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21 Oct Pueblo City Park, Pueblo Co. 10/21 [Brandon ]
21 Oct Re: Tundra Swans (Larimer)- NOT [Chip Clouse ]
21 Oct Tundra Swans (Larimer)- NOT [Nick Komar ]
21 Oct Possible Tundra Swans (Larimer) [Nick Komar ]
21 Oct "ringed" turtle-dove X EUCD hybrids ["Scott E. Severs" ]
21 Oct Chatfield SP (Douglas/Jefferson), Ken Caryl Valley (Jefferson) [David Suddjian ]
21 Oct Re: Re: African Collared-Doves, Lafayette, Boulder County [Nathan Pieplow ]
21 Oct Weld County "Dump" Gulls/Severance ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
21 Oct Re: African Collared-Doves, Lafayette, Boulder County ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
21 Oct Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 October 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
20 Oct African Collared-Doves, Lafayette, Boulder County [Ted Floyd ]
20 Oct Re: northeast Colorado Oct 18 and 19 [David Dowell ]
20 Oct Juv Mew Gull, Weld County ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
20 Oct Late hummingbird/SW El Paso County [Joan Larrabee ]
19 Oct Re: Re: Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 10/19 [Deborah Aguirre ]
20 Oct Rough-legged Hawk, Weld Co., Oct 19 [Anne Price ]
20 Oct "Raptor Alley"/Nunn" ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
20 Oct Three-toed Woodpecker / Jeffco [Dave Cameron ]
20 Oct Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 October 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Oct Visiting young birders from Portland looking for guide this weekend [Chip Clouse ]
19 Oct northeast Colorado Oct 18 and 19 [David Dowell ]
19 Oct Gray Jays, Lake County, 10/17-10/19, and some Pitkin [Todd Deininger ]
19 Oct Fall Landbirding in Lincoln and Washington Counties [Kathy and Jeff Dunning ]
19 Oct Re: Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 10/19 [Ted Floyd ]
19 Oct Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 10/19 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
19 Oct Mew Gull (Larimer) [Nick Komar ]
19 Oct Chaffee & Park Cos., Oct. 18th [Ted Floyd ]
19 Oct Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 October 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Oct Eastern Marsh Wren and Yellowish Palm Warbler Photos ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
18 Oct Three-toed woodpecker ["'William Fink' via Colorado Birds" ]
18 Oct Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 October 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
17 Oct RMBO Banding Report Connected Lakes 10/15 & 10/16 - END OF SEASON [Amber West ]
17 Oct Chatfield SP , Red-necked Grebe remains . ["'John D' via Colorado Birds" ]
17 Oct RE: Weld County Today [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
17 Oct Weld County Today ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
17 Oct 160 Sandhill Cranes, El Paso County [Gloria Nikolai ]
17 Oct Fwd: report of Cape May Warbler in Fort Collins (Larimer) [Scott Baron ]
17 Oct 75 Sandhill Cranes [Michelle Durant ]
17 Oct Lagerman Reservoir, Longmont and Rabbit Mountain, Lyons in the AM [Carl Starace ]
17 Oct Re: report of Cape May Warbler in Fort Collins (Larimer) ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
17 Oct Re: report of Cape May Warbler in Fort Collins (Larimer) [Sean Walters ]
17 Oct report of Cape May Warbler in Fort Collins (Larimer) [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
17 Oct Pueblo birds 10/17 (Lesser Black-backed Gull and other stuff) [Brandon ]
17 Oct White-throated sparrow, Sloan's Lake, Denver [Matthew Baker ]
16 Oct Re: Marshy Wren distribution [Steve Stachowiak ]
16 Oct Sandhill Cranes - Big Johnson Reservoir, El Paso County ["Joy Lake" ]
16 Oct Greenlee/Waneka, Boulder County, Oct. 16 [Ted Floyd ]
16 Oct Marshy Wren distribution ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
16 Oct Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 October 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
15 Oct Re: Pac Loon Sedgwick and E Marsh Wren Yuma ["Ross Silcock" ]
15 Oct Pac Loon Sedgwick and E Marsh Wren Yuma ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
15 Oct Crow Valley CG (Weld) on 10/15 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
15 Oct Common Loon still at Baseline Res [Elena Klaver ]
15 Oct Barr Lake (Adams Co.) Oct 15 [David Dowell ]
15 Oct Weld County "Dump" Gulls/Severance ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
14 Oct FW: Re: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
14 Oct Re: condors in CO were NOT countable ["Karl Stecher Jr." ]
14 Oct RMBO Connected Lakes Banding Report 10/8 - 10/14 [Amber West ]
14 Oct Sandhill Cranes, Custer [Leon Bright ]
14 Oct Re: Re: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable [Joe Roller ]
14 Oct Bushtits on Capitol Hill, Denver [Beth Partin ]
14 Oct Re: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable ["'Brandon' via Colorado Birds" ]
14 Oct Re: Re: Speaking of eBird ... [Paul Hurtado ]
14 Oct RE: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable [Wayne Wathen ]
14 Oct Re: Colorado condors countable? [Doug Faulkner ]
14 Oct Common Loon - Baseline Reservoir, Boulder County [Mark R ]
14 Oct Ravens ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
14 Oct Weld County Wanderings ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
14 Oct Re: condors in CO were NOT countable [Joe Roller ]
14 Oct Ravens ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
13 Oct Colorado condors countable? [Roederer Scott ]
13 Oct RE: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable ["Bill Maynard" ]
13 Oct Chatfield "The Big Sit!" results. ["Joey Kellner" ]
13 Oct Re: condors in CO were NOT countable [Brandon ]
13 Oct condors in CO were NOT countable [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
13 Oct While Pellies in Boulder County [Kat Bradley-Bennett ]

Subject: Pueblo City Park, Pueblo Co. 10/21
From: Brandon <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:06:39 -0700

I spent 3 hours in Pueblo City Park this morning (21 October, from 8-11am). 
Lots of birds, a good number of Yellow-rumped Warblers, the only other warbler 
I could find was a Townsend's Warbler. I saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (young 
one), Evening Grosbeaks flew over, all three nuthatches (Pygmys are thick), 
Brown Creepers, Mountain Chickadees, Pine Siskins, Cedar Waxwings, Bushtit. 


Normally late October through December is the best birding in Pueblo City Park. 
It is always good to look through the Yellow-rumped Warbler flock, as quite 
often there is something interesting with them. 



Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  

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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans (Larimer)- NOT
From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:43:17 -0600
Speaking of Mute Swans, the Golf Pro at Glenmore Country Club near the Tech
Center said they are looking for a home for an adult male they paid
handsomely for a few years ago. Two females have succumbed to the local
coyotes and they are tired of fighting the battle. If anyone has
suggestions please contact me off list so I can connect you.

Good birding,
Chip Clouse
Olde Town Arvada
On Oct 21, 2014 5:29 PM, "Nick Komar"  wrote:

> Review of photos indicate Mute Swans. Origin?
>
> Sorry for confusion.
>
> Nick Komar
> Fort Collins CO
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> > On Oct 21, 2014, at 4:09 PM, Nick Komar  wrote:
> >
> > Dan Laszlo reports two young swans with pink bills. I have not yet seen
> photos but his description sounded like Tundra, but still need to rule out
> young Mute Swans. Location is the pond at Fossil Creek Park located west
> side of Lemay Ave in southeast Fort Collins. Birds have been present for 4
> days. This is NOT Fossil Creek Reservoir.
> >
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Subject: Tundra Swans (Larimer)- NOT
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:29:34 -0600
Review of photos indicate Mute Swans. Origin?

Sorry for confusion. 

Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 21, 2014, at 4:09 PM, Nick Komar  wrote:
> 
> Dan Laszlo reports two young swans with pink bills. I have not yet seen 
photos but his description sounded like Tundra, but still need to rule out 
young Mute Swans. Location is the pond at Fossil Creek Park located west side 
of Lemay Ave in southeast Fort Collins. Birds have been present for 4 days. 
This is NOT Fossil Creek Reservoir. 

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> Nick Komar
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Subject: Possible Tundra Swans (Larimer)
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:09:10 -0600
Dan Laszlo reports two young swans with pink bills. I have not yet seen photos 
but his description sounded like Tundra, but still need to rule out young Mute 
Swans. Location is the pond at Fossil Creek Park located west side of Lemay Ave 
in southeast Fort Collins. Birds have been present for 4 days. This is NOT 
Fossil Creek Reservoir. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: "ringed" turtle-dove X EUCD hybrids
From: "Scott E. Severs" <scottesevers AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:53:23 -0600
Yes, I went there. ;)

Good article on EUCD expansion and some info on their hybridization with
ringed turtle-dove. The turtle-doves are around, as folks throw them out to
the wild when they get tired of them as caged birds. Seen 'em in
Westminster, Longmont, Louisville.


http://wildlifemanagementinstitute.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=406:we-built-the-habitat-they-came-and-theyre-still-coming&catid=34:ONB%20Articles&Itemid=54 



Scott E. Severs
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Chatfield SP (Douglas/Jefferson), Ken Caryl Valley (Jefferson)
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:41:19 -0600
An adult *Mew Gull* was at Chatfield reservoir this morning in the South
Platte arm of the lake. When I saw it from the old heron overlook it was
resting amid a large grebe flock, and then flew up and around and I was not
able to determine where it ended up. Probably still around there somewhere,
though. A *Red-necked Grebe* was hugging the edge of the dam, being
underwater more than above. A *Northern *
*Shrike* was in the Marina sand spit area. I enjoyed a *Townsend's
Solitaire *singing at the old heron overlook parking lot. A *Say's Phoebe*
was at the Swim Beach.

A *Golden-crowned Kinglet* was down out of the forest heights at Massey
Draw in Ken Caryl Valley, foraging in junipers and oaks with some
Yellow-rumpeds. Stragglers or other migrants in the area there were 1 *Gray
Catbird*, 1 *Green-tailed Towhee*, 1 *Say's Phoebe*, and 1 *Lincoln's
Sparrow*. Mann Reservoir at South Valley Park had returning *Buffleheads*
and *Hooded Mergansers*.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Re: Re: African Collared-Doves, Lafayette, Boulder County
From: Nathan Pieplow <npieplow AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:26:28 -0600
Gary and all,

The African Collared-Dove (="Ringed Turtle-Dove") can be difficult to
distinguish from Eurasian Collared-Dove by eye, but it is fairly easy to
distinguish by ear.  The Eurasians' song is a three-note coo, often
repeated, which I sometimes transliterate as "No FAIR, Mom!"  It never has
a burry quality.  The Africans' song is a single "hip" note followed by a
long, burry coo (this pattern often repeated): "Hip - burrrroooooo!"

You can hear typical Eurasian Collared-Dove songs here:

http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Streptopelia-decaocto?query=type%3Asong&view=3 


You can hear African Collared-Dove songs here:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/157540

https://soundcloud.com/ted-floyd/african-collared-dove-2014-10-20-1048-colo-boul-lafa-y 

(Ted's recording)

The common calls are also quite distinctive.  Eurasian Collared-Doves give
a wheezy, 1-syllabled groan, sometimes give 2-3 times in a row:

http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Streptopelia-decaocto?query=type%3Acall&view=3 


while African Collared-Doves give a remarkably human-like laugh, or
descending whinny:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_ueMAZ1eIA&feature=related

Great find by Ted.  I hope more people can keep eyes and ears open for this
species in Colorado.

