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22 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Nov Re: Scoters chowing down, El Paso County [Art Hudak ]
21 Nov Scoters chowing down, El Paso County [Tina Jones ]
21 Nov Latham Res. and Golf Cart Boy ["'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" ]
21 Nov Re: Loon at Annex #8 (Larimer) on 11/21 ["'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" ]
22 Nov Pueblo Reservoir 11/21 [BKP ]
22 Nov Colorado CBC Dates [BKP ]
21 Nov BRAMBLING in Wyoming 11/21 [BKP ]
21 Nov Douglas Res--L-t Duck [Bob Righter ]
21 Nov DFO RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Nov 23 cancelled ["Kay Niyo" ]
21 Nov Jeffco, Douglas: Rusty Blackbird, loons, Black Scoters [David Gillilan ]
21 Nov Loon at Annex #8 (Larimer) on 11/21 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
21 Nov Re: Pacific Loon Larimer Co. ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
21 Nov Arapahoe Co. Lakes [Glenn Walbek ]
21 Nov Pacific Loon Larimer Co. [Georgia Doyle ]
21 Nov Re: Common merganser rescue. Boulder county ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
21 Nov Common merganser rescue. Boulder county [Julia ]
21 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
20 Nov Rusty Blackbird & Sora - Highline Lake - Mesa County [Mike Henwood ]
20 Nov Map cabinets ["'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" ]
20 Nov Pueblo Dunlin update 11/20 [BKP ]
20 Nov Larimer County 11/20 [Andrew Bankert ]
20 Nov Long- tailed Duck, Cherry Creek [Glenn Walbek ]
20 Nov Red-necked Grebe, North Gateway Park, Lamar (Prowers County) Colorado, 2014Nov20 [Janeal Thompson ]
20 Nov Windsor Reservoir/Weld ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
20 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Nov Canon City Surf Scoter continued at the west Valco Pond ["SeEttaM ." ]
19 Nov Northern Shrike, hawks yardbirds Jeffco ["Kay Niyo" ]
19 Nov Aurora Rampart Reservoir - Douglas County ["Joey Kellner" ]
20 Nov Pueblo and Colorado Springs birds 11/19 [BKP ]
19 Nov Scoters and Dunlin, El Paso and Pueblo ["Glenn and Laurie" ]
19 Nov Cheery Creek Res [Robert Righter ]
19 Nov Northern Larimer Rarities Continue [Andrew Bankert ]
19 Nov Douglas Res/Larimer [Rachel Hopper ]
19 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Nov *No* Magnificent Hummingbird for a week... [Adam Jack ]
18 Nov Re: Probable Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR [Nathan Pieplow ]
18 Nov Re: Tundra Swans at HamiltonRes (Larimer) on 11/18 [David Wade ]
18 Nov Probable Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR ["SeEttaM ." ]
18 Nov Boyd Lake scoters (Larimer) [Nick Komar ]
18 Nov Chatfield region mostly, Nov 18 [David Suddjian ]
18 Nov White-winged Scoter and Black Phoebe in Mesa County [Luger ]
18 Nov FW:rorighter l ["rorighter" ]
18 Nov Tundra Swans at HamiltonRes (Larimer) on 11/18 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
18 Nov El Paso County Scoters, Long-tailed Duck 11/18 [Lee Farese ]
18 Nov Scoters, Prospect Lake, El Paso Co [David Chartier ]
18 Nov Sparrow trifecta at Red Rocks today (jefferson cty) [Joe ]
18 Nov Birding trip to Pueblo this Satuday [BKP ]
18 Nov Brian Wheeler's comments on dark harrier at DouglasRes(Larimer) [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
18 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
18 Nov Rufous-crowned Sparrows yesterday at Tunnel Drive in Canon City ["SeEttaM ." ]
17 Nov Unusual dark harrier at Douglas Res (Larimer) [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
17 Nov John Martin Reservoir, 11/17/14 ["Duane Nelson" ]
17 Nov Northeastern Park Co and a bit of Jefferson Nov 17 [David Suddjian ]
18 Nov DFO Upcoming Speakers ["Mary Cay" ]
17 Nov Birds Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson Nov 16-17 [David Suddjian ]
17 Nov Re: Adams County Fairgrounds ["'Cathy Sheeter' via Colorado Birds" ]
17 Nov Pueblo Reservoir afternoon birding 11/17 []
17 Nov Re: Douglas Reservoir (Larimer) on 11/17 [David Wade ]
17 Nov Douglas Reservoir (Larimer) on 11/17 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
17 Nov Prospect Lake Scoters - more info ["Bill Maynard" ]
17 Nov Surf Scoter at Valco Ponds, Fremont Co. [millerrichj via Colorado Birds ]
17 Nov Re: RFI-CO BBA Fox Sparrows ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
17 Nov Prospect Lake Scoters - more info [Robb Hinds ]
17 Nov All 3 Scoters - Prospect Lake - Colorado Springs - El Paso County [Robb Hinds ]
17 Nov RFI-CO BBA Fox Sparrows [dave silverman ]
17 Nov Weld Union Res - Glaucous Gull/Long-tailed Duck [Sue Riffe ]
17 Nov Adams County Fairgrounds ["'Cathy Sheeter' via Colorado Birds" ]
17 Nov Ross's Goose in Niwot [Kat Bradley-Bennett ]
17 Nov Black Forest CBC ["'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" ]
17 Nov Red Rocks -- Harris' Sparrow joins the mix [David Gillilan ]
17 Nov Costa's Still Present [Kathy and Jeff Dunning ]
17 Nov Five Goose Day/Greeley ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
16 Nov Red-necked Grebe-North Gateway Park, Lamar (Prowers County) Colorado 2014Nov16 [Janeal Thompson ]
17 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
16 Nov Mountain Lakes Sunday ["Joey Kellner" ]

Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:05:54 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 22, 2014

The RMBO Barrow's Goldeneye count for Sunday 23 November has been cancelled
due to weather.

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Saturday, November 22 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Boulder, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer, Park, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Arapahoe, Bent, El Paso, Garfield, *Larimer, Weld)
Surf Scoter (*Arapahoe, *El Paso, Fremont, Mesa)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, Douglas/Jefferson,  *El Paso, Larimer,
Mesa, Park)
Black Scoter (*Douglas, *El Paso, *Garfield, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Lake, *Routt, Summit, Weld)
Pacific Loon (*Douglas, Larimer, Morgan, Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo, Prowers, San Miguel)
Dunlin (Pueblo)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, *Pueblo, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Bent, Ouray, *Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Mesa)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson)
Rusty Blackbird (*Douglas/Jefferson, Mesa)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A juv Tundra Swan was reported by Sheeter at Adams County Fairground on
November 17.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.  On November 16, Suddjian reported 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cooley Lake.
--Two White-winged Scoters were reported flying over C470 near South Platte
Reservoir on November 17.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.  On November 21 at
Aurora Reservoir, Walbek reported 2 Surf Scoters and 1 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Hopping at Cherry Creek Reservoir
on November 18.
--At Cherry Creek Reservoir on November 19, Righter reported 2 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and 1 ad Thayer's Gull.  On November 20, Walbek reported
imm Long-tailed Duck, ad Thayer's Gull, and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
At Cherry Creek on November 21, Walbek reported 1 White-winged Scoter, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.  On November 18, Stulp reported
Long-tailed Duck at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--At Aurora Rampart Reservoir at Roxborough on November 18, Suddjian
reported 2 f Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.  On November 19 at Aurora
Rampart Reservoir, Kellner reported 1 imm Black Scoters and a Pacific
Loon.  On November 20, Clark reported Black Scotter at Aurora Rampart
Reservoir.  On November 21 at Aurora Rampart Reservoir, Gillilan reported
Pacific Loon and 3 f-type Black Scoters.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 17, Suddjian reported 5 Tundra Swans near the Marina Sand
Spit and an ad White-winged Scoter at Chatfield SP.
--A White-winged Scoter was reported by Matt Clark at the Swim Beach at
Chatfield SP on November 18.
--A f Rusty Blackbird was reported by Gillilan at Chatfield SP on November
21.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  On November 21, Tina Jones
reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 f Black Scoter, and 1 f-type White-winged Scoter
at Prospect Lake.
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.  A White-winged Scoter
and Long-tailed Duck was reported by Farese at Big Johnson on November 18.
Percival reported White-winged Scoter and f Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson
on November 19.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.  The Surf Scoter was reported
by Moss on November 19 at Valco Pond.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.  On November 19, Zerbi reported 2
Long-tailed Ducks at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November 20, Potter reported
Long-tailed Duck and 3 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November
21, Trappett reported 3 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap Reservoir.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 19, Kibbe reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17 and November 18, Leatherman reported
ad f White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  On
November 20, Bankert reported White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, and
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.  On November 21, Righter reported
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.  Douglas Reservoir is NW of
intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Hamilton Reservoir
(associated with Rawhide Power Plant) on November 18.  3 Tundra Swans were
reported by Bankert at Hamiliton Reservoir on November 19.
--At Boyd Lake at the N end on November 18, Wild reported 4 probable Black
Scoters.
--On November 20, Bankert reported a Pacific Loon at Annex Reservoir #8
(South side of CR 56).

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  On
November 18, Luger reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe at
the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 20 Henwood reported 1
Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Henwood at Highline Lake on November 20.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Ortenzio reported that
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 14.  Henwood reported the
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 16.  Dunning reported the COSTA'S
HUMMINGBIRD on November 17.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Gwen
Moore on November 18.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Woodward on
November 19.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

OURAY COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Dexter at Ridgway Reservoir on
November 17.  On November 20, Zerbi reported Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Ridgway Reservoir.

PARK COUNTY:
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Suddjian at ponds near Cline Drive near
Santa Maria on November 17.
--On CR 58 on November 17, Suddjian reported 100 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
and 30 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on November 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17. Red-necked
Grebe was reported by Thompson at North Gateway Park on November 20.
Directions:  If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the
Arkansas River Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the
turn-off to Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left
after the two hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to
fishing pond.  The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On November 17, Percival reported Red-necked Grebe off West Fishing Roadt
at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On November 17 at Pueblo Reservoir, Percival reported 2 ad Trumpeter
Swans and 2 ad Tundra Swans in a cove S of South Shore Marina and ad Great
Black-backed Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull at South Shore
Marina tires.  On November 19 at South Shore Marina and SE Corner of Pueblo
Reservoir, Percival reported ad Great Black-backed Gull, 2 imm Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, juv Thayer's Gull and Pacific Loon.  On November 21 at
the South Shore Marina, Percival reported 1 ad Great Black-backed Gull, 1
ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 1 juv Thayer's Gull.
--At the Sailboard Lauching area of Pueblo Reservoir a Dunlin was found by
Rich Miller on November 18 and seen by Percival and Walbek on November 19.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes (23 male, 27 f-type) were repored by Dodson at
Stagecoach Reservoir on November 21.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.  On November 17, Steele reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Miramonte Reservoir.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.  On November 20 at Union Reservoir, Dowell reported
Long-tailed Duck and Glaucous Gull.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 22 will be the Chatfield SP led
by Ed Holub (edmund.holub AT gmail.com, 303-979-2194).  Meet inside west
entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.  Lunch is
optional as trip will be half day but bring snacks and water.  State Parks
pass required.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT concast.net,
303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking lot adjoining the
South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of
C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north onto Wadsworth.
Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road which becomes
South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around to parking
lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Scoters chowing down, El Paso County
From: Art Hudak <donotbeconfused AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:02:23 -0800 (PST)
Your comments are clear and concise.

