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Labrador Ducks,©Julie Zickefoose

22 Jan Dunlin at Pueblo Res. 1/22 [cteuton ]
22 Jan RFI mountain bluebirds yet??? [R Carol Cushman ]
22 Jan Birding along the S. Platte (Adams) [William H Kaempfer ]
22 Jan Trumpeter continues at Chatfield [Charles Hundertmark ]
22 Jan Red Crossbills - Rampart Range Rd, Douglas Cnty [Gregg Goodrich ]
22 Jan Dunlin at Pueblo Res. 1/22 [Brandon Percival ]
22 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Jan Re: House Finch perched on icicle - Otero county [Carol Blackard ]
21 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Jan Re: House Finch perched on icicle - Otero county [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
20 Jan Bird on an ice cicle ["'Terry Todd' via Colorado Birds" ]
20 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Jan Lee Martinez Park/McMurry Natural Area/Larimer [Rob Sparks ]
19 Jan Re: House Finch perched on icicle - Otero county [Ira Sanders ]
19 Jan House Finch perched on icicle - Otero county ["Leon Bright" ]
19 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
18 Jan Fwd: [NATURE-NET] Boulder Audubon January Program--Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls with Paul Bannick ["Scott E. Severs" ]
18 Jan Lamar (Prowers) of late [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
18 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
17 Jan Eastern region of Elbert County 1/17 [David Suddjian ]
17 Jan Greater White-fronted Goose [O St, Greeley, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
17 Jan Re: Digest for cobirds@googlegroups.com - 8 updates in 8 topics [Bob Righter ]
17 Jan Fantastic Raptor Alley Trip [Nunn, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
17 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
16 Jan Park County 1-16 [David Suddjian ]
17 Jan Re: Lapland Longspurs, Kit Carson County ["'Mark Peterson' via Colorado Birds" ]
16 Jan No Shrike ["'William Fink' via Colorado Birds" ]
16 Jan Pueblo birds recently [Brandon Percival ]
16 Jan Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) and goose musings ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
16 Jan Birding in Pantanal Brazil [Norm Erthal ]
16 Jan White-throated Sparrow - Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
16 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16, 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
15 Jan Re: hybrid duck at Stearns Lake, Boulder County, Jan. 14 [Jack Bushong ]
15 Jan Re: Aurora Reservoir birding question [Thomas Holub ]
15 Jan Aurora Reservoir birding question [cteuton ]
15 Jan Aurora Reservoir birding question [cteuton ]
15 Jan Re: Aurora Reservoir birding question [Thomas Holub ]
15 Jan Aurora Reservoir birding question [Luke Pheneger ]
15 Jan Aurora Reservoir birding question [Luke Pheneger ]
15 Jan Aurora Reservoir birding question [Luke Pheneger ]
15 Jan Aurora Reservoir birding question [Thomas Holub ]
15 Jan Brant at Aurora Reservoir, Arapahoe Cnty [teuton ]
15 Jan Re: hybrid duck at Stearns Lake, Boulder County, Jan. 14 [John Jones ]
15 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
14 Jan Lapland Longspurs, Kit Carson County [Tom Wilberding ]
14 Jan hybrid duck at Stearns Lake, Boulder County, Jan. 14 [Matt Rodgers ]
14 Jan hybrid duck at Stearns Lake, Boulder County, Jan. 14 [Ted Floyd ]
14 Jan South Platte from 88th south [Charles Hundertmark ]
14 Jan Birding RMNP and Estes today [Scott ]
14 Jan Trumpeter Swan still present at Chatfield [Greg Pasquariello ]
14 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
13 Jan Elbert region of Elbert Co 1/13 [David Suddjian ]
13 Jan Re: Viewing McLellen Res - Arapahoe Cty [David Suddjian ]
13 Jan Viewing McLellen Res - Arapahoe Cty [Steve Stachowiak ]
13 Jan White-winged Scoter Aurora Res (Arapahoe Co) ["'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds" ]
13 Jan Geese at Timnath Reservoir-Larimer County [marimammoser ]
13 Jan "A Birder Went Looking For Owl In Woods Last Night ..." [Spring Canyon Park, Fort Collins, Larimer] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
13 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 13 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
12 Jan Western Arapahoe Co gulls [David Suddjian ]
12 Jan Re: Unusual Kestrel in Adams County [Susan Rosine ]
12 Jan Ross's Goose at Cherry Creek State Park [Philip Pratt ]
12 Jan Re: Unusual Kestrel in Adams County ["Jim Nelson" ]
12 Jan Unusual Kestrel in Adams County [Susan Rosine ]
12 Jan Gray Catbird - Mesa County [Mike Henwood ]
12 Jan Sandhill Cranes - 3000 - Delta County [Mike Henwood ]
12 Jan Be a Citizen Scientist ! Bald Eagle Watch Training date is Jan 21. [Joe Roller ]
12 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 12 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
11 Jan Dodd res/Rough-legged Hawk [T Pheneger ]
11 Jan Aiken Audubon General Meeting Wednesday January 25th Paul Bannick [Deborah Barnes ]
11 Jan Boulder Audubon's Rosy Finch trip, FULL [Pam Piombino ]
11 Jan Mexico Biording trip [Norm Erthal ]
11 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 11 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
10 Jan Long-tailed duck [plarimer ]
10 Jan South Platte and McClellen Rezzes, plus continuing Trumpeter Swan, etc 1/10 [David Suddjian ]
10 Jan Trumpeter Swan still at Chatfield ["W. Robert Shade III" ]
10 Jan Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 10 January 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]

Subject: Dunlin at Pueblo Res. 1/22
From: cteuton <teuton AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:56:21 -0800 (PST)
The Dunlin that Brandon reported on was still at the South Marina area as of 
about 1:30 PM, best seen by driving down the road to the beach that goes below 
the visitors center. From there, drive as far west as you can. The bird was 
feeding in the second set of tires at the marina, that form a curved shape, 
which are near the edge of the shore. 

Two Red Necked Grebes that have been at the North Marina, but this afternoon 
sighted from the Hobie Cat area, were also a treat. 

Cheryl Teuton 
Aurora 

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Subject: RFI mountain bluebirds yet???
From: R Carol Cushman <r.cushman AT colorado.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:10:10 +0000
Has anyone seen any mountain bluebirds yet? I'm writing a "February Nature 
Almanac" column for the Boulder Camera and would like to include info on this 
year's arrivals. 

Thanks,
Carol Cushman
East Boulder County 

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Subject: Birding along the S. Platte (Adams)
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:03:36 +0000
I took a late morning walk along the S. Platte, using 78th Street as my entry 
point. The river was chock full of ducks in close proximity to the trail. Most 
abundant were Northern Shovelers numbering in the 100's in the half mile or so 
that I walked going north toward 88th. There were also good numbers of Gadwall, 
Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup and Common 
Goldeneye. In addition there were Bufflehead, a couple of Hooded Mergansers and 
three each of Barrow's Goldeneye and Greater Scaup. Also of note were a 
half-dozen Double-crested Cormorants flying overhead and a Yellow-rumped 
Warbler. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: Trumpeter continues at Chatfield
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:49:13 -0700
Same Pbs as previously along with 17-18 Hooded Mergansers.
Chuck Hundertmark

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Subject: Red Crossbills - Rampart Range Rd, Douglas Cnty
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:23:58 +0000
Cobirders

I have been to the parking lot at Hwy. 67 and Rampart Range Rd twice in the
past week and have had Red Crossbills both times. They are feeding on the
cones in the top of the Douglas Firs. Also look for them in the tops of the
dead trees right at the intersection of these two roads.

There are several photos in checklist below. I missed the Three-toed
Woodpecker that has been in the area.

Gregg Goodrich
Highlands Ranch CO

eBird Checklist – Rampart Range Rd. at Hwy. 67, Colorado – Sat Jan 21, 2017
– 5 species ( 2 other taxa) http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33828019

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Subject: Dunlin at Pueblo Res. 1/22
From: Brandon Percival <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:01:53 -0700
Just photographed a winter plumage Dunlin at South Shore Marina tires at
Pueblo Reservoir, Pueblo County, the bird was found yesterday according to
an ebird report.

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:02:00 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 22, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 22, sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

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

BRANT (*Arapahoe)
Swan spec (Mesa)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Moffat)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder, Larimer, *Delta)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Douglas,  Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Delta)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Pueblo)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Greater Yellowlegs (Denver)
Bonaparte's Gull (Douglas, Pueblo)
Franklin's Gull (Larimer)
Mew Gull (*Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (*Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, Larimer)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (*Araphaoe)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe)
Double-crested Cormorant (Adams, *Arapahoe, *Douglas, Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Larimer)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Prowers)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Larimer, Park)
PACIFIC WREN (La Plata)
Winter Wren (Weld)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park,  Pitkin, Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Park, Pitkin, Teller)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park, Pitkin, Teller)
White-winged Crossbill (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Elbert, Kit Carson, Logan)
Lincoln's Sparrow (*Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, *Weld)
Great-tailed Grackle (Larimer)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Larimer)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.  On January
14, Chuck Hundertmark reported Double-crested Cormorant at 88th Ave and
South Platte River.  On January 17 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area,
Matt Hofeditz reported 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes.
---On January 14 on South Platte River at 78th Ave, David Kembel reported 9
Double-crested Cormorants.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 14 at Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and several other
birders reported White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND
GULL, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull, and Great Black-backed
Gull.  On January 15, David Blue found a BRANT at Aurora Reservoir in NW
corner by the dam.  On January 15, Steve Mlodinow and several other birders
reported White-winged Scoter, 14 Thayer's Gulls, 18 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls, 2 Glaucous Gulls, and 1 Great Black-backed Gulls and 2 1-st cyc
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS.  On January 16 at Aurora Reservoir, Aaron Tucker
reported f White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, 1-st cyc Iceland Gull, 3 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, and 1-st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 17 at
Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and Chuck Hundertmark reported Black
BRANT, White-winged Scoter, 3 Thayer's Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls,
Glaucous Gull and ad Great Black-backed Gull.   On January 18 at Aurora
Reservoir, Sue Riffe, Karen Drozda and Rebecca Laroche reported BRANT, 2
White-winged Scoters, 3 Thayer's Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and
Glaucous Gull.  On January 19 at Aurora Reservoir, Norm Lewis and Mark
Minner-Lee reported BRANT, White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, 3 Thayer's Gulls,
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and Glaucous Gull.  On January 21 at Aurora
Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported 6 Thayer's Gulls (3 ad, 3 1-st cyc),  12
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (5 ad, 1 4th-cyc, 2 2nd-cyc, 4 1-st cyc), 1-st
cyc GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, Glaucous Gull, and 1-st cyc Great Black-backed
Gull.  On January 21 at Aurora Reservoir, Dale Adams, Glenn Walbek, and
Dean Shoup reported BRANT, White-winged Scoter, Double-crested Cormorant,
Mew Gull, 11 Thayer's Gulls, 2 ICELAND GULLS (1 ad, 1 1st-cyc), 14 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, 2 GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS (2 1-st cyc), 1 Glaucous Gull,
and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc).
---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reported 1 ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 on South Platte River between Belview and Union, Ted
Uhlemann reported Spotted Sandpiper.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 13 at Valmont Overlook, Norm Lewis reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 18 at Valmont Overlook, Jim Nachel reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On January 14 at Cottonwood Marsh, Joyce Takamine reported 3 Tundra
Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 21, Minday Musick King reported 3 Tundra
Swans at Cottonwood Marsh.
---On January 15 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Bill Kaempfer reported ad m
Red-naped Sapsucker.
---On January 15 at Left Hand Reservoir, Christian Nunes reported
White-winged Crossbill.
---On January 19 at Oligarchy Ditch Greenway, Bryan Guarente reported
Lincoln's Sparrow.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 18 at Confluence Park in Delta, Jason Beason reported 1 m
Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On January 21 at G50 Road, Jon Horn reported 6 Tundra Swans.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 16 at Sand Creek between Smith Road and Quebec, Jason Bidgood
reported Greater Yellowlegs.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 14, Greg
Pasquariello and several other birders reported that the Trumpeter Swan
continues at Chatfield SP and is best accessed from High Line Canal Trail
and Titan Road.  On January 15, Daniel Horton and Ginny Bergstrom reported
Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 18,
Matt Newport reported Trumpeter Swan and imm Bonaparte's Gull from High
Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 19, Aaron Tucker reported
Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 15 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.  On January 19 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir
(restricted access), Tim Ryan and  Diane Roberts reported Long-tailed
Duck.  On January 21 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Double-crested Cormorant.

ELBERT COUNTY:
---On January 17 in eastern Elbert County, south of Hwy 24, David Suddjian
reported Lapland Longspurs.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 14 on Old Pueblo Road, David Tonnessen reported 2
Curve-billed Thrashers.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 17 on CR G between CR 9 and CR 7 (imaginary), Mark Peterson
reported over a million Lapland Longspurs.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 19, Ryan Votta and Jason St Pierre reported PACIFIC WREN on
Animas River Trail/ Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On January 16, Georgia Doyle reported American Woodcock at Bobcat
Ridge Natural Area.  On January 18, David Blue reported American Woodcock
at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.
---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
Brown-headed Cowbird.  On January 13 at Feedloot at corner of CR 9 and CR
30, Jim Nachel reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and
31 Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 14 at Boyd Lake Dairy, Gene
Rutherford and Nick Komar reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, pair of
Brown-headed Cowbirds and numerous Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 15 at
Boyd Lake Dairy, Austin Hess reported Brown-headed Cowbird and 50
Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 14 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain NP, Scott Rashid
reported 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers.
---On January 14 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Gene
Rutherford reported American White Pelican and 2 Tundra Swans.  On January
15 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Nick Komar, Georgia Doyle,
and David Wade reported 2 Tundra Swans and American White Pelican.  On
January 19 at Rawhide Energy Station, Bryan Morrow reported 2 Tundra Swans.
---On January 14 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and David Wade
reported 1 Franklin's Gull, 5 Thayer's Gulls, and 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 14 at Connected Lakes SP, Nic Korte reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 15 at River Front Trail in Grand Junction, Connee Moffat
reported 2 Swans.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 17 at Brown's Park NWR on the Auto Tour Route to Swinging
Bridge, Tresa Moulton reported 13 Trumpeter Swans on the Green River
downstream of Swinging Bridge.

PARK COUNTY:
---On January 17, David Suddjian reported
    In Jefferson Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches;
    In Fairplay all three species of Rosy-Finches;
    On Elkhorn Road near Goshawk Road, Gray-crowned and Brown-capped
Rosy-Finches;
    On Silverheels Road an American Three-toed Woodpecker.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On January 18 at Lamar Community College Woods, Dave Leatherman reported
Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and 4 Northern Cardinals.
---On January 18 at Willow Valley Subdivision E of Willow Creek Park, Dave
Leatherman reported 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 15 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported 2
Red-necked Grebes, 5 Double-crested Cormorants, and 7 Bonaparte's Gulls.

TELLER COUNTY:
---On January 20 in Victor, David Chartier reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 14, at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek, Kara Carragher
reported 3 m Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 15, David Blue reported 3 Rusty
Blackbirds on CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek and Art Hudak reported
4 Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 21, Gene Rutherford reported Rusty
Blackbird on CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.  On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren.  On January 14, at Frederick
Reservoir and Recreation Area, Gene Rutherford reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 22 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by Rebecca Laroche & Patrick O'Driscoll (RebeccaLLaroche At
gmail.com; 626-318-4435 <(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is FULL.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: House Finch perched on icicle - Otero county
From: Carol Blackard <carol-blackard AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:47:15 -0700
Hello,

Bushtits LOVE sapcicles...even more that chickadees in our Arapahoe County 
yard. 


Carol Blackard


Carol Blackard
carolblackardphotography.com
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 21, 2017, at 11:07 AM, DAVID A LEATHERMAN  
wrote: 

> 
> Leon,
> 
> The bird in Jim's interesting photo appears to be using the icicle as access 
to the feeder. Whatever works. 

> 
> Another twist on this theme is using icicles, especially those that form from 
the underside of tree branches, as a source of sugar-fortified water. In late 
winter particularly, I have seen icicles in maple trees being used as a source 
of nutrition by many birds and fox squirrels. These maple icicles, which I call 
"sapcicles", are usually darkest at the tip and have the hue of low-grade maple 
syrup. As sap rises in trees in winter and early spring, it tends to leak from 
bark cracks caused by winter freeze-thaw cycles and around swelling flower 
buds. When the temperatures are warm enough to cause leakage, followed by 
nightly freezing, sapcicles form. 

> 
> Another source of sugary icicles is snow that melts from branches in trees 
chronically infested with aphids and other insects with sucking mouthparts like 
scales. These insects withdraw sap, utilize nitrogenous compounds in it, and 
secrete the rest which tends to be high in carbohydrates (aka sugars). This 
sugary excretion is called "honeydew". It falls and tends to coat the upper 
surfaces of anything below: branches, flared trunks or your car windshield. 
Snow deposits atop the honeydew. When it melts it becomes another source of 
sugary water that under the right conditions forms icicles. 

> 
> Black-capped Chickadee is the species I have seen sipping from the tip of sap 
and honeydew enriched icicles most often, but probably many species do so. 

> 
> 
> Dave Leatherman
> 
> Fort Collins
> 
> 
> 
> From: cobirds AT googlegroups.com  on behalf of Leon 
Bright  

> Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:37 AM
> To: Cobirds
> Subject: [cobirds] House Finch perched on icicle - Otero county
>  
> COBirders-- Today Jim Thompson of La Junta sent me the photo below. My memory 
is undependable so when I say I haven’t seen a bird perched for any length of 
time on an icicle, I’m asking whether this is as rare as I think it is. 

> Leon Bright, Pueblo
>  
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:22:29 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 21, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 21, sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

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

BRANT (Arapahoe)
Swan spec (Mesa)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Moffat)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, *Larimer)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (*Douglas,  Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Delta)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Pueblo)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Greater Yellowlegs (Denver)
Bonaparte's Gull (Douglas, Pueblo)
Franklin's Gull (Larimer)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, Larimer)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (*Araphaoe)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe)
Double-crested Cormorant (Adams, Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Larimer)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Prowers)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Larimer, Park)
PACIFIC WREN (La Plata)
Winter Wren (Weld)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park,  Pitkin, *Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Park, Pitkin, *Teller)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park, Pitkin, *Teller)
White-winged Crossbill (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Elbert, Kit Carson, Logan)
Lincoln's Sparrow (*Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, Weld)
Great-tailed Grackle (Larimer)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Larimer)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.  On January
14, Chuck Hundertmark reported Double-crested Cormorant at 88th Ave and
South Platte River.  On January 17 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area,
Matt Hofeditz reported 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes.
---On January 14 on South Platte River at 78th Ave, David Kembel reported 9
Double-crested Cormorants.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 14 at Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and several other
birders reported White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND
GULL, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull, and Great Black-backed
Gull.  On January 15, David Blue found a BRANT at Aurora Reservoir in NW
corner by the dam.  On January 15, Steve Mlodinow and several other birders
reported White-winged Scoter, 14 Thayer's Gulls, 18 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls, 2 Glaucous Gulls, and 1 Great Black-backed Gulls and 2 1-st cyc
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS.  On January 16 at Aurora Reservoir, Aaron Tucker
reported f White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, 1-st cyc Iceland Gull, 3 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, and 1-st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 17 at
Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and Chuck Hundertmark reported Black
BRANT, White-winged Scoter, 3 Thayer's Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls,
Glaucous Gull and ad Great Black-backed Gull.   On January 18 at Aurora
Reservoir, Sue Riffe, Karen Drozda and Rebecca Laroche reported BRANT, 2
White-winged Scoters, 3 Thayer's Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and
Glaucous Gull.  On January 19 at Aurora Reservoir, Norm Lewis and Mark
Minner-Lee reported BRANT, White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, 3 Thayer's Gulls,
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and Glaucous Gull.  On January 21 at Aurora
Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported 6 Thayer's Gulls (3 ad, 3 1-st cyc),  12
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (5 ad, 1 4th-cyc, 2 2nd-cyc, 4 1-st cyc), 1-st
cyc GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, Glaucous Gull, and 1-st cyc Great Black-backed
Gull.
---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reported 1 ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 on South Platte River between Belview and Union, Ted
Uhlemann reported Spotted Sandpiper.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 13 at Valmont Overlook, Norm Lewis reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 18 at Valmont Overlook, Jim Nachel reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On January 14 at Cottonwood Marsh, Joyce Takamine reported 3 Tundra
Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).
---On January 15 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Bill Kaempfer reported ad m
Red-naped Sapsucker.
---On January 15 at Left Hand Reservoir, Christian Nunes reported
White-winged Crossbill.
---On January 29 at Oligarchy Ditch Greenway, Bryan Guarente reported
Lincoln's Sparrow.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 18 at Confluence Park in Delta, Jason Beason reported 1 m
Barrow's Goldeneye.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 16 at Sand Creek between Smith Road and Quebec, Jason Bidgood
reported Greater Yellowlegs.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 14, Greg
Pasquariello and several other birders reported that the Trumpeter Swan
continues at Chatfield SP and is best accessed from High Line Canal Trail
and Titan Road.  On January 15, Daniel Horton and Ginny Bergstrom reported
Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 18,
Matt Newport reported Trumpeter Swan and imm Bonaparte's Gull from High
Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 19, Aaron Tucker reported
Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 15 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.  On January 19 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir
(restricted access), Tim Ryan and  Diane Roberts reported Long-tailed Duck.


ELBERT COUNTY:
---On January 17 in eastern Elbert County, south of Hwy 24, David Suddjian
reported Lapland Longspurs.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 14 on Old Pueblo Road, David Tonnessen reported 2
Curve-billed Thrashers.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 17 on CR G between CR 9 and CR 7 (imaginary), Mark Peterson
reported over a million Lapland Longspurs.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 19, Ryan Votta and Jason St Pierre reported PACIFIC WREN on
Animas River Trail/ Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On January 16, Georgia Doyle reported American Woodcock at Bobcat
Ridge Natural Area.  On January 18, David Blue reported American Woodcock
at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.
---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
Brown-headed Cowbird.  On January 13 at Feedloot at corner of CR 9 and CR
30, Jim Nachel reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and
31 Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 14 at Boyd Lake Dairy, Gene
Rutherford and Nick Komar reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, pair of
Brown-headed Cowbirds and numerous Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 15 at
Boyd Lake Dairy, Austin Hess reported Brown-headed Cowbird and 50
Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 14 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain NP, Scott Rashid
reported 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers.
---On January 14 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Gene
Rutherford reported American White Pelican and 2 Tundra Swans.  On January
15 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Nick Komar, Georgia Doyle,
and David Wade reported 2 Tundra Swans and American White Pelican.  On
January 19 at Rawhide Energy Station, Bryan Morrow reported 2 Tundra Swans.
---On January 14 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and David Wade
reported 1 Franklin's Gull, 5 Thayer's Gulls, and 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 14 at Connected Lakes SP, Nic Korte reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 15 at River Front Trail in Grand Junction, Connee Moffat
reported 2 Swans.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 17 at Brown's Park NWR on the Auto Tour Route to Swinging
Bridge, Tresa Moulton reported 13 Trumpeter Swans on the Green River
downstream of Swinging Bridge.