Nathan Pieplow
Boulder

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM, The "Nunn Guy" 
wrote:

> Hi Ted
>
> We've had a "white"/pale-looking "Eurasian-collared Dove-like" bird coming
> to our yard for past few years--been calling it a Ringed Turtle Dove.
>
> All About Birds reference states "The African Collared-Dove is very rarely
> seen as a wild bird in North America, and it is very difficult to
> distinguish from the Eurasian Collared-Dove. Birds that are seen are often
> escaped pets and are often called Ringed Turtle-Doves, a form of African
> Collared-Dove that has been domesticated for centuries. These birds
> frequently escape from captivity, and feral populations have become
> established in some cities in the southern United States. "
>
> Are the two birds one in the same?  If not, possible to distinguish the
> bird coming to our feeders?
>
> Thanks Gary Lefko
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Subject: Weld County "Dump" Gulls/Severance
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:21:05 -0700 (PDT)
Again this morning multiple hundreds of Weld County "Dump" gulls (6th time 
for me this fall) were present on the dirt field basking in the brilliant 
morning sun at Weld CR 23 and 78 NE corner.  Great place to view gulls UP 
CLOSE.  Very reliable.  I saw Ring-billed, California and Herring gulls.  
One adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.  One pale or dirty-looking whitish gull 
that didn't quite look right for anything in my books.  The gulls were even 
closer to Weld CR 78 road.  

I'm sure our gull experts can find more species in the flock ... :-) ... 
I'll keep trying!

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Subject: Re: African Collared-Doves, Lafayette, Boulder County
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:56:04 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Ted

We've had a "white"/pale-looking "Eurasian-collared Dove-like" bird coming 
to our yard for past few years--been calling it a Ringed Turtle Dove.

All About Birds reference states "The African Collared-Dove is very rarely 
seen as a wild bird in North America, and it is very difficult to 
distinguish from the Eurasian Collared-Dove. Birds that are seen are often 
escaped pets and are often called Ringed Turtle-Doves, a form of African 
Collared-Dove that has been domesticated for centuries. These birds 
frequently escape from captivity, and feral populations have become 
established in some cities in the southern United States. "

Are the two birds one in the same?  If not, possible to distinguish the 
bird coming to our feeders?

Thanks Gary Lefko
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 October 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:32:04 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: October 21,  2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Tuesday, October 21 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Pacific Loon (Sedgwick)
Red-necked Grebe (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson)
Mississippi Kite (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Weld)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, Pueblo, Sedgwick)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Yuma)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Larimer)
White-eyed Vireo (*Phillips)
Winter Wren (Kit Carson)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Palm Warbler (Weld)
Field Sparrow (Kit Carson, Yuma)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On October 12, Walbek reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Barr Lake.
--On October 15, Dowell reported Red-necked Grebe and Lesser Black-backed
Gull at Barr Lake.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On October 12, Dunning and many other birders reported Red-necked Grebe
at Chatfield.  On October 18, Drummond reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Chatfield.  It was seen from the handicapped fishing area near
dam wall, spotting scope is essential.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
--On October 19 at Flager SWA, Dunning reported Winter Wren and Field
Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A pair of American Three-toed Woodpeckers was reported by Fink when
hiking between Dream Lake and Lake Haiyaha in RMNP on October 18.

PHILLIPS COUNTY:
--A juv White-eyed Vireo was reported by Dowell across the street from
Holyoke City Park on October 19.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An imm Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Percival at south shore
marina on October 17.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon and Lesser Black-backed Gull were reported by Mlodinow at
Jumbo Reservoir on October 15.

WELD COUNTY:
--A flyover Lapland Longspur was reported by Leatherman at Crow Valley
Campground on October 15.
--A Yellow Palm Warbler was reported by Mlodinow at Eaton Cemetery on
October 17.  The cemetery is SE of town.
--A Mississippi Kite was reported by Mlodinow at Linn Grove Cemetery on
October 17.  Linn Grove is in Greeley a couple of miles east of US 85 of E
18th St.
--A Thayer's Gull was reported by Mlodinow at Union Reservoir.

YUMA COUNTY:
--3 Field Sparrows were reported by Mlodinow at the Fish Hatchery on
October 15.
--A Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Dowell at Sandy  Bluffs State
Trust Land on October 19.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, October 25 will be to Wheat Ridge
Greenbelt led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu or 720-281-3314)  From
I-70 exit 267, take Kipling south about .075 mile and turn right (west) on
44th Ave.  Go one mile west.  Look for the entrance to Prospect Park on
your left (*south).  Meet at 0830 inside the part in the lot right next to
Prospect Lake.
The leader uses a wheelchair so the trip is accessible.  Lunch is optional.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, October 26 will be to Prewitt SWA led by
Chris Owen (christiel AT q.com or 303-772-6049).  Maximum of 10 Participants.
Register online at the DFO website.  Meet at 0600 at the RTD Park-n-Ride on
the SW corner of US 287 and Niwot Road to carpool.  State Parks pass and
Jumbo Res/Prewitt/Rs access permit required.   This will be a full-day trip
so bve sure to bring lunch, snacks, water, good walking shoes, and
appropriate clothing for the weather.  You will need an annual SWA pass.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: African Collared-Doves, Lafayette, Boulder County
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:30:05 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, Birders.

The short version of the story. Several *African Collared-Doves* (*Streptopelia 

roseogrisea*) are present in the residential neighborhood just west of 
Greenlee Preserve, Boulder County. I audio-recorded one late in the morning 
this warm Monday, Oct. 20. A bit distant, but I think diagnostic:


https://soundcloud.com/ted-floyd/african-collared-dove-2014-10-20-1048-colo-boul-lafa-y 


More on the collared-doves in a moment, but first a note for the Boulder 
County birder who still "needs" *Bushtit* for 2014. This morning, a 
sputtering flock was strewn along the trail along the south side of the 
preserve (north side of Waneka Lake). They're still here. Git 'em while the 
gittin's good, I'd say.

Back to the African Collared-Doves. In reviewing audio from the past few 
months around Lafayette, I can tell that these doves have been around for a 
while. And I have a photo from a month or so ago. It's fascinating and 
wonderful that I'd just dismissed them as Eurasian Collared-Doves. I wonder 
if they're breeding. And if so, with whom. African Collared-Dove genes may 
be more prevalent in the North American *Streptopelia* genome than a lot of 
us realize:

https://aba.org/nab/v64n4p548.pdf

Well, they're here. I'll post excessively and obnoxiously about them in the 
months and years to come... :-)

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

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Subject: Re: northeast Colorado Oct 18 and 19
From: David Dowell <dave1wx AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:07:43 -0700 (PDT)
Upon further review, I think the vireo in the yard across the street from 
Holyoke City Park (Phillips County) yesterday (Oct 19) was a juvenile 
White-eyed Vireo.  My apologies for the erroneous initial report.

David Dowell
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Juv Mew Gull, Weld County
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:43:30 -0400
Along south side of Union Reservoir around 7:30 AM today.


Also - late Cattle Egret at n. end of Boulder Res around 11 AM


Good Birding
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Longmont CO



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Subject: Late hummingbird/SW El Paso County
From: Joan Larrabee <djlarrabee AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:16:31 -0600
I had a fem/imm hummingbird on my feeder this morning. I think it was a Rufous, 
but it could have been a BT; I'm not good at fem/imm hummingbird ID. This is 
the latest I've had a hummingbird here since I've been keeping records (2000). 


Joan Larrabee
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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Subject: Re: Re: Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 10/19
From: Deborah Aguirre <aguirre.djh AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:59:31 -0600
Funny, I just had one of these at my garage a few weeks ago. I drove up and
thought a leaf was walking on my garbage can. Didn't know what it was until
I described it to a friend. Beautiful little creatures!

On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 7:35 PM, Ted Floyd  wrote:

>
>> A large angle-wing katydid (Microcentrum rhombifolium)
>>
>
> These spectacular insects are, in my experience, hard to see. I've seen
> zero in 2014 and one that I can remember in my life. However, Andrew and I
> just heard 30 or 40 of them in the course of a 25-minute, 1.5-mile walk
> from downtown Lafayette, Boulder County, and then around Waneka Lake, and
> then to our house, this Sunday evening, Oct. 19. Once you know this
> katydid's song, you realize that it's abundant. It sounds like this:
>
> https://soundcloud.com/ted-floyd/greater-anglewing-1
>
> On a bird note, we heard a Gray Catbird at Greenlee Preserve. Getting a
> bit late for that species.
>
> Ted Floyd
> Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado
>
>
>
>>
>> Dave Leatherman
>> Fort Collins
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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk, Weld Co., Oct 19
From: Anne Price <raptoresse AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:22:28 -0600
Saw an early (?) rough-legged hawk, yesterday morning around 10:30 AM.  It
was an adult female, on WCR 71 perhaps 2-4 miles south of State Hwy 14.   I
agree with David Dowell that the numbers of meadowlarks and northern
harriers have also increased in that region during the last few weeks.

 

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Littleton, CO

 

 

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Subject: "Raptor Alley"/Nunn"
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:43:33 -0700 (PDT)
Excellent "raptoring" weather yesterday in Nunn-area.  Total of 39 raptors 
in three hours.  

Photos here:

   - http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo/albums/raptor-alley-10-19-2014.  

Expected but missed on this "first run" of "Raptor Alley" were Prairie 
Falcon, Rough-legged Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Merlin, Bald Eagle, an 
accipiter (rare) ... primarily Weld CR 90 btw Weld CR 90 and 120 with 
offshoot routes along the way.  I'll start offering trips in November.

   - Red-tailed Hawk - 23
   - Great Horned Owl - 1
   - Northern Harrier - 4
   - American Kestrel - 8
   - Unknown - 1 (flying way-y-y-y out there)
   - Golden Eagle - 2

Other wildlife:  Pronghorn; Common Raven (3); Lapland Longspur (3)==>(2) 
 AT Weld CR 102 btw 27 and 23, and, (1)  AT Weld CR 110 and 27; Mountain Bluebird

Last year's 2013-2014 "Raptor Alley" reporting:

   - October 13 - 25 raptors
   - October 26 - 30 raptors
   - December 1 - 47 raptors
   - December 15 - 43 raptors
   - January 11 - 57 raptors
   - February 23 - 45 raptors
   
Average Count Per 2013-2014 Trip- 41 raptor

Other birds of interest:

   - Pat G. reports White-tailed Ptarmigan (3)  AT Medicine Bow Curve along 
   Trail Ridge Road. The birds were about a quarter mile from the road, about 
   30 yards down hill from the trail. Seen about 6 PM October 18th
      - http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo/white-tailed-ptarmagin
      - http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo/white-tailed-ptarmagin-1
      - http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo/ptarmagin-with-seed
      - http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo/white-tailed-ptarmagin-2
      - E. Anne W. reports White-winged Dove  AT private residence in NW 
   Longmont
      - http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo/white-winged-dove-9
   
Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

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Subject: Three-toed Woodpecker / Jeffco
From: Dave Cameron <davednvr7 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:21:25 -0700 (PDT)
We visited friends yesterday, for the first time up at their new place in 
the foothills.  They're not birders, but are interested in learning what 
birds they have, so we brought optics with us.  The very first thing we 
saw, across their driveway, was a Three-toed Woodpecker.  Also a good flock 
of Pygmy Nuthatches.
 
Vicinity of where Highgrade Road becomes Pleasant Park Road, and about a 
half-mile west.  
 
Dave Cameron
Denver

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 October 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:41:57 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: October 19,  2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Sunday, October 19 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Surf Scoter (Douglas/Jefferson)
Pacific Loon (Sedgwick)
Red-necked Grebe (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson)
Mississippi Kite (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Park, Weld)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Sabine's Gull (Park)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo,
Sedgwick)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (*Yuma)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Larimer)
Winter Wren (*Kit Carson)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Fremont)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Park, Weld)
Palm Warbler (Weld)
Field Sparrow (*Kit Carson, Yuma)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On October 12, Walbek reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Barr Lake.
--On October 15, Dowell reported Red-necked Grebe and Lesser Black-backed
Gull at Barr Lake.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Surf Scoter was reported by Dawson at Chatfield SP on October 11.
Kellner reported Surf Scoter and Red-necked Grebe at
Chatfield see from the marina sandspit on October 11.
--On October 12, Dunning and many other birders reported Red-necked Grebe
at Chatfield.  On October 18, Drummond reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Chatfield.  It was seen from the handicapped fishing area near
dam wall, spotting scope is essential.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--2 Curve-billed Thrashers were reported by Moss on the N side of Canon
City on October 11.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
--On October 19 at Flager SWA, Dunning reported Winter Wren and Field
Sparrow.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On October 11, Baron reported 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Equalizer
Lake.
--A pair of American Three-toed Woodpeckers was reported by Fink when
hiking between Dream Lake and Lake Haiyaha in RMNP on October 18.

