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Auklets,©David Sibley

29 Jun Painted Bunting at Picture Canyon (Baca) [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
29 Jun Calliope Hummingbird Larimer County [Luger ]
29 Jun Red-necked Grebe - Dolores County Groundhog Reservoir ["Jim Beatty" ]
29 Jun Timnath Reservoir (LARIMER) - no sightings - update on access policy for non-residents [John Shenot ]
29 Jun Cassin's Kingbird in San Luis Valley []
29 Jun Common Loon on Cowdrey Lake Jackson County [Elena Klaver ]
29 Jun Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 June 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
29 Jun Interesting Birds in Jackson County [Chris Goulart ]
28 Jun Las Animas County: ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD [Polly Neldner ]
28 Jun Rufous hummingbird - Larimer County [Pat Hayward ]
28 Jun Dickcissels, Elbert County [Matt Crooks ]
28 Jun Magnificent Hummingbird in Durango [Lisa Edwards ]
28 Jun El Paso County [Lisa Edwards ]
28 Jun ANHU [Paul Tennery ]
28 Jun ANHU Las Animas County [Paul Tennery ]
27 Jun Crow Valley Rec. Area open [ROSSGULL via Colorado Birds ]
27 Jun Burrowing owls, DIA Owl Loop (Adams County) [Barry ]
27 Jun Photos: Anna's Hummingbird, Hepatic Tanagers, Las Animas cty, 6/27 [Thomas Heinrich ]
27 Jun Hepatic tanagers, Las Animas Co. [David Chartier ]
27 Jun Las Animas county Anna's Hummingbird [Paul Tennery ]
27 Jun Red-eyed Vireo and Sage Thrasher, Boulder Co [Peter Gent ]
27 Jun Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 June 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
27 Jun More discussion on the behavior of the Dickcissels in Canon City ["SeEttaM ." ]
26 Jun Re: 2015 Duck Stamp [Joey Kellner ]
26 Jun 2015 Duck Stamp [Mark Amershek ]
26 Jun Recent Miscellany (Weld and Larimer) [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
26 Jun Dickcissel/Wellington SWA (Larimer) ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
26 Jun Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 26 June 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
25 Jun Dickcissel in hayfield on MacKenzie in Canon City update--lots of movement, chasing, consorting with females ["SeEttaM ." ]
25 Jun Anna's Hummingbird , Las Animas County ["'John D' via Colorado Birds" ]
25 Jun Ravens ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
25 Jun Crow Valley, Weld County - will open June 26 [Rick ]
25 Jun From Park to JeffCo (Roads 211 and 560); Red-headed WP in JeffCo (June 23) [David Suddjian ]
25 Jun Las Animas county Anna's Hummingbird update [Paul Tennery ]
25 Jun ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD contact info, Las Animas [Joyce Takamine ]
25 Jun Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 25 June 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
25 Jun Documenting Rare Birds in Colorado ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
24 Jun Anna's Hummingbird. Las Animas county [Ptennery ]
24 Jun Announcement: Excellent Field Trips, San Miguel County, THIS WEEKEND, June 27-28 [Ted Floyd ]
24 Jun Re: Denver Birding Question [Paul Hurtado ]
24 Jun Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 June 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
23 Jun Denver Birding Question [Kyle Medina ]
23 Jun Dickcissels -- Custer Co. 6/19 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
23 Jun Yuma County (+) birding [William H Kaempfer ]
23 Jun Rare "Black....." Birds ["Robert A. Spencer" ]
23 Jun Denver Birding Question [Jennifer Miller ]
22 Jun Re: Male Rufous Hummingbird, Coal Creek Canyon, Boulder, CO. [Kristen S ]
23 Jun Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 June 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
22 Jun Dickcissel in field adjacent to MacKenzie Ave in Canon City still singing ["SeEttaM ." ]
22 Jun Boulder cardinal at 8:30 pm [Elena Klaver ]
22 Jun Boulder cardinal again [Elena Klaver ]
22 Jun Red-eyed Vireo, residential Boulder city [Eric DeFonso ]
22 Jun Sharp-tailed grouse Douglas County ["E.B. Ellis" ]
22 Jun Male Rufous Hummingbird, Coal Creek Canyon, Boulder, CO. [Adam Jack ]
22 Jun Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 June 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Jun Dickcissel return to hay field in Canon City ["SeEttaM ." ]
21 Jun Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Sat. - NOT Sun.), Durango, La Plata Co. [Susan ]
21 Jun Jackson County curlews, Veery, waterthrush and more [Charles Hundertmark ]
21 Jun Hatchling Spotted Sandpiper, Arapaho County ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
21 Jun Last Week in NW Colorado ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
21 Jun Migration ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
21 Jun Tail-less Birds [KevyGudGuy via Colorado Birds ]
21 Jun Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 June 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
20 Jun Weld Today ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
20 Jun Re: stray yellowlegs below Mt Whitney?! ["'ronbco' via Colorado Birds" ]
20 Jun stray yellowlegs below Mt Whitney?! ["'ronbco' via Colorado Birds" ]
20 Jun Larimer County on Saturday June 20 [Nick Komar ]
20 Jun Genesee Mountain - Jefferson ["'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" ]
20 Jun Chatfield birds - Douglas County ["Joey Kellner" ]
20 Jun Sage Thrasher Cherry Creek Arapahoe [Steven Kennedy ]
20 Jun Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 June 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Jun Chat - Douglas County [Glenn Hageman ]
19 Jun Miscellaneous Observations on 6/18 (Larimer and Weld) [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
19 Jun Re: Crow Valley Weld Co. [Rick ]
19 Jun Re: Crow Valley Weld Co. [Amber Carver ]
19 Jun Eastern Meadowlark, Boulder County [Paula Hansley ]

Subject: Painted Bunting at Picture Canyon (Baca)
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:50:42 -0600
Highlights of a trip today, 29June, to Picture Canyon (9 miles south of Baca M 
Rd on 18Rd) were: 


PAINTED BUNTING (probably the same one reported earlier this spring by Kaempfer 
et al, at least one male calling at several locations both south and north of 
the main Picnic Area). I did not hear any Painted Buntings for the first two 
hours of my visit while insect collecting, but then heard one singing for at 
least 15 minutes during each of several subsequent hours). It is quite possible 
more than one male was involved. I did not see any females. 


Greater Roadrunner (1 along the east rimrock)
Curve-billed Thrasher (pair in cholla at the north end of the area, east of the 
Forest Service road that goes from the county road to the Picnic Area) 

Ash-throated Flycatcher (few pairs)
Canyon Towhee (few)
Rock Wren (several)
Canyon Wren (few)
Orchard Oriole (pair at the south end near the old homestead)

Awesome insects including lots of Soapberry Hairstreaks on the catkins of the 
one coyote willow blooming 2 months late, at least three species of cicadas, 
giant wheel bugs, a gaudy clerid beetle I've never seen in CO before, 
grasshoppers of all flavors (including Green Fool and Painted), a mydas fly 
that got away, robber flies of a few types, Hackberry Butterflies (including 
one on what I think was bear scat), etc., etc. 


As an aside, keying in on a comment from the Prathers about seeing a Black 
Witch moth at recently opened Crow Valley Campground, I have seen two of these 
in Lamar since two days ago and have heard of 5 others! We get invasions every 
summer from the South out on the Plains, but this seems like a particularly 
robust incursion. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird Larimer County
From: Luger <gmluger AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:46:54 -0600
Just had a male Calliope visit the feeder at home near Horsetooth Mtn Park. I 
don't keep records of dates but this seems early for them. 

Greg Luger
Fort Collins

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe - Dolores County Groundhog Reservoir
From: "Jim Beatty" <jdbeatty AT bresnan.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:28:29 -0600
Hi All, I was surprised to see an alternate plumage adult Red-necked Grebe at 
Groundhog Reservoir in Dolores County at about 10AM today. The bird was north 
of the camp ground on the east side of the lake. It was too far out for 
photographs and since I was conducting a breeding bird survey, I couldn't stay 
very long. I doubt it was 'breeding.' 


Jim Beatty
Durtango

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Subject: Timnath Reservoir (LARIMER) - no sightings - update on access policy for non-residents
From: John Shenot <johnshenot AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:41:35 -0700 (PDT)
Sean Walters reported earlier this month that the Town of Timnath had 
adopted a policy excluding non-residents from access to Timnath Reservoir 
and the town park on the west side of the reservoir.

I've been in touch with town officials on behalf of concerned birders and 
in my capacity as chapter president of the Fort Collins Audubon Society 
(FCAS). Today I received an encouraging email from Brian Williamson in the 
Community Development Department, saying he had discussed our concerns with 
the Town Manager and they decided to "allow members of the Audubon Society 
to access the reservoir for the interim time while we work on a possible 
update to the Policy." 

FCAS has accepted an invitation to talk to the Town Council at their 7/28 
meeting about the policy. It is not likely that any decisions will be made 
at that meeting, but our remarks will inform any future policy updates.

We have no guarantee that the Town will permanently change its policy, but 
I'm doing the best I can. For the time being, Audubon members have access. 
Mr. Williamson said he would alert Shane, who greets people at the 
reservoir, and the Police Department of this temporary update to the Policy.

John Shenot
Fort Collins, CO


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Subject: Cassin's Kingbird in San Luis Valley
From: <cougar AT gojade.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:12:41 -0600
There was a Cassin’s Kingbird about 7 miles south of Smith Reservoir 
(Costilla County), by the big white ranch house along the road. This is, so far 
as I know, the first summer record for the species in the SLV. No breeding 
records in Atlas I, and am anxiously awaiting Atlas II). The handfull of other 
records were in May. In addition, there were 3 Peregrine Falcon adults, and a 
few Lark Buntings as well. Could not find Mountain Plover in those subdivided 
prairielands. 


Have looked for the Mississippi Kite recently reported in Alamosa, but have had 
no luck. 


Pretty quiet otherwise down here. 

John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO

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Subject: Common Loon on Cowdrey Lake Jackson County
From: Elena Klaver <elena AT indra.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:59:17 -0600
Deb Carstensen and I found a fall plumage common loon on Cowdrey lake State 
Wildlife Area along with lots of baby coots, pied billed grebes, other expected 
waterfowl. And sage thrashers galore as the DFO trip reported. 


Sent from my iPhone
Elena Holly Klaver
Federally Certified Court Interpreter

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 June 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:55:00 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: June 29, 2015
E-mail: rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Monday, June 29 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK (La Plata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield)
WHITE IBIS (*Grand)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson)
Upland Sandpiper (Weld)
MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD (*La Plata)
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Las Animas)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Park, Yuma)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Chaffee)
Least Flycatcher (Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (Jefferson, *Douglas)
Gray Vireo (Las Animas)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
McCown's Longspsur (Weld)
Sagebrush Sparow (Summit)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Larimer)
Hepatic Tanager (Las Animas)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder, Yuma)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder)
Baltimore Oriole (El Paso, Otero, Yuma)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Chaffee)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Jane Baryames on the Boulder
Bird Club Field trip led by David Dowell at Brainard Lake on June 13.  A
Fox Sparrow was reported by Peter Burke at Brainard Lake on June 20.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard by Paula Hansley north of Hwy 42 in
Louisville between the traffic light at 95th and where Hwy 42 turn east and
the bike path underpass on June 19.
--ON June 22, Elena Klaver reported Northern Cardinal along the trail at
4th and Hawthorne in Boulder.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--On June 22, Katey Buster reported American Three-toed Woodpecker and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches on Cottonwood Pass.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Joey Kellner at Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield SP on June 20.  Access to Chatfield is now only from the Plum
Creek Entrance.  On June 27, Joey Kellner reported Eastern Phoebe at
Chatfield SP over the reservoir.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Leonard Lake at Ramah Reservoir SWA on
June 20.

GARFIELD COUNTY
--10  Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by JoAnn Riggle at the Flat Tops
Area on June 24.

GRAND COUNTY:
--A WHITE IBIS was reported by John Cocanower at Windy Gap Reservoir on
June 28.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On June 20 at Genessee Mountain Park, Hugh Kingery reported Broad-winged
Hawk and Williamson's Sapsucker.
--5 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Cynthia Madsen at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield on June 25.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--10 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Gary Brower on Meadow Road in
Rafter J Subdivision on June 18.  On June 26, Aaron Keller reported 2 Acorn
Woodpeckers on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision.
--4 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were reported by Dugald Owen on the
Animas River in Durango on June 20.  They were on the east side of the
river, north of 32nd St.  They were not seen on June 21.
--A probable 2nd year male MAGNIFICIENT HUMMINGBIRD has been visiting the
residence of Jane Pederson in Durango.  If you would like to try to see it,
contact Jane at janelcsw AT aol.com.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Nick Komar on East Longs Peak Trail on June
20.
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Chris Goulart on Cameron Pass on June 20.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--A male ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Paul Tennery coming to his
feeder outside of Trinidad on June 24.  He is willing to let
birders try to see it, but you must be accompanied by Paul or his wife
since access to his property is surrounded by private property and is down
a private road.  His place is on Widow Woman Canyon near Valdez.  To
contact him call 719-859-2600 or ptennery AT gmail.com.  He warns
that phone and email do not always work.  On June 25, John Drummond
reported excellent views of the ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD at the Tennery
residence.  On June 26, Alec Hopping reported ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD at Tennery
residence. On June 27, David Chartier and Thomas Heinrich reported ANNA'S
HUMMINGBIRD at Tennery residence and Paul Ternnery reported that the
hummingbird sticks around all day.  On June 28, Polly Wren Neldner reported
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD at Tennery residence.Contact Paul at ptennery AT
gmail.com for directions.  He is enjoying meeting all the birders who come
to see the Anna's.
--A singing Gray Vireo was reported by Pete Janzen on Hwy 109 about 15
miles N of Kim on June 24.  Do not trespass in this area.
--Hepatic Tanagers were reported by David Chartier and Thomas Heinrich on
Hwy 12 about .5 from Mile Marker 65 on June 27.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Nic Korte N of Collbran on June 27.
--Purple Martins were reported by Nic Korte near Collbran along Brush Creek
Road at 2 locations both where road enters aspenforest and where it turns
sharply right.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Stan Oswald at Holbrook Reservoir on
June 21.

PARK COUNTY:
--On June 23 at NFRD 560, David Suddjian reported a Red-headed Woodpecker
about 1 mi from the junction with Rd 211.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
3 Sagebrush Sparrows were reported by Kirby Adams on Cow Creek South on
June 22.

