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21 Feb Lesser Black-backed Gull (ad.) [Drake Lake, Severance, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
21 Feb Hills above Ken Caryl Valley, JeffCo Feb 20 [David Suddjian ]
21 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
20 Feb Ominous sign in Allenspark (Boulder County) ["W. Robert Shade III" ]
20 Feb Loveland Lakes - Larimer - Gulls and Dowitchers [Andrew Bankert ]
20 Feb Re: Article in the Colorado Springs Gazette on the Great Backyard Bird Count ["'John D' via Colorado Birds" ]
20 Feb Yellow-bellied/Red-naped Sapsucker ID help and other findings at Chatfield SP (Douglas) [Thomas Holub ]
20 Feb Re: Unusual Hybrid Goose at Monte Vista NWR [John Rawinski ]
20 Feb Re: Unusual Hybrid Goose at Monte Vista NWR [Casey Setash ]
20 Feb Re: Eagles, Herons and ebird codes. Longmont Area (Weld & Boulder) ["Jim Nelson" ]
20 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Feb Rocky Mtn Arsenal NWR - Adams ["'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" ]
19 Feb Re: Unusual Hybrid Goose at Monte Vista NWR ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
19 Feb Re: Mountain Bluebird and Yellow-headed Blackbirds east of Longmont [Kat Bradley-Bennett ]
19 Feb Mountain Bluebird and Yellow-headed Blackbirds east of Longmont [Kat Bradley-Bennett ]
19 Feb Re: Eagles, Herons and ebird codes. Longmont Area (Weld & Boulder) [Joe Roller ]
19 Feb Eagles, Herons and ebird codes. Longmont Area (Weld & Boulder) [Todd Deininger ]
19 Feb Re: One less Collared-Dove..... [Scott Somershoe ]
19 Feb ecosymposium on Citizen Science, March 18, Boulder [Sandra Laursen ]
19 Feb Re: On less Collared-Dove..... []
19 Feb Re: On less Collared-Dove..... []
19 Feb Unusual Hybrid Goose at Monte Vista NWR []
19 Feb Cameron Pass - Jackson County [Andrew Bankert ]
19 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Feb re: On less Collared-Dove..... ["Karl Stecher Jr." ]
18 Feb Re: On less Collared-Dove..... ["Patrick O'Driscoll" ]
18 Feb No Woodcock today [Richard Pautsch ]
19 Feb Boulder Bird Club Peak-to-Peak field trip [William H Kaempfer ]
18 Feb On less Collared-Dove..... [Ben S ]
18 Feb Re: Lesser Goldfinches - Pueblo [David Suddjian ]
18 Feb Swamp Sparrow Barr Lake [Luke Pheneger ]
18 Feb Swamp Sparrow Barr Lake [Luke Pheneger ]
18 Feb NO Woodcock today in Larimer Co. [Susan Rosine ]
18 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
17 Feb Lesser Goldfinches - Pueblo ["Leon Bright" ]
17 Feb On less Collared-Dove..... [Scott Somershoe ]
17 Feb Re: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County [Ben S ]
17 Feb Re: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County [Cyndy Johnson ]
17 Feb Re: RE: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County [Jim Nelson ]
17 Feb Re: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County [Brian Johnson ]
17 Feb Re: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County [Cyndy Johnson ]
17 Feb Larimer Am. White Pelicans [Marcia Maeda ]
17 Feb NO Woodcock today in Larimer Co. [Todd Deininger ]
17 Feb RE: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County ["Kay Niyo" ]
17 Feb RFI: Planing a Colorado Trip [Adam Wood ]
17 Feb Re: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County [Deborahann S-C ]
17 Feb Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County [Brian Johnson ]
17 Feb BCAS program 2/28: Leatherman on Fox Squirrels: love 'em or hate 'em but salute their ingenuity [Linda Andes-Georges ]
17 Feb Re: Bushtit nesting in Fort Collins [Ted Floyd ]
17 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
16 Feb Catbird Correction & Merlin (Taiga)(?) - west Arapahoe Co. [Jared Del Rosso ]
16 Feb Re: Singing Dippers - RMNP and Lyons [linda hodges ]
16 Feb owls [Jill Boice ]
17 Feb Singing Dippers - RMNP and Lyons [Gregg Goodrich ]
16 Feb Re: Lewis's woodpecker, El Paso Co [Ben S ]
16 Feb Jan/Feb Yellow-rumped Warblers Denver metro [Ben S ]
16 Feb Lewis's woodpecker, El Paso Co [David Chartier ]
16 Feb Last "Raptor Alley" Tour of Winter Season Scheduled ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
16 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
15 Feb Re: South Platte River, Adams County [Ben S ]
15 Feb South Platte River, Adams County [Tom Wilberding ]
15 Feb Re: Bushtit nesting in Fort Collins [David Suddjian ]
15 Feb RE: Bushtit nesting in Fort Collins ["snowy.owlets" ]
15 Feb Bushtit nesting in Fort Collins [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
15 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
14 Feb Cedar Waxwings in south Park Hill, Denver County ["Johnson, Candice E., MD." ]
14 Feb Singing Catbird, Resting Screech Owl, Paired(?) Towhees - Arapahoe Co. [Jared Del Rosso ]
14 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
13 Feb Allenspark Rosy Finches, Boulder Cty, 2/13 [Thomas Heinrich ]
13 Feb White-winged Dove with topknot - Pueblo ["Leon Bright" ]
13 Feb Wednesday, 2/15 Wheatridge Greenbelt with Davis [Pam Piombino ]
13 Feb Pueblo Reservoir, Pueblo Co. 2/13 [Brandon ]
13 Feb Re: Pygmy-Owl [Janis Robinson ]
13 Feb Northcentral Weld County ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
13 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 13 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
12 Feb Re: Re: Unusual Canada Goose, Arapahoe County ["Patrick O'Driscoll" ]

Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull (ad.) [Drake Lake, Severance, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:49:44 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

Drake Lake chock full of gulls with remaining ice shelf.  Had a Lesser 
Black-backed Gull (ad.) standout from the crowd.  Also, south of DeFrance 
Reservoir in Mead we had 30+/- Bald Eagles-what a treat!  Photos:

   - http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/home/

Thanks
Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.club/

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Subject: Hills above Ken Caryl Valley, JeffCo Feb 20
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:31:41 -0700
On 2/20 I had a nice hike up into the NW corner of the Ken Caryl Ranch (*no
open public access*). I found all three accipiters, with an adult
female *Northern
Goshawk* providing the highlight as she swooped up to perch in a
Douglas-fir, and then flew out and soared nearby. Such a powerful
bird! A *Northern
Pygmy-Owl* that had been calling in the stand of trees fell silent with the
goshawk's arrival. I was impressed to hear three other *Nor. Pygmy-Owls* at
other spots during the day.

*Red Crossbills* (Type 2) were uncommon and seemed to be focused on
Douglas-firs (which have an abundant cone crop here now) but were all in
association with Ponderosa pines (most with no cones). *Pine Siskins*
and *Red-breasted
Nuthatches* were numerous in the Douglas-fir forest, and I detected
one *Golden-crowned
Kinglet*, a species that is relatively rare at Ken Caryl Ranch. A *Dusky
Grouse* strolling on a slope with open forest and a lot of rocks was a
treat. And a *Golden Eagle* turned the tables to dive bomb a Red-tailed.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:05:55 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 20, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 21 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (*Douglas, Moffat)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder, Chaffee)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Chaffee, *Jefferson, Mesa)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Sora (Pueblo)
Dunlin (Arapahoe)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Mesa)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, *Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Adams, Arapahoe, Crowley, Douglas, *Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Red-throated Loon (Kiowa)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Lewis's Woodpecker (*Las Animas)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Bent)
Sapsucker spec (*Douglas)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder)
Red-naped Sapsucker (La Plata)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Pueblo)
Brown Thrasher (Denver)
Sage Thrasher (Baca, *Douglas, *Mesa)
American Pipit (Bent)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Pitkin,)
Black Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Lincoln's Sparrow (*Boulder)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Bent/Prowers)
Great-tailed Grackle (
Bent, Chaffee)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 14 on South Platte River and 88th Ave, Mary Keithler
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and Lesser Yellowlegs.
--On February 15 on South Platte River and 86th Ave, Tom Wilberding
reported m Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On February 19 at McKay Road Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Thayer's
Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 2 juv).  On February 20 at McKay
Gravel Ponds, Ryan and Jack Bushong reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Aurora Reservoir, David Dowell reported ad Mew Gull, 3
Thayer's Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 13, Betty Glass reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On
February 14, Candice Johnson reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.
---On February 17 at Cherry Creek SP, Candice Johnson and Glenn Walbek
reported ad Mew Gull.

BACA COUNTY
---On February 18 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd reported
Chihuahuan Raven and Sage Thrasher.

BENT/PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 19 on CR 1 and CO 196, Chip Clouse reported 1 singing
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.
---On February 19 at Lake Hasty, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker
and American Pipit.
---On February 18 near CR 15 & US 50, Ted Floyd reported a massive flock of
Great-tailed Grackles.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Walden/Sawhill in Boulder, Carrie Vaughn reported 3
Tundra Swans and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows.  On February 19, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swans at Walden Ponds.  On February 20 at Walden/Sawhill
Ponds, Mark Minner-Lee reported 3 Tundra Swans and Lincoln's Sparrow.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 18, Jeff Guy, Kara Carragher, and Brandon Percival reported
2 Tundra Swans on CR 163 pond.
---On February18 at Sands Lake SWA, Kara Carragher and Brandon Percival
reported 6 Barrow's Goldeneyes
and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.

CROWLEY COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Lake Henry, Liza Antony reported 1-st cyc  Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Washington Park, Aaron Tucker reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers. On February 11 at Washington Park, Kara Carragher and Lisa
Edwards reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  On February 13, Judith
Henderson reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Washington Park.
---On February 18, Jeff Dawson reported Brown Thrasher at Fairmount
Cemetery.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On February 6, Josh and
rachel Destree reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
Bridge.  On February 19, Norm Lewis reported Trumpeter Swan upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.
---On February 20 at Chatfield SP, Thomas Holub reported Trumpeter Swan on
the reservoir, Sapsucker species and Sage Thrasher in Plum Creek area.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hanover Road, Kyle Hawley reported 2 Ladder-backed
Woodpeckers.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Wadsworth north of 72nd Ave,
Arvada, Doug Faulkner reported a BRANT.   On February 15, Candice Johnson
reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.
---On February 16 at Lake Arbor, Kevin DeBoer and Alison Hixon reported
BRANT.
---On February 20 at Belmar Park in Lakewood, Michelle Puplava reported
Barrow's Goldeneye.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Blue Lake, Dave Leatherman and Janeal Thompson
reported ad Red-throated Loon viewed from SE most boat ramp.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers. On February 18, Amy Dobbins reported 3 Acorn
Woodpeckers on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision.
---On February 19 on River Trail between DT Hotel and Albertsons, Amy
Dobbins reported f Red-naped Sapsucker.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other birders
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.  On February 17, Todd
Deininger reported that the American Woodcock was
NOT seen.  On February 18, Dick Pautsch reported that the Ranger told him
that he has not seen the Woodcock since February 15.
---On February 19 at Boyd Lake, Riley Morris reported Lesser Black-backed
Gull.  On February 20 at Boyd Lake, Andy Bankert and Mike McCloy reported
Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 20 at Lake Loveland, Andy Bankert and Mike McCloy reported
ad Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
---On February 20 on Highway of Legends, Liza Anthony reported 6 Lewis's
Woodpeckers.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Mike Henwood reported 3
Barrow's Goldeneyes (1m, 2f) and Hermit Thrush.
---On February 16 at Highline Lake SP, Denise and Mark Vollmar and Ronda
Woodward reported Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 20 at 21 Road and Canal Crossing, Eileen Cunningham reported
Sage Thrasher.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Browns Park NWR, Jan Leonard reported 9 Trumpeter
Swans.


PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 18 at south end of Lamar Community Colleges Wood, Ted Floyd
reported Carolina Wren.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February15 at Chico Basin Ranch Headquarters area (Fee Area), John
Drummond and Jason Boyce reported 3 Curve-billed Thashers and heard a Sora
in the marsh area.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir North Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Red-necked Grebe.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir Rock Canyon area below the dam/north
of river, Bill Schmoker reported Mallard (Mexican).

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 25 will be to Genesee Park led by
Chris Gilbert (chrisgee9 At gmail.com
804-214-1508 <(804)%20214-1508>)  Meet at 0700 at the Stegosauarus parking
lot just south of I-70, exit 259.  Drive under the freeway to the second
left turn.  The parking lot is at the base of the Hogback, near Hawk Watch
location.
   Weather and trail coniditions allowing, we will hit the trails on the
North side of I-70 in Genesee Park.  Plan on a 5 mile hike with hopefully
lots of mountain birds.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 26 will be to Banner Lakes SWA led
by Rebecca Laroch & Mary Geder (RebeccaLLorche AT gmail.com; 626-318-4435
<(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is full.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Ominous sign in Allenspark (Boulder County)
From: "W. Robert Shade III" <wrshade3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:34:54 -0700
The ominous sign was a ReMax "For Sale" sign in front of the Fawn Brook
Inn. The owner drove up while we were there today and I thanked him for
feeding the birds, especially Rosy Finches all these years. But of course
this will be the end of the Rosy Finches and Evening Grosbeaks (I saw 28
there once in bright sunlight) unless the new owners happen to be bird
feeders. Anybody out there want to buy it?

By the way he mentioned that it is now way too warm for Rosies. He said
they do not come at all unless it is *below 30 degrees*. Indeed in mid
afternoon at 38 degrees the place was almost bird-less.

Sadly,  Bob Shade, Lakewood

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Subject: Loveland Lakes - Larimer - Gulls and Dowitchers
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007 AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:57:38 -0700
Mike McCloy and I both independently determined that working during
daylight hours wasn't that much fund, so we headed down to Loveland late
this afternoon.  Horseshoe Lake didn't have too many birds on it, but some
gulls were coming in as we left about an hour and fifteen minutes before
sunset.  Boyd Lake had a decent flock of gulls that included about a dozen
Herring Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.  Our best birds were two
Long-billed Dowitchers which may represent the earliest spring record (are
there any post-1990 records not in eBird?) and the first winter Colorado
record of birds that might be capable of flight (although we never saw the
birds fly).  The group of American White Pelicans (we counted 10) were also
continuing.  Our final stop was at Lake Loveland right after sunset, but
that didn't stop us from finding a few more Lesser Black-backed Gulls and
an adult Thayer's Gull.

Good Birding,
Andy Bankert
Fort Collins

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Subject: Re: Article in the Colorado Springs Gazette on the Great Backyard Bird Count
From: "'John D' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:01:18 -0500
Ted :

 Interestingly , the paper edition of this article had a picture of a species 
that absolutely nobody in the Western Hemisphere was going to see at their 
feeders . It was a male Blue-fronted Redstart a native of the Himalayas and 
Southern China !!!!!!!! 


Best

John 

 

 

 

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From: Ted Floyd 
To: Colorado Birds 
Sent: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 12:16 pm
Subject: [cobirds] Article in the Colorado Springs Gazette on the Great 
Backyard Bird Count 




Hey, everybody. Here's coverage in the Colorado Springs Gazette of the 2017 
Great Backyard Bird Count: 



http://gazette.com/great-backyard-bird-count-taking-place-in-colorado-springs-and-elsewhere/article/1597040 




Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Subject: Yellow-bellied/Red-naped Sapsucker ID help and other findings at Chatfield SP (Douglas)
From: Thomas Holub <imtmo14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:30:53 -0800 (PST)
This morning I visited Chatfield SP. I started by driving to Plum Creek, 
and a *Sage Thrasher* was seen perched before I turned right to go to Plum 
Creek. There were lots of active birds, and the whole trip resulted in 34 
species including 4 woodpeckers. The* Trumpeter Swan* seems to have moved 
from the ponds to the reservoir, as I saw it from the Heronry Overlook, I 
would assume it to be the same bird. 
At plum creek, on the way back heading to the parking lot crossing the 
bridge, I saw a few *Wood Ducks* at the marshy pond near the bridge. Soon 
after, I found a *Downy woodpecker *in a tree in the same area. Then, I 
came across a* Yellow-bellied/Red-naped Sapsucker *near the Downy 
woodpecker. I don't have much experience with sapsuckers, so I was unsure 
on the exact ID. I was able to take a number of photos, however low in 
quality but good enough for help in identification. I have a detailed 
description of the field marks as well as photos on my eBird report if 
anyone could help me ID this bird. 
It seems most Red-naped Sapsuckers are seen in Aug/Sept in 
Chatfield/surrounding areas, while many Yellow-bellied are seen in Jan/Feb 
in the Denver area. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has not been seen in Chatfield 
before as far as eBird shows. Let me know what you think, I am leaning more 
towards Yellow-bellied but I am still unsure. 

eBird report: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34584172 

Thanks,
Thomas Holub, Littleton, CO

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Subject: Re: Unusual Hybrid Goose at Monte Vista NWR
From: John Rawinski <mvjohnski AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:03:11 -0700
Thanks to all who checked out this unusual goose at MVNWR. Here is what I
have gathered from your responses. A number of folks thought Canada X Gr Wh
fr Goose. I was thinking that way as well as was a birder friend who also
saw it. But today, I also got a post from a friend in Oklahoma who found a
website showing Canada X Greylag Goose Hybrids. I am now leaning that way
but will need to look  at the photos closely. Anyway, thank you all for
taking a look at this bird.....

