gull (Arapahoe, *Douglas, *Kiowa, Larimer)
Iceland Gull (Arapahoe, El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo, *Weld)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (*Larimer)
Snowy Owl (Weld)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (*El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (*Arapahoe, *Baca, Douglas, Jefferson)
Steller’s Jay (*Baca)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (*Baca)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont, *Kiowa)
Bushtit (*Baca)
Rock Wren (Baca)
Canyon Wren (Baca)
Pacific Wren (*La Plata)
Winter Wren (*Arapahoe, *Baca, El Paso)
Varied Thrush (El Paso)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*Baca, *El Paso)
Northern Mockingbird (*Baca)
American Pipit (Eagle, *Mesa)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Larimer, Park)
Black Rosy-Finch (Conejos)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Park, *Weld)
Cassin’s Finch (*Baca)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer)
Lapland Longspur (El Paso, *Kiowa)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Kiowa)
European Goldfinch (*Boulder)
Green-tailed Towhee (Denver)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (*Baca)
Canyon Towhee (*Baca)
Field Sparrow (*Baca)
Fox Sparrow (*Larimer)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*Baca, Pueblo)
Swamp Sparrow (El Paso)
White-throated Sparrow (*Mesa)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver, El Paso)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (*Weld)
Brewer’s Blackbird (*Kiowa)
Great-tailed Grackle (Eagle, *Kiowa)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Arapahoe)
Prairie Warbler (*Pueblo)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 27 at McKay Road Ponds in Thornton, Adam Vesely reported
Long-tailed Duck in Southern most pond between S Platte River and 104th Ave
east of McKay Road. On January 28, at McKay road Ponds, Joe Roller and
Eric DeFonso reported f Long-tailed Duck.
---On January 28 on S Platte River, Hwy 224 and 68th, Gabriel Wiltse
reported Greater Scaup.
---On January 28 at S Platte Trail from Riverside Cemetery to Sand Creek,
Gabriel Wiltse reported Long-billed Dowitcher where S Platte River
instersects York St.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

--On January 22 Frank Ferrell reported Winter Wren at 8413 E. Crescent
Circle in Greenwood Village. Bird re-found by Steve Rash on January 24. On
January 27 on East Crescent Parkway in Greenwood Village, Loch Kilpatrick,
Glenn Walbek and Diane Roberts reported Winter Wren. On January 28 on E
Crescent Parkway, Gabrield Wiltse reported Winter Wren and Rebecca Laroche
reported Yellow-rumped Warbler./
--On January 23, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater Scaup, White-winged
Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, California, Iceland Gull at Aurora Reservoir.
—On January 23 at South Platte Reservoir, White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon continue to be reported by mob. The loon is also
reported to drift to Jefferson County. On January 26 at South Platte
Reservoir, Doug Shoffner and Jane Stulp reported White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon; Jodi Chambers reported seeing the White-winged Scoter
flying on the Jefferson county side. On January 27 at South Platte
Reservoir, Christian Hagenlocher and many others reported White-winged
Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon; Bez Bezuidenhout reported White-winged
Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon in the Jefferson County portion of the
reservoir. On January 28 at South Platte Reservoir, Matt Crooks, Jeff
Dawson, Joanne Parker, and John McConnell reported White-winged Scoter, and
Yellow-billed Loon; Jeff Dawson also reported White-winged Scoter on the
Jefferson County portion of the reservoir.
---On January 28 at S Platte Park C470 area, Robert Folzenlogen reported 23
Greater Scaup (19m, 4f) at N end of Eaglewatch Lake, Says’s Phoebe, and
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On January 28 at Robert Tartaglia Pavilion, Eric DeFonso reported Say’s
Phoebe and f Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 25 at Two Buttes Dave Leatherman reported Long-billed Curlew,
Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Rock Wren and Canyon Wren.
---On January 28 at Sike ranch SWA, CR Q, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported 4
Curve-billed Thrashers, 3 Canyon Towhee, and f type Cassin’s Finch.
---On January 28 at Cottonwood Canyon Southern Approach, Kathy Mihm Dunning
and David Dowell reported 4 Lincoln’s Sparow, 4 Canyon Towhee, and 4
Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
---On January 28 at CR J, David Dowell and Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay and 3 Canyon Towhees.
---On January 28 at Cottonwood Canyon Loop, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David
Dowell reported Say’s Phoebe and 2 Steller’s Jays.
---On January 28 at Picture Canyon, David Dowell and Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported 7 Bushtit, Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, 2 Field Sparrows, 3
Canyon Towhees, and 2 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jays.

BENT COUNTY:
--On January 22, Janeal Thompson reported Greater Roadrunner at John Martin
State Park.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 28 at Boulder Creek and 75th St, Peter Burke and Christian
Nunes reported European Goldfinch. Christian said that the goldfinch was
bathing in the creek.

CONEJOS COUNTY:
---On January 27 John Rawinski reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at
feeders of Susan Hochstetter. Go south from Monte Vista on Hwy 15 until
payment ends, then go another 1 mile. Susan’s place is on the east side of
the road with numerous feeders.

DENVER COUNTY:
--On January 24 at First Creek Open Space Doug Kibbe reported Harris’s
Sparrow. Re-found by Ivan Mota on January 25.
--On January 25 at First Creek Open Space Ivan Mota reported Marsh Wren.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheeseman Park, Mark
Obmascik reported Green-tailed Towhee.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On January 24 at 10001 S. Oswego St., Jodi Chambers reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On January 27 at Chatfield SP, Joey Kellner and others reported
California Gull.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--On January 22 at Lake Creek Village Wetlands Marbry Hopkins reported
American Pipit. On January 26 at Lake Creek Village Wetland, JoAnn Riggle
reported American Pipit and Great-tailed Grackle.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber) on
Miranda Road in Colorado Springs, most recently re-found by Michael Turisk
on January 25. On January 27 on Miranda Road, Gary Koehn reported
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
--On January 17 JoAnn Riggle and Linda Hodges most recently reported Varied
Thrush at Starsmore Discovery Center. On January 27 at Starsmore Discovery
Center, Brook Nelson reported a f-type Varied Thrush, not the bright male
that has been seen.
--On January 21 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Jim Merritt reported a
Harris’s Sparrow. Re-found on January 25.
--On January 25 at Fountain Creek, Bill Maynard observed a Swamp Sparrow.
---On January 26 at Double Tree Hotel Pond in Colorado Springs, Jim Merrit
and Alan Ketcham reported f Greater Scaup. On January 28 at couble Tree
Hotel Pond, Gary Koehn reported f Greater Scaup.
---On January 27 at S Meridian Road, Roger Massey reported m Ladder-backed
Woodpecker and 2 Curve-billed Thrashers.
---On January 27 in east El Paso County, Tim Leppek reported hundreds of
Lapland Longspurs on Finch Rd and Myers Rd and east into Lincoln county.
---On January 28 on Hanover Road, Cheri Phillips reported Curve-billed
Thrasher; Robb Hinds reported Ladder-backed Woodpecker; Joy and Leonard
Lake reported Greater Roadrunner.
---On January 28 at Aiken Canon Preserve, Jim Merritt reported Williamson’s
Sapsucker.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On January 19 at Tunnel Drive, Rich Miller reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye.--On January 20 at Valco Pond, DFO Field Trip reported one
Greater White-fronted Goose.
--On January 21 at Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported Barrows Goldeneye. On
January 28 at Canon City Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported imm m Barrow’s
Goldeneye.
--On January 25 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer, Alan Ketchum and
MaryLynne Ketchum reported Trumpeter Swan. On January 26 at Brush Hollow
Reservoir, Jim Merrit reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and 2 Chihuahuan Ravens;
Joel Adams reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On January 27 at Brush Hollow
Reservoir, Robb Hinds, Glenn Walbek, and Loch Kilpatrick reported 2
Trumpeter Swans.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On January 25 at Coryell Ranch in Carbondale, Dick Filby reported 11
Barrow’s Goldeneyes.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--On January 18 at Blue Mesa Reservoir, Jon Horn reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On January 23 at Denver West Office Park, Rob Raker reported
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
--On January 24 at Denver West Office Space, Brian Johnson reported Say’s
Phoebe.
--On January 24 at RA Easton Park Gwen Moore reported continuing Greater
White-fronted Goose. Re-foound by Cathy Fennelly on January 25.
--On January 25 at South Platte Reservoir David Suddjian reported
continuing Yellow-billed Loon also in Arapahoe.
---On January 26 at Belmar Park, Joe Roller, Doug Kibbe, and Dale Pate
reported m Greater Scaup. On January 27 at Belmar Park, Candice Johnson
and Reed Gorner reported m Greater Scaup.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On January 28 in town of Eads, Steve Mlodinow reported Brewer’s
Blackbird and 2 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 28 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 3
Chihuahuan Ravens, California Gull, and Great-tailed Grackle.
---On January 28 at Upper Queens/Neeshkah Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow
reported Greater White-fronted Goose, 3 Barrow’s (2m, 1f) Goldeneyes,
California Gull, Lapland Longspur.
---On January 28 at Neegronda Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lapland
Longspur and Chestnut-collared Longspur.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 28 at Animas River Trail Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area,
Ryan Votta reported Pacific Wren.

