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Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow,©Dan Lane

16 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (15 Apr 2014) 18 Raptors []
16 Apr Ash-throated Flycatcher, Larimer County [Libby Edwards ]
16 Apr No Subject [kent nelson ]
16 Apr White Pelicans in Longmont (Boulder County) [Kat Bradley-Bennett ]
16 Apr Yellow-throated Warbler continues at Chico Basin Ranch, El Paso County ["Mel Goff" ]
16 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (16 Apr 2014) 32 Raptors []
16 Apr FW: Roaring Fork Wednesday [Dick Filby ]
16 Apr Savannah Sparrow - Cherry Creek SP - Arapahoe [JBreitsch - Denver ]
16 Apr Northern Parula, Sinton Lake, Colo Springs, STILL THERE ["vorticity (Rick Taylor)" ]
16 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 April 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
16 Apr Montezuma County Today [Steven Mlodinow ]
15 Apr Northern Parula, Sinton Lake, El Paso County. [Gary Koehn ]
15 Apr Lowell Ponds SWA, Adams County 4/15/14 [Chip Clouse ]
15 Apr Turkey Vultures over Broomfield County [Barry ]
15 Apr warbler and willets, Saguache County [VIRGINIA SIMMONS ]
15 Apr Hybrid teal, Arapahoe (barely) [Hugh Kingery ]
15 Apr Black-and-White Warbler, Tempel Grove, Bent County [Duane Nelson ]
15 Apr Northern Parula - Sinton Pond (El Paso) [Tyler Stuart ]
15 Apr Broad-winged Hawk flight yesterday, April 14, Boulder County [Ted Floyd ]
15 Apr Swainson's Hawk/Northwest Weld ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
15 Apr FOS Chipping Sparrows - Arapahoe County []
15 Apr Fw: El Paso county, Big Johnson reservoir --- 8 species of gull, 4/14/14 [Mark Peterson ]
15 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (14 Apr 2014) 7 Raptors []
15 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 April 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
15 Apr Greater white fronted goose, Arapahoe County [Deborah Carstensen ]
14 Apr La Plata County Today [Steven Mlodinow ]
14 Apr Marston & Ft. Logan, late post, Denver [Tina Jones ]
15 Apr All 3 teal and more at Mallard Pond, El Paso 4/14 []
15 Apr Yellow-throated warbler, Chico, El Paso Co. [David Chartier ]
14 Apr Broad-winged Hawk, Boulder, April 14th [Ted Floyd ]
14 Apr Chico Basin Ranch, El Paso/Pueblo Cos. 4/14 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
14 Apr 6 species of swallows over South Platte, Littleton, Arapahoe [David Suddjian ]
14 Apr Re: FOS Chipping Sparrow - Jeffco [Libby Edwards ]
14 Apr Black Phoebe in San Luis Valley []
14 Apr Outing: "Is It Spring Yet?", with Gary Lefko, Saturday, April 19 [Pam Piombino ]
14 Apr Yellow-throated Warbler continues [Glenn Walbek ]
14 Apr Jeffco Mt Bluebirds looking for shelter ["Kay Niyo" ]
14 Apr FOS Chipping Sparrow - Jeffco ["Ira Sanders" ]
14 Apr Colorado Birds, vol. 48, no. 2--and Beebe Draw and "The Narrows" [Ted Floyd ]
14 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 April 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
13 Apr Re: YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER -- EL Paso Co. 4/13 [Tyler Stuart ]
13 Apr Boulder County storm birds, Apr. 13th [Ted Floyd ]
13 Apr Manitou Lake, Teller County ["Jeff J Jones" ]
13 Apr Masonville (Larimer County) Turkey Vulture Roost update [Pat Hayward ]
13 Apr Eastern Phoebe, Salida, Chaffee Co. 4/11 [Konchog Norbu ]
13 Apr YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER -- EL Paso Co. 4/13 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
13 Apr Chatfield State Park [Joey ]
13 Apr Larimer County gulls ["Nick Komar" ]
13 Apr Great Egret/Jefferson County [Bob Stocker ]
13 Apr Fort Collins Natural Areas [Adam Johnson ]
13 Apr Littleton, Arapahoe Co Apr 13 [David Suddjian ]
13 Apr A slight clarification on Piping Plover return [Duane Nelson ]
13 Apr Update on Bald Eagle nest Highland Lake, Weld, CO [Pauli Smith ]
13 Apr Return of Piping Plovers [Duane Nelson ]
13 Apr lingering Rough-legged Hawks [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
13 Apr Greeley egrets [Rick Reeser ]
13 Apr FOY American Goldfinch [Tom Behnfield ]
13 Apr Common Loon - Chatfield, Douglas County [Matt Crooks ]
13 Apr Boulder County, FOS Snipe winnowing [Pam Piombino ]
13 Apr Weekend in San Luis Valley [VIRGINIA SIMMONS ]
13 Apr Las Animas county Common Poorwill [Ptennery ]
13 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 13 April 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
12 Apr Glossy with White-faced Ibis in Florence today ["SeEttaM ." ]
13 Apr Swainson's Hawk, Adams County just west of Barr Lake []
12 Apr Some Logan County Birds [William H Kaempfer ]
12 Apr Whimbrel & bonus Long-Billed Curlew, Beebe Draw, Weld County ["Cheryl Teuton" ]
12 Apr Birding notes from Lee Martinez Park\Larimer [Rob Sparks ]
12 Apr Yard birds at Ken Caryl Valley, Jefferson Co. [David Suddjian ]
12 Apr Yellow-rumpled Warbler [Jennifer HyypiĹŤ ]
12 Apr Additional warbler tips download ["Scott E. Severs" ]
12 Apr Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Huerfano) 4/11 [Lee Farese ]
12 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (12 Apr 2014) 20 Raptors []
12 Apr Pelicans at Walden Pond [Elena Holly Klaver ]
12 Apr Boulder Birds [Nick Moore ]
12 Apr Common Loon - Barr Lake - Adams County [JBreitsch - Denver ]
12 Apr Red Rocks (Jefferson County) Fox Sparrow, GC Sparrow, Peregrines ["W. Robert Shade III" ]

Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (15 Apr 2014) 18 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Apr 2014 23:04:46 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               5             58             61
Osprey                       1              2              2
Bald Eagle                   0              0             25
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             21             26
Cooper's Hawk                3             30             45
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3             70            200
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              9
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              9
Golden Eagle                 0              3             10
American Kestrel             1             50             64
Merlin                       2              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              3
Prairie Falcon               0              1              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             14
Unknown Buteo                0              8             13
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              6

Total:                      18            269            501
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Claude Vallieres

Observers:        Paul Slingsby, Tom Dennehy

Visitors:
Gisela Billmayer, a Jeffco Open Space Nest Monitoring volunteer, was
accompanied by Don Milsten arrived with Tom Dennehy whom the had met on the
hike up. All spent the afternoon with us.


Weather:
Morning weather was cool with temperatures in 30s to 40s F. with heavy
cloud cover in 90%-100% range throughout the day. At noon the sun shed its
light through the clouds bringing warmth and rising temperatures to the low
60s F.  Little to no wind in a.m. Around noon light winds from the S/SE
brought out a thaw in migrating activity.

Raptor Observations:
Cool morning temperatures kept migrators grounded except for 2 Merlins
during the first hour, flying the same flight line within 10-15 minutes of
each other. Around noon favorable S/SE winds and warming temperature
brought a flurry of 7 migrating raptors which included 1 Osprey, 1 Turkey
Vulture, 3 cooper's Hawks and 2 Red-tailed Hawks. Other migrants included 3
Sharp-shinned Hawks one of which caught prey close by the observation
sight, 1 female American Kestrel and 4 additional TVs,one being a juvenile,
and 1 additional Red-tailed for a day's total of 18 migrants. 

Non-raptor Observations:
The usual array of local raptors and other regular birds were seen and
included: 1 male American Kestrel, 1 female American Kestrel, several TVs,
Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawks and several Red-tailed Hawks, many
displaying extended talons and aerial dives before coming to an abrupt
sailing/still position in the wind. 2 migrating Great Blue Herons soared
above the ridge for a period of time before flying North. Most notably was
a lone Crane, presumably a Sandhill, flew around & beyond Mt Morrison,
heading South. Other birds included White- throated Swifts, Violet-green
Swallows, Mt. Chickadees, Juncos, Black-billed Magpies, Northern Flickers,
Mt. Bluebirds, Western Meadowlarks, Spotted Towhees, Ravens, Townsend's
Solitaire and Western Scrub Jays. Elk were on  the Cabrini Ridge and a lone
Mule deer fed on the Dino Ridge.

Predictions:
Cooler temperature and winds are predicted for tomorrow with late day
rain/snow showers will likely have an impact on migration.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


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

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

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Subject: Ash-throated Flycatcher, Larimer County
From: Libby Edwards <libbyeuro3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:58:21 -0600
This morning I made a short stop at Arapaho Bend Natural Area in Fort
Collins and saw several butterbutts (yellow-rumped warblers) and about 30
violet-green swallows flying catching insects.  The great surprise was a
new bird but a cooperative one so I could positively ID it, an ash-throated
flycatcher.  It was catching insects at the lower edge of the cottonwoods
and I watched it scoop a large insect, maybe a grasshopper, into its beak
and land.  Dave, it was unmistakable with the size, color, and markings.

Libby Edwards
Fort Collins
Colorado

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Subject: No Subject
From: kent nelson <kentsnelson AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:15:37 -0700 (PDT)
Cobirders,

Judy Scheig and I wanted to see the creek at Crow Valley today. There weren't 
many birds at the campground -- W. Meadowlark, Chipping Sparrow, N. Harrier, E. 
Collared-Dove. The Field Guides group had Townsend's Solitaire. We then drove 
the grassland, knowing it was too early to see much besides Horned Larks. 
Heading S on CR 69, though, we found four McCown's Longspurs and two 
Long-billed Curlews. We then drove CR 105 to Jackson Lake and encountered a 
flock of hundreds of McCown's.  


Nothing much at Jackson Lake. It was windy and cold. But we had a couple of 
pairs of Wood Ducks in the ponds near the river crossing on 144. 


Kent Nelson
Ouray

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Subject: White Pelicans in Longmont (Boulder County)
From: Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:30:52 -0700 (PDT)
I was treated yesterday (4/15) to the sight of 26 White Pelicans 
congregating on Fairgrounds Lake in Longmont (Hover and Rogers Road). There 
were still quite a few of the Fabulous Fliers today, either on the water or 
soaring overhead.