On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 9:26 AM, Casey Setash  wrote:

> Hi John,
>
> I believe this is the same bird I saw nesting on Monte Vista last summer
> (see attached photos). I tried many times to get a good photo of the bird
> swimming around the first pond on the auto tour route with some goslings,
> but I was never able to get an appreciable photo. The one I've attached
> shows it swimming with a couple of other adults and what I assumed were its
> older goslings. Who would have thought it would be able to successfully
> mate! I was never able to determine whether it was the male or female from
> behavior, but I'm glad to see it's back again this year!
>
> Casey Setash
>
> On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 8:13 AM,  wrote:
>
>> There are about 6 to 8,000 birds at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge,
>> with more to come as waters start to flow. These birds consist of Sandhill
>> Cranes, Cackling, Canada, Gr Wh Fronted and Ross' Geese. A good variety of
>> ducks are also present. (Rio Grande County). Best viewing places are the
>> usual turnouts on Hwy 15 south of Monte Vista.
>>
>> Every year we seem to get an anomaly and this year is no different. I
>> found and photographed an unusual hybrid goose that is similar to a Canada
>> Goose but has obvious differences. A white frontal area, large white cheek
>> patch, broad white belly band, and orange legs are some of the notable
>> differences. This bird has me baffled.
>>
>> You can view the bird on my webpage at
>>
>> http://johnrawinski.zenfolio.com/
>>
>> Look at the first 3 images in "Sandhill Cranes and Other Birds at Monte
>> Vista NWR"
>>
>> I would be interested to hear what folks think this bird might be. Good
>> birding all.
>>
>> John Rawinski
>> Monte Vista, Colorado
>>
>>
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Subject: Re: Unusual Hybrid Goose at Monte Vista NWR
From: Casey Setash <csetash AT vt.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:26:29 -0700
Hi John,

I believe this is the same bird I saw nesting on Monte Vista last summer
(see attached photos). I tried many times to get a good photo of the bird
swimming around the first pond on the auto tour route with some goslings,
but I was never able to get an appreciable photo. The one I've attached
shows it swimming with a couple of other adults and what I assumed were its
older goslings. Who would have thought it would be able to successfully
mate! I was never able to determine whether it was the male or female from
behavior, but I'm glad to see it's back again this year!

Casey Setash

On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 8:13 AM,  wrote:

> There are about 6 to 8,000 birds at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge,
> with more to come as waters start to flow. These birds consist of Sandhill
> Cranes, Cackling, Canada, Gr Wh Fronted and Ross' Geese. A good variety of
> ducks are also present. (Rio Grande County). Best viewing places are the
> usual turnouts on Hwy 15 south of Monte Vista.
>
> Every year we seem to get an anomaly and this year is no different. I
> found and photographed an unusual hybrid goose that is similar to a Canada
> Goose but has obvious differences. A white frontal area, large white cheek
> patch, broad white belly band, and orange legs are some of the notable
> differences. This bird has me baffled.
>
> You can view the bird on my webpage at
>
> http://johnrawinski.zenfolio.com/
>
> Look at the first 3 images in "Sandhill Cranes and Other Birds at Monte
> Vista NWR"
>
> I would be interested to hear what folks think this bird might be. Good
> birding all.
>
> John Rawinski
> Monte Vista, Colorado
>
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Subject: Re: Eagles, Herons and ebird codes. Longmont Area (Weld & Boulder)
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:00:49 -0500
Todd,

I agree with the earlier response that which code to use depends on the 
circumstances. 


Here is how eBird defines several possibly applicable codes:

ON Confirmed--Occupied Nest -- Occupied nest presumed by parent entering and 
remaining, exchanging incubation duties, etc. (Could be true for the Bald 
Eagles if they appear to be staying in the nest. The recently published 
Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas lists January 1 as the beginning of the safe dates 
for Bald Eagle, and we do have two Bald Eagle pairs with eggs here in the 
District of Columbia. Great Blue Heron safe dates start March 15.) 


NB Confirmed/Probable--Nest Building -- Nest building at apparent nest site 
(should not be used for certain wrens, and other species that build dummy 
nests). (This would apply if you see either species bringing nest materials or 
otherwise appearing to rehab a previous nest.) 


N Probable--Visiting probable Nest site -- Visiting repeatedly probable nest 
site (primarily hole nesters). (This would apply if they aren’t actively 
building but are visiting. It sounds like this would require more than one 
observation at the same nest site.) 


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, Maryland

From: Todd Deininger 
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:40 PM
To: co-birds 
Subject: [cobirds] Eagles, Herons and ebird codes. Longmont Area (Weld & 
Boulder) 


I saw 20 eagles today SW and SE of Longmont. 2 were immature Golden Eagles and 
13 were immature Bald Eagles. Two of the adult BE were perched on their nest. 
Also, at two different heronries I had multiple Great Blue Herons perched in 
their nests. 


What breeding code, if any is this?

Also, Tundra Swans are still at Walden Ponds (Boulder).

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:26:10 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 20, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 20 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Moffat)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder, Chaffee)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (*Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Chaffee, Mesa)
Red-necked Grebe (*Pueblo)
Sora (Pueblo)
Dunlin (Arapahoe, Douglas)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Mesa)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (*Adams, Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Adams, Arapahoe, *Crowley, Douglas, *Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
Red-throated Loon (*Kiowa)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (*Bent)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder)
Red-naped Sapsucker (*La Plata)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Pueblo)
Brown Thrasher (Denver)
Sage Thrasher (Baca)
American Pipit (*Bent)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Pitkin,)
Black Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Boulder)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (*Bent/Prowers)
Great-tailed Grackle (*Bent, Chaffee)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 14 on South Platte River and 88th Ave, Mary Keithler
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and Lesser Yellowlegs.
--On February 15 on South Platte River and 86th Ave, Tom Wilberding
reported m Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On February 19 at McKay Road Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Thayer's
Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 2 juv)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Aurora Reservoir, David Dowell reported ad Mew Gull, 3
Thayer's Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 13, Betty Glass reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On
February 14, Candice Johnson reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.
---On February 17 at Cherry Creek SP, Candice Johnson and Glenn Walbek
reported ad Mew Gull.

BACA COUNTY
---On February 18 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd reported
Chihuahuan Raven and Sage Thrasher.

BENT/PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 19 on CR 1 and CO 196, Chip Clouse reported 1 singing
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.
---On February 19 at Lake Hasty, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker
and American Pipit.
---On February 18 near CR 15 & US 50, Ted Floyd reported a massive flock of
Great-tailed Grackles.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Walden/Sawhill in Boulder, Carrie Vaughn reported 3
Tundra Swans and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows.  On February 19, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swans at Walden Ponds.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 18, Jeff Guy, Kara Carragher, and Brandon Percival reported
2 Tundra Swans on CR 163 pond.
---On February18 at Sands Lake SWA, Kara Carragher and Brandon Percival
reported 6 Barrow's Goldeneyes
and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.

CROWLEY COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Lake Henry, Liza Antony reported 1-st cyc  Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Washington Park, Aaron Tucker reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers. On February 11 at Washington Park, Kara Carragher and Lisa
Edwards reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  On February 13, Judith
Henderson reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Washington Park.
---On February 18, Jeff Dawson reported Brown Thrasher at Fairmount
Cemetery.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On February 6, Josh and
rachel Destree reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
Bridge.  On February 19, Norm Lewis reported Trumpeter Swan upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.
---On January 24 at McLellen Reservoir, SE Corner and High Line Canal
Trail, Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hanover Road, Kyle Hawley reported 2 Ladder-backed
Woodpeckers.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Wadsworth north of 72nd Ave,
Arvada, Doug Faulkner reported a BRANT.   On February 15, Candice Johnson
reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.
---On February 16 at Lake Arbor, Kevin DeBoer and Alison Hixon reported
BRANT.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Blue Lake, Dave Leatherman and Janeal Thompson
reported ad Red-throated Loon viewed from SE most boat ramp.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers. On February 18, Amy Dobbins reported 3 Acorn
Woodpeckers on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision.
---On February 19 on River Trail between DT Hotel and Albertsons, Amy
Dobbins reported f Red-naped Sapsucker.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other birders
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.  On February 17, Todd
Deininger reported that the American Woodcock was
NOT seen.  On February 18, Dick Pautsch reported that the Ranger told him
that he has not seen the Woodcock since February 15.
---On February 19 at Boyd Lake, Riley Morris reported Lesser Black-backed
Gull.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Mike Henwood reported 3
Barrow's Goldeneyes (1m, 2f) and Hermit Thrush.
---On February 16 at Highline Lake SP, Denise and Mark Vollmar and Ronda
Woodward reported Greater Yellowlegs.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Browns Park NWR, Jan Leonard reported 9 Trumpeter
Swans.


PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 18 at south end of Lamar Community Colleges Wood, Ted Floyd
reported Carolina Wren.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February15 at Chico Basin Ranch Headquarters area (Fee Area), John
Drummond and Jason Boyce reported 3 Curve-billed Thashers and heard a Sora
in the marsh area.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir North Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Red-necked Grebe.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir Rock Canyon area below the dam/north
of river, Bill Schmoker reported Mallard (Mexican).

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 25 will be to Genesee Park led by
Chris Gilbert (chrisgee9 At gmail.com
804-214-1508 <(804)%20214-1508>)  Meet at 0700 at the Stegosauarus parking
lot just south of I-70, exit 259.  Drive under the freeway to the second
left turn.  The parking lot is at the base of the Hogback, near Hawk Watch
location.
   Weather and trail coniditions allowing, we will hit the trails on the
North side of I-70 in Genesee Park.  Plan on a 5 mile hike with hopefully
lots of mountain birds.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 26 will be to Banner Lakes SWA led
by Rebecca Laroch & Mary Geder (RebeccaLLorche AT gmail.com; 626-318-4435
<(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is full.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Rocky Mtn Arsenal NWR - Adams
From: "'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:45:29 -0500
We drove the RMA wildlife tour route this morning (and this afternoon). We 
tallied 31 species, half of them waterfowl. 


We debated the highlights -- these three candidates:
 Prairie Merlin perched on a fence post so intent on his meal that he allowed 
close (in the car) contact. 


 Half a dozen Mountain Bluebirds sallying in a field -- bright blue males. 
(eBird wanted details ("rare")). 

 Two Horned Larks having a territorial battle -- flying at each other over the 
road and across. 


Several Bald Eagles, one Ferruginous (dark) Hawk, seven singing W. Meadowlarks. 


 

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Franktown, CO

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Subject: Re: Unusual Hybrid Goose at Monte Vista NWR
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:36:11 -0700
The hybrid goose that you showed a picture of reminds me of the hybrid geese we 
have at my house outside of Littleton. They showed up three years ago and I 
ended up deciding they were hybrids of emden and Canada geese. 

 The geese we have here have white on their heads and neck, orange feet, Canada 
goose bodies and a large white rump which the causes them to sit up higher in 
the water. They have slowly been getting more whiter on their heads and necks. 
They have put themselves in charge of our ponds and taken females from other 
geese as mates although they have not had a successful nest. 

 Your goose is way cooler looking because if it's interesting designs of white 
and black! 

    Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe county
       
Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 19, 2017, at 8:13 AM, mvjohnski AT gmail.com wrote:
> 
> There are about 6 to 8,000 birds at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, 
with more to come as waters start to flow. These birds consist of Sandhill 
Cranes, Cackling, Canada, Gr Wh Fronted and Ross' Geese. A good variety of 
ducks are also present. (Rio Grande County). Best viewing places are the usual 
turnouts on Hwy 15 south of Monte Vista. 

> 
> Every year we seem to get an anomaly and this year is no different. I found 
and photographed an unusual hybrid goose that is similar to a Canada Goose but 
has obvious differences. A white frontal area, large white cheek patch, broad 
white belly band, and orange legs are some of the notable differences. This 
bird has me baffled. 

> 
> You can view the bird on my webpage at
> 
> http://johnrawinski.zenfolio.com/
> 
> Look at the first 3 images in "Sandhill Cranes and Other Birds at Monte Vista 
NWR" 

> 
> I would be interested to hear what folks think this bird might be. Good 
birding all. 

> 
> John Rawinski
> Monte Vista, Colorado
> 
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Subject: Re: Mountain Bluebird and Yellow-headed Blackbirds east of Longmont
From: Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:38:16 -0800 (PST)
And... by WE, I mean myself and Jamie Simo.

On Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:37:22 PM UTC-7, Kat Bradley-Bennett wrote:
>
> On our monthly bird survey of the Peschell open space east of Longmont and 
> just inside Weld County (south of 119 on County Line Road), we managed to 
> find 1 male Mountain Bluebird and 10 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds. The 
> YHBLs are in a section of the property that isn't yet open to the public 
> but the bluebird was close to the southernmost field as you stand in the 
> parking lot.
>
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> Longmont
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Subject: Mountain Bluebird and Yellow-headed Blackbirds east of Longmont
From: Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:37:22 -0800 (PST)
On our monthly bird survey of the Peschell open space east of Longmont and 
just inside Weld County (south of 119 on County Line Road), we managed to 
find 1 male Mountain Bluebird and 10 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds. The 
YHBLs are in a section of the property that isn't yet open to the public 
but the bluebird was close to the southernmost field as you stand in the 
parking lot.

Kat Bradley-Bennett
Longmont

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Subject: Re: Eagles, Herons and ebird codes. Longmont Area (Weld & Boulder)
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:57:20 -0700
Todd, I am not an expert at this, but found 3 codes to consider:

Please let me know what the experts say.


ON   Occupied nest is the highest code to consider      I am going by your
observation  "perched ON THEIR NEST"   Nest from last year?

or
N (probable)     visiting probable nest site

or
P (probable)     pair in suitable habitat



Thanks for the chance to revisit breeding codes.
Best personal regards,

Joe Roller





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> I saw 20 eagles today SW and SE of Longmont. 2 were immature Golden Eagles
> and 13 were immature Bald Eagles.  Two of the adult BE were perched on
> their nest. Also, at two different heronries  I had multiple Great Blue
> Herons perched in their nests.
>
> What breeding code, if any is this?
>
> Also, *Tundra Swans *are still at Walden Ponds (Boulder).
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Subject: Eagles, Herons and ebird codes. Longmont Area (Weld & Boulder)
From: Todd Deininger <goldeneagle90a AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:40:36 -0700
I saw 20 eagles today SW and SE of Longmont. 2 were immature Golden Eagles
and 13 were immature Bald Eagles.  Two of the adult BE were perched on
their nest. Also, at two different heronries  I had multiple Great Blue
Herons perched in their nests.

What breeding code, if any is this?

Also, *Tundra Swans *are still at Walden Ponds (Boulder).

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Subject: Re: One less Collared-Dove.....
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:42:52 -0700
I guess word is out about our neighborhood. An adult Cooper's hawk had another 
of the local collared-dove flock for breakfast in the yard yesterday. 


Re: predators taking prey bigger than themselves: I saw photos of a young 
goshawk that killed an adult Great Black-backed Gull in NJ this winter. 


Scott Somershoe 
Littleton CO

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 19, 2017, at 8:21 AM,   wrote:
> 
> I have seen many birds of prey kill things larger than themselves.
> Northern Pygmy-Owls, routinely kill birds and animals larger than
> themselves. I have seen Great Horned Owls kill and carry off snowshoe hares
> that are much heavier than the owl and Northern Goshawks have been known to
> kill full grown Turkeys.
> 
> Birds of prey are quite exciting creatures to watch hunt.  
> Scott Rashid
> Estes Park
> 
> 
>> On Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:26:01 -0800 (PST), Ben S  wrote:
>> Must have been hard for the Sharpie to kill a bird bigger than itself!
>> Ben Sampson
>> Centennial CO
> 
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Subject: ecosymposium on Citizen Science, March 18, Boulder
From: Sandra Laursen <salaursen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:36:03 -0800 (PST)
This year Boulder County Nature Association’s (BCNA) annual spring 
ecosymposium focuses on citizen science.  Birders are invited to join us on 
Saturday, March 18, 2017.

*Finding the Science in Citizen Science: Front Range Environments*
This year's ecosystem symposium will address the potential and limitations 
of citizen science for understanding environmental problems and engaging 
people in environmental observations.  The program will feature citizen 
science projects with local involvement and high relevance for Front Range 
ecosystems, such as BCNA’s work with Boulder County to monitor breeding 
populations of locally threatened bird species. 

On the national level, featured speakers include Chris Wood, Assistant 
Director of Information at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where he leads a 
variety of projects including eBird, and Waleed Abdalati from CU Boulder, 
who will be hosting the PBS TV series, “The Crowd and the Cloud,” on PBS 
this spring.  We’ll also feature lightning talks, posters and info tables 
for projects seeking to recruit citizen science volunteers.

The final panel, moderated by Greg Newman, founder and director of 
CitSci.organd a research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology 
Laboratory at Colorado State University, will take a broad look at the 
challenges of citizen science efforts for both the ‘citizen’ and the 
‘science’ parts of the work. 

The ecosymposium will be held March 18th from 9 am-2:30 pm at the 
University of Colorado Boulder, Sustainability, Energy and Environment 
Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder CO 80303.  BCNA will offer a 
simple lunch - please make a donation, and bring your own plate, cup and 
flatware to reduce waste - or you can bring your own lunch.

