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24 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 April 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
23 Apr Re: West Slope birding [Nick Komar ]
24 Apr Roaring Fork Wednesday [Dick Filby ]
23 Apr West Slope birding [Nick Komar ]
23 Apr Boulder Reservoir/ Walden Ponds/ Sawhill Today [Carl Starace ]
23 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (23 Apr 2014) 5 Raptors []
23 Apr Bird Chronicles @ Lee Martinez Park/Larimer [Rob Sparks ]
23 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (22 Apr 2014) 4 Raptors []
23 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 April 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
23 Apr Roaring Fork Tuesday / Snow Leopard interruptions [Dick Filby ]
22 Apr Birdsong Identification Presentation - Rocky Mountain Arsenal [Alison Kondler ]
22 Apr Last Chance, Washington Co. - few migrants [Luis Matheus ]
22 Apr Marston Res in Denver -- Wilson's phalarope [Laura Steadman ]
22 Apr Black-throated Sparrow, Hanover, El Paso County, 4/22/14 ["Mel Goff" ]
22 Apr Pueblo birding 4/22 ["'Brandon ]
22 Apr Marbled Godwit/Crom Lake ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
22 Apr Wed, April 23, DFO trip is full, with a waiting list [Joe Roller ]
22 Apr Access to the birding area below Two Buttes dam has improved [Joe Roller ]
22 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 April 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
22 Apr Apologies to COBIrds []
22 Apr Stalker Pond, Wray (Yuma Co) - Harris's Sparrows, little else. [Luis Alberto Matheus ]
22 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (21 Apr 2014) 14 Raptors []
21 Apr Chatfield SP and vicinity, and Marston April 21 mostly. [David Suddjian ]
22 Apr Roaring Fork birds (Garfield/Eagle) [Dick Filby ]
21 Apr Chico Warblers Today [John D ]
21 Apr RE: Glossy Ibis, Boulder No, Weld Yes [William H Kaempfer ]
21 Apr Glossy Ibis, Boulder No, Weld Yes [Steven Mlodinow ]
21 Apr Marbled Godwit/Union Reservoir ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
21 Apr E Boulder (109th St) 4/21 ["snowy.owlets" ]
21 Apr Singing male Yellow-throated Warbler -- Kiowa Co. 4/21 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
21 Apr NW Colorado Sat-Sun [Nick Moore ]
21 Apr FOS Band-tailed Pigeons arrived today, Teller County ["Jeff J Jones" ]
21 Apr Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 4/21 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
21 Apr Ash-throated Flycatchers in Pueblo, 4/21 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
21 Apr Yellow-rumped Warblers large influx in Canon City area this morning. ["SeEttaM ." ]
21 Apr Broadies Lamar CC 4/20 []
21 Apr RE: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld ["Kay Niyo" ]
21 Apr Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
20 Apr Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird [Lynn ]
21 Apr Apology to Cathy Sheeter [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 April 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (20 Apr 2014) 36 Raptors []
21 Apr Re: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld [Deborah Carstensen ]
21 Apr Re: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld [Deborah Carstensen ]
20 Apr Marston Reservoir, Denver [Tina Jones ]
20 Apr Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld [OKbookwoman ]
20 Apr Chico Basin Ranch and E-bird reports ["'Brandon K. Percival ]
20 Apr Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld [Cathy Sheeter ]
20 Apr FOS Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Estes Park [Don Irwin ]
20 Apr Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld [Norm Lewis ]
20 Apr Re: Boulder Glossy Ibis [Christian Nunes ]
20 Apr Re: Broad-tailed Hummingbird - Jeffco []
20 Apr Last Chance - Washco [Ira Sanders ]
20 Apr Marbled Godwits -- Marston Reservoir, Denver Co. [Chris Rurik ]
20 Apr Hooded Warbler, Greater Roadrunner etc. -- El Paso Co. 4/20 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
20 Apr Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld [Joe Roller ]
20 Apr RE: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld ["Ira Sanders" ]
20 Apr "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
20 Apr New arrivals Larimer co. Foothills []
20 Apr Phoebe still present at Manitou Lake [Jeff J Jones ]
20 Apr Bent County --- Black Rails 4/19/14 [Mark Peterson ]
20 Apr Boulder Glossy Ibis []
20 Apr RE: Black Phoebe - Manitou Lake - Teller County ["Jeff J Jones" ]
20 Apr El Paso county Clark's grebes and Swainson's hawk [kickback ]
20 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 April 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
20 Apr Carolina Wren in Colorado City, Pueblo Co. 4/19 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
20 Apr 5 Great Egrets in Canon City, Evening Grosbeak and Franklin's Gulls continue in Canon City area ["SeEttaM ." ]
19 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (19 Apr 2014) 6 Raptors []
19 Apr Equalizer Lake, Larimer Co.; April 19 [Scott Baron ]
19 Apr Dillon, Summit County [Ed Baker ]
19 Apr Tree Swallows - Dillon, Summit County [Ed Baker ]
19 Apr Tempel Grove, Bent County 4/19/14 [Duane Nelson ]
19 Apr Gilpin County birding [William H Kaempfer ]
19 Apr Glossy Ibis, Boulder COunty [Todd Deininger ]
19 Apr Pueblo birds 4/19 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
19 Apr Broad-tailed Hummingbird - Jeffco ["Ira Sanders" ]

Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 April 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:17:43 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: April 24, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org
phone: 303-659-8750

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, April 24, 2014, sponsored
by the Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
If you are phoning in a message, you can skip the recording by pressing the
star key (*) on your phone at any time. Please leave your name, phone
number, detailed directions including county, and dates for each sighting.
It would be helpful if you would spell your last name.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Eagle, Moffat, Park, Routt)
Chukar (*Mesa)
Green Heron (*Larimer, Pueblo)
GLOSSY IBIS (Boulder, Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Douglas, El Paso,  *Larimer, Prowers, Pueblo)
MEW GULL (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Larimer, Park)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Park)
White-winged Dove (Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Chaffee/Gunnison)
Black Phoebe (Mesa, Teller)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Fremont, Pueblo)
BLUE-HEADED VIREO (Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Northern Parula (El Paso)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Bent, Larimer, Montrose)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Bent, Kiowa)
Black-and-white Warbler (Bent, El Paso)
Hooded Warbler (El Paso)
Black-throated Sparrow (El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (Eagle)
Swamp Sparrow (Douglas/Jefferson)
White-throated Sparrow (Logan)
Harris's Sparrow (*Garfield, Yuma)
Indigo Bunting (Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (Douglas/Jefferson,  Teller)

BENT COUNTY:
--On April 19 at Tempel Grove Duane Nelson reported YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLER, Black-throated Gray Warbler, and Black-and-white Warbler.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Gent at a pond on the west side of 109th St
just N of Jasper Road on April 19. On April 20, Waltman reported GLOSSY
IBIS at 109th and Jasper.

CHAFFEE/GUNNISON COUNTIES:
--2 - 3 American Three-toed Woodpeckers were reported by Komar at Monarch
Pass Summit east of Gunnison on April 23.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Suddjian flying over the parking area
for Sharptail Ridge Open Space on April 21.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--At Chatfield SP on April 21, Suddjian reported a pair of Rusty Blackbirds
and a Swamp Sparrow along Plum Creek near the Picnic Area and an Eastern
Phoebe along the S Platte River upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A few Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Filby at Spring Park Reservoir
on April 21.

El PASO COUNTY:
--A Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Percival at Bell Grove at Chico
Basin Ranch on April 19.
--A Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Drummond by the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch on April 21.
--A m Hooded Warbler was reported by Percival at Chico Basin Ranch between
the banding station and Bell Grove on April 20.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Percival by the banding station at
Chico Basin Ranch on April 20.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Percival on Hanover Road on April 20.
--A Northern Parula was reported by Tyler Stuart along the creek on the
south side of Sinton Pond in Colorado Springs on April 15.  On April 18,
Maynard reported Northern Parula at Sinton Pond..
--On April 22 at Hanover Fire Station, a Black-throated Sparrow was
reported by Goff.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On April 18, Percival reported 2 Eastern Phoebes on the Canon City
Riverwalk between Raynolds and Sell.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--Filby reported on April 23 that his yard Harris's Sparrow in Carbondale
is still present.  If you would like to try to see the bird email him at
dickfilby AT hotmail.com.

GILPIN COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows were reported by Kaemfper on the road to Moffat Tunnel one
on either side of Tolland on April 19.

KIOWA COUNTY:
--A singing male YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported by Cooper at Sand
Creek Massacre NHS Visitor Center on April 21.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Komar at Horseshoe Lake in
NE Loveland on April 12.
Best viewing spot is at the east end of Engelman Place off of Monroe.   On
April 18, Komar reported 2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 pale 3-rd cyc) and a
1-st cyc MEW GULL at Horseshoe Lake in Loveland.
--A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported by Biggerstaff at Pine Ridge
Natural Area/ Dixon Reservoir on April 17.
On April 18, Wade and Johnson reported the Black-throated Gray Warbler At
Dixon.
--A 2nd-cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Baron at Equalizer
Lake in Loveland on April 19.
--At Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins on April 23, Sparks reported a light
adult Broad-winged Hawk flying over the Poudre River and a Green Heron 50
ft N of the bike trail and parking lot intersection.

MESA COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phoebes was discovered by Stigen on April 15 on the
Audubon Trail in Grand Junction and on April 22
Henwood reports that they are nest building at what he is calling '"Phoebe
Rock".
--A Chukar was reported by Komar at the Collbran exit of I-70 on a cliff
over looking a pullout on April 22.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--7 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Moore on the Yampa River in Craig
on April 19.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--3 Black-throated Gray Warblers were reported by Dexter at Pinyon Canopy
Tower on April 18.  This is about where old
Hwy 90 crosses the San Miguel River about 9 miles east of Nucla.

PARK COUNTY:
--At 11 mile Reservoir on April 18, Mlodinow reported 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes
(2m, 1f), 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull, and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--3 ad Broad-winged Hawks were reported by Severs flying over Lamar
Community College on April 20.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival in Rock Canyon at Osprey
Picnic Area on April 21.
--A probable BLUE-HEADED VIREO was photographed by Mitchell at Chico Basin
Ranch Headquarters on April 18.
--A Green Heron was reported by Percival on an island on the W side of
Pueblo City Park on April 19.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Percival flying over the Valco Ponds
Parking Lot in Pueblo on April 19.
--A Carolina Wren was found by Silverman in the western part of Green Horn
Meadows Park in Colorado City on April 19.
--A singing male Indigo Bunting was reported by Percival at the Frisbee
Golf Course at Pueblo City Park on April 22.
--2 Green Herons were reported by Percival at the pond at Pueblo City Park
on April 22.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--At Lake Catamount on April 19, Moore report 30 - 40 Barrow's Goldeneyes.

TELLER COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Hinds at Manitou Lake on April 19.  The
Black Phoebe was seen again on April 19 by Jones
at Manitou Lake along with a Rusty Blackbird.

WELD COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Mlodinow at a pond at the intersection of
CO 119 and CR 7 on April 21.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A pair of Harris's Sparrow was reported by Matheus at Stalker Pond in
Wray on April 21.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 26 will be to South Platte Park led
by Dick Anderson(303-757-4582, cell 303-875-4696).
Meet at 0800 in the parking area off C-470.  Take C-470 west from Santa Fe
to South Plate Canyon Road, turn sharp right onto Viable Road leading to
parking area.  Part at the lot at the end of the road near the river.
 Finish around 1100.  Bring water, binoculars, a scope if you have one, and
dress for variable weather.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 27 will be to the Pueblo Area led by
Paul Slingsby(303-422-3728).  This Trip is
full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: West Slope birding
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:53:45 -0600
Oops- accidentally hit the send key. Here is the rest of my message. 
3. Continued. In Saguache County south of Doyleyville we were thrilled to 
witness a Golden Eagle unsuccessfully chase a female Gunnison Sage-Grouse high 
over the rolling sagebrush hills, a distantly drumming American Three-toed 
Woodpecker, a pair of calling (type 4?) Red Crossbills acting territorial in an 
isolated stand of firs, and a large herd of bighorn sheep. 

4. Two or three more Three-toed Woodpeckers at Monarch Pass summit on US50 east 
of Gunnison. One male appeared odd as it was missing the yellow feathers on the 
forecrown but not the rows of thin white lines. We assumed this was due to 
active feather molt. 



Nick Komar
Fort Collins (currently in LaJunta)

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 23, 2014, at 10:20 PM, Nick Komar  wrote:
> 
> I just finished guiding a group of 7 birders through western Colorado. Some 
comments that may be of interest to others: 

> 1. Chukar. We exited I70 onto Hwy 65 (Collbran exit in eastern Mesa County) 
and pulled over at the wide pulloff/rest area just off the interstate to the 
south. A Chukar was perched at the top of the cliff overlooking the pullout. 
This was about 2 pm on 4/22 

> 2. Dusky Grouse. The south rim road at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National 
Park had at least 6 Dusky Grouse along the road (plus 5 Wild Turkeys) between 
6:10 and 7:50 pm on 4/22. They put on a great show. 

> 3. Gunnison Sage-Grouse. The only accessible lek, at the Watchable Wildlife 
Area on the road to Waunita Hot Springs in southeast Gunnison County, is 
flooded by early snowmelt runoff and has been abandoned for the last three 
days. We did manage to see several strutting males at a great distance on the 
hillside above the lek site at about 7 am on 4/23. Later 

> in the morning we explored the county roads south of the lek site, in 
SaguachCounty. 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Roaring Fork Wednesday
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:22:23 +0100
Hi all,

 

Our HARRIS'S SPARROW persists and was again showy today, singing on+off. 

 

PINYON JAYS continue to raid the feeders,

Two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS continue 

 

At El Jebel (Eagle County) the COMMON LOON in immaculate plumage continues
on Blue Lake.. 

 

Good birding all

 

Dick Filby

Carbondale CO

 

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Subject: West Slope birding
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:20:06 -0600
I just finished guiding a group of 7 birders through western Colorado. Some 
comments that may be of interest to others: 

1. Chukar. We exited I70 onto Hwy 65 (Collbran exit in eastern Mesa County) and 
pulled over at the wide pulloff/rest area just off the interstate to the south. 
A Chukar was perched at the top of the cliff overlooking the pullout. This was 
about 2 pm on 4/22 

2. Dusky Grouse. The south rim road at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National 
Park had at least 6 Dusky Grouse along the road (plus 5 Wild Turkeys) between 
6:10 and 7:50 pm on 4/22. They put on a great show. 