LARIMER COUNTY:
—On January 20 Carl Bendorf and John Rutenbeck most recently reported
continuing HARRIS’S HAWK at Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural
Areas. On January 27, Georgia Doyle and Phil Carafo and several others
reported HARRIS’S HAWK near the Welcom Center; Nick Komar reported HARRIS’S
HAWK at Box Elder Creek at SW Frontage Road. On January 28, Bill Schmoker
reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Rd N of Prospect at the Welcome Center
and many other birders reported the hawk near Welcome Center and on SW
Frontage Rd.
--On January 21 at Livermore Community Church Andy Bankert reported 1
Brown-capped Rosy Finch, 1 Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, 15 rosy finch sp., and
3 Common Redpoll. Nick Komar re-found one Common Redpoll on January 22.
On January 26 at Livermore Community Church, Loch Kilpatrick reported one
Common Redpoll.
--On January 22 at Carter Lake, Nick Komar, Andy Bankert and other
observers reported Iceland, Iceland (Thayer’s), California, and Glaucous
Gulls.
--On January 23 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 9
Common Redpoll.
--On January 25 at College Lake, Nick Komar reported Mew Gull.
--On January 25 at CSU Environmental Learning Center Colby Plante reported
Fox Sparrow. On January 26 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Jim
Nachel Loch Kilpatrick, and Jonny Appleseed reported Red Fox Sparrow. On
January 27 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Mikkp Jimenez, Gwen Moore,
and Nick Komar reported Red Fox Sparrow. On January 28 at CSU Enviromental
Learning Center, Dave Leatherman and Janeal Thompson reported Red Fox
Sparrow.
---On January 27 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Nick Komar reported Sora. On
January 28 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Jim Nachel reported Sora.

MESA COUNTY:
--On January 24, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Colorado
River State Park, Fruita Section.
---On January 25 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Dick Filby reported
White-throated Sparrow.
---On January 25 at Horsethief Canyon, Dick Filby reported 7 Least
Sandpipers and American Pipit.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 23 in Jefferson (town) Brian Johnson reported 4 Brown-capped
Rosy-finches and 56 Gray-crowned Rosy-finches.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On January 23 at Pueblo Reservoir Wildlife Area David Tonnessen reported
Red-necked Grebe.
--On January 24 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Dale Pate report
continuing Great Black-backed Gull. On January 27 at Pueblo Reservoir
South Marina, Matt Newport reported Great Black-backed Gull. On January 28
at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Matt Hofeditz and Cheri Phillips reported
Great Black-backed Gull.
--On January 24 Dale Pate reported continuing Prairie Warbler in Rock
Canyon below the Pueblo Reservoir Dam. On January 28 at Pueblo Reservoir
Rock Canyon below dam N of river, Cheri Phillips reported Prairied Warbler.
---On January 27 at Olive Marsh, Van Truan reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
—On January 20 Phil Lyon reported continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye at
Silverthorne WTP.

WELD COUNTY:
--On January 23 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Greater White-fronted Goose, Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On January 27 at Windsor Lake, Gene Rutherford reported Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gull.
---On January 27 on Hwy 402 also known as CR54 east of Hwy 257, Jazmine
Novela reported a Snowy Owl on a power pole.
---On January 28 at Grover, Gene Rutherford reported a large flock of
Rosy-Finches most of which were Gray-crowned.
---On January 29 on CR 50 between CR 47 and CR 49, Gene Rutherford reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.

DFO Field Trips
Mueller State Park and Victor
Tuesday, January 30
5:30 AM - 3:30 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...> Phone: 831-713-8659)
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at Lowe's in Castle Rock near the outlet stores.. I-25
south, exit at Founders/Meadows Pkwy (exit 184), turn right (west), then
right on Santa Fe Dr (Hwy 85), then right on New Beale St. Exact address
1360 New Beale St, Castle Rock, CO 80108
We will seek forest and mountain birds at Mueller, with possible Pygmy-Owl
and Gray Jay, and look for
Rosy- finches at the nearby towns of Victor and Cripple Creek. Then we will
make our way back via Road 87 to Deckers and along the South Platte back
toward Sedalia, birding as we go. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 1/28/18 9:09 pm
From: Dick FILBY <dickfilby...>
Subject: [cobirds] Barrow's, Rosy-Finches etc: Last week in Garfield/Pitkin/Mesa
Hi all

Despite being insanely busy, have managed to snatch some time to go birding this last week
Some of the highlights

Grand Junction Wildlife Area (Mesa) – Thursday (thanks Mike, Eileen)
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Harrier 1
Evening Grosbeak 1

Horsethief Canyon (Mesa) Thursday
Least Sandpiper 7
American Pipit 1
Wilson’s Snipe 5
Killdeer 3
Rough-legged Hawk 1

Carbondale Coryell Ranch (Garfield) Thursday
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE 11

Carbondale - Powers art centre (Garfield) ongoing
Rough-legged hawk 1-2 (still today, Sunday 28)

Snowmass Ski Area (Pitkin)
100+ Brown-capped Rosy Finches - most days – latest Wednesday
Porcupine – on 17th

Carbondale - Crystal River valley by Hwy133 (Garfield/Pitkin County line) most days – but none Sat or Sun
Snow Goose 1-2
Canada Geese – up to 700
Cackling Geese – up to 9
Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle on roadside Mule Deer carcass last Sunday
Rough-legged Hawk – 1 today (Sun 28)

No matter how dry you think it is here, just be glad you don’t live in Cape Town, South Africa..
Looking very likely to be the first major city in the world to run out of water – in just 10 weeks – or less

Good birding all
Best wishes

Dick Filby
Carbondale, CO



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Date: 1/28/18 5:40 pm
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...>
Subject: [cobirds] Denver Post article on the DFO Big Year
Hey, all. Jenn Fields has a nice article in *The Denver Post* on the
ongoing Denver Field Ornithologists (DFO) Big Year:

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/26/denver-birding-2018-year-of-the-bird/

In the random-birds-I-saw-recently category, here are a couple of Ross's
Geese from Erie Reservoir, Boulder County, earlier today, Sunday, Jan. 28:

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Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Date: 1/28/18 2:52 pm
From: Alan Bell <alan.bell...>
Subject: [cobirds] Long-eared owl (Boulder)
A long-eared owl perched quietly by our deck for about an hour around noon today. (Some 4 miles north of Boulder, near Spurgeon Reservoir.) New house bird.