WELD COUNTY:
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported by Andy Bankert about 2-3 miles east of
US 85 on CR 114 on June 17.  Bankert also reported that McCown's Longspurs
were seen in several locations on June 17.  An Upland Sandpiper was
reported by Amber Carver at the Central Plains Experimental Range on June
19.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On June 20, Bill Kaempfer reported Northern Cardinal at a roadside park
in Wray and also at the fish hatchery west of town.
--On June 20, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole, Red-bellied and
Red-headed Woodpeckers in Laird.
--On June 21, Bill Kaempfer reported red-bellied Woodpecker at Hale
Ponds/Crossroads area.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, July 4, will be to Meyers Gulch past
Walker Ranch, Boulder led by Paula Hansley (plhansley At gmail.com;
720-890-2628).  Meet at East Boulder Rec Center at South Boulder Road and
55th St.  Park at the west end of the main parking lot to assemble a car
pool.
  Meyer's Gulch is part of Boulder County's Open Space system.  Will take a
trail at about 7300 to 8000 ft elevation through ponderosa pines, aspens,
meadows, and small willow carrs.  Half-day trip.  Bring lunch or good-sized
snack and water.  Register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Trinidad

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Subject: Interesting Birds in Jackson County
From: Chris Goulart <cgoulart001 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 02:03:20 -0700 (PDT)
On Saturday at 05:00 AM, a group of intrepid birders departed from the Fort 
Collins Marriott for a trip to Jackson County for a fun day of birding on a 
DFO Sponsored trip.  In addition to being a fun day, it was also a very 
full day (over 16 hours total).  We observed a total of 96 species and 
numerous interesting mammals.  Highlights included three GREATER 
SAGE-GROUSE on County Road 7 just south of County Road 6, three VEERY on 
County Road 30 near the Michigan River, a singing NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH also 
on County Road 30 a little north of the VEERY, a minimum of 20 SAGE 
THRASHERS observed at various locations, a wet meadow with 10 SORA calling 
on County Road 12W, a BANK SWALLOW Colony on Jackson County Road 6 Near 
Cowdrey.   We also managed to find a single PINE GROSBEAK at the Colorado 
State Forest Moose Visitor's Center and a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD and FOX 
SPARROW were nice additions on Cameron Pass. Despite duck and grebe numbers 
being down significantly we still managed 12 species of breeding duck and 3 
species of breeding grebes.   We also managed to see goodly numbers of 
BIGHORN SHEEP, MULE DEER, and three MOOSE.   

Although we missed a few of the target birds we still had a great day and 
fully enjoyed the hospitality of Jackson County.

Chris Goulart
Aurora Colorado
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Subject: Las Animas County: ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD
From: Polly Neldner <pollywren AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:36:51 -0600
Happy to report that the ANNA'S HUMMMINGBIRD is still present and showing
nicely at Paul Tennery's yard in Las Animas County. What a lovely bird and
thanks so much to Paul and Andrea for hosting all the "crazy bird people"
who want to see this lovely bird!

Polly Wren and Paul Neldenr
La Veta, CO

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Subject: Rufous hummingbird - Larimer County
From: Pat Hayward <pandion2006 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:54:17 -0700 (PDT)
Just now as my husband and I were sitting outside I mentioned that we 
should start listening/looking for rufous hummers. We usually see them 
early-mid July, but with the drought and heat up north and west, it was 
possible they might come thru a bit earlier. Sure enough, AS I WAS 
SPEAKING, a male zoomed over our heads.

Pat & Joel Hayward
5400' west of Fort Collins
Masonville CO 80541

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Subject: Dickcissels, Elbert County
From: Matt Crooks <cheezwhizdom AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:55:40 -0700 (PDT)
Finally got a Dickcissel to sit still long enough to get some photos.  I 
think there were at least 4 or 5 of them on a great Sunday morning drive. 
 Photos at http://www.cheezwhizdom.com/categories/recent/index.html  

Matt C.  Littleton, CO


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Subject: Magnificent Hummingbird in Durango
From: Lisa Edwards <lagh2 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:56:25 -0600
All,

Jane Pederson has had what is most likely a 2nd year male Magnificent 
Hummingbird sporadically at her house over the past 4 days. Below is her 
description of the bird. Please contact her at janelcsw AT aol.com 
 for permission to view the hummingbird. 


Thanks,
Lisa Edwards
Palmer Lake, CO


> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: Janelcsw 
> Subject: No Mag this morning-but a revision of Mag sighting
> Date: June 26, 2015 at 9:08:50 AM MDT
> 
> 
> The Mag I observed yesterday morning was a male, not a female. The bird was 
very dark overall. Had a bold white post-ocular spot. I observed no color 
EXCEPT for a brief second, there were just a few feathers that appeared blue or 
purple, I believe on his head. I still thought female as some females in our 
study can have some gor feathers with color (BTLH), but the overall dark color 
of this bird didn't make me think male right away. (my look of the bird 
probably lasted 5 seconds--and I was in shock! He was about 1 1/2 feet from me 
on the other side of the shower window, on the feeder). The bird appeared very 
much like the adult male on Page 97 of Howell, Hummingbirds of North America. 
And according to the Peterson Hummer guide, it could have been a second spring 
male. You may be thinking--does she know what a Mag looks like? Well, yes I 
do--I just returned from 2 weeks in se AZ and have also handled Mags in the 
past at our hummingbird conservation project in AZ. 

> There was a Mag at Durango Mt. Resort about 6/7 years ago, AND there was a 
Mag at the Dunton Guard Station (our other hummer banding station in Colorado) 
in the next year that stayed about 2 weeks. The researchers were never able to 
capture the bird to band it, but it was observed extensively. I believe both 
these birds were females. 

> 
> Jane Pedersen
> JaneLCSW AT aol.com

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Subject: El Paso County
From: Lisa Edwards <lagh2 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:07:11 -0600
All,

A couple of interesting sightings for El Paso County today-

There is a Red-eyed Vireo singing along the creek trail in the Glen of Palmer 
Lake. I also had my first Rufous Hummingbird today. 


At the south end of El Paso County, there are several places along Hanover Road 
where Dickcissels can be seen and heard. 


Lisa Edwards
Palmer Lake, CO

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Subject: ANHU
From: Paul Tennery <ptennery AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:35:51 -0600
I'm eating crow right now-the ANHU just showed up! so email for directions,
Paul Tennery
Valdez

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Subject: ANHU Las Animas County
From: Paul Tennery <ptennery AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:30:42 -0600
I have NOT seen the Anna's Hummingbird as of yet this morning. I'll update
if I do.
Thanks
Paul Tennery
Valdez

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Subject: Crow Valley Rec. Area open
From: ROSSGULL via Colorado Birds <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:19:47 -0400
On our way back from Nebraska where we caught the end of the Brood IV  
17-year Cicada eruption, we were searching for some odes and tiger beetles in  
the Pawnee Grassland and happened to go by Crow Valley and found the gates 
open  and the hosts in place and working on getting the place ready for  
visitors.  The wet areas SW of the cooking shelter were closed off but  
everything else open. A huge Black Witch Moth(5-6inches) was taking refuge in 
the 

cooking shelter.  Bill and Inez Prather,  Longmont

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Subject: Burrowing owls, DIA Owl Loop (Adams County)
From: Barry <barrylgingrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:50:27 -0700 (PDT)
We saw a dozen burrowing owls between 3:30pm and 5:00pm on the DIA Owl Loop 
this afternoon, 27 June 2015, four at each of three different locations 
near DIA. The usual suspects in the usual spots, but they're always fun to 
see. Lots of overgrown grasses and thistles and other plants this year can 
make it hard to even find the prairie dog mounds, let alone the owls. At 
least the plants provide good perches. I worried maybe that it was too 
sunny and hot that time of day - and it was sunny and hot - but there were 
plenty of owls out and about.

The first set was at the Quency location, 3.4mi from 96th and Tower. They 
were spread out over two different areas.

The second set was on the SW corner of 114th and Trussville. Much easier to 
see them here. Looked like one adult on guard with three juveniles 
exploring the area. Two kept popping in and out of a mound.

The third set was on Piccadilly north of 120th. A couple on the ground, one 
perching up on a plant, and one (dad?) on a fencepost right next to the 
road. Neat.

- Barry Gingrich
  Broomfield, CO

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Subject: Photos: Anna's Hummingbird, Hepatic Tanagers, Las Animas cty, 6/27
From: Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:47:17 -0600
I made the trip up to the Trinidad area from Santa Fe (where I work during the 
summer) to see the very cooperative Anna's Hummingbird at Paul Tennery's. What 
a stunning bird! A big thanks to Paul and family for welcoming birders to his 
home! 


I met David Chartier at Paul's and we used Polly Neldner's directions to the 
Hepatic Tanager site on CO Hwy 12. The first spot we checked produced nothing. 
David pulled over a few tenths of a mile down the road and heard the tanagers. 
Thanks David! 


I would say the site was closer to .5 mi from MM65, in other words 64.5. 

I've uploaded a few photos to my galleries at Pbase:
www.pbase.com/birdercellist/recent_additions

Good birding,
Thomas 

Thomas Heinrich
Boulder, CO
Nyctea AT aol.com

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Subject: Hepatic tanagers, Las Animas Co.
From: David Chartier <drchartier AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:30:39 +0000
Returning from seeing the Anna's hummingbird this morning, I and another birder 
stopped along Rt 12 about .8 miles west of mile marker 65 where hepatic 
tanagers were previously reported. Happy to say we found the pair in the same 
spot on the north side of the road. 

 
David Chartier
Colorado Springs 
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Las Animas county Anna's Hummingbird
From: Paul Tennery <ptennery AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:33:02 -0600
ANHU still here and seen by many visiting birders.
Paul Tennery
Valdez

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Subject: Red-eyed Vireo and Sage Thrasher, Boulder Co
From: Peter Gent <gent AT ucar.edu>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:52:47 -0600
All,

This morning at 7:45 the previously reported Red-eyed Vireo was singing
loudly and seen to the northwest from the bridge over the St. Vrain River,
which is on the short east-west section of 63rd Street in northern Boulder
County and about a mile south of Highway 66.

I then went to the Rabbit Mountain open space, which is 3 miles north of
Hwy 66.  While hiking there I saw 4 Sage Thrashers.  I see them there
regularly during migration, but was surprised to see them there in pairs at
this time of year.

Cheers,  Peter Gent.
Boulder.

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 June 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:09:41 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: June 27, 2015
E-mail: rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Saturday, June 27 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK (La Plata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson)
Upland Sandpiper (Weld)
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Las Animas)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Park, Yuma)
Acorn Woodpecker (*La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Chaffee)
Eastern Phoebe (Jefferson, Douglas)
Gray Vireo (*Las Animas)
McCown's Longspsur (Weld)
Sagebrush Sparow (Summit)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Larimer)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder, Yuma)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder)
Baltimore Oriole (El Paso, Otero, Yuma)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Chaffee)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Jane Baryames on the Boulder
Bird Club Field trip led by David Dowell at Brainard Lake on June 13.  A
Fox Sparrow was reported by Peter Burke at Brainard Lake on June 20.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard by Paula Hansley north of Hwy 42 in
Louisville between the traffic light at 95th and where Hwy 42 turn east and
the bike path underpass on June 19.
--ON June 22, Elena Klaver reported Northern Cardinal along the trail at
4th and Hawthorne in Boulder.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--On June 22, Katey Buster reported American Three-toed Woodpecker and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches on Cottonwood Pass.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Joey Kellner at Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield SP on June 20.  Access to Chatfield is now only from the Plum
Creek Entrance.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Leonard Lake at Ramah Reservoir SWA on
June 20.

GARFIELD COUNTY
--10  Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by JoAnn Riggle at the Flat Tops
Area on June 24.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On June 20 at Genessee Mountain Park, Hugh Kingery reported Broad-winged
Hawk and Williamson's Sapsucker.
--5 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Cynthia Madsen at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield on June 25.
LA PLATA COUNTY:
--10 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Gary Brower on Meadow Road in
Rafter J Subdivision on June 18.  On June 26, Aaron Keller reported 2 Acorn
Woodpeckers on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision.
--4 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were reported by Dugald Owen on the
Animas River in Durango on June 20.  They were on the east side of the
river, north of 32nd St.  They were not seen on June 21.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--A male ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Paul Tennery coming to his
feeder outside of Trinidad on June 24.  He is willing to let
birders try to see it, but you must be accompanied by Paul or his wife
since access to his property is surrounded by private property and is down
a private road.  His place is on Widow Woman Canyon near Valdez.  To
contact him call 719-859-2600 or ptennery AT gmail.com.  He warns
that phone and email do not always work.  On June 25, John Drummond
reported excellent views of the ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD at the Tennery
residence.  On June 26, Alec Hopping reported ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD at Tennery
residence.  Contact Paul at ptennery AT gmail.com for details.
--A singing Gray Vireo was reported by Pete Janzen on Hwy 109 about 15
miles N of Kim on June 24.  Do not trespass in this area.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Nick Komar on East Longs Peak Trail on June
20.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Stan Oswald at Holbrook Reservoir on
June 21.

PARK COUNTY:
--On June 23 at NFRD 560, David Suddjian reported a Red-headed Woodpecker
about 1 mi from the junction with Rd 211.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
3 Sagebrush Sparrows were reported by Kirby Adams on Cow Creek South on
June 22.

WELD COUNTY:
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported by Andy Bankert about 2-3 miles east of
US 85 on CR 114 on June 17.  Bankert also reported that McCown's Longspurs
were seen in several locations on June 17.  An Upland Sandpiper was
reported by Amber Carver at the Central Plains Experimental Range on June
19.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On June 20, Bill Kaempfer reported Northern Cardinal at a roadside park
in Wray and also at the fish hatchery west of town.
--On June 20, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole, Red-bellied and
Red-headed Woodpeckers in Laird.
--On June 21, Bill Kaempfer reported red-bellied Woodpecker at Hale
Ponds/Crossroads area.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The Field Trip for Saturday, June 27 will be to Arapahoe NWR -- North Park
-- Walden led by Chris Goulard (cgoulart001 AT comcast.net; 586-764-2126).
Depart from Fort Collins Marriot, 350 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO
80525, 970-226-5200)  Trip will depart at 0500 and return around 2100.
North Park has most breeding waterfowl in Colorado.  Will explore the high
plateau of Arapahoe NWR and surrounding area.  Will visit Cmeron Pass by
0700, Lake John Walden Reservoir, and Moose Visitor Center.  Target birds
include American Three-toed Woodpecker, Williamson's Sapsucker, Gray Jay,
Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Golden Eagle, Greater Sage-Grouse, and
waterfowl.  Return to Fort Collins by 2100.  Participants are encourged to
stay the night before in the Fort Collins area.  Bring food for 3 meals,
snacks, lots of water, insect repellent, sun screen, and binoculars.  Will
probably stop for lunch in Walden.   Trip leader will have a scope but at
least one more would be beneficial.  Interested participants should email
leader for further details.  Register online or contact leader to register.