For more information: http://bcna.org/ecosymposium.html 

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Subject: Re: On less Collared-Dove.....
From: <pygmyowl AT frii.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:21:00 -0700
I have seen many birds of prey kill things larger than themselves.
Northern Pygmy-Owls, routinely kill birds and animals larger than
themselves. I have seen Great Horned Owls kill and carry off snowshoe hares
that are much heavier than the owl and Northern Goshawks have been known to
kill full grown Turkeys.

Birds of prey are quite exciting creatures to watch hunt.  
Scott Rashid
Estes Park


On Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:26:01 -0800 (PST), Ben S  wrote:
> Must have been hard for the Sharpie to kill a bird bigger than itself!
> Ben Sampson
> Centennial CO

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Subject: Re: On less Collared-Dove.....
From: mvjohnski AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:18:19 -0800 (PST)
A friend of mine showed me a picture of young great horned owlets on a 
nest, with Eurasian Collared Dove tail feathers scattered around the edge 
of the nest. GHO must like them as well. 

On Friday, February 17, 2017 at 6:53:47 PM UTC-7, Scott Somershoe wrote:
>
> After a busy week, I came home to find an adult female Sharp-shinned Hawk 
> in the process of killing a Eurasian Collared-Dove in my side yard. 
> Unfortunately I accidentally spooked her and she flew. The dove was still 
> alive but never budged. From a vantage point, I managed to confirm she came 
> back 15 min later, made the kill (lots more feathers around and she'd moved 
> it a little and plucked a lot), and subsequently flew off with her late 
> afternoon snack. 
>
> Before going back to the not-yet-dead-dove, she perched in our neighbors 
> back yard and my continuing flock of lesser goldfinches were unperturbed. I 
> still have about 10 or so daily. 
>
> I love feeding the birds! 
>
> Cheers, 
> Scott Somershoe 
> Littleton CO 
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Unusual Hybrid Goose at Monte Vista NWR
From: mvjohnski AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:13:36 -0800 (PST)
There are about 6 to 8,000 birds at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, 
with more to come as waters start to flow. These birds consist of Sandhill 
Cranes, Cackling, Canada, Gr Wh Fronted and Ross' Geese. A good variety of 
ducks are also present. (Rio Grande County). Best viewing places are the 
usual turnouts on Hwy 15 south of Monte Vista. 

Every year we seem to get an anomaly and this year is no different. I found 
and photographed an unusual hybrid goose that is similar to a Canada Goose 
but has obvious differences. A white frontal area, large white cheek patch, 
broad white belly band, and orange legs are some of the notable 
differences. This bird has me baffled. 

You can view the bird on my webpage at 

http://johnrawinski.zenfolio.com/

Look at the first 3 images in "Sandhill Cranes and Other Birds at Monte 
Vista NWR"

I would be interested to hear what folks think this bird might be. Good 
birding all. 

John Rawinski
Monte Vista, Colorado




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Subject: Cameron Pass - Jackson County
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007 AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:58:09 -0700
Last night some of the Colorado State Field Ornithogist Cameron Crazies,
and Mike McCloy who actually has allegiances to another part of Tobacco
Road, headed up towards  Cameron Pass for an afternoon/evening of birding.
The weather was beautiful and the birds were very cooperative with Pine
Grosbeaks singing throughout our hike, a Golden Eagle soaring above the
treeline, and nice views of a Hairy Woodpecker.  Our quest for White-tailed
Ptarmigan seemed to have been thwarted by deep snow covering the willows at
higher elevations, but as we watched the stars begin to appear as we ate
dinner and waited for good owling conditions a few ptarmigan began calling
and one even gave its 'song'.  This was about 45-50 minutes after sunset,
which was very unexpected since I normally hear them sing in the morning no
earlier than civil twilight.  Our main goal of the trip was to scout out
Boreal Owls for a field trip later in the spring, and they did not
disappoint.  I have found that early in the spring short clips of playback
are helpful to hear Boreal Owls respond with song, but later in the spring
(especially April and probably early May) Boreal Owls are much easier to
locate by song since they are singing frequently and not in response to
playback.

Good Birding,
Andy Bankert
Fort Collins

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:29:09 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 19, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, February 19 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Jefferson, Logan, *Moffat)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, *Chaffee)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Boulder, *Chaffee, Fremont, Mesa)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Mesa)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent)
Sora (Pueblo)
Dunlin (Arapahoe, Douglas)
American Woodcock (*Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Boulder, Mesa)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe)
ICELAND GULL (Washington)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Douglas)
Double-crested Cormorant (Bent)
American White Pelican (Adams, Bent, Larimer)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Acorn Woodpecker (*La Plata)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Denver)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Chihuahuan Raven (*Baca)
Pacific Wren (La Plata)
Carolina Wren (*Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Pueblo)
Brown Thrasher (*Denver)
Sage Thrasher (*Baca)
Northern Mockingbird (Yuma)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Pitkin, San Miguel)
White-winged Crossbill (Grand)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Otero)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe)
Great-tailed Grackle (*Chaffee)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 14 at Barr Lake SP, David Dowell reported 4 American White
Pelicans.
---On February 14 on South Platte River and 88th Ave, Mary Keithler
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and Lesser Yellowlegs.
--On February 15 on South Platte River and 86th Ave, Tom Wilberding
reported m Barrow's Goldeneye.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported ad Mew Gull,
1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On February 12 at
Aurora Reservoir, Holden Maxfied reported White-winged Scoter and Lesser
Black-backed Gull; and Bill Buckingham reported Mew Gull and 1-st cyc
Thayer's Gull.  On February 16 at Aurora Reservoir, David Dowell reported
ad Mew Gull, 3 Thayer's Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 4 at McLellen Reservoir, Ben Sampson and many other birders
reported Dunlin.  McLellen is in both Arapahoe and Douglas County, but
mostly in Arapahoe.  Only the SE portion of McLellen is in Douglas. On
February 10, Joe Roller reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February
11, Allison Hixon reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12,
David Blue, Jan Albright, Richard Bunn, Cynthia Madsen reported Dunlin at
McLellen reservoir.  On February 13, Betty Glass reported Dunlin at
McLellen Reservoir.
On February 14, Candice Johnson reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.
---On February 10 at Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Sunny Bradford
reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds.
---On February 17 at Cherry Creek SP, Candice Johnson and Glenn Walbek
reported ad Mew Gull.

BACA COUNTY
---On February 18 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd reported
Chihuahuan Raven and Sage Thrasher.

BENT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at north west entrance of Lake Hasty Campground, Janeal
Thompson reported 5 Greater Roadrunners.
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Double-crested Cormorant at
Lake Hasty and one Double-crested Cormorant and 11 American White Pelicans
on the reservoir side.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 10 at 68th and Hygiene Rd, Bryan Guarente reported m
Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On February 11 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Nick Komar reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On February 13, Thomas Heinrich reported all 3
specied of Rosy-Finches at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark.
---On February 11 at Walden Ponds in Boulder, Steve Frye, Luke Pheneger,
Wilem van vliet, David Waltman, and Laura Steadman reported 4 Tundra Swans
and Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Teller Farm and Lakes, Peter Burke reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Peter Burke reported ad m
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 17 at Walden/Sawhill in Boulder, Carrie Vaughn reported 3
Tundra Swans and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 on CR 163, Jeff Guy reported 2 Tundra Swans.  On February
18, Jeff Guy, Kara Carragher, and Brandon Percival reported 2 Tundra Swans
on CR 163 pond.
---On February 12 at Buena Vista Ice Pond, Christian Hagenlocher reported 9
Barrow's Goldeneyes.
---On February18 at Sands Lake SWA, Kara Carragher and Brandon Percival
reported 6 Barrow's Goldeneyes
and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Washington Park, Aaron Tucker reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers. On February 11 at Washington Park, Kara Carragher and Lisa
Edwards reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  On February 13, Judith
Henderson reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Washington Park.
---On February 18, Jeff Dawson reported Brown Thrasher at Fairmount
Cemetery.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On February 6, Josh and
rachel Destree reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
Bridge.  On February 19, Norm Lewis reported Trumpeter Swan upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.
---On January 24 at McLellen Reservoir, SE Corner and High Line Canal
Trail, Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin.  On February 6, Gwen Moore and
Edward Done reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 7 at
McLellen Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Pam Zimmer reported Dunlin.  On
February 9, Mark Minner-Lee and Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin at McLellen
Reservoir.  On February 10, Aaron Yappert and DuWayne Worthington reported
Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 11, Kara Carragher, Lisa
Edwards, Riley Morris, Sunny Bradford, Christine Alexander, and Sue Twiford
reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12, Brian Johnson, John
Drummond, and Tina Jones reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hanover Road, Kyle Hawley reported 2 Ladder-backed
Woodpeckers.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Tunnel  Dr Trail Head in Canon City, Bill Buckingham
reported Barrow's Goldeneye.

GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Winter Park Ski Area, Andy Boyce reported 12
White-winged Crossbills.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Wadsworth north of 72nd Ave,
Arvada, Doug Faulkner reported a BRANT.   On February 10, Aaron Yappert and
Norm Lewis reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.  On February 11 at
Indian Tree Golf Club, Thomas Holub, Nelson Ford, and Frank Farrell
reported BRANT.  On February 12 at Indian Tree Golf Club, Lorraine Lanning,
Bez ezuidenhout, Bill Buckingham, and Susan Rosine reported BRANT.  On
February 15, Candice Johnson reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.
---On February 9, Jessi Oberbeck reported BRANT at Pond at 75th and
Wadsworth in Arvada.
---On February 11, Adams Block reported Trumpeter Swan on Audubon Center
trails at Chatfield SP.
---On February 16 at Lake Arbor, Kevin DeBoer and Alison Hixon reported
BRANT.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2, Ryan Votta reported Pacific Wren at Animas River
Trail/Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area. On February 8, Elyse Klingener and
Robert Winslow reported Pacific Wren at Animas River Trail/Huck Finn Pond
and Hatchery Area.
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers. On February 18, Amy Dobbins reported 3 Acorn
Woodpeckers on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other birders
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.  On February 17, Todd
Deininger reported that the American Woodcock was
NOT seen.  On February 18, Dick Pautsch reported that the Ranger told him
that he has not seen the Woodcock since February 15.

LOGAN COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Jumbo Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.
---On February 12 at CR 66 and CR 93, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 9, JoAnn Potter Riggle reported 3 White-winged Doves in the
alley east of the 13th and Grand block in Grand Junction.
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Mike Henwood reported 3
Barrow's Goldeneyes (1m, 2f) and Hermit Thrush.
---On February 16 at Highline Lake SP, Denise and Mark Vollmar and Ronda
Woodward reported Greater Yellowlegs.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Browns Park NWR, Jan Leonard reported 9 Trumpeter
Swans.


 OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Bent's Fort Marsh, Cheryl Teuton reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 4 Northern
Cardinals (2m, 2f) at Lamar Community College Woods.  On February 11,
Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 3 m Northern Cardinals at Lamar
Community College Woods.  On February 18 at south end of Lamar Community
Colleges Wood, Ted Floyd reported Carolina Wren.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported
Long-tailed Duck.
---On February 13 at North Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On February15 at Chico Basin Ranch Headquarters area (Fee Area), John
Drummond and Jason Boyce reported 3 Curve-billed Thashers and heard a Sora
in the marsh area.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On February 12, Eric Hynes reported all three species of Rosy-Finches at
his feeders in Telluride.  If you would like to try for the bird contact
him at erichynes28 AT gmail.com.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Prewitt Reservoir, Kathy Mimh Dunning, and David
Dowell reported ICELAND GULL.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 8 at Hale Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers and Northern Mockingbird.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be to Jefferson County
Parks led by Pratyaydipta Rudra & Sreemala Das Majumder (pratyayr AT
gmail.com; 919-699-4043 <(919)%20699-4043>).  Meet at 0730 at Colorado
Parks and Wildlife, 6060 Broadway to carpool.  Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go
west 2 block to Broadway, then north 2 blocks to parking lot on the right.
    The is a 3/4 day trip.  Will bird at least two different locations in
Jefferson County.  The exact locations will be determine based on weather
conditions and recent sightings.  Will Carpool and drivers will be
reimbursed for gas.  Will walk some trails up to 3 miles.  Bring lunch and
water.  If you have a scope or walkie talkies, please bring them.  Register
online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be Buckley Road Raptor
Ramble led by Patrick O'Driscoll (patodrisk ATgmail.com; 303-885-6955
<(303)%20885-6955>).  Meet at 0730 in parking lot for First Creek at DEN
Open Space on 56th Ave just west of Pena Blvd.  Take 56th Ave from west or
I-70 to Pena, then north to 56th Ave.  Exit left at bottom of ramp, drive
under Pena overpasses about 2 block west.  Parking lot is on right (north).

   Level, one-way walk follows Buckley Rd (closed to vehicles, asphalt
pavement with some gravel at north end)  about 4 miles north to 99th Ave,
 Where we will stage vehicles to carpool back at walk's end.  Fence line on
left is bird-rich Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, trees, prairie dog towns on
right are First Creek open space.  Dress for weather.  Bring water and
snacks.  Scopes helpful for long-distance views into Arsenal.  Register
online or contact leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: re: On less Collared-Dove.....
From: "Karl Stecher Jr." <kstecher AT idcomm.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:04:20 -0700
Not really...you should look at a museum specimen of a sharpie to see the 
length and cutting edge of its talons.  Killing is like sticking long 
spikes with into its prey.  BTW...when you look at a sharpie specimen, note 
why it is called sharp-shinned.
  
 Karl Stecher
 Centennial
  
  
  

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 From: "Ben S" 
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:26 PM
To: "Colorado Birds" 
Subject: [cobirds] On less Collared-Dove.....   
Must have been hard for the Sharpie to kill a bird bigger than itself!
Ben Sampson
Centennial CO

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Subject: Re: On less Collared-Dove.....
From: "Patrick O'Driscoll" <patodrisk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:34:28 -0700
I did not witness the kill, but I had an adult sharpie hanging around in my
east-central Denver back yard around Christmas and New Year's, and it was
the chief suspect that left a pile of feathers from one of the East Colfax
rock pigeons that regularly frequent the ground around my feeders.

On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 6:26 PM, Ben S  wrote:

> Must have been hard for the Sharpie to kill a bird bigger than itself!
> Ben Sampson
> Centennial CO
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Subject: No Woodcock today
From: Richard Pautsch <rjpautsch AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:12:40 -0700
We stopped by Bobcat Ridge this afternoon and did not see the Woodcock.
Talked to the ranger, who said it hasn't been seen since Wednesday.

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427 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO  80302
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Subject: Boulder Bird Club Peak-to-Peak field trip
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:01:19 +0000
Today was the day for the (almost) annual BBC trip for winter mountain birds. 
Fifteen people joined me to head up to the Ward and Allenspark areas in weather 
that was not only warm (touching 50) but even calm. 


Ward was a bit of a disappointment with few birds visiting the usual feeder 
spots. One Clark's Nutcracker made a quick appearance, but only a few other 
regular species. The Brainard Lake Road gate area was fairly full of the usual 
winter sports enthusiasts, but when did snowshoeing pick-up a tradition of 
pre-trek tailgating? One distant Pine Grosbeak called and another Clark's 
Nutcracker were the only birds present up on top, but as we drove back toward 
the Peak-to-Peak Highway most of us got a quick look at a single Gray Jay. 


On the road to Allenspark there were single birds here and there, but nothing 
anyone would call a flock. Once in Allenspark, the Fawn Brook Inn had nothing 
at its feeders, but our fortunes turned as we decided to walk all the way 
around the ski road loop. A flock of Evening Grosbeaks swooped in and then made 
the rounds and the feeders away from the Fawn Brook were active with 
nuthatches, chickadees, and a single Hairy Woodpecker (our only non-passerine 
of the day!). 


We went on to the entrance to Wild Basin which was also almost bird-less, but a 
feeder in the area was our best stop with another nutcracker, a Brown Creeper, 
and great views of an almost stationary female Pine Grosbeak along with lots 
more chickadees, juncos and nuthatches. The recent-years tradition of a lunch 
stop at Oscar Blues in Lyons was maintained. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: On less Collared-Dove.....
From: Ben S <benrmnp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:26:01 -0800 (PST)
Must have been hard for the Sharpie to kill a bird bigger than itself!
Ben Sampson
Centennial CO

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Subject: Re: Lesser Goldfinches - Pueblo
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:47:20 -0700
Just to chime on my Lesser Goldfinch situation at Ken Caryl Valley,
JeffCo...

After an early winter peak in numbers and presence, and a post-New Years
lull, LEGOs have increased in frequency at Ken Caryl Valley this month, but
are generally noted in small numbers of 1-4 at a time. Lately I've most
often seen them hanging together in apparent pairs (duller female and
brighter male but not alternate plumage), and there is more song happening
among their vocal ramblings than earlier this winter. The males I am seeing
have just flecks of black on the crown. I'm hearing lots of interesting
imitations in the songs, but you have to listen closely as they whiz by in
the long, drawn out songs being given now. From one male in my yard this
morning I thought I discerned imitations of Nor. Flicker, Blue Jay,
Black-billed Magpie, Am. Robin, White-breasted Nuthatch, Song Sparrow and
what seemed like a Killdeer call (!)