Kat Bradley-Bennett
Longmont

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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler continues at Chico Basin Ranch, El Paso County
From: "Mel Goff" <melgoff AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:57:32 -0600
Hi, Cobirders.

On a day when winds were howling, eleven of us ventured out to Chico Basin 
Ranch. 


Several of our folks scored Life Birds today. The Yellow-throated Warbler and 
Burrowing Owl were lifers for several in the group. 


Highlights: Yellow-throated Warbler at the banding station area, along with 
Ladderback Woodpeckers, and a Mountain Chickadee. Other El Paso goodies 
included Sage Thrasher, and Northern Mockingbird. In Pueblo county we had 
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, all 3 teals, a flock(?) of Bobwhite, a Merlin, 
and EIGHT PEEPS (the blue sugary kind). We also got to see several Burrowing 
Owls flying low over a prairie dog village, and Jeanne and I saw a Greater 
Roadrunner. 


Best birds at the Squirrel Creek Road pond were two Semipalmated Sandpipers, a 
few Franklin’s Gulls, and several American Avocets. At Big Johnson we had a 
beautiful Common Loon, a Clark’s Grebe, a group of Bonaparte’s Gulls, and a 
Herring Gull. 


Here comes migration, y’all.

Mel Goff
Colorado Springs

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (16 Apr 2014) 32 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Apr 2014 18:04:26 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              15             68             71
Osprey                       0              1              1
Bald Eagle                   0              0             25
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             20             25
Cooper's Hawk                2             29             44
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              7             74            204
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              9
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              9
Golden Eagle                 0              3             10
American Kestrel             5             54             68
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              3
Prairie Falcon               0              1              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             14
Unknown Buteo                0              8             13
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              3              7

Total:                      32            283            515
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 14:45:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Roger Rouch

Observers:        Rob Reilly

Visitors:
A younger gentleman stopped just as I was leaving and promised to return. 
He was quite interested and a former Audubon Society employee.


Weather:
A clear mild morning with winds from the N and NW.  Increasing clouds
through the day with the wind shifting and from the E and NE.  Temperatures
rising from 47F in the morning to 53F.  Morning winds were gusty and
averaging about 4 Bft. with lighter winds after noon.

Raptor Observations:
The majority of migrating raptors were Turkey Vultures as singles and small
groups, which were tracked as far from south to  north as possible, as
there were also several local Turkey Vultures.  Local TV's wandered up and
down the ridge and circled Mt Morrison and Rocky Ridge.  Morning migration
was mostly close and along the ridge with afternoon migration mostly high
and often to the west.  Playful local Red-tails to the east and circling
Cabrini.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observed or heard: Northern Flicker, Spotted Towhee, Western Bluebird,
Scrub Jay, Bushtit, Black-billed Magpie, Dark-eyed, Junco, and Common
Raven.  A group of four American Pelican passed directly over the ridge
travelling north at moderate elevation and many White-throated Swift buzzed
up and down the ridge much of the day.

Predictions:
Evening storms could offer a totally different day, but still anticipate a
decent peak season tally?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


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

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

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Subject: FW: Roaring Fork Wednesday
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:07:42 +0100
Hi all..

 

Denise just called from Snowmass ski area, Pitkin Cty - three White-tailed
Ptarmigan by the Cirque Poma lift (about halfway up the lift).

 

Back here at home the Harris's Sparrow continues, as do the Pinyon Jays, and
a single Lincoln's Sparrow.

 

Good birding all

 

Dick Filby

Carbondale, Garfield Cty

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Subject: Savannah Sparrow - Cherry Creek SP - Arapahoe
From: JBreitsch - Denver <jbreitsch AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:41:46 -0700 (PDT)
Date: 16 April 2014
Time:  0700-0830
Location: Cherry Creek State Park - Wetland Preserve area 

Yesterday I thought I had some Savannah's out at Jackson SP, but I couldn't 
get a better look at them, so I didn't count them.  Today I saw four of 
them for sure at Cherry Creek.  It was nice to see them back.

Other birds in the area were Barn and Violet-green Swallows (VG's by 12 
mile Trail), Blue-winged Teal, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Black-crowned 
Night Herons, a Greater Yellowlegs, calling pheasants and rails, Osprey, 
Sharp-shinned Hawks, and more of the usual stuff.

Also yesterday, just as a side note, I visited the known longspur location 
in Washington county along road KK north and south of CR20.  It was early, 
but I was out that way.  I did have McCown's out there amongst the many 
Horned Larks.

Savannah Sparrow"
https://www.flickr.com/photos/breitschbirding/13896531653/in/photostream/

John Breitsch
Denver, Colorado
https://www.flickr.com/photos/breitschbirding/

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Subject: Northern Parula, Sinton Lake, Colo Springs, STILL THERE
From: "vorticity (Rick Taylor)" <vorticity4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:22:09 -0700 (PDT)
The Northern Parula remains as of 7AM Wednesday morning, 16 April. Tyler's 
directions in another post are excellent, or you can put 3630 Sinton Road 
in your GPS, park in their lot, and walk across the street to the lake.  
Due south of the lake, just downhill from the bank (50 feet from the 
water) is a lone, short-needle pine of some sort (sorry I don't know my 
trees well enough).  40 feet south of that tree is a patch of 3 foot-tall 
willowy stuff.  The Northern Parula was in that area this morning.  It does 
not respond to pishing, but at 15-minute intervals it just sort of popped 
up, flitted around, then popped back down making friends with a couple of 
song-sparrows in the area. Full breeding plumage.  
 
Rick Taylor
Colorado Springs, El Paso County

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 April 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:17:10 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: April 16, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org
phone: 303-659-8750

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, April 16, 2014,
sponsored
by the Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
If you are phoning in a message, you can skip the recording by pressing the
star key (*) on your phone at any time. Please leave your name, phone
number, detailed directions including county, and dates for each sighting.
It would be helpful if you would spell your last name.

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

White-winged Scoter (La Plata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Eagle, La Plata, Park)
GLOSSY IBIS (Fremont)
Piping Plover (Bent)
Broad-winged Hawk (Boulder, Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (*El Paso)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Denver, *El Paso, Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (*El Paso)
White-winged Dove (Boulder, El Paso, Pueblo)
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (Boulder)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park)
Black Phoebe (Alamosa, Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (*Bent, Boulder, Chaffee, Douglas Larimer, Pueblo)
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (Huerfano)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
LUCY'S WARBLER (*Montezuma)
Northern Parula (*El Paso)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (*El Paso)
Black-and-white Warbler (*Bent, Prowers)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
 Fox Sparrow (Eagle, Jefferson, Pitkin)
Swamp Sparrow (Weld)
White-throated Sparrow (Logan)
 Harris's Sparrow (*Delta, Garfield, Pueblo)
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Boulder, Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
Rusty Blackbird (Boulder)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Rawinski in Alamosa at the Frisbee Golf
course parking lot on April 14.  Take the trail going SE along the levee.

BENT COUNTY:
--Duane Nelson reported that Piping Plovers have returned to their nesting
habitat at John Martin Reservoir on April 12.  If you would like to try to
see the birds contact Duane at dnelson1 AT centurytel.net.
--A m Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Duane Nelson at Tempel Grove
and a pair of Eastern Phoebes were building
a nest under the bridge on CR 35 on April 15.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--Severs reported that the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at the Teller
Farm
Parking lot by the windbreak on March 27.  On April 10, Waltman reported
that the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at the windbreak by the Teller
Farm Parking Lot.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Starace at Walden/Sawhill Ponds in
Boulder on April 7.
--An ad m YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported by Dowell in lower Skunk
Canyon near the fence line between NOAA property and neighborhood along
Dartmouth Ave in Boulder on April 8.
--A singing male Rusty Blackbird was reported by Dowell at Walden/Sawhill
in Boulder on April 9.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Waltman on the CU East Campus in
Boulder on April 10 and by Moore on April 12.
--On April 10, Nunes reported that the male Northern Cardinal was singing
in the area beyond the
end of Hawthorn in Boulder.
--A singing White-winged Dove was reported by Pieplow in the NW corner of
Gunbarrel Commons Park on April 11.
--A singing White-winged Dove was reported by DeFonso at 4th and Cedar on
April 11.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Floyd in Boulder near the
intersection of 28th and Iris on April 14.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Norbu at Sands Lake SWA in Salida on
April 11.

DELTA COUNTY:
--Garrison reported that the Harris's Sparrow continues to visit the feeder
at the FS office in Paonia on April 14 and April 15.

DENVER COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Tina Jones at Marston
Reservoir on April 11.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A singing Eastern Phoebe was reported by Kibbe at Chafield SP on March
28.  It was singing in a tree adjacent to "Phoebe Bridge" over Plum Creek.
 On April 7, Suddjian reported the singing Eastern Phoebe at Plum Creek on
the east side of the picnic area.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes and a singing Fox Sparrow were reported by
Filby on the Frying Pan River near Basalt on April 11.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A White-winged Dove was reported by Farese at Fountain Creek RP near the
Nature Center on April 6.
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Drummond by the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 11.
--A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported by Stuart at the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 13.  On April 14, Maynard,
Percival, and Walbek refound the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER by the banding
station at Chico Basin Ranch.
--At Big Johnson on April 14, Mark Peterson reported 2-nd cyc Glaucous
Gull, 3-rd cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull.
--A Northern Parula was reported by Tyler Stuart along the creek on the
south side of Sinton Pond in Colorado Springs on April 15.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Moss in Florence on April 12.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--Filby reported on April 11 that his yard Harris's Sparrow in Carbondale
is now singing daily.  If you would like to try to see the bird email him
at dickfilby AT hotmail.com.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was reported by Farese  on a fence east of
Walsenburg on CO 10 on April 11.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW were reported by
Henwood at Red Rocks Trading Post on April 5.  On April 12, Shade reported
that the DFO field trip saw GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW and Slate-colored Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--At Vallecito Reservoir on April 14, Mlodinow reported 4 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 2 pairs of Barrow's Goldeneyes.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Evers on the Loveland Recreation Trail
near the dam on the Big Thompson on April 3.   On April 11, Coley reported
a pair of Eastern Phoebes by the dam on the Loveland Recreation Trail.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Zabel soaring over the Environmental
Learning Center and Cottonwood Natural Area of Fort Collins on April 8.
--4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Komar at Horseshoe Lake in
NE Loveland on April 12.
Best viewing spot is at the east end of Engelman Place off of Monroe.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--At Red Lion SWA in a marsh below "Little Jumbo", Kaempfer reported
White-throated Sparrow and Field Sparrow on April 12.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Stigen on the Audubon Trail in Grand
Junction on April 14.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--2 pair of Lucy's Warblers were reported by Mlodinow in Yellowjacket
Canyon on April 15.
--Along CR G a singing Lucy's Warbler, Chukar, and Canyon Towhee were
reported by Mlodinow on April 15.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Filby at Snowmass Village on April 11.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A m Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Severs at Lamar Community
College Woods on April 7.

