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Hermit Thrush,©David Sibley

5 Mar Bent County Purple Finch update ["Duane Nelson" ]
5 Mar Continuing Dunlin Seen from McKay and the Platte (Adams) [Kathy and Jeff Dunning ]
05 Mar HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (05 Mar 2015) 4 Raptors []
1 Mar Dillon, Summit County - backyard bird (just now) [Ed Baker ]
3 Mar Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Festival, presentation []
28 Feb Dillon, Summit County backyard birds [Ed Baker ]
28 Feb Dillon, Summit County [Ed Baker ]
5 Mar Colorado Rare Bird Alert, March 5, 2015 [Mary Driscoll ]
5 Mar Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Only a couple [Ira Sanders ]
4 Mar Monte Refuge Filled with Birds []
4 Mar Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes [Ira Sanders ]
4 Mar N. Cardinal, N Boulder, 3/4 [Thomas Heinrich ]
3 Mar Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 3 March 2015 [Ira Sanders ]
3 Mar Birding trip to Brazil [Norm Erthal ]
3 Mar Re: Golden Eagle / Jeffco [Jennifer Hallam ]
3 Mar Re: Golden Eagle / Jeffco ["dandcval AT earthlink.net" ]
3 Mar Re: "Black Scoter," City Park (Denver) ["'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" ]
3 Mar Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes [Ira Sanders ]
2 Mar More gull photos [Nick Komar ]
2 Mar Glaucous Gull - Boyd Lake, Larimer [David Wade ]
02 Mar HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (02 Mar 2015) Raptors []
2 Mar "Black Scoter," City Park (Denver) [Alec Hopping ]
2 Mar "Black Scoter," City Park (Denver) [Alec Hopping ]
2 Mar Golden Eagle / Jeffco [Dave Cameron ]
2 Mar Around Boulder County, 2/28-3/1 [Ted Floyd ]
2 Mar Rosy-Finches & F'in Elk [Ira Sanders ]
2 Mar Short-eared Owl/Larimer ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
2 Mar Bird Walk Planned - Larimer County Loveland Area [Rick Reeser ]
2 Mar Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes, just a few [Ira Sanders ]
2 Mar Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 2 March 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
1 Mar Buckeye Road (LCR 82) 3/1 ["Mark Miller" ]
1 Mar Black Scoter- Denver ["'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" ]
1 Mar Barrow's Goldeneye, Weld County March 1st 2015 [Austin Hess ]
1 Mar Barrow's Goldeneye, Weld County March 1st 2014 [Austin Hess ]
1 Mar Purple and Cassin's Finch update, Bent County ["Duane Nelson" ]
1 Mar Rusty Blackbird(s) Sandstone Ranch, Weld County (3/1) ["'Chris Knight' via Colorado Birds" ]
1 Mar Re: Short Eared Owls along Buckeye Rd., Times seen ??? Barrows Goldeneye yesterday at S. Platte River, Weld County [Nick Komar ]
1 Mar Short Eared Owls along Buckeye Rd., Times seen ??? Barrows Goldeneye yesterday at S. Platte River, Weld County [Carl Starace ]
1 Mar Larimer County gulls [Nick Komar ]
1 Mar Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes [Ira Sanders ]
1 Mar Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 1 March 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
1 Mar Short eared owl, Larimer County ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
28 Feb American Dipper x2 today in Adams County ["'bomaanka AT yahoo.com' via Colorado Birds" ]
28 Feb 26-27February 2015 Lamar (Prowers) Colorado [Janeal Thompson ]
28 Feb Purple and Cassin's Finches in Bent County ["Duane Nelson" ]
28 Feb Williamson's Sapsucker and Aggressive Dusky Grouse, Heil Ranch Boulder County ["Bob Spencer, the younger" ]
28 Feb Jeffco rosy-finches at Ira and Tammy Sanders today ["Kay Niyo" ]
28 Feb Adams County Dunlin and Amer. Pipet ["Davis" ]
28 Feb Re: Boulder surprising hawk kill [scott ]
28 Feb Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes [Ira Sanders ]
28 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 February 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
27 Feb Ducks Along the Platte field trip, tomorrow, YES! [Pam Piombino ]
26 Feb Re: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes []
27 Feb Re: Boulder surprising hawk kill [Casey Setash ]
27 Feb RE: Boulder surprising hawk kill [William H Kaempfer ]
27 Feb Short-earedOwls-Larimer [Rachel Hopper ]
27 Feb RE: Boulder surprising hawk kill ["Leon Bright" ]
27 Feb FW: Boulder surprising hawk kill [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
27 Feb Re: Boulder surprising hawk kill ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
27 Feb Re: Boulder surprising hawk kill [Nick Komar ]
27 Feb Boulder surprising hawk kill [David Waltman ]
27 Feb Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco [Ira Sanders ]
27 Feb Wandering Weld Yesterday ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
27 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 February 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
26 Feb Re: Larimer Short-eared Owl Update on 2/25 [David Wade ]
26 Feb Harlan's Hawk in Canon City area; Holcim Wetlands pond frozen and swans gone ["SeEttaM ." ]
26 Feb New blog post for CO eBirders [David Suddjian ]
26 Feb A fun day in the field -- Douglas, Teller, and Park [Cody Porter ]
26 Feb Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes [Jennifer Hallam ]
26 Feb Harris's Sparrow, Boulder County [Carl Starace ]
26 Feb Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes [Ira Sanders ]
26 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 26 February 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
25 Feb Larimer County Owl update [Douglas Kibbe ]
25 Feb Rosy-Finches at Powderhorn - Mesa County [Mike Henwood ]
25 Feb Larimer Short-eared Owl Update on 2/25 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
25 Feb Singing dipper at Boulder Creek and 75th, Boulder Co [Charles Hundertmark ]

Subject: Bent County Purple Finch update
From: "Duane Nelson" <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:12:14 -0700
Birders,

 

I was able to help Janeal Thompson see and photograph the single
female-plumaged Purple and Cassin's Finches at my Las Animas feeder
yesterday. It was not surprising the birds were here due to the cold, snowy
conditions. She saw and photographed both. I did not post these sightings to
cobirds due to the unfortunate twin realities that my feeders have been
taken over by Red-winged Blackbirds and I can only put about a cup of seeds
on the platform feeder on the west side of my house and stand by the window
to deter the blackbirds as the finches feed, and that I am not home during
most of the day as I'm busy trying to prepare nesting habitat for Piping
Plovers at John Martin Reservoir.

 

I returned home from work today and put a cup of black oil sunflower seeds
on my feeder at around 4 p.m. Within minutes, the Purple Finch appeared for
a single visit. I assume it was around most of the day looking for a
handout. I'll try to work with interested birders interested in trying for
my finches. I've got to know in advance that you're coming. We may be able
to figure out alternative strategies for observing the birds.

 

Duane Nelson

Las Animas, Bent County, CO



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Subject: Continuing Dunlin Seen from McKay and the Platte (Adams)
From: Kathy and Jeff Dunning <mihmdunning AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:45:20 -0700
Hi all -

This afternoon I made a quick trip up to the location where the Dunlin
has been intermittently seen over the past week.  When I arrived, it
was on the sandbar on the east side of the McKay bridge.  I was able
to get some poor-quality pictures.

Shortly after I arrived, it vanished and I could not re-find it on
either side of the bridge.

Also in the area was one male Cinnamon Teal (and gobs of Northern Shoveler)

This is a challenging location to bird as the bike-trails in the area
are closed and gated, so viewing is from McKay Road which is fairly
narrow and busy.

Good birding,

Kathy Mihm Dunning
Denver

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (05 Mar 2015) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 05 Mar 2015 18:03:28 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 05, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       4              4              4
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.75 hours

Official Counter:        Roger Rouch

Observers:        

Visitors:
None.


Weather:
Pleasantly cool with temps in the upper 20's and low 30's with a light
breeze generally from the SE. Mostly cloudy with a late break in the clouds
and sun at day's end.

Raptor Observations:
Two Golden Eagle were first observed flying tandem over two humps and
proceeded to spiral over the southern end of the ridge then over the
observation site and north out of sight.  A brief talon grapple was
suspiciously like local behavior, but both were counted as migrating. 
Also, to acknowledge the common sighting of local Prairie Falcon, but the
one counted as migrating was on a direct flight north out of line of
sight.

About ten local Red-tailed Hawks were sighted or re-sighted. Also, a local
Kestrel.

Non-raptor Observations:
Few non-raptors with a couple of marauding Black-Billed Magpie, a Scrub
Jay, and a chickadee.

Predictions:
The next couple of days should be the first days of warm sun for sometime,
which may bode well for more activity.

Note that the trail is packed snow, but will be icy or sloppy for a while. 
The observation site has small areas of bare ground starting to show.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

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

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Subject: Dillon, Summit County - backyard bird (just now)
From: Ed Baker <ednbonniebaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:40:44 -0700
Sunday 11:30 a/,/

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch        1
a first for my backyard

Waiting for it to return to feeders to get a picture



also

Mt Chickadees

Steller's Jays

Usual House Sparrows

Magpies

Bonnie Boex
Dillon

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Subject: Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Festival, presentation
From: taarmstr AT adams.edu
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:58:18 -0800 (PST)
The keynote speaker for this year’s spring Crane Festival in Monte Vista, CO, 
is Dr. George Archibald from the International Crane Foundation. Dr. Archibald 
has studied cranes for over 45 years since he worked on the vocal behavior and 
evolution of cranes for his Ph.D. at Cornell University. He has devoted his 
life to the conservation of cranes and the habitat on which they depend. Since 
he co-founded the International Crane Foundation in 1973, Dr. Archibald has 
studied the ecology of eight species of cranes in Australia, Bhutan, China, 
Iran, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the US. Dr. Archibald has published 
dozens of research articles and book chapters on cranes and their conservation, 
and he has organized more than 900 researchers in 64 countries to study cranes. 
His more notable awards include a MacArthur Award in 1984, a Gold Medal from 
the World Wildlife Fund in 1985, the Audubon Society’s distinguished 
conservationist award in 1993, and the Aldo Leopold Award for Distinction in 
Environment and Conservation in 2007. Dr. Archibald is planning to reduce his 
speaking engagements to begin work on his memoirs, so this may be one of our 
last opportunities to hear one of America’s leading conservationists discuss 
his life’s work. Dr. Archibald will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. at the Vali 3 
Theatre at 139 Adams Street in Monte Vista, Colorado on Saturday, March 14th. 
For more information, please visit www.cranefest.com 


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Subject: Dillon, Summit County backyard birds
From: Ed Baker <ednbonniebaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:47:57 -0700
Downy Woodpecker - pair

Magpies - too many

Junco - 4

Pine Siskin - 6

Black- capped Chickadee  - 1  (travels with the Mt Chicks)

Mt Chickadee - 6 to 8

House Sparrows - flock
too many to count; first year this has occurred.  They appear to have
established a foothold; have to be vigilant on my BB Trail

Bonnie Boex
Dillon

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Subject: Dillon, Summit County
From: Ed Baker <ednbonniebaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:24:25 -0700
Had to tell SOMEONE

Pygmy Nuthatch - pair     at feeder



Walked outside to get closer look with handful of live mealworms hoping to
get their attention

one of the Pygmys perched on my fingers, grabbed a mealworm; and left
without a thank you.


So awesome to feel its  tiny little feet on my fingers.

Will try to get a picture to prove I'm not making-it-up

Bonnie Boex
Dillon

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, March 5, 2015
From: Mary Driscoll <wddriscoll AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:25:23 -0700
Compiler:  Mary Driscoll
Date:         March 5, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Thursday March 5 sponsored by Denver Field 
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. 


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

Tundra Swan (Boulder, Mesa)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Larimer, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, El Paso, Larimer)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, Prowers)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park, San Juan)
Chihuahuan Raven (Weld)
Winter Wren (Morgan)
Lapland Longspur (Denver,  Douglas/Jefferson , Park, Prowers)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Logan)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Logan, Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca, Weld)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Jackson, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan, Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan, Teller)
PURPLE FINCH (Bent)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On February 28, Davis reported a Dunlin at the bridge over S Platte on McKay 
(about 9300 N). On March 1, Clark and several other birders reported Dunlin at 
pond at 100th and McKay. 

--On February 28, Starace reported m Barrow's Goldeneye on the S Platte River 
near 88th. On March 1, Norm Lewis reported male Barrow's Goldeneye near the big 
water tank on the S Platte River. 


BACA COUNTY:
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Floyd at Two Buttes SWA below the dam on 
February 21. 


BENT COUNTY:
--On February 28, Duane Nelson reported f-type PURPLE FINCH and Cassin's Finch 
at his feeders. If you would 

like to try for the birds, contact Duane at dnelson1 AT centurytel.net 
 On March 1, Duane reported that both the Cassin's 
Finch and PURPLE FINCH returned to his feeders. 


BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at the Teller Farm 
trailhead parking lot. On February 28, Frye reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at 
Teller Farm. 

--On February 21, Kaempfer reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Prince 
Lake #2. 

--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Tundra Swan at the Valmont Complex on the N 
shore of Leggett Reservoir. 

--On February 28, Bob Spencer reported a Williamson's Sapsucker at Heil Valley 
Ranch. 


DENVER COUNTY:
--2 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Sheeter on the DIA Owl Loop on February 
24. 

 
DOUGLAS COUNTY/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Dan Stringer at Chatfield SP at the Model 
Airplane parking area on February 24. On January 25, Cynthia Madsen reported 
Lapland Longspur at Chafield. 


GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On February 19, Filby reported 10+ Barrow's Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch Ponds 
viewed from CR 106. On February 20, Filby reported 142+ Barrow's Goldeneyes at 
Coryell Ranch Ponds viewed from Hwy 82 on CR 106. 


JEFFERSON COUNTY:
-- On February 24, Josh Lefever reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks 
Trading Post. On February 25, Hudak reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red 
Rocks Trading Post. 

--Ira Sanders reports Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy-Finches coming 
to his front yard at 314 DeFrance Ct in Golden on December 29. Birders are 
welcome to watch from the street. On February 27, Jen Small reported 
Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at the Sanders residence. On 
February 28, Niyo reported about 30 Rosy-Finches including 1 Black and 1 
Brown-capped at Sanders residence. About 100 Rosy-Finches were at the Sanders 
residence on March 3. Sanders is allowing birders to walk around the south side 
of the house on the stone path to the backyard to see the Rosy-Finches in the 
backyard. From the street near the north edge of the property you can see the 
cottonwood tree in the backyard where the Rosy-Finches stage. If there aren't 
any Rosy-Finches there then they aren't around except for maybe the 2 fluffy 
Gray-crowned that appear to be ill that hang around almost all the time. 
Sanders reports only a couple of Rosy-Finches this morning. 


LAKE COUNTY:
--A Long-tailed Duck was found by Truan and Porter on Mt Elbert Forebay 
Reservoir on February 19. 


LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 28, Komar reported 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 4 Thayer's 
Gulls at the Larimer County Landfill. 