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 8:22 PM, Leon Bright  wrote:

> COBirders--  After not seeing any LEGOs in my back yard for months, two
> appeared briefly this afternoon.  The pair had started molting into fresh
> alternate plumage, in contrast to the dull American Goldfinches that are
> here in good numbers.
>
> Leon Bright, Pueblo (City/County)
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Subject: Swamp Sparrow Barr Lake
From: Luke Pheneger <phenegerluke AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:27:22 -0800 (PST)
200 yards east of the *banding station*

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Subject: Swamp Sparrow Barr Lake
From: Luke Pheneger <phenegerluke AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:25:04 +0000
I just had a good view of a swamp sparrow at the south east end of Barr
lake, where the trail almost meets the water. About 200 yards east of the.
A ding station. Across from The picnic area.


Luke Pheneger
Longmont Colorado

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Subject: NO Woodcock today in Larimer Co.
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:44:00 -0800 (PST)
I had looked for it on Thursday and could not find it. I looked all along the 
little stream across from the parking lot (by ranger station) 

Susan R.
Thornton

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:23:45 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 18, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, February 19 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Jefferson, Logan)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder, Chaffee)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Boulder, Fremont, Mesa)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Mesa)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent)
Sora (Pueblo)
Dunlin (Arapahoe, Douglas)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Boulder, Mesa)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (*Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe)
ICELAND GULL (Washington)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Douglas)
Double-crested Cormorant (Bent)
American White Pelican (Adams, Bent, *Larimer)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Denver)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Pacific Wren (La Plata)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Pueblo)
Northern Mockingbird (Yuma)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Pitkin, San Miguel)
White-winged Crossbill (Grand)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Lincoln's Sparrow (*Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Otero)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 14 at Barr Lake SP, David Dowell reported 4 American White
Pelicans.
---On February 14 on South Platte River and 88th Ave, Mary Keithler
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and Lesser Yellowlegs.
--On February 15 on South Platte River and 86th Ave, Tom Wilberding
reported m Barrow's Goldeneye.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported ad Mew Gull,
1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On February 12 at
Aurora Reservoir, Holden Maxfied reported White-winged Scoter and Lesser
Black-backed Gull; and Bill Buckingham reported Mew Gull and 1-st cyc
Thayer's Gull.  On February 16 at Aurora Reservoir, David Dowell reported
ad Mew Gull, 3 Thayer's Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 4 at McLellen Reservoir, Ben Sampson and many other birders
reported Dunlin.  McLellen is in both Arapahoe and Douglas County, but
mostly in Arapahoe.  Only the SE portion of McLellen is in Douglas. On
February 10, Joe Roller reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February
11, Allison Hixon reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12,
David Blue, Jan Albright, Richard Bunn, Cynthia Madsen reported Dunlin at
McLellen reservoir.  On February 13, Betty Glass reported Dunlin at
McLellen Reservoir.
On February 14, Candice Johnson reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.
---On February 10 at Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Sunny Bradford
reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds.
---On February 17 at Cherry Creek SP, Candice Johnson and Glenn Walbek
reported ad Mew Gull.

BENT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at north west entrance of Lake Hasty Campground, Janeal
Thompson reported 5 Greater Roadrunners.
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Double-crested Cormorant at
Lake Hasty and one Double-crested Cormorant and 11 American White Pelicans
on the reservoir side.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 10 at 68th and Hygiene Rd, Bryan Guarente reported m
Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On February 11 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Nick Komar reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On February 13, Thomas Heinrich reported all 3
specied of Rosy-Finches at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark.
---On February 11 at Walden Ponds in Boulder, Steve Frye, Luke Pheneger,
Wilem van vliet, David Waltman, and Laura Steadman reported 4 Tundra Swans
and Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Teller Farm and Lakes, Peter Burke reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Peter Burke reported ad m
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 17 at Walden/Sawhill in Boulder, Carrie Vaughn reported 3
Tundra Swans and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 on CR 163, Jeff Guy reported 2 Tundra Swans.
---On February 12 at Buena Vista Ice Pond, Christian Hagenlocher reported 9
Barrow's Goldeneyes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Washington Park, Aaron Tucker reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers. On February 11 at Washington Park, Kara Carragher and Lisa
Edwards reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  On February 13, Judith
Henderson reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Washington Park.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On February 6, Josh and
rachel Destree reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
Bridge.  On February 19, Norm Lewis reported Trumpeter Swan upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.
---On January 24 at McLellen Reservoir, SE Corner and High Line Canal
Trail, Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin.  On February 6, Gwen Moore and
Edward Done reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 7 at
McLellen Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Pam Zimmer reported Dunlin.  On
February 9, Mark Minner-Lee and Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin at McLellen
Reservoir.  On February 10, Aaron Yappert and DuWayne Worthington reported
Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 11, Kara Carragher, Lisa
Edwards, Riley Morris, Sunny Bradford, Christine Alexander, and Sue Twiford
reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12, Brian Johnson, John
Drummond, and Tina Jones reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hanover Road, Kyle Hawley reported 2 Ladder-backed
Woodpeckers.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Tunnel  Dr Trail Head in Canon City, Bill Buckingham
reported Barrow's Goldeneye.

GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Winter Park Ski Area, Andy Boyce reported 12
White-winged Crossbills.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Wadsworth north of 72nd Ave,
Arvada, Doug Faulkner reported a BRANT.   On February 10, Aaron Yappert and
Norm Lewis reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.  On February 11 at
Indian Tree Golf Club, Thomas Holub, Nelson Ford, and Frank Farrell
reported BRANT.  On February 12 at Indian Tree Golf Club, Lorraine Lanning,
Bez ezuidenhout, Bill Buckingham, and Susan Rosine reported BRANT.  On
February 15, Candice Johnson reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.
---On February 9, Jessi Oberbeck reported BRANT at Pond at 75th and
Wadsworth in Arvada.
---On February 11, Adams Block reported Trumpeter Swan on Audubon Center
trails at Chatfield SP.
---On February 16 at Lake Arbor, Kevin DeBoer and Alison Hixon reported
BRANT.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2, Ryan Votta reported Pacific Wren at Animas River
Trail/Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area. On February 8, Elyse Klingener and
Robert Winslow reported Pacific Wren at Animas River Trail/Huck Finn Pond
and Hatchery Area.
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other birders
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.  On February 17, Todd
Deininger reported that the American Woodcock was
NOT seen.

LOGAN COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Jumbo Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.
---On February 12 at CR 66 and CR 93, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 9, JoAnn Potter Riggle reported 3 White-winged Doves in the
alley east of the 13th and Grand block in Grand Junction.
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Mike Henwood reported 3
Barrow's Goldeneyes (1m, 2f) and Hermit Thrush.
---On February 16 at Highline Lake SP, Denise and Mark Vollmar and Ronda
Woodward reported Greater Yellowlegs.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Bent's Fort Marsh, Cheryl Teuton reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 4 Northern
Cardinals (2m, 2f) at Lamar Community College Woods.  On February 11,
Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 3 m Northern Cardinals at Lamar
Community College Woods.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported
Long-tailed Duck.
---On February 13 at North Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On February15 at Chico Basin Ranch Headquarters area (Fee Area), John
Drummond and Jason Boyce reported 3 Curve-billed Thashers and heard a Sora
in the marsh area.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On February 12, Eric Hynes reported all three species of Rosy-Finches at
his feeders in Telluride.  If you would like to try for the bird contact
him at erichynes28 AT gmail.com.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Prewitt Reservoir, Kathy Mimh Dunning, and David
Dowell reported ICELAND GULL.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 8 at Hale Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers and Northern Mockingbird.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 18 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-381-3314 <(720)%20381-3314>).  From I-70, exit 267, take Kipling south
about 3/4 mile and turn right (west on 44th Avenue.  Go one mile west.
Look for the entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south).  Meet at 0900
just inside the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
  This is a trip with easy walking and accessible for mobility imparied
individuals.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be to Jefferson County
Parks led by Pratyaydipta Rudra & Sreemala Das Majumder (pratyayr AT
gmail.com; 919-699-4043 <(919)%20699-4043>).  Meet at 0730 at Colorado
Parks and Wildlife, 6060 Broadway to carpool.  Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go
west 2 block to Broadway, then north 2 blocks to parking lot on the right.
    The is a 3/4 day trip.  Will bird at least two different locations in
Jefferson County.  The exact locations will be determine based on weather
conditions and recent sightings.  Will Carpool and drivers will be
reimbursed for gas.  Will walk some trails up to 3 miles.  Bring lunch and
water.  If you have a scope or walkie talkies, please bring them.  Register
online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be Buckley Road Raptor
Ramble led by Patrick O'Driscoll (patodrisk ATgmail.com; 303-885-6955
<(303)%20885-6955>).  Meet at 0730 in parking lot for First Creek at DEN
Open Space on 56th Ave just west of Pena Blvd.  Take 56th Ave from west or
I-70 to Pena, then north to 56th Ave.  Exit left at bottom of ramp, drive
under Pena overpasses about 2 block west.  Parking lot is on right (north).

   Level, one-way walk follows Buckley Rd (closed to vehicles, asphalt
pavement with some gravel at north end)  about 4 miles north to 99th Ave,
 Where we will stage vehicles to carpool back at walk's end.  Fence line on
left is bird-rich Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, trees, prairie dog towns on
right are First Creek open space.  Dress for weather.  Bring water and
snacks.  Scopes helpful for long-distance views into Arsenal.  Register
online or contact leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Lesser Goldfinches - Pueblo
From: "Leon Bright" <urraca2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:22:36 -0700
COBirders--  After not seeing any LEGOs in my back yard for months, two
appeared briefly this afternoon.  The pair had started molting into fresh
alternate plumage, in contrast to the dull American Goldfinches that are
here in good numbers.

Leon Bright, Pueblo (City/County)

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Subject: On less Collared-Dove.....
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:53:44 -0700
After a busy week, I came home to find an adult female Sharp-shinned Hawk in 
the process of killing a Eurasian Collared-Dove in my side yard. Unfortunately 
I accidentally spooked her and she flew. The dove was still alive but never 
budged. From a vantage point, I managed to confirm she came back 15 min later, 
made the kill (lots more feathers around and she'd moved it a little and 
plucked a lot), and subsequently flew off with her late afternoon snack. 


Before going back to the not-yet-dead-dove, she perched in our neighbors back 
yard and my continuing flock of lesser goldfinches were unperturbed. I still 
have about 10 or so daily. 


I love feeding the birds!

Cheers,
Scott Somershoe 
Littleton CO

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Subject: Re: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County
From: Ben S <benrmnp AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:51:46 -0800 (PST)
Corvids are certainly some of the most intelligent birds. But, I always see 
Chickadees as being quite intelligent. 


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Subject: Re: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County
From: Cyndy Johnson <cyndyjohnson28 AT q.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:19:50 -0500 (EST)
Joking aside we do feed the crows in our neighborhood. Lately we have had up to 
30+ at a time. They do take the food we put out and 

place/soak it in the water quite often, and all year long. 
We had some mice in our garage, and my husband caught them with a live kill 
trap. He put them out. The crows will drop any other 

food that we put out for them and take off with the mice. 
Quite the characters to watch. 

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Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 5:23:12 PM 
Subject: Re: RE: [cobirds] Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, 
Arapahoe County 




Crows at our vacation home in Estes Park also soak prey items like small 
rodents or young birds before carrying them off, 

presumably to feed to nestlings. I've wondered if it is a way to ensure the 
young get lots of water along with their food. 

This can leave the bird bath pretty uninviting with residual entrails left 
behind. 



Jim Nelson 
Bethesda, 


On 02/17/17, Kay Niyo wrote: 




When I lived on Bear Mt at 8200’ a few years ago, my resident crows soaked 
lots of bread in my bird bath on my deck. They also brought potato chips and 
soaked them! There were very few homes on large acreages up there so I have no 
idea where they were getting all the potato chips! Someone must have been 
feeding them! When they had young in the nest, the soaking activity increased. 
They would soak the food and then fly to the nearby nest in a giant ponderosa 
pine. I had to clean out and refresh the water in the bird bath daily! Fun 
observations! 




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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Deborahann S-C 

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Subject: Re: [cobirds] Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, 
Arapahoe County 






We were just in Mexico and noticed Great-Tailed Grackles doing the same thing. 





On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:53 PM, Brian Johnson < buntingrobinjay AT gmail.com > 
wrote: 





Today when walking along my local patch along the Mary Carter Greenway (the 
part I patrol is between Bowles Ave and the Northern Wildlife Area) I watched a 
American Crow on the rocky beach take a piece of bread or a roll and drop it in 
the river. The bird started to drink and look around, watching to make sure 
anther bird did not take the bread likely. Than after a few moments the crow 
proceed to tear the bread apart and eat it. I don't know if the bread was hard 
as rock and stale and needed softening or if the bird just likes soaked bread, 
but it was rather interesting to watch this. Corvids are know for their 
intelligence so it was quite a treat to get to watch this in person. 






Brian Johnson 


Englewood Co 

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Subject: Re: RE: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:23:12 -0600 (CST)




Subject: Re: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today,
 Arapahoe County
From: Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:21:34 -0800 (PST)
That's interesting that the crows where doing this with bread and potato 
chips. So maybe they like to soak them also. I would love to see some crows 
soaking it in beer and salsa also, that would be a sight! Haha.
Brian Johnson
Englewood CO

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Subject: Re: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County
From: Cyndy Johnson <cyndyjohnson28 AT q.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:01:02 -0500 (EST)
We have learned that if you are going to put out chips and bread you should 
also put out beer and salsa, it is much easier to down. 


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Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 2:53:38 PM 
Subject: [cobirds] Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe 
County 



Today when walking along my local patch along the Mary Carter Greenway (the 
part I patrol is between Bowles Ave and the Northern Wildlife Area) I watched a 
American Crow on the rocky beach take a piece of bread or a roll and drop it in 
the river. The bird started to drink and look around, watching to make sure 
anther bird did not take the bread likely. Than after a few moments the crow 
proceed to tear the bread apart and eat it. I don't know if the bread was hard 
as rock and stale and needed softening or if the bird just likes soaked bread, 
but it was rather interesting to watch this. Corvids are know for their 
intelligence so it was quite a treat to get to watch this in person. 



Brian Johnson 
Englewood Co 

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Subject: Larimer Am. White Pelicans
From: Marcia Maeda <marcia356 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:58:58 +0000
Yesterday, 2/16, 4:45 PM, a flotilla of 10 American White Pelicans cruising on 
Timnath Reservoir. Large flock of assorted ducks as well. 


Marcia and Ron Maeda
East of Timnath

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Subject: NO Woodcock today in Larimer Co.
From: Todd Deininger <goldeneagle90a AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:43:58 -0700
Stopped by Bobcat Ridge this morning to look for the American Woodcock.  No
luck.

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Subject: RE: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County
From: "Kay Niyo" <kay AT kayniyo.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:28:27 -0700
When I lived on Bear Mt at 8200’ a few years ago, my resident crows soaked 
lots of bread in my bird bath on my deck. They also brought potato chips and 
soaked them! There were very few homes on large acreages up there so I have no 
idea where they were getting all the potato chips! Someone must have been 
feeding them! When they had young in the nest, the soaking activity increased. 
They would soak the food and then fly to the nearby nest in a giant ponderosa 
pine. I had to clean out and refresh the water in the bird bath daily! Fun 
observations! 


 

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: Re: [cobirds] Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, 
Arapahoe County 


 

We were just in Mexico and noticed Great-Tailed Grackles doing the same thing. 

 

On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:53 PM, Brian Johnson  > wrote: 


Today when walking along my local patch along the Mary Carter Greenway (the 
part I patrol is between Bowles Ave and the Northern Wildlife Area) I watched a 
American Crow on the rocky beach take a piece of bread or a roll and drop it in 
the river. The bird started to drink and look around, watching to make sure 
anther bird did not take the bread likely. Than after a few moments the crow 
proceed to tear the bread apart and eat it. I don't know if the bread was hard 
as rock and stale and needed softening or if the bird just likes soaked bread, 
but it was rather interesting to watch this. Corvids are know for their 
intelligence so it was quite a treat to get to watch this in person. 


 

Brian Johnson 

Englewood Co

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Subject: RFI: Planing a Colorado Trip
From: Adam Wood <birdsondabrain AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:20:13 -0800 (PST)

Hi, I am a birder from Texas and am new to the group. I am thinking about 
making a five day trip to Colorado for a few target birds and would welcome 
advice on when the best time to look for each species is and where my best 
bet to find each would be. My targets are as follows:


Greater Sage-Grouse,
Gunnison Sage-Grouse,
Dusky Grouse,
White-tailed Ptarmigan,
Boreal Owl,
Northern Saw-whet Owl, and
Black Swift


I know the Black Swift is a summer time bird and best looked for starting 
in June but my question is can the Sage-Grouse and Boreal Owl be reliable 
be gotten in June? I would assume the Sage-Grouse are most easily viewed 
while leking but would be off the lek by June. Or is this best done in two 
trips one more in April/early May for the Sage-Grouse while they are on the 
Lek and the Boreal Owl and the other trip in June for the Swift? Thank you 
to everybody in advance for your advice,


Adam Wood
Houston, Tx.
birdsondabrain AT gmail.com

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Subject: Re: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County
From: Deborahann S-C <dakotardg AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:09:02 -0700
We were just in Mexico and noticed Great-Tailed Grackles doing the same
thing.

