Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:      RBA AT
Date:        February 8, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 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 changed.
Greater White-fronted Goose (El  Paso, Otero, Pueblo, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont)
Wood Duck (Otero)
Greater Scaup (Arapahoe, El Paso, *Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, Jefferson, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, *El Paso, Garfield)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
Wild Turkey (El Paso)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Western Grebe (Archuleta)
Clark’s Grebe (*Fremont)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, El Paso)
Virginia Rail (Huerfano, Weld)
Least Sandpiper (La Plata, Mesa)
Long-billed Dowitcher (*Adams)
Spotted Sandpiper (Garfield)
Black-legged Kittiwake (*Fremont)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams)
California Gulll (Archuleta, Adams, *Weld)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Pueblo, Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Archuleta)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (Pueblo)
Northern Goshawk (*Jefferson)
HARRIS’S HAWK (*Larimer)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Pueblo)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Black Phoebe (*Mesa)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams, *Arapahoe, *Broomfield)
Chihuahuan Raven (El Paso, Fremont, Pueblo)
Mountain Chickadee (Otero)
Pygmy Nuthatch (*Arapahoe)
Rock Wren (Otero)
Canyon Wren (Otero)
Winter Wren (*Arapahoe)
Western Bluebird (Douglas)
Mountain Bluebird (Adams)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*El Paso, Pueblo)
Sage Thrasher (*Huerfano)
Northern Mockingbird (Adams)
American Pipit (La Plata, Montezuma, Pueblo)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Teller)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer)
Lapland Longspur (El Paso, Pueblo)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Otero)
Canyon Towhee (Otero)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Fox Sparrow (Larimer, *Prowers)
Harris’s Sparrow (Denver)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Mesa)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Pueblo)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Mesa, Pueblo)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Arapahoe, Larimer, Prowers)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)

---On February 2 on S Platte Trail from Riverside Cemetery to Sand Creek,
Gabrield Wiltse reported Greater Yellowlegs near intersection with York
---On February 1 at Big Dry Creek Open Space, David Ely reported Northern
---On February 2 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR East Auto Tour, Joe Roller
reported 2 Mountain Bluebirds.  On February 3 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR, Camereon Carver reported Mountain Bluebird.  On February 5 at Rocky Mt
Arsenal NWR, Eric DeFonso reported California Gull.
---On February 6 at S Platte River and York, Joe Roller reported
Long-billed Dowitcher.  On February 7 at S Platte River and 58th Ave,
Candice Johnson reported Long-billed Dowitcher.
---On February 6 at E 136th Ave, Tony Leukering reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 6 at First Creek at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Lorraine Lanning
reported Mountain Bluebird along Buckley at trail entrance.


---On February 1 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian repored
White-winged Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon and fly by Long-tailed Duck.  On
February 2 at South Platte Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick reported White-winged
Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon; Crystal Wilson reported Yellow-billed Loon.
On February 3 at S Platte Reservoir, Dick Filby and several other birders
reported White-winged Scoter and Yellow-billed Loon.  On February 4 at S
Platte Reservoir, Weston Petty reported White-winged Scoter.  On February 6
at South Platte Reservoir, Betty Glass reported White-winged Scoter; Dale
Pate reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Doug Kibbe reported White-winged Scoter
and YELLOW-BILLED LOON in SW Bay (Arapahoe).  On February 7 at South Platte
Reservir, Anna Lenshek reported White-winged Scoter and Say’s Phoebe; David
and Cheryl Hubbark reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON.
--- On February 3 at Eaglewatch Lake, Kathy Mihm Dunning, Scott Somershoe,
and Tony Leukering reported Yellow-rumped Warbler and Yellow-rumped
(Audubon’s) Warbler.
---On January 31 at Aurora Reservoir, Nick Komar reported White-winged
Scoter, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, and Glaucous Gull.
---On February 2 at Cherry Creek SP, David Hill reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 3 at South Platte Park, Cynthia Madsen reported 9 Greater
---On February 5 at Crescent Pkwy, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Tony Leukering
reported Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 4 at Ketring Park and Lake, Kay Rasmussen reported Winter
---On February 6 at E Crescent Parkway in Greenwood Village, Diane Roberts
and Tim Ryan reported Winter Wren.  On February 7 at E Crescent Parkway,
Bez Bezuidenhout reported Winter Wren.
---On February 6 at Robert Tartaglia Pavilion, Eric DeFonso reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 7 at Dahlia Hollow Park, Bez Bezuidenhout reported 2 Pygmy
---On February 7 at South Platte Park Northern Wildlife Area, Brian Johnson
reported 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers and Anna Lenshek reported 8 Yellow-rumped
Warblers near Carson Nature Center.

---On February 3 at Navajo Lake SP Windsurf Beach, Amada and Jason St
Pierre reported Lesser Black-backed Gull.  This is a new County Bird if
accepted.  They also reported 3 California Gulls and 15 Western Grebe.  On
February 6 at Navajo SP, Jim Beatty reported 2 California Gulls.