The Landfill is closed on Sundays.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On February 21, Dowell reported m EASTERN TOWHEE at eastern section, area 10 
at Tamarack SWA. 

--On February 21, Dowell reported 6 Northern Cardinals and 11 Red-bellied 
Woodpeckers at Tamarack SWA. 


MESA COUNTY:
--On February 25, Henwood and Korte reported Rosy-Finches of all three species 
on the Entrance Road to Powderhorn Ski Area. 

--A Tundra Swan was reported by Vollmar at the Fruita section of Colorado River 
SP on February 27. 

--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Dexter at Whitewater Ponds on the N 
side of CO 141 and W of Gunnison River on February 28. 


MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Winter Wren was reported by Dowell at Brush SWA on February 28.

PARK COUNTY:
--On February 24, Suddjian reported American Three-toed Woodpecker in 
Fairplay/Alma along Platte River Road. 

--On February 24, Suddjian reported Rosy-Finches (all three species) in 
Jefferson at a feeder at house behind the market; 

in Fairplay at feeder at Front Street, on a snag tree off Beaver Creek Lane in 
Silverheels Circle. Also south of Fairplay and east of US 285 along Kokanee and 
Trout Roads. 

--On February 24, Suddjian reported a Lpaland Longspur along CR 59 west of 
Mineral. 


PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 20, Floyd reported Northern Cardinal and flyover Lapland Longspur 
at Willow Creek in Lamar. 

--On February 23, Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker at Fairmount Cemetery 
in Lamar. 

--On February 28, Thompson reported Red-bellied Woodpeckers at Willow Creek 
Park, Lamar Community College, Fairmount Cemetery, and Willow Valley 
Subdivision. 

--On February 28, Thompson reported Northern Cardinals at the south end of 
Lamar Community College. 


SAN JUAN COUNTY:
--About 400 - 500 Rosy-Finches (all three species) were reported by Peter 
Derven near the corner of Blair St and 9th in Silverton on February 16. On 
February 21, Riley Morris reported several large flocks of Rosy-Finches with 
all three species in Silverton. 

--On February 21, Riley Morris reported a f American Three-toed Woodpecker at 
the Coal Bank Pass pullout. 


TELLER COUNTY:
--Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by Cody Porter on CO 
67 at a field near Cantiberry Road on February 26. 


WELD COUNTY:
--On February 16, Hess reported Long-tailed Duck at Windsor Lake. On February 
26, Mlodinow reported Long-tailed Duck and Thayer's Gull at Windsor Lake. 

--On February 20, Deininger reported Chihuahuan Rave at Frederick High School.
--On February 22, Mlodinow reported 9 male Rusty Blackbirds along the St Vrain 
on the Weld county side of County Line Road. 

--On February 28, Commercon reported Long-tailed Duck and Barrow's Goldeneye at 
Windsor Lake. On March 1, Hess reported f Barrow's Goldeneye at Windsor Lake 
but no sign of the Long-tailed Duck. 

--On March 1, Knight reported 1 or 2 Rusty Blackbirds along the St Vrain at the 
far SE border of Sandstone Ranch. Sandstone Ranch is east of Longmont. 


The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, March 7 will be to DIA Raptor Alley led by 
Chris Goulart (cgoulart001 AT comcast.net , 586--764-2126 
) This trip is full. 


The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, March 9 will be to Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop 
led by Karen von Saltz (kvonsaltz AT yahoo.com , 
303-941-4881 ). Meet at Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek CP. 
From either park entrance, follow Lake View Rd to the Prairie Loop which is 
located on the south rim of the reservoir. State Parks Pass or day pass 
required. 


Bird Walk for all levels of birders (beginners are especially welcome) at 7:30 
AM on Saturday, March 7th starting at The High Plains Environmental Center, 
1854 Piney River Drive, Loveland, which is just west of the Outlet Mall and 
other stores at West Centaura. We will go around Equalizer Lake on the path. 
Please help get the word out for us. Thanks. Rick Reeser, Greeley 



Good Birding,
Mary Driscoll
Unincorporated Arapahoe County 

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Only a couple
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:29:31 -0700
Birders,
I've seen only a couple of Rosy's this am.  There is a Sharp-shinned Hawk
sitting on the north side of the house and a mule deer eating their seed.
I really doubt there will be many today with all the sunshine.
On a sad note, I believe that one of the "fluffy" Rosy's met it's end
yesterday or last night.  We returned last night to a lot of feathers on
the front porch.  Looked to be the right color.  Maybe the one I almost
picked up yesterday.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: Monte Refuge Filled with Birds
From: <cougar AT gojade.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:04:32 -0700
The Monte Refuge has bountiful numbers of Sandhill Cranes, Canada, Cackling, 
Snow and Ross’ Geese, Mallards, Pintails, Ring-necked Ducks and many Bald 
Eagles watching them closely. The refuge still has snow cover which has 
affected usual feeding and roosting patterns. Best place at the moment is on 
Hwy 15, 1 mile south of the Headquarters at the turnouts. 


One particular bird caught my attention yesterday was a leucistic Cackling 
Goose. This bird has the normal head and neck of the Cackling, but the body is 
white. A few tail feathers are dark. This bird was likely the same one I saw 
about 3 years ago. So be on the lookout. 


Monte Vista Crane Festival is March 13-15 and there should be plenty to see. 
Google the Crane Festival for a schedule of events. 


John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:46:44 -0700
Birders,
There are Rosy-Finches here today.  There are now 3 who are fluffy and
don't fly away from me.  I almost poured seed on one of then and 2 were
fighting at my feet.  I just about picked up one.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: N. Cardinal, N Boulder, 3/4
From: Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:30:57 -0700
The Northern Cardinal was here this morning just after 7:00. The cardinal has 
been visiting my feeders much more frequently for the last 4-5 weeks. It had 
been coming in bursts of a few days with prolonged absences. Perhaps the 
extended cold and snowy weather has been a factor. 


Also at the feeders over the last couple of days:
Spotted Towhee
Cassin's Finches (up to a dozen)
Pine Siskins (up to 5)
Pine Grosbeak (one yesterday)

Thomas Heinrich
Boulder, CO
Nyctea AT aol.com

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 3 March 2015
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:26:33 -0700
Compiler:   Ira Sanders
Date:         March 3, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Tuesday, March 3 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Tundra Swan (Boulder, Mesa)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Larimer, Weld)
Glaucous Gull (*Larimer)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, El Paso, Larimer)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, Prowers)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park, San Juan)
Chihuahuan Raven (Weld)
Winter Wren (Morgan)
Lapland Longspur (Denver,  Douglas/Jefferson , Park, Prowers)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Logan)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Logan, Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca, *Weld)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Jackson, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan, Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jackson, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan, Teller)
PURPLE FINCH (Bent)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On February 28, Davis reported a Dunlin at the bridge over S Platte on
McKay (about 9300 N).   On March 1, Clark and several other birders
reported Dunlin at pond at 100th and McKay.
--On February 28, Starace reported m Barrow's Goldeneye on the S Platte
River near 88th.  On March 1, Norm Lewis reported male Barrow's Goldeneye
near the big water tank on the S Platte River.

BACA COUNTY:
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Floyd at Two Buttes SWA below the dam
on February 21.

BENT COUNTY:
--On February 28, Duane Nelson reported f-type PURPLE FINCH and Cassin's
Finch at his feeders.  If you would
like to try for the birds, contact Duane at dnelson1 AT centurytel.net  On
March 1, Duane reported that both the Cassin's Finch and PURPLE FINCH
returned to his feeders.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at the Teller
Farm trailhead parking lot.  On February 28, Frye reported Golden-crowned
Sparrow at Teller Farm.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Prince Lake #2.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Tundra Swan at the Valmont Complex on
the N shore of Leggett Reservoir.
--On February 28, Bob Spencer reported a Williamson's Sapsucker at Heil
Valley Ranch.

DENVER COUNTY:
--2 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Sheeter on the DIA Owl Loop on
February 24.

DOUGLAS COUNTY/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Dan Stringer at Chatfield SP at the
Model Airplane parking area on February 24.  On January 25, Cynthia Madsen
reported Lapland Longspur at Chatfield.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On February 19, Filby reported 10+ Barrow's Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch
Ponds viewed from CR 106.  On February 20, Filby reported 142+ Barrow's
Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch Ponds viewed from Hwy 82 on CR 106.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On February 16, Leatherman reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 5
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at Moose Visitor Center on the west side of
Cameron Pass.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
-- On February 24, Josh Lefever reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red
Rocks Trading Post.  On February 25, Hudak reported Golden-crowned Sparrow
at Red Rocks Trading Post.
--Ira Sanders reports Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy-Finches
coming to his front yard at 314 DeFrance Ct in Golden on December 29.
Birders are welcome to watch from the street.  On February 27, Jen Small
reported Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at the Sanders
residence.  On February 28, Niyo reported about 30 Rosy-Finches including 1
Black and 1 Brown-capped at Sanders residence.  About 100 Rosy-Finches were
at the Sanders residence on March 3.  Sanders is allowing birders to walk
around the south side of the house on the stone path to the backyard to see
the Rosy-Finches in the backyard.  From the street near the north edge of
the property you can see the cottonwood tree in the backyard where the
Rosy-Finches stage.  If there aren't any Rosy-Finches there then they
aren't around except for maybe the 2 fluffy Gray-crowned that appear to be
ill that hang around almost all the time.

LAKE COUNTY:
--A Long-tailed Duck was found by Truan and Porter on Mt Elbert Forebay
Reservoir on February 19.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 28, Komar reported 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 4 Thayer's
Gulls at the Larimer County Landfill.
The Landfill is closed on Sundays.
--On March 2, Wade reports a third cycle Glaucous Gull at Boyd Lake in
Loveland.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On February 21, Dowell reported m EASTERN TOWHEE at eastern section, area
10 at Tamarack SWA.
--On February 21, Dowell reported 6 Northern Cardinals and 11 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers at Tamarack SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--On February 25, Henwood and Korte reported Rosy-Finches of all three
species on the Entrance Road to Powderhorn Ski Area.
--A Tundra Swan was reported by Vollmar at the Fruita section of Colorado
River SP on February 27.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Dexter at Whitewater Ponds on the N
side of CO 141 and W of Gunnison River on February 28.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Winter Wren was reported by Dowell at Brush SWA on February 28.

PARK COUNTY:
--On February 24, Suddjian reported American Three-toed Woodpecker in
Fairplay/Alma along Platte River Road.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported Rosy-Finches (all three species) in
Jefferson at a feeder at house behind the market;
in Fairplay at feeder at Front Street, on a snag tree off Beaver Creek Lane
in Silverheels Circle.  Also south of Fairplay and east of US 285 along
Kokanee and Trout Roads.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported a Lpaland Longspur along CR 59 west of
Mineral.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 20, Floyd reported Northern Cardinal and flyover Lapland
Longspur at Willow Creek in Lamar.
--On February 23, Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker at Fairmount
Cemetery in Lamar.
--On February 28, Thompson reported Red-bellied Woodpeckers at Willow Creek
Park, Lamar Community College, Fairmount Cemetery, and Willow Valley
Subdivision.
--On February 28, Thompson reported Northern Cardinals at the south end of
Lamar Community College.

SAN JUAN COUNTY:
--About 400 - 500 Rosy-Finches (all three species) were reported by Peter
Derven near the corner of Blair St and 9th in Silverton on February 16.  On
February 21, Riley Morris reported several large flocks of Rosy-Finches
with all three species in Silverton.
--On February 21, Riley Morris reported a f American Three-toed Woodpecker
at the Coal Bank Pass pullout.

TELLER COUNTY:
--Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by Cody Porter
on CO 67 at a field near Cantiberry Road on February 26.

WELD COUNTY:
--On February 16, Hess reported Long-tailed Duck at Windsor Lake.  On
February 26, Mlodinow reported Long-tailed Duck and Thayer's Gull at
Windsor Lake.
--On February 20, Deininger reported Chihuahuan Raven at Frederick High
School.
--On February 22, Mlodinow reported 9 male Rusty Blackbirds along the St
Vrain on the Weld county side of County Line Road.
--On February 28, Commercon reported Long-tailed Duck and  Barrow's
Goldeneye at Windsor Lake.  On March 1, Hess reported f Barrow's Goldeneye
at Windsor Lake but no sign of the Long-tailed Duck.
--On March 1, Knight reported 1 or 2 Rusty Blackbirds along the St Vrain at
the far SE border of Sandstone Ranch.  Sandstone Ranch is east of Longmont.
--On March 2 Sanders reports 2 Common Ravens near the intersection of US 34
and Bus 34 at the west edge of Greeley.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, March 7 will be to DIA Raptor Alley led by
Chris Goulart (cgoulart001 AT comcast.net, 586--764-2126)  This trip is
full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, March 9 will be to Cherry Creek SP Wetlands
Loop led by Karen von Saltz (kvonsaltz AT yahoo.com, 303-941-4881).  Meet
at Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek CP.  From either park entrance, follow
Lake View Rd to the Prairie Loop which is located on the south rim of the
reservoir.  State Parks Pass or day pass required.

Good Birding,
Ira Sanders
Golden, CO

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Subject: Birding trip to Brazil
From: Norm Erthal <nerthal AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:12:12 -0800 (PST)
 I have a birding trip planned for the southeast Brazil rainforest and the 
southern Brazil state of Rio Grande do Sul. It will be about $6,000 plus 
airfare that I have found for less than $1,400. This is higher than I was 
hoping for but still $1,400 to $2,000 less than comparable trips. We would 
leave the US on October 20, arriving in Rio on October 21 and leaving 
Brazil for home on November 7. If you are interested, please contact me for 
a detailed itinerary and additional information. The possible species list 
totals 730 species of which nearly 400 are Brazil or regional endemics.

Norm Erthal
Arvada, CO

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Subject: Re: Golden Eagle / Jeffco
From: Jennifer Hallam <ghinysu AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:50:44 -0800 (PST)
There are also Goldens that have an aerie in Roxborough State Park :)

Jennifer Hallam
Ken Caryl, CO

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Subject: Re: Golden Eagle / Jeffco
From: "dandcval AT earthlink.net" <dandcval@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:38:11 -0800 (PST)
Might have been the Goldens that nested in the backcountry areas of 
Highlands Ranch.  They successfully fledged two Goldens.
Cindy Valentine
Castle Rock



On Monday, March 2, 2015 at 1:56:52 PM UTC-7, Dave Cameron wrote:
>
> Just a few minutes ago, I had the pleasure of watching an adult Golden 
> Eagle perching on a tall pole over a prairie dog field; and then soaring 
> across the field-- a disappointment for us both, it would seem (he failed 
> to catch anything, and he flew before I could try a digiscoped picture).  
> Still- always a treat.
>  
> The location was Roxborough Park Road, the unpaved section bewteen Titan 
> road and Sharptail Ridge open space.
>  
> Dave Cameron
> Denver
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Subject: Re: "Black Scoter," City Park (Denver)
From: "'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:52:20 -0500
Good catch. In the dying light I clearly missed the thicker bill that does 
indeed, make this bird a ruddy duck. Sorry for the missed ID. 



