Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:      RBA AT
Date:        February 19, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 19  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, Jefferson, Morgan, *Washington, Weld)
BRANT (*Arapahoe)
Trumpeter Swan (*Fremont, *Yuma)
Wood Duck (*Prowers)
Greater Scaup (Jefferson, *Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Jefferson)
Long-tailed Duck (Montezuma)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Adams, El Paso, Montezuma, *Weld)
Red-breasted Merganser (Montezuma)
Clark’s Grebe (*Fremont)
Sandhill Crane (Alamosa, Costilla, *Kiowa, *Mesa, Rio Grande)
Spotted Sandpiper (*Mesa)
Mew Gull  (*Weld)
California Gull (Adams, Archuleta, *Kiowa, *Larimer, Mesa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso,*Kiowa,  Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (*Kiowa)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Arapahoe, Gunnison, Jefferson)
Double-crested Cormorant (Otero)
American White Pelican (Otero, *Weld)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Weld)
Osprey (*Larimer)
Northern Goshawk (Larimer)
HARRIS’S HAWK (*Larimer)
Swainson’s Hawk (*Prowers)
Ferruginous Hawk (Park)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (*Washington)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Black Phoebe (Montrose)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams, *Arapahoe, Archuleta)
Chihuahuan Raven (Fremont)
Juniper Titmouse (Montezuma)
Bushtit (Weld)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Arapahoe, Broomfield)
Brown Creeper (*Kiowa)
Winter Wren (*Archuleta, *Morgan)
Bewick’s Wren (Montezuma, Otero)
Eastern Bluebird (*Washington)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe, *Washington)
Gray Catbird (Arapahoe)
Curve- billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Brown Thrasher (Morgan, Otero)
Northern Mockingbird (*Adams)
Bohemian Waxwing (Summit)
American Pipit (La Plata)
Rosy-Finch spec (Archuleta)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Common Redpoll (Chaffee, Larimer)
Lapland Longspur (Denver, *Kiowa)
McCown’s Longspur (*Kiowa)
Green-tailed Towhee (Montrose)
Field Sparrow (Baca)
Vesper Sparrow (Larimer)
Sagebrush Sparrow (*Mesa)
Savannah Sparrow (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Prowers)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Archuleta, *Larimer, Mesa)
Swamp Sparrow (Boulder, La Plata)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe, Otero, Prowers)
Harris’s Sparrow (*Arapahoe, Denver, El Paso, *Kiowa)
Brown-headed Cowbird (El Paso, Morgan, *Weld)
Rusty Blackbird (*Morgan)
Pine Warbler (*Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (*Archuleta, *Mesa, Otero, *Prowers)
Northern Cardinal (Otero, *Prowers)

---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 18 at Big Dry Creek OS, David Ely reported Northern
---On February 18 at South Platte River  Sand Creek mouth, Riley Morris
reported Black Phoebe.  This would be new county record if accepted.

---On February 16 on Hwy 17 near Hooper, James Loy reported 1100 Sandhill


---On February 13 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian and Dale Pate
reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Suddjian, Pate, Myron Gerhard, and Frank
Farrel reported White-winged Scoter in SW Bay (Jefferson); Matt Newport
reported White-winged Scoter in Arapahoe side.  On February 16 at South
Platte Reservoir, Chris Wood reported White-winged Scoter, YELLOW-BILLED
LOON, and Say’s Phoebe; Chris Wood reported White-winged Scoter in SW  Bay
(Jefferson).  On February 17 at South Platte Reservoir, Meg Reck and Holden
Maxfield reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED LOON; Michelle
Desrosiers and Colin Woolley reported White-winged Scoter and YELLOW-BILLED
LOON in SW bay (Jefferson).  On February 18 at South Platte Reservoir, Anna
Lenshek reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.
---On February 13 at Highline Canal Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado
Blvd, Joe Roller reported Say’s Phoebe.  On February 14 at High Line Canal
Trail from E Quincy Ave to S Colorado Blvd (Three Pond and Dahlia Hollow
Parks), Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On February 14 at High Line Canal Trail E Bellview Ave to E Quincy Ave
(Blackmer Lake), Jared Del Rosso reported Pygmy Nuthatch.
---On February 14 at Ketring Park, Elaine Wagner and Doug Kibbe reported
Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird.  On February 16 at Ketring Park in
Littleton, Doug Kibbe and Elaine Wagner reported BLACK BRANT.  On February
17 at Ketring Park in Littleton, Matt Crooks and several other birders
reported BLACK BRANT.  On February 18 at Ketring Park, Cheryl Teuton and
several other birders reported BLACK BRANT.  The BRANT was also seen at
neighboring Gallup Park.
---On February 17 at Dahlia Hollow Park, Bez Bezuidenhout reported Pygmy
---On February 18 at Chapel Hill Memorial gardens, Jared Del Rosso reported
Harris’s Sparrow.
---On February 18 at Gallup Park in Littleton, Jared Del Rosso and
Christian Hagenlocher reported BLACK BRANT.
---On February 18 at St Mary’s Catholic Church lower area, David Suddjian
reported Say’s Phoebe

---On February 16 at Navajo Lake Sailboard beach, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported California Gull.
---On February 16 at Pagosa Riverwalk, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow and Winter Wren.  On February 17 at San Jan River Walk in
Pagosa Springs, Jason St Pierre and Ryan Votta reported Winter Wren and
Yellow-rumped Warbler.  On February 18 on San Juan River Walk in Pagosa
Springs, Ryan Votta reported Yellow-rumped Warbler and Jim Beatty reported
Winter Wren.
---On February 17 at Cat Creek, CR 700, Ben Bailey, Cedar Mcgrath, and Judy
Jones reported 75 Rosy-Finch and Say’s Phoebe.