Alan Bell, Boulder

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Date: 1/28/18 12:07 pm
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Pueblo Prairie Warbler, maybe gone 1/27
Someone reported seeing the Prairie Warbler this morning in Pueblo,
not sure why it didn't show up yesterday, when all the other birds
were present. If it is still present, maybe it will still be around
in February, for a first February record of the species for Colorado.
It seems like this bird has become very hard to find, not like in
December when it wasn't too hard to find.

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

On 1/27/18, Brandon <flammowl17...> wrote:
> Today (27 January 2018), there were lots of birds at times, in the
> area where the Prairie Warbler has been seen, below Pueblo Reservoir
> dam, Pueblo County (from 5 December 2107 to 24 January 2018), though
> the Prairie Warbler never appeared. Maybe it is still alive and well,
> though, I think I should have seen it today, as I spent a lot of time
> looking (and also looked yesterday for a little while). If anyone
> does happen to find it again, please report it. I'm thinking it is
> gone for real this time, so I'll be documenting it for the Colorado
> Birds Records Committee soon. This is the first ever Prairie Warbler
> in Colorado, during the month of January, and will be the 2nd
> documented sighting for Pueblo County, during the winter months. I'm
> happy it stayed a long time, and was seen by a lot of people. The
> other winter Prairie Warbler in Pueblo County, was last seen on the
> Pueblo Reservoir CBC on 16 December 1995, and not reported after that
> date, as far as I know.
>
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Date: 1/28/18 10:55 am
From: <bay.wren...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Long-tailed Duck, McKay Road Ponds, Adams County
However, those of us with portable submarines are getting excellent looks of the duck when it dives.

Eric DeFonso
Denver

Sent from the Aether

> On Jan 28, 2018, at 11:01 AM, Joe Roller <jroller9...> wrote:
>
> The female Long-tailed Duck was in the same location at 9:30 AM today, best seen from the pin marker for this eBird hotspot:
> "South Platte River (Adams Co)--McKay Rd & 100th area"
> Thanks, Adam Vesely.
>
> From Denver, drive NE on I-76, exit at 96th Ave, drive west to McKay Road, then NW
> and park on the shoulder just north of the South Platte River bridge. There is a nice
> variety of waterfowl here. The duck was diving and best seen when above water.
>
> Joe Roller, Denver
>
>
>
>
>> On Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 11:41 AM, Adam Vesely <avesely22...> wrote:
>> Hi all, there is a Long-tailed Duck in the southern-most reservoir between the South Platte River and 104th Avenue, directly east of McKay Road (Thornton, Adams County).
>>
>> Adam Vesely
>> Thornton, CO
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Date: 1/28/18 10:01 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Long-tailed Duck, McKay Road Ponds, Adams County
The female Long-tailed Duck was in the same location at 9:30 AM today, best
seen from the pin marker for this eBird hotspot:
"South Platte River (Adams Co)--McKay Rd & 100th area"
Thanks, Adam Vesely.

From Denver, drive NE on I-76, exit at 96th Ave, drive west to McKay Road,
then NW
and park on the shoulder just north of the South Platte River bridge. There
is a nice
variety of waterfowl here. The duck was diving and best seen when above
water.

Joe Roller, Denver




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> Hi all, there is a Long-tailed Duck in the southern-most reservoir between
> the South Platte River and 104th Avenue, directly east of McKay Road
> (Thornton, Adams County).
>
> Adam Vesely
> Thornton, CO
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Date: 1/28/18 8:33 am
From: Bill Schmoker <bill.schmoker...>
Subject: [cobirds] Ft. Collins Harris’s Hawk present 09:30
Folks- I finally caught up with the Harris’s Hawk. It flew into a tree
along the frontage road north of Prospect at the welcome center (I25 &
Prospect.) The tree is west of the road just before the hard right turn.

Bill Schmoker, Longmont
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Date: 1/28/18 3:10 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 January 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: January 28, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 28 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Adams, Boulder, Delta, Jefferson, Pueblo)
BRANT (Douglas)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont, Weld)
Greater Scaup (Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, *Jefferson)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (*Adams, Arapahoe, Fremont)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Fremont, Mesa, Summit)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Sora (*Larimer)
White-winged Dove (Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, El Paso)
Long-billed Curlew (Baca)
Mew Gull (Larimer, Pueblo)
California Gull (Arapahoe, *Douglas, Larimer)
Iceland Gull (Arapahoe, El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo, *Weld)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (*Larimer)
Snowy Owl (Boulder, Pueblo, *Weld)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (*El Paso)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont)
Rock Wren (Baca)
Canyon Wren (Baca)
Winter Wren (*El Paso)
Varied Thrush (*El Paso)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*El Paso)
American Pipit (Eagle)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Conejos, Larimer, Park)
Black Rosy-Finch (*Conejos)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Conjeso, Park)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer)
Lapland Longspur (*El Paso)
Green-tailed Towhee (Denver)
Fox Sparrow (*Larimer)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*Pueblo)
Swamp Sparrow (El Paso)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver, El Paso, Prowers)
Bohemian Waxwing (Larimer)
Great-tailed Grackle (Eagle)
Prairie Warbler (Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Pueblo)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 20 at Barr Lake State Park, Bruce Snyder reported 1 Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On January 27 at McKay Road Ponds in Thornton, Adam Vesely reported
Long-tailed Duck in Southern most pond between S Platte River and 104th Ave
east of McKay Road.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

--On January 19, at Ketring Park Mary Geder, Diane Roberts and Rebecca
LaRoche reported Hermit Thrush.
--On January 20, Ben Sampson reported continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye.
--On January 20 at Inverness Golf Course Kay Rasmussen reported Say’s
Phoebe.
--On January 22 Frank Ferrell reported Winter Wren at 8413 E. Crescent
Circle in Greenwood Village. Bird re-found by Steve Rash on January 24. On
January 27 on East Crescent Parkway in Greenwood Village, Loch Kilpatrick,
Glenn Walbek and Diane Roberts reported Winter Wren.
--On January 23, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater Scaup, White-winged
Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, California, Iceland Gull at Aurora Reservoir.
—On January 23 at South Platte Reservoir, White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon continue to be reported by mob. The loon is also
reported to drift to Jefferson County. On January 26 at South Platte
Reservoir, Doug Shoffner and Jane Stulp reported White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon; Jodi Chambers reported seeing the White-winged Scoter
flying on the Jefferson county side. On January 27 at South Platte
Reservoir, Christian Hagenlocher and many others reported White-winged
Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon; Bez Bezuidenhout reported White-winged
Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon in the Jefferson County portion of the
reservoir.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 25 at Two Buttes Dave Leatherman reported Long-billed Curlew,
Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Rock Wren and Canyon Wren.

