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3 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 3 April 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
2 Apr Re: The Bluebird Trifecta (Douglas County, CO)- Retraction [Tom Behnfield ]
2 Apr Cassin's Finch - Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
2 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 2 April 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
1 Apr Re: Snowy Plover- Baseline Reservoir, Boulder Co. [Todd Deininger ]
1 Apr Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county [Diana Beatty ]
1 Apr Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county [Beth Payne ]
1 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 1 April 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
1 Apr River bend Ponds Fort Collins [Robert Righter ]
31 Mar Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county ["'Migrant' via Colorado Birds" ]
01 Apr Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county ["Glenn Walbek, Castle Rock, CO" ]
1 Apr The Bluebird Trifecta (Douglas County, CO) [Tom Behnfield ]
1 Apr Re: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump wil... [Lynnliz2698 via Colorado Birds ]
1 Apr Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county [Joe Roller ]
1 Apr Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county ["'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" ]
1 Apr Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county [Ira Sanders ]
1 Apr Mountain Plovers in El Paso County [linda hodges ]
1 Apr Snowy Plover still at Baseline Res [Charles Hundertmark ]
1 Apr Boulder Snowy Plover [Nick Moore ]
2 Apr RE: Snowy plover yes [William H Kaempfer ]
1 Apr Of sage thrashers, sandhill cranes, strange coincidences, and the inevitable arbitrariness of eBird [Ted Floyd ]
1 Apr Towhee ID help wanted [Ben S ]
1 Apr Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county [Ira Sanders ]
1 Apr Loveland Birding - Larimer [Andrew Bankert ]
1 Apr Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county [Ben S ]
1 Apr Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county [Susan Rosine ]
1 Apr Pueblo birds 4/1 (swallows) [Brandon ]
1 Apr Resending: Yellow-bellied sapsucker in Denver City Park ["Patrick O'Driscoll" ]
1 Apr Re: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump will be issuing an executive order [Joey Angstman ]
1 Apr Yellow-bellied sapsucker in Denver City Park ["Patrick O'Driscoll" ]
1 Apr Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county [Ted Floyd ]
1 Apr Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county ["Karl Stecher Jr." ]
1 Apr Re: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump wil... [Roger Linfield ]
1 Apr Re: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump wil... [Ben S ]
1 Apr Snowy plover yes []
1 Apr re: Of sage thrashers, sandhill cranes, strange coincidences, and the inevitable arbitrariness of eBird ["Karl Stecher Jr." ]
1 Apr West Arapahoe Co. Birding [Jared Del Rosso ]
1 Apr Re: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump will be issuing an executive order [Patrick DePriest ]
1 Apr Ross's goose at Dodd Reservoir [Dave Fletcher ]
1 Apr Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (01 Apr 2017) 9 Raptors []
1 Apr Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump will be issuing an executive order [Chris Goulart ]
29 Mar little help on IDs of Eastern waterfowl from bad photos [Linda Andes-Georges ]
29 Mar NO brant, Arapahoe County ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
29 Mar Boulder Broad-tailed Hummingbird [David Waltman ]
29 Mar La Junta area, 3/27-3/28 [Nathan Pieplow ]
29 Mar Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 March 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
28 Mar Dinosaur Ridge (28 Mar 2017) Raptors []
28 Mar Weld County birding [Susan Rosine ]
28 Mar FOS Broadtailed hummingbird, Douglas County [John Ealy ]
28 Mar Pacific Northwest Spotted Towhee-Jeffco-Golden [Ira Sanders ]
28 Mar Re: Re: Brant, Arapahoe county ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
28 Mar Re: Re: Brant, Arapahoe county ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
28 Mar Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 March 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
27 Mar Weld County birding [Susan Rosine ]
27 Mar RFI. Rosy-finch and ptarmigan info for visiiting birders [Scott Downes ]
27 Mar Dinosaur Ridge (27 Mar 2017) 12 Raptors []
27 Mar Re: Brant, Arapahoe county [Tim Ryan ]
27 Mar Brant, Arapahoe county ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
27 Mar Brant, Arapahoe County ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
27 Mar Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 March 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
27 Mar Tundra Swan [Stewart's Pond, Lasalle, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
26 Mar Larimer County Gulls (Great Black-backed Gull) [Nicholas Komar ]
25 Mar White-throated Swifts, Hall Ranch, Lyons, Bldr Cty 3/24 [Thomas Heinrich ]
12 Mar Birding Around Colorado [Luke Pheneger ]
27 Feb Last Raptor Alley of Season Trip Results [Raptor Alley, Nunn, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
27 Feb AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Woods L. (Weld) 2/27 [Brandon ]
27 Feb Mountain bluebirds Larimer Co [Gregg Somermeyer ]
27 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
26 Feb Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [Susan Rosine ]
26 Feb Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [Susan Rosine ]
26 Feb RE: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh ["Mark Miller" ]
27 Feb Re: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh [Christian Nunes ]
26 Feb Re: Greenwood Village Birding (Arapahoe Co.) [Charles Hundertmark ]
26 Feb Greenwood Village Birding (Arapahoe Co.) [Jared Del Rosso ]
27 Feb Re: Front Range Bushtits-What's Up Wtih That? [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
26 Feb Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [Ben S ]

Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 3 April 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 04:16:53 -0600
Compiler:           Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:                   April 3, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for  Monday,  April 3 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 and the order of families has
changed.

Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Larimer)
Trumpeter Swan (Archuleta, Routt)
Tundra Swan (Weld)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (*Chaffee, Routt)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (*Weld)
Greater Roadrunner (Weld)
Snowy Plover (Boulder)
Mountain Plover (Costilla, *El Paso, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan)
Mew Gull (*Larimer)
Thayer’s Gull (Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull  (Larimer)
Red-throated Loon (*Kiowa)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Logan)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan)
Williamson’s Sapsucker ( Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Denver)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Otero)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Clear Creek)
Black Phoebe (Archuleta, *Boulder, Mesa, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (*Adams, Boulder,*Douglas, *Jefferson, Otero, *Weld)
Winter Wren (El Paso)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Bewick’s Wren (Otero, Pueblo)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*Pueblo)
Bohemian Waxwing (Jackson)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson, Lincoln)
McCown’s Longspur (Lincoln)
Northern Parula (Custer)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Otero)
Field Sparrow (Yuma)
Savannah Sparrow (Larimer)
Fox Sparrow (*Arapahoe, El Paso)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (El Paso)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Douglas)
Great-tailed Grackle (Boulder,  Kit Carson)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On April 2 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, Bob Spencer reported Eastern
Phoebe.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On March 31 at Cherry Creek SP above East Boat Ramp in upper parking
lot, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported Red Fox Sparrow.  On April 1 at
Cherry Creek SP, Jeff Dawson, Dan Brooke, Tom and Debbie Behnfield, Glenn
Walbek, and Dean Shoup reported Red Fox Sparrow.  On April 2 at Cherry
Creek SP, Joyce Takamine reported Red Fox Sparrow.


ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Pinon Lake Reservoir, Ben Bailey and Byron Greco reported
Trumpeter Swan.
---On March 28 at Navajo Reservoir/Piedra River upstream, Ben Bailey and
Bryon Greco reported 2 Black Phoebes.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 27 Will Niccolls and Sue Riffe reported Black Phoebe at Boulder
Creek and 75th St.  On March 29, Sharon Norfleet reported that the Boulder
Bird Club saw Black Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.  On March 30,
Chris Brown, Brian Johnson, and Norm Lewis reported Black Phoebe at Boulder
Creek and 75th St.  On April 1, Aidan Goldie, Nick Moore and Dean Shoup
reported Black Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.  On April 2 at Boulder
Creek and 75th St, Chuck Hundertmark and several other birders reported
Black Phoebe.
---On March 29 at Sombrero Marsh, the Boulder Bird Club reported
Great-tailed Grackle.
---On April 1 at Baseline Reservoir in Boulder, Peter Gent found a Snowy
Plover in the SW corner.  The plover was seen by many birders on April 1.
---On April 1 at Baseline Reservoir, Todd Deininger reported Eastern Phobe
on east side.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On April 2 at Buena Vista Ice Pond, Ruben and Victor Stoll and Christian
Hagenlocher reported
16 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Guanella Pass Campground, Craig Robson reported 3
American Three-toed Woodpeckers.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
---On March 29 south of Smith Reservoir, John Rawinski and John Stump
reported 9 Mountain Plovers.

CUSTER COUNTY:
---On March 30 at Lake DeWeese, Clif Smith and Pearle Sandstrom-Smith
reported a m Northern Parula.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On April 1 at Denver City Park, Patrick O’Driscoll reported a male
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in conifer SW of tennis courst on the W side of
park.  This was part of a DFO Field trip.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On April 2 near Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield SP, Thomas Holub, Tim
Ryan, and tom and Debbie Behnfield reported Eastern Phoebe.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Ute Valley Park, David Tonnessen reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 30 at Adams Open Space in Fountain, Diana Beatty reported a
Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On April 1 on Squirrel Creek Road just  NE of Ellicott Hwy, Linda Hodges
reported 2 Mountain Plovers.
On April 2 on Squirrel Creek Road near Ellicott Hwy, Tim Leppek reported 2
Mountain Plovers.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported Winter
Wren.  On March 23 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 23, Chris  Bronbin reported
Winter Wren at Sinton Pond.  On March 24 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Glenn
Walbek and Mark Peterson reported Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 30, David
Tonnessen and Mark Minner-Lee reported Winter Wren at Sinton Pond and
Tonnessen reported Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 31, John Drummond reported
Red Fox Sparrow at Sinton Pond.

JACKSON COUNTY:
---On April 1 on CR 27 W of Hwy 14, Ruben and Victor Stoll reported 11
Bohemian Waxwings.
---On April 1 on CR 41 E of Hwy 14, Ruben and Victor Still reported 5
Bohemian Waxwings.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On April 1 at Chatfield SP Audubon Center and Trails, Aaron Shipe
reported Eastern Phoebe.
---On April 2 at Chatfield Farms and Denver Botanic Gardens, Tom Wilberding
reported Eastern Phobe.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 29 about 5 miles south of Eads on CR 40, Bill Kaempfer reported
5 Mountain Plovers.
---On April 2 at Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lake), David Dowell reported a
worn 1-st year Red-throated Loon.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 27 on Creek B (road) Glenn Walbek reported 7 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, 15 McCown’s Longspurs and Savannah Sparrow.  The longspurs are
possibly nesting in this area.
---On March 30 near intersection of CR 12 and CR L, Glenn Walbek reported
44 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 4 Great-tailed Grackles.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On March 31 on Poudre Canyon Road near Bellvue, Ruben and Victor Stoll
reported Savannah Sparrow.
---On April 1 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Andy Bankert and David Wade reported
 imm Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Thayer’s Gulls, and 5 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.  On April 1, Andy Bankert also reported Mallard (Mexican Intergrade)
at Horseshoe Reservoir.  On April 2 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Christine and
Richard Sparks reported 1-st winter Mew Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
---On March 29 on CR 3E, Bill Kaempfer reported 50 longspurs (McCown’s and
Chestnut-collared) and 1 Mountain Plover.

LOGAN COUNTY:
---On April 1 at Tamarack Ranch, Area 6, Scott Manwaring reported 2
Mountain Plovers, Red-headed Woodpecker, and 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

MESA COUNTY:
---On April 1 at Colorado River SP, Fruita Section, Brett Walker reported
Black Phoebe.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On March 27 – 28 at  Picketwire Canyon (Comanche National Grasslands),
Nathan Pieplow  reported
Eastern Phoebe, Bewick’s Wren, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Ladder-backed
Woodpecker.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 25 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Brandon
Percival and Kara Carragher reported singing Carolina Wren.  On March 31 on
Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Glenn Walbek reported Winter
Wren, Carolina Wren, and Bewick’s Wren.
---On March 28 at Pueblo  Reservoir, Rock Canyon below dam, north of river,
Ben Sampson reported Black Phoebe and 2 Bewick’s Wrens.
---On March 2 on CR 601 or IL Road, Dave Stejskal  reported 4 Curve-billed
Thrasher and Brewer’s Sparrow.
---On March 2 at Chico Basin Ranch, Ellen and Jerry Horal and Karyl Gabriel
reported Curve-billed Thrasher.

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Stagecoach Reservoir near Oak Creek, Tom Litteral
reported imm Trumpeter Swan and 5 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.  On March 31, Tresa
Moulton reported imm Trumpeter Swan at Stagecoach Reservoir.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 27, Mark Minner-Lee and Frank Farrell reported Tundra Swan at
Stewart’s Pond.  On March 28, Mike McCloy reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s
Pond.  On March 30 at Stewart’s Pond, Sue Riffe, Ivan Mota, and Phil
Bartley reported Tundra Swan and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.  On March 31,
Cherri Phillips reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond.
---On April 1 S of Stewart’s Pond, Frank Farrell reported Greater
Roadrunner.
---On April 2 on CR 136 east of CR 99, Gene Rutherford reported
Sharp-tailed Grouse.
---On April 2 on CR 134 east of CR 111, Brandon Nooner reported 2
Sharp-tailed Grouse.
---On April 2 on CR 138 east of CR 111, Gene Rutherford reported
Sharp-tailed Grouse.
---On April 2 at Murphy’s Pasture area and auto Tour Stops 2 & 3, Gene
Rutherford reported Eastern Phoebe.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On April 1 at Beecher Island, Craig Robson reported Field Sparrow.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 8 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by Candice Johnson  (Candice.johnson AT childrenscolorado.org;
303-329-8131).   Meet at 0800 at the Arsenal  Visitors Center, 6550 Gateway
Rd, Commerce City.  Directions:  From I-70 east, take exit 278, turn left
onto Quebec St, turn right onto E 60th Ave, turn left onto Trenton St,
continue onto Gateway Rd to Visitor Center.
   Will drive the new 11 mile Wildlife Drive looking for raptors, so bring
a 2-way radio if you have one.  Be prepared to carpool because parking is
limited at the lakes.  Bison and deer are likely to be seen.  Will only
walk on level trails.  Plenty of restrooms and pit toilets, but limited
picnic Space.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 9 will be to Rueter-Hess Reservoir led
by Mary Cay Burger (mcburger3 At juno.com; 720-940-8394).  This trip is
full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 9 will be to Cherry Creek SP Wetlands
Loop led by Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com; 303-941-4881).  Meet
at 0800 at the Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek SP.   From either park
entrance, follow Lake View Rd to the Prairie Loop that is located at the
south rim of the reservoir.  State Parks pass or day pass required.
   This is a half day of walking that passes through most of the important
habitats found in the park over a distance of about 3 miles.  Trails could
be slippery or muddy, so dress accordingly.  Bring water and
Snacks; lunch is optional.  Beginning birders are welcome.  Register online
or contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: The Bluebird Trifecta (Douglas County, CO)- Retraction
From: Tom Behnfield <behnfield AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 11:01:43 -0700 (PDT)
In my enthusiasm yesterday, I mis-ID'd the Eastern Bluebird, it was, in 
fact, a Western Bluebird.

Thanks to my eBird reviewer and a couple of you who actually took the time 
to look at my post and help me learn a little more.

Tom Behnfield
Lakewood, CO
behnfield AT q.com

On Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 6:59:01 PM UTC-6, Tom Behnfield wrote:
>
> Debbie & I landed the Bluebird Trifecta today, beginning with Eastern 
> Bluebirds at Parker Regional Park, then Mountain Bluebirds near the East 
> entrance to Chatfield State Park, and finally Western Bluebirds near the 
> East side of Kingfisher Bridge (also Chatfield State Park.) All Douglas 
> County, CO!
>
>
> 
 

> No encounters with Law Enforcement.
>
>
> 
 

>
>
> 
 

>
>
> Tom & Debbie Behnfield
> Lakewood, CO 
> behnfield AT q.com
>

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Subject: Cassin's Finch - Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:03:22 -0600
Birders,
to my surprise this morning as I was hanging the bird feeders out front
despite the herd of elk on the hillside, I heard a Cassin's Finch singing
in my neighbor's tree.  I grabbed my 12x50's and sure enough, it is.  This
is the first one I have seen this winter.

-- 
Ira Sanders
Golden, CO
"My mind is a raging torrent flooded with rivulets of thought cascading
into a waterfall of creative alternatives."

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 2 April 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 04:27:32 -0600
Compiler:           Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:                   April 2, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for  Sunday,  April 2 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 and the order of families has
changed.

Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (*Larimer)
Trumpeter Swan (Archuleta, Routt)
Tundra Swan (Weld)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Routt)
Greater Roadrunner (*Weld)
Snowy Plover (*Boulder)
Mountain Plover (Costilla, *El Paso, Kiowa, Lincoln, *Logan)
Thayer’s Gull (*Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull  (*Larimer)
Red-headed Woodpecker (*Logan)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (*Logan)
Williamson’s Sapsucker ( Pueblo)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Denver)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Otero)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Clear Creek)
Black Phoebe (Archuleta, *Boulder, *Mesa, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (*Jefferson, Otero)
Winter Wren (El Paso)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Bewick’s Wren (Otero, Pueblo)
Sage Thrasher (Boulder)
Bohemian Waxwing (*Jackson)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson, Lincoln)
McCown’s Longspur (Lincoln)
Northern Parula (Custer)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Otero)
Field Sparrow (*Yuma)
Savannah Sparrow (Larimer)
Fox Sparrow (*Arapahoe, El Paso)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (El Paso)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Douglas)
Great-tailed Grackle (Boulder,  Kit Carson)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On March 31 at Cherry Creek SP above East Boat Ramp in upper parking
lot, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported Red Fox Sparrow.  On April 1 at
Cherry Creek Sp, Jeff Dawson, Dan Brooke, Tom and Debbie Behnfield, Glenn
Walbek, and Dean Shoup reported Red Fox Sparrow.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Pinon Lake Reservoir, Ben Bailey and Byron Greco reported
Trumpeter Swan.
---On March 28 at Navajo Reservoir/Piedra River upstream, Ben Bailey and
Bryon Greco reported 2 Black Phoebes.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 27 Will Niccolls and Sue Riffe reported Black Phoebe at Boulder
Creek and 75th St.  On March 29, Sharon Norfleet reported that the Boulder
Bird Club saw Black Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.  On March 30,
Chris Brown, Brian Johnson, and Norm Lewis reported Black Phoebe at Boulder
Creek and 75th St.  On April 1, Aidan Goldie, Nick Moore and Dean Shoup
reported Black Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.
---On March 29 at Sombrero Marsh, the Boulder Bird Club reported
Great-tailed Grackle.
---On March 31 at Prince Lake #2, Ted Floyd reported Sage Thrasher.
---On April 1 at Baseline Reservoir in Boulder, Peter Gent found a Snowy
Plover in the SW corner.  The plover was seen by many birders on April 1.
---On April 1 at Baseline Reservoir, Todd Deininger reported Eastern Phobe
on east side.

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Guanella Pass Campground, Craig Robson reported 3
American Three-toed Woodpeckers.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
---On March 29 south of Smith Reservoir, John Rawinski and John Stump
reported 9 Mountain Plovers.

CUSTER COUNTY:
---On March 30 at Lake DeWeese, Clif Smith and Pearle Sandstrom-Smith
reported a m Northern Parula.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On April 1 at Denver City Park, Patrick O’Driscoll reported a male
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in conifer SW of tennis courst on the W side of
park.  This was part of a DFO Field trip.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Ute Valley Park, David Tonnessen reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 30 at Adams Open Space in Fountain, Diana Beatty reported a
Lincoln’s Sparrow.
---On April 1 on Squirrel Creek Road just  NE of Ellicott Hwy, Linda Hodges
reported 2 Mountain Plovers.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported Winter
Wren.  On March 23 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 23, Chris  Bronbin reported
Winter Wren at Sinton Pond.  On March 24 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Glenn
Walbek and Mark Peterson reported Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 30, David
Tonnessen and Mark Minner-Lee reported Winter Wren at Sinton Pond and
Tonnessen reported Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 31, John Drummond reported
Red Fox Sparrow at Sinton Pond.