Norm


Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO




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From: Alec Hopping 
To: cobirds 
Sent: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 4:38 pm
Subject: [cobirds] "Black Scoter," City Park (Denver)


Hi All,

I am currently looking at a fairly worn male Ruddy Duck in City Park (Denver). 
I 

believe that this is the bird reported yesterday as a Black Scoter. There are 
currently no accepted eBird records of Black Scoter in either February or 
March. 



A photo of the bird can be found at the following link: http://flic.kr/p/rabZwZ

Best,
Alec Hopping
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 07:45:33 -0700
Birders,
There are at present, about 40 Rosy-Finches at the house.  They were so
fixed on food this morning that they stayed on the fire pit feeding while I
was still spreading seed on the patio.
It is starting to snow  so that may account for the behavior.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: More gull photos
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:38:51 -0700
I have posted about 60 photos of a variety of gull species and plumages from 
the Larimer County landfill, taken Saturday February 28. The URL is 
www.pbase.com/quetzal/gulls02282015. 


Nick Komar 
Fort Collins, Colorado 

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Subject: Glaucous Gull - Boyd Lake, Larimer
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:02:36 -0800 (PST)
Greetings All,

Following a hot tip, Ken Pals, Nick Komar and I found a third cycle 
Glaucous Gull at Boyd Lake in Loveland today (March 2). Nick (of course) 
first spotted the large, white-wing- tipped gull flying towards the north 
end of Boyd Lake today around 4 pm. It landed on the ice where it preened 
and rested long enough to get some distant digiscoped shots. It was last 
seen flying south over the lake. Boyd Lake is a state park and requires a 
pass to enter.

There are 5 shots in the photostream, here is first 
one: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122221383 AT N05/16700887935/

David Wade
Ft Collins, CO

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (02 Mar 2015) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 02 Mar 2015 19:03:33 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 02, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Commercon

Observers:        

Visitors:
A few hikers were out on the snowy trails--perhaps five in total. Two
hikers, one with a dog, took in the view briefly at the HawkWatch site.


Weather:
The day was sunny and cold (just above freezing) with clear blue skies
through the morning, with small cumulus and thin translucent clouds rising
up in the west and south in the early afternoon. Wind was light and mostly
from the east. Visibility was not as good as usual, but acceptable (>10 km)
above the valleys, which held a haze that reduced visibility somewhat
(maybe to 7 km). The haze was noticeably brownish to the northeast and over
the I-70 corridor. Solid snow cover in the area made it easy to see
anything that moved.

Raptor Observations:
There were few active locals and no active migrants observed today. The
highlight of the day was an adult, light-morph Harlan's Hawk that was
spotted flying low and slow in Rooney Valley, heading south. Not migrating
today, but probably soon. One local adult Red-tailed Hawk was observed
perching and hunting, mostly in Rooney Valley. A local Prairie Falcon
perched on the power pole directly north of the HawkWatch site then headed
east to Green Mountain where it circled low, presumably to hunt.

Non-raptor Observations:
A group of Bushtits made their way north along the west side of the Ridge
in the morning; a few hours later over twenty-five bushtits (accompanied by
a few individuals of a Chickadee species) bustled back south along the same
section of Ridge. Also seen or heard were Black-billed Magpie, Raven,
Townsend's Solitaire and House Finch.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

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

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Subject: "Black Scoter," City Park (Denver)
From: Alec Hopping <wahopping AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:40:05 -0800 (PST)
Edit: There are no accepted Feb/Mar eBird records in Colorado, not overall.

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Subject: "Black Scoter," City Park (Denver)
From: Alec Hopping <wahopping AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:37:56 -0800 (PST)
Hi All,

I am currently looking at a fairly worn male Ruddy Duck in City Park (Denver). 
I believe that this is the bird reported yesterday as a Black Scoter. There are 
currently no accepted eBird records of Black Scoter in either February or 
March. 


A photo of the bird can be found at the following link: http://flic.kr/p/rabZwZ

Best,
Alec Hopping
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Golden Eagle / Jeffco
From: Dave Cameron <davednvr7 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:56:52 -0800 (PST)
Just a few minutes ago, I had the pleasure of watching an adult Golden 
Eagle perching on a tall pole over a prairie dog field; and then soaring 
across the field-- a disappointment for us both, it would seem (he failed 
to catch anything, and he flew before I could try a digiscoped picture).  
Still- always a treat.
 
The location was Roxborough Park Road, the unpaved section bewteen Titan 
road and Sharptail Ridge open space.
 
Dave Cameron
Denver

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Subject: Around Boulder County, 2/28-3/1
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:06:22 -0800 (PST)
Hello, Birders.

Sat. afternoon, Feb. 28, Hannah Floyd and I were delighted at *Erie 
Reservoir*, Boulder County, by two of the most challenging taxa for 
Colorado birders: *Larus* gulls and *Streptopelia* collared-doves. In the 
decently large gull flock on the reservoir proper, we saw two definitive 
alternate ("spring adult") *California Gulls* and a *Hot Pink Ring-billed 
Gull*. I'm not aware of too many reports in recent years of these hot pink 
Ringers, but they were legion a dozen years ago in the Front Range metro 
region. Back then, all these pink Ring-billed Gulls were coming from fish 
farms in the Pacific Northwest. There's a great article about this in 
*Birding* by Lisa Hardy: "The Peculiar Puzzle of the Pink Ring-billed 
Gulls," Oct. 2003, pp. 498-504. We also saw a flock of tricky 
*collared-doves*. Here's a photo, and it shows why we need to scrutinize 
practically every collared-dove we see in Colorado, even the superficially 
"normal" ones:

http://tinyurl.com/Strepto-2015-02-28

At daybreak on Sat., I looked for gulls at the *Valmont Reservoir complex*. 
It was swarming with gulls! But I couldn't really see them because of the 
thick steam rising from the surfaces of all three reservoirs. The *Common 
Merganser* flock there was fantastic: hundreds of males gathered near the 
south shore of Valmont Reservoir proper, and engaged in a frenzied chorus 
of wild woofing calls. It was magical, bacchanalian, like cranes or 
prairie-chickens in the morning mist.

And over at Walden Ponds on Sat. morning, Cottonwood Marsh was frozen over, 
but *Wally Toevs Pond* had a bit of open water and around 150 ducks, of 
which more than half were *Redheads*, almost all males, and they were 
chorusing. But their chorusing is very different from that of the 
mergansers, a soft wailing, whistled and melancholy. A beautiful *Harlan's 
Hawk* sailed right over, catching the rising sun just right. 
*Nuthatch=nelsoni.* *CalGull=albertaensis.*

Sat. afternoon, at the *Kenosha Road Boulder Creek crossing*, a pair of *Great 
Horned Owls* sat in a cottonwood, one large, one larger, so I'm guessing 
male and female, respectively, mated up and ready to go. And a *"Mountain" 
Downy Woodpecker* (*leucurus* subspecies-group) was highly industrious. 
Here's video of the bird: http://tinyurl.com/DoWo-2015-02-28

Over at *Waneka Lake*, there remains a small patch of open water, kept 
ice-free at night by the splish-splashing of the several thousand 
*white-cheeked 

geese*. All the geese go away during the day, but a lone hen *Hooded 
Merganser* hangs on. Here's a photo from Sat. evening: 
http://tinyurl.com/HoMe-2015-02-28. Meanwhile, at least two phenotypically 
"good" *African Collared-Doves* are hanging out nearby, in and around the 
yards along Salina Street. And one of the *ravens* there continues to 
impress with its quacking calls, small size, and somewhat crow-like 
proportions; still need the definitive photo (or dead bird?) for eBird... 
;-)

Sun. afternoon, Mar. 1, I explored *beautiful Gregory Canyon* and its 
various "tributaries." I came upon two Red Crossbill flocks (*n*=9, *n*=10), 
both of them confusing: seemingly small-billed birds going to town on 
spruce cones, but giving typical Type 2 flight calls. I guess that makes 
them *Type 2 Red Crossbills*, yes? Audio: http://tinyurl.com/ReCr-2015-03-01

And down along *Boulder Creek* Sun. afternoon, there was an *American 
Dipper* doing the dipper thing just upstream from bridge at the Boulder 
Public Library. Also, another flock of Red Crossbills (*n*=10), again in a 
spruce, but silent, so untyped. And a *Great Blue Heron* impersonating a 
plastic owl. Video: http://tinyurl.com/GBHe-2015-03-01

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

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Subject: Rosy-Finches & F'in Elk
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:02:34 -0700
Birders,
The feeders will not be up the rest of the day in the front of the house as
the elk got 2 of them 2x and 2 others already this morning.
Sorry.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: Short-eared Owl/Larimer
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:45:12 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

My wife and I ventured out for the owls yesterday.  In the AM no luck.  At 
6:10PM-ish there were six cars waiting for the owls in various places along 
Buckeye Road.  A few of us, headlights off, agreed to flash headlights if 
seen--that system worked.  They appeared in their normal place 2086 Buckeye 
Rd--a birder acquaintance of mine lives there--one jumping up from the 
field.  As that one flew east to slight ridge near Rawhide Plant wind break 
another one appeared interacting with it.  

Note:  That birder acquaintance of mine also mentioned during the third 
week of April these same fields bring many (dozens+) Long-billed Curlews 
during spring something to keep in mind.

Also, two Lapland Longspur continue at Weld CR 33 in Nunn btw WCR 100/WCR 
98--walking the area is best to hear and find them.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
Mobile:  http://coloradobirder.ning.com/m


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Subject: Bird Walk Planned - Larimer County Loveland Area
From: Rick Reeser <rcreeser AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:11:47 -0700
We have a Bird Walk for all levels of birders (beginners are especially
welcome) at 7:30 AM on Saturday, March 7th starting at The High Plains
Environmental Center, 1854 Piney River Drive, Loveland, which is just west
of the Outlet Mall and other stores at West Centaura.  We will go around
Equalizer Lake on the path. Please help get the word out for us.  Thanks.
Rick Reeser, Greeley

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes, just a few
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:24:58 -0700
Birders,
With the sunny weather the number of Rosy's have dropped significantly.
This morning there is only about a dozen birds.
The numbers will probably go up tomorrow with snow coming.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 2 March 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 03:59:28 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date:         March 2, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Monday, March 2 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Tundra Swan (Boulder, Mesa)
Black Scoter (*Denver)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, *Larimer, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, El Paso, *Larimer)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, Prowers)
Williamson's Sapsucker (*Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park, San Juan)
Chihuahuan Raven (Weld)
Winter Wren (Morgan)
Lapland Longspur (Denver,  Douglas/Jefferson , Park, Prowers)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Logan)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Logan, Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca, *Weld)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Jackson, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan, Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jackson, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan, Teller)
PURPLE FINCH (*Bent)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On February 18, Sheeter reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2
Thayer's Gulls at Barr Lake SP.
--On February 28, Davis reported a Dunlin at the bridge over S Platte on
McKay (about 9300 N).   On March 1, Clark and several other birders
reported Dunlin at pond at 100th and McKay.
--On February 28, Starace reported m Barrow's Goldeneye on the S Platte
River near 88th.  On March 1, Norm Lewis reported male Barrow's Goldeneye
near the big water tank on the S Platte River.

BACA COUNTY:
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Floyd at Two Buttes SWA below the dam
on February 21.

BENT COUNTY:
--On February 28, Duane Nelson reported f-type PURPLE FINCH and Cassin's
Finch at his feeders.  If you would
like to try for the birds, contact Duane at dnelson1 AT centurytel.net  On
March 1, Duane reported that both the Cassin's Finch and PURPLE FINCH
returned to his feeders.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at the Teller
Farm trailhead parking lot.  On February 28, Frye reported Golden-crowned
Sparrow at Teller Farm.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Prince Lake #2.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Tundra Swan at the Valmont Complex on
the N shore of Leggett Reservoir.
--On February 28, Bob Spencer reported a Williamson's Sapsucker at Heil
Valley Ranch.

DENVER COUNTY:
--2 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Sheeter on the DIA Owl Loop on
February 24.
--A f Black Scoter was reported by Norm Lewis at Duck Lake in City Park on
March 1.

DOUGLAS COUNTY/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Dan Stringer at Chatfield SP at the
Model Airplane parking area on February 24.  On January 25, Cynthia Madsen
reported Lapland Longspur at Chafield.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On February 19, Filby reported 10+ Barrow's Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch
Ponds viewed from CR 106.  On February 20, Filby reported 142+ Barrow's
Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch Pons viewed from Hwy 82 on CR 106.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On February 16, Leatherman reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 5
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at Moose Visitor Center on the west side of
Cameron Pass.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On February 16, Amy Darling reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post.  On February 17, Matt Clark reported Golden-crowned Sparrow
at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On February 24, Josh Lefever reported
Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On February 25, Hudak
reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.
--Ira Sanders reported Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-Finches coming to his
front yard at 314 DeFrance Ct in Golden on December 29.  Birders are
welcome to watch from the street. On February 16, Sanders reports lots of
Rosy-Finches and lots of snow in his yard.  On February 17, Sanders
reported Rosy-Finches in his yard.  On February 19, Sanders reported a few
Rosy-Finches in his hard.  On February 20, Sanders reported about a dozen
Rosy-Finches in the afternoon.  On February 21, Behnfield reported 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at the Sanders residence.  On February 22,
Sanders reported Rosy-Finches has returned to his yard.  On February 24,
Sanders reported Rosy-Finches including one Black had returned to his
yard.  On February 26 Matt Clark reported all three species of Rosy-Finches
in Sanders yard.  On February 27, Jen Small reported Gray-crowned and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at the Sanders residence.  On February 28, Niyo
reported about 30 Rosy-Finches including 1 Black and 1 Brown-capped at
Sanders residence.

LAKE COUNTY:
--A Long-tailed Duck was found by Truan and Porter on Mt Elbert Forebay
Reservoir on February 19.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On February 28, Komar reported 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 4 Thayer's
Gulls at the Larimer County Landfill.
The Landfill is closed on Sundays.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On February 21, Dowell reported m EASTERN TOWHEE at eastern section, area
10 at Tamarack SWA.
--On February 21, Dowell reported 6 Northern Cardinals and 11 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers at Tamarack SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--On February 25, Henwood and Korte reported Rosy-Finches of all three
species on the Entrance Road to Powderhorn Ski Area.
--A Tundra Swan was reported by Vollmar at the Fruita section of Colorado
River SP on February 27.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Dexter at Whitewater Ponds on the N
side of CO 141 and W of Gunnison River on February 28.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Winter Wren was reported by Dowell at Brush SWA on February 28.