---On February 2 at Hasty Campground Dan Stringer reported 3 Greater

---On February 2 at W 134th Place, Matt Hofeditz reported Say’s Phoebe.

---On February 2 at First Creek at DEN, Dick Filby reported Harris’s

---On February 2 on East Plum Creek Trail, Cynthia Kristensen reported
Western Bluebird.

---On December 21 David Tonnessen reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber)
on Miranda Road in Colorado Springs.  On February 1 on Miranda Road, Tony
Leukering reported RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
---On February 3 at Double Tree Hotel Pond, Joy and Leonard Lake reported f
Greater Scaup.
--- On February 1 on Hanover Road, Diane Roberts and Betty Glass reported
Greater Roadrunner and 2 Chihuahuan Raven.
---On February 1 at Hanover Fire Station, Diane Roberts and Betty Glass
reported Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On February 2 at Old Pueblo Rd S of Link Rd, Gwen Moore reported 26 Wild
Turkey and 2 Curve-billed Thrashers.
---On February 2 at Old Pueblo Road and Birdsall Rd, Alan Ketcham reported
Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On February 2 on Hanover Road, Gwen Moore reported Curve-billed
Thrasher.  On February 3 on Hanover Road, Christine Alexander and Renee
Casias reported Greater Roadrunner and Curve-billed Thrasher; Tanja Britton
reported Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
---On February 2 at Nancy Lewis Park in Colorado Springs, Gloria Nikolai
reported 2 Greater White-fronted Geese.
---On February 4 on S Meridian Road and Hanover Road, Chris Brobin reported
Greater Roadrunner and Lapland Longspur.
---On February 5 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Jim Merritt reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.
---On February 5 at Peyton Rd and Squirrel Creek intersection, Diana Beatty
reported 4 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 5 at Hanover Fire Station, David and Cheryl Hubbard reported
Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On February 6 at De Groot and Loop, Rod Schmidt reported Curve-billed
---On February 6 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw
reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye.  On February 7 at Monument Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Alan Versaw reported a pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes and
Gloria Nikolai reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye.

--On February 1 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jim Merritt reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans.  On February 2 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Chris Brobin reported 2
Trumpeter Swans.  On February 3 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Christine
Alexander, Renee Casias, Nick Komar and others reported 2 Trumpeter Swans
and Clark’s Grebe.  On February 5 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Jerry DeBoer
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.  On February 7 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Alan
Ketcham and Jim Merritt reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s Grebe.
---On February 6 at West Valco Pond in Canon City, Rich Miller reported juv
Black-legged Kittiwake which was also seen by Jerry DeBoer and Tony
Leukering.  On February 7 at Valco Ponds in Canon City, John Drummond
reported that the Black-legged Kittiwake was flying between the two ponds;
Alan Ketcham, Jim Merritt and David Chartier also reported Black-legged

---On February 5 at Devereux Rd and Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs,
Catherine Hagen and JoAnn Riggle reported Barrow’s Goldeneye and Spotted

---On February 4 at Lathrop SP, Tony Leukering reported 4 Virginia Rails
from SE corner of Lake Oehm.
---On February 7 at Lake Maria, Tony Leukering reported Sage Thrasher.

---On February 7 at Mount Falcon Park, Myron Gerhard reported Northern
---On February 7 on Conifer mountain road, Ira Sanders and Gwen Moor
reported Northern Goshawk.

---On Februrary 4 at Pastorius Reservoir, Jason and Amanda St Pierre
reported Least Sandpiper; Martin Cuntz reported 2 Least Sandpiper and 2
American Pipits.

---On February 1 at SW Frontage Rd., Sue Riffe reported HARRIS’S HAWK.  On
February 2, HARRIS’S HAWK was reported by Meg Reck and Betty Glass at
Welcome Center, and by Tony Leukering and Kathy Mihm Dunning at Prospect
and Frontage Road.  On February 3, the HARRIS’S HAWK was reported by Joey
Angstman, Debbie and Tom Behnfield, and Adam Vesely  and Ryan Bushong on N
side of Prospect along Frontage Road.   On February 5 along  Frontage Road,
Jamie Simo and Earl Johnson reported HARRIS’S HAWK.  On February 6, Gary
Lefko reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Road, N of Prospect; Mark Chavez
and Frank Farrell reported the hawk on E Prospect, and Lori Zabel, Burke
and Joey Angstman reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Rd.  On February 7
Robert Beauchamp and Gary Lefko reported HARRIS’S HAWK near Welcome Center
and Frontage Road N of Prospect;  the hawk was see by several other birders
mostly near the Frontage Road.
---On February 1 at Livermore Community Church, Christine and Richard
Sparks reported 3 Common Redpoll.  On Februrary 2 at Livermore Community
Church, Betty Glass and Meg Reck reported 3 Common Redpoll.
---On February 4 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 9
Common Redpoll.
--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 February
2 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, David Wade reported Red Fox
Sparrow.  On February 3 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Adam Veseley,
Dave Letherman, and Joey Angstman reported Red Fox Sparrow.  On February 6
at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Joey and Burke Angstman reported Red
Fox Sparrow.
---On February 3 at Riverbend Ponds NA, Kendra David reported Yellow-rumped
---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.
---On February 2 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Tony Leukering reported AMERICAN

