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Rufous Bushchat,©Tony Disley

11 Feb Mourning Dove/Nunn Yard ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
11 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 11 February 2016 [Mary Driscoll ]
11 Feb Redpoll - Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
10 Feb Re: stearns lake, boulder(?) county [Fi Rust ]
10 Feb Greater White-fronted Goose, Thornton (Adams Co.) [Adam Vesely ]
10 Feb stearns lake, boulder(?) county ["'j.d. birchmeier' via Colorado Birds" ]
10 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 10 February 2016 [Mary Driscoll ]
10 Feb Trying to reach out of state birder [Ira Sanders ]
10 Feb Redpoll - Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
9 Feb South Platte Reservoir Feb 9 [David Suddjian ]
9 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 9 February 2016 [Mary Driscoll ]
9 Feb Black Phoebe along Canon City Riverwalk today ["SeEttaM ." ]
8 Feb Rare Birds, Denver Zoo, Feb. 7. I'm being serious. [Ted Floyd ]
8 Feb Redpoll [Jack Bushong ]
8 Feb Goose-hybrid ID/Windsor ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
8 Feb White-fronted Geese continue near Bowles Grove Park, Arapahoe [Douglas Kibbe ]
8 Feb Redpoll - Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
8 Feb Stearn's Lake goose murmuration and Niwot mountain chickadee [Indra ]
8 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 8 February 2016 [Joyce Takamine ]
7 Feb Rough-Legged Hawk in Longmont [Kat Bradley-Bennett ]
6 Feb Lincoln County Longspurs ["Frank F." ]
7 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 7 February 2016 [Joyce Takamine ]
6 Feb Scrub Jay, Chambers and Iliff, Aurora []
6 Feb Pueblo Reservoir (Pueblo Co.) morning bird 2/6 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
6 Feb Sandhill Cranes, travel and pics [Tom Wilberding ]
6 Feb Redpoll - Yes/ Rosy's - No [Ira Sanders ]
6 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 6 February 2016 [Joyce Takamine ]
5 Feb First migrants of 2016 [Duane Nelson ]
5 Feb White-winged Juncos in Colorado (LONG) [coloradodipper via Colorado Birds ]
5 Feb Juncos - Douglas ["'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" ]
5 Feb White-throated Sparrow, Carbondale, Garfield Cty [Dick Filby ]
5 Feb "Clash of the Titans"/Nunn Yard Last Night ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
5 Feb Rosy-Finches/Redpoll - Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
5 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 5 February 2916 [Joyce Takamine ]
4 Feb Varied Thrush near Cherry Creek, Arapahoe County [Joyce Takamine ]
4 Feb Re: Juncos - Pueblo [David Suddjian ]
4 Feb Gulls at John Martin Reservoir [Duane Nelson ]
4 Feb Re: re hungry Say's Phoebes in winter-EARWIGS ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
4 Feb RE: White-winged Junco [Chip Clouse ]
4 Feb Re: Juncos - Pueblo [Jennifer Hallam ]
4 Feb RE: White-winged Junco [William H Kaempfer ]
4 Feb White-winged Junco ["Leon Bright" ]
4 Feb Mixed Juncos ["Joanne C. Haller" ]
4 Feb Re: Juncos - Pueblo ["'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" ]
4 Feb re: Juncos - Pueblo ["Karl Stecher Jr." ]
4 Feb Juncos - Pueblo ["Leon Bright" ]
4 Feb Varied Thrush (Was?) at Cherry Creek Reservoir ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
4 Feb Colorado Shortgrass Bird Research 2016 [Amber Carver ]
4 Feb 194 Barrow's Goldeneyes, Carbondale, Garfield Cty [Dick Filby ]
4 Feb Redpoll - Yes - Golden [Ira Sanders ]
4 Feb CFO Convention Lodging [Amber Carver ]
4 Feb Rosy-Finches - Yes - Golden update [Ira Sanders ]
4 Feb Re: Digest for cobirds@googlegroups.com - 10 updates in 8 topics [Nancy Stocker ]
4 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 4 February 2016 [Joyce Takamine ]
3 Feb Re: re hungry Say's Phoebes in winter ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
3 Feb Sagebrush Sparrow Field Trip - April - Mesa County [Mike Henwood ]
3 Feb Re: re hungry Say's Phoebes in winter [Carol Kampert ]
3 Feb White-throated Sparrow, Carbondale [Dick Filby ]
3 Feb Purple Finch - Fountain Creek Regional Park - El Paso County ["Bill Maynard" ]
3 Feb Re: CFO Convention: General information available online [Ted Floyd ]
3 Feb re hungry Say's Phoebes in winter [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
3 Feb Harris's Sparrow - Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
3 Feb Rosy-Finches - Yes - Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
3 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 3 February 2016 [Joyce Takamine ]
2 Feb Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - YES [Tom Behnfield ]
2 Feb Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - YES [Ira Sanders ]
2 Feb Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
2 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 2 February 2016 [Joyce Takamine ]
1 Feb more Lappies Loafing over Longmont ["Scott E. Severs" ]
1 Feb Christian's magical longspur [Ted Floyd ]
1 Feb A puzzle - Douglas ["'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" ]
1 Feb Say's Phoebe (Denver), [ROBERT RIGHTER ]
1 Feb RE: Crown Hill Area Goose []
1 Feb CFO Convention: General information available online [Ted Floyd ]
1 Feb Redpoll - Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
1 Feb South Platte Res and vicinity, Arapahoe, Jefferson Feb 1 [David Suddjian ]

Subject: Mourning Dove/Nunn Yard
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:58:33 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

We had a Mourning Dove show up this morning in our yard--first for us 
during "winter" months--or as my wife asked "Is it spring already?"

Also, below are results of trip I led for CSU Ornithology Club two 
Saturdays along "Raptor Alley".  We had a group of 20 students.  Total of 
51 birds--all expected species seen.

Red-tailed Hawk - 14
Northern Harrier - 7
Bald Eagle - 4
Golden Eagle - 5
Merlin - 1
Ferruginous Hawk - 8
American Kestrel - 10
Prairie Falcon - 1
Unknown buteo - 1
Rough-legged Hawk - 1

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
Mobile:  http://coloradobirder.ning.com/m





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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 11 February 2016
From: Mary Driscoll <wddriscoll AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:55:55 -0700
Compiler:   Mary Driscoll
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org 
Date:  February 11, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Thursday, February 11, sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.
Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).
 
Trumpeter Swan (Garfield)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
Mute Swan (Adams)
Mottled Duck x Mallard (Denver)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Mesa)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe,  Boulder, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe, Bent)
Great Black-backed Gull (Bent, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, Otero)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Prowers)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Prowers)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Summit)
Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Winter Wren (Jefferson)
Carolina Wren (Jefferson)
Varied Thrush (Grand)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Pueblo)
Gray Catbird (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, Lincoln, Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Lincoln)
McCown's Longspur (Lincoln)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Larimer)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Otero)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio)
PURPLE FINCH (El Paso)
Common Redpoll (Garfield, *Jefferson, Summit)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte River 
on January 28. 

--A Mute Swan was reported by Michael Kiessig and Chuck Aid at 89th Ave Pond by 
South Platte River on February 4. A Mute Swan was reported by Edward Donnan 
near 88th and Colorado Blvd on private property on N side of 88th. This is 

close to 89th Ave Pond and South Platte River.  

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 24, 3 Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy 
Wibbens, and Tom Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir. On January 27, 3 
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and 2 
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis. On January 28, Nic Korte 
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. On January 30, Joey 
Kellner and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. 
On January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 2nd-cyc Thayer's 
Gull at South Platte Reservoir. On February 1, David Suddjian reported 3 
Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st cycle Glaucous Gull at 
South Platte Reservoir. On February 7, Brian Johnson reported 2 Long-tailed 
Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. On February 9, David Suddjian reported 3 
Long-tailed Ducks, 2 1st c, Thayer’s, and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 1st 
c, 1 3rd c. 


BACA COUNTY:
--On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon Towhees 
in Picture Canyon. 


BENT COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on 
January 28. 

--At John Martin Reservoir on February 4, Duane Nelson reported 1 1-st winter 
Glaucous Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 2 Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls. 


BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex. On January 21, David Dowell reported 
1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 juv, 1 
imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex. On January 26, Todd Deininger reported Tundra 
Swan at Valmont Complex. On January 27, David Dowell reported 1 Lesser 
Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex. 

--On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee 
Preserve in Lafayette. On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird at 
Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve. On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray Catbird 
at Greenlee Preserve. On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray Catbird at Waneka 
Lake/Greenlee Preserve. 

--An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn Park 
in Lyons on January 31. The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner of the 
park. 

--On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka 
complex. 

--On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over 
Longmont. On February 2, Todd Deininger heard a Lapland Longspur in Longmont 
while shovelling snow. 


DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 8, Floyd reported a Mottled Duck x Mallard Duck hybrid at the 
Denver Zoo, on one of the ponds at the elephant passage exhibit. 


EL PASO COUNTY:
--On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at 
Fountain Creek RP. On January 25, Adam Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain 
Creek RP. On January 27, Gwen Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. 
On January 28, Mark Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On 
January 29, Lisa Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On January 
30, Sue Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP. 
On January 31, Jesse and Renee Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek 
RP. On February 3, Bill Maynard reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. 


GARFIELD COUNTY:
--A Common Redpoll was reported by Madalynn Connor in Glenwood Springs near 
Hotel Colorado on February 2. 

--Art Dahl reported 150 Rosy-Finches (all 3 species) in Rifle wandering around 
on February 4. He last saw them at the intersection of East 9th St and Morrow 
Drive. 

--6 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Art Dahl downstream from bridge over 
Battlement Mesa in Parachute on February 4. On February 5, JoAnn Riggle 
reported 6 Trumpeter Swans in Parachute. 


GRAND COUNTY:
--A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby since 
late November. Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see the 
thrush. But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders than the 
block that she will place in the driveway. Please contact her at PioneerCSC at 
aol.com  for information. On January 25, Cathy Craig reported 
that the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to visit 
her feeders. On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and Gray-crowned 
Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby. On February 3, Cathy Craig 
reported that the Varied Thrush and 400+ Rosy-Finches continue to visit her 
feeders. She reports that she is feeding 10 gallons of sunflower seed/day. 


JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches. His 
address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden. He usually posts to CoBirds if birds show 
up. On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his feeders. On 
January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at Defrance Ct. On January 31, 
Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown 
Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira Sanders. On February 2, Tom Behnfield 
reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at feeders of Ira Sanders. On February 
3, Ira Sanders, Chip Clouse, Doug Kibbe, and Norm Lewis reported all 3 species 
of Rosy-Finches at Defrance Ct. On February 4, Taylor Long reported Common 
Redpoll and 78 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Sanders residence and Scot 
Somershoe reported Common Redpoll. On February 5, Ira Sanders reported Common 
Redpoll and Rosy-Finches at his feeders. On Feberuary 6, Mary Burger and John 
Haycraft reported Common Redpoll at Sanders residence. On February 11, Sanders 
reported the Common Redpoll at this residence. If ELK are going after his 
feeders, or are in his yard, please chase them off, per Ira. 

--On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland St in 
Lakewood. The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a month. 
The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder behind the house 
on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the house. Please be 
respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too closely. You may park on 
Newland. On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer reported that the Carolina Wren 
returned to her yard after an absence of a few days. On January 23, Gabriel 
Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites Park in Wheat Ridge. On February 3, 
George and Jayne James reported Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland. 

--A Winter Wren was reported by Robert Raker on the Bear Creek Greenbelt from 
S. Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth on February 5. 

--On February 6, Gloria Nikolai reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 2 
Brown-capped Rosy Finches at Evergree on CR 65. 


LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort Collins. 
The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke Caldwell at 1520 W 
Mountain. Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard through the front and 
proceed along the east side. The bird spends most of the time visitng the 
feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line near the alley. On January 
15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain. On 
January 30, Dave Leatherman reported Yellow-throated Warbler at Caldwell 
residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave. On February 2, Dave Leatherman reported that 
the home owners at 1502 W. Mountain Ave saw the Yellow-throated Warbler. 

--On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to 
parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA. 

This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year. This year 
it showed up for the Loveland CBC. On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported 
AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge. Parking is very limited because of mud. On 
February 5, Norm Erthal reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge. On February 
7, Gwen Moore reported 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCK. They were feeding together. 


LINCOLN COUNTY:
--755 Lapland Longspurs and 1 McCown's Longspur were reported by Glenn Walbek 
on CR 41 near Arriba on February 3. 

--On February 4, Glenn Walbek and Locoh Kilpatrick reported 550 Lapland 
Longspurs, 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur and 15 McCown's Longspurs on CR 3F near 
Arriba. On February 6, Frank Farrell reported 11 Lapland Longspurs, 2 
Chestnut-collared, and 1 McCown's Longspur near CR 41 and CR 3F near Arriba. 


MESA COUNTY:
--14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake in 
Connected Lakes SP on January 28. 

--A Hepburn's Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was reported by Mike Henwood at the end 
of 21 Road on February 4. 


OTERO COUNTY:
--On February 6, Christ Gilbert reported Greater Roadrunner and Canyon Towhee 
at Picket Wire Canyon. 


PARK COUNTY:
--On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in 
Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name 
Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market. He also 
reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of 
Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW part 
of Fairplay. On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches (Gray-crowned 
and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on Elkhorn Rd. On 
January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at feeders 
in Jefferson. 


PITKIN COUNTY:
--All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of Sam's 
Knob at Snowmass on January 21. He will repeat giving a bird talk there every 
Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks. You will need access to Sam's Knob by 
walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket. Contact him at dickfilby AT 
hotmail.com  for details. On January 28, Dick Filby 
reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass. 


PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 9, Leatherman reports Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (ad. m), north end 
of Willow Creek Park, Lamar, in pines se of outhouse building; Northern 
Cardinal (1m, 1f) & 1 Red-billied Woodpecker at LCC Woods, Lamar. 


PUEBLO COUNTY:
--At the South Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir on February 6, Brandon Percival 
reported 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull and juv Thayer's Gull. 

--At West Fishing Road of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported ad Great 
Black-backed Gull flew by and Curve-billed Thrasher was running around the 
parking lot on February 6. 


SUMMIT COUNTY:
--On February 8, Bushong reported an American Three-toed Woodpecker in the same 
area, as a flock of Common Redpolls foraging in Water Birch on the south side 
of Rainbow Lake. 


WELD COUNTY:
--3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120 about 
1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28. 

--On February 6, Nick Komar reported 25 Sharp-tailed Grouse and 1 Lapland 
Longspsur in Grover at CR 136 and CR 99. 

--On February 6, Glenn Walbek reported 2 Sharp-tailed Grouse near Raymer on CR 
125. 

--On February 6, Glenn Walbek reported 2 Sharp-tailed Grouse on CR 136 W of CR 
129. 


DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 14 will be the Cherry Creek Sp Wetlands 
Loop led by Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com ; 
303-941-4881 ) Meet at Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek SP. 
From either park entrance, follow Lake VIew Rd to the Praried 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 three miles. Trails can be 
slippery so dress accordingly. Bring water and snacks; lunch optional. Register 
online or contact leader. 


Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 13
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net Phone: 303-978-1748) Trail Difficulty: 
Moderate 

Maximum Participants: 7
Directions: Meet at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office, 6060 N Broadway. 
Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to Broadway, then north 2 blocks to 
parking lot on right. 

Bring lunch, water, and snacks for a full day of driving and watching raptors 
in the northeastern corner of Colorado. Register online or contact leader. 


Good Birding,
Mary Driscoll
Unincorporated Arapahoe County

 

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Subject: Redpoll - Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:52:26 -0700
Birders,
The Redpoll was just at the thistle feeders in front of the house.
The elk were earlier and that's how the bug roll in the cage got destroyed
and the sunflower feeder emptied.  The bushtits are going to be pissed.
I'm going to tell them what did it and maybe the bushtits will pull out all
the hair on the elk.


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Golden, CO

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Subject: Re: stearns lake, boulder(?) county
From: Fi Rust <Fi AT Focus-On-Nature.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:38:38 -0700
I will be traveling out of the country from Thursday, February 11 through 
Wednesday, March 2 with very little email access.  If it is urgent, I will try 
to reply while I am away but, if not, I will reply to your email when I return. 
Thank you. 


On Feb 10, 2016, at 4:36 PM, 'j.d. birchmeier' via Colorado Birds 
 wrote: 


> In addition to the ducks/gulls/geese that you would expect, there was a 
harbinger - a Western Meadowlark singing lustily from a fence post.   A 
couple of red-winged blackbirds were singing, but their hearts weren't in it, 
although one female red wing was taking an interest.... 

> I also got to see a mature bald eagle cruise over and dive on a target in the 
weeds.   Failing to reappear, probably got some lunch. 

> 
> J.D. (Birch) Birchmeier
> Longmont
> 
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose, Thornton (Adams Co.)
From: Adam Vesely <avesely22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:04:52 -0800 (PST)
There is currently a Greater White-fronted Goose at Sage Creek Park in 
Thornton, near the southeast corner of 128th Avenue and Holly St.  Among 
several Canadian Geese, there is also a Graylag Goose in the same field, 
which offers a nice size comparison to the Greater White-fronted Goose.  

Adam Vesely
Thornton, CO  

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Subject: stearns lake, boulder(?) county
From: "'j.d. birchmeier' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:36:15 +0000 (UTC)
In addition to the ducks/gulls/geese that you would expect, there was a 
harbinger - a Western Meadowlark singing lustily from a fence post.   A 
couple of red-winged blackbirds were singing, but their hearts weren't in it, 
although one female red wing was taking an interest....I also got to see a 
mature bald eagle cruise over and dive on a target in the weeds.   Failing to 
reappear, probably got some lunch. 

J.D. (Birch) BirchmeierLongmont

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 10 February 2016
From: Mary Driscoll <wddriscoll AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:42:29 -0700
Compiler:   Mary Driscoll
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org 
Date:  February 10, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Wednesday, February 10, sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.
Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).
 
Trumpeter Swan (Garfield)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
Mute Swan (Adams)
Mottled Duck x Mallard (Denver)
Long-tailed Duck (*Arapahoe)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Mesa)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe,  Boulder, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Boulder, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe, Bent)
Great Black-backed Gull (Bent, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, Otero)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Yuma, *Prowers)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Fremont, *Prowers)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Summit)
Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Winter Wren (Jefferson)
Carolina Wren (Jefferson)
Varied Thrush (Grand)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Pueblo)
Gray Catbird (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, Lincoln, Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Lincoln)
McCown's Longspur (Lincoln)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Larimer)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Otero)
Northern Cardinal (*Prowers, Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio)
PURPLE FINCH (El Paso)
Common Redpoll (Garfield, *Jefferson, Summit)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte River 
on January 28. 

--A Mute Swan was reported by Michael Kiessig and Chuck Aid at 89th Ave Pond by 
South Platte River on February 4. A Mute Swan was reported by Edward Donnan 
near 88th and Colorado Blvd on private property on N side of 88th. This is 

close to 89th Ave Pond and South Platte River.  

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 24, 3 Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy 
Wibbens, and Tom Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir. On January 27, 3 
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and 2 
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis. On January 28, Nic Korte 
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. On January 30, Joey 
Kellner and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. 
On January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 2nd-cyc Thayer's 
Gull at South Platte Reservoir. On February 1, David Suddjian reported 3 
Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st cycle Glaucous Gull at 
South Platte Reservoir. On February 7, Brian Johnson reported 2 Long-tailed 
Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. On February 9, David Suddjian reported 3 
Long-tailed Ducks, 2 1st cyc Thayer’s, and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 


ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Bennett Bailey on the San Juan 
River Walk in Pagosa Springs on January 28. 


BACA COUNTY:
--On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon Towhees 
in Picture Canyon. 


BENT COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on 
January 28. 

--At John Martin Reservoir on February 4, Duane Nelson reported 1 1-st winter 
Glaucous Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 2 Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls. 


BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex. On January 21, David Dowell reported 
1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 juv, 1 
imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex. On January 26, Todd Deininger reported Tundra 
Swan at Valmont Complex. On January 27, David Dowell reported 1 Lesser 
Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex. 

--On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee 
Preserve in Lafayette. On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird at 
Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve. On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray Catbird 
at Greenlee Preserve. On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray Catbird at Waneka 
Lake/Greenlee Preserve. 

--An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn Park 
in Lyons on January 31. The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner of the 
park. 

--On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka 
complex. 

--On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over 
Longmont. On February 2, Todd Deininger heard a Lapland Longspur in Longmont 
while shovelling snow. 


DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 8, Floyd reported a Mottled Duck x Mallard Duck hybrid at the 
Denver Zoo, on one of the ponds at the elephant passage exhibit. 


EL PASO COUNTY:
--On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at 
Fountain Creek RP. On January 25, Adam Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain 
Creek RP. On January 27, Gwen Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. 
On January 28, Mark Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On 
January 29, Lisa Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On January 
30, Sue Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP. 
On January 31, Jesse and Renee Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek 
RP. On February 3, Bill Maynard reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. 


FREMONT COUNTY: 
--On January 30, Sue Riffe and Tom Behnfield reported 2 Yellow-bellied 
Sapsuckers at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City. 


GARFIELD COUNTY:
--A Common Redpoll was reported by Madalynn Connor in Glenwood Springs near 
Hotel Colorado on February 2. 

--Art Dahl reported 150 Rosy-Finches (all 3 species) in Rifle wandering around 
on February 4. He last saw them at the intersection of East 9th St and Morrow 
Drive. 

--6 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Art Dahl downstream from bridge over 
Battlement Mesa in Parachute on February 4. On February 5, JoAnn Riggle 
reported 6 Trumpeter Swans in Parachute. 


GRAND COUNTY:
--A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby since 
late November. Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see the 
thrush. But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders than the 
block that she will place in the driveway. Please contact her at PioneerCSC at 
aol.com  for information. On January 25, Cathy Craig reported 
that the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to visit 
her feeders. On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and Gray-crowned 
Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby. On February 3, Cathy Craig 
reported that the Varied Thrush and 400+ Rosy-Finches continue to visit her 
feeders. She reports that she is feeding 10 gallons of sunflower seed/day. 


JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches. His 
address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden. He usually posts to CoBirds if birds show 
up. On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his feeders. On 
January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at Defrance Ct. On January 31, 
Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown 
Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira Sanders. On February 2, Tom Behnfield 
reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at feeders of Ira Sanders. On February 
3, Ira Sanders, Chip Clouse, Doug Kibbe, and Norm Lewis reported all 3 species 
of Rosy-Finches at Defrance Ct. On February 4, Taylor Long reported Common 
Redpoll and 78 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Sanders residence and Scot 
Somershoe reported Common Redpoll. On February 5, Ira Sanders reported Common 
Redpoll and Rosy-Finches at his feeders. On Feberuary 6, Mary Burger and John 
Haycraft reported Common Redpoll at Sanders residence. On February 10, Sanders 
reported the Common Redpoll at this residence. If ELK are going after his 
feeders, please chase them off, per Ira. 

--On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland St in 
Lakewood. The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a month. 
The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder behind the house 
on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the house. Please be 
respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too closely. You may park on 
Newland. On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer reported that the Carolina Wren 
returned to her yard after an absence of a few days. On January 23, Gabriel 
Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites Park in Wheat Ridge. On February 3, 
George and Jayne James reported Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland. 

--A Winter Wren was reported by Robert Raker on the Bear Creek Greenbelt from 
S. Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth on February 5. 

--On February 6, Gloria Nikolai reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 2 
Brown-capped Rosy Finches at Evergree on CR 65. 


LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort Collins. 
The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke Caldwell at 1520 W 
Mountain. Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard through the front and 
proceed along the east side. The bird spends most of the time visitng the 
feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line near the alley. On January 
15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain. On 
January 30, Dave Leatherman reported Yellow-throated Warbler at Caldwell 
residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave. On February 2, Dave Leatherman reported that 
the home owners at 1502 W. Mountain Ave saw the Yellow-throated Warbler. 

--On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to 
parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA. 

This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year. This year 
it showed up for the Loveland CBC. On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported 
AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge. Parking is very limited because of mud. On 
February 5, Norm Erthal reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge. On February 
7, Gwen Moore reported 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCK. They were feeding together. 


LINCOLN COUNTY:
--755 Lapland Longspurs and 1 McCown's Longspur were reported by Glenn Walbek 
on CR 41 near Arriba on February 3. 

--On February 4, Glenn Walbek and Locoh Kilpatrick reported 550 Lapland 
Longspurs, 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur and 15 McCown's Longspurs on CR 3F near 
Arriba. On February 6, Frank Farrell reported 11 Lapland Longspurs, 2 
Chestnut-collared, and 1 McCown's Longspur near CR 41 and CR 3F near Arriba. 


MESA COUNTY:
--14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake in 
Connected Lakes SP on January 28. 

--A Hepburn's Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was reported by Mike Henwood at the end 
of 21 Road on February 4. 


OTERO COUNTY:
--On February 6, Christ Gilbert reported Greater Roadrunner and Canyon Towhee 
at Picket Wire Canyon. 


PARK COUNTY:
--On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in 
Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name 
Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market. He also 
reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of 
Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW part 
of Fairplay. On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches (Gray-crowned 
and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on Elkhorn Rd. On 
January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at feeders 
in Jefferson. 


PITKIN COUNTY:
--All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of Sam's 
Knob at Snowmass on January 21. He will repeat giving a bird talk there every 
Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks. You will need access to Sam's Knob by 
walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket. Contact him at dickfilby AT 
hotmail.com  for details. On January 28, Dick Filby 
reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass. 


PROWERS COUNTY:
—On February 9, Leatherman reports Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (ad. m), north 
end of Willow Creek Park, Lamar, in pines se of outhouse building; Northern 
Cardinal (1m, 1f) & 1 Red-billied Woodpecker at LCC Woods, Lamar. 


PUEBLO COUNTY:
--At the South Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir on February 6, Brandon Percival 
reported 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull and juv Thayer's Gull. 

--At West Fishing Road of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported ad Great 
Black-backed Gull flew by and Curve-billed Thrasher was running around the 
parking lot on February 6. 


SUMMIT COUNTY:
--On February 8, Bushong reported an American Three-toed Woodpecker in the same 
area, as a flock of Common Redpolls foraging in Water Birch on the south side 
of Rainbow Lake. 


WELD COUNTY:
--3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120 about 
1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28. 

--On February 6, Nick Komar reported 25 Sharp-tailed Grouse and 1 Lapland 
Longspsur in Grover at CR 136 and CR 99. 

--On February 6, Glenn Walbek reported 2 Sharp-tailed Grouse near Raymer on CR 
125. 

--On February 6, Glenn Walbek reported 2 Sharp-tailed Grouse on CR 136 W of CR 
129. 


YUMA COUNTY:
--On January 26, Connie Kogler reported 3 Northern Cardinals (1f, 2m) and 4 
Red- bellied Woodpeckers at South Republican SWA (old Bonny SP). The Cardinals 
were in a dense hedge about a mile in on CR 3 and the Woodpeckers by the 
campground. 


DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 14 will be the Cherry Creek Sp Wetlands 
Loop led by Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com ; 
303-941-4881 ) Meet at Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek SP. 
From either park entrance, follow Lake VIew Rd to the Praried 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 three miles. Trails can be 
slippery so dress accordingly. Bring water and snacks; lunch optional. Register 
online or contact leader. 


Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 13
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net Phone: 303-978-1748) Trail Difficulty: 
Moderate 

Maximum Participants: 7
Directions: Meet at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office, 6060 N Broadway. 
Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to Broadway, then north 2 blocks to 
parking lot on right. 

Bring lunch, water, and snacks for a full day of driving and watching raptors 
in the northeastern corner of Colorado. Register online or contact leader. 


Good Birding,
Mary Driscoll
Unincorporated Arapahoe County

 

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Subject: Trying to reach out of state birder
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:36:41 -0700
If Charles Nims is monitoring Cobirds, send me your phone contact info
because each email reply to your request for info I have sent you has
bounced back.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: Redpoll - Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:29:55 -0700
Birders
The Redpoll was here when I put out the feeders at 7:30 after chasing the
elk up into the open space.
I don't find it amusing that birders are NOT chasing off the elk when they
are going after the feeders or are in my yard.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: South Platte Reservoir Feb 9
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:24:01 -0700
I visited South Platte Reservoir near sunset today. The area of open water
has grown, but is all still in Arapahoe Co. The icy Jefferson portion
featured a *Bald Eagle* having something for dinner. In Arapahoe Co, the
three *Long-tailed Ducks* remain, all on the far northern side during my
visit. A flock of 24 *Greater Scaup* flew in from the direction of the
South Platte. A goodly number of gulls were present when I arrived, with a
steady arrival of others from the east, some seemingly from nearby
McClellen Res. Then just as the sun was dipping behind the Front Range
horizon the gulls began to leave and within 10 minutes they were all gone.
Most went off in the direction of McClellen, but some south toward
Chatfield, which has some open water in the Douglas portion. Anyway, among
the Ring-billed and Herring, I spotted 3 *Lesser Black-backed* (2 first
cycle, 1 third cycle) and 2 1st cycle *Thayer's.*

Old news, ho hum.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 9 February 2016
From: Mary Driscoll <wddriscoll AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 08:02:04 -0700
Compiler:   Mary Driscoll
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org 
Date:  February 9, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Tuesday, February 9, sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.
Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).
 
Trumpeter Swan (Garfield)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
Mute Swan (Adams)
Mottled Duck x Mallard (*Denver)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Mesa)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe,  Boulder, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe, Bent)
Great Black-backed Gull (Bent, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, Otero)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Fremont)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Summit)
Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Winter Wren (Jefferson)
Carolina Wren (Jefferson)
Varied Thrush (Grand)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Pueblo)
Gray Catbird (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, Lincoln, Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Lincoln)
McCown's Longspur (Lincoln)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Larimer)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Otero)
Northern Cardinal (Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio)
PURPLE FINCH (El Paso)
Common Redpoll (Garfield, *Jefferson, *Summit)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte River 
on January 28. 

--A Mute Swan was reported by Michael Kiessig and Chuck Aid at 89th Ave Pond by 
South Platte River on February 4. A Mute Swan was reported by Edward Donnan 
near 88th and Colorado Blvd on private property on N side of 88th. This is 

close to 89th Ave Pond and South Platte River.  

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 24, 3 Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy 
Wibbens, and Tom Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir. On January 27, 3 
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and 2 
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis. On January 28, Nic Korte 
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. On January 30, Joey 
Kellner and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. 
On January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 2nd-cyc Thayer's 
Gull at South Platte Reservoir. On February 1, David Suddjian reported 3 
Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st cycle Glaucous Gull at 
South Platte Reservoir. On February 7, Brian Johnson reported 2 Long-tailed 
Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. 


ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Bennett Bailey on the San Juan 
River Walk in Pagosa Springs on January 28. 


BACA COUNTY:
--On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon Towhees 
in Picture Canyon. 


BENT COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on 
January 28. 

--At John Martin Reservoir on February 4, Duane Nelson reported 1 1-st winter 
Glaucous Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 2 Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls. 


BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex. On January 21, David Dowell reported 
1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 juv, 1 
imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex. On January 26, Todd Deininger reported Tundra 
Swan at Valmont Complex. On January 27, David Dowell reported 1 Lesser 
Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex. 

--On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee 
Preserve in Lafayette. On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird at 
Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve. On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray Catbird 
at Greenlee Preserve. On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray Catbird at Waneka 
Lake/Greenlee Preserve. 

--An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn Park 
in Lyons on January 31. The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner of the 
park. 

--On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka 
complex. 

--On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over 
Longmont. On February 2, Todd Deininger heard a Lapland Longspur in Longmont 
while shovelling snow. 


DENVER COUNTY:
--On February 8, Floyd reported a Mottled Duck x Mallard hybrid at the Denver 
Zoo. 


EL PASO COUNTY:
--On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at 
Fountain Creek RP. On January 25, Adam Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain 
Creek RP. On January 27, Gwen Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. 
On January 28, Mark Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On 
January 29, Lisa Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On January 
30, Sue Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP. 
On January 31, Jesse and Renee Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek 
RP. On February 3, Bill Maynard reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. 


FREMONT COUNTY: 
--On January 30, Sue Riffe and Tom Behnfield reported 2 Yellow-bellied 
Sapsuckers at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City. 


GARFIELD COUNTY:
--A Common Redpoll was reported by Madalynn Connor in Glenwood Springs near 
Hotel Colorado on February 2. 

--Art Dahl reported 150 Rosy-Finches (all 3 species) in Rifle wandering around 
on February 4. He last saw them at the intersection of East 9th St and Morrow 
Drive. 

--6 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Art Dahl downstream from bridge over 
Battlement Mesa in Parachute on February 4. On February 5, JoAnn Riggle 
reported 6 Trumpeter Swans in Parachute. 


GRAND COUNTY:
--A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby since 
late November. Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see the 
thrush. But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders than the 
block that she will place in the driveway. Please contact her at PioneerCSC at 
aol.com  for information. On January 25, Cathy Craig reported 
that the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to visit 
her feeders. On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and Gray-crowned 
Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby. On February 3, Cathy Craig 
reported that the Varied Thrush and 400+ Rosy-Finches continue to visit her 
feeders. She reports that she is feeding 10 gallons of sunflower seed/day. 


JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches. His 
address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden. He usually posts to CoBirds if birds show 
up. On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his feeders. On 
January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at Defrance Ct. On January 31, 
Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown 
Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira Sanders. On February 2, Tom Behnfield 
reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at feeders of Ira Sanders. On February 
3, Ira Sanders, Chip Clouse, Doug Kibbe, and Norm Lewis reported all 3 species 
of Rosy-Finches at Defrance Ct. On February 4, Taylor Long reported Common 
Redpoll and 78 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Sanders residence and Scot 
Somershoe reported Common Redpoll. On February 5, Ira Sanders reported Common 
Redpoll and Rosy-Finches at his feeders. On Feberuary 6, Mary Burger and John 
Haycraft reported Common Redpoll at Sanders residence. On February 8, Sanders 
reported the Common Redpoll at this residence. 

--On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland St in 
Lakewood. The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a month. 
The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder behind the house 
on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the house. Please be 
respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too closely. You may park on 
Newland. On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer reported that the Carolina Wren 
returned to her yard after an absence of a few days. On January 23, Gabriel 
Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites Park in Wheat Ridge. On February 3, 
George and Jayne James reported Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland. 

--A Winter Wren was reported by Robert Raker on the Bear Creek Greenbelt from 
S. Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth on February 5. 

--On February 6, Gloria Nikolai reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 2 
Brown-capped Rosy Finches at Evergree on CR 65. 


LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort Collins. 
The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke Caldwell at 1520 W 
Mountain. Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard through the front and 
proceed along the east side. The bird spends most of the time visitng the 
feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line near the alley. On January 
15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain. On 
January 30, Dave Leatherman reported Yellow-throated Warbler at Caldwell 
residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave. On February 2, Dave Leatherman reported that 
the home owners at 1502 W. Mountain Ave saw the Yellow-throated Warbler. 

--On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to 
parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA. 

This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year. This year 
it showed up for the Loveland CBC. On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported 
AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge. Parking is very limited because of mud. On 
February 5, Norm Erthal reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge. On February 
7, Gwen Moore reported 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCK. They were feeding together. 


LINCOLN COUNTY:
--755 Lapland Longspurs and 1 McCown's Longspur were reported by Glenn Walbek 
on CR 41 near Arriba on February 3. 

--On February 4, Glenn Walbek and Locoh Kilpatrick reported 550 Lapland 
Longspurs, 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur and 15 McCown's Longspurs on CR 3F near 
Arriba. On February 6, Frank Farrell reported 11 Lapland Longspurs, 2 
Chestnut-collared, and 1 McCown's Longspur near CR 41 and CR 3F near Arriba. 


MESA COUNTY:
--14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake in 
Connected Lakes SP on January 28. 

--A Hepburn's Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was reported by Mike Henwood at the end 
of 21 Road on February 4. 


OTERO COUNTY:
--On February 6, Christ Gilbert reported Greater Roadrunner and Canyon Towhee 
at Picket Wire Canyon. 


PARK COUNTY:
--On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in 
Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name 
Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market. He also 
reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of 
Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW part 
of Fairplay. On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches (Gray-crowned 
and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on Elkhorn Rd. On 
January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at feeders 
in Jefferson. 


PITKIN COUNTY:
--All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of Sam's 
Knob at Snowmass on January 21. He will repeat giving a bird talk there every 
Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks. You will need access to Sam's Knob by 

walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket. Contact him at dickfilby AT 
hotmail.com  for details. On January 28, Dick Filby 
reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass. 


PUEBLO COUNTY:
--At the South Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir on February 6, Brandon Percival 
reported 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull and juv Thayer's Gull. 

--At West Fishing Road of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported ad Great 
Black-backed Gull flew by and Curve-billed Thrasher was running around the 
parking lot on February 6. 


SUMMIT COUNTY:
--On February 8, Bushong reported an American Three-toed Woodpecker in the same 
area, as a flock of Common Redpolls foraging in Water Birch on the south side 
of Rainbow Lake. 


WELD COUNTY:
--3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120 about 
1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28. 

--On February 6, Nick Komar reported 25 Sharp-tailed Grouse and 1 Lapland 
Longspsur in Grover at CR 136 and CR 99. 

--On February 6, Glenn Walbek reported 2 Sharp-tailed Grouse near Raymer on CR 
125. 

--On February 6, Glenn Walbek reported 2 Sharp-tailed Grouse on CR 136 W of CR 
129. 


YUMA COUNTY:
--On January 26, Connie Kogler reported 3 Northern Cardinals (1f, 2m) and 4 
Red- bellied Woodpeckers at South Republican SWA (old Bonny SP). The Cardinals 
were in a dense hedge about a mile in on CR 3 and the Woodpeckers by the 
campground. 


DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 14 will be the Cherry Creek Sp Wetlands 
Loop led by Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com ; 
303-941-4881 ) Meet at Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek SP. 
From either park entrance, follow Lake VIew Rd to the Praried 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 three miles. Trails can be 
slippery so dress accordingly. Bring water and snacks; lunch optional. Register 
online or contact leader. 


Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 13
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT comcast.net Phone: 303-978-1748) Trail Difficulty: 
Moderate 

Maximum Participants: 7
Directions: Meet at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office, 6060 N Broadway. 
Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to Broadway, then north 2 blocks to 
parking lot on right. 

Bring lunch, water, and snacks for a full day of driving and watching raptors 
in the northeastern corner of Colorado. Register online or contact leader. 


Good Birding,
Mary Driscoll
Unincorporated Arapahoe County

 

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Subject: Black Phoebe along Canon City Riverwalk today
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:05 -0700
I found a Black Phoebe today foraging and calling along the Arkansas River
near the Sell's Lake trailhead for the Canon City Riverwalk.  I don't know
if it has been further down the river trail since that has been, and still
is, closed for repairs to the trail structure.

Yesterday I drove part of the way up the Bighorn Sheep Canyon that runs
along H50 from Canon City to Salida where I found this adult Bald Eagle
perched down at the edge of the Arkansas River. I got a series of 7 more
photos of this eagle by the river, perched in a snag and flying that can be
seen on on my Birds and Nature blog at http://birdsandnature.blogspot.com

I also found an immature Bald Eagle near the adult, another adult Bald
Eagle just outside of Westcliffe and an immature Golden Eagle right by the
side of the road between Westcliffe and Wetmore.  I only saw one
Rough-legged Hawk in the Westcliffe area and only a few Red-tailed Hawks.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Rare Birds, Denver Zoo, Feb. 7. I'm being serious.
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:53:10 -0800 (PST)
Hello, Birders.

Yesterday afternoon, Sunday, Feb. 7, Andrew Floyd and I had pretty much the 
whole Denver Zoo to ourselves. Well, us and the animals. I wonder why... ;-)

We found a number of interesting birds, including an apparent *mottled duck 
x mallard* hybrid, a *white-throated sparrow,* 8 *common grackles,* a 
*merlin,* 13 *Indian peafowl,* and 2+ *brown creepers.* Over at nearby City 
Park, a *graylag goose* consorted with the *cackling geese* and *Canada 
geese,* and Ferril Lake was aswarm with noisy *northern shovelers,* the 
males' pea-green heads aglow in the setting sun. Call it the green flash, 
haha.

Photos and audio of the Denver Zoo goodies here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27376549

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Subject: Redpoll
From: Jack Bushong <jbushong1128 AT bvsd.org>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:55:15 -0800 (PST)
Hi all, yesterday afternoon I found a flock of Common Redpolls foraging in 
what appeared to be Water Birch on the south side of Rainbow Lake, Summit 
County. There was an American
Three-toed Woodpecker in the area as well






Jack Bushong, Louisville, CO

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Subject: Goose-hybrid ID/Windsor
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:15:33 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

I took the "reasonable" choice of Greater White-fronted x Canada Goose, 
correct or not?

   - http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
Mobile:  http://coloradobirder.ning.com/m

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Subject: White-fronted Geese continue near Bowles Grove Park, Arapahoe
From: Douglas Kibbe <dpkibbe AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:48:45 -0700
The three previously reported White-fronted Geese continue to frequent the 
Bowles Grove Park area.Today they were across S. Federal Blvd. from the park, 
near the tennis tent, on the northeast corner of the intersection of W. Bowles 
Ave. and S. Federal Blvd. 

Doug Kibbe,  Littleton 		 	   		  

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Subject: Redpoll - Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:51:05 -0700
Birders
The Redpoll is here.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: Stearn's Lake goose murmuration and Niwot mountain chickadee
From: Indra <elena AT indra.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:31:50 -0700
Yesterday late afternoon into sunset, there were literally thousands of mostly 
Canada and some cackling geese in the cornfields just north of Stearn's Lake. 
The lake has a large area of open water (helped to stay open by the presence of 
so many geese?) that had hundreds of mallards, five male common mergansers 
strikingly smart in the western sunlight, and a few ring necked ducks among all 
the mallards. The bald eagle pair was sitting on the tree near the encroaching 
buildings, and a red tailed hawk and kestrel who are regularly seen there on 
our winter raptor survey were present. Suddenly something or someone sent the 
myriad geese circling and honking, rising in a cloud and noisily descending 
into the open water at Stearn's. It was an amazing spectacle, as it took 
several minutes for everyone to settle down on the water, and as they settled, 
four snow geese were among the mass of white cheeked geese. It seemed to be 
about one tenth or less of geese that looked to be cackling, but someone better 
than I am at separating them might check it out. Since almost everyone else was 
in front of a television set, it was a wonderful opportunity to have a rare 
moment of Front Range solitude among thousands of birds. 


And this morning, the first mountain chickadee of the season joined the black 
capped chickadees, the red breasted and white breasted nuthatches, the 
different juncos (but not the one day wonder of a white winged junco) and 
bushtits at the feeders. 


Sent from my iPad
Elena Holly Klaver
United States Court Certified Interpreter

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 8 February 2016
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:58:13 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:  February 8, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Monday, February 8 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.
Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).

Trumpeter Swan (Garfield)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
Mute Swan (Adams)
Long-tailed Duck (*Arapahoe)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Mesa)
Sharp-tailed Grouse *Weld)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (*Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe,  Boulder, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe, Bent)
Great Black-backed Gull (Bent, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, Otero)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Fremont)
Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Winter Wren (Jefferson)
Carolina Wren (Jefferson)
Varied Thrush (Grand)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Pueblo)
Gray Catbird (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, Lincoln, Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Lincoln)
McCown's Longspur (Lincoln)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Larimer)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Otero)
Northern Cardinal (Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin,
Rio)
PURPLE FINCH (El Paso)
Common Redpoll (Garfield, Jefferson)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte
River on January 28.
--A Mute Swan was reported by Michael Kiessig and Chuck Aid at 89th Ave
Pond by South Platte River on February 4.  A Mute Swan was reported by
Edward Donnan near 88th and Colorado Blvd on private property on N side of
88th.  This is
close to 89th Ave Pond and South Platte River.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 24, 3 Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy
Wibbens, and Tom Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 27, 3
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and
2 Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis.  On January 28, Nic Korte
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 30,
Joey Kellner and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1
2nd-cyc Thayer's Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On February 1, David
Suddjian reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st
cycle Glaucous Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On February 7, Brian
Johnson reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Bennett Bailey on the San
Juan River Walk in Pagosa Springs on January 28.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon
Towhees in Picture Canyon.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on
January 28.
--At John Martin Reservoir on February 4, Duane Nelson reported 1 1-st
winter Glaucous Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex.  On January 21, David Dowell
reported 1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 juv, 1 imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex.  On January 26, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swan at Valmont Complex.  On January 27, David Dowell
reported 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex.
--On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee
Preserve in Lafayette.  On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird
at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.  On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Greenlee Preserve.  On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.
--An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn
Park in Lyons on January 31.  The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner
of the park.
--On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka
complex.
--On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over
Longmont.  On February 2, Todd Deininger heard a Lapland Longspur in
Longmont while shovelling snow.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 25, Adam Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 27, Gwen Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 28, Mark Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 29, Lisa Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 30, Sue Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f
Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 31, Jesse and Renee
Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On February 3, Bill
Maynard reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On January 30, Sue Riffe and Tom Behnfield reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--A Common Redpoll was reported by Madalynn Connor in Glenwood Springs near
Hotel Colorado on February 2.
--Art Dahl reported 150 Rosy-Finches (all 3 species) in Rifle wandering
around on February 4.  He last saw them at the intersection of East 9th St
and Morrow Drive.
--6 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Art Dahl downstream from bridge over
Battlement Mesa in Parachute on February 4.  On February 5, JoAnn Riggle
reported 6 Trumpeter Swans in Parachute.