PARK COUNTY:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Suddjian outside of
Alma on CR 8 on April 8.
--2 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Suddjian at Eleven Mile Reservoir
on April 8.

 PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival on the Arkansas River below
Pueblo City Park on April 12.
--At Valco Ponds on April 12, Percival reported Harris's Sparrow and
Eastern Phoebe (east of Parking Lot).

WELD COUNTY:
--An ad male Swamp Sparrow was reported by Kaempfer at a shelter belt at
the west edge of North Star Reservoir on April 13.
The reservoir is at the intersection of CR 8 and 19.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 19 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by David Rhoades (303-424-8633).  Meet the leader at 0800 and bird
until 1300.  For details on the trip and directions, please register, since
space on the bus is limited.  Early migrants and waterfowl are expected to
be seen on this popular trip.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Montezuma County Today
From: Steven Mlodinow <sgmlod AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:54:07 -0400 (EDT)
Greetings All 


I spent the day wandering around Montezuma County encountering about 90 
species. The LUCY'S WARBLERS are back at Yellowjacket (someone else had 'em a 
couple days before I). Two pairs, one right around the public/private border 
and another pair about 100 meters into public territory. Yellowjacket wasn't 
overly birdy, many migrants having not arrived, but a CHUKAR calling from the 
hillside and a CANYON TOWHEE in the canyon appear to be 2nd and first county 
records, on eBird anyway. There are some Canyon Towhee records from the 4 
Corners area just across from CO, and thus not far from Yellowjacket, so ... 



One takes County Road G down McElmo Canyon to reach the turn to Yellowjacket. 
Almost exactly 5 miles before that turn, along CR G, there was a singing LUCY'S 
WARBLER that pished in nicely. Perhaps more surprising was a STELLER'S JAY just 
w. of there. 



McPhee Reservoir is very dry, and the western portion (takes a bit of a hike to 
get to the birds) had 1500 ducks or so, mostly GW Teal, but included a very 
nice MEXICAN DUCK and a very dark duck that was presumably a MEXICAN x MALLARD, 
though I couldn't rule out Mottled or Am Black for the non-Mallard parent. 
There was also 9 Bonaparte's Gulls (a goodly total, apparently, for that corner 
of the state), and a Common Loon. 



Narr... well, the unpronounceable reservoir to the west of McPhee that starts 
with that spelling had 6 Common Loons and Totten Reservoir had 5! Totten also 
had a GREAT EGRET 



Good Birding
Steve Mlodinow
Cortez (temporarily) CO




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Subject: Northern Parula, Sinton Lake, El Paso County.
From: Gary Koehn <garykoehn AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:10 -0600
I saw the Northern Paula, first reported by Tyler Stuart this morning at Sinton 
Lake, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, at 6 PM today in the brush and trees at 
the northeast corner of the lake. There were also at least a couple of Audobon 
Warblers present as well. 


Gary Koehn
Colorado Springs

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Subject: Lowell Ponds SWA, Adams County 4/15/14
From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:30:59 -0600
CObirders,
I spent an hour and a half walking the loop around Lowell Ponds today
hoping for a bunch of swallows and other FOS things I've seen reported
elsewhere this week.  Literally the last birds I saw were 2 - Northern
Rough-winged Swallows! And that was it for swallows.

Also around were 1 Myrtle and 1 Audubon's Warbler, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet
occasionally showing his red crown while foraging, a Townsend's Solitaire
in the junipers right by the bridge on Lowell, 5 Snowy Egrets, 1 Turkey
Vulture that landed in the parking lot and walked around, 4 beautiful
drakes and 1 hen Wood Duck, 8 Redheads, 5 Ring-necked Ducks and a lot more
of the usual suspects.  Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles
were everywhere with apparent nest-building by all three. Canada Geese and
Mallards are nesting as well.

Good birding,
Chip Clouse
Olde Town Arvada, CO

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Subject: Turkey Vultures over Broomfield County
From: Barry <barrylgingrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:57:25 -0700 (PDT)
While driving in the area of 136th and Zuni in Broomfield around 7:15 pm on 
4/15, I saw and counted 48 Turkey Vultures flying over, fairly low, 100 
feet up or so, heading northwest. I didn't see any landing, so I think they 
were continuing on. I've seen an occasional one in the area, but never so 
many at once.

- Barry Gingrich
  Broomfield County

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Subject: warbler and willets, Saguache County
From: VIRGINIA SIMMONS <vsimmons76 AT q.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:58:48 -0400 (EDT)
Today (4/15) an Orange-crowned Warbler was in large tree at SWA pulloff on U.S. 
285 (south of Saguache town) when I drove up to see the Great Egrets that 
others have reported.. I have seen Or-cr Warblers in past years in the large 
trees at this pulloff. From there a few miles southwest through chico, I found 
2 Willets on roof of small abandoned about 100 feet from Rio Grande Canal, in 
area between County Roads M and L (I think, but am not positive about 
location). Willets are uncommon in San Luis Valley, but not rare. 

Virginia Simmons, Del Norte 

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Subject: Hybrid teal, Arapahoe (barely)
From: Hugh Kingery <ouzels8 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:20:05 -0400 (EDT)
Urling and I explored the new Eco Park on Cherry Creek, just north of Broncos 
Parkway (turn north on Jamison, right on Jasper). 


It had mostly the standard species you expect along Cherry Creek at this time 
of year. But - one oddball duck showed up, and it matches Sibley's picture of a 
Cinnamon/Blue-wing hybrid. We watched it for 10 minutes as it swam from one 
part of the pond to the other, but as we left, it flew off - in the direction 
of Cherry Creek Reservoir. 


 

 

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  Franktown, CO
  
    

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Subject: Black-and-White Warbler, Tempel Grove, Bent County
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:05:48 -0600
Birders,

I found a male Black-and-White Warbler at Tempel Grove in NE Bent County 
on the morning of April 15. It was in tall cedar trees close to the 
granite memorial bench, and creeping along the trunks of the huge 
cottonwood trees nearby.  I also saw a pair of Eastern Phoebes building 
a nest under the bridge on Bent County Road 35 at the Colorado Birding 
Trail sign at the property.

Duane Nelson
Las Animas, Bent County, CO

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Subject: Northern Parula - Sinton Pond (El Paso)
From: Tyler Stuart <tylerhstuart AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:28:25 -0600
COBirders,

I found a Northern Parula along the creek on the south side of Sinton Pond
at 9:10 this morning. I watched it for 10-15 minutes before it flew out of
sight. At 10:35 am, it reappeared about 50 meters east of where it was
first found. Linda Hodges and I tracked it at that point. Mark Peterson and
Bill Maynard arrived about 10:55 am, and we all watched it for some time.
Still present when we departed at 11:25.

*To access Sinton Pond*, take I-25 to Fillmore St. Go east on Fillmore for
about 0.2 miles. Go north on Mark Dabling Blvd. for 0.4 miles, to a parking
lot on the left, passing two baseball fields just before. There is a creek
on the north side of the parking lot. Follow the sidewalk to the north side
of the creek, and take the multi-use trail west for about 200 meters,
crossing under the railroad tracks. Sinton Pond will be out of sight, up a
slight hill on your right. The Northern Parula was foraging south (left) of
the trail, along the creek.

Other birds in the area included several Bushtits carrying nesting
material. Audubon's and Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warblers, and singing
Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Sinton Pond seems to be under-birded, but has good potential and is worth
checking out.

Enjoy your day!

Tyler Stuart
Colorado Springs, CO

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Subject: Broad-winged Hawk flight yesterday, April 14, Boulder County
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:43:19 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, Birders.

Looks like there was a bit of a Broad-winged Hawk flight yesterday, Monday, 
April 14, through Boulder County.

I've already posted that Hannah and Andrew and I saw one over downtown 
Boulder yesterday afternoon. Yesterday, just before sundown, Hannah and I 
saw another at Greenlee Preserve.

Curious, I checked eBird, and I see that there were two other reports from 
Boulder County yesterday afternoon--one from Boulder Valley Ranch and 
another from Lyons.

Something else. Did you know that YOU too can check eBird for, say, 
yesterday's Boulder Broad-wings? It's a piece of cake. Go to the CFO 
homepage (cfobirds.org), then bop down to the lower right of the homepage 
(so you're still at cfobirds.org), and there are all the eBird-queried 
rarities, in reverse chronological order.

Is that cool or what?

Thanks to CFO webmaster and board member Brenda Linfield for creating that 
great resource for Colorado birders.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

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Subject: Swainson's Hawk/Northwest Weld
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <lefkogt AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:57:55 -0700 (PDT)
I saw my first Swainson's Hawk of the season up here this morning.  Also, 
Wilson's Snipe at Weld CR 84 marsh and Great Horned Owl/owlet(s) nest along 
Hwy 14.  

Photos of all three here:  http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
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Subject: FOS Chipping Sparrows - Arapahoe County
From: KevyGudGuy AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:48:11 -0400 (EDT)
Saw the two FOS Chipping Sparrow posts today and thought I'd add mine to  
the count.  I've had a couple of Chipping Sparrows in my little townhouse  
yard in west Centennial, near Holly & Arapahoe, for about a week now.
 
Keep Smilin',
Kevin Corwin
west Centennial
Arapahoe County
 
 

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Subject: Fw: El Paso county, Big Johnson reservoir --- 8 species of gull, 4/14/14
From: Mark Peterson <mpeterson33 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:28:50 -0700 (PDT)
COBirders,



I sent this last night but it apparently did not make it out???  I apologize if 
you receive it twice. 



I stopped at Big Johnson reservoir tonight around 5:30 and planned to just give 
a quick look before heading back home.  I finally left around 7.  Upon arriving 
there was a nice spanky looking COMMON LOON right out from me.  Eventually I 
found at least four Common Loons and at one point three of them were together. 
 But the real highlight for me was an apparent 2nd cycle GLAUCOUS GULL.  The 
bird seems to be very bleached as it is almost pure white with only the belly 
showing a little ducky color.  The bird was quite far most of the time but a 
couple of times it got up and flew around as the adult BALD EAGLE made passes 
over the reservoir.  The bird was finally seen next to an adult HERRING GULL 
and it was larger and bulkier.  Hopefully the bird will stick around and come 
closer. 