PARK COUNTY:
---On January 17, David Suddjian reported
    In Jefferson Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches;
    In Fairplay all three species of Rosy-Finches;
    On Elkhorn Road near Goshawk Road, Gray-crowned and Brown-capped
Rosy-Finches;
    On Silverheels Road an American Three-toed Woodpecker.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On January 18 at Lamar Community College Woods, Dave Leatherman reported
Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and 4 Northern Cardinals.
---On January 18 at Willow Valley Subdivision E of Willow Creek Park, Dave
Leatherman reported 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 15 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported 2
Red-necked Grebes, 5 Double-crested Cormorants, and 7 Bonaparte's Gulls.

TELLER COUNTY:
---On January 20 in Victor, David Chartier reported all 3 species of
Rosy-Finches.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 14, at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek, Kara Carragher
reported 3 m Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 15, David Blue reported 3 Rusty
Blackbirds on CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek and Art Hudak reported
4 Rusty Blackbirds.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.  On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren.  On January 14, at Frederick
Reservoir and Recreation Area, Gene Rutherford reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 21 will be the South Platte River
at West Florida Ave led by Bill Wuerthele (wuerthel AT ecentral.com;
303-333-2519 <(303)%20333-2519>).   This trip is FULL.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 22 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by Rebecca Laroche & Patrick O'Driscoll (RebeccaLLaroche At
gmail.com; 626-318-4435 <(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is FULL.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: House Finch perched on icicle - Otero county
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:07:13 +0000
Leon,

The bird in Jim's interesting photo appears to be using the icicle as access to 
the feeder. Whatever works. 



Another twist on this theme is using icicles, especially those that form from 
the underside of tree branches, as a source of sugar-fortified water. In late 
winter particularly, I have seen icicles in maple trees being used as a source 
of nutrition by many birds and fox squirrels. These maple icicles, which I call 
"sapcicles", are usually darkest at the tip and have the hue of low-grade maple 
syrup. As sap rises in trees in winter and early spring, it tends to leak from 
bark cracks caused by winter freeze-thaw cycles and around swelling flower 
buds. When the temperatures are warm enough to cause leakage, followed by 
nightly freezing, sapcicles form. 



Another source of sugary icicles is snow that melts from branches in trees 
chronically infested with aphids and other insects with sucking mouthparts like 
scales. These insects withdraw sap, utilize nitrogenous compounds in it, and 
secrete the rest which tends to be high in carbohydrates (aka sugars). This 
sugary excretion is called "honeydew". It falls and tends to coat the upper 
surfaces of anything below: branches, flared trunks or your car windshield. 
Snow deposits atop the honeydew. When it melts it becomes another source of 
sugary water that under the right conditions forms icicles. 



Black-capped Chickadee is the species I have seen sipping from the tip of sap 
and honeydew enriched icicles most often, but probably many species do so. 



Dave Leatherman

Fort Collins



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From: cobirds AT googlegroups.com  on behalf of Leon 
Bright  

Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:37 AM
To: Cobirds
Subject: [cobirds] House Finch perched on icicle - Otero county


COBirders-- Today Jim Thompson of La Junta sent me the photo below. My memory 
is undependable so when I say I haven't seen a bird perched for any length of 
time on an icicle, I'm asking whether this is as rare as I think it is. 


Leon Bright, Pueblo



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Subject: Bird on an ice cicle
From: "'Terry Todd' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:05:52 -0700
I've seen a mountain chickadee land on the side of a dripping icicle and bend 
down to drink off the tip of it. I wouldn't drink water that had just trickled 
over my toes but the bird didn't seem to mind. 


Terry Todd, Jefferson County

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:15:55 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 20, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 20, sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

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

BRANT (*Arapahoe)
Swan spec (Mesa)
Trumpeter Swan (*Douglas, Moffat)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, *Larimer)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (*Douglas,  Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Delta)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Pueblo)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Greater Yellowlegs (Denver)
Bonaparte's Gull (Douglas, Pueblo)
Franklin's Gull (Larimer)
Mew Gull (*Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, Larimer)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Araphaoe)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe)
Double-crested Cormorant (Adams, Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Larimer)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Prowers)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Larimer, Park)
PACIFIC WREN (*La Plata)
Winter Wren (Weld)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park,  Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Park, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park, Pitkin)
White-winged Crossbill (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Elbert, Kit Carson, Logan)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, Weld)
Great-tailed Grackle (Larimer)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Larimer)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.  On January
14, Chuck Hundertmark reported Double-crested Cormorant at 88th Ave and
South Platte River.  On January 17 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area,
Matt Hofeditz reported 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes.
---On January 14 on South Platte River at 78th Ave, David Kembel reported 9
Double-crested Cormorants.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 14 at Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and several other
birders reported White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND
GULL, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull, and Great Black-backed
Gull.  On January 15, David Blue found a BRANT at Aurora Reservoir in NW
corner by the dam.  On January 15, Steve Mlodinow and several other birders
reported White-winged Scoter, 14 Thayer's Gulls, 18 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls, 2 Glaucous Gulls, and 1 Great Black-backed Gulls and 2 1-st cyc
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS.  On January 16 at Aurora Reservoir, Aaron Tucker
reported f White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, 1-st cyc Iceland Gull, 3 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, and 1-st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 17 at
Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and Chuck Hundertmark reported Black
BRANT, White-winged Scoter, 3 Thayer's Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls,
Glaucous Gull and ad Great Black-backed Gull.   On January 18 at Aurora
Reservoir, Sue Riffe, Karen Drozda and Rebecca Laroche reported BRANT, 2
White-winged Scoters, 3 Thayer's Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and
Glaucous Gull.  On January 19 at Aurora Reservoir, Norm Lewis and Mark
Minner-Lee reported BRANT, White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, 3 Thayer's Gulls,
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and Glaucous Gull.
---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reported 1 ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 on South Platte River between Belview and Union, Ted
Uhlemann reported Spotted Sandpiper.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 13 at Valmont Overlook, Norm Lewis reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 18 at Valmont Overlook, Jim Nachel reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On January 14 at Cottonwood Marsh, Joyce Takamine reported 3 Tundra
Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).
---On January 15 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Bill Kaempfer reported ad m
Red-naped Sapsucker.
---On January 15 at Left Hand Reservoir, Christian Nunes reported
White-winged Crossbill.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 18 at Confluence Park in Delta, Jason Beason reported 1 m
Barrow's Goldeneye.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 16 at Sand Creek between Smith Road and Quebec, Jason Bidgood
reported Greater Yellowlegs.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 14, Greg
Pasquariello and several other birders reported that the Trumpeter Swan
continues at Chatfield SP and is best accessed from High Line Canal Trail
and Titan Road.  On January 15, Daniel Horton and Ginny Bergstrom reported
Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 18,
Matt Newport reported Trumpeter Swan and imm Bonaparte's Gull from High
Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 19, Aaron Tucker reported
Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 15 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.  On January 19 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir
(restricted access), Tim Ryan and  Diane Roberts reported Long-tailed Duck.


ELBERT COUNTY:
---On January 17 in eastern Elbert County, south of Hwy 24, David Suddjian
reported Lapland Longspurs.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 14 on Old Pueblo Road, David Tonnessen reported 2
Curve-billed Thrashers.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 17 on CR G between CR 9 and CR 7 (imaginary), Mark Peterson
reported over a million Lapland Longspurs.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 19, Ryan Votta and Jason St Pierre reported PACIFIC WREN on
Animas River Trail/ Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery Area.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On January 16, Georgia Doyle reported American Woodcock at Bobcat
Ridge Natural Area.  On January 18, David Blue reported American Woodcock
at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.
---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
Brown-headed Cowbird.  On January 13 at Feedloot at corner of CR 9 and CR
30, Jim Nachel reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and
31 Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 14 at Boyd Lake Dairy, Gene
Rutherford and Nick Komar reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, pair of
Brown-headed Cowbirds and numerous Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 15 at
Boyd Lake Dairy, Austin Hess reported Brown-headed Cowbird and 50
Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 14 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain NP, Scott Rashid
reported 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers.
---On January 14 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Gene
Rutherford reported American White Pelican and 2 Tundra Swans.  On January
15 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Nick Komar, Georgia Doyle,
and David Wade reported 2 Tundra Swans and American White Pelican.  On
January 19 at Rawhide Energy Station, Bryan Morrow reported 2 Tundra Swans.
---On January 14 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and David Wade
reported 1 Franklin's Gull, 5 Thayer's Gulls, and 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 14 at Connected Lakes SP, Nic Korte reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 15 at River Front Trail in Grand Junction, Connee Moffat
reported 2 Swans.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 17 at Brown's Park NWR on the Auto Tour Route to Swinging
Bridge, Tresa Moulton reported 13 Trumpeter Swans on the Green River
downstream of Swinging Bridge.

PARK COUNTY:
---On January 17, David Suddjian reported
    In Jefferson Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches;
    In Fairplay all three species of Rosy-Finches;
    On Elkhorn Road near Goshawk Road, Gray-crowned and Brown-capped
Rosy-Finches;
    On Silverheels Road an American Three-toed Woodpecker.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On January 18 at Lamar Community College Woods, Dave Leatherman reported
Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and 4 Northern Cardinals.
---On January 18 at Willow Valley Subdivision E of Willow Creek Park, Dave
Leatherman reported 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 15 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported 2
Red-necked Grebes, 5 Double-crested Cormorants, and 7 Bonaparte's Gulls.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 14, at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek, Kara Carragher
reported 3 m Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 15, David Blue reported 3 Rusty
Blackbirds on CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek and Art Hudak reported
4 Rusty Blackbirds.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.  On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren.  On January 14, at Frederick
Reservoir and Recreation Area, Gene Rutherford reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 21 will be the South Platte River
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303-333-2519 <(303)%20333-2519>).   This trip is FULL.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 22 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by Rebecca Laroche & Patrick O'Driscoll (RebeccaLLaroche At
gmail.com; 626-318-4435 <(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is FULL.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Lee Martinez Park/McMurry Natural Area/Larimer
From: Rob Sparks <robsparks AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:38:03 -0800 (PST)
This am I had an Eastern Screech-Owl in a crack willow cavity which is 
unusual for me as I have seen them more often in cottonwood cavities.
I also had some decent looks at what appeared to be a juvenile Rough-legged 
Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's).

Also had a few Bushtits.

Good birding,
Rob Sparks
Old Town 
Fort Collins

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Subject: Re: House Finch perched on icicle - Otero county
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:39:34 -0700
Glad he didn't stick to it.

Ira Sanders

On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 11:37 AM, Leon Bright  wrote:

> COBirders--  Today Jim Thompson of La Junta sent me the photo below.  My
> memory is undependable so when I say I haven’t seen a bird perched for any
> length of time on an icicle, I’m asking whether this is as rare as I think
> it is.
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Subject: House Finch perched on icicle - Otero county
From: "Leon Bright" <urraca2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:37:58 -0700
COBirders--  Today Jim Thompson of La Junta sent me the photo below.  My
memory is undependable so when I say I haven't seen a bird perched for any
length of time on an icicle, I'm asking whether this is as rare as I think
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:10:44 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 19, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, January 19, sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

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

BRANT (*Arapahoe)
Swan spec (Mesa)
Trumpeter Swan (*Douglas, Moffat)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Larimer)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (*Douglas,  Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, *Delta)
Red-necked Grebe (*Boulder, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
American Woodcock (*Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Greater Yellowlegs (Denver)
Bonaparte's Gull (*Douglas, Pueblo)
Franklin's Gull (Larimer)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, Pueblo)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Araphaoe)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (Adams, Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Larimer)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (*Prowers)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Prowers)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Larimer, Park)
Juniper Titmouse (Baca)
Winter Wren (Weld)
Carolina Wren (*Prowers)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Gray Catbird (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, El Paso, Pueblo)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Park,  Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Park, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Park, Pitkin)
White-winged Crossbill (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Bent, Elbert, Kit Carson, Logan)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Bent)
Northern Cardinal (*Prowers)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, Weld)
Great-tailed Grackle (Larimer)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Larimer)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.  On January
14, Chuck Hundertmark reported Double-crested Cormorant at 88th Ave and
South Platte River.  On January 17 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area,
Matt Hofeditz reported 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes.
---On January 14 on South Platte River at 78th Ave, David Kembel reported 9
Double-crested Cormorants.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Dan Stringer reported ad m
White-winged Scoter.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, John Drummond
reported f-type White-winged Scoter, 5 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 4 imm), 1-st
cyc ICELAND GULL, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 1 2nd-cyc, 1 1st cyc),
1st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn
Walbek reported Glaucous Gull and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1ad, 1 1-st
cyc).  On January 14 at Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and several other
birders reported White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND
GULL, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull, and Great Black-backed
Gull.  On January 15, David Blue found a BRANT at Aurora Reservoir in NW
corner by the dam.  On January 15, Steve Mlodinow and several other birders
reported White-winged Scoter, 14 Thayer's Gulls, 18 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls, 2 Glaucous Gulls, and 1 Great Black-backed Gulls and 2 1-st cyc
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS.  On January 16 at Aurora Reservoir, Aaron Tucker
reported f White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, 1-st cyc Iceland Gull, 3 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, and 1-st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 17 at
Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and Chuck Hundertmark reported Black
BRANT, White-winged Scoter, 3 Thayer's Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls,
Glaucous Gull and ad Great Black-backed Gull.   On January 18 at Aurora
Reservoir, Sue Riffe, Karen Drozda and Rebecca Laroche reported BRANT, 2
White-winged Scoters, 3 Thayer's Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and
Glaucous Gull.
---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reported 1 ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 on South Platte River between Belview and Union, Ted
Uhlemann reported Spotted Sandpiper.

BACA COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Cottonwood Canyon, Alec and Bill Hopping reported
Curve-billed Thrashers, Canyon Towhees and Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
---On January 12 at a stop on CR 8, Alec and Bill Hopping reported Greater
Roadrunner, Juniper Titmouse, and Canyon Towhees.

BENT COUNTY:
---On January 13 at John Martin Reservoir at Dam Area, Alec and  Bill
Hopping reported Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur, and 2 Canyon
Towhees.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 13 at Valmont Overlook, Norm Lewis reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 18 at Valmont Overlook, Jim Nachel reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings.   On December 30 at
Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On
January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
Inn.
---On January 14 at Cottonwood Marsh, Joyce Takamine reported 3 Tundra
Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).
---On January 15 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Bill Kaempfer reported ad m
Red-naped Sapsucker.
---On January 15 at Left Hand Reservoir, Christian Nunes reported
White-winged Crossbill.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 18 at Confluence Park in Delta, Jason Beason reported 1 m
Barrow's Goldeneye.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 16 at Sand Creek between Smith Road and Quebec, Jason Bidgood
reported Greater Yellowlegs.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 8, Jeff Dawson
and Lynn Sauer reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
 Bridge.  On January 10, Diane Roberts reported Trumpeter Swan from
upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 10, David Suddjian and Bob
Shade reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
On January 11, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais, Anna Troth and Gregg
Goodrich reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan
Road.  On January 13, David Blue reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line
Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 14, Greg Pasquariello and several
other birders reported that the Trumpeter Swan continues at Chatfield SP
and is best accessed from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January
15, Daniel Horton and Ginny Bergstrom reported Trumpeter Swan from High
Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 18, Matt Newport reported
Trumpeter Swan and imm Bonaparte's Gull from High Line Canal Trail and
Titan Road.
---On January 13 at Chatfield SP near the dam, Dan Stringer reported ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.  On January 18 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir
(restricted access), Tim Ryan reported Long-tailed Duck.
ELBERT COUNTY:
---On January 17 in eastern Elbert County, south of Hwy 24, David Suddjian
reported Lapland Longspurs.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 14 on Old Pueblo Road, David Tonnessen reported 2
Curve-billed Thrashers.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 17 on CR G between CR 9 and CR 7 (imaginary), Mark Peterson
reported over a million Lapland Longspurs.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8.  On January
9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
seen near Ranger's House.  On Janaury 11 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Sue
Riffe reported 2 American Woodcock.  On January 13 at Bobcat Ridge Natural
Area, Adam Vesely reported American Woodcock.  On January 16, Georgia Doyle
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.  On January 18,
David Blue reported American Woodcock at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.
---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
Brown-headed Cowbird.  On January 13 at Feedloot at corner of CR 9 and CR
30, Jim Nachel reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and
31 Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 14 at Boyd Lake Dairy, Gene
Rutherford and Nick Komar reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, pair of
Brown-headed Cowbirds and numerous Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 15 at
Boyd Lake Dairy, Austin Hess reported Brown-headed Cowbird and 50
Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 14 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain NP, Scott Rashid
reported 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers.
---On January 14 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Gene
Rutherford reported American White Pelican and 2 Tundra Swans.  On January
15 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Nick Komar, Georgia Doyle,
and David Wade reported 2 Tundra Swans and American White Pelican
---On January 14 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and David Wade
reported 1 Franklin's Gull, 5 Thayer's Gulls, and 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 12, Eileen Cunninghar and Kathleen McGinley reported Gray
Catbird on Riverfront Trail on east side of Colorado River near the short
little street High Country Court.  Access to High Country Court would be
off the Riverside Parkway north of Hwy 340 also know as Broadway.
---On January 14 at Connected Lakes SP, Nic Korte reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 15 at River Front Trail in Grand Junction, Connee Moffat
reported 2 Swans.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 17 at Brown's Park NWR on the Auto Tour Route to Swinging
Bridge, Tresa Moulton reported 13 Trumpeter Swans on the Green River
downstream of Swinging Bridge.

PARK COUNTY:
---On January 17, David Suddjian reported
    In Jefferson Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches;
    In Fairplay all three species of Rosy-Finches;
    On Elkhorn Road near Goshawk Road, Gray-crowned and Brown-capped
Rosy-Finches;
    On Silverheels Road an American Three-toed Woodpecker.

PROWERS COUNTY:
---On January 18 at Lamar Community College Woods, Dave Leatherman reported
Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and 4 Northern Cardinals.
---On January 18 at Willow Valley Subdivision E of Willow Creek Park, Dave
Leatherman reported 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Adam Vesely reported
Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull,
Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On January 15 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported 2
Red-necked Grebes, 5 Double-crested Cormorants, and 7 Bonaparte's Gulls.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where
it crosses Box Elder Creek.  On January 14, at CR 4 where it crosses Box
Elder Creek, Kara Carragher reported 3 m Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 15,
David Blue reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds on CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder
Creek and Art Hudak reported 4 Rusty Blackbirds.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.  On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren.  On January 14, at Frederick
Reservoir and Recreation Area, Gene Rutherford reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 21 will be the South Platte River
at West Florida Ave led by Bill Wuerthele (wuerthel AT ecentral.com;
303-333-2519 <(303)%20333-2519>).   This trip is FULL.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 22 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by Rebecca Laroche & Patrick O'Driscoll (RebeccaLLaroche At
gmail.com; 626-318-4435 <(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is FULL.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:29 -0700
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Subject: Lamar (Prowers) of late
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:38:30 +0000
Hightlights 17 and 18January:

Lamar Community Woods:
CAROLINA WREN (south end near northernmost houses in Woodland Park 
subdivision). Seen once in cattails along Willow Creek where road off Memorial 
Drive goes into Woodland Park subdivision. 


Swamp Sparrow (same area of cattails as above north to area of creek e of new 
LCC dorms). One bird or two? 


Northern Cardinal (4) south end of LCC Woods, usually in Russian Olive 
thickets. 


Red-bellied Woodpecker - east of south end of LCC Woods on both sides of Willow 
Creek. 


Willow Valley Subdivision e of Willow Creek Park:
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (first winter AND adult female)

Yellow-rumped Warblers (in junipers)

Gateway Park ne of Cow Palace Motel:
Greater White-fronted Goose (1 in with flock of about 300 white-cheeked geese
on closed-access ponds e of the main Gateway Park parking area.

Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:13:18 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 18, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, January 18, sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

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

BRANT (*Arapahoe)
Swan spec (Mesa)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, *Moffat)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Larimer)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (*Douglas,  Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (*Adams)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Greater Yellowlegs (Denver)
Bonaparte's Gull (Pueblo)
Franklin's Gull (Larimer)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, Pueblo)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Araphaoe)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (Adams, Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Larimer, Park)
Juniper Titmouse (Baca)
Winter Wren (Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Gray Catbird (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, El Paso, Pueblo)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Park,  Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Park, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Park, Pitkin)
White-winged Crossbill (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Bent, *Elbert, Kit Carson, Logan)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Bent)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, Weld)
Great-tailed Grackle (Larimer)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Larimer)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.  On January
14, Chuck Hundertmark reported Double-crested Cormorant at 88th Ave and
South Platte River.  On January 17 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area,
Matt Hofeditz reported 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes.
---On January 14 on South Platte River at 78th Ave, David Kembel reported 9
Double-crested Cormorants.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Dan Stringer reported ad m
White-winged Scoter.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, John Drummond
reported f-type White-winged Scoter, 5 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 4 imm), 1-st
cyc ICELAND GULL, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 1 2nd-cyc, 1 1st cyc),
1st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn
Walbek reported Glaucous Gull and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1ad, 1 1-st
cyc).  On January 14 at Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and several other
birders reported White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND
GULL, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull, and Great Black-backed
Gull.  On January 15, David Blue found a BRANT at Aurora Reservoir in NW
corner by the dam.  On January 15, Steve Mlodinow and several other birders
reported White-winged Scoter, 14 Thayer's Gulls, 18 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls, 2 Glaucous Gulls, and 1 Great Black-backed Gulls and 2 1-st cyc
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS.  On January 16 at Aurora Reservoir, Aaron Tucker
reported f White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, 1-st cyc Iceland Gull, 3 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, and 1-st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 17 at
Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and Chuck Hundertmark reported Black
BRANT, White-winged Scoter, 3 Thayer's Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls,
Glaucous Gull and ad Great Black-backed Gull.
---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reported 1 ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 on South Platte River between Belview and Union, Ted
Uhlemann reported Spotted Sandpiper.