3. Gunnison Sage-Grouse. The only accessible lek, at the Watchable Wildlife 
Area on the road to Waunita Hot Springs in southeast Gunnison County, is 
flooded by early snowmelt runoff and has been abandoned for the last three 
days. We did manage to see several strutting males at a great distance on the 
hillside above the lek site at about 7 am on 4/23. Later 

in the morning we explored the county roads south of the lek site, in 
SaguachCounty. 


Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Boulder Reservoir/ Walden Ponds/ Sawhill Today
From: Carl Starace <castarace AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:12:08 -0600
Hello,       In search of the Common Loon,[no show], at Boulder Res. I had
a lone Fos  Black necked Stilt. I got to Cottonwood Marsh around 9 am and
found 22 White Faced Ibis. The 3 American Avocets were still there as well
as 2 pair of Blue winged Teal ,  and Three Cinnamon Teal,[2 males]. Several
House Wren were in full voice over by the creek at Sawhill.  Good April
Birding to all,       Carl Starace,  Longmont

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (23 Apr 2014) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Apr 2014 18:04:56 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1             84             87
Osprey                       0              8              8
Bald Eagle                   0              2             27
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             31             36
Cooper's Hawk                1             47             62
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2            104            234
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              9
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              9
Golden Eagle                 0              3             10
American Kestrel             0             57             71
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              4
Prairie Falcon               0              2              7
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             20             22
Unknown Buteo                0             10             15
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              8

Total:                       5            389            621
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter:        Roger Rouch

Observers:        

Visitors:
None.


Weather:
Warm, with temperatures rising from the low 60's to low 70's. Clear skies
in the morning gave way to mostly cloudy skies by day's end.  Winds were
mostly from the west and northwest averaging about 2 bft. with higher gusts
in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
All migrating raptors were high and overhead.  During the active period
mid-morning a few sighted raptors gained elevation and vaporized into the
blue sky.  Few, perhaps less than 8 or 10, local Red-tails observations and
no other local raptors were observed. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A rather docile RATTLESNAKE was seen on the NW side of the platform. 
During the first hour of observation approximately 90 White-throated Swifts
passed over the observation site going north and many continued to swirl
around all day.  In addition to the common local birds, a Broad-tailed
Hummingbird.

Predictions:
Optimistically, the mild front passing through this evening will encourage
better entertainment?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

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Subject: Bird Chronicles @ Lee Martinez Park/Larimer
From: Rob Sparks <robsparks AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:48:08 -0700 (PDT)
Today I observed a light adult Broad-winged Hawk flying low over the Poudre 
River  AT  Lee Martinez.  It then caught a thermal and flew west.  I also had 
a Green Heron about 50 feet north of the bike trail and lee martinez 
parking lot intersection.  Other migrants observed were a Say's Phoebe, 
Barn Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, White-crowned Sparrow and Yellow-rumped 
Warblers.  

Rob Sparks
Cloudy Old Town
Fort Collins

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (22 Apr 2014) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Apr 2014 13:04:57 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             83             86
Osprey                       0              8              8
Bald Eagle                   0              2             27
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             30             35
Cooper's Hawk                1             46             61
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2            102            232
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              9
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              9
Golden Eagle                 0              3             10
American Kestrel             0             57             71
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              4
Prairie Falcon               1              2              7
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             20             22
Unknown Buteo                0             10             15
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              8

Total:                       4            384            616
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Paul Slingsby

Observers:        Claude Vallieres

Visitors:
Only 3 visitors who were interested to know what we were doing.


Weather:
Warm, 68 deg F to 79 deg. F, with high, thin clouds until 15:00 MST when
the sky became dark.  Wind was calm from ESE, changing to SW at 12:00 with
a few gusts but still very calm. Visibility unlimited, no precipitation.

Raptor Observations:
A local immature Red-tailed Hawk with one missing left primary,a missing
tail feather and some secondaries of different length is recognizable from
other days.  A local adult Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen twice. A local
Golden Eagle passed, also with primary molt visible. It was judged to be
local because of the late date.

Non-raptor Observations:
A pair of Spotted Towhees were seen with nest material and much excited
behavior under the juniper that is next to the large fence post just a few
feet SW of the hawkwatch platform.  Will they stay?
Ten Chipping Sparrows and one male Broad-tailed Hummingbird were added to
the usual local birds today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 April 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:28:00 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: April 23, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org
phone: 303-659-8750

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, April 23, 2014,
sponsored
by the Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
If you are phoning in a message, you can skip the recording by pressing the
star key (*) on your phone at any time. Please leave your name, phone
number, detailed directions including county, and dates for each sighting.
It would be helpful if you would spell your last name.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Eagle, Moffat, Park, Routt)
Green Heron (*Pueblo)
GLOSSY IBIS (Boulder, Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Prowers, Pueblo)
MEW GULL (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Larimer, Park)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Park)
White-winged Dove (Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Black Phoebe (*Mesa, Teller)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Fremont, Pueblo)
BLUE-HEADED VIREO (Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Northern Parula (El Paso)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Bent, Larimer, Montrose)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Bent, El Paso, Kiowa)
Black-and-white Warbler (Bent, El Paso)
Hooded Warbler (El Paso)
Black-throated Sparrow (*El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (Eagle)
Swamp Sparrow (Douglas/Jefferson)
White-throated Sparrow (Logan)
Harris's Sparrow (*Garfield, Yuma)
Indigo Bunting (*Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Teller)

BENT COUNTY:
--On April 19 at Tempel Grove Duane Nelson reported YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLER, Black-throated Gray Warbler, and Black-and-white Warbler.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Gent at a pond on the west side of 109th St
just N of Jasper Road on April 19. On April 20, Waltman reported GLOSSY
IBIS at 109th and Jasper.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Suddjian flying over the parking area
for Sharptail Ridge Open Space on April 21.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--At Chatfield SP on April 21, Suddjian reported a pair of Rusty Blackbirds
and a Swamp Sparrow along Plum Creek near the Picnic Area and an Eastern
Phoebe along the S Platte River upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A few Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Filby at Spring Park Reservoir
on April 21.

El PASO COUNTY:
--A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported by Stuart at the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 13.  On April 17, Maynard reported
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER by the banding station at Chico Basin Ranch.
--A Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Percival at Bell Grove at Chico
Basin Ranch on April 19.
--A Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Drummond by the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch on April 21.
--A m Hooded Warbler was reported by Percival at Chico Basin Ranch between
the banding station and Bell Grove on April 20.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Percival by the banding station at
Chico Basin Ranch on April 20.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Percival on Hanover Road on April 20.
--A Northern Parula was reported by Tyler Stuart along the creek on the
south side of Sinton Pond in Colorado Springs on April 15.  On April 18,
Maynard reported Northern Parula at Sinton Pond.
--An ad m Rusty Blackbird was reported by Drummond at Sinton Pond on April
17.
--On April 22 at Hanover Fire Station, a Black-throated Sparrow was
reported by Goff.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On April 18, Percival reported 2 Eastern Phoebes on the Canon City
Riverwalk between Raynolds and Sell.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--Filby reported on April 22 that his yard Harris's Sparrow in Carbondale
is still present.  If you would like to try to see the bird email him at
dickfilby AT hotmail.com.

GILPIN COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows were reported by Kaemfper on the road to Moffat Tunnel one
on either side of Tolland on April 19.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Suddjian flying over South Valley
Park on April 17.

KIOWA COUNTY:
--A singing male YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported by Cooper at Sand
Creek Massacre NHS Visitor Center on April 21.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Komar at Horseshoe Lake in
NE Loveland on April 12.
Best viewing spot is at the east end of Engelman Place off of Monroe.   On
April 18, Komar reported 2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 pale 3-rd cyc) and a
1-st cyc MEW GULL at Horseshoe Lake in Loveland.
--A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported by Biggerstaff at Pine Ridge
Natural Area/ Dixon Reservoir on April 17.
On April 18, Wade and Johnson reported the Black-throated Gray Warbler At
Dixon.
--A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported by Lutomski at Cottonwood
Hollow/Running Deer Natural Area on April 17.
--A 2nd-cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Baron at Equalizer
Lake in Loveland on April 19.

MESA COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phoebes was discovered by Stigen on April 15 on the
Audubon Trail in Grand Junction and on April 22
Henwood reports that they are nest building at what he is calling '"Phoebe
Rock".

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--7 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Moore on the Yampa River in Craig
on April 19.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--3 Black-throated Gray Warblers were reported by Dexter at Pinyon Canopy
Tower on April 18.  This is about where old
Hwy 90 crosses the San Miguel River about 9 miles east of Nucla.

PARK COUNTY:
--At 11 mile Reservoir on April 18, Mlodinow reported 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes
(2m, 1f), 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull, and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--3 ad Broad-winged Hawks were reported by Severs flying over Lamar
Community College on April 20.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival at Valco Ponds W of the
parking lot on April 17.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival in Rock Canyon at Osprey
Picnic Area on April 21.
--A probable BLUE-HEADED VIREO was photographed by Mitchell at Chico Basin
Ranch Headquarters on April 18.
--A Green Heron was reported by Percival on an island on the W side of
Pueblo City Park on April 19.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Percival flying over the Valco Ponds
Parking Lot in Pueblo on April 19.
--A Carolina Wren was found by Silverman in the western part of Green Horn
Meadows Park in Colorado City on April 19.
--A singing male Indigo Bunting was reported by Percival at the Frisbee
Golf Course at Pueblo City Park on April 22.
--2 Green Herons were reported by Percival at the pond at Pueblo City Park
on April 22.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--At Lake Catamount on April 19, Moore report 30 - 40 Barrow's Goldeneyes.

TELLER COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Hinds at Manitou Lake on April 19.  The
Black Phoebe was seen again on April 19 by Jones
at Manitou Lake along with a Rusty Blackbird.

WELD COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Mlodinow at a pond at the intersection of
CO 119 and CR 7 on April 21.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A pair of Harris's Sparrow was reported by Matheus at Stalker Pond in
Wray on April 21.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 26 will be to South Platte Park led
by Dick Anderson(303-757-4582, cell 303-875-4696).
Meet at 0800 in the parking area off C-470.  Take C-470 west from Santa Fe
to South Plate Canyon Road, turn sharp right onto Viable Road leading to
parking area.  Part at the lot at the end of the road near the river.
 Finish around 1100.  Bring water, binoculars, a scope if you have one, and
dress for variable weather.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 27 will be to the Pueblo Area led by
Paul Slingsby(303-422-3728).  This Trip is
full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Roaring Fork Tuesday / Snow Leopard interruptions
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:59:03 +0100
Hi all,

One of the fun things about staying home, and working at the desk (the only
place you'll see any Snow Leopards round here is on the brochure pages I've
been writing for 2015!) has been watching spring unfold in the Roaring Fork
valley, albeit from a rather stationary viewpoint thus far. 

 

Our HARRIS'S SPARROW persists and was much more showy today, singing on+off.
He's looking more black and grey by the day!  PINYON JAYS continue to raid
the feeders, now vying with EVENING GROSBEAKS and CASSIN'S FINCHES for food.
Two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS continue to think our yard is a better bet than
heading uphill just yet, and with snow in the forecast again, they're
probably right. TREE SWALLOWS are making daily investigations of the nest
boxes here, and upvalley the OSPREYS by the old Emma Store are back and
guarding the nest. The ones across 82 seem to have the usual problem of a
Canada Goose family to evict!

 

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS are arriving in numbers now, but hummingbirds (both
BLACK-CHINNED and BROAD-TAILED) are few and far between here.

 

At El Jebel (Eagle County) the COMMON LOON in immaculate plumage continues
this evening on Blue Lake.. It certainly wowed our dinner guests who enjoyed
it at 70x in the 'scope!  A single AUDUBON'S and  single MYRTLE WARBLER were
in the trees there. FOS !

 

Meanwhile, for those interested, yes, I have been  uploading yet more Snow
Leopard and Ladakh pics to Flickr - see below

https://www.flickr.com/photos/77502316 AT N05/sets/72157642353030493/   

 

And, now that I have finished the 2015 Snow Leopard tour brochure text, I'm
hoping to get a fair bit more birding in.. so stand by for some hot bird
news...  

..nb if you wish, I can email you details of the  Snow Leopard tour- but
don't think you'll escape winter - it'll be winter in Ladakh too - tho much
less snowy!

 

Good birding all

 

Dick Filby

Carbondale CO

 






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Subject: Birdsong Identification Presentation - Rocky Mountain Arsenal
From: Alison Kondler <birdmimic AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:18:02 -0700 (PDT)
Location: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 
Auditorium 

Date: Saturday April 26th, 2014
Time: 9:00am
Presenter: Alison Kondler

The most beautiful music in the world is created by birds. Their songs easily 
brighten our day and instantly move us closer to nature, but with so many 
tweets, chips, and beeps it can be hard to keep them all straight! Join us for 
this unique birding by ear program that will help you listen to birds in 
completely new ways by using creative methods that are not only memorable, but 
fun! This program will include a one hour indoor presentation and then we will 
head outside to listen to singing birds on the patio. Reservations are required 
for this FREE program. Call 303-289-0930 to sign up today! Visit 
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/rocky_mountain_arsenal/ for directions to the 
beautiful NEW visitor center. 


Alison Kondler
BirdingByEar.com 
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Last Chance, Washington Co. - few migrants
From: Luis Matheus <lamatheus AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:47:17 -0600
I took the long way back from Limon to pass through the famed migrant trap.

In spite of the place buzzing with bird activity, there were few birds of note. 
A single chipping, a Lincoln, and a couple of white-crown sparrows. Among the 
common grackles and blackbirds there was a pair of brown-headed cowbirds. A 
single western kingbird seemed early. 


Btw, got to 'see' the prairie chickens dance north of Wray. Though the cattle 
surrounding my car prevented me from enjoying the show and getting pictures... 
C'est la vie! 


Beto Matheus
Delray Beach, FL ( formerly Erie, CO)


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Subject: Marston Res in Denver -- Wilson's phalarope
From: Laura Steadman <lauramsteadman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:30:55 -0600
On a trip to Marston his afternoon, no terns seen but we did have great
looks at 3 female Wilson's phalaropes in breeding plumage, as well as a
Bonapartes gull. They were all on the south side shore, seen from the park
off of jay road.