PARK COUNTY:
--On February 24, Suddjian reported American Three-toed Woodpecker in
Fairplay/Alma along Platte River Road.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported Rosy-Finches (all three species) in
Jefferson at a feeder at house behind the market;
in Fairplay at feeder at Front Street, on a snag tree off Beaver Creek Lane
in Silverheels Circle.  Also south of Fairplay and east of US 285 along
Kokanee and Trout Roads.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported a Lpaland Longspur along CR 59 west of
Mineral.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 20, Floyd reported Northern Cardinal and flyover Lapland
Longspur at Willow Creek in Lamar.
--On February 23, Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker at Fairmount
Cemetery in Lamar.
--On February 28, Thompson reported Red-bellied Woodpeckers at Willow Creek
Park, Lamar Community College, Fairmount Cemetery, and Willow Valley
Subdivision.
--On February 28, Thompson reported Northern Cardinals at the south end of
Lamar Community College.

SAN JUAN COUNTY:
--About 400 - 500 Rosy-Finches (all three species) were reported by Peter
Derven near the corner of Blair St and 9th in Silverton on February 16.  On
February 21, Riley Morris reported several large flocks of Rosy-Finches
with all three species in Silverton.
--On February 21, Riley Morris reported a f American Three-toed Woodpecker
at the Coal Bank Pass pullout.

TELLER COUNTY:
--Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by Cody Porter
on CO 67 at a field near Cantiberry Road on February 26.

WELD COUNTY:
--On February 16, Hess reported Long-tailed Duck at Windsor Lake.  On
February 26, Mlodinow reported Long-tailed Duck and Thayer's Gull at
Windsor Lake.
--On February 20, Deininger reported Chihuahuan Rave at Frederick High
School.
--On February 22, Mlodinow reported 9 male Rusty Blackbirds along the St
Vrain on the Weld county side of County Line Road.
--On February 28, Commercon reported Long-tailed Duck and  Barrow's
Goldeneye at Windsor Lake.  On March 1, Hess reported f Barrow's Goldeneye
at Windsor Lake but no sign of the Long-tailed Duck.
--On March 1, Knight reported 1 or 2 Rusty Blackbirds along the St Vrain at
the far SE border of Sandstone Ranch.  Sandstone Ranch is east of Longmont.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, March 7 will be to DIA Raptor Alley led by
Chris Goulart (cgoulart001 AT comcast.net, 586--764-2126)  This trip is
full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, March 9 will be to Cherry Creek SP Wetlands
Loop led by Karen von Saltz (kvonsaltz AT yahoo.com, 303-941-4881).  Meet
at Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek CP.  From either park entrance, follow
Lake View Rd to the Prairie Loop which is located on the south rim of the
reservoir.  State Parks Pass or day pass required.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Buckeye Road (LCR 82) 3/1
From: "Mark Miller" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:49:49 -0700
Hi Everyone-

 

This evening 3/1, Marcia Marvin and I decided to try for the Short-eared
Owls that have been reported along Buckeye Road. We watched and waited at
the west end of the field with the hunting blinds. Several other cars were
parked at intervals toward the east and the power plant. There were three
harriers working the field until about 5:45 pm, then quiet. By about 6:15, I
had not seen any owls, so I drove back toward the power plant. At the
entrance, I talked to some people who said they had seen two birds fly east
over the rise, so I drove another 200 yards or so east and saw two birds in
near darkness on a telephone pole on the north side of the road (the spot is
closer to the railroad tracks than to the power plant). One was divebombing
the other. As the one swooped past the other, the perched one let out a
squawk. The squawk resembled a short version of a Short-eared Owl call. I
have not seen this behavior before in either Great Horned Owl or Short-eared
Owl, so I was left a bit confused. Could Short-eared Owls be getting feisty
for the breeding season now, or did I just see two feisty Great Horned Owls?

 

Mark Miller

Longmont, CO

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Subject: Black Scoter- Denver
From: "'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:31:03 -0500
I went out on a circle around nearby sites this afternoon, mostly to scout a 
route for an upcoming museum birdwalk, but certainly keeping an eye open for 
anything notable. There were a few birds of interest here and there, but the 
most interesting things I found were assemblages- who was present, and who 
wasn't. 

I started at the South Platte at 78th Ave., where most of the usual suspects 
were present, including zillions of shovelers, bazillions of goldeneye, and 
unlikely-sounding numbers of the regulars. The male Barrow's goldeneye was 
hanging out with commons in the customary spot near the big water tank. There 
were also good numbers of pintails, which seemed somewhat restless. A flock of 
a half dozen flew continuously up and down the river while everyone else mostly 
just hung out. Of note: I saw not a singer ring-neck, redhead, canvasback or 
hooded merg. 

From there it was on to Rocky Mountain Arsenal. An open area at the north end 
of Lake Ladora had approximately four hundred redheads, sixty ring-necked 
ducks, eight hooded mergs and one canvasback. Apparently I had discovered the 
Land of Missing Duckage. A small open area on nearby Lower Derby Lake had 
thirty canvasbacks and not much else. Go figure. 

The most interesting bird there was an odd red-tail. There always seem to be a 
few dark red-tails along the road out to the east part of the refuge, and today 
I saw at least two. I got a mediocre look at one of the birds as it flew away 
at some distance. It was an overall dark bird, and had a white tail with a red 
margin. This doesn't fit any of the morphs/races of red-tail that I am familiar 
with. Unfortunately, no chance for a picture. It was either an unusual bird or 
I was hallucinating, which is certainly not out of the question. Maybe it's 
time for my monthly meds adjustment..... 

After a quick look at Bluff Lake/Sand Creek, I circled back in the direction of 
the museum and decided to have a quick look at the lakes there. Ferril Lake was 
frozen and empty, so I popped over to Duck Lake to check on the cormorant 
colony. At least fifty birds are back on nests. There is a very small patch of 
open water at the northeast corner of the lake, and upon taking a quick peek in 
the dying light, I spotted a female black scoter swimming with a few coots. 
With another frigid night coming up, the open puddle may be gone by tomorrow. 
Unfortunately, it was almost dark by the time I found the bird- too late to do 
a quick post. If the water stays open at all, the bird may still be there in 
the morning. 



Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO


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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, Weld County March 1st 2015
From: Austin Hess <outdoorlover1214 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:42:36 -0800 (PST)
This morning during a CSU Field Ornithologists field trip, Megan Miller and 
I spotted a female Barrow's Goldeneye at Windsor Lake. The bird was first 
found yesterday. 
No sign of the adult male Long-tailed Duck that I found 
originally...although it was seen yesterday. All the waterfowl at Windsor 
Lake is concentrated where the only open water is at about the middle of 
the lake. 

Check out us on faceook "Field Ornithologists of Colorado State University" 

Big thanks to Julie Barraza, Doug Kibbe, and Jeff Dawson for leading us! 

Austin Hess
Fort Collins, Colorado 

(P.S. wish to god I could edit and delete posts when making an error 
originally...sorry about that) 

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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, Weld County March 1st 2014
From: Austin Hess <outdoorlover1214 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:39:52 -0800 (PST)
This morning during a CSU Field Ornithologists field trip, Megan Miller and 
I spotted a female Barrow's Goldeneye at Windsor Lake. The bird was first 
found yesterday. 
No sign of the adult male Long-tailed Duck that I found 
originally...although it was seen yesterday. All the waterfowl at Windsor 
Lake is concentrated where the only open water is at about the middle of 
the lake. 

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Big thanks to Julie Barraza, Doug Kibbe, and Jeff Dawson for leading us! 

Austin Hess
Fort Collins, Colorado 

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Subject: Purple and Cassin's Finch update, Bent County
From: "Duane Nelson" <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:28:29 -0700
Birders,

 

I thought today might be a no-show for Purple and Cassin's Finches at my
feeders in Las Animas, but the Cassin's Finch finally appeared at 12:40 p.m,
and the Purple Finch at 1 p.m. I must have captured lightning in a bottle,
because both posed "side by each" (an old Upper Peninsula of Michigan term)
on my platform feeder at 2:20 this afternoon. If present, the birds are
never the first birds of the day, or the last birds of the day to leave, and
may be most reliable between noon and 3 p.m.

 

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Subject: Rusty Blackbird(s) Sandstone Ranch, Weld County (3/1)
From: "'Chris Knight' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:53:31 -0800 (PST)
Hi All,
 
I just returned from birding at Sandstone Ranch east of Longmont (Weld 
County side) and noticed one (possibly two) Rusty Blackbirds along the St. 
Vrain at the far SE border of the park. This is about a half mile 
downstream (I believe) from where a small flock of Rustys was reported 
recently by Steve Mlodinow.
 
Other birds at the "ranch" today were a nesting Great Horned Owl and a Barn 
Owl at the usual roosting location. Otherwise it was pretty slow.
 
Good bidring!
 
Chris Knight
Northglenn, CO

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Subject: Re: Short Eared Owls along Buckeye Rd., Times seen ??? Barrows Goldeneye yesterday at S. Platte River, Weld County
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:46:19 -0700
The one owl seen from CR82 appeared south of the road at about 6:05 pm. This 
was in the field with the hunting blinds, west of the power plant entrance 
(BTW, visitor overlook was still closed). The bird was very far away and landed 
a few times on short posts along a private roadway. It got closer as light 
faded. Bring a telescope. 


Nick Komar 
Fort Collins CO

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> On Mar 1, 2015, at 8:10 AM, Carl Starace  wrote:
> 
> Hello , Can someone that's seen the SE Owls of late near the Rawhide Plant in 
Larimer please give times spotted. Thanks. Sally Swain and I did gets good 
looks at The male Barrows Goldeneye yesterday morning at South Platte 
River,[88th St. trailhead]. It was among a number of Common Goldeneye not far 
from the wooden viewing stand south of the parking lot. Good March Birding All, 
Carl Starace and Sally Swain 

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Subject: Short Eared Owls along Buckeye Rd., Times seen ??? Barrows Goldeneye yesterday at S. Platte River, Weld County
From: Carl Starace <castarace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:10:36 -0700
Hello ,   Can someone that's seen the SE Owls of late near the Rawhide
Plant in Larimer please give times spotted. Thanks.  Sally Swain and I did
gets good looks at The male Barrows Goldeneye yesterday morning at South
Platte River,[88th St. trailhead]. It was among a number of Common
Goldeneye not far from the wooden viewing stand south of the parking lot.
Good March Birding All,       Carl Starace and Sally Swain

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Subject: Larimer County gulls
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:40:25 -0700
I spent an hour at the Larimer landfill yesterday afternoon, February 28, after 
receiving permission at the entrance kiosk. Cropping photos for online posting 
now. Gull tally was : 


Ring-billed Gull - 1000
Herring Gull - 20
California Gull - 12 
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 8
Thayer's Gull - 4

The  landfill is closed on Sunday's. 

Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:10:38 -0700
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 1 March 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 04:44:14 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date:         March 1, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Sunday, March 1 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Tundra Swan (Boulder, Mesa)
Long-tailed Duck (Lake, *Mesa, *Weld)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Routt, *Weld)
Dunlin (*Adams)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, El Paso)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, *Prowers)
Williamson's Sapsucker (*Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park, San Juan)
Chihuahuan Raven (Weld)
Winter Wren (*Morgan)
Lapland Longspur (Denver,  Douglas/Jefferson , Park, Prowers)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Logan)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (*Boulder, Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Logan, *Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Baca, Weld)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Jackson, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan, Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (*Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jackson, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan, Teller)
PURPLE FINCH (*Bent)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On February 18, Sheeter reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2
Thayer's Gulls at Barr Lake SP.
--On February 28, Davis reported a Dunlin at the bridge over S Platte on
McKay (about 9300 N).

BACA COUNTY:
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Floyd at Two Buttes SWA below the dam
on February 21.

BENT COUNTY:
--On February 28, Duane Nelson reported f-type PURPLE FINCH and Cassin's
Finch at his feeders.  If you would
like to try for the birds, contact Duane at dnelson1 AT centurytel.net

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at the Teller
Farm trailhead parking lot.  On February 28, Frye reported Golden-crowned
Sparrow at Teller Farm.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Prince Lake #2.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Tundra Swan at the Valmont Complex on
the N shore of Leggett Reservoir.
--On February 28, Bob Spencer reported a Williamson's Sapsucker at Heil
Valley Ranch.

DENVER COUNTY:
--2 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Sheeter on the DIA Owl Loop on
February 24.

DOUGLAS COUNTY/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Dan Stringer at Chatfield SP at the
Model Airplane parking area on February 24.  On January 25, Cynthia Madsen
reported Lapland Longspur at Chafield.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On February 19, Filby reported 10+ Barrow's Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch
Ponds viewed from CR 106.  On February 20, Filby reported 142+ Barrow's
Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch Pons viewed from Hwy 82 on CR 106.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On February 16, Leatherman reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 5
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at Moose Visitor Center on the west side of
Cameron Pass.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On February 16, Amy Darling reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post.  On February 17, Matt Clark reported Golden-crowned Sparrow
at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On February 24, Josh Lefever reported
Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On February 25, Hudak
reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.
--Ira Sanders reported Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-Finches coming to his
front yard at 314 DeFrance Ct in Golden on December 29.  Birders are
welcome to watch from the street. On February 16, Sanders reports lots of
Rosy-Finches and lots of snow in his yard.  On February 17, Sanders
reported Rosy-Finches in his yard.  On February 19, Sanders reported a few
Rosy-Finches in his hard.  On February 20, Sanders reported about a dozen
Rosy-Finches in the afternoon.  On February 21, Behnfield reported 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at the Sanders residence.  On February 22,
Sanders reported Rosy-Finches has returned to his yard.  On February 24,
Sanders reported Rosy-Finches including one Black had returned to his
yard.  On February 26 Matt Clark reported all three species of Rosy-Finches
in Sanders yard.  On February 27, Jen Small reported Gray-crowned and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at the Sanders residence.  On February 28, Niyo
reported about 30 Rosy-Finches including 1 Black and 1 Brown-capped at
Sanders residence.

LAKE COUNTY:
--A Long-tailed Duck was found by Truan and Porter on Mt Elbert Forebay
Reservoir on February 19.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On February 21, Dowell reported m EASTERN TOWHEE at eastern section, area
10 at Tamarack SWA.
--On February 21, Dowell reported 6 Northern Cardinals and 11 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers at Tamarack SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--On February 25, Henwood and Korte reported Rosy-Finches of all three
species on the Entrance Road to Powderhorn Ski Area.
--A Tundra Swan was reported by Vollmar at the Fruita section of Colorado
River SP on February 27.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Dexter at Whitewater Ponds on the N
side of CO 141 and W of Gunnison River on February 28.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Winter Wren was reported by Dowell at Brush SWA on February 28.

PARK COUNTY:
--On February 24, Suddjian reported American Three-toed Woodpecker in
Fairplay/Alma along Platte River Road.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported Rosy-Finches (all three species) in
Jefferson at a feeder at house behind the market;
in Fairplay at feeder at Front Street, on a snag tree off Beaver Creek Lane
in Silverheels Circle.  Also south of Fairplay and east of US 285 along
Kokanee and Trout Roads.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported a Lpaland Lonspur along CR 59 west of
Mineral.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 20, Floyd reported Northern Cardinal and flyover Lapland
Longspur at Willow Creek in Lamar.
--On February 23, Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker at Fairmount
Cemetery in Lamar.
--On February 28, Thompson reported Red-bellied Woodpeckers at Willow Creek
Park, Lamar Community College, Fairmount Cemetery, and Willow Valley
Subdivision.
--On February 28, Thompson reported Northern Cardinals at the south end of
Lamar Community College.

