This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 13 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, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Fremont)
Greater Scaup (Arapahoe, Chaffee, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson, Pueblo)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, *El Paso, Garfield, Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (Fremont)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Virginia Rail (Huerfano)
Sandhill Crane (Baca)
Least Sandpiper (La Plata)
Long-billed Dowitcher (Adams)
Spotted Sandpiper (Garfield)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Prowers)
Greater Yellowlegs (Prowers)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Fremont)
California Gulll (Archuleta, Adams, *Larimer, Weld)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, *Larimer, Pueblo, Weld)
Glaucous Gull (*Larimer)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson)
Snowy Owl (Jefferson, Kiowa)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Say’s Phoebe (*Adams, Arapahoe)
Chihuahuan Raven (El Paso, Fremont, *Kiowa)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Arapahoe, *Broomfield)
Winter Wren (Arapahoe, Baca)
Mountain Bluebird (Adams, *Kiowa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Sage Thrasher (Huerfano)
Northern Mockingbird (Baca)
American Pipit (La Plata)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Teller)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, *Larimer, Mesa)
Red Crossbill (Arapahoe)
Lapland Longspur (El Paso, *Kiowa, *Kit Carson)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (*Kiowa, *Kit Carson)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Fox Sparrow (Larimer, Prowers)
White-throated Sparrow (*Arapahoe, Summit)
Harris’s Sparrow (El Paso)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Mesa)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Pueblo)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Mesa, Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca)
Great-tailed Grackle (Prowers)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Arapahoe, *Jefferson, Prowers)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)

---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 11 at Mann Nyholt Lake, Adam Vesely reported California Gull.
---On February 12 at Barr Lake Bird Conservancy of Rockies Office and below
dam, Colin Woolley reported Say’s Phoebe.


---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 9 at South Platte Reservoir,
Mark Burns reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON in SW Bay
(Jefferson); Kevin Ash and Jerry DeBoer reported White-winged Scoter and
YELLOW-BILLED LOON on the Arapahoe county side.  On February 10 at South
Platte Reservoir, William Test reported White-winged Scoter and
YELLOW-BILLED LOON.  On February 12 at South Platte Reservoir, Susan
Broderick reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.  On February 12 at South Platte
Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED
LOON and later he reported both birds in SW Bay (Jefferson).
---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 8 at Littleton Cemetery, David Suddjian reported Red
---On February 8 at E Crescent Parkway, Edward Donnan reported f Red
---On February 9 at S Platte River from W Bowles Ave to S Prince, Betty
Glass reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On February 11 at South Platte Park C470 area, Ben Sampson reported 7
Greater Scaup (1 on Blackrock, 6 on Eaglewatch), f Barrow’s Goldeneye on
Eaglewatch, and 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On February 12 at South Platte River Northern Wildlife Area to W Bowles
Ave, Ted Uhlemann reported 14 Yellow-rumped Warblers on the Mary Carter
Greenway trail.

---On February 6 at Navajo SP, Jim Beatty reported 2 California Gulls.

---On February 10 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd and Brian Johnson
reported 50 Sandhill Cranes, Winter Wren, Northern Mockingbird, and Rusty

---On February 11 at Sands Lake SWA, Christian Hagenlocher reported pair of
Greater Scaup.

---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 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 8 at Monument
Wastewater Treatment Plant, Jacqueline Heyda and Terence Berger reported m
Barrow’s Goldeneye.  On February 11 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant,
Tanja Britton and John Drummond reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Joy
and Leonard Lake reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye.  On February 12 at Monument
Wasterwater Treatment Plant, Jan Allbright and Richard Bunn reported pair
of Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Heidi Eaton, Kevin Ash, and Jim Merritt reported 1
Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 8 at Hanover Road, Jim Merritt reported Chihuahuan Raven and
6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 10 at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 10 at Fillmore Ridge, Rod Schmidt reported Greater
White-fronted Goose.

---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 February 10 along Ralston Creek near east edge of West Woods Golf
Course, Steven Snyder reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 10 at Standley Lake near 86th and Sims, Karl Gerken reported
Snowy Owl.  He first saw it in the neighborhood
South of Standley Lake.  The owl flew to the gazebo N of 86th and Simms, to
the lake.  Gerken said that the ranger reported that the Snowy Owl has been
back at Standley since Thursday 2/8.
---On February 11 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Kevin DeBoer reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

---On February 10 at Queens State WA Queens Reservoir, JoAnn Andrews
reported Snowy Owl.
---On February 11 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported
Chihuahuan  Raven, 6 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 48 between CR E and CR C, Steve Mlodinow reported 2
Mountain Bluebirds and 10 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 11 on CR 27 between CR C and CR 3, Steve Mlodinow reported
125 Lapland Longspurs and 3 McCown’s Longspurs.