JACKSON COUNTY:
---On April 1 on CR 27 W of Hwy 14, Ruben and Victor Stoll reported 11
Bohemian Waxwings.
---On April 1 on CR 41 E of Hwy 14, Ruben and Victor Still reported 5
Bohemian Waxwings.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On April 1 at Chatfield SP Audubon Center and Trails, Aaron Shipe
reported Eastern Phoebe.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 29 about 5 miles south of Eads on CR 40, Bill Kaempfer reported
5 Mountain Plovers.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 27 on Creek B (road) Glenn Walbek reported 7 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, 15 McCown’s Longspurs and Savannah Sparrow.  The longspurs are
possibly nesting in this area.
---On March 30 near intersection of CR 12 and CR L, Glenn Walbek reported
44 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 4 Great-tailed Grackles.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On March 31 on Poudre Canyon Road near Bellvue, Ruben and Victor Stoll
reported Savannah Sparrow.
---On April 1 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Andy Bankert and David Wade reported
 imm Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Thayer’s Gulls, and 5 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.  On April 1, Andy Bankert also reported Mallard (Mexican Intergrade)
at Horseshoe Reservoir.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
---On March 29 on CR 3E, Bill Kaempfer reported 50 longspurs (McCown’s and
Chestnut-collared) and 1 Mountain Plover.

LOGAN COUNTY:
---On April 1 at Tamarack Ranch, Area 6, Scott Manwaring reported 2
Mountain Plovers, Red-headed Woodpecker, and 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

MESA COUNTY:
---On April 1 at Colorado River SP, Fruita Section, Brett Walker reported
Black Phoebe.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On March 27 – 28 at  Picketwire Canyon (Comanche National Grasslands),
Nathan Pieplow  reported
Eastern Phoebe, Bewick’s Wren, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Ladder-backed
Woodpecker.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 25 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Brandon
Percival and Kara Carragher reported singing Carolina Wren.  On March 31 on
Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Glenn Walbek reported Winter
Wren, Carolina Wren, and Bewick’s Wren.
---On March 28 at Pueblo  Reservoir, Rock Canyon below dam, north of river,
Ben Sampson reported Black Phoebe and 2 Bewick’s Wrens.

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Stagecoach Reservoir near Oak Creek, Tom Litteral
reported imm Trumpeter Swan and 5 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.  On March 31, Tresa
Moulton reported imm Trumpeter Swan at Stagecoach Reservoir.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 27, Mark Minner-Lee and Frank Farrell reported Tundra Swan at
Stewart’s Pond.  On March 28, Mike McCloy reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s
Pond.  On March 30 at Stewart’s Pond, Sue Riffe, Ivan Mota, and Phil
Bartley reported Tundra Swan and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.  On March 31,
Cherri Phillips reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond.
---On April 1 S of Stewart’s Pond, Frank Farrell reported Greater
Roadrunner.

YUMA COUNTY:
---On April 1 at Beecher Island, Craig Robson reported Field Sparrow.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 2 will be to South Platte Park led by
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-665-9135).  Meet at 0800 at
south end of South Platte Park near C-470.  From C-470 take Platte canyon
Rd/South Platte Park exit.  From Platte canyon Rd at Depew Street turn
southeast onto the entrance road for South Platte Park.  Contuse past a
90-degree left turn and the first parking lot,  and meet in the second
parking lot.
   Will walk up the South Platte for about two miles.  Register online or
contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Snowy Plover- Baseline Reservoir, Boulder Co.
From: Todd Deininger <goldeneagle90a AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:28:29 -0600
The plover has not been located again since about 10:30.  The are still
birders looking .

On Apr 1, 2017 8:52 AM, "Christian Nunes"  wrote:

> Peter Gent reports a SNOWY PLOVER at the southwest corner of Baseline
> Reservoir. Still being seen at the moment.
>
> Christian Nunes
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Subject: Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: Diana Beatty <otowi33.33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:12:00 -0600
That is funny, but as a Muslim birder this stuff is not much of a joke to
me.  I am afraid to go on any birding expeditions out of the country right
now, or to even try to get on a plane to go somewhere in this country.  I
was harassed and followed by security once for birding at the Xeriscape
Gardens in Colorado Springs - apparently because it is owned by the local
utility company the fact that I had a scarf and binoculars made me a
terrorist.  I just don't trust the 'authorities' are always going to do the
right thing because of my appearance.  I have heard the same thing from
several birders of color.  I encourage those of you who are less
marginalized to keep standing up when people push you like that because you
might be indirectly helping out someone who wouldn't be able to do so.

Diana Beatty
El Paso County

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Ira Sanders 
wrote:

> April Fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>
> On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:12 AM, Joe Roller  wrote:
>
>> I was curious about the extra vigilance you have described, so I
>> researched the issue on line.
>>
>>  It turns out that there was a recent Interpol bulletin about the threats
>> and damage to reservoirs, especially
>> in parts of Great Britain and Germany. Terrorists have been posing as
>> birders in order to avoid arousing suspicion
>> from security guards.
>> Dressed as birders, with binoculars, muddy boots and field guides, these
>> miscreants have been found
>> lurking close to large reservoirs. When no one seemed to be watching, one
>> Isis commando was videotaped
>> heaving a gunny sack full of zebra mussels over a fence, where it plopped
>> into Fulz Reservoir, which is the
>> main water supply of Stuttgart, near the air force base.
>> When caught, he explained (translated from Farsi), "No way was I going to
>> wear a suicide vest, so I opted for
>> the safer act of slowly destroying that reservoir with these noxious,
>> invasive bivalves."
>>
>> Be wary though out this day in early April, and the rest of month too.
>>
>> Joe Roller, Denver
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 8:41 AM, Susan Rosine  wrote:
>>
>>> There is an area where signs are posted No Stopping or Parking
>>> (something like that), but I've always pulled over every where else along
>>> that road. I wouldn't worry about it. She must be new. They know birders
>>> are always on that road.
>>> Susan Rosine
>>> Thornton
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Subject: Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: Beth Payne <paynebethie AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:40:54 -0600
 Diana all of us that have birded with you know you are of no threat and I
personally would stand strong against anyone that thinks differently. I
normally do not post here.

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 11:12 AM, Diana Beatty  wrote:

> That is funny, but as a Muslim birder this stuff is not much of a joke to
> me.  I am afraid to go on any birding expeditions out of the country right
> now, or to even try to get on a plane to go somewhere in this country.  I
> was harassed and followed by security once for birding at the Xeriscape
> Gardens in Colorado Springs - apparently because it is owned by the local
> utility company the fact that I had a scarf and binoculars made me a
> terrorist.  I just don't trust the 'authorities' are always going to do the
> right thing because of my appearance.  I have heard the same thing from
> several birders of color.  I encourage those of you who are less
> marginalized to keep standing up when people push you like that because you
> might be indirectly helping out someone who wouldn't be able to do so.
>
> Diana Beatty
> El Paso County
>
> On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Ira Sanders 
> wrote:
>
>> April Fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>>
>> On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:12 AM, Joe Roller  wrote:
>>
>>> I was curious about the extra vigilance you have described, so I
>>> researched the issue on line.
>>>
>>>  It turns out that there was a recent Interpol bulletin about the
>>> threats and damage to reservoirs, especially
>>> in parts of Great Britain and Germany. Terrorists have been posing as
>>> birders in order to avoid arousing suspicion
>>> from security guards.
>>> Dressed as birders, with binoculars, muddy boots and field guides, these
>>> miscreants have been found
>>> lurking close to large reservoirs. When no one seemed to be watching,
>>> one Isis commando was videotaped
>>> heaving a gunny sack full of zebra mussels over a fence, where it
>>> plopped into Fulz Reservoir, which is the
>>> main water supply of Stuttgart, near the air force base.
>>> When caught, he explained (translated from Farsi), "No way was I going
>>> to wear a suicide vest, so I opted for
>>> the safer act of slowly destroying that reservoir with these noxious,
>>> invasive bivalves."
>>>
>>> Be wary though out this day in early April, and the rest of month too.
>>>
>>> Joe Roller, Denver
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 8:41 AM, Susan Rosine 
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> There is an area where signs are posted No Stopping or Parking
>>>> (something like that), but I've always pulled over every where else along
>>>> that road. I wouldn't worry about it. She must be new. They know birders
>>>> are always on that road.
>>>> Susan Rosine
>>>> Thornton
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 1 April 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 04:13:33 -0600
Compiler:           Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:                   April 1, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for  Saturday,  April 1 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 and the order of families has
changed.

Eurasian Wigeon (Weld)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Rio Grande)
Trumpeter Swan (Archuleta, *Routt)
Tundra Swan (*Weld)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Routt)
Mountain Plover (Costilla, Kiowa, Lincoln)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Montezuma,Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull  (Larimer)
Williamson’s Sapsucker ( Pueblo)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Otero)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Clear Creek)
Black Phoebe (Archuleta, Boulder, Denver, Fremont, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Adams, Douglas, Fremont, Otero)
Winter Wren (*El Paso)
Carolina Wren (*Pueblo)
Bewick’s Wren (Otero, *Pueblo)
Sage Thrasher (*Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lincoln)
McCown’s Longspur (Kit Carson, Lincoln)
Northern Parula (Custer)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Otero)
Savannah Sparrow (Kit Carson, *Larimer, Saguache)
Fox Sparrow (*Arapahoe, *El Paso, Routt)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Adams,  Boulder, El Paso, Larimer,Otero, Weld)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Douglas)
Great-tailed Grackle (Boulder,  Jefferson, *Kit Carson, Larimer, *Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On March 25 at East Lake Shores Park, Riley Morris reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 26 at Barr Lake SP, Will Sebern reported Eastern Phoebe.
---ON March 27 at Barr Lake SP, Diane Roberts, Karen Drozda, and Rebecca
Laroche reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On March 31 at Cherry Creek SP above East Boat Ramp in upper parking
lot, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported Red Fox Sparrow.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Pinon Lake Reservoir, Ben Bailey and Byron Greco reported
Trumpeter Swan.
---On March 28 at Navajo Reservoir/Piedra River upstream, Ben Bailey and
Bryon Greco reported 2 Black Phoebes.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 22 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Jonathan Montgomery reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 24 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Christian Nunes
and Jeff Parks  reported Black Phoebe.  On March 25 at  Boulder Creek and
75th St, David Dowell, Luke and Tracy Pheneger, Ted Floyd, Adam Vesely,
Steve Frye, and David Waltman reported Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at
Boulder Creek and 75th St, Mark Minner-lee and Willem van vliet- reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Christian Nunes
reported Black Phoebe at NW corner of waste water treatment plant and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.  On March 27 Will Niccolls and Sue Riffe reported Black
Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.  On March 29, Sharon Norfleet reported
that the Boulder Bird Club saw Black Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.
On March 30, Chris Brown, Brian Johnson, and Norm Lewis reported Black
Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.
---On March 29 at Sombrero Marsh, the Boulder Bird Club reported
Great-tailed Grackle.
---On March 31 at Prince Lake #2, Ted Floyd reported Sage Thrasher.

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Guanella Pass Campground, Craig Robson reported 3
American Three-toed Woodpeckers.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
---On March 29 south of Smith Reservoir, John Rawinski and John Stump
reported 9 Mountain Plovers.

CUSTER COUNTY:
---On March 30 at Lake DeWeese, Clif Smith and Pearle Sandstrom-Smith
reported a m Northern Parula.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On March 25 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, Cynthia Madsen and David
Hill reported Black Phoebe at First Creek about 100 yards N of 56h Ave
bridge.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Ute Valley Park, David Tonnessen reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 30 at Adams Open Space in Fountain, Diana Beatty reported a
Lincoln’s Sparrow.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On March 21 on Cherry Creek Tail – south end to Walker Road Gravel Pond,
Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 22, Kingery reported
Eastern Phoebe singing is same spot.  On March 25 on Cherry Creek trail S
end to Walker Rd Gravel Pond, Cheryl Teuton, Hugh Kingery, and Glenn Walbek
reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 27, Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe
on Cherry Creek trail S end to Walk Rd Gravel Pond.
---On March 25 at Chatfield SP, Gregg Goodrich reported that the DFO Field
Trip has an Eastern Phoebe on the SE side of Kingfisher Bridge.  On March
27 at  Chatfield SP upstream of Kingfisher Bridge, Christine Alexander
reported Eastern Phoebe.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported Winter
Wren.  On March 23 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 23, Chris  Bronbin reported
Winter Wren at Sinton Pond.  On March 24 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Glenn
Walbek and Mark Peterson reported Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 30, David
Tonnessen and Mark Minner-Lee reported Winter Wren at Sinton Pond and
Tonnessen reported Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 31, John Drummond reported
Red Fox Sparrow at Sinton Pond.

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On March 22 in Canon City, Dan Stringer reported Black and Eastern
Phoebe.  On March 23, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes between
Sell’s Lake and Arkansas River and Eastern Phoebe in
Canon City.  On March 25, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes near
 MacKenzie Ave. bridge in
Canon City.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Brown reported Great-tailed
Grackle.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Neenoshe Reservoir (only southern pool), Tony Leukering
reported lots of waterfowl and 70 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 110
longspur species.
---On March 29 about 5 miles south of Eads on CR 40, Bill Kaempfer reported
5 Mountain Plovers.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 27 on Creek B (road) Glenn Walbek reported 7 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, 15 McCown’s Longspurs and Savannah Sparrow.  The longspurs are
possibly nesting in this area.
---On March 30 near intersection of CR 12 and CR L, Glenn Walbek reported
44 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 4 Great-tailed Grackles.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--- On March 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick Komar reported 8 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls (4 ad, 4 imm) and 1-st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, Andy Bankert and Mike
McCloy reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows and 23 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On March 31 on Poudre Canyon Road near Bellvue, Ruben and Victor Stoll
reported Savannah Sparrow.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
---On March 29 on CR 3E, Bill Kaempfer reported 50 longspurs (McCown’s and
Chestnut-collared) and 1 Mountain Plover.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Totten Reservoir, Jim Beatty reported ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On March 26 at CR 28, north of CR FF, Bill Kaempfer reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 27 – 28 at  Picketwire Canyon (Comanche National Grasslands),
Nathan Pieplow  reported
Eastern Phoebe, Bewick’s Wren, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Ladder-backed
Woodpecker.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 25 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Brandon
Percival and Kara Carragher reported singing Carolina Wren.  On March 31 on
Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Glenn Walbek reported Winter
Wren, Carolina Wren, and Bewick’s Wren.
---On March 28 at Pueblo  Reservoir, Rock Canyon below dam, north of river,
Ben Sampson reported Black Phoebe and 2 Bewick’s Wrens.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Monte Vista NWR, Brandon Percival and Kara Carragher
reported Mallard (Mexican intergrade).

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on Yampa River Core Trail, Tresa Moulton reported 4
Slate-colored Fox Sparrows between the river and the Core Trail near
Emerald Park ball field.
---On March 28 at Stagecoach Reservoir near Oak Creek, Tom Litteral
reported imm Trumpeter Swan and 5 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.  On March 31, Tresa
Moulton reported imm Trumpeter Swan at Stagecoach Reservoir.

SAGUACHE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Russell Lakes SWA, Peter Burke and Kara Carragher
reported Savannah Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 14, Mlodinow reported an Eurasian Wigeon and Tundra Swan at
Stewart’s Pond (Private Property) at CR 37 and CR 46.  On March 24 at
Stewart’s Pond,  CSU Ornithologist Club, Cheri Phillips, Chery Teuton, and
Brandon Nooner  reported Tundra Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 25 at
Stewart’s Pond, the Tundra Swan was reported by Nick Komar, David Wade,
Austin Hess, Wendy Wibbens, Alison Hixon, Sue Riffe, and Steve Mlodinow.
On March 26, at Stewart’s Pond, Marie Hoerner reported Eurasian Wigeon;
Rebecca Grieser reported Tundra Swan; and Ryan Graves reported both Tundra
Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 27, Mark Minner-Lee and Frank Farrell
reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond.  On March 28, Mike McCloy reported
Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond.  On March 30 at Stewart’s Pond, Sue Riffe,
Ivan Mota, and Phil Bartley reported Tundra Swan and 6 Great-tailed
Grackles.  On March 31, Cherri Phillips reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s
Pond.
---On March 26 at wetland on CR 46, Emil Yappert reported Tundra Swan.
---On March 26 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Cheri Phillips reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On March 26 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 1 will be to Denver City Park led by
Patrick O-Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955).  Meet at 0730 at
parking strip SE of 22nd Ave just north of Ferril Lake.  From Colorado
Blvd, turn west onto 22nd Ave and go past the Museum of Nature and
Science.  Turn left just before the zoo at the sign to the Pavilion
Bandstand.  Park on the left at the end of the parking area closest to
Ferril Lake.  Will focus on observation and photography of nesting
cormorants, herons, and egrets in Ferril and Duck Lakes as part of DFO’s
Colonial Waterbird Nesting Project.  Bring Spotting scope and camera if you
have them.  Night-herons and egrest (Ferril Lake) may be building nests,
and cormorants (Duck Lake) will be into their nesting cycle.  Bring water,
snacks, and sunscreen.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 2 will be to South Platte Park led by
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-665-9135).  Meet at 0800 at
south end of South Platte Park near C-470.  From C-470 take Platte canyon
Rd/South Platte Park exit.  From Platte canyon Rd at Depew Street turn
southeast onto the entrance road for South Platte Park.  Contuse past a
90-degree left turn and the first parking lot,  and meet in the second
parking lot.
   Will walk up the south Platte for about two miles.  Register online or
contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: River bend Ponds Fort Collins
From: Robert Righter <rorighter AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 15:04:54 -0600
Hi
One Osprey hunkered down on one of those nesting platforms

Many male Red-winged Blackbirds but no females detected

Bob Righter
Denver CO

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Subject: Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: "'Migrant' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:46:30 -0600
I was the other birder that the stupendously self-important "officer" (or 
whatever she was- a wannabe of some sort) attempted to chase off. I chose not 
to be chased. When she said, "you need to move along" (with sort of the same 
intonation one would use on a ten-year-old potential miscreant, loitering 
outside the sweet shop, awaiting an opportunity to steal a lollipop), I asked 
why. She replied that all the land around there is owned by farmers, DIA, etc, 
etc. She didn't specify who owns the shoulder of the road, but I suspect it is 
a public right of way. When I appeared reluctant to follow her 
stentorian-voiced instructions, she declared that, by golly, she'd just call 
the police. I allowed that seemed to be a grand idea, and please do. I waited 
around for a while (unsuccessfully scanning for the owls), but no police 
appeared. 

I think she must be comrads-in-arms with Golf Cart Boy out at Latham.
Anyway, as Candace mentioned, I guess we have one more place where we 
offensive, aggressive, felonious birdwatchers are going to be harassed. I guess 
there aren't enough real criminals out there to keep these people busy...... 


Norm Lewis
Lakewood

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> On Mar 31, 2017, at 6:05 PM, Johnson, Candice E., MD. 
 wrote: 

> 
> Today at 10 am my husband and I got out of our car on 96th Avenue near DIA 
and briefly saw 2 Burrowing Owls. We used our spotting scope & we noticed a 
couple of oil company trucks not too far away from the burrows. We drove on & 
returned about 20 minutes later. At the same spot was a HSS security vehicle, 
which pulled up next to us & told us we had to move on. We protested that we 
were only birdwatchers, but the woman officer kept yelling until we closed our 
windows. She then harassed another car driven by a birder with binocs across 
the road. Just a warning! I don't think they have any jurisdiction over the 
public highway, but I remain open to education. 

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Subject: Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: "Glenn Walbek, Castle Rock, CO" <juncos AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 17:54:34 -0600




Subject: The Bluebird Trifecta (Douglas County, CO)
From: Tom Behnfield <behnfield AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:59:01 -0700 (PDT)
Debbie & I landed the Bluebird Trifecta today, beginning with Eastern 
Bluebirds at Parker Regional Park, then Mountain Bluebirds near the East 
entrance to Chatfield State Park, and finally Western Bluebirds near the 
East side of Kingfisher Bridge (also Chatfield State Park.) All Douglas 
County, CO!