On Friday, November 21, 2014 9:06:15 PM UTC-7, tjcalliope wrote:

>  The 3, different Scoter species were at Prospect Lake[in Memorial Park], 
> today 11/21. I saw 2, Surf Scoter, 1, f. Black Scoter , and 1, f. 
> type White-winged Scoter. I could not get a good view of a third Scoter 
> which was way on the other side of the lake and behind the Canada Geese. 
> What a stitch to watch these Scoters. I could barely pull myself away. We 
> are talking major chowing down. One Surf Scoter ate 1, Crayfish, quickly 
> dove, ate a second Crayfish, dove again and ate a third Crayfish, dove 
> again, ate a fourth Crayfish, and dove again and ate a fifth Crayfish. 
> While this Surf was eating the other Surf Scoter continued to swallow 
> Crayfish, while the Black Scoter also ate Crayfish. The Black was having a 
> harder time swallowing the Crayfish than the Surf. Then these 3 scoters 
> swam a bit out into the middle of the lake and closed their eyes very 
> briefly and  Not for long. The 3 of them proceeded back to where they were 
> originally feeding and they all started chowing down as if they had never 
> eaten. No wonder the Scoters are at this park. It is a giant restaurant . 
> I've seen Scoters eat Mussels off the east coast, but they did not swallow 
> them as quickly as the the Scoters ate their prey in Prospect Lake.
>  
> Also present, but not in order, were Lesser Scaup, 1 pair of greater 
> Scaup, 1, pair of Canvasback, 1, pair of Redhead, Common Goldeneye, many 
> Ruddy Duck and Hooded Merganser, Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, 1, 
> California Gull, and many Ring-billed Gull. Eared Grebe were checking the 
> Scoter out. One Red-tailed Hawk was sitting in a tree, undisturbed by 
> people walking under the tree.
>  
> Happy Birding!
> Tina Jones
> Littleton, Jefferson County, CO
>  

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Subject: Scoters chowing down, El Paso County
From: Tina Jones <tjcalliope AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:06:11 -0700


The 3, different Scoter species were at Prospect Lake[in Memorial Park], today 
11/21. I saw 2, Surf Scoter, 1, f. Black Scoter , and 1, f. type White-winged 
Scoter. I could not get a good view of a third Scoter which was way on the 
other side of the lake and behind the Canada Geese. What a stitch to watch 
these Scoters. I could barely pull myself away. We are talking major chowing 
down. One Surf Scoter ate 1, Crayfish, quickly dove, ate a second Crayfish, 
dove again and ate a third Crayfish, dove again, ate a fourth Crayfish, and 
dove again and ate a fifth Crayfish. While this Surf was eating the other Surf 
Scoter continued to swallow Crayfish, while the Black Scoter also ate Crayfish. 
The Black was having a harder time swallowing the Crayfish than the Surf. Then 
these 3 scoters swam a bit out into the middle of the lake and closed their 
eyes very briefly and Not for long. The 3 of them proceeded back to where they 
were originally feeding and they all started chowing down as if they had never 
eaten. No wonder the Scoters are at this park. It is a giant restaurant . I've 
seen Scoters eat Mussels off the east coast, but they did not swallow them as 
quickly as the the Scoters ate their prey in Prospect Lake. 

 
Also present, but not in order, were Lesser Scaup, 1 pair of greater Scaup, 1, 
pair of Canvasback, 1, pair of Redhead, Common Goldeneye, many Ruddy Duck and 
Hooded Merganser, Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, 1, California Gull, and many 
Ring-billed Gull. Eared Grebe were checking the Scoter out. One Red-tailed Hawk 
was sitting in a tree, undisturbed by people walking under the tree. 

 
Happy Birding!
Tina Jones
Littleton, Jefferson County, CO

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Latham Res. and Golf Cart Boy
From: "'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:30:36 -0500
Yep, he's back. Probably never left, even though I haven't heard any reports 
recently. I decided to go out to Jackson SP to poke around a bit this 
afternoon, and came up with mostly the usual suspects. I timed my departure to 
arrive at Latham a half hour before sunset in hopes of spotting a short-eared 
owl (which, predictably enough, I did not). What I did get, however, was 
another run-in with the infamous (named by me, for lack of a better option) 
Golf Cart Boy, the fellow who comes out onto WCR 48 (which passes through the 
marsh at the south end of the reservoir) in his ATV and harasses birders, takes 
down license numbers and other such nonsense. To avoid the speeding traffic on 
48 (some cars were passing at more than 60 mph by my estimate), I pulled off 
into the far east end (away from the oil equipment) of the south side oil pad 
and was busily observing a merlin (aside from the lack of owls and presence of 
GCB, the visit was quite productive) when I heard the approach of a vehicle 
with some serious valve problems. Ignoring the vehicle in the hope of avoiding 
a confrontation, I busied myself with a great view of the merlin until I was 
hailed and informed that I was trespassing. I inquired if I were speaking to a 
representative of the oil company, and was told no, that the sheriff had 
stopped by and specifically requested that this yayhoo chase people off the oil 
pad. Well, having long ago had enough of this guy's act, I went back to 
ignoring him, whereupon he called the sheriff's office, phone on speaker so I 
could here the conversation and be appropriately intimidated. He told the 
office that I was trespassing, arguing and refusing to leave; I plead guilty to 
the latter two. Based on his demeanor, I interpreted that each of these was a 
felony that carried the death penalty, or worse, and that I was toast. I asked 
him if the sheriff was on his way and he said yes, and sped off in a shower of 
gravel and epithets cast my way. Yes, Dave, I think they were aspersions......I 
actually waited around for a half hour, on the shaky pretext of looking for 
owls, but no law enforcement officials appeared. Apparently trespassing, 
arguing and refusing to leave are not offenses which are high on their priority 
list. 



Anyway, I wish that I would get to report a rarity or something every now and 
then. I'm not sure when I was appointed Official Jerk Magnet of the birding 
community, but I'd be delighted to pass along the mantle if anyone wants it. 



And on a birding note, other than the lack of short-eared owls, Latham was 
delightful, with the merlin, several red-tails, multiple harriers of all sexes 
and ages, a few great-tailed grackles, and assorted other typicals. There is a 
large open area on the south side of the otherwise-frozen reservoir, and there 
was a truly spectacular "fly out" of Canada Geese (surprisingly, no white 
geese), consisting of at least 10,000 birds in numerous skeins heading off in 
various directions. Couple that with a spectacular sunset over the marshes, and 
it was a worthwhile, if somewhat annoying, stop. 



To sum up, Latham is a great place for a brief sunset stop if you don't mind 
threats and intimidation. 



Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO


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Subject: Re: Loon at Annex #8 (Larimer) on 11/21
From: "'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:01:12 -0500
Dave- I think "to cast aspersions" is what happens if you eat bad cottage 
cheese...... 



Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO




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Sent: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 1:52 pm
Subject: [cobirds] Loon at Annex #8 (Larimer) on 11/21



I went up to Annex #8 Reservoir today, which is just north of the Fort Collins 
Country Club in the southwest corner of the intersection of CRs 13 and 56. Andy 
Bankert reported a sleeping, unidentified loon on Windsor #8 (res across 56 
from Annex #8 day before yesterday) and a Pacific Loon from Annex #8 yesterday. 
This morning, the loon at Annex #8, after considerable anguished observation 
from a couple different angles and distances, in my opinion is a Common Loon. I 
have heard a few other observers of today's bird agree with this diagnosis. 
With all the movement of waterfowl ongoing, it is quite possible the bird today 
and Andy's bird from yesterday are different. I am not casting aspersions, 
whatever aspersions are? 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins  
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Pueblo Reservoir 11/21
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:15:05 +0000 (UTC)
I went over to the South Shore Marina tires at Pueblo Reservoir mid-afternoon 
today, to see if there were any different gulls around.  Late in the afternoon 
is always when there are more gulls around, then other times of the day at 
Pueblo Reservoir. 

Great Black-backed Gull - 1 adultLesser Black-backed Gull - 1 adult (my first 
adult this winter), 1 first yearThayer's Gull - 1 juvenileCommon Loon - 3 seen 
from the South Shore Marina See some of you tomorrow for the Aiken Audubon 
trip around Pueblo. 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Colorado CBC Dates
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:40:11 +0000 (UTC)
I got quite a few updates on Christmas Bird Count dates.
2014:
Saturday, Dec 13: Roaring Fork River Valley (this won't be an official 
National Audubon CBC this year, since it won't be held during the official 
dates of Dec14-Jan 5). 

Sunday, Dec 14: Aspen, Boulder, Delta, Durango, Eagle Valley, Evergreen-Idaho 
Springs, Fairplay, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Pagosa Springs, Penrose. 

Monday, Dec 15: John Martin Reservoir.
Tuesday, Dec 16: Rocky Ford, Sterling.
Saturday, Dec 20: Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Monte Vista 
N.W.R., Montrose, Pueblo Reservoir, Salida, Steamboat Springs 

Sunday, Dec 21: Westcliffe.
Friday, Dec 26: Rawhide Energy Station.
Saturday. Dec 27: Spanish Peaks.
2015:

Thursday, Jan 1: Denver (Urban), Grand Mesa, Loveland.
Friday, Jan 2: Flagler.
Saturday: Jan 3: Crook, Douglas County, Great Sand Dunes N.P., Hotchkiss, Lake 
Isabel. 

Sunday, Jan 4: Barr Lake, Black Forest
There are between 10 and 15 more Colorado CBCs that the date hasn't 
been posted on the CBC Website as of yet.   

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: BRAMBLING in Wyoming 11/21
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:53:23 +0000 (UTC)
I see on the ABA Rare Bird Alert facebook page, that a Brambling was 
photographed in Saratoga, Wyoming this morning.  The state's 3rd record! 

Colorado birders should be on the lookout, they come to feeders sometimes. 
Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Douglas Res--L-t Duck
From: Bob Righter <rorighter AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:58:20 -0700
Hi

The female Long-tailed Duck is still at Douglas Res., in northern Larimer Co. 
First seen by David Wade, then by Rachel Hopper, followed by Dave Leatherman. 
Seen in the north-east section of reservoir. Look for a small duck, smaller 
then a female Goldeneye, with a whitish head. I didn't see the Black or 
White-winged Scoters that were also previously reported earlier. 


Good luck

Bob Righter
Denver, CO

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Subject: DFO RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Nov 23 cancelled
From: "Kay Niyo" <Kay AT KayNiyo.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:48:00 -0700
The DFO RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Nov 23 led by Paul
Slingsby has been cancelled due to the expected storm.

 

Kay

 

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Niyo Scientific Communications

5651 Garnet St.

Golden, CO 80403

303.679.6646

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Subject: Jeffco, Douglas: Rusty Blackbird, loons, Black Scoters
From: David Gillilan <david.gillilan09 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:16:40 -0700
Susan Pellegrini and I found a female Rusty Blackbird this morning at Chatfield 
Reservoir, along the shore at the Massey Draw area. There were also 1-2 Common 
Loons farther south in the reservoir, and small numbers of a variety of ducks 
and grebes, otherwise not particularly birdy. At Aurora Rampart Reservoir 
(entrance to Roxborough State Park), we found Mark Chavez, the continuing 
Pacific Loon, and 3 female/1st winter Black Scoters, along with a smattering of 
ducks and coots. 


David Gillilan
Littleton

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Subject: Loon at Annex #8 (Larimer) on 11/21
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:52:43 -0700
I went up to Annex #8 Reservoir today, which is just north of the Fort Collins 
Country Club in the southwest corner of the intersection of CRs 13 and 56. Andy 
Bankert reported a sleeping, unidentified loon on Windsor #8 (res across 56 
from Annex #8 day before yesterday) and a Pacific Loon from Annex #8 yesterday. 
This morning, the loon at Annex #8, after considerable anguished observation 
from a couple different angles and distances, in my opinion is a Common Loon. I 
have heard a few other observers of today's bird agree with this diagnosis. 
With all the movement of waterfowl ongoing, it is quite possible the bird today 
and Andy's bird from yesterday are different. I am not casting aspersions, 
whatever aspersions are? 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins  
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Pacific Loon Larimer Co.
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:48:48 -0800 (PST)
Visited Pacific Loon at Noon--stationed in very far SW cove.  Sleeping most 
of time.

"Photo" (very long distance with digital zoom=bad photo):  
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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On Friday, November 21, 2014 9:34:58 AM UTC-7, Georgia Doyle wrote:
>
> The loon reported by Andy Bankert yesterday at Annex Reservoir no 8 is 
> still here.  On  cr 13 s of cr 56. Best viewing at dam on east side of res. 
> near oil well. Need scope.
>
> Georgia Doyle 
> Fort Collins
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Subject: Arapahoe Co. Lakes
From: Glenn Walbek <juncos AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:36:11 -0600
Aurora Reservoir - 2 Surf Scoters, 1 adult Lesser Black- backed Gull

Cherry Creek Reservoir - 1 White-winged Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Common 
Loons at least 1 adult Lesser Black- backed Gull. 


Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Pacific Loon Larimer Co.
From: Georgia Doyle <gadoyle3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:34:56 -0700
The loon reported by Andy Bankert yesterday at Annex Reservoir no 8 is
still here.  On  cr 13 s of cr 56. Best viewing at dam on east side of res.
near oil well. Need scope.

