Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: October 12, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, October 12 sponsored by Denver
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.
Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE: The RBA is using the new AOU checklist and the order of the
famillies has changed
Trumpeter Swan (Archuleta, Garfield, Mesa)
Surf Scoter (*Arapahoe, *El Paso, *Jefferson)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Clear Creek)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Logan)
White-winged Dove (Mesa)
Red Phalarope (Custer)
Jaeger spec (Douglas/Jefferson)
Parasitic Jaeger Bent/Kiowa)
Sabine's Gull (Arapahoe, Bent/Kiowa, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer,
Kiowa, Logan/Sedgwick, Morgan, *Weld)
LITTLE GULL (Logan)
Laughing Gull (Boulder, Logan/Sedgwick, Morgan)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, Larimer, Morgan,
Caspian Tern (Larimer)
Pacific Loon (*El Paso)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Montrose)
Mississippi Kite (Adams)
Broad-winged Hawk (Boulder, El Paso, Montrose, Morgan, Prowers)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Morgan)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers, Sedgwick)
Williamson's Sapsucker (El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa, Teller)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Weld)
Least Flycatcher (Arapahoe)
Black Phoebe (Fremont, Mesa)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Lincoln)
Cassin's Kingbird (El Paso, Lincoln)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Larimer)
White-eyed Vireo (El Paso)
Bell's Vireo (El Paso)
Blue-headed Vireo (Kit Carson, Prowers)
Philadelphia Vireo (Adams)
Chihuahuan Raven (Kiowa)
Bewick's Wren (*Mesa, Montrose)
Sprague's Pipit (Boulder, Yuma)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Custer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Weld, Yuma)
McCown's Longspur (Lincoln, Morgan, Weld)
Tennessee Warbler (El Paso)
Nashville Warbler (Boulder, Montrose, Prowers, Weld)
Northern Parula (Custer)
Magnolia Warbler (El Paso, Bent, Larimer)
Palm Warbler (Boulder, Morgan, Washington)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Prowers)
Field Sparrow (Boulder, Douglas, Washington)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Montrose)
Great-tailed Grackle (Adams, Custer)
*****For locations you are not familiar with (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site for directions:
---On October 1 at Barr Lake Meredith McBurney banded a Philadelphia Vireo
which was seen by Ira Sanders, Megan Miller, and Kurt Hansen.
---On September 30 at Barr Lake, Meredith McBurney banded and Susan Rosine
photographed a Magnolia Warbler.
---On September 29 at Barr Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull and 150 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On October 8 at South Platte Reservoir, Ben Sampson, Thomas Holub, and
Dale Pate reported f-type Surf Scoter in the SE Corner. On October 9 at
South Platte Reservoir, Mark Chavez, Gene Rutherford, Renee Casias, and
John Drummond reported Surf Scoter. On October 10 at South Platte
Reservoir, David Suddjian and many other birders reported Surf Scoter. On
October 11 at South Platte Reservoir, Jill Boice, David Hill, Cynthia
Madsen, Diane Roberts, and Mary Burger reported Surf Scoter.
---On September 26 at Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve, Christ Rurik reported
---On October 5, Kay Hawklee reported a Trumpeter Swan at Pinon Lake
---On October 1 an Ovenbird ws reported by David Dowell at Melody Tempel
---On October 4, Duane Nelson reported a juv LITTLE GULL at Adobe Creek
Reservoir on the North part of the lake. Duane
also reported multiple Sabine's Gulls.
---On October 8, Ted Floyd reported a Laughing Gull at Valmont Reservoir in
---On October 8, Jack Bushong reported Palm Warbler about 100 yards down
Coal Creek Bike Trail near underpass at W Cherry.
On October 8, Bob Spencer reported Palm Warbler at Dutch Creek Park in
Louisville. On October 9, Jack Bushong reported Palm Warbler on Coal Creek
Trail where it goes over Coal Creek near Dutch Creek Park. On October 9,
Peter Burke reported Palm Warbler at Warembourgh Open Space in Louisville.
---On October 6 at Boulder Reservoir, Ted Floyd reported a flyover
Sprague's Pipit and 2+ Sabine's Gulls.
---On October 6, a Nashville Warbler was reported by David Dowell and Chris
Rurik at Golden Ponds Park & Nature Area in Longmont.
---On October 5, Paula Hansley reported a Field Sparrow in her front yard
in Louisville. If you would like to try for the bird, call Paula at
303-263-1714 <303-264-1714>. The sparrow was not seen on October 6.