BACA COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Cottonwood Canyon, Alec and Bill Hopping reported
Curve-billed Thrashers, Canyon Towhees and Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
---On January 12 at a stop on CR 8, Alec and Bill Hopping reported Greater
Roadrunner, Juniper Titmouse, and Canyon Towhees.

BENT COUNTY:
---On January 13 at John Martin Reservoir at Dam Area, Alec and  Bill
Hopping reported Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur, and 2 Canyon
Towhees.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 13 at Valmont Overlook, Norm Lewis reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings.   On December 30 at
Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On
January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
Inn.
---On January 14 at Cottonwood Marsh, Joyce Takamine reported 3 Tundra
Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).
---On January 15 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Bill Kaempfer reported ad m
Red-naped Sapsucker.
---On January 15 at Left Hand Reservoir, Christian Nunes reported
White-winged Crossbill.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 16 at Sand Creek between Smith Road and Quebec, Jason Bidgood
reported Greater Yellowlegs.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 8, Jeff Dawson
and Lynn Sauer reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
 Bridge.  On January 10, Diane Roberts reported Trumpeter Swan from
upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 10, David Suddjian and Bob
Shade reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
On January 11, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais, Anna Troth and Gregg
Goodrich reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan
Road.  On January 13, David Blue reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line
Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 14, Greg Pasquariello and several
other birders reported that the Trumpeter Swan continues at Chatfield SP
and is best accessed from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January
15, Daniel Horton and Ginny Bergstrom reported Trumpeter Swan from High
Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 13 at Chatfield SP near the dam, Dan Stringer reported ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 at Reuter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.  On January 17 at Reuter-Hess Reservoir
(restricted access), Tim Ryan reported Long-tailed Duck.
ELBERT COUNTY:
---On January 17 in eastern Elbert County, south of Hwy 24, David Suddjian
reported Lapland Longspurs.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 14 on Old Pueblo Road, David Tonnessen reported 2
Curve-billed Thrashers.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 17 on CR G between CR 9 and CR 7 (imaginary), Mark Peterson
reported over a million Lapland Longspurs.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8.  On January
9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
seen near Ranger's House.  On Janaury 11 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Sue
Riffe reported 2 American Woodcock.  On January 13 at Bobcat Ridge Natural
Area, Adam Vesely reported American Woodcock.  On January 16, Georgia Doyle
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge Natural Area.
---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
Brown-headed Cowbird.  On January 13 at Feedloot at corner of CR 9 and CR
30, Jim Nachel reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and
31 Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 14 at Boyd Lake Dairy, Gene
Rutherford and Nick Komar reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, pair of
Brown-headed Cowbirds and numerous Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 15 at
Boyd Lake Dairy, Austin Hess reported Brown-headed Cowbird and 50
Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 14 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain NP, Scott Rashid
reported 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers.
---On January 14 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Gene
Rutherford reported American White Pelican and 2 Tundra Swans.  On January
15 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Nick Komar, Georgia Doyle,
and David Wade reported 2 Tundra Swans and American White Pelican
---On January 14 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and David Wade
reported 1 Franklin's Gull, 5 Thayer's Gulls, and 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 12, Eileen Cunninghar and Kathleen McGinley reported Gray
Catbird on Riverfront Trail on east side of Colorado River near the short
little street High Country Court.  Access to High Country Court would be
off the Riverside Parkway north of Hwy 340 also know as Broadway.
---On January 14 at Connected Lakes SP, Nic Korte reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 15 at River Front Trail in Grand Junction, Connee Moffat
reported 2 Swans.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 17 at Brown's Park NWR on the Auto Tour Route to Swinging
Bridge, Tresa Moulton reported 13 Trumpeter Swans on the Green River
downstream of Swinging Bridge.

PARK COUNTY:
---On January 17, David Suddjian reported
    In Jefferson Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches;
    In Fairplay all three species of Rosy-Finches;
    On Elkhorn Road near Goshawk Road, Gray-crowned and Brown-capped
Rosy-Finches;
    On Silverheels Road an American Three-toed Woodpecker.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Adam Vesely reported
Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull,
Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On January 15 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported 2
Red-necked Grebes, 5 Double-crested Cormorants, and 7 Bonaparte's Gulls.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where
it crosses Box Elder Creek.  On January 14, at CR 4 where it crosses Box
Elder Creek, Kara Carragher reported 3 m Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 15,
David Blue reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds on CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder
Creek and Art Hudak reported 4 Rusty Blackbirds.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.  On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren.  On January 14, at Frederick
Reservoir and Recreation Area, Gene Rutherford reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 21 will be the South Platte River
at West Florida Ave led by Bill Wuerthele (wuerthel AT ecentral.com;
303-333-2519 <(303)%20333-2519>).   This trip is FULL.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 22 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by Rebecca Laroche & Patrick O'Driscoll (RebeccaLLaroche At
gmail.com; 626-318-4435 <(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is FULL.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Eastern region of Elbert County 1/17
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:36:00 -0700
I had already been planning to venture out to the plains area of eastern
and southeaster Elbert County today when I saw Mark's post from last
evening. It certainly helped encourage me to actually get up early and go.
In fact I got up real early and did some owling in pine and riparian
habitats first, and was then well positioned for the start of the day. My
first daylight stop, shortly before sunrise, was still in the pines. I
paused in the eastward patch of pines that is along Hwy 86 just west of CR
105 and was immediately treated to singing *Red Crossbills* (Type 2). They
seemed plentiful in that patch, which has lots of cones. *Red Crossbill*
was also plentiful in the large pine patch near Ridge Road.

I drove and stopped along many different roads in the plains region of the
county, focusing mostly south of Hwy 24. Some of the principal roads
covered included (in order) CRs 169, 46, 137, 133, 2, 149, 173, 22, 197,
189, and 166. While I did not encounter the massive flocks or numbers
reported by Mark, both Horned Lark and Lapland Longspur were frequently
encountered and fairly numerous. Horned Larks were more frequent and more
numerous, but in suitable areas Lapland Longspurs were often noted, and
even in less suitable spots they were often heard flying over. My rounded
off totals of estimates were 21000 *Horned Larks* and 3500 *Lapland
Longspurs*. Many spots with longspurs had only small numbers evident, but
several stretches of road had 250 to 750.

Raptors included 17 *Northern Harriers* (just one adult male), 11 *Rough-legged
Hawks*, 1 *Bald Eagle*, 1 *Cooper's Hawk*, 1 *Merlin*, 1 *Short-eared Owl*
and 1 roosting *Long-eared Owl*.

Some *Common Ravens* were eastward of their usual range in the county,
including pairs near the south end of CR 149, at Agate and at Cedar Point.
The species is fairly rare in the plains portion of the county, east of the
pine forest region. *Townsend's Solitaires* were plentiful in planted
stands of trees at ranches where there were juniper (28), and at the
natural stand of junipers at Cedar Point (9).

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose [O St, Greeley, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:54:29 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

Two Greater White-fronted Goose at O St pond west of 35th Ave (second 
one).  HUGE mass of geese present ("always").

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

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

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Subject: Re: Digest for cobirds@googlegroups.com - 8 updates in 8 topics
From: Bob Righter <rorighter AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:11:51 -0700
Mark

Nice post, gives all of us an idea of what MASS means, that must have been 
exciting being out there 


Cheers, Bob

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 17, 2017, at 1:26 AM, cobirds AT googlegroups.com wrote:
> 
> 
> cobirds AT googlegroups.com	Google Groups	           
> Topic digest 
> View all topics
> Park County 1-16 - 1 Update
> Lapland Longspurs, Kit Carson County - 1 Update
> No Shrike - 1 Update
> Pueblo birds recently - 1 Update
> Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) and goose musings - 1 Update
> Birding in Pantanal Brazil - 1 Update
> White-throated Sparrow - Golden - Jeffco - 1 Update
> Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16, 2017 - 1 Update
> Park County 1-16           
> David Suddjian : Jan 16 09:09PM -0700 
> 
> A limited foray into northern South Park in Park County in the early
> afternoon produced rosy-finches in small numbers at Jefferson (
> *Gray-crowned* and *Brown-capped*), and moderate numbers at Fairplay (
> *Gray-crowned*, *Brown-capped*, and *Black*) and Elkhorn Road in the region
> of Goshawk Road (*Gray-crowned* and *Brown-capped*). Silverheels Road had 
*Pine 

> Grosbeak*, *Gray Jay*, *Am. Three-toed Woodpecker*, and *Red Crossbill*
> (Type 5), and a handful of rosy finches. Nothing of note at Como, and most
> other areas I looked at were bird free.
>  
> David Suddjian
> Ken Caryl Valley
> Littleton, CO
> Back to top
> Lapland Longspurs, Kit Carson County           
> Mark Peterson : Jan 17 03:49AM 
> 
> COBirders,
> I think the secret to seeing the mass of Lapland Longspurs is to be out 
during the snow storms. A few of us have been out in Kit Carson for a couple of 
months and finding large flocks on days without bad weather does happen of 
course but they are at best just large flocks. Yesterday I was out almost all 
day and checking the known good areas when I could and had almost zero birds 
even though it was stormy. The difference though was that yesterday it was 
rain/ice almost all day which seem to ground all the field birds. 

> Now, fast forward to today. Today it was 20+ MPH winds and snow most of the 
day. The MASS of birds were back. 

>  
> Glenn and I got to sit and watch this event for an extended period of time. 
The area we watched today was 4 times larger than the one from last week. I 
have posted another video from today that just shows the first layer of birds 
and near the 2:45 mark you can see a second layer and maybe the best part of 
the video. The thing that we cannot capture is that this video only shows about 
a quarter mile deep worth of birds. There are multiple layers of birds that 
span across a couple of miles. So just imagine swarms of birds all over roughly 
a couple of square miles. Our estimated numbers from today were as follows: 

> 575,000 Horned Lark1,250,000 Lapland Longspurs
> Here is a the video that shows a small fraction of the total birds. Again, if 
you watch the video but are impatient, jump to roughly the 2:45 mark. I took 
this video while driving almost two miles, it is just a bit shaky ;) but I 
don't think it should make anyone sick. 

> https://youtu.be/WURlpcWPnug
> If you are interested in trying to see these birds I would recommend coming 
tomorrow if at all possible but do not expect these numbers as it is supposed 
to be nice but with the bit of snow on the ground there should still be decent 
numbers. Otherwise, watch the weather for out here and when you see snow, not 
rain, in the forecast come out and see what you can see. 

> The location of the flock today was along Kit Carson county road G roughly 
between CR 9 and where CR 7 would be if it were there. Also, if you come, look 
at this field carefully as it is this type of field that the birds tend to like 
best. So you could then drive back west into Lincoln county and probably find 
the same thing. 

> Good birding!
>  -----Mark Peterson
> Colorado Springs
> Back to top
> No Shrike           
> William Fink : Jan 16 07:55PM -0700 
> 
> No Shrike seen at Rabbit Mtn 1-16-17about half way up the road from parking 
lot 

>  
> Sent from my iPhoneGood birding Bill Fink Longmont
> Back to top
> Pueblo birds recently           
> Brandon Percival : Jan 16 04:56PM -0700 
> 
> Quite a few interesting birds around Pueblo lately. I finally was
> able to bird for the first time this year in Colorado, last week (I
> was out of the state until 4 January, and then stuck at home after
> that, with the snowy/icy roads and weather). Here is a summary of
> what birds I've seen.
>  
> Greater Scaup - two to three at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-11 Jan
> Barrow's Goldeneye - one adult male, one immature male at Pueblo
> Reservoir, 11 Jan
> Barrow's Goldeneye - one female along Arkansas River, e. of City Park, 12 Jan
> Ruddy Duck - one female Valco Ponds in Pueblo, 10 Jan
> Common Loon - one to seven at Pueblo Reservoir, 10-14 Jan
> Horned Grebe - only one at Pueblo Reservoir, 11-14 Jan
> Red-necked Grebe - two at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-16 Jan
> Eared Grebe - up to 120 at Pueblo Reservoir, 10-16 Jan
> Western Grebe - up to 20 at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-16 Jan
> Clark's Grebe - one at Pueblo Reservoir, 11 Jan
> Double-crested Cormorant - one to five at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-16 Jan
> Spotted Sandpiper - one along Arkansas River, Valco Ponds, 10 Jan
> Bonaparte's Gull - four to seven at Pueblo Reservoir, 12-16 Jan
> Thayer's Gull - one to two at Pueblo Reservoir, 11-14 Jan
> Lesser Black-backed Gull - one two four at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-14 Jan
> Glaucous Gull - one immature at Pueblo Reservoir, 14 Jan
> Great Black-backed Gull - one adult at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-14 Jan
> White-winged Dove - one in Pueblo, Sunset Park area, 13 Jan
> Greater Roadrunner - one at Pueblo Reservoir, 11 Jan
> Merlin - one at Pueblo West, 13 Jan
> Say's Phoebe - one at Pueblo West, 10 Jan
> Pygmy Nuthatch - two at Pueblo City Park, 12 Jan
> Winter Wren - one Arkansas River, east of Pueblo City Park, 12 Jan
> Mountain Bluebird - one at Pueblo Reservoir, 12 Jan
> Cedar Waxwing - one at Cattail Crossing in Pueblo West, 10 Jan
> Swamp Sparrow - one at Olive Marsh in Pueblo, 12 Jan
> Rusty Blackbird - one along Arkansas River, Valco Ponds area, 10 Jan
> Great-tailed Grackle - one at Cattail Crossing in Pueblo West, 10 Jan
> Lesser Goldfinch - two in Pueblo West, 12 Jan
>  
> The usual Pueblo wintering birds, are around: Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
> Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Pipits, Bewick's Wrens, Scaled Quail,
> Curve-billed Thrasher, Canyon Towhees, both shrikes, etc.
>  
> -- 
> Brandon Percival
> Pueblo West, CO
> Back to top
> Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) and goose musings           
> Steven Mlodinow : Jan 16 06:18PM -0500 
> 
> Greetings All.
>  
>  
> Sorry that I've contributed so little of late. 
> Yesterday, Sean Walters and I visited Aurora Reservoir for the last 4 hours 
of daylight. 

> It was a stunning, frustrating, rewarding experience all wrapped in one
> And a bit chilly
>  
>  
> The southern half of the reservoir is frozen, so most birds are reasonably 
close to the dam on the north side -- if you have a scope. Be sure to pay the 
entrance fee if you don't have a year pass, as enforcement has been vigorous 
(if also pleasant) this winter. 

>  
>  
> Anyway, Sean and I arrived to 300 or so Herring Gulls, far more RB Gulls, and 
a variety of other gulls salted in. There were 20K plus geese on the reservoir, 
90% or more Cackling. We'd only done a modest job of scanning the gulls when 
Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooks pointed out the Black Brant sitting nicely at the 
nw. corner of the reservoir. As we headed in its direction, a Bald Eagle came 
by, and pretty much every gull left the reservoir (excepting some 
Ring-billeds). Rather stunning actually. A lot of the geese fled, too. Over the 
next couple hours, most of the large gulls returned, and the geese returned 
with reinforcements. 

>  
>  
> During the last hour, birds poured in. A single flock of incoming gulls 
contained 3100 birds, all of which appeared to be Ringers. Goose flocks came by 
very 5 minutes or so, numbering 500 to 5000. 

>  
>  
> In the end, among the gulls, we were able to detect
> 2 first year Glaucous-winged Gulls
> 2 Glaucous-winged x Herring Gulls
> 14 Thayer's Gulls (this is really an estimate, and given how hard they are to 
pick out, the number was probably larger) 

> 18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (mostly adults)
> The ongoing first-cycle Great Black-backed Gull (towering over the lesser 
gulls) 

> 2 immature Glaucous Gulls
> and one utterly baffling Thayer's/Iceland thing
>  
>  
> For waterfowl, the duck of the day was the ongoing female White-winged 
Scoter. 

> Our final estimate of Cackling Geese was a staggering 115,000 -- but only 
1000 or so Canadas. 

>  
>  
> The Black Brant was a delight. As far as I can tell, this is the same bird 
that has been seen over the last month or so in Adams County and at Aurora 
Reservoir -- all pics show a first-year bird similar in color. 

>  
>  
> In part because we were distracted by so much activity, we picked out only 3 
hybrid geese, one each of Snow x Cackling, Ross's x Cackling, and G 
White-fronted x Cackling (compared with 9 hybrids in a flock of approx 37.5k 
geese in the Poudre Ponds on north side of Greeley on same day). 

>  
>  
> Turnover here is significant, and one should not assume that today's gulls 
are the same as yesterday's. At one point, the Glaucous Gulls being seen here 
were adults. Now, immature. The first Iceland Gulls were adults, the ones seen 
later youngsters. The ratio of LBB Gulls seemed distinctly more skewed towards 
adults today than last week.... and so on. 

>  
>  
> So, goose hybrid musings.
> It seems to me that, in n. CO, white-cheeked geese - particularly Cacklings - 
become more common as one goes from Sedgwick County to Weld (and into 
Boulder/Larimer). On the other hand, Snow and Ross's Geese show the opposite 
pattern. Hybrids often look rather like the blue form of Snow Goose (see 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/36088296 AT N08/albums/72157640339259034), and I 
think that for every "real" Snow Goose that I see in Weld/Boulder/Larimer 
Counties I see 2-3 of these hybrids. 

>  
>  
> For some reason, the Snow/Ross's x Canada/Cackling hybrids seem to prefer to 
hang out with Cackling/Canadas rather than Snow/Ross's flocks. In Europe, 
Graylag x Canada hybrids behave similarly, usually hanging out with Canadas. 
Dunno why. 