Laura steadman
Broomfield

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Subject: Black-throated Sparrow, Hanover, El Paso County, 4/22/14
From: "Mel Goff" <melgoff AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:38:37 -0600
Hi, Cobirders.

I am sure the subject line has raised a couple of eyebrows already. At 8:10 
a.m. this morning Beth Payne and I were leaving the parking lot of the Hanover 
Fire Station heading south to Chico Basin Ranch. About 100 yds. down the road 
we stopped to watch a Canyon Towhee scratching under some pine trees along the 
road. I looked up on the west side of the road and there was a Black-throated 
Sparrow. Jeanne and I have seen many of these birds in Arizona, and even in the 
Canon City area a couple of times, so it was immediately recognizable to me. 
The bright white markings on the face were well defined. The black throat was 
brilliant. There was no streaking on the breast and no wing bars. I could not 
see if the underwing coverts were yellowish, but I did see white tips on the 
tail when it flew. 


And fly it did. It took off eastward across Peyton Hwy and went behind the 
house trailer on the east side. We tried to follow its flight, but it did not 
reappear while we were there. We looked again at 2:05 p.m. when we left Chico, 
but did not see it. I wish one of our camera toting friends had been along 
today. 


On Hanover Road on the drive out to CBR we had great views of Brewers and Lark 
Sparrows and two Swainson’s Hawks. 


On Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) we did not see the Hooded Warbler, but did have 
some nice birds. We were joined by Mary Ellen Moore and John Balog for our day 
on the ranch. In El Paso County we had Ash-throated Flycatcher and Hermit 
Thrush around the banding station. In Pueblo County we had a Marbled Godwit on 
the HQs pond as well as Orange-crowned Warbler. 


Good birding, everyone.

Mel Goff
Colorado Springs

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Subject: Pueblo birding 4/22
From: "'Brandon <bkpercival AT yahoo.com>' via Colorado Birds"
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:55:36 -0700 (PDT)

Highlights:

Pueblo City Park:
Indigo Bunting - 1 singing male, Frisbee Golf Course, near the creek
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
Green Heron - 2 at the Pond

Rock Canyon, Osprey Picnic Area:
Wilson's Warbler - 1 male
Lazuli Bunting - 1 male

Pueblo Reservoir (from Sailboard launching Area):
Marbled Godwit - 2
 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  

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Subject: Marbled Godwit/Crom Lake
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <lefkogt AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:12:56 -0700 (PDT)
Two Marbled Godwits this morning at Crom Lake along with Wilson's Phalarope 
(1), Greater Yellowlegs (1), Spotted Sandpiper (1), Killdeer (3) and 
American Avocet (12).

Godwit photos:  http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo

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

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Subject: Wed, April 23, DFO trip is full, with a waiting list
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:06:37 -0600
If you have not been exchanging emails with me about this trip, please DO
NOT show up
at the designated meeting place at 05:20 tomorrow.

*The trip is full. with a waiting list, and we have changed the meeting
spot, so maybe next time.*

Thanks,
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Subject: Access to the birding area below Two Buttes dam has improved
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:49:00 -0600
For many months, access to one of Colorado's best migrant traps and scenic
areas
was "Closed to Human Activity." (I thought about going there in my gorilla
suit, but I took
a tablet and a nap and forgot about it).

Foot traffic is now welcome there, but vehicles are not allowed, and must
be parked off the road at the north end of the dam.

That is the information that came to me from three sources, and I believe
it to be correct.

Joe Roller,

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 April 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:23:39 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: April 22, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org
phone: 303-659-8750

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, April 22, 2014, sponsored
by the Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
If you are phoning in a message, you can skip the recording by pressing the
star key (*) on your phone at any time. Please leave your name, phone
number, detailed directions including county, and dates for each sighting.
It would be helpful if you would spell your last name.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (*Eagle, *Moffat, *Park, *Routt)
Green Heron (Pueblo)
GLOSSY IBIS (Boulder, *Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk *Douglas, El Paso,*Jefferson, *Prowers, Pueblo)
MEW GULL (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Larimer, *Park)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, *Park)
White-winged Dove (Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Black Phoebe (Mesa, Teller)
Eastern Phoebe (*Douglas/Jefferson, Fremont, *Pueblo)
BLUE-HEADED VIREO (Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Northern Parula (El Paso)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Bent, Larimer, Montrose)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Bent, El Paso, *Kiowa)
Black-and-white Warbler (Bent, *El Paso)
Hooded Warbler (El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (Eagle)
Swamp Sparrow (*Douglas/Jefferson)
White-throated Sparrow (Logan)
Harris's Sparrow (*Garfield, *Yuma)
Rusty Blackbird (*Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Teller)

BENT COUNTY:
--On April 19 at Tempel Grove Duane Nelson reported YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLER, Black-throated Gray Warbler, and Black-and-white Warbler.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Gent at a pond on the west side of 109th St
just N of Jasper Road on April 19. On April 20, Waltman reported GLOSSY
IBIS at 109th and Jasper.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Suddjian flying over the parking area
for Sharptail Ridge Open Space on April 21.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--At Chatfield SP on April 21, Suddjian reported a pair of Rusty Blackbirds
and a Swamp Sparrow along Plum Creek near the Picnic Area and an Eastern
Phoebe along the S Platte River upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A few Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Filby at Spring Park Reservoir
on April 21.

El PASO COUNTY:
--A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported by Stuart at the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 13.  On April 17, Maynard reported
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER by the banding station at Chico Basin Ranch.
--A Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Percival at Bell Grove at Chico
Basin Ranch on April 19.
--A Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Drummond by the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch on April 21.
--A m Hooded Warbler was reported by Percival at Chico Basin Ranch between
the banding station and Bell Grove on April 20.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Percival by the banding station at
Chico Basin Ranch on April 20.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Percival on Hanover Road on April 20.
--A Northern Parula was reported by Tyler Stuart along the creek on the
south side of Sinton Pond in Colorado Springs on April 15.  On April 18,
Maynard reported Northern Parula at Sinton Pond.
--An ad m Rusty Blackbird was reported by Drummond at Sinton Pond on April
17.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On April 18, Percival reported 2 Eastern Phoebes on the Canyon City
Riverwalk between Raynolds and Sell.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--Filby reported on April 21 that his yard Harris's Sparrow in Carbondale
is still present but becoming very elusive.  If you would like to try to
see the bird email him at dickfilby AT hotmail.com.

GILPIN COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows were reported by Kaemfper on the road to Moffat Tunnel one
on either side of Tolland on April 19.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Suddjian flying over South Valley
Park on April 17.

KIOWA COUNTY:
--A singing male YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported by Cooper at Sand
Creek Massacre NHS Visitor Center on April 21.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Komar at Horseshoe Lake in
NE Loveland on April 12.
Best viewing spot is at the east end of Engelman Place off of Monroe.   On
April 18, Komar reported 2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 pale 3-rd cyc) and a
1-st cyc MEW GULL at Horseshoe Lake in Loveland.
--A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported by Biggerstaff at Pine Ridge
Natural Area/ Dixon Reservoir on April 17.
On April 18, Wade and Johnson reported the Black-throated Gray Warbler At
Dixon.
--A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported by Lutomski at Cottonwood
Hollow/Running Deer Natural Area on April 17.
--A 2nd-cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Baron at Equalizer
Lake in Loveland on April 19.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Stigen on the Audubon Trail in Grand
Junction on April 14.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--7 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Moore on the Yampa River in Craig
on April 19.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--3 Black-throated Gray Warblers were reported by Dexter at Pinyon Canopy
Tower on April 18.  This is about where old
Hwy 90 crosses the San Miguel River about 9 miles east of Nucla.

PARK COUNTY:
--At 11 mile Reservoir on April 18, Mlodinow reported 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes
(2m, 1f), 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull, and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--3 ad Broad-winged Hawks were reported by Severs flying over Lamar
Community College on April 20.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival at Valco Ponds W of the
parking lot on April 17.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival in Rock Canyon at Osprey
Picnic Area on April 21.
--A probable BLUE-HEADED VIREO was photographed by Mitchell at Chico Basin
Ranch Headquarters on April 18.
--A Green Heron was reported by Percival on an island on the W side of
Pueblo City Park on April 19.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Percival flying over the Valco Ponds
Parking Lot in Pueblo on April 19.
--A Carolina Wren was found by Silverman in the western part of Green horn
Meadows Park in Colorado City on April 19.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--At Lake Catamount on April 19, Moore report 30 - 40 Barrow's Goldeneyes.

TELLER COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Hinds at Manitou Lake on April 19.  The
Black Phoebe was seen again on April 19 by Jones
at Manitou Lake along with a Rusty Blackbird.

WELD COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Mlodinow at a pond at the intersection of
CO 119 and CR 7 on April 21.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A pair of Harris's Sparrow was reported by Matheus at Stalker Pond in
Wray on April 21.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Wednesday, April 23 will be an All Day Chase
Adventure led by Joe Roller (e-mail at jroller9 AT gmail.com or 303-204-0828)
 Please register (e-mail preferred) since trip is limited to 14
participants.
Will meet at 0520 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife south parking lot,
signin, carpool (limit 4 vehicles), then head off at 0530 to wherever our
whims take us.  Fast paced, legal speed, many stops, variety of habitat.
 Plan to return by 1700 or 1800, but might
stay out later if the birds require it.  Bring a scope if you want, snacks,
breakfast, lunch, and dinner, two-way radios and a sense of adventure.
 State Parks pass required.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 26 will be to South Platte Park led
by Dick Anderson(303-757-4582, cell 303-875-4696).
Meet at 0800 in the parking area off C-470.  Take C-470 west from Santa Fe
to South Plate Canyon Road, turn sharp right onto Viable Road leading to
parking area.  Part at the lot at the end of the road near the river.
 Finish around 1100.  Bring water, binoculars, a scope if you have one, and
dress for variable weather.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 27 will be to the Pueblo Area led by
Paul Slingsby(303-422-3728).  This Trip is
full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Apologies to COBIrds
From: birdingspacepig AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:24:14 -0400 (EDT)
April 21, 2014

Hello COBirds!

I think this email address that I use to subscribe to COBirds might have been 
hi-jacked and you might have received nonsense emails. Rest assured, I did not 
send those emails. I got some strange ones from this email address to my 
primary AOL address. 


I'll monitor and if needed I'll disable this email address and set up another 
one. 


Again, apologies.

Christine A. Bucher
Colorado Springs, CO

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Subject: Stalker Pond, Wray (Yuma Co) - Harris's Sparrows, little else.
From: Luis Alberto Matheus <lamatheus AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:09:31 -0400
Hello COBirders,

I walked around Stalker Pond (named Stalker Lake on eBird hotspots) for an
hour this afternoon, 4/21.

The place was busy with a few families fishing the pond and else quiet but
for some Canada geese and a pair of greater yellowlegs. Best birds had to
be a pair each of white-crowned and Harris's sparrows.

No flycatchers, in spite of an impressive caddis hatch, and no warblers.
Small numbers of wood duck, mallard, northern shoveler, green-winged teal
and ring-necked duck. Four rough-winged swallows and lots of mourning doves.

A kettle of 48 turkey vultures with a single Swainson's hawk rode thermals
high over the town of Wray.

In a few short hours I'm off to seek the dancing chickens, so some sleep is
in order.

Happy trails,
Luis (Beto) Matheus
Delray Beach, FL (formerly Erie, CO)

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (21 Apr 2014) 14 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Apr 2014 00:04:55 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1             83             86
Osprey                       0              8              8
Bald Eagle                   0              2             27
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             30             35
Cooper's Hawk                0             45             60
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             10            100            230
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              9
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              9
Golden Eagle                 0              3             10
American Kestrel             0             57             71
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              4
Prairie Falcon               0              1              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1             20             22
Unknown Buteo                0             10             15
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              4              8

Total:                      14            380            612
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Bill Flowers

Observers:        David Smith, Doug Smith

Visitors:
A few hikers and some mountain bike riders were seen. One of the mountain
bike riders asked what I was doing and I said Hawk Watching - she
indicated that was "cool".


Weather:
The day was a nice day for Hawk Watching, although the raptors did not
cooperate.  The day started sunny then clouds moved in in the afternoon
with a rain cell moving in just South of Mount Morrison, which affected the
migration for a couple hours (12:00-14:00). The temperature ranged from
12-16 C (53-60 F).  The wind was light and generally from the East with
some periods from the South East. 

Raptor Observations:
A few raptors were observed migrating during the times when it was not
raining to the South. These included 10 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Turkey Vulture,
and 1 Peregrine Falcon. In the morning the raptors flew low above Dinosaur
Ridge or just to the East of the Ridge. In the afternoon raptors flew very
high over Dinosaur and West Ridges. Resident Red-tailed Hawks,
Sharp-shinned Hawks, American Kestrels, and Turkey Vultures were observed
during the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other birds seen or heard included Western Meadowlark, Spotted Towhee,
Black-billed Magpie, Western Scrub-jay, Common Raven, American Robin, House
Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Swift, and Broad-tailed
Hummingbird.

A lizard was also seen at the Hawk Watch site.

Predictions:
As the weather warms, migration may increase. Tomorrow could be better than
today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

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Subject: Chatfield SP and vicinity, and Marston April 21 mostly.
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:24:14 -0600
Some highlights among the many things noted in today's birding...

A male and female RUSTY BLACKBIRD were along Plum Creek near the picnic
area. The Eastern Phoebe was not in evidence in that area, but there was a
SWAMP SPARROW. Small flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers totaling about 30
birds, mostly Audubon's. House Wrens were singing away, with 4 at Plum
Creek, and over 10 later at the South Platte.

The Marina Spit had a SOLITARY SANDPIPER and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. and a
SAVANNAH SPARROW was there, too. A COMMON LOON was in the Kingfisher area
of the reservoir.

A WILSON'S WARBLER and a HERMIT THRUSH were in the riparian of South Platte
south of Kingfisher Birdge, and an EASTER PHOEBE was along the river there,
about 10-15 min stroll upstream of the bridge,

A SAGE THRASHER was near Highline Canal near Roxborough Road. There were 11
BURROWING OWLS where recently reported along Roxborough Road 1.2 miles
south of Titan Road, and another 3 were further south along the road. A
BROAD-WINGED HAWK flew over the parking area for Sharptail Ridge Open Space.