GRAND COUNTY:
--A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby since
late November.  Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see
the thrush.  But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders
than the block that she will place in the driveway.  Please contact her at
PioneerCSC at aol.com for information.  On January 25, Cathy Craig reported
that the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to
visit her feeders.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby.  On February 3,
Cathy Craig reported that the Varied Thrush and 400+ Rosy-Finches continue
to visit her feeders.  She reports that she is feeding 10 gallons of
sunflower seed/day.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches.
His address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden.  He usually posts to CoBirds if
birds show up.  On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his
feeders. On January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at Defrance
Ct.  On January 31, Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2 Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira Sanders.  On
February 2, Tom Behnfield reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at feeders
of Ira Sanders.  On February 3, Ira Sanders, Chip Clouse, Doug Kibbe, and
Norm Lewis reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Defrance Ct. On
February 4, Taylor Long reported Common Redpoll and 78 Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finches at Sanders residence and Scot Somershoe reported Common
Redpoll.  On February 5, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll and
Rosy-Finches at his feeders.  On Feberuary 6, Mary Burger and John Haycraft
reported Common Redpoll at Sanders residence.
--On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland St in
Lakewood.  The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a
month.  The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder
behind the house on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the
house.  Please be respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too
closely.  You may park on Newland.   On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer
reported that the Carolina Wren returned to her yard after an absence of a
few days.  On January 23, Gabriel Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites
Park in Wheat Ridge.  On February 3, George and Jayne James reported
Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland.
---A Winter Wren was reported by Robert Raker on the Bear Creek Greenbelt
from S. Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth on February 5.
--On February 6, Gloria Nikolai reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 2
Brown-capped Rosy Finches at Evergree on CR 65.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort
Collins.  The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke
Caldwell at 1520 W Mountain.  Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard
through the front and proceed along the east side.  The bird spends most of
the time visitng the feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line
near the alley.  On January 15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated
Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain.  On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported
Yellow-throated Warbler at Caldwell residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave.  On
February 2, Dave Leatherman reported that the home owners at 1502 W.
Mountain Ave saw the Yellow-throated Warbler.
--On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to
parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA.
This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year.  This
year it showed up for the Loveland CBC.  On January 30, Dave Leatherman
reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge.  Parking is very limited
because of mud.  On February 5, Norm Erthal reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge.  On February 7, Gwen Moore reported 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCK.
They were feeding together.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--755 Lapland Longspurs and 1 McCown's Longspur were reported by Glenn
Walbek on CR 41 near Arriba on February 3.
--On February 4, Glenn Walbek and Locoh Kilpatrick reported 550 Lapland
Longspurs, 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur and 15 McCown's Longspurs on CR 3F
near Arriba.  On February 6, Frank Farrell reported 11 Lapland Longspurs, 2
Chestnut-collared, and 1 McCown's Longspur near CR 41 and CR 3F near Arriba.

MESA COUNTY:
--14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake
in Connected Lakes SP on January 28.
--A Hepburn's Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was reported by Mike Henwood at the
end of 21 Road on February 4.

OTERO COUNTY:
--On February 6, Christ Gilbert reported Greater Roadrunner and Canyon
Towhee at Picket Wire Canyon.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in
Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name
Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market.   He also
reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of
Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road  S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW
part of Fairplay.   On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches
(Gray-crowned and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on
Elkhorn Rd.  On January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches at feeders in Jefferson.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of
Sam's Knob at Snowmass on January 21.  He will repeat giving a bird talk
there every Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks.  You will need access to
Sam's Knob by
walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket.  Contact him at dickfilby AT
hotmail.com for details.  On January 28, Dick Filby reported all 3 species
of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--At the South Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir on February 6, Brandon
Percival reported 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull and juv Thayer's Gull.
--At West Fishing Road of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported ad
Great Black-backed Gull flew by and Curve-billed Thrasher was running
around the parking lot on February 6.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120
about 1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28.
--On February 6, Nick Komar reported 25 Sharp-tailed Grouse and 1 Lapland
Longspsur in Grover at CR 136 and CR 99.
--On February 6, Glenn Walbek reported 2 Sharp-tailed Grouse near Raymer on
CR 125.
--On February 6, Glenn Walbek reported 2 Sharp-tailed Grouse on CR 136 W of
CR 129.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On January 26, Connie Kogler reported 3 Northern Cardinals (1f, 2m) and 4
Red- bellied Woodpeckers at South Republican SWA (old Bonny SP).  The
Cardinals were in a dense hedge about a mile in on CR 3 and the Woodpeckers
by the campground.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 14 will be the Cherry Creek Sp
Wetlands Loop led by Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com; 303-941-4881)
 Meet at Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek SP.  From either park entrance,
follow Lake VIew Rd to the Praried 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 three
miles.  Trails can be slippery so dress accordingly.  Bring water and
snacks; lunch optional.  Register online or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder, CO

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Subject: Rough-Legged Hawk in Longmont
From: Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 13:12:03 -0800 (PST)
The Rough-Legged Hawk continues to hang around the area of Blue Skies Park 
in west Longmont. I saw it there this morning, not far from the dog park.

Kat Bradley-Bennett
Longmont

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Subject: Lincoln County Longspurs
From: "Frank F." <farrell7690 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:33:57 -0800 (PST)
Seen with 100's of h.larks were a McCown's, a couple Chestnut-Collared,and 
about dozen Lapland Longspurs. There were at CR41 and road 3F just south of 
Arriba, Lincoln County, Co. 

Frank Farrell, Morrison Co. 

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 7 February 2016
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 04:32:06 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:  February 7, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Sunday, February 7 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).

Trumpeter Swan (Adams, Garfield)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
Mute Swan (*Adams)
Common Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Eagle, Mesa)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (*Weld)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe,  Boulder, *Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder, *Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe, Bent)
Great Black-backed Gull (Bent, *Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, *Otero)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Fremont)
Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Winter Wren (Jefferson)
Carolina Wren (Jefferson)
Gray-checked Thrush (*Otero)
Varied Thrush (Grand)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*Pueblo, Weld)
Gray Catbird (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, *Lincoln, Morgan, *Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Lincoln)
McCown's Longspur (*Lincoln)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Larimer)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, *Otero)
Northern Cardinal (Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, *Jefferson, Park, Pitkin, Rio
Grande)
Black Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin, Rio Grande)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin,
Rio, Grande)
PURPLE FINCH (El Paso)
Common Redpoll (Garfield, *Jefferson)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--2 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Aaron Shipe at Front Range Community
College on January 25.
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte
River on January 28.
--A Mute Swan was reported by Michael Kiessig and Chuck Aid at 89th Ave
Pond by South Platte River on February 4.  A Mute Swan was rpoerted by
Edward Donnan near 88th and Colorado Blvd on private property on N side of
88th.  This is
close to 89th Ave Pond and South Platte River.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 24, 3 Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy
Wibbens, and Tom Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 27, 3
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and
2 Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis.  On January 28, Nic Korte
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 30,
Joey Kellner and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1
2nd-cyc Thayer's Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On February 1, David
Suddjian reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st
cycle Glaucous Gull at South Platte Reservoir.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Bennett Bailey on the San
Juan River Walk in Pagosa Springs on January 28.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon
Towhees in Picture Canyon.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on
January 28.
--At John Martin Reservoir on February 4, Duane Nelson reported 1 1-st
winter Glaucous Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex.  On January 21, David Dowell
reported 1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 juv, 1 imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex.  On January 26, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swan at Valmont Complex.  On January 27, David Dowell
reported 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex.
--On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee
Preserve in Lafayette.  On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird
at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.  On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Greenlee Preserve.  On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.
--An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn
Park in Lyons on January 31.  The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner
of the park.
--On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka
complex.
--On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over
Longmont.  On February 2, Todd Deininger heard a Lapland Longspur in
Longmont while shovelling snow.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Dick Filby on the Frying Pan River
between Basalt and Ruedi on January 27.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 25, Adam Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 27, Gwen Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 28, Mark Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 29, Lisa Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 30, Sue Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f
Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 31, Jesse and Renee
Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On February 3, Bill
Maynard reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On January 30, Sue Riffe and Tom Behnfield reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--A Common Redpoll was reported by Madalynn Connor in Glenwood Springs near
Hotel Colorado on February 2.
--Art Dahl reported 150 Rosy-Finches (all 3 species) in Rifle wandering
around on February 4.  He last saw them at the intersection of East 9th St
and Morrow Drive.
--6 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Art Dahl downstream from bridge over
Battlement Mesa in Parachute on February 4.  On February 5, JoAnn Riggle
reported 6 Trumpeter Swans in Parachute.

GRAND COUNTY:
--A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby since
late November.  Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see
the thrush.  But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders
than the block that she will place in the driveway.  Please contact her at
PioneerCSC at aol.com for information.  On January 25, Cathy Craig reported
that the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to
visit her feeders.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby.  On February 3,
Cathy Craig reported that the Varied Thrush and 400+ Rosy-Finches continue
to visit her feeders.  She reports that she is feeding 10 gallons of
sunflower seed/day.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches.
His address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden.  He usually posts to CoBirds if
birds show up.  On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his
feeders. On January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at Defrance
Ct.  On January 31, Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2 Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira Sanders.  On
February 2, Tom Behnfield reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at feeders
of Ira Sanders.  On February 3, Ira Sanders, Chip Clouse, Doug Kibbe, and
Norm Lewis reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Defrance Ct. On
February 4, Taylor Long reported Common Redpoll and 78 Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finches at Sanders residence and Scot Somershoe reported Common
Redpoll.  On February 5, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll and
Rosy-Finches at his feeders.  On Feberuary 6, Mary Burger and John Haycraft
reported Common Redpoll at Sanders residence.
--On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland St in
Lakewood.  The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a
month.  The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder
behind the house on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the
house.  Please be respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too
closely.  You may park on Newland.   On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer
reported that the Carolina Wren returned to her yard after an absence of a
few days.  On January 23, Gabriel Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites
Park in Wheat Ridge.  On February 3, George and Jayne James reported
Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland.
---A Winter Wren was reported by Robert Raker on the Bear Creek Greenbelt
from S. Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth on February 5.
--On February 6, Gloria Nikolai reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 2
Brown-capped Rosy Finches at Evergree on CR 65.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort
Collins.  The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke
Caldwell at 1520 W Mountain.  Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard
through the front and proceed along the east side.  The bird spends most of
the time visitng the feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line
near the alley.  On January 15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated
Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain.  On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported
Yellow-throated Warbler at Caldwell residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave.  On
February 2, Dave Leatherman reported that the home owners at 1502 W.
Mountain Ave saw the Yellow-throated Warbler.
--On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to
parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA.
This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year.  This
year it showed up for the Loveland CBC.  On January 30, Dave Leatherman
reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge.  Parking is very limited
because of mud.  On February 5, Norm Erthal reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--755 Lapland Longspurs and 1 McCown's Longspur were reported by Glenn
Walbek on CR 41 near Arriba on February 3.
--On February 4, Glenn Walbek and Locoh Kilpatrick reported 550 Lapland
Longspurs, 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur and 15 McCown's Longspurs on CR 3F
near Arriba.  On February 6, Frank Farrell reported 11 Lapland Longspurs, 2
Chestnut-collared, and 1 McCown's Longspur near CR 41 and CR 3F near Arriba.

MESA COUNTY:
--14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake
in Connected Lakes SP on January 28.
--A Hepburn's Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was reported by Mike Henwood at the
end of 21 Road on February 4.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Laplalnd Longspur was reported by Norm Lewis at Jackson Lake SP on
January 26.

OTERO COUNTY:
--On February 6, Christ Gilbert reported Greater Roadrunner, Gray-cheeked
Thrush, and Canyon Towhee at Picket Wire Canyon.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in
Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name
Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market.   He also
reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of
Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road  S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW
part of Fairplay.   On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches
(Gray-crowned and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on
Elkhorn Rd.  On January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches at feeders in Jefferson.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of
Sam's Knob at Snowmass on January 21.  He will repeat giving a bird talk
there every Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks.  You will need access to
Sam's Knob by
walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket.  Contact him at dickfilby AT
hotmail.com for details.  On January 28, Dick Filby reported all 3 species
of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--At the South Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir on February 6, Brandon
Percival reported 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull and juv Thayer's Gull.
--At West Fishing Road of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported ad
Great Black-backed Gull flew by and Curve-billed Thrasher was running
around the parking lot on February 6.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--On January 25, Virginia Simmons reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
visiting a farm south of the Monte Vista NWR.

WELD COUNTY:
--33 Sharp-tailed Grouse and Lapland Longspur were reported by Steve
Mlodinow and Kathy Mihm Dunning at CR99 to Wyoming on January 27.
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Steve Mlodinow at CR 84 at CR 77
on January 27.
--3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120
about 1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28.
--On February 6, Nick Komar reported 25 Sharp-tailed Grouse and 1 Lapland
Longspsur in Grover at CR 136 and CR 99.
--On February 6, Glenn Walbek reported 2 Sharp-tailed Grouse near Raymer on
CR 125.
--On February 6, Glenn Walbek reported 2 Sharp-tailed Grouse on CR 136 W of
CR 129.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On January 26, Connie Kogler reported 3 Northern Cardinals (1f, 2m) and 4
Red- bellied Woodpeckers at South Republican SWA (old Bonny SP).  The
Cardinals were in a dense hedge about a mile in on CR 3 and the Woodpeckers
by the campground.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 7 will be to Fort Collins area
streams and lakes led by Paul Slingsby (paslingsby AT comcast.net;
303-422-3728)  This trip is FULL.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder, CO

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Subject: Scrub Jay, Chambers and Iliff, Aurora
From: jconnell43 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:27:55 +0000 (UTC)
In my 15 years of water, suet and sunflower seed feeding I now have my 1st 
Scrub Jay visiting my feeders. 


Jim Connell 
Horseshoe Park, Aurora 

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Subject: Pueblo Reservoir (Pueblo Co.) morning bird 2/6
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:38:46 +0000 (UTC)
At least 5 Bald Eagles were around Pueblo Reservoir this morning, during the 
Annual Eagle Days.  A few other interesting things that I saw, were a Greater 
White-fronted Goose off North Picnic Road early this morning with some Canada 
Geese.  Over at the South Shore Marina this morning, I saw a first year Lesser 
Black-backed Gull and a juvenile Thayer's Gull.  At the North Shore Marina, 
there was a Merlin and Loggerhead Shrike.  At West Fishing Road, the adult 
Great Black-backed Gull flew by and the Curve-billed Thrasher was running 
around the parking lot.  Along the road to the North Shore Marina, there was a 
Ferruginous Hawk.  There was a Northern Shrike along the road below the dam. 
 Not too much else on the lake, Red-breasted Mergansers, Northern Pintails, 
Horned and Western Grebes, Redheads, Lesser and Greater Scaup. Brandon 
PercivalPueblo West, CO 


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, travel and pics
From: Tom Wilberding <twilberding AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:22:52 -0800 (PST)

Hello birders,


Many of us enjoy seeing and hearing Sandhill Cranes, a species that’s been 
around for millions of years. To me Sandills are a sort of feathered 
pterodactyl, as well as an exciting herald of the changing seasons. Here 
are a few places Colorado birders visit to see lots of cranes:

   - Bosque del Apache NWR near Socorro, New Mexico, 540 miles from Denver, 
   November to January, where Yellowstone cranes winter. *Crane Festival 
   November 17* 
   - Monte Vista NWR in southwest Colorado 225 miles from Denver, in March, 
   where Bosque cranes rest on their way back to Yellowstone. *Crane 
   Festival March 11* 
   - The Rowe Sanctuary, near Kearney, Nebraska, 374 miles from Denver, in 
   March. *Crane Festival March 17* 
   - The Old Bridge, just northeast of Colorado in Lewellen, Nebraska, 214 
   miles from Denver, in March. More info: 
   http://www.themostunlikelyplace.com/birding.html Boulder Audubon’s 
   Alison Holloran is leading a group to the old bridge *March 24*, 
   reservation needed. 


I drove to the old bridge in early April, 2014, an extended loop from 
Boulder to Lewellen, then northwest up the Oregon Trail to Scottsbluff, 
then south to Boulder. First night stayed at the friendly Gander Inn Motel 
in Lewellen, second night in Scottsbluff. Weather started out sunny, but 
the next morning a spring blizzard left me alone with the cranes and 
Nebraska.
A brief slide show, mostly scenic: http://goo.gl/xHb27I


Best,
Tom Wilberding
Littleton, CO

 

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Subject: Redpoll - Yes/ Rosy's - No
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:19:26 -0700
Birders,
The Redpoll is here but I haven't seen any Rosy's this morning.

-- 
Ira Sanders
Golden, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 6 February 2016
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 03:40:46 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:  February 6, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Saturday, February 6 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).

Trumpeter Swan (Adams, *Garfield)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
Mute Swan (Adams)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Eagle, Mesa)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (*Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe,  Boulder)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe, Bent)
Great Black-backed Gull (Bent)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Fremont)
Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Winter Wren (*Jefferson)
Carolina Wren (Jefferson)
Varied Thrush (Grand)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Weld)
Gray Catbird (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, Lincoln, Morgan, Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Lincoln)
McCown's Longspur (Lincoln)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Larimer)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
Northern Cardinal (Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin, Rio
Grande)
Black Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Park, Pitkin, Rio Grande)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Garfield, Grand, *Jefferson, *Mesa, Park, Pitkin,
Rio, Grande)
PURPLE FINCH (El Paso)
Common Redpoll (Garfield, *Jefferson)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--2 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Aaron Shipe at Front Range Community
College on January 25.
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte
River on January 28.
--A Mute Swan was reported by Michael Kiessig and Chuck Aid at 89th Ave
Pond by South Platte River on February 4.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 24, 3 Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy
Wibbens, and Tom Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 27, 3
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and
2 Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis.  On January 28, Nic Korte
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 30,
Joey Kellner and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1
2nd-cyc Thayer's Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On February 1, David
Suddjian reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st
cycle Glaucous Gull at South Platte Reservoir.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Bennett Bailey on the San
Juan River Walk in Pagosa Springs on January 28.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon
Towhees in Picture Canyon.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on
January 28.
--At John Martin Reservoir on February 4, Duane Nelson reported 1 1-st
winter Glaucous Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex.  On January 21, David Dowell
reported 1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 juv, 1 imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex.  On January 26, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swan at Valmont Complex.  On January 27, David Dowell
reported 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex.
--On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee
Preserve in Lafayette.  On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird
at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.  On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Greenlee Preserve.  On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.
--An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn
Park in Lyons on January 31.  The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner
of the park.
--On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka
complex.
--On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over
Longmont.  On February 2, Todd Deininger heard a Lapland Longspur in
Longmont while shovelling snow.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Dick Filby on the Frying Pan River
between Basalt and Ruedi on January 27.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 25, Adam Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 27, Gwen Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 28, Mark Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 29, Lisa Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at
Fountain Creek RP.  On January 30, Sue Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f
Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 31, Jesse and Renee
Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On February 3, Bill
Maynard reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On January 30, Sue Riffe and Tom Behnfield reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--A Common Redpoll was reported by Madalynn Connor in Glenwood Springs near
Hotel Colorado on February 2.
--Art Dahl reported 150 Rosy-Finches (all 3 species) in Rifle wandering
around on February 4.  He last saw them at the intersection of East 9th St
and Morrow Drive.
--6 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Art Dahl downstream from bridge over
Battlement Mesa in Parachute on February 4.  On February 5, JoAnn Riggle
reported 6 Trumpeter Swans in Parachute.

GRAND COUNTY:
--A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby since
late November.  Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see
the thrush.  But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders
than the block that she will place in the driveway.  Please contact her at
PioneerCSC at aol.com for information.  On January 25, Cathy Craig reported
that the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to
visit her feeders.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby.  On February 3,
Cathy Craig reported that the Varied Thrush and 400+ Rosy-Finches continue
to visit her feeders.  She reports that she is feeding 10 gallons of
sunflower seed/day.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches.
His address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden.  He usually posts to CoBirds if
birds show up.  On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his
feeders. On January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at Defrance
Ct.  On January 31, Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2 Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira Sanders.  On
February 2, Tom Behnfield reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at feeders
of Ira Sanders.  On February 3, Ira Sanders, Chip Clouse, Doug Kibbe, and
Norm Lewis reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Defrance Ct. On
February 4, Taylor Long reported Common Redpoll and 78 Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finches at Sanders residence and Scot Somershoe reported Common
Redpoll.  On February 5, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll and
Rosy-Finches at his feeders.
--On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland St in
Lakewood.  The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a
month.  The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder
behind the house on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the
house.  Please be respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too
closely.  You may park on Newland.   On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer
reported that the Carolina Wren returned to her yard after an absence of a
few days.  On January 23, Gabriel Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites
Park in Wheat Ridge.  On February 3, George and Jayne James reported
Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland.
---A Winter Wren was reported by Robert Raker on the Bear Creek Greenbelt
from S. Kipling Pkwy to S Wadsworth on February 5.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort
Collins.  The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke
Caldwell at 1520 W Mountain.  Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard
through the front and proceed along the east side.  The bird spends most of
the time visitng the feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line
near the alley.  On January 15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated
Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain.  On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported
Yellow-throated Warbler at Caldwell residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave.  On
February 2, Dave Leatherman reported that the home owners at 1502 W.
Mountain Ave saw the Yellow-throated Warbler.
--On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to
parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA.
This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year.  This
year it showed up for the Loveland CBC.  On January 30, Dave Leatherman
reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge.  Parking is very limited
because of mud.  On February 5, Norm Erthal reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--755 Lapland Longspurs and 1 McCown's Longspur were reported by Glenn
Walbek on CR 41 near Arriba on February 3.
--On February 4, Glenn Walbek and Locoh Kilpatrick reported 550 Lapland
Longspurs, 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur and 15 McCown's Longspurs on CR 3F
near Arriba.