>  
>  
> So
> On that note
>  
>  
> Good Luck and Good Birding
> Steven Mlodinow
> Longmont CO
> Back to top
> Birding in Pantanal Brazil           
> Norm Erthal : Jan 16 09:36AM -0800 
> 
> Hi Everyone,
> I am looking at a return to Brazil. The trip will be September 24 - October 
> 14. This is at the end of the dry period. We will visit the Pantanal and 
> Rio Cristalino including a site where we have an excellent chance of seeing 
> Jaguars. We will also visit two renowned sites north of Rio de Janeiro 
> (REGUA and Serra dos Tucanos). We will have Paulo Boute as our guide. 
> Paulo is an amazing guide and diplomat for Brazil. 
> Posting has been approved the CFO Board
>  
> 1- Arrival in Cuiaba. Transfer to the Piuval Lodge.
> 
> 2- Full day at Piuval
> 
> 3- Transfer from Piuval do the Porto Jofre Hotel. 
> 
> 4-Full Day at Porto Jofre (Boat Ride & Jaguar Photo Safari) 
> 
> 5- Transfer to the Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel.
> 
> 6- Full day at the Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel.
> 
> 7- Transfer to Chapada dos Guimaraes. Arrival by lunch time. So, we can 
> bird in the afternoon.
> 
> 8- Full day at Chapada dos Guimarães.
> 
> 9-Flight to Alta Floresta. Transfer to the Cristalino Lodge.
> 
> 10,11, 12 and 13 - Four Full Days at the Cristalino Lodge. 
> 
> 14- Flight to Cuiaba. Overnight in Cuiaba.
> 
> 15- Flight to Rio - Serra dos Tucanos Lodge.
> 
> 16-Full day at Serra dos Tucanos.
> 
> 17-Transfer to REGUA
> 
> 18, 19- Two full days at REGUA.
>  
> Norm Erthal
> Arvada, CO
> Back to top
> White-throated Sparrow - Golden - Jeffco           
> Ira Sanders : Jan 16 09:00AM -0700 
> 
> Birders
> The WTSP, tan morph, put in an appearance at the tray on the front porch
> this morning.
> I haven't seen any rosy's today.
>  
> -- 
> Ira Sanders
> Golden, CO
> "My mind is a raging torrent flooded with rivulets of thought cascading
> into a waterfall of creative alternatives."
> Back to top
> Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16, 2017           
> Joyce Takamine : Jan 16 04:13AM -0700 
> 
> Compiler: Joyce Takamine
> e-mail: RBA AT cobirds.org
> Date: January 16, 2017
> This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 16, sponsored by Denver
> Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.
>  
> Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species)
>  
> NOTE: The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
> changed.
>  
> BRANT (*Arapahoe)
> Swan spec (*Mesa)
> Trumpeter Swan (*Douglas, Mesa)
> Tundra Swan (Boulder, *Larimer)
> White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
> Long-tailed Duck (Chaffee,*Douglas, Larimer)
> Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Moffat)
> Red-necked Grebe (Boulder)
> Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
> American Woodcock (Larimer)
> Spotted Sandpiper (*Arapahoe)
> Greater Yellowlegs (Adams)
> Franklin's Gull (Larimer)
> Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
> Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, Pueblo)
> ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
> Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, Pueblo)
> Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
> Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
> Double-crested Cormorant (Adams)
> American White Pelican (*Larimer)
> Red-naped Sapsucker (*Boulder)
> American Three-toed Woodpecker (Larimer)
> Juniper Titmouse (Baca)
> Winter Wren (Weld)
> Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe, Mesa)
> Gray Catbird (Mesa)
> Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, El Paso, Pueblo)
> Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
> Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
> Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
> White-winged Crossbill (*Boulder)
> Lapland Longspur (Bent, Logan)
> Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca)
> Canyon Towhee (Baca, Bent)
> Yellow-headed Blackbird (Larimer)
> Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, *Weld)
> Great-tailed Grackle (*Larimer)
> Brown-headed Cowbird (*Larimer)
>  
> *****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
> refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site: www.coloradocountybirding.org
>  
> ADAMS COUNTY:
> ---On January 8 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Steve Mlodinow
> and Nick Moore reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 24 Double-crested
> Cormorants. On January 10 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth,
> Sunny Bradford reported 5 Double-crested Cormorants.
> ---On January 11 on South Platte River 74th Ave Area, Mark Minner-Lee
> reported 12 Double-crested Cormorants just south of I-76 overpass.
> ---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
> reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants. On January
> 14, Chuck Hundertmark reported Double-crested Cormorant at 88th Ave and
> South Platte River.
> ---On January 11 on South Platte River, Henderson Road to E 470, Lorraine
> Lanning reported Double-crested Cormorant.
> ---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave, Dave Cown reported 2
> Greater Yellowlegs.
> ---On January 14 on South Platte River at 78th Ave, David Kembel reported 9
> Double-crested Cormorants.
>  
> ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
> ---On January 9 at Aurora Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan reported
> Mew Gull, 2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls,
> Glaucous Gull and Great Black-backed Gull. On January 10 at Aurora
> Reservoir, Gwen Moore reported White-winged Scoter, Thayer's Gull, and
> Lesser Black-backed Gull. On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Dan Stringer
> reported ad m White-winged Scoter. On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, John
> Drummond reported f-type White-winged Scoter, 5 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 4
> imm), 1-st cyc ICELAND GULL, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 1 2nd-cyc,
> 1 1st cyc), 1st cyc Great Black-backed Gull. On January 13 at Aurora
> Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported Glaucous Gull and 2 Great Black-backed
> Gulls (1ad, 1 1-st cyc). On January 14 at Aurora Reservoir, Loch
> Kilpatrick and several other birders reported White-winged Scoter, Mew
> Gull, Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND GULL, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous
> Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull. On January 15, David Blue found a BRANT
> at Aurora Reservoir in NW corner by the dam. On January 15, Steve Mlodinow
> and several other birders reported White-winged Scoter, 14 Thayer's Gulls,
> 18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Glaucous Gulls, and 1 Great Black-backed
> Gulls.
> ---On January 10 at South Platte Park, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais,
> Betty Glass, and Janet Shin reported imm Double-crested Cormorant.
> ---On January 10 at deKoevend Park, Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
> ---On January 10 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported 2
> Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 3rd-cyc).
> ---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reportd 1 ad
> Thayer's Gull.
> ---On January 15 on South Platte River between Belview and Union, Ted
> Uhlemann reported Spotted Sandpiper.
>  
> BACA COUNTY:
> ---On January 12 at Cottonwood Canyon, Alec and Bill Hopping reported
> Curve-billed Thrashers, Canyon Towhees and Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
> ---On January 12 at a stop on CR 8, Alec and Bill Hopping reported Greater
> Roadrunner, Juniper Titmouse, and Canyon Towhees.
>  
> BENT COUNTY:
> ---On January 13 at John Martin Reservoir at Dam Area, Alec and Bill
> Hopping reported Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur, and 2 Canyon
> Towhees.
>  
> BOULDER COUNTY:
> ---On January 12 at Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe. On
> January 13 at Valmont Overlook, Norm Lewis reported Red-necked Grebe.
> ---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
> 3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings. On December 30 at
> Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches. On
> January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
> Inn.
> ---On January 14 at Cottonwood Marsh, Joyce Takamine reported 3 Tundra
> Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).
> ---On January 15 at Bohn Park in Boulder, Bill Kaempfer reported ad m
> Red-naped Sapsucker.
> ---On January 15 at Left Hand Reservoir, Christian Nunes reported
> White-winged Crossbill.
>  
> CHAFFEE COUNTY:
> ---On January 10, a m Long-tailed Duck was reported by Preston Larimer was
> reported by Preston Larimer in Salida.
>  
> DOUGLAS COUNTY:
> ---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield. The
> Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
> High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road. On January 8, Jeff Dawson
> and Lynn Sauer reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
> Bridge. On January 10, Diane Roberts reported Trumpeter Swan from
> upstream from Kingfisher Bridge. On January 10, David Suddjian and Bob
> Shade reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
> On January 11, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais, Anna Troth and Gregg
> Goodrich reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan
> Road. On January 13, David Blue reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line
> Canal Trail and Titan Road. On January 14, Greg Pasquariello and several
> other birders reported that the Trumpeter Swan continues at Chatfield SP
> and is best accessed from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road. On January
> 15, Daniel Horton and Ginny Bergstrom reported Trumpeter Swan from High
> Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
> ---On January 13 at Chatfield SP near the dam, Dan Stringer reported ad
> Thayer's Gull.
> ---On January 15 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
> reported Long-tailed Duck.
>  
> ---On January 14 on Old Pueblo Road, David Tonnessen reported 2
> Curve-billed Thrashers.
>  
> JEFFERSON COUNTY:
> ---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
> Black-backed Gull.
>  
> LARIMER COUNTY:
> ---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
> Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
> road. Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8. On January
> 9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
> seen near Ranger's House. On Janaury 11 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Sue
> Riffe reported 2 American Woodcock. On January 13 at Bobcat Ridge Natural
> Area, Adam Vesely reported American Woodcock.
> ---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
> Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
> Brown-headed Cowbird. On January 13 at Feedloot at corner of CR 9 and CR
> 30, Jim Nachel reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and
> 31 Great-tailed Grackles. On January 14 at Boyd Lake Dairy, Gene
> Rutherford and Nick Komar reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, pair of
> Brown-headed Cowbirds and numerous Great-tailed Grackles. On January 15 at
> Boyd Lake Dairy, Austin Hess reported Brown-headed Cowbird and 50
> Great-tailed Grackles.
> ---On January 14 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain NP, Scott Rashid
> reported 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers.
> ---On January 14 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Gene
> Rutherford reported American White Pelican and 2 Tundra Swans. On January
> 15 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Nick Komar, Georgia Doyle,
> and David Wade reported 2 Tundra Swans and American White Pelican
> ---On January 14 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and David Wade
> reported 1 Franklin's Gull, 5 Thayer's Gulls, and 3 Lesser Black-backed
> Gulls.
>  
> MESA COUNTY:
> ---On January 10 at Connected Lakes SP, Diane Trappet reported 2 Trumpeter
> Swans.
> ---On January 12, Eileen Cunninghar and Kathleen McGinley reported Gray
> Catbird on Riverfront Trail on east side of Colorado River near the short
> little street High Country Court. Access to High Country Court would be
> off the Riverside Parkway north of Hwy 340 also know as Broadway.
> ---On January 14 at Connected Lakes SP, Nic Korte reported Hermit Thrush.
> ---On January 15 at River Front Trail in Grand Junction, Connee Moffat
> reported 2 Swans.
>  
> MOFFAT COUNTY:
> ---On January 10, Forrest Luke reported 30 Barrow's Goldeneyes in a pond
> off Hwy 13 between south end of Craig and Yampa River Bridge.
>  
> PUEBLO COUNTY:
> ---On January 12 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Adam Vesely reported
> Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull,
> Curve-billed Thrasher.
>  
> WELD COUNTY:
> ---On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where
> it crosses Box Elder Creek. On January 14, at CR 4 where it crosses Box
> Elder Creek, Kara Carragher reported 3 m Rusty Blackbirds. On January 15,
> David Blue reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds on CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder
> Creek and Art Hudak reported 4 Rusty Blackbirds.
> ---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
> reported Winter Wren. On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
> Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren. On January 14, at Frederick
> Reservoir and Recreation Area, Gene Rutherford reported Winter Wren.
>  
> Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
> Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.
>  
> The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 15 will be Cherry Creek Wetland Loop
> led by Karen von Salta (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com; 303-941-4881
> <(303)%20941-4881>). Meet at 0900 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 slippering or muddy, so dress accordingly. Bring water and
> snakcs; lunch is optional. Register online or contact leader.
>  
> The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 21 will be the South Platte River
> at West Florida Ave led by Bill Wuerthele (wuerthel AT ecentral.com;
> 303-333-2519 <(303)%20333-2519>). This trip is FULL.
>  
> The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 22 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
> NWR led by Rebecca Laroche & Patrick O'Driscoll (RebeccaLLaroche At
> gmail.com; 626-318-4435 <(626)%20318-4435>) This trip is FULL.
>  
> Good birding,
> Joyce Takamine
> Boulder
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Subject: Fantastic Raptor Alley Trip [Nunn, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:58:39 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

This past Saturday had large turnout two dozen+ raptor 
enthusiasts-including two young fledgling birders (~10 years of age).  The 
first bird of the day was a photogenic male Merlin who performed acrobatics 
above our head returning to tree several times.  Crowd was thrilled by his 
performance.  Last bird of day was Golden Eagle pair copulating on steel 
power pole.  The two young birders were thrilled by the birds and lifers 
but missed out on the bird they wanted-Golden Eagle-they had to leave 
mid-trip.  They expressed "boredom" with the large number of Ferruginous 
Hawks which group thought was cute. :-)

Photo album:  
http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/browse/album/Raptor-Alley-January-14-2017/

Overall we had great weather, most species were seen around my 
neighborhood, a two-mile diameter.  Total birds seen:  56.

   - Ferruginous Hawk - 11
   - Red-tailed Hawk - 10
   - Merlin - 1
   - Great Horned Owl - 2
   - Bald Eagle - 4
   - Rough-legged Hawk - 8 (2 dark morphs)
   - UNKID Buteo - 7
   - Prairie Falcon - 4
   - Northern Harrier - 3
   - Golden Eagle - 2
   - American Kestrel - 4


Others:

   - Common Raven - 6
   - Black-billed Magpie - 1
   - White-crowned Sparrow - 1
   - Pronghorn - 23

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




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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:11:57 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 17, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 17, sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

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

BRANT (Arapahoe)
Swan spec (Mesa)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Larimer)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Douglas,  Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, *Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
American Woodcock (*Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Greater Yellowlegs (*Denver)
Bonaparte's Gull (*Pueblo)
Franklin's Gull (Larimer)
Mew Gull (*Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (*Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, Pueblo)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (*Araphaoe)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (Adams, *Pueblo)
American White Pelican (Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Larimer, *Park)
Juniper Titmouse (Baca)
Winter Wren (Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Mesa)
Gray Catbird (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, El Paso, Pueblo)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, *Park,  Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, *Park, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, *Park, Pitkin)
White-winged Crossbill (Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Bent, *Kit Carson, Logan)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Bent)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, Weld)
Great-tailed Grackle (Larimer)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Larimer)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.  On January
14, Chuck Hundertmark reported Double-crested Cormorant at 88th Ave and
South Platte River.
---On January 14 on South Platte River at 78th Ave, David Kembel reported 9
Double-crested Cormorants.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Dan Stringer reported ad m
White-winged Scoter.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, John Drummond
reported f-type White-winged Scoter, 5 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 4 imm), 1-st
cyc ICELAND GULL, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 1 2nd-cyc, 1 1st cyc),
1st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn
Walbek reported Glaucous Gull and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1ad, 1 1-st
cyc).  On January 14 at Aurora Reservoir, Loch Kilpatrick and several other
birders reported White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND
GULL, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull, and Great Black-backed
Gull.  On January 15, David Blue found a BRANT at Aurora Reservoir in NW
corner by the dam.  On January 15, Steve Mlodinow and several other birders
reported White-winged Scoter, 14 Thayer's Gulls, 18 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls, 2 Glaucous Gulls, and 1 Great Black-backed Gulls and 2 1-st cyc
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS.  On January 16 at Aurora Reservoir, Aaron Tucker
reported f White-winged Scoter, Mew Gull, 1-st cyc Iceland Gull, 3 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, and 1-st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.
---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reportd 1 ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 on South Platte River between Belview and Union, Ted
Uhlemann reported Spotted Sandpiper.

BACA COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Cottonwood Canyon, Alec and Bill Hopping reported
Curve-billed Thrashers, Canyon Towhees and Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
---On January 12 at a stop on CR 8, Alec and Bill Hopping reported Greater
Roadrunner, Juniper Titmouse, and Canyon Towhees.

BENT COUNTY:
---On January 13 at John Martin Reservoir at Dam Area, Alec and  Bill
Hopping reported Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur, and 2 Canyon
Towhees.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 13 at Valmont Overlook, Norm Lewis reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings.   On December 30 at
Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On
January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
Inn.
---On January 14 at Cottonwood Marsh, Joyce Takamine reported 3 Tundra
Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).
---On January 15 at Bohn Park in Lyons, Bill Kaempfer reported ad m
Red-naped Sapsucker.
---On January 15 at Left Hand Reservoir, Christian Nunes reported
White-winged Crossbill.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On January 16 at Sand Creek between Smith Road and Quebec, Jason Bidgood
reported Greater Yellowlegs.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 8, Jeff Dawson
and Lynn Sauer reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
 Bridge.  On January 10, Diane Roberts reported Trumpeter Swan from
upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 10, David Suddjian and Bob
Shade reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
On January 11, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais, Anna Troth and Gregg
Goodrich reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan
Road.  On January 13, David Blue reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line
Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 14, Greg Pasquariello and several
other birders reported that the Trumpeter Swan continues at Chatfield SP
and is best accessed from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January
15, Daniel Horton and Ginny Bergstrom reported Trumpeter Swan from High
Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 13 at Chatfield SP near the dam, Dan Stringer reported ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.

---On January 14 on Old Pueblo Road, David Tonnessen reported 2
Curve-billed Thrashers.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 17 on CR G between CR 9 and CR 7 (imaginary), Mark Peterson
reported over a million Lapland Longspurs.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8.  On January
9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
seen near Ranger's House.  On Janaury 11 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Sue
Riffe reported 2 American Woodcock.  On January 13 at Bobcat Ridge Natural
Area, Adam Vesely reported American Woodcock.  On January 16, Georgia Doyle
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge Natural Area.
---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
Brown-headed Cowbird.  On January 13 at Feedloot at corner of CR 9 and CR
30, Jim Nachel reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and
31 Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 14 at Boyd Lake Dairy, Gene
Rutherford and Nick Komar reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, pair of
Brown-headed Cowbirds and numerous Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 15 at
Boyd Lake Dairy, Austin Hess reported Brown-headed Cowbird and 50
Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 14 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain NP, Scott Rashid
reported 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers.
---On January 14 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Gene
Rutherford reported American White Pelican and 2 Tundra Swans.  On January
15 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Nick Komar, Georgia Doyle,
and David Wade reported 2 Tundra Swans and American White Pelican
---On January 14 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and David Wade
reported 1 Franklin's Gull, 5 Thayer's Gulls, and 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 12, Eileen Cunninghar and Kathleen McGinley reported Gray
Catbird on Riverfront Trail on east side of Colorado River near the short
little street High Country Court.  Access to High Country Court would be
off the Riverside Parkway north of Hwy 340 also know as Broadway.
---On January 14 at Connected Lakes SP, Nic Korte reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 15 at River Front Trail in Grand Junction, Connee Moffat
reported 2 Swans.

PARK COUNTY:
---On January 17, David Suddjian reported
    In Jefferson Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches;
    In Fairplay all three species of Rosy-Finches;
    On Elkhorn Road near Goshawk Road, Gray-crowned and Brown-capped
Rosy-Finches;
    On Silverheels Road an American Three-toed Woodpecker.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Adam Vesely reported
Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull,
Curve-billed Thrasher.
---On January 15 at Pueblo Reservoir, Brandon Percival reported 2
Red-necked Grebes, 5 Double-crested Cormorants, and 7 Bonaparte's Gulls.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where
it crosses Box Elder Creek.  On January 14, at CR 4 where it crosses Box
Elder Creek, Kara Carragher reported 3 m Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 15,
David Blue reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds on CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder
Creek and Art Hudak reported 4 Rusty Blackbirds.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.  On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren.  On January 14, at Frederick
Reservoir and Recreation Area, Gene Rutherford reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 21 will be the South Platte River
at West Florida Ave led by Bill Wuerthele (wuerthel AT ecentral.com;
303-333-2519 <(303)%20333-2519>).   This trip is FULL.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 22 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by Rebecca Laroche & Patrick O'Driscoll (RebeccaLLaroche At
gmail.com; 626-318-4435 <(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is FULL.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Park County 1-16
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:09:25 -0700
A limited foray into northern South Park in Park County in the early
afternoon produced rosy-finches in small numbers at Jefferson (
*Gray-crowned* and *Brown-capped*), and moderate numbers at Fairplay (
*Gray-crowned*, *Brown-capped*, and *Black*) and Elkhorn Road in the region
of Goshawk Road (*Gray-crowned* and *Brown-capped*). Silverheels Road had *Pine
Grosbeak*, *Gray Jay*, *Am. Three-toed Woodpecker*, and *Red Crossbill*
(Type 5), and a handful of rosy finches. Nothing of note at Como, and most
other areas I looked at were bird free.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Re: Lapland Longspurs, Kit Carson County
From: "'Mark Peterson' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:49:29 +0000 (UTC)
COBirders,
I think the secret to seeing the mass of Lapland Longspurs is to be out during 
the snow storms.  A few of us have been out in Kit Carson for a couple of 
months and finding large flocks on days without bad weather does happen of 
course but they are at best just large flocks.  Yesterday I was out almost all 
day and checking the known good areas when I could and had almost zero birds 
even though it was stormy.  The difference though was that yesterday it was 
rain/ice almost all day which seem to ground all the field birds. 

Now, fast forward to today.  Today it was 20+ MPH winds and snow most of the 
day.  The MASS of birds were back. 


Glenn and I got to sit and watch this event for an extended period of time.  
The area we watched today was 4 times larger than the one from last week.  I 
have posted another video from today that just shows the first layer of birds 
and near the 2:45 mark you can see a second layer and maybe the best part of 
the video.  The thing that we cannot capture is that this video only shows 
about a quarter mile deep worth of birds.  There are multiple layers of birds 
that span across a couple of miles.  So just imagine swarms of birds all over 
roughly a couple of square miles.  Our estimated numbers from today were as 
follows: 

575,000 Horned Lark1,250,000 Lapland Longspurs
Here is a the video that shows a small fraction of the total birds.  Again, if 
you watch the video but are impatient, jump to roughly the 2:45 mark.  I took 
this video while driving almost two miles, it is just a bit shaky ;) but I 
don't think it should make anyone sick. 

https://youtu.be/WURlpcWPnug
If you are interested in trying to see these birds I would recommend coming 
tomorrow if at all possible but do not expect these numbers as it is supposed 
to be nice but with the bit of snow on the ground there should still be decent 
numbers.  Otherwise, watch the weather for out here and when you see snow, not 
rain, in the forecast come out and see what you can see. 

The location of the flock today was along Kit Carson county road G roughly 
between CR 9 and where CR 7 would be if it were there.  Also, if you come, 
look at this field carefully as it is this type of field that the birds tend to 
like best.  So you could then drive back west into Lincoln county and probably 
find the same thing. 

Good birding!
 -----Mark Peterson
Colorado Springs

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Subject: No Shrike
From: "'William Fink' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:55:59 -0700
No Shrike seen at Rabbit Mtn 1-16-17about half way up the road from parking lot 


Sent from my iPhoneGood birding Bill Fink Longmont 

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Subject: Pueblo birds recently
From: Brandon Percival <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:56:16 -0700
Quite a few interesting birds around Pueblo lately.  I finally was
able to bird for the first time this year in Colorado, last week (I
was out of the state until 4 January, and then stuck at home after
that, with the snowy/icy roads and weather).  Here is a summary of
what birds I've seen.

Greater Scaup - two to three at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-11 Jan
Barrow's Goldeneye - one adult male, one immature male at Pueblo
Reservoir, 11 Jan
Barrow's Goldeneye - one female along Arkansas  River, e. of City Park, 12 Jan
Ruddy Duck - one female Valco Ponds in Pueblo, 10 Jan
Common Loon - one to seven at Pueblo Reservoir, 10-14 Jan
Horned Grebe - only one at Pueblo Reservoir, 11-14 Jan
Red-necked Grebe - two at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-16 Jan
Eared Grebe - up to 120 at Pueblo Reservoir, 10-16 Jan
Western Grebe - up to 20 at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-16 Jan
Clark's Grebe - one at Pueblo Reservoir, 11 Jan
Double-crested Cormorant - one to five at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-16 Jan
Spotted Sandpiper - one along Arkansas River, Valco Ponds, 10 Jan
Bonaparte's Gull - four to seven at Pueblo Reservoir, 12-16 Jan
Thayer's Gull - one to two at Pueblo Reservoir, 11-14 Jan
Lesser Black-backed Gull - one two four at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-14 Jan
Glaucous Gull - one immature at Pueblo Reservoir, 14 Jan
Great Black-backed Gull - one adult at Pueblo Reservoir, 9-14 Jan
White-winged Dove - one in Pueblo, Sunset Park area, 13 Jan
Greater Roadrunner - one at Pueblo Reservoir, 11 Jan
Merlin - one at Pueblo West, 13 Jan
Say's Phoebe - one at Pueblo West, 10 Jan
Pygmy Nuthatch - two at Pueblo City Park, 12 Jan
Winter Wren - one Arkansas River, east of Pueblo City Park, 12 Jan
Mountain Bluebird - one at Pueblo Reservoir, 12 Jan
Cedar Waxwing - one at Cattail Crossing in Pueblo West, 10 Jan
Swamp Sparrow - one at Olive Marsh in Pueblo, 12 Jan
Rusty Blackbird - one along Arkansas River, Valco Ponds area, 10 Jan
Great-tailed Grackle - one at Cattail Crossing in Pueblo West, 10 Jan
Lesser Goldfinch - two in Pueblo West, 12 Jan

The usual Pueblo wintering birds, are around:  Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Pipits, Bewick's Wrens, Scaled Quail,
Curve-billed Thrasher, Canyon Towhees, both shrikes, etc.

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Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) and goose musings
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:18:53 -0500
Greetings All.


Sorry that I've contributed so little of late. 
Yesterday, Sean Walters and I visited Aurora Reservoir for the last 4 hours of 
daylight. 

It was a stunning, frustrating, rewarding experience all wrapped in one
And a bit chilly


The southern half of the reservoir is frozen, so most birds are reasonably 
close to the dam on the north side -- if you have a scope. Be sure to pay the 
entrance fee if you don't have a year pass, as enforcement has been vigorous 
(if also pleasant) this winter. 



Anyway, Sean and I arrived to 300 or so Herring Gulls, far more RB Gulls, and a 
variety of other gulls salted in. There were 20K plus geese on the reservoir, 
90% or more Cackling. We'd only done a modest job of scanning the gulls when 
Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooks pointed out the Black Brant sitting nicely at the 
nw. corner of the reservoir. As we headed in its direction, a Bald Eagle came 
by, and pretty much every gull left the reservoir (excepting some 
Ring-billeds). Rather stunning actually. A lot of the geese fled, too. Over the 
next couple hours, most of the large gulls returned, and the geese returned 
with reinforcements. 



During the last hour, birds poured in. A single flock of incoming gulls 
contained 3100 birds, all of which appeared to be Ringers. Goose flocks came by 
very 5 minutes or so, numbering 500 to 5000. 



In the end, among the gulls, we were able to detect
2 first year Glaucous-winged Gulls
2 Glaucous-winged x Herring Gulls
14 Thayer's Gulls (this is really an estimate, and given how hard they are to 
pick out, the number was probably larger) 

18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (mostly adults)
The ongoing first-cycle Great Black-backed Gull (towering over the lesser 
gulls) 

2 immature Glaucous Gulls
and one utterly baffling Thayer's/Iceland thing


For waterfowl, the duck of the day was the ongoing female White-winged Scoter.
Our final estimate of Cackling Geese was a staggering 115,000 -- but only 1000 
or so Canadas. 



The Black Brant was a delight. As far as I can tell, this is the same bird that 
has been seen over the last month or so in Adams County and at Aurora Reservoir 
-- all pics show a first-year bird similar in color. 