Here are the details:

12 Bonaparte's Gull
75 Franklin's Gull
75 Ring-billed Gull
150 California Gull
3 Herring Gull (2 first cycle and 1 adult)
1 Thayer's Gull (1st cycle)
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (3rd cycle)
1 Glaucous Gull

Also of note were two SNOWY EGRETs.

For directions:

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (14 Apr 2014) 7 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Apr 2014 10:04:15 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             53             56
Osprey                       0              1              1
Bald Eagle                   0              0             25
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             18             23
Cooper's Hawk                0             27             42
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1             67            197
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              9
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             1              1              9
Golden Eagle                 2              3             10
American Kestrel             1             49             63
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              3
Prairie Falcon               0              1              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             14
Unknown Buteo                0              8             13
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              6

Total:                       7            251            483
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:45:00 
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Commercon, Roger Rouch

Observers:        Joyce Commercon, Roger Rouch

Visitors:
None.


Weather:
Cold! with temperatures creeping from the low 20's to barely above
freezing.  Mostly cloudless sky with a thin layer of clouds above the west
horizon.  Winds from the SE at 1 to 2 bft.  Significant melting of the
previous nights snow on the trail and eastern landscape.

Raptor Observations:
Migrating raptors apparently were still in thaw mode with only a modest
daily total, but some unusual observations for mid/late season.  Only a few
local Red-tails sighted.  Other local raptors were Northern Harrier,
American Kestrel, and several meandering Turkey Vulture.

Non-raptor Observations:
Also sighted/heard:  Northern Flicker, chickadee, Common Raven, American
Crow, Western Bluebird, American Robin, Western Meadow Lark, Scrub Jay,
Dark-eyed Junco, and Black- billed Magpie.

Predictions:
Optimistically, a big thaw with a release of pent up migration tendencies
resulting in a significant daily tally.  The trail was muddy at day's end
but expect it will dry quickly during the day on Tuesday.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


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

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

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 April 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:07:36 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: April 15, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org
phone: 303-659-8750

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, April 15, 2014, sponsored
by the Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
If you are phoning in a message, you can skip the recording by pressing the
star key (*) on your phone at any time. Please leave your name, phone
number, detailed directions including county, and dates for each sighting.
It would be helpful if you would spell your last name.

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

White-winged Scoter (*LaPlata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Eagle, *La Plata, Park)
GLOSSY IBIS (Fremont)
Piping Plover (Bent)
Broad-winged Hawk (*Boulder, Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Denver, Larimer)
White-winged Dove (Boulder, El Paso, Pueblo)
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (Boulder, Yuma)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park)
Black Phoebe (*Alamosa, *Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (Boulder, Chaffee, Douglas Larimer, Pueblo)
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (Huerfano)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (*El Paso)
Black-and-white Warbler (Prowers)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
Fox Sparrow (Eagle, Jefferson, Pitkin)
Swamp Sparrow (*Weld)
White-throated Sparrow (Logan)
Harris's Sparrow (*Delta, Garfield, Pueblo)
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Boulder, Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
Rusty Blackbird (Boulder)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Rawinski in Alamosa at the Frisbee Golf
course parking lot on April 14.  Take the trail going SE along the levee.

BENT COUNTY:
--Duane Nelson reported that Piping Plovers have returned to their nesting
habitat at John Martin Reservoir on April 12.  If you would like to try to
see the birds contact Duane at dnelson1 AT centurytel.net.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--Severs reported that the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at the Teller
Farm
Parking lot by the windbreak on March 27.  On April 10, Waltman reported
that the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at the windbreak by the Teller
Farm Parking Lot.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Starace at Walden/Sawhill Ponds in
Boulder on April 7.
--An ad m YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported by Dowell in lower Skunk
Canyon near the fence line between NOAA property and neighborhood along
Dartmouth Ave in Boulder on April 8.
--A singing male Rusty Blackbird was reported by Dowell at Walden/Sawhill
in Boulder on April 9.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Waltman on the CU East Campus in
Boulder on April 10 and by Moore on April 12.
--On April 10, Nunes reported that the male Northern Cardinal was singing
in the area beyond the
end of Hawthorn in Boulder.
--A singing White-winged Dove was reported by Pieplow in the NW corner of
Gunbarrel Commons Park on April 11.
--A singing White-winged Dove was reported by DeFonso at 4th and Cedar on
April 11.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Floyd in Boulder near the
intersection of 28th and Iris on April 14.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Norbu at Sands Lake SWA in Salida on
April 11.

DELTA COUNTY:
--Garrison reported that the Harris's Sparrow continues to visit the feeder
at the FS office in Paonia on April 14.

DENVER COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Tina Jones at Marston
Reservoir on April 11.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A singing Eastern Phoebe was reported by Kibbe at Chafield SP on March
28.  It was singing in a tree adjacent to "Phoebe Bridge" over Plum Creek.
 On April 7, Suddjian reported the singing Eastern Phoebe at Plum Creek on
the east side of the picnic area.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes and a singing Fox Sparrow were reported by
Filby on the Frying Pan River near Basalt on April 11.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A White-winged Dove was reported by Farese at Fountain Creek RP near the
Nature Center on April 6.
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Drummond by the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 11.
--A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported by Stuart at the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 13.  On April 14, Maynard,
Percival, and Walbek refound the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER by the banding
station at Chico Basin Ranch.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Moss in Florence on April 12.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--Filby reported on April 11 that his yard Harris's Sparrow in Carbondale
is now singing daily.  If you would like to try to see the bird email him
at dickfilby AT hotmail.com.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was reported by Farese  on a fence east of
Walsenburg on CO 10.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW were reported by
Henwood at Red Rocks Trading Post on April 5.  On April 12, Shade reported
that the DFO field trip saw GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW and Slate-colored Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--At Vallecito Reservoir on April 14, Mlodinow reported 4 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 2 pairs of Barrow's Goldeneyes.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Evers on the Loveland Recreation Trail
near the dam on the Big Thompson on April 3.   On April 11, Coley reported
a pair of Eastern Phoebes by the dam on the Loveland Recreation Trail.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Zabel soaring over the Environmental
Learning Center and Cottonwood Natural Area of Fort Collins on April 8.
--4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Komar at Horseshoe Lake in
NE Loveland on April 12.
Best viewing spot is at the east end of Engelman Place off of Monroe.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--At Red Lion SWA in a marsh below "Little Jumbo", Kaempfer reported
White-throated Sparrow and Field Sparrow on April 12.

MESA COUNTY:
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Stigen on the Audubon Trail in Grand
Junction on April 14.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Filby at Snowmass Village on April 11.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A m Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Severs at Lamar Community
College Woods on April 7.

PARK COUNTY:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Suddjian outside of
Alma on CR 8 on April 8.
--2 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Suddjian at Eleven Mile Reservoir
on April 8.

 PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival on the Arkansas River below
Pueblo City Park on April 12.
--At Valco Ponds on April 12, Percival reported Harris's Sparrow and
Eastern Phoebe (east of Parking Lot) on April 12.

WELD COUNTY:
--An ad male Swamp Sparrow was reported by Kaempfer at a shelter belt at
the west edge of North Star Reservoir on April 13.
The reservoir is at the intersection of CR 8 and 19.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported by Mlodinow at a shelterbelt on
CR 51 & US 385 on April 5.  The shelterbelt is along CR51 to the east of US
385.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 19 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by David Rhoades (303-424-8633).  Meet the leader at 0800 and bird
until 1300.  For details on the trip and directions, please register, since
space on the bus is limited.  Early migrants and waterfowl are expected to
be seen on this popular trip.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Greater white fronted goose, Arapahoe County
From: Deborah Carstensen <fiddlenurs AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:28:36 -0600
 I have had a greater white fronted goose on my pond for the last four days. I 
keep thinking he's going to fly up north but he hasn't as yet. 


Also, I've had a pair of hooded mergansers for couple weeks on my pond and they 
have now been joined 

by common mergansers, ring necked ducks, wigeons, great blue herons and 
kingfishers. 

 I live on some ponds off Platte Canyon Drive just south of Bowles. If anyone 
wants to see the white fronted goose, they can email me and will try to set up 
a time to see him. 

   Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County.
Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: La Plata County Today
From: Steven Mlodinow <sgmlod AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:43:23 -0400 (EDT)
Greetings All


I spent the day bopping around La Plata. It is still early spring as for 
landbird migrants: swallows, sapsuckers, kinglets, a couple of Yellow-rumpeds, 
a few Lincoln's Sparrows, etc. No Hermit Thrushes, Fox Sparrows, Mountain WC 
Sparrows or the like 



However, methinks the recent weather system did something to the waterbirds
Vallecito Reservoir was a treasure trove:
4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (all female types)
2 COMMON LOONS (breeding plumage)
1 RB MERGANSER (first one in eBird for the county, anyway; nice male)
4 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE (2 pairs)
51 Franklin's Gulls, > 300 RN Ducks, etc. 


Pastorius Res had nothing rare
Zink Pond had 3 late Lesser Canada Geese, 2 G WF Geese, and 1 BN STILT


Good Birding
Steve Mlodinow

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Subject: Marston & Ft. Logan, late post, Denver
From: Tina Jones <tjcalliope AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:22:04 -0600
I'm sorry about this late post from Friday, April 11, from Marston Reservoir, 
Denver County. 

 
Nothing rare, but a good variety. Many Franklin's, and Ring-billed Gulls. 
Around 21 California Gulls and 2 Herring Gulls. One LESSER Black-backed Gull 
was still present. 4, Ruddy Duck, 8, Hooded Merganser, 2, Common Merganser, and 
several Buffehead, Many Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Lesser Scaup, 
Gadwall, American Wigeon, and Mallard. Two, American White Pelican were on a 
sandy spit along with the Gulls. 

16, Western Grebes, 1, Clark's Grebe, and 12, alternate plumaged, Horned Grebes 
along with 1, Eared Grebe were also present. Many Double-crested Cormorant and 
Great Blue Heron were in the Rookery. Two Say's Phoebe were on the eastern 
fence of the lake. 

 
I got to see a Bald Eagle get an American Coot and feed on the prey on a sand 
spit. This Eagle got the Coot only after 3 attempts. Years ago at Marston I 
watched another Bald Eagle try to get an American Coot, after the bird spent at 
least 7 minutes dipping it's talons in the water, and then going into the water 
up to it's neck trying to get it's prey. This bird finally got a Coot, but was 
so water logged that the eagle could bearly get out of the water. 