PARK COUNTY:
--At Antero Reservoir on October 8, Mlodinow reported juv Thayer's Gull,
Sabine's Gull, and McCown's Longspurs.
--At Spinney on October 8, Mlodinow reported a McCown's Longspur.
--On October 8 at Elevenmile, Mlodinow reported 2 Sabine's Gulls.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An imm Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Percival at south shore
marina on October 17.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon and Lesser Black-backed Gull were reported by Mlodinow at
Jumbo Reservoir on October 15.

WELD COUNTY:
--A flyover Lapland Longspur was reported by Leatherman at Crow Valley
Campground on October 15.
--A Yellow Palm Warbler was reported by Mlodinow at Eaton Cemetery on
October 17.  The cemetery is SE of town.
--A Mississippi Kite was reported by Mlodinow at Linn Grove Cemetery on
October 17.  Linn Grove is in Greeley a couple of miles east of US 85 of E
18th St.
--A Thayer's Gull was reported by Mlodinow at Union Reservoir.

YUMA COUNTY:
--3 Field Sparrows were reported by Mlodinow at the Fish Hatchery on
October 15.
--A Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Dowell at Sandy  Bluffs State
Trust Land on October 19.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, October 25 will be to Wheat Ridge
Greenbelt led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu or 720-281-3314)  From
I-70 exit 267, take Kipling south about .075 mile and turn right (west) on
44th Ave.  Go one mile west.  Look for the entrance to Prospect Park on
your left (*south).  Meet at 0830 inside the part in the lot right next to
Prospect Lake.
The leader uses a wheelchair so the trip is accessible.  Lunch is optional.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, October 26 will be to Prewitt SWA led by
Chris Owen (christiel AT q.com or 303-772-6049).  Maximum of 10 Participants.
Register online at the DFO website.  Meet at 0600 at the RTD Park-n-Ride on
the SW corner of US 287 and Niwot Road to carpool.  State Parks pass and
Jumbo Res/Prewitt/Rs access permit required.   This will be a full-day trip
so bve sure to bring lunch, snacks, water, good walking shoes, and
appropriate clothing for the weather.  You will need an annual SWA pass.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Visiting young birders from Portland looking for guide this weekend
From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:46:49 -0600
CoBirders,
I was contacted by Heather, mother of a very enthusiastic and evidently
quite good 12 year birder, about leading a group of 4 adults and 5 kids
(2-12, 2-10 & 1-7 year old) around next weekend. Unfortunately I'll be
exhibiting at the Cape May Autumn Festival.  Is anyone with youth mentoring
experience available to show this group some lifers and direct them toward
some good vegan food? Contact me off list so I can connect you.

Good birding,
Chip Clouse
Olde Town Arvada,  CO

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Subject: northeast Colorado Oct 18 and 19
From: David Dowell <dave1wx AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:23:05 -0700 (PDT)
Fall color, beautiful weather, and some interesting birds made for a fun 
weekend on the northeast plains.

Most noteworthy perhaps is the ongoing irruption of Cassin's Finches. 
 Since Brandon Percival's sighting in Bent County in early October, these 
finches have been seen in several other plains counties.  Yesterday, I 
found at least 3 Cassin's Finches at Crow Valley Campground (Weld Co.), and 
I found another today at Sandy Bluffs State Trust Land (Yuma Co.).  Dave 
Leatherman has recently provided some historical perspective on wanderers 
from the mountains into the eastern plains, and I would be curious to know 
more about Cassin's Finches.  This might be the year to try to add Cassin's 
Finch to your Kansas or Oklahoma list!

Birds were flocking together this weekend; it was all or nothing in the 
places I visited.  Juncos are now widespread.  Brown Creepers are here and 
there.  Crow Valley (Weld) had 3 zonotrichia types yesterday:  Harris's, 
White-throated, and White-crowned Sparrows.  These were joined by early 
American Tree Sparrows and a late Hermit Thrush.  As has been reported 
recently, most of the birds were north of the campground.

Today at Sandy Bluffs STL (Yuma), other birds of note included a 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebirds, and 
Swamp Sparrow.

The hackberry and conifer thing seemed to be working today at Holyoke City 
Park (Phillips Co.).  The most interesting birds were a Black-throated 
Green Warbler, a late Cassin's Vireo, and a Golden-crowned Kinglet.

I kept an eye out for early Rough-legged Hawks but didn't see any along my 
route.  What I did see was many more Northern Harriers and Western 
Meadowlarks than I had seen during other recent outings.

David Dowell
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Gray Jays, Lake County, 10/17-10/19, and some Pitkin
From: Todd Deininger <goldeneagle90a AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:36:38 -0600
The Gray Jays were very active in Lake County this weekend.  I spent the
weekend exploring some 4WD roads with a quick jaunt into Aspen and on every
road I took I came across Gray Jays along side the road.  Total six
different locations across Lake County, plus two in Pitkin County.

Not much in the way of water fowl on the lakes in Lake County, *Common
Merganser* was on most all bodies of water except Crystal Lake (only
shovelers here).  A lone *Clark's Grebe* was on upper Twin Lake.  13 *Western
Grebe*, 7 *Eared Grebe*, 4 *Ruddy Duck*, and 12 *Gadwall *on Turquoise.

On the Pitkin side of Independence Pass a *Northern Goshawk* was soaring
above the peaks.

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Todd Deininger
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Fall Landbirding in Lincoln and Washington Counties
From: Kathy and Jeff Dunning <mihmdunning AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:20:51 -0600
Greetings –



Today Dean Shoup, Nena Torres, Joey Kellner and I headed east to see if we
might find some interesting fall migrants.



First stop was Flagler SWA. Upon arrival, it appeared quiet, but as we
worked our way south of the depression formerly known as Flagler Reservoir
(bone dry), following the drainage, we located a fairly cooperative Winter
Wren.  Further south we found ourselves flushing sparrows – mostly of the
White-crowned/Junco varieties.  Amongst the many White-crowneds, we located
at least one Harris’s Sparrow (possibly two) and an uncooperative Swamp
Sparrow.



Further south along the drainage, near the southern pond, we found a couple
Orange-crowned Warblers and a single Nashville Warbler amongst the many
Yellow-rumps.  In addition, we had a singles of Field, Chipping and
Clay-colored Sparrows.  Far to the south end of the SWA, we were treated to
a flyover of 41 Sandhill Cranes.



Below the dam, the best bird was a very late Dusky Flycatcher.



Our next stop was a private ranch in Lincoln County.  Here we found at
least six Hermit Thrush, ten Chipping Sparrows, two Eastern Phoebes and
another Winter Wren.



Last Chance was our final stop.  Again we had a few treats including late
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Townsend’s Warbler on the motel side, while the
SW corner hosted a very cooperative Swamp Sparrow and a pair of late
Lincoln’s Sparrows.



All in all, a fantastic day to be out in gorgeous weather with bright blue
skies and trees turning their autumn gold.



Good birding,

Kathy Mihm Dunning

Denver

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Subject: Re: Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 10/19
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:35:51 -0700 (PDT)
>
>
> A large angle-wing katydid (Microcentrum rhombifolium)
>

These spectacular insects are, in my experience, hard to see. I've seen 
zero in 2014 and one that I can remember in my life. However, Andrew and I 
just heard 30 or 40 of them in the course of a 25-minute, 1.5-mile walk 
from downtown Lafayette, Boulder County, and then around Waneka Lake, and 
then to our house, this Sunday evening, Oct. 19. Once you know this 
katydid's song, you realize that it's abundant. It sounds like this:

https://soundcloud.com/ted-floyd/greater-anglewing-1

On a bird note, we heard a Gray Catbird at Greenlee Preserve. Getting a bit 
late for that species.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

 

>
> Dave Leatherman
> Fort Collins
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Subject: Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 10/19
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:52:02 -0600
Just shy of 31 years ago, Fort Collins experienced a winter invasion of Pine 
Grosbeaks (January 1984). I had not seen one again down in town until today. 
The bird, a "russet" indiviudal first located by call, was just west of Fort 
Collins' Grandview Cemetery entrance (Section F) in a couple very tall Colorado 
Blue Spruce trees with a decent crop of cones. It flew off to the east about 
9:30AM. 


Lots of other "action" today at the cemetery, as well.
Over 25 Red-breasted Nuthatches.
At least 10 Brown Creepers.
A big group of maybe 40 Red Crossbills (left the cemetery about 9AM).
My friend Dave Steingraeber spotted a small string of Sandhill Cranes going 
south along the hogback off to the west. 

One Yellow-rumped Warbler.
At least 10 Mountain Chickadees, maybe as many as 20.
One White-crowned Sparrow (immature).
One Black-billed Magpie (fairly unusual in the cemetery).

Flying aphids of at least two species, which resulted in lots of erratic 
hovering and flycatching by birds of many species. 


A large angle-wing katydid (Microcentrum rhombifolium)

Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Mew Gull (Larimer)
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:13:53 -0600
Adult at Boyd Lake SP swim beach now. 

Nick Komar
From Boyd Lake

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Subject: Chaffee & Park Cos., Oct. 18th
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:38:43 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, Birders.

With members of the board of directors of Colorado Field Ornithologists, I 
yesterday did a bit of scouting for field trips for the CFO convention, 
June 4-7, 2015.

First we visited a private site near Salida, Chaffee County, that promises 
to be outstanding in early June. The place screams out, "White-eyed Vireo!" 
Joe Roller and I have placed a bet, cold cash, none of this namby-pamby 
gentleman's bet stuff. Well, we saw no vireos of any sort yesterday, but we 
did find Williamson's and Red-naped sapsuckers, a Prairie Merlin, excellent 
numbers and diversity of corvids, Juniper Titmouse, Brown Creeper, American 
Dipper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned kinglets, Hermit Thrush, several 
American Pipits, Cedar Waxwing, Lincoln's and Chipping sparrows amid large 
numbers of White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos, and small numbers 
of various finch species. This is what the place sounds like:

http://www.xeno-canto.org/199334

Then we had the indoor part of our meeting. June 2015 is far off, I 
realize, but, already, there are great vibes for next year's convention. 
Particularly compelling to me is that so many of the convention field trips 
are to destinations that are so unfamiliar to so many of us, myself very 
much included. It will be quite challenging to participate in next year's 
convention and *not* go birding in a new place, or new places, for you.

In the late afternoon, Peter Burke and I visited one of the few 2015 
convention destinations that many of us are actually somewhat familiar 
with: Antero Reservoir, Park County. We didn't arrive until early evening, 
so we didn't have much time and we didn't have great light. The coot flock 
at Antero is staggering. The Western Grebes are impressive, too. Also a few 
Horned and Eared grebes, and a wonderful flock of Sandhill Cranes, settling 
in for the evening on the northwest corner of the huge reservoir. Oh, and 
an an intriguing small-l little gull. I believe Bill Kaempfer is out there 
looking for it (and I hope looking *at* it) right about now...

eBird checklists here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20274321

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20274379

Finally, a quick Boulder County note. The ridiculously cooperative 
White-throated Sparrow (possibly, it is glued to the trail??) was doing its 
thing this Sunday morning, Oct. 19th, at Greenlee Preserve. Back on Friday 
morning, Oct. 17th, a late Swainson's Hawk sailed over the preserve.