In part because we were distracted by so much activity, we picked out only 3 
hybrid geese, one each of Snow x Cackling, Ross's x Cackling, and G 
White-fronted x Cackling (compared with 9 hybrids in a flock of approx 37.5k 
geese in the Poudre Ponds on north side of Greeley on same day). 



Turnover here is significant, and one should not assume that today's gulls are 
the same as yesterday's. At one point, the Glaucous Gulls being seen here were 
adults. Now, immature. The first Iceland Gulls were adults, the ones seen later 
youngsters. The ratio of LBB Gulls seemed distinctly more skewed towards adults 
today than last week.... and so on. 



So, goose hybrid musings.
It seems to me that, in n. CO, white-cheeked geese - particularly Cacklings - 
become more common as one goes from Sedgwick County to Weld (and into 
Boulder/Larimer). On the other hand, Snow and Ross's Geese show the opposite 
pattern. Hybrids often look rather like the blue form of Snow Goose (see 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/36088296 AT N08/albums/72157640339259034), and I 
think that for every "real" Snow Goose that I see in Weld/Boulder/Larimer 
Counties I see 2-3 of these hybrids. 



For some reason, the Snow/Ross's x Canada/Cackling hybrids seem to prefer to 
hang out with Cackling/Canadas rather than Snow/Ross's flocks. In Europe, 
Graylag x Canada hybrids behave similarly, usually hanging out with Canadas. 
Dunno why. 



So
On that note


Good Luck and Good Birding
Steven Mlodinow
Longmont CO






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Subject: Birding in Pantanal Brazil
From: Norm Erthal <nerthal AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:36:43 -0800 (PST)
 Hi Everyone,
I am looking at a return to Brazil. The trip will be September 24 - October 
14. This is at the end of the dry period. We will visit the Pantanal and 
Rio Cristalino including a site where we have an excellent chance of seeing 
Jaguars. We will also visit two renowned sites north of Rio de Janeiro 
(REGUA and Serra dos Tucanos).  We will have Paulo Boute as our guide. 
Paulo is an amazing guide and diplomat for Brazil. 
Posting has been approved the CFO Board

1- Arrival in Cuiaba. Transfer to the Piuval Lodge.
 
2- Full day at Piuval
 
3- Transfer from Piuval do the Porto Jofre Hotel. 
 
4-Full Day at Porto Jofre (Boat Ride & Jaguar Photo Safari) 
 
5- Transfer to the Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel.
 
6- Full day at the Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel.
 
7- Transfer to Chapada dos Guimaraes. Arrival by lunch time. So, we can 
bird in the afternoon.
 
8- Full day at Chapada dos Guimarães.
 
9-Flight to Alta Floresta. Transfer to the Cristalino Lodge.
 
10,11, 12 and 13 -  Four Full Days at the Cristalino Lodge. 
 
14- Flight to Cuiaba. Overnight in Cuiaba.
 
15- Flight to Rio - Serra dos Tucanos Lodge.
 
16-Full day at Serra dos Tucanos.
 
17-Transfer to REGUA
 
18, 19- Two full days at REGUA.

Norm Erthal
Arvada, CO

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Subject: White-throated Sparrow - Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:00:53 -0700
Birders
The WTSP, tan morph, put in an appearance at the tray on the front porch
this morning.
I haven't seen any rosy's today.

-- 
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, 16, 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:13:30 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 16, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 16, sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

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

BRANT (*Arapahoe)
Swan spec (*Mesa)
Trumpeter Swan (*Douglas, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, *Larimer)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Chaffee,*Douglas,  Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Moffat)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (*Arapahoe)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams)
Franklin's Gull (Larimer)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (Adams)
American White Pelican (*Larimer)
Red-naped Sapsucker (*Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Larimer)
Juniper Titmouse (Baca)
Winter Wren (Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe, Mesa)
Gray Catbird (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, El Paso, Pueblo)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
White-winged Crossbill (*Boulder)
Lapland Longspur (Bent, Logan)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Bent)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, *Weld)
Great-tailed Grackle (*Larimer)
Brown-headed Cowbird (*Larimer)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 8 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Steve Mlodinow
and Nick Moore reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 24 Double-crested
Cormorants.  On January 10 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth,
Sunny Bradford reported 5 Double-crested Cormorants.
---On January 11 on South Platte River 74th Ave Area, Mark Minner-Lee
reported 12 Double-crested Cormorants just south of I-76 overpass.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.  On January
14, Chuck Hundertmark reported Double-crested Cormorant at 88th Ave and
South Platte River.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, Henderson Road to E 470, Lorraine
Lanning reported Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave, Dave Cown reported 2
Greater Yellowlegs.
---On January 14 on South Platte River at 78th Ave, David Kembel reported 9
Double-crested Cormorants.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 9 at Aurora Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan reported
Mew Gull, 2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls,
Glaucous Gull and Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 10 at Aurora
Reservoir, Gwen Moore reported White-winged Scoter, Thayer's Gull, and
Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Dan Stringer
reported ad m White-winged Scoter.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, John
Drummond reported f-type White-winged Scoter, 5 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 4
imm), 1-st cyc ICELAND GULL, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 1 2nd-cyc,
1 1st cyc), 1st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 13 at Aurora
Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported Glaucous Gull and 2 Great Black-backed
Gulls (1ad, 1 1-st cyc).  On January 14 at Aurora Reservoir, Loch
Kilpatrick and several other birders reported White-winged Scoter, Mew
Gull, Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND GULL, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous
Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 15, David Blue found a BRANT
at Aurora Reservoir in NW corner by the dam.  On January 15, Steve Mlodinow
and several other birders reported White-winged Scoter, 14 Thayer's Gulls,
18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Glaucous Gulls, and 1 Great Black-backed
Gulls.
---On January 10 at South Platte Park, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais,
Betty Glass, and Janet Shin reported imm Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 10 at deKoevend Park, Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 10 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 3rd-cyc).
---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reportd 1 ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 on South Platte River between Belview and Union, Ted
Uhlemann reported Spotted Sandpiper.

BACA COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Cottonwood Canyon, Alec and Bill Hopping reported
Curve-billed Thrashers, Canyon Towhees and Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
---On January 12 at a stop on CR 8, Alec and Bill Hopping reported Greater
Roadrunner, Juniper Titmouse, and Canyon Towhees.

BENT COUNTY:
---On January 13 at John Martin Reservoir at Dam Area, Alec and  Bill
Hopping reported Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur, and 2 Canyon
Towhees.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 13 at Valmont Overlook, Norm Lewis reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings.   On December 30 at
Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On
January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
Inn.
---On January 14 at Cottonwood Marsh, Joyce Takamine reported 3 Tundra
Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).
---On January 15 at Bohn Park in Boulder, Bill Kaempfer reported ad m
Red-naped Sapsucker.
---On January 15 at Left Hand Reservoir, Christian Nunes reported
White-winged Crossbill.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On January 10, a m Long-tailed Duck was reported by Preston Larimer was
reported by Preston Larimer in Salida.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 8, Jeff Dawson
and Lynn Sauer reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
 Bridge.  On January 10, Diane Roberts reported Trumpeter Swan from
upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 10, David Suddjian and Bob
Shade reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
On January 11, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais, Anna Troth and Gregg
Goodrich reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan
Road.  On January 13, David Blue reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line
Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 14, Greg Pasquariello and several
other birders reported that the Trumpeter Swan continues at Chatfield SP
and is best accessed from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January
15, Daniel Horton and Ginny Bergstrom reported Trumpeter Swan from High
Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 13 at Chatfield SP near the dam, Dan Stringer reported ad
Thayer's Gull.
---On January 15 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.

---On January 14 on Old Pueblo Road, David Tonnessen reported 2
Curve-billed Thrashers.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8.  On January
9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
seen near Ranger's House.  On Janaury 11 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Sue
Riffe reported 2 American Woodcock.  On January 13 at Bobcat Ridge Natural
Area, Adam Vesely reported American Woodcock.
---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
Brown-headed Cowbird.  On January 13 at Feedloot at corner of CR 9 and CR
30, Jim Nachel reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and
31 Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 14 at Boyd Lake Dairy, Gene
Rutherford and Nick Komar reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, pair of
Brown-headed Cowbirds and numerous Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 15 at
Boyd Lake Dairy, Austin Hess reported Brown-headed Cowbird and 50
Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 14 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain NP, Scott Rashid
reported 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers.
---On January 14 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Gene
Rutherford reported American White Pelican and 2 Tundra Swans.  On January
15 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Nick Komar, Georgia Doyle,
and David Wade reported 2 Tundra Swans and American White Pelican
---On January 14 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and David Wade
reported 1 Franklin's Gull, 5 Thayer's Gulls, and 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 10 at Connected Lakes SP, Diane Trappet reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans.
---On January 12, Eileen Cunninghar and Kathleen McGinley reported Gray
Catbird on Riverfront Trail on east side of Colorado River near the short
little street High Country Court.  Access to High Country Court would be
off the Riverside Parkway north of Hwy 340 also know as Broadway.
---On January 14 at Connected Lakes SP, Nic Korte reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 15 at River Front Trail in Grand Junction, Connee Moffat
reported 2 Swans.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 10, Forrest Luke reported 30 Barrow's Goldeneyes in a pond
off Hwy 13 between south end of Craig and Yampa River Bridge.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Adam Vesely reported
Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull,
Curve-billed Thrasher.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where
it crosses Box Elder Creek.  On January 14, at CR 4 where it crosses Box
Elder Creek, Kara Carragher reported 3 m Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 15,
David Blue reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds on CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder
Creek and Art Hudak reported 4 Rusty Blackbirds.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.  On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren.  On January 14, at Frederick
Reservoir and Recreation Area, Gene Rutherford reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 15 will be Cherry Creek Wetland Loop
led by Karen von Salta (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com; 303-941-4881
<(303)%20941-4881>).   Meet at 0900 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 slippering or muddy, so dress accordingly.  Bring water and
snakcs; lunch is optional.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 21 will be the South Platte River
at West Florida Ave led by Bill Wuerthele (wuerthel AT ecentral.com;
303-333-2519 <(303)%20333-2519>).   This trip is FULL.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 22 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by Rebecca Laroche & Patrick O'Driscoll (RebeccaLLaroche At
gmail.com; 626-318-4435 <(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is FULL.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: hybrid duck at Stearns Lake, Boulder County, Jan. 14
From: Jack Bushong <jcbushong01 AT bvsd.org>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:43:53 -0800 (PST)
Hi all, 
Here are a few images that I took back in November of presumably the same 
bird: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145000253 AT N05/albums/72157675456456894

Good Birding, 
Jack Bushong,
Louisville, CO

On Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 6:36:43 PM UTC-7, Ted Floyd wrote:
>
> Hey, everybody.
>
> This evening, Sat., Jan. 14, in fading light at Stearns Lake, southeastern 
> Boulder County, Andrew Floyd and I saw a hybrid duck that I'm not certain 
> about. In terms of gross plumage characters, it reminds me of a "Brewer's," 
> or "Bemaculated," Duck, i.e., a Mallard x Gadwall hybrid. But the tail and 
> bill suggest Northern Pintail parentage, and I even wonder if American 
> Wigeon is in this bird's ancestry. The pix, below, are dark and grainy, but 
> I imagine there's enough in there for rampant conjecture. Let the games 
> begin!
>
> (By the way, there are well over 1,000 *Anas* ducks and several thousand 
> geese at Stearns. Arrive there a bit earlier in the day than when Andrew 
> and I were there, and you should get great studies of the big flock. And 
> maybe you'll find a Mexican Duck or beautiful goldeneye x merganser hybrid 
> or something.)
>
> Okay, here are the photos of the Stearns Lake hybrid (click on the images 
> to enlarge):
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Subject: Re: Aurora Reservoir birding question
From: Thomas Holub <imtmo14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:32:36 -0800 (PST)
Cheryl, this is really helpful, thanks for giving me a better idea of the 
situation, it will really help me.
Thomas Holub, Littleton, CO

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Subject: Aurora Reservoir birding question
From: cteuton <teuton AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:09:55 -0800 (PST)
Sorry, the dam face is, of course, at the north end!
Cheryl 

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Subject: Aurora Reservoir birding question
From: cteuton <teuton AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:05:13 -0800 (PST)
Hi Thomas,
A couple of things about Aurora Reservoir that I should have noted in my post, 
just to let folks know. First, as I know you and your grandfather know, 
everyone should remember that this is a fee area. Aurora takes this seriously. 
Secondly, in my post today, I neglected to say that David Blue was the person 
who pointed the Brant out to us, as it just come in. 

Aurora Reservoir is a challenging place to bird, as conditions change from day 
to day and during the day. A lot of the big gulls were a long way out this 
afternoon, and many of them left after eagles took to the sky around them. On 
the other hand, it was around that time that the Brant came in, so go figure. 

With the way the ice was today, and probably should be tomorrow, the best 
viewing will be either from the dam face (south end), or by walking up from the 
west dam parking lot. AM sounds like the big gulls may be closer. 

Good birding!
Cheryl Teuton 
Aurora 
 

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Subject: Re: Aurora Reservoir birding question
From: Thomas Holub <imtmo14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:48:45 -0800 (PST)
Luke, thanks for the great advice. This makes total sense, I really 
appreciate the comment, going to give it a shot tomorrow! Great list!

Thomas Holub, Littleton, CO

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Subject: Aurora Reservoir birding question
From: Luke Pheneger <phenegerluke AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:45:00 -0800 (PST)
And I forgot to mention that the whole swim beach is frozen over, and the ice 
fisherman scared off the gulls on that side. 


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Subject: Aurora Reservoir birding question
From: Luke Pheneger <phenegerluke AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:31:55 -0800 (PST)
But some gulls did start to come back at 11:30.

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Subject: Aurora Reservoir birding question
From: Luke Pheneger <phenegerluke AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:29:29 -0800 (PST)
Go early in the morning before the gulls start to leave, so I suggest around 
9:00. That's when we saw the Iceland Gull,Glaucous Gulls, White Winged Scoter, 
and Thayer's Gulls. Around 10:30 most of the gulls started to leave. Best to 
view them from the west dam. This was today(1/15/17). 


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Subject: Aurora Reservoir birding question
From: Thomas Holub <imtmo14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:30:46 -0800 (PST)
Hi, 
My Grandfather and I visited Aurora Res. about a week or two ago. We 
arrived at about 930 and extensively searched among the large close range 
groups of geese with good results (Greater White Fronted and Ross's). 
However, when viewing the gulls, most were too far out to identify, even 
with a scope, except Ring Billed and Herring Gulls. Do the positions of the 
gulls vary throughout the day? We plan to visit the area tomorrow around 
the early afternoon hours to look for the great gulls that have been 
reported as well as the white winged scoter and recently reported Brant. 
Does anyone have any advice regarding the time of viewing as well as the 
best locations for viewing at the reservoir? It would really help, as we 
felt very lost the first time we made it out there.  

Thanks! -Thomas Holub, Littleton,CO

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Subject: Brant at Aurora Reservoir, Arapahoe Cnty
From: teuton <teuton AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:48:52 -0700
    
Currently in the northwest corner, near the dam.Cheryl Teuton Aurora 


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Subject: Re: hybrid duck at Stearns Lake, Boulder County, Jan. 14
From: John Jones <johnjonesbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:21:19 -0500
I will second Matt's opinion of American Wigeon  x Mallard.

I will also point out that a great option for perusing photos of hybrid
ducks or other hybrids too, is ebird's relatively new photo gallery tool:
https://ebird.org/media/catalog

Using that tool, you can see what other people have posted for various
hybrid combinations, and it looks like the Northern Pintail x Mallard
combination should have a fully dark head for the male. The American Wigeon
x Northern Pintail option only has one photo (and it appears to be a female
bird), but I would be surprised if it were that combination based on the
amount of dark reddish on the leading half of this bird (comparable to
Mallard). I think all these other photos on ebird, in combination with the
reasons that Matt has stated, point towards American Wigeon x Mallard.

Fun bird!

John Jones
Lakewood (Jefferson Co)

On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 11:43 PM, Matt Rodgers 
wrote:

> There's no doubt in my mind that this is an American wigeon hybrid...The
> gray/pale blue bill and green mask that a drake baldpate exhibits are
> palpable; what it's crossed with is more conjecture for me but I believe
> that it is crossed with a mallard. Perhaps the juxtaposed true mallard
> present in the photo is influencing me but the apparent feather coloring on
> the sides, wings and what appears to be a more chestnut than pinkish chest
> portends mallard. Also, a true drake baldpate has a "mini sprig" if you
> will for a tail (when compared to a Northern Pintail) and while this one
> features quite a long tail, it bends upward as a mallard drakes tail
> feathers do although not the whole way around. Just my thoughts. I've never
> seen such a hybrid, thank you for posting!!
>
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 04:15:51 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 15, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, January 15, sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

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

Trumpeter Swan (*Douglas, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder, *Larimer)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Chaffee, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Moffat)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams)
Franklin's Gull (*Larimer)
Mew Gull (*Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Douglas, *Larimer, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (*Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, Bent, *Larimer, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (*Adams)
American White Pelican (*Larimer)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Larimer)
Juniper Titmouse (Baca)
Winter Wren (*Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe, *Mesa)
Gray Catbird (Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, *El Paso, Pueblo)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
Lapland Longspur (Bent, Logan)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, Bent)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (*Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, *Weld)
Great-tailed Grackle (*Larimer)
Brown-headed Cowbird (*Larimer)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 8 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Steve Mlodinow
and Nick Moore reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 24 Double-crested
Cormorants.  On January 10 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth,
Sunny Bradford reported 5 Double-crested Cormorants.
---On January 11 on South Platte River 74th Ave Area, Mark Minner-Lee
reported 12 Double-crested Cormorants just south of I-76 overpass.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.  On January
14, Chuck Hundertmark reported Double-crested Cormorant at 88th Ave and
South Platte River.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, Henderson Road to E 470, Lorraine
Lanning reported Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave, Dave Cown reported 2
Greater Yellowlegs.
---On January 14 on South Platte River at 78th Ave, David Kembel reported 9
Double-crested Cormorants.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 9 at Aurora Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan reported
Mew Gull, 2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls,
Glaucous Gull and Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 10 at Aurora
Reservoir, Gwen Moore reported White-winged Scoter, Thayer's Gull, and
Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Dan Stringer
reported ad m White-winged Scoter.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, John
Drummond reported f-type White-winged Scoter, 5 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 4
imm), 1-st cyc ICELAND GULL, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 1 2nd-cyc,
1 1st cyc), 1st cyc Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 13 at Aurora
Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported Glaucous Gull and 2 Great Black-backed
Gulls (1ad, 1 1-st cyc).  On January 14 at Aurora Reservoir, Loch
Kilpatrick and several other birders reported White-winged Scoter, Mew
Gull, Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND GULL, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous
Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull.
---On January 10 at South Platte Park, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais,
Betty Glass, and Janet Shin reported imm Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 10 at deKoevend Park, Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 10 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 3rd-cyc).
---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reportd 1 ad
Thayer's Gull.

BACA COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Cottonwood Canyon, Alec and Bill Hopping reported
Curve-billed Thrashers, Canyon Towhees and Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
---On January 12 at a stop on CR 8, Alec and Bill Hopping reported Greater
Roadrunner, Juniper Titmouse, and Canyon Towhees.

BENT COUNTY:
---On January 13 at John Martin Reservoir at Dam Area, Alec and  Bill
Hopping reported Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur, and 2 Canyon
Towhees.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe.  On
January 13 at Valmont Overlook, Norm Lewis reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings.   On December 30 at
Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On
January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
Inn.
---On January 14 at Cottonwood Marsh, Joyce Takamine reported 3 Tundra
Swans (2 ad, 1 juv)

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On January 10, a m Long-tailed Duck was reported by Preston Larimer was
reported by Preston Larimer in Salida.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 8, Jeff Dawson
and Lynn Sauer reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
 Bridge.  On January 10, Diane Roberts reported Trumpeter Swan from
upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 10, David Suddjian and Bob
Shade reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
On January 11, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais, Anna Troth and Gregg
Goodrich reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan
Road.  On January 13, David Blue reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line
Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 14, Greg Pasquariello and several
other birders reported that the Trumpeter Swan continues at Chatfield SP
and is best accessed from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 13 at Chatfield SP near the dam, Dan Stringer reported ad
Thayer's Gull.

---On January 14 on Old Pueblo Road, David Tonnessen reported 2
Curve-billed Thrashers.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8.  On January
9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
seen near Ranger's House.  On Janaury 11 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Sue
Riffe reported 2 American Woodcock.  On January 13 at Bobcat Ridge Natural
Area, Adam Vesely reported American Woodcock.
---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
Brown-headed Cowbird.  On January 13 at Feedloot at corner of CR 9 and CR
30, Jim Nachel reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and
31 Great-tailed Grackles.  On January 14 at Boyd Lake Dairy, Gene
Rutherford and Nick Komar reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, pair of
Brown-headed Cowbirds and numerous Great-tailed Grackles.
---On January 14 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain NP, Scott Rashid
reported 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers.
---On January 14 at Rawhide Energy Station/Hamilton Reservoir, Gene
Rutherford reported American White Pelican and 2 Tundra Swans.
---On January 14 at Horsetooth Reservoir, Nick Komar and David Wade
reported 1 Franklin's Gull, 5 Thayer's Gulls, and 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 10 at Connected Lakes SP, Diane Trappet reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans.
---On January 12, Eileen Cunninghar and Kathleen McGinley reported Gray
Catbird on Riverfront Trail on east side of Colorado River near the short
little street High Country Court.  Access to High Country Court would be
off the Riverside Parkway north of Hwy 340 also know as Broadway.
---On January 14 at Connected Lakes SP, Nic Korte reported Hermit Thrush.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 10, Forrest Luke reported 30 Barrow's Goldeneyes in a pond
off Hwy 13 between south end of Craig and Yampa River Bridge.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Adam Vesely reported
Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull,
Curve-billed Thrasher.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where
it crosses Box Elder Creek.  On January 14, at CR 4 where it crosses Box
Elder Creek, Kara Carragher reported 3 m Rusty Blackbirds.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.  On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren.  On January 14, at Frederick
Reservoir and Recreation Area, Gene Rutherford reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 15 will be Cherry Creek Wetland Loop
led by Karen von Salta (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.com; 303-941-4881
<(303)%20941-4881>).   Meet at 0900 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 slippering or muddy, so dress accordingly.  Bring water and
snakcs; lunch is optional.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 21 will be the South Platte River
at West Florida Ave led by Bill Wuerthele (wuerthel AT ecentral.com;
303-333-2519 <(303)%20333-2519>).   This trip is FULL.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, January 22 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by Rebecca Laroche & Patrick O'Driscoll (RebeccaLLaroche At
gmail.com; 626-318-4435 <(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is FULL.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Lapland Longspurs, Kit Carson County
From: Tom Wilberding <twilberding AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:13:59 -0800 (PST)

Barb and headed east to the prairie today, to find and photograph Lapland 
Longspurs, as Mark and Glenn did, per Glenn’s January 6 post to CFO 
Facebook. But instead of their 675,000, we managed to see ONE. But glad we 
didn’t dip.