 

No encounters with Law Enforcement.


 



 



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Subject: Re: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump wil...
From: Lynnliz2698 via Colorado Birds <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 15:17:33 -0400
Since today is April 1 is this just an APRIL FOOLS  JOKE ?    Just 
wondering!! 
 
 
In a message dated 4/1/2017 12:39:35 P.M. Mountain Daylight Time,  
depriestp AT gmail.com writes:

  


I'd say this theory is a little farfetch'd........


On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 12:13 PM, Chris Goulart  
wrote:

The  associate of Chris President Trump has issued executive order to 
officially change the national bird from the bald eagle to the Rhode Island Red 

Rooster.


According to a source with the knowledge of  president trumps decision the 
change was initiated yesterday.     Edward Norton Smith, renowned 
presidential historian, was quoted as saying " President Trump seems hellbent 
to 

leave his mark on history as early as  possible. Changing the national symbol 
from the eagle to the Rhode Island  red will certainly accomplish this".

Experts agree that the  road island red is in an usual choice for a 
national bird, but also agree  that it is in keeping with trumps America first 
policies.   The  problem with the bald eagle is in Canada in large numbers as 
well as the  United States. Whereas the  Rhode Island red is a breed of 
chicken  developed exclusively in the United States.

Unlike other   legislative agenda items for the trumpet ministration, 
changing the national  symbol can be accomplished by executive order.

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Subject: Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:12:20 -0600
I was curious about the extra vigilance you have described, so I researched
the issue on line.

 It turns out that there was a recent Interpol bulletin about the threats
and damage to reservoirs, especially
in parts of Great Britain and Germany. Terrorists have been posing as
birders in order to avoid arousing suspicion
from security guards.
Dressed as birders, with binoculars, muddy boots and field guides, these
miscreants have been found
lurking close to large reservoirs. When no one seemed to be watching, one
Isis commando was videotaped
heaving a gunny sack full of zebra mussels over a fence, where it plopped
into Fulz Reservoir, which is the
main water supply of Stuttgart, near the air force base.
When caught, he explained (translated from Farsi), "No way was I going to
wear a suicide vest, so I opted for
the safer act of slowly destroying that reservoir with these noxious,
invasive bivalves."

Be wary though out this day in early April, and the rest of month too.

Joe Roller, Denver


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> There is an area where signs are posted No Stopping or Parking (something
> like that), but I've always pulled over every where else along that road. I
> wouldn't worry about it. She must be new. They know birders are always on
> that road.
> Susan Rosine
> Thornton
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Subject: Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: "'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:50:26 -0400
I understand, and this why I encourage other birders not to let themselves be 
pushed around for no particular good reason. I make it a point never to pass a 
"private property" sign, to cross fences or enter anywhere that says "keep 
out". However, I find that more and more I am being harrassed for being in 
areas which appear have public access. "Golf Cart Boy" out at Latham once 
called the sheriff on me (he did it while I was standing there, so I know he 
actually did it; I overheard the conversation). I just stood there while he 
yelled at me that I was ignoring him, to which I replied, "Yep". He left, but I 
waited around for the authorities, who of course never appeared. They probably 
got a good laugh out of his report of a miscreant birder. 

Anyway, if law enforcement gives me a valid reason way I should vacate an area, 
vacate I will. Yesterday's "officer" (who must have looking desperately for a 
reason to justify her existence) just sputtered about "DIA" and "private 
property" and really had no good reason why I should leave the area. 

That's probably enough on this subject. Please obey all property signs and 
follow the ABA Code of Ethics. But I submit that there is no reason why birders 
should be bullied just because we have a reputation for being rather passive. 



Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO




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From: Diana Beatty 
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Sent: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 11:12 am
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county



That is funny, but as a Muslim birder this stuff is not much of a joke to me. I 
am afraid to go on any birding expeditions out of the country right now, or to 
even try to get on a plane to go somewhere in this country. I was harassed and 
followed by security once for birding at the Xeriscape Gardens in Colorado 
Springs - apparently because it is owned by the local utility company the fact 
that I had a scarf and binoculars made me a terrorist. I just don't trust the 
'authorities' are always going to do the right thing because of my appearance. 
I have heard the same thing from several birders of color. I encourage those of 
you who are less marginalized to keep standing up when people push you like 
that because you might be indirectly helping out someone who wouldn't be able 
to do so. 



Diana Beatty
El Paso County



On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Ira Sanders  wrote:


April Fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:12 AM, Joe Roller  wrote:

I was curious about the extra vigilance you have described, so I researched the 
issue on line. 



 It turns out that there was a recent Interpol bulletin about the threats and 
damage to reservoirs, especially 

in parts of Great Britain and Germany. Terrorists have been posing as birders 
in order to avoid arousing suspicion 

from security guards. 
Dressed as birders, with binoculars, muddy boots and field guides, these 
miscreants have been found 

lurking close to large reservoirs. When no one seemed to be watching, one Isis 
commando was videotaped 

heaving a gunny sack full of zebra mussels over a fence, where it plopped into 
Fulz Reservoir, which is the 

main water supply of Stuttgart, near the air force base.
When caught, he explained (translated from Farsi), "No way was I going to wear 
a suicide vest, so I opted for 

the safer act of slowly destroying that reservoir with these noxious, invasive 
bivalves." 



Be wary though out this day in early April, and the rest of month too.


Joe Roller, Denver






On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 8:41 AM, Susan Rosine  wrote:

There is an area where signs are posted No Stopping or Parking (something like 
that), but I've always pulled over every where else along that road. I wouldn't 
worry about it. She must be new. They know birders are always on that road. 

Susan Rosine
Thornton

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Subject: Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:13:54 -0600
April Fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:12 AM, Joe Roller  wrote:

> I was curious about the extra vigilance you have described, so I
> researched the issue on line.
>
>  It turns out that there was a recent Interpol bulletin about the threats
> and damage to reservoirs, especially
> in parts of Great Britain and Germany. Terrorists have been posing as
> birders in order to avoid arousing suspicion
> from security guards.
> Dressed as birders, with binoculars, muddy boots and field guides, these
> miscreants have been found
> lurking close to large reservoirs. When no one seemed to be watching, one
> Isis commando was videotaped
> heaving a gunny sack full of zebra mussels over a fence, where it plopped
> into Fulz Reservoir, which is the
> main water supply of Stuttgart, near the air force base.
> When caught, he explained (translated from Farsi), "No way was I going to
> wear a suicide vest, so I opted for
> the safer act of slowly destroying that reservoir with these noxious,
> invasive bivalves."
>
> Be wary though out this day in early April, and the rest of month too.
>
> Joe Roller, Denver
>
>
> On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 8:41 AM, Susan Rosine  wrote:
>
>> There is an area where signs are posted No Stopping or Parking (something
>> like that), but I've always pulled over every where else along that road. I
>> wouldn't worry about it. She must be new. They know birders are always on
>> that road.
>> Susan Rosine
>> Thornton
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Subject: Mountain Plovers in El Paso County
From: linda hodges <hikerhodges AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:15:22 -0600
Greetings, all,

This morning, Steve Getty and I came across two Mountain Plovers along
Squirrel Creek Rd, just NE of Elllicott Hwy. They were feeding ~15' or so
from the road. Further east, a couple dozen Mountain Bluebirds flew between
the fields and the fence lines. The pond at Squirrel Creek hosted a
Wilson's Snipe, American Avocet and two American Pipits, along with
Northern Shovelers and Lesser Scaup.

In addition, about 9 Western Bluebirds came through my yard in downtown
Colorado Springs half an hour ago. New yard bird!

Linda

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Subject: Snowy Plover still at Baseline Res
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:13:18 -0600
On the larger island. Watch for movement. 3 Greater Yellowlegs also present.
Chuck Hundertmark

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Subject: Boulder Snowy Plover
From: Nick Moore <sdhjuw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:01:52 -0600
Bird is showing again. On the small island at times sitting down and becoming 
invisible. 


Nick Moore 
Boulder

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Subject: RE: Snowy plover yes
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 01:17:23 +0000
Eric,

We must have just missed each other since I saw the Snowy Plover at Baseline at 
6:30. I was on my way home from a trip to KS where I must have seen 50 at 
Quivira NWR yesterday; it was the most abundant shorebird beating out Baird's 
Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs and even Killdeer. Oh, and it was flagged there, 
too, for March 31st, but I bet not today (Ted--that one's for you). 


Bill Kaempfer

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The Boulder County snowy plover still present at baseline reservoir as of 7 PM, 
the same place as reported earlier, the larger island on the south end 


Eric DeFonso
Westminster CO

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Subject: Of sage thrashers, sandhill cranes, strange coincidences, and the inevitable arbitrariness of eBird
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:00:31 -0700 (PDT)
Okay, that sounds like the beginning of a really lame April Fools joke, 
but, actually, it's a true story. Here goes...

Yesterday, Friday, March 31, Andrew Floyd and I had an errand to run, and 
we just happened to be in the vicinity of Prince Lake No. 2, eastern 
Boulder County, where we saw a drive-by *sage thrasher 
.* It was raining, and I was 
lazy, so we just snapped a few photos from the car. I sort of brought the 
car to a stop. Then, this Saturday morning, Apr. 1, Hannah Floyd and I had 
an errand to run in the exact same vicinity of eastern Boulder County, so 
we stopped by--you guessed it--Prince Lake No. 2, where we saw a drive-by 
*sandhill 

crane .* Same deal as the day 
before: rainy, lazy, sort of stopped the car, snapped a few photos from the 
car, and continued on our way.

Now here's where the story gets weird.

When I went to eBird the 3/31 sage thrasher, the smart search 
("S"..."A"...) took me to s-a-n-d-h-i-l-l, but not to s-a-g-e, because sage 
thrasher trips the Boulder County filter in March, but sandhill crane does 
not. As to the 4/1, sandhill crane, it was déja vu all over again: The 
eBird smart search ("S"..."A"...) returned s-a-g-e, but not 
s-a-n-d-h-i-l-l, because sandhill crane trips the Boulder County filter in 
April, but sage thrasher does not. Is that freaky or what? And it reprises 
a recent thread at the CFO Facebook site, wherein (certain) folks were 
grousing about the (allegedly) too-tight filters for Colorado. I, for one, 
consider the Colorado eBird filters to be set at just the right tension, 
especially along the well-birded I-25 corridor. And, well, you have to draw 
boundaries somewhere (3/31 for *SA*ge thrasher, 4/1 for *SA*ndhill crane, 
etc.), and I coincidentally got burned twice: Same place, same car, same 
situation, *SA*me first two letters. Even Bill Kaempfer couldn't have 
devised such a scheme.

Over at the nearby Greenlee Preserve–Waneka Lake–Thomas Open Space–Hecla 
Pond ecological complex, eastern Boulder County, things were decently birdy 
this dreary Saturday morning, Apr. 1: among 40 species, a pair of *wood 
ducks,* a drake *hooded merganser,* molting *horned grebes,* a hybrid *northern 

flicker,* a *prairie merlin,* *American bushtit *pairs, a singing *Rubicon 
kinglet,* a latish *dark-eyed junco,* *white-crowned sparrows* on the move, 
a *spotted towhee* that couldn't quite commit to singing a full song, and 
*common 

grackles* out the wazoo. Photos, audio, and eBird checklist here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35609657

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County



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Subject: Towhee ID help wanted
From: Ben S <benrmnp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:42:54 -0700 (PDT)

In my yard in Centennial (Arapahoe County), Spotted Towhees are a regular 
bird. A few days back, I noticed a female Spotted Towhee it seemed with an 
orange cap. This is the same place that a Green-tailed Towhee would have an 
orange cap. It led me to speculate the bird may be a Green-tailed Towhee x 
Spotted Towhee hybrid. Anyway, the bird came back today. It seems to have 
paired with a pure male Spotted, as they are always seen together. Adding 
to the possibility, I have had several Green-tailed Towhees in my yard in 
May as well as in the fall. Anyway, I noticed she was noticibly smaller 
than the definite pure spotted. The orange cap, again was obvious. The bird 
was lighter gray than the male, probably just gender dimorphism, but I 
don't know. I looked through my field guides. Female Spotted definetly 
should not have a orange cap. However, one field guide depicted an immature 
Spotted Towhee as having an orange cap. If this is a hybrid, I'm thinking 
it is like one part Green-tailed to five Spotted. Anyway, here are some 
photos. Someone please tell me if it is a hybrid or if I am getting excited 
over a regular old immature Spotted Towhee. All help appreciated. 

Ben Sampson
Centennial, CO


 


 




 



 







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Subject: Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 00:26:10 -0600
I had a rent a cop try that with me at Marston.  He was inside the fence
and I was outside.  He got as far with me as the rent a cop did with Norm
at DIA.  I almost pleaded with him to call the cops.  I promised I would
wait right there.
Imagine that when no cops showed up.

Ira Sanders
Golden

On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 11:46 PM, 'Migrant' via Colorado Birds <
cobirds AT googlegroups.com> wrote:

> I was the other birder that the stupendously self-important "officer" (or
> whatever she was- a wannabe of some sort) attempted to chase off. I chose
> not to be chased. When she said, "you need to move along" (with sort of the
> same intonation one would use on a ten-year-old potential miscreant,
> loitering outside the sweet shop, awaiting an opportunity to steal a
> lollipop), I asked why. She replied that all the land around there is owned
> by farmers, DIA, etc, etc. She didn't specify who owns the shoulder of the
> road, but I suspect it is a public right of way. When I appeared reluctant
> to follow her stentorian-voiced instructions, she declared that, by golly,
> she'd just call the police. I allowed that seemed to be a grand idea, and
> please do. I waited around for a while (unsuccessfully scanning for the
> owls), but no police appeared.
> I think she must be comrads-in-arms with Golf Cart Boy out at Latham.
> Anyway, as Candace mentioned, I guess we have one more place where we
> offensive, aggressive, felonious birdwatchers are going to be harassed. I
> guess there aren't enough real criminals out there to keep these people
> busy......
>
> Norm Lewis
> Lakewood
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Mar 31, 2017, at 6:05 PM, Johnson, Candice E., MD.  childrenscolorado.org> wrote:
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> Today at 10 am my husband and I got out of our car on 96th Avenue near DIA
> and briefly saw 2 Burrowing Owls. We used our spotting scope & we noticed a
> couple of oil company trucks not too far away from the burrows.  We drove
> on & returned about 20 minutes later. At the same spot was a HSS security
> vehicle, which pulled up next to us & told us we had to move on. We
> protested that we were only birdwatchers, but the woman officer kept
> yelling until we closed our windows. She then harassed another car driven
> by a birder  with binocs across the road. Just a warning! I don't think
> they have any jurisdiction over the public highway, but I remain open to
> education.
>
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Subject: Loveland Birding - Larimer
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007 AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:31:45 -0600
Mike McCloy and I birded some reservoirs around Loveland this morning, and
although the weather didn't create the fallout conditions we had hoped for
we still found some good birds.  The Great Black-backed Gull at Horseshoe
continued with the gull flock along with 2 Thayer's Gulls and 5 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls.  I also saw my first immature California Gull of the
year.  We also had my first American Avocet, Barn Swallow, and Cinnamon
Teal of the year.  The farm pond on the north end also had a Mallard that
had some Mexican Mallard genes.  We also covered most of the west side of
Boyd Lake and found 45 Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, a
Black-necked Stilt, an American Avocet, an American Pipit, some Mountain
Bluebirds, and a Brown-headed Cowbird.

Good Birding!
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Fort Collins

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Subject: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: Ben S <benrmnp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:37:56 -0700 (PDT)
Surprisingly, although I am a 17 year old, I have never been questioned in this 
manner. 


Ben Sampson
Centennial, CO

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Subject: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 07:41:16 -0700 (PDT)
There is an area where signs are posted No Stopping or Parking (something like 
that), but I've always pulled over every where else along that road. I wouldn't 
worry about it. She must be new. They know birders are always on that road. 

Susan Rosine
Thornton

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Subject: Pueblo birds 4/1 (swallows)
From: Brandon <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:47:04 -0600
All,

Down here in Pueblo, we mostly only had rain, some big snow flakes for
a few minutes.  I figured there would be swallows flying around along
the river in Rock Canyon/Valco Ponds in Pueblo.  I saw five species of
swallows, including at least one Cliff Swallow (my first of the
spring), also Tree (30+), Violet-green (15+), Barn (5+), and Northern
Rough-winged (2+).  Still a little early for Bank Swallow probably,
though I was hoping to see one.

I also checked Pueblo Reservoir's possible shorebird spots, and saw
two American Avocets and a Greater Yellowlegs, as well as Killdeer.
I'm hoping these two locations that had shorebirds today, will get
some other species this month.  Say's Phoebes were everywhere, I saw
six at one time at one spot at Pueblo Reservoir.  I didn't see any
rarities today, though didn't spend a lot of time looking.  The
weather looks drier tomorrow and warmer too.

Good birding,

-- 
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Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Resending: Yellow-bellied sapsucker in Denver City Park
From: "Patrick O'Driscoll" <patodrisk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:54:15 -0600
>
> A male YBSA was observed at about 11:30 a.m.. Saturday in conifers just
> southwest of the tennis courts on the west side of the park. We watched it
> making neat rows of sap wells in a medium-tall pine. We spotted it while
> looking at a well-hidden red-tailed hawk on an enormous nest near the top
> of one of the tall old conifers on the west side. The RTHA''s apparent
> mate, with classic screeching call, flew in from the Catholic church spires
> at 23rd Avenue and York at the park's northwest tip to perch briefly in the
> treetop above the nest.
>
> These sightings were near the end of a DFO field trip meant to observe the
> colonial waterbird nesting sites in Duck and Ferril lakes. We counted more
> than 425 double-crested cormorants in the Duck Lake island trees and two
> black-crowned night-herons, the first two in City Park this season, on the
> island ground,. Still no BCNH's or snowy egrets yet on the Ferril Lake
> island site.
>
> Although it was cold to start, the predicted rain and snow never
> materialized, allowing our small group of 4 to record other good birds
> among 30 species total. Highlights included a female Cooper's hawk on a
> newly built nest south of Ferril Lake (first seen building the nest last
> Sunday)
> ​,​
> 2 ruby-crowned kinglets in the "pinetum" of conifers on the slope below
> the south end of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a handsome male
> cinnamon teal on Ferril Lake, and a great blue heron that perched for a
> short while atop one of the trees at the high-occupancy Duck Lake cormorant
> rookery.
>
> Patrick O'Driscoll
> Denver
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Subject: Re: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump will be issuing an executive order
From: Joey Angstman <jangstma27 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:23:55 -0700 (PDT)
"Fake news"

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Fort Collins, CO

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Subject: Yellow-bellied sapsucker in Denver City Park
From: "Patrick O'Driscoll" <patodrisk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:42:40 -0600
A male YBSA was observed at about 11:30 a.m.. Saturday in conifers just
southwest of the tennis courts on the west side of the park. We watched it
making neat rows of sap wells in a medium-tall pine. We spotted it while
looking at a well-hidden red-tailed hawk on an enormous nest near the top
of one of the tall old conifers on the west side. The RTHA''s apparent
mate, with classic screeching call, flew in from the Catholic church spires
at 23rd Avenue and York at the park's northwest tip to perch briefly in the
treetop above the nest.

These sightings were near the end of a DFO field trip meant to observe the
colonial waterbird nesting sites in Duck and Ferril lakes. We counted more
than 425 double-crested cormorants in the Duck Lake island trees and two
black-crowned night-herons, the first two in City Park this season, on the
island ground,. Still no BCNH's or snowy egrets yet on the Ferril Lake
island site.