The Field Trip for Sunday, June 28 will be to Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge
led by George Mayfield (georgemayfield AT gmail.com; 720-289-9395)   From
I-70, 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 part in the lot right next to Prospect
Lake at 0700.  Register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: More discussion on the behavior of the Dickcissels in Canon City
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:25:26 -0600
So I noted yesterday that I observed a lot more activity with Dickcissels
flying about the hayfield more yesterday than I had observed when I have
checked on them daily this week as well as at least 4 separate chases
during about an hour and half.   Interestingly *Birds of North America *(BNA)
online discusses how males behaves around females as follows:


   - "Male begins almost continuous singing as soon as he is on territory,
   and when a female settles on his territory, he spends most of his time
   accompanying her as she forages and inspects nest sites. This close
   attentiveness persists through nest-building, egg-laying, and incubation,
   but wanes rapidly after hatching. " [Temple, Stanley A. 2002. Dickcissel (
   Spiza americana), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.).
   Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North
   America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/703]

So it seems plausible that the difference I observed was because the
females had just arrived and the males were, like the ones I observed with
the females, engaged in accompanying them flying around the field as she
'forages and inspects nest sites.'  Note today I was not able to get out to
watch them until later this evening so add any additional observations at
this time.  I wonder if anyone else has observed similar behavior with
Dickcissels?

I do hope the females pick sites near the fence or other locations that
will not be mowed as there is no way they will have time to nest before
this field is cut down.

SeEtta Moss

Canon City
http://BirdsAndNature.blogspot.com

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Subject: Re: 2015 Duck Stamp
From: Joey Kellner <vireo1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:27:12 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for the reminder Mark!  I usually purchase mine at the local Post 
Office, but purchasing through ABA (same price, no mark-up) is a great way 
to show how much BIRDERS contribute to habitat protection.  
 
Joey Kellner
Littleton, Colorado
 

On Friday, June 26, 2015 at 12:05:08 PM UTC-6, Mark Amershek wrote:

> I received this information today on the new 2015 Federal Duck Stamp from 
> the ABA blog.  If you have any desire to support waterfowl and the habitat 
> they use - please consider purchasing the new Duck Stamp today.
> It is a great way to support birds and birding in a big way.  Besides it 
> is a beautiful depiction of Ruddy Ducks in full color...
> Thanks and have a great weekend.
>
> Mark Amershek
>
> Copy this link:  http://wp.me/p4fXID-3Yq  and paste into your web browser.
>
>
>

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Subject: 2015 Duck Stamp
From: Mark Amershek <mamershek AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:05:07 -0700 (PDT)
I received this information today on the new 2015 Federal Duck Stamp from 
the ABA blog.  If you have any desire to support waterfowl and the habitat 
they use - please consider purchasing the new Duck Stamp today.
It is a great way to support birds and birding in a big way.  Besides it is 
a beautiful depiction of Ruddy Ducks in full color...
Thanks and have a great weekend.

Mark Amershek

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Subject: Recent Miscellany (Weld and Larimer)
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:57:42 -0600
I think I posted about the Loggerhead Shrike larder on the Pawnee (Weld CR37 
north of CR114). This will be the subject of the next "The Hungry Bird" in 
"Colorado Birds" (October 2015) so I'll not detail this event too much here. 
Suffice it to say a lot of items of great diversity can be impaled in the 
vicinity of just one shrike nest, probably by just one male. What impressed me 
the most about this particular situation near the Central Plains Experiment 
Station was the heavy use of birds, including "naked" babies obviously pulled 
out of nests. With the lush green growth and certain pastures solid yellow with 
blooming Greenthread (thanks, Amber Carver for the ID) it is easy to mistake 
this year's prairie as a tranquil place. Predators on vertebrates are having a 
bumper year right along side, and often because of, the herbivores and 
insectivores. 


At Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins (Larimer) I am aware of 4 active 
Broad-tailed Hummingbird nests. I thought I heard the gibberish of a 
Black-chinned male the other day but am not certain. The broadtail nests are in 
various stages of development, from still under construction to eggs to almost 
fledged young. As reported earlier, one nest (the 5th 2015 nest at GC and there 
are probably at least a few more, making this a true "colony" like the 
literature reports them as having) is totally done and I think I heard the 
fledged youngsters giving that distinctive "warbler-like" chip they make that I 
don't think anyone has recorded. I have enjoyed seeing the diversity of 
materials the female hummers use to craft their work-of-art nests, both the cup 
itself and the outside decoration/camo. 


In Lower Rist Canyon (Larimer) yesterday I heard an Ovenbird sing briefly one 
time at around CR52E mp 15. This is a historic location for them and despite 
the 2012 High Park Fire they have persisted in a mostly unburned north-facing 
glade. Most of the usual suspects that indicate this a nice lower montane 
habitat were there including Plumbeous Vireo, Hammond's Flycatcher, Pygmy 
Nuthatch and Red Crossbill. American Three-toed Woodpeckers nested here one 
spring/summer but all I saw yesterday while insect-collecting was a flicker and 
Hairy Woodpecker. 


Further down Rist Canyon (east of the famous "Whale Rock") I watched a parent 
pair of American Robins capture and take to a nest several 2/3s-grown 
caterpillars of the White-lined Sphinx. These "hornworm" (big spine on the rear 
of the abdomen) caterpillars, which are highly variable in color from mostly 
green to mostly blackish may be locally abundant in coming weeks. Lots of 
vegetation for this eater of a broad range of plants to consume this year with 
all the rain. They might even be conspicuous as they cross roads in large 
numbers looking for additional food or pupation sites. I would love to hear 
from COBIRDS readers about what birds they see eating these, including the date 
and location. Refer to "The Hungry Bird" article about them for more details 
(CB Vol48(4), October 2014). 


We have started an informal group in Fort Collins to monitor Chimney Swifts. 
Our initial goals are to just figure out most of the active chimneys (or other 
places) and get a handle on early summer numbers. Hopefully we can then get 
some numbers from later in the summer that might reflect nest production, and 
then additional use of roost chimneys in fall by migrants. Untimately, we would 
like to determine trends and maybe do some enhancement with artificial nest 
structures to keep a sustainable population of these fascinating urban 
providers of free control of West Nile mosquitoes and maybe other pesky 
insects. I would encourage other cities and towns to maybe do the same. We 
sucked them into the idea of chimneys being "better" than hollow trees. If they 
are in trouble, seems like we owe it to them to be part of the solution, too. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Dickcissel/Wellington SWA (Larimer)
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:17:15 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

Two Dickcissel this morning singing in fields near Weld County border along 
Larimer CR 64/Weld CR 100.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 26 June 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:31:25 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: June 25, 2015
E-mail: rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Thursday, June 25 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK (La Plata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Moffat)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson)
Upland Sandpiper (Weld)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Montrose)
Black Swift (Montrose)
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Las Animas)
Red-headed Woodpecker (*Park, Yuma)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Chaffee)
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (Moffat)
Least Flycatcher (Moffat)
Eastern Phoebe (*Jefferson, Douglas)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Lincoln, Weld)
Bell's Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspsur (Weld)
Blue-winged Warbler (Jefferson)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Routt)
Sagebrush Sparow (Summit)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Douglas)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Jackson, Larimer)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder, Yuma)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder, Lincoln)
Baltimore Oriole (El Paso, Otero, Yuma)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Chaffee)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Jane Baryames on the Boulder
Bird Club Field trip led by David Dowell at Brainard Lake on June 13.  A
Fox Sparrow was reported by Peter Burke at Brainard Lake on June 20.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard by Paula Hansley north of Hwy 42 in
Louisville between the traffic light at 95th and where Hwy 42 turn east and
the bike path underpass on June 19.
--ON June 22, Elena Klaver reported Northern Cardinal along the trail at
4th and Hawthorne in Boulder.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--On June 22, Katey Buster reported American Three-toed Woodpecker and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches on Cottonwood Pass.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Bea Weaver on North Roxburough Road
Sounth of Titan Road on June 17.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Joey Kellner at Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield SP on June 20.  Access to Chatfield is now only from the Plum
Creek Entrance.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Leonard Lake at Ramah Reservoir SWA on
June 20.

GARFIELD COUNTY
--10  Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by JoAnn Riggle at the Flat Tops
Area on June 24.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On June 16, Chuck Hundertmark reported Fox Sparrow at CR 30 at Michigan
River.
--On June 17, Chuck Hundertmark reported Fox Sparrow on Beaver Lodge Trail.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On June 3, David Chartier reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree
Grant Park. On June 4, Frank Farrell reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On June 11, Ira Sanders reported Blue-winged Warbler at
Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On June 17, Victoria Wheeler reported
Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree Grant Park.
--On June 20 at Genessee Mountain Park, Hugh Kingery reported Broad-winged
Hawk and Williamson's Sapsucker.
--5 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Cynthia Madsen at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield on June 25.
LA PLATA COUNTY:
--10 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Gary Brower on Meadow Road in
Rafter J Subdivision on June 18.
--4 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were reported by Dugald Owen on the
Animas River in Durango on June 20.  They were on the east side of the
river, north of 32nd St.  They were not seen on June 21.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--A male ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Paul Tennery coming to his
feeder outside of Trinidad on June 24.  He is willing to let
birders try to see it, but you must be accompanied by Paul or his wife
since access to his property is surrounded by private property and is down
a private road.  His place is on Widow Woman Canyon near Valdez.  To
contact him call 719-859-2600 or ptennery AT gmail.com.  He warns
that phone and email do not always work.  On June 25, John Drummond
reported excellent views of the ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD at the Tennery
residence.  Contact Paul at ptennery AT gmail.com for details.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Nick Komar on East Longs Peak Trail on June
20.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--A juv Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Glenn Walbek at Arriba
Cemetery on June 16.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Glenn Walbek in Flager on CR 0 on
June 17.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--2 Least Flycatcher were reported by Alec Hopping and Steve Mlodinow at
Wyman Living History Museum west of Craig on June 15.
--On June 16 a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was heard by Steve Mlodinow and Alec
Hopping on Black Mountain.  This will be a new state record if accepted.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Talamante Creek on June 17.
--A Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Brown's Park NWR on June 17.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On June 11, 3 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS (1f, 2m) were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.  On June 15, Mel Goff reported 2 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS in Nucla.
--On June 12, about a dozen Black Swifts were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Stan Oswald at Holbrook Reservoir on
June 21.

PARK COUNTY:
--On June 23 at NFRD 560, David Suddjian reported a Red-headed Woodpecker
about 1 mi from the junction with Rd 211.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Brandon Percival reported that the Bell's Vireo that he first
reported on May 24 continues singing at the same place,east of Valco
Bridge, south side of Valco Pond #3.  On June 11, John Drummond reported
Bell's Vireo at Valco Ponds.  On June 16, Eric DeFonso reported Bell's
Vireo at Valco Ponds.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--A Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Yampa River
Preserve on June 15.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
3 Sagebrush Sparrows were reported by Kirby Adams on Cow Creek South on
June 22.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Amber Carver on CR 114 about
1 miles east of US 85 on June 16.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Gary Lefko in Nunn on June 16.
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported by Andy Bankert about 2-3 miles east of
US 85 on CR 114 on June 17.  Bankert also reported that McCown's Longspurs
were seen in several locations on June 17.  An Upland Sandpiper was
reported by Amber Carver at the Central Plains Experimental Range on June
19.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On June 20, Bill Kaempfer reported Northern Cardinal at a roadside park
in Wray and also at the fish hatchery west of town.
--On June 20, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole, Red-bellied and
Red-headed Woodpeckers in Laird.
--On June 21, Bill Kaempfer reported red-bellied Woodpecker at Hale
Ponds/Crossroads area.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The Field Trip for Saturday, June 27 will be to Arapahoe NWR -- North Park
-- Walden led by Chris Goulard (cgoulart001 AT comcast.net; 586-764-2126).
Depart from Fort Collins Marriot, 350 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO
80525, 970-226-5200)  Trip will depart at 0500 and return around 2100.
North Park has most breeding waterfowl in Colorado.  Will explore the high
plateau of Arapahoe NWR and surrounding area.  Will visit Cmeron Pass by
0700, Lake John Walden Reservoir, and Moose Visitor Center.  Target birds
include American Three-toed Woodpecker, Williamson's Sapsucker, Gray Jay,
Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Golden Eagle, Greater Sage-Grouse, and
waterfowl.  Return to Fort Collins by 2100.  Participants are encourged to
stay the night before in the Fort Collins area.  Bring food for 3 meals,
snacks, lots of water, insect repellent, sun screen, and binoculars.  Will
probably stop for lunch in Walden.   Trip leader will have a scope but at
least one more would be beneficial.  Interested participants should email
leader for further details.  Register online or contact leader to register.

The Field Trip for Sunday, June 28 will be to Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge
led by George Mayfield (georgemayfield AT gmail.com; 720-289-9395)   From
I-70, 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 part in the lot right next to Prospect
Lake at 0700.  Register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Dickcissel in hayfield on MacKenzie in Canon City update--lots of movement, chasing, consorting with females
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:13:35 -0600
The male Dickcissel I have reported on that are in the hayfield adjacent to
MacKenzie Ave in Canon City continue to sing much of the day.  Today they
were unusually active, flying around more with at least 4 chases (could not
tell if both male or if male and female).  They were coming to near the
roadway to perch in the tall trees that line the fenceline so I was able to
observe them from pretty close distances and get the close-up pic above
from about 20 feet away.  I have uploaded two photos onto my Birds and
Nature blog  along with discussion of
behavior.  I have more about the female(s) I saw  but it is getting late so
will post more tomorrow.

Hoping that the good rain we got yesterday will delay the cutting of the
hay field these Dickcissel are in.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird , Las Animas County
From: "'John D' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:10:56 -0400
CO birders :

 Jeannie M , Lynne M and myself had excellent views early afternoon of the male 
Anna's hummingbird coming to Paul Tennery's feeders near Valdez Las Animas 
County . Thanks to Paul's gracious hospitality we had views of the Anna's 
defending the feeders against Broad-tailed , Black -Chinned and a male Rufous 
Hummingbird . I will post photos on the CFO facebook page shortly . My number 
440 CO state species . 


Note that it is important that you contact Paul ahead of any visit as the road 
in is private and requires detailed instructions to get there . Your GPS will 
not do the job !! 


John Drummond
Colorado Springs 

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Subject: Ravens
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:03:48 -0400
For those of you interested in raven ID, I tweaked my Flickr album's info a bit 
and added some interesting pics of young Commons from Rio Blanco County 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/36088296 AT N08/sets/72157648751323692



Good Birding
Steven Mlodinow
Longmont CO

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Subject: Crow Valley, Weld County - will open June 26
From: Rick <rickschroe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:54:59 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings - 

I had sent an email inquiry about Crow Valley a while back and just got 
this reply:

"Mr. Schroeder, thanks for your inquiry. I apologize for  the delay in 
response as we have been expecting a decision on the opening for a few 
days. CVRA day use, Group camping, and Campground will open 6/26/15. 
Reservation may not be available for a while.  Feel free to call if any 
further questions at 970 346-5000."

Rick Schroeder
Fort Collins

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Subject: From Park to JeffCo (Roads 211 and 560); Red-headed WP in JeffCo (June 23)
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:58:51 -0600
On June 23 I made a run over the Front Range from Park Co north of Lake
George into Jefferson Co via the Hayman Burn and Stoney Pass mostly along
Pike NF Roads 211 and 560. I began with some time at Lake George. This
location is the best or one of the best for a few breeding species in Park,
such as *Great-tailed Grackle* (6; nesting confirmation), *Common
Yellowthroat* (5), and *Nor. Rough-winged Swallow* (2). Ducks were few, but
included a rare summering male *Bufflehead*, and *Ruddy Ducks*, *Gadwall*
and *Mallards*. A *Sora* and *Pied-billed Grebe* were also noted.