Ted Floyd

Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 October 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:36:11 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: October 19,  2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Sunday, October 19 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Surf Scoter (Douglas/Jefferson)
Pacific Loon (Sedgwick)
Red-necked Grebe (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson)
Mississippi Kite (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Park, Weld)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Sabine's Gull (Park)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo,
Sedgwick)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Larimer)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Fremont)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Park, Weld)
Palm Warbler (Weld)
Field Sparrow (Yuma)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On October 12, Walbek reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Barr Lake.
--On October 15, Dowell reported Red-necked Grebe and Lesser Black-backed
Gull at Barr Lake.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Surf Scoter was reported by Dawson at Chatfield SP on October 11.
Kellner reported Surf Scoter and Red-necked Grebe at
Chatfield see from the marina sandspit on October 11.
--On October 12, Dunning and many other birders reported Red-necked Grebe
at Chatfield.  On October 18, Drummond reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Chatfield.  It was seen from the handicapped fishing area near
dam wall, spotting scope is essential.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--2 Curve-billed Thrashers were reported by Moss on the N side of Canon
City on October 11.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On October 11, Baron reported 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Equalizer
Lake.
--A pair of American Three-toed Woodpeckers was reported by Fink when
hiking between Dream Lake and Lake Haiyaha in RMNP on October 18.

PARK COUNTY:
--At Antero Reservoir on October 8, Mlodinow reported juv Thayer's Gull,
Sabine's Gull, and McCown's Longspurs.
--At Spinney on October 8, Mlodinow reported a McCown's Longspur.
--On October 8 at Elevenmile, Mlodinow reported 2 Sabine's Gulls.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An imm Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Percival at south shore
marina on October 17.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon and Lesser Black-backed Gull were reported by Mlodinow at
Jumbo Reservoir on October 15.

WELD COUNTY:
--A flyover Lapland Longspur was reported by Leatherman at Crow Valley
Campground on October 15.
--A Yellow Palm Warbler was reported by Mlodinow at Eaton Cemetery on
October 17.  The cemetery is SE of town.
--A Mississippi Kite was reported by Mlodinow at Linn Grove Cemetery on
October 17.  Linn Grove is in Greeley a couple of miles east of US 85 of E
18th St.
--A Thayer's Gull was reported by Mlodinow at Union Reservoir.

YUMA COUNTY:
--3 Field Sparrows were reported by Mlodinow at the Fish Hatchery on
October 15.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, October 25 will be to Wheat Ridge
Greenbelt led by Jackie King (jackie.king AT ccd.edu or 720-281-3314)  From
I-70 exit 267, take Kipling south about .075 mile and turn right (west) on
44th Ave.  Go one mile west.  Look for the entrance to Prospect Park on
your left (*south).  Meet at 0830 inside the part in the lot right next to
Prospect Lake.
The leader uses a wheelchair so the trip is accessible.  Lunch is optional.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, October 26 will be to Prewitt SWA led by
Chris Owen (christiel AT q.com or 303-772-6049).  Maximum of 10 Participants.
Register online at the DFO website.  Meet at 0600 at the RTD Park-n-Ride on
the SW corner of US 287 and Niwot Road to carpool.  State Parks pass and
Jumbo Res/Prewitt/Rs access permit required.   This will be a full-day trip
so bve sure to bring lunch, snacks, water, good walking shoes, and
appropriate clothing for the weather.  You will need an annual SWA pass.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Eastern Marsh Wren and Yellowish Palm Warbler Photos
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:05:34 -0400
Greetings All


I've put up photos, with discussion, of the Eastern Marsh Wren. The Yellow Palm 
Warbler turns out to be a Yellowish Palm Warbler - either a bright Western Palm 
or a Yellow x Western Palm Warbler. Also up are a few other pics of interest 
from recent days, including an Emperor Gadwall 



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


Good Birding
Steven Mlodinow
Longmont CO

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Subject: Three-toed woodpecker
From: "'William Fink' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:43:55 -0600
I saw a pair of three-toed woodpeckers while hiking between Dream Lake and Lake 
Haiyaha in RMNP on 10-18-beautifull trail! 


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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 October 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 04:33:54 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: October 18,  2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Saturday, October 18 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Surf Scoter (Douglas/Jefferson)
Pacific Loon (Sedgwick)
Red-necked Grebe (Adams, *Douglas/Jefferson)
Mississippi Kite (*Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Park, *Weld)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Sabine's Gull (Park)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, Larimer, *Pueblo,
Sedgwick)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Fremont)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Park, Weld)
Palm Warbler (*Weld)
Field Sparrow (Yuma)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On October 12, Walbek reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Barr Lake.
--On October 15, Dowell reported Red-necked Grebe and Lesser Black-backed
Gull at Barr Lake.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Surf Scoter was reported by Dawson at Chatfield SP on October 11.
Kellner reported Surf Scoter and Red-necked Grebe at
Chatfield see from the marina sandspit on October 11.
--On October 12, Dunning and many other birders reported Red-necked Grebe
at Chatfield.  On October 18, Drummond reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Chatfield.  It was seen from the handicapped fishing area near
dam wall, spotting scope is essential.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--2 Curve-billed Thrashers were reported by Moss on the N side of Canon
City on October 11.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On October 11, Baron reported 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Equalizer
Lake.

PARK COUNTY:
--At Antero Reservoir on October 8, Mlodinow reported juv Thayer's Gull,
Sabine's Gull, and McCown's Longspurs.
--At Spinney on October 8, Mlodinow reported a McCown's Longspur.
--On October 8 at Elevenmile, Mlodinow reported 2 Sabine's Gulls.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An imm Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Percival at south shore
marina on October 17.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon and Lesser Black-backed Gull were reported by Mlodinow at
Jumbo Reservoir on October 15.

WELD COUNTY:
--A flyover Lapland Longspur was reported by Leatherman at Crow Valley
Campground on October 15.
--A Yellow Palm Warbler was reported by Mlodinow at Eaton Cemetery on
October 17.  The cemetery is SE of town.
--A Mississippi Kite was reported by Mlodinow at Linn Grove Cemetery on
October 17.  Linn Grove is in Greeley a couple of miles east of US 85 of E
18th St.
--A Thayer's Gull was reported by Mlodinow at Union Reservoir.

YUMA COUNTY:
--3 Field Sparrows were reported by Mlodinow at the Fish Hatchery on
October 15.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, October 18 will be to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by A. J. Gest (offsetaj AT comcast.net
303-994-2420).  Directions:  Meet at 0730 at parking adjoining  the South
Platte Reservoir.  The Reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of C-470.
 tkae C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd exit and turn north onto Wadsworth Blvd.
Turn right (east on Chatfield Way Ave. and follow the road (which becomes
latte Canyon Road).  On Chatfield Way Ave, turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow it around the front of the reservoir
parallel to C-470 to the parking lot next to C-470.  Will walk along the
paved and dirt trails that connect Blackrock, Eaglewatch, Redtail and
Bufflehead lakes.  WIll be an east 2.5 to 3 miles walk.  Bring binoculars
snack, and water; scopes are optional  Dress for weather. Restrooms are
available.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: RMBO Banding Report Connected Lakes 10/15 & 10/16 - END OF SEASON
From: Amber West <amber4 AT unm.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:25:38 -0700 (PDT)
Banding has come to an end on the West Slope.  In all, we banded 355 birds; 
86 individuals in 19 species in Ridgway State Park, and 269 individuals in 
25 species in Connected Lakes State Park.  We also had a first record for 
the Connected Lakes banding station - Ovenbird!  We had 524 visitors at the 
Ridgway banding station, primarily 4th grade students, and 804 visitors at 
the Connected Lakes banding station, 656 of which were students.

I would like to extend a personal thank-you to the volunteers with Black 
Canyon Audubon Society, Grand Valley Audubon Society, and all other 
volunteers, and the staff at Ridgway State Park and Connected Lakes State 
Park, without whom this banding project would not have been possible.


Here are the reports from the last two days of banding:

On 10/15, we banded 9 birds with 2 recaptures.  On 10/16, we banded 3 birds 
with 3 recaptures.

Breakdown of new captures, 10/15:

Black-capped Chickadee - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
Spotted Towhee - 1
Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow - 1
Oregon Dark-eyed Junco - 1


Breakdown of new captures, 10/16:

Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow - 3

(We also recaptured 1 Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Black-capped 
Chickadee, and 1 Hermit Thrush (twice).)


Amber West
Grand Junction, Mesa County

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Subject: Chatfield SP , Red-necked Grebe remains .
From: "'John D' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:57:38 -0400
CO birders :

 This afternoon , the Red-necked Grebe reported earlier from Chatfield SP 
remains viewable from the handicapped fishing site next to the marina , close 
in to the dam wall . Spotting scope essential . This area is in Douglas County 
. 


John Drummond
Colorado Springs .

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Subject: RE: Weld County Today
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:04:05 -0600
Steve et al,
You always seem to shake a few apples from the trees, even when the farmers and 
calendar told us they've been picked over. 


Beating a dead horse, re the Palm Warbler at Eaton, I would wager it was inside 
the spruce seeking out hackberry psyllid adults moving from the myriad 
hackberries nearby to overwinter within the spruce crowns. Your description 
sounds exactly like what the Grandview Cemetery Cape May Warbler did within 
spruce near hackberries last October here in Fort Collins. 


I would remind everyone Linn Grove Cemetery is in Greeley a couple miles east 
of Highway 85 off E. 18th Street. 


Seems to be a definite dispersal of good numbers of Mountain Chickadees (and 
perhaps Golden-crowned Kinglets) from the mountains to the plains this autumn. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

> Subject: [cobirds] Weld County Today
> From: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
> Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:29:19 -0600
> To: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
> 
> Greetings All
> Today I wandered around SW Weld County
> The biggest highlight was an apparent YELLOW PALM WARBLER at Eaton Cemetery 
(which is just SE of town). The bird was hanging out deep within the cover of 
conifers, and eventually flew across the street to a private residence. Photos 
to be posted in a day or two. Also at Eaton Cemetery was a MONTANE DOWNY 
WOODPECKER with only two white spots on its wing coverts, and a Mountain 
Chickadee 

> 
> At Linn Grove Cemetery, a MISSISSIPPI KITE soared southward on thermals. Also 
there were 2 Mountain Chickadees and a GC Kinglet. 

> 
> Other highlights included a RN Phalarope at Lower Latham, a THAYER'S GULL at 
Windsor Reservoir (note that Windsor Lake is nearly birdless), a MEXICAN DUCK 
female and hybrid male at Stewarts' Pond, and 2 late Cattle Egrets at Union 
Reservoir. 

> 
> Good Birding
> Steven Mlodinow 
> Longmont CO
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Weld County Today
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:29:19 -0600
Greetings All
Today I wandered around SW Weld County
The biggest highlight was an apparent YELLOW PALM WARBLER at Eaton Cemetery 
(which is just SE of town). The bird was hanging out deep within the cover of 
conifers, and eventually flew across the street to a private residence. Photos 
to be posted in a day or two. Also at Eaton Cemetery was a MONTANE DOWNY 
WOODPECKER with only two white spots on its wing coverts, and a Mountain 
Chickadee 


At Linn Grove Cemetery, a MISSISSIPPI KITE soared southward on thermals. Also 
there were 2 Mountain Chickadees and a GC Kinglet. 


Other highlights included a RN Phalarope at Lower Latham, a THAYER'S GULL at 
Windsor Reservoir (note that Windsor Lake is nearly birdless), a MEXICAN DUCK 
female and hybrid male at Stewarts' Pond, and 2 late Cattle Egrets at Union 
Reservoir. 