Although it was cold to start, the predicted rain and snow never
materialized, allowing our small group of 4 to record other good birds
among 30 species total. Highlights included a female Cooper's hawk on a
newly built nest south of Ferril Lake (first seen building the nest last
Sunday) 2 ruby-crowned kinglets in the "pinetum" of conifers on the slope
below the south end of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a handsome
male cinnamon teal on Ferril Lake, and a great blue heron that perched for
a short while atop one of the trees at the high-occupancy Duck Lake
cormorant rookery.

Patrick O'Driscoll
Denver

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Subject: Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:12:06 -0700 (PDT)
Glenn, we're trying to get the community college woods in Lamar, Prowers 
County, designated a sanctuary hotspot, but so far to no avail. See for 
yourself:



 


(This is one of two known instances in which Floyd family members have made 
it into the *Lamar Ledger* crime blotter. No foolin'.)

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Sanctuary City, Boulder County

P.s. Check THIS out:

We the people of Lafayette, Colorado, declare alignment with the Seven 
Generations principle of the indigenous First Nations and understand the 
environment as common to all and base our actions upon its indefinite 
protection;
We the People of the City of Lafayette, Colorado, find that global 
environmental destruction, which includes degradation to the climate, 
ecosystems, 

flora, fauna, land, and water, constitutes an emergency that threatens our 
very survival;
All residents and ecosystems of the City of Lafayette possess a right to a 
healthy climate, which shall include the right to be free from all 
activities that interfere with that right, including the extraction of 
coal, oil, or gas, or disposal of drilling waste within the City of 
Lafayette.
*All residents of the City of Lafayette possess the right to enforce this 
law.*

*If the City of Lafayette fails to enforce or defend this law, or a 
courtfails to uphold this law, any person may enforce this law through 
nonviolent direct action. If nonviolent direct action is taken to enforce 
the provisions of this law, law enforcement personnel employed by the City 
of Lafayette shall be prohibited from arresting or detaining persons 
directly enforcing this law.*

And you thought the City of Boulder, proper, was leftist! They ain't got 
nothin' on us out in the People's Republic of Lafayette!


On Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 5:54:59 PM UTC-6, Glenn Walbek, Castle Rock, 
CO wrote:
>
> I just read the ABA has implemented 'sanctuary hot spots', where birders 
> can bird freely without fear of intimidation, deportation, or ID 
> questioning.  Below is a partial list of these hot spots..
>
> Walden Ponds
> Baseline Reservoir
> Gregory Canyon
> Valmont Reservoir
> Greenlee Preserve
>
> Glenn Walbek
> Castle Rock, CO
>
>
>
>

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Subject: Re: Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
From: "Karl Stecher Jr." <kstecher AT idcomm.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:01:52 -0600
Is concealed carry legal there?
 Or, if you're a turkey vulture, concealed carrion?
 Karl Stecher
 Centennial/Arapahoe
  
  
  

----------------------------------------
 From: "Glenn Walbek, Castle Rock, CO" 
Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2017 5:55 PM
To: migrant44 AT aol.com
Cc: "Cobirds" , otowi33.33 AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county   
  I just read the ABA has implemented 'sanctuary hot spots', where birders 
can bird freely without fear of intimidation, deportation, or ID 
questioning.  Below is a partial list of these hot spots..
  
 Walden Ponds
 Baseline Reservoir
 Gregory Canyon
 Valmont Reservoir
 Greenlee Preserve
  
 Glenn Walbek
 Castle Rock, CO
  
  
  
 Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID 

 On Apr 1, 2017 12:50 PM, 'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds 
 wrote: I understand, and this why I encourage 
other birders not to let themselves be pushed around for no particular good 
reason. I make it a point never to pass a "private property" sign, to cross 
fences or enter anywhere that says "keep out". However, I find that more 
and more I am being harrassed for being in areas which appear have public 
access. "Golf Cart Boy" out at Latham once called the sheriff on me (he did 
it while I was standing there, so I know he actually did it; I overheard 
the conversation). I just stood there while he yelled at me that I was 
ignoring him, to which I replied, "Yep". He left, but I waited around for 
the authorities, who of course never appeared. They probably got a good 
laugh out of his report of a miscreant birder.    Anyway, if law 
enforcement gives me a valid reason way I should vacate an area, vacate I 
will. Yesterday's "officer" (who must have looking desperately for a reason 
to justify her existence) just sputtered about "DIA" and "private property" 
and really had no good reason why I should leave the area.
 That's probably enough on this subject. Please obey all property signs and 
follow the ABA Code of Ethics. But I submit that there is no reason why 
birders should be bullied just because we have a reputation for being 
rather passive.  
   Norm Lewis
 Lakewood, CO

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From: Diana Beatty 
Cc: Colorado Birds 
Sent: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 11:12 am
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
    That is funny, but as a Muslim birder this stuff is not much of a joke 
to me.  I am afraid to go on any birding expeditions out of the country 
right now, or to even try to get on a plane to go somewhere in this 
country.  I was harassed and followed by security once for birding at the 
Xeriscape Gardens in Colorado Springs - apparently because it is owned by 
the local utility company the fact that I had a scarf and binoculars made 
me a terrorist.  I just don't trust the 'authorities' are always going to 
do the right thing because of my appearance.  I have heard the same thing 
from several birders of color.  I encourage those of you who are less 
marginalized to keep standing up when people push you like that because you 
might be indirectly helping out someone who wouldn't be able to do so.  
 Diana Beatty
 El Paso County

   On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Ira Sanders  
wrote:    April Fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Subject: Re: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump wil...
From: Roger Linfield <rplinfield AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:28:19 -0700 (PDT)
That's too believable.  If you really want to generate an outrageous April 
1 story, say that the AOU had finally decided to accept the scientific 
evidence in favor of lumping the redpolls.

Roger Linfield
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump wil...
From: Ben S <benrmnp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:28:02 -0700 (PDT)
Yes, too believable. How about finally spliting Fox Sparrow?

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Subject: Snowy plover yes
From: bay.wren AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:05:39 -0600
The Boulder County snowy plover still present at baseline reservoir as of 7 PM, 
the same place as reported earlier, the larger island on the south end 


Eric DeFonso
Westminster CO

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Subject: re: Of sage thrashers, sandhill cranes, strange coincidences, and the inevitable arbitrariness of eBird
From: "Karl Stecher Jr." <kstecher AT idcomm.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:04:47 -0600
I would have thought that Say's phoebe would have come up first.
  
 Karl Stecher
 Centennial/Arapahoe
  
  
  

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 From: "Ted Floyd" 
Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2017 6:00 PM
To: "Colorado Birds" 
Subject: [cobirds] Of sage thrashers, sandhill cranes, strange coincidences, 
and the inevitable arbitrariness of eBird 

 Okay, that sounds like the beginning of a really lame April Fools joke, but, 
actually, it's a true story. Here goes... 


Yesterday, Friday, March 31, Andrew Floyd and I had an errand to run, and we 
just happened to be in the vicinity of Prince Lake No. 2, eastern Boulder 
County, where we saw a drive-by sage thrasher. It was raining, and I was lazy, 
so we just snapped a few photos from the car. I sort of brought the car to a 
stop. Then, this Saturday morning, Apr. 1, Hannah Floyd and I had an errand to 
run in the exact same vicinity of eastern Boulder County, so we stopped by--you 
guessed it--Prince Lake No. 2, where we saw a drive-by sandhill crane. Same 
deal as the day before: rainy, lazy, sort of stopped the car, snapped a few 
photos from the car, and continued on our way. 

 Now here's where the story gets weird. 
  
 When I went to eBird the 3/31 sage thrasher, the smart search ("S"..."A"...) 
took me to s-a-n-d-h-i-l-l, but not to s-a-g-e, because sage thrasher trips the 
Boulder County filter in March, but sandhill crane does not. As to the 4/1, 
sandhill crane, it was déja vu all over again: The eBird smart search 
("S"..."A"...) returned s-a-g-e, but not s-a-n-d-h-i-l-l, because sandhill 
crane trips the Boulder County filter in April, but sage thrasher does not. Is 
that freaky or what? And it reprises a recent thread at the CFO Facebook site, 
wherein (certain) folks were grousing about the (allegedly) too-tight filters 
for Colorado. I, for one, consider the Colorado eBird filters to be set at just 
the right tension, especially along the well-birded I-25 corridor. And, well, 
you have to draw boundaries somewhere (3/31 for SAge thrasher, 4/1 for SAndhill 
crane, etc.), and I coincidentally got burned twice: Same place, same car, same 
situation, SAme first two letters. Even Bill Kaempfer couldn't have devised 
such a scheme. 

  
 Over at the nearby Greenlee Preserve-Waneka Lake-Thomas Open Space-Hecla Pond 
ecological complex, eastern Boulder County, things were decently birdy this 
dreary Saturday morning, Apr. 1: among 40 species, a pair of wood ducks, a 
drake hooded merganser, molting horned grebes, a hybrid northern flicker, a 
prairie merlin, American bushtit pairs, a singing Rubicon kinglet, a latish 
dark-eyed junco, white-crowned sparrows on the move, a spotted towhee that 
couldn't quite commit to singing a full song, and common grackles out the 
wazoo. Photos, audio, and eBird checklist here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35609657 

  
 Ted Floyd 
 Lafayette, Boulder County 
  
  
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Subject: West Arapahoe Co. Birding
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:12:02 -0700 (PDT)
Battling a cold, I spent most of the rainy morning and early afternoon 
birding a few spots in Centennial & Greenwood Village in west Arapahoe Co. 
I started at Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve, where I birded the western 
side of the preserve. Near its entrance, I heard then spotted a few singing 
White-crowned Sparrows. A short time later, I watched what I think was a 
late-Northern Shrike (first winter?) pursue and miss a Say's Phoebe near 
the duckiest of the preserve's three ponds. It then watched the brush for a 
time, before dropping in, disappearing, and popping back up seemingly 
empty-handed.

 



 



Also of note were two Mourning Doves, my first at the preserve since 
October.


From Marjorie Perry, I headed home and picked up my dog. We then headed to 
Blackmer Lake by Kent Denver School, where we had our first Tree Swallows 
of the year. Flagged by eBird was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, foraging with a 
pair of Bushtits. A return trip to bird the eastern half of Marjorie Perry 
yielded our first Lincoln's Sparrow of the year and what I presume is a 
newly arrived, third Say's Phoebe. (Two have been by the duck pond for 
about a week and a half. This one was on the opposite end of the preserve.)


We rounded up the morning at Willow Spring Open Space, where we walked the 
northern and eastern edges. A singing Western Meadowlark was a pleasant 
surprise. So too was a Sage Thrasher running through the grass and 
sagebrush with robins, one of which had striking white feathers near the 
middle of both wings. An early Vesper Sparrow, another Say's Phoebe, and a 
few more Mourning Doves were more welcome signs of spring. 



 



- Jared Del Rosso

Centennial, CO

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Subject: Re: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump will be issuing an executive order
From: Patrick DePriest <depriestp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:39:32 -0600
[image: Inline image 1]

I'd say this theory is a little farfetch'd........

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 12:13 PM, Chris Goulart 
wrote:

>  The associate of Chris President Trump has issued executive order to
> officially change the national bird from the bald eagle to the Rhode Island
> Red Rooster.
>
>
>  According to a source with the knowledge of president trumps decision the
> change was initiated yesterday.    Edward Norton Smith, renowned
> presidential historian, was quoted as saying " President Trump seems
> hellbent to leave his mark on history as early as possible. Changing the
> national symbol from the eagle to the Rhode Island red will certainly
> accomplish this".
>
>  Experts agree that the road island red is in an usual choice for a
> national bird, but also agree that it is in keeping with trumps America
> first policies.   The problem with the bald eagle is in Canada in large
> numbers as well as the United States. Whereas the  Rhode Island red is a
> breed of chicken developed exclusively in the United States.
>
>  Unlike other  legislative agenda items for the trumpet ministration,
> changing the national symbol can be accomplished by executive order.
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Subject: Ross's goose at Dodd Reservoir
From: Dave Fletcher <dave1fletcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:38:31 -0600
One white goose with Canada geese on SE corner. Ross's head and Bill, dark
legs, very white. Some domestic variety possible?

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Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county

 

"Johnson, Candice E., MD." : Apr 01
12:05AM

Today at 10 am my husband and I got out of our car on 96th Avenue near DIA
and briefly saw 2 Burrowing Owls. We used our spotting scope & we noticed a
couple of oil company trucks not too far away from the burrows. We drove on
& returned about 20 minutes later. At the same spot was a HSS security
vehicle, which pulled up next to us & told us we had to move on. We
protested that we were only birdwatchers, but the woman officer kept
yelling until we closed our windows. She then harassed another car driven
by a birder with binocs across the road. Just a warning! I don't think they
have any jurisdiction over the public highway, but I remain open to
education.

Candice E. Johnson

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Migrant : Mar 31 11:46PM -0600

I was the other birder that the stupendously self-important "officer" (or
whatever she was- a wannabe of some sort) attempted to chase off. I chose
not to be chased. When she said, "you need to move along" (with sort of the
same intonation one would use on a ten-year-old potential miscreant,
loitering outside the sweet shop, awaiting an opportunity to steal a
lollipop), I asked why. She replied that all the land around there is owned
by farmers, DIA, etc, etc. She didn't specify who owns the shoulder of the
road, but I suspect it is a public right of way. When I appeared reluctant
to follow her stentorian-voiced instructions, she declared that, by golly,
she'd just call the police. I allowed that seemed to be a grand idea, and
please do. I waited around for a while (unsuccessfully scanning for the
owls), but no police appeared.
I think she must be comrads-in-arms with Golf Cart Boy out at Latham.
Anyway, as Candace mentioned, I guess we have one more place where we
offensive, aggressive, felonious birdwatchers are going to be harassed. I
guess there aren't enough real criminals out there to keep these people
busy......

Norm Lewis
Lakewood

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Ira Sanders : Apr 01 12:26AM -0600

I had a rent a cop try that with me at Marston. He was inside the fence
and I was outside. He got as far with me as the rent a cop did with Norm
at DIA. I almost pleaded with him to call the cops. I promised I would
wait right there.
Imagine that when no cops showed up.

Ira Sanders
Golden

On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 11:46 PM, 'Migrant' via Colorado Birds <

-- 
Ira Sanders
Golden, CO
"My mind is a raging torrent flooded with rivulets of thought cascading
into a waterfall of creative alternatives."
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Pueblo birds this past week

 

Brandon : Mar 31 08:10PM -0600

A few new migrant birds have shown up in Pueblo, this past week.
Tree, Violet-green, and Barn Swallows on (26 March), Burrowing Owl
(26-27 March), Greater Yellowlegs (28 March), three American Avocets
on (26 March and 28 March, different locations), Northern Rough-winged
Swallows (along with the other swallows mentioned above) on 28 March.
I saw Barn Swallows again on (30 March).

Eastern Phoebes continue at a couple locations around Pueblo as of
3/30. Black Phoebes are appearing more as well, I finally saw my
first two Pueblo County this year, on 30 March (at two different
locations). The singing Carolina Wren and singing Winter Wren
continue in Pueblo through 31 March. The wintering Spotted Sandpiper
was seen on 29 March. Two Common Loons were seen on 30 March (one in
breeding plumage). I think the Red-necked Grebe may have left, I
looked once this week, and didn't see it, though it can hide, it has
hiding places, that are difficult to get to. A couple adult Bald
Eagles were still around along the River on 30 March. Ospreys seem to
be everywhere, nesting on many of the Osprey platform nests around
Pueblo.

Up in Fremont County, there was singing Black-throated Sparrow on 27
March. Also, saw Eastern Phoebes, Greater Yellowlegs, American White
Pelicans as well.

Hopefully the first week of April, gets more migrants around Pueblo.

Good birding,

-- 
Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO
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Red Fox Sparrow, Cherry Creek State Park, Arapahoe Cnty

 

cteuton : Mar 31 06:08PM -0700

This evening, a Red Fox Sparrow was working around the shrubby area that is
near the upper parking lot above the east boat ramp. This is on the trail
that leads to the part of the park colloquially known as "Pelican point".
Cheryl Teuton
Aurora
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Hummingbird Research in Colorado - requesting banding locations

 

Braden Godwin : Mar 31 07:23AM -0700

Hello!

I am a PhD student at the University of Wyoming studying the population
genetics of hummingbirds, and I am looking for new sites to band, sample,
and release Broad-tailed and Calliope Hummingbirds in Colorado. We look for
home owners with busy feeders who are willing to host us for a day or two
(we bring a travel trailer), set up feeder net traps, capture, ID
species-age-sex, examine for diseases, place a tiny federal ID band on leg,
collect an even tinier blood sample, give a final sugar water treat, then
release. We provide information to the home owner host about the birds we
captured at their place and updates about our study.

We use the blood sample for DNA for my PhD population genomics studies
(Broad-tailed) to identify population structure, genetic diversity,
adaptive genetics, cryptic hybrids, gene flow, and more. I use blood from
all hummingbird species for hemoparasite studies – to answer what is the
prevalence and parasite species distribution of malarial-type blood
parasites in our WY and CO hummingbirds. We’re building our Calliope sample
base for future genomic studies. We have a paper accepted and coming out
soon on CA hummingbird blood parasites; another one on corvid hemoparasites
(on our website below, click publications).

Our banding site home-owner hosts are typically very excited to watch the
process, learn about the hummingbirds they have, and be engaged in science.
We spent much of last summer throughout parts of WY and a few sites in CO,
and now I am hoping to fill out my geographic sampling with a few more
locations in Colorado. We are hoping to find locations especially in
northern and western Colorado.

Do you have or know people with busy hummingbird feeders that would be
interested in helping us? Please send me an email! My contact information
and research website is below.

Thanks for any ideas and contacts!

______________

Brady Godwin
PhD student
Program in Ecology, University of Wyoming
Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology Lab
www.wildlifegenetichealth.org
(307) 766-6638
bgodwin AT uwyo.edu
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Upcoming "Nunn Guy" Birding Trip: Pawnee National Grasslands

 

"The \"Nunn Guy\"" : Mar 31 08:35AM -0700

Hi all

For those who enjoy birding on our prairies ... an early trip to Pawnee
National Grasslands

.

Thanks
Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.club/
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Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 31 March 2017

 

Joyce Takamine : Mar 31 04:11AM -0600

Compiler: Joyce Takamine
e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
Date: March 31, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, March 31 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 and the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Arapahoe)
Eurasian Wigeon (Weld)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Rio Grande)
Trumpeter Swan (Archuleta, Routt)
Tundra Swan (*Weld)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Routt)
Mountain Plover (Costilla, Kiowa, Lincoln)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Montezuma,Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larimer)
Williamson’s Sapsucker ( Pueblo)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Otero)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Clear Creek)
Black Phoebe (Archuleta, *Boulder, Denver, Fremont, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Adams, Douglas, Fremont, Otero)
Winter Wren (*El Paso)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Bewick’s Wren (Otero, Pueblo)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa, *Kit Carson, Lincoln)
McCown’s Longspur (Kit Carson, Lincoln)
Northern Parula (*Custer)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Otero)
Savannah Sparrow (Kit Carson, Saguache)
Fox Sparrow (*El Paso, Routt)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Adams, Boulder, *El Paso, Larimer,Otero, Weld)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Douglas)
Great-tailed Grackle (Boulder, Jefferson, *Kit Carson, Larimer, *Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On March 25 at East Lake Shores Park, Riley Morris reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 26 at Barr Lake SP, Will Sebern reported Eastern Phoebe.
---ON March 27 at Barr Lake SP, Diane Roberts, Karen Drozda, and Rebecca
Laroche reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On March 27, Deb Carstensen reported BRANT at her home off of Platte
Canyon Drive. Please call her
at 303-408-3010 <(303)%20408-3010> for more information. Several birders
saw the BRANT
including Tim Ryan, Marie Hoerner, and Doug Kibbe.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Pinon Lake Reservoir, Ben Bailey and Byron Greco reported
Trumpeter Swan.
---On March 28 at Navajo Reservoir/Piedra River upstream, Ben Bailey and
Bryon Greco reported 2 Black Phoebes.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 22 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Jonathan Montgomery reported
Black Phoebe. On March 24 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Christian Nunes
and Jeff Parks reported Black Phoebe. On March 25 at Boulder Creek and
75th St, David Dowell, Luke and Tracy Pheneger, Ted Floyd, Adam Vesely,
Steve Frye, and David Waltman reported Black Phoebe. On March 26 at
Boulder Creek and 75th St, Mark Minner-lee and Willem van vliet- reported
Black Phoebe. On March 26 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Christian Nunes
reported Black Phoebe at NW corner of waste water treatment plant and
Lincoln’s Sparrow. On March 27 Will Niccolls and Sue Riffe reported Black
Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St. On March 29, Sharon Norfleet reported
that the Boulder Bird Club saw Black Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.
On March 30, Chris Brown, Brian Johnson, and Norm Lewis reported Black
Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.
---On March 29 at Sombrero Marsh, the Boulder Bird Club reported
Great-tailed Grackle.