SAN JUAN COUNTY:
--About 400 - 500 Rosy-Finches (all three species) were reported by Peter
Derven near the corner of Blair St and 9th in Silverton on February 16.  On
February 21, Riley Morris reported several large flocks of Rosy-Finches
with all three species in Silverton.
--On February 21, Riley Morris reported a f American Three-toed Woodpecker
at the Coal Bank Pass pullout.

TELLER COUNTY:
--Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by Cody Porter
on CO 67 at a field near Cantiberry Road on February 26.

WELD COUNTY:
--On February 16, Hess reported Long-tailed Duck at Windsor Lake.  On
February 26, Mlodinow reported Long-tailed Duck and Thayer's Gull at
Windsor Lake.
--On February 20, Deininger reported Chihuahuan Rave at Frederick High
School.
--On February 22, Mlodinow reported 9 male Rusty Blackbirds along the St
Vrain on the Weld county side of County Line Road.
--On February 28, Commercon reported Long-tailed Ducks and  Barrow's
Goldeneye at Windsor Lake.

The DFO Field Trip for Wednesday, March 4 will be to Prospect Park in Wheat
Ridge led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu, 720-381-3314).  Meet at
Prospect Lake at 0830.  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 park
at the lot next to Prospect Lake.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Short eared owl, Larimer County
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 02:26:37 -0700
A small group of us were able to see short-eared owl in the same general 
vicinity that they have been seen over the last few days. It was off County 
Road 82 near the Rawhide plant, a few miles west of I 25. The address that 
Rachel Hopper gave, 2086 Buckeye Rd. , is close to where it was sited. 

 I admit my directions are not very complete but they're the best I could come 
up with right now. Nick Komar was there as well as several others of whom I 
can't whose name I can't recall. Drat! 

 My friend, Ed Secor, and I saw two furuginous hawks and a bedraggled Redtail 
hawk on the way to see the owls. 

    Deb Carstensen, Littleton, Arapahoe County
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Subject: American Dipper x2 today in Adams County
From: "'bomaanka AT yahoo.com' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds@googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:22:32 -0800 (PST)
Hi CoBirders
I was able to see two American Dippers in Clear Creek< east of Lowell 
Blvd.(Adams). One was about half way to the I 76 bridges. The other was at 
the I 76 bridges. I didn't see any interaction or vocalizations between the 
birds, but they were near enough that sound would have carried. I've found 
one dipper regularly throughout the month. 
Bob Canter, Denver 



 

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Subject: 26-27February 2015 Lamar (Prowers) Colorado
From: Janeal Thompson <janealthompson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:33:37 -0700
We have had a few inches of snow this past week and temperatures in the
teens and twenties in Lamar (Prowers). The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker found
by Dave Leatherman earlier in the year is still in the southern most pine
trees on the Parkview Avenue (west) side across from house numbers 1305 and
1305A.  Willow Creek Park, Lamar Community College, Fairmount Cemetery and
Willow Valley Subdivision are all hosting Red-bellied Woodpeckers,
White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches, and other expected winter
visitors in good numbers. Yesterday, 27Feb2015, a lone Brown Creeper was
busy foraging on cottonwood trunks near the feeder across from the college
library. (For those interested,the Northern Cardinals are being seen
regularly on the south end of LCC near the housing development.)  A bit
farther south of LCC, along Willow Creek, a Northern Mockingbird was found
in some tamarisk, but the Brewer's Blackbirds and the lone Common Grackle
seen by Jane Stulp and myself, respectively, have not been there for a
while.  The Russian olives at the Prowers Medical Center Campus host Cedar
Waxwings, several Red-winged Blackbirds and American Robins.  A few
beautiful Eastern Bluebirds often line the fence on the east (prairie) side
of the PMC Drive.

Janeal Thompson
Lamar, CO

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Subject: Purple and Cassin's Finches in Bent County
From: "Duane Nelson" <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:12:43 -0700
Birders,

 

I've had infrequent sightings of single female-plumaged Purple and Cassin's
finches at my feeders in Las Animas (Bent County) since early January.
Purple Finch is a review species in Colorado, and Cassin's Finch is rare so
far from the mountains. Until today, I'd never seen both species at the same
time. This afternoon, I finally had both birds on the feeder seven feet from
my family room window at the same time, and actually nailed photos of them
interacting with each other. I'll gladly send photos to those interested.

 

I welcome visitors, but of course there's a caveat. They are unpredictable,
often disappearing for days or weeks on end. They may be more reliable in
bad weather. And, I've got a problem with Red-winged Blackbirds. If I fill
my feeders, I will have hundreds around, and they drive off other birds. For
the past few days, I've only been able to put a small amount of seeds on the
tray feeder nearest the window on the west side of my house, as blackbirds
are more shy than finches, and will fly off if they see me inside. When the
blackbirds leave without successfully feeding, I put out more seed, and hope
the finches take advantage of these brief opportunities to visit. So far,
this has worked, but I can't always be around to do this drill.

 

I went to John Martin Reservoir today. The lake, completely open last
Thursday, is currently mostly iced over. Some early migrant American White
Pelicans stand stupidly on islands surrounded by ice, waiting for it to
melt.

 

Duane Nelson

Las Animas, Bent County, CO



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Subject: Williamson's Sapsucker and Aggressive Dusky Grouse, Heil Ranch Boulder County
From: "Bob Spencer, the younger" <bspence4430 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:56:48 -0800 (PST)
Sondra and I had a very nice snow shoe hike today in Heil Valley Ranch, 
Boulder County Parks. A highlight was when we stopped near the Ponderosa 
Loop overlook to view a Townsend's Solitaire, and a male Dusky Grouse 
sauntered up to us through the snow. We were thinking that it was amazingly 
tame, when all of a sudden it started attacking our snow shoes, and then 
jumped up and pecked at my day pack (I might have vocalized an octave 
higher than usual). As we continued on, congratulating ourselves for being 
treated to such a special unique close encounter with nature, we came upon 
a pair of signs that said "Please Stay Clear of Aggressive Grouse". I see 
that there are posts on Facebook concerning this Grouse for at least a year 
now. Nevertheless, it was fun to see its subtle but striking markings so up 
close. On the way back down the trail (2 miles from the southern trail 
head) we were surprised to see a female Williamson's Sapsucker working a 
trunk of a Ponderosa pine tree by the trail.

Bob Spencer and Sondra Bland

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Subject: Jeffco rosy-finches at Ira and Tammy Sanders today
From: "Kay Niyo" <Kay AT KayNiyo.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:47:10 -0700
Several birders watched about 30 rosy-finches swirl from treetop to treetop
around Ira and Tammy Sanders home from about 10:30 to noon today.  We found
at least one black, one brown-capped, and the rest gray-crowned.  One or two
gray-crowned landed on a tray feeder in front, but the flock was kept at bay
by a Sharp-shinned Hawk that persisted much of the time in the neighbor's
tree.  The Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch with puffed-up feathers photographed
yesterday that appears to be sick fed on the pavement right in front of us
for a while.  Thanks, Ira and Tammy!

 

Kay  

 

Kayleen A. Niyo, Ph.D.

Niyo Scientific Communications

5651 Garnet St.

Golden, CO 80403

303.679.6646

Kay AT KayNiyo.com; www.KayNiyo.com

 

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Subject: Adams County Dunlin and Amer. Pipet
From: "Davis" <davis AT greenspeedisp.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:44:38 -0700
Birders:

 

On our S. Platte duck walk (hard on the knees to do that for miles), we had
a Dunlin and a Amer. Pipet at the S. Platte Bridge on McKay Rd (about 9300
N) north of 88th St.

The Dunlin last seen flying hard upstream (SW) but was actively flying
around sand bars and low water spots for a while.

We did NOT see any Barrow's Goldeneye or any Mergansers, but did see a
female N. Harrier.

 

Davis - at 6,000 ft. NW of Lyons

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Subject: Re: Boulder surprising hawk kill
From: scott <pygmyowl AT frii.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:25:25 -0700
I wonder if the increased numbers of Cooper's Hawks is a reason for the 
decline of both Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels.  I presume 
the kestrel numbers have declined over the years do to a few things, one 
being trichinosis, but are Cooper's Hawks taking their toll on these 
little raptors as well?

Scott Rashid
Estes Park



On 2/27/2015 11:37 AM, William H Kaempfer wrote:
>
> Nick,
>
> I went to CBC data for Colorado to see what it says.  From the early 
> 1990s up through about 2005 or 2006 both Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s 
> Hawk numbers increased steadily: up  125% for Sharp-shinned and 135% 
> for Coopers.  Since then, however, Sharp-shinned have gone back to 
> about where they were while Coopers have doubled again.  During the 
> period from the 91^st CBC (which if I recall means the actual end year 
> is one before, so 1989-90) to the 105^th CBC, Cooper’s numbers grew 
> fairly steadily from just under .01 per party hour to just over .02. 
> in 15 years.  But then things really took off, for every year since 
> count number 106, Cooper’s Hawk counts have been between .03 and .04 
> with a high of .0418 on the 111^th count.
>
> What about Eurasian Collared-Doves?  Their numbers have grown 12 fold 
> in the last decade.  My conclusion is that Cooper’s Hawks are an even 
> greater beneficiary of all of that food source that is now available 
> and they are prospering.  But, more Cooper’s Hawks might mean fewer 
> Sharp-shinned Hawks.
>
> Bill Kaempfer
>
> Boulder
>
> *From:*cobirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] *On 
> Behalf Of *Nick Komar
> *Sent:* Friday, February 27, 2015 10:05 AM
> *To:* djwaltman AT comcast.net
> *Cc:* cobirds
> *Subject:* Re: [cobirds] Boulder surprising hawk kill
>
> Sharpies take Eurasian Collared-Doves on a regular basis. The dove is 
> almost 50% larger than the hawk by mass. This brings up a question: 
> why are there not more Sharp-shinned Hawks around? There must be more 
> influential constraints on the hawks population than winter food 
> supply. Any thoughts on what those constraints might be?
>
> Nick Komar
>
> Fort Collins CO
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Feb 27, 2015, at 9:29 AM, David Waltman  > wrote:
>
>
>     I just witnessed a Sharp-shinned Hawk successfully kill a
>     Steller's Jay.  It's sitting on the ground eating the jay right
>     now.  The Steller's Jay is about the same size as the
>     hawk, although the Sharp-shinned would outweigh the jay at about 5
>     oz. vs.3.7 oz.  I'm amazed that a Sharp-shinned Hawk would go for
>     a bird that large.
>
>     David Waltman
>
>     Boulder County foothills, 1/2 between Boulder and Lyons
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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:09:52 -0700
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 February 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:07:06 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date:         February 27, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Friday, February 27 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Tundra Swan (Boulder, *Mesa)
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK (Weld)
Long-tailed Duck (Lake, Weld)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Pueblo, Routt)
Red-throated Loon (Pueblo)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Pueblo, *Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, El Paso, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Pueblo, Washington)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
ACORN WOODPECKER (El Paso)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, Prowers)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park, San Juan)
Black Phoebe (Fremont)
Chihuahuan Raven (Weld)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, Denver,  Douglas/Jefferson , Park, Prowers)
Pine Warbler (Jefferson)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Logan)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder, Logan. Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Fremont, Baca, Weld)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jackson, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San
Juan, Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jackson, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San
Juan, Teller)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On February 18, Sheeter reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2
Thayer's Gulls at Barr Lake SP.

BACA COUNTY:
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Floyd at Two Buttes SWA below the dam
on February 21.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 14 at Ward, Kaempfer reported all three Rosy-Finches.
--On February 16, Floyd reported Northern Cardinal in North Boulder
Foothills.
--On February 16, Deininger reported Lapland Longspur on 9th Ave in
Longmont.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at the Teller
Farm trailhead parking lot.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Prince Lake #2.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Tundra Swan at the Valmont Complex on
the N shore of Leggett Reservoir.

DENVER COUNTY:
--2 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Sheeter on the DIA Owl Loop on
February 24.

DOUGLAS COUNTY/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Dan Stringer at Chatfield SP at the
Model Airplane parking area on February 24.  On January 25, Cynthia Madsen
reported Lapland Longspur at Chafield.

EL PASO COUNTY:--
On February 15, Hopping reported ACORN WOODPECKER in the Willow Circle
neighborhood of Colorado Springs.  Please respect the privacy of homeowners.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On February 15, Moss reported Black Phoebe at Florence River Park.
--On February 15, Mark Peterson reported 2 Tundra Swans flying low and to
the east from West of Florence RIver Park.
--On February 15, Mark Peterson reported 6 Rusty Blackbirds (2m, 4 f) on CR
119.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On February 19, Filby reported 10+ Barrow's Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch
Ponds viewed from CR 106.  On February 20, Filby reported 142+ Barrow's
Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch Pons viewed from Hwy 82 on CR 106.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On February 16, Leatherman reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 5
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at Moose Visitor Center on the west side of
Cameron Pass.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On February 16, Amy Darling reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post.  On February 17, Matt Clark reported Golden-crowned Sparrow
at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On February 24, Josh Lefever reported
Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.
On February 25, Hudak reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading
Post.
--Ira Sanders reported Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-Finches coming to his
front yard at 314 DeFrance Ct in Golden on December 29.  Birders are
welcome to watch from the street. On February 16, Sanders reports lots of
Rosy-Finches and lots of snow in his yard.  On February 17, Sanders
reported Rosy-Finches in his yard.  On February 19, Sanders reported a few
Rosy-Finches in his hard.  On February 20, Sanders reported about a dozen
Rosy-Finches in the afternoon.  On February 21, Behnfield reported 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at the Sanders residence.  On February 22,
Sanders reported Rosy-Finches has returned to his yard.  On February 24,
Sanders reported Rosy-Finches including one Black had returned to his
yard.  On February 26 Matt Clark reported all three species of Rosy-Finches
in Sanders yard.  On February 27, Jen Small reported Gray-crowned and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at the Sanders residence.
--On January 4, Schottler reported a Pine Warbler at Denver West Office
Park near the SE corner of bldg 7. On January 28, Nick Moore reported Pine
Warbler at Denver West.  On January 29, Lisa Edwards reported Pine Warbler
at Denver West.  On January 31, Kilpatrick reported Pine Warbler at Denver
West.  On February 10, Norm Lewis reported Pine warbler at Denver West
Office Park.  On February 14, Matt Clark reported Pine Warbler at Denver
West.
--On February 7, 1 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was reported by Haley at Apex
Park.