At Marston Lake (WEST SIDE) there was a FORSTER'S TERN, a BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER, some Marbled Godwits, a number of American Avocets, and 1 COMMON
LOON.

I was surprised to see a GRAY-HEADED form of the Dark-eyed Junco in my Ken
Caryl Valley yard this evening, as none were there since I moved there in
later winter and it seems late to have that form in the "lowlands". The
winter flock visiting my feeders had four junco forms (sans Gray-headed),
but that group has dwindled to just 1-2 Pink-sided.

2 COMMON LOONS were at South Platte Park Reservoir on April 20. A
BROAD-WINGED HAWK passed over South Valley Park on Apr 17. A SAGE THRASHER
was at Hildebrand Ranch park on Apr 16.

David Suddjian
Littleton

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Subject: Roaring Fork birds (Garfield/Eagle)
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:15:04 +0100
Hi all

 

The  HARRIS'S SPARROW  is still visiting our backyard.. tho' very elusive
now.. It is molting rapidly, and singing most days. Today I only heard him
and ne'er clapped eyes on him. Yesterday I only saw him 2x all day - and
very briefly each time at that. PINYON JAYS are still visiting several times
a day. Nearby a COMMON LOON in alternate plumage is pretty much the only
bird on Blue Lake, El Jebel, (Eagle Cty) for its second day. There's a
couple of Canada Geese, otherwise nada.. an amazing fall from grace. That
pond used to be stuffed with ducks, especially divers, and now it's empty as
can be most of the time.

 

Spring Park reservoir (Eagle Cty) yesterday had at least one YELLOWLEGS
species, and at least one DOWITCHER species.. but the heat haze was to bad
to identify either from the public viewing (roadside!).  Also still a few
BARROW'S GOLDENEYES there amongst a few hundred ducks

 

Back home, BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRDS have been visiting since Saturday..

 

Good birding all

 

Dick Filby

Carbondale, Garfield Cty

 

 

 

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Subject: Chico Warblers Today
From: John D <jxdrummo AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:44:32 -0400 (EDT)
CO birders :      

 After a late start to the morning , and a quick diversion to view 2 Mountain 
Plovers found by Bill Maynard at the intersection of Squirrel Creek Road and 
Ellicott Highway , El Paso County there was a male Black-and-White Warbler in 
the flowering cottonwoods around the banding station accompanied by many 
Yellow-rumped Warblers ( both sub species ) , Ruby-crowned Kinglet and on a 
second visit late afternoon joined by a Golden-crowned Kinglet . No sign of the 
Hooded Warbler seen yesterday . Bell Grove , HQ Willows and Rose Pond were very 
quiet , just two shorebirds in the SE corner of HQ Pond , Lesser Yellowlegs and 
Semipalmated Sandpiper. 


John Drummond
Monument

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Subject: RE: Glossy Ibis, Boulder No, Weld Yes
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:07:58 -0600
Steve,

On behalf of Cobirders, let me thank you for your report.  The chase is on.

On both Saturday evening and Sunday mid-day the ibis gang at the flood created 
pond at Boulder Creek and 109th Street in Boulder County numbered exactly 14 
White-faced Ibis and 1 Glossy Ibis. I think you found the same guys and gals 
(or "re-found" in the proper sense of the word). Now, here is a further 
question of your observation. Both times when I looked at this gang, I 
eventually found the Glossy more or less by itself between two groups of seven 
White-faced each. Go figure. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 6:52 PM
To: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [cobirds] Glossy Ibis, Boulder No, Weld Yes

Greetings All

Alas, no Glossy Ibis or fancy BW x GW Teal hybrid was to be found along 119th 
where they'd been stationed over this past weekend in Boulder County 


However, the pond at the corner of CO-119 and Weld CR 7 had a flock of about 14 
ibis with one Glossy in it today. An eagle went over and the ibis left, but may 
well return. 


Yesterday, sorry for late new, but not that hot, there was a Pectoral Sandpiper 
at the n end of Loloff Reservoir. Plus tons of Ruddy Ducks, BN Stilts and Am 
Avocets. 


On Friday, up in Park County, at 11-mile Reservoir, the abundance first noted 
by David S was still present. Among the 3000-4000 birds were 3 Barrow's 
Goldeneyes (2 males, 1 female), 2 Greater Scaup, 5 Common Loons ... and 
standing on the iceshelf, a Thayer's Gull and a LBB Gull (both first cycle). 
Make ice and they will come. 


Spinney Reservoir was an ice cube. Antero is starting to melt around the edges, 
but had few birds within viewing range. 


Good Birding
Steve Mlodinow
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Subject: Glossy Ibis, Boulder No, Weld Yes
From: Steven Mlodinow <sgmlod AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:52:26 -0400 (EDT)
Greetings All


Alas, no Glossy Ibis or fancy BW x GW Teal hybrid was to be found along 119th 
where they'd been stationed over this past weekend in Boulder County 



However, the pond at the corner of CO-119 and Weld CR 7 had a flock of about 14 
ibis with one Glossy in it today. An eagle went over and the ibis left, but may 
well return. 



Yesterday, sorry for late new, but not that hot, there was a Pectoral Sandpiper 
at the n end of Loloff Reservoir. Plus tons of Ruddy Ducks, BN Stilts and Am 
Avocets. 



On Friday, up in Park County, at 11-mile Reservoir, the abundance first noted 
by David S was still present. Among the 3000-4000 birds were 3 Barrow's 
Goldeneyes (2 males, 1 female), 2 Greater Scaup, 5 Common Loons ... and 
standing on the iceshelf, a Thayer's Gull and a LBB Gull (both first cycle). 
Make ice and they will come. 



Spinney Reservoir was an ice cube. Antero is starting to melt around the edges, 
but had few birds within viewing range. 



Good Birding
Steve Mlodinow

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Subject: Marbled Godwit/Union Reservoir
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <lefkogt AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:15:22 -0700 (PDT)
Two were seen ... photos 

http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=1p6291ifb9go6 


Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
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Subject: E Boulder (109th St) 4/21
From: "snowy.owlets" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:53:42 -0600
Hi Everyone,

Around noon today 4/21, I stopped by the ibis pond. There were no ibis of any 
kind, but the hybrid Blue-winged x Green-winged Teal that Christian Nunes 
reported was still there. 


Mark Miller
Longmont CO

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Subject: Singing male Yellow-throated Warbler -- Kiowa Co. 4/21
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <bkpercival AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:57:10 -0700 (PDT)

Just got this e-mail from Jacob Cooper, this is the 3rd YTWA I've heard of in 
the state this spring, already!: 


Hey Brandon, I'm not on COBirds anymore so I thought if contact you. 

At about 1PM today, I located a singing Yellow-throated Warbler at the Sand 
Creek Massacre NHS visitor center while doing the Tropical Birding Colorado 
tour. The bird was the only warbler in the grove and quite confiding. I'll 
upload photos attached to the ebird checklist when I get a chance.  


Thanks!
Jacob Cooper
 


Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  

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Subject: NW Colorado Sat-Sun
From: Nick Moore <sdhjuw AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:26:27 -0600
I had a great weekend in the mountains looking for grouse.

On Saturday, my first birding spot was the Silverthorne WTP there were no
Barrow's but a female WOOD DUCK is a good bird up there. Some waterbirds
around Kremmling and Wolford Mountain Reservoir (Grand) though nothing of
note, and mostly ice free. Sandhilll cranes were common all day.

Lake Catamount (Routt) was some of the best birding all day. SAVANNAH
SPARROWs sang from the wet fields, lots of habitat but no shorebirds. The
lake was filled with a large number of ducks, notably 30-40 BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE. The lake was only 20% ice free. The road to Craig held more
ducks and cranes.

The Craig area (Moffat) produced a few good birds. Loudy-Simpson Park and
ponds on the golf course road had the most waterfowl, Marsh Wrens sang from
the reeds along with Yellow-headed Blackbirds. My best birds were in
difficult to view areas. Gravel Ponds South of town on 13 had a flyby
MARBLED GODWIT and the Yampa River nearby had 7 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE. Driving
into town from the west on Hwy 40 some more gravel ponds can be very
distantly viewed from the welcome to Craig sign. These ponds had Pelicans,
a few gulls and two GREAT EGRET, frustrating there is no better view point.
At Elkhead Reservoir I had 14! COMMON LOON, which seemed to be a crazy
number, but little else.

I heard and saw Sharp-tailed Grouse at the Twenty Mile Road lek (Routt)at
sunset and had a BOREAL OWL on Rabbit Ears Pass.

On Saturday I saw Sage-Grouse at the lek near Coalmont. Everywhere in
Jackson County was covered in waterfowl of the expected species. Two
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK are getting late. The town of Walden was not birdy but
had some Evening Grosbeak. The Reservoir was 90% frozen but still had duck
large numbers of California Gulls and Cormorants, also Franklin's,
Bonaparte's and Herring Gull.

A second go at Kremmling produced a female GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE but little
else. I ended the day with my first humming bird on Floyd Hill.

All in all tons of fun with more non-grouse fun than I expected. 102
species in two days. Directions to all birding spots are on the county
birding website.

Nick Moore
Boulder

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Subject: FOS Band-tailed Pigeons arrived today, Teller County
From: "Jeff J Jones" <JJones AT JonesTC.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:56:35 -0600
FOS Band-tailed Pigeons just arrived at my feeders here in Teller County
today.


Their first arrival is highly variable here each year - but this is about as
late as it gets. Feb thru early April is usual.

 

Jeff J Jones

(  jjones AT jonestc.com)

Teller County - 8500' - Montane Woodlands

 

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Subject: Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 4/21
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:51:50 -0600
I have not been able to check the cemetery per my every-2-or-3-days schedule of 
the last few years. Thus, having not been since 8April, it seemed quite changed 
today. 


Lots of trees and other plants have flowered/leafed out. The peonies are about 
a foot tall, on average. Fox Squirrels were predominately working on Green Ash 
flowers. Siskins were doing courtship flights. Robins were in summer worm mode. 


A male Red-naped Sapsucker in the southwest corner was the best bird. It was 
flying from tree to tree, doing a lot of aerial hover-gleaning (for what?), 
visiting both deciduous and coniferous tree species. Seemed very distracted and 
unserious about making sap wells. Probably a tough individual for anyone 
wanting to chase it, but who knows? 


Other highlights:
* Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets singing back and forth in the same spruce near a 
hackberry, possibly an indication of local nesting (which happens with this 
species at Grandview maybe 2 years out of 3). 

*Lots of cavity-liner gathering (grass, leaves, etc.) by European Starlings, 
that have presumably commandeered all the best intermediate-sized cavities. 

*While taking pics of a Northern Flicker perched atop a box that it drums on, 
but that I have only seen Fox Squirrels peeking out of (and you think it's loud 
when they drum on your metal vent pipe on the roof, try trading places with one 
of these squirrels), it fanned it tail and flew off. Looking at the pic reveals 
a couple red outer retrices, with the rest being yellow. While I don't have 
photos to prove it, my sense has been that the tail and wing feathers of other 
intergrades are more evenly orange. Is that what others have seen, or does the 
impression of orange normally derive from a mixed bag of red and yellow 
feathers like this bird had? 

*The only Yellow-rumped Warbler (an Audubon's) was foraging high in cottonwoods 
presently in flower (dangling purple catkins). Many of the early reports of 
warblers from southern CO have been from flowering cottonwoods, also. I wrote 
about what I think is the source of migrant songbird attraction to cottonwood 
catkins - Dorytomus weevil larvae - in an early "The Hungry Bird" column in 
"Colorado Birds" (April 2011, Vol 45(2)). Looks like this might be another good 
year for weevils, catkins, and birds that know how to exploit this combination. 

*One starling was doing a great imitation of Western Wood-Pewee.
*Black-capped Chickadees were gathering cottonwood catkin fluff, presumably for 
use as nest liner. 

*The Great Horned Owl young for this year were not visible when I passed the 
nest tree but I would wager they have been visible or will be very soon. Mama 
was sitting very high on the nest crotch. I do not know how many babies there 
are this year. 

*Still no swallows yet. They usually don't appear until the first ditch water 
comes in (May 1?). 

*Still have not heard a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Will a female refurbish 
the historical nest in the southeast corner for the 5th consecutive year, and 
set a new published record for this species? 

*Half-expected to see a Broad-winged Hawk, given recent reports, the date, and 
wind direction today, but did not. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins


 		 	   		  

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Subject: Ash-throated Flycatchers in Pueblo, 4/21
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:10:58 -0700 (PDT)

A pair of Ash-throated Flycatchers returned to the Osprey Picnic Area, in Rock 
Canyon today, 21 April.  I also saw one Eastern Phoebe, three singing House 
Wrens, and a good number of singing and not singing Yellow-rumped Warblers 
(both Audubon's and Myrtle) all in the same area.  This is below Pueblo 
Reservoir dam, in Pueblo County. 


Good birding,
 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  

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Subject: Yellow-rumped Warblers large influx in Canon City area this morning.
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:59:40 -0600
I saw dozens of Yellow-rumped Warblers this moring in several locations in
Canon City area.  All I saw were Audubons.  And some were singing.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Broadies Lamar CC 4/20
From: scottesevers AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:13:34 +0000
No less than three adult BWHAs were foraging in the Lamar CC woods yesterday 
PM. They were trying to forage with me traipsing through the understory. I 
could only turn up expected Passerines, with a couple of early Wilson's 
Warblers. 


Scott Severs
(currently in Guymon OK)
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Subject: RE: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
From: "Kay Niyo" <Kay AT KayNiyo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:47:44 -0600
Mary Cay Burger and I had the exact same experience with an oil truck driver 
last year when we were parked near the oil well pullout (and not blocking 
access). He was very interested in the birds through our scopes, etc. We have 
never stopped near the house. 


 

Kay

 

Kayleen A. Niyo, Ph.D.

Niyo Scientific Communications

5651 Garnet St.

Golden, CO 80403

303.679.6646

Kay AT KayNiyo.com; www.KayNiyo.com

 

From: cobirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Cathy Sheeter 

Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 7:13 PM
To: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [cobirds] Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir 
Welcoming Committee"/Weld 


 

I have often stopped at the oil well pullout a bit closer to CR48 instead of 
the top of the hill in front of the houses, having on one occasion seen an 
unfavorable response from the "house on the hill owners". One time while 
viewing birds from near the oil well a guy from the oil company pulled in. He 
was actually very, very friendly, asked all kinds of questions about what kinds 
of birds I was looking at, asked about the various types of hawks in that area, 
looked through my scope at the Bald Eagle nest, etc. and seemed genuinely 
interested in birds, nature and nature photography. He told me I was welcome to 
park and look from the oil well location any time. It is not quite as ideal as 
the top of the hill, but the majority of the reservoir can be seen fairly well 
from there too and avoids any confrontation. I have actually always had a 
favorable response (so far) from parking by oil well setups and the people that 
work them have (so far) all been friendly. Yes, I am female, and perhaps that 
is part of it, but most of them truly seem interested in nature and what I have 
seen. 