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Guanella Pass Campground, Craig Robson reported 3
American Three-toed Woodpeckers.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
---On March 29 south of Smith Reservoir, John Rawinski and John Stump
reported 9 Mountain Plovers.

CUSTER COUNTY:
---On March 30 at Lake DeWeese, Clif Smith and Pearle Sandstrom-Smith
reported a m Northern Parula.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On March 25 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, Cynthia Madsen and David
Hill reported Black Phoebe at First Creek about 100 yards N of 56h Ave
bridge.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Ute Valley Park, David Tonnessen reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 30 at Adams Open Space in Fountain, Diana Beatty reported a
Lincoln’s Sparrow.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On March 21 on Cherry Creek Tail – south end to Walker Road Gravel Pond,
Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe. On March 22, Kingery reported
Eastern Phoebe singing is same spot. On March 25 on Cherry Creek trail S
end to Walker Rd Gravel Pond, Cheryl Teuton, Hugh Kingery, and Glenn Walbek
reported Eastern Phoebe. On March 27, Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe
on Cherry Creek trail S end to Walk Rd Gravel Pond.
---On March 25 at Chatfield SP, Gregg Goodrich reported that the DFO Field
Trip has an Eastern Phoebe on the SE side of Kingfisher Bridge. On March
27 at Chatfield SP upstream of Kingfisher Bridge, Christine Alexander
reported Eastern Phoebe.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported Winter
Wren. On March 23 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow (Red). On March 23, Chris Bronbin reported
Winter Wren at Sinton Pond. On March 24 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Glenn
Walbek and Mark Peterson reported Fox Sparrow (Red). On March 30, David
Tonnessen and Mark Minner-Lee reported Winter Wren at Sinton Pond and
Tonnessen reported Fox Sparrow (Red).

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On March 22 in Canon City, Dan Stringer reported Black and Eastern
Phoebe. On March 23, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes between
Sell’s Lake and Arkansas River and Eastern Phoebe in
Canon City. On March 25, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes near
MacKenzie Ave. bridge in
Canon City.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Brown reported Great-tailed
Grackle.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Neenoshe Reservoir (only southern pool), Tony Leukering
reported lots of waterfowl and 70 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 110
longspur species.
---On March 29 about 5 miles south of Eads on CR 40, Bill Kaempfer reported
5 Mountain Plovers.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 27 on Creek B (road) Glenn Walbek reported 7 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, 15 McCown’s Longspurs and Savannah Sparrow. The longspurs are
possibly nesting in this area.
---On March 30 near intersection of CR 12 and CR L, Glenn Walbek reported
44 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 4 Great-tailed Grackles.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--- On March 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick Komar reported 8 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls (4 ad, 4 imm) and 1-st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, Andy Bankert and Mike
McCloy reported 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows and 23 Great-tailed Grackles.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
---On March 29 on CR 3E, Bill Kaempfer reported 50 longspurs (McCown’s and
Chestnut-collared) and 1 Mountain Plover.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Totten Reservoir, Jim Beatty reported ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On March 26 at CR 28, north of CR FF, Bill Kaempfer reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 27 – 28 at Picketwire Canyon (Comanche National Grasslands),
Nathan Pieplow reported
Eastern Phoebe, Bewick’s Wren, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Ladder-backed
Woodpecker.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 25 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Brandon
Percival and Kara Carragher reported singing Carolina Wren.
---On March 28 at Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon below dam, north of river,
Ben Sampson reported Black Phoebe and 2 Bewick’s Wrens.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Monte Vista NWR, Brandon Percival and Kara Carragher
reported Mallard (Mexican intergrade).

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on Yampa River Core Trail, Tresa Moulton reported 4
Slate-colored Fox Sparrows between the river and the Core Trail near
Emerald Park ball field.
---On March 28 at Stagecoach Reservoir near Oak Creek, Tom Litteral
reported imm Trumpeter Swan and 5 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.

SAGUACHE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Russell Lakes SWA, Peter Burke and Kara Carragher
reported Savannah Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 14, Mlodinow reported an Eurasian Wigeon and Tundra Swan at
Stewart’s Pond (Private Property) at CR 37 and CR 46. On March 24 at
Stewart’s Pond, CSU Ornithologist Club, Cheri Phillips, Chery Teuton, and
Brandon Nooner reported Tundra Swan and Eurasian Wigeon. On March 25 at
Stewart’s Pond, the Tundra Swan was reported by Nick Komar, David Wade,
Austin Hess, Wendy Wibbens, Alison Hixon, Sue Riffe, and Steve Mlodinow.
On March 26, at Stewart’s Pond, Marie Hoerner reported Eurasian Wigeon;
Rebecca Grieser reported Tundra Swan; and Ryan Graves reported both Tundra
Swan and Eurasian Wigeon. On March 27, Mark Minner-Lee and Frank Farrell
reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond. On March 28, Mike McCloy reported
Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond. On March 30 at Stewart’s Pond, Sue Riffe,
Ivan Mota, and Phil Bartley reported Tundra Swan and 6 Great-tailed
Grackles.
---On March 26 at wetland on CR 46, Emil Yappert reported Tundra Swan.
---On March 26 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Cheri Phillips reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On March 26 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 1 will be to Denver City Park led by
Patrick O-Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955 <(303)%20885-6955>).
Meet at 0730 at
parking strip SE of 22nd Ave just north of Ferril Lake. From Colorado
Blvd, turn west onto 22nd Ave and go past the Museum of Nature and
Science. Turn left just before the zoo at the sign to the Pavilion
Bandstand. Park on the left at the end of the parking area closest to
Ferril Lake. Will focus on observation and photography of nesting
cormorants, herons, and egrets in Ferril and Duck Lakes as part of DFO’s
Colonial Waterbird Nesting Project. Bring Spotting scope and camera if you
have them. Night-herons and egrest (Ferril Lake) may be building nests,
and cormorants (Duck Lake) will be into their nesting cycle. Bring water,
snacks, and sunscreen. Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 2 will be to South Platte Park led by
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-665-9135 <(303)%20665-9135>).
Meet at 0800 at
south end of South Platte Park near C-470. From C-470 take Platte canyon
Rd/South Platte Park exit. From Platte canyon Rd at Depew Street turn
southeast onto the entrance road for South Platte Park. Contuse past a
90-degree left turn and the first parking lot, and meet in the second
parking lot.
Will walk up the south Platte for about two miles. Register online or
contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder
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Subject: Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (01 Apr 2017) 9 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:48:28 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 01, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              1              1
Bald Eagle                   0              0              9
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0             10
Cooper's Hawk                2              2              7
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2              2            182
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              5
Golden Eagle                 0              0              3
American Kestrel             4              4             16
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              2
Prairie Falcon               0              0              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              4
Unknown Buteo                0              0             15
Unknown Falcon               0              0              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              7

Total:                       9              9            265
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Bill Wuerthele

Observers:        

Visitors:
There were just a few intrepid hikers and trail runners willing to brave
the snowy and muddy trail today.  On couple stopped by to ask about the
HawkWatch Program and hawk migration in general. 


Weather:
Last night's storm dropped about 2 inches of snow on the ridge, and
lingering heavy, low clouds limited visibility to about 2 kilometers
throughout the watch period - Mt. Morrison and the West Ridge were hidden
by clouds.  The morning was calm, with a slight breeze (2 bft) from the
east in the afternoon.  Temperatures ranged from 34 - 40F. 

Raptor Observations:
Migrating raptors: There were nine migrating raptors - four American
Kestrels, two Cooper's Hawks, two Red-tailed Hawks, and one Osprey.  The
Kestrels came directly up the ridge and passed over the observation point
just above the tree tops.  The other migrants, except for an adult
Red-tailed Hawk, passed by the east side of the ridge at or below eye
level.  The highlight of the day was a close-in look at the Osprey at eye
level.  

Non-migrating raptors: There was very little local raptor activity, with
just brief appearances by two Red-tailed Hawks on the east side of the
ridge.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor observations: The following species were seen or heard - Western
Meadowlark, Black-billed Magpie, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco
(Gray-Headed), Townsend's Solitaire, Northern Flicker, and Bushtit. 

Predictions:
Tomorrow' predicted warmer, clearer weather might bring storm-delayed
migrants - could be a good day.  Be prepared, the trail is quite muddy. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

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


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Subject: Breaking news. The Associated Press is reporting that Trump will be issuing an executive order
From: Chris Goulart <cgoulart001 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:13:35 -0700 (PDT)
 The associate of Chris President Trump has issued executive order to 
officially change the national bird from the bald eagle to the Rhode Island Red 
Rooster. 



 According to a source with the knowledge of president trumps decision the 
change was initiated yesterday. Edward Norton Smith, renowned presidential 
historian, was quoted as saying " President Trump seems hellbent to leave his 
mark on history as early as possible. Changing the national symbol from the 
eagle to the Rhode Island red will certainly accomplish this". 


 Experts agree that the road island red is in an usual choice for a national 
bird, but also agree that it is in keeping with trumps America first policies. 
The problem with the bald eagle is in Canada in large numbers as well as the 
United States. Whereas the Rhode Island red is a breed of chicken developed 
exclusively in the United States. 


 Unlike other legislative agenda items for the trumpet ministration, changing 
the national symbol can be accomplished by executive order. 


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Subject: little help on IDs of Eastern waterfowl from bad photos
From: Linda Andes-Georges <andesgeorges AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:54:56 -0600
Hi, folks-- 
In case anyone has an extra minute or two, I have some poor photos from a 
recent trip to coastal islands off SC where I was challenged by a number of 
bird IDs that I have little knowledge of. If anyone is willing to look at two 
of them, I'd appreciate opinions. I am null at shorebirds and weak on ducks 
I've never seen before! 


I was surprised to discover that the huge flocks of peeps we were seeing were 
mostly WESTERN Sandpipers. I have much to learn! 

Alas, we did not get even poor photos of many mysterious flying creatures. It 
was fun-- and frustrating. 


We tried for the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and frustratingly, heard one but could 
not find it. The forest was still smoldering from a recent prescribed fire 
which is used to help manage the forests that they prefer. Nevertheless, it was 
a good trip for woodpeckers in general: lots of practice. 


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]
8417 Stirrup Ln
Longmont CO 80503





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Subject: NO brant, Arapahoe County
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:23:21 -0600
 I went down around to all of the ponds this morning and did not find the brant 
or the flock of geese he was with. I did find a pair of hooded mergansers, a 
pair of wigeons and Red breasted nuthatches. 

 There was also a large coyote perusing the north side of the ponds as I went 
around the south side of the ponds. He was too far away for me to try to haze 
so I listened and watched the reaction of the birds in the area as he came 
through. They have a good alarm system and he never had a chance at a meal. 

     Thanks to everyone who came by to share my yard bird! It was a lot of fun.

Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County

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Subject: Boulder Broad-tailed Hummingbird
From: David Waltman <djwaltman AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:52:41 +0000 (UTC)
Cheryl just came from outside saying "I heard a hummingbird!" And then it was 
at a feeder. I put up the feeders last weekend and felt a bit silly putting 
them up so early, but I thought I heard one on two occasions last week and a 
neighbor said she thought she saw one. My previous early date was 4/7/2015. 
Amazing. 

David Waltman
6,000 feet; 1/2 way between Boulder and Lyons

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Subject: La Junta area, 3/27-3/28
From: Nathan Pieplow <npieplow AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:27:58 -0600
Hi all,

Went down to Picketwire Canyon in the Comanche National Grassland for an
overnight camping trip. Spring arrivals in the canyon include Eastern and
Say's Phoebes, Rock Wren, Turkey Vulture, Killdeer, and White-throated
Swift. It was also nice to spend some time with Bewick's and Canyon Wrens,
Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Ladder-backed Woodpecker. I was hoping for an
early poorwill or Black-throated Sparrow, but no luck. Winter birds still
in evidence included Dark-eyed Junco and Townsend's Solitaire.

All the ravens I could identify with confidence were Commons, though I did
hear some suspiciously upslurred croaks at Vogel Canyon.

Probably the rarest sighting was an early male *Lark Bunting* that flew
across Highway 71 in Crowley County north of Box Springs yesterday.

Nathan Pieplow
Boulder

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 March 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:14:54 -0600
Compiler:           Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:                   March 29, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, March 29 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 and the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Arapahoe)
Eurasian Wigeon (Weld)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Rio Grande)
Trumpeter Swan (*Archuleta, *Routt)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (*Routt)
Tundra Swan (*Weld)
Mew Gull (Larimer)
Thayer’s Gull (Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Montezuma,Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Denver, Larimer)
Williamson’s Sapsucker ( Pueblo)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Clear Creek)
Black Phoebe (*Archuleta, Boulder, Denver, Fremont, Mesa, *Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Adams, Douglas, Fremont)
Winter Wren (El Paso)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Bewick’s Wren (Moffat, *Pueblo)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa, Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (Kit Carson)
Savannah Sparrow (*it Carson, Mesa, Montrose, Saguache)
Fox Sparrow (El Paso, Routt)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Adams,  Boulder, *El Paso, Larimer, Montrose, Otero,
Weld)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Douglas)
Great-tailed Grackle ( Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On March 25 at East Lake Shores Park, Riley Morris reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March26 at Barr Lake SP, Will Sebern reported Eastern Phoebe.
---ON March 27 at Barr Lake SP, Diane Roberts, Karen Drozda, and Rebecca
Laroche reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On March 27, Deb Carstensen reported BRANT at her home off of Platte
Canyon Drive.  Please call her
at 303-408-3010 for more information.  Several birders saw the BRANT
including Tim Ryan, Marie Hoerner, and Doug Kibbe.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Pinon Lake Reservoir, Ben Bailey and Byron Greco reported
Trumpeter Swan.
---On March 28 at Navajo Reservoir/Piedra River upstream, Ben Bailey and
Bryon Greco reported 2 Black Phoebes.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 22 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Jonathan Montgomery reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 24 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Christian Nunes
and Jeff Parks  reported Black Phoebe.  On March 25 at  Boulder Creek and
75th St, David Dowell, Luke and Tracy Pheneger, Ted Floyd, Adam Vesely,
Steve Frye, and David Waltman reported Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at
Boulder Creek and 75th St, Mark Minner-lee and Willem van vliet- reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Christian Nunes
reported Black Phoebe at NW corner of waste water treatment plant and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.  On March 27 Will Niccolls and Sue Riffe reported Black
Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Guanella Pass Campground, Craig Robson reported 3
American Three-toed Woodpeckers.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On March 24 at Marston Reservoir, west end,  Doug Kibbe reported imm
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, Cynthia Madsen and David
Hill reported Black Phoebe at First Creek about 100 yards N of 56h Ave
bridge.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Ute Valley Park, David Tonnessen reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On March 21 on Cherry Creek Tail – south end to Walker Road Gravel Pond,
Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 22, Kingery reported
Eastern Phoebe singing is same spot.  On March 25 on Cherry Creek trail S
end to Walker Rd Gravel Pond, Cheryl Teuton, Hugh Kingery, and Glenn Walbek
reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 27, Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe
on Cherry Creek trail S end to Walk Rd Gravel Pond.
---On March 25 at Chatfield SP, Gregg Goodrich reported that the DFO Field
Trip has an Eastern Phoebe on the SE side of Kingfisher Bridge.  On March
27 at  Chatfield SP upstream of Kingfisher Bridge, Christine Alexander
reported Eastern Phoebe.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported Winter
Wren.  On March 23 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 23, Chris  Bronbin reported
Winter Wren at Sinton Pond.  On March 24 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Glenn
Walbek and Mark Peterson reported Fox Sparrow (Red).

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On March 22 in Canon City, Dan Stringer reported Black and Eastern
Phoebe.  On March 23, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes between
Sell’s Lake and Arkansas River and Eastern Phoebe in
Canon City.  On March 25, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes near
 MacKenzie Ave. bridge in
Canon City.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Brown reported Great-tailed
Grackle.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Neenoshe Reservoir (only southern pool), Tony Leukering
reported lots of waterfowl and 70 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 110
longspur species.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 27 on Creek B (road) Glenn Walbek reported 7 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, 15 McCown’s Longspurs and Savannah Sparrow.  The longspurs are
possibly nesting in this area.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On March 13 at Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland, Andy Bankert reported a
1st cyc Mew Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Thayer’s Gull, ICELAND
GULL, and early Franklin’s Gulls.  On March 19 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick
Komar reported Mew Gull and 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  On March 23, Nick
Komar and David Wade reported Mew Gull and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4
ad, 2 2nd-cyc, 4 1-st cyc).  On March 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick Komar
reported 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4 ad, 4 imm) and 1-st cyc Great
Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, Andy Bankert and Mike
McCloy reported 2 Linoln’s Sparrows and 23 Great-tailed Grackles.

MESA COUNTY:
---On March 22 on L Road between 20 – 21 Roads, Mike Henwood and Kathleen
McGinley reported Savannah Sparrow.
---On March 24 at Clifton Nature Park, Brett Walker reported Black Phoebe.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on CR 134, Blue Mountain, Jan Leonard reported a singing
Bewick’s Wren.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Totten Reservoir, Jim Beatty reported ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On March 23 west of Nucla, Coen Dexter reported Lincoln’s Sparrow and 9
Savannah Sparrows.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On March 26 at CR 28, north of CR FF, Bill Kaempfer reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 25 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Brandon
Percival and Kara Carragher reported singing Carolina Wren.
---On March 28 at Pueblo  Reservoir, Rock Canyon below dam, north of river,
Ben Sampson reported Black Phoebe and 2 Bewick’s Wrens.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Monte Vista NWR, Brandon Percival and Kara Carragher
reported Mallard (Mexican intergrade).

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on Yampa River Core Trail, Tresa Moulton reported 4
Slate-colored Fox Sparrows between the river and the Core Trail near
Emerald Park ball field.
---On March 28 at Stagecoach Reservoir near Oak Creek, Tom Litteral
reported imm Trumpeter Swan and 5 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.