The beginning 6 miles of Road 211 in Park were very birdy with a mix of
intact and burned forest, before entering into many miles of mostly burned
forest. Among the birds in this first part were a singing *Virginia's
Warbler*, out of its expected Park County range and Gambel oak habitat
which is limited to a small area at the extreme south edge of the county.
This bird was singing from scattered Douglas-fir amid small aspens and
shrubs. A *Bushtit* family in a willow thicket was a good breeding
confirmation for Park, with a singing *Gray Catbird* there, too. Also
two *Band-tailed
Pigeons*, a *Canyon Wren*, families of *Dusky Grouse* and *Wild Turkey*, *Red
Crossbills* (Type 2) and an early male *Rufous Hummingbird *feeding at
paintbrush blooms.

Moving on past 6 miles on Road 211 (still in Park) into fully burn
dominated areas with islands of trees I encountered a pair of *Sharp-shinned
Hawks *(rare in Park), a singing male *Lazuli Bunting* (rare in Park), and
another *Canyon Wren*.

The 12 miles-long Jeffco portion of Road 211 that I sampled had pleasant
birding and great scenery, but few unexpected species. Three widely
spaced *Lewis's
Woodpeckers* were enjoyed.

Along NF Road 560 I found one *Red-headed Woodpecker* in the same spot
where a pair had been reported in recent years. This was 1.0 mile from the
junction with Road 211. It was on the creek side of the road focusing its
activity at and near a large four-trunk pine snag. It was carrying food in
its bill, suggesting an active nest, but I could not confirm breeding
beyond that. Other birds in that immediate area included another *Lewis's
Woodpecker*, *Lazuli Buntings,* *Common Nighthawk*, and *Band-tailed Pigeon
*(4). The drive onwards along Road 560 over Stoney Pass had lovely forest,
great flower displays and lots of flies. A *Northern Goshawk *was a
highlight. Feeders at the Windy Peak Outdoor Education facility past Lake
Wellington had another early male *Rufous Hummingbird* amid a swarm of
Broad-taileds.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Las Animas county Anna's Hummingbird update
From: Paul Tennery <ptennery AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:39:38 -0600
Much to my relief, the Anna's hummingbird is still here this morning
protecting the feeder.
Paul Tennery
Valdez

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Subject: ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD contact info, Las Animas
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:20:58 -0600
Paul Tennery and his wife will be at home today (6/25) so will be available
to help birders see the ANNA'S.  Please contact him at ptennery AT gmail.com
.

Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 25 June 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:13:33 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: June 25, 2015
E-mail: rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Thursday, June 25 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK (La Plata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (*Garfield, Moffat)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson)
Upland Sandpiper (Weld)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Montrose)
Black Swift (Montrose)
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Las Animas)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Yuma)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Chaffee)
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (Moffat)
Least Flycatcher (Moffat)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Lincoln, Weld)
Bell's Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspsur (Weld)
Blue-winged Warbler (Jefferson)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Routt)
Sagebrush Sparow (Summit)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Douglas)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Jackson, Larimer)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder, Yuma)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder, Lincoln)
Baltimore Oriole (El Paso, Otero, Yuma)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Chaffee)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Jane Baryames on the Boulder
Bird Club Field trip led by David Dowell at Brainard Lake on June 13.  A
Fox Sparrow was reported by Peter Burke at Brainard Lake on June 20.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard by Paula Hansley north of Hwy 42 in
Louisville between the traffic light at 95th and where Hwy 42 turn east and
the bike path underpass on June 19.
--ON June 22, Elena Klaver reported Northern Cardinal along the trail at
4th and Hawthorne in Boulder.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--On June 22, Katey Buster reported American Three-toed Woodpecker and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches on Cottonwood Pass.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Bea Weaver on North Roxburough Road
Sounth of Titan Road on June 17.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Joey Kellner at Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield SP on June 20.  Access to Chatfield is now only from the Plum
Creek Entrance.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Leonard Lake at Ramah Reservoir SWA on
June 20.

GARFIELD COUNTY
--10  Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by JoAnn Riggle at the Flat Tops
Area on June 24.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On June 16, Chuck Hundertmark reported Fox Sparrow at CR 30 at Michigan
River.
--On June 17, Chuck Hundertmark reported Fox Sparrow on Beaver Lodge Trail.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On June 3, David Chartier reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree
Grant Park. On June 4, Frank Farrell reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On June 11, Ira Sanders reported Blue-winged Warbler at
Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On June 17, Victoria Wheeler reported
Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree Grant Park.
--On June 20 at Genessee Mountain Park, Hugh Kingery reported Broad-winged
Hawk and Williamson's Sapsucker.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--10 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Gary Brower on Meadow Road in
Rafter J Subdivision on June 18.
--4 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were reported by Dugald Owen on the
Animas River in Durango on June 20.  They were on the east side of the
river, north of 32nd St.  They were not seen on June 21.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--A male ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Paul Tennery coming to his
feeder outside of Trinidad on June 24.  He is willing to let
birders try to see it, but you must be accompanied by Paul or his wife
since access to his property is surrounded by private property and is down
a private road.  His place is on Widow Woman Canyon near Valdez.  To
contact him call 719-859-2600 or ptennery AT gmail.com.  He warns
that phone and email do not always work.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Nick Komar on East Longs Peak Trail on June
20.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--A juv Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Glenn Walbek at Arriba
Cemetery on June 16.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Glenn Walbek in Flager on CR 0 on
June 17.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--2 Least Flycatcher were reported by Alec Hopping and Steve Mlodinow at
Wyman Living History Museum west of Craig on June 15.
--On June 16 a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was heard by Steve Mlodinow and Alec
Hopping on Black Mountain.  This will be a new state record if accepted.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Talamante Creek on June 17.
--A Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Brown's Park NWR on June 17.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On June 11, 3 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS (1f, 2m) were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.  On June 15, Mel Goff reported 2 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS in Nucla.
--On June 12, about a dozen Black Swifts were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Stan Oswald at Holbrook Reservoir on
June 21.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Brandon Percival reported that the Bell's Vireo that he first
reported on May 24 continues singing at the same place,east of Valco
Bridge, south side of Valco Pond #3.  On June 11, John Drummond reported
Bell's Vireo at Valco Ponds.  On June 16, Eric DeFonso reported Bell's
Vireo at Valco Ponds.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--A Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Yampa River
Preserve on June 15.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
3 Sagebrush Sparrows were reported by Kirby Adams on Cow Creek South on
June 22.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Amber Carver on CR 114 about
1 miles east of US 85 on June 16.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Gary Lefko in Nunn on June 16.
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported by Andy Bankert about 2-3 miles east of
US 85 on CR 114 on June 17.  Bankert also reported that McCown's Longspurs
were seen in several locations on June 17.  An Upland Sandpiper was
reported by Amber Carver at the Central Plains Experimental Range on June
19.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On June 20, Bill Kaempfer reported Northern Cardinal at a roadside park
in Wray and also at the fish hatchery west of town.
--On June 20, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole, Red-bellied and
Red-headed Woodpeckers in Laird.
--On June 21, Bill Kaempfer reported red-bellied Woodpecker at Hale
Ponds/Crossroads area.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The Field Trip for Thursday, June 25 will be to the Bailey Nesting Area,
Summit County led by Paul Slingsby & Chris Blakeslee (paslingsby At
comcast.net; 303-442-3728).  The trip is full.

The Field Trip for Saturday, June 27 will be to Arapahoe NWR -- North Park
-- Walden led by Chris Goulard (cgoulart001 AT comcast.net; 586-764-2126).
Depart from Fort Collins Marriot, 350 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO
80525, 970-226-5200)  Trip will depart at 0500 and return around 2100.
North Park has most breeding waterfowl in Colorado.  Will explore the high
plateau of Arapahoe NWR and surrounding area.  Will visit Cmeron Pass by
0700, Lake John Walden Reservoir, and Moose Visitor Center.  Target birds
include American Three-toed Woodpecker, Williamson's Sapsucker, Gray Jay,
Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Golden Eagle, Greater Sage-Grouse, and
waterfowl.  Return to Fort Collins by 2100.  Participants are encourged to
stay the night before in the Fort Collins area.  Bring food for 3 meals,
snacks, lots of water, insect repellent, sun screen, and binoculars.  Will
probably stop for lunch in Walden.   Trip leader will have a scope but at
least one more would be beneficial.  Interested participants should email
leader for further details.  Register online or contact leader to register.

The Field Trip for Sunday, June 28 will be to Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge
led by George Mayfield (georgemayfield AT gmail.com; 720-289-9395)   From
I-70, 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 part in the lot right next to Prospect
Lake at 0700.  Register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Documenting Rare Birds in Colorado
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:06:42 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
Since someone asked how to document rare birds they see in Colorado.  Here is 
how to do that.  Go to the Colorado Birds Records Committee (CBRC) Website 
http://coloradobirdrecords.org/ and go to Report a Bird. 

The Current State Review can be seen at 
http://coloradobirdrecords.org/ReviewList.aspx and you can see what counties 
you should document other birds.  There is one error on the CBRC Website, Rock 
Wren is NOT a state review species.   Hope this information helps, 

Brandon Percivalformer CBRC Member (who documents rare birds in CO)  
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird. Las Animas county
From: Ptennery <ptennery AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:17:17 -0600
I have been watching a lone male Anna's hummingbird at feeder for past two 
hours. Fighting off Black-chinned and Broad-tailed HBs. iPhone pics available. 


Paul Tennery
Valdez, Las Animas county

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Announcement: Excellent Field Trips, San Miguel County, THIS WEEKEND, June 27-28
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:43:08 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, Birders.

Apologies for the late announcement. Besser spät als nie, ja? Anyhow, 
Between the Covers bookstore and The Nature Conservancy in Colorado will be 
offering some fantastic birding opportunities in little-birded San Miguel 
County this coming weekend, Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28. Host is Yours 
Truly.

Black Swifts basically guaranteed; Pacific Wren will be looked for; county 
lists--well, one county in particular--will soar to empyrean heights; 
rarities possible; discovery a certainty.

Our hub will be Telluride, home of Between the Covers; address is 224 West 
Colorado Avenue. Thumbnail sketch of our itinerary:

Saturday, June 27, 7am, Tabeguache Preserve. Carpool from Telluride.
Saturday, June 27, 12 noon, short talk (me) and hike for Pacific Wren (and 
other stuff). Depart from Between the Covers.
Saturday, June 27, 3pm. Birding at South Fork Preserve.

Sunday, June 28, 7:30am. Bridal Veil Falls, Telluride. Gee, I wonder birds 
we'll look for...
Saturday, June 28, 11am. Birding at Keystone Gorge. Meet at the top of 
Galloping Goose trailhead, opposite Cindybread Bakery.

Please rsvp with me if interested. Email only. I'm tedfloyd57 "at" hotmail 
"dot" com. In the subject area, please indicate TELLURIDE BIRDING WEEKEND.

Thanks, and hope to see some of you this weekend!

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Subject: Re: Denver Birding Question
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:46:23 -0700
Hi Jennifer,

Definitely check out the information at www.coloradocountybirding.org,
which should give you plenty of options for birding in and around Denver.

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado
On Jun 23, 2015 8:33 AM, "Jennifer Miller" 
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I will be in Denver next week and should be able to do some birding. I
> have looked up the ebird hotspots, but was hoping that some of you would
> share your favorite birding spots with me. I should have both full and half
> days to bird. In addition to Denver, I will be driving from Texas and may
> have limited opportunity to bird a few areas off of I-25. If there is
> anything special that I need to know about a birding site, please let me
> know. I have never birded in Colorado before and I am not sure of the
> regional specialties that I should be looking for so any info about them
> would be much appreciated, too!
>
> Thanks!
>
> Jennifer Miller
> Lubbock, TX
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 June 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 03:30:20 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: June 24, 2015
E-mail: rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Wednesday, June 24 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK (La Plata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Moffat)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson)
Upland Sandpiper (Weld)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Huerfano)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Montrose)
Black Swift (Montrose)
Red-headed Woodpecker (*Yuma)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (*Yuma)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Chaffee)
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (Moffat)
Least Flycatcher (Moffat)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Lincoln, Weld)
Bell's Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspsur (Weld)
Blue-winged Warbler (Jefferson)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Routt)
Sagebrush Sparow (Summit)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Douglas)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Jackson, Larimer)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder, *Yuma)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder, Lincoln)
Baltimore Oriole (El Paso, Otero, *Yuma)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Chaffee)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Jane Baryames on the Boulder
Bird Club Field trip led by David Dowell at Brainard Lake on June 13.  A
Fox Sparrow was reported by Peter Burke at Brainard Lake on June 20.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard by Paula Hansley north of Hwy 42 in
Louisville between the traffic light at 95th and where Hwy 42 turn east and
the bike path underpass on June 19.
--ON June 22, Elena Klaver reported Northern Cardinal along the trail at
4th and Hawthorne in Boulder.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--On June 22, Katey Buster reported American Three-toed Woodpecker and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches on Cottonwood Pass.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Bea Weaver on North Roxburough Road
Sounth of Titan Road on June 17.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Joey Kellner at Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield SP on June 20.  Access to Chatfield is now only from the Plum
Creek Entrance.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Leonard Lake at Ramah Reservoir SWA on
June 20.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Polly Wren Neldner reported a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in their
yard in La Veta.  The BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen again on June 11 by
Neldner and Mark Peterson.  On June 12, Nelder reported that the
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard about 0530 and seen around 1600 by Neldner,
Miller, Boswell, and Takamine.  On June 13, Gene Rutherford reported seeing
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in La Veta.  Neldner reported seeing it mid-morning on
June 13, but others were not able to see it. On June 14, Neldner reported
that the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard but not seen.  One interesting
complication is that a Yellow-billed Cuckoo has appeared and was seen on
June 14.  On June 15, the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO called persistently from 0530
to 0745.    On June 16, the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was not heard or seen.  If
you would like to try for it and for updates contact her at pollywren AT
gmail.com.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On June 16, Chuck Hundertmark reported Fox Sparrow at CR 30 at Michigan
River.
--On June 17, Chuck Hundertmark reported Fox Sparrow on Beaver Lodge Trail.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On June 3, David Chartier reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree
Grant Park. On June 4, Frank Farrell reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On June 11, Ira Sanders reported Blue-winged Warbler at
Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On June 17, Victoria Wheeler reported
Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree Grant Park.
--On June 20 at Genessee Mountain Park, Hugh Kingery reported Broad-winged
Hawk and Williamson's Sapsucker.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--10 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Gary Brower on Meadow Road in
Rafter J Subdivision on June 18.
--4 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were reported by Dugald Owen on the
Animas River in Durango on June 20.  They were on the east side of the
river, north of 32nd St.  They were not seen on June 21.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Nick Komar on East Longs Peak Trail on June
20.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--A juv Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Glenn Walbek at Arriba
Cemetery on June 16.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Glenn Walbek in Flager on CR 0 on
June 17.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--2 Least Flycatcher were reported by Alec Hopping and Steve Mlodinow at
Wyman Living History Museum west of Craig on June 15.
--On June 16 a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was heard by Steve Mlodinow and Alec
Hopping on Black Mountain.  This will be a new state record if accepted.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Talamante Creek on June 17.
--A Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Brown's Park NWR on June 17.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On June 11, 3 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS (1f, 2m) were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.  On June 15, Mel Goff reported 2 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS in Nucla.
--On June 12, about a dozen Black Swifts were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Stan Oswald at Holbrook Reservoir on
June 21.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Brandon Percival reported that the Bell's Vireo that he first
reported on May 24 continues singing at the same place,east of Valco
Bridge, south side of Valco Pond #3.  On June 11, John Drummond reported
Bell's Vireo at Valco Ponds.  On June 16, Eric DeFonso reported Bell's
Vireo at Valco Ponds.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--A Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Yampa River
Preserve on June 15.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
3 Sagebrush Sparrows were reported by Kirby Adams on Cow Creek South on
June 22.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Amber Carver on CR 114 about
1 miles east of US 85 on June 16.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Gary Lefko in Nunn on June 16.
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported by Andy Bankert about 2-3 miles east of
US 85 on CR 114 on June 17.  Bankert also reported that McCown's Longspurs
were seen in several locations on June 17.  An Upland Sandpiper was
reported by Amber Carver at the Central Plains Experimental Range on June
19.