Georgia Doyle
Fort Collins

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Subject: Re: Common merganser rescue. Boulder county
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:23:50 -0800 (PST)
Here are Colorado licensed wildlife rehabilitators, 

http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/SpecialLicenses/WildlifeRehabilitation/PublicRehabListing.pdf, 

should someone get to bird.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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On Friday, November 21, 2014 7:36:59 AM UTC-7, jebo... AT gmail.com wrote:
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> I just found a common merganser in the middle of the road on Martin Drive 
> in Martin acres. If I did not need to be in a classroom in 20 minutes I 
> would be able to rescue him. He is now sitting near a bush on the corner of 
> 44th St. and Martin Drive.  I know some people are of the school of thought 
> that nature should take it's course.  I'm not one of those people. :-) 
>
> If anyone manages to rescue him please let me know. 
>
> Julia Bond 
>  Boulder  County 
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Common merganser rescue. Boulder county
From: Julia <jebond333 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:36:52 -0700
I just found a common merganser in the middle of the road on Martin Drive in 
Martin acres. If I did not need to be in a classroom in 20 minutes I would be 
able to rescue him. He is now sitting near a bush on the corner of 44th St. and 
Martin Drive. I know some people are of the school of thought that nature 
should take it's course. I'm not one of those people. :-) 


If anyone manages to rescue him please let me know. 

Julia Bond
 Boulder  County

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:57:31 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 21, 2014

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Friday, November 21 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Arapahoe, Boulder, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer, Park, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Arapahoe, Bent, El Paso, *Garfield, *Larimer, *Weld)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, El Paso, Fremont, *Mesa, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Douglas/Jefferson,  El Paso, *Larimer, Mesa,
Park)
Black Scoter (*Douglas, El Paso, *Garfield, *Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Lake, Routt, Summit, Weld)
Pacific Loon (Douglas, Jefferson,  *Larimer, Morgan, Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Pueblo, *Prowers, San Miguel)
Dunlin (Pueblo)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Pueblo, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, *Ouray, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (*Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Mesa)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson)
Rusty Blackbird (*Mesa)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)
PURPLE FINCH (Pueblo)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A juv Tundra Swan was reported by Sheeter at Adams County Fairground on
November 17.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Swans were reported by Beltz at Cherry Creek Reservoir off the Lake
Loop on November 13.
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.  On November 16, Suddjian reported 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cooley Lake.
--Two White-winged Scoters were reported flying over C470 near South Platte
Reservoir on November 17.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Hopping at Cherry Creek Reservoir
on November 18.
--At Cherry Creek Reservoir on November 19, Righter reported 2 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and 1 ad Thayer's Gull.  On November 20, Walbek reported
imm Long-tailed Duck, ad Thayer's Gull, and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.  On November 18, Stulp reported
Long-tailed Duck at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Severs at Lagerman Reservoir on
November 13.  On November 15 Frye reported Red-necked Grebe at Lagerman.
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--At Aurora Rampart Reservoir at Roxborough on November 18, Suddjian
reported 2 f Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.  On November 19 at Aurora
Rampart Reservoir, Kellner reported 1 imm Black Scoters and a Pacific
Loon.  On November 20, Clark reported Black Scotter at Aurora Rampart
Reservoir.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 17, Suddjian reported 5 Tundra Swans near the Marina Sand
Spit and an ad White-winged Scoter at Chatfield SP.
--A White-winged Scoter was reported by Matt Clark at the Swim Beach at
Chatfield SP on November 18

EL PASO COUNTY:
--2 Tundra Swans were reported by Big Johnson by Driscoll on November 14.
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  Drummond reported 3 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 1 ad Black Scoter at Prospect Lake on November
15.  On November 17, Hinds reported 3 White-winged Scoters, 1 Black Scoter,
and 2 Surf Scoters at Prospect Lake.  On November 18, Chartier reported 1
Surf Scoter, 1 Black Scoter, and 1 White-winged Scoter at Prospect Lake.
On November 19, Walbek reported Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, and White-winged
Scoter at Prospect Lake.
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.  A White-winged Scoter
and Long-tailed Duck was reported by Farese at Big Johnson on November 18.
Percival reported White-winged Scoter and f Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson
on November 19.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.  The Surf Scoter was reported
by Moss on November 19 at Valco Pond.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.  On November 19, Zerbi reported 2
Long-tailed Ducks at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November 20, Potter reported
Long-tailed Duck and 3 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap Reservoir.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Hudak at Harriman Lake on November 13 and
November 14.
--A "Red" Fox Sparrow was reported by Mitzen at Red Rocks Trading Post on
November 14.
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 19, Kibbe reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--3 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Park Creek Reservoir viewed
from 80 Rd, 8 miles W of Hamiliton Reservoir on November 13.
--On November 15, Komar reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull and
Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland and
an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Loveland in the NW corner.
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17 and November 18, Leatherman reported
ad f White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  On
November 20, Bankert\ reported White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, and
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.  Douglas Reservoir is NW of
intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Hamilton Reservoir
(associated with Rawhide Power Plant) on November 18.  3 Tundra Swans were
reported by Bankert at Hamiliton Reservoir on November 19.
--At Boyd Lake at the N end on November 18, Wild reported 4 probable Black
Scoters.
--On November 20, Bankert reported a Pacific Loon at Annex Reservoir #8
(South side of CR 56).

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  Two
Surf Scoters were reported by Ortenzio at Colorado River State Park, Fruita
Section on November 6.  On November 11, Henwood reported that the two Surf
Scoters continue at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November
12, Zerbi reported that the two Surf Scoters continue at the Fruita Section
of Colorado River SP.  On November 15, Woodward reported 3 Surf Scoters at
Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 17, Dunning reported 1
Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 18,
Luger reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe at the Fruita
Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 20 Henwood reported 1 Surf
Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Henwoodat Highline Lake on November 20.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Ortenzio reported that
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 14.  Henwood reported the
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 16.  Dunning reported the COSTA'S
HUMMINGBIRD on November 17.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Gwen
Moore on November 18.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Woodward on
November 19.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

OURAY COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Dexter at Ridgway Reservoir on
November 17.  On November 20, Zerbi reported Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Ridgway Reservoir.

PARK COUNTY:
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Suddjian at ponds near Cline Drive near
Santa Maria on November 17.
--On CR 58 on November 17, Suddjian reported 100 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
and 30 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on November 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17. Red-necked
Grebe was reported by Thompson at North Gateway Park on November 20.
Directions:  If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the
Arkansas River Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the
turn-off to Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left
after the two hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to
fishing pond.  The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe and f PURPLE FINCH were reported by Percival off West
Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir on November 15.  On November 17, Percival
reported Red-necked Grebe off West Fishing Roadt at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On November 17 at Pueblo Reservoir, Percival reported 2 ad Trumpeter
Swans and 2 ad Tundra Swans in a cove S of South Shore Marina and ad Great
Black-backed Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull at South Shore
Marina tires.  On November 19 at South Shore Marina and SE Corner of Pueblo
Reservoir, Percival reported ad Great Black-backed Gull, 2 imm Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, juv Thayer's Gull and Pacific Loon.
--At the Sailboard Lauching area of Pueblo Reservoir a Dunlin was found by
Rich Miller on November 18 and seen by Percival and Walbek on November 19.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Litteral on Lake Catamount just
south of Steamboat Springs on November 12.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.  On November 17, Steele reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Miramonte Reservoir.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 f-type Surf Scoters and a Thayer's Gull were reported by Prather at
Union Reservoir on November 14.
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.  On November 20 at Union Reservoir, Dowell reported
Long-tailed Duck and Glaucous Gull.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 22 will be the Chatfield SP led
by Ed Holub (edmund.holub AT gmail.com, 303-979-2194).  Meet inside west
entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.  Lunch is
optional as trip will be half day but bring snacks and water.  State Parks
pass required.

RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Sunday Novmeber 23 led by Paul
Slingsby (paslingsby ATcomcast.net 303-422-3728).  Meet at stegosaurus lot
to carpool.  From I-70 west, exit 259 (Morrison exit), turn left and driver
under I-70 bridge and look for Park-n-Ride on your left.  This is the same
lot as used by Hawk Watch.  Meet at south end of lot near driveway at 0800.
  Will count Barrow's Goldeneyes and other birds at Silverthorne water
treatment plant, then drive to Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand
Lake.  Spotting scopes, binoculars, and 2-way radios will be useful.  Dress
for cold windy weather even if forecast is for a comfortable day.
Insulated, wind-proof leg coverings, and warm boots are recommended.  Bring
water and snacks.  Will find a warm place to buy lunch.  Plan to be back at
Stegosaurus lot by dark.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT concast.net,
303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking lot adjoining the
South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of
C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north onto Wadsworth.
Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road which becomes
South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around to parking
lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Rusty Blackbird & Sora - Highline Lake - Mesa County
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:49:24 -0700
Nic Korte and I spent the day scouting for The Thanksgiving Waterfowl trip
this Saturday.  We had one of those memorable birding experiences that one
never forgets this afternoon.

We were driving from Highline Lake on the east side (where the offices &
campground are located) to the west side and Mack Mesa area on R Road.  As
we crossed the little stream below the dam I slowed the car down and we
looked at the ducks in the stream.  Nic said "There's our Green-winged Teal
(we didn't have one for the day)" as a flock of Mallards and 4 Green-wings
took flight.  "Wait a minute, there's a snipe."  "What's that blackbird on
the ground just above the snipe.  In the next 30 minutes we witnessed the
following in that one little muddy area next to the stream with our binocs
and then our scopes.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
Wilson's Snipe
Virginia Rail (2)
SORA
Marsh Wren
Song Sparrow (several)

The Rusty soon left the mud flat and flew upstream into dense cover.  The
Wilson's Snipe stayed in the same location feeding the entire time, while
the 2 Virginia Rails, Sora, and Marsh Wren would dart out from the heavy
cover to feed on the mud flat briefly, then dart back to cover before
emerging again.  Several times all the birds could be seen at the same
time. We watched this action for about 30 minutes from 3:30 to 4.

Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa County

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Subject: Map cabinets
From: "'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:55:46 -0500
The Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas has two beautifully built map cabinets for 
which we would like to find a home. Allen Lavery made them for the first atlas. 



    Dimensions: 28 x 33 (width, depth) x 35 inches tall 
 16 drawers, the size to hold a topographic map flat. Each will hold 70-80 topo 
maps. 

    Wood sides, masonite bottoms.

I can send pictures - I don't have a site where you can go on-line to look at 
them. 


 
If you might have a use for them, CBAP would gladly give them to you (for a 
modest donation, of course). They currently live in our garage where a pickup 
truck would have to pick them up. 


 

Hugh Kingery 
  Franktown, CO

Posted by permission of the Listmaster.
  





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Subject: Pueblo Dunlin update 11/20
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:10:57 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
I went over to Sailboard launching area this morning at Pueblo Reservoir and 
looked to see if the Dunlin was around and I didn't see it the two times I went 
there.  There's a few other places that have shore around Pueblo Reservoir, 
that the Dunlin could go to perhaps (maybe the N-1 Road, SE Corner, South Shore 
Marina area, or Hobie Cat Road).  If anyone happens to be out there and 
re-finds it, please let us know where.   

I walked along the Arkansas River on the north side, mainly looking for Rusty 
Blackbird, Black Phoebes and unusual shorebirds, and didn't find any. 

Hopefully there will be some birds around here on Saturday for the Aiken 
Audubon Group.  Seems like the rare stuff likes to be around here during the 
week and not as much over the weekends.  

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Larimer County 11/20
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007 AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:42:01 -0700
Here are some birds of note I saw around Larimer County today.  It was nice
to run into several other people birding throughout the morning!

Annex Reservoir #8 (south side of CR56):
Pacific Loon

Pouder Reservoir # 3:
~15 Ross's Geese
~20 Snow Geese
2 Greater White-fronted Geese

Douglas Reservoir:
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck


Good Birding,
Andy Bankert
Fort Collins

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Subject: Long- tailed Duck, Cherry Creek
From: Glenn Walbek <juncos AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:17:26 -0600
The numbers of diving ducks and gulls are increasing at Cherry Creek.  An 
immature Long-tailed Duck, an adult Thayer's Gull and 4 Lesser Black-backed 
Gulls were the highlights this morning. 


Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe, North Gateway Park, Lamar (Prowers County) Colorado, 2014Nov20
From: Janeal Thompson <janealthompson AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:47:04 -0800 (PST)
As of 11:20 a.m., 2014Nov20, the winter plumage *Red-necked Grebe* was at 
North Gateway Park in Lamar (Prowers County) Colorado.

Janeal Thompson
Lamar, CO  

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Subject: Windsor Reservoir/Weld
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:20:30 -0800 (PST)
Windsor Reservoir hosted thousands of birds this morning--viewed from north 
side and SE corner.  There were lots of birds in NW corner, middle of 
reservoir.  Reservoir 50% iced(?).

