Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:      RBA AT
Date:        March 13, 2018

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, March 13sponsored 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 (Rio Grande)
BRANT (Arapahoe)
Tundra Swan (*Chaffee)
Greater Scaup (Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Chaffee)
Red-necked Grebe (Arapahoe, *Larimer)
White-winged Dove (Alamosa, Douglas)
White-throated Swift (El Paso)
Virginia Rail (Chaffee, Weld)
Sora (Arapahoe)
Sandhill Crane (Delta, Rio Grande)
Greater Yellowlegs (Chaffee, Denver, El Paso, Rio Grande)
Franklin’s Gull (Weld)
California Gull (Douglas, Mesa)
Iceland Gull (El Paso, Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Douglas)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson, Larimer, *Montrose)
Osprey (*Boulder, Weld)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Summit)
Northern Goshawk (Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)
Swainson’s Hawk (Adams)
Burrowing Owl (*Weld)
Williamson’s Sapsucker (*Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (Arapahoe)
Say’s Phoebe (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Jefferson,*Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (El Paso, Fremont)
Tree Swallow (Boulder)
Mountain Chickadee (Weld)
Bushtit (Weld)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Broomfield)
Winter Wren (Morgan)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Jefferson, Weld)
Mountain Bluebird (Pitkin)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Northern Mockingbird (Adams)
Pine Grosbeak (Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Summit)
Common Redpoll (Elbert, Larimer)
Red Crossbill (Weld)
Cassin’s Sparrow (El Paso)
Savannah Sparrow (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Adams)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*Archuleta, Chaffee, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson,
Larimer, Las Animas, Mesa, *Montrose)
White-throated Sparrow (Arapahoe, Mesa)
Harris’s Sparrow (El Paso)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Arapahoe, Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (Larimer)
Common Yellowthroat (*Chaffee)
Pine Warbler (Larimer)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Arapahoe, Jefferson)

---On March 10 at Big Dry Creek Open Space (Metzger Farms), Matt Hofeditz
reported Northern Mockingbird.   On March 11 at Big Dry Creek Open Space,
David Ely reported Say’s Phoebe.
---On March 8 at Sage Creek Park, Kim Mauritz reported 2 Red Fox Sparrows.
---On March 10 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, Arsenal staff reported
Swainson’s Hawk.

---On March 11 on Alamosa Rio Grande Riverwalk, Tanja Britton reported
White-winged Dove.


---On March 7 at Ketring Park and Lake, Carol Ortenzio, Brian Johnson,
David Chernak and Tom Behnfield reported BRANT; Frank Farrel reported BRANT
at 5820 S. Windmere in Littleton.  On March 11 at Ketring Park and Lake,
Scott Somershoe and Alison Field reported BRANT.
---On March 8 at Lower Ridgewood Park, David Suddjian reported Eastern
Phoebe and Hermit Thrush.  On March 9 at Lee Gulch Overlook Park, Edward
Donnan reported Eastern Phoebe.
---On March 9 at South Platte Park Carson Nature Center, Bill Schreitz
reported 5 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
---On March 9 at Aurora Reservoir, Cheri Phillips reported 2 Red-necked
Grebes.  On March 11 at Aurora Reservoir, Matt Hofeditz reported
White-winged Scoter.
---On March 9 at South Platte Reservoir, Lisa McGloin reported White-winged
---On March 9 at Cherry Creek SP, Candice Johnson reported Sora and
Brown-headed Cowbird on marsh on 12 Mile Trail.
---On March 11 at Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Cynthia Madsen and
David Hill reported Say’s Phoebe.

---On March 12 at Echo Canyon Lake SWA, Ben Bailey reported Lincoln’s

---On March 7 at East Boulder Community Park, Boulder Bird Club reported
Say’s Phoebe.
---On March 11 at Stearns Lake, Bob Spencer reported 2 Tree Swallows.
---On March 12 at Izaak Walton Park in Longmont, Bob and Barb Larsen
reported Osprey eating a fish on power line tower.

---On March 9 at Buena Vista Ice Pond (View from road), Christian
Hagenlocher reported 46 Barrow’s Goldeneyes, Virginia rail, Greater
Yellowlegs and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 12 near Clear Creek Reservoir, Christian Hagenlocher reported
Tundra Swan.
---On March 10 at Sands Lake SWA, Christian Hagelocher reported m Common

---On March 9 at Hart’s Basin, Evelyn Horn reported 50 – 60 Sandhill Cranes.

---On March 9 at First Creek at DEN OS, John Breitsch reported Greater
---On March 9 at Fairmount Cemetery, Jeff Dawson reported ad f
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker seen near Highline Canal west of Mausoleum.

--- On March 8 at Chatfield SP Handicapped Fisherman Platform, Doug Kibbe
reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.   On March 9 at Chatfield SP Original Heronry
Overlook, Joey Kellner and Lisa McGloin reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.  On
March 10 at Chatfield SP Marina Sandspit, Joey Kellner reported
YELLOW-BILLED LOON.  On March 11 at Chatfield SP Marina Sandspit, David
Alpeter and Tom Behnfield reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON.
---On March 8 in Larkspur, Laura Roberts reported White-winged Dove.

---On March 8 at 296 Antelope Run in Elizabeth (view from road), Loch
Kilpatrick reported Common Redpoll at feeder.