YUMA COUNTY:
--On June 20, Bill Kaempfer reported Northern Cardinal at a roadside park
in Wray and also at the fish hatchery west of town.
--On June 20, Bill Kaempfer reported Baltimore Oriole, Red-bellied and
Red-headed Woodpeckers in Laird.
--On June 21, Bill Kaempfer reported red-bellied Woodpecker at Hale
Ponds/Crossroads area.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The Field Trip for Thursday, June 25 will be to the Bailey Nesting Area,
Summit County led by Paul Slingsby & Chris Blakeslee (paslingsby At
comcast.net; 303-442-3728).  The trip is full.

The Field Trip for Saturday, June 27 will be to Arapahoe NWR -- North Park
-- Walden led by Chris Goulard (cgoulart001 AT comcast.net; 586-764-2126).
Depart from Fort Collins Marriot, 350 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO
80525, 970-226-5200)  Trip will depart at 0500 and return around 2100.
North Park has most breeding waterfowl in Colorado.  Will explore the high
plateau of Arapahoe NWR and surrounding area.  Will visit Cmeron Pass by
0700, Lake John Walden Reservoir, and Moose Visitor Center.  Target birds
include American Three-toed Woodpecker, Williamson's Sapsucker, Gray Jay,
Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Golden Eagle, Greater Sage-Grouse, and
waterfowl.  Return to Fort Collins by 2100.  Participants are encourged to
stay the night before in the Fort Collins area.  Bring food for 3 meals,
snacks, lots of water, insect repellent, sun screen, and binoculars.  Will
probably stop for lunch in Walden.   Trip leader will have a scope but at
least one more would be beneficial.  Interested participants should email
leader for further details.  Register online or contact leader to register.

The Field Trip for Sunday, June 28 will be to Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge
led by George Mayfield (georgemayfield AT gmail.com; 720-289-9395)   From
I-70, 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 part in the lot right next to Prospect
Lake at 0700.  Register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Denver Birding Question
From: Kyle Medina <kmedina419 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:53:21 -0700 (PDT)
Welcome to Denver!! I would recommend Chatfield State Park. It's seems to be a 
very good hot spot. And we'll it's just beautiful. Hope all goes well. 


Kyle Medina
Lakewood, CO

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Subject: Dickcissels -- Custer Co. 6/19
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:35:18 +0000 (UTC)
My dad and I drove some of the back roads north of Wetmore, Custer County, on 
Friday (19 June), and there were at least three singing Dickcissels in the hay 
fields there.  Not sure if these fields have been cut by now or not. 

Other highlights in the Wet Mountains, s.w. of Pueblo in Custer County this 
past weekend, was a Flammulated Owl.  Last weekend, both Flammulated and a 
Northern Pygmy-Owl were around too.  All the hummingbirds I've seen up there 
have been Broad-taileds so far.  Non bird highlights have been a Black Bear 
and Elk. 

Good birding,
Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Yuma County (+) birding
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:57:42 +0000
I ventured out on an overnight trip to Yuma County on Saturday; the birding was 
enjoyable if not notable for any rarities. In other words the black birds were 
almost totally black not with black restricted to their bills, bellies or 
backs! 


My first stop on Saturday was in the town of Yuma itself. Yuma has a number of 
odd little ponds dropped down in funny places in town. One of them in a tiny 
park right along US 34 as you come into town was home to an out of place 
Western Grebe. Although there were no other birds of note, I did notice that 
the hackberry trees were absolutely full of gall blisters and the junipers were 
covered with berries, so check back later. Flying over town was a single 
Mississippi Kite. 


The town of Wray and surrounding hotspots delivered the usual eastern birds 
including Northern Cardinals calling at both the roadside park in town and the 
fish hatchery west of town. Wray, if I have this right, is the first place that 
Northern Cardinal breeding was confirmed in the state about 25 years ago. 
Laird, which is almost in Nebraska looks far more like a middle-west hamlet 
than a high-plains town. It is worth a walk along the street that curves 
through town and then heads to the west (road PP and ½, if I remember). I had 
a Baltimore Oriole in Laird as well as Red-bellied Woodpeckers; lots of 
Red-headed Woodpeckers, too, and out there the Warbling Vireos, White-breasted 
Nuthatches and Downy Woodpeckers are inevitably "eastern". 


Sunday I visited the Hale Ponds/Crossroads areas and had more of the same 
including another Red-bellied Woodpecker, but not too much else of note. 
Driving home, side trips off the highway into agricultural areas brought out 
one Dick-Dick-Dickcissel after another calling loudly from the wires. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: Rare "Black....." Birds
From: "Robert A. Spencer" <bobolink AT indra.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:19:40 -0600
Hi Colorado birders.  Black is back , Three rare Black birds are reported :

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK  (LaPlata)

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO  (Huerfano)

BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (Moffat)

Wish I was able to chase them as the first and last would be state birds for 
me. 


Birding is good in Colorado!

Bob Spencer N.E. of Golden

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Subject: Denver Birding Question
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:30:00 -0500
Hi All,

I will be in Denver next week and should be able to do some birding. I have
looked up the ebird hotspots, but was hoping that some of you would share
your favorite birding spots with me. I should have both full and half days
to bird. In addition to Denver, I will be driving from Texas and may have
limited opportunity to bird a few areas off of I-25. If there is anything
special that I need to know about a birding site, please let me know. I
have never birded in Colorado before and I am not sure of the regional
specialties that I should be looking for so any info about them would be
much appreciated, too!

Thanks!

Jennifer Miller
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Re: Male Rufous Hummingbird, Coal Creek Canyon, Boulder, CO.
From: Kristen S <krisselzer2014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:39:57 -0700 (PDT)
Adam,  

I have had two Rufous sightings at 6,800 ft near the Colorado Springs zoo. 
 Yes, early!

Kristen

On Monday, June 22, 2015 at 5:40:02 PM UTC-6, Adam Jack wrote:
>
> Nice male rufous hummer sitting at the feeder taking a long long drink. 
> Second (maybe third) sighting in last week or so. Early this year.
>
> regards
>
> Adam
>
> Adam Jack
> Coal Creek Canyon
> Boulder
> Colorado
>

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 June 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 04:15:30 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: June 23, 2015
E-mail: rba AT cobirds.org

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

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

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK (La Plata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Moffat)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson)
Upland Sandpiper (Weld)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Huerfano)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Montrose)
Black Swift (Montrose)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (Moffat)
Least Flycatcher (Moffat)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Lincoln, Weld)
Bell's Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspsur (Weld)
Blue-winged Warbler (Jefferson)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Routt)
Grace's Warbler (Chaffee, Mesa)
Sagebrush Sparow (*Summit)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Douglas)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Chaffee, Jackson, Larimer)
Northern Cardinal (*Boulder)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder, Lincoln)
Baltimore Oriole (El Paso, Otero)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Jane Baryames on the Boulder
Bird Club Field trip led by David Dowell at Brainard Lake on June 13.  A
Fox Sparrow was reported by Peter Burke at Brainard Lake on June 20.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard by Paula Hansley north of Hwy 42 in
Louisville between the traffic light at 95th and where Hwy 42 turn east and
the bike path underpass on June 19.
--ON June 22, Elena Klaver reported Northern Cardinal along the trail at
4th and Hawthorne in Boulder.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
-- On June 8, Nunes reports a singing Grace's Warbler at the Mt. Shavano
trailhead.  On June 13, Sally Waterhouse reported Grace's Warbler on CR
250.  On June 14, Bob Spencer reported Grace's Warbler near the Shavano
trailhead.
--On June 14, Bob Spencer reported 2 Fox Sparrow's at the Collegiate Peaks
Campground.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Bea Weaver on North Roxburough Road
Sounth of Titan Road on June 17.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Joey Kellner at Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield SP on June 20.  Access to Chatfield is now only from the Plum
Creek Entrance.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Leonard Lake at Ramah Reservoir SWA on
June 20.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Polly Wren Neldner reported a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in their
yard in La Veta.  The BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen again on June 11 by
Neldner and Mark Peterson.  On June 12, Nelder reported that the
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard about 0530 and seen around 1600 by Neldner,
Miller, Boswell, and Takamine.  On June 13, Gene Rutherford reported seeing
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in La Veta.  Neldner reported seeing it mid-morning on
June 13, but others were not able to see it. On June 14, Neldner reported
that the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard but not seen.  One interesting
complication is that a Yellow-billed Cuckoo has appeared and was seen on
June 14.  On June 15, the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO called persistently from 0530
to 0745.    On June 16, the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was not heard or seen.  If
you would like to try for it and for updates contact her at pollywren AT
gmail.com.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On June 16, Chuck Hundertmark reported Fox Sparrow at CR 30 at Michigan
River.
--On June 17, Chuck Hundertmark reported Fox Sparrow on Beaver Lodge Trail.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On June 3, David Chartier reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree
Grant Park. On June 4, Frank Farrell reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On June 11, Ira Sanders reported Blue-winged Warbler at
Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On June 17, Victoria Wheeler reported
Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree Grant Park.
--On June 20 at Genessee Mountain Park, Hugh Kingery reported Broad-winged
Hawk and Williamson's Sapsucker.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--10 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Gary Brower on Meadow Road in
Rafter J Subdivision on June 18.
--4 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were reported by Dugald Owen on the
Animas River in Durango on June 20.  They were on the east side of the
river, north of 32nd St.  They were not seen on June 21.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Nick Komar on East Longs Peak Trail on June
20.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--A juv Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Glenn Walbek at Arriba
Cemetery on June 16.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Glenn Walbek in Flager on CR 0 on
June 17.

MESA COUNTY:
--4 Grace's Warblers were reported by Denise and Mark Vollmar at Black Pine
Reservoir on June 14.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--2 Least Flycatcher were reported by Alec Hopping and Steve Mlodinow at
Wyman Living History Museum west of Craig on June 15.
--On June 16 a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was heard by Steve Mlodinow and Alec
Hopping on Black Mountain.  This will be a new state record if accepted.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Talamante Creek on June 17.
--A Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Brown's Park NWR on June 17.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On June 11, 3 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS (1f, 2m) were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.  On June 15, Mel Goff reported 2 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS in Nucla.
--On June 12, about a dozen Black Swifts were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Stan Oswald at Holbrook Reservoir on
June 21.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Brandon Percival reported that the Bell's Vireo that he first
reported on May 24 continues singing at the same place,east of Valco
Bridge, south side of Valco Pond #3.  On June 11, John Drummond reported
Bell's Vireo at Valco Ponds.  On June 16, Eric DeFonso reported Bell's
Vireo at Valco Ponds.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--A Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Yampa River
Preserve on June 15.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
3 Sagebrush Sparrows were reported by Kirby Adams on Cow Creek South on
June 22.  This would be a county first.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Amber Carver on CR 114 about
1 miles east of US 85 on June 16.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Gary Lefko in Nunn on June 16.
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported by Andy Bankert about 2-3 miles east of
US 85 on CR 114 on June 17.  Bankert also reported that McCown's Longspurs
were seen in several locations on June 17.  An Upland Sandpiper was
reported by Amber Carver at the Central Plains Experimental Range on June
19.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The Field Trip for Thursday, June 25 will be to the Bailey Nesting Area,
Summit County led by Paul Slingsby & Chris Blakeslee (paslingsby At
comcast.net; 303-442-3728).  The trip is full.

The Field Trip for Saturday, June 27 will be to Arapahoe NWR -- North Park
-- Walden led by Chris Goulard (cgoulart001 AT comcast.net; 586-764-2126).
Depart from Fort Collins Marriot, 350 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO
80525, 970-226-5200)  Trip will depart at 0500 and return around 2100.
North Park has most breeding waterfowl in Colorado.  Will explore the high
plateau of Arapahoe NWR and surrounding area.  Will visit Cmeron Pass by
0700, Lake John Walden Reservoir, and Moose Visitor Center.  Target birds
include American Three-toed Woodpecker, Williamson's Sapsucker, Gray Jay,
Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Golden Eagle, Greater Sage-Grouse, and
waterfowl.  Return to Fort Collins by 2100.  Participants are encourged to
stay the night before in the Fort Collins area.  Bring food for 3 meals,
snacks, lots of water, insect repellent, sun screen, and binoculars.  Will
probably stop for lunch in Walden.   Trip leader will have a scope but at
least one more would be beneficial.  Interested participants should email
leader for further details.  Register online or contact leader to register.

The Field Trip for Sunday, June 28 will be to Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge
led by George Mayfield (georgemayfield AT gmail.com; 720-289-9395)   From
I-70, 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 part in the lot right next to Prospect
Lake at 0700.  Register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Dickcissel in field adjacent to MacKenzie Ave in Canon City still singing
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:11:10 -0600
I had to go out of town this morning so did not have time to check on the
Dickcissels until this evening (and then I waited until it cooled down).
One Dickcissel flew in to the trees right on MacKenzie Ave for great views
but since it was getting too dark for good photos.  The Dickcissel that
tends to perch in the large juniper tree sang until 8:20 pm.  They have
mowed the hay field on the west side of MacKenzie but have not started on
the hay field in which the Dickcissels are located on the east side of
MacKenzie.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Boulder cardinal at 8:30 pm
From: Elena Klaver <elena AT indra.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:33:02 -0600
Sorry, I neglected to put the time. 