MESA COUNTY:
--14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake
in Connected Lakes SP on January 28.
--A Hepburn's Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was reported by Mike Henwood at the
end of 21 Road on February 4.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Laplalnd Longspur was reported by Norm Lewis at Jackson Lake SP on
January 26.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in
Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name
Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market.   He also
reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of
Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road  S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW
part of Fairplay.   On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches
(Gray-crowned and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on
Elkhorn Rd.  On January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches at feeders in Jefferson.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of
Sam's Knob at Snowmass on January 21.  He will repeat giving a bird talk
there every Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks.  You will need access to
Sam's Knob by
walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket.  Contact him at dickfilby AT
hotmail.com for details.  On January 28, Dick Filby reported all 3 species
of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--On January 25, Virginia Simmons reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
visiting a farm south of the Monte Vista NWR.

WELD COUNTY:
--33 Sharp-tailed Grouse and Lapland Longspur were reported by Steve
Mlodinow and Kathy Mihm Dunning at CR99 to Wyoming on January 27.
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Steve Mlodinow at CR 84 at CR 77
on January 27.
--3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120
about 1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On January 26, Connie Kogler reported 3 Northern Cardinals (1f, 2m) and 4
Red- bellied Woodpeckers at South Republican SWA (old Bonny SP).  The
Cardinals were in a dense hedge about a mile in on CR 3 and the Woodpeckers
by the campground.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 6 will be to South Platte River
Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76 led by Mark Amershek (mamershek AT msn.co;
303-329-8646).  Meet the leader at 0730 at the parking area at 88th ave and
South Platte River Trail.  From I-76 take E 88th Ave exit, go west on 88th
for 1.6 miles, turn turn south at Colorado Blvd.  Turn left again into the
parking lot for South Platte River Greeway Trailhead.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 7 will be to Fort Collins area
streams and lakes led by Paul Slingsby (paslingsby AT comcast.net;
303-422-3728)  This trip is FULL.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder, CO

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Subject: First migrants of 2016
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:48:26 -0700
Birders,

While working in my yard in Las Animas (Bent County) today, I heard the 
familiar calls of Sandhill Cranes migrating overhead. This is my first 
certain migrant of spring here.

I predict muddy roads, verging on impassible, for viewing the gulls at 
John Martin tomorrow afternoon. Paradoxically, gulls roost in the 
afternoon, when light conditions are optimal. If weather warms, as 
predicted, the ice shelf the birds prefer is not long for this world.

Duane Nelson
Las Animas, Bent County CO

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Subject: White-winged Juncos in Colorado (LONG)
From: coloradodipper via Colorado Birds <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:51:43 -0500
All:

Since one of my favorite birds has come up as a topic in this venue, I find it 
impossible to not jump in. In my experience, White-winged Junco's primary 
winter range is the Ponderosa Pine belt on the east side of the Front Range and 
Wet Mountains. It is nowhere numerous and is nearly always greatly outnumbered 
by other junco taxa. This is not surprising considering that the breeding range 
of White-winged Junco is so small and its winter range is so much larger. So, 
while the taxon is fairly readily findable in winter at the foothill-plains 
interface (particularly at a few favored locations, such as Red Rocks Park), 
White-winged Junco is typically found there only in tiny numbers. Hiking uphill 
is the way to find them, such as illustrated by Ted's checklist. 


Below, I provide links to the eBird distribution maps of White-winged Junco for 
select winters: 


Current winter  

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

As can be seen on the above maps, overall distribution in CO across recent 
winters does not differ in any appreciable way. As comparison to a decade ago, 
note the eBird map for winter 2005-2006. HOWEVER, many, many fewer birders used 
eBird ten years ago, so old data like these cannot be considered to accurately 
represent actual occurrence patterns. That leaves us with the Christmas Bird 
Count (CBC) as the only long-term data set available for looking at such 
questions. Unfortunately, there is a huge gob of methodological problems with 
the CBC (both CBC policy and individual-CBC mechanics) that make analyzing the 
data an exercise best left for a Ph.D in statistics. Though I will not delve 
into those problems here, a very obvious one is the effect of deep-sixing the 
participation fee within the past ten years ago and the resultant great 
increase of participation (both in observers/circle and in number of circles), 
which has to have had a large impact on data and their analysis. However, as a 
very rough indication of patterns for taxa found in sufficient numbers, it does 
a reasonable job; White-winged Junco is NOT such a taxon. 


For the below discussion, I queried the online National Audubon Society's CBC 
database and obtained the previous 20-year history for White-winged Junco in 
Colorado and for five select CBCs. The span of CBCs queried was from the 
2005-2006 season through the 2014-2015 season (the 2015-2016 data set is not 
complete, nor available for query). I chose five Colorado CBCs as the best 
representative counts to analyze Colorado White-winged Junco abundance in order 
to cover as much of the spread of occurrence in the state as possible while 
also maintaining sufficient sample size for useful analysis. The five count 
circles, all with extensive acreage of suitable habitat for the taxon are, from 
north to south: Boulder, Evergreen-Idaho Springs, Black Forest, Pikes Peak, and 
Penrose. The graphs use number of individuals/party-hour in order to normalize 
the data for, at times, highly variable number of observers across years. I 
made screen captures of the graphs and placed them on my Flickr site. 


In Colorado as a whole, the last half of the 20-year period seems to show a 
decline (but see caveat above). However, the most striking feature of the graph 
is the great variability in abundance, particularly in the first ten years, 
with a fairly regular cycle of boom and bust. While weather might also explain 
it, my experience with that variable is that winter weather regimes are not so 
precisely cyclical as to explain this result. Other passerine species are known 
to exhibit similar boom-and-bust cycles, with Common Redpoll and Pine Siskin 
being two of the best examples, and these two species also match the short 
temporal pattern of the apparent White-winged Junco cycle. The two finch 
species are thought to be responding to specific food sources; the Pine Siskin 
to the availability of pine seeds. Considering that White-winged Junco has a 
high preference for pine forest, perhaps it, too, is responding to localized 
food resources, perhaps with larger proportions of the taxon staying closer to 
the breeding grounds in some years, and having to travel farther afield in 
others. Inter-annual variation in breeding success might also be a causative 
factor behind the cycle. Documentation of age structure in winter in Colorado 
and in the Black Hills might provide useful data at getting at the cause of the 
cycle. 


Regardless of the cause(s) of the apparent population cycle, the system seems 
to have broken down in the last ten years or so, with four consecutive years of 
decline, from the 2008-2009 season to the 2011-2012, with a return to something 
of a cycle in the last four years, albeit at a considerably lower abundance 
value. 


Looking at individual CBC results (see below), the five selected CBCs throw a 
huge monkey wrench into the analysis, one that might be explainable with a 
more-in-depth analysis, but which lies outside the scope of this post. In the 
below graphs, we can see that no two of the five CBC circles present results 
similar to each other, nor to the general Colorado results! 


Boulder

Evergreen-Idaho Springs

Black Forest

Pikes Peak

Penrose

Table 1 illustrates a general north-to-south trend of decreasing reliability of 
detection, suggesting that there is a geographic correlate of abundance as it 
affects detection probability, thus of frequency, and that southern Colorado is 
closer to the edge of the winter range than is northern Colorado. That 
suggestion seems borne out by the overall eBird winter-distribution map. 
Somewhat contrastingly, both maximum abundance and average abundance reached 
their highest values in central Colorado. However, the three central counts all 
have a higher percentage of their circles occupied by suitable White-winged 
Junco habitat than does either the Boulder CBC, a large portion of which is 
occupied by urbanized plains habitats, or Penrose, a large portion of which is 
occupied by low-elevation habitats. Table 1 suggests that the southern part of 
the Front Range and the associated Palmer Divide is the epicenter of Colorado 
White-winged Junco abundance, with the Black Forest CBC circle being especially 
so. However, the small sample size of Colorado CBCs incorporating extensive 
suitable habitat (n=5) makes that assumption somewhat problematic. 


Table 1. Averages of White-winged Junco abundance on five
Colorado Christmas Bird Counts, 1995-1996 to 2014-2015.
=======================================================
 # years Abundance Avg. 

 CBC detected Min Max abundance* 


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

Boulder 20 0.0122 0.3447 0.1309 

Evergreen-Idaho Springs 20 0.0898 0.6612 0.3848 

Black Forest 16 0 4.4615 0.6287 

Pikes Peak 11 0 1.1195 0.1918 

Penrose 11 0 0.6387 0.0826 


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 *Abundance is generated by summing annual values of 
  birds/party-hour and then dividing by 20.

Table 2 presents the range of variation of participation for each of the five 
CBCs. Note that the Black Forest and Pikes Peak CBCs have been subject to much 
higher variability in participation that, depending upon deployment of 
observers, might impact the results across years. More and more-consistent 
participation would be beneficial for these two counts (particularly Pikes 
Peak). 


Table 2. Range of the number of participants for five Colorado
Christmas Bird Counts, 1995-1996 to 2014-2015.
============================================
            CBC                         Min*      Max     % difference

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

Boulder 81 137 69.1 

Evergreen-Idaho Springs          42          70             70.0
Black Forest                          14           39           179.9
Pikes Peak                             9           21            133.3
Penrose                                 19          30             58.9

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

*Number of participants for individual CBCs on which zero
  White-winged Juncos were detected are not readily
  available without more effort, so values presented may not
  represent actual minima and maxima for those counts.

Sincerely,

Tony

Tony Leukering
Largo, FL
http://cobirds.org/CFO/Resources/Columns.aspx?id=2

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Subject: Juncos - Douglas
From: "'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:47:46 -0500
Further to the junco discussion (and without appending all the previous 
messages), our frequency probably goes like this, most common to least: 

Gray-headed, Pink-sided, Oregon, Slate-colored & Cassiar's. 

We haven't seen White winged this winter, though we do sometimes host them. I 
think they most likely show up in ponderosa pines, their summertime habitat, 
during the winter (irrespective of county). 


We find it hard to keep accurate numerical track of the various forms because 
of their skittishness. 


 

 We haven't had a reprise of the 74 that showed up last week despite all the 
cold & snowy weather. Tops is around 25-30. 



Hugh Kingery 
Franktown, CO

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Subject: White-throated Sparrow, Carbondale, Garfield Cty
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:19:36 +0000
Still making occasional visits to our backyard today

 

Best wishes

Dick Filby

Carbondale, Garfield Cty

 

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Subject: "Clash of the Titans"/Nunn Yard Last Night
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:44:10 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

We were treated to a spectacular event just before near dark in our 
"fenced" 12,000 sq ft landscaped-backyard (35-acre lot)--as my wife opened 
our backdoor to turn on heated water bowls for birds, she froze as a Great 
Horned Owl flew into top of our Cottonwood trees.  Soon after a Short-eared 
Owl came in to harass the Great Horned!  It dive-bombed the Great Horned 
Owl a few minutes and then flew southerly direction.

Third time we have had Short-eared Owl in/near yard

   1. One last night
   2. One I called in with iPod one winter five years ago
   3. Over on Weld CR 33 (btw 100 and 98) we flushed three from roadside 
   one night (7 years ago) near large prairie dog colony

Why do predators visit our yard you ask?


   - Two dozen+ bird feeders (tubes and ground trays)
   - Lots of Cottontails visit/eat (we've counted up to 20 at times) manage 
   to get in our "fenced" landscape-which we don't mind

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

http://coloradobirder.ning.com/

Mobile:  http://coloradobirder.ning.com/m


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Subject: Rosy-Finches/Redpoll - Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:02:32 -0700
Birders,
There was a flock of Rosy's here as I was putting out seed this morning and
after my neighbor scared off the ELK that had just eaten what was left
overnight on the platform.  I told you all not to mention that 4 letter
word.
The Redpoll is also here this morning.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 5 February 2916
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 04:00:19 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:  February 5, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Friday, February 5 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).

Trumpeter Swan (Adams, *Garfield, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
Mute Swan (*Adams)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Fremont)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Eagle, Mesa)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe,  Boulder)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, *Bent, Boulder, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe, *Bent)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Bent, Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Boulder, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, Pueblo)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Fremont)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
House Wren (Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (*Jefferson)
Varied Thrush (Grand, Larimer)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Weld)
Gray Catbird (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, *Lincoln, Morgan, Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Lincoln)
McCown's Longspur (*Lincoln)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Larimer)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Fremont)
Lark Sparrow (Mesa)
Northern Cardinal (Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin,
Rio Grande)
Black Rosy-Finch (*Garfield, Grand, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio
Grande)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Garfield, Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin,
Rio, Grande)
PURPLE FINCH (El Paso)
Common Redpoll (Garfield, *Jefferson)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--2 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Aaron Shipe at Front Range Community
College on January 25.
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte
River on January 28.
--A Mute Swan was reported by Michael Kiessig and Chuck Aid at 89th Ave
Pond by South Platte River on February 4.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 13, Jane Stulp reported Long-tailed Duck at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 16, Nick Komar reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South
Platte Reservoir.  On January 17, Steve Smith, Bill Kaempfer, and  Brian
Johnson reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January
18, Jesse and Renee Casias reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 19, David Suddjian reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks (1m,
2f), 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes, 1 1st-cyc Thayer's Gull, and 1 1-st cyc Lesser
Black-backed Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 19, Michael
Kiessig reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January
20, Aaron Keller reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.
On January 21, Karen Drozda reported 1 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 22, Nelson Ford reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at
South Platte Reservoir.  On January 23, Gene Rutherford  and others
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 24, 3
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy Wibbens, and Tom
Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 27, 3 Long-tailed Ducks
were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and 2 Long-tailed
Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported 3
Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 30, Joey Kellner
and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On
January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 2nd-cyc Thayer's
Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On February 1, David Suddjian reported 3
Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st cycle Glaucous Gull
at South Platte Reservoir.
--On January 23, Gene Rutherford reported ICELAND (kumlieni) GULL, 2
Thayer's Gulls, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at South Platte Reservoir.
On January 24, Tom Behnfield reported 2 Thayer's Gulls at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 26, Gwen Moor and Sue Clasen reported Long-tailed
Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Bennett Bailey on the San
Juan River Walk in Pagosa Springs on January 28.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon
Towhees in Picture Canyon.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on
January 28.
--At John Martin Reservoir on February 4, Duane Nelson reported 1 1-st
winter Glaucous Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex.  On January 21, David Dowell
reported 1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 juv, 1 imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex.  On January 26, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swan at Valmont Complex.  On January 27, David Dowell
reported 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex.
--On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee
Preserve in Lafayette.  On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird
at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.  On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Greenlee Preserve.  On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.
--On January 23, Ted Floyd reported a White-winged Dove along Boulder Creek
upstream from 75th St on January 23.
--An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn
Park in Lyons on January 31.  The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner
of the park.
--On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka
complex.
--On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over
Longmont.  On February 2, Todd Deininger heard a Lapland Longspur in
Longmont while shovelling snow.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Dick Filby on the Frying Pan River
between Basalt and Ruedi on January 27.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Glenn Walbek and John Drummond on
Birdsall Rd on January 16.  On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja
Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 25, Adam
Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 27, Gwen
Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 28, Mark
Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 29, Lisa
Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 30, Sue
Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP.  On
January 31, Jesse and Renee Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek
RP.  On February 3, Bill Maynard reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.


FREMONT COUNTY:
--At Centennial Park in Canon City, Joey Kellner reported Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker on January 1.  On January 6, John Drummond reported
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On January 15, Aaron Keller
reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On January 22,
Brandon Percival Reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On
January 23, Robb Hinds reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.
--On January 19, Rich Miller reported Long-tailed Duck at Valco Pond in
Canon City.  On January 22, Brandon Percival reported Long-tailed Duck at
Valco Pond.
--2 pair of Canyon Towhees were reported by Dan Stringer at Brush Hollow
Reservoir on January 22.
--On January 30, Sue Riffe and Tom Behnfield reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--A Common Redpoll was reported by Madalynn Connor in Glenwood Springs near
Hotel Colorado on February 2.
--Art Dahl reported 150 Rosy-Finches (all 3 species) in Rifle wandering
around on February 4.  He last saw them at the intersection of East 9th St
and Morrow Drive.
--6 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Art Dahl downstream from bridge over
Battlement Mesa in Parachute on February 4.

GRAND COUNTY:
--A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby since
late November.  Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see
the thrush.  But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders
than the block that she will place in the driveway.  Please contact her at
PioneerCSC at aol.com for information.  On December 31, Bob Spencer
reported Varied Thrush at Granby.  On January 1, Cathy Craig reported that
the Varied Thrush continues at her feeders.  On January 2, Cathy Craig
reported that there are now a pair (m and f) of Varied Thrush visiting her
feeders.  On January 18, Cathy Craig reported that the male Varied Thrush
continues to visit her feeders.  On January 25, Cathy Craig reported that
the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to visit
her feeders.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby.  On February 3,
Cathy Craig reported that the Varied Thrush and 400+ Rosy-Finches continue
to visit her feeders.  She reports that she is feeding 10 gallons of
sunflower seed/day.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches.
His address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden.  He usually posts to CoBirds if
birds show up.  On January 19, Ira Sanders reported Rosy-Finches at his
feeders.  On January 20, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his
feeders.  On January 22, Susan W and M Wise reported Common Redpoll at
feeders at Defance Ct.  On January 23, John Drummond reported Common
Redpoll at Defrance Ct.  On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll
at his feeders. On January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at
Defrance Ct.  On January 31, Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira
Sanders.  On February 2, Tom Behnfield reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches at feeders of Ira Sanders.  On February 3, Ira Sanders, Chip
Clouse, Doug Kibbe, and Norm Lewis reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
at Defrance Ct. On February 4, Taylor Long reported Common Redpoll and 78
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Sanders residence and Scot Somerhsoe reported
Common Redpoll.

--On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland St in
Lakewood.  The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a
month.  The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder
behind the house on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the
house.  Please be respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too
closely.  You may park on Newland.  On January 11, Mark Minner-Lee reported
Carolina Wren in Newland St neighborhood.  On January 12, Jane Stulp
reported Carolina Wren on Newland St.  On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer
reported that the Carolina Wren returned to her yard after an absence of a
few days.  On January 23, Gabriel Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites
Park in Wheat Ridge.
On February 3, George and Jayne James reported Carolina Wren at 2695
Newland.
--On January 27, Kathanne Lynch reported m Williamson's Sapsucker visiting
her yard in Genesse.  Birders are welcome to try to see the bird.   Her
place is at 7500 feet at 1298 Northridge Court, Golden.  The bird is 35
feet up in Ponderosa Pine that is marked with a ribbon (60 feet from house
on downhill side of driveway).  Bird last seen late January 30 when snow
started.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort
Collins.  The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke
Caldwell at 1520 W Mountain.  Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard
through the front and proceed along the east side.  The bird spends most of
the time visitng the feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line
near the alley.  On January 15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated
Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain.  On January 16, Joe Mammoser reported
Yellow-throated Warbler at the Caldwell residence in Fort Collins.  On
January 17, Scott Manwaring reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W.
Mountain in Fort Collins.  On January 21, Dave Leatherman, Norm Lewis and
Nina Routh reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain in Fort
Collins.  On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported Yellow-throated Warbler
at Caldwell residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave.  On February 2, Dave
Leatherman reported that the home owners at 1502 W. Mountain Ave saw the
Yellow-throated Warbler.
--On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to
parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA.
This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year.  This
year it showed up for the Loveland CBC.  On January 16, Fawn Simond and
David Steingraeber reported 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS at Bobcat Ridge NA.  Fawn
included 2 photos in her eBird post.  On January 17, George James, M Wise,
Susan W, Susan Quinland, and Scott Manwaring reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On January 18, Dave Leatherman reported that the AMERICAN
WOODCOCK was seen by many with the help of Ranger Karl.  Leatherman saw it
at Buffam Creek about 150 yards east of entrance to main parking lot.  On
January 20, John Vanderpoel and Lisa Edwards reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On January 21, Mark Minner-Lee, Dave Leatherman, Norm
Lewis, and Nina Routh reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge NA.  On
January 30, Dave Leatherman reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge.
Parking is very limited because of mud.
--On January 12, Donna Nespoli reported 2 Varied Thrush NW of Lyons.  On
January 23, Sue Riffe and David Dowell reported Varied Thrush at Spring
Gulch.  On January 30, Pablo Quezada reported Varied Thrush at Spring
Gulch.  On January 30, Donna Nespoli reported great views of Varied Thrush
at Spring Gulch.  This was her last trip.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--755 Lapland Longspurs and 1 McCown's Longspur were reported by Glenn
Walbek on CR 41 near Arriba on February 3.
--On February 4, Glenn Walbek and Locoh Kilpatrick reported 550 Lapland
Longspurs, 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur and 15 McCown's Longspurs on CR 3F
near Arriba.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Lark Sparrow was reported by Nic Korte on Tumacanbac Route on January
21.
--Mike Henwood reported a flock of about 40 Rosy-Finches of all three
species at Colorado National Monument in an area between the two tunnels
above the West (Fruita) entrance on January 21.
--4 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Carol Ortenzio at Connected Lakes SP,
Blue Heron Section on January 22.
--14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake
in Connected Lakes SP on January 28.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Laplalnd Longspur was reported by Norm Lewis at Jackson Lake SP on
January 26.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in
Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name
Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market.   He also
reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of
Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road  S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW
part of Fairplay.   On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches
(Gray-crowned and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on
Elkhorn Rd.  On January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches at feeders in Jefferson.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of
Sam's Knob at Snowmass on January 21.  He will repeat giving a bird talk
there every Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks.  You will need access to
Sam's Knob by
walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket.  Contact him at dickfilby AT
hotmail.com for details.  On January 28, Dick Filby reported all 3 species
of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On January 22, Dan Stringer reported Curve-billed Thrasher, Lesser
Black-backed Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull at South Shore Marina of
Pueblo Reservoir.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Dan Stringer by the Sailboard Launch
Area of Pueblo Reservoir on January 22.
--7 White-winged Doves were reported by Dan Stringer in the Sunset
Nieghborhood of Pueblo on January 22.
--A House Wren was reported by Norm Erthal, Joey Kellner, and Kathy Mihm
Dunning at Olive Marsh on January 23.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--On January 25, Virginia Simmons reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
visiting a farm south of the Monte Vista NWR.