This eBird Occurrence Map seems to indicate that the best time to see 
Lapland Longspur in Colorado is November. By January they fade fast. (Wait 
for the map to cycle through the months): 
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/occurrence/lapland-longspur/
I think Mark and Glenn witnessed a huge exodus.


Some beautiful writing about Lapland Longspurs, from the 2002 book, *Land 
of Grass and Sky,* by Colorado’s Mary Taylor Young:

“Two other longspur species, the Chestnut-collared and the McCown’s, call 
the Colorado prairie home. These birds, more southerly in their range and 
less intrepid perhaps than the Arctic-nesting Lapland, visit primarily in 
summer. Only the Laplander, a bird of the polar north, considers the 
shortgrass a milder winter environment. At home in open and treeless lands, 
Lapland Longspurs migrate in fall 2,500 miles south to pass the winter on 
our hard prairie.

“……Why do Lapland Longspurs choose to pass winter here, on the prairie? 
Why 

don’t they migrate further south, to warmer places? Why does the rancher 
stay on in this land of extremes? These small drab birds find what they 
need in this hard land, making their living on the open country just as the 
rancher who calls these prairies his own. Kindred spirits share this 
prairie. For the Longspurs as much as for the rancher, it still comes down 
to what the prairie will give.”

 

Cheers,

Tom Wilberding

Littleton, CO



 



 

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Subject: hybrid duck at Stearns Lake, Boulder County, Jan. 14
From: Matt Rodgers <mattrodgers79 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:43:25 -0800 (PST)
There's no doubt in my mind that this is an American wigeon hybrid...The 
gray/pale blue bill and green mask that a drake baldpate exhibits are palpable; 
what it's crossed with is more conjecture for me but I believe that it is 
crossed with a mallard. Perhaps the juxtaposed true mallard present in the 
photo is influencing me but the apparent feather coloring on the sides, wings 
and what appears to be a more chestnut than pinkish chest portends mallard. 
Also, a true drake baldpate has a "mini sprig" if you will for a tail (when 
compared to a Northern Pintail) and while this one features quite a long tail, 
it bends upward as a mallard drakes tail feathers do although not the whole way 
around. Just my thoughts. I've never seen such a hybrid, thank you for 
posting!! 


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Subject: hybrid duck at Stearns Lake, Boulder County, Jan. 14
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:36:43 -0800 (PST)
Hey, everybody.

This evening, Sat., Jan. 14, in fading light at Stearns Lake, southeastern 
Boulder County, Andrew Floyd and I saw a hybrid duck that I'm not certain 
about. In terms of gross plumage characters, it reminds me of a "Brewer's," 
or "Bemaculated," Duck, i.e., a Mallard x Gadwall hybrid. But the tail and 
bill suggest Northern Pintail parentage, and I even wonder if American 
Wigeon is in this bird's ancestry. The pix, below, are dark and grainy, but 
I imagine there's enough in there for rampant conjecture. Let the games 
begin!

(By the way, there are well over 1,000 *Anas* ducks and several thousand 
geese at Stearns. Arrive there a bit earlier in the day than when Andrew 
and I were there, and you should get great studies of the big flock. And 
maybe you'll find a Mexican Duck or beautiful goldeneye x merganser hybrid 
or something.)

Okay, here are the photos of the Stearns Lake hybrid (click on the images 
to enlarge):


 




 




 




 




 



Ted Floyd

Lafayette, Boulder County


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Subject: South Platte from 88th south
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:18:26 -0700
Walked the South Platte from 88th Avenue south this morning. Along with the 
usual mix of ducks, there was one Hooded Merganser along with many Common 
Mergansers. Four male Red-breasted Merganser on the Thornton Gravel Ponds made 
a merganser trifecta. A dark morph Ferruginous Hawk and rufous morph Red-tail 
added to the fun. Many Common Goldeneyes, but no Barrow’s. 


Chuck Hundertmark
303-604-0531

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Subject: Birding RMNP and Estes today
From: Scott <pygmyowl AT frii.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:05:11 -0700
This afternoon I decided to hike up Hidden Valley in RMNP.

I found 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers.  They were tapping and pecking off the 
bark of the the spruce and fir trees. Also, of note there were several 
Golden-crowned Kinglets  and Red-breasted Nuthatches.

I later walked around my neighborhood and found a Northern Pygmy-Owl 
about 2 blocks from my house. I took photos and they are on my facebook 
page.

Scott Rashid
Estes Park

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Subject: Trumpeter Swan still present at Chatfield
From: Greg Pasquariello <greg AT pasq.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:07:25 -0700
The trumpeter swan is still present and easily seen in the Chatfield pond
off Titan Rd and the Highline canal.  Sunday, 11AM

Greg Pasquariello
Highlands Ranch, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:08:36 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 14, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 14, sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

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

Trumpeter Swan (*Douglas, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Delta)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Chaffee, Douglas, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Delta, Moffat)
Red-necked Grebe (*Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
American Woodcock (*Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe, Denver)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, *Douglas, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (*Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Adams, Arapahoe, *Bent, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (Adams, Arapahoe, Delta)
Red-naped Sapsucker (La Plata)
Juniper Titmouse (Baca)
Winter Wren (Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe, Denver, Morgan)
Gray Catbird (Denver, Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, El Paso, Pueblo)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Jefferson, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jefferson, Pitkin)
Lapland Longspur (Arapahoe, *Bent, Kit Carson, Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Baca)
Canyon Towhee (Baca, *Bent, El Paso)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Mesa)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (*Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, Jefferson, Weld)
Great-tailed Grackle (*Larimer, Mesa)
Brown-headed Cowbird (*Larimer)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 2 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Art Hudak, Mark
Chavez, and tom Behnfield reported Double-crested Cormorant.  On January 8
at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Steve Mlodinow and Nick Moore
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 24 Double-crested Cormorants.  On
January 10 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Sunny Bradford
reported 5 Double-crested Cormorants.
---On January 7 on E 120th E of RIverdale Rd, Adam Vesely reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On January 11 on South Platte River 74th Ave Area, Mark Minner-Lee
reported 12 Double-crested Cormorants just south of I-76 overpass.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, Henderson Road to E 470, Lorrain
Lanning reported Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 11 on South Platte RIver, 88th Ave are, Dave Cown reported 2
Greater Yellowlegs.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Aurora Reservoir, Thomas Holub reported Double-crested
Cormorant.  On January 8 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported
White-winged Scoter, 2 Thayer's Gulls, 1 1st-cyc ICELAND GULL, 12 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.  On January 8 at Aurora
Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and Nick Moore reported White-winged Scoter, 8
Thayer's Gulls (2 ad, 2 2-nd cyc, 4 juv), juv ICELAND GULL, 14 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls (5 ad, 2 2-3 cyc, 4 juv), 2 Glaucous Gulls (1 ad, 1
imm), juv Great Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur.  On January 9 at
Aurora Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan reported Mew Gull, 2 Thayer's
Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull and Great
Black-backed Gull.  On January 10 at Aurora Reservoir, Gwen Moore reported
White-winged Scoter, Thayer's Gull, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On
January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Dan Stringer reported ad m White-winged
Scoter.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, John Drummond reported f-type
White-winged Scoter, 5 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 4 imm), 1-st cyc ICELAND GULL,
5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 1 2nd-cyc, 1 1st cyc), 1st cyc Great
Black-backed Gull.  On January 13 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek
reported Glaucous Gull and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1ad, 1 1-st cyc).
---On January 6 at Centennial Park, Robert Raker reported Barrow's
Goldeneye and Spotted Sandpiper along the South Platte.
---On January 10 at South Platte Park, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais,
Betty Glass, and Janet Shin reported imm Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 10 at deKoevend Park, Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 10 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 3rd-cyc).
---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reportd 1 ad
Thayer's Gull.

BACA COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Cottonwood Canyon, Alec and Bill Hopping reported
Curve-billed Thrashers, Canyon Towhees and Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
---On January 12 at a stop on CR 8, Alec and Bill Hopping reported Greater
Roadrunner, Juniper Titmouse, and Canyon Towhees.

BENT COUNTY:
---On January 13 at John Martin Reservoir at Dam Area, Alec and  Bill
Hopping reported Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur, and 2 Canyon
Towhees.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On December 28 at Valmont Overlook (Legion Park), Chris Wood reported 3
Tundra Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 1 at Valmont Reservoir, Peter Gent
reported 3 Tundra Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 8 at Valmont Reservoir,
Bob Spencer reported 4 Tundra Swans and Red-necked Grebe.  On January 12 at
Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe.
On January 13 at Valmont Overlook, Norm Lewis reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings.   On December 30 at
Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On
January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
Inn.
---On January 9 at Walden Ponds, Kim Mauritz reported 2 Tundra Swans and
Red-necked Grebe.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On January 10, a m Long-tailed Duck was reported by Preston Larimer was
reported by Preston Larimer in Salida.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 6 at Confluence Park in Delta, Jon Horn reported 2 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 7 on Hwy 50 around Mile Marker 67, Doug Shoffner reported a
Tundra Swan flew over the road.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On December 28 at Rocky Mountain Lake Park, Matt Gray reported Mew
Gull.  On January 6, Gabriel Wiltse reported Mew Gull at Rocky Mountain
Lake Park
---On January 7 on Cherry Creek Trail between S Colorado Blvd and S
University, Matt Gray reported Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 8, Jeff Dawson
and Lynn Sauer reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
 Bridge.  On January 10, Diane Roberts reported Trumpeter Swan from
upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 10, David Suddjian and Bob
Shade reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
On January 11, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais, Anna Troth and Gregg
Goodrich reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan
Road.  On January 13, David Blue reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line
Canal Trail and Titan Roadl.
---On January 8 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.
---On January 13 at Chatfield SP near the dam, Dan Stringer reported ad
Thayer's Gull.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 6 south of Fountain, Tim Leppek reported Curve-billed
Thrasher and Canyon Towhee.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 2 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Prospect Park and Lake, Aaron
Shipe reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 7 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt,
Aaron Shipe reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds, N of train bridge.  They flew
toward grain elevator.
---On January 5, Ira Sanders reported that a few Rosy-Finches have returned
to his feeders on De France Court in Golden.  Mark Chavez reported 1
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch and 4 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Ira's feeders on
January 5.
---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 4 on Flager CBC, Doug Kibbe and Jeff Dawson reported 350
Lapland Longspurs and 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur.
---On January 5 on CR 10 south of Seibert, Glenn Walbek reported 4500
Lapland Longspurs and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 7 on Animas RIver Trail/Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery, Ryan Votta
reported pair of Red-naped Sapsuckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8.  On January
9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
seen near Ranger's House.  On Janaury 11 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Sue
Riffe reported 2 American Woodcock.  On January 13 at Bobcat Ridge Natural
Area, Adam Vesely reported American Woodcock.
---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
Brown-headed Cowbird.  On January 13 at Feedloot at corner of CR 9 and CR
30, Jim Nachel reported Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and
31 Great-tailed Grackles.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Colorado River SP, Fruita Section, Ronda Woodward
reported 21 Great-tailed Grackles
---On January 8, Carol Ortenzio reported that the Golden-crowned Sparrow
returned to her yard at 306 Dakota Dr. in Grand Junction.  She reports that
the birds is very skittish.  Please do NOT block access to the garage when
you park.  Her phone
number is 970-216-8762 <(970)%20216-8762>.
---On January 10 at Connected Lakes SP, Diane Trappet reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans.
---On January 12, Eileen Cunninghar and Kathleen McGinley reported Gray
Catbird on Riverfront Trail on east side of Colorado River near the short
little street High Country Court.  Access to High Country Court would be
off the Riverside Parkwaynorth of Hwy 340 also know as Broadway.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 10, Forrest Luke reported 30 Barrow's Goldeneyes in a pond
off Hwy 13 between south end of Craig and Yampa River Bridge.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Jackson Lake SP, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported
Hermit Thrush.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Glenn Walbek and Lock
Kilpatrick reported 2 Thayer's Gulls, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (5 ad, 1
2nd-cyc), and 2 ad Great Black-backed Gulls.  On January 8 at Pueblo
Reservoir, Gloria Nikolai reported Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 12
at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Adam Vesely reported Thayer's Gull,
Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, Curve-billed Thrasher.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 2, Chip Clouse reported 4 Rusty Blackbirds by Box Elder Creek
on CR 4 just east of CR 49 on Barr Lake CBC and Bill Kaempfer reported 1
Rusty Blackbird on CR 4 S of Hudson.  On January 4, Adam Vesely reported 2
Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 and Box Elder Creek.  On January 7 Cheryl Teuton
and Dan Brook reported 3 Rusty Blackbird on Cr 4 and Box Elder Creek.
On January 8, Peter Gent, Edie Israel, John Vanderpoel, and Joey Kellner
reported 3-4 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek,
just east of CR 49.  On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty
Blackbirds at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.  On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 14 to Pueblo and Canon City Areas
has been CANCELLED.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 14 to Prospect Park (Wheat Ridge
Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu; 720-381-314)
Directions:  From I-79 exit 267, take Kipling south about 3/4 mile and turn
right (west) on 44th Ave.  Go one mile west.  Look for entrance to Prospect
Park on your left (south).  Meet just inside the park in the lot right next
to Prospect Lake.  Easy walk along Clear Creek.  Register online or contact
leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Elbert region of Elbert Co 1/13
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:43:05 -0700
Today I visited Elbert County, focusing on the portion of the county in the
greater vicinity of the town of Elbert. I found a *Red Crossbill *(Type 2)
nest in a pine along West Kiowa Creek Road, with the adults bringing food
to young. *Red Crossbills* were encountered in smallish numbers at about
40% of my stops in appropriate habitat. Other highlights included
*White-throated
Sparrow*, *Long-eared Owl*, 4 *Nor. Shrikes*, 6 *Mountain Bluebirds*, 2 *Lesser
Goldfinches*, and two flocks of *Bushtits*.

A few ponds had some open water and West Kiowa Creek was mostly open and
flowing well. Waterbirds included a male *Wood Duck*, 3 *Gadwall*, 28
*Mallards*, 36 *Canada Geese*, and 1 *Great Blue Heron*.

Daytime raptors included 1 *Cooper's Hawk *(oddly --it seems-- treated as a
rarity by the eBird filter), 1 *Sharp-shinned Hawk*, 2 *Northern Harriers*,
11 *Red-tailed Hawks*, 2 *Ferruginous Hawks*, 1 *Rough-legged Hawk*, 3 *Golden
Eagles*, 7 *Bald Eagles*, 1 *Prairie Falcon*, 1 *Merlin* and 5 *American
Kestrels*. Along West Kiowa Creek near CR 17 2 adult Golden Eagles were
perched in the same cottonwood as 3 adult Balds (with two imm. Balds in an
adjacent tree)!

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Re: Viewing McLellen Res - Arapahoe Cty
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:22:45 -0700
Just to add, a challenge from Writers Vista Park (in addition to the trees
that are often in the way) is that the viewing is southward and so the
light is usually not so good in winter, unless it is very cloudy. But that
side is a pleasant birding area. There is also the trail along Highline
Canal which skirts the north side of the upper half of the reservoir if one
wants to get some walking exercise.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 6:59 PM, Steve Stachowiak  wrote:

> Cobirders,
>
> David Suddjian recently posted information and sightings for McLellen
> Reservoir.  In addition to viewing from the spot David noted at County Line
> Rd and Lucent Blvd intersection, there is also a dirt pull off (watch for
> potholes) at the southwest end of the reservoir just before the Harley
> dealership.  The affords view on the western third of the reservoir where
> it is the deepest and widest.  This same section of reservoir can also be
> viewed from the north side by parking at Writers Vista Park which is
> located south of W Mineral Ave.  There is a walking trail that goes to the
> west along the fence line along the northern edge of the reservoir which
> includes the small cove which is difficult to see from the south side along
> County Line Road.
>
> Good Birding,
> Steve Stachowiak
> Highlands Ranch, CO
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Subject: Viewing McLellen Res - Arapahoe Cty
From: Steve Stachowiak <waxwing2 AT q.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:59:53 -0800 (PST)
Cobirders,

David Suddjian recently posted information and sightings for McLellen 
Reservoir.  In addition to viewing from the spot David noted at County Line 
Rd and Lucent Blvd intersection, there is also a dirt pull off (watch for 
potholes) at the southwest end of the reservoir just before the Harley 
dealership.  The affords view on the western third of the reservoir where 
it is the deepest and widest.  This same section of reservoir can also be 
viewed from the north side by parking at Writers Vista Park which is 
located south of W Mineral Ave.  There is a walking trail that goes to the 
west along the fence line along the northern edge of the reservoir which 
includes the small cove which is difficult to see from the south side along 
County Line Road.

Good Birding,
Steve Stachowiak
Highlands Ranch, CO

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Subject: White-winged Scoter Aurora Res (Arapahoe Co)
From: "'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:35:10 -0800 (PST)
This morning at 9:30 I saw the previously reported White-winged Scoter at 
Aurora Reservoir (fee area, Arapahoe Co) between the dam tower and the west 
wall of the dam. It took me a long time to find it, sorting through lots of 
very distant dark shapes in overcast conditions with light fog. It's an 
adult male, a very fine-looking bird. 

When I arrived at 8:30 there were very few geese, mostly around the 
fringes...then, wave upon wave of Canada and Cackling Geese flew in from 
the north, right over me, to land in open water. I tried to count them, I'm 
sure that over 8,000 geese came in during the 1 1/2 hours I was there.  It 
was astonishing and made it a great, noisy morning. One Ross's Goose 
flew along with a white-cheeked goose V formation very close over my head, 
and I later saw one Snow Goose in the water. 

At noon I visited South Platte Park Res (Jeffco, Douglas) and the lakes 
east (Douglas) scoping carefully and seeing nothing out of the ordinary. 
Mid-afternoon at Chatfield Reservoir I saw an adult Thayer's gull standing 
on the ice near the dam, then drove up to Clement Park (Jeffco) and saw a 
Greater White-fronted Goose behind a building in the park that's just south 
of Bowles Ave.

Dan Stringer
Larkspur, CO

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Subject: Geese at Timnath Reservoir-Larimer County
From: marimammoser <marimammoser AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:38:41 -0800 (PST)
I went to Timnath Reservoir this afternoon to see if geese were hanging 
around 
the frozen water. I encountered 5000-7000 geese. Included in the throng 
were 
a single Greater White-fronted Goose, 5 Snow Geese and 1 Ross' Goose. Also, 
accompanying the geese were 6 bald eagles. Timnath Reservoir is located off 
of Buss Grove Road north and east of the town of Timnath.

Joe Mammoser
Fort Collins
Larimer County 

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Subject: "A Birder Went Looking For Owl In Woods Last Night ..." [Spring Canyon Park, Fort Collins, Larimer]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:47:29 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

Last night while killing some time before Fort Collins Audubon meeting 
decide to go see if Eastern Screech Owl in Spring Canyon Park was present.  
I hiked to the site; waited; waited; waited; talked to locals ... no owl.  
As I headed back to car; a woman and her dog approached and said "Did you 
see the Bobcat?"  I expressed "WHAT?  WHERE?"  We continued west and she 
pointed to Bobcat resting comfortably in tree!  I took numerous photos and 
video--I bet she was only 25 yards from path and 30 feet in tree.  A 
beauty!  First time I have ever seen one.

Photos:  http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/browse/album/Mammals/

This morning on way in to work ... "only" on Nunn's "Raptor Alley can you 
see a Rough-legged Hawk and Ferruginous Hawk 

(http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/view/Rough-legged-and-Ferruginous-Hawk-Raptor-Alley-Nunn-Weld-CO) 

sharing same tree.  Looking forward to tomorrow's outing.

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


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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 13 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:27:49 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 13 , 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 13, sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

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

Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Delta)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Chaffee, Douglas, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Delta, Moffat)
Red-necked Grebe (*Boulder)
Greater Roadrunner (*Baca)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe, Denver)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Douglas, *Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, *Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (Adams, Arapahoe, Delta)
Red-naped Sapsucker (La Plata)
Juniper Titmouse (*Baca)
Winter Wren (*Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe, Denver, Morgan)
Gray Catbird (Denver, *Mesa)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*Baca, El Paso, *Pueblo)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Jefferson, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jefferson, Pitkin)
Lapland Longspur (Arapahoe, Kit Carson, Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (*Baca)
Canyon Towhee (*Baca, El Paso)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Mesa)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (*Larimer)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, Jefferson, Weld)
Great-tailed Grackle (Mesa)
Brown-headed Cowbird (*Larimer)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 2 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Art Hudak, Mark
Chavez, and tom Behnfield reported Double-crested Cormorant.  On January 8
at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Steve Mlodinow and Nick Moore
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 24 Double-crested Cormorants.  On
January 10 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Sunny Bradford
reported 5 Double-crested Cormorants.
---On January 7 on E 120th E of RIverdale Rd, Adam Vesely reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On January 11 on South Platte River 74th Ave Area, Mark Minner-Lee
reported 12 Double-crested Cormorants just south of I-76 overpass.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, Henderson Road to E 470, Lorrain
Lanning reported Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 11 on South Platte RIver, 88th Ave are, Dave Cown reported 2
Greater Yellowlegs.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Aurora Reservoir, Thomas Holub reported Double-crested
Cormorant.  On January 8 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported
White-winged Scoter, 2 Thayer's Gulls, 1 1st-cyc ICELAND GULL, 12 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.  On January 8 at Aurora
Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and Nick Moore reported White-winged Scoter, 8
Thayer's Gulls (2 ad, 2 2-nd cyc, 4 juv), juv ICELAND GULL, 14 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls (5 ad, 2 2-3 cyc, 4 juv), 2 Glaucous Gulls (1 ad, 1
imm), juv Great Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur.  On January 9 at
Aurora Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan reported Mew Gull, 2 Thayer's
Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull and Great
Black-backed Gull.  On January 10 at Aurora Reservoir, Gwen Moore reported
White-winged Scoter, Thayer's Gull, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On January 6 at Centennial Park, Robert Raker reported Barrow's
Goldeneye and Spotted Sandpiper along the South Platte.
---On January 10 at South Platte Park, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais,
Betty Glass, and Janet Shin reported imm Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 10 at deKoevend Park, Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 10 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 3rd-cyc).
---On January 12 at McClellan Reservoir, David Suddjian Reportd 1 ad
Thayer's Gull.