BENT COUNTY:
--On January 22, Janeal Thompson reported Greater Roadrunner at John Martin
State Park.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 19 Mark Minner-Lee reported Greater White-fronted Goose at
Waneka Reservoir.
--On January 19 at Twin Lakes, Leslie S. reported White-winged Dove.
--On January 20 at Boulder Reservoir many observers reported 2 Snowy Owl,
not reported since.
--On January 22, David Chernack reported 2 Greater Scaup at Erie Reservoir.

CONEJOS COUNTY:
---On January 27 John Rawinski reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at
feeders of Susan Hochstetter. Go south from Monte Vista on Hwy 15 until
payment ends, then go another 1 mile. Susan’s place is on the east side of
the road with numerous feeders.

DENVER COUNTY:
--On January 24 at First Creek Open Space Doug Kibbe reported Harris’s
Sparrow. Re-found by Ivan Mota on January 25.
--On January 25 at First Creek Open Space Ivan Mota reported Marsh Wren.

DELTA COUNTY:
--On January 20, Jon Horn reported 2 Greater White-fronted Geese at
Confluence Park.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheeseman Park, Mark
Obmascik reported Green-tailed Towhee.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On January 8 at Parker Regional Park (aka Salisbury Equestrian Park),
Loch Kilpatrick, Dale Pate, and Diane Roberts reported BRANT. Last report
by Joe Roller and Joey Kellner on January 20.
--On January 20 at Parker Regional Park Tom and Debbie Behnfield reported 2
Greater Scaup.
--On January 24 at 10001 S. Oswego St., Jodi Chambers reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On January 27 at Chatfield SP, Joey Kellner and others reported
California Gull.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--On January 22 at Lake Creek Village Wetlands Marbry Hopkins reported
American Pipit. On January 26 at Lake Creek Village Wetland, JoAnn Riggle
reported American Pipit and Great-tailed Grackle.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber) on
Miranda Road in Colorado Springs, most recently re-found by Michael Turisk
on January 25. On January 27 on Miranda Road, Gary Koehn reported
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
--On January 17 JoAnn Riggle and Linda Hodges most recently reported Varied
Thrush at Starsmore Discovery Center. On January 27 at Starsmore Discovery
Center, Brook Nelson reported a f-type Varied Thrush, not the bright male
that has been seen.
--On January 20 along Hanover Road, Mark Chavez and mob. reported
continuing Greater Roadrunner.
--On January 21 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Jim Merritt reported a
Harris’s Sparrow. Re-found on January 25.
--On January 25 at Fountain Creek, Bill Maynard observed a Swamp Sparrow.
---On January 26 at Double Tree Hotel Pond in Colorado Springs, Jim Merrit
and Alan Ketcham reported f Greater Scaup.
---On January 27 at S Meridian Road, Roger Massey reported m Ladder-backed
Woodpecker and 2 Curve-billed Thrashers.
---On January 27 in east El Paso County, Tim Leppek reported hundreds of
Lapland Longspurs on Finch Rd and Myers Rd and east into Lincoln county.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On January 19 at Tunnel Drive, Rich Miller reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye.--On January 20 at Valco Pond, DFO Field Trip reported one
Greater White-fronted Goose.
--On January 20 at Tunnel Drive, Jerry DeBoer reported Long-tailed Duck.
--On January 21 at Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported Barrows Goldeneye.
--On January 25 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer, Alan Ketchum and
MaryLynne Ketchum reported Trumpeter Swan. On January 26 at Brush Hollow
Reservoir, Jim Merrit reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and 2 Chihuahuan Ravens;
Joel Adams reported 2 Trumpeter Swans. On January 27 at Brush Hollow
Reservoir, Robb Hinds, Glenn Walbek, and Loch Kilpatrick reported 2
Trumpeter Swans.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--On January 18 at Blue Mesa Reservoir, Jon Horn reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On January 23 at Denver West Office Park, Rob Raker reported
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
--On January 24 at Denver West Office Space, Brian Johnson reported Say’s
Phoebe.
--On January 24 at RA Easton Park Gwen Moore reported continuing Greater
White-fronted Goose. Re-foound by Cathy Fennelly on January 25.
--On January 25 at South Platte Reservoir David Suddjian reported
continuing Yellow-billed Loon also in Arapahoe.
---On January 26 at Belmar Park, Joe Roller, Doug Kibbe, and Dale Pate
reported m Greater Scaup. On January 27 at Belmar Park, Candice Johnson
and Reed Gorner reported m Greater Scaup.

LARIMER COUNTY:
—On January 20 Carl Bendorf and John Rutenbeck most recently reported
continuing HARRIS’S HAWK at Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural
Areas. On January 27, Georgia Doyle and Phil Carafo and several others
reported HARRIS’S HAWK near the Welcom Center; Nick Komar reported HARRIS’S
HAWK at Box Elder Creek at SW Frontage Road.
--On January 20 at the Sprague Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park,
Jon Bitner reported Bohemian Waxwings.
--On January 21 at Livermore Community Church Andy Bankert reported 1
Brown-capped Rosy Finch, 1 Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, 15 rosy finch sp., and
3 Common Redpoll. Nick Komar re-found one Common Redpoll on January 22.
On January 26 at Livermore Community Church, Loch Kilpatrick reported one
Common Redpoll.
--On January 22 at Carter Lake, Nick Komar, Andy Bankert and other
observers reported Iceland, Iceland (Thayer’s), California, and Glaucous
Gulls.
--On January 23 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 9
Common Redpoll.
--On January 25 at College Lake, Nick Komar reported Mew Gull.
--On January 25 at CSU Environmental Learning Center Colby Plante reported
Fox Sparrow. On January 26 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Jim
Nachel Loch Kilpatrick, and Jonny Appleseed reported Red Fox Sparrow. On
January 27 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Mikkp Jimenez, Gwen Moore,
and Nick Komar reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On January 27 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Nick Komar reported Sora.

MESA COUNTY:
--On January 20, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Grand
Junction Wildlife Area.
--On January 24, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Colorado
River State Park, Fruita Section.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 23 in Jefferson (town) Brian Johnson reported 4 Brown-capped
Rosy-finches and 56 Gray-crowned Rosy-finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On January 18 Janeal Thompson reported Northern Cardinal and Harris’s
Sparrow at Lamar Community College Woods.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On January 8 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina tires, Brandon Percival
reported Snowy Owl seen most recently on January 22 by Michael Shoop.
--On January 18 Adam Vesley reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds working the
shoreline of the stream just oorth of the Cottonwood Picnic area parking
lot at Pueblo State Park.
--On January 18, JoAnn Andrews reported Mew Gull at Rock Creek Area below
the Pueblo Reservoir Dam.
--On January 18 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Denise and Mark Vollmer
reported Say’s Phoebe.
--On January 18 along the Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd., John
Drummond reported Carolina Wren. Re-found by Mihm-Dunning and Dowell on
January 20.
--On January 20, Van Truan reported one Greater White-fronted Goose at
Huerfano Reservoir.
--On January 23 at Pueblo Reservoir Wildlife Area David Tonnessen reported
Red-necked Grebe.
--On January 24 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Dale Pate report
continuing Great Black-backed Gull. On January 27 at Pueblo Reservoir
South Marina, Matt Newport reported Great Black-backed Gull.
--On January 24 Dale Pate reported continuing Prairie Warbler in Rock
Canyon below the Pueblo Reservoir Dam.
---On January 27 at Olive Marsh, Van Truan reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.