WELD COUNTY:
--33 Sharp-tailed Grouse and Lapland Longspur were reported by Steve
Mlodinow and Kathy Mihm Dunning at CR99 to Wyoming on January 27.
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Steve Mlodinow at CR 84 at CR 77
on January 27.
--3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120
about 1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On January 26, Connie Kogler reported 3 Northern Cardinals (1f, 2m) and 4
Red- bellied Woodpeckers at South Republican SWA (old Bonny SP).  The
Cardinals were in a dense hedge about a mile in on CR 3 and the Woodpeckers
by the campground.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 6 will be to South Platte River
Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76 led by Mark Amershek (mamershek AT msn.co;
303-329-8646).  Meet the leader at 0730 at the parking area at 88th ave and
South Platte River Trail.  From I-76 take E 88th Ave exit, go west on 88th
for 1.6 miles, turn turn south at Colorado Blvd.  Turn left again into the
parking lot for South Platte River Greeway Trailhead.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 7 will be to Fort Collins area
streams and lakes led by Paul Slingsby (paslingsby AT comcast.net;
303-422-3728)  This trip is FULL.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder, CO

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Subject: Varied Thrush near Cherry Creek, Arapahoe County
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:57:57 -0700
There was a Varied Thrush reported on the Denver Urban CBC near
Cherry Creek.

Joyce Takamine
Boulder
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Subject: Re: Juncos - Pueblo
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:41:22 -0700
My yard in Ken Caryl Valley regularly attracts (in approximate descending
order of abundance): Oregon, Pink-sided, Slate-colored, Gray-headed and
Cassiar. I have only once had a White-winged in my yard in 2.5 winters here
so far, and have never seen others in the immediate area. They seem fairly
rare in JeffCo to me. Gray-headed is more numerous in nearby natural
habitats than in my suburban styled neighborhood.

Intergrades among some of the above forms are another part of the story...

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO




On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 3:52 PM, Jennifer Hallam  wrote:

> Oh wow! I have White-winged Juncos at my feeders daily here in Ken Caryl,
> CO (Jefferson County) this winter and the past 2 winters. My next home
> eBird session I do, I'll specify. I have at least 4 at once that I've seen.
> I didn't think they were that rare in this area...or maybe they aren't?
>
> Jennifer Hallam
> C470 and Kipling
> Jefferson County
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Subject: Gulls at John Martin Reservoir
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:43:28 -0700
Birders,

The recent storms brought an influx of gulls to John Martin Reservoir. 
Best today were: a first winter Glaucous Gull, an adult and a first 
winter Great Black-backed Gull, and an adult and a first winter Lesser 
Black-backed Gull. One had to sort through a lot of more common gulls to 
get through to the rarities. Today, action was centered on "Clayton 
Point", directly south of the hay bales at Clayton Ranch, the only farm 
east of Bent County Road 20 on Road JJ. Access is via the west entry 
road to the John Martin State Wildlife area just east of Road 20, 
heading south and east to the point. We got 4-6 inches of wet snow here, 
and two-tracks are passable with 4WD. I would urge extreme caution in 
driving these roads if the temperatures get above freezing and they turn 
to mud.

All of the American White Pelicans that appeared at John Martin in late 
December are gone, as are all of the loons and many ducks. I believe 
these birds that arrived late were extremely late fall migrants, and 
eventually continued south. Of interest, despite the cold and snow, 
vanguard spring migrant ducks are returning, notably Lesser Scaup, 
Northern Pintail, Redhead and Canvasback. It's kind of hard to keep 
track of what season it is around here right now.

Respectfully,

Duane Nelson
Las Animas, Bent County, CO

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Subject: Re: re hungry Say's Phoebes in winter-EARWIGS
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:22:15 -0700
Oh my gosh, in my post about the Say's phoebes eating ground bugs, I said that 
they were box elder bugs. That's not right! They were earwigs! I had terrible 
infestations of earwigs over the last few years and they're hard for me to 
manage so I was glad when they didn't seem to be a problem this year even 
though I saw the big hatching. 

    So, do you think that if phoebes would go after the earwigs?
Thanks, Deb Carstensen, Littleton, Arapahoe county

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> On Feb 3, 2016, at 10:43 AM, DAVID A LEATHERMAN  wrote:
> 
> Recently Bob Righter posed some interesting questions on COBIRDS about what 
an individual Say's Phoebe he observed recently in the Denver area might be 
getting to eat under eaves. Once I got past my amazement that Bob is related by 
marriage to someone 103 years old, my private response to Bob guessed the 
answer might include European Paper Wasps (Polistes dominula), an introduced 
black-and-yellow wasp closely resembling a typical "yellowjacket" that reached 
CO in the early 2000s. They form small combs under eaves and have become quite 
common. By contrast, most yellowjacket wasps species nest in the ground, with 
two nesting in aerial "hives" in trees with the combs being surrounded by an 
elaborate, round, gray paper mache covering. Unhatched immature European Paper 
Wasps, dead or alive, in white-capped cells of these combs would seem the most 
likely source of nutrition for a curious insectivore investigating eaves. 
Flycatchers are known to favor bees and wasps, in some situations as much or 
more than flies. My reply to Bob included photos of the wasp and a related 
situation of a pewee with a yellowjacket in it bill. Bob suggested I post this 
to COBIRDS. Thinking the photos were a significant part of the response, and 
since photo sharing on COBIRDS is difficult (why is that?), I didn't take him 
up on his suggestion. Then he wondered further if perhaps what seems like more 
wintering Say's Phoebes this year than normal could be directly tied to the 
increasing presence of European Paper Wasps on our scene. I told him without 
direct evidence, it was a stretch, but a question worth continuing to 
investigate. 

> 
> So, I am asking, has anyone out there seen a Say's Phoebe visiting a little 
wasp comb under an eave? Have you seen any other bird species tearing apart a 
wasp comb under an eave (flicker, barn swallow, etc.)? Inquiring minds want to 
know. Assuming, hoping, some meaty anecdotes are out there, this might be the 
subject of a future "The Hungry Bird" column in "Colorado Birds". Thanks. 

> 
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Subject: RE: White-winged Junco
From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:56:32 -0700
I spent  some time looking at juncos at Ira and Tammy's, Red Rocks Trading
Post and Morrison Park yesterday. Not a single WW could be found and I
looked hard, especially at the 100 or so at Red Rocks. I think this is the
1st winter visit there without at least one in the 4 years I've been living
in the Metro area. What gives?

Chip Clouse
Olde Town Arvada
On Feb 4, 2016 3:15 PM, "William H Kaempfer" 
wrote:

> For what it is worth, on eBird I came up with exactly 21 Dark-eyed Junco
> (white-winged) individuals reported so far in 2016 *anywhere in the
> world.  *All 21 were reported in Colorado and 14 were by Ted Floyd along
> the Mesa Trail in Boulder Mountain Parks on 1/26.
>
>
>
> It would be fairly easy to duplicate that analysis (at least for Januarys
> on a year by year basis) going backwards in eBird data.  It looks like
> there were 15 on eBird in January 2010, again all in Colorado.
>
>
>
> Bill Kaempfer
>
> Boulder
>
>
>
> *From:* cobirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] *On
> Behalf Of *Leon Bright
> *Sent:* Thursday, February 04, 2016 3:08 PM
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> *Subject:* [cobirds] White-winged Junco
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> COBirders--  I’m not an expert, but I’ll chime in anyway.  For the past
> couple of decades at least, I believe White-winged Juncos have been quite
> scarce in the Arkansas River valley and probably elsewhere in southern
> Colorado.  I can think of several people who are experts, who could help us
> out with any occurrence patterns there might be in our state’s SE
> quadrant.  Maybe others will help with other parts of the state.
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> Leon Bright, Pueblo
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Subject: Re: Juncos - Pueblo
From: Jennifer Hallam <ghinysu AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:52:48 -0800 (PST)
Oh wow! I have White-winged Juncos at my feeders daily here in Ken Caryl, CO 
(Jefferson County) this winter and the past 2 winters. My next home eBird 
session I do, I'll specify. I have at least 4 at once that I've seen. I didn't 
think they were that rare in this area...or maybe they aren't? 


Jennifer Hallam
C470 and Kipling
Jefferson County 

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Subject: RE: White-winged Junco
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:15:08 +0000
For what it is worth, on eBird I came up with exactly 21 Dark-eyed Junco 
(white-winged) individuals reported so far in 2016 anywhere in the world. All 
21 were reported in Colorado and 14 were by Ted Floyd along the Mesa Trail in 
Boulder Mountain Parks on 1/26. 


It would be fairly easy to duplicate that analysis (at least for Januarys on a 
year by year basis) going backwards in eBird data. It looks like there were 15 
on eBird in January 2010, again all in Colorado. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

From: cobirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Leon Bright 

Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 3:08 PM
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Subject: [cobirds] White-winged Junco

COBirders-- I’m not an expert, but I’ll chime in anyway. For the past 
couple of decades at least, I believe White-winged Juncos have been quite 
scarce in the Arkansas River valley and probably elsewhere in southern 
Colorado. I can think of several people who are experts, who could help us out 
with any occurrence patterns there might be in our state’s SE quadrant. Maybe 
others will help with other parts of the state. 

Leon Bright, Pueblo
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Subject: White-winged Junco
From: "Leon Bright" <urraca2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:08:04 -0700
COBirders--  I'm not an expert, but I'll chime in anyway.  For the past
couple of decades at least, I believe White-winged Juncos have been quite
scarce in the Arkansas River valley and probably elsewhere in southern
Colorado.  I can think of several people who are experts, who could help us
out with any occurrence patterns there might be in our state's SE quadrant.
Maybe others will help with other parts of the state.

Leon Bright, Pueblo

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Subject: Mixed Juncos
From: "Joanne C. Haller" <jchaller AT q.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:49:18 -0700
Cobirders  --

 

               I also get mixed subspecies of juncos in groups of 6 - 8
especially after snowstorms  --  Slate-colored, Oregon, and Gray-headed
today.

 

Joanne Haller

Westminster, CO

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Subject: Re: Juncos - Pueblo
From: "'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:44:57 -0500
Same here. I have literally dozens of juncos, but nary a white-winged. I 
usually have one or two over the course of the winter, but not this year. Maybe 
there is something cyclical about their breeding/migration? Perhaps one of our 
experts could weigh in? 



Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO




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From: Karl Stecher Jr. 
To: urraca2 ; Cobirds 
Sent: Thu, Feb 4, 2016 2:19 pm
Subject: re: [cobirds] Juncos - Pueblo



Same today in my back yard feeders in Centennial. Haven't had a white-winged 
all winter. Lots more variety here today than at any time in the past month. 

 
Karl Stecher
Centennial/Arapahoe
 
 
 

From: "Leon Bright" 
Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 2:16 PM
To: "Cobirds" 
Subject: [cobirds] Juncos - Pueblo
 

COBirders-- It’s always interesting to me that flocks of Juncos in southern 
(at least) Colorado regularly contain more than one subspecies. Just now in my 
back yard a flock of seven contained four subspecies: gray-headed, Oregon, 
slate-colored (Rocky Mtn.), and pink-sided. 

Leon Bright, Pueblo

 
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Subject: re: Juncos - Pueblo
From: "Karl Stecher Jr." <kstecher AT idcomm.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:19:05 -0700
Same today in my back yard feeders in Centennial. Haven't had a white-winged 
all winter. Lots more variety here today than at any time in the past month. 

  
 Karl Stecher
 Centennial/Arapahoe
  
  
  

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Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 2:16 PM
To: "Cobirds" 
Subject: [cobirds] Juncos - Pueblo   

COBirders-- It's always interesting to me that flocks of Juncos in southern (at 
least) Colorado regularly contain more than one subspecies. Just now in my back 
yard a flock of seven contained four subspecies: gray-headed, Oregon, 
slate-colored (Rocky Mtn.), and pink-sided. 


Leon Bright, Pueblo 

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Subject: Juncos - Pueblo
From: "Leon Bright" <urraca2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:17:28 -0700
COBirders--  It's always interesting to me that flocks of Juncos in southern
(at least) Colorado regularly contain more than one subspecies.  Just now in
my back yard a flock of seven contained four subspecies: gray-headed,
Oregon, slate-colored (Rocky Mtn.), and pink-sided.

Leon Bright, Pueblo

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Subject: Varied Thrush (Was?) at Cherry Creek Reservoir
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:02:17 -0800 (PST)
Hi all
Just noticed a photo posting of Varied Thrush 1/31 at Cherry Creek.

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http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=1zmswtq6vw53f 


Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
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Subject: Colorado Shortgrass Bird Research 2016
From: Amber Carver <caramb22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:34:24 -0700
*Volunteers are needed* for Colorado Shortgrass Bird Research this summer.
This will be the third year of a long-term project comparing the effects of
different grazing regimes on ground-nesting birds.  Project collaborators
include the University of Colorado Denver, the USDA Agricultural Research
Service, and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.


The project involves minimally invasive rope-dragging, nest monitoring, and
trapping.  It takes place at the Central Plains Experimental Range in Weld
County, about 10 minutes north of Nunn off Highway 85.  Volunteer
responsibilities primarily involve rope-dragging, recording data, and
assisting in the trapping effort.  Volunteers will not handle eggs or
birds, but they will witness science in action as the project technicians
complete these tasks.


Guaranteed species include Lark Bunting, Horned Lark, and McCown’s
Longspur.  Other likely possibilities include Common Nighthawk, Grasshopper
Sparrow, Brewer’s Sparrow, and Cassin’s Sparrow.  If you volunteer often
enough, you will likely see Burrowing Owls (including chicks), Ferruginous
and Swainson’s Hawks, and Golden Eagles.  We have great spring wildflowers,
and there’s a chance to see swift foxes.


There are a few hazards, including infrequent but regular prairie
rattlesnakes, cryptic and potentially ankle-twisting animal burrows, and
copious cacti.  I have been involved with this project for two years, and
so far injuries have been limited to those involving cactus spines in knees
and hands.  But it's worth noting that these hazards exist in case you are
not comfortable working in that kind of environment.


We are looking for both short- and long-term volunteers and welcome any
help we can get.  If you are interested in spending some time on the
shortgrass steppe and aiding a long-term research project, send your full
name, location, and availability to the email address below.  Also indicate
your physical fitness.  Rope-dragging requires walking 5-8 miles per day
over uneven hilly terrain, but half-day rope-draggers will be accepted.
There’s also the option of taking an auxiliary role, walking behind the
rope-dragging team and watching for birds.  Trapping involves walking no
more than a mile, carrying light-weight gear, and observing bird behavior
through binoculars.


*To sign up* or request more information, contact Amber Carver at
amber.carver AT ucdenver.edu.  A small per diem, travel reimbursement, and
on-site lodging may be available pending funding.


*Visit the project Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cperbirds/
 to see pictures from past years*.


Thanks!

Amber Carver

Littleton, CO

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Subject: 194 Barrow's Goldeneyes, Carbondale, Garfield Cty
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:30:04 +0000
Hi all

 

Stopped alongside Hwy82 to view the Coryell Ranch ponds last evening at
5:45pm. Was really pleased to see that the Barrow's Goldeneyes (194) are
again using the site. They may have been scared off using it this winter due
to unintentional disturbance by the folks in the subdivision next to the
pond, but viewing from the side of hwy82 you are far enough away to avoid
disturbing them. There were also 2 Common Mergansers on the pond.

 

 

Best wishes

 

Dick Filby

 

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Subject: Redpoll - Yes - Golden
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:24:08 -0700
Birders,
Tammy tells me she just saw the Redpoll at the thistle feeders in front.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: CFO Convention Lodging
From: Amber Carver <caramb22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:37:20 -0700
Greetings, Colorado birders!

I always attend the Colorado Field Ornithologists convention, but I leave
most details until the last minute.  This sometimes works but other times
results in missing out on things like good lodging and a t-shirt.  This
year, I've decided to be proactive.  While I wait with baited breath for
registration to open (I want that t-shirt!), I have already reserved a room
at The Cow Palace.  I am going by myself, but I asked for a room with two
beds so that I can share the room if someone else needs lodging and wants
to save money.  If you are traveling down there alone and want to share a
room, let me know.  I don't snore.

Thanks,
Amber Carver
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Yes - Golden update
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:18:54 -0700
Birders,
At present, there are about 45 Rosy's here.  I haven't seen the Redpoll for
2 days and I did see the Harris's yesterday in the tray on the front porch.
There is quite a bit of snow on the street, so please be considerate when
parking. You can park in front of my drive way but you may have to move if
one of us has to come or go.

-- 
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Golden, CO

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Subject: Re: Digest for cobirds@googlegroups.com - 10 updates in 8 topics
From: Nancy Stocker <Nancy AT PrairieWildlife.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 06:18:48 -0700
Hi Dave,

I just thought I'd mention that I've gotten combs and what I had thought 
were yellow jackets inside my covered barbecue many times. Say's 
Phoebe's probably don't visit BBQs often, but mine seems to be a 
favorite location for what I now  suspect is the European Paper Wasp.

Nancy Stocker
Denver


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> re hungry Say's Phoebes in winter 
> 
 

>
> DAVID A LEATHERMAN : Feb 03 10:43AM -0700
>
> Recently Bob Righter posed some interesting questions on COBIRDS about 
> what an individual Say's Phoebe he observed recently in the Denver 
> area might be getting to eat under eaves. Once I got past my amazement 
> that Bob is related by marriage to someone 103 years old, my private 
> response to Bob guessed the answer might include European Paper Wasps 
> (Polistes dominula), an introduced black-and-yellow wasp closely 
> resembling a typical "yellowjacket" that reached CO in the early 
> 2000s. They form small combs under eaves and have become quite common. 
> By contrast, most yellowjacket wasps species nest in the ground, with 
> two nesting in aerial "hives" in trees with the combs being surrounded 
> by an elaborate, round, gray paper mache covering. Unhatched immature 
> European Paper Wasps, dead or alive, in white-capped cells of these 
> combs would seem the most likely source of nutrition for a curious 
> insectivore investigating eaves. Flycatchers are known to favor bees 
> and wasps, in some situations as much or more than flies. My reply to 
> Bob included photos of the wasp and a related situation of a pewee 
> with a yellowjacket in it bill. Bob suggested I post this to COBIRDS. 
> Thinking the photos were a significant part of the response, and since 
> photo sharing on COBIRDS is difficult (why is that?), I didn't take 
> him up on his suggestion. Then he wondered further if perhaps what 
> seems like more wintering Say's Phoebes this year than normal could be 
> directly tied to the increasing presence of European Paper Wasps on 
> our scene. I told him without direct evidence, it was a stretch, but a 
> question worth continuing to investigate.
>
> So, I am asking, has anyone out there seen a Say's Phoebe visiting a 
> little wasp comb under an eave? Have you seen any other bird species 
> tearing apart a wasp comb under an eave (flicker, barn swallow, etc.)? 
> Inquiring minds want to know. Assuming, hoping, some meaty anecdotes 
> are out there, this might be the subject of a future "The Hungry Bird" 
> column in "Colorado Birds". Thanks.
>
> Dave Leatherman
> Fort Collins
> Carol Kampert : Feb 03 11:19AM -0700
>
> Hi Dave,
>
> I don't have information about birds feasting on wasps under eves (I will
> now keep my eyes open for them), but I do have a question about "yellow
> jackets" that make the big ball-shaped nests in trees. I've always thought
> that the common name for these wasps was "bald-faced hornet". Are they
> actually a type of "yellow jacket?" I know common names are misleading and
> would be interested in the scientific names, too. (I'm fascinated by paper
> wasps and their ability to make such beautiful paper, which I have used in
> fiber wall hangings in the past.)
>
> Carol Kampert, Boulder
>
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 10:43 AM, DAVID A LEATHERMAN 
> wrote:
>
> Deborah Carstensen : Feb 03 08:16PM -0700
>
> Speaking of Says' phoebes, I have a question about whether or not they 
> would eat box elder bugs. I have had a terrible infestation of Box 
> Elder bugs for the last couple of years and, last spring, I saw 
> hundreds of baby Box Elder bugs running around my garden.
> I had Say's phoebes nesting just above my living room picture window 
> this summer and I noticed that I had almost no Box Elder bugs as the 
> summer wore on. I never saw them on the ground eating bugs so I wasn't 
> sure that they would've had anything to do with their absence.
> By the way, there couldn't have been any cuter nestlings then the 
> phoebes! Instead of squawking for food, they had soft, whistling 
> calls. They could rent out my drainpipe anytime!
> Deborah Carstensen, Littleton, Arapahoe county
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> Sagebrush Sparrow Field Trip - April - Mesa County 
> 
 

>
> Mike Henwood : Feb 03 03:36PM -0700
>
> Hi All,
>
> I will be leading a CFO Sagebrush Sparrow/Sage Thrasher trip in Mesa 
> County
> in April. Should be some good photo ops - birds will be perched on shrubs
> singing. Here are the details:
>
> *Sagebrush Sparrow/Sage Thrasher Field Trip*
>
> When: April 16 and 17 (two separate trips)
> Where: Fruita west to the state line and back to Highline Lake SP
> Time: Meet at 8 am at Fruita Rest Stop off I-70. Finish about 2 pm.
> 1. Listen & observe Sagebush Sparrows and Sage Thrashers singing
> on territory.
> 2. Explore marsh for rails, snipe & marsh wren.
> 3. Finish at Highline Lake SP Raptors/migrating shorebirds
> Bring: *WATER/LUNCH. *Binocs & scope. Dress in layers.
>
> Limit group size to 10 participants (3 cars). Folks must be CFO members.
>
> Register with Mike Henwood at * mhawkhen AT gmail.com .*
>
>
> Mike Henwood
> Grand Junction
> Mesa County
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> White-throated Sparrow, Carbondale 
> 
 

>
> Dick Filby : Feb 03 09:49PM
>
> Hi all
>
>
>
> Tom, Kay and Linda just dropped by and timed their visit perfectly to
> co-incide with a visit from the White-throated Sparrow !
>
>
>
> Best wishes
>
>
>
> Dick Filby
>
> Carbondale, Garfield Cty, CO
>
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> Purple Finch - Fountain Creek Regional Park - El Paso County 
> 
 

>
> "Bill Maynard" : Feb 03 02:48PM -0700
>
> COBirders,
>
>
>
> As expected, the deep snow in this area has concentrated the Fountain 
> Creek
> Regional Park passerines around the front and back feeders at the visitor
> center. The Purple Finch, first found on 14Dec15 by a Boulder County CBC
> team, seems less shy and it was visiting the front feeders on a regular
> basis this a.m., posing nicely for Loch Kilpatrick and me. The FCRP trails
> are all snow covered and the lack of footprints indicate snowshoes or
> x-country skis might be the best way to explore beyond the visitor 
> center.
>
>
>
> Bill Maynard
>
> Colorado Springs
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> CFO Convention: General information available online 
> 
 

