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3 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 3 August 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
2 Aug Glossy ibis, Jefferson county [Matt Crooks ]
2 Aug Glossy ibis, Jefferson county [Matt Crooks ]
2 Aug Ash-throated Flycatcher - Arapahoe County ["'Cathy Sheeter' via Colorado Birds" ]
2 Aug Bairds sparrows continue in Larimer county [Nick Komar ]
1 Aug Re: Larimer Baird's Sparrows Continue [Dan Durda ]
1 Aug Mesa Verde Townsend's Warbler [Sam Fason ]
2 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 2 August 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
1 Aug Little Blue Heron - Weld []
1 Aug Baird's Sparrow - Larimer []
1 Aug Re: pipit v. Horned Lark [coloradodipper via Colorado Birds ]
1 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 1 August 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
31 Jul Larimer Baird's Sparrows Continue [Andrew Bankert ]
31 Jul Westword cover story about Pawnee National Grassland [Barry ]
31 Jul Sage Thrashers/Nunn ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
31 Jul Crossbills eating from roadbeds [Carl Starace ]
31 Jul Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 31 July 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
30 Jul RE: Why did the pine grosbeak eat in the road? Larimer County [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
30 Jul Larimer CR5 and western PNG (Weld) on 7/29 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
30 Jul Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 30 July 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
29 Jul Chatfield SP and Ken Caryl Valley 7/28 [David Suddjian ]
29 Jul Caspian Terns at Blanca Wetlands []
29 Jul Re: pipit v. Horned Lark [Joe Roller ]
29 Jul pipit v. Horned Lark [Virginia Simmons ]
29 Jul Re: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5 [David Wade ]
29 Jul Hummingbird Workshop with J. Vanderpoel, now SOLD OUT! [Pam Piombino ]
29 Jul One Spot Opened on J. Vanderpoel's Hummingbird Workshop [Pam Piombino ]
29 Jul RE: [cobirds] Re: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5 ["Jeff J Jones" ]
29 Jul Re: Re: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5 ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
29 Jul Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 July 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
29 Jul Re: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5 [David Wade ]
28 Jul ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5 [David Wade ]
28 Jul Spotted Sandpiper chicks still with parent at Florence River Park and 4 Chimney Swifts in Canon City ["SeEttaM ." ]
28 Jul Attention Military (Birder) Veterans: CPW offers free state park entrance to active-duty, veterans ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
28 Jul Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 July 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
27 Jul re: Re: Denver has two new eBird hotspots - Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High (restricted access) ["Karl Stecher Jr." ]
27 Jul Re: Denver has two new eBird hotspots - Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High (restricted access) [David Wade ]
27 Jul Why did the pine grosbeak eat in the road? Larimer County ["Johnson, Candice E., MD." ]
27 Jul Re: Denver has two new eBird hotspots - Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High (restricted access) [Ted Floyd ]
27 Jul Baird's Sparrow, Larimer County [Todd Deininger ]
27 Jul Weld Co. Sparrow ID [Margaret Smith ]
27 Jul High Plains Birding Club Saturday Field Trip Results ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
27 Jul Weld Co. Sparrow ID help [Margaret Smith ]
27 Jul Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 July 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
26 Jul Barr Lake Bobwhite [Norm Erthal ]
26 Jul Gray-headed junco 6,000 ft. Larimer County 7/26 ["Davis" ]
26 Jul Re: Baird's Sparrow-Larimer [Nick Komar ]
26 Jul Baird's Sparrow-Larimer [Josh Bruening ]
26 Jul Re: Bobwhite - Barr Lake - Adams Co [meredith ]
26 Jul Boulder's "viral" saw-whet owl (Boulder) [Matthew Baker ]
26 Jul 2015 CFO CONVENTION BIRD LIST [Ted Floyd ]
26 Jul Re: BAIRDS SPARROW (Larimer) [Alec Hopping ]
26 Jul Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 26 July 21015 [Joyce Takamine ]
26 Jul Improved sound recording of Colorado BAIRD'S SPARROW song []
25 Jul Chimney Swift at Clement Park, JeffCo 7/25 [David Suddjian ]
25 Jul Bobwhite - Barr Lake - Adams Co [Ira Sanders ]
25 Jul evening Baird's sparrow (Larimer) 7/25 ["Mark Miller" ]
25 Jul Little Blue Heron [Scott Manwaring ]
26 Jul Re: BAIRDS SPARROW (Larimer) []
25 Jul Caspian Tern - St. Vrain State Park, Weld [Laura Steadman ]
25 Jul BAIRDS SPARROW (Larimer) [Nick Komar ]
25 Jul The Increasingly Rare Band-tailed Pigeon []
25 Jul Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 25 July 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
24 Jul Adams County - For Your Information [Mark Amershek ]
24 Jul Little Blue Heron, Firestone Gravel Pits, Weld County [Carl Starace ]
24 Jul NORTHERN CARDINAL and White-winged Dove, Boulder County [Eric DeFonso ]
24 Jul Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 July 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
23 Jul Spotted Sandpiper chicks and parent still at Florence River Park ["SeEttaM ." ]
23 Jul Re: Jeffco - Info - No sightings [Steve Stachowiak ]
23 Jul CFO Convention bird species list [Ted Floyd ]
23 Jul Park County foray 7/22 [David Suddjian ]
23 Jul Black Phoebe - Jeffco - Waterton Canyon [Ira Sanders ]
23 Jul Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 July 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
22 Jul Jeffco - Info - No sightings [Ira Sanders ]
22 Jul Re: House Wrens increasing in Denver [Bob Santangelo ]
22 Jul High Plains Birding Club Field Trip: Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld, Cheyenne (WY)) ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]

Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 3 August 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 04:30:16 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: August 3, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Monday, August 3 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Rio Blanco)
Red-necked Grebe (*Jefferson)
Little Blue Heron (*Weld)
Glossy Ibis (*Jefferson)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Upland Sandpiper (*Larimer)
Caspian Tern (Alamosa, *Boulder, *Weld)
Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Jefferson)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Gunnison)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Eagle/Pitkin, Gunnison, Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Douglas, Jefferson)
Gray Flycatcher (Alamosa, Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Lapland Longspur (Larimer)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Larimer)
McCown's Longspur (*Larimer, Weld)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Sedgwick)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (*Larimer, Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Gunnison)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
EASTERN (LILIAN'S) MEADOWLARK (*Boulder)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (El Paso, Park)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--At Blanca Wetlands Wildlife Area on July 29, John Rawinski reported 2 ad
Caspian Terns and a Gray Flycatcher.  The terns were using ponds 115 and
107.  The Wildlife area is now open.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
Neher in Boulder on July 24.
--An EASTERN (LILIAN'S) MEADOWLARK has been found by Johanna Beam at
McIntosh Reservoir in the NW corner.  It has
been seen with 2 young.  On July 30, Johanna Beam and Todd Deininger
reported ad EASTERN MEADOWLARK at McIntosh Reservoir.  On August 1, Johanna
Beam and Richard Taylor reported EASTERN MEADOWLARK at McIntosh Reservoir.
On August 2, Todd Deininger reported EASTERN (Lilian's) MEADOWLARK and
Caspian Tern at McIntosh Reservoir.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Brown-capped Rosy-Finch was reportd by Rod Schmidt on Pike's Peak Hwy
at mm19 on July 31.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
--A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
Ohio City on July 24.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.  On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.  On
July 31, Gerald Baines reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens
at Chatfield.
--A Chimney Swift was reported by David Suddjian at Clement Park in
Littleton on July 25.
--On July 28, Kate Frost and Michael Kiessig reported 4 Red-headed
Woodpecker (2 ad, 2 juv) at Stony Pass Rd at Wigwam Creek.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by David Suddjian on the W side of Platte
River upstream of Kingfisher Bridge on July 28.  On July 29, upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge, David Suddjian reported 4 Least Flycatcher including 2
begging juv and an Eastern Phoebe.  On July 31, Doug Kibbe reported Eastern
Phoebe upstream of Kingfisher Bridge.
--An imm Red-necked Grebe was reported by Jerome Cech on Partridge Open
Space on W 82nd Ave on August 2.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.
--On July 25, Nick Komar report 2 singing  BAIRD'S SPARROWS on the W side
of CR 5 near Rawhide Energy Station about 2 miles N oF Buckeye Road.  On
July 26, Alec Hopping, Kevin Keirn, Josh Bruening, Gwen Moore, Georgia
Doyle, and David Wade reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.
Robert Beauchamp reported BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July
27, Todd Deininger, Brad Biggerstaff, and Nick Komar reported 2 BAIRD'S
Sparrows on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July 28, Sue Riffe reported 2 BAIRD'S
SPARROWS on CR 5 Between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July 29, Hugh and Urling
Kingery reported 1 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 between CR 82 and CR 92.  On
July 31, Nick Komar and Andy Bankert reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROWS on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.  On August 1, a BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by
Tim Mitzen on CR 5 Between CR 82 and CR 92.  On August 2, Nick Komar,
Austin Hess, David Wade, and Peter Burke reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROWS, 2
McCown's Longspurs, and a flyover Upland Sandpiper on CR 5 between CR 82
and CR 92.
--Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported McCown's Longspur on CR 5 N of
Buckeye Rd on July 26.
--On July 28, Sue Riffe reported a juv Lapland Longspur on CR 5 between CR
82 and CR 92.
--On July 29, Hugh and Urling Kingery reported 2 McCown's Longspurs on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July 29, Dave Leatherman reported a few
McCown's Longspurs of all ages on CR 5 between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July
31, Nick Komar and Andy Bankert reported 4 McCown's Longspurs on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.
--A f Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Jim Nelson in Hollowell Park
in Rocky Mountain NP on July 24.
--On July 30 in Estes Park, Jim Nelson reported several Williamson's
Sapsuckers.  A juv f was on Mary's Lake Rd between Lower Broadview and
Broadview.  Two were flying on Riverside Drive between Prospect Park Dr and
Manor RV Park.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.  On July 25, Scott Somershoe, Gwen Moore,
and Matt Clark reported Eastern Wood-Pewee at Tamarak Ranch SWA.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

RIO BLANCO COUNTY:
--2 f Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Tom and Kay McConnell at a
roadside pond just past White Owl Lake in the Flattops area on July 26.
--Tom and Kay McConnell rfeported a f and juv Barrow's Goldeneye on a side
road from White Owl Lake on July 26.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported by Robert Beauchamp at Sand Draw SWA on
July 25.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Christine Alexander reported a
Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Renee and Jesse Casias
reported 2 Caspian Terns at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 27, Dean Shoup,
Norm Erthal, and Bob Spencer reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel
Pits.  On August 1, Matt Clark reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel
Pits.  On August 2, Peter Burke reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel
Pits.
--An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
Gravel Pits on July 24.  On July 25, Scott Manwaring reported Little Blue
Heron flew east from Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 30, Carl Starace
reported Little Blue Heron on Firestone Gravel Pit North on CR 9 1/2.  On
August 1, Tim Mitzen, Richard Taylor, and Matt Clark reported Little Blue
Heron at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On August 2, Peter Burke reported Little
Blue Heron at Firestone Gravel Pits.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Laura Steadman at Pelican Pond in St Vrain
SP on July 25.
--On July 28, Sue Riffe reported BAIRD'S SPARROW, 2 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, and 2 McCown's Longspurs at Central Plains Experimental Range on
CR 114.
--On July 29, Dave Leatherman reported man McCown's Longspurs in the
Western Unit of Pawnee NG and a nest of Chestnut-collared Longspurs at CR
40 N of CR 114.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 8 will be to Majestic View Nature
Center in Arvada led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu; 720-381-3314).
Meet the leader at 0730 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St,
Arvada, Co 80004.  Meet in Nature Center parking lot.  From East:  take
Wadsworth  Blvd to 68th Ave, west to Garrison St, north to Nature Center
parking lot.  From West:  Oberon Rd to 66th Ave, east to Garrison St, north
to Nature Center parking lot.
   Bring water and snacks for a half-day trip walking on paths in a
beautiful park.  Register online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 9 will be to Rueter-Hess Reservoir
led by Mary Cay  Burger (mcburger3 AT juno.com; 303-771-3431)
Meet the leader at 0700 at Barr CCC Park, 10951 S. Twenty mile Rd, Parker,
CO 80134, located on the SW corner of Main St and 20 Mile rd for birding
there and later at Rueter-Hess reservoir, which is open to the public only
with entry permission.  Bring binoculars, snacks, water, and sunscreen.
Register online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 9 will be to Golden Gate Canyon SP
led by Karen Drozda (drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-388-0891).  Meet the leader
at Golden Gate Canyon SP visitor Center, 92 Crawford Gulch Road, Golden, Co
80403.  State Parks pass or day pass required.  Plan for moderate hiking.
Bug spray, suncreen, and clothing for changeable weather.  Pack snacks,
water, and lunch.  Please register online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 9 will be to Cherry Creek SP Wetlands
Loop led by Karen von Saltza (kvonslatz AT yahoo.com; 303-941-4881).   Meet
at 0800 at Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek SP.  From either park entrance,
follow lake View Rd to the Paririe Lopp that is located at the south rim of
the reservoir.  State Parks pass or day pass required.
   This is a half day of walking that passes through most of the important
habitats fond in the park over a distace of about 3 miles.  trails could be
slippery or muddy, so dress accordingly.  Bring water and snacks; lunch is
optional.  Cosponsored by Denver Audubon.  Register online or contact
leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Glossy ibis, Jefferson county
From: Matt Crooks <cheezwhizdom AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 19:11:57 -0700 (PDT)
Looks like it is impossible to tell glossy vs white-faced at this age. Either 
way, still a cool prehistoric looking bird. 


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Subject: Glossy ibis, Jefferson county
From: Matt Crooks <cheezwhizdom AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 11:30:11 -0700 (PDT)
I spotted a lone glossy ibis in a tiny little marsh area on pleasant park rd 
after high grade. Right off the side of the road. Great views and confirmed 
dark eye color. 


Matt C, Littleton, CO

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Subject: Ash-throated Flycatcher - Arapahoe County
From: "'Cathy Sheeter' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 11:05:11 -0700 (PDT)
As many of you know I have moved to New Jersey for a couple of years for an 
artist residency, but am back in CO for a few days. I will not have much time 
to bird, but had a couple of hours today to take a quick look around. 


Best bird in this quick jaunt was a very fresh and bright Ash-throated 
Flycatcher along CR 22 (called E. Yale Ave. on Google Maps) west of Watkins Rd. 
(east of Aurora.) It was quite cooperative staying right along the fence line 
both times I saw it. Seven Loggerhead Shrike a nice bonus along that road too. 
Photos available in a few days after I get home. 


Good birding!

Cathy Sheeter
Oradell, NJ

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Subject: Bairds sparrows continue in Larimer county
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 10:53:09 -0600
About a dozen birders heard at least two Baird's sparrows in the same location 
as previously reported this morning between 6 AM and 9 AM. Songs were heard 
most consistently between 7:00 and 7:20 AM. several of us got brief glimpses of 
one or the other of these birds through telescopes. An unexpected bonus was an 
Upland Sandpiper that flew by twice calling. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: Re: Larimer Baird's Sparrows Continue
From: Dan Durda <durda AT 3dimpact.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 06:49:46 -0700 (PDT)
To follow up on this, here are a few photos of the 'fence bird' from Friday 
morning (31 July) that Andy refers to above:

7D2_3433_small.jpg 

7D2_3435_small.jpg 

7D2_3437_small.jpg 

7D2_3540_small.jpg 


The bird was on the fence just before Nick and Andy rolled up, flew a 
circuit around my vehicle, and then landed again on the fence as Nick and 
Andy neared. The bird sat and sang for a bit before departing toward the 
ridge farther west of the road. As we all witnessed this bird very clearly 
singing the distinct Baird's song I have no doubt on the ID.

As I departed south on CR5 about 0720 I spotted another candidate Baird's 
sitting on a thistle about 30 feet west of the road just south of the 
railroad tracks. This bird did not sing though, and shortly flew off 
farther into the field to the west, so all I have to go on for ID are these 
photos:

7D2_3617_small.jpg 

7D2_3632_small.jpg 

7D2_3674_small.jpg 

7D2_3748_small.jpg 


There might be some Savannah- and Vesper-like traits to this bird, but 
other features for those seem missing. At the time I was pretty sure it was 
Baird's - the overall buff-colored head, buff central crown, and 
cheek/malar markings suggest to me that this is a Baird's. Curious to see 
what others here think...

Hope these photos help as folks continue spotting the area.

Dan Durda
Boulder

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Subject: Mesa Verde Townsend's Warbler
From: Sam Fason <scfason AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 22:44:10 -0600
Today on a visit to Mesa Verde Nat'l Park with my family, I found a female
type Townsend's Warbler along the Spruce Canyon trail, about half a mile
down from the trailhead/dwellings area. The bird was in a mixed flock of
bushtits, chickadees, and two Black-throated Grey Warblers. This seems
really early for Townsend's, so I figured it would be worth reporting. I
was able to get one pretty bad (but diagnostic) picture of the bird before
it disappeared.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/57637231 AT N04/20203202552/

Also, possibly of local interest for Durango area folks, I had a Northern
Pygmy-Owl in Junction Canyon yesterday, the bird was about a 1/3 of a mile
up the trail that leads up canyon from the hairpin turn below the Nat'l
Forest campground.