SUMMIT COUNTY:
—On January 20 Phil Lyon reported continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye at
Silverthorne WTP.

WELD COUNTY:
--On January 19 Jim Nachel reported Trumpeter Swan at Rawhide Energy
Station/Hamilton Reservoir, continuing since at least the Rawhide CBC in
December.
--On January 23 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Greater White-fronted Goose, Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On January 27 at Windsor Lake, Gene Rutherford reported Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gull.
---On January 27 on Hwy 402 also known as CR54 east of Hwy 257, Jazmine
Novela reported a Snowy Owl on a power pole.

DFO Field Trips
Greenwood Gulch and Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve
Sunday, January 28
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kevin Corwin (Email: <KevyGudGuy...> Phone: 720-482-8454)
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at the parking lot at Castlewood Park, 5601 East Orchard
DRIVE (not Orchard Road) at its intersection with South Holly St.; about .1
mile north of the intersection of Holly and Orchard Road. There is a
portable toilet at the parking lot.The paved trail follows the Greenwood
Gulch waterway northwest for .75 mile, then joins the dirt HighLine Canal
Trail that surrounds the Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve. We’ll walk a 1.5
mile loop along the High Line and through the Preserve back to the
Greenwood Gulch trail then return to our starting point. Total distance is
about 3 miles. The trails border cattail marshes, wet meadows, and the
typical High Line riparian strip. There are a couple of small ponds in the
Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve at the northwest part of the loop.
Register online or contact leader.

Mueller State Park and Victor
Tuesday, January 30
5:30 AM - 3:30 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...> Phone: 831-713-8659)
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at Lowe's in Castle Rock near the outlet stores.. I-25
south, exit at Founders/Meadows Pkwy (exit 184), turn right (west), then
right on Santa Fe Dr (Hwy 85), then right on New Beale St. Exact address
1360 New Beale St, Castle Rock, CO 80108
We will seek forest and mountain birds at Mueller, with possible Pygmy-Owl
and Gray Jay, and look for
Rosy- finches at the nearby towns of Victor and Cripple Creek. Then we will
make our way back via Road 87 to Deckers and along the South Platte back
toward Sedalia, birding as we go. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 1/27/18 10:50 pm
From: Karl Stecher Jr. <kstecher...>
Subject: [cobirds] merlin/Adams/late report
On Thursday afternoon, driving 270 from I-25 to I-70, I saw a female
merlin, prairie type, about one mile east of I-25.

Karl Stecher
Aurora



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Date: 1/27/18 7:46 pm
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Pueblo Prairie Warbler, maybe gone 1/27
Today (27 January 2018), there were lots of birds at times, in the
area where the Prairie Warbler has been seen, below Pueblo Reservoir
dam, Pueblo County (from 5 December 2107 to 24 January 2018), though
the Prairie Warbler never appeared. Maybe it is still alive and well,
though, I think I should have seen it today, as I spent a lot of time
looking (and also looked yesterday for a little while). If anyone
does happen to find it again, please report it. I'm thinking it is
gone for real this time, so I'll be documenting it for the Colorado
Birds Records Committee soon. This is the first ever Prairie Warbler
in Colorado, during the month of January, and will be the 2nd
documented sighting for Pueblo County, during the winter months. I'm
happy it stayed a long time, and was seen by a lot of people. The
other winter Prairie Warbler in Pueblo County, was last seen on the
Pueblo Reservoir CBC on 16 December 1995, and not reported after that
date, as far as I know.

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Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Date: 1/27/18 10:49 am
From: Natalie P. <nat.ann27...>
Subject: [cobirds] CSU Environmental Learning Center Eastern Screech Owl
Good morning!
Does anyone have any pointers for locating this bird?

Thanks!
Natalie

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Date: 1/27/18 10:41 am
From: Adam Vesely <avesely22...>
Subject: [cobirds] Long-tailed Duck, McKay Road Ponds, Adams County
Hi all, there is a Long-tailed Duck in the southern-most reservoir between
the South Platte River and 104th Avenue, directly east of McKay Road
(Thornton, Adams County).

Adam Vesely
Thornton, CO

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Date: 1/27/18 9:52 am
From: Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...>
Subject: [cobirds] Harris’s Hawk, Larimer
The Harris’s Hawk is currently perched in a tree on the N. Frontage Rd. north of the Colorado Welcome Center in Fort Collins. Thanks to Georgia Doyle and Phil Cafaro for the tip.

Nick Komar
Fort Collins

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Date: 1/27/18 8:54 am
From: Jeff Parks <lastimout...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Aythya ID question
OK, from what I can tell from further research and people's comments, this
is a female Redhead. It can be distinguished from the female ringneck by
the round head (ringneck has a peaked head), the same color on crown as
rest of the head (ringneck has a darker cap), and the lack of a lighter
"spur" on the side, very obvious on the male ringneck, less obvious but
still present on the female ringneck. The white on the face is similar to
the ringneck, which is what confused me to begin with. Apparently, this is
not unusual for a Redhead, although not all of them have the white on the
face. The head shape and coloring is similar to the female Canvasback, as
shown in the picture.

If anyone has any more distinguishing details, feel free to chime in.

Jeff Parks

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Date: 1/27/18 8:10 am
From: <mvjohnski...>
Subject: [cobirds] All Three Rosy-finches in Conejos County
I stopped by Susan Hochstetler's place this week (Conejos County) and
observed the wonderful assortment of Rosy-finches at her feeders. I was
able to see and photograph all three species including coastal and inland
races of Gray-crowned. We were wondering if we ever get "Bering Sea" race
of Gray-crowned in Colorado. Anyone seen them?

Susan is open to birders. She is an Amish lady and her husband Martin is
ill. You can see these birds by going south from Monte Vista on Hwy 15
until the pavement ends. Then go another 1 mile and watch for her place on
the east side of the road. Hers is the place with numerous feeders out.

I know Susan spends enormous amounts on bird seed. If you are so inclined,
please consider a donation to help her out.

John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO


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Date: 1/27/18 6:26 am
From: Natalie P. <nat.ann27...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: hawk and snake
Great capture!

--Natalie

On Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:12:36 PM UTC-7, <stano......> wrote:
>
> [image: Inline image 1]I found this red-tailed hawk chowing down on a
> garter snake this afternoon by the Fort Lyon Storage Canal northeast of
> Rocky Ford this afternoon. It is the first snake I have seen in January in
> Colorado. To provide some context, ten feet below the hawk in the bottom
> of the canal is an ice-covered pool of water.
>
> Stan Oswald
> Rocky Ford
>

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Date: 1/27/18 3:04 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 January 2018
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: January 27, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 268 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families
has changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Adams, Boulder, Delta, Jefferson, Pueblo)
BRANT (Douglas)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont, Weld)
Greater Scaup (Boulder, Douglas, *El Paso, *Jefferson)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Fremont)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Fremont, Mesa, Summit)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, El Paso)
Long-billed Curlew (Baca)
Mew Gull (Larimer, Pueblo)
California Gull (Arapahoe, Larimer)
Iceland Gull (Arapahoe, El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, El Paso, Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Snowy Owl (Boulder, Pueblo)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson)
Chihuahuan Raven (*Fremont)
Rock Wren (Baca)
Canyon Wren (Baca)
Winter Wren (Arapahoe, Baca)
Marsh Wren (Baca, Denver)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe)
Varied Thrush (El Paso)
American Pipit (*Eagle)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Larimer, Park)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, *Larimer)
Green-tailed Towhee (*Denver)
Fox Sparrow (*Larimer)
Swamp Sparrow (El Paso)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver, El Paso, Prowers)
Bohemian Waxwing (Larimer)
Great-tailed Grackle (*Eagle)
Prairie Warbler (Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Pueblo)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 20 at Barr Lake State Park, Bruce Snyder reported 1 Greater
White-fronted Goose.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