>
> Ted Floyd : Feb 03 10:43AM -0800
>
> Hi, everybody. If you just can't wait till May to bird in and around 
> Lamar,
> Prowers County...Don't just stand there, Do something!
>
> The 14th annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival, based out of Lamar, is
> upon us. This year's festival will be held February 18-21, and the 
> keynote
> speaker is Rick Wright, one of North America's brightest and most
> insightful birders. The festival will feature the usual full plate of 
> field
> trips, workshops, and more. And here's a thought: You can stop by The Cow
> Palace and get first dibs on your room for the CFO convention! Seriously.
>
> Get general info on the Snow Goose Festival here:
>
> http://www.highplainssnowgoose.com/
>
> Check out the program here:
>
> http://www.highplainssnowgoose.com/schedule.html
>
> And register here:
>
> http://www.highplainssnowgoose.com/2016_Event_Registration_Form.pdf
>
> CFO is proud to be a sponsor of this year's festival. Speaking of CFO, we
> continue to update the CFO convention pages at COBirds.org. The place 
> to go
> for updates is the lefthand panel on this page:
>
> http://cobirds.org/CFO/Conventions/Next.aspx
>
> For example, you'll see new information there about reserving your
> convention hotel room at a discounted rate.
>
> *See you in Lamar!*--in February, and again, of course, in May.
>
> Ted Floyd
> Lafayette, Boulder County
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> Harris's Sparrow - Golden - Jeffco 
> 
 

>
> Ira Sanders : Feb 03 08:53AM -0700
>
> Birders,
> The Harris's Sparrow is here on the front porch.
>
> -- 
> Ira Sanders
> Golden, CO
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> Rosy-Finches - Yes - Golden - Jeffco 
> 
 

>
> Ira Sanders : Feb 03 08:23AM -0700
>
> Birders,
> There are Rosy's here this morning
>
> -- 
> Ira Sanders
> Golden, CO
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 3 February 2016 
> 
 

>
> Joyce Takamine : Feb 03 03:48AM -0700
>
> Compiler: Joyce Takamine
> e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
> Date: February 3, 2016
> This is the Rare Bird Alert, Wednesday, February 3 sponsored by Denver 
> Field
> Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.
>
> Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).
>
> Trumpeter Swan (Adams, Mesa)
> Tundra Swan (Boulder)
> Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Fremont)
> Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Eagle, Mesa)
> Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
> AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
> Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder)
> ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
> Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder, Pueblo)
> Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
> Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
> White-winged Dove (Boulder, Pueblo)
> Greater Roadrunner (Bent, Pueblo)
> Red-belllied Woodpecker (Yuma)
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Fremont)
> Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
> Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
> Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
> House Wren (Pueblo)
> Carolina Wren (Jefferson)
> Varied Thrush (Grand, Larimer)
> Curve-billed Thrasher (Weld)
> Gray Catbird (Boulder)
> Lapland Longspur (*Boulder, Morgan, Weld)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (Larimer)
> Canyon Towhee (Baca, Fremont)
> Lark Sparrow (Mesa)
> Northern Cardinal (Yuma)
> Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
> Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio 
> Grande)
> Black Rosy-Finch (Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio Grande)
> Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio, 
> Grande)
> PURPLE FINCH (El Paso)
> Common Redpoll (*Garfield, Jefferson)
>
> ADAMS COUNTY:
> --2 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Aaron Shipe at Front Range Community
> College on January 25.
> --A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte
> River on January 28.
>
> ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
> --On January 13, Jane Stulp reported Long-tailed Duck at South Platte
> Reservoir. On January 16, Nick Komar reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South
> Platte Reservoir. On January 17, Steve Smith, Bill Kaempfer, and Brian
> Johnson reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. On January
> 18, Jesse and Renee Casias reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
> Reservoir. On January 19, David Suddjian reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks (1m,
> 2f), 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes, 1 1st-cyc Thayer's Gull, and 1 1-st cyc Lesser
> Black-backed Gull at South Platte Reservoir. On January 19, Michael
> Kiessig reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. On January
> 20, Aaron Keller reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.
> On January 21, Karen Drozda reported 1 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
> Reservoir. On January 22, Nelson Ford reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at
> South Platte Reservoir. On January 23, Gene Rutherford and others
> reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. On January 24, 3
> Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy Wibbens, and Tom
> Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir. On January 27, 3 Long-tailed Ducks
> were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and 2 Long-tailed
> Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis. On January 28, Nic Korte reported 3
> Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. On January 30, Joey Kellner
> and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir. On
> January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 2nd-cyc Thayer's
> Gull at South Platte Reservoir. On February 1, David Suddjian reported 3
> Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st cycle Glaucous 
> Gull
> at South Platte Reservoir.
> --On January 23, Gene Rutherford reported ICELAND (kumlieni) GULL, 2
> Thayer's Gulls, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at South Platte Reservoir.
> On January 24, Tom Behnfield reported 2 Thayer's Gulls at South Platte
> Reservoir. On January 26, Gwen Moor and Sue Clasen reported Long-tailed
> Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.
>
> ARCHULETA COUNTY:
> --A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Bennett Bailey on the San
> Juan River Walk in Pagosa Springs on January 28.
>
> BACA COUNTY:
> --On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon
> Towhees in Picture Canyon.
>
> BENT COUNT:
> --A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on
> January 28.
>
> BOULDER COUNTY:
> --On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser
> Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex. On January 21, David Dowell
> reported 1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
> (1 juv, 1 imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex. On January 26, Todd Deininger
> reported Tundra Swan at Valmont Complex. On January 27, David Dowell
> reported 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex.
> --On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee
> Preserve in Lafayette. On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird
> at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve. On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray
> Catbird at Greenlee Preserve. On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray
> Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.
> --On January 23, Ted Floyd reported a White-winged Dove along Boulder 
> Creek
> upstream from 75th St on January 23.
> --An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn
> Park in Lyons on January 31. The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner
> of the park.
> --On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka
> complex.
> --On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over
> Longmont. On February 2, Todd Deininger heard a Lapland Longspur in
> Longmont while shovelling snow.
>
> EAGLE COUNTY:
> --A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Dick Filby on the Frying Pan 
> River
> between Basalt and Ruedi on January 27.
>
> EL PASO COUNTY:
> --A f PURPLE FINCH was reported by Robb Hinds at Fountain Creek RP on
> January 10. On January 15, Gary Koehn reported f PURPLE FINCH at feeders
> at Fountain Creek NC. On January 16 Glenn Walbek and John Drummond
> reported young male PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On January 23, Joey
> Kellner and others reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.
> --A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Glenn Walbek and John Drummond on
> Birdsall Rd on January 16. On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja
> Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On January 25, Adam
> Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On January 27, Gwen
> Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On January 28, Mark
> Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On January 29, Lisa
> Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP. On January 30, Sue
> Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP. On
> January 31, Jesse and Renee Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek
> RP.
>
>
> FREMONT COUNTY:
> --At Centennial Park in Canon City, Joey Kellner reported Yellow-bellied
> Sapsucker on January 1. On January 6, John Drummond reported
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park. On January 15, Aaron Keller
> reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park. On January 22,
> Brandon Percival Reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park. On
> January 23, Robb Hinds reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial 
> Park.
> --On January 19, Rich Miller reported Long-tailed Duck at Valco Pond in
> Canon City. On January 22, Brandon Percival reported Long-tailed Duck at
> Valco Pond.
> --2 pair of Canyon Towhees were reported by Dan Stringer at Brush Hollow
> Reservoir on January 22.
> --On January 30, Sue Riffe and Tom Behnfield reported 2 Yellow-bellied
> Sapsuckers at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.
>
> GARFIELD COUNTY:
> --A Common Redpoll was reported by Madalynn Connor in Glenwood Springs 
> near
> Hotel Colorado on February 2.
>
> GRAND COUNTY:
> --A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby 
> since
> late November. Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see
> the thrush. But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders
> than the block that she will place in the driveway. Please contact her at
> PioneerCSC at aol.com for information. On December 31, Bob Spencer
> reported Varied Thrush at Granby. On January 1, Cathy Craig reported that
> the Varied Thrush continues at her feeders. On January 2, Cathy Craig
> reported that there are now a pair (m and f) of Varied Thrush visiting her
> feeders. On January 18, Cathy Craig reported that the male Varied Thrush
> continues to visit her feeders. On January 25, Cathy Craig reported that
> the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to visit
> her feeders. On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and
> Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby.
>
> JEFFERSON COUNTY:
> --Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches.
> His address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden. He usually posts to CoBirds if
> birds show up. On January 19, Ira Sanders reported Rosy-Finches at his
> feeders. On January 20, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his
> feeders. On January 22, Susan W and M Wise reported Common Redpoll at
> feeders at Defance Ct. On January 23, John Drummond reported Common
> Redpoll at Defrance Ct. On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll
> at his feeders. On January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at
> Defrance Ct. On January 31, Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2
> Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira
> Sanders. On February 2, Tom Behnfield reported all 3 species of
> Rosy-Finches at feeders of Ira Sanders.
> --On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland 
> St in
> Lakewood. The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a
> month. The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder
> behind the house on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the
> house. Please be respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too
> closely. You may park on Newland. On January 11, Mark Minner-Lee reported
> Carolina Wren in Newland St neighborhood. On January 12, Jane Stulp
> reported Carolina Wren on Newland St. On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer
> reported that the Carolina Wren returned to her yard after an absence of a
> few days. On January 23, Gabriel Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites
> Park in Wheat Ridge.
> --On January 27, Kathanne Lynch reported m Williamson's Sapsucker visiting
> her yard in Genesse. Birders are welcome to try to see the bird. Her
> place is at 7500 feet at 1298 Northridge Court, Golden. The bird is 35
> feet up in Ponderosa Pine that is marked with a ribbon (60 feet from house
> on downhill side of driveway). Bird last seen late January 30 when snow
> started.
>
> LARIMER COUNTY:
> --On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort
> Collins. The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke
> Caldwell at 1520 W Mountain. Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard
> through the front and proceed along the east side. The bird spends most of
> the time visitng the feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line
> near the alley. On January 15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated
> Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain. On January 16, Joe Mammoser reported
> Yellow-throated Warbler at the Caldwell residence in Fort Collins. On
> January 17, Scott Manwaring reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W.
> Mountain in Fort Collins. On January 21, Dave Leatherman, Norm Lewis and
> Nina Routh reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain in Fort
> Collins. On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported Yellow-throated Warbler
> at Caldwell residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave.
> --On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to
> parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA.
> This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year. This
> year it showed up for the Loveland CBC. On January 16, Fawn Simond and
> David Steingraeber reported 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS at Bobcat Ridge NA. Fawn
> included 2 photos in her eBird post. On January 17, George James, M Wise,
> Susan W, Susan Quinland, and Scott Manwaring reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
> Bobcat Ridge NA. On January 18, Dave Leatherman reported that the AMERICAN
> WOODCOCK was seen by many with the help of Ranger Karl. Leatherman saw it
> at Buffam Creek about 150 yards east of entrance to main parking lot. On
> January 20, John Vanderpoel and Lisa Edwards reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
> Bobcat Ridge NA. On January 21, Mark Minner-Lee, Dave Leatherman, Norm
> Lewis, and Nina Routh reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge NA. On
> January 30, Dave Leatherman reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge.
> Parking is very limited because of mud.
> --On January 12, Donna Nespoli reported 2 Varied Thrush NW of Lyons. On
> January 23, Sue Riffe and David Dowell reported Varied Thrush at Spring
> Gulch. On January 30, Pablo Quezada reported Varied Thrush at Spring
> Gulch. On January 30, Donna Nespoli reported great views of Varied Thrush
> at Spring Gulch. This was her last trip.
>
> MESA COUNTY:
> --A Lark Sparrow was reported by Nic Korte on Tumacanbac Route on January
> 21.
> --Mike Henwood reported a flock of about 40 Rosy-Finches of all three
> species at Colorado National Monument in an area between the two tunnels
> above the West (Fruita) entrance on January 21.
> --4 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Carol Ortenzio at Connected Lakes SP,
> Blue Heron Section on January 22.
> --14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake
> in Connected Lakes SP on January 28.
>
> MORGAN COUNTY:
> --A Laplalnd Longspur was reported by Norm Lewis at Jackson Lake SP on
> January 26.
>
> PARK COUNTY:
> --On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in
> Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name
> Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market. He also
> reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of
> Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW
> part of Fairplay. On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches
> (Gray-crowned and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on
> Elkhorn Rd. On January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of
> Rosy-Finches at feeders in Jefferson.
>
> PITKIN COUNTY:
> --All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of
> Sam's Knob at Snowmass on January 21. He will repeat giving a bird talk
> there every Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks. You will need access to
> Sam's Knob by
> walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket. Contact him at dickfilby AT
> hotmail.com for details. On January 28, Dick Filby reported all 3 species
> of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass.
>
> PUEBLO COUNTY:
> --On January 22, Dan Stringer reported Curve-billed Thrasher, Lesser
> Black-backed Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull at South Shore Marina of
> Pueblo Reservoir.
> --A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Dan Stringer by the Sailboard 
> Launch
> Area of Pueblo Reservoir on January 22.
> --7 White-winged Doves were reported by Dan Stringer in the Sunset
> Nieghborhood of Pueblo on January 22.
> --A House Wren was reported by Norm Erthal, Joey Kellner, and Kathy Mihm
> Dunning at Olive Marsh on January 23.
>
> RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
> --On January 25, Virginia Simmons reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
> visiting a farm south of the Monte Vista NWR.
>
> WELD COUNTY:
> --33 Sharp-tailed Grouse and Lapland Longspur were reported by Steve
> Mlodinow and Kathy Mihm Dunning at CR99 to Wyoming on January 27.
> --A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Steve Mlodinow at CR 84 at CR 77
> on January 27.
> --3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120
> about 1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28.
>
> YUMA COUNTY:
> --On January 26, Connie Kogler reported 3 Northern Cardinals (1f, 2m) 
> and 4
> Red- bellied Woodpeckers at South Republican SWA (old Bonny SP). The
> Cardinals were in a dense hedge about a mile in on CR 3 and the 
> Woodpeckers
> by the campground.
>
> DFO Field Trips:
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 4 February 2016
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 04:23:11 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:  February 4, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Thursday, February 4 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).

Trumpeter Swan (Adams, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Fremont)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Eagle, Mesa)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe,  Boulder)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Boulder, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, Pueblo)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Fremont)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
House Wren (Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Jefferson)
Varied Thrush (Grand, Larimer)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Weld)
Gray Catbird (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (*Boulder, *Lincoln, Morgan, Weld)
McCown's Longspur (*Lincoln)
Yellow-throated Warbler (*Larimer)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Fremont)
Lark Sparrow (Mesa)
Northern Cardinal (Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio Grande)
Black Rosy-Finch (Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio Grande)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio, Grande)
PURPLE FINCH (*El Paso)
Common Redpoll (Garfield, Jefferson)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--2 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Aaron Shipe at Front Range Community
College on January 25.
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte
River on January 28.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 13, Jane Stulp reported Long-tailed Duck at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 16, Nick Komar reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South
Platte Reservoir.  On January 17, Steve Smith, Bill Kaempfer, and  Brian
Johnson reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January
18, Jesse and Renee Casias reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 19, David Suddjian reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks (1m,
2f), 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes, 1 1st-cyc Thayer's Gull, and 1 1-st cyc Lesser
Black-backed Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 19, Michael
Kiessig reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January
20, Aaron Keller reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.
On January 21, Karen Drozda reported 1 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 22, Nelson Ford reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at
South Platte Reservoir.  On January 23, Gene Rutherford  and others
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 24, 3
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy Wibbens, and Tom
Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 27, 3 Long-tailed Ducks
were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and 2 Long-tailed
Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported 3
Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 30, Joey Kellner
and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On
January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 2nd-cyc Thayer's
Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On February 1, David Suddjian reported 3
Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st cycle Glaucous Gull
at South Platte Reservoir.
--On January 23, Gene Rutherford reported ICELAND (kumlieni) GULL, 2
Thayer's Gulls, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at South Platte Reservoir.
On January 24, Tom Behnfield reported 2 Thayer's Gulls at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 26, Gwen Moor and Sue Clasen reported Long-tailed
Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Bennett Bailey on the San
Juan River Walk in Pagosa Springs on January 28.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon
Towhees in Picture Canyon.

BENT COUNT:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on
January 28.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex.  On January 21, David Dowell
reported 1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 juv, 1 imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex.  On January 26, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swan at Valmont Complex.  On January 27, David Dowell
reported 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex.
--On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee
Preserve in Lafayette.  On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird
at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.  On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Greenlee Preserve.  On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.
--On January 23, Ted Floyd reported a White-winged Dove along Boulder Creek
upstream from 75th St on January 23.
--An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn
Park in Lyons on January 31.  The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner
of the park.
--On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka
complex.
--On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over
Longmont.  On February 2, Todd Deininger heard a Lapland Longspur in
Longmont while shovelling snow.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Dick Filby on the Frying Pan River
between Basalt and Ruedi on January 27.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Glenn Walbek and John Drummond on
Birdsall Rd on January 16.  On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja
Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 25, Adam
Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 27, Gwen
Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 28, Mark
Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 29, Lisa
Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 30, Sue
Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP.  On
January 31, Jesse and Renee Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek
RP.  On February 3, Bill Maynard reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.


FREMONT COUNTY:
--At Centennial Park in Canon City, Joey Kellner reported Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker on January 1.  On January 6, John Drummond reported
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On January 15, Aaron Keller
reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On January 22,
Brandon Percival Reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On
January 23, Robb Hinds reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.
--On January 19, Rich Miller reported Long-tailed Duck at Valco Pond in
Canon City.  On January 22, Brandon Percival reported Long-tailed Duck at
Valco Pond.
--2 pair of Canyon Towhees were reported by Dan Stringer at Brush Hollow
Reservoir on January 22.
--On January 30, Sue Riffe and Tom Behnfield reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--A Common Redpoll was reported by Madalynn Connor in Glenwood Springs near
Hotel Colorado on February 2.

GRAND COUNTY:
--A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby since
late November.  Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see
the thrush.  But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders
than the block that she will place in the driveway.  Please contact her at
PioneerCSC at aol.com for information.  On December 31, Bob Spencer
reported Varied Thrush at Granby.  On January 1, Cathy Craig reported that
the Varied Thrush continues at her feeders.  On January 2, Cathy Craig
reported that there are now a pair (m and f) of Varied Thrush visiting her
feeders.  On January 18, Cathy Craig reported that the male Varied Thrush
continues to visit her feeders.  On January 25, Cathy Craig reported that
the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to visit
her feeders.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby.  On February 3,
Cathy Craig reported that the Varied Thrush and 400+ Rosy-Finches continue
to visit her feeders.  She reports that she is feeding 10 gallons of
sunflower seed/day.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches.
His address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden.  He usually posts to CoBirds if
birds show up.  On January 19, Ira Sanders reported Rosy-Finches at his
feeders.  On January 20, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his
feeders.  On January 22, Susan W and M Wise reported Common Redpoll at
feeders at Defance Ct.  On January 23, John Drummond reported Common
Redpoll at Defrance Ct.  On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll
at his feeders. On January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at
Defrance Ct.  On January 31, Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira
Sanders.  On February 2, Tom Behnfield reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches at feeders of Ira Sanders.  On February 3, Ira Sanders, Chip
Clouse, Doug Kibbe, and Norm Lewis reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at
Defrance Ct.
--On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland St in
Lakewood.  The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a
month.  The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder
behind the house on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the
house.  Please be respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too
closely.  You may park on Newland.  On January 11, Mark Minner-Lee reported
Carolina Wren in Newland St neighborhood.  On January 12, Jane Stulp
reported Carolina Wren on Newland St.  On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer
reported that the Carolina Wren returned to her yard after an absence of a
few days.  On January 23, Gabriel Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites
Park in Wheat Ridge.
--On January 27, Kathanne Lynch reported m Williamson's Sapsucker visiting
her yard in Genesse.  Birders are welcome to try to see the bird.   Her
place is at 7500 feet at 1298 Northridge Court, Golden.  The bird is 35
feet up in Ponderosa Pine that is marked with a ribbon (60 feet from house
on downhill side of driveway).  Bird last seen late January 30 when snow
started.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort
Collins.  The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke
Caldwell at 1520 W Mountain.  Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard
through the front and proceed along the east side.  The bird spends most of
the time visitng the feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line
near the alley.  On January 15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated
Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain.  On January 16, Joe Mammoser reported
Yellow-throated Warbler at the Caldwell residence in Fort Collins.  On
January 17, Scott Manwaring reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W.
Mountain in Fort Collins.  On January 21, Dave Leatherman, Norm Lewis and
Nina Routh reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain in Fort
Collins.  On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported Yellow-throated Warbler
at Caldwell residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave.  On February 2, Dave
Leatherman reported that the home owners at 1502 W. Mountain Ave saw the
Yellow-throated Warbler.
--On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to
parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA.
This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year.  This
year it showed up for the Loveland CBC.  On January 16, Fawn Simond and
David Steingraeber reported 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS at Bobcat Ridge NA.  Fawn
included 2 photos in her eBird post.  On January 17, George James, M Wise,
Susan W, Susan Quinland, and Scott Manwaring reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On January 18, Dave Leatherman reported that the AMERICAN
WOODCOCK was seen by many with the help of Ranger Karl.  Leatherman saw it
at Buffam Creek about 150 yards east of entrance to main parking lot.  On
January 20, John Vanderpoel and Lisa Edwards reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On January 21, Mark Minner-Lee, Dave Leatherman, Norm
Lewis, and Nina Routh reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge NA.  On
January 30, Dave Leatherman reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge.
Parking is very limited because of mud.
--On January 12, Donna Nespoli reported 2 Varied Thrush NW of Lyons.  On
January 23, Sue Riffe and David Dowell reported Varied Thrush at Spring
Gulch.  On January 30, Pablo Quezada reported Varied Thrush at Spring
Gulch.  On January 30, Donna Nespoli reported great views of Varied Thrush
at Spring Gulch.  This was her last trip.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--755 Lapland Longspurs and 1 McCown's Longspur were reported by Glenn
Walbek on CR 41 near Arriba on February 3.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Lark Sparrow was reported by Nic Korte on Tumacanbac Route on January
21.
--Mike Henwood reported a flock of about 40 Rosy-Finches of all three
species at Colorado National Monument in an area between the two tunnels
above the West (Fruita) entrance on January 21.
--4 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Carol Ortenzio at Connected Lakes SP,
Blue Heron Section on January 22.
--14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake
in Connected Lakes SP on January 28.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Laplalnd Longspur was reported by Norm Lewis at Jackson Lake SP on
January 26.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in
Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name
Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market.   He also
reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of
Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road  S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW
part of Fairplay.   On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches
(Gray-crowned and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on
Elkhorn Rd.  On January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches at feeders in Jefferson.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of
Sam's Knob at Snowmass on January 21.  He will repeat giving a bird talk
there every Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks.  You will need access to
Sam's Knob by
walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket.  Contact him at dickfilby AT
hotmail.com for details.  On January 28, Dick Filby reported all 3 species
of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On January 22, Dan Stringer reported Curve-billed Thrasher, Lesser
Black-backed Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull at South Shore Marina of
Pueblo Reservoir.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Dan Stringer by the Sailboard Launch
Area of Pueblo Reservoir on January 22.
--7 White-winged Doves were reported by Dan Stringer in the Sunset
Nieghborhood of Pueblo on January 22.
--A House Wren was reported by Norm Erthal, Joey Kellner, and Kathy Mihm
Dunning at Olive Marsh on January 23.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--On January 25, Virginia Simmons reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
visiting a farm south of the Monte Vista NWR.