Sam Fason, Colorado Springs

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 2 August 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 03:41:49 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: August 2, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Sunday, August 2 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Rio Blanco)
Little Blue Heron (*Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Caspian Tern (Alamosa, *Weld)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Jefferson)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Gunnison)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Eagle/Pitkin, Gunnison, Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Jefferson, Logan)
Gray Flycatcher (Alamosa, Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Lapland Longspur (Larimer)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Larimer)
McCown's Longspur (Larimer, Weld)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Sedgwick)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (*Larimer, Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Gunnison)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
EASTERN (LILIAN'S) MEADOWLARK (*Boulder)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (El Paso, Park)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--At Blanca Wetlands Wildlife Area on July 29, John Rawinski reported 2 ad
Caspian Terns and a Gray Flycatcher.  The terns were using ponds 115 and
107.  The Wildlife area is now open.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.
--A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
Neher in Boulder on July 24.
--An EASTERN (LILIAN'S) MEADOWLARK has been found by Johanna Beam at
McIntosh Reservoir in the NW corner.  It has
been seen with 2 young.  On July 30, Johanna Beam and Todd Deininger
reported ad EASTERN MEADOWLARK at McIntosh Reservoir.  On August 1, Johanna
Beam and Richard Taylor reported EASTERN MEADOWLARK at McIntosh Reservoir.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Brown-capped Rosy-Finch was reportd by Rod Schmidt on Pike's Peak Hwy
at mm19 on July 31.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
--A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
Ohio City on July 24.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.  On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.  On
July 31, Gerald Baines reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens
at Chatfield.
--A Chimney Swift was reported by David Suddjian at Clement Park in
Littleton on July 25.
--On July 28, Kate Frost and Michael Kiessig reported 4 Red-headed
Woodpecker (2 ad, 2 juv) at Stony Pass Rd at Wigwam Creek.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by David Suddjian on the W side of Platte
River upstream of Kingfisher Bridge on July 28.  On July 29, upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge, David Suddjian reported 4 Least Flycatcher including 2
begging juv and an Eastern Phoebe.  On July 31, Doug Kibbe reported Eastern
Phoebe upstream of Kingfisher Bridge.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.
--On July 25, Nick Komar report 2 singing  BAIRD'S SPARROWS on the W side
of CR 5 near Rawhide Energy Station about 2 miles N oF Buckeye Road.  On
July 26, Alec Hopping, Kevin Keirn, Josh Bruening, Gwen Moore, Georgia
Doyle, and David Wade reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.
Robert Beauchamp reported BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July
27, Todd Deininger, Brad Biggerstaff, and Nick Komar reported 2 BAIRD'S
Sparrows on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July 28, Sue Riffe reported 2 BAIRD'S
SPARROWS on CR 5 Between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July 29, Hugh and Urling
Kingery reported 1 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 between CR 82 and CR 92.  On
July 31, Nick Komar and Andy Bankert reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROWS on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.  On August 1, a BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by
Tim Mitzen on CR 5 Between CR 82 and CR 92.
--Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported McCown's Longspur on CR 5 N of
Buckeye Rd on July 26.
--On July 28, Sue Riffe reported a juv Lapland Longspur on CR 5 between CR
82 and CR 92.
--On July 29, Hugh and Urling Kingery reported 2 McCown's Longspurs on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July 29, Dave Leatherman reported a few
McCown's Longspurs of all ages on CR 5 between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July
31, Nick Komar and Andy Bankert reported 4 McCown's Longspurs on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.
--A f Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Jim Nelson in Hollowell Park
in Rocky Mountain NP on July 24.
--On July 30 in Estes Park, Jim Nelson reported several Williamson's
Sapsuckers.  A juv f was on Mary's Lake Rd between Lower Broadview and
Broadview.  Two were flying on Riverside Drive between Prospect Park Dr and
Manor RV Park.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and Least Flycatcher at
Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.  On July 25, Scott Somershoe, Gwen Moore,
and Matt Clark reported Eastern Wood-Pewee at Tamarak Ranch SWA.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

RIO BLANCO COUNTY:
--2 f Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Tom and Kay McConnell at a
roadside pond just past White Owl Lake in the Flattops area on July 26.
--Tom and Kay McConnell rfeported a f and juv Barrow's Goldeneye on a side
road from White Owl Lake on July 26.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported by Robert Beauchamp at Sand Draw SWA on
July 25.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Christine Alexander reported a
Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Renee and Jesse Casias
reported 2 Caspian Terns at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 27, Dean Shoup,
Norm Erthal, and Bob Spencer reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel
Pits.  On August 1, Matt Clark reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel
Pits.
--An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
Gravel Pits on July 24.  On July 25, Scott Manwaring reported Little Blue
Heron flew east from Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 30, Carl Starace
reported Little Blue Heron on Firestone Gravel Pit North on CR 9 1/2.  On
August 1, Tim Mitzen, Richard Taylor, and Matt Clark reported Little Blue
Heron at Firestone Gravel Pits.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Laura Steadman at Pelican Pond in St Vrain
SP on July 25.
--On July 28, Sue Riffe reported BAIRD'S SPARROW, 2 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, and 2 McCown's Longspurs at Central Plains Experimental Range on
CR 114.
--On July 29, Dave Leatherman reported man McCown's Longspurs in the
Western Unit of Pawnee NG and a nest of Chestnut-collared Longspurs at CR
40 N of CR 114.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday August 2 will be to Chavez Trail and Beaver
Brook Braille Trail led by Paul Slingsby.   Meet the leader at the lower
end of the Stegosaurus Park-n-Ride at 0645.  Will carpool from there.  From
I-70, exit 259, turn left onto CO 26, driver under I-70 bridge and look for
the Park-n-Ride on your left.  Will carpool 6 miles to the trailhead.
   Half-day trip.  This will be a slow alk of about 2 miles on smooth,
moderately steep trails with some unmaintained paths in aspen and ponderosa
forest.  Please register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Little Blue Heron - Weld
From: tocalytic AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:06:14 -0700 (PDT)
Hello,

I refound a previously seen juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Fredrick Gravel 
Ponds this morning around 10am. It was hanging out on the far side of the 
western pond near all of the cormorants, pelicans and egrets. 


Cheers, 
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Subject: Baird's Sparrow - Larimer
From: tocalytic AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:01:14 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, 

Saw/heard one Baird's Sparrow between 6:45 and 7:45am this morning at the 
previously mentioned location along CR 5 in Northern Larimer County. Things 
were very quiet by 8am along this road. 


Cheers, 
Tim Mitzen

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Subject: Re: pipit v. Horned Lark
From: coloradodipper via Colorado Birds <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:00:07 -0400
 A blast from the past on this subject:

http://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/28.pdf

Tony Leukering
currently Cut Bank, MT
http://cobirds.org/CFO/Resources/Columns.aspx?id=2

 

 

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  Chatfield SP and Ken Caryl Valley 7/28 - 1 Update 
      
  Caspian Terns at Blanca Wetlands - 1 Update 
      
  pipit v. Horned Lark - 2 Updates 
      
  ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5 - 3 Updates 
      
  Hummingbird Workshop with J. Vanderpoel, now SOLD OUT! - 1 Update 
      
  One Spot Opened on J. Vanderpoel's Hummingbird Workshop - 1 Update 
      
  Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 July 2015 - 1 Update 
     
    
              Chatfield SP and Ken Caryl Valley 7/28         
     
     
      
  David Suddjian : Jul 29 08:20PM -0600  

 Water levels in Chatfield Reservoir are more or less back to "normal",
 although there is still lots of extra standing water in upland areas that
 were flooded recently. Other than Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers, my only
 shorebirds were 2 *Marbled Godwits* and a *Willet* at the Marina Sand Spit.
 A segment of the trail upstream of Kingfisher Bridge on the JeffCo side is
 now walkable. So I did. I was excited to see a *Yellow-billed Cuckoo* fly
 in front of me at mid-canopy height, perching briefly before moving on.
 Also here was an adult *Red-eyed Vireo* feeding a begging juv., and four 
*Least 

 Flycatchers* included 2 begging juvies. An *Eastern Phoebe* was upstream of
 Kingfisher Bridge.
  
 At Ken Caryl Valley there was an *Ash-throated Flycatcher *north of Massey
 Draw between the Lyons and Dakota formation hogbacks. It was even calling.
 An earlyish *Sage Thrasher* was my first in the area this season.
  
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 Littleton, CO
 
     
     
   
    
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              Caspian Terns at Blanca Wetlands         
     
     
      
  : Jul 29 07:28PM -0600  

 Today while doing some bird surveys, I chanced upon 2 Adult Caspian Terns at 
the Blanca Wetlands Wildlife Area (Alamosa County). The area is now open and 
the birds were alternately using pond 115 and 107. This is possibly only the 
second and third records for the species in the San Luis Valley, with Mlodinow 
finding one last year at Smith Reservoir. 

  
 The shorebirds were well represented. Between my wife Lisa and I, we observed 
Western, Least, Baird’s, Spotted and Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, 
BN Stilts, close to 1500 Wilson Phalaropes, Peregrine Falcons, and one Gray 
Flycatcher. So shorebirds are on the move and this is a great increase in 
numbers since we last surveyed a few weeks ago. Lots to see..... 

  
 John Rawinski
 Monte Vista, CO
 
     
     
   
    
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              pipit v. Horned Lark         
     
     
      
  Virginia Simmons : Jul 29 03:13PM -0600  

 In 2014 in open grassland near the floor of the San Luis Valley, below the San 
Juan Mtns., I mis-identified a “Sprague’s Pipit.” An experienced birder 
pointed out to me that American Pipits were just starting down from high 
country at about that time, and I wisely yielded. 

 Virginia Simmons
 
     
      
      
  Joe Roller : Jul 29 03:36PM -0600  

 Raise your hand if you ever mis-identified a bird!
  
 If you think about it, John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson and David
 Allen Sibley have their hands raised.
  
 Joe Roller,
 Denver
  
 On Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 3:13 PM, Virginia Simmons 
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              ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5         
     
     
      
  Deborah Carstensen : Jul 29 08:32AM -0600  

 Oh, come on, you're not a fool! Every time people reach out for help on IDs 
they're taking a risk of looking silly, but what better use of this format than 
to get help with birds? 

 The more people ask for help with IDs, the more others, like myself, will be 
willing to do the same. Then some of us will become smarter and the others of 
us will look smarter! 

 Deb Carstensen, Littleton 
  
 Sent from my iPhone
  
 
     
      
      
  "Jeff J Jones" : Jul 29 09:28AM -0600  

 Ha! Hi David. I remember being fooled by the same thing and came to the same 
false Sprague’s Pipit conclusion as you did quite a few years ago. Folks on 
this list correctly and quickly suggested juv. Horned Lark. 

  
 
  
 Nothing foolish at all of course. But rather a common mistake at this time of 
year when there are an abundance of juveniles about, which a) few have 
experience with and b) field guides often don’t do justice. 

  
 
  
 Me personally, glad to see someone else make the same mistake; and isn’t it 
great that we have this resource to ask questions and get great assistance. 

  
 
  
 Jeff J Jones
  
 ( ; jjones AT jonestc.com)
  
 Teller County - 8500' - Montane Woodlands
  
 
  
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David Wade 

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 Subject: [Bulk] [cobirds] Re: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5
  
 
  
 Looks like I did it, I made myself a fool. Nick Komar straightened me out. 
Turns out they are Horned Larks. 

  
 Mea Culpa
 David Wade
 Ft Collins 
  
 On Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 12:43:33 AM UTC-6, David Wade wrote:
  
 
  
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  David Wade : Jul 29 02:05PM -0700  

 Howdy Folks, First, thanks to all those people that replied either here or 
 to me personally. I appreciate your feedback. I've figured out exactly 
 where I went off track on my path of identification. I use the book form of 
 Sibley's 1st edition in the field. There I saw that Spragues Pipet has 
 pale/pink legs and Sibley's illustrations show all ages of Horned Lark 
 with black legs. I took the first trait I found as absolute and excluded 
 Horned Lark as a possibility right from the get-go. That led me astray to 
 the "not-quite-right" Spragues. What really bothers me is that I remember 
 getting real hung up on a juvy Horned Lark last year too! I didn't learn my 
 lesson then, hopefully I won't repeat it next year- but probably will. 
  
 So others don't repeat my mistake here are some clues to look for that 
 separate Pipets and Larks. Primary extension is long for Horned, it extends 
 beyond the tertials. Sprague's wing extension ends at or near the tertials. 
 The outer tail feathers are extensively white on the Sprague's and white is 
 thin or hardly noticeable on the Horned Lark. On the tertials, Horned has a 
 white edge then a subterminal black edge. Sprague's tertials are edged in 
 pale buff/white without the black. I also should have picked up on the 
 crouching posture of the bird pictured away from me. Finally, There are 
 10's of thousands of Horned Larks in Colorado right now and if there are 
 Sprague's Pipets in Colorado right now the number would be less then 10 
 (I'm speculating here).
  
 Good luck and good birding, 
 David Wade
 Ft Collins, CO
 
     
     
   
    
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              Hummingbird Workshop with J. Vanderpoel, now SOLD OUT!         
     
     
      
  Pam Piombino : Jul 29 12:55PM -0600  

 Thanks to all for your interest and support. Please plan on coming to
 Boulder County Audubon's Annual Holiday Sale on November 24, when next
 year's offerings in our, "Interludes with Nature" begins signing up
 participants.
  
 These sell out quickly, so come early for what promises to be some great
 new trips with out best leaders!
  
 Thanks, Pam Piombino
 President, Boulder County Audubon
 
     
     
   
    
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              One Spot Opened on J. Vanderpoel's Hummingbird Workshop         
     
     
      
  Pam Piombino : Jul 29 12:17PM -0600  

 Interludes with Nature: Hummingbird Workshop
  
 - August 2, 2015 09:00am - 03:00pm
 - Niwot
  
  
 *1 SPOT LEFT*
  
 Leader: John Vanderpoel, videographer and co-author of *Hummingbirds of
 North America *DVD.
  
 This is an exceptional opportunity to join an expert for a workshop that
 will explore every aspect of hummingbird identification, behavior, and
 natural history. You will start with an indoor class and proceed to the
 field to hone your i.d. skills for these most magical of all bird species..
 A gourmet lunch will be provided. Limited to 10. $50.00 Sunday, August 2, 9
 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at John’s home in Niwot, details to follow.
  
 Register by sending an email to piombino.pam AT gmail.com
  
 Proceeds of these popular field trips now being offered for the 3rd year
 benefit our Youth Naturalist Program. This year we are sent 3!! promising
 young students to National Audubon’s Hog Island Environmental Camp.
 
     
     
   
    
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              Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 July 2015         
     
     
      
  Joyce Takamine : Jul 29 04:16AM -0600  

 Compiler: Joyce Takamine
 Date: July 29, 2015
 This is the Rare Bird Alert, Wednesday, July 29 sponsored by Denver Field
 Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
  
 Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).
  
 Barrow's Goldeneye (Rio Blanco)
 Little Blue Heron (Weld)
 Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
 Upland Sandpiper (Logan, Weld, Yuma)
 Caspian Tern (Weld)
 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
 Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
 Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
 Red-headed Woodpecker (*Jefferson)
 Williamson's Sapsucker (Larimer)
 Red-naped Sapsucker (Gunnison)
 American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Eagle/Pitkin, Gunnison, Hinsdale,
 Park)
 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
 Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Logan, Yuma)
 Gray Flycatcher (Fremont)
 Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
 Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, *Jefferson)
 Bell's Vireo (Logan)
 Purple Martin (Mesa)
 Wood Thrush (Logan)
 Lapland Longspur (*Larimer)
 Chestnut-collared Longspur (Larimer,*Weld)
 McCown's Longspur (*Weld)
 EASTERN TOWHEE (Sedgwick)
 Field Sparrow (Logan)
 BAIRD'S SPARROW (*Larimer, *Weld)
 Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Gunnison)
 Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
 Baltimore Oriole (Logan)
 Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)
  
 BOULDER COUNTY:
 --2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
 On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake. On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
 --A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was spotted by Connie Takamine in Wild
 Basin section of Rocky Mountain NP a little below Calypso Cascades on July
 17.
 --A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
 on July 19.
 --A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
 Neher in Boulder on July 24.
  
 DOUGLAS COUNTY:
 --On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
 Bridge on the upstream side.
  
 EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
 --An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
 Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.
  
 EL PASO COUNTY:
 --A Greater Roadrunner was reported by John Drummond running across Hanover
 Road about a mile west of Degrott Road intersection, near bridge and
 culvert on July 18.
  
 FREMONT COUNTY:
 --On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
 Park north of Canon City. They appeared to be still feeding young.
  
 GUNNISON COUNTY:
 --An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
 young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
 Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
 --A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
 reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
 --A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
 Ohio City on July 24.
  
 HINSDALE COUNTY
 --A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Bez Bezuidenhout at
 Grizzy Gulch Trailhead on July 16.
  
 JEFFERSON COUNTY:
 --On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
 Canyon. On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
 Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon. On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
 Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon. On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
 Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
 Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe. On
 July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
 Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon. On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
 Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon. On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
 reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
 and Waterton Rd. On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
 and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
 --On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
 Gardens at Chatfield. On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
 Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
 --A Chimney Swift was reported by David Suddjian at Clement Park in
 Littleton on July 25.
 --On July 28, Kate Frost and Michael Kiessig reported 4 Red-headed
 Woodpecker (2 ad, 2 juv) at Stony Pass Rd at Wigwam Creek.
 --An Eastern Phoebe was reported by David Suddjian on the W side of Platte
 River upstream of Kingfisher Bridge on July 28.
  
 LARIMER COUNTY:
 --On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.
 --On July 25, Nick Komar report 2 singing BAIRD'S SPARROWS on the W side
 of CR 5 near Rawhide Energy Station about 2 miles N oF Buckeye Road. On
 July 26, Alec Hopping, Kevin Keirn, Josh Bruening, Gwen Moore, Georgia
 Doyle, and David Wade reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.
 Robert Beauchamp reported BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd. On July
 27, Todd Deininger, Brad Biggerstaff, and Nick Komar reported 2 BAIRD'S
 Sparrows on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd. On July 28, Sue Riffe reported 2 BAIRD'S
 SPARROWS on CR 5 Between CR 82 and CR 92.
 --Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported McCown's Longspur on CR 5 N of
 Buckeye Rd on July 26.
 --On July 28, Sue Riffe reported a juv Lapland Longspur on CR 5 between CR
 82 and CR 92.
 --A f Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Jim Nelson in Hollowell Park
 in Rocky Mountain NP on July 24.
  
 LOGAN COUNTY:
 --On July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported about 15 Upland Sandpipers along US
 138 West of Crook.
 --At Tamarack Pond on July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole and
 several Field Sparrows. On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and
 Least Flycatcher at Tamarack Pond.
 --On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
 55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river. About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
 an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
 heard. On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
 Ranch SWA. On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
 Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA. On July 25, Scott Somershoe, Gwen Moore,
 and Matt Clark reported Eastern Wood-Pewee at Tamarak Ranch SWA.
  
 MESA COUNTY:
 --A Purple Martin nesting colony was reported by Mike Henwood along Points
 Creek on the Uncompahgre Plateau on July 17.
  
 PARK COUNTY:
 --4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
 on CR 8 on July 22.
 --An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
 between Alma and tree line on July 22.
  
 RIO BLANCO COUNTY:
 --2 f Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Tom and Kay McConnell at a
 roadside pond just past White Owl Lake in the Flattops area on July 26.
 --Tom and Kay McConnell rfeported a f and juv Barrow's Goldeneye on a side
 road from White Owl Lake on July 26.
  
 SEDGWICK COUNTY:
 --An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported by Robert Beauchamp at Sand Draw SWA on
 July 25.
  
 WASHINGTON COUNTY:
 --On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
 Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir. They were in the
 bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.
  