--On January 19, at Ketring Park Mary Geder, Diane Roberts and Rebecca
LaRoche reported Hermit Thrush.
--On January 20, Ben Sampson reported continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye.
--On January 20 at Inverness Golf Course Kay Rasmussen reported Say’s
Phoebe.
--On January 22 Frank Ferrell reported Winter Wren at 8413 E. Crescent
Circle in Greenwood Village. Bird re-found by Steve Rash on January 24.
--On January 23, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater Scaup, White-winged
Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, California, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed
Gull at Aurora Reservoir.
—On January 23 at South Platte Reservoir, White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon continue to be reported by mob. The loon is also
reported to drift to Jefferson County. On January 26 at South Platte
Reservoir, Doug Shoffner and Jane Stulp reported White-winged Scoter and
Yellow-billed Loon; Jodi Chambers reported seeing the White-winged Scoter
flying on the Jefferson county side.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 25 at Two Buttes Dave Leatherman reported Long-billed Curlew,
Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Rock Wren and Canyon Wren.

BENT COUNTY:
--On January 22, Janeal Thompson reported Greater Roadrunner at John Martin
State Park.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 19 Mark Minner-Lee reported Greater White-fronted Goose at
Waneka Reservoir.
--On January 19 at Twin Lakes, Leslie S. reported White-winged Dove.
--On January 20 at Boulder Reservoir many observers reported 2 Snowy Owl,
not reported since.
--On January 22, David Chernack reported 2 Greater Scaup at Erie Reservoir.

DENVER COUNTY:
--On January 24 at First Creek Open Space Doug Kibbe reported Harris’s
Sparrow. Re-found by Ivan Mota on January 25.
--On January 25 at First Creek Open Space Ivan Mota reported Marsh Wren.

DELTA COUNTY:
--On January 20, Jon Horn reported 2 Greater White-fronted Geese at
Confluence Park.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheeseman Park, Mark
Obmascik reported Green-tailed Towhee.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On January 8 at Parker Regional Park (aka Salisbury Equestrian Park),
Loch Kilpatrick, Dale Pate, and Diane Roberts reported BRANT. Last report
by Joe Roller and Joey Kellner on January 20.
--On January 20 at Parker Regional Park Tom and Debbie Behnfield reported 2
Greater Scaup.
--On January 24 at 10001 S. Oswego St., Jodi Chambers reported Say’s Phoebe.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--On January 22 at Lake Creek Village Wetlands Marbry Hopkins reported
American Pipit. On January 26 at Lake Creek Village Wetland, JoAnn Riggle
reported American Pipit and Great-tailed Grackle.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber) on
Miranda Road in Colorado Springs, most recently re-found by Michael Turisk
on January 25.
--On January 17 JoAnn Riggle and Linda Hodges most recently reported Varied
Thrush at Starsmore Discovery Center.
--On January 20 along Hanover Road, Mark Chavez and mob. reported
continuing Greater Roadrunner.
--On January 21 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Jim Merritt reported a
Harris’s Sparrow. Re-found on January 25.
--On January 24 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake, Jim Merritt reported 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls, most recently re-found by Mel and Jeannie Goff
on January 25.
--On January 25 at Fountain Creek, Bill Maynard observed a Swamp Sparrow.
---On January 26 at Double Tree Hotel Pond in Colorado Springs, Jim Merrit
and Alan Ketcham reported f Greater Scaup

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On January 19 at Tunnel Drive, Rich Miller reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye.--On January 20 at Valco Pond, DFO Field Trip reported one
Greater White-fronted Goose.
--On January 20 at Tunnel Drive, Jerry DeBoer reported Long-tailed Duck.
--On January 21 at Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported Barrows Goldeneye.
--On January 25 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer, Alan Ketchum and
MaryLynne Ketchum reported Trumpeter Swan. On January 26 at Brush Hollow
Reservoir, Jim Merrit reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and 2 Chihuahuan Ravens;
Joel Adams reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--On January 18 at Blue Mesa Reservoir, Jon Horn reported Barrow’s
Goldeneye.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On January 23 at Denver West Office Park, Rob Raker reported
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
--On January 24 at Denver West Office Space, Brian Johnson reported Say’s
Phoebe.
--On January 24 at RA Easton Park Gwen Moore reported continuing Greater
White-fronted Goose. Re-foound by Cathy Fennelly on January 25.
--On January 25 at South Platte Reservoir David Suddjian reported
continuing Yellow-billed Loon also in Arapahoe.
---On January 26 at Belmar Park, Joe Roller, Doug Kibbe, and Dale Pate
reported m Greater Scaup.

LARIMER COUNTY:
—On January 20 Carl Bendorf and John Rutenbeck most recently reported
continging HARRIS’S HAWK at Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural
Areas.
--On January 20 at the Sprague Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park,
Jon Bitner reported Bohemian Waxwings.
--On January 21 at Livermore Community Church Andy Bankert reported 1
Brown-capped Rosy Finch, 1 Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, 15 rosy finch sp., and
3 Common Redpoll. Nick Komar re-found one Common Redpoll on January 22.
On January 26 at Livermore Community Church, Loch Kilpatrick reported one
Common Redpoll.
--On January 22 at Carter Lake, Nick Komar, Andy Bankert and other
observers reported Iceland, Iceland (Thayer’s), California, Lesser
Black-backed and Glaucous Gulls.
--On January 23 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 9
Common Redpoll.
--On January 25 at College Lake, Nick Komar reported Mew Gull.
--On January 25 at CSU Environmental Learning Center Colby Plante reported
Fox Sparrow. On January 26 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Jim
Nachel Loch Kilpatrick, and Jonny Appleseed reported Red Fox Sparrow.

MESA COUNTY:
--On January 20, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Grand
Junction Wildlife Area.
--On January 24, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Colorado
River State Park, Fruita Section.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 23 in Jefferson (town) Brian Johnson reported 4 Brown-capped
Rosy-finches and 56 Gray-crowned Rosy-finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On January 18 Janeal Thompson reported Northern Cardinal and Harris’s
Sparrow at Lamar Community College Woods.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On January 8 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina tires, Brandon Percival
reported Snowy Owl seen most recently on January 22 by Michael Shoop.
--On January 18 Adam Vesley reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds working the
shoreline of the stream just oorth of the Cottonwood Picnic area parking
lot at Pueblo State Park.
--On January 18, JoAnn Andrews reported Mew Gull at Rock Creek Area below
the Pueblo Reservoir Dam.
--On January 18 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Denise and Mark Vollmer
reported Say’s Phoebe.
--On January 18 along the Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd., John
Drummond reported Carolina Wren. Re-found by Mihm-Dunning and Dowell on
January 20.
--On January 20, Van Truan reported one Greater White-fronted Goose at
Huerfano Reservoir.
--On January 23 at Pueblo Reservoir Wildlife Area David Tonnessen reported
Red-necked Grebe.
--On January 24 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Dale Pate report
continuing Great Black-backed Gull.
--On January 24 Dale Pate reported continuing Prairie Warbler in Rock
Canyon below the Pueblo Reservoir Dam.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
—On January 20 Phil Lyon reported continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye at
Silverthorne WTP.