---On October 3, 3 juv Sabine's Gulls were reported by Thomas Heinrich near
the dam at Boulder Reservoir.
---On October 1, 2 Broad-winged Hawks was reported by Peter Burke at
Flagstaff Amphitheater. On October 9, a juv Broad-winged Hawk was reported
by Peter Burke.
---On October 1 a Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Candice Johnson near
Foothills and Diagonal highways intersection.
CLEAR CREEK COUNTY:
---On October 2 a f Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Temujin Shubodai at
---On October 10 at Lake DeWeese, Monday Birders reported 2 Great-tailed
---On October 6 at Lake DeWeese, Mark Peterson reported Red Phalarop,
Northern Parula, and 2 flyover Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
---On September 24 and 25 at DeWeese Reservoir, Cathy Sheeter reported
Williamson's Sapsucker and Great-tailed Grackles.
---On October 1, a Field Sparrow was reported by Thomas Holub at Plum Creek
Delta at Chatfield SP.
---On October 8 at Chatfield SP, Greg Pasquariello reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull and Sabine's Gull.
---On October 4, a jaeger was reported by David Suddjian at Chatfield SP.
EL PASO COUNTY:
---On October 11, Aaron Driscoll reported 3 Surf Scoters at Big Johnson.
On October 11, John Drummond reported that a Pacific Loon joined the Surf
Scoters at Big Johnson.
---On October 1, a juv Sabine's Gull was reported by Brandon Percival and
Bill Maynard at Big Johnson.
---On Septmeber 29 at Chico Basin Ranch, Steve Mlodinow reported
---On September 26 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), Laura-Marie Koitsch
reported that the White-eyed Vireo was recaptured.
---On October 8 on Canon City Riverwalk between Sells Lake and Raynolds
Ave, Dale Adams reported Black Phoebe.
---On October 3, a Trumpeter Swan was reported by David Rymal on I-70 west
---On October 8 at Genesee Mountain Park, Sue Summer reported m
---On October 4 at Adobe Creek Reservoir, Jane Stulp and Janeal Thompson
reported 2 Sabine's Gulls.
---On October 1 at Adobe Creek Reservoir, David Dowell reported 5 juv
Sabine's Gulls and Chihuahuan Ravens
---On October 1 at Upper Queens/Neeskah Reservor, David Dowel reported juv
Sabine's Gull and 11 Chihuahuan Ravens.
KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On October 2 at Flagler Park, Art Hudak, Mark Chavez and Tom Behnfield
reported 2 Broad-winged Hawks.
LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On September 23, 4 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Lee and Linda
Farrell at Rafter J Subdivision. On September 27, 6 Acorn Woodpeckers were
reported by Kathy Donaldson on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision. On
September 29, 2 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Jason St. Pierre on
Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision.
---On October 10, Nick Komar reported a juv Sabine's Gull at Timnath
---On October 3, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by David Wade on
US 287 about 1/2 north of Ted's Place and Brandon Nooner, Sean Walters, and
Austin Hess reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher about 3/4 mile north on
a fence across from the lumber yard. Later on October 3, Nick Komar
reported that the m Scissor-tailed was hunker down in a scrub across from
the lumber yard because of the high winds. On October 4, the
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Joe Mammoser near the lumber yard
and was seen by several other birders. Elizabeth Gibbons reported 3
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers on October 4. On October 6, the Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher was reported by April Eisele about 1 mile north of the
intersection of Hwy 287 and Hwy 14.
---On October 2, a Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Nick Komar at the
entrance station to Rocky Mountain NP.
---On October 1, a Magnolia Warbler was reported by Nick Komar at Arapahoe
---On September 30, Joe Mammoser and Andy Bankert reported ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull at Timnath Reservoir.
---On October 5 on the playa south of Arriba on CR 63, Steve Mlodinow
reported 1000 Chestnut-collared Longspurs, 50 McCown's Longspurs.
---On October 7 at North Sterling Reservoir and State Park, Steve Mlodinow
reported Sabine's Gull, flyover LITTLE GULL, and Chestnut-collared
---On October 7 at Jumbo Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Sabine's Gull
and Laughing Gull.
---On October 8, Mike Henwood reported a White-winged Dove on O1/2 Road.