Good Birding
Steven Mlodinow 
Longmont CO

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Subject: 160 Sandhill Cranes, El Paso County
From: Gloria Nikolai <glorianikolai AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:24:08 -0600
 
There were 160 Sandhill Cranes swirling about the sky on the south end of 
Colorado Springs this morning before turning and heading south. Seen from Clear 
Spring Ranch. Gloria NikolaiEl Paso County 


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Subject: Fwd: report of Cape May Warbler in Fort Collins (Larimer)
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:19:02 -0600
For anyone who wants to try for the bird, as Gary Lefko mentions, it is
Homecoming Weekend at CSU.  Activities are scheduled through Saturday.

I had the previously reported White-throated Sparrow through Wednesday
behind the Natural Resources building but I didn't see or hear the bird on
Thursday.  I am not on campus today.

http://homecoming.colostate.edu/

Scott Baron
Loveland, CO

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From: The "Nunn Guy" 
Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Subject: Re: [cobirds] report of Cape May Warbler in Fort Collins (Larimer)
To: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
Cc: daleatherman AT msn.com


No luck ... only three blocks from my office ... lots of students around
and "homecoming construction" activity underway at Oval.

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


On Friday, October 17, 2014 2:28:28 PM UTC-6, Sean Walters wrote:
>
> Hello All,
>
> After finishing my last class of the day, I walked over to the Oval to see
> what I could find. I came up empty handed. There were essentially NO birds
> in the Oval itself at all. Surrounding it, the trees did have a few groups
> of chickadees and Blue Jays but not much else. I would still suggest to
> those interested in looking to search in the Oval as something could still
> hide fairly well in there with all the leaves on the trees. However,
> searching the surrounding area might at least turn up more birds and keep
> up ones hopes of finding a good bird.
>
> Good birding,
> Sean Walters
> Loveland, CO
>
> On Oct 17, 2014, at 10:59 AM, DAVID A LEATHERMAN 
> wrote:
>
> I received a second-hand report of a Cape May Warbler being seen and heard
> singing on the Oval at CSU, Fort Collins yesterday 16October.  I do not
> know the person who reported it but do know we had one at Grandview
> Cemetery last year for about a week centered on 8October.  If someone
> searches for the CSU Oval bird, the whole thing is essentially American
> Elms, which has been a "hot" tree for passerines on the eastern plains this
> autumn.  There are also spruce trees, another favorite of Cape Mays, in
> front of some of the buildings that ring the Oval, and they might be worth
> a check.
>
> Dave Leatherman
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Subject: 75 Sandhill Cranes
From: Michelle Durant <cheetahspots AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:17:34 -0700 (PDT)
About 70 cranes flew over Heil Valley Ranch and along Foothills heading 
somewhat SE less than an hour ago. 

Michelle Durant

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Subject: Lagerman Reservoir, Longmont and Rabbit Mountain, Lyons in the AM
From: Carl Starace <castarace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:31:00 -0600
Hi,   Eight Sandhill Cranes stood on the western edge of Lagerman reservoir
this morning at 7:15. At midmorning I watched a nice and noisy flock of
36 Pinyon Jays pass over the Eagle Trail at Rabbit Mountain. Other birds
there included a Brown Creeper, 56 Mountain Bluebirds, and a Townsend's
Solitaire.  Good October Birding All.         Carl Starace,   Niwot

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Subject: Re: report of Cape May Warbler in Fort Collins (Larimer)
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:30:32 -0700 (PDT)
No luck ... only three blocks from my office ... lots of students around 
and "homecoming construction" activity underway at Oval.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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> Hello All,
>
> After finishing my last class of the day, I walked over to the Oval to see 
> what I could find. I came up empty handed. There were essentially NO birds 
> in the Oval itself at all. Surrounding it, the trees did have a few groups 
> of chickadees and Blue Jays but not much else. I would still suggest to 
> those interested in looking to search in the Oval as something could still 
> hide fairly well in there with all the leaves on the trees. However, 
> searching the surrounding area might at least turn up more birds and keep 
> up ones hopes of finding a good bird. 
>
> Good birding,
> Sean Walters
> Loveland, CO
>
> On Oct 17, 2014, at 10:59 AM, DAVID A LEATHERMAN  > wrote:
>
> I received a second-hand report of a Cape May Warbler being seen and heard 
> singing on the Oval at CSU, Fort Collins yesterday 16October.  I do not 
> know the person who reported it but do know we had one at Grandview 
> Cemetery last year for about a week centered on 8October.  If someone 
> searches for the CSU Oval bird, the whole thing is essentially American 
> Elms, which has been a "hot" tree for passerines on the eastern plains this 
> autumn.  There are also spruce trees, another favorite of Cape Mays, in 
> front of some of the buildings that ring the Oval, and they might be worth 
> a check.
>
> Dave Leatherman
> Fort Collins
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Subject: Re: report of Cape May Warbler in Fort Collins (Larimer)
From: Sean Walters <waltersintherockies AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:28:25 -0600
Hello All,

After finishing my last class of the day, I walked over to the Oval to see what 
I could find. I came up empty handed. There were essentially NO birds in the 
Oval itself at all. Surrounding it, the trees did have a few groups of 
chickadees and Blue Jays but not much else. I would still suggest to those 
interested in looking to search in the Oval as something could still hide 
fairly well in there with all the leaves on the trees. However, searching the 
surrounding area might at least turn up more birds and keep up ones hopes of 
finding a good bird. 


Good birding,
Sean Walters
Loveland, CO

> On Oct 17, 2014, at 10:59 AM, DAVID A LEATHERMAN  
wrote: 

> 
> I received a second-hand report of a Cape May Warbler being seen and heard 
singing on the Oval at CSU, Fort Collins yesterday 16October. I do not know the 
person who reported it but do know we had one at Grandview Cemetery last year 
for about a week centered on 8October. If someone searches for the CSU Oval 
bird, the whole thing is essentially American Elms, which has been a "hot" tree 
for passerines on the eastern plains this autumn. There are also spruce trees, 
another favorite of Cape Mays, in front of some of the buildings that ring the 
Oval, and they might be worth a check. 

> 
> Dave Leatherman
> Fort Collins
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Subject: report of Cape May Warbler in Fort Collins (Larimer)
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:59:54 -0600
I received a second-hand report of a Cape May Warbler being seen and heard 
singing on the Oval at CSU, Fort Collins yesterday 16October. I do not know the 
person who reported it but do know we had one at Grandview Cemetery last year 
for about a week centered on 8October. If someone searches for the CSU Oval 
bird, the whole thing is essentially American Elms, which has been a "hot" tree 
for passerines on the eastern plains this autumn. There are also spruce trees, 
another favorite of Cape Mays, in front of some of the buildings that ring the 
Oval, and they might be worth a check. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Pueblo birds 10/17 (Lesser Black-backed Gull and other stuff)
From: Brandon <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:57:04 -0700

Hi all,

I poked around for a little bit this morning around Pueblo Reservoir, in Pueblo 
County. Below Pueblo Reservoir dam, a flock of 150+ Sandhill Cranes flew over 
the Rock Canyon Swim Beach pond, I also my first of the fall American Tree 
Sparrow on the North Side of the River, near the Rock Canyon Swim Beach Pond. I 
saw an Orange-crowned Warbler and some Yellow-rumped Warblers east of the 
Snakeskin Picnic Area parking lot. 


At the South Shore Marina at Pueblo Reservoir, there was a Lesser Black-backed 
Gull (non-adult), two Franklin's Gulls, one adult and three Herring Gulls, with 
many California and Ring-billed Gulls. A Western Scrub-Jay was in the trees at 
the Lake Pueblo State Park office, near the South Shore Marina. 


On the lake from the SE part of the reservoir, I saw a couple of Horned Grebes, 
as well as Eared and Western Grebes. Good number of Ruddy Ducks and American 
Coots were on the lake as well. 

 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  

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Subject: White-throated sparrow, Sloan's Lake, Denver
From: Matthew Baker <mattbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:14:58 -0700 (PDT)
All,

There was a tan-striped white-throated sparrow at Sloan's Lake this morning 
in the reeds along the 'point' on the south side of the lake. 

-Matt Baker
Denver, CO

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Subject: Re: Marshy Wren distribution
From: Steve Stachowiak <waxwing2 AT q.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:56:38 -0700 (PDT)
Cobirders,
 
Here is a link to a comparison of the two wren's songs on Nathan 
Pieplow's Earbirding.com website:  http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/1897
 
Good birding,
 
Steve Stachowiak
Highlands Ranch, CO 

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> Greetings All 
>
>  The breeding distribution of Eastern Marsh Wren reaches west to cen. NE, 
> cen. SD, and I believe, ND and Alberta. 
> Given that we have so many records of other eastern birds with an even 
> more easterly distribution, it seems rather unlikely that Eastern Marsh 
> Wrens DON'T occur in CO. I guess that is a double negative. It seems highly 
> likely that Eastern Marsh Wrens DO occur in CO. The problem is that the 
> criteria for sight ID are not entirely clear, though the songs are very 
> different. So... even a very careful and experienced birder will not likely 
> identify a member of this subspecies group unless that bird sings. 
>
>  Good Birding
> Steven Mlodinow
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes - Big Johnson Reservoir, El Paso County
From: "Joy Lake" <joylake AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:56:10 -0600
There were between 350-400 Sandhill Cranes on the far shore of Big Johnson
Reservoir tonight at around 6:30 pm.

 

Joy Lake

Colorado Springs

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Subject: Greenlee/Waneka, Boulder County, Oct. 16
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:09:47 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, Birders.

This Thursday morning, Oct. 16, I heard and saw an adult Greater 
White-fronted Goose at Waneka Lake, Boulder County. The bird was last seen 
flying away, but that's the anserine way. It may well come back.

Also, a White-throated Sparrow has been hanging out the past few days on 
the trail that separates Greenlee Preserve from Waneka Lake. It might be 
the same bird that Andrew and I heard and saw back on Oct. 4.

Ted Floyd

Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado 

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Subject: Marshy Wren distribution
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:31:12 -0400
Greetings All


The breeding distribution of Eastern Marsh Wren reaches west to cen. NE, cen. 
SD, and I believe, ND and Alberta. 

Given that we have so many records of other eastern birds with an even more 
easterly distribution, it seems rather unlikely that Eastern Marsh Wrens DON'T 
occur in CO. I guess that is a double negative. It seems highly likely that 
Eastern Marsh Wrens DO occur in CO. The problem is that the criteria for sight 
ID are not entirely clear, though the songs are very different. So... even a 
very careful and experienced birder will not likely identify a member of this 
subspecies group unless that bird sings. 



Good Birding
Steven Mlodinow

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 October 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:03:56 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: October 16,  2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Thursday, October 16 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Surf Scoter (Boulder, Douglas/Jefferson)
Pacific Loon (*Sedgwick)
Red-necked Grebe (*Adams, Douglas/Jefferson)
Thayer's Gull (Park)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Sabine's Gull (Park)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (*Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, Larimer, *Sedgwick)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Fremont)
Lapland Longspur (*Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Park, Weld)
Bay-breasted Warbler (Adams)
Field Sparrow (*Yuma)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--On October 9, McBurney reported banding a hatch year Bay-breasted Warbler
at Barr Lake.  On October 10, Walbek reported that the Bay-breasted Warbler
continues at Barr Lake.
--On October 12, Walbek reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Barr Lake.
--On October 15, Dowell reported Red-necked Grebe and Lesser Black-backed
Gull at Barr Lake.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A juv Surf Scoter was reported by Severs at Lagerman Reservoir on October
8.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Surf Scoter was reported by Dawson at Chatfield SP on October 11.
Kellner reported Surf Scoter and Red-necked Grebe at
Chatfield see from the marina sandspit on October 11.
--On October 12, Dunning and many other birders reported Red-necked Grebe
at Chatfield.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--2 Curve-billed Thrashers were reported by Moss on the N side of Canon
City on October 11.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On October 11, Baron reported 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Equalizer
Lake.