WELD COUNTY:
--On January 19 Jim Nachel reported Trumpeter Swan at Rawhide Energy
Station/Hamilton Reservoir, continuing since at least the Rawhide CBC in
December.
--On January 23 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Greater White-fronted Goose, Barrow’s Goldeneye.

DFO Field Trips upcoming in the next week:

Harriman Lake
Saturday, January 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Edmund J Holub (Email: <edmund.holub...> Phone: 303-979-2194)
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Directions: Meet at Harriman Lake Parking lot at W. Quincey & S. Kipling
Pkwy.
Dress for the weather and bring a scope if you have one. We will hike about
one mile on flat trail.
Register online or contact leader.

Greenwood Gulch and Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve
Sunday, January 28
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kevin Corwin (Email: <KevyGudGuy...> Phone: 720-482-8454)
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at the parking lot at Castlewood Park, 5601 East Orchard
DRIVE (not Orchard Road) at its intersection with South Holly St.; about .1
mile north of the intersection of Holly and Orchard Road. There is a
portable toilet at the parking lot.The paved trail follows the Greenwood
Gulch waterway northwest for .75 mile, then joins the dirt HighLine Canal
Trail that surrounds the Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve. We’ll walk a 1.5
mile loop along the High Line and through the Preserve back to the
Greenwood Gulch trail then return to our starting point. Total distance is
about 3 miles. The trails border cattail marshes, wet meadows, and the
typical High Line riparian strip. There are a couple of small ponds in the
Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve at the northwest part of the loop.
Register online or contact leader.

Mueller State Park and Victor
Tuesday, January 30
5:30 AM - 3:30 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...> Phone: 831-713-8659)
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at Lowe's in Castle Rock near the outlet stores.. I-25
south, exit at Founders/Meadows Pkwy (exit 184), turn right (west), then
right on Santa Fe Dr (Hwy 85), then right on New Beale St. Exact address
1360 New Beale St, Castle Rock, CO 80108
We will seek forest and mountain birds at Mueller, with possible Pygmy-Owl
and Gray Jay, and look for
Rosy- finches at the nearby towns of Victor and Cripple Creek. Then we will
make our way back via Road 87 to Deckers and along the South Platte back
toward Sedalia, birding as we go. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: 1/26/18 9:21 pm
From: Steven Rash <srashchiro...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Aythya ID question
Female ring-necked duck

Steve Rash
Denver, CO

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Date: 1/26/18 8:50 pm
From: Jeff Parks <lastimout...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Aythya ID question
OK, so it is not a Scaup, the white around the eye rules that out.
The thing that was confusing me was the white on the face at the base of
the bill.
Is this a normal marking for a female Redhead?

Jeff

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Date: 1/26/18 6:05 pm
From: Jeff Parks <lastimout...>
Subject: [cobirds] Aythya ID question


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Hi all -

So, I was looking at a bunch of Redheads and Ringnecks today, and saw
another duck in the mix. This one looked a little different, and I am
wondering if it is a Greater (or Lesser) Scaup. It is a female, which
makes it a little more difficult to ID than the males, but I think the
pictures show it well enough to determine what it is. I am somewhat
confused by the white around the eye (Ringneck?), but there is no obvious
"spur" on the front side as the Ringneck should have. It looks to be
nearly the size of the female Canvasback, or about the size of a Gadwall,
as shown in the pictures. Is the head shape definitive for a Greater
Scaup? Or am I imagining things? Any clarification on the details would
be most helpful.

cheers -

Jeff Parks
Boulder, CO


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Date: 1/26/18 5:09 pm
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...>
Subject: [cobirds] Photos of Long-billed Curlew at Two Buttes Res on 1-15-2018 (Baca)
I am now home in Fort Collins with access to my computer. The attached photos show the curlew seen yesterday at midday on the ice west of the Two Buttes Reservoir dam. There doesn't seem to be any track record of this species in this part of the country in winter. One person questioned whether I had considered Far Eastern Curlew. I saw the Two Buttes bird in flight very briefly and it had decidedly cinnamon-tinted underwings. So it seems to be a Long-billed Curlew that either is trying to overwinter or is a very early migrant. Tony Leukering may be able to discern its age. If so, I will pass his comments along.


Regarding the left photo below, I would sure like to know the contents of that dropping under the bird's tail on the ice.


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Dave Leatherman

Fort Collins

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Date: 1/26/18 2:40 pm
From: kickback <bill_kosar...>
Subject: [cobirds] Trumpeter swans Fremont county (picture)


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The pair of trumpeter swans is still present at Brush Hollow reservoir.
Pretty cold and windy there today, they seemed to be staying near the east
or west shoreline at the north end of the reservoir.

Thanks to those who reported them.

Bill Kosar

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Date: 1/26/18 11:50 am
From: coloradodipper via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] eBird blog: The "Show Rarities" box
Hi all:


Having gotten pretty tired of explaining to eBirders how to get rarities to show up on their eBird species checklist, I have written a blog post about how to do such. Please have a look:


http://cowyebird.blogspot.com/





Thanks.


Tony Leukering
currently Guymon, CO

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Date: 1/26/18 3:46 am
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...>
Subject: [cobirds] Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 26
Compiler: Bill Kaempfer
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Date: January 26, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 26 sponsored by Denver Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is now using the new AOU checklist and the order of families has changed.

Greater White-fronted Goose (Adams, Boulder, Delta, Jefferson, Pueblo)
BRANT (Douglas)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont, Weld)
Greater Scaup (Boulder, Douglas, El Paso)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Fremont)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Fremont, Mesa, Summit)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, El Paso)
Long-billed Curlew (*Baca)
Mew Gull (*Larimer, Pueblo)
California Gull (Arapahoe, Larimer)
Iceland Gull (Arapahoe, El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, *El Paso, Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (Larimer)
Snowy Owl (Boulder, Pueblo)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (*El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson)
Rock Wen (*Baca)
Canyon Wren (*Baca)
Winter Wren (Arapahoe, *Baca)
Marsh Wren (*Baca, *Denver)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe)
Varied Thrush (El Paso)
American Pipit (Eagle)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Larimer, Park)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer)
Fox Sparrow (*Larimer)
Swamp Sparrow (*El Paso)
Harris’s Sparrow (*Denver, *El Paso, Prowers)
Bohemian Waxwing (Larimer)
Prairie Warbler (Pueblo)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Pueblo)


ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 20 at Barr Lake State Park, Bruce Snyder reported 1 Greater White-fronted Goose.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 19, at Ketring Park Mary Geder, Diane Roberts and Rebecca LaRoche reported Hermit Thrush.
--On January 20, Ben Sampson reported continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye.
--On January 20 at Inverness Golf Course Kay Rasmussen reported Say’s Phoebe.
--On January 22 Frank Ferrell reported Winter Wren at 8413 E. Crescent Circle in Greenwood Village. Bird re-found by Steve Rash on January 24.
--On January 23, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, California, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed Gull at Aurora Reservoir.
—On January 23 at South Platte Reservoir, White-winged Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon continue to be reported by mob. The loon is also reported to drift to Jefferson County.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 25 at Two Buttes Dave Leatherman reported Long-billed Curlew, Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Rock Wren and Canyon Wren.

BENT COUNTY:
--On January 22, Janeal Thompson reported Greater Roadrunner at John Martin State Park.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 19 Mark Minner-Lee reported Greater White-fronted Goose at Waneka Reservoir.
--On January 19 at Twin Lakes, Leslie S. reported White-winged Dove.
--On January 20 at Boulder Reservoir many observers reported 2 Snowy Owl, not reported since.
--On January 22, David Chernack reported 2 Greater Scaup at Erie Reservoir.