SAGUACHE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Russell Lakes SWA, Peter Burke and Kara Carragher
reported Savannah Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 14, Mlodinow reported an Eurasian Wigeon and Tundra Swan at
Stewart’s Pond (Private Property) at CR 37 and CR 46.  On March 24 at
Stewart’s Pond,  CSU Ornithologist Club, Cheri Phillips, Chery Teuton, and
Brandon Nooner  reported Tundra Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 25 at
Stewart’s Pond, the Tundra Swan was reported by Nick Komar, David Wade,
Austin Hess, Wendy Wibbens, Alison Hixon, Sue Riffe, and Steve Mlodinow.
On March 26, at Stewart’s Pond, Marie Hoerner reported Eurasian Wigeon;
Rebecca Grieser reported Tundra Swan; and Ryan Graves reported both Tundra
Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 27, Mark Minner-Lee and Frank Farrell
reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond.  On March 28, Mike McCloy reported
Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond.
---On March 26 at wetland on CR 46, Emil Yappert reported Tundra Swan.
---On March 26 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Cheri Phillips reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On March 26 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips
The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, March 28 will be to Chatfield SP led by
David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)  Meet at 0700 for
car-pooling at the intersection of S Wadsworth and Deer Creek Rd.  Park on
the north side of Deer Creek Rd, which is just south of C-470.  State Parks
pass or day pass required.  Explore park and perhaps other nearby locations
for early migrants, waterfowl, resident birds, and any raptors zooming by.
Bring lunch, water, and scopes.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 1 will be to Denver City Park led by
Patrick O-Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955).  Meet at 0730 at
parking strip SE of 22nd Ave just north of Ferril Lake.  From Colorado
Blvd, turn west onto 22nd Ave and go past the Museum of Nature and
Science.  Turn left just before the zoo at the sign to the Pavilion
Bandstand.  Park on the left at the end of the parking area closest to
Ferril Lake.  Will focus on observation and photography of nesting
cormorants, herons, and egrets in Ferril and Duck Lakes as part of DFO’s
Colonial Waterbird Nesting Project.  Bring Spotting scope and camera if you
have them.  Night-herons and egrest (Ferril Lake) may be building nests,
and cormorants (Duck Lake) will be into their nesting cycle.  Bring water,
snacks, and sunscreen.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 2 will be to South Platte Park led by
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-665-9135).  Meet at 0800 at
south end of South Platte Park near C-470.  From C-470 take Platte canyon
Rd/South Platte Park exit.  From Platte canyon Rd at Depew Street turn
southeast onto the entrance road for South Platte Park.  Contuse past a
90-degree left turn and the first parking lot,  and meet in the second
parking lot.
   Will walk up the south Platte for about two miles.  Register online or
contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (28 Mar 2017) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:05:03 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 28, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0            161            161
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              4              4
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             0             12             12
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Prairie Falcon               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0             13             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6

Total:                       0            229            229
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 10:30:00 
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter:        Gary Rossmiller

Observers:        

Visitors:
2 birders, Barrett and Mary Hargreaves, stopped by at the top of the hour,
they had never been up there before. I showed them our cheat sheet from
HMANA.org. They mentioned bird watching along the Platte River in
Littleton. The mentioned seeing a Kestrel perched on the wires on the way
up.


Weather:
Overcast, wind blown moisture. Sun found a hole in the clouds around the
top of the hour for 20 minutes. Wind out of the north at 3-4 bft, a few
higher gusts. Clouds eventually cleared over the ridge to the west but Mt.
Morrison's summit was never seen. Could almost see the horizons. Storm
seemed to be heavier to the north. 

Raptor Observations:
Parked on Rooney Road, didn't expect to see the ridge through the clouds.
Got out and immediately saw a local RT near the ridge. Hiked up to the
platform. Closer to 10:30 2 local RT's worked the fields on the east side.
Once back at the parking lot a 3rd RT was visible.
Otherwise no migrating raptors.

Non-raptor Observations:
Over 50 elk on Bare Slope. Small birds fairly active; Canyon Wren heard,
Meadowlark, Magpie, Robin, Scrub Jay, Spotted Towhee disappeared into the
shrubs, and a flock of Mountain Bluebirds at the saddle to the south.

Predictions:
Another wet day but maybe migration?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

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


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Subject: Weld County birding
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:16:36 -0700 (PDT)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35498758
Pictures of the awesome Gadwall x Shoveler Hybrid 

Susan Rosine​
Thornton

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Subject: FOS Broadtailed hummingbird, Douglas County
From: John Ealy <jrealy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:12:43 -0700 (PDT)
The first broad-tailed of the season fed at one of our feeders at 9:50 this 
morning. I thought I  heard one fly overhead on March 22 but got no visual 
confirmation. I heard this guy first also and was beginning to doubt my ear 
as I stood shivering outside for five minutes.  Then I saw him at our front 
feeder. We have had our feeders out about three weeks. Our previous 
earliest date for a broad-tailed was April 5.
John Ealy, Roxborough Park, Douglas County  

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Subject: Pacific Northwest Spotted Towhee-Jeffco-Golden
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:52:03 -0600
Birders
For the last couple of days I have a bird at my feeders that matches the
Pacific Northwest ssp of Spotted Towhee.  Very few white spots and
extensively dark rufous sides.  The song also seems to be different.

-- 
Ira Sanders
Golden, CO
"My mind is a raging torrent flooded with rivulets of thought cascading
into a waterfall of creative alternatives."

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Subject: Re: Re: Brant, Arapahoe county
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:48:50 -0600
As usual, I made it dictation mistake and it looks like I said that people can 
go on Saturday to see the brant. You could certainly go today and income if you 
see him, let us know! 


Thanks, Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 28, 2017, at 7:45 AM, 'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds 
 wrote: 

> 
> The brant was at my house at dusk yesterday but I didn't see him or the small 
flock of Richardson's geese when I got up this morning. I left at dawn, 
however, and I didn't have full view of all three ponds. 

> If you would like to go to see if the brant is still there you can go to 
Columbine Lakes townhouses on sat on Platte Canyon Drive 1/2 mile south of 
Bowles . It is private property, but you can go to the top of the three ponds 
by going onto West Ponds Circle and park on the side of the street and take a 
look for them. You can also park in the visitor parking area and look from the 
bottom ponds too. Good luck! Let us know if it's there. I'll be at work until 
this evening. 

> 
> 
> 
> Thanks, Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Mar 27, 2017, at 5:31 PM, Tim Ryan  wrote:
>> 
>> Brant Arapahoe County at 2pm
>> 
>> Thanks Deb for the post and invitation to see the Brant, very nice yard 
bird! 

>> We observed it at 2pm with a group of Richardson's.
>> here is a picture:
>> 
>> Tim Ryan
>> Parker, Douglas County CO.
>> 
>>> On Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:04:16 PM UTC-6, fiddlenurs wrote:
>>> I wanted to update the Brant setting. He's actually with a flock of small 
gifts which I am calling Richardsons. Great new yard bird! 

>>> Woo hoo. 
>>> Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County 
>>> Sent from my iPhone 
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Subject: Re: Re: Brant, Arapahoe county
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:45:25 -0600
The brant was at my house at dusk yesterday but I didn't see him or the small 
flock of Richardson's geese when I got up this morning. I left at dawn, 
however, and I didn't have full view of all three ponds. 

 If you would like to go to see if the brant is still there you can go to 
Columbine Lakes townhouses on sat on Platte Canyon Drive 1/2 mile south of 
Bowles . It is private property, but you can go to the top of the three ponds 
by going onto West Ponds Circle and park on the side of the street and take a 
look for them. You can also park in the visitor parking area and look from the 
bottom ponds too. Good luck! Let us know if it's there. I'll be at work until 
this evening. 




Thanks, Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 27, 2017, at 5:31 PM, Tim Ryan  wrote:
> 
> Brant Arapahoe County at 2pm
> 
> Thanks Deb for the post and invitation to see the Brant, very nice yard bird!
> We observed it at 2pm with a group of Richardson's.
> here is a picture:
> 
> Tim Ryan
> Parker, Douglas County CO.
> 
>> On Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:04:16 PM UTC-6, fiddlenurs wrote:
>> I wanted to update the Brant setting. He's actually with a flock of small 
gifts which I am calling Richardsons. Great new yard bird! 

>> Woo hoo. 
>> Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County 
>> Sent from my iPhone 
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 March 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:34:20 -0600
Compiler:           Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:                   March 28, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, March 28 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 and the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (*Arapahoe)
Eurasian Wigeon (Weld)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Rio Grande)
Tundra Swan (*Weld)
Mew Gull (Larimer)
Thayer’s Gull (Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Montezuma,Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Denver, Larimer)
Williamson’s Sapsucker ( Pueblo)
Black Phoebe (*Boulder, Denver, Fremont, Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (Adams, *Douglas, Fremont)
Winter Wren (El Paso)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Bewick’s Wren (Moffat)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa, *Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (*Kit Carson)
Savannah Sparrow (*Kit Carson, Mesa, Montrose, Saguache)
Fox Sparrow (El Paso, Routt)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*Adams,  Boulder, Larimer, Montrose, Otero, Weld)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Douglas)
Great-tailed Grackle ( Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On March 25 at East Lake Shores Park, Riley Morris reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March26 at Barr Lake SP, Will Sebern reported Eastern Phoebe.
---ON March 27 at Barr Lake SP, Diane Roberts, Karen Drozda, and Rebecca
Laroche reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On March 27, Deb Carstensen reported BRANT at her home off of Platte
Canyon Drive.  Please call her
at 303-408-3010 for more information.  Several birders saw the BRANT
including Tim Ryan, Marie Hoerner, and Doug Kibbe.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 22 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Jonathan Montgomery reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 24 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Christian Nunes
and Jeff Parks  reported Black Phoebe.  On March 25 at  Boulder Creek and
75th St, David Dowell, Luke and Tracy Pheneger, Ted Floyd, Adam Vesely,
Steve Frye, and David Waltman reported Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at
Boulder Creek and 75th St, Mark Minner-lee and Willem van vliet- reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Christian Nunes
reported Black Phoebe at NW corner of waste water treatment plant and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.  On March 27 Will Niccolls and Sue Riffe reported Black
Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On March 24 at Marston Reservoir, west end,  Doug Kibbe reported imm
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, Cynthia Madsen and David
Hill reported Black Phoebe at First Creek about 100 yards N of 56h Ave
bridge.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On March 21 on Cherry Creek Tail – south end to Walker Road Gravel Pond,
Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 22, Kingery reported
Eastern Phoebe singing is same spot.  On March 25 on Cherry Creek trail S
end to Walker Rd Gravel Pond, Cheryl Teuton, Hugh Kingery, and Glenn Walbek
reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 27, Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe
on Cherry Creek trail S end to Walk Rd Gravel Pond.
---On March 25 at Chatfield SP, Gregg Goodrich reported that the DFO Field
Trip has an Eastern Phoebe on the SE side of Kingfisher Bridge.  On March
27 at  Chatfield SP upstream of Kingfisher Bridge, Christine Alexander
reported Eastern Phoebe.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported Winter
Wren.  On March 23 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 23, Chris  Bronbin reported
Winter Wren at Sinton Pond.  On March 24 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Glenn
Walbek and Mark Peterson reported Fox Sparrow (Red).

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On March 22 in Canon City, Dan Stringer reported Black and Eastern
Phoebe.  On March 23, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes between
Sell’s Lake and Arkansas River and Eastern Phoebe in
Canon City.  On March 25, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes near
 MacKenzie Ave. bridge in
Canon City.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Brown reported Great-tailed
Grackle.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Neenoshe Reservoir (only southern pool), Tony Leukering
reported lots of waterfowl and 70 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 110
longspur species.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 27 on Creek B (road) Glenn Walbek reported 7 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, 15 McCown’s Longspurs and Savannah Sparrow.  The longspurs are
possibly nesting in this area.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On March 13 at Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland, Andy Bankert reported a
1st cyc Mew Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Thayer’s Gull, ICELAND
GULL, and early Franklin’s Gulls.  On March 19 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick
Komar reported Mew Gull and 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  On March 23, Nick
Komar and David Wade reported Mew Gull and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4
ad, 2 2nd-cyc, 4 1-st cyc).  On March 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick Komar
reported 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4 ad, 4 imm) and 1-st cyc Great
Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, Andy Bankert and Mike
McCloy reported 2 Linoln’s Sparrows and 23 Great-tailed Grackles.

MESA COUNTY:
---On March 22 on L Road between 20 – 21 Roads, Mike Henwood and Kathleen
McGinley reported Savannah Sparrow.
---On March 24 at Clifton Nature Park, Brett Walker reported Black Phoebe.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on CR 134, Blue Mountain, Jan Leonard reported a singing
Bewick’s Wren.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Totten Reservoir, Jim Beatty reported ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On March 23 west of Nucla, Coen Dexter reported Lincoln’s Sparrow and 9
Savannah Sparrows.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On March 26 at CR 28, north of CR FF, Bill Kaempfer reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 25 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Brandon
Percival and Kara Carragher reported singing Carolina Wren.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Monte Vista NWR, Brandon Percival and Kara Carragher
reported Mallard (Mexican intergrade).

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on Yampa River Core Trail, Tresa Moulton reported 4
Slate-colored Fox Sparrows between the river and the Core Trail near
Emerald Park ball field.

SAGUACHE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Russell Lakes SWA, Peter Burke and Kara Carragher
reported Savannah Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 14, Mlodinow reported an Eurasian Wigeon and Tundra Swan at
Stewart’s Pond (Private Property) at CR 37 and CR 46.  On March 24 at
Stewart’s Pond,  CSU Ornithologist Club, Cheri Phillips, Chery Teuton, and
Brandon Nooner  reported Tundra Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 25 at
Stewart’s Pond, the Tundra Swan was reported by Nick Komar, David Wade,
Austin Hess, Wendy Wibbens, Alison Hixon, Sue Riffe, and Steve Mlodinow.
On March 26, at Stewart’s Pond, Marie Hoerner reported Eurasian Wigeon;
Rebecca Grieser reported Tundra Swan; and Ryan Graves reported both Tundra
Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 27, Mark Minner-Lee and Frank Farrell
reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond.
---On March 26 at wetland on CR 46, Emil Yappert reported Tundra Swan.
---On March 26 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Cheri Phillips reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On March 26 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips
The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, March 28 will be to Chatfield SP led by
David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)  Meet at 0700 for
car-pooling at the intersection of S Wadsworth and Deer Creek Rd.  Park on
the north side of Deer Creek Rd, which is just south of C-470.  State Parks
pass or day pass required.  Explore park and perhaps other nearby locations
for early migrants, waterfowl, resident birds, and any raptors zooming by.
Bring lunch, water, and scopes.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 1 will be to Denver City Park led by
Patrick O-Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955).  Meet at 0730 at
parking strip SE of 22nd Ave just north of Ferril Lake.  From Colorado
Blvd, turn west onto 22nd Ave and go past the Museum of Nature and
Science.  Turn left just before the zoo at the sign to the Pavilion
Bandstand.  Park on the left at the end of the parking area closest to
Ferril Lake.  Will focus on observation and photography of nesting
cormorants, herons, and egrets in Ferril and Duck Lakes as part of DFO’s
Colonial Waterbird Nesting Project.  Bring Spotting scope and camera if you
have them.  Night-herons and egrest (Ferril Lake) may be building nests,
and cormorants (Duck Lake) will be into their nesting cycle.  Bring water,
snacks, and sunscreen.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 2 will be to South Platte Park led by
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-665-9135).  Meet at 0800 at
south end of South Platte Park near C-470.  From C-470 take Platte canyon
Rd/South Platte Park exit.  From Platte canyon Rd at Depew Street turn
southeast onto the entrance road for South Platte Park.  Contuse past a
90-degree left turn and the first parking lot,  and meet in the second
parking lot.
   Will walk up the south Platte for about two miles.  Register online or
contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Weld County birding
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:56:48 -0700 (PDT)
I'm way behind on my Ebird recordings, but here is an excellent site about the 
hybrid, AND a recent picture of this specific bird! 

http://birdhybrids.blogspot.com/2014/03/gadwall-x-northern-shoveler.html?m=1

Susan Rosine
Thornton

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Subject: RFI. Rosy-finch and ptarmigan info for visiiting birders
From: Scott Downes <downess AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:07:13 -0700 (PDT)
We'll be visiting Colorado next week, primary focus is Gunnison Sage-Grouse 
but as time allows I wanted to try for rosy-finches (black and 
brown-capped) and white-tailed ptarmigan. So had a couple of questions:

1. I've heard from others that have had some success at Loveland Pass for 
ptarmigan this time of year. Is that generally a good spot to try and how 
much effort is required to have a decent chance for them? I wasn't planning 
on packing snowshoes or other winter hiking gear on our trip.
2. Recommended spots for rosy-finches in early April? I'm guessing they are 
starting to disperse. Checking eBird reports, but any tips on reliable 
spots for rosy-finch flocks that would be likely in first week of April are 
appreciated. 

Thanks in advance for the help.

Scott Downes
downess AT charter.net
Yakima WA 

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Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (27 Mar 2017) 12 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:13:03 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 27, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              9            161            161
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              4              4
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             0             12             12
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Prairie Falcon               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                1             13             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6

Total:                      12            229            229
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Commercon

Observers:        Jim Schmoker

Visitors:
Brian Johnson arrived early in the morning with binoculars, hoping to see
some migrating raptors before heading off to look for nesting peregrines.
Pam Batton and Trey Corkern also came armed with binoculars later in the
morning, ready to help with the watch for a while. Jim Schmoker’s help in
spotting and tracking birds for several hours today was also greatly
appreciated. 
Jefferson County Schools are apparently on break this week, so there were
many more families and groups with children on the trail today, along with
the usual hikers and bikers. Most came up for view only. However, one pair
did show some interest in what was being seen; luckily at that moment,
there was a local, adult Red-tailed Hawk that was hunting nearby in Rooney
Valley. This provided them with a perfect example of the main migrant of
the day.


Weather:
The watch began with blue sky and sun (with cloud-cover at 5-10 percent)
but shifted to partly cloudy, then mostly cloudy (cloud-cover at about 80
percent) as a gray mass moved in from the northwest near noon MST. It was
mildly breezy (bft 2 and 3) with winds initially from the north shifting to
come generally from the east by mid-morning. Temperatures ranged from 8 C
to 17 C. A thin, white foggy haze was observed to move northward from the
Chatfield Lake area into the valley southeast of the Ridge in the morning.
An orange-brown haze hung low and heavy in the morning in the Denver Basin
to the northeast. Visibility was generally good, if a bit more hazy than
usual.

Raptor Observations:
Two Sharp-shinned Hawks pushed north together low and close to the Ridge in
the early morning, but nearly all the migrants today were Red-tailed Hawks
that passed on the west side of the Ridge. Many migrated over the far
western ridges from Mount Morrison to Cabrini/Bare Slope. Height-of-flight
for the Red-tailed Hawks was high (HF2) and higher (HF3). Local Red-tailed
Hawks were observed often today. A pair near West Ridge was seen chasing
and diving after some Common Ravens in the morning. Possibly the same pair
was seen circling with dropped legs near West Ridge again during the noon
MST hour; one of the pair performed a steep, sharp roller-coaster flight.
The absolute highlight of the day came right at the end of the watch when
five local Red-tailed Hawks circled high together but at differing heights
over the west-side valley; the uppermost pair fell from the sky
together—spinning, cartwheeling with talons clasped—then releasing and
parting after a few seconds. A sixth local adult Red-tailed Hawk (recently
observed hunting at the base of Green Mountain) joined the other five in
the west-side valley. The grouping dispersed with some heading west and
some heading south.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Canyon Wren was heard very clearly again today. A Raven, that croaked
with a higher pitch than one might expect, landed briefly on one of the
power poles to the north of the HawkWatch platform. Also seen or heard were
Western Meadowlark, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Townsend’s Solitaire,
Black-billed Magpie, American Robin, American Crow, Spotted Towhee and
Northern Flicker.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

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


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Subject: Re: Brant, Arapahoe county
From: Tim Ryan <tryan4thebirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:31:58 -0700 (PDT)
Brant Arapahoe County at 2pm

Thanks Deb for the post and invitation to see the Brant, very nice yard 
bird!
We observed it at 2pm with a group of Richardson's.
here is a picture:

Tim Ryan
Parker, Douglas County CO.

On Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:04:16 PM UTC-6, fiddlenurs wrote:
>
> I wanted to update the Brant setting. He's actually with a flock of small 
> gifts which I am calling Richardsons. Great new yard bird! 
> Woo hoo. 
> Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County 
> Sent from my iPhone 
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Subject: Brant, Arapahoe county
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:04:07 -0600
I wanted to update the Brant setting. He's actually with a flock of small gifts 
which I am calling Richardsons. Great new yard bird! 

Woo hoo. 
Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County
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Subject: Brant, Arapahoe County
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:55:16 -0600
I currently have a brant at my house outside of Littleton. He's in the pond of 
course, not actually at my house. 


