Compiler:             Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                 RBA AT
Date:                    August 9, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, August 9 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)
Northern Bobwhite (Arapahoe)
Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Cheyenne)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Larimer)
Greater Roadrunner (Otero)
Semipalmated Plover (*El Paso, Kiowa, Larimer)
Long-billed Curlew (Boulder, Weld)
Stilt Sandpiper (El Paso,  Weld)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Larimer, Weld)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (*El Paso, Kiowa, Larimer)
Solitary Sandpiper (*El Paso, Kiowa, Montrose, *Rio Blanco, Weld)
Long-tailed Jaeger (Washington)
Black Tern (*El Paso, Kiowa, Washington, Weld)
Common Loon (Ouray)
Green Heron (Kiowa)
Mississippi Kite (El Paso, Weld)
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Mesa)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Adams, El Paso, Otero)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (Pueblo)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Gunnison, Larimer, Routt)
Gray Flycatcher (Boulder,*Mesa)
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)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Routt)
Veery (Gilpin)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Otero)
Brewer’s Sparrow (Kiowa, *Rio Blanco)
Lark Bunting (*Gilpin, Gunnison, Mesa)
Fox Sparrow (*Gilpin, San Juan)
Summer Tanager (Baca, Montezuma)
Indigo Bunting (Kiowa, *Weld)
Dickcissel (Boulder, *El Paso)
Bobolink (Boulder)
Scott’s  Oriole (*Mesa)

---On August 3 at Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Linda Czarny
reported Northern Bobwhite.

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

---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
Dickcissel.   On August 8 at Ramah Reservoir SWA, David Tonnessen reported
Semipalmated Plover, Semiplamated Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, 10 Black
Terns, and Dickcissel.
---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 August 7 at Venetucci Farm, Sharon Milito reported Mississippi Kite.

---On August 2 on Lower Apex Valley Road, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Tony
Leukering reported Veery.
---On August 8 on Tolland Road CR 16, Brian Johnson reported pair of Lark
Buntings and Fox Sparrow.

---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 August 1 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, David Wade heard
Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  On August 6 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, David
Wade and Nick Komar reported Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
---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 7 on 10 ½ Road in Loma, Steve Patterson reported f-type Lark
Bunting across road from Unitah Fishing area where fence angles away from
---On August 8 at Brewster’s Ridge/Bar X Wash, Nic Korte reported Gray
Flycatcher and juv Scott’s Oriole.

---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 August 6 at Valco Ponds SWA, Mark Yaeger reported juv Bell’s Vireo.

---On August 8 at Jensen SWA, Steve Patterson reported 2 Solitary
Sandpipers and Brewer’s Sparrow.

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

---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.
---On August 8 on Poudre River Trail, Kodak SWA, Ryan Graves reported a
pair of Indigo  Bunting.

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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