---On October 5 on old Hwy 6 in De Beque Canyon, JoAnn Riggle reported a
Trumpeter Swan. On October 9, Mike Henwood reported ad Trumpeter Swan at
the DeBeque Canyon Tunnel Pullout Area. The swan was in the river close to
where you re-enter I-70. On October 19, Mike Henwood reported Trumpeter
Swan and 3 Bewick's Wrens at DeBeque Canyon Tunnel Pullout Area.
---On September 26 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Mike Henwood reported a
---On October 9, Coen Dexter reported 4 Sagebrush Sparrows and a Bewick's
Wren at the Nucla Airport.
---On October 4, Coen Dexter reported a hatch year Broad-winged Hawk
circling over Nucla.
---On September 26 at Nucla Lagoons, Coen Dexter reported a Nashville
---On September 24 at Baldridge and Ute Parks, Jon Horm reported NEOTROPIC
CORMORANT. On October 2, Jackson Trappett reported NEOTROPIC CORMORANT at
Baldridge and Ute Parks.
---On October 7 at Jackson Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 7 Sabine's
Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On September 27 at Jackson Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Laughing
Gull, 2 Sabine's Gull, Broad-winged Hawk and Western Palm Warbler.
---On October 7 On M CR4/ W CR105 Steve Mlodinow reported 100s of McCown's
Longspurs and Chestnut-collared Longspurs north of Jackson Reservoir.
---On October 7 in Willow Creek Subdivision in Lamar, Dave Leatherman
reported 1 imm f EASTERN TOWHEE.
---On October 7 at Lamar Community College Woods, Dorothy Russell reported
Blue-headed Vireo and Red-bellied Woodpecker.
---ON October 5 at Lamar Community College Wood, Dave Leatherman reported 2
Nashville Warblers, Broad-winged Hawk, and Red-bellied Woodpecker.
---On October 7 at Jumbo Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Sabine's Gull,
Laughing Gull and 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers.
---On October 3, a male Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Gary Smith
at Florissant Fossil Beds NM.
---On October 5 at Last Chance Rest Area, Steve Mlodinow reported
Chestnut-collared Longspur, 2 Western Palm Warblers and a Field Sparrow.
---On October 5 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Sabine's
Gull. On October 11 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 3
Sabine's Gulls (2 juv, 1 ad)
---On October 5 at Briggsdale, Liza Antony reported 1 Lapland Longspur and
3 Mc Cown's Longspurs.
---On September 30, Steve Mlodinow reported a Nashville Warbler at Eaton
---On September 29 at Union Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick reported Sabine's
---On September 28, Dan Stringer reported m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and
Tennessee Warbler at Crow Valley CG.
---On October 8 at Pipit Hill in Hale Area, Bill Kaempfer and his field
trip reported Sprague's Pipits and Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
---On September 28 at Pipit Hill in Hale Area, Glenn Walbek reported
Sprague's Pipit and 5 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, October 16 will be to Chico Basin Ranch led
by Mark Amershek (mamershek AT msn.com; 303-320-8646) This trip is full.
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, October 16 will be to Bluff Lake Nature
Center led by Pratyaydipta Rudra and Sreemala Das Majumder (pratyayr At
gmail.com; 919-699-4043) Directions: From I-70 East, go south on Havana
St and left onto E 29th Dr, which then join Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Continue on Martin Luther King jr Blvd to Bluff Lake Nature Center in the
park on left side. Meet the leaders at 0730.
Prat and Pooj are new DFO leaders who have been very active on DFO field
trips since they move to denver a year ago. Please welcome them. Bluff
Lake offers a great range of habitat: wetland, yucca, and large
cottonwoods. Portable toilets are on site but no potable water. Will walk
on level trails up to 3 miles. There is a 40 step stair before the start
of the walk. bring plenty of water, suncreen. Scopes are optional.
Register online or contact leader.
The DFO Fiedl Trip For Sunday, October 16 will be to Clear Spring Ranch
Regional Park (El Paso) led by Chris Gilbert (chrisgee9 AT gmail.com;
804-214-1508). Directions: To carpool meet at King Soopers parking lot at
100 Founders Parkway (just east of I-25) in Castle Rock, exit 184. Meet at
All day moderate trip with first half at Clear Springs ranch Regional
Park (east side of I-25 at exit 123) then drive back north to Fountain
Creek Regional Park for lunch and walking the park. Bring lunch, snacks,
water, bug spray, sun screen and extra water. Expect 4-5 miles of mainly
flat land walking total. Anticipate being done by 4:30 pm. Register
online or contact leader. Trip is limited to the first 12 registrations.
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