PARK COUNTY:
--At Antero Reservoir on October 8, Mlodinow reported juv Thayer's Gull,
Sabine's Gull, and McCown's Longspurs.
--At Spinney on October 8, Mlodinow reported a McCown's Longspur.
--On October 8 at Elevenmile, Mlodinow reported 2 Sabine's Gulls.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon and Lesser Black-backed Gull were reported by Mlodinow at
Jumbo Reservoir on October 15.

WELD COUNTY:
--A flyover Lapland Longspur was reported by Leatherman at Crow Valley
Campground on October 15.

YUMA COUNTY:
--3 Field Sparrows were reported by Mlodinow at the Fish Hatchery on
October 15.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, October 18 will be to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by A. J. Gest (offsetaj AT comcast.net
303-994-2420).  Directions:  Meet at 0730 at parking adjoining  the South
Platte Reservoir.  The Reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of C-470.
 tkae C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd exit and turn north onto Wadsworth Blvd.
Turn right (east on Chatfield Way Ave. and follow the road (which becomes
latte Canyon Road).  On Chatfield Way Ave, turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow it around the front of the reservoir
parallel to C-470 to the parking lot next to C-470.  Will walk along the
paved and dirt trails that connect Blackrock, Eaglewatch, Redtail and
Bufflehead lakes.  WIll be an east 2.5 to 3 miles walk.  Bring binoculars
snack, and water; scopes are optional  Dress for weather. Restrooms are
available.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Pac Loon Sedgwick and E Marsh Wren Yuma
From: "Ross Silcock" <silcock AT rosssilcock.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:49:44 -0500
Hi folks,

What's the current status of eastern Marsh Wren in CO?  Intriguing .

Ross

Ross Silcock
Seasonal Reporter, Nebraska Bird Review
Co-editor, Southern Great Plains
Tabor, IA

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From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" 
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 8:36 PM
To: "Colorado Birding" 
Subject: [cobirds] Pac Loon Sedgwick and E Marsh Wren Yuma

> Greetings all
>
> Passerine numbers were low in NE corner of CO today but Nick and I did 
> manage to squeeze out a few birds
>
> The headliner was clearly an EASTERN MARSH WREN along the s edge of 
> Stalker Lake before you get to the marsh. It sang and then called 
> persistently allowing for some decent photos.
>
> We also had 10 WT Sparrows and a Harris's Sparrow at Stalker.
>
> There were 3 Field Sparrows at the Fish Hatchery
>
> In Sedgwick County at Jumbo Res there was a PACIFIC LOON, a Lesser 
> Black-backed Gull and - at the campground- another WT Sparrow.
>
> Good Birding
> Steven Mlodinow
> Longmont CO
>
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Subject: Pac Loon Sedgwick and E Marsh Wren Yuma
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:36:27 -0600
Greetings all

Passerine numbers were low in NE corner of CO today but Nick and I did manage 
to squeeze out a few birds 


The headliner was clearly an EASTERN MARSH WREN along the s edge of Stalker 
Lake before you get to the marsh. It sang and then called persistently allowing 
for some decent photos. 


We also had 10 WT Sparrows and a Harris's Sparrow at Stalker. 

There were 3 Field Sparrows at the Fish Hatchery 

In Sedgwick County at Jumbo Res there was a PACIFIC LOON, a Lesser Black-backed 
Gull and - at the campground- another WT Sparrow. 


Good Birding 
Steven Mlodinow 
Longmont CO


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Subject: Crow Valley CG (Weld) on 10/15
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:22:32 -0600
Very quiet today at Crow Valley Campground near Briggsdale (Weld) but many 
changes since last week and always beautiful this time of year (except for the 
fracking truck traffic noise). Wonder when the intersection at Highway 14 and 
CR77 will warrant a signal light? 


Highlights:
FOS Sandhill Crane (flyover of about 25)
FOS Northern Shrike (1i)  in the northern outback
FOS Lapland Longspur (1 flyover)
Brown Creeper (1 or 2)
Brown Thrasher (by the waterhole northeast of Group Area)
Hairy Woodpecker (heard only, so don't know which race it was)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (few)
Townsend's Solitaire (few by the waterhole northeast of Group Area)
No sparrows except for a few juncos, Song Sparrows, and White-crowned Sparrows
No sapsuckers
No Black-throated Blue Warbler or Wood Thrush (like I conjured in my head on 
the way out) 


Lots of Redshank Grasshopper nymphs
Many buckthorn triozid adults (last week they were all nymphs)
Still a few butterflies around (Checkered White, Mourning Cloak, Variegated 
Fritillary) 

Underwing moth (Catocala sp.)
Striped Meadowhawks
Catface Spider
Undetermined sp. of black tiger moth caterpillars (which will overwinter as 
larvae and be part of the fare of the earliest migrant Mountain Bluebirds on 
the prairie next Feb-March) 


Saw Northern Harrier catch a plump vole (Microtus sp.)

Total of 26 bird species (24 in the CG and 2 additional in Briggsdale)

Dave Leatherman
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Subject: Common Loon still at Baseline Res
From: Elena Klaver <elena AT indra.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:38:09 -0600
In the middle of the reservoir, preening and doing yoga-like stretches. 10/15 
1:45 pm 


Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Barr Lake (Adams Co.) Oct 15
From: David Dowell <dave1wx AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:20:33 -0700 (PDT)
I made a quick stop by the ever-shrinking Barr Lake (Adams County) this 
morning.  The highlight was a Red-necked Grebe, about 50 yards from the 
dam.  Western Grebes, cormorants, pelicans, and gulls remain numerous.  One 
of the ongoing Lesser Black-backed Gulls was present.

The most numerous passerine this morning, other than European Starling, was 
American Pipit.  The pipits were particularly numerous at the southwest end 
of the lake, in the company of some Long-billed Dowitchers, Killdeer, and 
Least Sandpipers.

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Longmont, CO

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Subject: Weld County "Dump" Gulls/Severance
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:39:14 -0700 (PDT)
Again this morning the Weld County "Dump" gulls were present on the dirt 
field basking in the brilliant morning sun at Weld CR 23 and 78 NE corner.  
I saw Ring-billed, California and Herring gulls.  The gulls are very near 
edge of Weld CR 78 road.  These photos are 20x optical zoom.  It took 10 
photos to get the entire flock at that zoom.  

See if you can ID more here, let me know:  
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo.  Lower right of each photo is "Click 
Full Size".  

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Subject: FW: Re: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:57:39 -0600
All,
This is a reply to Wayne and Joe that I co-addressed to COBIRDS but that 
apparently didn't go out. 

Dave Leatherman

From: daleatherman AT msn.com
To: jroller9 AT gmail.com
Subject: RE: [cobirds] Re: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:55:32 -0600




Wayne, Joe, et al,
I believe the cranes to which Wayne is referring occurred in September 1985. 
One was near Hudson and one was near Severance. A newspaper clipping I have 
rubber-cemented (yes, you read it right) in my journal (not to take away from 
eBird but let's hear it for "jBird") has a lot of interesting detail, of a sort 
not found in modern media accounts. The Hudson bird was found on 9/11/85 on the 
property of Bill Phillips (near the jct of Weld 10 & 35 Roads). The Severance 
bird was first noted on 9/23/85 on the property of Jack and Roy Schneider 0.75 
miles e of Severance (along Weld CR74). I saw the Severance bird on 9/26 while 
participating with a group of volunteers loosely organized by the DOW to keep 
hunters and the cranes separated. The article also indicates both birds were 
part of the Gray's Lake, ID flock fostered by Sandhill Cranes, that they spent 
the summer prior to their CO appearance near Pinedale, WY., and then migrated 
down the Front Range instead of taking their normal route on the west side of 
the Divide to Bosque del Apache NWR in NM. Both birds stayed in their 
respective CO locations until 24October. The Severance bird was later spotted 
at Las Vegas NWR near Las Vegas, NM on 5Nov and finally made it to Bosque on 
17December. The Hudson bird ended up at Bernardo SWA 40 miles n of Bosque. 


Sounds like neither bird would be countable because of the foster parent 
factor. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins

Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:49:00 -0600
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
From: jroller9 AT gmail.com
To: bkpercival AT yahoo.com
CC: wwathen AT msn.com; bmaynard99 AT gmail.com; cobirds AT googlegroups.com

Wayne, The Whooping Crane you are referring to from 11-14-04 was indeed from 
the wild flock. The exact location was a playa east of Lindon, west of Anton, 
that is bisected by highway 36.There is an eBird hotspot named: 

Lindon Pond Playa (Hwy. 36 & Washington Co. Rd. Z)

The Whooping Crane was there one afternoon, stayed overnight, then flew. As you 
do recall, it was watched, observed, babysat overnight by someone (Wayne? 
others?)from the Fish and Wildlife Service, as legend has it. I am very 
interested in any details you can provide, as this is a neat story, one which I 
tellevery time I drive by that playa to any passengers in my vehicle at the 
moment - aka "victims." With more detailed information, I can stretch this 
story from just east of LastChance all the way to Cope, maybe even Joe's. 

This playa used to fill with water each spring and was a good place to see 
ducks and shorebirds by using a car as a blind.The playa had some shallow water 
and waterfowl in it, maybe 8-10 years ago, but none lately during our prolonged 
drought. I recall that it has been dry even this summer and early fall, when 
nearby parts of Washington County featured many, many wet playas; info on that 
is also requested.Could this playa have kind of "silted in" from runoff from 
the ag fields that surround it? If not silt, as least it seems to fill with a 
member of the spinach family, the common tumbleweed,(Salsola australis, among 
other species). 


Joe Roller, Denver

PS A rule of thumb is that "wild flock" Whooping Cranes are seen east of the 
Front Range andthe introduced flock from the San Luis Valley and counties north 
of there. Are there any valid recordsof introduced Whooping Cranes from east of 
the Front Range? 





On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM, 'Brandon' via Colorado Birds 
 wrote: 


To answer Wayne's question about Whooping Crane records in Colorado. There are 
four accepted records of the wild flock that migrates from Canada to Texas (I 
looked all this information up on the CBRC Website, which all all that kind of 
info). 

Nov 3 1973 in Greeley, Weld CountyMar 10-26, 1995 Thurston Reservoir, Prowers 
CountyNov 14-14, 2004 West of Anton, Washington CountyNov 1, 2006 Nee Grande 
Reservoir, Kiowa County There might be more specimen records, that might be 
mentioned in Colorado Birds by Andrews and Righter. If there have been other 
sightings, they weren't accepted by the CBRC, or not written up, this is why 
people need to document any very rare bird that they see/hear in Colorado. 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  
 Hi Bill & All,Another question for my old fuzzy mind. There was one Whooping 
Crane that showed up on the front range, as I recall somewhere a little east of 
Ft. Collins or Loveland. I was still with FWS and made a trip out there to 
check on it and the contingency plan that I recall was in place since I believe 
it was in the fall in hunting season. But I don't remember if it was from the 
Gray's Lake, Idaho experimental flock or the Wood Buffalo flock that strayed a 
little further west than the usual migration route. Wayne WathenHighlands 
Ranch, CO 

   
 




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Subject: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
From: "Karl Stecher Jr." <kstecher AT idcomm.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:49:21 -0600
Actually, Joe, I keep a "death list"...wild birds seen dead. 

So, since I haven't considered this before..with KFC...if it were a free 
ranging chicken, would it count? 

Then we get to Thanksgiving turkeys... 