 WELD COUNTY:
 --A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
 July 6. On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
 Gravel Pits. On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
 Firestore Gravel Pits. On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
 at Firestone Gravel Pits. On July 26, Christine Alexander reported a
 Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits. On July 26, Renee and Jesse Casias
 reported 2 Caspian Terns at Firestone Gravel Pits. On July 27, Dean Shoup,
 Norm Erthal, and Bob Spencer reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits
 --Bob Andrews did two loops of the Pawnee National Grassland on July 16 and
 17 and reported 55 McCown's Longspurs and 6 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
 Andrews reported an Upland Sandpiper in a meadow on the N side of CR 108
 where it crosses Robins Creek just east of CR 37.
 --An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
 Gravel Pits on July 24. On July 25, Scott Manwaring reported Little Blue
 Heron flew east from Firestone Gravel Pits.
 --A Caspian Tern was reported by Laura Steadman at Pelican Pond in St Vrain
 SP on July 25.
 --ON July 28, Sue Riffe reported BAIRD'S SPARROW, 2 Chestnut-collared
 Longspurs, and 2 McCown's Longspurs at Central Plains Experimental Range on
 CR 114.
  
 YUMA COUNTY:
 --A couple of Upland Sandpipers were reported by Bill Kaempfer North of
 Wray on July 18.
 --A Least Flycatcher was reported by Alec Hopping at Stalker Lake on July
 18.
  
 UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:
  
 The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 1 will be to Prospect Park led by
 Mary Geder (mfg5000 AT live.com; 303-986-6127). Meet the leader at 0700 at
 parking lot next to Prospect Lake. From I-70 exit 267, take Kipling south
 about 3/4 mile and turn right (west) on 44th Avenue. Go one mile west.
 Look for entrance to Prospect Park on your left (South).
 This will be a half-day trip, easy walking, accessible for mobility
 imparied individual. Bring water and a snack; lunch optional. Register
 online or contact leader to register.
  
 The DFO Field Trip for Sunday August 2 will be to Chavez Trail and Beaver
 Brook Braille Trail led by Paul Slingsby. Meet the leader at the lower
 end of the Stegosaurus Park-n-Ride at 0645. Will carpool from there. From
 I-70, exit 259, turn left onto CO 26, driver under I-70 bridge and look for
 the Park-n-Ride on your left. Will carpool 6 miles to the trailhead.
 Half-day trip. This will be a slow alk of about 2 miles on smooth,
 moderately steep trails with some unmaintained paths in aspen and ponderosa
 forest. Please register online or contact leader to register.
  
 Good Birding,
 Joyce Takamine
 Boulder
 
     
     
   
    
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 1 August 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 04:25:31 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: August 1, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Saturday, August 1 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Rio Blanco)
Little Blue Heron (Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Caspian Tern (Alamosa, Weld)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Jefferson)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Gunnison)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Eagle/Pitkin, Gunnison, Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Jefferson, Logan)
Gray Flycatcher (Alamosa, Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, *Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Lapland Longspur (Larimer)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Larimer)
McCown's Longspur (*Larimer, Weld)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Sedgwick)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (*Larimer, Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Gunnison)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
EASTERN (LILIAN'S) MEADOWLARK (Boulder)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*El Paso, Park)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--At Blanca Wetlands Wildlife Area on July 29, John Rawinski reported 2 ad
Caspian Terns and a Gray Flycatcher.  The terns were using ponds 115 and
107.  The Wildlife area is now open.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.
--A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
Neher in Boulder on July 24.
--An EASTERN (LILIAN'S) MEADOWLARK has been found by Johanna Beam at
McIntosh Reservoir in the NW corner.  It has
been seen with 2 young.  On July 30, Johanna Beam and Todd Deininger
reported ad EASTERN MEADOWLARK at McIntosh Reservoir.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Brown-capped Rosy-Finch was reportd by Rod Schmidt on Pike's Peak Hwy
at mm19 on July 31.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
--A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
Ohio City on July 24.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.  On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.  On
July 31, Gerald Baines reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens
at Chatfield.
--A Chimney Swift was reported by David Suddjian at Clement Park in
Littleton on July 25.
--On July 28, Kate Frost and Michael Kiessig reported 4 Red-headed
Woodpecker (2 ad, 2 juv) at Stony Pass Rd at Wigwam Creek.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by David Suddjian on the W side of Platte
River upstream of Kingfisher Bridge on July 28.  On July 29, upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge, David Suddjian reported 4 Least Flycatcher including 2
begging juv and an Eastern Phoebe.  On July 31, Doug Kibbe reported Eastern
Phoebe upstream of Kingfisher Bridge.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.
--On July 25, Nick Komar report 2 singing  BAIRD'S SPARROWS on the W side
of CR 5 near Rawhide Energy Station about 2 miles N oF Buckeye Road.  On
July 26, Alec Hopping, Kevin Keirn, Josh Bruening, Gwen Moore, Georgia
Doyle, and David Wade reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.
Robert Beauchamp reported BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July
27, Todd Deininger, Brad Biggerstaff, and Nick Komar reported 2 BAIRD'S
Sparrows on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July 28, Sue Riffe reported 2 BAIRD'S
SPARROWS on CR 5 Between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July 29, Hugh and Urling
Kingery reported 1 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 between CR 82 and CR 92.  On
July 31, Nick Komar and Andy Bankert reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROWS on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.
--Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported McCown's Longspur on CR 5 N of
Buckeye Rd on July 26.
--On July 28, Sue Riffe reported a juv Lapland Longspur on CR 5 between CR
82 and CR 92.
--On July 29, Hugh and Urling Kingery reported 2 McCown's Longspurs on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July 29, Dave Leatherman reported a few
McCown's Longspurs of all ages on CR 5 between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July
31, Nick Komar and Andy Bankert reported 4 McCown's Longspurs on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.
--A f Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Jim Nelson in Hollowell Park
in Rocky Mountain NP on July 24.
--On July 30 in Estes Park, Jim Nelson reported several Williamson's
Sapsuckers.  A juv f was on Mary's Lake Rd between Lower Broadview and
Broadview.  Two were flying on Riverside Drive between Prospect Park Dr and
Manor RV Park.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and Least Flycatcher at
Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.  On July 25, Scott Somershoe, Gwen Moore,
and Matt Clark reported Eastern Wood-Pewee at Tamarak Ranch SWA.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

RIO BLANCO COUNTY:
--2 f Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Tom and Kay McConnell at a
roadside pond just past White Owl Lake in the Flattops area on July 26.
--Tom and Kay McConnell rfeported a f and juv Barrow's Goldeneye on a side
road from White Owl Lake on July 26.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported by Robert Beauchamp at Sand Draw SWA on
July 25.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Christine Alexander reported a
Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Renee and Jesse Casias
reported 2 Caspian Terns at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 27, Dean Shoup,
Norm Erthal, and Bob Spencer reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits
--An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
Gravel Pits on July 24.  On July 25, Scott Manwaring reported Little Blue
Heron flew east from Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 30, Carl Starace
reported Little Blue Heron on Firestone Gravel Pit North on CR 9 1/2.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Laura Steadman at Pelican Pond in St Vrain
SP on July 25.
--On July 28, Sue Riffe reported BAIRD'S SPARROW, 2 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, and 2 McCown's Longspurs at Central Plains Experimental Range on
CR 114.
--On July 29, Dave Leatherman reported man McCown's Longspurs in the
Western Unit of Pawnee NG and a nest of Chestnut-collared Longspurs at CR
40 N of CR 114.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 1 will be to Prospect Park led by
Mary Geder (mfg5000 ATlive.com; 303-986-6127).  Meet the leader at 0700 at
parking lot next to Prospect Lake.  From I-70 exit 267, take Kipling south
about 3/4 mile and turn right (west) on 44th Avenue.  Go one mile west.
Look for entrance to Prospect Park on your left (South).
  This will be a half-day trip, easy walking, accessible for mobility
imparied individual.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Register
online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday August 2 will be to Chavez Trail and Beaver
Brook Braille Trail led by Paul Slingsby.   Meet the leader at the lower
end of the Stegosaurus Park-n-Ride at 0645.  Will carpool from there.  From
I-70, exit 259, turn left onto CO 26, driver under I-70 bridge and look for
the Park-n-Ride on your left.  Will carpool 6 miles to the trailhead.
   Half-day trip.  This will be a slow alk of about 2 miles on smooth,
moderately steep trails with some unmaintained paths in aspen and ponderosa
forest.  Please register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Larimer Baird's Sparrows Continue
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007 AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:01:12 -0600
Nick Komar and I had the Baird's Sparrows on CR 5 in northern Larimer
County this morning during a short trip before work.  One of the birds was
singing a weak song fairly close to the road (and even landed on the fence)
and the other was further away but singing more frequently.  We last heard
a song around 7:20 AM about 1.75 miles north of CR 82, and the bird sang
very frequently from 7:00 - 7:20.

Too bad I was lazy this spring and missed out on my chance to have the
Baird's trifecta for northern Colorado for the year.

Good Birding,
Andy Bankert
Fort Collins

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Subject: Westword cover story about Pawnee National Grassland
From: Barry <barrylgingrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:54:42 -0700 (PDT)
This week's cover story in Denver's Westword is about oil and gas drilling 
on the Pawnee National Grassland, with a focus on how it affects the birds 
and other wildlife. Nunn birder Gary Lefko is featured, with additional 
discussion by Ed Butterfield and others.

You can read it online at the Westword web site: The BLM just sold more 
leases on the Pawnee -- and environmentalists say that's for the birds 

 


- Barry Gingrich
  Broomfield, CO

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Subject: Sage Thrashers/Nunn
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:01:46 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

My wife and I went on a beautiful drive around north Weld county last 
night.  Great moon last night--even better tonight.

   - Sage Thrasher - 12+ (Along Weld CR 102, 49, 41)
   - Swift Fox - 2 immatures playing along Weld CR 102
   - Prairie Falcon - family of three in dirt field down the road from 
   house (.25m westt of Weld CR 37)
   - Great Horned Owl - along Weld CR 102

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

http://coloradobirder.ning.com/

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


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Subject: Crossbills eating from roadbeds
From: Carl Starace <castarace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:13:51 -0600
I watched 3 Red Crossbill eating grit from the dirt lot at south Heil
Valley Ranch this week and it reminded me of a winters day some years past
watching a sizeable flock of White winged Crossbill pecking away at a
roadbed just a few short yards from the Atlantic Ocean.       Carl
Starace,   Niwot

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 31 July 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:49:33 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: July 31, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Friday, July 31 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Rio Blanco)
Little Blue Heron (*Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Upland Sandpiper (Logan, Yuma)
Caspian Tern (Alamosa, Weld)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Jefferson)
Williamson's Sapsucker (*Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Gunnison)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Eagle/Pitkin, Gunnison, Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Jefferson, Logan, Yuma)
Gray Flycatcher (Alamosa, Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Lapland Longspur (Larimer)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Larimer)
McCown's Longspur (*Larimer, *Weld)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Sedgwick)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Larimer, Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Gunnison)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
EASTERN (LILIAN'S) MEADOWLARK (*Boulder)
Baltimore Oriole (Logan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--At Blanca Wetlands Wildlife Area on July 29, John Rawinski reported 2 ad
Caspian Terns and a Gray Flycatcher.  The terns were using ponds 115 and
107.  The Wildlife area is now open.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.
--A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
Neher in Boulder on July 24.
--An EASTERN (LILIAN'S) MEADOWLARK has been found by Johanna Beam at
McIntosh Reservoir in the NW corner.  It has
been seen with 2 young.  On July 30, Johanna Beam and Todd Deininger
reported ad EASTERN MEADOWLARK at McIntosh Reservoir.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by John Drummond running across Hanover
Road about a mile west of Degrott Road intersection, near bridge and
culvert on July 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
--A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
Ohio City on July 24.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.  On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
--A Chimney Swift was reported by David Suddjian at Clement Park in
Littleton on July 25.
--On July 28, Kate Frost and Michael Kiessig reported 4 Red-headed
Woodpecker (2 ad, 2 juv) at Stony Pass Rd at Wigwam Creek.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by David Suddjian on the W side of Platte
River upstream of Kingfisher Bridge on July 28.  On July 29, upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge, David Suddjian reported 4 Least Flycatcher including 2
begging juv and an Eastern Phoebe.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.
--On July 25, Nick Komar report 2 singing  BAIRD'S SPARROWS on the W side
of CR 5 near Rawhide Energy Station about 2 miles N oF Buckeye Road.  On
July 26, Alec Hopping, Kevin Keirn, Josh Bruening, Gwen Moore, Georgia
Doyle, and David Wade reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.
Robert Beauchamp reported BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July
27, Todd Deininger, Brad Biggerstaff, and Nick Komar reported 2 BAIRD'S
Sparrows on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July 28, Sue Riffe reported 2 BAIRD'S
SPARROWS on CR 5 Between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July 29, Hugh and Urling
Kingery reported 1 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 between CR 82 and CR 92.
--Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported McCown's Longspur on CR 5 N of
Buckeye Rd on July 26.
--On July 28, Sue Riffe reported a juv Lapland Longspur on CR 5 between CR
82 and CR 92.
--On July 29, Hugh and Urling Kingery reported 2 McCown's Longspurs on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July 29, Dave Leatherman reported a few
McCown's Longspurs of all ages on CR 5 between CR 92 and CR 92.
--A f Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Jim Nelson in Hollowell Park
in Rocky Mountain NP on July 24.
--On July 30 in Estes Park, Jim Nelson reported several Williamson's
Sapsuckers.  A juv f was on Marh's Lake Rd between Lower Broadview and
Broadview.  Two were flying on Riverside Drive between Prospect Park Dr and
Manor RV Park.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported about 15 Upland Sandpipers along US
138 West of Crook.
--At Tamarack Pond on July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole and
several Field Sparrows.  On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and
Least Flycatcher at Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.  On July 25, Scott Somershoe, Gwen Moore,
and Matt Clark reported Eastern Wood-Pewee at Tamarak Ranch SWA.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

RIO BLANCO COUNTY:
--2 f Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Tom and Kay McConnell at a
roadside pond just past White Owl Lake in the Flattops area on July 26.
--Tom and Kay McConnell rfeported a f and juv Barrow's Goldeneye on a side
road from White Owl Lake on July 26.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported by Robert Beauchamp at Sand Draw SWA on
July 25.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Christine Alexander reported a
Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Renee and Jesse Casias
reported 2 Caspian Terns at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 27, Dean Shoup,
Norm Erthal, and Bob Spencer reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits
--An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
Gravel Pits on July 24.  On July 25, Scott Manwaring reported Little Blue
Heron flew east from Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 30, Carl Starace
reported Little Blue Heron on Firestone Gravel Pit North on CR 9 1/2.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Laura Steadman at Pelican Pond in St Vrain
SP on July 25.
--On July 28, Sue Riffe reported BAIRD'S SPARROW, 2 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, and 2 McCown's Longspurs at Central Plains Experimental Range on
CR 114.
--On July 29, Dave Leatherman reported man McCown's Longspurs in the
Western Unit of Pawnee NG and a nest of Chestnut-collared Longspurs at CR
40 N of CR 114.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A couple of Upland Sandpipers were reported by Bill Kaempfer North of
Wray on July 18.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Alec Hopping at Stalker Lake on July
18.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 1 will be to Prospect Park led by
Mary Geder (mfg5000 ATlive.com; 303-986-6127).  Meet the leader at 0700 at
parking lot next to Prospect Lake.  From I-70 exit 267, take Kipling south
about 3/4 mile and turn right (west) on 44th Avenue.  Go one mile west.
Look for entrance to Prospect Park on your left (South).
  This will be a half-day trip, easy walking, accessible for mobility
imparied individual.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Register
online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday August 2 will be to Chavez Trail and Beaver
Brook Braille Trail led by Paul Slingsby.   Meet the leader at the lower
end of the Stegosaurus Park-n-Ride at 0645.  Will carpool from there.  From
I-70, exit 259, turn left onto CO 26, driver under I-70 bridge and look for
the Park-n-Ride on your left.  Will carpool 6 miles to the trailhead.
   Half-day trip.  This will be a slow alk of about 2 miles on smooth,
moderately steep trails with some unmaintained paths in aspen and ponderosa
forest.  Please register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: RE: Why did the pine grosbeak eat in the road? Larimer County
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:40:35 -0600
Candice et al,
I believe they are getting soil high in minerals missing from their seed-heavy 
diets, perhaps including road-treatment salt (in the form of calcium chloride, 
sodium chloride, and/or magnesium chloride) that accumulates in dried puddle 
areas along roadways. Mag chloride is also applied to dirt roads in summer as a 
dust suppressant and may well be the source of attraction in the case you 
mention. All high elevation finches (crossbills, Cassin's Finch, siskins, Pine 
Grosbeaks, etc.) can commonly be seen going to road surfaces (paved or dirt) to 
acquire salts and grit (for grinding seeds in their gizzard). 


Dave Leatherman

From: Candice.Johnson AT childrenscolorado.org
To: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [cobirds] Why did the pine grosbeak eat in the road? Larimer County
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:03:19 +0000







Yesterday we drove up Fall River Rd. in RMNP, and near the top where the road 
levels out we saw 2 male and 1 female pine grosbeak eating something in the 
dirt roadbed. (We also saw 

 a male & female at Lake Irene, in a tree). Then returning to our cabin in 
Allenspark at 8700 ft. elevation we saw 2 females who were also eating in the 
middle of a dirt road. This location is where we have seen a bird in the road 
in July of the last 2 years, 

 so possibly breeding nearby. Can anyone suggest what they find to eat? We 
considered crushed pinecones, but there are none on the tundra. 

 
Candice Johnson, Denver, CO




















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Subject: Larimer CR5 and western PNG (Weld) on 7/29
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:16:20 -0600
After getting back from a 9-day new Confederate flag survey of Tennessee and 
North Carolina (actually my friend Boris and I were hunting aquatic insects), I 
was finally able to try for the Larimer CR5 Baird's Sparrows yesterday. I got 
there at 7:30 and was told by a couple folks who had gotten there earlier that 
they heard a Baird's singing briefly far off to the west of the road at around 
6am. Several of us who got there too late did NOT detect the birds at all 
between 7 and 11am, nor during a later check around 4pm. 


We did see on CR5 between 82 and 92: many, many Grasshopper Sparrows of all 
ages, Blue Grosbeaks, Loggerhead Shrikes, Burrowing Owls, Swainson's Hawks, a 
few wandering Chipping Sparrows of all ages, Brewer's Sparrows, a few McCown's 
Longspurs of all ages, Sage Thrashers, Vesper Sparrows, one Northern Harrier, 
and then gobs of Horned Larks of all ages, Western Meadowlarks of all ages, of 
Lark Buntings of all ages. The Grasshopper Sparrow adults often had their beaks 
loaded with nestling fare, usually grasshoppers with all the legs removed (look 
like green cigars). 


