Compiler:  Joyce Takamine

e-mail:    RBA AT

Date:    December 1, 2016

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, December 1, 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 using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has

BRANT (Sedgwick)

Trumpeter Swan (Garfield)


Surf Scoter (Arapahoe)

White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Park, Pueblo, Washington, Weld)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe, Pueblo)

Long-tailed Duck (Bent, Douglas/Jefferson)

Barrow's Goldeneye (Eagle/Pitkin, San Miguel)

Red-necked Grebe (Arapahoe, Boulder, Pueblo, Weld)

Greater Roadrunner (Pueblo)

Long-billed Dowitcher (Montezuma)

Black-legged Kittiwake (Pueblo)

Mew Gull (Arapahoe, Larimer, Pueblo)

Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe)

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe)

Glaucous-winged Gull (Pueblo)

Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)

Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)

Red-throated Loon (Pueblo)

Pacific Loon (Arapahoe, *Denver, Park, Pueblo)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (El Paso, Sedgwick)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Douglas/Jefferson, Pueblo)

American Three-toed Woodpecker (Jefferson)

White-eyed Vireo (Arapahoe)

Northern Shrike (Pueblo)

“Stub-tailed Wren” (Pueblo)

Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)

Lapland Longspur (Jefferson)

SNOW BUNTING (Douglas, (Sedgwick)

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Arapahoe)

Palm Warbler (Larimer)

Pine Warbler (Prowers)

Northern Cardinal (Sedgwick)

Rusty Blackbird (*Arapahoe, Jefferson)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:


---On November 23 Bob Shade reported a Black Scoter and 3 Surf Scoters at
Aurora Reservoir. Also on November 23 David Dowell reported 3 White-winged
Scoters, a Pacific Loon, a Red-necked Grebe and a Glaucous Gull there.

---On November 25, Bill Kaempfer reported these birds at Aurora Reservoir:

3 White-winged Scoters, a Red-necked Grebe, and a Mew Gull (1st cy.) among
other gulls.

---On November 24 Lock Kilpatrick reported a continuing Chestnut-sided
Warbler in Littleton. The location is on S. Platte Canyon road (south of
the intersection with Bowles), where there is an 8 car parking lot near a
bike path. Walk south on that path towards some big willows. There is a
small spur path that goes into the neighborhood. Look for the warbler in
big willows over a wooden fence from public property. Kara Carragher saw it
there on Nov 26 and

it continued on November 26.

---On November 25 Ben Sampson reported a White-eyed Vireo (late) at South
Platte Park. It was on the east side of the Mary Carter Greenway trail
about 70 feet beyond its junction with the trail that leads to Bufflehead
Lake and was also seen adjacent to Weber Rest Area near the north side of
Redtail Lake. It was seen again on November 26. There are no previous eBird
records for this species after November 13.

---On November 27 at Cooley Lake, David Suddjian reported 1-st cyc Thayer's
Gull, 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull.

---On November 27 at Stoney Pass, David Suddjian reported a f American
Three-toed Woodpecker.

---On November 29 at Cherry Creek SP, Cheryl Teuton reported 3 Rusty
Blackbirds on beach in cove in SE corner.


On November 23 Duane Nelson reported a Long-tailed Duck (f) at Lake Hasty.


---On November 29 at Red-necked Grebe was reported by David Dowell, David
Waltman, and Aaron Yappet at Boulder Reservoir.


---On November 25, Ira Sanders reported a Pacific Loon at Marston
Reservoir.  On November 29, David Suddjian reported Pacific Loon at Marston
Reservoir.  On November 30, Scott Somershoe and Tina Jones reported Pacific
Loon at Marston Reservoir.


---On November 23 Alec Hopping reported a Snow Bunting in the model
airplane field parking lot at Chatfield SP. Joey Kellner reported the Snow
Bunting from the same location on November 24, and Dale Adams reported that

20 birders saw it there on the morning of November 25, and m.ob. saw it in
the afternoon.

---On November 25, Ira Sanders reported American Three-toed Woodpecker W of
Sedalia near Rampart Range Road.


---On November 26 Joey Kellner reported 5 Long-tailed Ducks (4f, 1m) at
Chatfield SP.

---On November 27, Bob Spencer reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at
Chatfield Sp in the marina area.


*---*On November 27 Louise Glasser reported 4 Barrow's Goldeneyes on the
Frying Pan River in pond by log cabin near Reudi Reservoir.


---On November 19 Aaron Driscoll reported a Red-bellied Woodpecker in the
wooded area near the banding station at Chico Basin Ranch (fee).  On
November 29 Chris Brobin reported Red-bellied Woodpecker and Curve-billed
thrasher at Chico Basin Ranch (fee).


---On November 29, Jo Ann Riggle reported 7 Trumpeter Swans (4 ad, 3 juv)
at east end of Silt Island Park.


---On November 21 Frank Farrell reported a Rusty Blackbird at Harriman
Reservoir, but it was not found on November 25.

---On November 27 at Stoney Pass, David Suddjuian reported a f American
Three-toed Woodpecker.

---On November 29 at Hine Lake in Robert A easton Regional Park, David
Suddjian heard a fly over Lapland Longspur.


---On November 19 at dusk Nick Komar reported a Mew Gull (1st cy.) along
the north shore of Lake Loveland with a squabble of gulls.

---On November 20 Renee Casias reported a Palm Warbler at the River’s Edge
Natural Area in Loveland.