WELD COUNTY:
--33 Sharp-tailed Grouse and Lapland Longspur were reported by Steve
Mlodinow and Kathy Mihm Dunning at CR99 to Wyoming on January 27.
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Steve Mlodinow at CR 84 at CR 77
on January 27.
--3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120
about 1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On January 26, Connie Kogler reported 3 Northern Cardinals (1f, 2m) and 4
Red- bellied Woodpeckers at South Republican SWA (old Bonny SP).  The
Cardinals were in a dense hedge about a mile in on CR 3 and the Woodpeckers
by the campground.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 6 will be to South Platte River
Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76 led by Mark Amershek (mamershek AT msn.co;
303-329-8646).  Meet the leader at 0730 at the parking area at 88th ave and
South Platte River Trail.  From I-76 take E 88th Ave exit, go west on 88th
for 1.6 miles, turn turn south at Colorado Blvd.  Turn left again into the
parking lot for South Platte River Greeway Trailhead.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 7 will be to Fort Collins area
streams and lakes led by Paul Slingsby (paslingsby AT comcast.net;
303-422-3728)  This trip is FULL.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder, CO

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Subject: Re: re hungry Say's Phoebes in winter
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:16:14 -0700
Speaking of Says' phoebes, I have a question about whether or not they would 
eat box elder bugs. I have had a terrible infestation of Box Elder bugs for the 
last couple of years and, last spring, I saw hundreds of baby Box Elder bugs 
running around my garden. 

 I had Say's phoebes nesting just above my living room picture window this 
summer and I noticed that I had almost no Box Elder bugs as the summer wore on. 
I never saw them on the ground eating bugs so I wasn't sure that they would've 
had anything to do with their absence. 

 By the way, there couldn't have been any cuter nestlings then the phoebes! 
Instead of squawking for food, they had soft, whistling calls. They could rent 
out my drainpipe anytime! 

Deborah Carstensen, Littleton, Arapahoe county
Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 3, 2016, at 10:43 AM, DAVID A LEATHERMAN  wrote:
> 
> Recently Bob Righter posed some interesting questions on COBIRDS about what 
an individual Say's Phoebe he observed recently in the Denver area might be 
getting to eat under eaves. Once I got past my amazement that Bob is related by 
marriage to someone 103 years old, my private response to Bob guessed the 
answer might include European Paper Wasps (Polistes dominula), an introduced 
black-and-yellow wasp closely resembling a typical "yellowjacket" that reached 
CO in the early 2000s. They form small combs under eaves and have become quite 
common. By contrast, most yellowjacket wasps species nest in the ground, with 
two nesting in aerial "hives" in trees with the combs being surrounded by an 
elaborate, round, gray paper mache covering. Unhatched immature European Paper 
Wasps, dead or alive, in white-capped cells of these combs would seem the most 
likely source of nutrition for a curious insectivore investigating eaves. 
Flycatchers are known to favor bees and wasps, in some situations as much or 
more than flies. My reply to Bob included photos of the wasp and a related 
situation of a pewee with a yellowjacket in it bill. Bob suggested I post this 
to COBIRDS. Thinking the photos were a significant part of the response, and 
since photo sharing on COBIRDS is difficult (why is that?), I didn't take him 
up on his suggestion. Then he wondered further if perhaps what seems like more 
wintering Say's Phoebes this year than normal could be directly tied to the 
increasing presence of European Paper Wasps on our scene. I told him without 
direct evidence, it was a stretch, but a question worth continuing to 
investigate. 

> 
> So, I am asking, has anyone out there seen a Say's Phoebe visiting a little 
wasp comb under an eave? Have you seen any other bird species tearing apart a 
wasp comb under an eave (flicker, barn swallow, etc.)? Inquiring minds want to 
know. Assuming, hoping, some meaty anecdotes are out there, this might be the 
subject of a future "The Hungry Bird" column in "Colorado Birds". Thanks. 

> 
> Dave Leatherman
> Fort Collins
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Subject: Sagebrush Sparrow Field Trip - April - Mesa County
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 15:36:58 -0700
Hi All,

I will be leading a CFO Sagebrush Sparrow/Sage Thrasher trip in Mesa County
in April.  Should be some good photo ops - birds will be perched on shrubs
singing.  Here are the details:

*Sagebrush Sparrow/Sage Thrasher Field Trip*

When:  April 16 and 17 (two separate trips)
Where:  Fruita west to the state line and back to Highline Lake SP
Time:  Meet at 8 am at Fruita Rest Stop off I-70.  Finish about 2 pm.
         1. Listen & observe Sagebush Sparrows and Sage Thrashers singing
on territory.
          2. Explore marsh for rails, snipe & marsh wren.
          3. Finish at Highline Lake SP  Raptors/migrating shorebirds
Bring: *WATER/LUNCH. *Binocs & scope.  Dress in layers.

Limit group size to 10 participants (3 cars).  Folks must be CFO members.

Register with Mike Henwood at * mhawkhen AT gmail.com .*


Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa County

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Subject: Re: re hungry Say's Phoebes in winter
From: Carol Kampert <carolkampert AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:19:05 -0700
Hi Dave,

I don't have information about birds feasting on wasps under eves (I will
now keep my eyes open for them), but I do have a question about "yellow
jackets" that make the big ball-shaped nests in trees. I've always thought
that the common name for these wasps was "bald-faced hornet".  Are they
actually a type of "yellow jacket?"  I know common names are misleading and
would be interested in the scientific names, too. (I'm fascinated by paper
wasps and their ability to make such beautiful paper, which I have used in
fiber wall hangings in the past.)

Carol Kampert, Boulder



On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 10:43 AM, DAVID A LEATHERMAN 
wrote:

> Recently Bob Righter posed some interesting questions on COBIRDS about
> what an individual Say's Phoebe he observed recently in the Denver area
> might be getting to eat under eaves.  Once I got past my amazement that Bob
> is related by marriage to someone *103* years old, my private response to
> Bob guessed the answer might include European Paper Wasps (*Polistes
> dominula*), an introduced black-and-yellow wasp closely resembling a
> typical "yellowjacket" that reached CO in the early 2000s.  They form small
> combs under eaves and have become quite common.  By contrast, most
> yellowjacket wasps species nest in the ground, with two nesting in aerial
> "hives" in trees with the combs being surrounded by an elaborate, round,
> gray paper mache covering.  Unhatched immature European Paper Wasps, dead
> or alive, in white-capped cells of these combs would seem the most likely
> source of nutrition for a curious insectivore investigating eaves.
> Flycatchers are known to favor bees and wasps, in some situations as much
> or more than flies.  My reply to Bob included photos of the wasp and a
> related situation of a pewee with a yellowjacket in it bill.  Bob suggested
> I post this to COBIRDS.  Thinking the photos were a significant part of the
> response, and since photo sharing on COBIRDS is difficult (why is that?), I
> didn't take him up on his suggestion.  Then he wondered further if perhaps
> what seems like more wintering Say's Phoebes this year than normal could be
> directly tied to the increasing presence of European Paper Wasps on our
> scene.  I told him without direct evidence, it was a stretch, but a
> question worth continuing to investigate.
>
> So, I am asking, has anyone out there seen a Say's Phoebe visiting a
> little wasp comb under an eave?  Have you seen any other bird species
> tearing apart a wasp comb under an eave (flicker, barn swallow, etc.)?
> Inquiring minds want to know.  Assuming, hoping, some meaty anecdotes are
> out there, this might be the subject of a future "The Hungry Bird" column
> in "Colorado Birds".  Thanks.
>
> Dave Leatherman
> Fort Collins
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Subject: White-throated Sparrow, Carbondale
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:49:01 +0000
Hi all

 

Tom, Kay and Linda just dropped by and timed their visit perfectly to
co-incide with a visit from the White-throated Sparrow !

 

Best wishes

 

Dick Filby

Carbondale, Garfield Cty, CO

 

 

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Subject: Purple Finch - Fountain Creek Regional Park - El Paso County
From: "Bill Maynard" <bmaynard99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 14:48:07 -0700
COBirders,

 

As expected, the deep snow in this area has concentrated the Fountain Creek
Regional Park passerines around the front and back feeders at the visitor
center.  The Purple Finch, first found on 14Dec15 by a Boulder County CBC
team, seems less shy and it was visiting the front feeders on a regular
basis this a.m., posing nicely for Loch Kilpatrick and me.  The FCRP trails
are all snow covered and the lack of footprints indicate snowshoes or
x-country skis might be the best way to explore beyond the visitor center. 

 

Bill Maynard

Colorado Springs

 

 

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Subject: Re: CFO Convention: General information available online
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:43:45 -0800 (PST)
Hi, everybody. If you just can't wait till May to bird in and around Lamar, 
Prowers County...Don't just stand there, Do something!

The 14th annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival, based out of Lamar, is 
upon us. This year's festival will be held February 18-21, and the keynote 
speaker is Rick Wright, one of North America's brightest and most 
insightful birders. The festival will feature the usual full plate of field 
trips, workshops, and more. And here's a thought: You can stop by The Cow 
Palace and get first dibs on your room for the CFO convention! Seriously.

Get general info on the Snow Goose Festival here:

http://www.highplainssnowgoose.com/

Check out the program here:

http://www.highplainssnowgoose.com/schedule.html

And register here:

http://www.highplainssnowgoose.com/2016_Event_Registration_Form.pdf

CFO is proud to be a sponsor of this year's festival. Speaking of CFO, we 
continue to update the CFO convention pages at COBirds.org. The place to go 
for updates is the lefthand panel on this page:

http://cobirds.org/CFO/Conventions/Next.aspx

For example, you'll see new information there about reserving your 
convention hotel room at a discounted rate.

*See you in Lamar!*--in February, and again, of course, in May.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Subject: re hungry Say's Phoebes in winter
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:43:19 -0700
Recently Bob Righter posed some interesting questions on COBIRDS about what an 
individual Say's Phoebe he observed recently in the Denver area might be 
getting to eat under eaves. Once I got past my amazement that Bob is related by 
marriage to someone 103 years old, my private response to Bob guessed the 
answer might include European Paper Wasps (Polistes dominula), an introduced 
black-and-yellow wasp closely resembling a typical "yellowjacket" that reached 
CO in the early 2000s. They form small combs under eaves and have become quite 
common. By contrast, most yellowjacket wasps species nest in the ground, with 
two nesting in aerial "hives" in trees with the combs being surrounded by an 
elaborate, round, gray paper mache covering. Unhatched immature European Paper 
Wasps, dead or alive, in white-capped cells of these combs would seem the most 
likely source of nutrition for a curious insectivore investigating eaves. 
Flycatchers are known to favor bees and wasps, in some situations as much or 
more than flies. My reply to Bob included photos of the wasp and a related 
situation of a pewee with a yellowjacket in it bill. Bob suggested I post this 
to COBIRDS. Thinking the photos were a significant part of the response, and 
since photo sharing on COBIRDS is difficult (why is that?), I didn't take him 
up on his suggestion. Then he wondered further if perhaps what seems like more 
wintering Say's Phoebes this year than normal could be directly tied to the 
increasing presence of European Paper Wasps on our scene. I told him without 
direct evidence, it was a stretch, but a question worth continuing to 
investigate. 


So, I am asking, has anyone out there seen a Say's Phoebe visiting a little 
wasp comb under an eave? Have you seen any other bird species tearing apart a 
wasp comb under an eave (flicker, barn swallow, etc.)? Inquiring minds want to 
know. Assuming, hoping, some meaty anecdotes are out there, this might be the 
subject of a future "The Hungry Bird" column in "Colorado Birds". Thanks. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Harris's Sparrow - Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:53:56 -0700
Birders,
The Harris's Sparrow is here on the front porch.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Yes - Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:23:22 -0700
Birders,
There are Rosy's here this morning

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Golden, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 3 February 2016
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 03:48:45 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:  February 3, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Wednesday, February 3 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).

Trumpeter Swan (Adams, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Fremont)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Eagle, Mesa)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe,  Boulder)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Boulder, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, Pueblo)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Fremont)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
House Wren (Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Jefferson)
Varied Thrush (Grand, Larimer)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Weld)
Gray Catbird (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (*Boulder, Morgan, Weld)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Larimer)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Fremont)
Lark Sparrow (Mesa)
Northern Cardinal (Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio Grande)
Black Rosy-Finch (Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio Grande)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Grand, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio, Grande)
PURPLE FINCH (El Paso)
Common Redpoll (*Garfield, Jefferson)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--2 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Aaron Shipe at Front Range Community
College on January 25.
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte
River on January 28.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 13, Jane Stulp reported Long-tailed Duck at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 16, Nick Komar reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South
Platte Reservoir.  On January 17, Steve Smith, Bill Kaempfer, and  Brian
Johnson reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January
18, Jesse and Renee Casias reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 19, David Suddjian reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks (1m,
2f), 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes, 1 1st-cyc Thayer's Gull, and 1 1-st cyc Lesser
Black-backed Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 19, Michael
Kiessig reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January
20, Aaron Keller reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.
On January 21, Karen Drozda reported 1 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 22, Nelson Ford reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at
South Platte Reservoir.  On January 23, Gene Rutherford  and others
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 24, 3
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy Wibbens, and Tom
Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 27, 3 Long-tailed Ducks
were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and 2 Long-tailed
Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported 3
Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 30, Joey Kellner
and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On
January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 2nd-cyc Thayer's
Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On February 1, David Suddjian reported 3
Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st cycle Glaucous Gull
at South Platte Reservoir.
--On January 23, Gene Rutherford reported ICELAND (kumlieni) GULL, 2
Thayer's Gulls, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at South Platte Reservoir.
On January 24, Tom Behnfield reported 2 Thayer's Gulls at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 26, Gwen Moor and Sue Clasen reported Long-tailed
Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Bennett Bailey on the San
Juan River Walk in Pagosa Springs on January 28.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon
Towhees in Picture Canyon.

BENT COUNT:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on
January 28.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex.  On January 21, David Dowell
reported 1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 juv, 1 imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex.  On January 26, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swan at Valmont Complex.  On January 27, David Dowell
reported 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex.
--On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee
Preserve in Lafayette.  On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird
at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.  On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Greenlee Preserve.  On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.
--On January 23, Ted Floyd reported a White-winged Dove along Boulder Creek
upstream from 75th St on January 23.
--An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn
Park in Lyons on January 31.  The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner
of the park.
--On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka
complex.
--On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over
Longmont.  On February 2, Todd Deininger heard a Lapland Longspur in
Longmont while shovelling snow.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Dick Filby on the Frying Pan River
between Basalt and Ruedi on January 27.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A f PURPLE FINCH was reported by Robb Hinds at Fountain Creek RP on
January 10.  On January 15, Gary Koehn reported f PURPLE FINCH at feeders
at Fountain Creek NC.  On January 16 Glenn Walbek and John Drummond
reported young male PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 23, Joey
Kellner and others reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Glenn Walbek and John Drummond on
Birdsall Rd on January 16.  On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja
Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 25, Adam
Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 27, Gwen
Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 28, Mark
Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 29, Lisa
Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 30, Sue
Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP.  On
January 31, Jesse and Renee Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek
RP.


FREMONT COUNTY:
--At Centennial Park in Canon City, Joey Kellner reported Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker on January 1.  On January 6, John Drummond reported
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On January 15, Aaron Keller
reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On January 22,
Brandon Percival Reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On
January 23, Robb Hinds reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.
--On January 19, Rich Miller reported Long-tailed Duck at Valco Pond in
Canon City.  On January 22, Brandon Percival reported Long-tailed Duck at
Valco Pond.
--2 pair of Canyon Towhees were reported by Dan Stringer at Brush Hollow
Reservoir on January 22.
--On January 30, Sue Riffe and Tom Behnfield reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--A Common Redpoll was reported by Madalynn Connor in Glenwood Springs near
Hotel Colorado on February 2.

GRAND COUNTY:
--A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby since
late November.  Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see
the thrush.  But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders
than the block that she will place in the driveway.  Please contact her at
PioneerCSC at aol.com for information.  On December 31, Bob Spencer
reported Varied Thrush at Granby.  On January 1, Cathy Craig reported that
the Varied Thrush continues at her feeders.  On January 2, Cathy Craig
reported that there are now a pair (m and f) of Varied Thrush visiting her
feeders.  On January 18, Cathy Craig reported that the male Varied Thrush
continues to visit her feeders.  On January 25, Cathy Craig reported that
the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to visit
her feeders.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches.
His address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden.  He usually posts to CoBirds if
birds show up.  On January 19, Ira Sanders reported Rosy-Finches at his
feeders.  On January 20, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his
feeders.  On January 22, Susan W and M Wise reported Common Redpoll at
feeders at Defance Ct.  On January 23, John Drummond reported Common
Redpoll at Defrance Ct.  On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll
at his feeders. On January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at
Defrance Ct.  On January 31, Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira
Sanders.  On February 2, Tom Behnfield reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches at feeders of Ira Sanders.
--On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland St in
Lakewood.  The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a
month.  The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder
behind the house on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the
house.  Please be respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too
closely.  You may park on Newland.  On January 11, Mark Minner-Lee reported
Carolina Wren in Newland St neighborhood.  On January 12, Jane Stulp
reported Carolina Wren on Newland St.  On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer
reported that the Carolina Wren returned to her yard after an absence of a
few days.  On January 23, Gabriel Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites
Park in Wheat Ridge.
--On January 27, Kathanne Lynch reported m Williamson's Sapsucker visiting
her yard in Genesse.  Birders are welcome to try to see the bird.   Her
place is at 7500 feet at 1298 Northridge Court, Golden.  The bird is 35
feet up in Ponderosa Pine that is marked with a ribbon (60 feet from house
on downhill side of driveway).  Bird last seen late January 30 when snow
started.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort
Collins.  The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke
Caldwell at 1520 W Mountain.  Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard
through the front and proceed along the east side.  The bird spends most of
the time visitng the feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line
near the alley.  On January 15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated
Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain.  On January 16, Joe Mammoser reported
Yellow-throated Warbler at the Caldwell residence in Fort Collins.  On
January 17, Scott Manwaring reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W.
Mountain in Fort Collins.  On January 21, Dave Leatherman, Norm Lewis and
Nina Routh reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain in Fort
Collins.  On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported Yellow-throated Warbler
at Caldwell residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave.
--On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to
parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA.
This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year.  This
year it showed up for the Loveland CBC.  On January 16, Fawn Simond and
David Steingraeber reported 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS at Bobcat Ridge NA.  Fawn
included 2 photos in her eBird post.  On January 17, George James, M Wise,
Susan W, Susan Quinland, and Scott Manwaring reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On January 18, Dave Leatherman reported that the AMERICAN
WOODCOCK was seen by many with the help of Ranger Karl.  Leatherman saw it
at Buffam Creek about 150 yards east of entrance to main parking lot.  On
January 20, John Vanderpoel and Lisa Edwards reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On January 21, Mark Minner-Lee, Dave Leatherman, Norm
Lewis, and Nina Routh reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge NA.  On
January 30, Dave Leatherman reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge.
Parking is very limited because of mud.
--On January 12, Donna Nespoli reported 2 Varied Thrush NW of Lyons.  On
January 23, Sue Riffe and David Dowell reported Varied Thrush at Spring
Gulch.  On January 30, Pablo Quezada reported Varied Thrush at Spring
Gulch.  On January 30, Donna Nespoli reported great views of Varied Thrush
at Spring Gulch.  This was her last trip.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Lark Sparrow was reported by Nic Korte on Tumacanbac Route on January
21.
--Mike Henwood reported a flock of about 40 Rosy-Finches of all three
species at Colorado National Monument in an area between the two tunnels
above the West (Fruita) entrance on January 21.
--4 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Carol Ortenzio at Connected Lakes SP,
Blue Heron Section on January 22.
--14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake
in Connected Lakes SP on January 28.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Laplalnd Longspur was reported by Norm Lewis at Jackson Lake SP on
January 26.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in
Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name
Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market.   He also
reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of
Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road  S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW
part of Fairplay.   On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches
(Gray-crowned and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on
Elkhorn Rd.  On January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches at feeders in Jefferson.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of
Sam's Knob at Snowmass on January 21.  He will repeat giving a bird talk
there every Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks.  You will need access to
Sam's Knob by
walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket.  Contact him at dickfilby AT
hotmail.com for details.  On January 28, Dick Filby reported all 3 species
of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On January 22, Dan Stringer reported Curve-billed Thrasher, Lesser
Black-backed Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull at South Shore Marina of
Pueblo Reservoir.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Dan Stringer by the Sailboard Launch
Area of Pueblo Reservoir on January 22.
--7 White-winged Doves were reported by Dan Stringer in the Sunset
Nieghborhood of Pueblo on January 22.
--A House Wren was reported by Norm Erthal, Joey Kellner, and Kathy Mihm
Dunning at Olive Marsh on January 23.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--On January 25, Virginia Simmons reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
visiting a farm south of the Monte Vista NWR.