All of the above was seen from Bow Mar Dr., [the east side of the lake].
 
At Fort Logan Cemetery, Denver County, on 4/11, there were 2, Greater Scaup in 
the far east pond. There had been 4 Greater Scaup in this pond for up to three 
weeks prior to this time. 

 
On a side note, I had Bushtits performing courtship in my yard, for 5 days. 
Unfortunately, I think they have now left. 

 
Happy Birding !
Tina Jones
Littleton, Jefferson County, CO.
 
 		 	   		  

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Subject: All 3 teal and more at Mallard Pond, El Paso 4/14
From: melgoff AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:21:58 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all. Today Jeanne and I stopped by Mallard Pond (aka Drake Lake) near Falcon 
in El Paso County. We had all three teal among the waterfowl. The number of 
species was high even if the number of birds was a little low. We had a chance 
to see the GH Owl on nest just east of US 24 on Judge Orr Road. In all 31 
species, my favorite being the Western Bluebirds and the Cinnamon Teal. 

  
Mel Goff 
Colorado Springs 

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Subject: Yellow-throated warbler, Chico, El Paso Co.
From: David Chartier <drchartier AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:48:26 +0000
The yellow-throated warber was still at Chico Basin Ranch at 5:45 today. Still 
associating with the chickadees. Found in cottonwood just south of banding 
station. 

 
David Chartier
Colorado Springs
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Broad-winged Hawk, Boulder, April 14th
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:25:07 -0700
Hello, Birders.
Hannah and Andrew and I saw a Broad-winged Hawk over Boulder (near the 
intersection of 28th and Iris) late this afternoon, Monday, April 14th. 

I should note that Hannah spotted the bird, and demanded that I pull over for a 
look at what she believed wasn't a garden-variety Red-tail or Swainson's. 

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado 		 	   		  

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Subject: Chico Basin Ranch, El Paso/Pueblo Cos. 4/14
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <bkpercival AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:59:47 -0700 (PDT)

Bill Maynard, Glenn Walbek, and I were all able to see and photograph the 
Yellow-throated Warbler this morning, first found yesterday by Tyler Stuart and 
friends (great find!).  The bird is a male, since, when Glenn was arriving, the 
bird decided to start singing!  He sang quite nicely several times.  The bird 
was finding food in the cottonwood trees along the trunk and branches, above 
the banding station at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), El Paso County.  There 
were quite a few other birds here as well:  at least three Eastern Bluebirds, 
two Mountain Chickadees, a Brown Creeper, four or so Spotted Towhees, 
"Gray-headed" Dark-eyed Juncos, a Townsend's Solitaire, a Downy Woodpecker, 
among other birds. 


On the Pueblo side of the Ranch, one female "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler 
was at the Headquarters Willows, also two Spotted Towhees, and more 
"Gray-headed" Dark-eyed Juncos were in this area too. 


On the Headquarters Pond in Pueblo County, there were six yellowlegs, 3 Greater 
and 3 Lesser Yellowlegs (finally I see a Yellowlegs in CO this year, am I the 
last one?).  There were also some Vesper Sparrows around here as well.   


I forgot to mention previously, last Tuesday, Bill and I found and photographed 
a Lapland Longspur, on the Pueblo County side of the Ranch, south of Rose Pond. 


Photos of the warbler can be seen on flickr site (this one shows a bug its 
mouth):  https://www.flickr.com/photos/brandonsbirdphotos/13858235575/ 


Good birding,

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: 6 species of swallows over South Platte, Littleton, Arapahoe
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:27:27 -0600
Just after noon a wonderful mixed flock of swallows came out of nowhere
over the South Platte River at Reynolds Landing Park, foraged over the area
for about 10 min and then moved on with not a single swallow left in view.
They were a nicely mixed assemblage of 65 TREE, 35 VIOLET-GREEN, 1 BANK, 18
NOR. ROUGH-WINGED, 60 BARN, and 2 CLIFF.

The river had a GREAT EGRET, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and WILSON'S SNIPE.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Re: FOS Chipping Sparrow - Jeffco
From: Libby Edwards <libbyeuro3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:18:29 -0600
Saw many chipping sparrows (3-4) during the snowstorm yesterday, Sunday, at
Running Deer Open Space, Fort Collins, Larimer Country.  Also in thickets
ruby crowned kinglet.  Two wood ducks on water.  And several eastern
phoebes.  There seemed to be a huge "robin fallout"!

Libby Edwards
Larimer County


On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:57 AM, Ira Sanders wrote:

> Birders,
>
> This morning after shoveling the back patio and putting down millet, a FOS
> Chipping Sparrow flew in for some easy feeding.
>
>
>
> Ira Sanders
>
> Golden, CO
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Subject: Black Phoebe in San Luis Valley
From: <cougar AT gojade.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:21:09 -0600
After a 3 inch snowfall overnight, I thought there might be some good 
opportunities for bird and landscape photography this morning. I also wanted to 
find a Black Phoebe, originally reported by Hettinger (Alamosa County). 

It was a wonderful morning just for the wet snow and scenic opportunities, but 
I also was able to re-locate and photograph the Black Phoebe, which is only the 
6th record for the Valley. 

To see it, drive to the Frisbee (disk) Golf Course parking lot in Alamosa. Walk 
down the trail going SE along the levee. Immediately west of the levee, you 
will see an old meander channel that has water in it. The bird was last seen at 
the south end of this meander, just before the Rio Grande River. 


Other birds are rolling in as well. Swainson’s Hawks have arrived in the last 
week. A single Vesper Sparrow was a nice sight. A Great Egret is at Russell 
Lakes SWA. Sage Thrashers are singing once again. Top that out with some 
Guatemalan coffee and it was a most wonderful morning.... 


John Rawinski
Monte Vista, CO

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Subject: Outing: "Is It Spring Yet?", with Gary Lefko, Saturday, April 19
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:54:21 -0600
Boulder County Audubon Society brings you the following field trip.  Please
join us with the "Prairie Prince" of birders!

*Saturday, April 19, 8:30am - 2:00pm (or later) *
"Is it Spring Yet?"
Join Gary Lefko, the "Nunn Guy", for an early spring migrant trip around
Nunn and beyond. We'll do the north central Weld County "water tour"
(includes Latham, Loloff and a host of others), and we could also venture
out to Pawnee National Grasslands (Crow Valley Campground, Bird Driving
Tour) to look for early birds. Meet at 8:30am at Honey's Cafe aka Nunn Cafe
(south side of Nunn) along Hwy 85. Come earlier for "fueling up"
(breakfast)! Bring a lunch and

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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler continues
From: Glenn Walbek <juncos AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:43:19 -0600
Chico Basin banding station area.

Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Jeffco Mt Bluebirds looking for shelter
From: "Kay Niyo" <Kay AT KayNiyo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:03:08 -0600
Late yesterday afternoon, I had flocks of >12 Mountain Bluebirds sheltering
from the snow and wind on my two covered porches.  I forgot to get some
dried mealworms in anticipation of the storm like I used last spring when
60+ Brewer's Blackbirds helped themselves to the mealworms I spread on the
sidewalks!  Also last spring neighbors with the same type of porches had
photos of 17 Mountain Bluebirds perched all over on their porch.  A little
oasis of shelter in a sea of buffalo grass prairie?  The Brewer's Blackbirds
have not arrived here yet, but I have ~4 Red-winged Blackbirds that are
feeding on sunflower seeds.

 

Alas, my Say's Phoebes have not been back to their nesting box, nor have I
seen any phoebes hawking insects from the pdog fenceline along N Table Mt P
a block from my house.  They have usually arrived between Apr 2 and 9
according to Avisys.  I have only seen one once last week at a house across
the street.  Will keep hoping.

 

Kay

 

Kayleen A. Niyo, Ph.D.

Niyo Scientific Communications

5651 Garnet St.

Golden, CO 80403

303.679.6646

Kay AT KayNiyo.com; www.KayNiyo.com

 

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Subject: FOS Chipping Sparrow - Jeffco
From: "Ira Sanders" <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:57:17 -0600
Birders,

This morning after shoveling the back patio and putting down millet, a FOS
Chipping Sparrow flew in for some easy feeding.

 

Ira Sanders

Golden, CO

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Subject: Colorado Birds, vol. 48, no. 2--and Beebe Draw and "The Narrows"
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:45:22 -0700
Hello, Birders.
The other day, I received in the mail the spring 2014 issue (vol. 48, no. 2) of 
CFO's quarterly journal, Colorado Birds. Alas, my copy's already been 
permanently borrowed. Well, it's nice to know that someone else is enjoying 
mine. 

I did have a chance to look it over just a bit, and the content of CB 48/2 is 
excellent. I especially liked articles by Steve Mlodinow and coauthors on a 
Black-throated Green x Townsend's Warbler hybrid in Colorado, by Steve Mlodinow 
on Colorado's multiple taxa (and possibly multiple species!) of White-breasted 
Nuthatches, and by Wanda Sowa and coauthors on Colorado's urban Cliff Swallows. 

I didn't get around to reading David Leatherman's article on crayfish. A pity. 
I'm sure it was wonderful. And I'm sure the thief is learning all sorts of cool 
and mildly bizarre things about crayfish. 

Doug Faulkner and colleagues have a great Colorado Bird Records Committee 
report in this issue, highlighted by the news that the Colorado state list is 
now within spitting distance of 500. Recent additions (Cave Swallow, Mottled 
Duck, Hoary Redpoll) put the list at 498. 

In the "Conversations" column, Nick Komar says many intriguing things. For 
example, Nick predicts the next 5 new species for Colorado. He also says that 
his favorite place in Colorado is Beebe Draw, that it reminds him of birding 
coastal Texas. I confess: Until this past Saturday, April 12th, I'd never been 
there. Joe Roller rectified the situation. He forcibly conscripted me (with 
Lisa Edwards and David Gillilan) for an exploration of the Greater Beebe area 
(so, incl. Loloff and Latham), and the place was, indeed, reminiscent of 
coastal Texas: flat, wet, and with tremendous numbers of birds. We saw 100+ 
avocets and 20+ stilts; an early Wilson's Phalarope and some yellowlegs; flocks 
of Franklin's Gulls; a marsh full of Marsh Wrens; Great-tailed Grackles and 
Yellow-headed Blackbirds everywhere; 2 Greater Scaup, 200+ Lesser Scaup, and 
hundreds of other ducks; a squawking pheasant; a few American White Pelicans; 
our FOS Swainson's Hawk; alternate-plumage California Gulls doing their "poor 
man's Lesser Black-backed Gull" thing; a Vesper Sparrow; and a lot more. 