On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:53 PM, Brian Johnson 
wrote:

> Today when walking along my local patch along the Mary Carter Greenway
> (the part I patrol is between Bowles Ave and the Northern Wildlife Area) I
> watched a American Crow on the rocky beach take a piece of bread or a roll
> and drop it in the river. The bird started to drink and look around,
> watching to make sure anther bird did not take the bread likely. Than after
> a few moments the crow proceed to tear the bread apart and eat it. I don't
> know if the bread was hard as rock and stale and needed softening or if the
> bird just likes soaked bread, but it was rather interesting to watch this.
> Corvids are know for their intelligence so it was quite a treat to get to
> watch this in person.
>
> Brian Johnson
> Englewood Co
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Subject: Interesting Crow behavior along the river today, Arapahoe County
From: Brian Johnson <buntingrobinjay AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:53:38 -0800 (PST)
Today when walking along my local patch along the Mary Carter Greenway (the 
part I patrol is between Bowles Ave and the Northern Wildlife Area) I 
watched a American Crow on the rocky beach take a piece of bread or a roll 
and drop it in the river. The bird started to drink and look around, 
watching to make sure anther bird did not take the bread likely. Than after 
a few moments the crow proceed to tear the bread apart and eat it. I don't 
know if the bread was hard as rock and stale and needed softening or if the 
bird just likes soaked bread, but it was rather interesting to watch this. 
Corvids are know for their intelligence so it was quite a treat to get to 
watch this in person.

Brian Johnson 
Englewood Co

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Subject: BCAS program 2/28: Leatherman on Fox Squirrels: love 'em or hate 'em but salute their ingenuity
From: Linda Andes-Georges <andesgeorges AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:01:52 -0700
> Fox Squirrel – Cutest Devil On The Block, February 28, 2017 7:15 PM
> 
> ·        February 28, 2017 07:15pm - 09:00pm
> 
> ·        Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder
> 
> Dave Leatherman will explore the local life history of the Fox Squirrel 
(Sciurus niger). Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, you have to be amazed at 
the variety of things they do. We will discuss how they affect other animals, 
shape tree architecture, challenge bird feeders, and at this very moment, are 
probably learning to hack your computer. Bring your favorite squirrel story or 
recipe to share. 

> 
> 

Linda Andes-Georges
Boulder County (W of Lagerman, N of Haystack, E of Table Mtn)
[Jean-Pierre says: W of Paris, S of Quebec, E of Tahiti]
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Subject: Re: Bushtit nesting in Fort Collins
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:12:18 -0800 (PST)

*Cool observations. Thanks to Dave & Co. for posting. I too have seen two 
Bushtit pairs--in eastern Boulder County--in the past couple days. I note 
that they are apparent pairs, as opposed to the roving, roiling flocks 
present all winter. And I note in particular that I am starting to hear the 
high, ringing, ding-a-ling-a-ling vocalization that I have conjectured to 
function as song in the species.*





*Although I hear that particular vocalization all year long, it sure seems 
to pick up in late winter and early spring. (And, of course, it is not out 
of the ordinary for some songbirds to sing all year. Think of Red-winged 
Blackbirds and Western Meadowlarks on warm, sunny afternoons in the dead of 
winter.) For more conjecture, and even a bit of data, on Bushtit song, 
check out:http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/4885 
Ted Floyd*
*Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado*



On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:18:22 PM UTC-7, Dave Leatherman wrote:
>
> Yesterday, sitting at the computer with my Fort Collins apartment door 
> wide open, I noticed the familiar tinkling sound of bushtits in the 
> courtyard.  Last year they nested on this property (nest building first 
> noticed on 12March2016) about a mile east of CSU and it appears they will 
> do so again.  In fact, they are refurbishing the same nest which 
> successfully produced a brood last summer.  In the "Birds of North America" 
> account on bushtits by Sarah Sloane, it states the following: "In 
> Chiricahua Mtns., se. Arizona, on only 1 occasion was a nest reused a 
> second season, and this was late in season by a year-old inexperienced 
> male; nest had remained unusually intact through 2 winters due to heavy 
> concealment in a clump of mistletoe (SAS). Most nests deteriorate rapidly 
> when abandoned."  The nest here is at the end of a lower branch (about 20 
> feet above the ground) on the ene side (catches the morning sun) of a large 
> CO blue spruce.  As is typical of the species, the substantial nest "bag" 
> is well concealed and woven into the spruce foliage.  Even knowing where it 
> is and looking straight up at the nest site, it takes me a minute or so to 
> locate the nest material hiding in the needles.
>
>
> I would also note Coen Dexter mentions in his bushtit account for the * 
> Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas II *book that the earliest recorded 
> nest-building was 17March.  Thus, nest-refurbishing on 14February is either 
> a freak event triggered by hormonal influence on Valentine's Day, 
> preliminary activity influenced by both warm weather and the existence of a 
> suitable old structure, an indicator things are changing, or most likely, 
> just the early end of activity that birders, especially BBA atlasers 
> accustomed to doing most of their work in "typical" bird breeding months, 
> have missed.
>
>
> Anybody else noticing bushtit nesting activity out there?
>
>
> Dave Leatherman
>
> Fort Collins
>

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:13:48 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 16, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 16 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (*Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Jefferson, Logan)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Chaffee)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (*Adams, Boulder, Fremont, Mesa)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Mesa)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent)
Sora (*Pueblo)
Dunlin (Arapahoe, Douglas)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Boulder, *Mesa)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (*Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe)
ICELAND GULL (Washington)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Douglas)
Double-crested Cormorant (Bent)
American White Pelican (Adams, Bent)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Denver)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso)
Pacific Wren (La Plata)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*Pueblo)
Northern Mockingbird (Yuma)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Pitkin, San Miguel)
White-winged Crossbill (Grand)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Otero)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 14 at Barr Lake SP, David Dowell reported 4 American White
Pelicans.
---On February 14 on South Platte River and 88th Ave, Mary Keithler
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and Lesser Yellowlegs.
--On February 15 on South Platte River and 86th Ave, Tom Wilberding
reported m Barrow's Goldeneye.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported ad Mew Gull,
1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On February 12 at
Aurora Reservoir, Holden Maxfied reported White-winged Scoter and Lesser
Black-backed Gull; and Bill Buckingham reported Mew Gull and 1-st cyc
Thayer's Gull.  On February 16 at Aurora Reservoir, David Dowell reported
ad Mew Gull, 3 Thayer's Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 4 at McLellen Reservoir, Ben Sampson and many other birders
reported Dunlin.  McLellen is in both Arapahoe and Douglas County, but
mostly in Arapahoe.  Only the SE portion of McLellen is in Douglas. On
February 10, Joe Roller reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February
11, Allison Hixon reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12,
David Blue, Jan Albright, Richard Bunn, Cynthia Madsen reported Dunlin at
McLellen reservoir.  On February 13, Betty Glass reported Dunlin at
McLellen Reservoir.
On February 14, Candice Johnson reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.
---On February 10 at Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Sunny Bradford
reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds.

BENT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at north west entrance of Lake Hasty Campground, Janeal
Thompson reported 5 Greater Roadrunners.
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Double-crested Cormorant at
Lake Hasty and one Double-crested Cormorant and 11 American White Pelicans
on the reservoir side.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 10 at 68th and Hygiene Rd, Bryan Guarente reported m
Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On February 11 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Nick Komar reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On February 13, Thomas Heinrich reported all 3
specied of Rosy-Finches at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark.
---On February 11 at Walden Ponds in Boulder, Steve Frye, Luke Pheneger,
Wilem van vliet, David Waltman, and Laura Steadman reported 4 Tundra Swans
and Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Teller Farm and Lakes, Peter Burke reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Peter Burke reported ad m
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 on CR 163, Jeff Guy reported 2 Tundra Swans.
---On February 12 at Buena Vista Ice Pond, Christian Hagenlocher reported 9
Barrow's Goldeneyes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Washington Park, Aaron Tucker reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers. On February 11 at Washington Park, Kara Carragher and Lisa
Edwards reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  On February 13, Judith
Henderson reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Washington Park.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On February 6, Josh and
rachel Destree reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
Bridge.  On February 19, Norm Lewis reported Trumpeter Swan upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.
---On January 24 at McLellen Reservoir, SE Corner and High Line Canal
Trail, Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin.  On February 6, Gwen Moore and
Edward Done reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 7 at
McLellen Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Pam Zimmer reported Dunlin.  On
February 9, Mark Minner-Lee and Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin at McLellen
Reservoir.  On February 10, Aaron Yappert and DuWayne Worthington reported
Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 11, Kara Carragher, Lisa
Edwards, Riley Morris, Sunny Bradford, Christine Alexander, and Sue Twiford
reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12, Brian Johnson, John
Drummond, and Tina Jones reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.
---On February 16 on Hanover Road, Kyle Hawley reported 2 Ladder-backed
Woodpeckers.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Tunnel  Dr Trail Head in Canon City, Bill Buckingham
reported Barrow's Goldeneye.

GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Winter Park Ski Area, Andy Boyce reported 12
White-winged Crossbills.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Wadsworth north of 72nd Ave,
Arvada, Doug Faulkner reported a BRANT.   On February 10, Aaron Yappert and
Norm Lewis reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.  On February 11 at
Indian Tree Golf Club, Thomas Holub, Nelson Ford, and Frank Farrell
reported BRANT.  On February 12 at Indian Tree Golf Club, Lorraine Lanning,
Bez ezuidenhout, Bill Buckingham, and Susan Rosine reported BRANT.  On
February 15, Candice Johnson reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.
---On February 9, Jessi Oberbeck reported BRANT at Pond at 75th and
Wadsworth in Arvada.
---On February 11, Adams Block reported Trumpeter Swan on Audubon Center
trails at Chatfield SP.
---On February 16 at Lake Arbor, Kevin DeBoer and Alison Hixon reported
BRANT.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2, Ryan Votta reported Pacific Wren at Animas River
Trail/Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area. On February 8, Elyse Klingener and
Robert Winslow reported Pacific Wren at Animas River Trail/Huck Finn Pond
and Hatchery Area.
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other birders
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.

LOGAN COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Jumbo Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.
---On February 12 at CR 66 and CR 93, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 9, JoAnn Potter Riggle reported 3 White-winged Doves in the
alley east of the 13th and Grand block in Grand Junction.
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Mike Henwood reported 3
Barrow's Goldeneyes (1m, 2f) and Hermit Thrush.
---On February 16 at Highline Lake SP, Denise and Mark Vollmar and Ronda
Woodward reported Greater Yellowlegs.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Bent's Fort Marsh, Cheryl Teuton reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 4 Northern
Cardinals (2m, 2f) at Lamar Community College Woods.  On February 11,
Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 3 m Northern Cardinals at Lamar
Community College Woods.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported
Long-tailed Duck.
---On February 13 at North Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On February15 at Chico Basin Ranch Headquarters area (Fee Area), John
Drummond and Jason Boyce reported 3 Curve-billed Thashers and heard a Sora
in the marsh area.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On February 12, Eric Hynes reported all three species of Rosy-Finches at
his feeders in Telluride.  If you would like to try for the bird contact
him at erichynes28 AT gmail.com.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Prewitt Reservoir, Kathy Mimh Dunning, and David
Dowell reported ICELAND GULL.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 8 at Hale Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers and Northern Mockingbird.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 18 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-381-3314 <(720)%20381-3314>).  From I-70, exit 267, take Kipling south
about 3/4 mile and turn right (west on 44th Avenue.  Go one mile west.
Look for the entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south).  Meet at 0900
just inside the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
  This is a trip with easy walking and accessible for mobility imparied
individuals.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be to Jefferson County
Parks led by Pratyaydipta Rudra & Sreemala Das Majumder (pratyayr AT
gmail.com; 919-699-4043 <(919)%20699-4043>).  Meet at 0730 at Colorado
Parks and Wildlife, 6060 Broadway to carpool.  Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go
west 2 block to Broadway, then north 2 blocks to parking lot on the right.
    The is a 3/4 day trip.  Will bird at least two different locations in
Jefferson County.  The exact locations will be determine based on weather
conditions and recent sightings.  Will Carpool and drivers will be
reimbursed for gas.  Will walk some trails up to 3 miles.  Bring lunch and
water.  If you have a scope or walkie talkies, please bring them.  Register
online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be Buckley Road Raptor
Ramble led by Patrick O'Driscoll (patodrisk ATgmail.com; 303-885-6955
<(303)%20885-6955>).  Meet at 0730 in parking lot for First Creek at DEN
Open Space on 56th Ave just west of Pena Blvd.  Take 56th Ave from west or
I-70 to Pena, then north to 56th Ave.  Exit left at bottom of ramp, drive
under Pena overpasses about 2 block west.  Parking lot is on right (north).

   Level, one-way walk follows Buckley Rd (closed to vehicles, asphalt
pavement with some gravel at north end)  about 4 miles north to 99th Ave,
 Where we will stage vehicles to carpool back at walk's end.  Fence line on
left is bird-rich Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, trees, prairie dog towns on
right are First Creek open space.  Dress for weather.  Bring water and
snacks.  Scopes helpful for long-distance views into Arsenal.  Register
online or contact leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Catbird Correction & Merlin (Taiga)(?) - west Arapahoe Co.
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:24:23 -0800 (PST)
The Gray Catbird that I reported at Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve a few 
days ago, which I heard singing in brush, was no such thing. It was, 
instead, a Song Sparrow singing its sub-song. Thank you to Nathan Pieplow 
for explaining that to me. Nathan was kind enough to direct me to examples 
of the rather impressive sub-song, which can be found here: 
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Melospiza-melodia?query=type%3Asubsong. 

While trying to figure this out, I exchanged emails with a few other 
birders. I appreciate the help from everyone! That the bird was a Song 
Sparrow was particularly delightful. During the emails about this 
"catbird," I mentioned to another birder how I'd spent far too much time, 
two or three springs ago, trying to identify a very familiar song at 
Chatfield. After five or ten minutes of standing and listening, Song 
Sparrow finally occurred to me. This one only took four days to work out!

I'm fairly certain that this bird, perched atop the transmission towers 
near deKoevend Park in west Centennial, is neither a Song Sparrow nor a 
Catbird. I believe it is a Taiga Merlin, but let me know if that too is 
wrong. My dog and I encountered this bird on Tuesday, while driving home 
from Marj Perry, where we'd not relocated the catbird for obvious reasons. 
We stopped and looked at it from the street beneath the transmission tower. 
This is the same general area where a Merlin chased a Hairy Woodpecker in 
November. And it's not far from my home, which a Prairie Merlin briefly 
visited on Christmas. 



 



- Jared Del Rosso

Centennial, CO

 


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Subject: Re: Singing Dippers - RMNP and Lyons
From: linda hodges <hikerhodges AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:32:32 -0700
How curious. Today I also found two singing dippers. These were in Fountain
Creek in Manitou Springs (El Paso Cty). I'd not heard them singing before,
so it was quite a treat. This was at the far west (northwest?) end of the
city, at the bottom of Serpentine Drive.

Spring is in the air!

Linda


*Linda Hodges*


On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 6:06 PM, Gregg Goodrich 
wrote:

> Today we had singing American Dippers at Endovally - Alluvial Fan (West
> campground) in Rocky Mountain National Park and at Meadow Park in Lyons. No
> sign of the Golden Eagles at Meadows Park yet.
>
> In RMNP the dipper was under the bridge. We also had the Brown Creeper,
> Pygmy Nuthatches and Mountain Chickadee at the campground. Just a beautiful
> day at the park.
>
> Mountain Bluebird at Cub Lake in RMNP and then a few photos in the
> checklist from Bear Lake where we snowshoed.
>
> eBird Checklist – Rocky Mountain NP--Bear Lake Rd., Colorado – Wed Feb 
15, 

> 2017 – 5 species http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34391983
>
> Gregg Goodrich
> Highlands Ranch
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Subject: owls
From: Jill Boice <jill AT booksandcats.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:26:50 -0700
   Thank you Mark Amershek for posting on DFO's Facebook page urging 
people not to photograph raptors at or near nests.   I have recently 
been very concerned about owls that have been seen at Cherry Creek State 
Park.  Word got out of the location of two unusual owls. Immediately, 
many people were coming to see and often take pictures. I'm sure that 
most birders were careful and kept a respectful distance.  However, a 
number of people approached the birds very closely.  Sadly, someone went 
so far as to cut the barbed wire fence and stomp it down so that they 
could get even closer.  The park rangers have had to spend their time 
doing crowd control.    As a volunteer monitor at CCSP, we know that a 
few years ago, a pair of owls attempted to nest in this vicinity and 
abandoned their nest. These birds are sensitive to human presence.  If 
they fail to nest, or ledge young successfully,  this year, will it be 
due to our disturbance?   The raptor monitoring guidelines recommend 
staying 200 meters away from owl nests.  Perhaps  this should be a 
guideline for owls generally during nesting season.  Maybe this makes it 
difficult to get a good photo,  But consider what's more important 
here.   Jill Boice

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Subject: Singing Dippers - RMNP and Lyons
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:06:10 +0000
Today we had singing American Dippers at Endovally - Alluvial Fan (West
campground) in Rocky Mountain National Park and at Meadow Park in Lyons. No
sign of the Golden Eagles at Meadows Park yet.