 

Cathy Sheeter

Ft. Lupton

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Subject: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <lefkogt AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:03:45 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

I contacted Weld Sheriff via email and shared our experiences--reaching out 
to them for potential solutions.  I did not mention names to "protect the 
innocent" ... :-) ... I'll let you know how Sheriff responds.

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

On Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:49:17 AM UTC-6, The "Nunn Guy" wrote:
>
> I led Boulder County Audubon trip around Weld County yesterday.  Total of 
> 64 species seen.  Highlights are:
>
> Long-billed Curlew (On east side fo reservoir, near top of hill where 
> everyone looks to reservoir, bird was along oil industry dirt road in field)
> McCown's, Chestnet-collared Longspurs, Loggerhead Shrike, Sage Thrasher, 
> Lark Bunting at Weld CR 114/108
> Peregrine Falcon at Dover Reservoir (Nunn)
> Herring Gull at Woods Lake
> Great-tailed Grackle, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-necked Stilt at Weld CR 
> 59 Marsh
> Burrowing Owl Weld CR 33 btw 100/98 on west
> brewer's Blacbird Beebe Draw
>
> I mentioned committee (meaning more than one) on my subject line because 
> there are more than two people awaiting to "greet" birders.  The first 
> welcoming committe arrived to us by his unlicensed motor vehicle and we 
> thinking we were getting cookies were greeted by him taking our license 
> plate numbers down.  On the east side of reservoir where curlew is another 
> gentleman came to us and we thought--this has to be cookies!  Wrong.  he 
> greeted us with "That's my mailbox over there, do you know what ID theft 
> is?  if you don't leave I'll be calling the sheriff."  Like Norm, 
> frustrated as we were we decided to leave.  Let's just say you would have 
> more success reasoning with a rock than these two gentleman--and I use that 
> term generously.
>
> Birders beware!
>
> All birds:
>
> American Robin
> House Sparrow
> House Finch
> Western MEadowlark
> Mourning Dove
> American Goldfinch
> Red-tailed Hawk
> European Starling
> Rock Pigeon
> Eurasian-collared Dove
> American Kestrel
> Horned Lark
> Burrowing Owl 
> Peregrine Falcon
> Green-winged Teal
> Northern Pintail
> Blue-winged Teal
> Black-billed Magpie
> Red-winged Blackbird
> Canda Goose
> mallard
> great Horned Owl
> Western Grebe
> mcCow's Longspur
> Chestnut-collared Longspur
> Loggerhead Shrike
> Sage Thrasher
> Common Raven
> Swainson's Hawk
> Bluejay
> Northern Shoveler
> Greater yellowlegs
> Barn Swallow
> Yellow-headed Blackbird
> Ruddy Duck
> Killdeer
> Lesser Yellowlegs
> American Coot
> Great Blue Heron
> Song Sparrow
> Double-crested Cormorant
> Cinnamon Teal
> Lesser Scaup
> Herring Gull
> American Wigeon
> Bald Eagle
> Gadwall
> American White Pelican
> White-crowned Sparrow
> Northern Flicker
> Black-crowned Night Heron
> Black-capped Chickadee
> Brown-headed Cowbird
> Black-necked Stilt
> Long-billed Curlew
> Ring-blled Gull
> Bufflehead
> great-tailed Grackle
> Red-necked Phalarope
> Least Sandpiper
> Lark Bunting
> Brewer's Blackbird
>
> Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
> http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
> Mobile:  http://coloradobirder.ning.com/m
>
>
>

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Subject: Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird
From: Lynn <lynnmackerman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:35:43 -0600
FOS male Broad-tailed Hummingbird in my yard today and stopping by the feeder 
at 7:00 PM. 


Lynn Ackerman
Highlands Ranch, CO

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Subject: Apology to Cathy Sheeter
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:58:09 -0600
I want to apologize to Cathy Sheeter for assuming that the
Cathy who was involved in Whooping Cranes in Prowers report on Facebook was
her.  I should have realized that Sheeter is a careful birder and
would not have posted such a rare sighting in this manner.
Cathy Sheeter has found many rare birds here in Colorado
since she moved here a few years ago.

Please accept my sincere apology.

Joyce Takamine
RBA compiler
Boulder

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 April 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:48:56 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: April 21, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org
phone: 303-659-8750

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 21, 2014, sponsored
by the Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
If you are phoning in a message, you can skip the recording by pressing the
star key (*) on your phone at any time. Please leave your name, phone
number, detailed directions including county, and dates for each sighting.
It would be helpful if you would spell your last name.

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

White-winged Scoter (La Plata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Eagle, La Plata)
Green Heron (Pueblo)
GLOSSY IBIS (*Boulder, Fremont)
Broad-winged Hawk (Boulder, *El Paso, Pueblo)
MEW GULL (Larimer)
 Thayer's Gull (El Paso, Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (El Paso, Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (El Paso)
White-winged Dove (Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (*El Paso)
Black Phoebe (Alamosa, Mesa, *Teller)
Eastern Phoebe (Bent, Fremont, Pueblo)
BLUE-HEADED VIREO (Pueblo)
Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
LUCY'S WARBLER (Montezuma)
Northern Parula (El Paso)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Bent, Larimer, Montrose)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Bent, El Paso)
Black-and-white Warbler (Bent, El Paso)
Hooded Warbler (*El Paso)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
Fox Sparrow (Eagle)
Swamp Sparrow (Weld)
White-throated Sparrow (Logan)
Harris's Sparrow (Delta, Garfield)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso, *Teller)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Rawinski in Alamosa at the Frisbee Golf
course parking lot on April 14.  Take the trail going SE along the levee.

BENT COUNTY:
--A m Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Duane Nelson at Tempel Grove
and a pair of Eastern Phoebes were building
a nest under the bridge on CR 35 on April 15.
--On April 19 at Tempel Grove Duane Nelson reported YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLER, Black-throated Gray Warbler, and Black-and-white Warbler.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Floyd in Boulder near the
intersection of 28th and Iris on April 14.
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Gent at a pond on the west side of 109th St
just N of Jasper Road on April 19. On April 20, Waltman reported GLOSSY
IBIS at 109th and Jasper.

DELTA COUNTY:
--Garrison reported that the Harris's Sparrow continues to visit the feeder
at the FS office in Paonia on April 14 and April 15.

El PASO COUNTY:
--A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported by Stuart at the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 13.  On April 17, Maynard reported
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER by the banding station at Chico Basin Ranch.
--A Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Percival at Bell Grove at Chico
Basin Ranch on April 19.
--A m Hooded Warbler was reported by Percival at Chico Basin Ranch between
the banding station and Bell Grove on April 20.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Percival by the banding station at
Chico Basin Ranch on April 20.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Percival on Hanover Road on April 20.
--At Big Johnson on April 14, Mark Peterson reported 2-nd cyc Glaucous
Gull, 3-rd cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull.
--A Northern Parula was reported by Tyler Stuart along the creek on the
south side of Sinton Pond in Colorado Springs on April 15.  On April 18,
Maynard reported Northern Parula at Sinton Pond.
--An ad m Rusty Blackbird was reported by Drummond at Sinton Pond on April
17.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Moss in Florence on April 12.  On April 15
Moss reported that the GLOSSY IBIS continues in the flooded fields in
Florence.
--On April 18, Percival reported 2 Eastern Phoebes on the Canyon City
Riverwalk between Raynolds and Sell.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--Filby reported on April 16 that his yard Harris's Sparrow in Carbondale
is now singing daily.  If you would like to try to see the bird email him
at dickfilby AT hotmail.com.

GILPIN COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows were reported by Kaemfper on the road to Moffat Tunnel one
on either side of Tolland on April 19.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--At Vallecito Reservoir on April 14, Mlodinow reported 4 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 2 pairs of Barrow's Goldeneyes.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Komar at Horseshoe Lake in
NE Loveland on April 12.
Best viewing spot is at the east end of Engelman Place off of Monroe.   On
April 18, Komar reported 2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 pale 3-rd cyc) and a
1-st cyc MEW GULL at Horseshoe Lake in Loveland.
--A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported by Biggerstaff at Pine Ridge
Natural Area/ Dixon Reservoir on April 17.
On April 18, Wade and Johnson reported the Black-throated Gray Warbler At
Dixon.
--A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported by Lutomski at Cottonwood
Hollow/Running Deer Natural Area on April 17.
--A 2nd-cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Baron at Equalizer
Lake in Loveland on April 19.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Stigen on the Audubon Trail in Grand
Junction on April 14.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--2 pair of Lucy's Warblers were reported by Mlodinow in Yellowjacket
Canyon on April 15.
--Along CR G a singing Lucy's Warbler, Chukar, and Canyon Towhee were
reported by Mlodinow on April 15.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--3 Black-throated Gray Warblers were reported by Dexter at Pinyon Canopy
Tower on April 18.  This is about where old
Hwy 90 crosses the San Miguel River about 9 miles east of Nucla.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival at Valco Ponds W of the
parking lot on April 17.
--2 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Percival in Rock Canyon at the east
end of Osprey Picnic Area on April 17.
--A probable BLUE-HEADED VIREO was photographed by Mitchell at Chico Basin
Ranch Headquarters on April 18.
--A Green Heron was reported by Percival on an island on the W side of
Pueblo City Park on April 19.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Percival flying over the Valco Ponds
Parking Lot in Pueblo on April 19.
--A Carolina Wren was found by Silverman in the western part of Green horn
Meadows Park in Colorado City on April 19.

TELLER COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Hinds at Manitou Lake on April 19.  The
Black Phoebe was seen again on April 19 by Jones
at Manitou Lake along with a Rusty Blackbird.

WELD COUNTY:
--An ad male Swamp Sparrow was reported by Kaempfer at a shelter belt at
the west edge of North Star Reservoir on April 13.
The reservoir is at the intersection of CR 8 and 19.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Wednesday, April 23 will be an All Day Chase
Adventure led by Joe Roller (e-mail at jroller9 AT gmail.com or 303-204-0828)
 Please register (e-mail preferred) since trip is limited to 14
participants.
Will meet at 0520 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife south parking lot,
signin, carpool (limit 4 vehicles), then head off at 0530 to wherever our
whims take us.  Fast paced, legal speed, many stops, variety of habitat.
 Plan to return by 1700 or 1800, but might
stay out later if the birds require it.  Bring a scope if you want, snacks,
breakfast, lunch, and dinner, two-way radios and a sense of adventure.
 State Parks pass required.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 26 will be to South Platte Park led
by Dick Anderson(303-757-4582, cell 303-875-4696).
Meet at 0800 in the parking area off C-470.  Take C-470 west from Santa Fe
to South Plate Canyon Road, turn sharp right onto Viable Road leading to
parking area.  Part at the lot at the end of the road near the river.
 Finish around 1100.  Bring water, binoculars, a scope if you have one, and
dress for variable weather.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 27 will be to the Pueblo Area led by
Paul Slingsby(303-422-3728).  This Trip is
full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (20 Apr 2014) 36 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Apr 2014 02:04:33 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               3             82             85
Osprey                       6              8              8
Bald Eagle                   0              2             27
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5             30             35
Cooper's Hawk                8             45             60
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              9             90            220
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              9
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              9
Golden Eagle                 0              3             10
American Kestrel             0             57             71
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              3
Prairie Falcon               0              1              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            4             19             21
Unknown Buteo                0             10             15
Unknown Falcon               1              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3              7

Total:                      36            366            598
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Lee Farrell

Observers:        Bill Wuerthele, Francis Commercon, Joe Elliott, Joe Lupfer,
                  Karen Clark, Karen Fernandez, Linda Farrell,
                  Mike Fernandez

Visitors:
A number of hikers inquired as to what we were doing, a few of them were
interested and conversed with several of us on the subject of migration. 


Weather:
A nice day on the ridge with a generally light breeze, 1 to 2 bft, and
temperatures in the 50s and 60s F. A partly cloudy to mostly cloudy day,
high somewhat thin clouds provided skies friendly to observing high flying
migrators.  

Raptor Observations:
A good count today with 36 migrating raptors. Birds were migrating at all
levels, some close on both sides of the ridge while others were observed at
long distance high above and most often to the west. Observations at a
distance provided for the 4 unknown accipiters reported. 

With only two Ospreys counted prior, seeing six Ospreys today was an
interesting surprise.

Shortly after 2:00 PM a Peregrine Falcon circled up and passed close to the
station on the east side of the ridge in what appeared at first to be
migrating behavior. North of I-70 the bird soared for quite some time
sharing a thermal with a migrating Osprey in what then appeared to be
hunting behavior. The Peregrine grew tired of the Osprey after a period of
time and dove on it, driving it off to the north. The Peregrine was
considered a resident and not counted as migrating.

Other resident raptors observed included an American Kestrel and three or
more Turkey Vultures.  

Non-raptor Observations:
The first Violet-green Swallows of the season passed by the station. A
dozen or more White-throated Swifts entertained with their impressive
flight displays and  three American White Pelicans passed to the north of
the station.

Other species seen or heard included, Spotted Towhee, Western Meadowlark,
Northern Flicker, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed
Magpie, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Common
Grackle and House Finch.

Predictions:
Tomorrow's weather forecast for is for a day similar to today, and
hopefully a similar or better day of migrating raptors. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

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Subject: Re: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
From: Deborah Carstensen <fiddlenurs AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:37:12 -0600
My iPhone sent that last email without me asking it to!
 I just told that story because I think people are driven to doing stupid 
things when they don't understand or feel threatened by someone else's actions. 

    Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 21, 2014, at 12:21 AM, Deborah Carstensen  wrote:
> 
> I am not familiar with this area or what the exact situation is on the street 
but has anyone considered touching base with the police and letting them know 
what's going on? 

> 
> Obviously, there's nothing specific to report, but they be interested in the 
general situation and it also might be a good proactive thing to do. 