LAKE COUNTY:
--A Long-tailed Duck was found by Truan and Porter on Mt Elbert Forebay
Reservoir on February 19.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On February 21, Dowell reported m EASTERN TOWHEE at eastern section, area
10 at Tamarack SWA.
--On February 21, Dowell reported 6 Northern Cardinals and 11 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers at Tamarack SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--On February 25, Henwood and Korte reported Rosy-Finches of all three
species on the Entrance Road to Powderhorn Ski Area.
--A Tundra Swan was reported by Vollmar at the Fruita section of Colorado
River SP on February 27.

PARK COUNTY:
--On February 24, Suddjian reported American Three-toed Woodpecker in
Fairplay/Alma along Platte River Road.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported Rosy-Finches (all three species) in
Jefferson at a feeder at house behind the market;
in Fairplay at feeder at Front Street, on a snag tree off Beaver Creek Lane
in Silverheels Circle.  Also south of Fairplay and east of US 285 along
Kokanee and Trout Roads.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported a Lpaland Lonspur along CR 59 west of
Mineral.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 20, Floyd reported Northern Cardinal and flyover Lapland
Longspur at Willow Creek in Lamar.
--On February 23, Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker at Fairmount
Cemetery in Lamar.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 14, Kellner reported Red-necked Grebe and Red-throated Loon
at Pueblo Reservoir.  On February 15, Hopping reported Great Black-backed
Gull and Red-necked Grebe at the South shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir.

SAN JUAN COUNTY:
--About 400 - 500 Rosy-Finches (all three species) were reported by Peter
Derven near the corner of Blair St and 9th in Silverton on February 16.  On
February 21, Riley Morris reported several large flocks of Rosy-Finches
with all three species in Silverton.
--On February 21, Riley Morris reported a f American Three-toed Woodpecker
at the Coal Bank Pass pullout.

TELLER COUNTY:
--Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by Cody Porter
on CO 67 at a field near Cantiberry Road on February 26/

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--On February 15, Mlodinow reported Glaucous Gulls at Prewitt Reservoir.

WELD COUNTY:
--On February 13, Mlodinow reported an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Windsor
Reservoir.
--On February 13, Messick reported Tundra Swan on Lower Latham at CR 48.
--On February 16, Hess reported Long-tailed Duck at Windsor Lake.  On
February 26, Mlodinow reported Long-tailed Duck and Thayer's Gull at
Windsor Lake.
--On February 20, Deininger reported Chihuahuan Rave at Frederick High
School.
--On February 22, Mlodinow reported 9 male Rusty Blackbirds along the St
Vrain on the Weld county side of County Line Road.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 28 will be to Butterfly Pavilion
led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu, 720-381-3314)  Meet in front of
the Butterfly Pavilion at 6252 W 104th Ave at 0900.

The DFO Field Trip for Wednesday, March 4 will be to Prospect Park in Wheat
Ridge led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu, 720-381-3314).  Meet at
Prospect Lake at 0830.  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 park
at the lot next to Prospect Lake.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Ducks Along the Platte field trip, tomorrow, YES!
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:15:58 -0700
Sponsored by Boulder County Audubon

I just talked to Davis and he tells me he is planning on leading the group
tomorrow.  Details below,

*Saturday, February 28, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.*
"Ducks Along the Platte with 'Davis'!"
We’ll drive down to 88th and Colorado (can meet there at 9:20). Walk along
the South Platte river trail for 2-3 miles. If it’s good and cold (dress
warmly), we may see 17 species of waterfowl, including Barrow’s Goldeneyes
and the occasional Long-tailed Duck! Great for beginners, as most male
ducks have obvious fieldmarks. Meet at East Boulder Rec Center at 8:30
a.m., plan to be back to Boulder by 1:30 pm. Contact Davis at
303-823-5332.   No reservations necessary.


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Subject: Re: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes
From: small.jennifer AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:09:53 -0800 (PST)
I swung by Ira's today to admire the rosy-finches. As I parked, a kestrel 
came zipping toward his front porch, pursuing a puffed brown rosy. It 
missed and smacked into the front door. It wasn't hurt and Ira came out to 
see what the fuss was. Apparently the kestrel hangs out in the same tree 
with the rosies and leaves them be. Ira guessed it was after this one, 
which has been acting sick and is continually puffed up: 
http://i.imgur.com/fk3Ll0b.jpg. (Is that a white-winged junco keeping it 
company?)

Thanks for shoveling that path, Ira, that was very kind of you. It was 
lovely watching 115 finches descend on your bird seed. Thanks for being a 
great host to both birds and birders!

My count on Rosy-Finches: 9 Hepburn's Grey-crowned, perhaps a Brown-capped 
(I'm unsure: http://i.imgur.com/tbPGrss.jpg), and the rest were 
Grey-crowned (interior form). I didn't spot any Black.

Jen Small
Denver, CO

p.s., A group of rosy-finches is known as a "bouquet".

On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:26:06 AM UTC-7, Ira Sanders wrote:
>
> Birders, Rosy-Finches are here this morning and there is 100+ of them.
> You need boots to get around the south side of the house to see the 
> backyard.
> There isn't a lot of room to park on the street because of the snow but 
> you can park in front of my driveway.
>
> Ira Sanders
> Golden, CO
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Subject: Re: Boulder surprising hawk kill
From: Casey Setash <csetash AT vt.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:07:08 -0700
Having worked on the Cape May Raptor Banding Project this past fall, I had
many discussions with a variety of people about the diminishing Sharpie
populations.  It's been a noticeable trend in the capture data and the
hawkwatch count data that Sharpies have been decreasing steadily over the
last decade or so while Cooper's Hawks have been steadily increasing.  One
of the major theories for this among everyone I talked to was the
increasing fragmentation of forested habitat.  It might be that Sharpies
are more reliant on dense vegetation and canopy cover to catch their
unwitting prey, while Coops have been able to adapt to an increasingly
urbanized environment.  This is just a theory and I'd be interested to see
whether any data has been collected to back this up, but there has
definitely been a noticeable shift in the proportions of these two
Accipiters in the east.  That being said, we did have Sharpies make
multiple passes at the pigeons we used as lure birds.  They commonly landed
on starlings (even the tiny males would go for a starling), but I believe
we only ever had one female land on a pigeon long enough for us to trap
her.  There was a relatively recent discussion on the weight-carrying
capacity of Sharpies on the CFO Facebook page if anyone is interested.

Good birding,
Casey Setash
Fort Collins

On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Leon Bright  wrote:

> COBirders,
>
> One late spring a few years ago at our cabin in western Custer County
> (9,200 ft.) I witnessed an interesting episode involving a young
> Sharp-shinned Hawk.  I was watching a group of small passerines on my
> platform feeder when I saw them scatter in a panic.  I noticed a sharpie
> had just landed on a fence post close by.  After a while he (probable
> gender) left, and three Steller’s Jays came to the feeder.  The sharpie
> returned to the post.  The jays didn’t fly off but were very nervous,
> jumping and flitting around.  The hawk made a couple of feints and the jays
> left reluctantly.  With no prey in sight, the Sharpie left again.  A couple
> of hours later there were several Band-tailed Pigeons feeding when the hawk
> showed up again on the fence post.  The pigeons completely ignored the
> accipiter which, even though inexperienced, decided against any try at prey
> whose 13 ounces outweighed his five or less.  He left for the third time,
> not to return at least to my knowledge.
>
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Subject: RE: Boulder surprising hawk kill
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:37:04 -0700
Nick,

I went to CBC data for Colorado to see what it says. From the early 1990s up 
through about 2005 or 2006 both Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawk numbers 
increased steadily: up 125% for Sharp-shinned and 135% for Coopers. Since then, 
however, Sharp-shinned have gone back to about where they were while Coopers 
have doubled again. During the period from the 91st CBC (which if I recall 
means the actual end year is one before, so 1989-90) to the 105th CBC, 
Cooper’s numbers grew fairly steadily from just under .01 per party hour to 
just over .02. in 15 years. But then things really took off, for every year 
since count number 106, Cooper’s Hawk counts have been between .03 and .04 
with a high of .0418 on the 111th count. 


What about Eurasian Collared-Doves? Their numbers have grown 12 fold in the 
last decade. My conclusion is that Cooper’s Hawks are an even greater 
beneficiary of all of that food source that is now available and they are 
prospering. But, more Cooper’s Hawks might mean fewer Sharp-shinned Hawks. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder


From: cobirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Nick Komar 

Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 10:05 AM
To: djwaltman AT comcast.net
Cc: cobirds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Boulder surprising hawk kill

Sharpies take Eurasian Collared-Doves on a regular basis. The dove is almost 
50% larger than the hawk by mass. This brings up a question: why are there not 
more Sharp-shinned Hawks around? There must be more influential constraints on 
the hawks population than winter food supply. Any thoughts on what those 
constraints might be? 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

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On Feb 27, 2015, at 9:29 AM, David Waltman 
> wrote: 


I just witnessed a Sharp-shinned Hawk successfully kill a Steller's Jay. It's 
sitting on the ground eating the jay right now. The Steller's Jay is about the 
same size as the hawk, although the Sharp-shinned would outweigh the jay at 
about 5 oz. vs.3.7 oz. I'm amazed that a Sharp-shinned Hawk would go for a bird 
that large. 

David Waltman
Boulder County foothills, 1/2 between Boulder and Lyons
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Subject: Short-earedOwls-Larimer
From: Rachel Hopper <r-hopper AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:02:57 -0700
I am currently looking at 2 Short-eared Owls on posts along the driveway of 
2086 Buckeye Rd. No trespassing sign. 


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Ft. Collins

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Subject: RE: Boulder surprising hawk kill
From: "Leon Bright" <urraca2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:00:02 -0700
COBirders,

One late spring a few years ago at our cabin in western Custer County (9,200 
ft.) I witnessed an interesting episode involving a young Sharp-shinned Hawk. I 
was watching a group of small passerines on my platform feeder when I saw them 
scatter in a panic. I noticed a sharpie had just landed on a fence post close 
by. After a while he (probable gender) left, and three Steller’s Jays came to 
the feeder. The sharpie returned to the post. The jays didn’t fly off but 
were very nervous, jumping and flitting around. The hawk made a couple of 
feints and the jays left reluctantly. With no prey in sight, the Sharpie left 
again. A couple of hours later there were several Band-tailed Pigeons feeding 
when the hawk showed up again on the fence post. The pigeons completely ignored 
the accipiter which, even though inexperienced, decided against any try at prey 
whose 13 ounces outweighed his five or less. He left for the third time, not to 
return at least to my knowledge. 


Leon Bright, Pueblo

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Subject: FW: Boulder surprising hawk kill
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:36:26 -0700
Neglected sending this to the whole group, as intended.
Dave

From: daleatherman AT msn.com
To: quetzal65 AT comcast.net
Subject: RE: [cobirds] Boulder surprising hawk kill
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:28:38 -0700




David, Nick, Gary, et al,
Interesting observations, all. I would throw in seeing a Northern Pygmy-Owl fly 
past with a Steller's Jay in its talons one time in Rist Canyon west of Fort 
Collins. The owl is 2.5 oz (70g), the jay 3.7 (105g). The literature talks 
about a pygmy-owl that was threatening a Dusky Grouse (1050g) , but that report 
was unclear as to whether it was a predator-prey thing or territorial 
harassment thing. For sure, hunger and brood protection are both strong 
motivators. 


As for Sharp-shin numbers, I was always under the impression the majority 
migrate south. Maybe how many stick around is somehow driven by autumn weather 
and the sudden cold snap we had in early November made up the minds of birds 
sitting on the fence, so to speak. Sort of like kestrels, Great Blue Herons, 
meadowlarks and other semi-hardy species that we have a few of in winter, but 
not in bulk. Just a thought. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

Subject: Re: [cobirds] Boulder surprising hawk kill
From: quetzal65 AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:04:41 -0700
CC: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
To: djwaltman AT comcast.net

Sharpies take Eurasian Collared-Doves on a regular basis. The dove is almost 
50% larger than the hawk by mass. This brings up a question: why are there not 
more Sharp-shinned Hawks around? There must be more influential constraints on 
the hawks population than winter food supply. Any thoughts on what those 
constraints might be? 

Nick Komar Fort Collins CO

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On Feb 27, 2015, at 9:29 AM, David Waltman  wrote:

I just witnessed a Sharp-shinned Hawk successfully kill a Steller's Jay. It's 
sitting on the ground eating the jay right now. The Steller's Jay is about the 
same size as the hawk, although the Sharp-shinned would outweigh the jay at 
about 5 oz. vs.3.7 oz. I'm amazed that a Sharp-shinned Hawk would go for a bird 
that large. 

David Waltman
Boulder County foothills, 1/2 between Boulder and Lyons




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Subject: Re: Boulder surprising hawk kill
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:05:46 -0800 (PST)
Similarly, our "little" but ferocious Merlin takes out our fat 
Eurasian-collared Doves all the time.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
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On Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9:30:01 AM UTC-7, David Waltman wrote:
>
>
> I just witnessed a Sharp-shinned Hawk successfully kill a Steller's Jay.  
> It's sitting on the ground eating the jay right now.  The Steller's Jay is 
> about the same size as the hawk, although the Sharp-shinned would outweigh 
> the jay at about 5 oz. vs.3.7 oz.  I'm amazed that a Sharp-shinned Hawk 
> would go for a bird that large.
> David Waltman
> Boulder County foothills, 1/2 between Boulder and Lyons
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Subject: Re: Boulder surprising hawk kill
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:04:41 -0700
Sharpies take Eurasian Collared-Doves on a regular basis. The dove is almost 
50% larger than the hawk by mass. This brings up a question: why are there not 
more Sharp-shinned Hawks around? There must be more influential constraints on 
the hawks population than winter food supply. Any thoughts on what those 
constraints might be? 


Nick Komar 
Fort Collins CO

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> On Feb 27, 2015, at 9:29 AM, David Waltman  wrote:
> 
> 
> I just witnessed a Sharp-shinned Hawk successfully kill a Steller's Jay. It's 
sitting on the ground eating the jay right now. The Steller's Jay is about the 
same size as the hawk, although the Sharp-shinned would outweigh the jay at 
about 5 oz. vs.3.7 oz. I'm amazed that a Sharp-shinned Hawk would go for a bird 
that large. 

> David Waltman
> Boulder County foothills, 1/2 between Boulder and Lyons
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Subject: Boulder surprising hawk kill
From: David Waltman <djwaltman AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:29:59 +0000 (UTC)
I just witnessed a Sharp-shinned Hawk successfully kill a Steller's Jay.  It's 
sitting on the ground eating the jay right now.  The Steller's Jay is about 
the same size as the hawk, although the Sharp-shinned would outweigh the jay 
at about 5 oz. vs.3.7 oz.  I'm amazed that a Sharp-shinned Hawk would go for a 
bird that large. 

David Waltman 
Boulder County foothills, 1/2 between Boulder and Lyons 

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:10:35 -0700
Birders,
Some Rosy's just showed up and after a Sharp-shinned Hawk vacated their
tree.