---On February 11 at CR B between CR 10 and CR 11, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported 3000 Lapland Longspurs in 4 flocks of 700 – 800+,
Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown’s Longspur.

---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 8 at Pastorius Reservoir, Eric Hynes and Ryan
Votta reported 2 American Pipits.
---On February 8 at Vallecito Reservor Pura Vida Café, Eric Hynes reported
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
---On February 9 at Meadow Rd, Rafter J Subdivision, Ryan Votta reported 4
Acorn Woodpeckers.

---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 8, Bill Fink, Kat Bradley-Bennet, Tina Jones
and others reported HARRIS’S HAWK on Frontage Road N of Prospect.
---On February 9 at Livermore Community Church, Sue Riffe reported 3 Common
---On February 12 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Arvind Panjabi reported 7
Common Redpoll.
---On February 6 at CSU Environmental Learning Center, Joey and Burke
Angstman reported Red Fox Sparrow.
---On February 9 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Sue Riffe reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK.
On February 10 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Nick Komar and David Wade reported
AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Buffum Creek in the morning and in the afternoon Nick
Komar and Walter Wehtje reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at creek below parking
lot; Andy Bankert and Caroline Olson found the AMERICAN WOODCOCK on the
road to Bobcat Ridge on the south side by 3rd stream crossing and 15 mph
sign.  On February 12 at Bobcat Ridge NA, Norm Lewis reported AMERICAN
WOODCOCK near cattails below Castle House.
---On February 12 at Wildhorse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John Reichhardt
reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 12 at Clear Spring Ranch, Jim Merritt reported
White-throated Sparrow.
---On February 12 at Carter Lake, David Dowell reported California Gull, 3
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, Iceland (kumlieni) Gull, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.

---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 8 on Grand Mesa, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 10 Common

---On February 9 at Hwy 145 in Dolores, Aaron Yappert reported m Barrow’s

---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 10 at Lamar Community College Woods, Brian Johnson reported Red
Fox Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 9 at Willow Creek in Lamar, Ted Floyd reported Hermit
Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler,
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler, and Northern Cardinal.  On February 9 at
Willow Creek Park, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red Fox
Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and singing m Great-tailed Grackle.
---On February 9 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Chip Clouse reported Greater
Yellowlegs.   On February 10 at pond at US 287 and Hwy 50, Paula Moyers
reported 3 Lesser Yellowlegs; Sharon Stiteler reported 2 Greater Yellowlegs.

---On February 4 at Lake Beckwith in Colorado City, Tony Leukering reported
White-winged Scoter.  On February 7 at Lake Beckwith, Cameron Carver
reported White-winged Scoter.
---On February 4 at 40th Lane, Tony Leukering reported Yellow-headed
Blackbird and 130 Brown-headed Cowbirds.  On February 10 at 40th Lane,
JoAnn Riggle reported 4 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

---On February 11 at Bills Ranch Lake, Ryan Bushong reported White-throated

---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 7 at LUNA Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 13 Greater
Scaup and California Gull.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 17 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT;
720-281-3314)  Directions:  From i-70 exist 267, take Kipling south about ¾
mile and turn right (west) on 44thAve.  Go one mile west.  Look for the
entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south).    Meet at 0900 just inside
the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
      This is a trip with easy walking, accessible for mobility impaired
individuals.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Good trip for
novice birders and new members.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 18 will be to Tamarack State
Wildlife Area and Associated Prairie led by Chris Goulart (cgoulart001 AT; 586-764-2126).  Meet at 0600 at the Division of Parks and
Wildlife parking lot 2 block north of E 58th Ave on east side of Broadway:
6060 Broadway, Denver.
    This will be an intense trip looking for late winter prairie and
eastern forest specialties.  Target birds include Snow Geese, Greater
Prairie Chickens, and more.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, February 20 will be to Northeastern
Colorado led by david Suddjian (dsuddjian AT; 831-713-8659).
Directions:  Meet at 0500 at Colorado Park and Wildlife Office at 6060 N.
Broadway.  Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to Broadway,  then north
2 blocks to parking lot on right.
     Special guest leader:  Norm Lewis.  May visit Jumbo, Red Lion, and
Tamarack and Prewitt.  Prepare for this full day winter outing with
supplies of food.  Possible park entry fees.  Register online or contact

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine

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