> 
> As a side note, I was shot at after leaving the Barbour State Park several 
years ago. I had pulled off to the side of the county road that leads back to 
Highway 119 to check out some birds in the field. There was only one big white 
house in that area. I was still in my car- looking out the passenger window 
when I heard the first shot. I started to look out the window again when a 
second shot came hitting the gravel next to my car. I got the hint and quickly 
drove away. 

> 
> I decided to reported to the police and they sent an officer out right away. 
He explained to me that he knew the men in the house and knew they had guns but 
was sure that it was all just an accident... Nonetheless, I thought it would be 
good to let them know what had happened in case it happened again. 

>        
>      
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Apr 20, 2014, at 7:57 PM, OKbookwoman  wrote:
>> 
>> One more comment on birding the Latham Reservoir area. A friend of mine and 
her husband were birding that area on April 9. She isn’t certain of the exact 
spot, but it was at a T-intersection with a house straight up the T. As they 
were birding from their car, they both distinctly heard a gun shot. At first, 
they thought someone might be doing target practice, but it was only one shot. 
No clay pigeons and no one in sight. They started to think about the 
ramifications and got out of there. Just saying’… These people are NOT 
someone to try to reason with! 

>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Deb Evers
>> 
>> Loveland, CO
>> 
>> 
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Subject: Re: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
From: Deborah Carstensen <fiddlenurs AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:21:48 -0600
I am not familiar with this area or what the exact situation is on the street 
but has anyone considered touching base with the police and letting them know 
what's going on? 


Obviously, there's nothing specific to report, but they be interested in the 
general situation and it also might be a good proactive thing to do. 


 As a side note, I was shot at after leaving the Barbour State Park several 
years ago. I had pulled off to the side of the county road that leads back to 
Highway 119 to check out some birds in the field. There was only one big white 
house in that area. I was still in my car- looking out the passenger window 
when I heard the first shot. I started to look out the window again when a 
second shot came hitting the gravel next to my car. I got the hint and quickly 
drove away. 


I decided to reported to the police and they sent an officer out right away. He 
explained to me that he knew the men in the house and knew they had guns but 
was sure that it was all just an accident... Nonetheless, I thought it would be 
good to let them know what had happened in case it happened again. 

       
     

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 20, 2014, at 7:57 PM, OKbookwoman  wrote:
> 
> One more comment on birding the Latham Reservoir area. A friend of mine and 
her husband were birding that area on April 9. She isn’t certain of the exact 
spot, but it was at a T-intersection with a house straight up the T. As they 
were birding from their car, they both distinctly heard a gun shot. At first, 
they thought someone might be doing target practice, but it was only one shot. 
No clay pigeons and no one in sight. They started to think about the 
ramifications and got out of there. Just saying’… These people are NOT 
someone to try to reason with! 

> 
> 
> 
> Deb Evers
> 
> Loveland, CO
> 
> 
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Subject: Marston Reservoir, Denver
From: Tina Jones <tjcalliope AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:17:09 -0600
After reading Chris's post I checked out the lake tonight from the east side 
[Bow Mar Dr]. I saw 5 Marbled Godwits at the NE corner. There were 16, Horned 
Grebes, 18, Western Grebes, 12, Lesser Scaup, many Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, 
and Green-winged Teal. California Gulls were copulating as Franklin's Gulls 
flew north of them. I'm not sure what was on the western side of the lake since 
I did not visit that area. 

 
Happy Birding !
Tina Jones
Littleton, Jefferson County, CO
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
From: OKbookwoman <okbookwoman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:57:58 -0700 (PDT)
 

One more comment on birding the Latham Reservoir area. A friend of mine and 
her husband were birding that area on April 9. She isn’t certain of the 
exact spot, but it was at a T-intersection with a house straight up the T. 
As they were birding from their car, they both distinctly heard a gun shot. 
At first, they thought someone might be doing target practice, but it was 
only one shot. No clay pigeons and no one in sight. They started to think 
about the ramifications and got out of there. Just saying’… These people 
are NOT someone to try to reason with!


Deb Evers

Loveland, CO


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Subject: Chico Basin Ranch and E-bird reports
From: "'Brandon K. Percival <bkpercival AT yahoo.com>' via Colorado Birds"
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:47:05 -0700 (PDT)

Just a quick reminder, people who are submitting bird checklists to e-bird from 
Chico Basin Ranch, need to submit at least two checklists.  One for the Pueblo 
County side and one for El Paso County side.  Each county has its own filter. 


The Pueblo County side of the Ranch, includes the Headquarters area, Rose Pond, 
May Camp, Upper Twin Pond, Lower Twin Pond, and all of the southern part of the 
Ranch. 


The El Paso County side of the Ranch, that most people visit, is the RMBO 
Banding Station, Casita, Bell Grove.   


The County line, is the road at the cattle guard that goes straight east. 
 North of this cattle guard and road is El Paso County everything South is 
Pueblo County.  This is the FIRST cattle guard north of the Headquarters. 


There is a map of birding locations of the Ranch, on Chico Basin Ranch 
website.  


Also, the Northern Bobwhite, Ring-necked Pheasant, and Chukar found at Chico 
Basin Ranch, are released birds for hunting, therefore NOT countable as wild 
birds.  Hopefully the e-bird reviewers aren't accepting these birds, as wild 
birds.  My group saw Northern Bobwhites today, though I did not include them in 
my e-bird reports, since the birds aren't going on my year list or anything, 
since they aren't wild/countable birds. 


Hopefully Chris Wood from E-bird, can explain why it is important to report 
sightings to e-bird, to the correct county. 


Thanks,

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  

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Subject: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
From: Cathy Sheeter <crias AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:12:40 -0700 (PDT)

I have often stopped at the oil well pullout a bit closer to CR48 instead 
of the top of the hill in front of the houses, having on one occasion seen 
an unfavorable response from the "house on the hill owners". One time while 
viewing birds from near the oil well a guy from the oil company pulled in. 
He was actually very, very friendly, asked all kinds of questions about 
what kinds of birds I was looking at, asked about the various types of 
hawks in that area, looked through my scope at the Bald Eagle nest, etc. 
and seemed genuinely interested in birds, nature and nature photography. He 
told me I was welcome to park and look from the oil well location any time. 
It is not quite as ideal as the top of the hill, but the majority of the 
reservoir can be seen fairly well from there too and avoids any 
confrontation. I have actually always had a favorable response (so far) 
from parking by oil well setups and the people that work them have (so far) 
all been friendly. Yes, I am female, and perhaps that is part of it, but 
most of them truly seem interested in nature and what I have seen.
 
Cathy Sheeter
Ft. Lupton

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Subject: FOS Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Estes Park
From: Don Irwin <donaldbirwin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:59:34 -0700 (PDT)
While doing chores a little while ago, I was buzzed twice by a male 
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, a FOS for my yard.  My home is located about 5 
miles SE from downtown Estes Park at 8,000 ft.  This is about 2 weeks 
earlier than 10 years ago.

Don Irwin
Estes Park

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Subject: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
From: Norm Lewis <migrant44 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:23:14 -0400 (EDT)
 As much as I admire Joe's multiple soft solutions, I doubt they would make 
much impression on this nutjob. Probably the best solution is to make sure not 
to park in front of his house, and otherwise just ignore him. Maybe he'll just 
get tired of the game. 


Norm

 


Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO


 

 

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To: cobirds 
Sent: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 10:49 am
Subject: [cobirds] "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir 
Welcoming Committee"/Weld 



I led Boulder County Audubon trip around Weld County yesterday. Total of 64 
species seen. Highlights are: 


Long-billed Curlew (On east side fo reservoir, near top of hill where everyone 
looks to reservoir, bird was along oil industry dirt road in field) 

McCown's, Chestnet-collared Longspurs, Loggerhead Shrike, Sage Thrasher, Lark 
Bunting at Weld CR 114/108 

Peregrine Falcon at Dover Reservoir (Nunn)
Herring Gull at Woods Lake
Great-tailed Grackle, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-necked Stilt at Weld CR 59 
Marsh 

Burrowing Owl Weld CR 33 btw 100/98 on west
brewer's Blacbird Beebe Draw

I mentioned committee (meaning more than one) on my subject line because there 
are more than two people awaiting to "greet" birders. The first welcoming 
committe arrived to us by his unlicensed motor vehicle and we thinking we were 
getting cookies were greeted by him taking our license plate numbers down. On 
the east side of reservoir where curlew is another gentleman came to us and we 
thought--this has to be cookies! Wrong. he greeted us with "That's my mailbox 
over there, do you know what ID theft is? if you don't leave I'll be calling 
the sheriff." Like Norm, frustrated as we were we decided to leave. Let's just 
say you would have more success reasoning with a rock than these two 
gentleman--and I use that term generously. 


Birders beware!

All birds:

American Robin
House Sparrow
House Finch
Western MEadowlark
Mourning Dove
American Goldfinch
Red-tailed Hawk
European Starling
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
American Kestrel
Horned Lark
Burrowing Owl 
Peregrine Falcon
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Black-billed Magpie
Red-winged Blackbird
Canda Goose
mallard
great Horned Owl
Western Grebe
mcCow's Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Loggerhead Shrike
Sage Thrasher
Common Raven
Swainson's Hawk
Bluejay
Northern Shoveler
Greater yellowlegs
Barn Swallow
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Ruddy Duck
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
American Coot
Great Blue Heron
Song Sparrow
Double-crested Cormorant
Cinnamon Teal
Lesser Scaup
Herring Gull
American Wigeon
Bald Eagle
Gadwall
American White Pelican
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Flicker
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown-headed Cowbird
Black-necked Stilt
Long-billed Curlew
Ring-blled Gull
Bufflehead
great-tailed Grackle
Red-necked Phalarope
Least Sandpiper
Lark Bunting
Brewer's Blackbird

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
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Subject: Re: Boulder Glossy Ibis
From: Christian Nunes <pajaroboy AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:00:48 -0600
Hi all, 

The previously reported Glossy Ibis was still present early this afternoon. 
Another bird if interest at this productive little pond was a gorgeous male 
Green-winged x Blue-winged Teal. A real stunner. 


Christian Nunes
Boulder

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> On Apr 20, 2014, at 9:52 AM, djwaltman AT comcast.net wrote:
> 
> Still present Sunday on 109th just N of Jasper. Also spotted Tom & Kay 
McConnell, No Name's finest. 

> David Waltman
> Boulder
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Subject: Re: Broad-tailed Hummingbird - Jeffco
From: <snowmdn55 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:16:54 +0000
I also hear one yesterday afternoon in Lakewood.  Feeders is out!


Mike McAteer

Lakewood






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From: Ira Sanders
Sent: ‎Saturday‎, ‎April‎ ‎19‎, ‎2014 ‎3‎:‎50‎ ‎PM
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Birders,

Today heard my FOS BT Hummer in the yard. Didn't have to see it to know what it 
is. 


 

Ira Sanders

Golden, CO

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Subject: Last Chance - Washco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:03:23 -0600
I stopped by last chance on the way out of state.  Only a yellow rumped
warbler and a RC kinglet to go with the american goldfinch.
Ira Sanders
Golden, CO

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Subject: Marbled Godwits -- Marston Reservoir, Denver Co.
From: Chris Rurik <chrisrurik AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:49:47 -0700 (PDT)
Hello CoBirds -- 

I stopped briefly at Marston Reservoir (Denver County) today and scanned 
from the west side and Isthmus Park. Conditions are interesting -- water 
level continues to fall, and there is an abundance of great shorebird 
habitat.

Not many shorebirds that I could see, though. The highlights were four 
MARBLED GODWITS on the east shore, seen from Isthmus Park. Also saw a 
COMMON LOON.

Chris Rurik
Denver, CO

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Subject: Hooded Warbler, Greater Roadrunner etc. -- El Paso Co. 4/20
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <bkpercival AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:42:49 -0700 (PDT)

Kara Carragher, Bill Maynard, and I saw a male Hooded Warbler at Chico Basin 
Ranch (fee area), this morning.  It was in the wet area with Willows, between 
the banding station and the Bell Grove (this is in El Paso County).  There was 
also a Broad-winged Hawk in the banding station trees early in the morning, 
that three of us saw, also in El Paso County. 


The best bird on the Pueblo side, of Chico Basin Ranch, was probably the 
Peregrine Falcon that was flying by at Headquarters Pond.  There was also an 
Orange-crowned Warbler at the Headquarters and at Rose Pond, not sure if it was 
the same bird or not. 


The drive along Hanover Road (El Paso County) was exciting this morning, at 
least for Kara, who found, a rare bird for El Paso County, a Greater 
Roadrunner!  My best find along Hanover Road, was a Mountain Plover.  


Good birding,

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  

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Subject: Re: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:58:13 -0600
I am concerned about the local landowners escalating their confrontations
with us birders.
My concern is that some birder might be perceived as angry at being
harassed like that or threatening to them and provoke
an unwelcome response, such as having a firearm waved around. Don't want
that.

Various approaches have occurred to me, eg,
A)  Writing a letter from an organization like CFO.  Perhaps have a
"Cooling down period," by not stopping at known sensitive spots til we make
contact with the irate men.

B)  Finding a respected community leader  (pastor, neighbor) who can meet
with the landowners, offer to negotiate, meet some of us, ascertain that we
are not Commy Peace-niks, (well many of us are not), aiming to de-escalate.

C)  Knocking on doors, preferably with a friend who is female, as that may
get a better response.
(They shoot horses don't they? Maybe not school teachers).
Asking the owners about their concerns, being sympathetic to them and
reassure them that we are decent people.
Ask them what we can do to appease them.

I like trying some of those, especially B), before us telling the Sheriff
we are on a public road and being harassed.
That might escalate. "YOU called the sheriff on US!!! Where's my gun?"

I do not want to start a long thread, but I, being a pessimist, can see a
dark outcome here unless we are proactive.
You can respond off line if you want.