   - Common Loon
   - Bald Eagle - 3
   - Ducks - 1,000s (distance)
   - Gulls - 1,000s (distance)
   - Geese - 1,000s (distance)
   - Snow/Ross's 250+
      - Greater White-fronted - 1
   
Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:28:47 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 20, 2014

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Thursday, November 20 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Arapahoe, Boulder, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, *Larimer, Park, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Bent, *El Paso, Garfield, *Larimer, Weld)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, *El Paso, Fremont, Mesa, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Douglas/Jefferson,  *El Paso, *Larimer,
Mesa, Park)
Black Scoter (*Douglas, El Paso, Garfield, *Larimer)
Long-tailed Duck (El Paso, *Garfield, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Lake, Routt, Summit, Weld)
Pacific Loon (*Douglas, Jefferson,  Morgan, Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Pueblo, Prowers, San Miguel)
Dunlin (*Pueblo)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, *Pueblo, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, Ouray, *Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Mesa)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, *Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)
PURPLE FINCH (Pueblo)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A juv Tundra Swan was reported by Sheeter at Adams County Fairground on
November 17.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Swans were reported by Beltz at Cherry Creek Reservoir off the Lake
Loop on November 13.
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.  On November 16, Suddjian reported 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cooley Lake.
--Two White-winged Scoters were reported flying over C470 near South Platte
Reservoir on November 17.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Hopping at Cherry Creek Reservoir
on November 18.
--At Cherry Creek Reservoir on November 19, Righter reported 2 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and 1 ad Thayer's Gull.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.  On November 18, Stulp reported
Long-tailed Duck at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Severs at Lagerman Reservoir on
November 13.  On November 15 Frye reported Red-necked Grebe at Lagerman.
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--At Aurora Rampart Reservoir at Roxborough on November 18, Suddjian
reported 2 f Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.  On November 19 at Aurora
Rampart Reservoir, Kellner reported 1 imm Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 17, Suddjian reported 5 Tundra Swans near the Marina Sand
Spit and an ad White-winged Scoter at Chatfield SP.
--A White-winged Scoter was reported by Matt Clark at the Swim Beach at
Chatfield SP on November 18

EL PASO COUNTY:
--2 Tundra Swans were reported by Big Johnson by Driscoll on November 14.
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  Drummond reported 3 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 1 ad Black Scoter at Prospect Lake on November
15.  On November 17, Hinds reported 3 White-winged Scoters, 1 Black Scoter,
and 2 Surf Scoters at Prospect Lake.  On November 18, Chartier reported 1
Surf Scoter, 1 Black Scoter, and 1 White-winged Scoter at Prospect Lake.
On November 19, Walbek reported Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, and White-winged
Scoter at Prospect Lake.
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.  A White-winged Scoter
and Long-tailed Duck was reported by Farese at Big Johnson on November 18.
Percival reported White-winged Scoter and f Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson
on November 19.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.  The Surf Scoter was reported
by Moss on November 19 at Valco Pond.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.  On November 19, Zerbi reported 2
Long-tailed Ducks at Rifle Gap Reservoir.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Hudak at Harriman Lake on November 13 and
November 14.
--A "Red" Fox Sparrow was reported by Mitzen at Red Rocks Trading Post on
November 14.
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 19, Kibbe reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--3 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Park Creek Reservoir viewed
from 80 Rd, 8 miles W of Hamiliton Reservoir on November 13.
--On November 15, Komar reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull and
Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland and
an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Loveland in the NW corner.
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17 and November 18, Leatherman reported
ad f White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  On
November 19, Hopper reported White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, and
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.  Douglas Reservoir is NW of
intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Hamilton Reservoir
(associated with Rawhide Power Plant) on Nomber 18.  3 Tundra Swans were
reported by Bankert at Hamiliton Reservoir on November 19.
--At Boyd Lake at the N end on November 18, Wild reported 4 probable Black
Scoters.

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  Two
Surf Scoters were reported by Ortenzio at Colorado River State Park, Fruita
Section on November 6.  On November 11, Henwood reported that the two Surf
Scoters continue at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November
12, Zerbi reported that the two Surf Scoters continue at the Fruita
Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 15, Woodward reported 3 Surf
Scoters at Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 17, Dunning
reported 1 Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On
November 18, Luger reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe at
the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Ortenzio reported that
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 14.  Henwood reported the
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 16.  Dunning reported the COSTA'S
HUMMINGBIRD on November 17.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Gwen
Moore on November 18.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Woodward on
November 19.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

OURAY COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Dexter at Ridgway Reservoir on
November 17.

PARK COUNTY:
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Suddjian at ponds near Cline Drive near
Santa Maria on November 17.
--On CR 58 on November 17, Suddjian reported 100 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
and 30 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on November 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17. Red-necked
Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park on November 18.
Directions:  If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the
Arkansas River Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the
turn-off to Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left
after the two hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to
fishing pond.  The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe and f PURPLE FINCH were reported by Percival off West
Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir on November 15.  On November 17, Percival
reported Red-necked Grebe off West Fishing Roadt at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On November 17 at Pueblo Reservoir, Percival reported 2 ad Trumpeter
Swans and 2 ad Tundra Swans in a cove S of South Shore Marina and ad Great
Black-backed Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull at South Shore
Marina tires.  On November 19 at South Shore Marina and SE Corner of Pueblo
Reservoir, Percival reported ad Great Black-backed Gull, 2 imm Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, juv Thayer's Gull and Pacific Loon.
--At the Sailboard Lauching area of Pueblo Reservoir a Dunlin was found by
Rich Miller on November 18 and seen by Percival and Walbek on November 19.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Litteral on Lake Catamount just
south of Steamboat Springs on November 12.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.  On November 17, Steele reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Miramonte Reservoir.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 f-type Surf Scoters and a Thayer's Gull were reported by Prather at
Union Reservoir on November 14.
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.  On November 18, Mlodinow reported Glaucous Gull at Union
Reservoir.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 22 will be the Chatfield SP led
by Ed Holub (edmund.holub AT gmail.com, 303-979-2194).  Meet inside west
entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.  Lunch is
optional as trip will be half day but bring snacks and water.  State Parks
pass required.

RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Sunday Novmeber 23 led by Paul
Slingsby (paslingsby ATcomcast.net 303-422-3728).  Meet at stegosaurus lot
to carpool.  From I-70 west, exit 259 (Morrison exit), turn left and driver
under I-70 bridge and look for Park-n-Ride on your left.  This is the same
lot as used by Hawk Watch.  Meet at south end of lot near driveway at 0800.
  Will count Barrow's Goldeneyes and other birds at Silverthorne water
treatment plant, then drive to Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand
Lake.  Spotting scopes, binoculars, and 2-way radios will be useful.  Dress
for cold windy weather even if forecast is for a comfortable day.
Insulated, wind-proof leg coverings, and warm boots are recommended.  Bring
water and snacks.  Will find a warm place to buy lunch.  Plan to be back at
Stegosaurus lot by dark.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT concast.net,
303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking lot adjoining the
South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of
C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north onto Wadsworth.
Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road which becomes
South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around to parking
lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Canon City Surf Scoter continued at the west Valco Pond
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:43:52 -0700
The Surf Scoter found day before yesterday by Rich Miller continued at the
Valco Pond on the west side of MacKenzie Ave.  There is a parking lot on
the east side of MacKenzie across from that pond but those crossing the
road between the high volume of traffic going at least 50 mph should be
sure their insurance is paid up.  There are also two places a passenger
vehicle can park on the west side of the road by the pond:   vehicle gate-
with enough room to pull in front of the locked gate and be out of traffic;
and near the bridge there is enough level shoulder to pull over out of
traffic.

I got a pretty good photo of this Surf Scoter that I have uploaded to my
Birds and Nature blog.   It shows a
dark brown eye which *Birds of North America* online states is found on
immature Surf Scoters.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
http://BirdsAndNature.blogspot.com

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Subject: Northern Shrike, hawks yardbirds Jeffco
From: "Kay Niyo" <Kay AT KayNiyo.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:41:11 -0700
My little feeder birds have been hunted the past week by a Sharp-shinned
Hawk on the 11th and a Cooper's Hawk and a Northern Shrike on the 16th.  I
suspect the adult sharpie might be the same one what hung out in my locust
tree all last winter, Nov-Feb.  The Cooper's has already devoured a rock
pigeon in the neighborhood!  And the Northern Shrike is a new yard bird!  A
lovely and patient hunter!  I still have 2-4 Lesser Goldfinches coming to my
thistle feeders.

 

Photos here http://www.kayniyo.com/trip_Unusual_Birds.htm

 

Kay

 

Kayleen A. Niyo, Ph.D.

Niyo Scientific Communications

5651 Garnet St.

Golden, CO 80403

303.679.6646

Kay AT KayNiyo.com; www.KayNiyo.com

 

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Subject: Aurora Rampart Reservoir - Douglas County
From: "Joey Kellner" <vireo1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:47:07 -0700
Aurora Rampart Reservoir (near the entrance to Roxborough State Park)
continues to harbor the 2 immature Black Scoters (dirty white bellies) and
the Pacific Loon all first reported by the venerable David Suddjian.

Joey Kellner
Littleton, Colorado

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Subject: Pueblo and Colorado Springs birds 11/19
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:52:15 +0000 (UTC)
I birded with Bill Maynard, Anna Joy Lehmike, Janeal Thompson, and Jane Stulp 
today in Pueblo and later in Colorado Springs. 

Pueblo City Park was pretty cold and quiet from 8-9am.  The best bird was a 
male *Red Crossbill* flying over.  I'm not sure if there was one bird that 
flew over twice, or two of them. 

At Pueblo Reservoir at the South Shore Marina/SE Corner, we saw an adult *Great 
Black-backed Gull*, two immature *Lesser Black-backed Gulls*, a juvenile 
*Thayer's Gull*, a *Pacific Loon*, and two *Common Loons*. 

At Sailboard launching area at Pueblo Reservoir, there was a *Dunlin* on the 
shore (which was first found yesterday by Rich Miller).  We could see the 
*Pacific Loon* out on the water better from here, earlier it was pretty far out 
from the other side of the Reservoir.  Margie Joy and Pearle and Clif were 
also able to see the Dunlin, and Glenn Walbek got some nice photos of it. 

At West Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir, we looked over the grebes, and didn't 
see a red-necked grebe, though we did see some *Bonaparte's Gulls* and a 
*Clark's Grebe*. 

We then headed to Big Johnson Reservoir in southern Colorado Springs, El Paso, 
where Mark Peterson had some nice birds for us to look at.  We all saw a 
*Ross's Goose*, *blue form Snow Goose*, two *White-winged Scoters*, a female 
*Long-tailed Duck*, plus *Common Loon* and *Bonaparte's Gulls*. 

Then we headed to Prospect Pond in Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, El Paso 
County, where we saw, along with Cathy Sheeter, two *Surf Scoters*, one 
*White-winged Scoter*, and a *Black Scoter*. 

A fun day for sure!
Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Scoters and Dunlin, El Paso and Pueblo
From: "Glenn and Laurie" <juncos AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:32:17 -0700
Folks,

I made it down to Colorado Springs and visited Prospect Pond, along with 
others. All three species of scoter continue to show very nicely close to 
shore. After I left, I heard Brandon found a Dunlin at Pueblo Reservoir. He 
attempted to post this but it never came through. Photos of these birds can be 
seen at the following link. 


http://www.pbase.com/gwalbek/2014_birds

Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Cheery Creek Res
From: Robert Righter <rorighter AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:09:29 -0700
Hi:

Highlights from quick spin around Cherry Creek Res. at noon. Most birds seen in 
northeast section of the lake. 


Cackling Geese, quite a few
Brass-eyed Whistlers, (Common Goldeneyes), in large numbers, all over
Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 adult, 
Thayer’s Gull, 1 adult, excellent views of wingtips, seen flying in 
north-central region 


Bob Righter
Denver, CO



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Subject: Northern Larimer Rarities Continue
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007 AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:34:58 -0700
I was a little short on time this morning, but I managed to make it to
Hamilton Reservoir to see the continuing Tundra Swans.  There were two
swans fairly close on the southwest corner of the lake and a third swan
that was too far out to identify.  I didn't notice anything else out of the
ordinary.  From there I went to Douglas Reservoir where it took some time
to find both the Black and White-winged Scoters and the Long-tailed Duck.
On my way back to town I made a quick stop at a large lake just north of CR
56 where I found a sleeping loon.  I could only stay for 5 minutes and the
bird never lifted its head, so I could not identify it to species.

Good Birding,
Andy Bankert
Fort Collins, CO

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Subject: Douglas Res/Larimer
From: Rachel Hopper <r-hopper AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:29:30 -0700
COBirders,

The White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter and Long-tailed Duck are all currently 
still at Douglas Res., Larimer County. 


