Compiler:             Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                 RBA AT
Date:                    August 7, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 7 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 changes.

Cackling Goose (Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Routt)
Northern Bobwhite (Arapahoe)
White-tailed Ptarmigan (Boulder, Ouray)
Lesser Prairie-Chicken (*Cheyenne)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (*Larimer)
Greater Roadrunner (Otero)
Black Swift (Boulder)
Semipalmated Plover (El Paso, *Kiowa, Larimer)
Long-billed Curlew (Boulder, Weld)
Stilt Sandpiper (El Paso, Larimer, Weld)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Larimer, Weld)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (El Paso, *Kiowa, *Larimer)
Solitary Sandpiper (*Kiowa, Montrose, Weld)
Long-tailed Jaeger (*Washington)
Black Tern (El Paso, *Kiowa, *Washington, Weld)
Common Loon (Ouray)
Green Heron (*Kiowa)
Mississippi Kite (Weld)
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Custer, Mesa)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Adams, El Paso, Otero, San Miguel)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (Pueblo)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Gunnison,*Larimer, Ouray, *Routt)
Gray Flycatcher (Boulder, Fremont)
Great Crested Flycacher (*Kiowa)
Cassin’s Kingbird (*Mesa)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Morgan)
Bell’s Vireo (*Pueblo)
Chihuahuan Raven (Kiowa, Otero)
Purple Martin (*Eagle)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (*Kiowa)
Pacific Wren (Boulder)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (*Routt)
Veery (Gilpin)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Ouray)
White-winged Crossbill (Ouray)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Kiowa)
McCown’s Longspur (Larimer)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Pueblo)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Otero)
Brewer’s Sparrow (*Kiowa)
Lark Bunting (Chaffee, Gunnison)
Fox Sparrow (San Juan)
Summer Tanager (Baca, Montezuma)
Indigo Bunting (*Kiowa)
Dickcissel (Boulder, El Paso)
Bobolink (Boulder)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Lilian’s) (*Kiowa)

---On July 30 at Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Cynthia Madsen and
David Hill reported Northern Bobwhite.  On August 3 at Cherry Creek Valley
Ecological Park, Linda Czarny reported Northern Bobwhite.

---On July 30 at Rocky Mountain NP, Wild Basin, Frank Farrell, Aaron Shipe,
Peter Burke reported Black Swifts, American Three-toed Woodpeckers and
Pacific Wren.  On July 31 at Rocky Mountain NP, Wild Basin, Ander Buckley
and Baxter Beamer reported 7 Black Swifts, American Three-toed Woodpecker
and Pacific Wren.
---On July 30 at Fourth of July Campground and Trail, Luke Pheneger
reported 4 White-tailed Ptarmigan, 2 Fox Sparrows (slate-colored) and 4
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch.
---On August 1 on S Boulder Creek Trail, Jeff Parks reported Gray
---On August 2, Luke Pheneger reported 3 Long-billed Curlews at Lagerman

---On July 31 at Clear Creek Reservoir, Doug Kibbe and Mackenzie Goldthwait
reported 3 m Lark Buntings.

---On August 6 on CR 2, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser Prairie-Chicken.

---On July 31 NE of Wetmore, Bez Bezuidenhout reported 6 Lewis’s

---On August 6, JoAnn Riggle reported 6 Purple Martins (2 ad, 4 juv) N of
Wolcott off of Muddy Pass Road.

---On August 3 at Ramah Reservoir SWA, Alan Versaw reported Semipalmated
Plover, 3 Red-headed Woodpecker, and 4 Dickcissels.  On August 5 at Ramah
Reservoir SWA, Robb Hinds reported Stilt Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper
and Black Tern; John Drummon reported Stilt Sandpiper, 2 Black Terns, and 2
---On July 30 at Hanover Fire Station, Tanja Britton reported 2
Curve-billed Thrashers.
---On August 5 at Hanover Road, Diane Roberts reported 3 Curve-billed

---On July 31 at Red Canyon Park, Bez Bezuidenhout reported 2 Gray

---On August 2 on Lower Apex Valley Road, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Tony
Leukering reported Veery.

---On August 1 (Colorado Day) on Brush Creek Trail, Phil Lyon reported Lark
Bunting (Colorado State Bird).

---On August 6 at Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lake), Steve Mlodinow
reported Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, 5
Black Terns, Brewer’s Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS
(Lilian’s), Chestnut-collared Longspur, and Red-breasted Nuthatch.
---On August 6 at Kiowa Creek at CR 40, Steve Mlodinow reported Green Heron
and Great Crested Flycatcher.