Joe Roller, Denver








On Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM, Ira Sanders wrote:

> I think you should have encouraged him to call the sheriff and unless he
> can show your fingerprints on his mailbox, so what.
>
> Ira Sanders
>
> Golden, CO
>
>
>
> *From:* cobirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] *On
> Behalf Of *The "Nunn Guy"
> *Sent:* Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:49 AM
> *To:* cobirds AT googlegroups.com
> *Subject:* [cobirds] "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham
> Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
>
>
>
> I led Boulder County Audubon trip around Weld County yesterday.  Total of
> 64 species seen.  Highlights are:
>
> Long-billed Curlew (On east side fo reservoir, near top of hill where
> everyone looks to reservoir, bird was along oil industry dirt road in field)
> McCown's, Chestnet-collared Longspurs, Loggerhead Shrike, Sage Thrasher,
> Lark Bunting at Weld CR 114/108
> Peregrine Falcon at Dover Reservoir (Nunn)
> Herring Gull at Woods Lake
> Great-tailed Grackle, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-necked Stilt at Weld CR
> 59 Marsh
> Burrowing Owl Weld CR 33 btw 100/98 on west
> brewer's Blacbird Beebe Draw
>
> I mentioned committee (meaning more than one) on my subject line because
> there are more than two people awaiting to "greet" birders.  The first
> welcoming committe arrived to us by his unlicensed motor vehicle and we
> thinking we were getting cookies were greeted by him taking our license
> plate numbers down.  On the east side of reservoir where curlew is another
> gentleman came to us and we thought--this has to be cookies!  Wrong.  he
> greeted us with "That's my mailbox over there, do you know what ID theft
> is?  if you don't leave I'll be calling the sheriff."  Like Norm,
> frustrated as we were we decided to leave.  Let's just say you would have
> more success reasoning with a rock than these two gentleman--and I use that
> term generously.
>
> Birders beware!
>
> All birds:
>
> American Robin
> House Sparrow
> House Finch
> Western MEadowlark
> Mourning Dove
> American Goldfinch
> Red-tailed Hawk
> European Starling
> Rock Pigeon
> Eurasian-collared Dove
> American Kestrel
> Horned Lark
> Burrowing Owl
> Peregrine Falcon
> Green-winged Teal
> Northern Pintail
> Blue-winged Teal
> Black-billed Magpie
> Red-winged Blackbird
> Canda Goose
> mallard
> great Horned Owl
> Western Grebe
> mcCow's Longspur
> Chestnut-collared Longspur
> Loggerhead Shrike
> Sage Thrasher
> Common Raven
> Swainson's Hawk
> Bluejay
> Northern Shoveler
> Greater yellowlegs
> Barn Swallow
> Yellow-headed Blackbird
> Ruddy Duck
> Killdeer
> Lesser Yellowlegs
> American Coot
> Great Blue Heron
> Song Sparrow
> Double-crested Cormorant
> Cinnamon Teal
> Lesser Scaup
> Herring Gull
> American Wigeon
> Bald Eagle
> Gadwall
> American White Pelican
> White-crowned Sparrow
> Northern Flicker
> Black-crowned Night Heron
> Black-capped Chickadee
> Brown-headed Cowbird
> Black-necked Stilt
> Long-billed Curlew
> Ring-blled Gull
> Bufflehead
> great-tailed Grackle
> Red-necked Phalarope
> Least Sandpiper
> Lark Bunting
> Brewer's Blackbird
>
> Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Subject: RE: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
From: "Ira Sanders" <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:01:00 -0600
I think you should have encouraged him to call the sheriff and unless he can 
show your fingerprints on his mailbox, so what. 


Ira Sanders

Golden, CO

 

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The "Nunn Guy" 

Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:49 AM
To: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [cobirds] "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir 
Welcoming Committee"/Weld 


 

I led Boulder County Audubon trip around Weld County yesterday. Total of 64 
species seen. Highlights are: 


Long-billed Curlew (On east side fo reservoir, near top of hill where everyone 
looks to reservoir, bird was along oil industry dirt road in field) 

McCown's, Chestnet-collared Longspurs, Loggerhead Shrike, Sage Thrasher, Lark 
Bunting at Weld CR 114/108 

Peregrine Falcon at Dover Reservoir (Nunn)
Herring Gull at Woods Lake
Great-tailed Grackle, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-necked Stilt at Weld CR 59 
Marsh 

Burrowing Owl Weld CR 33 btw 100/98 on west
brewer's Blacbird Beebe Draw

I mentioned committee (meaning more than one) on my subject line because there 
are more than two people awaiting to "greet" birders. The first welcoming 
committe arrived to us by his unlicensed motor vehicle and we thinking we were 
getting cookies were greeted by him taking our license plate numbers down. On 
the east side of reservoir where curlew is another gentleman came to us and we 
thought--this has to be cookies! Wrong. he greeted us with "That's my mailbox 
over there, do you know what ID theft is? if you don't leave I'll be calling 
the sheriff." Like Norm, frustrated as we were we decided to leave. Let's just 
say you would have more success reasoning with a rock than these two 
gentleman--and I use that term generously. 


Birders beware!

All birds:

American Robin
House Sparrow
House Finch
Western MEadowlark
Mourning Dove
American Goldfinch
Red-tailed Hawk
European Starling
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
American Kestrel
Horned Lark
Burrowing Owl 
Peregrine Falcon
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Black-billed Magpie
Red-winged Blackbird
Canda Goose
mallard
great Horned Owl
Western Grebe
mcCow's Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Loggerhead Shrike
Sage Thrasher
Common Raven
Swainson's Hawk
Bluejay
Northern Shoveler
Greater yellowlegs
Barn Swallow
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Ruddy Duck
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
American Coot
Great Blue Heron
Song Sparrow
Double-crested Cormorant
Cinnamon Teal
Lesser Scaup
Herring Gull
American Wigeon
Bald Eagle
Gadwall
American White Pelican
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Flicker
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown-headed Cowbird
Black-necked Stilt
Long-billed Curlew
Ring-blled Gull
Bufflehead
great-tailed Grackle
Red-necked Phalarope
Least Sandpiper
Lark Bunting
Brewer's Blackbird

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Subject: "Wait, there is more to the story about Latham Reservoir Welcoming Committee"/Weld
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <lefkogt AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:49:17 -0700 (PDT)
I led Boulder County Audubon trip around Weld County yesterday.  Total of 
64 species seen.  Highlights are:

Long-billed Curlew (On east side fo reservoir, near top of hill where 
everyone looks to reservoir, bird was along oil industry dirt road in field)
McCown's, Chestnet-collared Longspurs, Loggerhead Shrike, Sage Thrasher, 
Lark Bunting at Weld CR 114/108
Peregrine Falcon at Dover Reservoir (Nunn)
Herring Gull at Woods Lake
Great-tailed Grackle, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-necked Stilt at Weld CR 
59 Marsh
Burrowing Owl Weld CR 33 btw 100/98 on west
brewer's Blacbird Beebe Draw

I mentioned committee (meaning more than one) on my subject line because 
there are more than two people awaiting to "greet" birders.  The first 
welcoming committe arrived to us by his unlicensed motor vehicle and we 
thinking we were getting cookies were greeted by him taking our license 
plate numbers down.  On the east side of reservoir where curlew is another 
gentleman came to us and we thought--this has to be cookies!  Wrong.  he 
greeted us with "That's my mailbox over there, do you know what ID theft 
is?  if you don't leave I'll be calling the sheriff."  Like Norm, 
frustrated as we were we decided to leave.  Let's just say you would have 
more success reasoning with a rock than these two gentleman--and I use that 
term generously.

Birders beware!

All birds:

American Robin
House Sparrow
House Finch
Western MEadowlark
Mourning Dove
American Goldfinch
Red-tailed Hawk
European Starling
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
American Kestrel
Horned Lark
Burrowing Owl 
Peregrine Falcon
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Black-billed Magpie
Red-winged Blackbird
Canda Goose
mallard
great Horned Owl
Western Grebe
mcCow's Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Loggerhead Shrike
Sage Thrasher
Common Raven
Swainson's Hawk
Bluejay
Northern Shoveler
Greater yellowlegs
Barn Swallow
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Ruddy Duck
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
American Coot
Great Blue Heron
Song Sparrow
Double-crested Cormorant
Cinnamon Teal
Lesser Scaup
Herring Gull
American Wigeon
Bald Eagle
Gadwall
American White Pelican
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Flicker
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown-headed Cowbird
Black-necked Stilt
Long-billed Curlew
Ring-blled Gull
Bufflehead
great-tailed Grackle
Red-necked Phalarope
Least Sandpiper
Lark Bunting
Brewer's Blackbird

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
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Subject: New arrivals Larimer co. Foothills
From: apanjabi AT yahoo.com
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:45:41 -0600
On Tuesday (4/15) I had my FOS spotted towhees, along with a red naped 
sapsucker which hung around my yard feeding in the Austrian pines for three 
days before departing. On Thursday (4/17) mourning doves and barn swallows 
arrived, and yesterday (4/19) we had our first broad tailed hummingbird, and 
then at night the first poorwill of the season. This beats my earliest record 
for poorwill by 4 days! 


Today, brown headed cowbirds arrived. Still cool to watch the males with their 
peculiar displays. 


Cooper's hawks are becoming more evident, with sightings of a male and/ female 
almost daily, and have likely begun nesting nearby. 


Also, Cassin's finches have been around almost daily since mid march and 
continue singing in the yard most days. Lesser goldfinches have also been here 
each day. 


Good birding all,

Arvind Panjabi
5500' feet, 3 miles west of Fort Collins 

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Subject: Phoebe still present at Manitou Lake
From: Jeff J Jones <jjones AT jonestc.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:39:20 -0600
The black phoebe is still present at same location reported yesterday. Fyi


Jeff J Jones 
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Subject: Bent County --- Black Rails 4/19/14
From: Mark Peterson <mpeterson33 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:29:42 -0700 (PDT)
COBirders,

First, thank you to Duane for posting about the birds that were at Tempel 
Grove.  Unfortunately, I had to be back to town too early and did not give 
Glenn and I enough time to really enjoy southeast CO.  The one other species 
that we had at the Grove was a male WILSON'S WARBLER. 


Early yesterday morning we also had at least two BLACK RAILs at Van's Marsh. 
 The birds were quite distant so the lack of wind was appreciated as we 
probably would have never heard them.  Between the three marshes we stopped and 
listened at we had about 20 of each of SORA and VIRGINIA RAIL. 


Directions for Tempel grove are here:

http://coloradocountybirding.org/BySite.aspx?SiteID=929&CountyID=6


Van's Marsh is located on Road JJ and about a half mile west of Road 18.


 
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Subject: Boulder Glossy Ibis
From: djwaltman AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:51:58 +0000 (UTC)
Still present Sunday on 109th just N of Jasper. Also spotted Tom & Kay 
McConnell, No Name's finest. 

David Waltman
Boulder

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Subject: RE: Black Phoebe - Manitou Lake - Teller County
From: "Jeff J Jones" <JJones AT JonesTC.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:45:20 -0600
Thanks to Robb for texting me yesterday when he found this Phoebe. I was able 
to get up there about an hour later and it was still in the same spot and 
content to stay there. 


 

This is the same spot that a pair of Rusty Blackbirds hung out all winter. I 
hadn’t seen either of them since the end of March. But one was present 
yesterday at the same spot, within feet of the Phoebe. 


 

Also found Red-naped Sapsuckers here and everywhere in the Ponderosas around 
the lake. There must have been more than 20 calling and displaying. 


 

Also FOS here were an American Coot and Common Grackles.

 

I don’t have a lot of experience with Black or Eastern Phoebes so I do not 
have an opinion on whether this is a hybrid or black. I can say that it was odd 
enough to make me question whether it was a pure black phoebe. 


 

*         It did have a blackish head and 

*         peak to the back of its head

*         It did have the typical dark divided breast bib, and

*         White belly

* Its back and mantle however seemed more the color of the Eastern Phoebe, a 
distinct contrast to head and upper breast color 


*         Either are a first for me in Teller County!

 

fyi

 

Jeff J Jones

(  jjones AT jonestc.com)

Teller County - 8500' - Montane Woodlands

 

From: cobirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Robb Hinds 

Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 2:18 PM
To: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [cobirds] Black Phoebe - Manitou Lake - Teller County

 

Today I saw a Black Phoebe or Black x Eastern Phoebe at Manitou Lake. I have 
asked a couple of people who see a lot of Black and Eastern Phoebes for their 
opinion. The bird was near the Tassle-eared Squirrel sign. It was still there 
at 12:30. 


 

There was also a Wood Duck in the same area which is unusual at Manitou Lake.

 

Robb Hinds

Colorado Springs

El Paso County 

 

 

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Subject: El Paso county Clark's grebes and Swainson's hawk
From: kickback <bill_kosar AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:10:53 -0700 (PDT)
  I saw a pair (pretty sure there were two) of Clark's grebes on Saturday 
at Big Johnson reservoir. They were near the dam, best viewed from the west 
parking lot. Western grebes and Franklin's gulls were also nearby.
 
http://www.avoapples.com/birds/IMG_4340_a_cr.jpg
 
Also got a good look at a Swainson's hawk on Marksheffel Rd south of 
Fontaine Blvd.
 
http://www.avoapples.com/birds/IMG_4378_cr_b.jpg
 
Bill
 
bill_kosar AT msn.com
Colorado Springs
 
 

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 April 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:24:47 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: April 20, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org
phone: 303-659-8750

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, April 20, 2014, sponsored
by the Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
If you are phoning in a message, you can skip the recording by pressing the
star key (*) on your phone at any time. Please leave your name, phone
number, detailed directions including county, and dates for each sighting.
It would be helpful if you would spell your last name.

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

White-winged Scoter (La Plata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Eagle, La Plata)
Green Heron (*Pueblo)
GLOSSY IBIS (*Boulder, Fremont)
Broad-winged Hawk (Boulder, *Pueblo)
MEW GULL (Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (El Paso, Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (El Paso, *Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (El Paso)
White-winged Dove (Pueblo)
Black Phoebe (Alamosa, Mesa, *Teller)
Eastern Phoebe (Bent, Fremont, Larimer, Pueblo)
BLUE-HEADED VIREO (Pueblo)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
LUCY'S WARBLER (Montezuma)
Northern Parula (El Paso)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (*Bent, Larimer, Montrose)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (*Bent, El Paso)
Black-and-white Warbler (*Bent, *El Paso)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
Fox Sparrow (Eagle)
Swamp Sparrow (Weld)
White-throated Sparrow (Logan)
Harris's Sparrow (Delta, Garfield, Pueblo)
Rusty Blackbird (El Paso)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Rawinski in Alamosa at the Frisbee Golf
course parking lot on April 14.  Take the trail going SE along the levee.

BENT COUNTY:
--A m Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Duane Nelson at Tempel Grove
and a pair of Eastern Phoebes were building
a nest under the bridge on CR 35 on April 15.
--On April 19 at Tempel Grove Duane Nelson reported YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLER, Black-throated Gray Warbler, and Black-and-white Warbler.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Floyd in Boulder near the
intersection of 28th and Iris on April 14.
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Gent at a pond on the west side of 109th St
just N of Jasper Road on April 19.