Sent from my iPhone
Rachel Hopper
Ft. Collins

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:36:44 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 18, 2014

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Wednesday, November 19 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Arapahoe, Boulder, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, *Larimer, Park, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Arapahoe, *Bent, *El Paso, Garfield, Larimer, Park, Weld)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, *El Paso, Fremont, Mesa, Park, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, *Douglas/Jefferson,  *El Paso, *Larimer,
*Mesa, Park)
Black Scoter (*Douglas, *El Paso, Garfield, *Larimer, Park)
Long-tailed Duck (El Paso, *Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Lake, Park, Routt, Summit, Weld)
Pacific Loon (Boulder, *Douglas, Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson,  Morgan,
Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Pueblo, *Prowers, San Miguel)
BLACK VULTURE (Morgan/Weld)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, *Ouray, Park,
Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (*Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park)
Black Phoebe (*Mesa)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
Winter Wren (Logan)
Lapland Longspur (Park)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, *Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)
PURPLE FINCH (Boulder, Pueblo)
White-winged Crossbill (Boulder)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--At Barr Lake on November 4, Sheeter reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 1 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull.  On November 9, Dowell
reported 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull.
--A juv Tundra Swan was reported by Sheeter at Adams County Fairground on
November 17.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Swans were reported by Beltz at Cherry Creek Reservoir off the Lake
Loop on November 13.
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.  On November 16, Suddjian reported 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cooley Lake.
--Two White-winged Scoters were reported flying over C470 near South Platte
Reservoir on November 17.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Hopping at Cherry Creek Reservoir
on November 18.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.  On November 18, Stulp reported
Long-tailed Duck at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Floyd at Boulder Reservoir on November 10.
--White-winged Crossbill were reported by Mlodinow at the corner of 76th
and Brockway in Boulder on November 12.
--A f PURPLE FINCH visited the feeders of Bryan Guarente in Longmont on
November 12 thru 15.  If you would like to try for the bird, please contact
Bryan at bryan.guarente AT gmail.com for updates and contact information.
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Severs at Lagerman Reservoir on
November 13.  On November 15 Frye reported Red-necked Grebe at Lagerman.
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--At Aurora Rampart Reservoir at Roxborough on Novmeber 18, Suddjian
reported 2 f Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 10 at Charfield, Suddjian report 1 - 2 Pacific Loons near the
dam.
--On November 17, Suddjian reported 5 Tundra Swans near the Marina Sand
Spit and an ad White-winged Scoter at Chatfield SP.
--A White-winged Scoter was reported by Matt Clark at the Swim Beach at
Chatfield SP on November 18

EL PASO COUNTY:
--2 Tundra Swans were reported by Big Johnson by Driscoll on November 14.
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  Drummond reported 3 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 1 ad Black Scoter at Prospect Lake on November
15.  On November 17, Hinds reported 3 White-winged Scoters, 1 Black Scoter,
and 2 Surf Scoters at Prospect Lake.  On November 18, Chartier reported 1
Surf Scoter, 1 Black Scoter, and 1 White-winged Scoter at Prospect Lake.
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.  A Whit-e-winged Scoter
and Long-tailed Duck was reported by Farese at Big Johnson on November 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Hudak at Harriman Lake on November 13 and
November 14.
--A "Red" Fox Sparrow was reported by Mitzen at Red Rocks Trading Post on
November 14.
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 16, Starace reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red
Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On November 17, Gilliland reported
Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On
November 18, Chavez reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox Sparrow at
Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--3 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Park Creek Reservoir viewed
from 80 Rd, 8 miles W of Hamiliton Reservoir on November 13.
--On November 15, Komar reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull and
Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland and
an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Loveland in the NW corner.
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17 and November 18, Leatherman reported
ad f White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  Douglas
Reservoir is NW of intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Hamilton Reservoir
(associated with Rawhide Power Plant) on Nomber 18.
--At Boyd Lake at the N end on November 18, Wild reported 4 probable Black
Scoters.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--At Prewitt Reservior below the dam on November 11, Dowell reported 3
Winter Wren and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  Two
Surf Scoters were reported by Ortenzio at Colorado River State Park, Fruita
Section on November 6.  On November 11, Henwood reported that the two Surf
Scoters continue at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November
12, Zerbi reported that the two Surf Scoters continue at the Fruita
Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 15, Woodward reported 3 Surf
Scoters at Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 17, Dunning
reported 1 Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On
November 18, Luger reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe at
the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Ortenzio reported that
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 14.  Henwood reported the
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 16.  Dunning reported the COSTA'S
HUMMINGBIRD on November 17.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Gwen
Moore on November 18.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

MORGAN/WELD COUNTIES:
--A BLACK VULTURE was reported by Rutherford along US 34 between Greeley
and Fort Morgan on November 10 near mile marker 143.

OURAY COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Dexter at Ridgway Reservoir on
November 17.

PARK COUNTY:
--A f American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Suddjian at Timberline
CG off of CR 58 on November 11.
--At Antero Reservoir on November 11, Suddjian reported Long-tailed Duck
and 2 f Surf Scoters.
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Suddjian N of Spinney Mountain
Reservoir on CR 59 on November 11.
--At Spinney Mountain Reservoir on November 11, Suddjian reported 3 f Surf
Scoters, 2 Black Scoters (1m, 1f) and 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes.
--At Eleven Mile Reservoir on Novmeber 11, Suddjian report 1 Surf Scoter, 8
Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Suddjian at ponds near Cline Drive near
Santa Maria on November 17.
--On CR 58 on November 17, Suddjian reported 100 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
and 30 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on November 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17. Red-necked
Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park on November 18.
Directions:  If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the
Arkansas River Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the
turn-off to Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left
after the two hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to
fishing pond.  The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe and f PURPLE FINCH were reported by Percival off West
Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir on November 15.  On November 17, Percival
reported Red-necked Grebe off West Fishing Roadt at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On November 17 at Pueblo Reservoir, Percival reported 2 ad Trumpeter
Swans and 2 ad Tundra Swans in a cove S of South Shore Marina and ad Great
Black-backed Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull at South Shore
Marina tires.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Litteral on Lake Catamount just
south of Steamboat Springs on November 12.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.  On November 17, Steele reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Miramonte Reservoir.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 f-type Surf Scoters and a Thayer's Gull were reported by Prather at
Union Reservoir on November 14.
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.  On November 18, Mlodinow reported Glaucous Gull at Union
Reservoir.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 22 will be the Chatfield SP led
by Ed Holub (edmund.holub AT gmail.com, 303-979-2194).  Meet inside west
entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.  Lunch is
optional as trip will be half day but bring snacks and water.  State Parks
pass required.

RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Sunday Novmeber 23 led by Paul
Slingsby (paslingsby ATcomcast.net 303-422-3728).  Meet at stegosaurus lot
to carpool.  From I-70 west, exit 259 (Morrison exit), turn left and driver
under I-70 bridge and look for Park-n-Ride on your left.  This is the same
lot as used by Hawk Watch.  Meet at south end of lot near driveway at 0800.
  Will count Barrow's Goldeneyes and other birds at Silverthorne water
treatment plant, then drive to Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand
Lake.  Spotting scopes, binoculars, and 2-way radios will be useful.  Dress
for cold windy weather even if forecast is for a comfortable day.
Insulated, wind-proof leg coverings, and warm boots are recommended.  Bring
water and snacks.  Will find a warm place to buy lunch.  Plan to be back at
Stegosaurus lot by dark.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT concast.net,
303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking lot adjoining the
South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of
C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north onto Wadsworth.
Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road which becomes
South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around to parking
lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: *No* Magnificent Hummingbird for a week...
From: Adam Jack <adam.jack AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:12:48 -0700
COBirders,

It has been a week since our magnificent vagrant was last seen here. It was
suggested that I keep the feeder out (and warmed) just in case she came
back, in case that gave us more information/insight, but there has been no
sight nor sound. She is gone.

I'm taking the feeder down for the season, and remembering a special fall.

regards

Adam
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Subject: Re: Probable Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR
From: Nathan Pieplow <npieplow AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:44:25 -0700
As the crane flies, the west Texas Common Crane is directly south of
Colorado right now.  Might have crossed Colorado to get to Texas.  Might be
coming back this way next spring.  Something to keep in mind!

Nathan Pieplow
Boulder

On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 9:21 PM, SeEttaM .  wrote:

> This has been posted in Texas with solid birders saying it is likely wild:
>
> < Crane
> associating with roughly 4,000 Sandhill Cranes on Goose Lake at Muleshoe
> NWR. It didn't appear to have any leg bands, so I'm leaning wild origin,
> which isn't all that surprising given the number of Lessers in the area
> from summering locales in Siberia. However, pending acceptance from the
> TBRC, it will be a first state record for Texas! For now I have posted 2
> photos on my Flickr page.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/jboslerbirds/15821481571/in/photostream/
>
> Justin
>
> --
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>
>
> Graduate Research Assistant
> Dept. of Natural Resources Management
> Texas Tech University
> Lubbock, TX, USA  79409>>
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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans at HamiltonRes (Larimer) on 11/18
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:27:43 -0800 (PST)

At least three of the Tundra Swans were still present in the SW corner of 
> the lake as of 4:30 pm. Unfortunately, the wind, cold and more wind made 
> the viewing less than pleasurable. Along the way, on Larimer Co Rd 15, I 
> saw 12 Sandhill cranes standing in a field of stubble just past the 
> intersection with Owl Canyon Road.
>

David Wade
Ft Collins, CO 

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Subject: Probable Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:21:42 -0700
This has been posted in Texas with solid birders saying it is likely wild:

<>


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Canon City
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Subject: Boyd Lake scoters (Larimer)
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:25:52 -0700
Cole Wild reports 4 Common Loons and 4 distant scoters in the north end of Boyd 
Lake. He tentatively identified them as Black Scoters. If anyone gets more 
definitive looks, please update this sighting. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: Chatfield region mostly, Nov 18
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:24:33 -0700
[Douglas]

Went back to Chatfield Reservoir this morning, hoping something new blew
in, but by the looks of it, not much did, except Goldeneye numbers bumped
up quite a bit. At the Marina sand spit an adult *Greater White-fronted
Goose* flew in with a flock of Canadas. A female *Red-breasted Merganser*
was near Plum Creek inlet.

Aurora Rampart Reservoir at the Roxborough entry had 2 female *Black
Scoters*, 1 *Pacific Loon*, and a fair assortment of other waterfowl in
small numbers. A *Prairie Falcon* made a ceremonial pass.

Platte Canyon Reservoir (near crossing of Waterton Road over South Platte)
was fun. Here I had a *Common Loon*, a female *Blue-winged Teal*, 11 *Greater
Scaup*, an unexpected *Greater Yellowlegs* that flew in from the north and
circled the lake area, calling, then moved off to the northeast, nice
counts (for a small reservoir) of 117 *Common Goldeneyes* and 62 *Hooded
Mergansers*, and a *Say's Phoebe*.

[Jefferson]

A *Northern Shrike* was perched at the Audubon Center feeding station area
near the Waterton Canyon trailhead.

Trailmark Lake was about 85% frozen, but the open hole had a throng of
about 1300 ducks frenetically feeding on some aquatic plant (and perhaps
aquatic animals living on the plants). These included about 450 *American
Wigeon*, 400 *Ring-necked Ducks*, 310 *Redheads*, and others including
2 *Greater
Scaup*, and 2 *Nor. Pintail* (my only pintails in the general area over
recent days). I viewed this lake a couple weeks ago, when there was no ice.
There was a moderate number of ducks, but they were mostly loafing or
feeding leisurely. I'd have to assume that same aquatic plant (and
critters?) was there, and even more available. I wonder what changed to
spur the very active foraging I saw today...besides the innate urgency of
an ice hole.

Back home, a *Harris's Sparrow* continues at my Ken Caryl Valley feeding
station

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: White-winged Scoter and Black Phoebe in Mesa County
From: Luger <gmluger AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:47:45 -0700
Saw two White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe in the NW corner of the boating 
lake at JM Robb-Colorado River State Park, Fruita section. Seen from the river 
trail. 

Greg Luger
Fort Collins

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Subject: Tundra Swans at HamiltonRes (Larimer) on 11/18
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:52:19 -0700
After checking on the still-present rarities (wwscoter, blkscoter, and 
longtailedduck) at Douglas Reservoir (Larimer), Georgia Doyle and I went up to 
Hamilton Reservoir associated with the Rawhide Power Plant north of Buckeye 
Road. There we saw a group of three Tundra Swans swimming in the southwest 
corner and a lone fourth Tundra Swan a little further north along the west 
shore (but still basically the southwest corner of the res). All were adults. 
Nick Komar loaned me his wonderful Swarovski scope and even with that wonderful 
piece of glass I could not make out any yellow in the lores of these birds (but 
they still might show some with a closer view). 