---On November 26 Jason St. Pierre reported 2 Long-billed Dowitchers at

Narraguinnep Reservoir.


---On November 21 David Suddjian reported these species at Spinney Mountain
Reservoir: a Pacific Loon, a female type White-winged Scoter, 4 Common
Loons, and 14 Bonaparte's Gulls among other species.


---On November 11 An adult male Pine Warbler visited the various seed
feeders in Janeal Thompson’s yard. The bird was also observed eating
insects. The Pine Warbler was seen by David Leatherman on November 16 then
on November 19 & 20 by Janeal.


---On November 18 and 19 Brandon Percival reported a Great Black-backed
Gull at Pueblo Reservoir.

---On November 20 Percival reported a juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake, seen
near West Fishing Road and in the SWA.  Common Loons have been common
there. The Pacific Loon was seen again in the SWA.

---On November 16 Brandon Percival reports a Red-necked Grebe, first seen
on November 3 continuing off the sail boat launch area at Pueblo Reservoir.

---On November 20 a DFO field trip led by Ira and Tammy Sanders saw all of
the gull and loon species at Pueblo Reservoir , as well as 2 Greater
Roadrunners on the west side of the third Valco Pond, a juvenile
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the NE part of Pueblo City Park and an adult
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Roselawn Cemetery near the small lake.

---On November 21 Brandon Percival reported a “Stub-tailed” Wren along the
Arkansas River between Pueblo City Park and Dutch Clark Stadium. The
closest parking lot is Reservoir Drive east of Pueblo City Park. Walk along
the paved trail east from there for the Wren, which is not clearly either
Winter or Pacific Wren.

---On November 22 Brandon Percival reported a Black Scoter
(female/immature), a Pacific Loon and 3 Common Loons between SWA and West
Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir. No kittiwakes were seen.

---On November 25 Brandon Percival reported these species at Pueblo

an adult Mew Gull and a Pacific Loon west of West Fishing Rd.

Northern Shrike - 1 adult in Juniper Breaks Campground

Red-throated Loon - 2 off Sailboard launching area

Red-necked Grebe - 1 off Sailboard launching area

Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 adult at South Shore Marina tires

Great Black-backed Gull - 1 adult at South Shore Marina tires

Brandon reported that most of these birds were seen again on November 26,
including a newcomer, the rare Glaucous-winged Gull (1st cy).

---On November 29, Brandon Percival reported juv Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
at Pueblo City Park near the Frisbee Golf Course.


---On November 27, Coen Dexter reported 43 Barrow's Goldeneye at Miramonte


---On November 27 Steve Mlodinow reported these goodies at Sand Draw SWA
(CR 49, south of CR 16): Saw-whet Owl, resident Greater Prairie-Chicken,
Northern Cardinal and Red-Bellied Woodpecker, and a few Snow Buntings.

---On November 27 Steve Mlodinow reported Brant at Jumbo.


On November 27 Steve Mlodinow reported a White-winged Scoter at Prewitt


---On November 20 Jack Bushong reported a Red-necked Grebe, 5 species of
geese and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Union Reservoir.

---On November 25 Steve Mlodinow reported an American Black Duck at Woods
Lake (Weld CRs 74 & 27); take care, as this is a busy road, with dodgy
parking. Steve also reported a White-winged Scoter (adult male) at Neumann
Lake   (Weld CRs 66 & 33).

Loch Kilpatrick reported the American Black Duck at Woods Lake at dawn on
November 26.  Minutes later the ducks sprung up at the sound of a shotgun
blast, though some returned.

*Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:*

Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count to Longmont

Friday, 12/2/2016     8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Leader: Chuck Hundertmark or 303-604-0531

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Directions: Meet in the parking lot of the Jim Hamm Nature Area, Longmont.
>From the Denver area, take I-25 north to exit 240. Drive west on Hwy 119
(Ken Pratt Blvd) to County Line Road. Head north on County Line Road and
look for the nature area on the left just past 17th Ave.

First Creek at Denver Open Space

Saturday, 12/3/2016     7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Leader: Patrick O'Driscoll or 303-837-0864

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Directions: From East Denver take 56th Ave east toward Pena Blvd. First
Creek parking lot is just before Pena on your left (north). Or take I-70
east to Pena Blvd. Drive north to 56th Ave Exit. Turn left at the light and
at the bottom of the off ramp, pass under the highway and turn right,
almost immediately, into the First Creek parking lot.

Patrick O'Driscoll will introduce Denver's newest eBird hotspot, the
198-acre “First Creek at DEN Open Space.” Bring water and snacks. Note: At
present there are no restrooms at this location. The closest service
stations are on Tower Road (Green Valley Ranch) and East 40th (Montbello).
Register online or contact leader.

South Platte River Trail at East 74th Ave and I-76

Sunday, 12/4/2016     9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Leader: Amy Morton or 720-570-6146

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Directions: Driving north on I-76, exit at East 74th Ave and turn west over
the freeway. Look for the parking lot on the south side of the road.
Driving south on I-76, exit at East 88th Ave. Drive west to Dahlia and
south on Dahlia to E. 74th Ave. Turn right (west) over the freeway and look
for the parking lot on the south side of the road. Join DFO for an easy,
half-day, 3-mile walk along the South Platte River. Register online or
contact leader.

Good birding,

Joyce Takamine


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