In RMNP the dipper was under the bridge. We also had the Brown Creeper,
Pygmy Nuthatches and Mountain Chickadee at the campground. Just a beautiful
day at the park.

Mountain Bluebird at Cub Lake in RMNP and then a few photos in the
checklist from Bear Lake where we snowshoed.

eBird Checklist – Rocky Mountain NP--Bear Lake Rd., Colorado – Wed Feb 15,
2017 – 5 species http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34391983

Gregg Goodrich
Highlands Ranch

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Subject: Re: Lewis's woodpecker, El Paso Co
From: Ben S <benrmnp AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:10 -0800 (PST)
Any Juniper Titmice?

Ben Sampson
Centennial, Co

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Subject: Jan/Feb Yellow-rumped Warblers Denver metro
From: Ben S <benrmnp AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:59:23 -0800 (PST)
This mourning around 8 AM, I was at school at Cherry Creek High School. I 
heard the framiliar 'chip' of a Yellow-rumped Warbler. I looked up at the 
top of a decidous tree to see the definite size, shape, and flight style of 
a Yellow-rumped Warbler. No photos, couldn't see if it was Audubon's or 
Mrytle. I actually swear I heard a Yellow-Rumped Warbler in the exact same 
tree in mid January, but never saw it, and never ebirded it. Looking at 
ebird records, the species has recently been seen near the South Platte 
River from around 88th ave in Adams county down to South Platte Park. 
Someone saw them at Bible Park in south Denver last January. I myself got 
my year bird along the South Platte near 64th ave this weekend. I got last 
year's in mid Feb at South Platte Park. This species is "supposed" to be 
uncommon around here in the winter. This winter, it seems fairly common in 
places. Many birders, including myself, have noticed Ruby-Crowned Kinglets 
overwintering in many places this winter. Looking at pre-2005 ebird 
records, they seem a lot less common in winter then. Has anyone else 
thought this species is unusually common around Denver this winter?

Ben Sampson
Centennial, Co

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Subject: Lewis's woodpecker, El Paso Co
From: David Chartier <drchartier AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:20:30 +0000
Had a flyover Lewis's woodpecker at Cheyenne Mountain SP this afternoon. I was 
about a hundred yards west on the Zook Loop. It looked like it landed in some 
of the Gamble oaks near the parking lot, but I wasn't able to find it. Haven't 
seen one at this location since 2008. 




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Subject: Last "Raptor Alley" Tour of Winter Season Scheduled
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:36:48 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

   - http://coloradobirder.club/m/events/view/Raptor-Alley-Driving-Tour

I’ll be starting up some spring migration tours following months.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.club/

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:15:30 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 16, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 16 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (*Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Jefferson, Logan)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Chaffee)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (*Adams, Boulder, Fremont, Mesa)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Mesa)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent)
Sora (*Pueblo)
Dunlin (Arapahoe, Douglas)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Boulder)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe)
ICELAND GULL (Washington)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Douglas)
Double-crested Cormorant (Bent)
American White Pelican (Adams, Bent)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Denver)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Pacific Wren (La Plata)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*Pueblo)
Northern Mockingbird (Yuma)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Pitkin, San Miguel)
White-winged Crossbill (Grand)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Otero)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 14 at Barr Lake SP, David Dowell reported 4 American White
Pelicans.
---On February 14 on South Platte River and 88th Ave, Mary Keithler
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and Lesser Yellowlegs.
--On February 15 on South Platte River and 86th Ave, Tom Wilberding
reported m Barrow's Goldeneye.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported ad Mew Gull,
1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On February 12 at
Aurora Reservoir, Holden Maxfied reported White-winged Scoter and Lesser
Black-backed Gull; and Bill Buckingham reported Mew Gull and 1-st cyc
Thayer's Gull.
---On February 4 at McLellen Reservoir, Ben Sampson and many other birders
reported Dunlin.  McLellen is in both Arapahoe and Douglas County, but
mostly in Arapahoe.  Only the SE portion of McLellen is in Douglas. On
February 10, Joe Roller reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February
11, Allison Hixon reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12,
David Blue, Jan Albright, Richard Bunn, Cynthia Madsen reported Dunlin at
McLellen reservoir.  On February 13, Betty Glass reported Dunlin at
McLellen Reservoir.
On February 14, Candice Johnson reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.
---On February 10 at Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Sunny Bradford
reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds.

BENT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at north west entrance of Lake Hasty Campground, Janeal
Thompson reported 5 Greater Roadrunners.
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Double-crested Cormorant at
Lake Hasty and one Double-crested Cormorant and 11 American White Pelicans
on the reservoir side.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 10 at 68th and Hygiene Rd, Bryan Guarente reported m
Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On February 11 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Nick Komar reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On February 13, Thomas Heinrich reported all 3
specied of Rosy-Finches at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark.
---On February 11 at Walden Ponds in Boulder, Steve Frye, Luke Pheneger,
Wilem van vliet, David Waltman, and Laura Steadman reported 4 Tundra Swans
and Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Teller Farm and Lakes, Peter Burke reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Peter Burke reported ad m
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 on CR 163, Jeff Guy reported 2 Tundra Swans.
---On February 12 at Buena Vista Ice Pond, Christian Hagenlocher reported 9
Barrow's Goldeneyes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Washington Park, Aaron Tucker reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers. On February 11 at Washington Park, Kara Carragher and Lisa
Edwards reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  On February 13, Judith
Henderson reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Washington Park.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On February 6, Josh and
rachel Destree reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
Bridge.  On February 19, Norm Lewis reported Trumpeter Swan upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.
---On January 24 at McLellen Reservoir, SE Corner and High Line Canal
Trail, Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin.  On February 6, Gwen Moore and
Edward Done reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 7 at
McLellen Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Pam Zimmer reported Dunlin.  On
February 9, Mark Minner-Lee and Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin at McLellen
Reservoir.  On February 10, Aaron Yappert and DuWayne Worthington reported
Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 11, Kara Carragher, Lisa
Edwards, Riley Morris, Sunny Bradford, Christine Alexander, and Sue Twiford
reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12, Brian Johnson, John
Drummond, and Tina Jones reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Tunnel  Dr Trail Head in Canon City, Bill Buckingham
reported Barrow's Goldeneye.

GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Winter Park Ski Area, Andy Boyce reported 12
White-winged Crossbills.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Wadsworth north of 72nd Ave,
Arvada, Doug Faulkner reported a BRANT.   On February 10, Aaron Yappert and
Norm Lewis reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.  On February 11 at
Indian Tree Golf Club, Thomas Holub, Nelson Ford, and Frank Farrell
reported BRANT.  On February 12 at Indian Tree Golf Club, Lorraine Lanning,
Bez ezuidenhout, Bill Buckingham, and Susan Rosine reported BRANT.  On
February 15, Candice Johnson reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.
---On February 9, Jessi Oberbeck reported BRANT at Pond at 75th and
Wadsworth in Arvada.
---On February 11, Adams Block reported Trumpeter Swan on Audubon Center
trails at Chatfield SP.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2, Ryan Votta reported Pacific Wren at Animas River
Trail/Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area. On February 8, Elyse Klingener and
Robert Winslow reported Pacific Wren at Animas River Trail/Huck Finn Pond
and Hatchery Area.
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other birders
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.

LOGAN COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Jumbo Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.
---On February 12 at CR 66 and CR 93, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 9, JoAnn Potter Riggle reported 3 White-winged Doves in the
alley east of the 13th and Grand block in Grand Junction.
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Mike Henwood reported 3
Barrow's Goldeneyes (1m, 2f) and Hermit Thrush.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Bent's Fort Marsh, Cheryl Teuton reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 4 Northern
Cardinals (2m, 2f) at Lamar Community College Woods.  On February 11,
Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 3 m Northern Cardinals at Lamar
Community College Woods.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported
Long-tailed Duck.
---On February 13 at North Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On February15 at Chico Basin Ranch Headquarters area (Fee Area), John
Drummond and Jason Boyce reported 3 Curve-billed Thashers and heard a Sora
in the marsh area.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On February 12, Eric Hynes reported all three species of Rosy-Finches at
his feeders in Telluride.  If you would like to try for the bird contact
him at erichynes28 AT gmail.com.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Prewitt Reservoir, Kathy Mimh Dunning, and David
Dowell reported ICELAND GULL.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 8 at Hale Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers and Northern Mockingbird.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 18 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-381-3314 <(720)%20381-3314>).  From I-70, exit 267, take Kipling south
about 3/4 mile and turn right (west on 44th Avenue.  Go one mile west.
Look for the entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south).  Meet at 0900
just inside the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
  This is a trip with easy walking and accessible for mobility imparied
individuals.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be to Jefferson County
Parks led by Pratyaydipta Rudra & Sreemala Das Majumder (pratyayr AT
gmail.com; 919-699-4043 <(919)%20699-4043>).  Meet at 0730 at Colorado
Parks and Wildlife, 6060 Broadway to carpool.  Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go
west 2 block to Broadway, then north 2 blocks to parking lot on the right.
    The is a 3/4 day trip.  Will bird at least two different locations in
Jefferson County.  The exact locations will be determine based on weather
conditions and recent sightings.  Will Carpool and drivers will be
reimbursed for gas.  Will walk some trails up to 3 miles.  Bring lunch and
water.  If you have a scope or walkie talkies, please bring them.  Register
online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be Buckley Road Raptor
Ramble led by Patrick O'Driscoll (patodrisk ATgmail.com; 303-885-6955
<(303)%20885-6955>).  Meet at 0730 in parking lot for First Creek at DEN
Open Space on 56th Ave just west of Pena Blvd.  Take 56th Ave from west or
I-70 to Pena, then north to 56th Ave.  Exit left at bottom of ramp, drive
under Pena overpasses about 2 block west.  Parking lot is on right (north).

   Level, one-way walk follows Buckley Rd (closed to vehicles, asphalt
pavement with some gravel at north end)  about 4 miles north to 99th Ave,
 Where we will stage vehicles to carpool back at walk's end.  Fence line on
left is bird-rich Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, trees, prairie dog towns on
right are First Creek open space.  Dress for weather.  Bring water and
snacks.  Scopes helpful for long-distance views into Arsenal.  Register
online or contact leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: South Platte River, Adams County
From: Ben S <benrmnp AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:42:17 -0800 (PST)
On Sunday, I visited this area of the south platte. Along 88th, I did not 
see an adult male Barrow's, but I did see what appears to be an immature 
male Barrow's. Also nine Northern Pintails. Nice seeing the adult male 
Barrow's! Where exactly was it?
Also near 64th I got my year bird Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) and two 
Black-crowned Night-Herons (immatures). I checked and this is pretty much 
the only part of the Denver area they overwinter. Another highlight was a 
flyover Double-C Cormorant. 

Ben Sampson
Centennial, Co

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Subject: South Platte River, Adams County
From: Tom Wilberding <twilberding AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:06:10 -0800 (PST)

Hello birders,

Biked the South Platte River Trail today from 64th to 104th and back. Saw 
three well-hidden Black-crowned Night-Herons at the sewage cascades near 64
th and York. Along Sand Creek at the Suncor Refinery noticed two cabbage 
white butterflies, first of the year for me. At about 86th street saw a 
male Barrow’s Goldeneye. Some beautiful ducks still on the river, including 
my favorites Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, and Green-winged Teal. 
Glorious weather today--industrial Denver never looked so good!

Tom Wilberding
Littleton, CO



 



 



 



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Subject: Re: Bushtit nesting in Fort Collins
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:51:27 -0700
Funny you should ask... Today at home I saw a pair (first time so far this
season I've just seen 2) feeding at one of my suet cages,and then they
moved to visit a cage I hung filled with cattail fluff. They fussed with
the fluff and then both carried some off out of view. I had presumed
carrying nest material, but I could not tell where they went with it.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 2:18 PM, DAVID A LEATHERMAN 
wrote:

> Yesterday, sitting at the computer with my Fort Collins apartment door
> wide open, I noticed the familiar tinkling sound of bushtits in the
> courtyard.  Last year they nested on this property (nest building first
> noticed on 12March2016) about a mile east of CSU and it appears they will
> do so again.  In fact, they are refurbishing the same nest which
> successfully produced a brood last summer.  In the "Birds of North America"
> account on bushtits by Sarah Sloane, it states the following: "In
> Chiricahua Mtns., se. Arizona, on only 1 occasion was a nest reused a
> second season, and this was late in season by a year-old inexperienced
> male; nest had remained unusually intact through 2 winters due to heavy
> concealment in a clump of mistletoe (SAS). Most nests deteriorate rapidly
> when abandoned."  The nest here is at the end of a lower branch (about 20
> feet above the ground) on the ene side (catches the morning sun) of a large
> CO blue spruce.  As is typical of the species, the substantial nest "bag"
> is well concealed and woven into the spruce foliage.  Even knowing where it
> is and looking straight up at the nest site, it takes me a minute or so to
> locate the nest material hiding in the needles.
>
>
> I would also note Coen Dexter mentions in his bushtit account for the *
> Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas II *book that the earliest recorded
> nest-building was 17March.  Thus, nest-refurbishing on 14February is either
> a freak event triggered by hormonal influence on Valentine's Day,
> preliminary activity influenced by both warm weather and the existence of a
> suitable old structure, an indicator things are changing, or most likely,
> just the early end of activity that birders, especially BBA atlasers
> accustomed to doing most of their work in "typical" bird breeding months,
> have missed.
>
>
> Anybody else noticing bushtit nesting activity out there?
>
>
> Dave Leatherman
>
> Fort Collins
>
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Subject: RE: Bushtit nesting in Fort Collins
From: "snowy.owlets" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:41:04 -0700
    
Hi Everyone,
Bushtits are roaming the parking lot at my workplace in Boulder. They have been 
here most days this month. They usually stop flocking and travel separately 
when they're nesting, but I have not seen this yet. Last year a pair nested in 
an ornamental juniper nearby. That pair was busy by early April, but I don't 
have an exact date. 

All the neighborhood flickers are getting hormonal and noisy now, so at least 
some birds think spring is here. 

Mark Miller Longmont, CO 
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-------- Original message --------
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN  
Date: 2/15/17  2:18 PM  (GMT-07:00) 
To: COBIRDS  
Subject: [cobirds] Bushtit nesting in Fort Collins 



Yesterday, sitting at the computer with my Fort Collins apartment door wide 
open, I noticed the familiar tinkling sound of bushtits in the courtyard.  
Last year they nested on this property (nest building first noticed on 
12March2016) about a mile 

 east of CSU and it appears they will do so again.  In fact, they are 
refurbishing the same nest which successfully produced a brood last summer.  
In the "Birds of North America" account on bushtits by Sarah Sloane, it states 
the following: "In Chiricahua Mtns., 

 se. Arizona, on only 1 occasion was a nest reused a second season, and this 
was late in season by a year-old inexperienced male; nest had remained 
unusually intact through 2 winters due to heavy concealment in a clump of 
mistletoe (SAS). Most nests deteriorate 

 rapidly when abandoned."  The nest here is at the end of a lower branch 
(about 20 feet above the ground) on the ene side (catches the morning sun) of a 
large CO blue spruce.  As is typical of the species, the substantial nest 
"bag" is well concealed and woven 

 into the spruce foliage.  Even knowing where it is and looking straight up at 
the nest site, it takes me a minute or so to locate the nest material hiding in 
the needles. 




I would also note Coen Dexter mentions in his bushtit account for the 
Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas II book that the earliest recorded nest-building 
was 17March.  Thus, nest-refurbishing on 14February is either a freak event 
triggered by hormonal influence on Valentine's Day, preliminary activity 
influenced by both warm weather 

 and the existence of a suitable old structure, an indicator things are 
changing, or most likely, just the early end of activity that birders, 
especially BBA atlasers accustomed to doing most of their work in "typical" 
bird breeding months, have missed. 






Anybody else noticing bushtit nesting activity out there?





Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins



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Subject: Bushtit nesting in Fort Collins
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:18:13 +0000
Yesterday, sitting at the computer with my Fort Collins apartment door wide 
open, I noticed the familiar tinkling sound of bushtits in the courtyard. Last 
year they nested on this property (nest building first noticed on 12March2016) 
about a mile east of CSU and it appears they will do so again. In fact, they 
are refurbishing the same nest which successfully produced a brood last summer. 
In the "Birds of North America" account on bushtits by Sarah Sloane, it states 
the following: "In Chiricahua Mtns., se. Arizona, on only 1 occasion was a nest 
reused a second season, and this was late in season by a year-old inexperienced 
male; nest had remained unusually intact through 2 winters due to heavy 
concealment in a clump of mistletoe (SAS). Most nests deteriorate rapidly when 
abandoned." The nest here is at the end of a lower branch (about 20 feet above 
the ground) on the ene side (catches the morning sun) of a large CO blue 
spruce. As is typical of the species, the substantial nest "bag" is well 
concealed and woven into the spruce foliage. Even knowing where it is and 
looking straight up at the nest site, it takes me a minute or so to locate the 
nest material hiding in the needles. 



I would also note Coen Dexter mentions in his bushtit account for the Colorado 
Breeding Bird Atlas II book that the earliest recorded nest-building was 
17March. Thus, nest-refurbishing on 14February is either a freak event 
triggered by hormonal influence on Valentine's Day, preliminary activity 
influenced by both warm weather and the existence of a suitable old structure, 
an indicator things are changing, or most likely, just the early end of 
activity that birders, especially BBA atlasers accustomed to doing most of 
their work in "typical" bird breeding months, have missed. 