---On February 17 at Pella Crossing OS, Steve Frye reported Swamp Sparrow.

---On February 16 on E Hwy 160 near Blanca, Emily Samuel reported 10
Sandhill Cranes.

---On February 13 on Gun Club Road E of 112th Ave, Brian Johnson reported
Lapland Longspur.
---On February 17 at First Creek at DEN OS, Lorraine Lanning reported
Harris’s Sparrow in vegetation near Creek just east of Buckley.

---On February 13 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rod Schmidt,
David and Cheryl Hubbard, Alan and Mary Lynn Ketcham, and David Tonnessen
reported f Barrow’s Goldeneye.  On February 14 at Monument Watewater
Treatment Plant, Alan Ketcham reported pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye.  On
February 15 at Monument Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chris  Brobin reported
pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 13 on Hanover Road, Kevin Ash reported Ladder-backed
---On February 13 on Birdsall Road, John Drummond reported 4 Brown-headed
---On February 16 on Chapel Hills Drive in Colorado Springs, Roger Massey
reported  Greater White-fronted Goose foraging on a front lawn.  On
February 17 on Chapel Hills Drive Joy and Leonard Lake reported Greater
White-fronted Goose on grassy bank across from library.   On February 18 on
Chapel Hills Drive, Susan Stover reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 17 at Reflection Pond, John Drummond, Alan and MaryLynne
Ketcham reported Greated White-fronted Goose.  On February 18 at Reflection
Pond, Richard Bunn reported Greater White-fronted Goose.

---On February 17 on Birdsall Road in Fountain, Alan and MaryLynne Ketcham
reported Curve-billed Thrasher and 2  Brown-headed Cowbirds.

---On February 13 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Rich Miller reported 2
Trumpeter Swans.  On February 14 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Kevin Ash
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.  On February 17 at Brush Hollow Reservoir, Norm
Lewis and Mike Serruto reported 2 Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s Grebe.   On
February 18 at Brush Hollow Reservoirk, Ginny Bergstrom reported 2
Trumpeter Swans and Clark’s Grebe; Gwen Moore reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

---On February 13 at Blue Mesa Reservoir between mm 138 and mm 139 on US 50
east of Red Creek, Kathy Mimh Dunning reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.
Location was on US 50 between Red Creek and Bay of Chickens.

---On February 16 on Clear Creek trail from Golden to I-70, Chuck Aid and
Micahel Kiessig reported 3 Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers.
---On February 16 at Clement Park and Johnson Reservoir, Thomas Holub
reported Greater White-fronted Goose.
---On February 16 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Wood reported 14 Greater

---On February 17 on CR 3E, Bill Kaempfer reported 2 Lapland Longspurs.
---On February 17 at Neenoshe Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 4 Iceland
(Thayer’s) Gulls, 2 California Gulls, Glaucous Gull, and 4 McCown’s
---On February 17 at Upper queens/Neeskah Reservoir, Steve Mlodiow reported
110 Sandhill Cranes, California Gull, Lapland Longspur, 3 Harris’s
Sparrows, and Brown Creeper.

---On February 16 at Pastorius Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and Jason St.
Pierre reported American Pipit and Swamp Sparrow.

---On February 13 at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Carl Schimmel and Arvind
Panjabi reported Common Redpolls.
---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 13 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Joshua
Smith reported California Gull.  On February 17 at Larimer County Landfill
(restricted access), Chris Wood reported 2nd year California Gull.
---On February 13 at Running Deer NA in Fort Collins, Richard Herrington
reported Northern Goshawk.
---On February 16 on I-25 near Loveland, Gene Rutherford reported HARRIS’S
HAWK near Exit sign.   On February 18 near I-25 Loveland exit, Susan
Broderick reported the HARRIS’S HAWK flying over trees near Wyngate Hotel
on Ronald Reagan Blvd.
---On February 16 at Cottonwood Run NA Rec trail Wilson to Taft, Christine
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Dixon Reservoir, Jim Nachel reported Vesper Sparrow.
---On February 17 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 2 ad
California Gulls.
---On February 18 from Dixon Reservoir to Horsetooth Reservoir, Elaine
Leslie reported Osprey flying north to south.
---On February 18 at Wild Horse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John Reichhardt
reported Pine Warbler.
---On February 18 at Hillsdale Park in Berthoud, Christine and Richard
Sparks reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Aaron Yappert reported
Spotted Sandpiper.
---On February 15 at Colorado River Isaland SWA, Glenn Pearson reported 2
California Gulls.
---On February 16 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Kathleen McGinley and
Mike Henwood reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows.
---On February 18 at State Line, Denise and Mark Vollmar reported 12
Sandhill Cranes and 3 Sagebrush Sparrows.
---On February 18 at Horsethief Canyon SWA, David Price and Eileen
Cunningham reported Spotted Sandpiper and Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler.