---On March 7 at Bear Creek Nature Center, Del Nelson reported Lincoln’s
---On March 7 at Garden of Gods Park, Brook Nelson reported 2
White-throated Swifts.
---On March 9 at Hanover Road, David Tonnessen and Jim Merrit reported
Cassin’s Sparrow.   On March 11 on Hanover Road, Robb Hinds reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker; Diane Roberts reported 2 Chihuahuan Ravens and 2
Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On March 9 at Chico Basin ranch (fee area), David Tonnessen and Jim
Merrit reported Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On March 11 at Birdsall Road, Kevin Ash reported Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On March 11 at Hanover Fire Station, Kevin Ash reported Curve-billed
---On March 11 at Squirrel Creek Rd Reservoir, Robb Hinds reported Greater

---On March 7 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Matt Clark reported 3
Golden-crowned Kinglets, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 11 at Staunton SP, Santiago Tabares reported 5 Pine Grosbeak.
---On March 11 at Ralston/Croke, Steve Snyder reported Northern Goshawk
near Ralston Creek and Say’s Phoebe by West Woods Golf Course pond.

---On March 9 at Wild Horse Birdfeeder in Loveland, John Reichhardt
reported Pine Warbler.

---On February 28 at Fort Collins City Park and Sheldon Lake, Dave
Leatherman found Red-necked Grebe which was seen by several other birders.
 On March 9 at Fort Collins City Park and Sheldon Lake, Judd Patterson
reported Red-necked Grebe.  On March 10 at Fort Collins City Park and
Sheldon Lake, Joey Angstman, Greg Wann, Adrian Monroe, and Paul Ode
reported Red-necked Grebe.  On March 11 at Fort Collins City Park and
Sheldon Lake, Caroline Olson, Doug Kibbe, Jeff Dawson, Elaine Wagner, Neil
Matheson report Red-necked Grebe.  On March 12 at Fort Collins City Park
and Sheldon Lake, Amy davis, tom Behnfield, John Rutenbeck, and David Wade
reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On March 7 at Ridgen Reservoir in eastern Fort Collins, Dave Leatherman
reported m Barrow’s Goldeneye.
---On March 8 at Pleasant Valley and Lake Canal Greenbelt at W Lake St in
Fort Collins, Nick Komar reported 2 Common Redpoll.
---On March 9  at Visitors Center in Fort Collins, Richard Herrington
reported HARRIS’S HAWK.
---On March 10 at Hillsdale Park in Berthoud, Foothills Audubon led by Ron
Harden reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 11 at Horsetooth Reservoir, April Eisele reported Turkey
Vulture soaring above Inlet Bay.

---On March 7 at JE Canyon Ranch Belew Holes, Jack Harlan reported
Lincoln’s Sparow.

---On March 9 at Grand Junction WA, Mike Henwood and Katey Buster reported
White-throated Sparrow and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 10 at Connected Lakes SP, Carol Ortenzio and Katey Buster
reported Black Phoebe along the canal

---On March 11 at Nucla Sewage Lagoons, Brenda Wright and Coen Dexter
reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On March 12 on Nucla Ave Five, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright reported
Lincoln’s Sparrow and 3 Turkey Vultures.

---On March 7 at Riverside Park (east section) in Fort Morgan, Norm Lewis
reported Winter Wren.

---On March 11 at Basalt High School, Reid Greiner reported 7 Mountain
Bluebirds (6m, 1f).

---On March 12 at Pueblo Mountain Park, Darth Aves reported pair of
Williamson’s Sapsucker.

---On March 7 at Monte Vista NWR, John Rawinski reported Greater
White-fronted Goose and 10 – 15,000 Sandhill Cranes.
---On March 10 at Home Lake, Laura Aardwolfe and Lisa Clements reported
Greater Yellowlegs wading on shore of lake.

---On March 9 at Keystone Ranch Golf Course in Dillon, Michael Green
reported Sharp-shinned Hawk and 3 Gray-cronwed Rosy-Finch.

---On March 7 at Glenmere Park in Greeley, Shawn Mason reported Mountain
Chickadee.  On March 8 at Glenmere Park, Shawn Mason reported 2 Mountain
Chickadees, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and 2 Bushtit.  On March 9 at Glenmere
Park, Shawn Mason reported 2 Bushtits.  On March 11 at Glenmere Park, Shawn
Masson and Gene Rutherford reported Mountain Chickadee and 9 type 2 Red
Crossbill (4m, 4f).
---On March 12 near LaSalle north of CR 38 between CR 47 and CR 49, Gene
Rutherford reported Burrowing Owl.
---On March 7 at Banner Lakes SWA, Doug Kibbe reported 2 Virginia Rail.
---On March 7 at LUNA reservoir, Bill Kaempfer reported Franklin’s Gull,
Iceland Gull, and Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull.
---On March 11 at St Vrain SP, Doug Kibbe, Jeff Dawson, and Elaine Wagner
reported Osprey and Northern Goshawk; Christina Yeagley reported Osprey.
---On March 12 on Johnstown utility line, Derek Hill reported Say’s Phoebe.

DFO Field trips:

The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, March 13 will be to Littleton Area looking
for Eastern Screech-Owls led by David Suddjian.  This trip is full

The DFO Field Trip of Wednesday, March 14 will be Front Range Owling led by
David Suddjian.  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, March 17 will be to First Creek at Denver
Open Space led by Patrick O’Driscoll (patodrisk AT; 303-885-6955
(cell))   This trip is full.
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, March 18 will be to Canon City led by Mark
Amershek (mamershek AT; 303-329-8646).  This Trip is full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine

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