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Subject: Boulder cardinal again
From: Elena Klaver <elena AT indra.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:31:16 -0600
The Boulder northern cardinal just was calling and then flew along the trail at 
4th and Hawthorne 


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Subject: Red-eyed Vireo, residential Boulder city
From: Eric DeFonso <bay.wren AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:52:52 -0600
Hi folks,

I went out for an early-morning run in my neighborhood and heard a singing
Red-eyed Vireo up around 24th and Bluff, in the heart of residential
Boulder. This is actually the second time I've heard it the past couple
weeks. The first time, I noted it but didn't report it here since I figured
it would be moving elsewhere quickly. But apparently it has stuck around.
The other time I heard it was just a block or two away, near Mapleton and
23rd, so it seems to have set up shop here.

I know this is just more Boulder County arcana, but I think it's cool when
a bird like this hangs around a neighborhood, breaking up the monotony of
robins, starlings, and house finches.

Thanks for indulging me,
Eric

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Boulder, CO

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Subject: Sharp-tailed grouse Douglas County
From: "E.B. Ellis" <ernest.b.ellis AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:59:55 -0600
about 6:20 am today, I saw a sharp-tailed grouse fly across Waterton Canyon
Road from the highline canal side (north side) to the area just east of the
hogback ( south side).  It flew into the chamisa hillside just to the east
of the dirt road access to the quarry that is just east of the hogback.

E. B. Ellis
Roxborough Village

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Subject: Male Rufous Hummingbird, Coal Creek Canyon, Boulder, CO.
From: Adam Jack <adam.jack AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:40:02 -0700 (PDT)
Nice male rufous hummer sitting at the feeder taking a long long drink. 
Second (maybe third) sighting in last week or so. Early this year.

regards

Adam

Adam Jack
Coal Creek Canyon
Boulder
Colorado

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 June 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 04:07:40 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: June 22, 2015
E-mail: rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Monday, June 22 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK (*La Plata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Moffat)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson)
Upland Sandpiper (Weld)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Huerfano)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Montrose)
Black Swift (Montrose, Weld)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Boulder, Jefferson)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Pueblo)
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (Moffat)
Least Flycatcher (Moffat)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas, Jefferson)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Lincoln, Weld)
Bell's Vireo (Pueblo)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspsur (Weld)
Blue-winged Warbler (Jefferson)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Routt)
Grace's Warbler (Chaffee, Mesa)
Black-throated Green Warbler (Douglas)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Douglas)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Chaffee, *Jackson, Larimer)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder, Lincoln)
Baltimore Oriole (El Paso, *Otero)
Scott's Oriole (Las Animas)
PURPLE FINCH (Weld)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Jane Baryames on the Boulder
Bird Club Field trip led by David Dowell at Brainard Lake on June 13.  A
Fox Sparrow was reported by Peter Burke at Brainard Lake on June 20.
--A pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers was reported by Jane Baryames on the
BBC Field Trip led by David Dowell on Gold Lake Rd, 2 miles east of Peak to
Peak Hwy on June 13.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard by Paula Hansley north of Hwy 42 in
Louisville between the traffic light at 95th and where Hwy 42 turn east and
the bike path underpass on June 19.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
-- On June 8, Nunes reports a singing Grace's Warbler at the Mt. Shavano
trailhead.  On June 13, Sally Waterhouse reported Grace's Warbler on CR
250.  On June 14, Bob Spencer reported Grace's Warbler near the Shavano
trailhead.
--On June 14, Bob Spencer reported 2 Fox Sparrow's at the Collegiate Peaks
Campground.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A Black-throated Green Warbler was reported by Bea Weaver at Roxborough
Open Space on June 11.
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Bea Weaver on North Roxburough Road
Sounth of Titan Road on June 17.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Joey Kellner at Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield SP on June 20.  Access to Chatfield is now only from the Plum
Creek Entrance.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Leonard Lake at Ramah Reservoir SWA on
June 20.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Polly Wren Neldner reported a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in their
yard in La Veta.  The BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen again on June 11 by
Neldner and Mark Peterson.  On June 12, Nelder reported that the
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard about 0530 and seen around 1600 by Neldner,
Miller, Boswell, and Takamine.  On June 13, Gene Rutherford reported seeing
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in La Veta.  Neldner reported seeing it mid-morning on
June 13, but others were not able to see it. On June 14, Neldner reported
that the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard but not seen.  One interesting
complication is that a Yellow-billed Cuckoo has appeared and was seen on
June 14.  On June 15, the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO called persistently from 0530
to 0745.    On June 16, the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was not heard or seen.  If
you would like to try for it and for updates contact her at pollywren AT
gmail.com.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On June 16, Chuck Hundertmark reported Fox Sparrow at CR 30 at Michigan
River.
--On June 17, Chuck Hundertmark reported Fox Sparrow on Beaver Lodge Trail.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On June 3, David Chartier reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree
Grant Park. On June 4, Frank Farrell reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On June 11, Ira Sanders reported Blue-winged Warbler at
Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On June 17, Victoria Wheeler reported
Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree Grant Park.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Gerald Baines on the Clear Creek Trail
from Golden to I-70 on June 12.
--On June 20 at Genessee Mountain Park, Hugh Kingery reported Broad-winged
Hawk and Williamson's Sapsucker.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--10 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Gary Brower on Meadow Road in
Rafter J Subdivision on June 18.
--4 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were reported by Dugald Owen on the
Animas River in Durango on June 20.  They were on the east side of the
river, north of 32nd St.  They were not seen on June 21.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Nick Komar on East Longs Peak Trail on June
20.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--A Scott's Oriole was reported by Dave Leatherman at Officer Hill on June
10 and 11.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--A juv Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Glenn Walbek at Arriba
Cemetery on June 16.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Glenn Walbek in Flager on CR 0 on
June 17.

MESA COUNTY:
--4 Grace's Warblers were reported by Denise and Mark Vollmar at Black Pine
Reservoir on June 14.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--2 Least Flycatcher were reported by Alec Hopping and Steve Mlodinow at
Wyman Living History Museum west of Craig on June 15.
--On June 16 a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was heard by Steve Mlodinow and Alec
Hopping on Black Mountain.  This will be a new state record if accepted.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Talamante Creek on June 17.
--A Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Brown's Park NWR on June 17.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On June 11, 3 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS (1f, 2m) were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.  On June 15, Mel Goff reported 2 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS in Nucla.
--On June 12, about a dozen Black Swifts were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Stan Oswald at Holbrook Reservoir on
June 21.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Brandon Percival reported that the Bell's Vireo that he first
reported on May 24 continues singing at the same place,east of Valco
Bridge, south side of Valco Pond #3.  On June 11, John Drummond reported
Bell's Vireo at Valco Ponds.  On June 16, Eric DeFonso reported Bell's
Vireo at Valco Ponds.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Chartier on
Greenhorn Mountain on June 13.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--A Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Yampa River
Preserve on June 15.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 Black Swifts were reported by Steve Mlodinow hunting over Union
Reservoir on June 12.
--A PURPLE FINCH was reported by David Syzdek in the SW corner of Pearson
Park in Fort Lupton on June 13.
--Chestnut-collared and McCown's Longspurs were reported by Tom Wilberding
near CR 144 and CR 37.1 on June 11.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Amber Carver on CR 114 about
1 miles east of US 85 on June 16.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Gary Lefko in Nunn on June 16.
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported by Andy Bankert about 2-3 miles east of
US 85 on CR 114 on June 17.  Bankert also reported that McCown's Longspurs
were seen in several locations on June 17.  An Upland Sandpiper was
reported by Amber Carver at the Central Plains Experimental Range on June
19.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:

The Field Trip for Thursday, June 25 will be to the Bailey Nesting Area,
Summit County led by Paul Slingsby & Chris Blakeslee (paslingsby At
comcast.net; 303-442-3728).  The trip is full.

The Field Trip for Saturday, June 27 will be to Arapahoe NWR -- North Park
-- Walden led by Chris Goulard (cgoulart001 AT comcast.net; 586-764-2126).
Depart from Fort Collins Marriot, 350 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO
80525, 970-226-5200)  Trip will depart at 0500 and return around 2100.
North Park has most breeding waterfowl in Colorado.  Will explore the high
plateau of Arapahoe NWR and surrounding area.  Will visit Cmeron Pass by
0700, Lake John Walden Reservoir, and Moose Visitor Center.  Target birds
include American Three-toed Woodpecker, Williamson's Sapsucker, Gray Jay,
Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Golden Eagle, Greater Sage-Grouse, and
waterfowl.  Return to Fort Collins by 2100.  Participants are encourged to
stay the night before in the Fort Collins area.  Bring food for 3 meals,
snacks, lots of water, insect repellent, sun screen, and binoculars.  Will
probably stop for lunch in Walden.   Trip leader will have a scope but at
least one more would be beneficial.  Interested participants should email
leader for further details.  Register online or contact leader to register.

The Field Trip for Sunday, June 28 will be to Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge
led by George Mayfield (georgemayfield AT gmail.com; 720-289-9395)   From
I-70, 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 part in the lot right next to Prospect
Lake at 0700.  Register online or contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Dickcissel return to hay field in Canon City
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:55:48 -0600
This same week in June two years ago I led a field trip that included the
opportunity to see and listen to Dickcissel in a hay field in Canon City on
the east side of MacKenzie Ave just north of Grandview.  While there were
Bobolinks in that field in 2013 there are none this year but at two
Dickcissel that are singing frequently.  Dickcissel are at their western
edge when they breed in the Canon City area so they are not regular
breeders here.

Please be aware that MacKenzie Ave in a very busy road with traffic often
driving above the 40 mph speed limit.  There is limited pull off (grassy)
area so please be careful if you park and walk on the edge of MacKenzie.
You can also hear and see one of the Dickcissel by turning east on
Grandview Ave and driving a few hundred feet where you can pull over onto a
grassy edge on the north side of this street.  One of the Dickcissel is
often in the single tall juniper tree a few hundred feet north in the hay
field (best to bring your spotting scope to see him very well).  Grandview
is not nearly as busy or has traffic driving as fast as MacKenzie but the
now repurposed Women's Prison is at the end of the road and there is a lot
of traffic for this secondary road.

Be aware that farmers are cutting their hay as fast as they can in the
Canon City area so they will be cutting this field fairly soon.  Usually
the Dickcissel leave after the fields are cut.  I only got one photo and a
very short video clip but both will soon be up on my my Birds and Nature
blog  for viewing.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Sat. - NOT Sun.), Durango, La Plata Co.
From: Susan <sallerton AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:57:29 -0700 (PDT)

Dugald Owen found 4 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks along the Animas River on 
June 20, 2015.  The birds were sighted on Saturday evening between 7:00 PM 
and 9:00 PM.  Dugald searched for the birds again today, 6/21/15, but 
failed to see them.  Dugald is willing to submit written documentation to 
the Colorado Bird Record Committee.
     The birds were sighted in Durango on the east side of the Animas River 
north of 32nd Street.  Turn north from 32nd Street onto River Bend Road.   
Drive north past the boat launch area to the short term parking.  Park 
there and walk a short distance upstream (approximately 1/4 mile north) to 
the end of the public road.  The Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were in the 
grass with some Canada Geese on the east side of the river about 50 feet 
upstream from the end of the road.
        I think there is only one accepted record of this species for the 
state of Colorado.  That record is from Pawnee National Grasslands on 
7/11/1991.  Several of us are hoping to be able to find the birds 
tomorrow.  We'll post an update if we have success.
Susan  Allerton
Durango
970-247-0296

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Subject: Jackson County curlews, Veery, waterthrush and more
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 14:44:08 -0600
Spent the 16th to 20th in Jackson County where water is plentiful and wild
flowers can distract attention from the birds. Here are a few highlights.

CR30 at the Michigan River: Veery, Norhern Waterthrush, and Fox Sparrow
heard (16th). Veery also heard the following day near the Aspen Campground.

Beaver Lodge Trail: This is a great trail for willow carr birds. Veery, Fox
Sparrow and MacGillivray's Warbler heard (17th). With patience, this may be
a good place for a chance to see the Veery early or late in the day.

Fox Lake (Arapaho NWR): Greater Scaup, Forster's Terns (17th).

CO 125 just over 8 miles north of CR28: A Long-billed Curlew chasing a
California Gull caught my attention. A pair of curlews were shepherding at
least two downy chicks (17th). This may be the family found previously by
Robert Martinez and Kara Spitler.

Arapaho NWR tour route: Long-billed Curlew and surprisingly few grebes or
ducks. Western Willet (17th).

Diamond J Ranch SWA: American Bittern heard at twilight (17th).

Jackson County Lions Club Wetland: Great Blue Heron raiding the old Bald
Eagle nest for a stick (18th).

Walden Reservoir: 5 Bufflehead: Pied-billed, Eared and Western Grebes with
young; Great Egret and Cattle Egret on nests on the big island along with
Snowy Egrets and Black-crowned Night-Herons; 6 Black Terns: and Forster's
Terns. Most of the colonial waterbirds nesting on the large island can be
seen from the southeast side of the reservoir. However, some of the birds
in the heronry at the south end of the island can be seen better from the
northeast. One delight was a Pied-billed Grebe distracting with distress
calls accompanied by splashing with legs and wings. (18th)

Big Creek Lakes: Olive-sided Flycatchers (19th and 20th).

North Platte River just west of Cowdrey: I stopped here to check the
extensive banks for Bank Swallows. None were there, but a Willow Flycatcher
immediately announced its presence and put in an appearance when I got out
of the truck (20th).

A tale of two aspen groves: On the 19th, I stopped at an aspen grove along
CR6W enroute to Big Creek Lakes. This grove is described on the CFO County
Birding site for Jackson County. It is a beautiful, mature grove with nice
understory but precious few birds. In particular, the cavity nesters that
made aspen groves a delight for breeding bird atlasers were absent. On the
20th, I stopped at an aspen grove straddling CR6A. The grove was teeming
with birds including 5 cavity nesting species including Red-naped Sapsucker
and Downy Woodpecker. I suspect that the healthy grove along CR6W does not
have the fungus rot that makes the wood easy for woodpeckers to drill in.
In 35 miutes walking through the grove, I saw no signs of the fungus or of
woodpecker cavities. I did see one nest cavity at the CR6A grove and I
suspect a walk through the grove would turn up fungus conks on some of the
trees.

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Lafayette, CO 80026
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Subject: Hatchling Spotted Sandpiper, Arapaho County
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:07:22 -0600
I have a very young spotted Sandpiper here on my ponds just outside of 
Littleton! We finally have grasses and water plants growing up from around our 
ponds after years of me trying to get them to let things grow in. I had seen a 
pair of spotted Sandpipers oft and on but had no idea that they had nested 
there. 


The only reason I found it was because, after hearing lots of peeping, I went 
out to look for the "peeper" and saw a father and son chasing something around 
in the grass and picking it up and then chasing it again. I was on the other 
side of the pond and called out to them, asking if they have a baby bird. When 
they said yes, I begged them to let it go and let the mother take care of it. I 
had no idea it was a Sandpiper until I went over to make sure everything was 
okay. 

 There was mom and baby walking around in the grass and the hatchling could not 
have been cuter! He was bobbing a tail that was essentially nonexistent! 

 I went back out to later on to see what was going on when I heard continued 
peeping and saw a great blue heron and snowy egret on the pond. Danger 
everywhere... 