Karl Stecher
Centennial 

Joe Roller writes: 

> IF the San Luis Valley introduced Whooping Cranes are countable, then I am 
> going to count a gallinaceous bird, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
> Delicious.
> Joe Roller,
> Denver 
> 
> On Monday, October 13, 2014 8:38:27 PM UTC-6, Dave Leatherman wrote:
>>
>> Maybe it would be more appropriate for a spokesperson from the Colorado RC 
>> to be saying this, but............. 
>>
>> I appreciate the sleuthing done by several people to answer the question 
>> posed as to when California Condors visited Colorado's Grand Mesa.  It was 
>> August 1998 when 3 birds wandered up from the introduced Arizona Grand 
>> Canyon group.  Since reproduction was not documented among these birds, 
>> including their cohorts, until about 2004, according to the new ABA listing 
>> rules, they were not countable in 1998 when in CO, or anywhere else until 
>> 2004.  Thus, they do NOT become our 499th species.   
>>
>> Countable or not, the moment that semi-tame condor walked in the door and 
>> surprised a USFS employee working INSIDE the under-rennovation Land's End 
>> VC, had to be one of the more memorable human facial expressions in the 
>> history of Colorado birds. 
>>
>> Dave Leatherman
>> Fort Collins 
>>
>>
>>  
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Subject: RMBO Connected Lakes Banding Report 10/8 - 10/14
From: Amber West <amber4 AT unm.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:44:44 -0700 (PDT)
I got a little behind posting the banding reports.  Last week we were still 
banding the same numbers as before (10-15 banded), but this week with the 
drop in temperature and increase in wind has led to a drop in numbers.

On 10/8, we banded 11, recaptured 4, and caught one Gambel's White-crowned 
Sparrow from a previous year; on 10/9 we banded 11 and recaptured 2; on 
10/10 we banded 16 and recaptured 5; on 10/13 we banded 7 and recaptured 1; 
and today (10/14) we banded 4 and recaptured 4.

Breakdown of new captures, 10/8:

Western Scrub-Jay -1
Mountain Chickadee - 3
Spotted Towhee - 1
Song Sparrow - 1
Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow - 5


Breakdown of new captures, 10/9:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2
Song Sparrow - 1
Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow - 8


Breakdown of new captures, 10/10:

Black-capped Chickadee - 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
Spotted Towhee - 2
Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow - 11


Breakdown of new captures, 10/13:

Black-capped Chickadee - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 4
Oregon Junco - 2


Breakdown of new captures, 10/14:

Hermit Thrush - 1
Song Sparrow - 1
Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow - 2

We also captured and released unprocessed a hatch-year Black-chinned 
Hummingbird and 2 Gambel's Quail during this period.

Amber West
Grand Junction, Mesa County

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Custer
From: Leon Bright <urraca2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:43:02 -0600
PCOBirders
 Ten minutes ago a small flock of Sandhills flew (calling!) at about 11,000 
feet over our cabin in NW Custer County, headed NE. I have no idea where they 
might be going. Anyway it was a super neat experience on a spectacular 
afternoon, weather-wise and visually. 

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Subject: Re: Re: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:49:00 -0600
Wayne,
The Whooping Crane you are referring to from 11-14-04 was indeed from the
wild flock. The exact location was a playa east of Lindon, west of Anton,
that is bisected by highway 36.
There is an eBird hotspot named:

Lindon Pond Playa (Hwy. 36 & Washington Co. Rd. Z)

The Whooping Crane was there one afternoon, stayed overnight, then flew. As
you do recall, it was watched, observed, babysat overnight by someone
(Wayne? others?)
from the Fish and Wildlife Service, as legend has it. I am very interested
in any details you can provide, as this is a neat story, one which I tell
every time I drive by that playa to any passengers  in my vehicle at the
moment - aka "victims." With more detailed information, I can stretch this
story from just east of Last
Chance all the way to Cope, maybe even Joe's.

This playa used to fill with water each spring and was a good place to see
ducks and shorebirds by using a car as a blind.
The playa had some shallow water and waterfowl in it, maybe 8-10 years ago,
but none lately during our prolonged drought. I recall that
it has been dry even this summer and early fall, when nearby parts of
Washington County featured many, many wet playas; info on that is also
requested.
Could this playa have kind of "silted in" from runoff from the ag fields
that surround it? If not silt, as least it seems to fill with a member of
the spinach family, the common tumbleweed,
(Salsola australis, among other species).


Joe Roller, Denver

PS  A rule of thumb is that "wild flock" Whooping Cranes are seen east of
the  Front Range and
the introduced flock from the San Luis Valley and counties north of there.
Are there any valid records
of introduced Whooping Cranes from east of the Front Range?





On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM, 'Brandon' via Colorado Birds <
cobirds AT googlegroups.com> wrote:

>
> To answer Wayne's question about Whooping Crane records in Colorado.
> There are four accepted records of the wild flock that migrates from Canada
> to Texas (I looked all this information up on the CBRC Website, which all
> all that kind of info).
>
> Nov 3 1973 in Greeley, Weld County
> Mar 10-26, 1995 Thurston Reservoir, Prowers County
> Nov 14-14, 2004 West of Anton, Washington County
> Nov 1, 2006 Nee Grande Reservoir, Kiowa County
>
> There might be more specimen records, that might be mentioned in Colorado
> Birds by Andrews and Righter.  If there have been other sightings, they
> weren't accepted by the CBRC, or not written up, this is why people need to
> document any very rare bird that they see/hear in Colorado.
>
> Brandon Percival
> Pueblo West, CO
>   ------------------------------
> Hi Bill & All,
>
> Another question for my old fuzzy mind.  There was one Whooping Crane that
> showed up on the front range, as I recall somewhere a little east of Ft.
> Collins or Loveland.  I was still with FWS and made a trip out there to
> check on it and the contingency plan that I recall was in place since I
> believe it was in the fall in hunting season.  But I don't remember if it
> was from the Gray's Lake, Idaho experimental flock or the Wood Buffalo
> flock that strayed a little further west than the usual migration route.
>
> Wayne Wathen
> Highlands Ranch, CO
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Subject: Bushtits on Capitol Hill, Denver
From: Beth Partin <bethpartin AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:32:49 -0600
At 12:30, I saw a flock of bushtits working the trees at the corner of 7th
and Pennsylvania, near the restaurant association. There were about 20 of
them.

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Subject: Re: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
From: "'Brandon' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:11:54 -0700

To answer Wayne's question about Whooping Crane records in Colorado. There are 
four accepted records of the wild flock that migrates from Canada to Texas (I 
looked all this information up on the CBRC Website, which all all that kind of 
info). 


Nov 3 1973 in Greeley, Weld County
Mar 10-26, 1995 Thurston Reservoir, Prowers County
Nov 14-14, 2004 West of Anton, Washington County
Nov 1, 2006 Nee Grande Reservoir, Kiowa County
 
There might be more specimen records, that might be mentioned in Colorado Birds 
by Andrews and Righter. If there have been other sightings, they weren't 
accepted by the CBRC, or not written up, this is why people need to document 
any very rare bird that they see/hear in Colorado. 


Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  


________________________________
 
Hi Bill & All,

Another question for my old fuzzy mind. There was one Whooping Crane that 
showed up on the front range, as I recall somewhere a little east of Ft. 
Collins or Loveland. I was still with FWS and made a trip out there to check on 
it and the contingency plan that I recall was in place since I believe it was 
in the fall in hunting season. But I don't remember if it was from the Gray's 
Lake, Idaho experimental flock or the Wood Buffalo flock that strayed a little 
further west than the usual migration route. 


Wayne Wathen
Highlands Ranch, CO

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Subject: Re: Re: Speaking of eBird ...
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:06:00 -0400
This email got a little long -- my apologies! :-)

I'm an avid eBird user, and very much appreciate Gary's newly found
enthusiasm and getting "all jazzed up" for eBird! It really is an excellent
project and one that has greatly enriched my own birding activities. The
great scientific and conservation value (e.g., a list of publications that
made use of eBird can be found here
) is also a huge plus.

In short, I'm a big fan and supporter of eBird!  But, that said, I'm not
convinced that a CO eBird portal is worth the effort. Instead, the existing
webpage doesn't need to be tailored to CO so much as we need to help CO
birders find out how they and their birding activities can benefit from
using eBird, AND how scientist and conservationists can benefit from their
birding activity through eBird. Here's the longer version...

As Joey and Rachel have pointed out, it does seem like such an effort would
be putting the wagon before the horse (what are the specific needs that we
have -- what problem -- to which an eBird portal is the best solution?).
The existing email lists, CFO website, and ColoradoCountyBirding.org
website (which, I agree, is the best state-level birding website out
there!) really do provide local and out of state birders with a wealth of
information and expertise about birds and birding in CO. So I'm just not
seeing the benefit that a CO ebird portal would provide.

But, I am excited about seeing the continued rise of eBird use in CO, and I
even have a few ideas for how to help that process along.

I've managed to channel my eBird enthusiasm into giving talks/workshops
aimed at getting more birders to use ebird (e.g. for trip planning,
education, list management, etc) and to get more birders contributing to
eBird (birding and submitting observations in ways that are
scientifically/statistically valuable). Those efforts also include
co-moderating the eBird Rarity Group 
on Flickr, and engaging in other online discussions (e.g. via Facebook) to
help new eBird users learn how to efficiently incorporate eBird into their
birding activities in a way that benefits everyone. I'm originally from
Pueblo, but as I currently live in Ohio I don't think I've (yet) had the
pleasure of giving such talks in Colorado -- perhaps I need to change that!
:-)

Ultimately, we can leverage the scientific, conservation and yes even the
"sporting" value of eBird (for those of you who maintain a list or two
and/or enjoy friendly birding competitions) by simply increasing the number
and quality of observations submitted to eBird via the CO birding community
-- including historical records! Many of you will be glad to know that,
after a quick check of a few species, it does seem the birds in the CBRC
database ARE all in the eBird database. That's excellent!

But how many of us still have notebooks full of old checklists gathering
dust? Much of that information hiding among the pages of those notebooks
ALSO needs to find it's way into the eBird database. Despite the size of
the eBird database, there are still a lot of missing data!

To see for yourself, click the following link to view a map of eBird
observations in CO (click individual squares to see the species totals
reported in that square).


http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspots?env.minX=-109.060807&env.minY=36.992231&env.maxX=-102.041976&env.maxY=41.005611&yr=all&m= 


You can see that there are still plenty of data gaps, as far as spatial
coverage, and even more gaps can be found when you start looking at
different times of year. Many of these gaps in the data could no doubt be
filled by trips we (collectively) have already taken.

So for me, the key to improving eBird use and usefulness in CO is education
and outreach, or as I tend to refer to it, "eBird evangelism"  ;-)

One way to make that happen is simply stated: get more people (especially
all you seasoned experts with decades of checklists sitting in notebooks
and/or personal electronic databases) using eBird, and using it well. A
good first step in that direction is to hold more workshops on how to use
eBird, how to contribute meaningful data to eBird, and perhaps most
importantly how to use eBird to better enjoy the time we spend in the
field, and to learn and grow as a birder.

Regardless of what happens with the portal, I certainly hope Gary (and any
other eBird fans still reading this) save some enthusiasm for that effort
as well ;-)

Getting back to eBird Portals -- they do have their place, and I'd be
remiss not to mention it!

A regional eBird portal can be an excellent way to tailor eBird to suit
communities from different cultures, who speak different languages, who
might otherwise never extensively use the U.S.-centric main eBird
interface. The many portals for central and south america provide excellent
evidence of this:

Caribbean

   - eBird Caribbean 
   - eBird Puerto Rico 

Mexico

   - eBird Mexico  (aVerAves)

Central America

   - eBird Central America 

South America

   - eBird Argentina 
   - eBird Chile 
   - eBird Peru 


Regional portals can also facilitate incorporating ebird-like regional
efforts into the global framework of eBird, for example as happened
recently in Australia:

Australia

   - Eremaea eBird 


Perhaps, down the road, we'll come to find that CO does need a regional
interface, but for now, I'm just not seeing the need. But I do see lots of
gaps in the data, and lots of potential for the Colorado birding community
to fill them in.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far -- this email worked out to be a
bit longer than I'd anticipated ;-)

Good birding,
-Paul Hurtado

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Subject: RE: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
From: Wayne Wathen <wwathen AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:40:30 -0600
Hi Bill & All,
Another question for my old fuzzy mind. There was one Whooping Crane that 
showed up on the front range, as I recall somewhere a little east of Ft. 
Collins or Loveland. I was still with FWS and made a trip out there to check on 
it and the contingency plan that I recall was in place since I believe it was 
in the fall in hunting season. But I don't remember if it was from the Gray's 
Lake, Idaho experimental flock or the Wood Buffalo flock that strayed a little 
further west than the usual migration route. 