---On February 14 at McPhee Reservoir Dolores End, Kathy Mihm Dunning
reported Long-tailed Duck.  On February 15 at Dolores Ponds (wastewater
plant) Jim Beatty reported f Long-tailed Duck in second pond past Dolores
wastewater treatment ponds.  On February 14 at West End, Jim Beatty
reported 2 f Red-breasted Mergansers.  On February 16 at Dolores Ponds
(Watewater Treatment Plant), Jason St Pierre and Eric Hynes reported
Long-tailed Duck and Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On February 14 at Sand Canyon Trail, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported 6
Juniper Titmouse and 3 Bewick’s Wrens.

---On February 15 at Marine Road Park, Susna Entsminger reported Black
Phoebe at edge of North Ponds and Green-tailed Towhee at South side of Park.

---On February 13 at Jackson Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported 2 Greater
White-fronted Gees, Brown Thrasher, and 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds.
---On February 18 at Riverside Park (east section) in Fort Morgan, Chris
Wood and David Dowell reported Winter Wren and Rusty Blackbird.

---On February 17 at Rocky Ford SWA, David Dowell reported Brown Thrasher,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow and 2 Northern Cardinals.
---On February 17 at Holbrook Reservoir, David Dowell reported 2
Double-crested Cormornats, 17 American White Pelicans and Bewick’s Wren.

---On February 13 in town of Jefferson, Jerry Baines reported 3 Ferruginous
Hawks and 40 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

--- On February 16 at Lamar Community College, Jane Stulp reported Red Fox
Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and 2 Northern Cardinals.  On February 18
at Lamar Community College, Jon Horn reported f Wood Duck, 4 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, and Northern Cardinal.
---On February 18 on Hwy 196 from Kornman to county line, Jon Horn reported
1st year light phase Swainson’s Hawk.

---On February 17 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Jon Horn reported Great
Black-backed Gull.  On February 18 at Pueblo Reservoir, Robb Hinds reported
Great Black-backed Gull.

---On February 17 at Monte Vista NWR Hwy 15 Viewing Area, John W. Cobb
reported 120 Sandhill Cranes.

---On February 17 at Arapaho NF near Dillon, Helen Butts reported 120
Bohemian Waxwings.

---On February 18 at Prewitt Reservoir, Chris Wood reported 7 Greater
White-fronted Geese, Red-bellied Woodpecker, 9 Eastern Bluebirds, and
Hermit Thrush.

---On February 13 at Woods Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported Black-crowned
---On February 13 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow Reported
Savannah Sparrow.
---On February 14 at LUNA Reservoir, Sean Fitzgerald reported Greater
Scaup.  On February 18 at LUNA Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported 3
Greater Scaup (2m, 1f) and Brown-headed Cowbird.
---On February 16 in Bittersweek Park in Greeley, Matthias Sirch reported
---On February 17 at Behren Reservoir, Gene Rutherford reported Savannah
---On February 18 at St Vrain SP Great Egret Pond, Gene Rutherford reported
American White Pelican.
---On February 18 at Firestone Gravel Pits (view from road), Steve
Mlodinow, Gene Rutherford, and Luke Pheneger reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye
and American White Pelican; Mlodinow also reported 1st cyc Mew Gull.
---On February 18 at Barefoot Lakes, Gene Rutherford reported Mew Gull.

---On February 18 at Stalker Lake, David Dowell reported Trumpeter Swan.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
February 19 at 0700 at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Ricketson
Auditorium.  Enter through the north side security/employee entrance and
tell the guard that you are attending the DFO meeting.  Chris Wood will
speak on “eBird and the Elephant’s Child”.

DFO Field Trips:

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
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be to South Platte River
Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76 led by Mark Amershek (mamershek AT;
303-329-8646)  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be to Sloan’s Lake led by
Jackie King (jackie.king At; 720-381-3314)  Directions:  Meet on
the north side of Solan’s Lake near the boat house just south of W 25th Ave
at Wolff.  Lunch is optional.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 24 will be Front Range Owling led
by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT; 831-713-8659).  This trip is

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be to Fort Collins
Grandview Cemetery led by Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT;
303-665-9135).  This trip is full

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 25 will be Boulder County:  From
the Mountains to the Plains led by Paula Hansley (plhansley AT;
720-890-2628).  Directions:  Meet at 0800 at Cinnebarre Theaters parking
lot off Dillon Rd in Louisville.  Take McCaslin Blvd exit from Hwy 36
(Boulder Turnpike) to the north; go left at first traffic light at Dillon
Rd, take first left and follow little road into a large parking lot for
Cinebarre Theaters.  Meet on west side.    Carpool.  Check out feeders
including Mtn Research Station and Allenspark.  Will work way back to
plains.  Bring lunch, water (and/or warm Beverage), warm clothes, including
gloves and hat.  Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine

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