 I also had to juvenile common mergansers on the pond today. I have been having 
a pair of adult common mergansers here for almost two months when they 
disappeared near the end of May. 

Thanks, Deb Carstensen, Littleton, Arapahoe County
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Subject: Last Week in NW Colorado
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:29:38 -0400
Greetings All


Sorry for the delayed, very delayed, post.


Alec Hopping had suggested a summer trip to search for California Quail in 
Colorado. They occur in goodly numbers close to the CO border in Moffat. 
Gambel's Quail that far north are scarce in CO, so any quail in Moffat or Rio 
Blanco near the UT border might well be a California not a Gambel's. There have 
been rumors (none very recent) of Cal Quail near Irish Canyon and a recent 
eBird report from Deerlodge Park in Dinosaur NM of quail... the observer when 
contacted stated that the birds sounded like Cal Quails but he entered them as 
Gambel's because California Quail was not on his list of CO birds. 



Additionally, Gambel's have been reported from Browns Park NWR and Rangely in 
the past. 



We did not encounter any quail, but notes of interest are:


1- Very competent seeming ranger for Browns Park NWR saw a female quail that 
they ID'd as a California this May, on just one day. They specifically 
eliminated Gambel's and photos were taken, but neither Alec nor I have received 
jpgs as promised yet. 



2- A Gambel's/Cal Quail male was seen at Irish Canyon by a local this May. 


3- A resident of Dinosaur, Moffat County, reports having quail (1 or 2 pairs) 
at his feeder as recently as a couple of weeks ago. He lives ag corner of 
Antrodemus and Third. The males had topknots, so were Gambel's or Cals. We 
looked for them, but it was midday on a very hot day. 



4- A resident at the RV Park in Rangely stated that their used to be a number 
of quail in that area, but he has not seen any in a few years. Other locals 
report not seeing quail. 



I have little doubt that Cal Quails are present in w. Moffat and/or Rio Blanco 
Counties in small numbers... someone just needs to find them and document them. 



Other notes
The Yampa River TNC preserve w. of Steamboat Springs is fabulous. High density 
of normal breeding stuff, a few Willow Flys, sometimes breeding Veery, and a 
reasonably chance for an oddball vagrant... such as the male CHESTNUT-SIDED 
WARBLER that we had there. 



Black Mountain is awesome. I'd start the day early, about 15 minutes before 
sunrise, at the intersection of Forest Road 110 and F1103B, where the Yampa and 
Little Snake Drainages meet (signed), and then wander a mile or two in any of 
the three possible directions. This year's visit earned us Black-backed 
Woodpecker, but the area also has good numbers of many high mountain species 
such as Three-toed Woodpecker, Williamson's Sap, Pine Grosbeak, Gray Jay. 
Though I had nearly 100 Red Crossbill there last year, we had none this year. 
This very interesting forest looks like Great Gray Owl habitat and is the 
closest montane area to where that species breeds in WY. So.... 



We had 3 scattered SHORT-EARED OWLS about an hour before sunrise on road just 
south of Irish Canyon, flushed from side of road. Add that to the 6 Nick Moore 
and I recently had w of Nunn and the one we had near Bonny Res a couple of 
weeks ago and this species seems to be having a banner year in 



We had LEAST FLYCATCHER in 3 places that are not really publicly accessible, 
two males fighting in Routt, one spot in Moffat with a pair, one spot in Moffat 
with a singing male 



Rangely is a very very birdy town and has incredible potential for interesting 
migrants. The RV Park (and park surrounding it, along river) is probably best 
place. David Dowell had RB Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting there this spring. 



Browns Park NWR seemed interesting, but revealed a modest number of breeders. 
The one pond with water did have a goodly variety of waterfowl including a 
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE 



North Park (Walden area) seemed to have diminished numbers of birds this year 
compared to my visits during the previous two summers. Highlights, both from 
Walden Reservoir, were an adult basic plumaged BONAPARTE'S GULL and a female 
type RED-BREASTED MERGNSER 



At Wolford Mountain Res, towards s. end on w. side of road, we had a 
LONG-BILLED CURLEW... apparently a first county record for Grand. This bird may 
already be on southbound migration (they are very early migrants) but given the 
lush green pastures nearby, is it possible that one (or more) tried to set up 
shop for the summer here? 



Good Birding
Steven Mlodinow
Longmont CO


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Subject: Migration
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:50:32 -0400
Greetings All


A friend sagely pointed out that I misspoke in my last post.
Southbound migration has begun... which was taking place, yesterday, during 
what humans call "spring." 

More specifically, when I was speaking of the yellowlegs, directed migration 
had begun. Directed migration is taking the bird from its breeding season 
location towards its wintering location. Birds like Wilson's Phalaropes started 
their "migration" probably a week ago... nearly all females who have left the 
males to rear the chicks. If I remember correctly, W Phals disperse (leave 
breeding grounds in a variety of directions), many staging at food rich 
locations before engaging in a directed southward migration. 



Best Wishes
Steven Mlodinow

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Subject: Tail-less Birds
From: KevyGudGuy via Colorado Birds <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 10:40:35 -0400
Hello Fellow Birders,
 
   Every once in a while I see a House Finch with no tail  feathers at my 
feeders.  I've wondered about it, but never gave it very  much thought till 
this year, when I noticed other species with the same  condition.
 
   This Spring/early summer I've seen an American Crow in my  neighborhood 
(who on first glimpse made me think "Black Vulture!"), a  Mourning Dove in 
my yard, and a Black-billed Magpie about 2 miles from my  house, all of whom 
had no tails.  Now they have me wondering why birds of  various species 
occasionally lose all their tail feathers at once.   It's obviously not their 
typical molt pattern.  I've not seen missing  primaries or secondaries, and in 
the dove which I could observe up close over  many days I didn't see 
problems or 'baldness' on the body of the bird; and it has since grown in a new 

set of retrices.
 
   If anyone has theories or factual knowledge of why birds might  lose all 
their tail feathers at once I'd love to hear what they are.   Thanks!
 
Keep Smilin',
Kevin Corwin
west Centennial, Arapahoe County
near Holly & Arapahoe
 
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 June 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 04:28:01 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: June 21, 2015
E-mail: rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Sunday, June 21 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Moffat)
Broad-winged Hawk (*Jefferson)
Upland Sandpiper (*Weld)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Huerfano)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Montrose)
Black Swift (Montrose, Weld)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Boulder, *Jefferson)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Pueblo)
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (Moffat)
Least Flycatcher (Moffat)
Eastern Phoebe (*Douglas, Jefferson)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Lincoln, Weld)
Bell's Vireo (Pueblo)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspsur (Weld)
Blue-winged Warbler (Jefferson)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Routt)
Grace's Warbler (Chaffee, Mesa)
Black-throated Green Warbler (Douglas)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Douglas)
Fox Sparrow (*Boulder, Chaffee, *Larimer)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (*Boulder, Lincoln)
Baltimore Oriole (*El Paso)
Scott's Oriole (Las Animas)
PURPLE FINCH (Weld)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Jane Baryames on the Boulder
Bird Club Field trip led by David Dowell at Brainard Lake on June 13.  A
Fox Sparrow was reported by Peter Burke at Brainard Lake on June 20.
--A pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers was reported by Jane Baryames on the
BBC Field Trip led by David Dowell on Gold Lake Rd, 2 miles east of Peak to
Peak Hwy on June 13.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard by Paula Hansley north of Hwy 42 in
Louisville between the traffic light at 95th and where Hwy 42 turn east and
the bike path underpass on June 19.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
-- On June 8, Nunes reports a singing Grace's Warbler at the Mt. Shavano
trailhead.  On June 13, Sally Waterhouse reported Grace's Warbler on CR
250.  On June 14, Bob Spencer reported Grace's Warbler near the Shavano
trailhead.
--On June 14, Bob Spencer reported 2 Fox Sparrow's at the Collegiate Peaks
Campground.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A Black-throated Green Warbler was reported by Bea Weaver at Roxborough
Open Space on June 11.
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Bea Weaver on North Roxburough Road
Sounth of Titan Road on June 17.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Joey Kellner at Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield SP on June 20.  Access to Chatfield is now only from the Plum
Creek Entrance.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Leonard Lake at Ramah Reservoir SWA on
June 20.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Polly Wren Neldner reported a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in their
yard in La Veta.  The BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen again on June 11 by
Neldner and Mark Peterson.  On June 12, Nelder reported that the
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard about 0530 and seen around 1600 by Neldner,
Miller, Boswell, and Takamine.  On June 13, Gene Rutherford reported seeing
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in La Veta.  Neldner reported seeing it mid-morning on
June 13, but others were not able to see it. On June 14, Neldner reported
that the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard but not seen.  One interesting
complication is that a Yellow-billed Cuckoo has appeared and was seen on
June 14.  On June 15, the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO called persistently from 0530
to 0745.    On June 16, the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was not heard or seen.  If
you would like to try for it and for updates contact her at pollywren AT
gmail.com.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On June 3, David Chartier reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree
Grant Park. On June 4, Frank Farrell reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On June 11, Ira Sanders reported Blue-winged Warbler at
Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On June 17, Victoria Wheeler reported
Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree Grant Park.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Gerald Baines on the Clear Creek Trail
from Golden to I-70 on June 12.
--On June 20 at Genessee Mountain Park, Hugh Kingery reported Broad-winged
Hawk and Williamson's Sapsucker.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--10 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Gary Brower on Meadow Road in
Rafter J Subdivision on June 18.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Nick Komar on East Longs Peak Trail on June
20.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--A Scott's Oriole was reported by Dave Leatherman at Officer Hill on June
10 and 11.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--A juv Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Glenn Walbek at Arriba
Cemetery on June 16.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Glenn Walbek in Flager on CR 0 on
June 17.

MESA COUNTY:
--4 Grace's Warblers were reported by Denise and Mark Vollmar at Black Pine
Reservoir on June 14.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--2 Least Flycatcher were reported by Alec Hopping and Steve Mlodinow at
Wyman Living History Museum west of Craig on June 15.
--On June 16 a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was heard by Steve Mlodinow and Alec
Hopping on Black Mountain.  This will be a new state record if accepted.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Talamante Creek on June 17.
--A Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Brown's Park NWR on June 17.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On June 11, 3 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS (1f, 2m) were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.  On June 15, Mel Goff reported 2 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS in Nucla.
--On June 12, about a dozen Black Swifts were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Brandon Percival reported that the Bell's Vireo that he first
reported on May 24 continues singing at the same place,east of Valco
Bridge, south side of Valco Pond #3.  On June 11, John Drummond reported
Bell's Vireo at Valco Ponds.  On June 16, Eric DeFonso reported Bell's
Vireo at Valco Ponds.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Chartier on
Greenhorn Mountain on June 13.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--A Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Yampa River
Preserve on June 15.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 Black Swifts were reported by Steve Mlodinow hunting over Union
Reservoir on June 12.
--A PURPLE FINCH was reported by David Syzdek in the SW corner of Pearson
Park in Fort Lupton on June 13.
--Chestnut-collared and McCown's Longspurs were reported by Tom Wilberding
near CR 144 and CR 37.1 on June 11.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Amber Carver on CR 114 about
1 miles east of US 85 on June 16.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Gary Lefko in Nunn on June 16.
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported by Andy Bankert about 2-3 miles east of
US 85 on CR 114 on June 17.  Bankert also reported that McCown's Longspurs
were seen in several locations on June 17.  An Upland Sandpiper was
reported by Amber Carver at the Central Plains Experimental Range on June
19.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, June 20 will be to the Lyons area with
Raymond Davis (davis ATgreenspeedisp.net, 303-823-5332).  Meet the leader
at 0830 at Lyons Park-Ride, 1/2 block south of Main St on 4th Ave (by the
skateboard park and visitor center (w/bathrooms).
  This will be Davis's usual trip with modifications as needed due to
remaining flood effects.  Walk on level ground for 1-3 miles, bird by car,
and then eat lunch on Davis's decks.  Wheelchair accessible.  Register
online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, June 21 will be the Mt Falcon Park led b
Karen Drozda (drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-399-0891).
Meet the leader at upper parking lot of west side of Mount Falcon Park.
From C-470 and US 285 South, turn right at the Indian Hills exit to
Parmalee Gulch Road.  Follow Parmalee Gulch Road for approximately 2.5
miles to Picutis Road, turn right at Picutis, then follow signs for Mt.
Falcon to upper parking area.
  Much of this trip involves moderate climing in the sun.  Bring water,
snacks, binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, bug spray.  Register online or
contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Weld Today
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 23:55:18 -0600
Greetings All

Today Nick Moore and I birded around Weld County

At about 4:30 AM we flushed an apparent family group of 5 Short eared Owls just 
w of intersection of Weld Co Road 100 and 21 - that is, headed towards Nunn. We 
had a singleton SE Owl about a mile closer to Nunn. We failed to see Sagebrush 
Sparrow, ST Flycatcher or Upland Sand at previously reported location along 
Weld 114. 


Otherwise, the most interesting birds of the day were 3 G Yellowlegs and 2 
Lessers at Lower Latham. 


Fall migration is upon us!

More about Alec Hopping and my adventure to NW Colorado tomorrow, if I manage 
to obtain some sleep somehow 


Good Birding
Steve Mlodinow 
Longmont 

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Subject: Re: stray yellowlegs below Mt Whitney?!
From: "'ronbco' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:31:16 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry I should have been more clear. I was in CA, in the Sierra Nevada.
Just thought some cobirders might be interested of have input.


On Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:31:51 PM UTC-6, ronbco wrote:
>
> I was shocked to observe a yellowlegs at trail camp pond on the Mt Whitney 
> trail, at 12,000 ft!
> It posed on a boulder in the pond for several minutes, bobbing.
> I found one reference that they are seen in the Sierra, but this clearly 
> was out of the time period for migration.
> Ebird did not show any sightings in that area.
> Or might it have been a different shorebird species?
> Have people seen them in the Rockies above treeline?
>
> Other treats on the hike were gray-crowned roseys and a very cooperative 
> sooty grouse, and of course the steady background songs of Hermit Thrushes.
>
> Ron Bolton
> Berthoud
>
>
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Subject: stray yellowlegs below Mt Whitney?!
From: "'ronbco' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:31:51 -0700 (PDT)
I was shocked to observe a yellowlegs at trail camp pond on the Mt Whitney 
trail, at 12,000 ft!
It posed on a boulder in the pond for several minutes, bobbing.
I found one reference that they are seen in the Sierra, but this clearly 
was out of the time period for migration.
Ebird did not show any sightings in that area.
Or might it have been a different shorebird species?
Have people seen them in the Rockies above treeline?

Other treats on the hike were gray-crowned roseys and a very cooperative 
sooty grouse, and of course the steady background songs of Hermit Thrushes.

Ron Bolton
Berthoud


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Subject: Larimer County on Saturday June 20
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:52:49 -0600
This morning, I participated in a summer solstice bird count at Rocky Mountain 
National Park. The group of counters found most of the expected species. In 
addition, Jeff Connor found a singing "stub-tailed" wren a couple miles hike 
into Wild Basin (Boulder County?). Hopefully more details will be forthcoming. 