Also, several of us all looked for the "saturated plumaged" (at least on the 
back) harrier at Douglas Reservoir and Nick and Georgia say they may have seen 
it, and report that its underparts, indeed, appeared "normal". 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: El Paso County Scoters, Long-tailed Duck 11/18
From: Lee Farese <leefarese AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:05:14 -0800 (PST)
Hi All,

Will Clary and I birded around El Paso County this morning.

We spent about an hour, from 7:30 to 8:30 at Prospect Lake. There is much 
more open water than it sounds like there was yesterday, so birds were a 
bit more spread out. In close to shore was the *Black Scoter*, diving 
frequently along with Buffleheads, Canvasback, Scaup, and a female Ruddy 
Duck. A little ways out we saw a *Surf Scoter*,with a clear white patch on 
the back of its head. We weren't able to find either of the White-winged. 
Large numbers of waterfowl on the lake, constantly stirred up by a Bald 
Eagle.

We then went to Big Johnson Reservoir, and spent a while scoping the water. 
We found the continuing *White-winged Scoter* and *Long-tailed Duck*. Also 
3 Common Loons and a few Clark's Grebes, along with many more expected 
species. Two eagles were present here as well, along with many Red-tails 
and a few Kestrels.

After that we did a brief walk through Fountain Creek Regional Park, where 
highlights were Virginia Rail and several raptors: a very light juv. 
Red-tail, a Cooper's Hawk, a Sharp-shinned bathing in the creek, and a 
Harrier. We found three lingering RC Kinglets too.


Lee Farese
CO Springs

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Subject: Scoters, Prospect Lake, El Paso Co
From: David Chartier <drchartier AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:25:48 +0000
Saw one each of surf, black and white-winged scoters this morning about 8am. 
There is still a small opening near the swim beach where I saw the surf scoter. 
There is another opening out toward the middle where I saw the black and 
white-winged. I did see both the surf and white-winged dive and not re-surface, 
so I hope they did not get trapped under the ice. 


 

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Colorado Springs, CO
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Sparrow trifecta at Red Rocks today (jefferson cty)
From: Joe <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:54:04 -0700
It was warmer today, so our group of seed bearers (Mark Chavez) & other 
shutterbugs did not suffer from exposure while Fox, Harris's & Golden-crowned 
Sparrow, Cassin's Auklet --- I meant Finch & White-winged Junco popped 

 into the sunlight at the Red Rocks Trading Post
feeders to pose for stunning photos (click, click, click).

Joe Roller,
Denver

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Subject: Birding trip to Pueblo this Satuday
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:16:52 +0000 (UTC)
In-case anyone is interested, I'm leading a Aiken Audubon birding trip to 
Pueblo this coming Saturday (22 Nov).  This trip was suppose to happen last 
Sunday, though that trip was postponed due to cold/snowy weather.  If you need 
details on this up-coming trip, please let me know.  Some of the more 
interesting birds that have been seen around Pueblo in the last few days: 
Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, Great and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Red-necked 
Grebe, Common Loons, Bonaparte's Gulls, and Rusty Blackbird.  That list of 
rare birds might get longer, once more places are checked in the next few 
days.  

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Brian Wheeler's comments on dark harrier at DouglasRes(Larimer)
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:48:57 -0700
Hi everyone,
Here are the comments of raptor expert Brian Wheeler, which I appreciate, on 
the photos of the dark harrier seen yesterday at Douglas Reservoir (Larimer): 


["This is a juvenile male by eye color (dark brown on females).  It is 
dark, but I think if you saw the ventral, it would still be orange as a 
normal bird.  The head and neck are showing normal coloration, albeit, 
yes, quite dark.

I think this youngster is a saturated plumaged bird, but still normal.

I think there are less than five melanistic records, and most have been adults 
for some reason."] 


So, there you have it. I am going up to Douglas Res. this morning and will try 
for pics of the underparts and rump. One picture I saw on-line of a true dark 
harrier lacked a white rump. My feeble recollection of the Douglas bird is 
that, when it flew, the rump was white. Hawks are, indeed, variable. Light, 
dark, rufous, male, female, juvenile, subspecific differences, hybrids, and now 
a new one on me, "saturated plumaged" individuals. Maybe this bird just flew 
off a Sibley field guide plate? 


Raptors are interesting in habits and looks, to be sure.

In total violation of the rules, since I don't have a site and the photo is a 
small file, a pic of the Douglas bird is attached. Don't send me to jail, Todd. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:29:32 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 18, 2014

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Tuesday, November 18 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Arapahoe, Boulder, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (*Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (*Adams, *Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer, *Park, *Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Bent, *Garfield, *Larimer, Park, *Weld)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, *El Paso, *Fremont, *Mesa, Park, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, *Douglas/Jefferson,  *El Paso, *Larimer,
Park)
Black Scoter (Archuleta, *El Paso, *Garfield, *Larimer, Park)
Long-tailed Duck (El Paso)
Barrow's Goldeneye (*Garfield, Lake, Park, Routt, Summit, *Weld)
Pacific Loon (Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson,  Morgan, Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Larimer, *Pueblo, Prowers, San Miguel)
Pacific Loon (Boulder)
BLACK VULTURE (Morgan/Weld)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, *Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, *Bent, Larimer, Morgan, Park,
Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (*Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (Morgan)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, Morgan)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
Winter Wren (Boulder, Jefferson, Logan)
Lapland Longspur (Park)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, *Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Park)
PURPLE FINCH (Boulder, Pueblo)
White-winged Crossbill (Boulder)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--At Barr Lake on November 4, Sheeter reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 1 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull.  On November 9, Dowell
reported 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull.
--A juv Tundra Swan was reported by Sheeter at Adams County Fairground on
November 17.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Swans were reported by Beltz at Cherry Creek Reservoir off the Lake
Loop on November 13.
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.  On November 16, Suddjian reported 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cooley Lake.
--Two White-winged Scoters were reported flying over C470 near South Platte
Reservoir on November 17.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--2 f Black Scoters were reported by Jim Beatty on Hatcher Lake on CR 600
NW of Pagosa Springs on November 6.  They were first found by Dale Knapp on
November 4.  On November 9 Riley Morris reported 2 f Black Scoters at
Hatcher Lake.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Winter Wren was reported by Floyd at Stearn's Lake downstream from
bridge over Rock Creek on November 8.
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Floyd at Boulder Reservoir on November 10.
--White-winged Crossbill were reported by Mlodinow at the corner of 76th
and Brockway in Boulder on November 12.
--A f PURPLE FINCH visited the feeders of Bryan Guarente in Longmont on
November 12 thru 15.  If you would like to try for the bird, please contact
Bryan at bryan.guarente AT gmail.com for updates and contact information.
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Severs at Lagerman Reservoir on
November 13.  On November 15 Frye reported Red-necked Grebe at Lagerman.
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 10 at Charfield, Suddjian report 1 - 2 Pacific Loons near the
dam.
--On November 17, Suddjian reported 5 Tundra Swans near the Marina Sand
Spit and an ad White-winged Scoter at Chatfield SP.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--2 Tundra Swans were reported by Big Johnson by Driscoll on November 14.
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  Drummond reported 3 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 1 ad Black Scoter at Prospect Lake on November
15.  On November 17, Hinds reported 3 White-winged Scoters, 1 Black Scoter,
and 2 urf Scoters at Prospect Lake.
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Winter Wren was reported by Suddjian at Dutch Creek at Dakota Hogback
on November 9.
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Hudak at Harriman Lake on November 13 and
November 14.
--A "Red" Fox Sparrow was reported by Mitzen at Red Rocks Trading Post on
November 14.
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 16, Starace reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red
Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On November 17, Gilliland reported
Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe and Lesser Black-backed Gull were reported by Bankert
at Horseshoe Lake in the NW corner on November 1.  A Red-necked Grebe was
reported by Komar at Horseshoe Lake on November 9.
--3 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Park Creek Reservoir viewed
from 80 Rd, 8 miles W of Hamiliton Reservoir on November 13.
--On November 15, Komar reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull and
Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland and
an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Loveland in the NW corner.
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17, Leatherman reported ad f
White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  Douglas
Reservoir is NW of intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--At Prewitt Reservior below the dam on November 11, Dowell reported 3
Winter Wren and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  Two
Surf Scoters were reported by Ortenzio at Colorado River State Park, Fruita
Section on November 6.  On November 11, Henwood reported that the two Surf
Scoters continue at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November
12, Zerbi reported that the two Surf Scoters continue at the Fruita
Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 15, Woodward reported 3 Surf
Scoters at Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 17, Dunning
reported 1 Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Ortenzio reported that
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 14.  Henwood reported the
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 16.  Dunning reported the COSTA'S
HUMMINGBIRD on November 17.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--At Jackson Reservoir on November 9, Dowell reported ad Great Black-backed
Gull, 2 ad Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and a Pacific Loon.
--At Brush SWA on November 9, Dowell reported Red-bellied Woodpecker.

MORGAN/WELD COUNTIES:
--A BLACK VULTURE was reported by Rutherford along US 34 between Greeley
and Fort Morgan on November 10 near mile marker 143.

PARK COUNTY:
--A f American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Suddjian at Timberline
CG off of CR 58 on November 11.
--At Antero Reservoir on November 11, Suddjian reported Long-tailed Duck
and 2 f Surf Scoters.
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Suddjian N of Spinney Mountain
Reservoir on CR 59 on November 11.
--At Spinney Mountain Reservoir on November 11, Suddjian reported 3 f Surf
Scoters, 2 Black Scoters (1m, 1f) and 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes.
--At Eleven Mile Reservoir on Novmeber 11, Suddjian report 1 Surf Scoter, 8
Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Suddjian at ponds near Cline Drive near
Santa Maria on November 17.
--On CR 58 on November 17, Suddjian reported 100 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
and 30 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on Novmeber 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17.  Directions:
 If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the Arkansas River
Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the turn-off to
Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left after the two
hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to fishing pond.
The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe and f PURPLE FINCH were reported by Percival off West
Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir on November 15.  On November 17, Percival
reported Red-necked Grebe off West Fishing Roadt at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On November 17 at Pueblo Reservoir, Percival reported 2 ad Trumpeter
Swans and 2 ad Tundra Swans in a cove S of South Shore Marina and ad Great
Black-backed Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull at South Shore
Marina tires.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Litteral on Lake Catamount just
south of Steamboat Springs on November 12.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.  On November 17, Steele reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Miramonte Reservoir.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 f-type Surf Scoters and a Thayer's Gull were reported by Prather at
Union Reservoir on November 14.
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 22 will be the Chatfield SP led
by Ed Holub (edmund.holub AT gmail.com, 303-979-2194).  Meet inside west
entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.  Lunch is
optional as trip will be half day but bring snacks and water.  State Parks
pass required.

RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Sunday Novmeber 23 led by Paul
Slingsby (paslingsby ATcomcast.net 303-422-3728).  Meet at stegosaurus lot
to carpool.  From I-70 west, exit 259 (Morrison exit), turn left and driver
under I-70 bridge and look for Park-n-Ride on your left.  This is the same
lot as used by Hawk Watch.  Meet at south end of lot near driveway at 0800.
  Will count Barrow's Goldeneyes and other birds at Silverthorne water
treatment plant, then drive to Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand
Lake.  Spotting scopes, binoculars, and 2-way radios will be useful.  Dress
for cold windy weather even if forecast is for a comfortable day.
Insulated, wind-proof leg coverings, and warm boots are recommended.  Bring
water and snacks.  Will find a warm place to buy lunch.  Plan to be back at
Stegosaurus lot by dark.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT concast.net,
303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking lot adjoining the
South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of
C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north onto Wadsworth.
Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road which becomes
South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around to parking
lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Rufous-crowned Sparrows yesterday at Tunnel Drive in Canon City
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:16:30 -0700
With the weather turning a balmy 31 degrees yesterday morning I ventured
down Tunnel Drive where I found a likely pair of Rufous-crowned Sparrows
and got some very nice photos of them.  I have uploaded those photos onto
my Birds and Nature blog. 

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Unusual dark harrier at Douglas Res (Larimer)
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:36:58 -0700
I photographed a harrier today along the road that goes around the southwestern 
corner of Douglas Reservoir today. I photographed it just because it allowed me 
to, a unusual thing in my experience with perched harriers. Upon examination of 
the photos, it appears to be a melanistic or dark-morph female or immature male 
bird. Apparently, this is quite rare in Northern Harrier, with only a handful 
of North American records. I showed the pic to Steve Mlodinow and he concurs. 


If anyone goes to Douglas tomorrow to try for the rare waterfowl seen up there 
of late, you might watch for this dark harrier. When it flew, it was working 
the rabbitbrush between the westside road and the mansions to the west. 