---On July 31 at Wellington SWA, Cobb Lake Unit, Cheri Phillps reported
Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  On August 1 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, David
Wade heard Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  On August 6 at Weelington SWA Cobb Lake
Unit, David Wade and Nick Komar reported Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
---On July 30 at Soapstone Prairie NA, Mike McCloy reported 6 McCown’s
---On July 31 at Topminnow NA (East Horsetooth Gravel Pit), Nick Komar and
David Wade reported 2 Stilt Sandpipers.
---On August 2 at Duck Lake, Nick Komar and Walter Wehtje reported
Semipalmated Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper and Semipalmated Sandpiper.
---On August 3 at Lory State Park, Libby Edwards reported a pair of
American Three-toed Woodpeckers
along Overlook Trail.
---On August 5 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Nick Komar and Walter Wehtje reported
f-type American Three-toed Woodpecker 2 miles up Ginny Trail.
---On August 6 at Wellingont SWA, Schware Unit, David Wade and Nick Komar
reported Semipalmated Sandpiper.

---On August 5 at Vega Reservoir and Vega SP, Ronda Woodward and Deb
Stegall reported Lewis’s Woodpecker.
---On August 6 at Glade Park, DS Road and Coates Creek School Area, Mike
Henwood reported 5 Cassin’s Kingbirds (2 ad, 3 juv).

---On August 1 at Buckeye Reservoir, Coen Dexter reported 2 Solitary

---On August 3 along Hwy 34 at old rest area by turn off to Jackson Lake,
Cole Wild reported Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

---On August 2 on Higbee Valley Road, Baxter Beamer reported Greater
Roadrunner, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers and 4 Chihuahuan Ravens.
---On August 2 in Vogel Canyon, Baxter Beamer reported Rufous-crowned

---On July 31on Mount Sneffels Summit via Blue Lakes, Jason Wilder reported
White-tailed Ptarmigan (Yankee Boy Basin side of Blue Lakes Pass), American
Three-toed Woodpecker, 18 Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, and White-winged

---On July 31 at Mineral Palace Park, Van TruAn reported singing
Yellow-throated Warbler in NW corner in a Sycamore tree.
---On August 6 at Valco Ponds SWA, Mark Yaeger reported juv Bell’s Vireo.

---On July 31 at Stagecoach Reservoir, JoAnn Riggle reported Trumpeter Swan.
---On August 6 at Buffalo Pass, Tom Litteral reported 2 families of
American Three-toed Woodpeckers.
---On August 6 at Fish Creek Reservoir, Tom Litteral reported
Golden-crowned Kinglet.

---On July 31 in Telluride Valley Floor, Jessica Im reported Red-headed

---On August 6 at Prewitt Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and Norm Erthal
reported Long-tailed Jaeger and 6 Black Tenrs.

---On August 1 at Glenmere Park in Greeley, Steve Mlodinow and Tony
Leukering reported Mississippi Kite.
---On August 1 at CR 59 Bend Pond, Steve Mlodinow and Tony Leukering
reported Stilt Sandpiper, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, 2 Solitary Sandpiper and
Peregrine Falcon.
---On August 1 a Loloff Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and tony Leukering
reported Cacking (Taverner’s) Goose, Long-billed Curlew, and Stilt
---On August 1 at Behrens Reservoir, Tony Leukering and Steve Mlodinow
reported Cackling (Taverner’s) Goose.
---On August 3 at CR 61 and CR 74 ponds, Jean Olson reported 2 Black Terns.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:

The DFO Field Trip for Friday, August 11 will be to Rueter-Hess Reservoir
led by Mary Cay Burger.
This Trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 12 will be to Belmar Historic Park
led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT; 720-381-3314).  Meet at 0730 in
parking lot near the lake  Belmar Historic Park is at 800 S. Wadsworth Blvd
in Lakewood.  From Alameda and Wadsworth, go south on Wadsworth, turn west
at the light on West Ohio Ave.  Drive a short two blocks to the parking
   Bring snacks, water, and sunscreen for an easy walk around the ponds.  A
good trip for beginners and accessible for persons with a disability.
Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Filed Trip for Sunday August 13 will be to Cherry Creek SP Wetlands
Loop led by Karen von Saltza & Bill Wherthele (kvonsaltza AT;
303-941-4881).  Directions:   Meet at 0800 at the Prairie Loop lot in
Cherry Creek SP.  From either park entrance, follow Lake View Rd to the
Prairie Loop that is located at the south rim of the reservoir.  State
Parks pass or day pass required.
    This is a half day of walking that passes through most of the important
habitats found in the park over a distance of about 3 miles.  Trails could
be slippery or muddy, so dress accordingly.   Bring water and snacks; lunch
is optional.  Register online or contact leader.

For more information on the field trips go to

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine

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