Anybody else noticing bushtit nesting activity out there?


Dave Leatherman

Fort Collins

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:05:10 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 15, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, February 15 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Jefferson, Logan)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Chaffee)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (*Adams, Boulder, Fremont, *Mesa)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Mesa)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent)
Dunlin (*Arapahoe, Douglas)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Boulder)
Lesser Yellowlegs (*Adams)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe)
ICELAND GULL (Washington)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Douglas)
Double-crested Cormorant (Bent)
American White Pelican (*Adams, Bent)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, Denver)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Pacific Wren (La Plata)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (*Mesa)
Northern Mockingbird (Yuma)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Pitkin, San Miguel)
White-winged Crossbill (Grand)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Otero)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 14 at Barr Lake SP, David Dowell reported 4 American White
Pelicans.
---On February 14 on South Platte River and 88th Ave, Mary Keithler
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and Lesser Yellowlegs.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 11 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported ad Mew Gull,
1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On February 12 at
Aurora Reservoir, Holden Maxfied reported White-winged Scoter and Lesser
Black-backed Gull; and Bill Buckingham reported Mew Gull and 1-st cyc
Thayer's Gull.
---On February 4 at McLellen Reservoir, Ben Sampson and many other birders
reported Dunlin.  McLellen is in both Arapahoe and Douglas County, but
mostly in Arapahoe.  Only the SE portion of McLellen is in Douglas. On
February 10, Joe Roller reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February
11, Allison Hixon reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12,
David Blue, Jan Albright, Richard Bunn, Cynthia Madsen reported Dunlin at
McLellen reservoir.  On February 13, Betty Glass reported Dunlin at
McLellen Reservoir.
On February 14, Candice Johnson reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.
---On February 10 at Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Sunny Bradford
reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds.

BENT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at north west entrance of Lake Hasty Campground, Janeal
Thompson reported 5 Greater Roadrunners.
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Double-crested Cormorant at
Lake Hasty and one Double-crested Cormorant and 11 American White Pelicans
on the reservoir side.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 10 at 68th and Hygiene Rd, Bryan Guarente reported m
Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On February 11 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Nick Komar reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On February 13, Thomas Heinrich reported all 3
specied of Rosy-Finches at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark.
---On February 11 at Walden Ponds in Boulder, Steve Frye, Luke Pheneger,
Wilem van vliet, David Waltman, and Laura Steadman reported 4 Tundra Swans
and Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Teller Farm and Lakes, Peter Burke reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Peter Burke reported ad m
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 11 on CR 163, Jeff Guy reported 2 Tundra Swans.
---On February 12 at Buena Vista Ice Pond, Christian Hagenlocher reported 9
Barrow's Goldeneyes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Washington Park, Aaron Tucker reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers. On February 11 at Washington Park, Kara Carragher and Lisa
Edwards reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  On February 13, Judith
Henderson reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Washington Park.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On February 6, Josh and
rachel Destree reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
Bridge.  On February 19, Norm Lewis reported Trumpeter Swan upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.
---On January 24 at McLellen Reservoir, SE Corner and High Line Canal
Trail, Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin.  On February 6, Gwen Moore and
Edward Done reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 7 at
McLellen Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Pam Zimmer reported Dunlin.  On
February 9, Mark Minner-Lee and Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin at McLellen
Reservoir.  On February 10, Aaron Yappert and DuWayne Worthington reported
Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 11, Kara Carragher, Lisa
Edwards, Riley Morris, Sunny Bradford, Christine Alexander, and Sue Twiford
reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12, Brian Johnson, John
Drummond, and Tina Jones reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Tunnel  Dr Trail Head in Canon City, Bill Buckingham
reported Barrow's Goldeneye.

GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Winter Park Ski Area, Andy Boyce reported 12
White-winged Crossbills.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Wadsworth north of 72nd Ave,
Arvada, Doug Faulkner reported a BRANT.   On February 10, Aaron Yappert and
Norm Lewis reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.  On February 11 at
Indian Tree Golf Club, Thomas Holub, Nelson Ford, and Frank Farrell
reported BRANT.  OnFebruary 12 at Indian Tree Golf Club, Lorraine Lanning,
Bez ezuidenhout, Bill Buckingham, and Susan Rosine reported BRANT.
---On February 9, Jessi Oberbeck reported BRANT at Pond at 75th and
Wadsworth in Arvada.
---On February 11, Adams Block reported Trumpeter Swan on Audubon Center
trails at Chatfield SP.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2, Ryan Votta reported Pacific Wren at Animas River
Trail/Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area. On February 8, Elyse Klingener and
Robert Winslow reported Pacific Wren at Animas River Trail/Huck Finn Pond
and Hatchery Area.
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other birders
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.

LOGAN COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Jumbo Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.
---On February 12 at CR 66 and CR 93, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 9, JoAnn Potter Riggle reported 3 White-winged Doves in the
alley east of the 13th and Grand block in Grand Junction.
---On February 14 at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, Mike Henwood reported 3
Barrow's Goldeneyes (1m, 2f) and Hermit Thrush.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Bent's Fort Marsh, Cheryl Teuton reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 4 Northern
Cardinals (2m, 2f) at Lamar Community College Woods.  On February 11,
Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 3 m Northern Cardinals at Lamar
Community College Woods.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported
Long-tailed Duck.
---On February 13 at North Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On February 12, Eric Hynes reported all three species of Rosy-Finches at
his feeders in Telluride.  If you would like to try for the bird contact
him at erichynes28 AT gmail.com.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Prewitt Reservoir, Kathy Mimh Dunning, and David
Dowell reported ICELAND GULL.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 8 at Hale Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers and Northern Mockingbird.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 18 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-381-3314 <(720)%20381-3314>).  From I-70, exit 267, take Kipling south
about 3/4 mile and turn right (west on 44th Avenue.  Go one mile west.
Look for the entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south).  Meet at 0900
just inside the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
  This is a trip with easy walking and accessible for mobility imparied
individuals.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be to Jefferson County
Parks led by Pratyaydipta Rudra & Sreemala Das Majumder (pratyayr AT
gmail.com; 919-699-4043 <(919)%20699-4043>).  Meet at 0730 at Colorado
Parks and Wildlife, 6060 Broadway to carpool.  Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go
west 2 block to Broadway, then north 2 blocks to parking lot on the right.
    The is a 3/4 day trip.  Will bird at least two different locations in
Jefferson County.  The exact locations will be determine based on weather
conditions and recent sightings.  Will Carpool and drivers will be
reimbursed for gas.  Will walk some trails up to 3 miles.  Bring lunch and
water.  If you have a scope or walkie talkies, please bring them.  Register
online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be Buckley Road Raptor
Ramble led by Patrick O'Driscoll (patodrisk ATgmail.com; 303-885-6955
<(303)%20885-6955>).  Meet at 0730 in parking lot for First Creek at DEN
Open Space on 56th Ave just west of Pena Blvd.  Take 56th Ave from west or
I-70 to Pena, then north to 56th Ave.  Exit left at bottom of ramp, drive
under Pena overpasses about 2 block west.  Parking lot is on right (north).

   Level, one-way walk follows Buckley Rd (closed to vehicles, asphalt
pavement with some gravel at north end)  about 4 miles north to 99th Ave,
 Where we will stage vehicles to carpool back at walk's end.  Fence line on
left is bird-rich Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, trees, prairie dog towns on
right are First Creek open space.  Dress for weather.  Bring water and
snacks.  Scopes helpful for long-distance views into Arsenal.  Register
online or contact leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Cedar Waxwings in south Park Hill, Denver County
From: "Johnson, Candice E., MD." <Candice.Johnson AT childrenscolorado.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:01:34 +0000
Today at 8 am we had the first look at Cedar Waxwings in our yard near Monaco 
Blvd & 23rd Avenue. Twelve birds landed in the top of our Siberian Elm and 
sunned themselves for about 5 minutes. We have never seen them anywhere in Park 
Hill previously, although others may have seen them. 


Candice Johnson
Denver
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Subject: Singing Catbird, Resting Screech Owl, Paired(?) Towhees - Arapahoe Co.
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:34:14 -0800 (PST)
On Sunday, I heard what I believe was a singing Gray Catbird along the High 
Line Canal Trail in Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve (Greenwood Village 
[Arapahoe Co.]). Terrible recordings are here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34326693. I returned to look for it 
Monday evening and heard it once but couldn't locate it. The bird sounded 
as if it was singing not from the trail, but from among the private 
residences surrounding it. The Red-tails at Marjorie Perry have been very 
active lately; the spot is usually good for 3-4 sightings, including a 
Harlan's who has spent much of this winter (and perhaps last's) in the 
area. 

Elsewhere this weekend, my dog and I followed a half dozen or so alert 
Black-capped Chickadees to an Eastern Screech-Owl, twenty or so feet up a 
tree -- far higher than I'd previously found them perched. Only had my 
smartphone and binoculars, so here's that terrible photo.



 



In my yard, two Spotted Towhees appear to have paired. Am I misreading 
their sudden presence feeding and calling together, after a winter of 
seeing only one at a time, or is the timing right? And my bird bath is 
suddenly the most popular stop in town. Dozens of robins have been visiting 
it around sunset, taking turns (5-9 of them at a time). They're sometimes 
willing to share it, as when this Cedar Waxwing joined them. 



 


I appreciate the extra visitors, but, boy, do the berry-eaters make a mess 
of the bath.


In less happy news, at least for the bird in question...there are many 
Collared Doves in my neighborhood. Since switching to a "no mess" bird 
seed, two have been frequent visitors to my feeders. Now it's down to one 
and a small pile of Collared Dove feathers in the back of the yard. 


- Jared Del Rosso

Centennial, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:17:18 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 14, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, February 14 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Jefferson, Logan)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Chaffee, Montrose)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Boulder,  Chaffee, Fremont, Mesa, Pueblo)
Red-necked Grebe (*Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Mesa)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent)
Dunlin (*Arapahoe, Douglas)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Boulder)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder)
ICELAND GULL (Washington)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe,  Boulder, Douglas)
Great Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder)
Double-crested Cormorant (Bent)
American White Pelican (Bent)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Boulder, *Denver)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Pacific Wren (La Plata)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Northern Mockingbird (Yuma)
American Pipit (Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Boulder, Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (*Boulder, Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Boulder,  Pitkin, *San Miguel)
White-winged Crossbill (*Grand)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Prowers)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Otero)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe)
Great-tailed Grackle (Adams, Chaffee)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 7, Norm Lewis reported 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes on South Platte
River near 78th Ave.
---On February 7 at Barr Lake State Park, Lorraine Lanning reported ad
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On February 7, Dan Stringer reported 7 Great-tailed Grackles on E 136th,
E of I-76 near Barr Lake.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 5 at Aurora Reservoir, Mike McCloy and Libby Megna reported
White-winged Scoter, Thayer's Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and 1-st
cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On February 6, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan
reported White-winged Scoter and Lesser Black-backed Gull at Aurora
Reservoir.  On February 11 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported ad
Mew Gull, 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On February
12 at Aurora Reservoir, Holden Maxfied reported White-winged Scoter and
Lesser Black-backed Gull; and Bill Buckingham reported Mew Gull and 1-st
cyc Thayer's Gull.
---On February 4 at McLellen Reservoir, Ben Sampson and many other birders
reported Dunlin.  McLellen is in both Arapahoe and Douglas County, but
mostly in Arapahoe.  Only the SE portion of McLellen is in Douglas. On
February 10, Joe Roller reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February
11, Allison Hixon reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12,
David Blue, Jan Albright, Richard Bunn, Cynthia Madsen reported Dunlin at
McLellen reservoir.  On February 13, Betty Glass reported Dunlin at
McLellen Reservoir.
---On February 10 at Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Sunny Bradford
reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds.

BENT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at north west entrance of Lake Hasty Campground, Janeal
Thompson reported 5 Greater Roadrunners.
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Double-crested Cormorant at
Lake Hasty and one Double-crested Cormorant and 11 American White Pelicans
on the reservoir side.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 6 at Boulder Reservoir, Ted Floyd and David Waltman reported
1-st cyc Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1-st cyc
Thayer's Gull.
---On February 10 at 68th and Hygiene Rd, Bryan Guarente reported m
Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On February 11 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Nick Komar reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On February 13, Thomas Heinrich reported all 3
specied of Rosy-Finches at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark.
---On February 11 at Walden Ponds in Boulder, Steve Frye, Luke Pheneger,
Wilem van vliet, David Waltman, and Laura Steadman reported 4 Tundra Swans
and Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Teller Farm and Lakes, Peter Burke reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Peter Burke reported ad m
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 5 at Sands Lake SWA, Christian Hagenlocher reported 7
Barrow's Goldeneyes and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.  On February 6 at Sands
Lake SWA, Nancy davis reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 10 Great-tailed
Grackles.
---On February 11 on CR 163, Jeff Guy reported 2 Tundra Swans.
---On February 12 at Buena Vista Ice Pond, Christian Hagenlocher reported 9
Barrow's Goldeneyes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Washington Park, Aaron Tucker reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers. On February 11 at Washington Park, Kara Carragher and Lisa
Edwards reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  On February 13, Judith
Henderson reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Washington Park.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On February 6, Josh and
rachel Destree reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
Bridge.  On February 19, Norm Lewis reported Trumpeter Swan upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.
---On January 24 at McLellen Reservoir, SE Corner and High Line Canal
Trail, Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin.  On February 6, Gwen Moore and
Edward Done reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 7 at
McLellen Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Pam Zimmer reported Dunlin.  On
February 9, Mark Minner-Lee and Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin at McLellen
Reservoir.  On February 10, Aaron Yappert and DuWayne Worthington reported
Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 11, Kara Carragher, Lisa
Edwards, Riley Morris, Sunny Bradford, Christine Alexander, and Sue Twiford
reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12, Brian Johnson, John
Drummond, and Tina Jones reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Tunnel  Dr Trail Head in Canon City, Bill Buckingham
reported Barrow's Goldeneye.

GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Winter Park Ski Area, Andy Boyce reported 12
White-winged Crossbills.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Wadsworth north of 72nd Ave,
Arvada, Doug Faulkner reported a BRANT.   On February 4, Holden Maxfield
reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Course.  On February 10, Aaron Yappert
and Norm Lewis reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.  On February 11 at
Indian Tree Golf Club, Thomas Holub, Nelson Ford, and Frank Farrell
reported BRANT.  OnFebruary 12 at Indian Tree Golf Club, Lorraine Lanning,
Bez ezuidenhout, Bill Buckingham, and Susan Rosine reported BRANT.
---On February 6 at outflow channel at base of dam at Chatfield SP, David
Suddjian reported American Pipit.
---On February 9, Jessi Oberbeck reported BRANT at Pond at 75th and
Wadsworth in Arvada.
---On February 11, Adams Block reported Trumpeter Swan on Audubon Center
trails at Chatfield SP.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2, Ryan Votta reported Pacific Wren at Animas River
Trail/Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area.  On February 3 at Durango Fish
Hatchery, Vic Zerbi reported Pacific Wren.  On February 5, Nancy Davis
reported Pacific Wren in Huck Finn Pond area.  On February 8, Elyse
Klingener and Robert Winslow reported Pacific Wren at Animas River
Trail/Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area.
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 6, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at Bobcat
RIdge Natural Area.  On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American
Woodcock at Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other
birders reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.

LOGAN COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Jumbo Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.
---On February 12 at CR 66 and CR 93, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 9, JoAnn Potter Riggle reported 3 White-winged Doves in the
alley east of the 13th and Grand block in Grand Junction.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On February 4 at Nucla City reservoir, Eric Hynes reported 2 Tundra
Swans.  On February 6, Coen Dexter reported 2 Tundra Swans at Nucla
Domestic Reservoir.  On February 7, Vic Zerbi reported 2 Tundra Swans at
Nucla Domestic Reservoir.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Bent's Fort Marsh, Cheryl Teuton reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 6 at Lamar Community College at feeder across from library,
Janeal Thompson reported 3 Northern Cardinals (2m, 1f) and Lincoln's
Sparrow.  On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 4
Northern Cardinals (2m, 2f) at Lamar Community College Woods.  On February
11, Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 3 m Northern Cardinals at
Lamar Community College Woods.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 6 on Arkansas River in Pueblo, Brandon Percival reported 4
Barrow's Goldeneyes (2m, 2f)
---On February 10 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported
Long-tailed Duck.
---On February 13 at North Shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On February 12, Eric Hynes reported all three species of Rosy-Finches at
his feeders in Telluride.  If you would like to try for the bird contact
him at erichynes28 AT gmail.com.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Prewitt Reservoir, Kathy Mimh Dunning, and David
Dowell reported ICELAND GULL.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 6 in LaSalle on CR 27, Loch Kilpatrick reported Greater
Yellowlegs.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 8 at Hale Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers and Northern Mockingbird.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 18 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-381-3314 <(720)%20381-3314>).  From I-70, exit 267, take Kipling south
about 3/4 mile and turn right (west on 44th Avenue.  Go one mile west.
Look for the entrance to Prospect Park on your left (south).  Meet at 0900
just inside the park in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
  This is a trip with easy walking and accessible for mobility imparied
individuals.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be to Jefferson County
Parks led by Pratyaydipta Rudra & Sreemala Das Majumder (pratyayr AT
gmail.com; 919-699-4043 <(919)%20699-4043>).  Meet at 0730 at Colorado
Parks and Wildlife, 6060 Broadway to carpool.  Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go
west 2 block to Broadway, then north 2 blocks to parking lot on the right.
    The is a 3/4 day trip.  Will bird at least two different locations in
Jefferson County.  The exact locations will be determine based on weather
conditions and recent sightings.  Will Carpool and drivers will be
reimbursed for gas.  Will walk some trails up to 3 miles.  Bring lunch and
water.  If you have a scope or walkie talkies, please bring them.  Register
online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be Buckley Road Raptor
Ramble led by Patrick O'Driscoll (patodrisk ATgmail.com; 303-885-6955
<(303)%20885-6955>).  Meet at 0730 in parking lot for First Creek at DEN
Open Space on 56th Ave just west of Pena Blvd.  Take 56th Ave from west or
I-70 to Pena, then north to 56th Ave.  Exit left at bottom of ramp, drive
under Pena overpasses about 2 block west.  Parking lot is on right (north).