Wayne WathenHighlands Ranch, CO

From: bmaynard99 AT gmail.com
To: flammowl17 AT gmail.com; cobirds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: [cobirds] Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:26:33 -0600

Brandon and COBirders, I asked that question to a member of the ABA Rules 
Committee, Nick Block, and here is his interpretation of the new listing rules 
regarding the experimental population of Whooping Cranes that stopped in 
Colorado on their way to central New Mexico for the winter and to Idaho to 
breed with Sanhill Cranes and not Whoopers in the spring and summer. Bill 
Maynard Colorado Springs Hi Bill, I do not think these would be countable if 
they did not hatch eggs with their own species. I'll let you know if the RSEC 
as a whole thinks differently, though. Cheers,Nick Block From: 
cobirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Brandon 

Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 8:52 PM
To: Cobirds
Subject: [cobirds] Re: condors in CO were NOT countable There seems to be some 
people who didn't see any of Whooping Cranes (there have only been a few -- 
though many people back in the 1990s saw the juvenile Whooping Crane around 
Thurston Reservoir, in Prowers County) in eastern Colorado, wanting to know, if 
they can now count the birds that migrated from Idaho to New Mexico, and 
stopped off in the San Luis Valley. Does anyone know about the count-ability of 
those birds in Colorado? 

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Subject: Re: Colorado condors countable?
From: Doug Faulkner <zebrilus AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:31:01 -0500
Scott:

I believe the birds observed on the Grand Mesa in 1998 had patagial tags.
I don't have that information readily available, but if the tags indicated
that those birds were released from captivity, then I think that would
disallow them from being countable according to ABA.  If the origin of any
of those individuals was unknown (e.g., the bird did not have a patagial
tag) or if the bird was known to have been hatched in the wild, then it
seems like it could be counted under the new rule.

Now then, the Colorado Bird Records Committee does not strictly adhere to
ABA's counting rules and California Condor is not on the state list.  The
CBRC does not have a formal policy on introduced or re-introduced species.
However, its actions on such species has been to recognize those with
self-sustaining naturalized populations, such as Ring-necked Pheasant and
Gambel's Quail, which is consistent with the actions and policies of other
state records committees.  California Condor does not fit that criteria, so
it is unlikely to be added anytime soon and the Grand Mesa birds remain
ineligible for state or county listing purposes within CFO's framework.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.  I have been approached several
times about Colorado's lack of a hypothetical list - those native species
for which identification is not questionable, but origin is.  The arguments
for the ABA rule change, namely the lack of distinction between released
and wild-hatched birds, would seem to favor that the condor should be
considered hypothetical for Colorado.

Good birding,

Doug Faulkner
CBRC, Chair

On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 12:08 AM, Roederer Scott 
wrote:

> CObirders,
>
> The ABA changed their rules for counting reintroduced indigenous birds on
> 9/27/14. Populations no longer need to be self-sustaining. They only need
> to have "successfully hatched young in the wild." This has caused a lot of
> discussion on the AZ/NM listserv regarding condors, which are now legal to
> count.
>
> Do I recall correctly that a condor was reported from southwestern CO a
> few years ago? If so, would those who chased it and saw it be able to count
> it now?
>
> There is an ABA rule that lets a bird observed in the past "when it was
> not considered a valid species" to be counted when it becomes a valid
> species. I guess you'd have to determine if there had been successful
> hatching of young in AZ before you saw the bird in CO.
>
> The in-house discussion of the decision to make the rule change is very
> interesting, particularly the lone dissenter's statement. It's available
> here:
>
> http://listing.aba.org/rsec-vote-2014-04/
>
> Scott Roederer
> Estes Park
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Subject: Common Loon - Baseline Reservoir, Boulder County
From: Mark R <markrminnerlee AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:05:36 -0600
Birders,

The Common Loon seen this week at Baseline Reservoir is presently (10:00 am) 
only about 25-30 meters from the viewing area on Cherryvale Rd. If you want 
excellent views come out now. 


Regards,

Mark Minner-Lee
Superior, CO

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Subject: Ravens
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:43:26 -0400
For greater ease, the ravens have been placed together at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/36088296 AT N08/sets/72157648751323692/ 



Good Birding
Steven Mlodinow
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Weld County Wanderings
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:41:14 -0700 (PDT)
Appears to be a new gull hangout for the Weld County dump gulls at Weld CR 
23/78 NE corner.

   - Lesser Black-backed Gull - 4 (ad)
   - Herring Gull ~ 8
   - California Gull ~12
   - Ring-billed Gull ~800
   - Franklin's Gull - 14
   - Bonaparte's Gull - 2

Latham Reservoir Marsh

   - Marbled Godwit

Weld CR 42

   - Pectoral Sandpiper - 2

Weld CR 33 (BTW 98/100)

   - Burrowing Owl - 1 continuing
   - Mountain Bluebird - 4

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

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Subject: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:12:28 -0700 (PDT)
IF the San Luis Valley introduced Whooping Cranes are countable, then I am 
going to count a gallinaceous bird, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Delicious.
Joe Roller,
Denver

On Monday, October 13, 2014 8:38:27 PM UTC-6, Dave Leatherman wrote:
>
> Maybe it would be more appropriate for a spokesperson from the Colorado RC 
> to be saying this, but.............
>
> I appreciate the sleuthing done by several people to answer the question 
> posed as to when California Condors visited Colorado's Grand Mesa.  It was 
> August 1998 when 3 birds wandered up from the introduced Arizona Grand 
> Canyon group.  Since reproduction was not documented among these birds, 
> including their cohorts, until about 2004, according to the new ABA listing 
> rules, they were not countable in 1998 when in CO, or anywhere else until 
> 2004.  Thus, they do NOT become our 499th species.  
>
> Countable or not, the moment that semi-tame condor walked in the door and 
> surprised a USFS employee working INSIDE the under-rennovation Land's End 
> VC, had to be one of the more memorable human facial expressions in the 
> history of Colorado birds.
>
> Dave Leatherman
> Fort Collins
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Subject: Ravens
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:06:57 -0400
Greetings All


I've just posted a number of raven pics, some "known" Chihuahuans, some 
presumed, and a bunch of Commons recently photographed at Tempel Grove (I guess 
presumed as well). I should also post some from the mountains for comparison. 
Will try to do so later. 



Flickr page is   https://www.flickr.com/photos/36088296 AT N08/


Cheers
Steve Mlodinow

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Subject: Colorado condors countable?
From: Roederer Scott <osprey AT estesvalley.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:08:00 -0600
CObirders,

The ABA changed their rules for counting reintroduced indigenous birds on 
9/27/14. Populations no longer need to be self-sustaining. They only need to 
have "successfully hatched young in the wild." This has caused a lot of 
discussion on the AZ/NM listserv regarding condors, which are now legal to 
count. 


Do I recall correctly that a condor was reported from southwestern CO a few 
years ago? If so, would those who chased it and saw it be able to count it now? 


There is an ABA rule that lets a bird observed in the past "when it was not 
considered a valid species" to be counted when it becomes a valid species. I 
guess you'd have to determine if there had been successful hatching of young in 
AZ before you saw the bird in CO. 


The in-house discussion of the decision to make the rule change is very 
interesting, particularly the lone dissenter's statement. It's available here: 


http://listing.aba.org/rsec-vote-2014-04/

Scott Roederer
Estes Park

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Subject: RE: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
From: "Bill Maynard" <bmaynard99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:26:33 -0600
Brandon and COBirders,

 

I asked that question to a member of the ABA Rules Committee, Nick Block,
and here is his interpretation of the new listing rules regarding the
experimental population of Whooping Cranes that stopped in Colorado on their
way to central New Mexico for the winter and to Idaho to breed with Sanhill
Cranes and not Whoopers in the spring and summer. 

 

Bill Maynard 

Colorado Springs

 

Hi Bill,

 

I do not think these would be countable if they did not hatch eggs with
their own species. I'll let you know if the RSEC as a whole thinks
differently, though.

 

Cheers,

Nick Block

 

 

 

 

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Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 8:52 PM
To: Cobirds
Subject: [cobirds] Re: condors in CO were NOT countable

 

 

There seems to be some people who didn't see any of Whooping Cranes (there
have only been a few -- though many people back in the 1990s saw the
juvenile Whooping Crane around Thurston Reservoir, in Prowers County) in
eastern Colorado, wanting to know, if they can now count the birds that
migrated from Idaho to New Mexico, and stopped off in the San Luis Valley.
Does anyone know about the count-ability of those birds in Colorado?  

 


Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  

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Subject: Chatfield "The Big Sit!" results.
From: "Joey Kellner" <vireo1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:21:42 -0600
The Big Sit! at Chatfield on Sunday went about as good as the fall migration
in Colorado is going...pretty slow.  Forty birders attended over the course
of the day and we tallied 53 species (all from one spot).  The lowest Big
Sit! in years past was 52 species...so at least we beat that! :-)   The
"best" bird was a Lincoln's Sparrow (new to the Big Sit).  This brings the
total number of species seen over the last 12 years to 123 species!

Lots of "big misses" this year.  No terns, no Sabine's Gulls, the Surf
Scoter was gone and the Red-necked Grebe was still at Plum Creek area and
not seen by us from where we "sat".  Other misses were land birds.  No Blue
Jays, Downy Woodpeckers, nuthatches, etc.  Weather was great early (calm and
sunny), then it became windy around 10am and then rainy.but cleared near the
end of the day.  

Thank you to all that attended.  A number of birders got to visit and "catch
up" after not having seen each other for a while (a year?).

Ebird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20215756

Maybe next year we'll surpass our high count of 71 species (on two different
years).  We'll see!

Joey Kellner
Littleton, Colorado


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Subject: Re: condors in CO were NOT countable
From: Brandon <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:51:38 -0700

There seems to be some people who didn't see any of Whooping Cranes (there have 
only been a few -- though many people back in the 1990s saw the juvenile 
Whooping Crane around Thurston Reservoir, in Prowers County) in eastern 
Colorado, wanting to know, if they can now count the birds that migrated from 
Idaho to New Mexico, and stopped off in the San Luis Valley. Does anyone know 
about the count-ability of those birds in Colorado? 

 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO  


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Subject: condors in CO were NOT countable
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:38:24 -0600
Maybe it would be more appropriate for a spokesperson from the Colorado RC to 
be saying this, but............. 


I appreciate the sleuthing done by several people to answer the question posed 
as to when California Condors visited Colorado's Grand Mesa. It was August 1998 
when 3 birds wandered up from the introduced Arizona Grand Canyon group. Since 
reproduction was not documented among these birds, including their cohorts, 
until about 2004, according to the new ABA listing rules, they were not 
countable in 1998 when in CO, or anywhere else until 2004. Thus, they do NOT 
become our 499th species. 


Countable or not, the moment that semi-tame condor walked in the door and 
surprised a USFS employee working INSIDE the under-rennovation Land's End VC, 
had to be one of the more memorable human facial expressions in the history of 
Colorado birds. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins


 		 	   		  

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Subject: While Pellies in Boulder County
From: Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:50:41 -0700 (PDT)
I went over to Lagerman on Saturday to find the Surf Scoter. It wasn't 
there, but three White Pelicans were snoozing among the Canada Geese, Also 
on Lagerman were 7 Western Grebes and 3 Double-Crested Cormorants. Also, 
the Bald Eagle pair that nested south of Lagerman continues to use the 
Osprey platform as a perch. They sat for a long time Saturday afternoon.

Kat Bradley-Bennett

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