I will be home for a while if anyone wants to run over to see it. My phone 
number is 

303-408-3010. Please call if heading over. I live 1/2 mile south of Bowles off 
Platte Canyon Drive. I can give you further directions if needed. He appears to 
be with a Richardsons white cheeked goose as far as I can tell. 

Deborah Carstensen, Arapahoe County
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 March 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:58:49 -0600
Compiler:           Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:                   March 27, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 27 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 and the order of families has
changed.

Eurasian Wigeon (*Weld)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Douglas, Rio Grande)
Tundra Swan (*Weld)
Mountain Plover (Kit Carson)
Mew Gull (Larimer)
Thayer’s Gull (Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Larimer, *Montezuma,*Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Denver, *Larimer)
Williamson’s Sapsucker ( Jefferson, Pueblo)
Black Phoebe (*Boulder, Denver, *Fremont, Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (*Adams, Douglas, Fremont)
Winter Wren (El Paso)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Bewick’s Wren (Moffat)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Kiowa)
Savannah Sparrow (Mesa, Montrose, Saguache)
Fox Sparrow (El Paso, Routt)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Adams,  *Boulder, Larimer, Montrose, *Otero, *Weld)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Douglas)
Great-tailed Grackle ( Jefferson, Larimer, *Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On March 21 at Barr Lake SP below the dam, Norm Lewis reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 25 at East Lake Shores Park, Riley Morris reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March26 at Barr Lake SP, Will Sebern reported Eastern Phoebe.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 22 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Jonathan Montgomery reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 24 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Christian Nunes
and Jeff Parks  reported Black Phoebe.  On March 25 at  Boulder Creek and
75th St, David Dowell, Luke and Tracy Pheneger, Ted Floyd, Adam Vesely,
Steve Frye, and David Waltman reported Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at
Boulder Creek and 75th St, Mark Minner-lee and Willem van vliet- reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Christian Nunes
reported Black Phoebe at NW corner of waste water treatment plant and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On March 24 at Marston Reservoir, west end,  Doug Kibbe reported imm
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, Cynthia Madsen and David
Hill reported Black Phoebe at First Creek about 100 yards N of 56h Ave
bridge.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On March 21 on Cherry Creek Tail – south end to Walker Road Gravel Pond,
Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 22, Kingery reported
Eastern Phoebe singing is same spot.  On March 25 on Cherry Creek trail S
end to Walker Rd Gravel Pond, Cheryl Teuton, Hugh Kingery, and Glenn Walbek
reported Eastern Phoebe.
---On March 21 at Parker Regional Park, Marier Hoerner reported possible
Mallard/Mexican intergrade and possible EASTERN MEADOWLARK.
---On March 25 at Chatfield SP, Gregg Goodrich reported that the DFO Field
Trip has an Eastern Phoebe on the SE side of Kingfisher Bridge.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported Winter
Wren.  On March 23 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 23, Chris  Bronbin reported
Winter Wren at Sinton Pond.  On March 24 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Glenn
Walbek and Mark Peterson reported Fox Sparrow (Red).

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On March 22 in Canon City, Dan Stringer reported Black and Eastern
Phoebe.  On March 23, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes between
Sell’s Lake and Arkansas River and Eastern Phoebe in
Canon City.  On March 25, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes near
 MacKenzie Ave. bridge in
Canon City.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On March 21 at Reynolds Park – Elkhorn, Chris Wood reported Williamson’s
Sapsucker.
---On March 21 at Reynolds Park Eagles View Trail 1, Chris Wood reported
calling Williamson’s Sapsucker.
---On March 25 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Brown reported Great-tailed
Grackle.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Neenoshe Reservoir (only southern pool), Tony Leukering
reported lots of waterfowl and 70 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 110
longspur species.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 20 on CR 58 between CR N and CR P, Glenn Walbek reported 2
Mountain Plovers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On March 13 at Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland, Andy Bankert reported a
1st cyc Mew Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Thayer’s Gull, ICELAND
GULL, and early Franklin’s Gulls.  On March 19 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick
Komar reported Mew Gull and 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  On March 23, Nick
Komar and David Wade reported Mew Gull and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4
ad, 2 2nd-cyc, 4 1-st cyc).  On March 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick Komar
reported 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4 ad, 4 imm) and 1-st cyc Great
Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, Andy Bankert and Mike
McCloy reported 2 Linoln’s Sparrows and 23 Great-tailed Grackles.

MESA COUNTY:
---On March 22 on L Road between 20 – 21 Roads, Mike Henwood and Kathleen
McGinley reported Savannah Sparrow.
---On March 24 at Clifton Nature Park, Brett Walker reported Black Phoebe.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on CR 134, Blue Mountain, Jan Leonard reported a singing
Bewick’s Wren.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Totten Reservoir, Jim Beatty reported ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On March 23 west of Nucla, Coen Dexter reported Lincoln’s Sparrow and 9
Savannah Sparrows.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On March 26 at CR 28, north of CR FF, Bill Kaempfer reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 25 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Brandon
Percival and Kara Carragher reported singing Carolina Wren.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Monte Vista NWR, Brandon Percival and Kara Carragher
reported Mallard (Mexican intergrade).

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on Yampa River Core Trail, Tresa Moulton reported 4
Slate-colored Fox Sparrows between the river and the Core Trail near
Emerald Park ball field.

SAGUACHE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Russell Lakes SWA, Peter Burke and Kara Carragher
reported Savannah Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 14, Mlodinow reported an Eurasian Wigeon and Tundra Swan at
Stewart’s Pond (Private Property) at CR 37 and CR 46.  On March 24 at
Stewart’s Pond,  CSU Ornithologist Club, Cheri Phillips, Chery Teuton, and
Brandon Nooner  reported Tundra Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 25 at
Stewart’s Pond, the Tundra Swan was reported by Nick Komar, David Wade,
Austin Hess, Wendy Wibbens, Alison Hixon, Sue Riffe, and Steve Mlodinow.
On March 26, at Stewart’s Pond, Marie Hoerner reported Eurasian Wigeon;
Rebecca Grieser reported Tundra Swan; and Ryan Graves reported both Tundra
Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.
---On March 26 at wetland on CR 46, Emil Yappert reported Tundra Swan.
---On March 26 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Cheri Phillips reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On March 26 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips
The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, March 28 will be to Chatfield SP led by
David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)  Meet at 0700 for
car-pooling at the intersection of S Wadsworth and Deer Creek Rd.  Park on
the north side of Deer Creek Rd, which is just south of C-470.  State Parks
pass or day pass required.  Explore park and perhaps other nearby locations
for early migrants, waterfowl, resident birds, and any raptors zooming by.
Bring lunch, water, and scopes.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 1 will be to Denver City Park led by
Patrick O-Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955).  Meet at 0730 at
parking strip SE of 22nd Ave just north of Ferril Lake.  From Colorado
Blvd, turn west onto 22nd Ave and go past the Museum of Nature and
Science.  Turn left just before the zoo at the sign to the Pavilion
Bandstand.  Park on the left at the end of the parking area closest to
Ferril Lake.  Will focus on observation and photography of nesting
cormorants, herons, and egrets in Ferril and Duck Lakes as part of DFO’s
Colonial Waterbird Nesting Project.  Bring Spotting scope and camera if you
have them.  Night-herons and egrest (Ferril Lake) may be building nests,
and cormorants (Duck Lake) will be into their nesting cycle.  Bring water,
snacks, and sunscreen.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 2 will be to South Platte Park led by
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-665-9135).  Meet at 0800 at
south end of South Platte Park near C-470.  From C-470 take Platte canyon
Rd/South Platte Park exit.  From Platte canyon Rd at Depew Street turn
southeast onto the entrance road for South Platte Park.  Contuse past a
90-degree left turn and the first parking lot,  and meet in the second
parking lot.
   Will walk up the south Platte for about two miles.  Register online or
contact leader.

The March meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on March 27 at
7:30 p..m. in Ricketson Auditorium of the Denver Museum of Nature and
Science.  Park on the north side of the Museum and enter at the north side
security/employee entrance and tell the guard that you are there for the
DFO Meeting.  Dave Leatherman will give a talk on “What The Book, Personal
Observation and WIkileaks Say About The Fox Squirrel in Northern Colorado”

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Tundra Swan [Stewart's Pond, Lasalle, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:38:19 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

I found the Tundra Swan but not the Eurasian Wigeon :-( ... couple others 
there looking as well.  Other spring arrivals:

   - Say's Phoebe [Yard, Nunn, Weld]
   - Common Grackle [Windsor Lake, Windsor, Weld]
   - Red-breasted Merganser [Windsor Lake, Windsor, Weld]
   - American Avocet [Three ponds across from Behren's Lake, Lasalle, Weld]
   
There were ~400+ American White Pelican(!) at Neff Lake.  At Glenmere Park 
I had a immature Red-tailed Hawk no more than 10 feet from me at eye level 
on a fence post.  It had picked up a strip of brown cloth and either (1) 
thought it was a snake or (2) was trying to make thinner strips for 
nesting.  It is by far the CLOSEST I've gotten to a hawk in the wild, 
pretty neat--it did not care about my presence at all.


Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

http://coloradobirder.club/


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Subject: Larimer County Gulls (Great Black-backed Gull)
From: Nicholas Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:08:13 -0600
I visited the local gull hotspot this evening (5:45-7 pm) and was not 
disappointed, as 800 gulls lounged on the mudflats and shallow waters of 
Horseshoe Lake's southwest corner, located in northeast Loveland, just west of 
Boyd Lake State Park. 


Most (95%) of these gulls are staging adult California Gulls which will 
eventually move out to a nearby nesting colony, either in Jackson or Weld 
County. Today, there were about 35 (4%) Herring Gulls, many in adult breeding 
plumage. There were 8 (1%) Lesser Black-backed Gulls, half of which were in 
adult breeding plumage, and half immature of various ages. Amazingly, there 
were only 2 Ring-billed Gulls, which apparently have moved out in search of 
greener pastures, literally. And last, but certainly not least, was a 
first-cycle Great Black-backed Gull. One had been reported here about a month 
ago which I had missed, so I was especially happy to see it. A photo of this 
monster of a gull is below, on the right, with Herring and California Gulls to 
its left. 


There was no sign of the first spring Mew Gull or the adult Franklin's Gull 
which have been tripping the eBird rarity filter all month. 


You can view these birds through a telescope from a city utility easement just 
north of the inlet canal. I parked on a side street to the west, across Monroe 
St. 


Nick Komar 
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: White-throated Swifts, Hall Ranch, Lyons, Bldr Cty 3/24
From: Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:28:18 -0600
While on a bike ride up the Bitterbrush trail at Hall Ranch with my son this 
afternoon, I saw 3 WT Swifts flying overhead--FOY for me. Back at home in N 
Boulder had a FOY C Grackle at the feeder today. 


Thomas Heinrich
Boulder, CO
Nyctea AT aol.com

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Subject: Birding Around Colorado
From: Luke Pheneger <phenegerluke AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:13:00 +0000
Hi Everyone

Today my mom and I birded around Colorado hitting some of the spots that
have been hot lately. Starting with Westerly Creek Park.
At Westerly we found the Harris's Sparrow in about 2 minutes which I know
has been a little hit or miss lately. Also there was a Lincolns sparrow in
the same bush. In the park itself the Brown Thrasher continues along with a
pair of Yellow Rumped Warblers, 2 Cinnamon Teals, and a leucistic American
Wigeon.

At Cherry Creek we started off with an Adult Thayer's Gull and 3 California
Gulls. We then went to the South End( Dam End)where we had a supposed Rock
Wren but later made the easy correction, as the bird was a Carolina Wren
constintaly making its light Trill calls over and over again. And no it
wasn't a Marsh Wren :) Too trilly, not chattery like a Marsh Wren.
 We could never find the bird even though we heard it 6-8 times, but
looking for the Wren lead us to find a Says pheobe, American White Pelican,
and a flyover Kildeer along the dam.


We then visited Panama Reservoir where after spending 30 minutes looking
for a vantage point saw 3 Blue Winged teals, 3 pelicans, 18 Norther
Pintails, and two Eared Grebes.






Luke Pheneger
Longmont,Colorado

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Subject: Last Raptor Alley of Season Trip Results [Raptor Alley, Nunn, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:05:33 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

GREAT weather for raptoring on Saturday--sun, cold and no wind.  Group had 
a fantastic outing seeing all expected birds.  Also, we found Golden Eagle 
on nest as well as a (new) Bald Eagle nest in Nunn!  The Bald Eagle nest in 
Nunn was previously attempted last two years but never had an eagle 
actually on/in the nest.  I'll be watching this one closely.

Photos:  

http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/browse/album/Raptor-Alley-Nunn-Pierce-Weld-02-27-2017/ 


Total raptors = 44

   - Red-tailed Hawk - 5
   - Merlin - 1
   - Rough-legged Hawk - 8 (3 dark morphs)
   - Northern Harrier - 3
   - Prairie Falcon - 1
   - Ferruginous Hawk - 10 (1 dark morph, 3 on a fence line together--see 
   photos))
   - American Kestrel - 7
   - Bald Eagle - 5
   - Golden Eagle - 2
   - UNID Buteo - 2
   
Others:

   - Chukar - 2
   - Pronghorn - 26
   - Common Raven - 3
   - Ducks - 14 species (3 Cinnamon Teal)
   - Northern Shrike - 1

Thanks

Gary Lefko, Nunn

http://coloradobirder.club/


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Subject: AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Woods L. (Weld) 2/27
From: Brandon <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:16:43 -0700
This bird continues currently at east side Woods Lake, Weld County.
Congrats to Steve Mlodinow for finding this major CO rarity.  I hadn't seen
one in Colorado for a very very long time (back in the 1990s).

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Mountain bluebirds Larimer Co
From: Gregg Somermeyer <gsomermeyer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:28:31 -0800 (PST)
I was taking a Sunday drive on the outskirts of fort Collins yesterday and 
observed a large number (est 20-50) of mountain bluebirds along Bingham Hill 
Road just east of the summit. 


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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:16:55 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 27, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 27 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.

Swan spec (*Boulder)
Trumpeter Swan (*Jefferson)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder)
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK (*Weld)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
American Woodcock (*Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, *Larimer, Weld)
ICELAND GULL (*Larimer, Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Douglas, *El Paso, *Larimer, Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Prowers)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Baca, El Paso)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Prowers)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Lapland Longspur (Larimer, Logan, Weld)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Great-tailed Grackle (*Weld)

*****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 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.

BACA COUNTY:
---On February 25 at Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area, Alan Versaw reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Chihuahuan Raven, and Canyon Towhee.
---On February 25 at Cottonwood Canyon (Southern Loop), Alan Versaw
reported 2 Greater Roadrunners and 4 Canyon Towhee.

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.  On
February 25 at Sawhill Ponds, Kyle Medina reported swan.  On February 26 at
Cottonwood Marsh, Mark Miller reported 3 Tundra Swans sleeping and a 4th
swan fly in.  The 4th swan is a bit of a mystery.  It may be a hybrid
Trumpeter/Tundra.
---On February 24 at Fawn  Brook Inn in Allenspark, Dan Stringer reported
10 Brown-capped and 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 21 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), Adam Vesely reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
---On February 23 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs,
Bill Maynard and RIchard Bunn reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  On
February 26 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake, Heidi Eaton, Leonard and
Joy Lake reported Lesser Black-backed Gull.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 24 at Chatfield SP, Cheri Phillips reported Trumpeter Swan.
It was seen from Heron Overlook on the reservoir.  On February 25 at
Chatfield SP upstream from Kingfisher Bridge west of gravel ponds, Richard
Taylor, Art Hudak, and Gwen Moore reported Trumpeter Swan.  On February 26
at Chatfield gravel ponds, Phil Lyon reported Trumpeter Swan.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 24 near Wellington on CR 64, David Dowell reported 2 Lapland
Longspurs.
---On February 26 at Bobcat Ridge, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported
American Woodcock in creek east of ranger's house.
---On February 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, David Dowell reported juv
Thayer's Gull, juv ICELAND GULL, and 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 juv, 1
imm, 5 ad).

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 21 at Brewster's Ridge/Bar X Wash, Denise and Mark Vollmar
reported Sagebrush Sparrow


PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 21 at N end of Willow Creek Park in Lamar, Dave Leatherman
reported ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 20 at N end of Lamar Community College Woods, Dave
Leatherman reported a sing Carolina Wren; heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker at
the S end, 4+ Northern Cardinals, and a Curve-billed Thrasher in Woodland
Park Subdivision south of the woods, right where Woodland Park Drive
crosses Willow Creek.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 26, at Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon below the dam, Richard
Taylor reported Great Black-backed Gull.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On February 24 and 25, Eric Hynes reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
at his feeders in Telluride.  If you
would like to try for them please contact him at erichynes28 AT gmail.com

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 24, Gary Lefko reported 2 Lapland Longspurs on N side of
dump along CR 84, .25 m E of CR 25 in fallow field on south.
---On February 25, Glenn Walbek reported AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Woods
Lake.  On February 25 at Woods Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported AMERICAN BLACK
DUCK, 2 ad Thayer's Gull, ad ICELAND GULL, 2 ad Thayer's Gulls,
Great-tailed Grackle.  On February 26 at Woods Lake, John Drummond, Jeannie
Mitchell, and Lynne Miller reported American Black Duck.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip  for Saturday, March 4 will be to South Platte river
Trail at E 99th Ave and I-76 led by Chuck Hundertmark (chundertmark8 AT
gmail.com; 303-604-9531 <(303)%20604-9531>).  Meet at 0800 at parking area
at 88th Ave and South Platte River Trail.  From I-76 take E 88th Ave exit,
go west on 88th for 1.6 miles, then turn south at Colorado Blvd, Tur nleft
again into the parking lot for South Platte River Greenway Trailhead.
   Hike along pave trail and occasional in adjacent mud for up to three
miles.  Scopes optional.  Bring water and snacks.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field trip for Sunday, March 5 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by George Mayfiled & Karen Drozda (georgemayfield AT gamil.com;
720-289-9395 <(720)%20289-9395>).  This trip is full

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:34:40 -0800 (PST)
I've been told that in 2009 there was a February sighting in Cheyenne County on 
the 27th. There have also been a few March recordings over the years. These are 
not Ebird records. 

As far as I can tell, my sighting is the earliest known sighting for the month 
of February (25th) 

Susan R.
Thornton

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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:34:40 -0800 (PST)
I've been told that in 2009 there was a February sighting in Cheyenne County on 
the 27th. There have also been a few March recordings over the years. These are 
not Ebird records. 

As far as I can tell, my sighting is the earliest known sighting for the month 
of February (25th) 

Susan R.
Thornton

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Subject: RE: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh
From: "Mark Miller" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:44:54 -0700
Hi Everyone,

 

The fourth bird kept apart from the other three, but tried to push its way 
through the ice to get a bit closer. It had quite a bit of dirt and grime on 
its neck, so I’m sure we’re talking about the same bird. It had a 
noticeable bulge in the bill, but it wasn’t what the Brits would call a 
stonking Trumpeter bill. Its vocalizations were lower pitched than I normally 
hear from Tundras. Frankly, I didn’t see any marks on the lores. It’s an 
odd one, and it’s a good lesson for all of us about looking at all the field 
marks. 