---On February 2 at Horsethief Canyon SWA, Mike Henwood reported 7 Least
---On February 4 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, David Price reported imm
Golden-crowned Sparrow near feeder and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds.
---On February 4 at Clifton Nature Park, Ryan Claar reported Black Phoebe
on N side of pond.  On February 7 at Clifton Nature Park, Mike Henwood
reported Black Phoebe.

---On February 3 at Totten Reservoir, Jim Beatty reported American Pipit.

---On February  3 at  Blaine Park in La Junta, the DFO field trip led by
Amber Carver and others reported Greater White-fronted Goose and 4 Wood
---On February  3 at Vogel Canyon, the DFO field trip led by Amber Carver
reported 4 Mountain Chickadees, 4 Canyon Wrens, and 6 Canyon Towhee, 3 Rock
Wren, and Rufous-Crowned Sparrow.

---On February 2 at Lamar Community College Woods, Dan Stringer reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler and 2 Northern Cardinals.
---On February 6 at Lamar Community College Woods, Jane Stulp and Janeal
Thompson reported Red Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.  On February 7 at
Lamar Community College Woods, Dorothy Russell reported Fox Sparrow.

---On February 3 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Nick Komar, Mary Geder,
Burke Angstman and others reported 2 Double-crested Cormorants, Great
Black-backed Gull, 2 Red-necked Grebes, Curve-billed Thrasher, American
Pipit, and Lapland Longspur.
---On February 1 at Pueblo City Park, Christopher Wilkens reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.  On February 2 at Pueblo City Park, Brandon Percival
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 2 at Roselawn Cemetery in Blende, Brandon Percival reported
ad Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 2 on Bush Road, Brandon Percival reported 2 Chihuahuan
---On February 3, at Pueblo Mountain Park, Jerry and Kevin DeBoer reported
m Williamson’s Sapsucker.
---On February 3 at Pueblo Reservoir SWA NW side, Nick Komar and others
reported 2 Red-necked Grebes and Great Black-backed Gull.
---On February 4 at Lake Beckwith in Colorado City, Tony Leukering reported
White-winged Scoter.
---On February 4 at 40th Lane, Tony Leukering reported Yellow-headed
Blackbird and 130 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

---On February 4 on Pikes Peak, Green Mountain Falls Trail to South
Catamount Reservoir, Kevin Ash reported 400 Rosy-Finches at the reservoir;
he identified only 2 Brown-capped and Black.

---On February 3 at CR 136 and CR 99, Bill Kaempfer reported 30
Sharp-tailed Grouse.
---On February 3 at CR 89 near Riverside Reservoir, Joey Kellner and DFO
field trip reported 3 Virginia Rail.
---On February 7 at LUNA Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 13 Greater
Scaup and California Gull.

---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, February 10 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Bob Shade (wrshade3 AT; 303-975-2476)
Directions:  Meet at the Barr Lake SP Visitor Center at 0800.  State Parks
pass or day pass required.  From Denver, take east I-76 to Bromley Lane,
exit 22.  Go east on Bromley Lane to Piccadilly Rd, then turn south for
about 2 miles to park entrance and follow road to Visitor Center.
       Will look for Winter waterfowl and raptors.  Trail around lake is
accessible for a person with a disability.  Lunch optional.  Beginners are
welcome.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 10 Boulder County:  From the
Mountains to the Plains led by Paula Hansley (plhansley AT;
720-890-2628)   This trip is full.

The DFO Field trip for Sunday, February 11 will be to Denver City Park led
by Patrick O’Driscoll (patodrisk AT; 303-885-6955 (cell)).  Meet
at parking strip on north side of Ferril Lake at 0715.  Enter park from
Colorado Blvd. Northbound; turn left onto 22nd ave past Museum of Nature
and Science; southbound turns right onto 22nd at police station.  Go past
museum pakring until road curves toward zoo.  Take immediate left at the
“to Pavilion bandstand” sign and go 300 yards down to corner with tall
spruce trees, where lake comes into view.  Park Diagonally on left beneath
spruce.  Dress for weather bring water and snacks.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 11 will be to Cheery Creek SP
Wetlands Loop led by Karen von Saltz & Karen Drozda (kvonsaltza AT;
303-941-4881).   Meet at 0900 at Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek SP.  From
either park entrance,m follow Lake View Rd to 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.
Rails could be slippery or muddy.  Bring water and snacks; lunch is
optional.  Beginning birders are welcome.  Register online  or contact

The DFO Field Trip for Monday, Feburary 12 will be Park County Explorations
led by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT; 831-713-8659).  This trip is

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine

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