I met up with Norm Lewis and Nina Routh and we went out east to the Western 
Unit of the Pawnee Grasslands in search of longspurs. We saw many, many 
McCown's Longspurs and along Weld CR49 north of 114 found a nest of 
Chestnut-collared Longspurs. During our very brief peek into the nest, we think 
we saw two young (3-5 young is typical). I was thinking this was probably a 
second brood but in checking the BNA account, they are known to attempt as many 
as 4 (!) broods in Alberta (with 3-4 attempts usually being associated with 
earlier failures), so not sure which number we were seeing. I still bet second 
but who knows? As everybody is probably aware, longspur observation can be 
great at playas with water or any low spot with water from overnight storms. 
They seem to come in steadily and patience is usually rewarded with fairly 
close looks. Juveniles are tough and such spots give great opportunities to 
study bills and other ID characters not all that well covered in most field 
guides. 


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Fort Collins


 		 	   		  

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 30 July 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:28:13 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: July 30, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Thursday, July 30 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Rio Blanco)
Little Blue Heron (Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Upland Sandpiper (Logan, Weld, Yuma)
Caspian Tern (*Alamosa, Weld)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Jefferson)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Gunnison)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Eagle/Pitkin, Gunnison, Hinsdale,
Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, *Jefferson, Logan, Yuma)
Gray Flycatcher (*Alamosa, Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, *Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Lapland Longspur (Larimer)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Larimer,Weld)
McCown's Longspur (*Larimer, Weld)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Sedgwick)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (*Larimer, Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Gunnison)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
Baltimore Oriole (Logan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--At Blanca Wetlands Wildlife Area on July 29, John Rawinski reported 2 ad
Caspian Terns and a Gray Flycatcher.  The terns were using ponds 115 and
107.  The Wildlife area is now open.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was spotted by Connie Takamine in Wild
Basin section of Rocky Mountain NP a little below Calypso Cascades on July
17.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.
--A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
Neher in Boulder on July 24.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by John Drummond running across Hanover
Road about a mile west of Degrott Road intersection, near bridge and
culvert on July 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
--A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
Ohio City on July 24.

HINSDALE COUNTY
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Bez Bezuidenhout at
Grizzy Gulch Trailhead on July 16.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.  On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
--A Chimney Swift was reported by David Suddjian at Clement Park in
Littleton on July 25.
--On July 28, Kate Frost and Michael Kiessig reported 4 Red-headed
Woodpecker (2 ad, 2 juv) at Stony Pass Rd at Wigwam Creek.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by David Suddjian on the W side of Platte
River upstream of Kingfisher Bridge on July 28.  On July 29, upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge, David Suddjian reported 4 Least Flycatcher including 2
begging juv and an Eastern Phoebe.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.
--On July 25, Nick Komar report 2 singing  BAIRD'S SPARROWS on the W side
of CR 5 near Rawhide Energy Station about 2 miles N oF Buckeye Road.  On
July 26, Alec Hopping, Kevin Keirn, Josh Bruening, Gwen Moore, Georgia
Doyle, and David Wade reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.
Robert Beauchamp reported BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July
27, Todd Deininger, Brad Biggerstaff, and Nick Komar reported 2 BAIRD'S
Sparrows on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July 28, Sue Riffe reported 2 BAIRD'S
SPARROWS on CR 5 Between CR 82 and CR 92.  On July 29, Hugh and Urling
Kingery reported 1 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 between CR 82 and CR 92.
--Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported McCown's Longspur on CR 5 N of
Buckeye Rd on July 26.
--On July 28, Sue Riffe reported a juv Lapland Longspur on CR 5 between CR
82 and CR 92.
--On July 29, Hugh and URling Kingery reported 2 McCown's Longspurs on CR 5
between CR 82 and CR 92.
--A f Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Jim Nelson in Hollowell Park
in Rocky Mountain NP on July 24.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported about 15 Upland Sandpipers along US
138 West of Crook.
--At Tamarack Pond on July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole and
several Field Sparrows.  On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and
Least Flycatcher at Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.  On July 25, Scott Somershoe, Gwen Moore,
and Matt Clark reported Eastern Wood-Pewee at Tamarak Ranch SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Purple Martin nesting colony was reported by Mike Henwood along Points
Creek on the Uncompahgre Plateau on July 17.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

RIO BLANCO COUNTY:
--2 f Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Tom and Kay McConnell at a
roadside pond just past White Owl Lake in the Flattops area on July 26.
--Tom and Kay McConnell rfeported a f and juv Barrow's Goldeneye on a side
road from White Owl Lake on July 26.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported by Robert Beauchamp at Sand Draw SWA on
July 25.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Christine Alexander reported a
Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Renee and Jesse Casias
reported 2 Caspian Terns at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 27, Dean Shoup,
Norm Erthal, and Bob Spencer reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits
--Bob Andrews did two loops of the Pawnee National Grassland on July 16 and
17 and reported 55 McCown's Longspurs and 6 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Andrews reported an Upland Sandpiper in a meadow on the N side of CR 108
where it crosses Robins Creek just east of CR 37.
--An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
Gravel Pits on July 24.  On July 25, Scott Manwaring reported Little Blue
Heron flew east from Firestone Gravel Pits.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Laura Steadman at Pelican Pond in St Vrain
SP on July 25.
--ON July 28, Sue Riffe reported BAIRD'S SPARROW, 2 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, and 2 McCown's Longspurs at Central Plains Experimental Range on
CR 114.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A couple of Upland Sandpipers were reported by Bill Kaempfer North of
Wray on July 18.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Alec Hopping at Stalker Lake on July
18.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 1 will be to Prospect Park led by
Mary Geder (mfg5000 ATlive.com; 303-986-6127).  Meet the leader at 0700 at
parking lot next to Prospect Lake.  From I-70 exit 267, take Kipling south
about 3/4 mile and turn right (west) on 44th Avenue.  Go one mile west.
Look for entrance to Prospect Park on your left (South).
  This will be a half-day trip, easy walking, accessible for mobility
imparied individual.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Register
online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday August 2 will be to Chavez Trail and Beaver
Brook Braille Trail led by Paul Slingsby.   Meet the leader at the lower
end of the Stegosaurus Park-n-Ride at 0645.  Will carpool from there.  From
I-70, exit 259, turn left onto CO 26, driver under I-70 bridge and look for
the Park-n-Ride on your left.  Will carpool 6 miles to the trailhead.
   Half-day trip.  This will be a slow alk of about 2 miles on smooth,
moderately steep trails with some unmaintained paths in aspen and ponderosa
forest.  Please register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Chatfield SP and Ken Caryl Valley 7/28
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:20:54 -0600
Water levels in Chatfield Reservoir are more or less back to "normal",
although there is still lots of extra standing water in upland areas that
were flooded recently. Other than Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers, my only
shorebirds were 2 *Marbled Godwits* and a *Willet* at the Marina Sand Spit.
A segment of the trail upstream of Kingfisher Bridge on the JeffCo side is
now walkable. So I did. I was excited to see a *Yellow-billed Cuckoo* fly
in front of me at mid-canopy height, perching briefly before moving on.
Also here was an adult *Red-eyed Vireo* feeding a begging juv., and four *Least
Flycatchers* included 2 begging juvies. An *Eastern Phoebe* was upstream of
Kingfisher Bridge.

At Ken Caryl Valley there was an *Ash-throated Flycatcher *north of Massey
Draw between the Lyons and Dakota formation hogbacks. It was even calling.
An earlyish *Sage Thrasher* was my first in the area this season.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Caspian Terns at Blanca Wetlands
From: <cougar AT gojade.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:28:52 -0600
Today while doing some bird surveys, I chanced upon 2 Adult Caspian Terns at 
the Blanca Wetlands Wildlife Area (Alamosa County). The area is now open and 
the birds were alternately using pond 115 and 107. This is possibly only the 
second and third records for the species in the San Luis Valley, with Mlodinow 
finding one last year at Smith Reservoir. 


The shorebirds were well represented. Between my wife Lisa and I, we observed 
Western, Least, Baird’s, Spotted and Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, 
BN Stilts, close to 1500 Wilson Phalaropes, Peregrine Falcons, and one Gray 
Flycatcher. So shorebirds are on the move and this is a great increase in 
numbers since we last surveyed a few weeks ago. Lots to see..... 


John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO

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Subject: Re: pipit v. Horned Lark
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:36:19 -0600
Raise your hand if you ever mis-identified a bird!

If you think about it, John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson and David
Allen Sibley have their hands raised.

Joe Roller,
Denver

On Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 3:13 PM, Virginia Simmons 
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>   In 2014 in open grassland near the floor of the San Luis Valley, below
> the San Juan Mtns., I mis-identified a “Sprague’s Pipit.” An 
experienced 

> birder pointed out to me that American Pipits were just  starting down from
> high country at about that time, and I wisely yielded.
> Virginia Simmons
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Subject: pipit v. Horned Lark
From: Virginia Simmons <simmons19281 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:13:59 -0600
In 2014 in open grassland near the floor of the San Luis Valley, below the San 
Juan Mtns., I mis-identified a “Sprague’s Pipit.” An experienced birder 
pointed out to me that American Pipits were just starting down from high 
country at about that time, and I wisely yielded. 

Virginia Simmons

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Subject: Re: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:05:20 -0700 (PDT)

Howdy Folks,  First, thanks to all those people that replied either here or 
to me personally. I appreciate your feedback. I've figured out exactly 
where I went off track on my path of identification. I use the book form of 
Sibley's 1st edition in the field. There I saw that Spragues Pipet has 
pale/pink legs and Sibley's  illustrations show all ages of Horned Lark 
with black legs. I took the first trait I found as absolute and  excluded 
Horned Lark as a possibility right from the get-go. That led me astray to 
the "not-quite-right" Spragues. What really bothers me is that I remember 
getting real hung up on a juvy Horned Lark last year too! I didn't learn my 
lesson then,  hopefully I won't repeat it next year- but probably will. 

So others don't repeat my mistake here are some clues to look for that 
separate Pipets and Larks. Primary extension is long for Horned, it extends 
beyond the tertials. Sprague's wing extension ends at or near the tertials. 
The outer tail feathers are extensively white on the Sprague's and white is 
thin or hardly noticeable on the Horned Lark. On the tertials, Horned has a 
white edge then a subterminal black edge. Sprague's tertials are edged in 
pale buff/white without the black. I also should have picked up on the 
crouching posture of the bird pictured away from me. Finally, There are 
10's of thousands of Horned Larks in Colorado right now and if there are 
Sprague's Pipets in Colorado right now the number would be less then 10 
(I'm speculating here).

Good luck and good birding, 
David Wade
Ft Collins, CO

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Subject: Hummingbird Workshop with J. Vanderpoel, now SOLD OUT!
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:55:35 -0600
Thanks to all for your interest and support.  Please plan on coming to
Boulder County Audubon's Annual Holiday Sale on November 24, when next
year's offerings in our, "Interludes with Nature" begins signing up
participants.

These sell out quickly, so come early for what promises to be some great
new trips with out best leaders!

Thanks, Pam Piombino
President, Boulder County Audubon

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Subject: One Spot Opened on J. Vanderpoel's Hummingbird Workshop
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:17:07 -0600
Interludes with Nature: Hummingbird Workshop

   - August 2, 2015 09:00am - 03:00pm
   - Niwot


*1 SPOT LEFT*

Leader:  John Vanderpoel, videographer and co-author of *Hummingbirds of
North America *DVD.

This is an exceptional opportunity to join an expert for a workshop that
will explore every aspect of hummingbird identification, behavior, and
natural history. You will start with an indoor class and proceed to the
field to hone your i.d. skills for these most magical of all bird species..
A gourmet lunch will be provided. Limited to 10. $50.00 Sunday, August 2, 9
a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at John’s home in Niwot, details to follow.

Register by sending an email to piombino.pam AT gmail.com

Proceeds of these popular field trips now being offered for the 3rd year
benefit our Youth Naturalist Program. This year we are sent 3!! promising
young students to National Audubon’s Hog Island Environmental Camp.

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Subject: RE: [cobirds] Re: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5
From: "Jeff J Jones" <JJones AT JonesTC.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:28:43 -0600
Ha! Hi David. I remember being fooled by the same thing and came to the same 
false Sprague’s Pipit conclusion as you did quite a few years ago. Folks on 
this list correctly and quickly suggested juv. Horned Lark. 


 

Nothing foolish at all of course. But rather a common mistake at this time of 
year when there are an abundance of juveniles about, which a) few have 
experience with and b) field guides often don’t do justice. 


 

Me personally, glad to see someone else make the same mistake; and isn’t it 
great that we have this resource to ask questions and get great assistance. 


 

Jeff J Jones

(  jjones AT jonestc.com)

Teller County - 8500' - Montane Woodlands

 

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David Wade 

Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 1:28 AM
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Subject: [Bulk] [cobirds] Re: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5

 

Looks like I did it, I made myself a fool. Nick Komar straightened me out. 
Turns out they are Horned Larks. 


Mea Culpa
David Wade
Ft Collins 

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Subject: Re: Re: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:32:27 -0600
Oh, come on, you're not a fool! Every time people reach out for help on IDs 
they're taking a risk of looking silly, but what better use of this format than 
to get help with birds? 

 The more people ask for help with IDs, the more others, like myself, will be 
willing to do the same. Then some of us will become smarter and the others of 
us will look smarter! 

Deb Carstensen, Littleton 

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> On Jul 29, 2015, at 1:28 AM, David Wade  wrote:
> 
> Looks like I did it, I made myself a fool. Nick Komar straightened me out. 
Turns out they are Horned Larks. 

> 
> Mea Culpa
> David Wade
> Ft Collins 
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 July 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:16:34 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: July 29, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Wednesday, July 29 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Rio Blanco)
Little Blue Heron (Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Upland Sandpiper (Logan, Weld, Yuma)
Caspian Tern (Weld)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
Red-headed Woodpecker (*Jefferson)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Gunnison)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Eagle/Pitkin, Gunnison, Hinsdale,
Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Logan, Yuma)
Gray Flycatcher (Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, *Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Lapland Longspur (*Larimer)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Larimer,*Weld)
McCown's Longspur (*Weld)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Sedgwick)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (*Larimer, *Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Gunnison)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
Baltimore Oriole (Logan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was spotted by Connie Takamine in Wild
Basin section of Rocky Mountain NP a little below Calypso Cascades on July
17.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.
--A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
Neher in Boulder on July 24.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by John Drummond running across Hanover
Road about a mile west of Degrott Road intersection, near bridge and
culvert on July 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
--A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
Ohio City on July 24.

HINSDALE COUNTY
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Bez Bezuidenhout at
Grizzy Gulch Trailhead on July 16.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.  On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
--A Chimney Swift was reported by David Suddjian at Clement Park in
Littleton on July 25.
--On July 28, Kate Frost and Michael Kiessig reported 4 Red-headed
Woodpecker (2 ad, 2 juv) at Stony Pass Rd at Wigwam Creek.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by David Suddjian on the W side of Platte
River upstream of Kingfisher Bridge on July 28.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.
--On July 25, Nick Komar report 2 singing  BAIRD'S SPARROWS on the W side
of CR 5 near Rawhide Energy Station about 2 miles N oF Buckeye Road.  On
July 26, Alec Hopping, Kevin Keirn, Josh Bruening, Gwen Moore, Georgia
Doyle, and David Wade reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.
Robert Beauchamp reported BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July
27, Todd Deininger, Brad Biggerstaff, and Nick Komar reported 2 BAIRD'S
Sparrows on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July 28, Sue Riffe reported 2 BAIRD'S
SPARROWS on CR 5 Between CR 82 and CR 92.
--Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported McCown's Longspur on CR 5 N of
Buckeye Rd on July 26.
--On July 28, Sue Riffe reported a juv Lapland Longspur on CR 5 between CR
82 and CR 92.
--A f Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Jim Nelson in Hollowell Park
in Rocky Mountain NP on July 24.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported about 15 Upland Sandpipers along US
138 West of Crook.
--At Tamarack Pond on July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole and
several Field Sparrows.  On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and
Least Flycatcher at Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.  On July 25, Scott Somershoe, Gwen Moore,
and Matt Clark reported Eastern Wood-Pewee at Tamarak Ranch SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Purple Martin nesting colony was reported by Mike Henwood along Points
Creek on the Uncompahgre Plateau on July 17.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

RIO BLANCO COUNTY:
--2 f Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Tom and Kay McConnell at a
roadside pond just past White Owl Lake in the Flattops area on July 26.
--Tom and Kay McConnell rfeported a f and juv Barrow's Goldeneye on a side
road from White Owl Lake on July 26.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported by Robert Beauchamp at Sand Draw SWA on
July 25.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Christine Alexander reported a
Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Renee and Jesse Casias
reported 2 Caspian Terns at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 27, Dean Shoup,
Norm Erthal, and Bob Spencer reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits
--Bob Andrews did two loops of the Pawnee National Grassland on July 16 and
17 and reported 55 McCown's Longspurs and 6 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Andrews reported an Upland Sandpiper in a meadow on the N side of CR 108
where it crosses Robins Creek just east of CR 37.
--An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
Gravel Pits on July 24.  On July 25, Scott Manwaring reported Little Blue
Heron flew east from Firestone Gravel Pits.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Laura Steadman at Pelican Pond in St Vrain
SP on July 25.
--ON July 28, Sue Riffe reported BAIRD'S SPARROW, 2 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, and 2 McCown's Longspurs at Central Plains Experimental Range on
CR 114.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A couple of Upland Sandpipers were reported by Bill Kaempfer North of
Wray on July 18.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Alec Hopping at Stalker Lake on July
18.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 1 will be to Prospect Park led by
Mary Geder (mfg5000 AT live.com; 303-986-6127).  Meet the leader at 0700 at
parking lot next to Prospect Lake.  From I-70 exit 267, take Kipling south
about 3/4 mile and turn right (west) on 44th Avenue.  Go one mile west.
Look for entrance to Prospect Park on your left (South).
  This will be a half-day trip, easy walking, accessible for mobility
imparied individual.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Register
online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday August 2 will be to Chavez Trail and Beaver
Brook Braille Trail led by Paul Slingsby.   Meet the leader at the lower
end of the Stegosaurus Park-n-Ride at 0645.  Will carpool from there.  From
I-70, exit 259, turn left onto CO 26, driver under I-70 bridge and look for
the Park-n-Ride on your left.  Will carpool 6 miles to the trailhead.
   Half-day trip.  This will be a slow alk of about 2 miles on smooth,
moderately steep trails with some unmaintained paths in aspen and ponderosa
forest.  Please register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:28:02 -0700 (PDT)
Looks like I did it,  I made myself a fool.  Nick Komar straightened me 
out. Turns out they are Horned Larks. 