 

Mark Miller

Longmont, CO

 

From: cobirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Christian Nunes 

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 6:34 PM
To: Marie Hoerner 
Cc: Cobirds 
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh

 

Hi Maria,

 

I would make an argument that the bird in your photos is part of the pair of 
adult Tundra Swans that are invariably accompanied by the immature. Presumably 
they are a family group. The yellow spot on this one is rather small and can be 
hard to see, especially at a distance. Ted Floyd has some closer shots where 
the yellow can be seen well: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33740263 


Steve Mlodinow also has some nice flight shots that show all three of these 
birds. The yellow on that one adult is again hard to see, but it's present if 
you squint hard enough: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34073530 


 

Here are some more links to photos of the solitary swan who I think is more 
Trumpeter-esque, but things don't add up: 


 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33611634

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34030937

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34773743

 

Myself and many scores of birders have been calling this a Tundra Swan all 
winter, perhaps a bit too willingly. I remember studying it while it fed in the 
shallow bay at the east end of Hillcrest Reservoir back in January. Alarm bells 
were ringing, and I had hopes I could "turn" it into a Trumpeter, but the pale 
spot on the bill and the U-shaped forehead made me withdraw from that 
conclusion. I've started to look more closely at the available photos (and the 
bird too, but it was mostly sleeping this afternoon) after Mark Miller's email 
this morning. I still don't think it's a Trumpeter, but a hybrid could be an 
option. Or it's just a goofy Tundra Swan like we've been assuming all winter. 


 

Thanks,

 

Christian Nunes

Longmont, CO

 

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From: mesozoic.cephalopod AT gmail.com  
 > on 
behalf of Marie Hoerner  > 

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 7:14 PM
To: Christian Nunes
Cc: Cobirds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh 

 

That's interesting. That is not one of the birds that I was seeing last night; 
at least, I don't think that it is. Here are a couple of shots of that bird. 
(In the photos where the 4th swan joined 2 of the others briefly, it is the 
middle bird of the three in the photograph.) As far as I could see in the 
photos and through my binoculars, this one completely lacked the light color 
that is in the linked picture above. I am certainly not arguing with the ID of 
more experienced birders; I'm just wondering if one of the birds that I saw was 
a different bird because I'm curious and uncertain of my own ID skills when it 
comes to Trumpeters and Tundras. 


 

Thanks for the thoughts on these swans,

 

Marie Hoerner

Aurora, CO

 

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 5:09 PM, Marie Hoerner  > wrote: 


That's interesting. That is not one of the birds that I was seeing last night; 
at least, I don't think that it is. Here are a couple of shots of that bird. 
(In the photos where the 4th swan joined 2 of the others briefly, it is the 
middle bird of the three in the photograph.) As far as I could see in the 
photos and through my binoculars, this one completely lacked the light color 
that is in the linked picture above. I am certainly not arguing with the ID of 
more experienced birders; I'm just wondering if one of the birds that I saw was 
a different bird because I'm curious and uncertain of my own ID skills when it 
comes to Trumpeters and Tundras. 


 

Thanks for the thoughts on these swans,

 

Marie Hoerner

Aurora, CO 

 

 

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 4:49 PM, Christian Nunes  > wrote: 


Birders,

 

The two obvious adult Tundra Swans, one with extensive yellow on the bill and 
the other with a small yellow tear drop, are the likely parents of the 
immature. This family group acts as a unit and they are rarely separated by 
very much space. One adult has extensive yellow on the bill, the other more of 
a small tear drop. The immature is dusky and has a pale spot on the bill that 
hasn't yet turned yellow. It has V-shaped forehead feathering, demonstrating 
the weakness of this field mark on immature birds. 


 

The fourth bird is another adult, and is the head-scratcher. It spends more 
time by itself, often traveling over to the Valmont lakes. It is the individual 
recently photographed by Kyle Medina over at Sawhill Ponds (refer to his 
COBirds post from this morning "Swan- Sawhill Pond 2/24/17"). It is maybe 
slightly larger than the other swans, and the neck looks a little more sinuous 
and the back maybe more rounded. These features give it a resemblance to a 
Trumpeter. It currently has some heavy staining on the head and neck, which 
helps pick it out from a crowd, but is not something that's useful for ID. The 
thing is that it does have a pale spot on the bill in front of the eye- not 
bright yellow like the other Tundras, but more of an off white. The forehead 
feathering is also U-shaped, as in an adult Tundra. The legs are dark black, 
which might help rule out a "white morph" Trumpeter as described in David 
Sibley's blog post linked below. There's a good chance it's a Trumpeter x 
Tundra. Steve Mlodinow has extensive experience with both species and their 
crosses, so he might have more to chime in on that hypothesis. 


 

A handy link to Kyle's photo: http://tinyurl.com/hpe7det

Some good reading: 
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/07/trumpeter-swans-with-yellow-loral-spots/ 



  


  
Trumpeter Swans with yellow loral spots - Sibley Guides 


www.sibleyguides.com  

Related posts and pages: Trumpeter Swans, yellow bill spots, and leucism In a 
previous post I’ve talked about Trumpeter Swans with yellow bill spots as 
a... 


 

 

Thanks,

 

Christian Nunes

Longmont, CO

 

 

 


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From: mesozoic.cephalopod AT gmail.com  
 > on 
behalf of Marie Hoerner  > 

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 4:28 PM
To: snowy.owlets AT gmail.com  ; Cobirds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh 

 

I had not gotten the chance yet to post about this, but I saw four swans there 
last night. Three were Tundra Swans (2 adults and a 1st year), and the fourth I 
thought was a Trumpeter based on the complete lack of yellow in the lores and 
what seemed to be larger size (although they are hard to tell apart because of 
individual variability in the lores and I'm no expert when it comes to swans). 
It is nice to have confirmation since I was rather uncertain. 


 

Marie Hoerner

Aurora, CO

 

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 8:28 AM, snowy.owlets  > wrote: 


Hi Everyone,

 

A fourth swan has just come in. It looks and sounds like a Trumpeter.

 

Mark Miller 

Longmont, CO 

 

 

 

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Subject: Re: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh
From: Christian Nunes <pajaroboy AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:34:00 +0000
Hi Maria,


I would make an argument that the bird in your photos is part of the pair of 
adult Tundra Swans that are invariably accompanied by the immature. Presumably 
they are a family group. The yellow spot on this one is rather small and can be 
hard to see, especially at a distance. Ted Floyd has some closer shots where 
the yellow can be seen well: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33740263 


Steve Mlodinow also has some nice flight shots that show all three of these 
birds. The yellow on that one adult is again hard to see, but it's present if 
you squint hard enough: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34073530 



Here are some more links to photos of the solitary swan who I think is more 
Trumpeter-esque, but things don't add up: 



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33611634

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34030937

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34773743


Myself and many scores of birders have been calling this a Tundra Swan all 
winter, perhaps a bit too willingly. I remember studying it while it fed in the 
shallow bay at the east end of Hillcrest Reservoir back in January. Alarm bells 
were ringing, and I had hopes I could "turn" it into a Trumpeter, but the pale 
spot on the bill and the U-shaped forehead made me withdraw from that 
conclusion. I've started to look more closely at the available photos (and the 
bird too, but it was mostly sleeping this afternoon) after Mark Miller's email 
this morning. I still don't think it's a Trumpeter, but a hybrid could be an 
option. Or it's just a goofy Tundra Swan like we've been assuming all winter. 



Thanks,


Christian Nunes

Longmont, CO


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of Marie Hoerner  

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 7:14 PM
To: Christian Nunes
Cc: Cobirds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh

That's interesting. That is not one of the birds that I was seeing last night; 
at least, I don't think that it is. Here are a couple of shots of that bird. 
(In the photos where the 4th swan joined 2 of the others briefly, it is the 
middle bird of the three in the photograph.) As far as I could see in the 
photos and through my binoculars, this one completely lacked the light color 
that is in the linked picture above. I am certainly not arguing with the ID of 
more experienced birders; I'm just wondering if one of the birds that I saw was 
a different bird because I'm curious and uncertain of my own ID skills when it 
comes to Trumpeters and Tundras. 


Thanks for the thoughts on these swans,

Marie Hoerner
Aurora, CO

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 5:09 PM, Marie Hoerner 
> wrote: 

That's interesting. That is not one of the birds that I was seeing last night; 
at least, I don't think that it is. Here are a couple of shots of that bird. 
(In the photos where the 4th swan joined 2 of the others briefly, it is the 
middle bird of the three in the photograph.) As far as I could see in the 
photos and through my binoculars, this one completely lacked the light color 
that is in the linked picture above. I am certainly not arguing with the ID of 
more experienced birders; I'm just wondering if one of the birds that I saw was 
a different bird because I'm curious and uncertain of my own ID skills when it 
comes to Trumpeters and Tundras. 


Thanks for the thoughts on these swans,

Marie Hoerner
Aurora, CO


On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 4:49 PM, Christian Nunes 
> wrote: 


Birders,


The two obvious adult Tundra Swans, one with extensive yellow on the bill and 
the other with a small yellow tear drop, are the likely parents of the 
immature. This family group acts as a unit and they are rarely separated by 
very much space. One adult has extensive yellow on the bill, the other more of 
a small tear drop. The immature is dusky and has a pale spot on the bill that 
hasn't yet turned yellow. It has V-shaped forehead feathering, demonstrating 
the weakness of this field mark on immature birds. 



The fourth bird is another adult, and is the head-scratcher. It spends more 
time by itself, often traveling over to the Valmont lakes. It is the individual 
recently photographed by Kyle Medina over at Sawhill Ponds (refer to his 
COBirds post from this morning "Swan- Sawhill Pond 2/24/17"). It is maybe 
slightly larger than the other swans, and the neck looks a little more sinuous 
and the back maybe more rounded. These features give it a resemblance to a 
Trumpeter. It currently has some heavy staining on the head and neck, which 
helps pick it out from a crowd, but is not something that's useful for ID. The 
thing is that it does have a pale spot on the bill in front of the eye- not 
bright yellow like the other Tundras, but more of an off white. The forehead 
feathering is also U-shaped, as in an adult Tundra. The legs are dark black, 
which might help rule out a "white morph" Trumpeter as described in David 
Sibley's blog post linked below. There's a good chance it's a Trumpeter x 
Tundra. Steve Mlodinow has extensive experience with both species and their 
crosses, so he might have more to chime in on that hypothesis. 



A handy link to Kyle's photo: http://tinyurl.com/hpe7det

Some good reading: 
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/07/trumpeter-swans-with-yellow-loral-spots/ 



[http://www.sibleyguides.com/wp-content/uploads/Cygnus_olor_MuteSwan_clean_thumb-218x300.jpg] 


Trumpeter Swans with yellow loral spots - Sibley 
Guides 

www.sibleyguides.com
Related posts and pages: Trumpeter Swans, yellow bill spots, and leucism In a 
previous post I’ve talked about Trumpeter Swans with yellow bill spots as 
a... 





Thanks,


Christian Nunes

Longmont, CO





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> on behalf 
of Marie Hoerner > 

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 4:28 PM
To: snowy.owlets AT gmail.com; Cobirds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh

I had not gotten the chance yet to post about this, but I saw four swans there 
last night. Three were Tundra Swans (2 adults and a 1st year), and the fourth I 
thought was a Trumpeter based on the complete lack of yellow in the lores and 
what seemed to be larger size (although they are hard to tell apart because of 
individual variability in the lores and I'm no expert when it comes to swans). 
It is nice to have confirmation since I was rather uncertain. 


Marie Hoerner
Aurora, CO

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 8:28 AM, snowy.owlets 
> wrote: 

Hi Everyone,

A fourth swan has just come in. It looks and sounds like a Trumpeter.

Mark Miller
Longmont, CO



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Subject: Re: Greenwood Village Birding (Arapahoe Co.)
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:33:34 -0700
Nice Ross's Goose pix.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 26, 2017, at 6:10 PM, Jared Del Rosso  
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> 
> On Thursday, while driving home from DIA, I spotted an all white goose with 
some Canada / Cackling at West Middle School (Belleview & Holly) in Greenwood 
Village (Arapahoe). I couldn't tell, while driving on far side of Belleview, 
whether it was a Snow or Ross's. But either would be my first in my home circle 
and also bird #150 in that circle, so it was hard not knowing. I finally had a 
chance to go out and look for the goose today. I wasn't especially optimistic 
that it would still be hanging around the grass inside the middle school's 
track, but as I approached the school, I saw a white goose among the 
white-cheeked. I was able to watch the bird for a while and take some decent 
shots, which I believe show the goose to be a Ross's. Small bill with a grayish 
base & no real grin patch, relatively small stature, & rounded head. Photo 
below. 

> 
>  
> 
> 
> 
> 
> While at the school, I heard a day-calling Great Horned Owl. And a trio of 
Mountain Bluebirds flew over, only my second sighting of them in the area. 

> 
> From the school, I headed to Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve, hoping to get a 
better look at Mountain Bluebirds. I didn't see any, but I did see the 
White-throated Sparrow for the first time since early February. A Lesser Scaup, 
my first at the preserve & in my home circle, was a pleasant surprise. I looked 
for but did not find the Northern Shrike that's been at the preserve all 
winter, but I did get to watch the Harlan's Red-tail that's been around since 
November circle over the preserve a few times. 

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Subject: Greenwood Village Birding (Arapahoe Co.)
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:10:21 -0800 (PST)
On Thursday, while driving home from DIA, I spotted an all white goose with 
some Canada / Cackling at West Middle School (Belleview & Holly) in 
Greenwood Village (Arapahoe). I couldn't tell, while driving on far side of 
Belleview, whether it was a Snow or Ross's. But either would be my first in 
my home circle and also bird #150 in that circle, so it was hard not 
knowing. I finally had a chance to go out and look for the goose today. I 
wasn't especially optimistic that it would still be hanging around the 
grass inside the middle school's track, but as I approached the school, I 
saw a white goose among the white-cheeked. I was able to watch the bird for 
a while and take some decent shots, which I believe show the goose to be a 
Ross's. Small bill with a grayish base & no real grin patch, relatively 
small stature, & rounded head. Photo below.

 



 



While at the school, I heard a day-calling Great Horned Owl. And a trio of 
Mountain Bluebirds flew over, only my second sighting of them in the area. 

From the school, I headed to Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve, hoping to get 
a better look at Mountain Bluebirds. I didn't see any, but I did see the 
White-throated Sparrow for the first time since early February. A Lesser 
Scaup, my first at the preserve & in my home circle, was a pleasant 
surprise. I looked for but did not find the Northern Shrike that's been at 
the preserve all winter, but I did get to watch the Harlan's Red-tail 
that's been around since November circle over the preserve a few times. 


- Jared Del Rosso

Centennial, CO 

 


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Subject: Re: Front Range Bushtits-What's Up Wtih That?
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:08:43 +0000
Welcome back Doug "Thick-billed Kingbird" Ward.


I still thick of bushtit as a special bird when I see one, mostly because of my 
indoctrination regarding their status when I moved here in the 1970s. But 
certainly they are a great example of a species that has changed dramatically. 



Rightly or wrongly, I tend to interpret most "trends" or "changes" we see in 
Colorado birding world thru the filter of their food. Every time I've been able 
to figure out the food of bushtits, it tends to be small insects: things like 
aphids, scales, psyllids, the makers of galls, plus insect parasites and 
predators of aphids and scales. I've watched bushtits at the Denver Botanic 
Gardens working for long periods of time on soft scales in some of the oak 
plantings. Of course, live oaks of several species are common in the southern 
heart of the bushtit's historical range. Many oak species are considered 
"quality" trees by Colorado Front Range urban foresters/landscape architects, 
and they are universally recommended as replacements for overplanted, "trash" 
species like silver maple, poplars and Siberian elm. Thus, I think, similar to 
what you mentioned for the blue jay, oak plantings are probably part of local 
habitat change by humans of benefit to bushtits. Certainly we have a lot of 
ornamental junipers and pinyon pines landscaping our new subdivisions. They 
occur on every list I've ever seen of recommended "xeriscaping" (i.e. low water 
use) plants, AND they harbor aphids and scales, good for bushtits. Climate 
change would seem to be another factor. I'd guess the associated extremes we've 
been seeing (especially those that could be described as "warmer/milder") allow 
for better survival of insect food items, but also, importantly, stress woody 
plants in a way that makes them more vulnerable to colonization by insects in 
the first place. Warm and dry, plus a lot more people taking showers and 
watering lawns = shortages, restrictions..... and moisture stress in plants. 



In short I would say Colorado is fast becoming part of the desert Southwest. If 
you research the last 50 species added to the Official State Checklist, an 
overwhelming majority of them are southwestern or southern. Black phoebe, 
black-chinned sparrow, Lucy's warbler and many others are examples. 
Black-chinned hummingbird, formerly only found south of Colorado Springs or on 
the West Slope, now breeds in Lamar and all the way up the Front Range to 
southern WY. White-winged doves are now part of the scene. I saw 42 in one 
Lamar yard this past January. We had 13 roadrunners on the John Martin Res CBC 
last December. Steve Mlodinow found one near Fort Morgan a few years ago, one 
has been running the roads near Red Rocks in recent years, an unsubstantiated 
report came from west of Fort Collins a little over a year ago. If that was a 
fig newton of somebody's imagination then, it won't be in a few years. 
White-throated swifts overwintered in Pueblo last year. I think we are close, 
if it hasn't happened already, to having several species of shorebirds 
overwinter on open water in Colorado (least sandpiper, greater yellowlegs, 
spotted sandpiper, Baird's sandpiper, not just dunlin, snipe and killdeer). 



It is exciting to see new things, but the reasons for them should be somewhat 
sobering. I think we birders have an important role to play in documenting the 
changes. If and when we ever have political leadership that values the 
environment, who knows, birders might have a lot to contribute that could make 
a difference. 



Welcome back, and we also welcome your future contributions to COBIRDS.


Dave Leatherman

Fort Collins


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Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 11:31 AM
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Subject: [cobirds] Front Range Bushtits-What's Up Wtih That?


“Long time Colorado birder, first time CoBirds poster”. After being away 
for 17 years, I find myself back in the Front Range of Colorado on a regular 
basis now. Being born and raised here, I had over 25 years of birding 
experience before heading north to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 2000; actually 
splitting time between Colorado & Idaho now. With family down here, we were 
back for holidays, but never really got out to do much birding – plus after 
25 years, I had a pretty good idea of what, and how many, were where, or so I 
thought. 




Ted’s post last night (25 Feb.’17), “magpies, flickers, bushtits, and 
Bill Kaempfer”, prompted me to write this note based on one of the 
significant avian changes I’ve noticed along the Front Range since being 
away. Last summer, my wife and I were working in the yard here in Denver 
(Denver, Co.) and I heard the distinctive “twittering”, then “Holy s&#$, 
BUSHTITS!!!” (she still thinks the AOU needs to change the common name of 
these guys; I for one like it as I’m a perpetual adolescent). I immediately 
ran to eBird to check recent occurrences as I was sure this was huge. Turns 
out, not so much. Growing up, finding even a couple of Bushtits in the juniper 
patches west and south of town (Waterton, Red Rocks, Dinosaur Ridge, …) was a 
real nice surprise, and only happened once or twice a year. 




So what happened in the interim? As you all know, they are now common in 
numerous locations all along the Front Range. What gets me is that these guys 
have hopped habitat preferences, as opposed to expanding along with habitat 
creep like the Blue Jay following “forestation” across the Great Plains. Up 
until that little pack of Bushtits came through the yard, they were always a 
“specialty” of the piñon/juniper belts of the southeast and West Slope in 
my mind in Colorado. Now I can see a growing population, for whatever reason, 
spilling into the urban areas with all of the native and ornamental conifers, 
but an outright move into cottonwood riparian areas, that makes no sense to me 
– I smell a thesis in there somewhere. 




Any thoughts from the “old timers” who have been here throughout this shift 
would be welcomed. While stumbling on a rarity every so often is fun, these 
little evolutionary mysteries are what I very much enjoy about our hobby that 
is so linked to Nature. 




Happy to Be Back,

Doug Ward

Denver





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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: Ben S <benrmnp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:30:13 -0800 (PST)
I looked twice for this bird at Cherry Creek State Park today, in the 
mourning and afternoon. When I was looking at Lake Loop it was 15 degrees 
F. Therefore, I wouldn't be suprised if he had already moved on. I looked 
at the ebird bar charts. Not only had this species never been reported in 
Colorado in Feburary, the earliest it had previously been reported was 
early April. Nice find! Maybe next winter someone will get us a Tropical 
Kingbird!

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