Does anyone have an email for Brian Wheeler? I would like to send the pic to 
him. Ditto Jerry Liguori. Thanks. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: John Martin Reservoir, 11/17/14
From: "Duane Nelson" <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:49:59 -0700
Birders,

 

This is almost a negative update. John Martin Reservoir (Bent County)
remained 50 percent open yesterday, but when the wind died down last night,
the reservoir flash froze. There are still many small holes in the ice full
of birds, but as of today, the reservoir is approximately 98 percent frozen.
That’s what happens when the temperatures range between -11 degrees and 28
degrees for more than seven days, and snow blankets the ground preventing
air to warm during daylight hours. 

 

The closure to “protect” wintering waterfowl has shrunk this year.
Historically, closures extended on both the north and south sides of the
reservoir for 2 ¼ miles west from the dam. This year, they extend only about
one mile. This means that it is possible for the public to access much more
of the lake than in past years. The Overlook Picnic Shelter on the north
side of the Reservoir is open to public viewing. From the Overlook today, I
observed a male Long-tailed Duck, in a small patch of open water immediately
to the southeast. There were still at least four Bonaparte’s Gulls, which
typically depart when ice forms. Red-breasted Mergansers and Bufflehead,
rare on our CBC, are still common, while Common Goldeneye and Common
Mergansers have not yet arrived. There are lots of gulls, including Lesser
Black-backed and Franklin’s (on an ice floe, no less) on 11/15. 

 

As winter storage season for the reservoir has begun, water levels begin to
rise, and the rise causes unstable ice conditions. Birds are forced to move
on or relocate, but the mass of birds makes for an exciting experience in
spite of uncertain conditions.

 

Duane Nelson

Las Animas, Bent County, CO



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Subject: Northeastern Park Co and a bit of Jefferson Nov 17
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:06:53 -0700
This morning and early afternoon I visited some areas of Park County off
Highway 285 in the watershed of the North Fork of the South Platte.

I found a *Blue Jay* (rare for the county) at Morehead Road near "Bailey
Park" west of the town of Bailey. An *Am. Dipper* and a *Bald Eagle* were
in this area, too. Approaching Santa Maria northwest of Shawnee I saw 4 *Tundra
Swans* flying low up the valley and they came to land in a small area of
still open water on some mostly frozen-over ponds near Cline Drive. They
were not there when I came back through about 1.5 hours later, though.

Along County Road 58 I encountered a swirling flock of rosy-finches that
had about 100 *Gray-crowned* and 30 *Brown-capped*. Nearby Timberline
Campground had 2 *Pine Grosbeaks*.

Stops along CR 64 produced a HY *Harris's Sparrow*,.another *Pine Grosbeak*,
Type 2 *Red Crossbills*, *Northern Pygmy-Owl*, and *Evening Grosbeaks*.

Bailey had an *American Dipper* on the North Fork. Stops along CR 68
had 2 *American
Tree Sparrows*, *Northern Shrike*, *Dusky Grouse*, a flock of *Wild
Turkeys,* and Type 2 and Type 5 *Red Crossbills*.

In JeffCo, Wellington Lake had a female *Red-breasted Merganser*, but few
other waterbirds. Type 4 *Red Crossbills* were northwest of the lake along
Pike NF Road 560.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: DFO Upcoming Speakers
From: "Mary Cay" <mcburger3 AT juno.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:42:27 GMT
Mark your calendars. Nov 24 Monday at 7:30 pm Chuck Hundertmark, president of 
Denver Field Ornithologists will present "Rackets and Ruins: Birding Mexico's 
Yucatan". Chuck has made 6 trips to the peninsula which has many birding spots 
and ruins of ancient Mayan cities.DFO meetings are held at the Denver Museum of 
Nature & Science at 20th and Colorado Blvd. Park on the north and enter through 
the west door between 7 and 7:30 pm. Also "save the date" for Dave Leatherman 
Jan 26 for" More of What Birds Eat". 


And Febr. 23 Carolyn Gunn for "The Latest on Black Swift Research" Mary C 
Burger, DFO Membership 

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Englewood, Co 80111

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Subject: Birds Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson Nov 16-17
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:03:45 -0700
Nov 16

South Platte Park upstream of Mineral Ave had an *American Dipper* flying
downstream, *Swamp Sparrow*, *Merlin*, and *Say's Phoebe*. Cooley Lake had
a *Lesser Black-backed Gull*. A *Say's Phoebe* at St. Mary Church on South
Prince in Littleton was the first I had there since the breeding season
birds departed. [Arapahoe]

My Ken Caryl Valley yard was relatively rich in sparrows: 1 *White-throated
Sparrow*, 2 *Harris's Sparrows*, plus* American Tree Sparrow*, *Song
Sparrow*, *White-crowned Sparrow* (the latter two arrived with the recent
snow), and of course a herd of *juncos* of five flavors. Fly over *Evening
Grosbeak*. [JeffCo]

2 *White-winged Scoters* flew over C470 near South Platte Reservoir (in
Arapahoe airspace) heading toward Chatfield.

Nov 17

Chatfield's Marina sand spit had 5 *Tundra Swans*, 2 *Ross's Geese*, 1 *Greater
Scaup*, 1 *Common Loon*, and 8 *American White Pelicans* (Douglas Co). The
Swans flew over toward the Jefferson Co side of the world, and I later
refound them off the Swim Beach in JeffCo. An adult male *White-winged
Scoter *was also in that area, perhaps the same as I saw flying over C470
the day before.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Re: Adams County Fairgrounds
From: "'Cathy Sheeter' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:14:11 -0800 (PST)
Minor revision to my post - I misidentified the swan as a Trump, but it is 
actually a juvenile Tundra (I forgot they could have disproportionately 
large bills as juveniles too).

Sorry for anyone that was looking for a Trump....

Cathy Sheeter
Aurora





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>
> As viewed early this AM
>
> Highlight is a juvenile Trumpeter Swan.  
>
> Other birds of interest several hundred white geese (couple of Ross, 
> everything else Snow, including quite a few blues), four White-fronts, four 
> hybrid geese.  85% of the thousands of white-cheeked geese were Cacklers. 
>  Lots of expected ducks, few gulls.
>
> Most geese flew off to go feed by 9:30
>
> Cathy Sheeter
> Aurora
>
>

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Subject: Pueblo Reservoir afternoon birding 11/17
From: <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:08:49 +0000 (UTC)
Finally got to bird Pueblo Reservoir without fog and steam, just waves, as it 
was a little breezy this afternoon. 

Highlights:Trumpeter Swan - 2 adults well seenTundra Swan - 2 adults well seen 
(all four swans in the cove, south of the South Shore MarinaGreat Black-backed 
Gull - 1 adult at South Shore Marina tiresLesser Black-backed Gull - 1 first 
year at South Shore Marina tiresCommon Loon - 3 out from the South Shore 
MarinaRed-necked Grebe - 1 out from West Fishing Road 

Still no scoters for me this fall, and no small loons yet either. 
Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Re: Douglas Reservoir (Larimer) on 11/17
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:01:24 -0800 (PST)
I posted a couple of long distance photos of the Scoters 
here https://www.flickr.com/photos/122221383 AT N05/15629655118/  
From several of the previous posts, it sounds like some northern waterbirds 
rode the winds into Colorado last night. Should be an exciting next few 
days.

David Wade
Ft Collins

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Subject: Douglas Reservoir (Larimer) on 11/17
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:11:01 -0700
I got a call this morning from Rachel Hopper who had located an adult female 
White-winged Scoter on Douglas Reservoir in northern Larimer County (nw of the 
intersection of 60 and 15RDs). Once there I located the scoter, and a female 
Long-tailed Duck, which had apparently been seen late last week by David Wade 
and reported to eBird. I went over to North Poudre #3, found nothing of note 
except a gale-force nw wind and a large throng of Mallards in the northeast 
corner. Returning to Douglas, I ended up running into David Wade. While we were 
scoping in the cold wind now present there, a female Black Scoter appeared 
along the west side of the res north of the westside parking lot. David and I 
bundled up to try for closer looks, and for a time, both the White-winged and 
the Black were swimming together in the north end of the res. The Long-tailed 
Duck continued at the north end off the east shore. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Prospect Lake Scoters - more info
From: "Bill Maynard" <bmaynard99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:53:40 -0700
All,

 

Thanks to Robb for posting. If you want a close study of different scoter 
species of differing ages, I recommend a trip to Prospect Lake, part of 
Memorial Park in Colorado Springs (accessible via Union Blvd). Especially good 
is the open water near the swim beach on the western shoreline. There are 
actually 2 White-winged (feathering down onto the bill), 2 Surf (one juvenile 
without the white patch on the back of its head but without feathering on its 
bill), and one female Black Scoter. One of each species eventually came into a 
narrow opening very close to shore. When a Bald Eagle flew overhead the 
juvenile Surf Scoter flew up onto the ice and for a few seconds it was a lot 
“like a duck out of water.” There were some scoter fights too, all 
individuals interested in crawdads. 


 

Bill Maynard 

Colorado Springs

 

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

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To: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [cobirds] Prospect Lake Scoters - more info

 

I'm back at work now but Bill sent me a text saying that there are 3 WW, 1 
Black, and 1 Surf. 5 Scoters in a tiny patch of water near shore. It doesn't 
get any better than this. 


 

Robb Hinds

Colorado Springs

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Subject: Surf Scoter at Valco Ponds, Fremont Co.
From: millerrichj via Colorado Birds <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:51:17 -0500
This morning there was a Juv. (or maybe Fem.) Surf Scoter at the Valco  
Pond west of Mackenzie Ave in Canon City.  It was with the numerous  ducks, 
geese, etc. that have been here since the cold snap.
 
Around noon, a huge flock of hundreds of geese descended en masse on the  
east Valco Pond.  In this flock were four Snow Geese and twelve  
White-fronted Geese.  The rest were Cackling/Canada mix.
 
Rich Miller
Canon City
 
 

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Subject: Re: RFI-CO BBA Fox Sparrows
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:54:07 -0800 (PST)
Hi Dave

Here's the link to CO BBA II for Fox Sparrows-no dates though-not available 
yet.

http://bird.atlasing.org/Atlas/CO/Main?cmd=stateSummary&theme=species&edition=current&species=foxspa&species=Go 


Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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On Monday, November 17, 2014 12:37:14 PM UTC-7, Dave wrote:
>
> In the CO  Breeding  Bird Atlas I(1998) Fox Sparrows were observed in at 
> least 2 blocks in Custer County. I'd appreciate knowing the dates of these 
> observations and dates in any counties adjacent to Pueblo for the 2nd BBA 
> survey. These records could represent the 1st summer records in the 
> Pueblo & adjacent county area.
>   
> Thanks, Dave Silverman
> Rye CO
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Subject: Prospect Lake Scoters - more info
From: Robb Hinds <robbh5970 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:02:08 -0700
I'm back at work now but Bill sent me a text saying that there are 3 WW, 1
Black, and 1 Surf. 5 Scoters in a tiny patch of water near shore. It
doesn't get any better than this.

Robb Hinds
Colorado Springs

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Subject: All 3 Scoters - Prospect Lake - Colorado Springs - El Paso County
From: Robb Hinds <robbh5970 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:47:27 -0700
Around Noon today Rick Taylor, Bill Maynard, another birder who's name I
already forgot and I observed White Wing, Black and Surf Scoters near the
swim beach. The only open water is close to the shore so the viewing is
excellent.

Robb Hinds
Colorado Springs
El Paso County

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Subject: RFI-CO BBA Fox Sparrows
From: dave silverman <silvireo AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:37:10 -0700
In the CO Breeding Bird Atlas I(1998) Fox Sparrows were observed in at least 2 
blocks in Custer County. I'd appreciate knowing the dates of these observations 
and dates in any counties adjacent to Pueblo for the 2nd BBA survey. These 
records could represent the 1st summer records in the Pueblo & adjacent county 
area. 

  
Thanks, Dave Silverman
Rye CO
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Weld Union Res - Glaucous Gull/Long-tailed Duck
From: Sue Riffe <sheflew AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:19:24 -0700
Cobirders,

While spending two hours at Union Reservoir in Weld County this morning,
here were the highlights;

Glaucous Gull - 2nd winter (north west)
Thayer's Gull - 1 adult, 1 first year (north west)
Barrow's Goldeneye - fem (south)
Common Loon - 2 (middle)
Long-tailed Duck - juv (north shore)
Eastern Bluebirds - 7 (south west by parking area)
Snow Geese - 67 (middle)

What a very birdie spot right now. I'm sure I missed a few gulls out there
in the middle.