BACA COUNTY:
---On January 12 at Cottonwood Canyon, Alec and Bill Hopping reported
Curve-billed Thrashers, Canyon Towhees and Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
---On January 12 at a stop on CR 8, Alec and Bill Hopping reported Greater
Roadrunner, Juniper Titmouse, and Canyon Towhees.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On December 28 at Valmont Overlook (Legion Park), Chris Wood reported 3
Tundra Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 1 at Valmont Reservoir, Peter Gent
reported 3 Tundra Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 8 at Valmont Reservoir,
Bob Spencer reported 4 Tundra Swans and Red-necked Grebe.  On January 12 at
Valmont Overlook, Sue Riffe reported Red-necked Grebe.
---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings.   On December 30 at
Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On
January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
Inn.
---On January 9 at Walden Ponds, Kim Mauritz reported 2 Tundra Swans and
Red-necked Grebe.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On January 10, a m Long-tailed Duck was reported by Preston Larimer was
reported by Preston Larimer in Salida.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 6 at Confluence Park in Delta, Jon Horn reported 2 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 7 on Hwy 50 around Mile Marker 67, Doug Shoffner reported a
Tundra Swan flew over the road.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On December 28 at Rocky Mountain Lake Park, Matt Gray reported Mew
Gull.  On January 6, Gabriel Wiltse reported Mew Gull at Rocky Mountain
Lake Park
---On January 7 on Cherry Creek Trail between S Colorado Blvd and S
University, Matt Gray reported Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 8, Jeff Dawson
and Lynn Sauer reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
 Bridge.  On January 10, Diane Roberts reported Trumpeter Swan from
upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 10, David Suddjian and Bob
Shade reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
On January 11, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais, Anna Troth and Gregg
Goodrich reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 8 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 6 south of Fountain, Tim Leppek reported Curve-billed
Thrasher and Canyon Towhee.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 2 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Prospect Park and Lake, Aaron
Shipe reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 7 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt,
Aaron Shipe reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds, N of train bridge.  They flew
toward grain elevator.
---On January 5, Ira Sanders reported that a few Rosy-Finches have returned
to his feeders on De France Court in Golden.  Mark Chavez reported 1
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch and 4 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Ira's feeders on
January 5.
---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 4 on Flager CBC, Doug Kibbe and Jeff Dawson reported 350
Lapland Longspurs and 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur.
---On January 5 on CR 10 south of Seibert, Glenn Walbek reported 4500
Lapland Longspurs and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 7 on Animas RIver Trail/Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery, Ryan Votta
reported pair of Red-naped Sapsuckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8.  On January
9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
seen near Ranger's House.  On Janaury 11 at Bobcat RIdge Natural Area, Sue
Riffe reported 2 American Woodcock.
---On January 11 at a Feedlot at corner of CR 9 and CR 30, in Loveland,
Georgia Doyle and David Wade reported 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird and 3
Brown-headed Cowbird.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Colorado River SP, Fruita Section, Ronda Woodward
reported 21 Great-tailed Grackles
---On January 8, Carol Ortenzio reported that the Golden-crowned Sparrow
returned to her yard at 306 Dakota Dr. in Grand Junction.  She reports that
the birds is very skittish.  Please do NOT block access to the garage when
you park.  Her phone
number is 970-216-8762 <(970)%20216-8762>.
---On January 10 at Connected Lakes SP, Diane Trappet reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans.
---On January 12, Eileen Cunninghar and Kathleen McGinley reported Gray
Catbird on Riverfront Trail on east side of Colorado River near the short
little street High Country Court.  Access to High Country Court would be
off the Riverside Parkwaynorth of Hwy 340 also know as Broadway.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 10, Forrest Luke reported 30 Barrow's Goldeneyes in a pond
off Hwy 13 between south end of Craig and Yampa River Bridge.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Jackson Lake SP, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported
Hermit Thrush.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Glenn Walbek and Lock
Kilpatrick reported 2 Thayer's Gulls, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (5 ad, 1
2nd-cyc), and 2 ad Great Black-backed Gulls.  On January 8 at Pueblo
Reservoir, Gloria Nikolai reported Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 12
at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Adam Vesely reported Thayer's Gull,
Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, Curve-billed Thrasher.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 2, Chip Clouse reported 4 Rusty Blackbirds by Box Elder Creek
on CR 4 just east of CR 49 on Barr Lake CBC and Bill Kaempfer reported 1
Rusty Blackbird on CR 4 S of Hudson.  On January 4, Adam Vesely reported 2
Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 and Box Elder Creek.  On January 7 Cheryl Teuton
and Dan Brook reported 3 Rusty Blackbird on Cr 4 and Box Elder Creek.
On January 8, Peter Gent, Edie Israel, John Vanderpoel, and Joey Kellner
reported 3-4 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek,
just east of CR 49.  On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty
Blackbirds at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.  On January 12 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation
Area, Sue Riffe reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 14 to Pueblo and Canon City Areas
has been CANCELLED.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 14 to Prospect Park (Wheat Ridge
Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu; 720-381-314)
Directions:  From I-79 exit 267, take Kipling south about 3/4 mile and turn
right (west) on 44th Ave.  Go one mile west.  Look for entrance to Prospect
Park on your left (south).  Meet just inside the park in the lot right next
to Prospect Lake.  Easy walk along Clear Creek.  Register online or contact
leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Western Arapahoe Co gulls
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:02:01 -0700
I stopped in to look at McClellen Reservoir early this morning, viewing
from the shoulder of County Line Road. There were about 500 gulls in one
flock near the ice edge. The great majority were *Ring-billed*, along with
1 adult *Thayer's Gull*, 4 *California Gulls*, and 16 *Herring Gulls*.
Among the 3000 geese I spied 1 *Greater White-fronted Goose*.

At St. Mary Church along So. Prince St. there was a good movement of gulls
passing over at the end of the day through drifting snowflakes, with nearly
400 passing in about 20 minutes. Almost all were *Ring-billed*, but among
them I spotted 1 1st cycle *Thayer's Gull*. All were aiming south toward
McClellen Reservoir.

Passing by South Platte Reservoir on C470 near sunrise it looked like there
was no ice at all, but likely some will be there by morning.

In JeffCo, a continuing *Gr. White Fronted Goose* was at Clement Park
yesterday beside the entrance road to Columbine Library.

Sadly, one of the *Ruby-crowned Kinglets* wintering around my Ken Caryl
home was lying dead on the ground outside my backdoor this evening. In the
last two weeks I had noted one almost daily, two on a few days, and an
impressive three in the yard one day.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Re: Unusual Kestrel in Adams County
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:59:38 -0800 (PST)
Interesting; thank you so much!
Susan R.

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Subject: Ross's Goose at Cherry Creek State Park
From: Philip Pratt <philip.pratt AT ucdenver.edu>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:14:57 -0800 (PST)
All,

This afternoon (Thursday) my son Todd saw an adult, white morph ROSS'S 
GOOSE at Cherry Creek State Park. 
The goose was swimming next to the spit by the marina, and it lingered from 
five to ten feet from shore providing excellent views.


Cheers,

Philip Pratt

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Subject: Re: Unusual Kestrel in Adams County
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:27:13 -0500
The extent of black spotting on the underparts may be age related. This is from 
the species account in Birds of North America online -- “Considerable 
disagreement on how much of the variability in kestrel plumage is age-related. 
Bent ( Bent 1938b ) suggested that males become less barred dorsally, less 
spotted ventrally, with a more rufous tail through successive molts; Parkes ( 
Parkes 1955a ) presented contrary evidence.” 


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, Maryland 

From: Susan Rosine 
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:19 PM
To: Colorado Birds 
Subject: [cobirds] Unusual Kestrel in Adams County

I was on a little road near Thornton, and came across an American Kestrel 
dining on roadkill. He would fly to a tree on the side of the road when a car 
would come along, and then go back for more. 

The unusual thing was, he had no black speckles except a few on the sides, and 
lots of orange on chest and belly. Is he a subspecies? 

Susan Rosine
Thornton
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Subject: Unusual Kestrel in Adams County
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:19:33 -0700
I was on a little road near Thornton, and came across an American Kestrel
dining on roadkill. He would fly to a tree on the side of the road when a
car would come along, and then go back for more.
The unusual thing was, he had no black speckles except a few on the sides,
and lots of orange on chest and belly. Is he a subspecies?
Susan Rosine
Thornton

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Subject: Gray Catbird - Mesa County
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:38:01 -0700
This afternoon Eileen Cunningham and Kathleen McGinley observed a Gray
Catbird on the Riverfront Trail on the east side of the Colorado River near
the short little street High Country Court.  Access to High Country Court
would be off the Riverside Parkway north of Colorado Hwy 340 (also know as
Broadway).

Reporting for Eileen & Kathleen.

Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa County

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes - 3000 - Delta County
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:26:51 -0700
Yesterday evening  6 of us hardy souls braved the weather and went to Delta
to see the wintering Sandhill Cranes gathering in the evening.  We
estimated about 3000 (give or take a few) Sandhill Cranes in the corn
fields just east of the Hamilton Tract - Escalante State Wildlife Area.  It
is a spectacular sight to see them flying in from various directions and
landing in the fields - 20 birds, then 4 more, 12 over there, here come
about 40, 8 more over there......they just keep coming.  They gather in the
fields the last hour or so before dark, then go to the river just before
dark to stand in shallow water and on sandbars to spend the night.

Back in the 90's we might see a hundred in the area, but now there are
thousands spending the winter.  They use the Escalante SWA as a home base.
During the day they feed in the agricultural fields ranging up the
Uncompahgre River to the Olathe/Montrose area, up the North Fork of the
Gunnison towards Hotchkiss, and in irrigated farm land all across Delta
County, and down to the Grand Valley to feed in irrigated lands in Mesa
County.  Late in the afternoon they return to the fields around the
Escalante SWA near Delta, then spend the night standing in the Gunnison
River. Most of the river where they spend the night borders private
property and is not accessible, but seeing them fly into the fields the
last hour before sunset is a spectacular sight.

Directions:  Heading to Delta from GJ on Hwy 50, take County Road G50 on
the very outskirts of Delta. As soon as you pass the Escalante SWA -
Hamilton Tract on your right, you will start seeing Sandhill Cranes in the
corn fields.  You can see the cranes from the road, but since G50 is a busy
Road without much of a shoulder, I would go to 1250 Road, turn left and
park along the edge of 1250 Road.  You can then walk a short distance back
across G50 Road to watch the cranes.  It is all private land, so don't
cross the fences.  View the cranes from the edge of the road behind the
fences.

If you are coming from the town of Delta, take West 5th Street out of town
past the Delta Sales Yard.  It becomes G Road once you get out of town.
After several miles take G 50 Road to the right and follow it down to the
bridge and across the river.  Shortly after you will start seeing the
cranes on your left.

Would plan on arriving around 4 or 4:30 PM.

Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa County





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Subject: Be a Citizen Scientist ! Bald Eagle Watch Training date is Jan 21.
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:42:23 -0700
Volunteers needed. Training is free!

Matt Smith of Bird Conservancy of the Rockies asked me to let birders know
about this opportunity:

Do your bit. Give back to the birds you love. Sign up now!

Joe Roller, Denver



Bird Conservancy of the Rockies Bald Eagle Watch program has a training and
recruiting date coming up on January 21, 2017 at the Old Stone House
Environmental Learning Center at Barr Lake State Park.

The event will run from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and is intended for those
interested in volunteering with Bald Eagle Watch.

Bald Eagle Watch began at Barr Lake State Park in 1988, with the purpose of
monitoring and protecting the pair of eagles that made Barr Lake their
home. Since then the program has grown along with Colorado's Bald Eagle
population,

and *now monitors more than 50 eagle nests across the state.* As the eagle
population continues to grow, so does our need for volunteers.


Interested in volunteering with the program? Contact Matt Smith at this
address:

Matt Smith
Citizen Science Biologist
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
230 Cherry Street, Ste. 150, Fort Collins, CO 80521
970-482-1707 ext. 32 <(970)%20482-1707>
birdconservancy.org

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 12 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:10:09 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 12 , 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, January 12, 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.

Trumpeter Swan (*Douglas, Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Delta)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Chaffee, Douglas, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (*Adams, Arapahoe, Delta, Moffat)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder)
White-winged Dove (Prowers)
American Woodcock (*Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe)
Greater Yellowlegs (*Adams)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe, Denver)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, Douglas, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (*Adams, Arapahoe, Delta)
Red-naped Sapsucker (La Plata)
Winter Wren (Weld)
Hermit Thrush (Arapahoe, Denver, Morgan)
Gray Catbird (Denver)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Jefferson, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jefferson, Pitkin)
Lapland Longspur (Arapahoe, Kit Carson, Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
Canyon Towhee (El Paso)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Mesa)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, Jefferson, *Weld)
Great-tailed Grackles (Mesa)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 2 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Art Hudak, Mark
Chavez, and tom Behnfield reported Double-crested Cormorant.  On January 8
at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Steve Mlodinow and Nick Moore
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 24 Double-crested Cormorants.  On
January 10 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Sunny Bradford
reported 5 Double-crested Cormorants.
---On January 7 on E 120th E of RIverdale Rd, Adam Vesely reported Greater
Yellowlegs.
---On January 11 on South Platte River 74th Ave Area, Mark Minner-Lee
reported 12 Double-crested Cormorants just south of I-76 overpass.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, 88th Ave area, Rebecca Laroche
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.
---On January 11 on South Platte River, Henderson Road to E 470, Lorrain
Lanning reported Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 11 on South Platte RIver, 88th Ave are, Dave Cown reported 2
Greater Yellowlegs.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Aurora Reservoir, Thomas Holub reported Double-crested
Cormorant.  On January 8 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported
White-winged Scoter, 2 Thayer's Gulls, 1 1st-cyc ICELAND GULL, 12 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.  On January 8 at Aurora
Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and Nick Moore reported White-winged Scoter, 8
Thayer's Gulls (2 ad, 2 2-nd cyc, 4 juv), juv ICELAND GULL, 14 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls (5 ad, 2 2-3 cyc, 4 juv), 2 Glaucous Gulls (1 ad, 1
imm), juv Great Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur.  On January 9 at
Aurora Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan reported Mew Gull, 2 Thayer's
Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull and Great
Black-backed Gull.  On January 10 at Aurora Reservoir, Gwen Moore reported
White-winged Scoter, Thayer's Gull, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On January 6 at Centennial Park, Robert Raker reported Barrow's
Goldeneye and Spotted Sandpiper along the South Platte.
---On January 10 at South Platte Park, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais,
Betty Glass, and Janet Shin reported imm Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 10 at deKoevend Park, Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 10 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 3rd-cyc).

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On December 28 at Valmont Overlook (Legion Park), Chris Wood reported 3
Tundra Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 1 at Valmont Reservoir, Peter Gent
reported 3 Tundra Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 8 at Valmont Reservoir,
Bob Spencer reported 4 Tundra Swans and Red-necked Grebe.
---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings.   On December 30 at
Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On
January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
Inn.
---On January 9 at Walden Ponds, Kim Mauritz reported 2 Tundra Swans and
Red-necked Grebe.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On January 10, a m Long-tailed Duck was reported by Preston Larimer was
reported by Preston Larimer in Salida.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 6 at Confluence Park in Delta, Jon Horn reported 2 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 7 on Hwy 50 around Mile Marker 67, Doug Shoffner reported a
Tundra Swan flew over the road.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On December 28 at Rocky Mountain Lake Park, Matt Gray reported Mew
Gull.  On January 6, Gabriel Wiltse reported Mew Gull at Rocky Mountain
Lake Park
---On January 7 on Cherry Creek Trail between S Colorado Blvd and S
University, Matt Gray reported Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On December 27, Jeff Beavers reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield.  The
Swan can be seen by going upstream from Kingfisher Bridge to Pond 5 or from
High Line Canal Trail accessed from Titan Road.  On January 8, Jeff Dawson
and Lynn Sauer reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
 Bridge.  On January 10, Diane Roberts reported Trumpeter Swan from
upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 10, David Suddjian and Bob
Shade reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
On January 11, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais, Anna Troth and Gregg
Goodrich reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 8 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 6 south of Fountain, Tim Leppek reported Curve-billed
Thrasher and Canyon Towhee.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 2 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Prospect Park and Lake, Aaron
Shipe reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 7 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt,
Aaron Shipe reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds, N of train bridge.  They flew
toward grain elevator.
---On January 5, Ira Sanders reported that a few Rosy-Finches have returned
to his feeders on De France Court in Golden.  Mark Chavez reported 1
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch and 4 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Ira's feeders on
January 5.
---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 4 on Flager CBC, Doug Kibbe and Jeff Dawson reported 350
Lapland Longspurs and 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur.
---On January 5 on CR 10 south of Seibert, Glenn Walbek reported 4500
Lapland Longspurs and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 7 on Animas RIver Trail/Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery, Ryan Votta
reported pair of Red-naped Sapsuckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8.  On January
9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
seen near Ranger's House.  On Janaury 11 at Bobcat RIdge Natural Area, Sue
Riffe reported 2 American Woodcock.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Colorado River SP, Fruita Section, Ronda Woodward
reported 21 Great-tailed Grackles
---On January 8, Carol Ortenzio reported that the Golden-crowned Sparrow
returned to her yard at 306 Dakota Dr. in Grand Junction.  She reports that
the birds is very skittish.  Please do NOT block access to the garage when
you park.  Her phone
number is 970-216-8762 <(970)%20216-8762>.
---On January 10 at Connected Lakes SP, Diane Trappet reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 10, Forrest Luke reported 30 Barrow's Goldeneyes in a pond
off Hwy 13 between south end of Craig and Yampa River Bridge.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Jackson Lake SP, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported
Hermit Thrush.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Glenn Walbek and Lock
Kilpatrick reported 2 Thayer's Gulls, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (5 ad, 1
2nd-cyc), and 2 ad Great Black-backed Gulls.  On January 8 at Pueblo
Reservoir, Gloria Nikolai reported Great Black-backed Gull.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 2, Chip Clouse reported 4 Rusty Blackbirds by Box Elder Creek
on CR 4 just east of CR 49 on Barr Lake CBC and Bill Kaempfer reported 1
Rusty Blackbird on CR 4 S of Hudson.  On January 4, Adam Vesely reported 2
Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 and Box Elder Creek.  On January 7 Cheryl Teuton
and Dan Brook reported 3 Rusty Blackbird on Cr 4 and Box Elder Creek.
On January 8, Peter Gent, Edie Israel, John Vanderpoel, and Joey Kellner
reported 3-4 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek,
just east of CR 49.  On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty
Blackbirds at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 14 to Pueblo and Canon City Areas
has been CANCELLED.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 14 to Prospect Park (Wheat Ridge
Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu; 720-381-314)
Directions:  From I-79 exit 267, take Kipling south about 3/4 mile and turn
right (west) on 44th Ave.  Go one mile west.  Look for entrance to Prospect
Park on your left (south).  Meet just inside the park in the lot right next
to Prospect Lake.  Easy walk along Clear Creek.  Register online or contact
leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Dodd res/Rough-legged Hawk
From: T Pheneger <tpheneger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:49:03 +0000
Hello all;

The water at Dodd reservoir is open and I had a Rough-legged Hawk do a
fly-over.
I didn't have time to do a survey.

Best,
Tracy Pheneger
Longmont, Colorado

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Subject: Aiken Audubon General Meeting Wednesday January 25th Paul Bannick
From: Deborah Barnes <barnesdeborah33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:23:55 -0700
January 25 (4th Wednesday) / Paul Bannick
Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls
Award winning photographer Paul Bannick will present a new program
featuring video, sound, stories from the field and several dozen new images
from his brand-new book, *Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls*.
Paul uses intimate yet dramatic images to follow owls through the course of
one year and in their distinct habitats.
We will witness the four seasons on territory, as each stage in an owl’s
life is chronicled through rare images: courtship, mating, and nesting in
spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and gaining
independence in fall; and, finally, winter’s migrations and competitions
for food. His program shows how owls use the unique resources available to
them in each habitat to face those challenges. All 19 species found in
Canada and the United States are featured in photos, video and narrative
throughout the book, with a special focus on the Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great
Gray Owl, Burrowing Owl, and Snowy Owl.
*Owl* is a stunning follow-up to Bannick’s bestselling title, *The Owl and
the Woodpecker*, giving bird lovers yet another gorgeous photographic
tribute, engaging natural history, and a compelling call to preserve the
habitats that sustain these most iconic of birds.
*Paul will be selling his books after his presentation (cash, check, VISA)*.
This is a perfect opportunity to get your autographed copy.

We meet at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife building located at *4255 Sinton
Road, Colorado Springs*. Coffee, snacks, and socializing begins at 6:30 pm
and programs begin at 7 pm. Please use the back entrance. Sinton Road runs
parallel to I-25 on the east side, between Garden of the Gods Road and
Fillmore Street.
Thank you,
Debbie Barnes - Secretary Aiken Audubon
Colorado Springs, CO

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Subject: Boulder Audubon's Rosy Finch trip, FULL
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:33:33 -0700
Thanks for your Interest!

Pam

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Subject: Mexico Biording trip
From: Norm Erthal <nerthal AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:50:20 -0800 (PST)
There are two spaces remaining on the birding trip I have planned for Baja, 
Mazatlan, and San Blas for March 26 to April 5.
This posting has been approved by the CFO board.
Norm Erthal
303-917-2596

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 11 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:18:27 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 11 , 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 11, 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.