WELD COUNTY:
--33 Sharp-tailed Grouse and Lapland Longspur were reported by Steve
Mlodinow and Kathy Mihm Dunning at CR99 to Wyoming on January 27.
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Steve Mlodinow at CR 84 at CR 77
on January 27.
--3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120
about 1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On January 26, Connie Kogler reported 3 Northern Cardinals (1f, 2m) and 4
Red- bellied Woodpeckers at South Republican SWA (old Bonny SP).  The
Cardinals were in a dense hedge about a mile in on CR 3 and the Woodpeckers
by the campground.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 6 will be to South Platte River
Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76 led by Mark Amershek (mamershek AT msn.co;
303-329-8646).  Meet the leader at 0730 at the parking area at 88th ave and
South Platte River Trail.  From I-76 take E 88th Ave exit, go west on 88th
for 1.6 miles, turn turn south at Colorado Blvd.  Turn left again into the
parking lot for South Platte River Greeway Trailhead.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 7 will be to Fort Collins area
streams and lakes led by Paul Slingsby (paslingsby AT comcast.net;
303-422-3728)  This trip is FULL.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder, CO

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - YES
From: Tom Behnfield <behnfield AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 16:50:17 -0800 (PST)
Several Birders were treated to great views of all 4 varieties of Rosy Finch 
around 3:30 this afternoon, Gray-crowned (Gray-crowned,) Gray-crowned 
(Hepburn's,) Brown Capped and Black were all on the platform feeders behind Ira 
& Tammy's house. Thanks Ira & Tammy for welcoming us over & over. 


Photos are on this eBird checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27272170 


Good birding,

Tom Behnfield
Lakewood, CO
behnfield AT q.com

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - YES
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:52:19 -0700
​Birders,​
About 40 or 50 Rosy's are here.  There are at least 2 Brown-capped and
maybe 1 Black.  It's been pretty quiet otherwise.
Parking is limited due to the snow but the street has been plowed.  Please
park in front of my drive way.

-- 
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Golden, CO

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Subject: Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:10:28 -0700
Birders,
Right now there in nothing here.  A Sharpie has been hanging around and
actually brushed my jacket as it flew past me chasing a junco that was
making a noise I had never heard before.  I believe it got away.
I haven't seen any Rosy's but there was Goshawk in the neighborhood that
Matt Clark spotted.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 2 February 2016
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 04:09:20 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:  February 2, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Tuesday, February 2 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).

Trumpeter Swan (Adams, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
Long-tailed Duck (*Arapahoe, Fremont)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Eagle, Mesa)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (Larimer)
Red Phalarope (Pueblo)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe,  Boulder, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Boulder, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent, Pueblo)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Fremont)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Weld)
Black Phoebe (Pueblo)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
House Wren (Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Jefferson)
Varied Thrush (Grand, Larimer)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Weld)
Gray Catbird (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (*Boulder, Morgan, Weld)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Larimer)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Fremont)
Lark Sparrow (Mesa)
Northern Cardinal (Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Grand, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio Grande)
Black Rosy-Finch (Grand, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio Grande)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Grand, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, Pitkin, Rio, Grande)
PURPLE FINCH (El Paso)
Common Redpoll (Jefferson, Larimer)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--2 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Aaron Shipe at Front Range Community
College on January 25.
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Bill Kaempfer at 88th and Platte
River on January 28.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On January 13, Jane Stulp reported Long-tailed Duck at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 16, Nick Komar reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South
Platte Reservoir.  On January 17, Steve Smith, Bill Kaempfer, and  Brian
Johnson reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January
18, Jesse and Renee Casias reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 19, David Suddjian reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks (1m,
2f), 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes, 1 1st-cyc Thayer's Gull, and 1 1-st cyc Lesser
Black-backed Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 19, Michael
Kiessig reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January
20, Aaron Keller reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.
On January 21, Karen Drozda reported 1 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 22, Nelson Ford reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at
South Platte Reservoir.  On January 23, Gene Rutherford  and others
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 24, 3
Long-tailed Ducks were reported by Chris GIlbert, Wendy Wibbens, and Tom
Behnfield at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 27, 3 Long-tailed Ducks
were reported by Doug Kibbe at South Platte Reservoir and 2 Long-tailed
Ducks were reported by Norm Lewis.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported 3
Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 30, Joey Kellner
and many others reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.  On
January 31, Dean Shoup reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 2nd-cyc Thayer's
Gull at South Platte Reservoir.  On February 1, David Suddjian reported 3
Long-tailed Ducks, 3 1-st-cyc Thayer's Gulls and 1 1-st cycle Glaucous Gull
at South Platte Reservoir.
--On January 23, Gene Rutherford reported ICELAND (kumlieni) GULL, 2
Thayer's Gulls, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at South Platte Reservoir.
On January 24, Tom Behnfield reported 2 Thayer's Gulls at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 26, Gwen Moor and Sue Clasen reported Long-tailed
Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Bennett Bailey on the San
Juan River Walk in Pagosa Springs on January 28.

BACA COUNTY:
--On January 29, Chris Gilbert reported Chichuahuan Raven and 5 Canyon
Towhees in Picture Canyon.

BENT COUNT:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty on
January 28.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On January 11, David Dowell reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 10 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls at the Valmont Complex.  On January 21, David Dowell
reported 1 Tundra Swan, 1 ad Thayer's Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 juv, 1 imm, 1 ad) at Valmont Complex.  On January 26, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swan at Valmont Complex.  On January 27, David Dowell
reported 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Valmont Complex.
--On January 13, Ted Floyd reported a Gray Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee
Preserve in Lafayette.  On January 23, Randy Siebert reported Gray Catbird
at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.  On January 25, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Greenlee Preserve.  On January 31, Ted Floyd reported Gray
Catbird at Waneka Lake/Greenlee Preserve.
--On January 23, Ted Floyd reported a White-winged Dove along Boulder Creek
upstream from 75th St on January 23.
--An ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was reported by Christian Nunes at Bohn
Park in Lyons on January 31.  The bird was in pine trees in the SW corner
of the park.
--On February 1, Ted Floyd reported a Lapland Longspur at Greenlee/Waneka
complex.
--On February 1, Scott Severs reported 2 Lapland Longspurs flying over
Longmont.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A m Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Dick Filby on the Frying Pan River
between Basalt and Ruedi on January 27.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A f PURPLE FINCH was reported by Robb Hinds at Fountain Creek RP on
January 10.  On January 15, Gary Koehn reported f PURPLE FINCH at feeders
at Fountain Creek NC.  On January 16 Glenn Walbek and John Drummond
reported young male PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 23, Joey
Kellner and others reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Glenn Walbek and John Drummond on
Birdsall Rd on January 16.  On January 24, David Tonnessen and Tanja
Britton reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 25, Adam
Vesely reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 27, Gwen
Moore reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 28, Mark
Chavez reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 29, Lisa
Edwards reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek RP.  On January 30, Sue
Riffe reported PURPLE FINCH and f Rusty Blackbird at Fountain Creek RP.  On
January 31, Jesse and Renee Casias reported PURPLE FINCH at Fountain Creek
RP.


FREMONT COUNTY:
--At Centennial Park in Canon City, Joey Kellner reported Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker on January 1.  On January 6, John Drummond reported
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On January 15, Aaron Keller
reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On January 22,
Brandon Percival Reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.  On
January 23, Robb Hinds reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Centennial Park.
--On January 19, Rich Miller reported Long-tailed Duck at Valco Pond in
Canon City.  On January 22, Brandon Percival reported Long-tailed Duck at
Valco Pond.
--2 pair of Canyon Towhees were reported by Dan Stringer at Brush Hollow
Reservoir on January 22.
--On January 30, Sue Riffe and Tom Behnfield reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.

GRAND COUNTY:
--A Varied Thrush has been visiting the yard of Cathy Craig in Granby since
late November.  Cathy is willing to allow birders to come and try to see
the thrush.  But she does not want anyone to come closer to the feeders
than the block that she will place in the driveway.  Please contact her at
PioneerCSC at aol.com for information.  On December 31, Bob Spencer
reported Varied Thrush at Granby.  On January 1, Cathy Craig reported that
the Varied Thrush continues at her feeders.  On January 2, Cathy Craig
reported that there are now a pair (m and f) of Varied Thrush visiting her
feeders.  On January 18, Cathy Craig reported that the male Varied Thrush
continues to visit her feeders.  On January 25, Cathy Craig reported that
the Male Varied Thrush and all 3 species of Rosy-Finches continue to visit
her feeders.  On January 28, Nic Korte reported Varied Thrush and
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Yard of Cathy Craig in Granby.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Ira Sanders has feeders which attract Common Redpoll and Rosy-Finches.
His address is 314 Defrance Ct, Golden.  He usually posts to CoBirds if
birds show up.  On January 19, Ira Sanders reported Rosy-Finches at his
feeders.  On January 20, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll at his
feeders.  On January 22, Susan W and M Wise reported Common Redpoll at
feeders at Defance Ct.  On January 23, John Drummond reported Common
Redpoll at Defrance Ct.  On January 30, Ira Sanders reported Common Redpoll
at his feeders. On January 31, Bob Spencer reported Common Redpoll at
Defrance Ct.  On January 31, Kiki Widjaja reported Common Redpoll, 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and 1 Brown Capped Rosy-Finch at feeders of Ira
Sanders.
--On December 31, Gwen Moore reported a Carolina Wren at 2695 Newland St in
Lakewood.  The Wren has been visiting the feeders in the yard for over a
month.  The owners invite you to come in the yard and go to the feeder
behind the house on the west and a suet feeder on the south side of the
house.  Please be respectful of the bird and do not try to approach too
closely.  You may park on Newland.  On January 11, Mark Minner-Lee reported
Carolina Wren in Newland St neighborhood.  On January 12, Jane Stulp
reported Carolina Wren on Newland St.  On January 17, Patty Echelmeyer
reported that the Carolina Wren returned to her yard after an absence of a
few days.  On January 23, Gabriel Wiltse reported Carolina Wren at Sites
Park in Wheat Ridge.
--On January 27, Kathanne Lynch reported m Williamson's Sapsucker visiting
her yard in Genesse.  Birders are welcome to try to see the bird.   Her
place is at 7500 feet at 1298 Northridge Court, Golden.  The bird is 35
feet up in Ponderosa Pine that is marked with a ribbon (60 feet from house
on downhill side of driveway).  Bird last seen late January 30 when snow
started.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 11, Jeff Birek reported Yellow-throated Warbler in Fort
Collins.  The warbler is visiting the feeders in the backyard of Luke
Caldwell at 1520 W Mountain.  Caldwell welcomes birders to enter his yard
through the front and proceed along the east side.  The bird spends most of
the time visitng the feeder in the pine trees along the east fence line
near the alley.  On January 15, Forrest Luke reported Yellow-throated
Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain.  On January 16, Joe Mammoser reported
Yellow-throated Warbler at the Caldwell residence in Fort Collins.  On
January 17, Scott Manwaring reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W.
Mountain in Fort Collins.  On January 21, Dave Leatherman, Norm Lewis and
Nina Routh reported Yellow-throated Warbler at 1520 W. Mountain in Fort
Collins.  On January 30, Dave Leatherman reported Yellow-throated Warbler
at Caldwell residence at 1520 W. Mountain Ave.
--On January 1, David Wade reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK by the entrance to
parking area of Bobcat Ridge NA.
This is the same area where there was an AMERICAN WOODCOCK last year.  This
year it showed up for the Loveland CBC.  On January 16, Fawn Simond and
David Steingraeber reported 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS at Bobcat Ridge NA.  Fawn
included 2 photos in her eBird post.  On January 17, George James, M Wise,
Susan W, Susan Quinland, and Scott Manwaring reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On January 18, Dave Leatherman reported that the AMERICAN
WOODCOCK was seen by many with the help of Ranger Karl.  Leatherman saw it
at Buffam Creek about 150 yards east of entrance to main parking lot.  On
January 20, John Vanderpoel and Lisa Edwards reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On January 21, Mark Minner-Lee, Dave Leatherman, Norm
Lewis, and Nina Routh reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge NA.  On
January 30, Dave Leatherman reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Bobcat Ridge.
Parking is very limited because of mud.
--On January 12, Donna Nespoli reported 2 Varied Thrush NW of Lyons.  On
January 23, Sue Riffe and David Dowell reported Varied Thrush at Spring
Gulch.  On January 30, Pablo Quezada reported Varied Thrush at Spring
Gulch.  On January 30, Donna Nespoli reported great views of Varied Thrush
at Spring Gulch.  This was her last trip.  Thanks Donna for showing the
bird to many birders.
  15 Common Redpolls were reported by Sherrie Duris at Moraine Park in
Rocky Mt NP on January 21.  They were feeding on catkins.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Lark Sparrow was reported by Nic Korte on Tumacanbac Route on January
21.
--Mike Henwood reported a flock of about 40 Rosy-Finches of all three
species at Colorado National Monument in an area between the two tunnels
above the West (Fruita) entrance on January 21.
--4 Trumpeter Swans were reported by Carol Ortenzio at Connected Lakes SP,
Blue Heron Section on January 22.
--14+ Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Leon Thurmon at Blue Heron Lake
in Connected Lakes SP on January 28.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Laplalnd Longspur was reported by Norm Lewis at Jackson Lake SP on
January 26.

PARK COUNTY:
--On January 25, David Suddjian reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches in
Jefferson at a house with feeders on the South side of garage with name
Schattinger & Sons then later at a house behind Jefferson Market.   He also
reported Rosy-Finches in Shawnee, 4 places in Indian Mountain area SE of
Jefferson (all 3 Species), Goshawk road  S-SE of Como, and a large flock NW
part of Fairplay.   On January 27, Hugh Kingery reported 30 Rosy-Finches
(Gray-crowned and Brown-capped) in Jefferson and about 30 Rosy-Fnches on
Elkhorn Rd.  On January 29, Chuck Hundertmark reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches at feeders in Jefferson.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--All three species of Rosy-Finches were reported by Dick Filby at top of
Sam's Knob at Snowmass on January 21.  He will repeat giving a bird talk
there every Thursday at 1100 for the next 4 weeks.  You will need access to
Sam's Knob by
walking or purchasing a chair lift ticket.  Contact him at dickfilby AT
hotmail.com for details.  On January 28, Dick Filby reported all 3 species
of Rosy-Finches at top of Sam's Knob at Snowmass.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On January 12, Brandon Percival reported Lesser Black-backed Gulls (2
1-st cyc, 2 ad) and Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 2 juv), ad Glaucous Gull, and ad
Great Black-backed Gull at S Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir.
--On January 17, Brandon Percival reported Black Phoebe, Great Black-backed
Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and White-throated Swifts at Pueblo
Reservoir.  Bill Kaempfer reported 1 Glaucous Gull, 1 Great Black-backed
Gull, 2 Thayer's Gulls, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On January 18, Brandon Percival, Stephany McNew, and RIchard Bunn
reported Red Phalarope at North Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir.  This is
the first winter record of Red Phalrope for Colorado.
--Red-necked Grebes were reported by Brandon Percival at both Marinas, 1 at
South Shore and 2 at North Shore on January 18.
--On January 18 at South Shore Marina, Brandon Percival reported 2 Glaucous
Gulls (1ad, 1 imm), 1 ad Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(ad, 1-st cyc), Thayer's Gulls (ad, juv).  On January 22, Dan Stringer
reported Curve-billed Thrasher, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Great
Black-backed Gull at South Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Brandon Percival below the dam at Pueblo
Reservoir on January 18.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Dan Stringer by the Sailboard Launch
Area of Pueblo Reservoir on January 22.
--7 White-winged Doves were reported by Dan Stringer in the Sunset
Nieghborhood of Pueblo on January 22.
--A House Wren was reported by Norm Erthal, Joey Kellner, and Kathy Mihm
Dunning at Olive Marsh on January 23.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--On January 25, Virginia Simmons reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
visiting a farm south of the Monte Vista NWR.

WELD COUNTY:
--33 Sharp-tailed Grouse and Lapland Longspur were reported by Steve
Mlodinow and Kathy Mihm Dunning at CR99 to Wyoming on January 27.
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Steve Mlodinow at CR 84 at CR 77
on January 27.
--3 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Penny Bauer on CR 114 and CR 120
about 1/2 mile W of CR 77 on January 28.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On January 26, Connie Kogler reported 3 Northern Cardinals (1f, 2m) and 4
Red- bellied Woodpeckers at South Republican SWA (old Bonny SP).  The
Cardinals were in a dense hedge about a mile in on CR 3 and the Woodpeckers
by the campground.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 6 will be to South Platte River
Trail at E 88th Ave and I-76 led by Mark Amershek (mamershek AT msn.co;
303-329-8646).  Meet the leader at 0730 at the parking area at 88th ave and
South Platte River Trail.  From I-76 take E 88th Ave exit, go west on 88th
for 1.6 miles, turn turn south at Colorado Blvd.  Turn left again into the
parking lot for South Platte River Greeway Trailhead.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 7 will be to Fort Collins area
streams and lakes led by Paul Slingsby (paslingsby AT comcast.net;
303-422-3728)  This trip is FULL.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder, CO

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Subject: more Lappies Loafing over Longmont
From: "Scott E. Severs" <scottesevers AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:18:02 -0700
I stepped out to experience the heavy snow band over Longmont and two
Lapland Longspurs were calling (rattles and tew calls) overhead possibly
disoriented by the snow and the glow of the city lights.

I'm going outside to listen again. . .

Scott E. Severs
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Christian's magical longspur
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:58:52 -0800 (PST)
Hello, Birders.

This is a note of local interest--and universal irony.

Yesterday afternoon, Sunday, Jan. 31, Andrew Floyd and I ran 
into--literally, almost ran into--Christian Nunes on the trail at Greenlee 
Preserve, Boulder County. Christian told us he'd heard a lapland longspur 
flying over Lookout Road, a bit north of Greenlee Preserve, earlier in the 
day--whereupon I lamented that I almost never encounter the species in 
Boulder County.

So, this snowy Monday afternoon, Feb. 1, Andrew and I were again out and 
about, this time throwing the football around, when, what should fly 
straight over South Fork Drive near the intersection of Salina (a.k.a. the 
entrance to Greenlee Preserve) but a loudly declaiming *lapland longspur,* 
my 233rd eBird life bird at the Greenlee/Waneka complex.    

In other news from Greenlee Preserve and Waneka Lake, the long-present *gray 
catbird* was softly mewing yesterday morning, Jan. 31, and a *horned lark* 
flew over. The *brown creepers* are still around, a *bald eagle* visits 
from time to time, and a few days ago I thought I heard a white-throated 
sparrow (just the call note) in a yard on the west side of the preserve.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Subject: A puzzle - Douglas
From: "'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 19:45:06 -0500

 A puzzlement. 

The setting: We live in an area below an extension of the Castlewood Canyon 
cliffs, one of 16 homes scattered along a mile-long road. Several of the homes 
have bird feeders,though not as faithfully filled as ours. On top of the 
cliffs, a half mile away, a subdivision development has houses on half-acre or 
less lots. We haven't seen any feeders up there, though we haven't looked 
carefully. 


The puzzle: Normally at this time of year we see 10-20 juncos below our 
feeders. Yesterday afternoon, as snow, cold, & night coincided, we counted 74 
of them. This did not happen this afternoon; it has snowed here since 
mid-morning. 


Where did these come from? Do they normally feed in shifts? Did they come from 
our neighbors, below the cliff? Or from the subdivision above it? Or do they 
simply lurk around the forest & shrubs below our cliffs and come in only when 
desperate? How can we figure this out? 


[I suspect that our junco cotillion isn't unique -- I've heard other feeder 
watchers comment on similar phenomona.] 


 

Hugh Kingery 
Franktown, CO

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Subject: Say's Phoebe (Denver),
From: ROBERT RIGHTER <rorighter AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 14:21:08 -0700
Hi

While visiting my 103 year old father-in-law at Clermont Park retirement digs, 
there was a Say’s Phoebe working under the eaves for ___? 


Of interest the Say’s Phoebe was first discovered for Science on the 1820 
Steven Long Expedition while the expedition was in an area that is know Pueblo 
Reservoir, the phoebe was discovered along Turkey Creek. The new phoebe was 
named in honor of Thomas Say, a naturalist, who was on the Expedition. 


Bob Righter
Denver, CO   

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Subject: RE: Crown Hill Area Goose
From: markchavez AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:15:06 +0000 (UTC)
There has been a Snow Goose reported on ebird from Crown Hill and the adjacent 
Paramount Park. I was able to get photos of this strange looking large bird on 
the 25th. The bill definitely is lacking the grin patch on the bill. The bill 
and legs are a bright orange like a Greater White-fronted Goose. Also, today at 
Blue Heron park in west Littleton there was a Greater White-fronted 
Goose(continuing) and immature Snow Goose. I have a photo of the strange 
(hybrid vs domestic) in the gallery below: 

https://jaeger29.smugmug.com/BIRDS/RARE-AND-UNCOMMON-2016/
Mark ChavezLakewood-Green Mtnhttp://jaeger29.smugmug.com/

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Subject: CFO Convention: General information available online
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:28:30 -0800 (PST)
Hello, Birders. The announcement (we used to call it the "brochure") for 
the CFO Convention in Lamar, Prowers County, May 5-9, 2016 is available 
online:

http://cobirds.org/CFO/Conventions/Next.aspx

Printable PDF version here:

http://cobirds.org/CFO/Conventions/Brochures/2016.pdf

Please note that *this is not the online registration form!* We expect to 
have that up and running by the beginning of March. Neither is this the 
call for papers for the science session. That will be going out in the next 
week or so.

For now, alls you need to do is block out May 5-9 on your calendars. The 
convention will be fantastic. For one thing, *we intend to document 
Colorado's 500th bird species during the convention...* :-)

Seriously, the birding will be excellent. And there's so much more to the 
CFO convention experience than the birding: workshops, panels, quizzes, the 
science session, the banquet and keynote, welcome picnic, opportunities for 
students, and much more. Oh, and the most wondrous thing of all: the 
opportunity to spend three or four days with 200 or so of the nicest 
birders in Colorado. See you in Lamar!

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

P.s. Thanks to David Gillilan and Ann Johnson for major assistance in 
creating the convention announcement.







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Subject: Redpoll - Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:07:03 -0700
Birders
The Redpoll is here.
I have NOT seen any Rosy's this morning.
The Harris's was reported yesterday.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: South Platte Res and vicinity, Arapahoe, Jefferson Feb 1
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:28:46 -0700
I stopped in at S. Platte Res. first thing this morning. Open water
continues in the Arapahoe portion. Three* Long-tailed Ducks* are still
there. The male was spending lots of time on the surface for a change,
power-swimming along the margin of the open water, while the two females
were underwater 90% of the time. Four *Ruddy Ducks* continue. There were
not very many gulls, but in addition to *Ring-billed* and *Herring* there
were 3 1st cycle *Thayer's* and 1 1st cycle *Glaucous*. A *Prairie Falcon *was
perched on a pole at the southwest corner of the entrance road (JeffCo).
Back in Arapahoe, there were 19 *Greater Scaup* on Blackrock Lake, with a
lesser contingent of* Lessers* (4).

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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