We had a CFO board of directors meeting to get to (see Bill Kaempfer's post 
from Saturday evening), so we had to cut things short--but not first without a 
pass by "The Narrows," one of Joe Roller's Morgan County watering holes. Here 
we flushed a covey of 9 Northern Bobwhites and saw a Yellow-shafted Flicker and 
a little kettle of Turkey Vultures. We also heard an Eastern Bluebird flying 
over, and another pheasant. According to eBird, this was my first visit to 
Morgan County in nearly 5.5 years. 

Back for a brief moment to Colorado Birds. All CFO members receive the journal. 
Join CFO and get Colorado Birds: http://cfobirds.org/business/contribute.php 

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado 		 	   		  

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 April 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:13:49 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: April 14, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org
phone: 303-659-8750

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 14, 2014, sponsored
by the Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
If you are phoning in a message, you can skip the recording by pressing the
star key (*) on your phone at any time. Please leave your name, phone
number, detailed directions including county, and dates for each sighting.
It would be helpful if you would spell your last name.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Eagle, Park)
GLOSSY IBIS (Fremont)
Piping Plover (*Bent)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Larimer)
White-winged Dove (Boulder, El Paso, Pueblo)
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (Boulder, Yuma)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park)
Eastern Phoebe (*Boulder, *Chaffee, Douglas Larimer, Pueblo)
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (*Huerfano)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (*El Paso)
Black-and-white Warbler (Prowers)
Field Sparrow (Logan)
Fox Sparrow (Eagle, Jefferson, Pitkin)
White-throated Sparrow (Logan)
Harris's Sparrow (Garfield,
Pueblo)
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Boulder, Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
Rusty Blackbird (Boulder)

BENT COUNTY:
--Duane Nelson reported that Piping Plovers have returned to their nesting
habitat at John Martin Reservoir on April 12.  If you would like to try to
see the birds contact Duane at dnelson1 AT centurytel.net.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--Severs reported that the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at the Teller
Farm
Parking lot by the windbreak on March 27.  On April 10, Waltman reported
that the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at the windbreak by the Teller
Farm Parking Lot.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Starace at Walden/Sawhill Ponds in
Boulder on April 7.
--An ad m YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported by Dowell in lower Skunk
Canyon near the fence line between NOAA property and neighborhood along
Dartmouth Ave in Boulder on April 8.
--A singing male Rusty Blackbird was reported by Dowell at Walden/Sawhill
in Boulder on April 9.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Waltman on the CU East Campus in
Boulder on April 10 and by Moore on April 12.
--On April 10, Nunes reported that the male Northern Cardinal was singing
in the area beyond the
end of Hawthorn in Boulder.
--A singing White-winged Dove was reported by Pieplow in the NW corner of
Gunbarrel Commons Park on April 11.
--A singing White-winged Dove was reported by DeFonso at 4th and Cedar on
April 11.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Norbu at Sands Lake SWA in Salida on
April 11.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A singing Eastern Phoebe was reported by Kibbe at Chafield SP on March
28.  It was singing in a tree adjacent to "Phoebe Bridge" over Plum Creek.
 On April 7, Suddjian reported the singing Eastern Phoebe at Plum Creek on
the east side of the picnic area.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes and a singing Fox Sparrow were reported by
Filby on the Frying Pan River near Basalt on April 11.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A White-winged Dove was reported by Farese at Fountain Creek RP near the
Nature Center on April 6.
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Drummond by the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 11.
--A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported by Stuart at the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 13.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Moss in Florence on April 12.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--Filby reported on April 11 that his yard Harris's Sparrow in Carbondale
is now singing daily.  If you would like to try to see the bird email him
at dickfilby AT hotmail.com.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was reported by Farese  on a fence east of
Walsenburg on CO 10.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW were reported by
Henwood at Red Rocks Trading Post on April 5.  On April 12, Shade reported
that the DFO field trip saw GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW and Slate-colored Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Evers on the Loveland Recreation Trail
near the dam on the Big Thompson on April 3.   On April 11, Coley reported
a pair of Eastern Phoebes by the dam on the Loveland Recreation Trail.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Zabel soaring over the Environmental
Learning Center and Cottonwood Natural Area of Fort Collins on April 8.
--4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Komar at Horseshoe Lake in
NE Loveland on April 12.
Best viewing spot is at the east end of Engelman Place off of Monroe.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--At Red Lion SWA in a marsh below "Little Jumbo", Kaempfer reported
White-throated Sparrow and Field Sparrow on April 12.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Filby at Snowmass Village on April 11.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A m Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Severs at Lamar Community
College Woods on April 7.

PARK COUNTY:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Suddjian outside of
Alma on CR 8 on April 8.
--2 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Suddjian at Eleven Mile Reservoir
on April 8.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival on the Arkansas River below
Pueblo City Park on April 12.
--At Valco Ponds on April 12, Percival reported Harris's Sparrow and
Eastern Phoebe (east of Parking Lot) on April 12.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported by Mlodinow at a shelterbelt on
CR 51 & US 385 on April 5.  The shelterbelt is along CR51 to the east of US
385.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 19 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by David Rhoades (303-424-8633).  Meet the leader at 0800 and bird
until 1300.  For details on the trip and directions, please register, since
space on the bus is limited.  Early migrants and waterfowl are expected to
be seen on this popular trip.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER -- EL Paso Co. 4/13
From: Tyler Stuart <tylerhstuart AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:36:37 -0600
COBirders,

Thank you for posting this find for me, Brandon.

On an afternoon that was more bark than bite at Chico Basin Ranch (fee
area), 4 of us found a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at the banding station (El
Paso County). The warbler was foraging among the Russian olives immediately
southeast of the outbuilding that RMBO uses for bird banding, and southwest
of the port-o-potties. It stayed in close proximity to 2 Mountain
Chickadees and at least 1 Black-capped Chickadee for the 30 minutes we
watched. The banding station had very few other birds.

A few photos of the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER are posted on my flickr page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/comtneer/with/13838758194/

Tyler Stuart
Colorado Springs


On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM, Brandon K. Percival
wrote:

>
> Tyler Stuart found a Yellow-throated Warbler at the banding station at
> Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), El Paso County at 3:25pm.
>
> Brandon Percival
> Pueblo West, CO
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Subject: Boulder County storm birds, Apr. 13th
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:26:17 -0700
Hello, Birders.
I had a bit of time this snowy Sunday afternoon, Apr. 13, so I made the quick 
jaunt over to South Teller Lake, Boulder County, where the snow was horizontal 
out of the north. Hard enough to see the lake, and even harder to see the 
birds, but there were many of them, including: 

6 Wilson's Snipes bunched along the shore
2 Say's Phoebes making like swallows and searching in vain for insects amid the 
whitecaps 

34 Tree Swallows, 3 Violent-green Swallows, 7 Bank Swallows, 6 Barn Swallows, 
and 18 Cliff Swallows (photo of the Cliff Swallows here: 
http://tinyurl.com/ndck5jw) 

1 American Pipit walking around
3 Vesper Sparrows bopping around on the trail
Then I retreated to Greenlee Preserve, ever-birdy. There I found 2 Franklin's 
Gulls, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds, and ducks galore, 
including 3 Wood Ducks and 9 Blue-winged Teal. (By the way, back on Thursday, 
April 10th, when the weather was nicer, Greenlee had continuing Bushtits, a 
territorial Spotted Towhee, a Rubicon Kinglet, and a continuing Say's Phoebe.) 

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado 		 	   		  

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Subject: Manitou Lake, Teller County
From: "Jeff J Jones" <JJones AT JonesTC.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:19:08 -0600
New species at Manitou Lake (Fee $6) since Friday.

 

.         Ruddy Duck

.         Osprey

.         Ring-billed Gull

.         Lone Franklin's Gull hanging out at lake today

.         American Kestrel

.         Yellow-rumped Warbler (odd looking male mix between auduboni and
coronata - photos on request)

 

fyi

 

Jeff J Jones

(  jjones AT jonestc.com)

Teller County - 8500' - Montane Woodlands

 

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Subject: Masonville (Larimer County) Turkey Vulture Roost update
From: Pat Hayward <pandion2006 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:07:53 -0700 (PDT)
Happy snowy Sunday!
   I've been meaning to update the group on the Masonville Post Office 
turkey vulture roost but have been out of town (getting some birding and 
ranch work done in the Hill Country of Texas).
   We spotted the first tuvu on the roost the evening of April 5. We just 
checked this evening after being gone for a week+ and found 8 birds in the 
poplars this evening.
   I used to share data with Alex Cringan re:counts here, arrival dates, 
etc for many years and wondered if anyone has gotten access to those 
records he'd kept. We were trying to determine if the individuals here in 
Masonville had any relationship to those at the Mountain Ave roost in Fort 
Collins, but never came to any conclusions.
    I am happy to contact his wife June to see if she has the records, but 
didn't want to bother her if one of you has already done so. Not sure if 
you know, but their son Alex Jr. died suddenly last month at the age of 57 
and I didn't want to unnecessarily bother her again. She is likely to know 
where the information is, and would be happy to share it if no one has 
gotten it yet. He was meticulous in observing that roost for many, many 
years and kept very detailed records which would be good to have now with 
the changes occurring.
   On a related note, we were happy to find more than 6 individual 
golden-cheeked warblers in a heavily treed, though dry canyon on our ranch 
property in Bandera County, TX, along with several black-capped vireos in 
the low lands. It is bone dry down that way - springs and creeks that have 
run for 100+ year are now in their 3rd year of severe drought.
   Feel free to contact me offline if you have questions or comments.
   Cheers,
Pat Hayward
Masonville  AT 5400', Larimer County
   

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Subject: Eastern Phoebe, Salida, Chaffee Co. 4/11
From: Konchog Norbu <palyulmonk AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:29:03 -0700 (PDT)
 

On Friday I saw an Eastern Phoebe at the Sands Lake SWA (Chaffee Co.). It 
was calling next to the platform that juts out toward the river at the back 
of the pond.

Then, today, at Johnson Lake in the San Luis Valley (Saguache Co.), feeding 
with 10 White-faced Ibis, were a Great Egret and a Marbled Godwit. About 
100 White-throated Swifts swarmed in, FOY flock.


Konchog Norbu

Crestone, CO 

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Subject: YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER -- EL Paso Co. 4/13
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <bkpercival AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:00:04 -0700 (PDT)

Tyler Stuart found a Yellow-throated Warbler at the banding station at Chico 
Basin Ranch (fee area), El Paso County at 3:25pm. 



Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Chatfield State Park
From: Joey <vireo1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:35:10 -0600
As of 4pm, alternate plumage Common Loon still present at the diving pond (SW 
of Kingfisher Bridge) (Jefferson County).  6 McCown's Longspurs (5m, 1f) at 
the model air field (Douglas County). 



Joey Kellner
Littleton, Colorado

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Subject: Larimer County gulls
From: "Nick Komar" <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:34:00 -0600
Horseshoe Lake in northeast Loveland is currently a gull hotspot. Late Saturday 
afternoon, the muddy southeast lobe of the lake hosted: 

California Gull – 600 adults, many in pairs, some copulating
Franklin’s Gull - 80+ pink-breasted adults
Ring-billed Gull – 15 or 20, various ages
Herring Gull – 6 immatures, all brown first-cycles except for one 
gray-mantled second-cycle 

Lesser Black-backed Gull – 4 (2 adults, 1 blackish-mantled second-cycle, 1 
brown first-cycle). 

Viewing is a challenge as birds are distant, and not easily viewed from a 
single viewing spot. The east end of Engelman Place off of Monroe is the best 
spot. Digiscoped photos of some of these can be viewed online at 
http://www.pbase.com/quetzal/gulls04122014. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: Great Egret/Jefferson County
From: Bob Stocker <Bob AT StockerPhotos.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:31:28 -0600
My wife Nancy and I spotted a Great Egret perched at the top of one of 
the trees on the island in Kountze Lake in Belmar Park at 11:40 this 
morning. It hung around for a couple of minutes after we noticed it and 
then took off in a northwesterly direction.

Nancy has posted one of her photos at

http://stockerphotos.com/Galleries/Birds/WadingBirds/GreatEgret_7D_20140413_0592_.php 


Bob Stocker
Denver, Colorado

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Subject: Fort Collins Natural Areas
From: Adam Johnson <adamjohnson.2386 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:54:04 -0700 (PDT)
I was out at Riverbend Ponds, Running Deer, and Cottonwood Hollow Natural 
Areas yesterday (4/12/14) and this is what I saw:


   - Great blue herons
   - One yellow-crowned night heron
   - One bald eagle
   - One male northern harrier
   - Two nesting osprey
   - American white pelicans
   - White-crowned sparrows
   - Song sparrows
   - Common merganser pair
   - Two Blue jays
   - One belted kingfisher
   - Ring-necked ducks
   - One marsh wren
   - Great egret
   - And a Canada goose with eyebrows



 



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Subject: Littleton, Arapahoe Co Apr 13
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:34:32 -0600
A stop at Ketring Lake in the early afternoon during light snow had my
first of season SNOWY EGRETS (2), a male and female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD (my
first "in town" in Littleton), 3 NOR. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, 12 BARN
SWALLOWS and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

A trio of SAY'S PHOEBES was intent on hovering low over the water picking
off something from the surface (presumably floating frozen insects),
interrupting those efforts only to squabble with each other or to rest for
a time on a shoreline rock. I was impressed with their prolonged hovering
over the lake surface for periods of over a minute without landing, all the
while facing into a freezing wind.

About 10 min ago an alternate-plumaged COMMON LOON powered north into the
snow over St. Mary Church at Prince Street, calling as it passed over.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: A slight clarification on Piping Plover return
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:05:05 -0600
Savvy birders probably deduced the Piping Plover location as John Martin 
Reservoir in Bent County, and they would have guessed correctly. Sorry I 
didn't make that clear in my original post.

Duane Nelson
Las Animas, CO

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Subject: Update on Bald Eagle nest Highland Lake, Weld, CO
From: Pauli Smith <hollyhockfarms AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:02:50 -0600
As I posted a few of weeks ago, there was a new Bald Eagle nest on the north
shore of Highland Lake near Mead, Weld. A pair of eagles had been hanging
around for weeks. I observed them in the nest and changing places. There was
one almost all the time, hanging out about 50 yards away, chasing off the
Red-Tailed Hawks that usually nest in several trees along the north shore.
One of the more interesting sights was one of the eagles chasing a hawk off.
The hawk was flying as hard as it could and the eagle was right on its tail.
Feathers flying, but it was pretty clear that the eagle was more intent on
chasing off rather than killing the hawk. As soon as the hawk crossed over
the dike on the south side of the lake, the eagle returned to its perch near
the nest. Eventually, there must have been a treaty reached because the
hawks established a nest several trees to the west of the eagle nest.

 

I last saw the Eagles both on the nest, and hanging out nearby, about a week
ago. One of my neighbors to the north said that was about the time they last
saw them as well.

 

A few days ago, I observed that a pair of Red-Tailed Hawks are now occupying
the nest and the eagles are nowhere to be seen. 

 

My question is, What are some different scenarios that would have happened
to the eagles to make them leave/abandon their nest? Could the eggs have
failed to hatch? Was there too much activity along the inlet ditch east of
the nest (they are slowly removing trees and bushes along both the inlet and
outlet ditches and pilling them up along the bank to burn later), or just
maybe, as the wildlife officer suggested, they are a first year "couple" and
are still trying to figure things out.

 

Obviously, those of us who live on the lake and have been watching the
eagles, are disappointed as we realize that this was an unique situation,
unlikely to repeat itself again. For while Highland Lake has some good
habitat for ducks, geese, and of course, Red-tailed Hawks, it really isn't
the best location for a Bald Eagle nest.

 

Pauli Smith

Highlandlake/Mead, Weld, CO

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Subject: Return of Piping Plovers
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:56:20 -0600
Birders,

The first Piping Plover of 2014 returned to traditional nesting habitat 
on Saturday, April12th, four days later than in 2013. Despite adverse 
migration conditions, it was joined by a second bird today. These birds 
are well inside an endangered species closure area, and probably aren't 
visible from any location outside the closure. As usual, I will be 
willing to help interested birders see these very rare Colorado resident 
nesting birds. Let me know, and I will try to help you.

As expected, the cold, rainy weather grounded some migrant birds today. 
Four species of swallows swarmed open water on the west end of the 
reservoir. The prize migrant swallow around here is Violet-green, and 
conditions like today's would be the time to look, but only Tree, Bank, 
Northern Rough-winged and Barns were observed today. A Cattle Egret and 
two Snowy Egrets briefly landed on an island on the west side of the 
lake. Finally, sandpipers besides Baird's landed, including Least and 
Semipalmated. Curiously, migrant land bird traps held no grounded land 
birds.

Duane Nelson
Las Animas, Bent County, CO

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Subject: lingering Rough-legged Hawks
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:05:58 -0600
While returning from Omaha, NE late yesterday afternoon, had two young 
Rough-legged Hawks hovering along I-76 yesterday between the Julesburg 
(Sedgwick) and Crook (Logan) Exits on 12April. Getting a bit late. Since their 
irruption into Colorado was particularly pronounced this past winter, it would 
be interesting to fully document the details of their departure. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Greeley egrets
From: Rick Reeser <rcreeser AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:56:21 -0600
I checked out Glenmere Park in Greeley and found 2 snowy egrets, 5
pelicans, and about a dozen cormorants.  None of the nests looked complete
as yet and there were no signs of the night herons.
Rick Reeser
Greeley

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Subject: FOY American Goldfinch
From: Tom Behnfield <behnfield AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:55:21 -0700 (PDT)
This American Goldfinch showed up at our backyard feeder in South Lakewood this 
morning. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/behnfield/13826980375/

Tom & Debbie Behnfield
Lakewood, CO 
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Subject: Common Loon - Chatfield, Douglas County
From: Matt Crooks <cheezwhizdom AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:40:35 -0700 (PDT)
One single common in the gravel pits in chatfield this morning.  Beautiful.  

Matt Crooks,  Littleton CO
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Subject: Boulder County, FOS Snipe winnowing
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:24:59 -0600
along with FOS Chipping Sparrow
and up to 4 Harris's Sparrows

Best, Pam Piombino

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Subject: Weekend in San Luis Valley
From: VIRGINIA SIMMONS <vsimmons76 AT q.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:37:58 -0400 (EDT)
Birds to see in SLV this weekend: Blue-winged Teal on north side of Alamosa 
NWR; Am. Tree Sparrow at Alamosa Ranch (near golf course), also Am White 
Pelican cruising around lake; tons of Yellow-th Blackbirds at Alam & MV NWRs 
and at Home Lake; tons of Ruddy Ducks at Home Lake; a few Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs at Home Lake; lots of Ring-necked Ducks at MV NWR. Etc., etc. 

Virginia Simmons, Del Norte 

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Subject: Las Animas county Common Poorwill
From: Ptennery <ptennery AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:25:46 -0600
I heard at least two different COPO last night just after sunset. Bird/species 
numbers are up this past week. Great to see...and hear. 


Paul Tennery
Valdez CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 13 April 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 05:07:26 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: April 13, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org
phone: 303-659-8750

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, April 13, 2014, sponsored
by the Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
If you are phoning in a message, you can skip the recording by pressing the
star key (*) on your phone at any time. Please leave your name, phone
number, detailed directions including county, and dates for each sighting.
It would be helpful if you would spell your last name.

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

Barrow's Goldeneye (Denver, Eagle, Park)
GLOSSY IBIS (*Fremont)
Broad-winged Hawk (Larimer)
White-winged Dove (*Boulder, El Paso, Pueblo)
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (Boulder, Yuma)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park)
Eastern Phoebe (*Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Larime, *Pueblo)
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (*Huerfano)
Curve-billed Thrasher (El Paso)
Black-and-white Warbler (Prowers)
Field Sparrow (*Logan)
Fox Sparrow (Eagle, *Jefferson, Pitkin)
White-throated Sparrow (*Logan)
Harris's Sparrow (Garfield, Jefferson, *Pueblo)
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Boulder, *Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (Boulder)
Rusty Blackbird (Boulder)

BOULDER COUNTY:
--Severs reported that the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at the Teller
Farm
Parking lot by the windbreak on March 27.  On April 10, Waltman reported
that the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at the windbreak by the Teller
Farm Parking Lot.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Starace at Walden/Sawhill Ponds in
Boulder on April 7.
--An ad m YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported by Dowell in lower Skunk
Canyon near the fence line between NOAA property and neighborhood along
Dartmouth Ave in Boulder on April 8.
--A singing male Rusty Blackbird was reported by Dowell at Walden/Sawhill
in Boulder on April 9.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Waltman on the CU East Campus in
Boulder on April 10 and by Moore on April 12.
--On April 10, Nunes reported that the male Northern Cardinal was singing
in the area beyond the
end of Hawthorn in Boulder.
--A singing White-winged Dove was reported by Pieplow in the NW corner of
Gunbarrel Commons Park on April 11.
--A singing White-winged Dove was reported by DeFonso at 4th and Cedar on
April 11.