Down in the plains, Ann Molison reports 3 white egrets at Fossil Creek Marsh. 
There have been a few Great Egrets in the area - maybe these are the same. 


And at the landfill this afternoon, a Bald Eagle flushed a large flock of 
lingering California and Ring-billed Gulls. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: Genesee Mountain - Jefferson
From: "'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:45:03 -0400

 Our Denver Audubon bird class had a very nesty morning on Genesee today. 

We started by watching one nest tree with four species feeding young 
(Williamson's Sapsucker, Violet-green Swallow, Pygmy Nuthatch, and Western 
Bluebird) (watching that took us 30 minutes); then another that had only 3 
nesting in it (same species except sapsucker). 


We saw a Broad-tailed Hummingbird building a nest on a ponderosa pine branch, 
and a Cordilleran Flycatcher singing about a nest with eggs -- planted by the 
Ladies Room on an outhouse. Also another Western Bluebird nest. 



 Especially intriguing: Brown Creepers taking grass to a nest behind the bark 
in a dead ponderosa,with the male singing every once in a while. 



Hugh & Urling Kingery 

  Franktown, CO
  


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Subject: Chatfield birds - Douglas County
From: "Joey Kellner" <vireo1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:30:53 -0600
This morning at Kingfisher Bridge (bridge over the flooding Platte River), a
Red-eyed Vireo was singing incessantly near the flooded restroom.  One of
the Eastern Phoebes is still fly catching from the few low trees and posts
that are not submerged.

In the trees near the wildlife overlook (where the four parking spots are
along the road...just north of the Platte River parking lot) was a singing
male Indigo Bunting (thank you Chris Gilbert for the tip).

The Reservoir is currently at 5448.48 feet pool elevation (16+ feet above
normal pool level). The top of the guard-railing of Kingfisher Bridge is
just barely visible above the water.  Water is also going over the
road/bridge where Deer Creek enters the lake.  It was interesting to see a
pelican swim past the top of a stop sign.

Access to Chatfield State Park is now only from the Plum Creek entrance
(Santa Fe to west Titan Road, then north on Roxburough Road).

Joey Kellner
Littleton, Colorado


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Subject: Sage Thrasher Cherry Creek Arapahoe
From: Steven Kennedy <stevenlkennedy AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:47:54 -0600
On our morning walk today Deb and I had the pleasure of meeting up with a Sage 
Thrasher midway down the Shop Creek Trail (near the middle pond) on the far 
eastern edge of Cherry Creek State Park. Just west of the intersection of 
Parker Road and Temple Drive. We see these characters during migration in the 
park, but this timing was a first for us. 


A Blue Grosbeak stopped by as well. They are all along Cherry Creek south of 
the park, but are not as readily seen in the park. 


Bird on!

Steve Kennedy
East Birdwatch
Aurora

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 June 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 04:30:53 -0600
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date: June 20, 2015
E-mail: rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Saturday, June 20 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Moffat)
Upland Sandpiper (Weld)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Huerfano)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Montrose)
Black Swift (Montrose, Weld)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Pueblo)
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (Moffat)
Least Flycatcher (Moffat)
Eastern Phoebe (Jefferson)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Lincoln, Weld)
Bell's Vireo (Pueblo)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspsur (Weld)
Blue-winged Warbler (Jefferson)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Routt)
Grace's Warbler (Chaffee, Mesa)
Black-throated Green Warbler (Douglas)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Douglas)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Chaffee)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (*Boulder, Lincoln)
Scott's Oriole (Las Animas)
PURPLE FINCH (Weld)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Jane Baryames on the Boulder
Bird Club Field trip led by David Dowell at Brainard Lake on June 13.
--A pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers was reported by Jane Baryames on the
BBC Field Trip led by David Dowell on Gold Lake Rd, 2 miles east of Peak to
Peak Hwy on June 13.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard by Paula Hansley north of Hwy 42 in
Louisville between the traffic light at 95th and where Hwy 42 turn east and
the bike path underpass on June 19.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:

-- On June 8, Nunes reports a singing Grace's Warbler at the Mt. Shavano
trailhead.  On June 13, Sally Waterhouse reported Grace's Warbler on CR
250.  On June 14, Bob Spencer reported Grace's Warbler near the Shavano
trailhead.
--On June 14, Bob Spencer reported 2 Fox Sparrow's at the Collegiate Peaks
Campground.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A Black-throated Green Warbler was reported by Bea Weaver at Roxborough
Open Space on June 11.
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Bea Weaver on North Roxburough Road
Sounth of Titan Road on June 17.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Polly Wren Neldner reported a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in their
yard in La Veta.  The BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen again on June 11 by
Neldner and Mark Peterson.  On June 12, Nelder reported that the
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard about 0530 and seen around 1600 by Neldner,
Miller, Boswell, and Takamine.  On June 13, Gene Rutherford reported seeing
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in La Veta.  Neldner reported seeing it mid-morning on
June 13, but others were not able to see it. On June 14, Neldner reported
that the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard but not seen.  One interesting
complication is that a Yellow-billed Cuckoo has appeared and was seen on
June 14.  On June 15, the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO called persistently from 0530
to 0745.    On June 16, the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was not heard or seen.  If
you would like to try for it and for updates contact her at pollywren AT
gmail.com.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On June 3, David Chartier reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree
Grant Park. On June 4, Frank Farrell reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On June 11, Ira Sanders reported Blue-winged Warbler at
Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On June 17, Victoria Wheeler reported
Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree Grant Park.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Gerald Baines on the Clear Creek Trail
from Golden to I-70 on June 12.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--10 Acorn Woodpeckers were reported by Gary Brower on Meadow Road in
Rafter J Subdivision on June 18.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--A Scott's Oriole was reported by Dave Leatherman at Officer Hill on June
10 and 11.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--A juv Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Glenn Walbek at Arriba
Cemetery on June 16.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Glenn Walbek in Flager on CR 0 on
June 17.

MESA COUNTY:
--4 Grace's Warblers were reported by Denise and Mark Vollmar at Black Pine
Reservoir on June 14.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--2 Least Flycatcher were reported by Alec Hopping and Steve Mlodinow at
Wyman Living History Museum west of Craig on June 15.
--On June 16 a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was heard by Steve Mlodinow and Alec
Hopping on Black Mountain.  This will be a new state record if accepted.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Talamante Creek on June 17.
--A Barrow's Goldeneye was reported by Steve Mlodinow and Alec Hopping at
Brown's Park NWR on June 17.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On June 11, 3 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS (1f, 2m) were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.  On June 15, Mel Goff reported 2 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS in Nucla.
--On June 12, about a dozen Black Swifts were reported by Coen Dexter in
Nucla.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On June 10, Brandon Percival reported that the Bell's Vireo that he first
reported on May 24 continues singing at the same place,east of Valco
Bridge, south side of Valco Pond #3.  On June 11, John Drummond reported
Bell's Vireo at Valco Ponds.  On June 16, Eric DeFonso reported Bell's
Vireo at Valco Ponds.
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by David Chartier on
Greenhorn Mountain on June 13.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--A Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Yampa River
Preserve on June 15.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 Black Swifts were reported by Steve Mlodinow hunting over Union
Reservoir on June 12.
--A PURPLE FINCH was reported by David Syzdek in the SW corner of Pearson
Park in Fort Lupton on June 13.
--Chestnut-collared and McCown's Longspurs were reported by Tom Wilberding
near CR 144 and CR 37.1 on June 11.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Amber Carver on CR 114 about
1 miles east of US 85 on June 16.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Gary Lefko in Nunn on June 16.
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported by Andy Bankert about 2-3 miles east of
US 85 on CR 114 on June 17.  Bankert also reported that McCown's Longspurs
were seen in several locations on June 17.

UPCOMING DFO FIELD TRIPS:.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, June 20 will be to the Lyons area with
Raymond Davis (davis ATgreenspeedisp.net, 303-823-5332).  Meet the leader
at 0830 at Lyons Park-Ride, 1/2 block south of Main St on 4th Ave (by the
skateboard park and visitor center (w/bathrooms).
  This will be Davis's usual trip with modifications as needed due to
remaining flood effects.  Walk on level ground for 1-3 miles, bird by car,
and then eat lunch on Davis's decks.  Wheelchair accessible.  Register
online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, June 21 will be the Mt Falcon Park led b
Karen Drozda (drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-399-0891).
Meet the leader at upper parking lot of west side of Mount Falcon Park.
From C-470 and US 285 South, turn right at the Indian Hills exit to
Parmalee Gulch Road.  Follow Parmalee Gulch Road for approximately 2.5
miles to Picutis Road, turn right at Picutis, then follow signs for Mt.
Falcon to upper parking area.
  Much of this trip involves moderate climing in the sun.  Bring water,
snacks, binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, bug spray.  Register online or
contact leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Chat - Douglas County
From: Glenn Hageman <hageman1650 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:36:18 -0700 (PDT)
Ironically, I saw a Chat yesterday at, of course, Chatfield.  Isn't that 
how it got its name?  It was singing ??? in the holler just north of the 
old Heron Rookery overlook.  Water, water everywhere.  Guess the Corps got 
its wish in raising the water level.  After it kills all of the vegetation, 
they can say there is no habitat to protect by raising the level 
permanently.

Glenn E. Hageman
Denver, County 

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Subject: Miscellaneous Observations on 6/18 (Larimer and Weld)
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:45:42 -0600
Site 1) At Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins I am mostly concentrating on 
monitoring the Broad-tailed Hummingbird situation. Here is the activity list 
from yesterday: 


Nest in the southwest corner (sw corner of Section 1) is done, presumably 
fledging two young. I was gone for a couple weeks when all this happened. 
Historically this corner hosts the earliest nest in the cemetery and provides 
the most hope/evidence that Broad-tails could easily be double-brooded, but 
without banding or somehow marking the females, proof is nigh on impossible. 
Just seems too suspicious that hummers could be nesting in April and August and 
some of that not involve females having two broods in the same season. 


Nest in southeastern corner (se corner of Section 9) built interestingly and 
abnormally atop live needles in a section being deluged daily by extra 
sprinkler water to establish new grass, is missing one baby (jostled out of the 
low-hanging nest by a golf cart or cemetery crew mower/cart, tracks right under 
the nest in the mud?) but the solo baby is being fed and just might make it to 
fledging (despite getting very wet every time the female is gone when the 
sprinkler comes on). 


Perfect nest in the northwest corner of Section 1 that was never used for some 
reason is now torn apart. A female was heard in the general vicinity and 
perhaps she (same female or a different individual?) utilized material from the 
unused nest as an easy resource. 


Fourth nest discovered in the process of being built in the sw corner of 
Section 9 (just west of the active nest with one baby). Think this nest was 
begun on the day of the visit. Amazingly the female was alternating loads of 
spider web and Scot pine bud caps as building material. Will go back today to 
check on progress. 


All four of the above nests are in spruce: three in Colorado Blue, one in 
Engelmann. 


Site 2): Larimer County Road 5 east of Rawhide Power Plant. Mostly I wanted to 
see if any White-lined Sphinx caterpillars were evident crossing the road and 
what birds were eating them. None seen. Also wanted to see what shrikes were 
impaling on the wires. Great majority of items were Redshank Grasshoppers 
(Xanthippus sp.). Saw one red-winged grasshopper species and a few Robust Camel 
Crickets (big, reddish brown). Found one shrike nest in a flowering Four-winged 
Saltbush (Atriplex sp.). Very quick check revealed one egg. Presumably this is 
Brood #2 in progress. Other bird observations included Vesper Sparrow (on CR5 
at the rr crossing that goes to the Rawhide Plant), a few Grasshopper Sparrows, 
gobs of Lark Buntings and Horned Larks. No longspurs but I did not listen all 
that hard in the traditional areas. 


Site 3): Checked Weld CR14 east of US85 where Amber reported Scissor-tailed 
Flycatcher and Andy reported Upland Sandpiper. I saw neither but did see Sage 
Thrasher, lots of Grasshopper Sparrows, a few Brewer's Sparrows, no Cassin's 
Sparrows, and a fledged family of Loggerhead Shrikes (at the HQ for Shortgrass 
Steppe Research Building on north side of CR114). The young shrikes were 
learning the ropes of finding food on their own while within the safety blanket 
of having a parent bring an occasional morsel. One youngster caught and ate a 
Redshank Grasshopper. The parent brought in a black Field Cricket and fed it to 
one lucky fledgling. 


Site 4: CR37 north of CR114 was quite the display of why Loggerhead Shrikes 
long ago acquired the local name of "butcher bird". I have seen a lot of 
impaling by shrikes but this seemed a bit over the top. Within a couple hundred 
yards either way of a presumed nest tree (shrike seen perched high in the top 
of it) were no less than 75 objects which consisted of: Redshank Grasshoppers, 
Robust Camel Crickets, young Shorthorned Lizards (4), and birds. The birds 
included a headless Brewer's Sparrow, a Brewer's Sparrow head (not all that 
close to the headless carcass), a young Western Meadowlark (sign this shrike up 
for dead-lifting at the next Summer Bird Olympic Games?), and an assortment of 
young birds I could not identify, some essentially naked individuals obviously 
taken out of nests. The Brewer's Sparrow head was particularly macabre. Was all 
this a male showing his provisional prowess and advertising for a Brood #2 
mate? Was this territorial intimidation of other species that might mistakenly 
think they want to nest near this shrike? Whatever, it did NOT seem like simple 
caching for the purpose of future meals. 


All in all, an awesome day in the field and I felt very lucky to have seen all 
this drama. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Crow Valley Weld Co.
From: Rick <rickschroe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:01:42 -0700 (PDT)
I just called and the volunteer told me it is still closed, they are 
ticketing people who go in, and that they are thinking it might open 
sometime around July 4 to 8, but no certainty on those dates.

Rick Schroeder
Fort Collins

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>
> Does anyone know the current status of Crow Valley Campground?  The last I 
> heard it was still closed.
>
>  
>
> Bruce Gill
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Subject: Re: Crow Valley Weld Co.
From: Amber Carver <caramb22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 06:43:00 -0700 (PDT)
Bruce,

According to the website, it's still closed.  You could call and 
double-check (970-346-5000).  I don't know that it's still underwater, as 
the rain has tapered off over the past couple of weeks, but I assume there 
was some damage to the facilities.  I'll be surprised if they open it at 
all at this rate.

-Amber Carver
Littleton, CO

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>
> Does anyone know the current status of Crow Valley Campground?  The last I 
> heard it was still closed.
>
>  
>
> Bruce Gill
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Subject: Eastern Meadowlark, Boulder County
From: Paula Hansley <redstart.paula AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:08:48 -0600
I hear one singing right now, 7 am, just north of hwy. 42 in Louisville between 
the 95th / 42 light where 42 turns east and the bike path underpass. It is 
north of 42. 


Will try to record. 

Paula Hansley
Louisville

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