Trumpeter Swan (*Douglas, *Mesa)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Delta)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, Huerfano)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Chaffee, Douglas, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Delta, *Moffat)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder)
White-winged Dove (Prowers)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe, Denver)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe, Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Larimer, Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (*Adams, *Arapahoe, Delta, Douglas)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Boulder, La Plata)
Winter Wren (*Weld)
Hermit Thrush (*Arapahoe, Denver, La Plata, Morgan)
Gray Catbird (Denver)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Jefferson, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jefferson, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Common Redpoll (El Paso)
Lapland Longspur (Arapahoe, Kit Carson, Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
Canyon Towhee (El Paso)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Mesa)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, Jefferson, Weld)
Great-tailed Grackles (Mesa)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 2 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Art Hudak, Mark
Chavez, and tom Behnfield reported Double-crested Cormorant.  On January 8
at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Steve Mlodinow and Nick Moore
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 24 Double-crested Cormorants.  On
January 10 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Sunny Bradford
reported 5 Double-crested Cormorants.
---On January 2 on Southern St in Brighton, David Dowell and Bill Kaempfer
reported Greater Yellowlegs.
---On January 2 on South Platte River around 74th Ave, Mark Minner-Lee
reported Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On January 7 on E 120th E of RIverdale Rd, Adam Vesely reported Greater
Yellowlegs.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Aurora Reservoir, Thomas Holub reported Double-crested
Cormorant.  On January 8 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn Walbek reported
White-winged Scoter, 2 Thayer's Gulls, 1 1st-cyc ICELAND GULL, 12 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.  On January 8 at Aurora
Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and Nick Moore reported White-winged Scoter, 8
Thayer's Gulls (2 ad, 2 2-nd cyc, 4 juv), juv ICELAND GULL, 14 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls (5 ad, 2 2-3 cyc, 4 juv), 2 Glaucous Gulls (1 ad, 1
imm), juv Great Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur.  On January 9 at
Aurora Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan reported Mew Gull, 2 Thayer's
Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull and Great
Black-backed Gull.  On January 10 at Aurora Reservoir, Gwen Moore reported
White-winged Scoter, Thayer's Gull, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On December 28, David Suddjian reported Long-tailed Duck at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 1, Steve Stachowiak reported Long-tailed Duck and
Black Scoter at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 2, Joey Kellner
reported 2 f-type Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.
---On January 6 at Centennial Park, Robert Raker reported Barrow's
Goldeneye and Spotted Sandpiper along the South Platte.
---On January 10 at South Platte Park, Cynthia Madsen, Jonelle Balais,
Betty Glass, and Janet Shin reported imm Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 10 at deKoevend Park, Jared Del Rosso reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 10 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 3rd-cyc).

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On December 28 at Valmont Overlook (Legion Park), Chris Wood reported 3
Tundra Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 1 at Valmont Reservoir, Peter Gent
reported 3 Tundra Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 8 at Valmont Reservoir,
Bob Spencer reported 4 Tundra Swans and Red-necked Grebe.
---On December 27 at Bohn Park in Boulder, Peter Burke reported Red-naped
Sapsucker.  On January 2 at Bohn Park, Peter Burke reported Red-naped
Sapsucker.
---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings.   On December 30 at
Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On
January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
Inn.
---On January 9 at Walden Ponds, Kim Mauritz reported 2 Tundra Swans and
Red-necked Grebe.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On January 10, a m Long-tailed Duck was reported by Preston Larimer was
reported by Preston Larimer in Salida.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 6 at Confluence Park in Delta, Jon Horn reported 2 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 7 on Hwy 50 around Mile Marker 67, Doug Shoffner reported a
Tundra Swan flew over the road.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On December 28 at Rocky Mountain Lake Park, Matt Gray reported Mew
Gull.  On January 6, Gabriel Wiltse reported Mew Gull at Rocky Mountain
Lake Park
---On January 7 on Cherry Creek Trail between S Colorado Blvd and S
University, Matt Gray reported Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On January 1, Tim Ryan and several other birders reported Trumpeter Swan
at Chatfield upstream from Kingfisher Bridge. On January 2, Matt Crooks and
many other birders reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 3, Mark Minner-Lee reported Trumpeter Swan
upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 8, Jeff Dawson and Lynn Sauer
reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher  Bridge.  On January
10, Diane Roberts reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher
Bridge.
---On January 3, Thomas Holub and KiKi Widjaja reported Trumpeter Swan from
High Line Canal Trail -- Platte Canyon Reservoir.  On January 7, Tom and
Debbie  Benfield and several other birders reported Chatfield Trumpeter
Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road. On January 8, Crystal
Wilson, Gwen Moore, Gregg Goodrich, and Ben Sampson reported Trumpeter from
High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.  On January 10, David Suddjian and
Bob Shade reported Trumpeter Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 3 at Parker Regional Park, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan
reported Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 8 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 3 at Fountain Creek Regional Park, David and Cheryl Hubbard
reported Common Redpoll.
---On January 6 south of Fountain, Tim Leppek reported Curve-billed
Thrasher and Canyon Towhee.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
---On December 31 on the Spanish Peaks CBC, Polly Neldner found a Surf
Scoter on Daigre Lake and Dave Silverman found 2 Rusty Blackbirds.  On
January 4, Polly Neldner reported that the Surf Scoter continues on Daigre
Lake.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 2 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Prospect Park and Lake, Aaron
Shipe reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 7 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt,
Aaron Shipe reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds, N of train bridge.  They flew
toward grain elevator.
---On January 5, Ira Sanders reported that a few Rosy-Finches have returned
to his feeders on De France Court in Golden.  Mark Chavez reported 1
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch and 4 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Ira's feeders on
January 5.
---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 4 on Flager CBC, Doug Kibbe and Jeff Dawson reported 350
Lapland Longspurs and 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur.
---On January 5 on CR 10 south of Seibert, Glenn Walbek reported 4500
Lapland Longspurs and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 3 on Animas River Trail/Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery, Ryan Votta
reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 7 on Animas RIver Trail/Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery, Ryan Votta
reported pair of Red-naped Sapsuckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 1 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Nick Komar
and David Dowell reported 3 Thayer's Gulls (1 2nd-cyc, 2 1-st cyc), ICELAND
GULL, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 1 3rd-cyc, 1 1-st cyc),
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL.  On January 3 at Larimer County Landfill, Steve
Mlodinow reported 6 juv Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND GULL, 8 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls (4 ad, 2 2-3 cyc, 2 1st cyc), 2 Herring x GLAUCOUS-WINGED Gulls.
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8.  On January
9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
seen near Ranger's House.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Colorado River SP, Fruita Section, Ronda Woodward
reported 21 Great-tailed Grackles
---On January 8, Carol Ortenzio reported that the Golden-crowned Sparrow
returned to her yard at 306 Dakota Dr. in Grand Junction.  She reports that
the birds is very skittish.  Please do NOT block access to the garage when
you park.  Her phone
number is 970-216-8762 <(970)%20216-8762>.
---On January 10 at Connected Lakes SP, Diane Trappet reported 2 Trumpeter
Swans.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On January 10, Forrest Luke reported 30 Barrow's Goldeneyes in a pond
off Hwy 13 between south end of Craig and Yampa River Bridge.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Jackson Lake SP, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported
Hermit Thrush.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 1 at Pueblo Reservoir, Joey Keller and many other birders
reported Long-tailed Duck, ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, and ad Great
Black-backed Gull.  On January 7 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Glenn
Walbek and Lock Kilpatrick reported 2 Thayer's Gulls, 6 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls (5 ad, 1 2nd-cyc), and 2 ad Great Black-backed Gulls.  On January 8
at Pueblo Reservoir, Gloria Nikolai reported Great Black-backed Gull.
---On January 2 at Valco Ponds upstream from parking lot, Paul Hurtado
reported Spotted Sandpiper.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On December 6, Eric Hynes reported all three species of Rosy-Finches
coming to his feeders in Telluride.  If you would
like to try to see them, contact Eric at erichynes28 AT gmail.com.  On
January 3, Eric Hynes reported all three species of Rosy-Finches at his
feeders in Telluride.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 2, Chip Clouse reported 4 Rusty Blackbirds by Box Elder Creek
on CR 4 just east of CR 49 on Barr Lake CBC and Bill Kaempfer reported 1
Rusty Blackbird on CR 4 S of Hudson.  On January 4, Adam Vesely reported 2
Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 and Box Elder Creek.  On January 7 Cheryl Teuton
and Dan Brook reported 3 Rusty Blackbird on Cr 4 and Box Elder Creek.
On January 8, Peter Gent, Edie Israel, John Vanderpoel, and Joey Kellner
reported 3-4 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek,
just east of CR 49.  On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty
Blackbirds at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek.
---On January 10 at Frederick Reservoir and Recreation Area, Steve Mlodinow
reported Winter Wren.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 14 to Pueblo and Canon City Areas
has been CANCELLED.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 14 to Prospect Park (Wheat Ridge
Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu; 720-381-314)
Directions:  From I-79 exit 267, take Kipling south about 3/4 mile and turn
right (west) on 44th Ave.  Go one mile west.  Look for entrance to Prospect
Park on your left (south).  Meet just inside the park in the lot right next
to Prospect Lake.  Easy walk along Clear Creek.  Register online or contact
leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Long-tailed duck
From: plarimer <preston.larimer AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:30:45 -0800 (PST)
A male long-tailed duck is still hanging out at Sands Lake in Salida. I watched 
him from about 20 yards away today. Also several Barrow's goldeneye, common 
goldeneye, a redhead, a few buffleheads, lots of gadwalls, coots, and 
ring-necked ducks, mallards, a hooded merganser, and a dozen great-tailed 
grackles. 

Preston Larimer 
Buena Vista

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Subject: South Platte and McClellen Rezzes, plus continuing Trumpeter Swan, etc 1/10
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:06:36 -0700
I made it out to South Platte Reservoir at sunrise. It was a pretty place
to start the day (see photo below). Ice had reformed over 50% of the
Arapahoe Co. portion, where there was none yesterday afternoon. A small
gull flock had 1 3rd cycle *Lesser Black-backed Gull*, along with 1 *California
Gull*, some *Herrings* and *Ring-billeds*. One female *Greater Scaup* was
the only highlight among a small number of ducks. A *Prairie Falcon *zoomed
past.

Next I went to McClellen Reservoir (Arapahoe), which I seldom visit, but I
am vowing to do so more often. A scope is needed for this location. I
pulled off on the wide shoulder along County Line road west of Lucent Blvd.
The reservoir had a large area of open water near the dam, where there was
a moderate variety of ducks. There was a large gull flock, but with no
unusual species. There were almost 4000 white-cheeked geese (majority
*Cackling*), many of which were flying out toward the east and southeast by
8 am, among which I spotted 2 *Greater White-fronted* and 1 *Snow*.

I, too, followed Joe's footsteps along Highline Canal and viewed the
continuing *Trumpeter Swan* in the pond south of Chatfield Reservoir. The
pond was about 90% iced over. A *Bald Eagle* on the ice near the Kingfisher
Parking Lot in Chatfield was lovely in the morning light.

Back home, a young *Northern Harrier* was hunting in the open space along
Massey Draw below my home, for my first sighting there outside of a few
fall migrants that I has seen passing over.

A 3 pm DFO field trip (dfobirds.org) met at South Platte Reservoir. The
morning's ice in the Arapahoe County portion had melted off, but the main
shelf from the JeffCo corner extended a short way into Arapahoe Co. and a
gull flock immediately east of the county line had 2 *Lesser Black-backed
Gulls* (adult and 3rd cycle). We went over to McClellen for sunset and did
not find anything out of the ordinary, but there was again a decent-sized
gull flock when we arrived near 4:10 pm, and it was pretty to watch the
geese returning after 4:30 pm.

Sunrise at South Platte Reservoir

post sunset at McClellen Reservoir

DFO birders at So. Platte Reservoir
​
David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Trumpeter Swan still at Chatfield
From: "W. Robert Shade III" <wrshade3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:11:56 -0700
in the middle of a hole in the ice in the second gravel pond upstream on
the Platte river. Indeed, as Joe Roller said, it is a shorter walk from
Rampart Range Road where it intersects the Highline Canal.  You can scope
it from the canal walkway but to get close (and the bird does not show any
signs of alarm at close approach) you have to walk around the big property
with the white fence and down the hill to the pond. A magnificent bird!

Bob Shade

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 10 January 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:03:13 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   January 10 , 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, January 10, 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.

Trumpeter Swan (Douglas)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder, Delta)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, Huerfano)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Black Scoter (Arapahoe)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Delta, Mesa)
Red-necked Grebe (*Boulder)
White-winged Dove (Prowers)
American Woodcock (*Larimer)
Spotted Sandpiper (Arapahoe, Pueblo)
Greater Yellowlegs (Adams)
Mew Gull (*Arapahoe, Denver)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, Pueblo)
ICELAND GULL (Arapahoe, Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, *Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larimer)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Larimer, Pueblo)
Double-crested Cormorant (Adams, Arapahoe, Delta, Douglas)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Boulder, La Plata)
Hermit Thrush (Denver, La Plata, Morgan)
Gray Catbird (Denver)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder,  Jefferson, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jefferson, Pitkin, San Miguel)
Common Redpoll (El Paso)
Lapland Longspur (Arapahoe, Kit Carson, Logan)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kit Carson)
Canyon Towhee (El Paso)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Mesa)
Rusty Blackbird (Huerfano, Jefferson, Weld)
Great-tailed Grackles (Mesa)

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

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On January 2 at South Platte River and Sand Creek mouth, Art Hudak, Mark
Chavez, and tom Behnfield reported Double-crested Cormorant.  On January 8
at South Platte RIver and Sand Creek mouth, Steve Mlodinow and Nick Moore
reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes and 24 Double-crested Cormorants.
---On January 2 on Southern St in Brighton, David Dowell and Bill Kaempfer
reported Greater Yellowlegs.
---On January 2 on South Platte River around 74th Ave, Mark Minner-Lee
reported Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On January 7 on E 120th E of RIverdale Rd, Adam Vesely reported Greater
Yellowlegs.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On December 31 at Aurora Reservoir, Daniel Horton reported White-winged
Scoter, f Barrow's Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.  On December 31 at Aurora Reservoir, Bill Tweit and Steve Mlodinow
reported 3 White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, 7
Thayer's Gulls (4 ad, 1 2nd-cyc, 2 juv). 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (2 ad,
2 2-3 cyc, 4 1-st cyc), 2 Glaucous Gulls, 1 ad Great Black-backed Gull.  On
January 2 at Aurora Reservoir, Cheryl Teuton, Dan Brooke, Glenn Walbek, and
Loch Kilpatrick reported White-winged Scoter, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and
ad Great Black-backed Gull.  On January 7 at Aurora Reservoir, Thomas Holub
reported Double-crested Cormorant.  On January 8 at Aurora Reservoir, Glenn
Walbek reported White-winged Scoter, 2 Thayer's Gulls, 1 1st-cyc ICELAND
GULL, 12 ad Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and 2 Glaucous Gulls.  On January 8
at Aurora Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow and Nick Moore reported White-winged
Scoter, 8 Thayer's Gulls (2 ad, 2 2-nd cyc, 4 juv), juv ICELAND GULL, 14
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (5 ad, 2 2-3 cyc, 4 juv), 2 Glaucous Gulls (1 ad,
1 imm), juv Great Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur.  On January 9 at
Aurora Reservoir, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan reported Mew Gull, 2 Thayer's
Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gull and Great
Black-backed Gull.
---On December 28, David Suddjian reported Long-tailed Duck at South Platte
Reservoir.  On January 1, Steve Stachowiak reported Long-tailed Duck and
Black Scoter at South Platte Reservoir.  On January 2, Joey Kellner
reported 2 f-type Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Reservoir.
---On January 4 at South Platte Park, C470 area, Robert Folzenlogen
reported juv Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 6 at Centennial Park, Robert Raker reported Barrow's
Goldeneye and Spotted Sandpiper along the South Platte.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On December 28 at Valmont Overlook (Legion Park), Chris Wood reported 3
Tundra Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 1 at Valmont Reservoir, Peter Gent
reported 3 Tundra Swans (2 ad, 1 juv).  On January 8 at Valmont Reservoir,
Bob Spencer reported 4 Tundra Swans and Red-necked Grebe.
---On December 27 at Bohn Park in Boulder, Peter Burke reported Red-naped
Sapsucker.  On January 2 at Bohn Park, Peter Burke reported Red-naped
Sapsucker.
---On December 28 at Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, Chris Wood reported all
3 species of Rosy-Finches and 22 Bohemian Waxwings.   On December 30 at
Fawn Brook Inn, Mark Amershek reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches.  On
January 8, Bill Fink reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook
Inn.
---On January 9 at Walden Ponds, Kim Mauritz reported 2 Tundra Swans and
Red-necked Grebe.

DELTA COUNTY:
---On January 6 at Confluence Park in Delta, Jon Horn reported 2 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 7 on Hwy 50 around Mile Marker 67, Doug Shoffner reported a
Tundra Swan flew over the road.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On December 28 at Rocky Mountain Lake Park, Matt Gray reported Mew
Gull.  On January 6, Gabriel Wiltse reported Mew Gull at Rocky Mountain
Lake Park
---On January 7 on Cherry Creek Trail between S Colorado Blvd and S
University, Matt Gray reported Hermit Thrush and Gray Catbird.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On January 1, Tim Ryan and several other birders reported Trumpeter Swan
at Chatfield upstream from Kingfisher Bridge. On January 2, Matt Crooks and
many other birders reported Trumpeter Swan at Chatfield upstream from
Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 3, Mark Minner-Lee reported Trumpeter Swan
upstream from Kingfisher Bridge.  On January 8, Jeff Dawson and Lynn Sauer
reported Trumpeter Swan from upstream from Kingfisher  Bridge.
---On January 3, Thomas Holub and KiKi Widjaja reported Trumpeter Swan from
High Line Canal Trail -- Platte Canyon Reservoir.  On January 7, Tom and
Debbie  Benfield and several other birders reported Chatfield Trumpeter
Swan from High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road. On January 8, Crystal
Wilson, Gwen Moore, Gregg Goodrich, and Ben Sampson reported Trumpeter from
High Line Canal Trail and Titan Road.
---On January 3 at Parker Regional Park, Diane Roberts and Tim Ryan
reported Double-crested Cormorant.
---On January 8 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir (restricted access), Tim Ryan
reported Long-tailed Duck.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On January 3 at Fountain Creek Regional Park, David and Cheryl Hubbard
reported Common Redpoll.
---On January 6 south of Fountain, Tim Leppek reported Curve-billed
Thrasher and Canyon Towhee.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
---On December 31 on the Spanish Peaks CBC, Polly Neldner found a Surf
Scoter on Daigre Lake and Dave Silverman found 2 Rusty Blackbirds.  On
January 4, Polly Neldner reported that the Surf Scoter continues on Daigre
Lake.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On January 2 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Prospect Park and Lake, Aaron
Shipe reported 3 Rusty Blackbirds.  On January 7 at Wheat Ridge Greenbelt,
Aaron Shipe reported 2 Rusty Blackbirds, N of train bridge.  They flew
toward grain elevator.
---On January 5, Ira Sanders reported that a few Rosy-Finches have returned
to his feeders on De France Court in Golden.  Mark Chavez reported 1
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch and 4 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Ira's feeders on
January 5.
---On January 9 at South Platte Reservoir, David Suddjian reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On January 4 on Flager CBC, Doug Kibbe and Jeff Dawson reported 350
Lapland Longspurs and 1 Chestnut-collared Longspur.
---On January 5 on CR 10 south of Seibert, Glenn Walbek reported 4500
Lapland Longspurs and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On January 3 on Animas River Trail/Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery, Ryan Votta
reported Hermit Thrush.
---On January 7 on Animas RIver Trail/Huck Finn Pond & Hatchery, Ryan Votta
reported pair of Red-naped Sapsuckers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 1 at Larimer County Landfill (restricted access), Nick Komar
and David Dowell reported 3 Thayer's Gulls (1 2nd-cyc, 2 1-st cyc), ICELAND
GULL, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 1 3rd-cyc, 1 1-st cyc),
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL.  On January 3 at Larimer County Landfill, Steve
Mlodinow reported 6 juv Thayer's Gulls, ICELAND GULL, 8 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls (4 ad, 2 2-3 cyc, 2 1st cyc), 2 Herring x GLAUCOUS-WINGED Gulls.
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   Several birders saw one of the Woodcocks on January 8.  On January
9 at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Loch Kilpatrick reported American Woodcock
seen near Ranger's House.

MESA COUNTY:
---On January 3 at Grand Junction WA, Mike Henwood reported 6 Barrow's
Goldeneyes.
---On January 7 at Colorado River SP, Fruita Section, Ronda Woodward
reported 21 Great-tailed Grackles
---On January 8, Carol Ortenzio reported that the Golden-crowned Sparrow
returned to her yard at 306 Dakota Dr. in Grand Junction.  She reports that
the birds is very skittish.  Please do NOT block access to the garage when
you park.  Her phone
number is 970-216-8762 <(970)%20216-8762>.

MORGAN COUNTY:
---On January 7 at Jackson Lake SP, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported
Hermit Thrush.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On January 1 at Pueblo Reservoir, Joey Keller and many other birders
reported Long-tailed Duck, ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, and ad Great
Black-backed Gull.  On January 7 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Glenn
Walbek and Lock Kilpatrick reported 2 Thayer's Gulls, 6 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls (5 ad, 1 2nd-cyc), and 2 ad Great Black-backed Gulls.  On January 8
at Pueblo Reservoir, Gloria Nikolai reported Great Black-backed Gull.
---On January 2 at Valco Ponds upstream from parking lot, Paul Hurtado
reported Spotted Sandpiper.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On December 6, Eric Hynes reported all three species of Rosy-Finches
coming to his feeders in Telluride.  If you would
like to try to see them, contact Eric at erichynes28 AT gmail.com.  On
January 3, Eric Hynes reported all three species of Rosy-Finches at his
feeders in Telluride.

WELD COUNTY:
---On January 2, Chip Clouse reported 4 Rusty Blackbirds by Box Elder Creek
on CR 4 just east of CR 49 on Barr Lake CBC and Bill Kaempfer reported 1
Rusty Blackbird on CR 4 S of Hudson.  On January 4, Adam Vesely reported 2
Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 and Box Elder Creek.  On January 7 Cheryl Teuton
and Dan Brook reported 3 Rusty Blackbird on Cr 4 and Box Elder Creek.
On January 8, Peter Gent, Edie Israel, John Vanderpoel, and Joey Kellner
reported 3-4 Rusty Blackbirds at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek,
just east of CR 49.  On January 9, Loch Kilpatrick reported 3 Rusty
Blackbirds at CR 4 where it crosses Box Elder Creek.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
Sign up on line for field trips at DFO’s Website.

 The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, January 10 will be to South Platte Park
led by David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659
<(831)%20713-8659>).  This Trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 14 to Pueblo and Canon City Areas
has been CANCELLED.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, January 14 to Prospect Park (Wheat Ridge
Greenbelt) led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu; 720-381-314)
Directions:  From I-79 exit 267, take Kipling south about 3/4 mile and turn
right (west) on 44th Ave.  Go one mile west.  Look for entrance to Prospect
Park on your left (south).  Meet just inside the park in the lot right next
to Prospect Lake.  Easy walk along Clear Creek.  Register online or contact
leader.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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