DENVER COUNTY:
--On January 24 at First Creek Open Space Doug Kibbe reported Harris’s Sparrow. Re-found by Ivan Mota on January 25.
--On January 25 at First Creek Open Space Ivan Mota reported Marsh Wren.

DELTA COUNTY:
--On January 20, Jon Horn reported 2 Greater White-fronted Geese at Confluence Park.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On January 8 at Parker Regional Park (aka Salisbury Equestrian Park), Loch Kilpatrick, Dale Pate, and Diane Roberts reported BRANT. Last report by Joe Roller and Joey Kellner on January 20.
--On January 20 at Parker Regional Park Tom and Debbie Behnfield reported 2 Greater Scaup.
--On January 24 at 10001 S. Oswego St., Jodi Chambers reported Say’s Phoebe.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--On January 22 at Lake Creek Village Wetlands Marbry Hopkins reported American Pipit.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber) on Miranda Road in Colorado Springs, most recently re-found by Michael Turisk on January 25.
--On January 17 JoAnn Riggle and Linda Hodges most recently reported Varied Thrush at Starsmore Discovery Center.
--On January 20 along Hanover Road, Mark Chavez and mob. reported continuing Greater Roadrunner.
--On January 21 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Jim Merritt reported a Harris’s Sparrow. Re-found on January 25.
--On January 24 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake, Jim Merritt reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, most recently re-found by Mel and Jeannie Goff on January 25.
--On January 25 at Fountain Creek, Bill Maynard observed a Swamp Sparrow.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On January 19 at Tunnel Drive, Rich Miller reported Barrow’s Goldeneye.
--On January 20 at Valco Pond, DFO Field Trip reported one Greater White-fronted Goose.
--On January 20 at Tunnel Drive, Jerry DeBoer reported Long-tailed Duck.
--On January 21 at Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported Barrows Goldeneye.
--On January 25 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer, Alan Ketchum and MaryLynne Ketchum reported Trumpeter Swan.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--On January 18 at Blue Mesa Reservoir, Jon Horn reported Barrow’s Goldeneye.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On January 23 at Denver West Office Park, Rob Raker reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
--On January 24 at Denver West Office Space, Brian Johnson reported Say’s Phoebe.
--On January 24 at RA Easton Park Gwen Moore reported continuing Greater White-fronted Goose. Re-foound by Cathy Fennelly on January 25.
--On January 25 at South Platte Reservoir David Suddjian reported continuing Yellow-billed Loon also in Arapahoe.


LARIMER COUNTY:
—On January 20 Carl Bendorf and John Rutenbeck most recently reported continging HARRIS’S HAWK at Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural Areas.
--On January 20 at the Sprague Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park, Jon Bitner reported Bohemian Waxwings.
--On January 21 at Livermore Community Church Andy Bankert reported 1 Brown-capped Rosy Finch, 1 Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, 15 rosy finch sp., and 3 Common Redpoll. Nick Komar re-found one Common Redpoll on January 22.
--On January 22 at Carter Lake, Nick Komar, Andy Bankert and other observers reported Iceland, Iceland (Thayer’s), California, Lesser Black-backed and Glaucous Gulls.
--On January 23 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 9 Common Redpoll.
--On January 25 at College Lake, Nick Komar reported Mew Gull.
--On January 25 at CSU Environmental Learning Center Colby Plante reported Fox Sparrow.

MESA COUNTY:
--On January 20, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Grand Junction Wildlife Area.
--On January 24, Ronda Woodward reported Barrow’s Goldeneye at Colorado River State Park, Fruita Section.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 23 in Jefferson (town) Brian Johnson reported 4 Brown-capped Rosy-finches and 56 Gray-crowned Rosy-finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On January 18 Janeal Thompson reported Northern Cardinal and Harris’s Sparrow at Lamar Community College Woods.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On January 8 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina tires, Brandon Percival reported Snowy Owl seen most recently on January 22 by Michael Shoop.
--On January 18 Adam Vesley reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds working the shoreline of the stream just oorth of the Cottonwood Picnic area parking lot at Pueblo State Park.
--On January 18, JoAnn Andrews reported Mew Gull at Rock Creek Area below the Pueblo Reservoir Dam.
--On January 18 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Denise and Mark Vollmer reported Say’s Phoebe.
--On January 18 along the Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd., John Drummond reported Carolina Wren. Re-found by Mihm-Dunning and Dowell on January 20.
--On January 20, Van Truan reported one Greater White-fronted Goose at Huerfano Reservoir.
--On January 23 at Pueblo Reservoir Wildlife Area David Tonnessen reported Red-necked Grebe.
--On January 24 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Dale Pate report continuing Great Black-backed Gull.
--On January 24 Dale Pate reported continuing Prairie Warbler in Rock Canyon below the Pueblo Reservoir Dam.


SUMMIT COUNTY:
—On January 20 Phil Lyon reported continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye at Silverthorne WTP.

WELD COUNTY:
--On January 19 Jim Nachel reported Trumpeter Swan at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, continuing since at least the Rawhide CBC in December.
--On January 23 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow reported Greater White-fronted Goose, Barrow’s Goldeneye.


DFO Field Trips upcoming in the next week:

Harriman Lake
Saturday, January 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Edmund J Holub (Email: <edmund.holub...><mailto:<edmund.holub...> Phone: 303-979-2194)
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Directions: Meet at Harriman Lake Parking lot at W. Quincey & S. Kipling Pkwy.
Dress for the weather and bring a scope if you have one. We will hike about one mile on flat trail.
Register online or contact leader.

Greenwood Gulch and Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve
Sunday, January 28
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kevin Corwin (Email: <KevyGudGuy...><mailto:<KevyGudGuy...> Phone: 720-482-8454)
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at the parking lot at Castlewood Park, 5601 East Orchard DRIVE (not Orchard Road) at its intersection
with South Holly St.; about .1 mile north of the intersection of Holly and Orchard Road. There is a portable toilet at the
parking lot.
The paved trail follows the Greenwood Gulch waterway northwest for .75 mile, then joins the dirt High
Line Canal Trail that surrounds the Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve. We’ll walk a 1.5 mile loop along the High
Line and through the Preserve back to the Greenwood Gulch trail then return to our starting point. Total
distance is about 3 miles. The trails border cattail marshes, wet meadows, and the typical High Line riparian
strip. There are a couple of small ponds in the Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve at the northwest part of the loop.
Register online or contact leader.

Mueller State Park and Victor
Tuesday, January 30
5:30 AM - 3:30 PM
David Suddjian (Email: <dsuddjian...><mailto:<dsuddjian...> Phone: 831-713-8659)
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Participants: 12
Directions: Meet at Lowe's in Castle Rock near the outlet stores.. I-25 south, exit at Founders/Meadows Pkwy (exit 184),
turn right (west), then right on Santa Fe Dr (Hwy 85), then right on New Beale St. Exact address 1360 New Beale St,
Castle Rock, CO 80108
We will seek forest and mountain birds at Mueller, with possible Pygmy-Owl and Gray Jay, and look for
Rosy- finches at the nearby towns of Victor and Cripple Creek. Then we will make our way back via Road 87 to
Deckers and along the South Platte back toward Sedalia, birding as we go. Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Bill Kaempfer
Boulder
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