Sue Riffe
Lyons, CO

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Subject: Adams County Fairgrounds
From: "'Cathy Sheeter' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:28:13 -0800 (PST)
As viewed early this AM

Highlight is a juvenile Trumpeter Swan.  

Other birds of interest several hundred white geese (couple of Ross, everything 
else Snow, including quite a few blues), four White-fronts, four hybrid geese. 
85% of the thousands of white-cheeked geese were Cacklers. Lots of expected 
ducks, few gulls. 


Most geese flew off to go feed by 9:30

Cathy Sheeter
Aurora

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Subject: Ross's Goose in Niwot
From: Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:58:10 -0800 (PST)
About 2500 Canada and Cackling Geese were in a pasture at the corner of 
Monarch Road and Hwy 119 in Niwot on Sunday 11/16 (Boulder County).  Among 
them was one cute little Ross's Goose!

Kat Bradley-Bennett
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Black Forest CBC
From: "'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:53:27 -0500
We posted the Black Forest CBC date yesterday: Jan. 4.
Contacts: 719 area code: 
    Jeannie Mitchell,  719.494.1977     Email: vancerus AT earthlink.net,
303 area code: 
    Hugh Kingery, 303 814 2723, ouzels8 AT aol.com

 

 

Hugh Kingery 
  Franktown, CO
  

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Subject: Red Rocks -- Harris' Sparrow joins the mix
From: David Gillilan <david.gillilan09 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:47:36 -0700
Golden-crowned and Fox also showing up. No Rosies today. 

David Gillilan
Littleton


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Subject: Costa's Still Present
From: Kathy and Jeff Dunning <mihmdunning AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:05:55 -0700
Hi all -

The Costa's Hummingbird just made her first morning appearance at the
Cooksey's in Grand Junction.

Good birding,
Kathy Mihm Dunning
Denver

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Subject: Five Goose Day/Greeley
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:45:40 -0800 (PST)
Hi all
Did my usual "water tour" of Greeley.  Some shallower ponds frozen.  
"Ginormous" flocks of geese flying around town.  Of note:

   - Still quite a few pelicans and cormorants around
   - 35th Ave West Gravel Ponds are the "hot" spot (second pond (full of 
   birds) is .25m west on trail and is usually the only open water during 
   winter around here)
      - Canada Goose - 1,000s
      - Cackling Goose - 100s
      - Snow and Ross's Goose - 400+
      - Greater White-fronted Goose - 2
   - 35th Ave East Gravel Pond
      - Mute Swan - 2
      - Herring Gull
      - Bald Eagle - 2
      - Lots of Common Goldeneye, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Common Merganser

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe-North Gateway Park, Lamar (Prowers County) Colorado 2014Nov16
From: Janeal Thompson <janealthompson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:40:34 -0800 (PST)
The *Red-necked Grebe* Jane Stulp and I found at North Gateway Park in 
Lamar 2014Nov15, was still on the fishing pond, today.  If you are coming 
from the north on Highway 287, cross the Arkansas River Bridge, heading 
south and turn left or east on Crystal Street, which is the street to the 
Holiday Inn Express.  After the two hotel entrances, take your first left 
(there will be an old, white fire truck in the lot next to the turn) and 
follow this road north to the fishing pond. The grebe has been staying to 
the northwest side of the pond, often in the company of white-faced geese 
and coots.  The ponds to the east of this one are restricted for viewing.  

Janeal Thompson
Lamar (Prowers) Colorado

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:03:33 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 17, 2014

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Monday, November 17 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Arapahoe, *Boulder, *Weld)
Tundra Swan (*El Paso, Larimer, *Park)
Long-tailed Duck (Park)
Surf Scoter (*Arapahoe, Mesa, Park, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (*El Paso, Logan/Sedgwick, *Park, Weld)
Black Scoter (Archuleta, El Paso, Morgan,Park, Weld)
Long-tailed Duck (*El Paso)
Barrow's Goldeneye (*Lake, Park, Routt, *Summit)
Red-throated Loon (Morgan)
Pacific Loon (Boulder, Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson,  Logan,Morgan, Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Larimer, Logan/Sedgwick, Pueblo, *Prowers, San
Miguel)
Pacific Loon (Boulder)
BLACK VULTURE (Morgan/Weld)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, Larimer, Morgan, Park, Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (Morgan)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, Morgan, Yuma)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
Winter Wren (Boulder, Jefferson, Logan, Weld)
Lapland Longspur (Park)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
CAPE MAY WARBLER (Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (*Boulder, *Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Park)
PURPLE FINCH (Boulder, Pueblo)
White-winged Crossbill (Boulder)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--At Barr Lake on November 4, Sheeter reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 1 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull.  On November 9, Dowell
reported 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Swans were reported by Beltz at Cherry Creek Reservoir off the Lake
Loop on November 13.
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--2 f Black Scoters were reported by Jim Beatty on Hatcher Lake on CR 600
NW of Pagosa Springs on November 6.  They were first found by Dale Knapp on
November 4.  On November 9 Riley Morris reported 2 f Black Scoters at
Hatcher Lake.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On November 4, Minner-Lee reported 2 Pacific Loons at Baseline Reservoir
in Boulder.  On November 7, Gent reported 2 Pacific Loons at Baseline
Reservoir.
--A Winter Wren was reported by Floyd at Stearn's Lake downstream from
bridge over Rock Creek on November 8.
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Floyd at Boulder Reservoir on November 10.
--White-winged Crossbill were reported by Mlodinow at the corner of 76th
and Brockway in Boulder on November 12.
--A f PURPLE FINCH visited the feeders of Bryan Guarente in Longmont on
November 12 thru 15.  If you would like to try for the bird, please contact
Bryan at bryan.guarente AT gmail.com for updates and contact information.
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Severs at Lagerman Reservoir on
November 13.  On November 15 Frye reported Red-necked Grebe at Lagerman.
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 10 at Charfield, Suddjian report 1 - 2 Pacific Loons near the
dam.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--2 Tundra Swans were reported by Big Johnson by Driscoll on November 14.
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  Drummond reported 3 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 1 ad Black Scoter at Prospect Lake on November 15.
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Winter Wren was reported by Suddjian at Dutch Creek at Dakota Hogback
on November 9.
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Hudak at Harriman Lake on November 13 and
November 14.
--A "Red" Fox Sparrow was reported by Mitzen at Red Rocks Trading Post on
November 14.
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 16, Starace reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red
Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe and Lesser Black-backed Gull were reported by Bankert
at Horseshoe Lake in the NW corner on November 1.  A Red-necked Grebe was
reported by Komar at Horseshoe Lake on November 9.
--3 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Park Creek Reservoir viewed
from 80 Rd, 8 miles W of Hamiliton Reservoir on November 13.
--On November 15, Komar reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull and
Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland and
an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Loveland in the NW corner.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Kellner at N Sterling Reservoir on
November 8.
--At Prewitt Reservior below the dam on November 11, Dowell reported 3
Winter Wren and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

LOGAN/SEDGWICK COUNTIES:
--At Jumbo Reservoir on November 8, Kellner reported 3 White-winged Scoters
(1 ad m, 1 f, 1 imm m) and 2 Red-necked Grebes (1 ad, 1 imm)

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  Two
Surf Scoters were reported by Ortenzio at Colorado River State Park, Fruita
Section on November 6.  On November 11, Henwood reported that the two Surf
Scoters continue at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November
12, Zerbi reported that the two Surf Scoters continue at the Fruita
Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 15, Woodward reported 3 Surf
Scoters at Friuta Section of Colorado River SP.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Ortenzio reported that
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 14.  Henwood reported the
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 16.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--At Jackson Reservoir on November 8, Kellner reported 4 f Black Scoters
and Red-throated Loon.
--At Jackson Reservoir on November 9, Dowell reported ad Great Black-backed
Gull, 2 ad Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and a Pacific Loon.
--At Brush SWA on November 9, Dowell reported Red-bellied Woodpecker.

MORGAN/WELD COUNTIES:
--A BLACK VULTURE was reported by Rutherford along US 34 between Greeley
and Fort Morgan on November 10 near mile marker 143.

PARK COUNTY:
--A f American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Suddjian at Timberline
CG off of CR 58 on November 11.
--At Antero Reservoir on November 11, Suddjian reported Long-tailed Duck
and 2 f Surf Scoters.
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Suddjian N of Spinney Mountain
Reservoir on CR 59 on November 11.
--At Spinney Mountain Reservoir on November 11, Suddjian reported 3 f Surf
Scoters, 2 Black Scoters (1m, 1f) and 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes.
--At Eleven Mile Reservoir on Novmeber 11, Suddjian report 1 Surf Scoter, 8
Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on Novmeber 15 and by Thompson on November 16.  Directions:  If you are
coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the Arkansas River Birdge and turn
left or east on Crystal St which is also the turn-off to Holiday Inn
Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left after the two hotel
entrances and head north past the concrete plant to fishing pond.  The
grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe and f PURPLE FINCH were reported by Percival off West
Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir on November 15.
--On November 9, Percival reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 2nd-cyc,
1 3rd-cyc) at Pueblo Reservoir.
--At Pueblo City Park on November 8, Percival reported White-eyed Vireo and
CAPE MAY WARBLER.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Litteral on Lake Catamount just
south of Steamboat Springs on November 12.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Winter Wren was reported by Dowell at Crow Valley near junipers in SW
part of birding area on November 8.
--A Black Scoter was reported by Prather at Union Reservoir from the south
side on November 8.
--On November 8 at Union Reservoir, Mlodinow reported f Surf Scoter,
Red-throated Loon, and ad m White-winged Scoter.
--3 f-type Surf Scoters and a Thayer's Gull were reported by Prather at
Union Reservoir on November 14.
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Kaempfer at old Foster Grove CG
at Bonny on November 8.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 22 will be the Chatfield SP led
by Ed Holub (edmund.holub AT gmail.com, 303-979-2194).  Meet inside west
entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.  Lunch is
optional as trip will be half day but bring snacks and water.  State Parks
pass required.

RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Sunday Novmeber 23 led by Paul
Slingsby (paslingsby ATcomcast.net 303-422-3728).  Meet at stegosaurus lot
to carpool.  From I-70 west, exit 259 (Morrison exit), turn left and driver
under I-70 bridge and look for Park-n-Ride on your left.  This is the same
lot as used by Hawk Watch.  Meet at south end of lot near driveway at 0800.
  Will count Barrow's Goldeneyes and other birds at Silverthorne water
treatment plant, then drive to Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand
Lake.  Spotting scopes, binoculars, and 2-way radios will be useful.  Dress
for cold windy weather even if forecast is for a comfortable day.
Insulated, wind-proof leg coverings, and warm boots are recommended.  Bring
water and snacks.  Will find a warm place to buy lunch.  Plan to be back at
Stegosaurus lot by dark.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT concast.net,
303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking lot adjoining the
South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of
C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north onto Wadsworth.
Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road which becomes
South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around to parking
lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Mountain Lakes Sunday
From: "Joey Kellner" <vireo1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:18:26 -0700
Today Dean Shoup and I did a mountain lakes loop to see what the cold
weather may have "deposited" in the mountains.

We had one massive flock of about 650 Rosy Finches (~400 Gray-crowned, ~200
Brown-capped and about 50 Gray-crowned "Hepburn's" race) along Colorado
Highway 9 (between Fairplay and Hartsel).

We had a second flock of about 100 Rosy Finches along High Chaparral Road
(between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir.  This flock was all Gray-crowned
(10% "Hepburn's" race).

On Eleven Mile Reservoir (State Park) we found a flock of 35(!) Tundra
Swans.  Followed shortly thereafter by three White-winged Scoters.

Spinney Mountain Reservoir (State Park) had three Common Loons of note.

Antero Reservoir is now frozen for the winter as is Ice Pond in Buena Vista.

Clear Creek Lake had a nice selection of the typical waterfowl, but nothing
of great note.

Twin Lakes contained a large flock of Western Grebes, but as usual, nothing
else of note.

Mount Elbert Forebay contained many Common Goldeneyes and several Barrow's
in the mix.

Turquoise Lake was devoid of all birdlife.  :-(

The marina on Dillon Reservoir (at Frisco) contained about 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and two imm BLACK SCOTERS.

The Blue River Waste Water Treatment Plant in Silverthorne contained a nice
mix of ducks, but interestingly not a single Goldeneye of any ilk.  I
suspect that LATE in the day the goldeneyes on Dillion Reservoir fly into
the treatment plant to spend the night.  Maybe someday I'll stay late and
see if this hypothesis is true.  :-)

All in all not a bad day.  Traffic coming home down I-70 was stop and go
(mostly stop) just east of Georgetown to just past the tunnels east of Idaho
Springs.  :-(

Joey Kellner
Littleton, Colorado


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