Mea Culpa
David Wade
Ft Collins 

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Subject: ID help - Larimer Co Rd 5
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:43:33 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings Birders, I went back to Larimer County Road 5 to look for a 
Cassin's Sparrow reported earlier in the day. I found Cassin's but missed 
the Baird's Sparrow because either they weren't singing, or the wind blew 
their songs away. Further north of the Baird's field, I came across two 
birds that that left me a little puzzled, a bit excited, and very anxious. 
I noticed two birds on the road ahead of me and I had no idea what they 
were. My initial reaction was they were young birds but of what? Horned 
Lark? no -pink legs, Lark Bunting? no - wrong bill. I decided to shoot 
first and ask questions later, below, are some of the photos I took. I've 
eliminated sparrows or longspurs as possibilities and am left at pipet? I 
think these two birds are Sprague's Pipets! I guess I'm just not confident 
in the identification and don't want to embarrass myself. So, can anybody 
identify these? 

https://flic.kr/p/wm6qhA
https://flic.kr/p/vFFkcN
https://flic.kr/p/vFPREK
https://flic.kr/p/vFPTsx
https://flic.kr/p/wDbDbx
https://flic.kr/p/wCGFPP
https://flic.kr/p/wCGvU8
https://flic.kr/p/wm5sx9

David Wade
Ft Collins, CO

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Subject: Spotted Sandpiper chicks still with parent at Florence River Park and 4 Chimney Swifts in Canon City
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:52:42 -0600
The two Spotted Sandpiper chicks along with their very protective parent
continue at Florence River Park.  Now that they are a little older the
parent, who gives warning calls for them to stay hidden in heavy vegetation
when it is concerned, has let the chicks come out into the open to practice
their sandpiper skills along the river's edge which provided me the
opportunity to get some good pics of both chicks and the parent that I have
uploaded to my Birds and Nature blog.

Tonight as I worked in my yard I heard then briefly saw 4 Chimney Swifts
flying together.  I have seen several Chimney Swifts off and on this summer
over the downtown Canon City area and wonder if these may be a family
unit.  No photos, too quick and distant.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Attention Military (Birder) Veterans: CPW offers free state park entrance to active-duty, veterans
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:34:05 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all


Exciting news for us birding military Vets ... 
http://dnr.state.co.us/newsapp/press.asp?pressid=9674


Free State Park entrance for month of August ... just in time for migration 
:-)


Thanks

Gary Lefko, Nunn

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 July 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:36:39 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: July 28, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Tuesday, July 28 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Rio Blanco)
Little Blue Heron (Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Upland Sandpiper (Logan, Weld, Yuma)
Caspian Tern (*Weld)
Least Tern (Bent)
ROYAL TERN (Bent)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Gunnison)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Eagle/Pitkin, Gunnison, Hinsdale,
Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Logan, Yuma)
Gray Flycatcher (Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Larimer, Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
LUCY'S WARBLER (Montezuma)
Magnolia Warbler (Washington)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Sedgwick)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (*Larimer)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Gunnison)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
Baltimore Oriole (Logan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)

BENT COUNTY:
--On July 10, Duane Nelson reported an adult ROYAL TERN on "Plover Island"
on north shore of John Martin Reservoir.  On July 18, Duane Nelson reported
that the ROYAL TERN returned to "Plover Island" on the N shore of John
Martin Reservoir.  To get to the best view, enter through John Martin State
Park south of Hasty.  Wind through the part until signs point the way to
the State Wildlife Area.  Turn west.  At a cattle guard you will see the
island.  Wind around a flooded bay, and drive south.  Park on top of the
bluff.  On July 19, Duane Nelson reported that the ROYAL TERN did not show
but a Least Tern did on "Plover Island" at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was spotted by Connie Takamine in Wild
Basin section of Rocky Mountain NP a little below Calypso Cascades on July
17.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.
--A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
Neher in Boulder on July 24.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by John Drummond running across Hanover
Road about a mile west of Degrott Road intersection, near bridge and
culvert on July 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
--A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
Ohio City on July 24.

HINSDALE COUNTY
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Bez Bezuidenhout at
Grizzy Gulch Trailhead on July 16.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.  On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
--A Chimney Swift was reported by David Suddjian at Clement Park in
Littleton on July 25.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.
--On July 25, Nick Komar report 2 singing  BAIRD'S SPARROWS on the W side
of CR 5 near Rawhide Energy Station about 2 miles N oF Buckeye Road.  On
July 26, Alec Hopping, Kevin Keirn, Josh Bruening, Gwen Moore, Georgia
Doyle, and David Wade reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.
Robert Beauchamp reported BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.  On July
27, Todd Deininger, Brad Biggerstaff, and Nick Komar reported 2 BAIRD'S
Sparrows on CR 5 N ob Buckeye Rd,
--Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported McCown's Longspur on CR 5 N of
Buckeye Rd on July 26.
--A f Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Jim Nelson in Hollowell Park
in Rocky Mountain NP on July 24.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported about 15 Upland Sandpipers along US
138 West of Crook.
--At Tamarack Pond on July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole and
several Field Sparrows.  On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and
Least Flycatcher at Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.  On July 25, Scott Somershoe, Gwen Moore,
and Matt Clark reported Eastern Wood-Pewee at Tamarak Ranch SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Purple Martin nesting colony was reported by Mike Henwood along Points
Creek on the Uncompahgre Plateau on July 17.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARBLER was reported by Steve Larson at Mc Elmo Creek W of
Cortez along CR J on July 13.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

RIO BLANCO COUNTY:
--2 f Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Tom and Kay McConnell at a
roadside pond just past White Owl Lake in the Flattops area on July 26.
--Tom and Kay McConnell rfeported a f and juv Barrow's Goldeneye on a side
road from White Owl Lake on July 26.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported by Robert Beauchamp at Sand Draw SWA on
July 25.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Prewitt Reservoir on
July 15.
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Christine Alexander reported a
Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Renee and Jesse Casias
reported 2 Caspian Terns at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 27, Dean Shoup,
Norm Erthal, and Bob Spencer reported Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits
--Bob Andrews did two loops of the Pawnee National Grassland on July 16 and
17 and reported 55 McCown's Longspurs and 6 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Andrews reported an Upland Sandpiper in a meadow on the N side of CR 108
where it crosses Robins Creek just east of CR 37.
--An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
Gravel Pits on July 24.  On July 25, Scott Manwaring reported Little Blue
Heron flew east from Firestone Gravel Pits.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Laura Steadman at Pelican Pond in St Vrain
SP on July 25.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A couple of Upland Sandpipers were reported by Bill Kaempfer North of
Wray on July 18.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Alec Hopping at Stalker Lake on July
18.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 1 will be to Prospect Park led by
Mary Geder.  Seedfobirds.org for details

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday August 2 will be to Chavez Trail and Beaver
Brook Braille Trail led by Paul Slingsby.   See dfobird.org for details.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Crested Butte

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Subject: re: Re: Denver has two new eBird hotspots - Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High (restricted access)
From: "Karl Stecher Jr." <kstecher AT idcomm.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:21:32 -0600
I'm very happy with football and birding.  List to soon follow.
  
 Karl Stecher
 Centennial
  
  
  

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 From: "David Wade" 
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 4:41 PM
To: "Colorado Birds" 
Cc: jroller9 AT gmail.com
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Denver has two new eBird hotspots - Coors Field and 
Sports Authority Field at Mile High (restricted access)   

Meanwhile... I'm feeling kinda lonely over here at the other hotspot 
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L3788886 Why is it birding and baseball 
feels like a natural fit but football and birding, not so much?

David Wade
Ft Collins     
  

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Subject: Re: Denver has two new eBird hotspots - Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High (restricted access)
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:40:53 -0700 (PDT)
Meanwhile... I'm feeling kinda lonely over here at the other hotspot 
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L3788886 Why is it birding and baseball 
feels like a natural fit but football and birding, not so much?

David Wade
Ft Collins

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Subject: Why did the pine grosbeak eat in the road? Larimer County
From: "Johnson, Candice E., MD." <Candice.Johnson AT childrenscolorado.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:03:19 +0000
Yesterday we drove up Fall River Rd. in RMNP, and near the top where the road 
levels out we saw 2 male and 1 female pine grosbeak eating something in the 
dirt roadbed. (We also saw a male & female at Lake Irene, in a tree). Then 
returning to our cabin in Allenspark at 8700 ft. elevation we saw 2 females who 
were also eating in the middle of a dirt road. This location is where we have 
seen a bird in the road in July of the last 2 years, so possibly breeding 
nearby. Can anyone suggest what they find to eat? We considered crushed 
pinecones, but there are none on the tundra. 


Candice Johnson, Denver, CO

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Subject: Re: Denver has two new eBird hotspots - Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High (restricted access)
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:56:16 -0700 (PDT)
Hey, everybody. Yesterday I put some work into building up the list for 
this eBird hotspot. The things I do for you people. Here's a summary of the 
efforts to date of David Dowell, Ira Sanders, Jason Forbes, Alec Hopping, 
and Yours Truly:

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L3788878

Oddly, all records for this site occur before mid-August in the year--as if 
there's never any reason to be at the site after the MLB season has reached 
the three-quarters mark?

Here is yesterday's checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24399307

And here are photos and further details:

http://tinyurl.com/CoFi-2015-07-26a

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County


On Monday, July 13, 2015 at 4:48:15 PM UTC-6, Joe Roller wrote:
>
> Thanks to Bill Kaempfer's most excellent suggestion, and David Dowell's 
> 5th inning bird sightings, the city and county of Denver now has two brand 
> new
> eBIRD hotspots:
>
> Coors Field (restricted access )
> and Sports Authority Field at Mile High (restricted access)
>
> Who among us has not overcome the "restricted access" by purchasing a 
> ticket, proceeding through the guarded 
> gates, only to find that counting birds trumps the game?
>
> I myself fondly recall the Black-Crowned Night-Heron fly-overs at Coors 
> Field, during an 8-0 Dodgers shut-out.
>
> I declined to add the Pepsi Center but would reconsider if reports come in 
> of the Zamboni machine being driven by a penguin during an Avalanche game.
>
>
>
> Joe Roller, 
> Denver
>
>
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Subject: Baird's Sparrow, Larimer County
From: Todd Deininger <goldeneagle90a AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:01:28 -0600
The CR 5 Baird's Sparrow was seen today by at least 6 birders between 7 and
8am .A second bird was heard singing in this area also.

The blue tractor is gone, so head north on CR 5, cross the RR tracks and
then stop just north of the first cattle guard.  The bird was perched and
singing to the west.

-- 
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Longmont, CO

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Subject: Weld Co. Sparrow ID
From: Margaret Smith <margaretalicesmith AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:31:17 -0700 (PDT)
Duh! Grasshopper Sparrow. VERY different from the ones on Marshall Mesa in 
Boulder. 


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Subject: High Plains Birding Club Saturday Field Trip Results
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:54:33 -0700 (PDT)
A group of 15-20 birders enjoyed a fabulous outing (and hot weather) to the 
high plains of Northern Colorado and Cheyenne, WY for our target species 
longspurs.  They did not disappoint.

At Weld CR 108/Hwy 85 SE corner (permitted area) we had numerous 
Grasshopper Sparrow, Lark Bunting, two calling McCown's Longspurs and when 
we fanned out in the field other reported getting good views of McCown's 
and possible female Chestnut-collared.  On to Chalk Bluffs Road just over 
WY border.

We probably saw and heard 12+ Chestnuts along the south portion--and a few 
McCown's.  At one stop we had the McCown's closeup in hay covering new 
underground pipeline along road.  Numerous points along road had Chestnuts 
flying about.  My "plant" male Chestnut-collared did not 
disappoint--present and very active with others in the same vicinity.  

We then went over to Hereford Ranch for a visit and some had lunch as well. 
  Nothing rare found here.  This spring migration they had a cuckoo here as 
told by Mark and Barb G from Cheyenne, WY.

Sunday my wife and I heard Nick's Baird's Sparrow near cattle crossing 
about one mile in.  Also at same locale on east were 12+ Burrowing Owls.  
In Nunn on way to Greeley along Weld CR 33 owl site (btw 98/100) we had 10 
Burrowing Owls on the fence line.

Thanks
Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Subject: Weld Co. Sparrow ID help
From: Margaret Smith <margaretalicesmith AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:27:52 -0700 (PDT)
On 26 July, on County Road 108 between Roads 69 & 49 in the Pawnee Grasslands, 
I saw a sparrow that I couldn't ID, and would like some help, please. It flew 
before I could photo it. It was perched on a fence with a large flock of Lark 
Buntings. I name it sparrow because of the shape, patterning, and the bright 
pink legs. It was quite pale overall, cream color, with pale brown sparrow-like 
striping, no Lark Bunting-like pale wing patch, and a "wingbar" of very dark 
brown spots probably on the secondary coverts. It had a big bright yellow 
supra-loral, like a bright Savannah Sparrow, and a bright yellow streak along 
the leading edge of the folded wing. It's mouth was open in the heat so I 
didn't get a good look at the bill. Maybe a Savannah with some leucistic 
traits, but what about the yellow on the wing? Any clue? 


Notable on the trip we're the large flocks of Lark Buntings in the roadside 
sunflowers, and their predators, a juvenile Peregrine Falcon, a juvenile 
Prairie Falcon, and, sadly, a dead juvenile Swainson's Hawk, with the parents 
flying around above and keening. 


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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 July 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:59:50 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: July 27, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Monday, July 27 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (*Rio Blanco)
Little Blue Heron (Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Upland Sandpiper (Logan, Weld, Yuma)
Caspian Tern (*Weld)
Least Tern (Bent)
ROYAL TERN (Bent)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Chimney Swift (Jefferson)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Gunnison)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Eagle/Pitkin, Gunnison, Hinsdale,
Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Logan, Yuma)
Gray Flycatcher (Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Larimer, Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
LUCY'S WARBLER (Montezuma)
Magnolia Warbler (Washington)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Sedgwick)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (*Larimer)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Gunnison)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
Baltimore Oriole (Logan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)

BENT COUNTY:
--On July 10, Duane Nelson reported an adult ROYAL TERN on "Plover Island"
on north shore of John Martin Reservoir.  On July 18, Duane Nelson reported
that the ROYAL TERN returned to "Plover Island" on the N shore of John
Martin Reservoir.  To get to the best view, enter through John Martin State
Park south of Hasty.  Wind through the part until signs point the way to
the State Wildlife Area.  Turn west.  At a cattle guard you will see the
island.  Wind around a flooded bay, and drive south.  Park on top of the
bluff.  On July 19, Duane Nelson reported that the ROYAL TERN did not show
but a Least Tern did on "Plover Island" at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was spotted by Connie Takamine in Wild
Basin section of Rocky Mountain NP a little below Calypso Cascades on July
17.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.
--A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
Neher in Boulder on July 24.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by John Drummond running across Hanover
Road about a mile west of Degrott Road intersection, near bridge and
culvert on July 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
--A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
Ohio City on July 24.

HINSDALE COUNTY
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Bez Bezuidenhout at
Grizzy Gulch Trailhead on July 16.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.  On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
--A Chimney Swift was reported by David Suddjian at Clement Park in
Littleton on July 25.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.
--On July 25, Nick Komar report 2 singing  BAIRD'S SPARROWS on the W side
of CR 5 near Rawhide Energy Station about 2 miles N oF Buckeye Road.  On
July 26, Alec Hopping, Kevin Keirn, Josh Bruening, Gwen Moore, Georgia
Doyle, and David Wade reported 2 BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.
Robert Beauchamp reported BAIRD'S SPARROW on CR 5 N of Buckeye Rd.
--Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported McCown's Longspur on CR 5 N of
Buckeye Rd on July 26.
--A f Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Jim Nelson in Hollowell Park
in Rocky Mountain NP on July 24.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported about 15 Upland Sandpipers along US
138 West of Crook.
--At Tamarack Pond on July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole and
several Field Sparrows.  On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and
Least Flycatcher at Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.  On July 25, Scott Somershoe, Gwen Moore,
and Matt Clark reported Eastern Wood-Pewee at Tamarak Ranch SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Purple Martin nesting colony was reported by Mike Henwood along Points
Creek on the Uncompahgre Plateau on July 17.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARBLER was reported by Steve Larson at Mc Elmo Creek W of
Cortez along CR J on July 13.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

RIO BLANCO COUNTY:
--2 f Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Tom and Kay McConnell at a
roadside pond just past White Owl Lake in the Flattops area on July 26.
--Tom and Kay McConnell rfeported a f and juv Barrow's Goldeneye on a side
road from White Owl Lake on July 26.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported by Robert Beauchamp at Sand Draw SWA on
July 25.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Prewitt Reservoir on
July 15.
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Christine Alexander reported a
Caspian Tern at Firestone Gravel Pits.  On July 26, Renee and Jesse Casias
reported 2 Caspian Terns at Firestone Gravel Pits.
--Bob Andrews did two loops of the Pawnee National Grassland on July 16 and
17 and reported 55 McCown's Longspurs and 6 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Andrews reported an Upland Sandpiper in a meadow on the N side of CR 108
where it crosses Robins Creek just east of CR 37.
--An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
Gravel Pits on July 24.  On July 25, Scott Manwaring reported Little Blue
Heron flew east from Firestone Gravel Pits.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Laura Steadman at Pelican Pond in St Vrain
SP on July 25.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A couple of Upland Sandpipers were reported by Bill Kaempfer North of
Wray on July 18.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Alec Hopping at Stalker Lake on July
18.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 1 will be to Prospect Park led by
Mary Geder.  See dfobirds.org for details

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday August 2 will be to Chavez Trail and Beaver
Brook Braille Trail led by Paul Slingsby.   See dfobird.org for details.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Crested Butte

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Subject: Barr Lake Bobwhite
From: Norm Erthal <nerthal AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:02:58 -0700 (PDT)
Any Bobwhite at Barr Lake and for that matter west of Greeley at least are 
all escapes. There are large numbers of hunting clubs that release them for 
shooting events and those that are not harvested, wander around until they 
die from predators or winter as they are not adapted to living in the wild.
Norm Erthal
Arvada

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Subject: Gray-headed junco 6,000 ft. Larimer County 7/26
From: "Davis" <davis AT greenspeedisp.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:23:12 -0600
Seems a bit early for our local (red superman cape) breeding juncos to come
down out

Of the mountains.    1 seen briefly at the water feature.   I’ve had them
winter until May

30th before, but I think this is my first July sighting.

 

Had a western tanager and female black-headed grosbeak sitting side by side
waiting

A turn at the suet (house finch was camped out on it).   Nice picture that I
didn’t get!

 

Seems a poor year for calliope hummers; maybe a plethora of wildflowers
means they

Aren’t at the (my) feeders?   I’ve only seen 1 or two.

 

Red crossbills have been daily here for 3 months; pinyon jays not seen much,
so NOT 

Very reliable currently.   Hairy woodpecker family is a real hoot; the
youngsters will

Do almost anything (land on a vertical ½ in metal pole and stay there for 3
minutes looking

Around, etc.   Don’t know what they will do for fun when I take the
hummingbird feeders

Down, as they pop off 3-5 yellow flowers daily.