DELTA COUNTY:
--Garrison reported that the Harris's Sparrow continues to visit the feeder
at the FS office in Paonia on April 14 and April 15.

El PASO COUNTY:
--A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported by Stuart at the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 13.  On April 17, Maynard reported
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER by the banding station at Chico Basin Ranch.
--A Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Percival at Bell Grove at Chico
Basin Ranch on April 19.
--At Big Johnson on April 14, Mark Peterson reported 2-nd cyc Glaucous
Gull, 3-rd cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull.
--A Northern Parula was reported by Tyler Stuart along the creek on the
south side of Sinton Pond in Colorado Springs on April 15.  On April 18,
Maynard reported Northern Parula at Sinton Pond.
--An ad m Rusty Blackbird was reported by Drummond at Sinton Pond on April
17.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Moss in Florence on April 12.  On April 15
Moss reported that the GLOSSY IBIS continues in the flooded fields in
Florence.
--On April 18, Percival reported 2 Eastern Phoebes on the Canyon City
Riverwalk between Raynolds and Sell.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--Filby reported on April 16 that his yard Harris's Sparrow in Carbondale
is now singing daily.  If you would like to try to see the bird email him
at dickfilby AT hotmail.com.

GILPIN COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows were reported by Kaemfper on the road to Moffat Tunnel one
on either side of Tolland on April 19.


LA PLATA COUNTY:
--At Vallecito Reservoir on April 14, Mlodinow reported 4 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 2 pairs of Barrow's Goldeneyes.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Evers on the Loveland Recreation Trail
near the dam on the Big Thompson on April 3.   On April 11, Coley reported
a pair of Eastern Phoebes by the dam on the Loveland Recreation Trail.
--4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Komar at Horseshoe Lake in
NE Loveland on April 12.
Best viewing spot is at the east end of Engelman Place off of Monroe.   On
April 18, Komar reported 2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 pale 3-rd cyc) and a
1-st cyc MEW GULL at Horseshoe Lake in Loveland.
--A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported by Biggerstaff at Pine Ridge
Natural Area/ Dixon Reservoir on April 17.
On April 18, Wade and Johnson reported the Black-throated Gray Warbler At
Dixon.
--A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported by Lutomski at Cottonwood
Hollow/Running Deer Natural Area on April 17.
--A 2nd-cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Baron at Equalizer
Lake in Loveland on April 19.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--At Red Lion SWA in a marsh below "Little Jumbo", Kaempfer reported
White-throated Sparrow and Field Sparrow on April 12.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Stigen on the Audubon Trail in Grand
Junction on April 14.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--2 pair of Lucy's Warblers were reported by Mlodinow in Yellowjacket
Canyon on April 15.
--Along CR G a singing Lucy's Warbler, Chukar, and Canyon Towhee were
reported by Mlodinow on April 15.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--3 Black-throated Gray Warblers were reported by Dexter at Pinyon Canopy
Tower on April 18.  This is about where old
Hwy 90 crosses the San Miguel River about 9 miles east of Nucla.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival on the Arkansas River below
Pueblo City Park on April 12.
--At Valco Ponds on April 12, Percival reported Harris's Sparrow and
Eastern Phoebe (east of Parking Lot).
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival at Valco Ponds W of the
parking lot on April 17.
--2 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Percival in Rock Canyon at the east
end of Osprey Picnic Area on April 17.
--A probable BLUE-HEADED VIREO was photographed by Mitchell at Chico Basin
Ranch Headquarters on April 18.
--A Green Heron was reported by Percival on an island on the W side of
Pueblo City Park on April 19.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Percival flying over the Valco Ponds
Parking Lot in Pueblo on April 19.

TELLER COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Hinds at Manitou Lake on April 19.

WELD COUNTY:
--An ad male Swamp Sparrow was reported by Kaempfer at a shelter belt at
the west edge of North Star Reservoir on April 13.
The reservoir is at the intersection of CR 8 and 19.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Wednesday, April 23 will be an All Day Chase
Adventure led by Joe Roller (e-mail at jroller9 AT gmail.com or 303-204-0828)
 Please register (e-mail preferred) since trip is limited to 14
participants.
Will meet at 0520 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife south parking lot,
signin, carpool (limit 4 vehicles), then head off at 0530 to wherever our
whims take us.  Fast paced, legal speed, many stops, variety of habitat.
 Plan to return by 1700 or 1800, but might
stay out later if the birds require it.  Bring a scope if you want, snacks,
breakfast, lunch, and dinner, two-way radios and a sense of adventure.
 State Parks pass required.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 26 will be to South Platte Park led
by Dick Anderson (303-757-4582, cell 303-875-4696).
Meet at 0800 in the parking area off C-470.  Take C-470 west from Santa Fe
to South Plate Canyon Road, turn sharp right onto Viable Road leading to
parking area.  Part at the lot at the end of the road near the river.
 Finish around 1100.  Bring water, binoculars, a scope if you have one, and
dress for variable weather.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 27 will be to the Pueblo Area led by
Paul Slingsby (303-422-3728).  This Trip is
full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Carolina Wren in Colorado City, Pueblo Co. 4/19
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <bkpercival AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:58:26 -0700 (PDT)

Dave Silverman found a Carolina Wren on Saturday, 19 April, in the western part 
of Greenhorn Meadows Park, in Colorado City, which is in southern Pueblo 
County.  I'm sure Dave will update, if the bird hangs around. 

 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  

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Subject: 5 Great Egrets in Canon City, Evening Grosbeak and Franklin's Gulls continue in Canon City area
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:04:03 -0600
Late yesterday 5 Great Egrets perched in the trees at Sell's Lake just off
the Canon City Riverwalk, first of the year birds in this area.  The
Evening Grosbeak I reported in City on the bluff next tot the Riverwalk are
still here.  Though they likely are going to feeders in the residences
there, they were enjoying the tender tips of the new foilage when I saw
them yesterday.

I realized I forgot to mention the very large number of Franklin's Gulls
that arrived last weekend with the snow storm.  On Monday I found almost
500 of them with the largest number at Brush Hollow Reservoir (about 250),
about 150 in agricultural fields in Canon and another 100 in ag fields in
Florence.  This is the largest number of Franklin's Gulls I have ever seen
in the Canon City area.  And though the numbers have diminished, there are
still around 200 still around.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (19 Apr 2014) 6 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Apr 2014 22:04:42 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             79             82
Osprey                       0              2              2
Bald Eagle                   0              2             27
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             25             30
Cooper's Hawk                1             37             52
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3             81            211
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              9
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              9
Golden Eagle                 0              3             10
American Kestrel             1             57             71
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              3
Prairie Falcon               0              1              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             15             17
Unknown Buteo                0             10             15
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3              7

Total:                       6            330            562
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Lee Farrell

Observers:        Mitchell Blystone

Visitors:
Collin Paul who visited the station briefly last Saturday was back again
this week and made some good spots of birds. Justin Dee, a hawkwatcher at
the ridge years ago, stopped by and helped spot for a couple of hours.

Chip Clouse led a group known as the "Kids of Old Town Arvada" on a
birding excursion today that ended with a visit to the station. We spoke
with them for quite a while, the Red-tailed Hawk attacks on the Golden
Eagle provided the highlight of their visit.



Weather:
Skies were overcast throughout most of the morning. Light winds varying
from 1 to 3 bft out of the east and moderately warm temperatures in the
high 50s to low 60s provided for a comparatively nice day weather wise on
the ridge.  Around noontime the skies parted enough to produce some welcome
sunshine.

Raptor Observations:
Another strange day on the ridge, good weather conducive to migration
produced only 6 migrating raptors.  Typically at the height of migration
season, April 19th has produced counts of 18, 38 and 22 birds in 2011, 2012
and 2013 respectively.
 
Local raptors had no problem gaining significant altitudes and moving
rapidly around and through the area. A group of 6 Turkey Vultures circled
up far south of the ridge, promptly moving west only to disappear in the
area of Mt. Falcon Open Space. Six or more Red-tailed Hawks appeared from
time to time throughout the day. Two of them relentlessly harassed a local
sub-adult Golden Eagle driving it back to west ridge where they engaged it
further. A local Cooper's Hawk and American Kestrel were also observed.


Non-raptor Observations:
A slow day for non-raptors, surprisingly not a single raven or crow was
sighted. Two Rock Wrens provided the highlight of the day.  Other birds
seen or heard included: Black-billed Magpie, Western Meadowlark, Western
Scrub-Jay, White-throated Swift, Northern Flicker, Spotted Towhee and House
Finch.

Predictions:
Hopefully the daily numbers will improve, only the birds know for sure. 
The count thus far in 2014 is currently on par with 2012 when a total of
only 777 birds was counted, 2011 and 2012 had 1171 and 1100 total birds.
 
As of April 19th in 2011, 2012 and 2013 we had counted a total of 15, 11
and 14 Ospreys respectively. Thus far in 2014 we have only counted 2. 

We should have begun to see Broad-winged and Swainson's Hawks by now,
their counts remain at 0 for the year.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

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Subject: Equalizer Lake, Larimer Co.; April 19
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:09:00 -0600
Hello,

I found a late American Tree Sparrow in a mixed sparrow flock adjacent to
Equalizer Lake today.  Decent looks at the bird as it perched low and fed
on the ground.

In recent visits to Equalizer Lake/Houts Reservoir I've been seeing a
Lesser Black-backed Gull.  The other bird(s) was an adult but today's bird
or birds (there may have been two) appeared to be a second cycle.

Gadwall have replaced most of the ducks.  Western and Clark's Grebe are
back in full force.  Say's Phoebes have been present in the area over the
past week.

Happy birding and Happy Easter.

Scott Baron
Loveland, Colo.

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Subject: Dillon, Summit County
From: Ed Baker <ednbonnie AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:02:48 -0600
Friday evening; apr 18th
 
Female Bufflehead at Dillon dam in small retainage pond next to large stand of 
willows. 

 
Putting on quite a show.
 
She would take-off from one side of pond then land in water and glide to other 
side. Then she'd turn-around and do it again. She kept it up for awhile; then 
took off towards Silverthorne; possible destination? the Blue River? 

 
Bonnie Boex
Dillon
 
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Tree Swallows - Dillon, Summit County
From: Ed Baker <ednbonnie AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:32:08 -0600
First Swallows of the season.
 
Early Fri a.m. as I was walking my dogs prior to heading for the slopes, wah 
lah!!!! Tree Swallows at almost all nest sites along bike path along Lake 
Dillon. They were not there Thurs night so they arrived during the night or 
early morning. 

 
As I type it's now raining; don't know what that does for their food supply. 
Might be getting pretty skimpy. Will they be okay? 

 
Bonnie Boex
Dillon
 
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Tempel Grove, Bent County 4/19/14
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:44:01 -0600
Birders,

I got a call from Mark Peterson this morning that Tempel Grove in Bent 
County would be worth checking out, as he and Glenn Walbek had found a 
Yellow-throated Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler and Orange-crowned 
Warbler. I called Janeal Thompson in Lamar, and together, we saw all 
three of these birds. The Black-throated Gray Warbler sang a song that 
was barely recognizable for that species (I speculated that it might 
even have problems attracting a mate).

Additionally, we had a male Black-and-White Warbler (probably the same 
individual I had there a few days earlier). We also flushed a Common 
Poorwill near the brush piles west of the bridge.

The first three Warblers were on the south side of the canal, in tall 
cottonwoods at the extreme west edge of the woods on the west side of 
Road 35, south of the brush piles near the canal. The Black-and-White 
Warbler was near the memorial bench east of Road 35. Eastern Phoebes 
have built a conspicuous nest under the east side of the bridge.

Duane Nelson
Las Animas, Bent County, CO

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Subject: Gilpin County birding
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:21 -0600
I did some birding at favorite spots around Gilpin County this morning. Of note 
were two Fox Sparrows singing along the road to the Moffat Tunnel, one on 
either side of Tolland. In addition I found a Red-naped Sapsucker just east of 
Tolland. Los Lagos Lakes had one Osprey that I could see, that's an expected 
species as they have nested here for years. What wasn't expected was an adult 
Bald Eagle sitting on a nest (though not the Osprey nest-the eagle's nest was 
tucked away a bit in the trees on the south side of the lake). The lake itself 
was still 80% ice, but it did have one Bufflehead among the 5 ducks of 4 
species present. At nearby Manchester Lake a pair of Great Blue Herons were 
also occupying a nest. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: Glossy Ibis, Boulder COunty
From: Todd Deininger <goldeneagle90a AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:36:47 -0600
From Peter Gent:

All,

At 11:40 this morning there was a Glossy Ibis in the flock of Ibis at a
pond on the west side of 109th Street just north of Jasper Road.  This is
in east Boulder County, just east of Highway 287 between Arapahoe Rd and
Hwy 52.  Also, the breeding plumaged Common Loon, reported by Bill
Kaempfer last Thursday, is still at Baseline Reservoir visible from
Cherryvale Road.

Cheers,  Peter Gent.

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Longmont, CO

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Subject: Pueblo birds 4/19
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:21:32 -0700 (PDT)

Several birders, were able to see a female Williamson's Sapsucker in Pueblo 
City Park this morning, in the pines not too far from the Administration 
building.  Paul Hurtado spotted a Green Heron on the island on the west side of 
Pueblo City Park this morning too, that several of us got to see.  At least 
Pygmy Nuthatches and one Red-breasted Nuthatch continue in Pueblo City Park as 
well. 


After leaving Pueblo City Park, at Valco Ponds parking lot, along Hwy 96, a 
Broad-winged Hawk flew by.  The Osprey Picnic Area in Rock Canyon, had quite a 
few Yellow-rumped Warbler, though I didn't find anything with them. 


Afternoon highlights on the El Paso County side, of Chico Basin Ranch (fee 
area), was a Black-and-white Warbler at the Bell Grove (found earlier in the 
day) and a Gray Flycatcher that Bill Maynard found in the olives at the banding 
station. 



Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  

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Subject: Broad-tailed Hummingbird - Jeffco
From: "Ira Sanders" <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:50:22 -0600
Birders,

Today heard my FOS BT Hummer in the yard.  Didn't have to see it to know
what it is.

 

Ira Sanders

Golden, CO

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