That's the 5th raptor species I have seen in that tree this year.  2
Falcons, 2
Accipiters and 1 Buteo.

-- 
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Golden, CO

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Subject: Wandering Weld Yesterday
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:06:49 -0500
Greetings All


Yesterday, Nick Moore and I wandered about much of western/central Weld County.
The weather, was suboptimal but not too intrusive
The Pawnee had, gasp!, very very little snow on the ground, so larks and such 
were not pushed to roadsides. We did still have a couple nice (20-50 birds) 
sized flocks of Lapland Longs, but mostly as flybys/flyovers 



Because of the exceptionally cold dawn temps, we put off trying to bird water 
spots until about 10 am; before then, there was too much fog rising from the 
unfrozen water into the near-zero degree air. 



Almost all water had thawed before the recent cold snap, so only smaller ponds 
(e.g., Stewarts' Pond) were frozen. 



The S Weld Landfill remains gull-less for reasons unclear, as there were gulls 
at Black Hollow Res (but these could not be well seen due to snow, and the 
place is already rapidly freezing.) Drake Lake is mostly frozen, but had a nice 
little group of gulls and geese 



Windsor Res was ice-free and strangely bird-free
Windsor Lake had a couple THAYER's GULL and the LONG-TAILED DUCK remained at 
the east end, with a goodly group of Common Goldeneye 

Neff Lake was nearly frozen and utterly bird less
Seeley Res had a nice variety of birds, including a female BUFFLEHEAD x COMMON 
GOLDENEYE 

Angel Lake was open and stuffed full of Mallards and Cackling/Canada Geese as 
were the surrounding fields. 

Woods Lake had fabulous numbers of gulls and geese but little of interest. 
1000+ RB Gulls and not a single Herring or other gull. Among the 3000+ geese, 
only 2 Snow Geese added interest and not a single hybrid (in the past, this 
many geese at Woods would've had a dozen or more white geese and several 
hybrids. There were two AM WHITE PELICANS on the south shore. 

The Lower Latham are was mostly frozen, excepting L Latham Res itself, which 
had surprisingly few birds. The little stream that enters the s. side of L 
Latham Res did have an AMERICAN PIPIT. Given that I had one recently along the 
St Vrain in Longmont, I wonder if pipits are actually starting to migrate, 
albeit in small numbers 



Lastly, where the S Platte crosses CO-66 just outside of Platteville, there was 
a GREATER YELLOWLEGS. 



Good Birding
Steve Mlodinow
Longmont CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 February 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:07:48 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date:         February 27, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Friday, February 27 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Tundra Swan (Boulder)
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK (Weld)
Long-tailed Duck (Lake, *Weld)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Pueblo, Routt)
Red-throated Loon (Pueblo)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Pueblo)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, El Paso, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Pueblo, Washington)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
ACORN WOODPECKER (El Paso)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, Prowers)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park, San Juan)
Black Phoebe (Fremont)
Chihuahuan Raven (Weld)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, Denver,  Douglas/Jefferson , Park, Prowers)
Pine Warbler (Jefferson)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Logan)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder, Logan. Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Fremont, Baca, Weld)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jackson, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San
Juan, *Teller)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San Juan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jackson, *Jefferson, Mesa, Park, San
Juan, *Teller)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On February 18, Sheeter reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2
Thayer's Gulls at Barr Lake SP.

BACA COUNTY:
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Floyd at Two Buttes SWA below the dam
on February 21.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 14 at Ward, Kaempfer reported all three Rosy-Finches.
--On February 16, Floyd reported Northern Cardinal in North Boulder
Foothills.
--On February 16, Deininger reported Lapland Longspur on 9th Ave in
Longmont.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at the Teller
Farm trailhead parking lot.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Prince Lake #2.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Tundra Swan at the Valmont Complex on
the N shore of Leggett Reservoir.

DENVER COUNTY:
--2 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Sheeter on the DIA Owl Loop on
February 24.

DOUGLAS COUNTY/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Dan Stringer at Chatfield SP at the
Model Airplane parking area on February 24.  On January 25, Cynthia Madsen
reported Lapland Longspur at Chafield.

EL PASO COUNTY:--
On February 15, Hopping reported ACORN WOODPECKER in the Willow Circle
neighborhood of Colorado Springs.  Please respect the privacy of homeowners.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On February 15, Moss reported Black Phoebe at Florence River Park.
--On February 15, Mark Peterson reported 2 Tundra Swans flying low and to
the east from West of Florence RIver Park.
--On February 15, Mark Peterson reported 6 Rusty Blackbirds (2m, 4 f) on CR
119.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On February 19, Filby reported 10+ Barrow's Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch
Ponds viewed from CR 106.  On February 20, Filby reported 142+ Barrow's
Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch Pons viewed from Hwy 82 on CR 106.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On February 16, Leatherman reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 5
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at Moose Visitor Center on the west side of
Cameron Pass.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On February 16, Amy Darling reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post.  On February 17, Matt Clark reported Golden-crowned Sparrow
at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On February 24, Josh Lefever reported
Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.
On February 25, Hudak reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading
Post.
--Ira Sanders reported Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-Finches coming to his
front yard at 314 DeFrance Ct in Golden on December 29.  Birders are
welcome to watch from the street. On February 16, Sanders reports lots of
Rosy-Finches and lots of snow in his yard.  On February 17, Sanders
reported Rosy-Finches in his yard.  On February 19, Sanders reported a few
Rosy-Finches in his hard.  On February 20, Sanders reported about a dozen
Rosy-Finches in the afternoon.  On February 21, Behnfield reported 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at the Sanders residence.  On February 22,
Sanders reported Rosy-Finches has returned to his yard.  On February 24,
Sanders reported Rosy-Finches including one Black had returned to his
yard.  On February 26 Matt Clark reported all three species of Rosy-Finches
in Sanders yard.
--On January 4, Schottler reported a Pine Warbler at Denver West Office
Park near the SE corner of bldg 7. On January 28, Nick Moore reported Pine
Warbler at Denver West.  On January 29, Lisa Edwards reported Pine Warbler
at Denver West.  On January 31, Kilpatrick reported Pine Warbler at Denver
West.  On February 10, Norm Lewis reported Pine warbler at Denver West
Office Park.  On February 14, Matt Clark reported Pine Warbler at Denver
West.
--On February 7, 1 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was reported by Haley at Apex
Park.

LAKE COUNTY:
--A Long-tailed Duck was found by Truan and Porter on Mt Elbert Forebay
Reservoir on February 19.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On February 21, Dowell reported m EASTERN TOWHEE at eastern section, area
10 at Tamarack SWA.
--On February 21, Dowell reported 6 Northern Cardinals and 11 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers at Tamarack SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--On February 25, Henwood and Korte reported Rosy-Finches of all three
species on the Entrance Road to Powderhorn Ski Area.

PARK COUNTY:
--On February 24, Suddjian reported American Three-toed Woodpecker in
Fairplay/Alma along Platte River Road.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported Rosy-Finches (all three species) in
Jefferson at a feeder at house behind the market;
in Fairplay at feeder at Front Street, on a snag tree off Beaver Creek Lane
in Silverheels Circle.  Also south of Fairplay and east of US 285 along
Kokanee and Trout Roads.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported a Lpaland Lonspur along CR 59 west of
Mineral.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 20, Floyd reported Northern Cardinal and flyover Lapland
Longspur at Willow Creek in Lamar.
--On February 23, Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker at Fairmount
Cemetery in Lamar.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 14, Kellner reported Red-necked Grebe and Red-throated Loon
at Pueblo Reservoir.  On February 15, Hopping reported Great Black-backed
Gull and Red-necked Grebe at the South shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir.

SAN JUAN COUNTY:
--About 400 - 500 Rosy-Finches (all three species) were reported by Peter
Derven near the corner of Blair St and 9th in Silverton on February 16.  On
February 21, Riley Morris reported several large flocks of Rosy-Finches
with all three species in Silverton.
--On February 21, Riley Morris reported a f American Three-toed Woodpecker
at the Coal Bank Pass pullout.

TELLER COUNTY:
--Gray-crowned and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were reported by Cody Porter
on CO 67 at a field near Cantiberry Road on February 26/

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--On February 15, Mlodinow reported Glaucous Gulls at Prewitt Reservoir.

WELD COUNTY:
--On February 13, Mlodinow reported an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Windsor
Reservoir.
--On February 13, Messick reported Tundra Swan on Lower Latham at CR 48.
--On February 16, Hess reported Long-tailed Duck at Windsor Lake.  On
February 26, Mlodinow reported Long-tailed Ducsk at Windsor Lake.
--On February 20, Deininger reported Chihuahuan Rave at Frederick High
School.
--On February 22, Mlodinow reported 9 male Rusty Blackbirds along the St
Vrain on the Weld county side of County Line Road.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 28 will be to Butterfly Pavilion
led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu, 720-381-3314)  Meet in front of
the Butterfly Pavilion at 6252 W 104th Ave at 0900.

The DFO Field Trip for Wednesday, March 4 will be to Prospect Park in Wheat
Ridge led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu, 720-381-3314).  Meet at
Prospect Lake at 0830.  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 park
at the lot next to Prospect Lake.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Larimer Short-eared Owl Update on 2/25
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:02:52 -0800 (PST)
This evening (2/26), Georgia Doyle and I spotted 2 maybe 3 of the 
Short-eared Owls on Buckeye Road (Larimer Co Road 82) near the Rawhide 
Power Plant. At about 6:08 pm after a long chilly stake-out for the owls we 
were parked just west of the entrance to Visitor Overlook (closed today) 
and about 200 meters east of Buddy Rooster Lane. As the light faded away 
our hopes of seeing the owls were dimming too, so, when a large owl just 
seemed to materialize on a pole ahead of us, we both thought it was one of 
the Short-eared owls. When we moved towards it to get a better look it 
leapt of the pole and then, another owl coming from the Overlook area 
appeared right behind it. The lead owl landed atop another pole on Buddy 
Rooster and the trailing owl gave it close aggressive  buzz-by then swooped 
up and around back towards us. We could clearly see the bat-like fluttering 
 of a Short-eared Owl. The lead owl moved further south onto another pole. 
Magically, a third owl emerged from the ether to join the SEOW in mothy 
flight. As this was happening we moved onto Buddy Rooster Lane and I was 
thinking, okay thats the known 3 Short-eareds.  The two SEOW  in the air 
gave the pole sitting owl a few more buzz-bys causing it to rise onto the 
sky too. I found the 3 owls with my binoculars and poof, a fourth! owl 
joined the menagerie - WOW. All the owls were flying around in all 
directions and it was tough to focus on any single one but one owl did land 
on another pole. In a desperate attempt for a photo, I raced ahead towards 
the owl on the pole where we both saw the "horns" of a Great Horned Owl. 
With confidence I can say we saw 1 Great Horned Owl and 2 Short-eared Owls, 
without confidence we saw 3 Short-eareds. 

My suspicion is the SEOW were roosting in the Junipers of the large 
wind-break at the Visitors Overlook the last three days. Right at dusk, 
they cross the Buckeye Road, fly down Buddy Rooster Lane a bit, then turn 
west and hunt the grasslands from there. My advice would be to post 
yourself on Buckeye Road near Buddy Rooster Lane just before 6 pm.

Finally, during our stake-out we saw a Belted Kingfisher on the telephone 
wires along Buckeye Road. A bit incongruous on a cold snowy day but not 
surprising considering Hamilton Reservoir is less than a mile away.

David Wade
Ft Collins CO




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Subject: Harlan's Hawk in Canon City area; Holcim Wetlands pond frozen and swans gone
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:53:30 -0700
I spotted a Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk Tuesday as I was driving just east of
Canon City. Though I have looked a number of times in the past month I
haven't seen any in this area for about 6 weeks.  It was very shy but I did
get two good photos of it that I have uploaded to my Birds and Nature blog
.

I checked Holcim Wetlands on Tuesday after the big snow storm and bitter
cold--the pond was 95% frozen and the swans were gone.  I checked the
nearby ponds on H115, Brush Hollow Res and as far on Valco Ponds as can be
seen from public access with no sighting of the swans.  Since Holcim
Wetlands is less than 20 miles from Pueblo Reservoir they may well be there.

I still have one White-throated Sparrow visiting my yard occasionally.
Today was the first time I saw it visit my feeders but lots of birds
including Cassin's Finches were feeding vigorously.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: New blog post for CO eBirders
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:32:49 -0700
Dear CoBirders and eBirders,

Check out the new blog post here by Tony L. discussing eBird's filters and
their evolution in CO and WY:

http://cowyebird.blogspot.com/

Ever been queried by a reviewer about a report you have submitted via
eBird? Pretty much every eBirder has (or will be). And that is a good
thing! The filters are the core of eBird's quality control system. And they
are not static, but evolving. Visit the blog to find out more.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

P.S. on a bird reporting note - it was fun this morning to watch an
immature Bald Eagle pass over my Ken Caryl Valley home amid the falling
snow, followed within minutes by a Golden Eagle on the same track.

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Subject: A fun day in the field -- Douglas, Teller, and Park
From: Cody Porter <empidonaxdvg AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:18:41 -0800 (PST)
All,

Today's fieldwork took me to a few of the campgrounds along 67 North of 
Woodland Park and CR 31 in Park County. What started as a pretty standard 
day in the field ended up being one of the most memorable I've had so far 
this winter. Here are some of the highlights:

Douglas County:

During my first point count this morning I heard a* Song Sparrow* calling 
from a cluster of willows in a riparian area along S Rainbow Falls Rd. This 
is only the second individual of this species that I've had in the area so 
far this year, the first being found only 2 days ago along FS 339 (Teller 
CO). A few days ago I had a stunning adult *Northern Goshawk* on one of the 
many two tracks off of Rainbow Falls Rd.

Teller County:

*Type 2 Red Crossbills* were everywhere at the Painted Rocks CG, which has 
generally been a very good place to find them. As I was heading south along 
67, just a couple miles north of Woodland Park, a large flock of *Pinyon 
Jays* flew overhead, the first I've seen in this area. On my way back from 
Park County, I took a detour down 67 South and had a flock of ~50 
*rosy-finches* fly over the road and into a grassy field on Cantiberry Rd. 
Scanning through them revealed mostly *Gray-crowned* (including a few 
Hepburn's) and a handful of *Brown-capped*.