 

d 

 

Davis - at 6,000 ft. NW of Lyons – Larimer County

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Subject: Re: Baird's Sparrow-Larimer
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:22:51 -0600
The 5 mile stretch of County Road 5 that includes the Baird's Sparrow location 
in Larimer County is now a hotspot on eBird. Folks should take advantage of 
submitting a complete checklist if they go up that way. Previously submitted 
lists can now be merged with the new hotspot. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 26, 2015, at 10:58 AM, Josh Bruening <87211jjb AT gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> A Baird's Sparrow was still singing frequently as of 1050am this morning a 
couple hundred yards south of the blue tractor on the west side of County Road 
5. He remains off the road about 100-200 yards and definitely seems to be on 
territory. Wouldn't that be awesome if they nested here!?! I only got my eyes 
on a single bird. I was even able to get a decent recording on my iphone. Nice 
find guys! 

> 
> Josh Bruening
> Fort Collins
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Subject: Baird's Sparrow-Larimer
From: Josh Bruening <87211jjb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:58:48 -0700 (PDT)
A Baird's Sparrow was still singing frequently as of 1050am this morning a 
couple hundred yards south of the blue tractor on the west side of County Road 
5. He remains off the road about 100-200 yards and definitely seems to be on 
territory. Wouldn't that be awesome if they nested here!?! I only got my eyes 
on a single bird. I was even able to get a decent recording on my iphone. Nice 
find guys! 


Josh Bruening
Fort Collins

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Subject: Re: Bobwhite - Barr Lake - Adams Co
From: meredith <meredithmcburney AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:13:50 -0700 (PDT)
Ira,

A little/lot more historical than you want, but in 2009 or 2010 there was a 
group of Bobwhites around the Barr banding station area for a few days. We 
even caught one. No one I talked to then knew where they had come from.

Meredith
RMBO Bander


On Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9:45:25 PM UTC-6, Ira Sanders wrote:
>
> Birders,
> Today while leading a monthly bird walk at Barr Lake, Tammy and I and 
> others distinctly heard a Northern Bobwhite calling repeatedly south of the 
> the nature center.  Does anyone know the status of Bobwhite at this 
> location?  Does anyone KNOW of released or escaped birds at this location.  
> And yes, I remember the 3 Chukar that lasted a few months at this location 
> earlier this year.  
>
> -- 
> Ira Sanders
> Golden, CO
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Subject: Boulder's "viral" saw-whet owl (Boulder)
From: Matthew Baker <mattbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 06:56:09 -0700 (PDT)
Did everyone see this yet?

http://www.rt.com/usa/310779-owl-boulder-sheriff-colorado/

"The video garnered over 700,000 views in just two days, and the tweet 
about the owl incident has been reposted over 3,000 times. "



-Matthew Baker
Denver, CO

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Subject: 2015 CFO CONVENTION BIRD LIST
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:32:34 -0700 (PDT)
*Here is the final checklist of birds compiled by participants in the 2015 
CFO Convention in Salida, Chaffee County, June 4-8, 2015.*

Thanks to everybody who contributed to the compilation of this list. With 
the recent additions, our final tally stands at 175 species. There sure is 
a lot to see in the southern Rockies in early June! Without further ado:


 1. Canada Goose 2. Gadwall 3. American Wigeon 4. Mallard 5. Blue-winged 

Teal  6. Cinnamon Teal  7. Northern Shoveler  8. Green-winged Teal  9. 
Redhead   10. Canvasback   11. Ring-necked Duck  12. Lesser Scaup  13. 
Bufflehead   14. Common Goldeneye  15. Common Merganser  16. Hooded 
Merganser  17. Ruddy Duck   18. Dusky Grouse  19. Common Loon  20. Pied-billed 
Grebe 21. Eared Grebe 22. Western Grebe 23. Double-crested Cormorant 24. 
American 

Bittern  25. American White Pelican  26. Great Blue Heron  27. Great Egret   
28. Snowy Egret 29. Black-crowned Night-Heron 30. White-faced Ibis 31. Turkey 

Vulture  32. Osprey   33. Sharp-shinned Hawk  34. Cooper's Hawk  35. Northern 
Goshawk 36. Northern Harrier 37. Bald Eagle 38. Ferruginous Hawk 39. Swainson's 

Hawk  40. Red-tailed Hawk  41. Golden Eagle  42. Virginia Rail   43. Sora   
44. American Coot  45. American Avocet  46. Killdeer   47. Spotted Sandpiper  
48. Wilson's Snipe 49. Wilson's Phalarope 50. Ring-billed Gull 51. California 

Gull  52. Bonaparte's Gull  53. Forster's Tern  54. Rock Pigeon   55. Eurasian 
Collared-Dove  56. Band-tailed Pigeon  57. Mourning Dove  58. Great Horned 
Owl  59. Northern Saw-whet Owl  60. Common Nighthawk  61. Common Poorwill  
62. White-throated Swift  63. Chimney Swift  64. Black-chinned Hummingbird  
65. Broad-tailed Hummingbird  66. Lewis's Woodpecker  67. Williamson's 
Sapsucker  68. Red-naped Sapsucker  69. Downy Woodpecker  70. Hairy 
Woodpecker 71. American Three-toed Woodpecker 72. Red-shafted Flicker 73. 
American 

Kestrel  74. Peregrine Falcon  75. Prairie Falcon  76. Olive-sided 
Flycatcher  77. Western Wood-Pewee  78. Least Flycatcher  79. Hammond's 
Flycatcher  80. Gray Flycatcher  81. Dusky Flycatcher  82. Cordilleran 
Flycatcher 83. Willow Flycatcher 84. Say's Phoebe 85. Eastern Phoebe 86. Black 

Phoebe  87. Ash-throated Flycatcher  88. Eastern Kingbird  89. Western 
Kingbird  90. Plumbeous Vireo  91. Western Warbling Vireo  92. Western 
Scrub-Jay  93. Blue Jay   94. Steller's Jay    95. Gray Jay   96. Pinyon Jay   
97. Black-billed Magpie 98. Clark's Nutcracker 99. American Crow 100. Common 

Raven  101. Horned Lark   102. Northern Rough-winged Swallow  103. Tree 
Swallow  104. Violet-green Swallow  105. Bank Swallow  106. Barn Swallow  
107. Cliff Swallow  108. Black-capped Chickadee  109. Mountain Chickadee  
110. Juniper Titmouse  111. White-breasted Nuthatch  112. Red-breasted 
Nuthatch  113. Pygmy Nuthatch  114. Bushtit   115. Rock Wren   116. House 
Wren   117. Marsh Wren  118. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  119. American Dipper  
120. Ruby-crowned Kinglet  121. Golden-crowned Kinglet  122. Western 
Bluebird  123. Mountain Bluebird  124. Townsend's Solitaire  125. Hermit 
Thrush 126. American Robin 127. Gray Catbird 128. Sage Thrasher 129. American 

Pipit  130. European Starling  131. Cedar Waxwing  132. Orange-crowned 
Warbler 133. Virginia's Warbler 134.. Common Yellowthroat 135 MacGillivray's 

Warbler  136. Black-throated Gray Warbler  137. Yellow Warbler  138. Myrtle 
Warbler  139. Audubon's Warbler  140. Grace's Warbler  141. Wilson's Warbler  
142. Green-tailed Towhee  143. Spotted Towhee  144. Rufous-crowned Sparrow  
145. Chipping Sparrow  146. Brewer's Sparrow  147. Vesper Sparrow  148. Lark 
Sparrow  149. Savannah Sparrow  150. Slate-colored Fox Sparrow  151. Song 
Sparrow  152. Lincoln's Sparrow  153. White-crowned Sparrow  154. Gray-headed 
Junco  155. Western Tanager  156. Black-headed Grosbeak  157. Rose-breasted 
Grosbeak  158. Blue Grosbeak  159. Lazuli Bunting  160. Red-winged Blackbird  
161. Western Meadowlark  162. Yellow-headed Blackbird  163. Brewer's 
Blackbird  164. Common Grackle  165. Great-tailed Grackle  166. Brown-headed 
Cowbird 167. Bullock's Oriole 168. House Finch 169. Cassin's Finch 170. Red 

Crossbill  171. Pine Siskin   172. Lesser Goldfinch  173. American Goldfinch  
174. Evening Grosbeak  175. House Sparrow 


 Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Subject: Re: BAIRDS SPARROW (Larimer)
From: Alec Hopping <wahopping AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:26:13 -0700 (PDT)
All,

At least one Baird's Sparrow is singing at the previously described location as 
of 5:20am. 


Best,

Alec Hopping 
Littleton CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 26 July 21015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:21:23 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: July 26, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Sunday, July 26 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Little Blue Heron (*Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Upland Sandpiper (Logan, Weld, Yuma)
Caspian Tern (*Weld)
Least Tern (Bent)
ROYAL TERN (Bent)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Chimney Swift (*Jefferson)
Williamson's Sapsucker (*Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Gunnison)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Eagle/Pitkin, Gunnison, Hinsdale,
Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (*Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Logan, Yuma)
Gray Flycatcher (Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
LUCY'S WARBLER (Montezuma)
Magnolia Warbler (Washington)
EASTERN TOWHEE (*Sedgwick)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (*Larimer)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Gunnison)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
Baltimore Oriole (Logan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)

BENT COUNTY:
--On July 10, Duane Nelson reported an adult ROYAL TERN on "Plover Island"
on north shore of John Martin Reservoir.  On July 18, Duane Nelson reported
that the ROYAL TERN returned to "Plover Island" on the N shore of John
Martin Reservoir.  To get to the best view, enter through John Martin State
Park south of Hasty.  Wind through the part until signs point the way to
the State Wildlife Area.  Turn west.  At a cattle guard you will see the
island.  Wind around a flooded bay, and drive south.  Park on top of the
bluff.  On July 19, Duane Nelson reported that the ROYAL TERN did not show
but a Least Tern did on "Plover Island" at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was spotted by Connie Takamine in Wild
Basin section of Rocky Mountain NP a little below Calypso Cascades on July
17.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.
--A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
Neher in Boulder on July 24.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by John Drummond running across Hanover
Road about a mile west of Degrott Road intersection, near bridge and
culvert on July 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
--A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
Ohio City on July 24.

HINSDALE COUNTY
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Bez Bezuidenhout at
Grizzy Gulch Trailhead on July 16.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.  On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
--A Chimney Swift was reported by David Suddjian at Clement Park in
Littleton on July 25.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.
--On July 25, Nick Komar report 2 singing  BAIRD'S SPARROWS on the W side
of CR 5 near Rawhide Energy Station about 2 miles N of
Buckeye Road.
--A f Williamson's Sapsucker was reported by Jim Nelson in Hollowell Park
in Rocky Mountain NP on July 24.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported about 15 Upland Sandpipers along US
138 West of Crook.
--At Tamarack Pond on July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole and
several Field Sparrows.  On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and
Least Flycatcher at Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.  On July 25, Scott Somershoe, Gwen Moore,
and Matt Clark reported Eastern Wood-Pewee at Tamarak Ranch SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Purple Martin nesting colony was reported by Mike Henwood along Points
Creek on the Uncompahgre Plateau on July 17.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARBLER was reported by Steve Larson at Mc Elmo Creek W of
Cortez along CR J on July 13.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported by Robert Beauchamp at Sand Draw SWA on
July 25.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Prewitt Reservoir on
July 15.
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.
--Bob Andrews did two loops of the Pawnee National Grassland on July 16 and
17 and reported 55 McCown's Longspurs and 6 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Andrews reported an Upland Sandpiper in a meadow on the N side of CR 108
where it crosses Robins Creek just east of CR 37.
--An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
Gravel Pits on July 24.  On July 25, Scott Manwaring reported Little Blue
Heron flew east from Firestone Gravel Pits.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Laura Steadman at Pelican Pond in St Vrain
SP on July 25.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A couple of Upland Sandpipers were reported by Bill Kaempfer North of
Wray on July 18.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Alec Hopping at Stalker Lake on July
18.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday July 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by Gregg
Goodrich (GreggGoodrich ATgmail.com; 303-665-9135).  This Trip is full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Improved sound recording of Colorado BAIRD'S SPARROW song
From: quetzal65 AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:24:19 +0000 (UTC)
Nathan Pieplow provided this improved version of the song I recorded this 
morning: http://www.xeno-canto.org/263767 . Thanks, Nathan!!! 


Nick Komar 
Fort Collins 

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Subject: Chimney Swift at Clement Park, JeffCo 7/25
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:42:53 -0600
This evening a lone *Chimney Swift* as foraging for a time with a mixed
assemblage of swallows over Clement Park in Littleton, JeffCo.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Bobwhite - Barr Lake - Adams Co
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:45:22 -0600
Birders,
Today while leading a monthly bird walk at Barr Lake, Tammy and I and
others distinctly heard a Northern Bobwhite calling repeatedly south of the
the nature center.  Does anyone know the status of Bobwhite at this
location?  Does anyone KNOW of released or escaped birds at this location.
And yes, I remember the 3 Chukar that lasted a few months at this location
earlier this year.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: evening Baird's sparrow (Larimer) 7/25
From: "Mark Miller" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:27:27 -0600
Hi Everyone-

 

I arrived at Larimer CR 5 around noon today 7/25. A couple of other birders
came and went, but it was pretty quiet. Around 1 pm, Nick Komar and crew
arrived and explained what they heard and where they heard it. Over the next
hour, I heard exactly one song of a Baird's Sparrow, but did not see any. I
decided to stick it out until activity increased. By 4, the Grasshopper
Sparrows were singing again. Around 4:30 or so, Georgia Doyle showed up, and
we watched and listened together. At 5:30, we heard our first Baird's
Sparrow song, a ways south of where we were standing. We slowly made our way
south. Singing became more frequent and regular. Around 6:30, we heard one
pretty close, and were able to get a scope on a singing male teed up on a
thistle. We could see the more orangey head and dark ear spot. Georgia got
some photos that I hope are diagnostic. We were about 1.8 miles north of
Buckeye Road, between a cattle guard and a blue tractor (the cattle guard is
about 1.5 miles, the tractor about 2.0 miles). The bird was maybe 50 yards
west of the road. I thought I heard a second bird sing a couple of times.

 

Other cool birds on CR 5 included a baby Swainson's Hawk, baby Loggerhead
Shrikes, a family of Burrowing Owls, and three Sage Thrashers. Georgia had a
Blue Grosbeak, which is not common there. Grasshopper Sparrows were rife,
and several were singing an extended song that started off like a typical
Grasshopper Sparrow but then advanced into a warbling jumble almost like a
Winter Wren.

 

If you search tomorrow, start very early, and listen along the entire
stretch from 1.5 to 2.0 miles. Late also works, but the light will not be in
your favor.

 

Mark Miller

Longmont, CO

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Subject: Little Blue Heron
From: Scott Manwaring <man04015 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:23:21 -0700 (PDT)
I checked early this morning for the Little Blue Heron, no luck.

After birding with Gary Lefko, I hit the gravel pits on my way back home.

As I pulled up on the SW corner of the pond at CR 24 1/2 and 9 3/4 (around 
13:30), I saw 4 "small", all white birds fly from the SE corner. As I got 
my binoculars on them, I immediately recognized a juvenile Little Blue 
Heron, with 3 Snowy Egrets "chasing" it. The heron had dusky wing tips that 
were difficult to see as it flew, as well as yellow legs. The 3 egrets had 
all white wings, black legs and yellow feet. They all flew generally east, 
presumably to the pond behind the subdivision. After scoping the rest of 
the pond and the one across the road, and talking to a birder whose name I 
cannot recall, I drove around to the subdivision and tried to look at the 
pond. There was no direct access anywhere, and not wanting to draw the ire 
of the locals for parking and going to their playground, I gave up trying 
to search for the heron and egrets.

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Subject: Re: BAIRDS SPARROW (Larimer)
From: quetzal65 AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 01:48:50 +0000 (UTC)
And here is the rest of the story.... 
The four of us decided to head to northeast Larimer County's CR5 north of 
Buckeye Rd. because of its excellent short-grass prairie habitat hoping to 
find longspurs (none found). However, we found dozens of Burrowing Owls and 
Grasshopper Sparrows, and somehow after about a mile and a half (of the 5 mile 
stretch of dirt road), the conversation turned to Baird's Sparrows, which 
happened to be my most wanted US life-bird. As we drove slowly up the road, 
recalling last year's experience of late-summer Baird's Sparrows in El Paso 
County, I heard an unusual song on the west side of the road (at 1.8 miles 
north of Buckeye Rd/AKA Larimer CR 82), and I exclaimed calmly "Wasn't that a 
Baird's Sparrow?" Dave Wade had heard it also and thought it sounded similar to 
a candidate Baird's Sparrow that had heard in late May at Douglas Reservoir, 
about 10 miles southwest of our location. I recorded the song onto my Sony 
digital voice recorder, and inside the car we compared it to recordings of 
Baird's Sparrow - a close match! My low quality recording has been uploaded 
onto www.xeno-canto.org , and can be heard here: 
http://www.xeno-canto.org/263746 . The quality is so low (due to the bird's 
distance of several hundred meters and ambient wind) so you may need earphones. 
Xeno-canto couldn't even make a sonogram for it. This was after 9 am, and the 
bird was singing continuously about every 20 seconds, usually out of sight over 
a rise. We were only able to glimpse it on our side of the rise once when it 
briefly alighted atop a lone thistle and sang. We could see it further away if 
we cleared the rise by walking south on the road, or by climbing onto the roof 
of my birding van in order to see over the rise. At one point, we heard a 
second bird sing simultaneously. I would not be surprised if through the 
efforts of other observers over the next days/weeks, we discover a colony of 
Baird's Sparrows attempting to nest here. Needless to say, it would be a first 
for Larimer (for Colorado?), as the breeding range is normally several hundred 
miles north of Colorado. We did not try to draw the bird closer by playing a 
tape or playing back our recording, and I encourage others to also refrain from 
the use of playback. We also did not stray from the public roadside. Hopefully, 
these birds will become easy to see along the fence line of CR5 like the El 
Paso County birds did last year. Like El Paso County, there are plenty of adult 
and juvenile Grasshopper Sparrows present for comparison when the time comes. 

  
So, if you visit the site, be sure to familiarize yourself (in advance!) with 
the songs of both Grasshopper and Baird's Sparrows, bring a telescope, and plan 
to visit before 10 am. After 10, songs were much more infrequent, and when we 
returned after lunch, we did not hear any songs from the Baird's Sparrows (we 
met another birder who heard just one distant song from the Baird's during a 
period of about an hour from 1-2 pm.) I suspect song activity increases again 
late in the day as well. 

  
I look forward to hearing about the experiences of other observers along CR5 
over the next days and weeks. Put your sightings onto eBird and include any 
quality photos or audio recordings you obtain. At the same time, if you observe 
inappropriate behavior from other birders visiting the site please encourage 
respect for the birds, other birders and private property (i.e. ABA ethics). 