   Level, one-way walk follows Buckley Rd (closed to vehicles, asphalt
pavement with some gravel at north end)  about 4 miles north to 99th Ave,
 Where we will stage vehicles to carpool back at walk's end.  Fence line on
left is bird-rich Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, trees, prairie dog towns on
right are First Creek open space.  Dress for weather.  Bring water and
snacks.  Scopes helpful for long-distance views into Arsenal.  Register
online or contact leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Allenspark Rosy Finches, Boulder Cty, 2/13
From: Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:54:32 -0700
Dear Cobirders,
I was graced by the presence of a flock of 140 Rosy Finches, including all 
three species, this afternoon at the Fawn Brook Inn. They arrived at about 
2:40, circling many times before landing in the aspen, visited the feeders for 
about ten minutes, and then were gone. 


I am grateful to Nick Komar for his report of an afternoon appearance of the 
rosy finch flock a few days ago, giving me a few ounces of confidence that a 60 
mi roundtrip bike ride from Boulder might not be entirely futile, 

and especially to the two kind birders from FT Collins in the Prius who, after 
spending 2 hrs waiting for the finches without luck, made the sacrificial 
offering to the birding gods inviting the finches to the Inn by giving up and 
departing. ;-) I am sorry you missed them, and will happily return the favor 
next time! 


Good birding,

Thomas Heinrich
Boulder, CO
Nyctea AT aol.com

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Subject: White-winged Dove with topknot - Pueblo
From: "Leon Bright" <urraca2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:14:02 -0700
COBirders,

  With little else-bird-wise-to do, I took a picture of a White-winged Dove
that has frequented my  back yard feeder for several months.  No doubt its
topknot is some type of genetic aberration.

Leon Bright, Pueblo 

 

 



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Subject: Wednesday, 2/15 Wheatridge Greenbelt with Davis
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:34:04 -0700
This outing is sponsored by Boulder County Audubon:

*Wheat Ridge Greenbelt with Davis*

Leader:  Ray, “Davis”

Wednesday., Feb. 15, 2017; snow date, Thurs.,  Feb. 16

Free, no limit; questions:  303 823 5332 or

davis AT greenspeedisp.net

Time:  8:00am-12:00pm

The Clear Creek Trail amidst the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt is well known for
exceptional viewing and photographic opportunities for most all the
wintering waterfowl to be found in the Front Range.  These birds will be
resplendent in their glorious breeding plumages in February.  This public
area includes lakes, a boardwalk and blind. Passerines and birds of prey
are readily found in the surrounding area.

Meet at the East Boulder Recreation Center at the north east corner of the
parking lots to carpool.  This outing is for all skill levels.  Bring
binoculars and scopes if you have them.  Dress appropriately and be
prepared to walk about 2 miles.

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Subject: Pueblo Reservoir, Pueblo Co. 2/13
From: Brandon <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:19:40 -0700
I birded with the El Paso County Monday birder group this morning at a
cold and calm (finally) Pueblo Reservoir.  Not too many birds, a few
nice ones though.  A Red-necked Grebe at the North Shore Marina was
the best bird, two Common Loons, Horned, Eared, and Western Grebes
around the lake.  Mountain Bluebirds seem to be around more now.  We
saw Prairie Falcon and a Ferruginous Hawk at the Reservoir as well.
We made an attempt for the Long-tailed Duck from last week, and didn't
see it, or any other ducks it was with.  Very few gulls in the morning
at the South Shore Marina, just Ring-billed and Herring.  Not sure if
there are more gulls around, since the warm weather recently, the
gulls may have moved north or east or somewhere.

-- 
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Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Re: Pygmy-Owl
From: Janis Robinson <janisalana.robinson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:55:05 -0800 (PST)
As someone who puts out bird feeders on my property, I first was amazed 
that you actually had mice ready to feed the owl!
Then I happened to see this article today. 

http://www.thebirdingproject.com/blog/ethicsandowls

I'm just curious if the birding community feels feeding mice to owls on our 
property is somehow different than putting up feeders?

Janis Robinson
Coal Creek Canyon


On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 6:55:20 PM UTC-7, Scott wrote:
>
> Hi All, 
>
> For the past two evenings, I have been having a Northern Pygmy-Owl in my 
> yard. Both evenings, I  placed live mice in the ground and he-she came 
> right in, caught the mice and flew off. This evening, he/she, came back 
> after catching, flying off and cashing the first mouse, and asked for 
> another, so I placed another on the ground that the owl took. 
>
> Something interesting about the way Northern Pygmy-Owls hunt... they 
> really do not want to be on the ground for any length of time with prey. 
> So what they do, is try to perch as close to the ground as possible, so 
> they can fly in very rapidly, grasp the small animal and continue to fly 
> off with it, instead of remaining on the ground with the prey. 
>
> Scott Rashid 
> Estes Park 
>
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Subject: Northcentral Weld County
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:24:49 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

Lots of open water and birds along this route:  Weld CR 124 Pond, Weld CR 
122 Pond, Hwy 392 Pond, Lonetree Water Treatment Facility, Weld CR 59, 
Loloff Reservoir, Latham Reservoir (frozen)-area, Weld CR 48 has lots of 
water on south, Arrowhead Lake, Bittersweet Park, F St Ponds, 35th Ave 
Ponds (E and W), O St Ponds, Seeley Lake, Neuman's Lake, Neff Lake, Windsor 
Lake, Woods Lake, Crom Lake.

Total of 51 species seen.  Highlights:

   - Rough-legged Hawk - 7 (6 along Weld CR 124, one dark morph on Hwy 77)
   - Herring Gull - 9 (Bittersweet Park, Seeley Lake and Neff Lake)
   - Prairie Falcon and Golden Eagle (Weld CR 45)
   - 16 species of duck
   - Snow Goose - 2 (35th Ave West Pond)
   - Greater White-fronted Goose - 4 (Neff Lake)
   - Woods Lake (loaded with ducks, geese); Seeley Lake (loaded with gulls)
   
Photos: http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/home/ 

 




 


Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

http://coloradobirder.club/

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 13 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:25:16 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 13, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 13 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (*Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Jefferson, *Logan)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Chaffee, Montrose)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Boulder,  *Chaffee, Fremont, Mesa, Pueblo)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
White-winged Dove (Mesa)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent)
Dunlin (*Arapahoe, *Douglas)
American Woodcock (*Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (*Boulder)
Mew Gull (*Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Boulder)
ICELAND GULL (*Washington)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe,  Boulder, Douglas)
Great Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder)
Double-crested Cormorant (Bent)
American White Pelican (Bent)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Boulder, Denver)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Pacific Wren (La Plata)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Northern Mockingbird (Yuma)
American Pipit (Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Pitkin)
White-winged Crossbill (*Grand)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Prowers)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Otero)
Rusty Blackbird (Arapahoe)
Great-tailed Grackle (Adams, Chaffee)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 7, Norm Lewis reported 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes on South Platte
River near 78th Ave.
---On February 7 at Barr Lake State Park, Lorraine Lanning reported ad
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On February 7, Dan Stringer reported 7 Great-tailed Grackles on E 136th,
E of I-76 near Barr Lake.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 5 at Aurora Reservoir, Mike McCloy and Libby Megna reported
White-winged Scoter, Thayer's Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and 1-st
cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On February 6, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan
reported White-winged Scoter and Lesser Black-backed Gull at Aurora
Reservoir.  On February 11 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported ad
Mew Gull, 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On February
12 at Aurora Reservoir, Holden Maxfied reported White-winged Scoter and
Lesser Black-backed Gull; and Bill Buckingham reported Mew Gull and 1-st
cyc Thayer's Gull.
---On February 4 at McLellen Reservoir, Ben Sampson and many other birders
reported Dunlin.  McLellen is in both Arapahoe and Douglas County, but
mostly in Arapahoe.  Only the SE portion of McLellen is in Douglas. On
February 10, Joe Roller reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February
11, Allison Hixon reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12,
David Blue, Jan Albright, Richard Bunn, Cynthia Madsen reported Dunlin at
McLellen reservoir.
---On February 10 at Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, Sunny Bradford
reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds.

BENT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at north west entrance of Lake Hasty Campground, Janeal
Thompson reported 5 Greater Roadrunners.
---On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Double-crested Cormorant at
Lake Hasty and one Double-crested Cormorant and 11 American White Pelicans
on the reservoir side.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 6 at Boulder Reservoir, Ted Floyd and David Waltman reported
1-st cyc Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1-st cyc
Thayer's Gull.
---On February 10 at 68th and Hygiene Rd, Bryan Guarente reported m
Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On February 11 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Nick Komar reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches.
---On February 11 at Walden Ponds in Boulder, Steve Frye, Luke Pheneger,
Wilem van vliet, David Waltman, and Laura Steadman reported 4 Tundra Swans
and Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Teller Farm and Lakes, Peter Burke reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On February 12 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Peter Burke reported ad m
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 5 at Sands Lake SWA, Christian Hagenlocher reported 7
Barrow's Goldeneyes and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.  On February 6 at Sands
Lake SWA, Nancy davis reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 10 Great-tailed
Grackles.
---On February 11 on CR 163, Jeff Guy reported 2 Tundra Swans.
---On February 12 at Buena Vista Ice Pond, Christian Hagenlocher reported 9
Barrow's Goldeneyes.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Washington Park, Aaron Tucker reported 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers. On February 11 at Washington Park, Kara Carragher and Lisa
Edwards reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On February 6, Josh and
rachel Destree reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
Bridge.  On February 19, Norm Lewis reported Trumpeter Swan upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.
---On January 24 at McLellen Reservoir, SE Corner and High Line Canal
Trail, Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin.  On February 6, Gwen Moore and
Edward Done reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 7 at
McLellen Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Pam Zimmer reported Dunlin.  On
February 9, Mark Minner-Lee and Gregg Goodrich reported Dunlin at McLellen
Reservoir.  On February 10, Aaron Yappert and DuWayne Worthington reported
Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 11, Kara Carragher, Lisa
Edwards, Riley Morris, Sunny Bradford, Christine Alexander, and Sue Twiford
reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.  On February 12, Brian Johnson and
John Drummond reported Dunlin at McLellen Reservoir.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Tunnel  Dr Trail Head in Canon City, Bill Buckingham
reported Barrow's Goldeneye.

GRAND COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Winter Park Ski Area, Andy Boyce reported 12
White-winged Crossbills.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 26 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Wadsworth north of 72nd Ave,
Arvada, Doug Faulkner reported a BRANT.   On February 4, Holden Maxfield
reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Course.  On February 10, Aaron Yappert
and Norm Lewis reported BRANT at Indian Tree Golf Club.  On February 11 at
Indian Tree Golf Club, Thomas Holub, Nelson Ford, and Frank Farrell
reported BRANT.  OnFebruary 12 at Indian Tree Golf Club, Lorraine Lanning,
Bez ezuidenhout, Bill Buckingham, and Susan Rosine reported BRANT.
---On February 6 at outflow channel at base of dam at Chatfield SP, David
Suddjian reported American Pipit.
---On February 9, Jessi Oberbeck reported BRANT at Pond at 75th and
Wadsworth in Arvada.
---On February 11, Adams Block reported Trumpeter Swan on Audubon Center
trails at Chatfield SP.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 2, Ryan Votta reported Pacific Wren at Animas River
Trail/Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area.  On February 3 at Durango Fish
Hatchery, Vic Zerbi reported Pacific Wren.  On February 5, Nancy Davis
reported Pacific Wren in Huck Finn Pond area.  On February 8, Elyse
Klingener and Robert Winslow reported Pacific Wren at Animas River
Trail/Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area.
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 6, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at Bobcat
RIdge Natural Area.  On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American
Woodcock at Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other
birders reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.

LOGAN COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Jumbo Reservoir, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.
---On February 12 at CR 66 and CR 93, Kathy Mihm Dunning and David Dowell
reported 2 Trumpeter Swans.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 9, JoAnn Potter Riggle reported 3 White-winged Doves in the
alley east of the 13th and Grand block in Grand Junction.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On February 4 at Nucla City reservoir, Eric Hynes reported 2 Tundra
Swans.  On February 6, Coen Dexter reported 2 Tundra Swans at Nucla
Domestic Reservoir.  On February 7, Vic Zerbi reported 2 Tundra Swans at
Nucla Domestic Reservoir.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On February 10 at Bent's Fort Marsh, Cheryl Teuton reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 6 at Lamar Community College at feeder across from library,
Janeal Thompson reported 3 Northern Cardinals (2m, 1f) and Lincoln's
Sparrow.  On February 10, Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 4
Northern Cardinals (2m, 2f) at Lamar Community College Woods.  On February
11, Janeal Thompson reported Carolina Wren and 3 m Northern Cardinals at
Lamar Community College Woods.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 6 on Arkansas River in Pueblo, Brandon Percival reported 4
Barrow's Goldeneyes (2m, 2f)
---On February 10 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported
Long-tailed Duck.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
---On February 12 at Prewitt Reservoir, Kathy Mimh Dunning, and David
Dowell reported ICELAND GULL.

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 6 in LaSalle on CR 27, Loch Kilpatrick reported Greater
Yellowlegs.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On February 8 at Hale Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers and Northern Mockingbird.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 18 will be to Prospect Park
(Wheat Ridge Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu;
720-381-3314).  From I-70, exit 267, take Kipling south about 3/4 mile and
turn right (west on 44th Avenue.  Go one mile west.  Look for the entrance
to Prospect Park on your left (south).  Meet at 0900 just inside the park
in the lot right next to Prospect Lake.
  This is a trip with easy walking and accessible for mobility imparied
individuals.  Bring water and a snack; lunch optional.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be to Jefferson County
Parks led by Pratyaydipta Rudra & Sreemala Das Majumder (pratyayr AT
gmail.com; 919-699-4043).  Meet at 0730 at Colorado Parks and Wildlife,
6060 Broadway to carpool.  Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 block to
Broadway, then north 2 blocks to parking lot on the right.
    The is a 3/4 day trip.  Will bird at least two different locations in
Jefferson County.  The exact locations will be determine based on weather
conditions and recent sightings.  Will Carpool and drivers will be
reimbursed for gas.  Will walk some trails up to 3 miles.  Bring lunch and
water.  If you have a scope or walkie talkies, please bring them.  Register
online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 19 will be Buckley Road Raptor
Ramble led by Patrick O'Driscoll (patodrisk ATgmail.com; 303-885-6955).
Meet at 0730 in parking lot for First Creek at DEN Open Space on 56th Ave
just west of Pena Blvd.  Take 56th Ave from west or I-70 to Pena, then
north to 56th Ave.  Exit left at bottom of ramp, drive under Pena
overpasses about 2 block west.  Parking lot is on right (north).
   Level, one-way walk follows Buckley Rd (closed to vehicles, asphalt
pavement with some gravel at north end)  about 4 miles north to 99th Ave,
 Where we will stage vehicles to carpool back at walk's end.  Fence line on
left is bird-rich Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, trees, prairie dog towns on
right are First Creek open space.  Dress for weather.  Bring water and
snacks.  Scopes helpful for long-distance views into Arsenal.  Register
online or contact leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Re: Unusual Canada Goose, Arapahoe County
From: "Patrick O'Driscoll" <patodrisk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:48:20 -0700
We also had one on Jan. 28 in Denver at Washington Park's Smith Lake (near
where a bunch of folks were looking at the yellow-bellied sapsucker in
trees nearby)

On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 8:16 AM, 'Rosanne J.' via Colorado Birds <
cobirds AT googlegroups.com> wrote:

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>
> Hi Chris,
>   I would venture to say this is the same goose I saw Friday, February 3rd
> at the fringe of the playing fields behind Sheridan High School, near the
> playground of the Sheridan Rec Ctr. The neck was brown, which I think shows
> in my photos, and the feet are not black. I Googled leucistic goose and saw
> similar images as opposed to images of a hybrid goose. I thought it was
> very pretty!
> Rosanne J.
> Centennial
>
> On Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 9:30:46 PM UTC-7, CorvidColo wrote:
>>
>> Saturday, February 11th - - 4:00 p.m.
>>
>> I found one of the more unusual Canada Geese I have ever seen.  It was in
>> a grazing flock of geese at Harlow Park, Belleview Ave. and Lowell Blvd.,
>> Littleton, Arapahoe Country (just east of Bow Mar).  This bird is normal
>> size, has a white body, and the neck and head have normal coloration.
>>
>> Chris Blakeslee
>> Centennial, CO
>>
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