Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:      RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:        February 2, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 2 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, Kiowa, *Pueblo)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont)
Greater Scaup (Adams, El Paso, Jefferson, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Adams, *Arapahoe)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Fremont, Garfield, Kiowa)
Wild Turkey (Denver)
Sora (Larimer)
White-winged Dove (Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (*El Paso)
Long-billed Dowitcher (Adams)
Spotted Sandpiper (Garfield)
California Gull (Douglas, Kiowa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Pueblo, Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (Kiowa, Pueblo)
HARRIS’S HAWK (*Larimer)
Snowy Owl (Weld)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (*El Paso)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (El Paso)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Boulder)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Say’s Phoebe (Arapahoe, Baca, Denver)
Steller’s Jay (Baca)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Baca)
Chihuahuan Raven (*El Paso, Fremont, Kiowa)
Bushtit (Baca)
Pacific Wren (La Plata)
Winter Wren (Arapahoe, El Paso)
Varied Thrush (El Paso)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, *El Paso)
Long-billed Thrasher (Baca)
Northern Mockingbird (*Adams, Baca)
American Pipit (Eagle)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Conejos)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Pitkin, Weld)
PURPLE FINCH (Yuma)
Cassin’s Finch (Baca, Yuma)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, (*Larimer)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe, 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 (Delta, Larimer)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Baca, Pueblo)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Weld)
Brewer’s Blackbird (Kiowa)
Great-tailed Grackle (Eagle, Kiowa)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Arapahoe)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)
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.
---On February 1 at Big Dry Creek Open Space, David Ely reported Northern
Mockingbird.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:

---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 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 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 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.
---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.

BACA COUNTY:
---On January 28 at Sikes 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.
---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.

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

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.
---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 January 26 at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheeseman Park, Mark
Obmascik reported Green-tailed Towhee.
---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 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 February 1 on Miranda Road, Tony Leukering
reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
---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 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 February 1 on Hanover Road, Diane
Roberts and Betty Glass reported Greater Roadrunner and 2 Chihuahuan Raven.
---On January 28 at Aiken Canon Preserve, Jim Merritt reported Williamson’s
Sapsucker.
---On February 1 at Hanover Fire Station, Diane Roberts and Betty Glass
reported Curve-billed Thrasher.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On January 28 at Canon City Valco Pond, Joel Adams reported imm m
Barrow’s Goldeneye.
--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.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
---On January 29 on Devereux Rd and Two Rivers Park, JoAnn Rigggle reported
5 Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Spotted Sandpiper.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---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.  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 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 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 February 1 at SW Frontage Rd., Sue Riffe reported
HARRIS’S HAWK.
---On January 26 at Livermore Community Church, Loch Kilpatrick reported
one Common Redpoll.  On February 1 at Livermore Community Church, Christine
and Richard Sparks reported 3 Common Redpoll.
---On January 30 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 13
Common Redpoll.
--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 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 January 27 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Nick Komar reported Sora.  On
January 28 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Jim Nachel reported Sora.
---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.

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

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--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 31 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Rich Miller reported Great
Black-backed Gull and 5 Double-crested Cormorants.
---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.
---On February 1 at Pueblo City Park, Christopher Wilkens reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.

WELD COUNTY:
---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.
---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.

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

DFO Field Trips
The DFO Field trip for Saturday/Sunday February 3- 4 will be to
Southeastern Colorado led by Amber Carver (caramb22 AT gmail.com;
310-483-5721)  This is a two-day trip.  This trip is full.

The DFO Field trip for Saturday, February 3 will be a Northeastern Raptor
Tour led by Joey Kellner (vireo1 AT comcast.net; 303-978-1748).  This trip
is full.

The DFO Field trip for Monday, February 5 will be Front Range Owling led by
David Suddjian (dsuddjian T gmail.com; 831-713-8659)
This trip is full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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