  
Nick Komar 
Fort Collins CO 

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Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:35:14 AM 
Subject: [cobirds] BAIRDS SPARROW (Larimer) 

Four of us are currently listening to a singing Baird's sparrow on the west 
side of Larimer County Road 5 near rawhide energy station. This is about 2 
miles north of the Buckeye Road. It is opposite a blue tractor parked on the 
east side of the dirt road. This may be Larimer County's first nesting Bairds 
sparrow so please be considerate and do not disturb the bird. It's not 
necessary to play tapes because it is singing constantly and unsolicited. If 
you pass the Windmill you've gone too far. It seems to be on a territory that 
is only about 200-600 feet off the road but it rarely comes up in a location 
that it can be seen. It is near a yellow marker. I was able to make an audio 
recording that matched our recording on the Sibley app but we are waiting for a 
photo opportunity still. There may be a second bird singing much further away. 
Stay tuned for more about that. There are plenty of grasshopper Sparrows around 
as well singing. Later today I will post a link to the audio recording and any 
photographs that we might obtain. 


Nick Komar, with John Shenot, Dave Wade and Austin Hess. 

Sent from my iPhone 

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Subject: Caspian Tern - St. Vrain State Park, Weld
From: Laura Steadman <lauramsteadman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:11:52 -0600
Watched a caspian tern diving for fish in the Pelican Pond of St Vrain
State Park for about 10 minutes today, at about 12:30. It then made its way
west and out of sight.

No luck on finding the little blue heron at the Firestone gravel pits, but
the heat waves coming off the water were pretty thick, making it difficult
to pick through the egrets on the spit with the cormorants.

Good Birding,
Laura Steadman
Broomfield County

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Subject: BAIRDS SPARROW (Larimer)
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:35:14 -0600
Four of us are currently listening to a singing Baird's sparrow on the west 
side of Larimer County Road 5 near rawhide energy station. This is about 2 
miles north of the Buckeye Road. It is opposite a blue tractor parked on the 
east side of the dirt road. This may be Larimer County's first nesting Bairds 
sparrow so please be considerate and do not disturb the bird. It's not 
necessary to play tapes because it is singing constantly and unsolicited. If 
you pass the Windmill you've gone too far. It seems to be on a territory that 
is only about 200-600 feet off the road but it rarely comes up in a location 
that it can be seen. It is near a yellow marker. I was able to make an audio 
recording that matched our recording on the Sibley app but we are waiting for a 
photo opportunity still. There may be a second bird singing much further away. 
Stay tuned for more about that. There are plenty of grasshopper Sparrows around 
as well singing. Later today I will post a link to the audio recording and any 
photographs that we might obtain. 


Nick Komar, with John Shenot, Dave Wade and Austin Hess. 

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: The Increasingly Rare Band-tailed Pigeon
From: <cougar AT gojade.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:28:44 -0600
Yesterday I took a long day hike into Upper Sand Lake in the Sangre de Cristo 
Wilderness for some birding, photography, birding and fishing. Near Music Pass, 
I saw a bird that I have not seen in many years....Three Band-tailed Pigeons 
(Custer County). Wow, I got to thinking about when it was common event to see 8 
to 12 flying by on a summer evening here in Monte Vista. They would often perch 
on our nearby wires too. Hasn’t happened in many years. 


I know this species is in decline, but what are the factors? Isn’t it odd 
that Eurasian collared Doves have exploded while a relative like the 
Band-tailed has declined....more to ponder as summer is rapidly diminishing... 

By the way, the fishing was better than the birding, altho Northern Three-toed 
Woodpeckers and Pine Grosbeaks were nice to see. 


John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 25 July 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:20:38 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: July 25, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Saturday, July 25 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Little Blue Heron (*Weld)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Upland Sandpiper (Logan, Weld, Yuma)
Caspian Tern (Weld)
Least Tern (Bent)
ROYAL TERN (Bent)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Black Swift (Boulder, Larimer)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Denver, Jefferson)
Red-naped Sapsucker (*Gunnison)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, *Eagle/Pitkin, *Gunnison,
Hinsdale, Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Logan, Yuma)
Gray Flycatcher (Fremont, Garfield)
Black Phoebe (*Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, *Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
PACIFIC WREN (Boulder)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
LUCY'S WARBLER (Montezuma)
Magnolia Warbler (Washington)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, *Gunnison)
Hepatic Tanager (Las Animas)
Northern Cardinal (*Boulder)
Baltimore Oriole (Logan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)

BENT COUNTY:
--On July 10, Duane Nelson reported an adult ROYAL TERN on "Plover Island"
on north shore of John Martin Reservoir.  On July 18, Duane Nelson reported
that the ROYAL TERN returned to "Plover Island" on the N shore of John
Martin Reservoir.  To get to the best view, enter through John Martin State
Park south of Hasty.  Wind through the part until signs point the way to
the State Wildlife Area.  Turn west.  At a cattle guard you will see the
island.  Wind around a flooded bay, and drive south.  Park on top of the
bluff.  On July 19, Duane Nelson reported that the ROYAL TERN did not show
but a Least Tern did on "Plover Island" at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A probable PACIFIC WREN was reported by Andy Bankert at Calypso Cascades
on July 3 on downstream side of trail between the single and double
bridge.  On July 7, Bill Rowe reported PACIFIC WREN at Ouzel Falls in Rocky
Mountain National Park.  On July 9, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported a singing
PACIFIC WREN in Wild Basin section of Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was
1.9 miles up the trail towards Ouzel Falls just before Calypso Cascades.
She warns that the trail is rough in spots and parking is very limited.  On
July 10, Alec Hopping reported PACIFIC WREN in Wild Basin section of Rocky
Mountain National Park.
--2 Black Swifts were reported by Andy Bankert towards Wild Basin Ranger
Station from Calypso Cascades on July 3.  On July 11, Bill Kaempfer
reported Black Swift on nest at Ouzel Falls in Wild Basin section of Rocky
Mountain National Park.
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was spotted by Connie Takamine in Wild
Basin section of Rocky Mountain NP a little below Calypso Cascades on July
17.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.
--A singing Northern Cardinal was reported by Eric DeFonso near 19th and
Neher in Boulder on July 24.

DENVER COUNTY:
--A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported by Kenton Gomez at E 99th Ave betwen
E-470 and Gun Club Road in a partially flooded field near the road on July
10.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EAGLE/PITKIN COUNTIES:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris on the
Savage Lake trail above Ruedi Reservoir on July 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by John Drummond running across Hanover
Road about a mile west of Degrott Road intersection, near bridge and
culvert on July 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GARFIELD COUNTY
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Tom McConnell at Rifle Gap SP on July
11.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--An ad American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Mary Harris feeding
young in conifers at the start of West Maroon trail which begins at
Schofield Parking lot on July 23.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was singing in willows above Ohio City as
reported by Mike Henwood on July 24.
--A Red-naped Sapsucker was reported by Mike Henwood on Quartz Creek near
Ohio City on July 24.

HINSDALE COUNTY
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Bez Bezuidenhout at
Grizzy Gulch Trailhead on July 16.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 12, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers were reported by Gareth Jessop and
Elimaris Gonzalez on Stoney Pass Rd.
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.  On July 24, Scott Somershoe and Lynn Saver reported Black
and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge
at Chatfield SP on the downstream side.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 12, David Bray reported 5 Black Swifts passing through Bobcat
Ridge.
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--Hepatic Tanagers were reported by David Chartier and Thomas Heinrich on
Hwy 12 about .5 from Mile Marker 65 on June 27.  On July 2, Steve Brown
reported a m Hepatic tanager about 0.8 mi W of Mile Mark 65 on Hwy 12.  On
July 5, Garry Witt reported Hepatic Tanager on Hwy 12.  On July 8, Robert
Shade reported a pair of Hepatic Tanagers between MM 64 and 65 on Hwy 12.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported about 15 Upland Sandpipers along US
138 West of Crook.
--At Tamarack Pond on July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole and
several Field Sparrows.  On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and
Least Flycatcher at Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Purple Martin nesting colony was reported by Mike Henwood along Points
Creek on the Uncompahgre Plateau on July 17.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARBLER was reported by Steve Larson at Mc Elmo Creek W of
Cortez along CR J on July 13.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Prewitt Reservoir on
July 15.
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.
--Bob Andrews did two loops of the Pawnee National Grassland on July 16 and
17 and reported 55 McCown's Longspurs and 6 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Andrews reported an Upland Sandpiper in a meadow on the N side of CR 108
where it crosses Robins Creek just east of CR 37.
--An immature Little Blue Heron was reported by Carl Starace at Firestone
Gravel Pits on July 24.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A couple of Upland Sandpipers were reported by Bill Kaempfer North of
Wray on July 18.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Alec Hopping at Stalker Lake on July
18.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, July 25 will be to Fairmount Cemetery/High
Line Canal led by A. J. Gest (offsetaj AT comcast.net; 303-994-2420)
 Please register online or contact leader to register. Meet the leader at
0745.
   Directions:   Use the Fairmount Cemetery north entrance on E Alameda Ave
that is just east of S Quebec St.  Follow the signs within the cemetery a
short distance south of the entrance gate to the parking lot near the
Chapel in the Pines in the NW corner of the cemetery.  The Quebec entrance
is under construction.  Bring water, binoculars, hat, and sunscreen.
Scopes are optional.  there are restrooms in the Mausoleum after 0900.)

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday July 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by Gree
Goodrich (GreggGoodrich ATgmail.com; 303-665-9135).  This Trip is full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Adams County - For Your Information
From: Mark Amershek <mamershek AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:31:23 -0700 (PDT)
Bruce Neuman and I were up in Adams County yesterday on a birding trip.  
Just a couple of updates for birding in this county.
1.  The Northern section of the Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area is now 
open.  It is annually closed from April 1 to July 15 for nesting season.
2.  There has been a traffic light installed at the corner of 96th and 
Tower Road.  Which makes it a lot easier to get onto Tower from 96th.  Also 
96th continues west from Tower Road now.
Hope everyone has a great weekend of birding.
Mark Amershek

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Subject: Little Blue Heron, Firestone Gravel Pits, Weld County
From: Carl Starace <castarace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:48:39 -0600
Hi All,      I stopped at the Firestone Gravel Pits this morning to see if
the Common Loon was present for a third day running. It was absent, but an
immature Little Blue Heron was present, standing beside a large group of
Double crested Cormorants in one of the 2 smaller pits on the west side of
CO rd. 9 1/2. Bill Kaempfer's mention 2 days past of the Firestone Pits as
a possible Little Blue  spot was a,"bingo". Good Summer Birding,       Carl
Starace,  Niwot

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Subject: NORTHERN CARDINAL and White-winged Dove, Boulder County
From: Eric DeFonso <bay.wren AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:08:01 -0600
Yes, Boulder, not Tucson or Corpus Christi.

Hi folks,

While out for a long run in residential Boulder this morning, I heard both
these species vocalizing in their respective distinctive ways.

The Northern Cardinal was singing near 19th and Neher, which for those of
you familiar with the town is right along that very steep incline on 19th
just downhill from Norwood. This puts it about a mile away from the 4th and
Juniper area that a Cardinal has been frequently reported off and on for
the past couple years - almost certainly the same individual, but in an
area that I don't believe it had been detected before.

The White-winged Dove was over at 5th and Pine, calling from a large leafy
tree near the intersection. I had actually heard this bird in this same
neighborhood about 3 weeks ago during a similar run, but had forgotten to
report it then.


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Eric DeFonso
Boulder, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 July 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:00:19 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: July 234
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Friday, July 24 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Broad-winged Hawk (Larmier)
Upland Sandpiper (Logan, Weld, Yuma)
Caspian Tern (Weld)
Least Tern (Bent)
ROYAL TERN (Bent)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Black Swift (Boulder, Larimer)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Denver, Jefferson)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Hinsdale, *Park)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Logan, Yuma)
Gray Flycatcher (Fremont, Garfield)
Black Phoebe (*Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, *Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
PACIFIC WREN (Boulder)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
LUCY'S WARBLER (Montezuma)
Magnolia Warbler (Washington)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder)
Hepatic Tanager (Las Animas)
Baltimore Oriole (Logan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Park(

BENT COUNTY:
--On July 10, Duane Nelson reported an adult ROYAL TERN on "Plover Island"
on north shore of John Martin Reservoir.  On July 18, Duane Nelson reported
that the ROYAL TERN returned to "Plover Island" on the N shore of John
Martin Reservoir.  To get to the best view, enter through John Martin State
Park south of Hasty.  Wind through the part until signs point the way to
the State Wildlife Area.  Turn west.  At a cattle guard you will see the
island.  Wind around a flooded bay, and drive south.  Park on top of the
bluff.  On July 19, Duane Nelson reported that the ROYAL TERN did not show
but a Least Tern did on "Plover Island" at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A probable PACIFIC WREN was reported by Andy Bankert at Calypso Cascades
on July 3 on downstream side of trail between the single and double
bridge.  On July 7, Bill Rowe reported PACIFIC WREN at Ouzel Falls in Rocky
Mountain National Park.  On July 9, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported a singing
PACIFIC WREN in Wild Basin section of Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was
1.9 miles up the trail towards Ouzel Falls just before Calypso Cascades.
She warns that the trail is rough in spots and parking is very limited.  On
July 10, Alec Hopping reported PACIFIC WREN in Wild Basin section of Rocky
Mountain National Park.
--2 Black Swifts were reported by Andy Bankert towards Wild Basin Ranger
Station from Calypso Cascades on July 3.  On July 11, Bill Kaempfer
reported Black Swift on nest at Ouzel Falls in Wild Basin section of Rocky
Mountain National Park.
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was spotted by Connie Takamine in Wild
Basin section of Rocky Mountain NP a little below Calypso Cascades on July
17.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.

DENVER COUNTY:
--A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported by Kenton Gomez at E 99th Ave betwen
E-470 and Gun Club Road in a partially flooded field near the road on July
10.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by John Drummond running across Hanover
Road about a mile west of Degrott Road intersection, near bridge and
culvert on July 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GARFIELD COUNTY
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Tom McConnell at Rifle Gap SP on July
11.

HINSDALE COUNTY
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Bez Bezuidenhout at
Grizzy Gulch Trailhead on July 16.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 12, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers were reported by Gareth Jessop and
Elimaris Gonzalez on Stoney Pass Rd.
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, David Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Ira Sanders reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 23, Andrew Fontenot
reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton Canyon between canyon mouth
and Waterton Rd.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.  On July 22, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais and Janet
Shin reported 2 Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge
at Chatfield SP on the downstream side.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 12, David Bray reported 5 Black Swifts passing through Bobcat
Ridge.
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--Hepatic Tanagers were reported by David Chartier and Thomas Heinrich on
Hwy 12 about .5 from Mile Marker 65 on June 27.  On July 2, Steve Brown
reported a m Hepatic tanager about 0.8 mi W of Mile Mark 65 on Hwy 12.  On
July 5, Garry Witt reported Hepatic Tanager on Hwy 12.  On July 8, Robert
Shade reported a pair of Hepatic Tanagers between MM 64 and 65 on Hwy 12.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported about 15 Upland Sandpipers along US
138 West of Crook.
--At Tamarack Pond on July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole and
several Field Sparrows.  On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and
Least Flycatcher at Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Purple Martin nesting colony was reported by Mike Henwood along Points
Creek on the Uncompahgre Plateau on July 17.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARBLER was reported by Steve Larson at Mc Elmo Creek W of
Cortez along CR J on July 13.

PARK COUNTY:
--4 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by David Suddjian at Kite Lake
on CR 8 on July 22.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Suddjian on CR 8
between Alma and tree line on July 22.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Prewitt Reservoir on
July 15.
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.
--Bob Andrews did two loops of the Pawnee National Grassland on July 16 and
17 and reported 55 McCown's Longspurs and 6 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Andrews reported an Upland Sandpiper in a meadow on the N side of CR 108
where it crosses Robins Creek just east of CR 37.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A couple of Upland Sandpipers were reported by Bill Kaempfer North of
Wray on July 18.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Alec Hopping at Stalker Lake on July
18.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, July 25 will be to Fairmount Cemetery/High
Line Canal led by A. J. Gest (offsetaj AT comcast.net; 303-994-2420)
 Please register online or contact leader to register. Meet the leader at
0745.
   Directions:   Use the Fairmount Cemetery north entrance on E Alameda Ave
that is just east of S Quebec St.  Follow the signs within the cemetery a
short distance south of the entrance gate to the parking lot near the
Chapel in the Pines in the NW corner of the cemetery.  The Quebec entrance
is under construction.  Bring water, binoculars, hat, and sunscreen.
Scopes are optional.  there are restrooms in the Mausoleum after 0900.)

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday July 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by Gree
Goodrich (GreggGoodrich ATgmail.com; 303-665-9135).  This Trip is full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Spotted Sandpiper chicks and parent still at Florence River Park
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:59:35 -0600
I have been checking on the Spotted Sandpiper chicks and parent I posted
about 3 days ago.  Though the area in Florence River Park is fraught with
hazards (such as off leash dogs, men engaged in gold panning and horses)
the parent is still guarding chicks.  I was fearful 3 days ago that men
who were gold panning right where the chicks and parent had been, and who
had a large off leash dog with them, would have scared the parent off
(which would have been deadly for the young chicks even if they had hid
from the dog) but I refound the parent and chicks later that evening.  When
I refound the 2 chicks 2 days ago I got two more pics that I have uploaded
to my Birds and Nature blog. 
Yesterday and today I refound the parent but I didn't time to refind the
chicks. Given the parents guarding behavior I expect the one or both chicks
are ok.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Re: Jeffco - Info - No sightings
From: Steve Stachowiak <waxwing2 AT q.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:22:15 -0700 (PDT)
Cobirders,

The areas that Ira describes in his post are actually in Douglas County.  I 
too have not had any observations of Lewis's Woodpecker activity this year 
at the historical spot just north of Sedalia.  However, the American 
Three-toed Woodpeckers can still be observed the historical spot ~10 mi 
west of Sedalia.  I have observed them at that location multiple times this 
year, most recently being the third week of June.  They are responsive to a 
reasonable imitation of their drumming.  The area was also ripe with 
Williamson's Sapsuckers and even a few Hairy's as well.

Good birding,
Steve Stachowiak
Highlands Ranch, CO

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 10:14:31 PM UTC-6, Ira Sanders wrote:

> Birders,
> I birded with a couple of friends from Chicago today and in running around 
> Jeffco, checked the trees north of Sedalia for Lewis's Woodpecker but 
> didn't find any and then checked the historical area for 3-Toed 10 mi west 
> of Sedalia and also w/o any success.  I think the area west of Sedalia is 
> played out for woodpeckers as we didn't even find a Hairy Woodpecker in the 
> area.
>
> -- 
> Ira Sanders
> Golden, CO
>  

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Subject: CFO Convention bird species list
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:58:11 -0700 (PDT)
Hi, everybody. Well, here it is, nearly two months late! Please take a look 
and let me see if anything's missing. For example, did anybody get Wood 
Duck? Clark's Grebe? White-eyed Vireo? Canyon Wren? Golden-crowned Kinglet? 
Yellow-breasted Chat? I bet we can get this list up to 175 with just a bit 
of effort.