Park County:

CR 31 was simply spectacular. I had fantastic numbers of both* type 2 and 
type 5 crossbills*. After my point counts, I hiked around the area looking 
for mated pairs of crossbills and heard a *Northern Pygmy-Owl* singing far 
in the distance. This being the species I most wanted to find this field 
season, I ran after it through deep snow, eventually finding the bird 
(still singing) getting mobbed by Pygmy Nuthatches, Mountain Chickadees, 
Red-breasted Nuthatches, White-breasted Nuthatches, and TONS of crossbills. 
Indeed, before even finding the owl, I found my 30th mated pair of 
crossbills of the year (a type 2 pair) giving 'toop' calls in response to 
the owl's presence. I also had my first* type 4 crossbills* of the season 
(2 females, 1 male) join in on the mobbing. I must have watched the owl fly 
from tree to tree, singing intermittently, for over an hour -- definitely 
one of the coolest life bird experiences I've ever had. After leaving the 
owl, I had 2 *Golden Eagles* (an adult and a juvenile) soaring together for 
the rest of my stay. Other fun birds here included a *Merlin*, 2 *Clark's 
Nutcrackers *(they seem to have all but disappeared from the Woodland Park 
area, where they were abundant in January and early February), and 4 *American 
Tree Sparrows*.

A couple of random notes: yesterday on CR 300 in Teller, I had two* 
Steller's Jays* and a* Dark-eyed Junco* in Lodgepole, the first time this 
winter I've had either species away from Ponderosa in this area. *Brown 
Creepers* really started becoming abundant (and singing) in Lodgepole on 
this road a couple weeks ago.

Good birding,
-Cody Porter
(Currently in Woodland Park, CO -- originally from Laramie, WY)

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes
From: Jennifer Hallam <ghinysu AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:55:45 -0800 (PST)
Hi Ira!

Thank you for the updates on the on your Rosy Finches. I gotta get to there and 
see them soon. I know you've posted your address before but I'm having trouble 
finding it. Can you post it again or send me an email with it? Thank you again! 


Jennifer
ghinysu AT gmail.com
Ken Caryl, CO

P.S. Sorry to hear about your elk damage :( Dang elk >:(

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Subject: Harris's Sparrow, Boulder County
From: Carl Starace <castarace AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:40:24 -0700
   Hello All,      I came home from the Niwot bus stop to find an adult
Harris's Sparrow feeding amongst the Juncoes on our upper deck. That was at
7:15 and its still hangin at 9:30. See what happens. Best storm bird I've
ever had at feeders. I'm pumped. Good tail end of Feb. Birding
All,           Carl Starace,  Niwot

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Subject: Rosy-Finches - Golden - Jeffco - Yes
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:26:02 -0700
Birders, Rosy-Finches are here this morning and there is 100+ of them.
You need boots to get around the south side of the house to see the
backyard.
There isn't a lot of room to park on the street because of the snow but you
can park in front of my driveway.

Ira Sanders
Golden, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 26 February 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:53:49 -0700
Compiler:   Joyce Takamine
Date:         February 26, 2015
This is the Rare Bird Alert, Thursday, February 26 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Tundra Swan (Boulder, Fremont)
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK (Weld)
Long-tailed Duck (Lake, Weld)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Moffat, Pueblo, Routt, Weld)
Red-throated Loon (Pueblo)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Pueblo)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, El Paso, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Pueblo, Washington)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Pueblo)
ACORN WOODPECKER (El Paso)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, Prowers)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Park, San Juan)
Black Phoebe (Fremont, Mesa)
Chihuahuan Raven (Weld)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, Denver,  *Douglas/Jefferson , *Park, Prowers)
Pine Warbler (Jefferson)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Logan)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, *Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder, Logan. Prowers)
Rusty Blackbird (Fremont, Baca, Weld)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jackson, Jefferson,*Mesa, *Park, San Juan)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jefferson, *Mesa, *Park, San Juan)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Jackson, *Mesa, *Park, San Juan)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On February 12, Dowell reported Lesser Black-backed Gull at Barr Lake.
On February 18, Sheeter reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2 Thayer's
Gulls at Barr Lake SP.

BACA COUNTY:
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Floyd at Two Buttes SWA below the dam
on February 21.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On February 14 at Ward, Kaempfer reported all three Rosy-Finches.
--On February 16, Floyd reported Northern Cardinal in North Boulder
Foothills.
--On February 16, Deininger reported Lapland Longspur on 9th Ave in
Longmont.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at the Teller
Farm trailhead parking lot.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Prince Lake #2.
--On February 21, Kaempfer reported Tundra Swan at the Valmont Complex on
the N shore of Leggett Reservoir.

DENVER COUNTY:
--2 Lapland Longspurs were reported by Sheeter on the DIA Owl Loop on
February 24.

DOUGLAS COUNTY/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Dan String at Chatfield SP at the
Model Airplane parking area on February 24.  On January 25, Cynthia Madsen
reported Lapland Longspur at Chafield.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On January 30, Chris Brobin reported ACORN WOODPECKER in the Willow
Circle Neighborhood of Colorado Springs.
Please respect the privacy of homeowners.  On February 1, Brook Nelson
reported ACORN WOODPECKER in the Willow Circle Neighborhood of Colorado
Springs.  On February 3, Erthal reported ACORN WOODPECKER in the Willow
Circle neighborhood of Colorado Springs.  On February 6, Erthal and
Kilpatrick reported ACORN WOODPECKER in the Willow Circle neighborhood of
Colorado Springs.  On February 14, Kellner reported ACORN WOODPECKER in the
Willow Circle neighborhood of Colorado Springs.
On February 15, Hopping reported ACORN WOODPECKER in the Willow Circle
neighborhood of Colorado Springs.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On February 15, Moss reported Black Phoebe at Florence River Park.
--On February 15, Mark Peterson reported 2 Tundra Swans flying low and to
the east from West of Florence RIver Park.
--On February 15, Mark Peterson reported 6 Rusty Blackbirds (2m, 4 f) on CR
119.
--On February 18, Percival and Moss reported 2 Tundra Swans at Holcim
Wetlands.  On February 22, Moss reported 2 Tundra Swans at Holcim Wetlands.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On February 19, Filby reported 10+ Barrow's Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch
Ponds viewed from CR 106.  On February 20, Filby reported 142+ Barrow's
Goldeneyes at Coryell Ranch Pons viewed from Hwy 82 on CR 106.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On February 16, Leatherman reported 75 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches and 5
Brown-capped Rosy-Finches at Moose Visitor Center on the west side of
Cameron Pass.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On February 10, Suddjian reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post.  On February 16, Amy Darling reported Golden-crowned Sparrow
at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On February 17, Matt Clark reported
Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On February 24, Josh
Lefever reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.
On February 25, Hudak reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading
Post.
--Ira Sanders reported Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-Finches coming to his
front yard at 314 DeFrance Ct in Golden on December 29.  Birders are
welcome to watch from the street. On February 16, Sanders reports lots of
Rosy-Finches and lots of snow in his yard.  On February 17, Sanders
reported Rosy-Finches in his yard.  On February 19, Sanders reported a few
Rosy-Finches in his hard.  On February 20, Sanders reported about a dozen
Rosy-Finches in the afternoon.  On February 21, Behnfield reported 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at the Sanders residence.  On February 22,
Sanders reported Rosy-Finches has returned to his yard.  On January 24,
Sanders reported Rosy-Finches including one Black had returned to his yard.
--On January 4, Schottler reported a Pine Warbler at Denver West Office
Park near the SE corner of bldg 7. On January 28, Nick Moore reported Pine
Warbler at Denver West.  On January 29, Lisa Edwards reported Pine Warbler
at Denver West.  On January 31, Kilpatrick reported Pine Warbler at Denver
West.  On February 10, Norm Lewis reported Pine warbler at Denver West
Office Park.  On February 14, Matt Clark reported Pine Warbler at Denver
West.
--On February 7, 1 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was reported by Haley at Apex
Park.

LAKE COUNTY:
--A Long-tailed Duck was found by Truan and Porter on Mt Elbert Forebay
Reservoir on February 19.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On February 21, Dowell reported m EASTERN TOWHEE at eastern section, area
10 at Tamarack SWA.
--On February 21, Dowell reported 6 Northern Cardinals and 11 Red-bellied
Woodpeckers at Tamarack SWA.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Henwood at Grand Junction Wildlife Area
along river's edge on February 10.
--On February 25, Henwood and Korte reported Rosy-Finches of all three
species on the Entrance Road to Powderhorn Ski Area.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--On February 11, Luke reported about 20 Barrow's Goldeneyes on the Yampa
River just south of Craig.

PARK COUNTY:
--On February 24, Suddjian reported American Three-toed Woodpecker in
Fairplay/Alma along Platte River Road.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported Rosy-Finches (all three species) in
Jefferson at a feeder at house behind the market;
in Fairplay at feeder at Front Street, on a snag tree off Beaver Creek Lane
in Silverheels Circle.  Also south of Fairplay and east of US 285 along
Kokanee and Trout Roads.
--On February 24, Suddjian reported a Lpaland Lonspur along CR 59 west of
Mineral.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On February 20, Floyd reported Northern Cardinal and flyover Lapland
Longspur at Willow Creek in Lamar.
--On February 23, Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker at Fairmount
Cemetery in Lamar.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On February 14, Kellner reported Red-necked Grebe and Red-throated Loon
at Pueblo Reservoir.  On February 15, Hopping reported Great Black-backed
Gull and Red-necked Grebe at the South shore Marina of Pueblo Reservoir.
--On February 11, Margie Joy found a Greater Roadrunner at Juniper Breaks
Campground on the N side of Pueblo Reservoir.
--On February 13, Margie Joy found 2 Greater Roadrunners at Swallows on the
far W part of Pueblo Reservoir.

SAN JUAN COUNTY:
--About 400 - 500 Rosy-Finches (all three species) were reported by Peter
Derven near the corner of Blair St and 9th in Silverton on February 16.  On
February 21, Riley Morris reported several large flocks of Rosy-Finches
with all three species in Silverton.
--On February 21, Riley Morris reported a f American Three-toed Woodpecker
at the Coal Bank Pass pullout.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--On February 15, Mlodinow report 2 Glaucous Gulls at Prewitt Reservoir.

WELD COUNTY:
--On February 11, Sheeter reported Barrow's Goldeneye on LUNA Reservoir.
--On February 13, Mlodinow reported an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Windsor
Reservoir.
--On February 13, Messick reported Tundra Swan on Lower Latham at CR 48.
--On February 16, Hess reported Long-tailed Duck at Windsor Lake.
--On February 20, Deininger reported Chihuahuan Rave at Frederick High
School.
--On February 22, Mlodinow reported 9 male Rusty Blackbirds along the St
Vrain on the Weld county side of County Line Road.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
February 23 at the Museum of Nature and Science.  Carolyn Gunn will give an
overview of Black Swift Research in Colorado.  Enter by the northside
security/employee entrance and tell the guard that you are there for the
DFO meeting.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 28 will be to Butterfly Pavilion
led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu, 720-381-3314)  Meet in front of
the Butterfly Pavilion at 6252 W 104th Ave at 0900.

The DFO Field Trip for Wednesday, March 4 will be to Prospect Park in Wheat
Ridge led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu, 720-381-3314).  Meet at
Prospect Lake at 0830.  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 park
at the lot next to Prospect Lake.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Larimer County Owl update
From: Douglas Kibbe <dpkibbe AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:23:47 -0700
Returning from Wyoming this afternoon, I decided to swing by the Rawhide Power 
Station on Buckeye Road. 

Northern Harriers were foraging over the field with the goose blinds mentioned 
by Dave. 

A single Short-eared Owl was see near the reservoir overlook, which was open 
today. 

 
I then went to Wellington SWA where there were dozens of robins, and hundreds 
of blackbirds and geese, 

Six to 8 Northern Harriers were foraging north of the eastern parking lot on 
Nunn Road but I did not stay late enough to ascertain whether any Short-eared 
Owls replaced them at dusk. 

 
Doug Kibbe
Littleton
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Rosy-Finches at Powderhorn - Mesa County
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:28:35 -0700
This evening five of us were driving into Powderhorn Ski Area in Mesa
County and observed a large flock (around 150) of Rosy-Finches feeding
along the side of the road.  The flock consisted mostly of Gray-crowned,
but we estimated there were at least 15 Black, 15 Brown-capped, and at
least 10 Hepburn's.

Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa County

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Subject: Larimer Short-eared Owl Update on 2/25
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:00:01 -0700
Three Short-eared Owls were first seen on Sunday (2/22) along Buckeye Road 
(Larimer CR82) near the Rawhide Power Plant. These owls were first seen about 
4:30pm perched on roadside poles about 3.9 miles west of I-25 (Exit 288). After 
5pm they began to hunt south of the road in tall, tan grass and one was seen 
eating a vole just beyond the fenceline on the south side of Buckeye Road. This 
area south of the road is marked by three, low, square, camo-pattern goose 
blinds. Once, one of the owls actually landed on the middle blind. 


On Monday (2/23) the owls were spotted by Ken Pals at 2:30 roosting amid a 
cluster of tall rabbitbrush shrubs near the 1599 Buckeye Road mailbox. This 
point is about 4.2 miles west of I-25. The owls flushed up on a pole and wire 
above this mailbox, where they apparently remained until almost 6pm. 


Last night (2/24) several people had both ends of the activity zone staked out. 
No owls were seen until well after sundown (6:10 or so). Barely visible, at 
least one owl was confirmed flying amid human structures (houses, outbuildings, 
white tank, and a blue barn with gray roof) on a private road marked "No 
Trespassing" on the south side of Buckeye Road west of Buddy Rooster Lane (this 
area is about 3.7 miles west of I-25). At one point I saw three big birds on 
fence posts along that "No Trespassing" road but cannot say for certain they 
were owls or harriers, but owls would seem more likely. Needless to say, nobody 
was satisfied with the looks they got, or almost got, last night. 


Three days, three very different activity schedules, all within an area south 
of Buckeye road from 3.5 to 4.2 miles west of I-25. My guess would be the 
weather this evening will suppress owl activity altogether and searching would 
not be worth it. 


My guess is also that the snow we are supposed to get tonight MIGHT put them 
back along Buckeye Road in search of rodents on Thursday (2/26) evening, if 
it's not too windy. Just a guess. 


I would also point out the few folks who live south of Buckeye Road in a 
scattered "development" of sorts probably live there in part to avoid people. 
Birder cars seemed to get them curious last night as they passed by and 
returned to their homes after work, and I would not be surprised if owl seekers 
get asked what they are doing at some point. Obviously, birders should stay on 
Buckeye Road, not jump fences, not go down any of the private roads. The 
Rawhide Power Plant property north of the road has not had any owl activity 
that I know of and is populated by bison and under constant video surveillance. 


Also, I should mention the Visitor Overlook on the south side of Hamilton 
Reservoir (south of the power plant, proper) has NOT been open any of the last 
three nights and it will probably remain closed if they get any more snow 
tonight. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Singing dipper at Boulder Creek and 75th, Boulder Co
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:06:14 -0700
Birded Teller Lake 5, Walden Ponds and Boulder Creek at 75th St this
morning. At Teller Lake and Walden, water was barely 5-10% open. At
Cottonwood and Teller 5, ducks were clustered in the limited open water.
There was a single male Hooded Merganser at Cottonwood. Couldn't find the
female but may still be there.

Highlight was a singing American Dipper at the bridge over Boulder Creek.
There was also a pair of Red-tailed Hawks in courtship flight.

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