The list covers the period June 4-8, 2015, and covers all convention field 
trips except for birds on arrival and departure trips clearly outside the 
Greater Salida Region, liberally defined. (In other words, your 
Black-chinned Sparrow in Grand Junction or Painted Bunting in Kim don't 
count.)

Without further ado:

  1. Canada Goose  2. Gadwall  3. American Wigeon  4. Mallard  5. Blue-winged 
Teal  6. Cinnamon Teal  7. Northern Shoveler  8. Green-winged Teal  9. 
Redhead  10. Canvasback  11. Ring-necked Duck  12. Lesser Scaup  13. 
Bufflehead  14. Common Goldeneye  15. Common Merganser  16. Hooded Merganser  
17. Ruddy Duck  18. Dusky Grouse  19. Pied-billed Grebe  20. Eared Grebe  
21. Western Grebe 22. Double-crested Cormorant 23. American Bittern 24. 
American 

White Pelican 25. Great Blue Heron 26. Great Egret 27. Snowy Egret 28. 
Black-crowned 

Night-Heron 29. White-faced Ibis 30. Turkey Vulture 31. Osprey 32. 
Sharp-shinned 

Hawk  33. Cooper's Hawk  34. Northern Goshawk  35. Northern Harrier  36. Bald 
Eagle 37. Ferruginous Hawk 38. Swainson's Hawk 39. Red-tailed Hawk 40. Golden 

Eagle  41. Virginia Rail  42. Sora  43. American Coot  44. American Avocet  
45. Killdeer  46. Spotted Sandpiper  47. Wilson's Snipe  48. Wilson's 
Phalarope  49. Ring-billed Gull  50. California Gull  51. Bonaparte's Gull  
52. Forster's Tern 53. Rock Pigeon 54. Eurasian Collared-Dove 55. Band-tailed 

Pigeon  56. Mourning Dove  57. Great Horned Owl  58. Northern Saw-whet Owl  
59. Common Nighthawk 60. Common Poorwill 61. White-throated Swift 62. Chimney 

Swift 63. Black-chinned Hummingbird 64. Broad-tailed Hummingbird 65. Lewis's 

Woodpecker  66. Williamson's Sapsucker  67. Red-naped Sapsucker  68. Downy 
Woodpecker 69. Hairy Woodpecker 70. American Three-toed Woodpecker 71. 
Red-shafted 

Flicker 72. American Kestrel 73. Peregrine Falcon 74. Prairie Falcon 75. 
Olive-sided 

Flycatcher  76. Western Wood-Pewee  77. Least Flycatcher  78. Hammond's 
Flycatcher  79. Gray Flycatcher  80. Dusky Flycatcher  81. Cordilleran 
Flycatcher 82. Willow Flycatcher 83. Say's Phoebe 84. Eastern Phoebe 85. Black 

Phoebe  86. Ash-throated Flycatcher  87. Eastern Kingbird  88. Western 
Kingbird  89. Plumbeous Vireo  90. Western Warbling Vireo  91. Western 
Scrub-Jay  92. Blue Jay  93. Steller's Jay    94. Gray Jay  95. Pinyon Jay  
96. Black-billed Magpie  97. Clark's Nutcracker  98. American Crow  99. Common 
Raven  100. Horned Lark  101. Northern Rough-winged Swallow  102. Tree 
Swallow  103. Violet-green Swallow  104. Bank Swallow  105. Barn Swallow  
106. Cliff Swallow  107. Black-capped Chickadee  108. Mountain Chickadee  
109. Juniper Titmouse  110. White-breasted Nuthatch  111. Red-breasted 
Nuthatch  112. Pygmy Nuthatch  113. Bushtit  114. Rock Wren  115. House Wren  
116. Marsh Wren 117. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 118. American Dipper 119. 
Ruby-crowned 

Kinglet  120. Western Bluebird  121. Mountain Bluebird  122. Townsend's 
Solitaire 123. Hermit Thrush 124. American Robin 125. Gray Catbird 126. Sage 

Thrasher  127. American Pipit  128. European Starling  129. Cedar Waxwing  
130. Orange-crowned Warbler  131. Virginia's Warbler  132. Common 
Yellowthroat  133. MacGillivray's Warbler  134. Black-throated Gray Warbler  
135. Yellow Warbler 136. Audubon's Warbler 137. Grace's Warbler 138. Wilson's 

Warbler  139. Green-tailed Towhee  140. Spotted Towhee  141. Rufous-crowned 
Sparrow  142. Chipping Sparrow  143. Brewer's Sparrow  144. Vesper Sparrow  
145. Lark Sparrow  146. Savannah Sparrow  147. Slate-colored Fox Sparrow  
148. Song Sparrow 149. Lincoln's Sparrow 150. White-crowned Sparrow 151. 
Gray-headed 

Junco  152. Western Tanager  153. Black-headed Grosbeak  154. Blue Grosbeak  
155. Lazuli Bunting  156. Red-winged Blackbird  157. Western Meadowlark  
158. Yellow-headed Blackbird  159. Brewer's Blackbird  160. Common Grackle  
161. Great-tailed Grackle  162. Brown-headed Cowbird  163. Bullock's Oriole  
164. House Finch  165. Cassin's Finch  166. Red Crossbill  167. Pine Siskin  
168. Lesser Goldfinch 169. American Goldfinch 170. Evening Grosbeak 171. House 

Sparrow

 
Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Subject: Park County foray 7/22
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:58:25 -0600
My son Stephen and I went up to Park County yesterday (7/22) intending to
visit some high areas early on. It was breezy all day, presenting some
challenges for forest birding, but it was lovely. We went up CR 8 to Kite
Lake (12,000 ft) west of Alma. There was a fresh dusting of snow on the
peaks above 13,800 feet. I wondered why a steady stream of cars was heading
up that mountain road even before 7 am and then learned the trailhead at
Kite Lake offers relatively easy one-day access to the summit of three
Fourteeners. We kept to the side of the flow of trekkers and reveled in the
incredible wildflower display, especially from 11,800 feet and higher. We
enjoyed the usual alpine tundra birds, with a highlight of 4 *Brown-capped
Rosy-Finches* foraging along the west side of Kite Lake, feeding busily at
our feet. Songs from an abundance of *Mountain White-crowned Sparrows*
added texture to the steady breeze. *American Robins* were quite common
above treeline, including a number of juvies, *Wilson's Warblers* were
carrying food in the knee-high carpet of willlows and *American Pipits*
were popping up here and there. A *Prairie Falcon* cruised by. I scanned
for ptarmigans but did not see any. Stops along CR 8 between Alma and the
tree line produced encounters with *Am. Three-toed Woodpecker *and *Pine
Grosbeak*, and I heard a *Veery* loft a few songs from Buckskin Creek, but
the winds kept many birds quiet.

Later we explored some roads west of Highway 9 between Alma and Fairplay.
Here there are a number of natural ponds and wetlands, with some being
fairly large by Park standards. One wetland near Lakeside Drive and Pond
Drive was especially noteworthy. It had several areas of open water (one
quite large) and extensive sedge marsh. A *Green Heron* lifted out of the
marsh, flew and dropped back in, for only my third sighting in Park. There
were 7 summering *Ring-necked Ducks*, and a female *Ruddy Duck* with a
brood of new young; it is hard to find anything cuter than a newly hatched
Ruddy Duck. Ruddy Duck is a rather local breeder in Park. 4 *Soras *called
in response to my whistled imitation. Also a *Pied-billed Grebe* and a
number of* Am. Coot* families. A nearby pond along Lakeside had a female
*Bufflehead*. At Pennsylvania Creek near CR 1 I actually **saw** a *Veery*
when it happened to pop up in some willows, still mostly hidden. I've heard
them here and there, now and again, but actually seeing one in the
mountains was a rare treat for me. Exploring this area also produced a
*Sharp-shinned
Hawk*, a soaring *Nor. Goshawk*, and a *Pine Grosbeak*.

The pond along Hwy 285 northeast of Fairplay had 11 adult *Lesser Scaup*,
including a female with 9 small young (another local Park breeding
species), and 3 *Ring-necked Ducks*. *California Gulls* there were, I think
a sign of seasonal dispersal.

Como had three *Lark Sparrows*, my 1st in Park this season.


At the pond along CR 34 (4.3 miles in from Hwy 285) the nesting *Eared
Grebes* were busy with what seems to be a successful effort. There were
many small young being fed and riding around on the adults. Also present
were a family of *Green-winged Teal* (another sparse Park breeder), 8 *Cinnamon
Teal* and five male *Ruddy Ducks*. There were dozens and dozens of *Mountain
Bluebirds* along CR 34, including many young of the year.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Black Phoebe - Jeffco - Waterton Canyon
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:15:24 -0600
Birders,
I took a walk up Waterton at 7 am and the BLPH is still at it's previously
described location.  I only saw a few Lazuli Buntings and no Indigo's.

As for hummers at my house, evening (6 pm and after) seems to be the best
time for them here.  #'s have dropped from last week but I suspect they
will increase pretty soon.

-- 
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Golden, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 July 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:24:28 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: July 23, 2015
E-mail: rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Thursday, July 23 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Broad-winged Hawk (*Larmier)
Upland Sandpiper (Logan, Weld, Yuma)
Caspian Tern (*Weld)
Least Tern (Bent)
ROYAL TERN (Bent)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Washington)
Greater Roadrunner (El Paso)
Black Swift (Boulder, Larimer)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Denver, Jefferson)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Boulder, Hinsdale)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (*Logan)
Least Flycatcher (Boulder, Douglas, Logan, Yuma)
Gray Flycatcher (Fremont, Garfield)
Black Phoebe (Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
PACIFIC WREN (Boulder)
Wood Thrush (Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
LUCY'S WARBLER (Montezuma)
Magnolia Warbler (Washington)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder)
Hepatic Tanager (Las Animas)
Baltimore Oriole (Logan)

BENT COUNTY:
--On July 10, Duane Nelson reported an adult ROYAL TERN on "Plover Island"
on north shore of John Martin Reservoir.  On July 18, Duane Nelson reported
that the ROYAL TERN returned to "Plover Island" on the N shore of John
Martin Reservoir.  To get to the best view, enter through John Martin State
Park south of Hasty.  Wind through the part until signs point the way to
the State Wildlife Area.  Turn west.  At a cattle guard you will see the
island.  Wind around a flooded bay, and drive south.  Park on top of the
bluff.  On July 19, Duane Nelson reported that the ROYAL TERN did not show
but a Least Tern did on "Plover Island" at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A probable PACIFIC WREN was reported by Andy Bankert at Calypso Cascades
on July 3 on downstream side of trail between the single and double
bridge.  On July 7, Bill Rowe reported PACIFIC WREN at Ouzel Falls in Rocky
Mountain National Park.  On July 9, Kathy Mihm Dunning reported a singing
PACIFIC WREN in Wild Basin section of Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was
1.9 miles up the trail towards Ouzel Falls just before Calypso Cascades.
She warns that the trail is rough in spots and parking is very limited.  On
July 10, Alec Hopping reported PACIFIC WREN in Wild Basin section of Rocky
Mountain National Park.
--2 Black Swifts were reported by Andy Bankert towards Wild Basin Ranger
Station from Calypso Cascades on July 3.  On July 11, Bill Kaempfer
reported Black Swift on nest at Ouzel Falls in Wild Basin section of Rocky
Mountain National Park.
--2 Fox Sparrows was reported by David McQuade at Brainard Lake on July 5.
On July 11, Adam Vesely reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.  On July 19,
 Andrew Fontenot reported Fox Sparrow at Brainard Lake.
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was spotted by Connie Takamine in Wild
Basin section of Rocky Mountain NP a little below Calypso Cascades on July
17.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ted Floyd on the S side of Waneka Lake
on July 19.

DENVER COUNTY:
--A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported by Kenton Gomez at E 99th Ave betwen
E-470 and Gun Club Road in a partially flooded field near the road on July
10.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported 7 Least Flycatchers at Kingfisher
Bridge on the upstream side.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by John Drummond running across Hanover
Road about a mile west of Degrott Road intersection, near bridge and
culvert on July 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On July 21, SeEtta Moss reported several Gray Flycatchers at Red Canyon
Park north of Canon City.  They appeared to be still feeding young.

GARFIELD COUNTY
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Tom McConnell at Rifle Gap SP on July
11.

HINSDALE COUNTY
--A m American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Bez Bezuidenhout at
Grizzy Gulch Trailhead on July 16.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On July 12, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers were reported by Gareth Jessop and
Elimaris Gonzalez on Stoney Pass Rd.
--On July 14 Scott Somershoe reported Black and Eastern Phoebe at Waterton
Canyon.  On July 15, Doug Kibbe and Frank Farrell reported Black and
Eastern Phoebes in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 16, Gwen Moore reported
Black Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.  On July 19, Tim Ryan, Joe Roller,
Mackenzie Goldthwaite, and Mark Chavez reported Black Phoebe in Lower
Waterton Canyon and Goldthwait and Chavez also reported Eastern Phoebe.  On
July 21, David Suddjian, david Hill and Cynthia Madsen reported Black and
Eastern Phoebe in Lower Waterton Canyon.
--On July 15, Michel Kiessig reported Eastern Phoebe at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield.
--On July 21, David Suddjian reported Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge
at Chatfield SP on the downstream side.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On July 12, David Bray reported 5 Black Swifts passing through Bobcat
Ridge.
--On July 22, Nick Komar reported Broad-winged Hawk at Laport Lions Park.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--Hepatic Tanagers were reported by David Chartier and Thomas Heinrich on
Hwy 12 about .5 from Mile Marker 65 on June 27.  On July 2, Steve Brown
reported a m Hepatic tanager about 0.8 mi W of Mile Mark 65 on Hwy 12.  On
July 5, Garry Witt reported Hepatic Tanager on Hwy 12.  On July 8, Robert
Shade reported a pair of Hepatic Tanagers between MM 64 and 65 on Hwy 12.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported about 15 Upland Sandpipers along US
138 West of Crook.
--At Tamarack Pond on July 18, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole and
several Field Sparrows.  On July 19, Mlodinow reported Field Sparrows and
Least Flycatcher at Tamarack Pond.
--On July 19, Mlodinow reported at Tamarack Ranch SWA, walking W from CO
55, a Wood Thrush was heard by the river.  About 300-400 yards W of CO 55
an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard and seen and lots of Bell's Vireos were
heard.  On July 20, Alec Hopping reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Tamarack
Ranch SWA.  On July 22, Norm Erthal and Kevin Keirn reported Eastern
Wood-Pewee at Tamarack Ranch SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Purple Martin nesting colony was reported by Mike Henwood along Points
Creek on the Uncompahgre Plateau on July 17.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARBLER was reported by Steve Larson at Mc Elmo Creek W of
Cortez along CR J on July 13.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Prewitt Reservoir on
July 15.
--On July 19, Dan Stringer reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 4 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos at the Inlet Canal at Prewitt Reservoir.  They were in the
bushes/trees closer to the dirt road.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Firestone Gravel Pits on
July 6.  On July 14, Bill Kaempfer reported 3 Caspian Terns at Firestone
Gravel Pits.  On July 15, Steve Mlodinow reported 3 Caspian Terns at
Firestore Gravel Pits.  On July 22, Steve Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern
at Firestone Gravel Pits.
--Bob Andrews did two loops of the Pawnee National Grassland on July 16 and
17 and reported 55 McCown's Longspurs and 6 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Andrews reported an Upland Sandpiper in a meadow on the N side of CR 108
where it crosses Robins Creek just east of CR 37.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A couple of Upland Sandpipers were reported by Bill Kaempfer North of
Wray on July 18.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Alec Hopping at Stalker Lake on July
18.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, July 25 will be to Fairmount Cemetery/High
Line Canal led by A. J. Gest (offsetaj AT comcast.net; 303-994-2420)
 Please register online or contact leader to register. Meet the leader at
0745.
   Directions:   Use the Fairmount Cemetery north entrance on E Alameda Ave
that is just east of S Quebec St.  Follow the signs within the cemetery a
short distance south of the entrance gate to the parking lot near the
Chapel in the Pines in the NW corner of the cemetery.  The Quebec entrance
is under construction.  Bring water, binoculars, hat, and sunscreen.
Scopes are optional.  there are restrooms in the Mausoleum after 0900.)

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday July 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by Gree
Goodrich (GreggGoodrich ATgmail.com; 303-665-9135).  This Trip is full.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Jeffco - Info - No sightings
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:14:28 -0600
Birders,
I birded with a couple of friends from Chicago today and in running around
Jeffco, checked the trees north of Sedalia for Lewis's Woodpecker but
didn't find any and then checked the historical area for 3-Toed 10 mi west
of Sedalia and also w/o any success.  I think the area west of Sedalia is
played out for woodpeckers as we didn't even find a Hairy Woodpecker in the
area.

-- 
Ira Sanders
Golden, CO

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Subject: Re: House Wrens increasing in Denver
From: Bob Santangelo <whiz3525 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:52:37 -0700 (PDT)
I want to make a correction about what I said regarding the number of 
broods - I said up to three - they only brood 1-2 times, and add that All 
About Birds says clutch size can be 3-10 eggs (wow!)

Bob Santangelo
Wheat Ridge / Jefferson County

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 4:42:08 PM UTC-6, Robert Righter wrote:
>
> Hi all
>
> The House Wren has always been an infrequent spring and fall migrant in 
> our neighborhood in Denver. Last summer a few House Wrens were noted in our 
> backyard. This summer the House Wren has blanketed not only our backyard 
> but the whole neighborhood’s backyards, to where the wren the now is the 
> most common breeding bird species.
>
> It is curious what environmental factors have triggered this increase. We 
> rightfully take note of birds decreasing in populations but rarely take 
> note of bird population increasing, except those that are considered pest 
> species.
>
> Could there could be common environmental reasons  for populations both 
> increasing and decreasing? Perhaps knowing the reasons why some birds are 
> increasing could help explain why some birds are decreasing? 
>
> Bob Righter
> Denver CO 
>

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Subject: High Plains Birding Club Field Trip: Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld, Cheyenne (WY))
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:10:18 -0700 (PDT)
Details here:  

http://coloradobirder.ning.com/events/chestnut-collared-longspur-trip-nunn-cheyenne-wy 


Meet 7/25 0730AM at Hwy 85/Weld CR 114 SE corner.

You can Reply privately to me from this post.

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

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