DENVER COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Hundertmark at Denver City
Park on the DFO field trip on April 4.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--A singing Eastern Phoebe was reported by Kibbe at Chafield SP on March
28.  It was singing in a tree adjacent to "Phoebe Bridge" over Plum Creek.
 On April 7, Suddjian reported the singing Eastern Phoebe at Plum Creek on
the east side of the picnic area.

EAGLE COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes and a singing Fox Sparrow were reported by
Filby on the Frying Pan River near Basalt on April 11.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Goff below the dam at Big Johnson on
Goldfield Rd on April 4.
--Curve-billed Thrashers were reported by Leppek off of Birdsall Road on
April 4.
--A White-winged Dove was reported by Farese at Fountain Creek RP near the
Nature Center on April 6.
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Drummond by the banding station
at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) on April 11.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A GLOSSY IBIS was reported by Moss in Florence on April 12.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--Filby reported on April 11 that his yard Harris's Sparrow in Carbondale
is now singing daily.  If you would like to try to see the bird email him
at dickfilby AT hotmail.com.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was reported by Farese  on a fence east of
Walsenburg on CO 10.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Harris's Sparrow was reported by Suddjian at Massey Draw on April 4.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW were reported by
Henwood at Red Rocks Trading Post on April 5.  On April 12, Shade reported
that the DFO field trip saw GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW and Slate-colored Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Evers on the Loveland Recreation Trail
near the dam on the Big Thompson on April 3.   On April 11, Coley reported
a pair of Eastern Phoebes by the dam on the Loveland Recreation Trail.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Zabel soaring over the Environmental
Learning Center and Cottonwood Natural Area of Fort Collins on April 8.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--At Red Lion SWA in a marsh below "Little Jumbo", Kaempfer reported
White-throated Sparrow and Field Sparrow on April 12.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--A Fox Sparrow was reported by Filby at Snowmass Village on April 11.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A m Black-and-white Warbler was reported by Severs at Lamar Community
College Woods on April 7.

PARK COUNTY:
--An American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Suddjian outside of
Alma on CR 8 on April 8.
--2 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Suddjian at Eleven Mile Reservoir
on April 8.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Percival on the Arkansas River below
Pueblo City Park on April 12.
--At Valco Ponds on April 12, Percival reported Harris's Sparrow and
Eastern Phoebe (east of Parking Lot) on April 12.

YUMA COUNTY:
--A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported by Mlodinow at a shelterbelt on
CR 51 & US 385 on April 5.  The shelterbelt is along CR51 to the east of US
385.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO field trip for Sunday, April 13 will be to Cherry Creek Wetlands
Loop led by Karen von Saltza (cell 303-941-4881).  Meet the leader at 0800
at the Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek SP.  From either park entrance,
follow Lake View Rd. to the Prairie Loop that is located at the south rim
of the reservoir.  State Parks Pass or day pass required.
This half-day walk passes through most of the important habitats found in
the park over a distance of about 3 miles.  Trails could be slippery or
muddy, so dress accordingly in layers and boots.  Bring water and snacks;
lunch is optional  No registrations required.  Co sponsored by Greater
Denver Audubon.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Glossy with White-faced Ibis in Florence today
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:59:11 -0600
I was delighted to not only find first of the year White-faced Ibis, a
flock of about 25, in the flooded fields in Florence this morning but a
Glossy Ibis among them.  Also in the field were two Greater Yellowlegs plus
several gorgeous Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teal in their fresh spring
plumage.  I have good photos of the Glossy Ibis  showing it's blue facial
skin (in two lines above and below the eyes and that don't wrap around the
eyes) and the other birds that are on my Birds and Nature
blog
.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
http://BirdsAndNature.blogspot.com

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Subject: Swainson's Hawk, Adams County just west of Barr Lake
From: KevyGudGuy AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:33:01 -0400 (EDT)
Saw my first Swainson's hawk of the season this (saturday) morning,  along 
Buckley Road between 120th & 136th.  Later someone said they'd  seen two 
there.  It's now officially Springtime.
 
Keep Smilin',
Kevin Corwin
west Centennial, Arapahoe County

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Subject: Some Logan County Birds
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:03:35 -0600
The Colorado Field Ornithologists Board of Directors held its spring board 
meeting in Sterling today which gave several of us an opportunity to bird in NE 
Colorado. I went out to Sterling Friday afternoon and met up with Mike Henwood 
and Larry Modesitt at North Sterling State Park Friday afternoon. The Reservoir 
was covered with gulls-but we only could identify the four most common for this 
time of year including hundreds of Bonaparte's. At the south east corner of the 
park the prairie dog town had two pairs of calling, and in one case copulating, 
Burrowing Owls, plus calling Great-horned Owls nearby. 


Today we headed on east and started our morning by traveling the wonderful 
prairie along Logan County Road 93 south of I-76. We didn't have any Greater 
Prairie Chickens which can be found here in the summer, but did have several 
Ring-necked Pheasants, FOS Vesper Sparrows and a handful of Northern Harriers. 


From there we went on to Red Lion SWA. Terrific news! The water conditions at 
Red Lion are wonderful. The alkaline pools along LCR 95 are in great shape 
meaning top notch shorebird habitat right by the road, and further in if you 
venture out from the road. Of course it is only April 12, so shore bird 
sightings were limited to Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs and American Avocet. We 
also had a Swainson's Hawk back along US 138 and a couple of Brown-headed 
Cowbirds. We took the short hike into the marsh below "Little Jumbo" where Mike 
found us a White-throated Sparrow and I heard a calling Field Sparrow. Jumbo 
Reservoir itself is full to the brim as are all of the northeastern Reservoirs 
(including Prewitt and North Sterling). 


Finally, here is a reminder for everyone-last year's stupendous longspur plus 
fallout took place after a snow on Tuesday, April 16. With 8 inches of snow 
forecast for tomorrow, April 13th, .... 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: Whimbrel & bonus Long-Billed Curlew, Beebe Draw, Weld County
From: "Cheryl Teuton" <teuton AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:26:56 -0600
Coming back from the western slope today, we stopped by the Beebe Draw
complex and were able to re-find Steve Mlodinow's lovely Whimbrel.  In the
south field at that road 42 location, while counting Burrowing Owls, a
Long-Billed Curlew was a nice bonus.  A great chance to study these 2
ridiculously long billed large shorebirds at once, even if they weren't
exactly side by side.  The curlew was then chased to the south by a
Red-Tailed Hawk.

Cheryl Teuton

Aurora  

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Subject: Birding notes from Lee Martinez Park\Larimer
From: Rob Sparks <robsparks AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:26:16 -0700 (PDT)

Before going on a leisurely walk through Lee Martinez Park Maya and I 
observed an adult Cooper’s Hawk fly up to a Siberian elm tree snap a twig 
off then proceeded to nest build.  At the park I heard and saw a single 
Myrtle’s race Yellow-rumped Warbler in with a flock of American 
Goldfinches.  As we meandered down the trail in the hood of an Eastern 
Screech-Owl territory a male and female Wood Duck perched in a Cottonwood 
looking for a nest cavity.  In a nearby tree a Blue Jay was imitating the 
rattle call of an American Crow and Western Meadowlark was singing in a 
nearby meadow.  Common Mergansers rafted down the river and a distant 
Eastern Screech-Owl trill was heard as we made our way back home.

Rob Sparks

Cloudy Old Town 

Fort Collins


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Subject: Yard birds at Ken Caryl Valley, Jefferson Co.
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:14:49 -0600
Early this morning (Apr 12) I put out a hummer feeder for the first time at
our new home, then I had to be away all day, but returning this evening a
male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD made his debut. On Apr 10 a CHIPPING SPARROW
was at the feeding station, and yesterday there was a WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, which had not been evident over the prior 6 weeks.

A pair of COOPER'S HAWKS is living in some trees a few blocks down the
road. I see one or both of them daily in their favorite willow, perched
right beside the road as I drive by.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Yellow-rumpled Warbler
From: Jennifer HyypiĹŤ <jhyypio AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:10:02 -0600
Saw first of my season Yellow-rumpled Warbler at Plum Creek bridge Chatfield SP 
today. And...the banding nets are up in Chatfield for Mothers Day. 


Jennifer Hyypio
Douglas County, CO

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Subject: Additional warbler tips download
From: "Scott E. Severs" <scottesevers AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:55:20 -0600
Princeton University Press has added one additional tip sheet on aging and
sexing warblers.


http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2013/10/04/kick-your-warbler-id-skills-up-a-notch-with-this-free-tip-sheet-on-aging-and-sexing/ 


Enjoy,

Scott

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Scott E. Severs  wrote:

> In prep for the spring arrival of the wood warblers, the quick guides from
> the monumental Warbler Guide can be downloaded as a zip file.
>
> PDFs:
>
>
> http://blog.press.princeton.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/QuickFinderSet.zip
>
> JPGs:
>
>
> 
http://blog.press.princeton.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/QuickFinderJPGs.zip 

>
> Laminate Away!
>
>
> Scott E. Severs
> Longmont, CO
>


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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Huerfano) 4/11
From: Lee Farese <leefarese AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:04:36 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All,

Yesterday driving east out of Walsenburg on Highway 10 there was a 
*Scissor-tailed 

Flycatcher *perched on the fence just off the road. The bird was on the 
right side within the first mile or so of the highway (if you pass mile 
marker 2 you've gone too far), mostly on the fence but also along an 
irrigation ditch in one of the fields there. I have photos I can send along 
to any who would like to see them. Sorry for the late posting—just coming 
back to my computer.

Happy Trails,
Lee Farese

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (12 Apr 2014) 20 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Apr 2014 19:04:35 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               3             53             56
Osprey                       0              1              1
Bald Eagle                   0              0             25
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             16             21
Cooper's Hawk                1             27             42
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3             66            196
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              9
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              8
Golden Eagle                 0              1              8
American Kestrel             5             47             61
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              3
Prairie Falcon               0              1              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            4             13             15
Unknown Buteo                0              8             13
Unknown Falcon               1              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              2              6

Total:                      20            244            476
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Roger Rouch

Observers:        Bill Wuerthele, David Gulbenkian, Mitchell Blystone

Visitors:
A gentleman named Colin stayed a couple of hours in the morning.  He is a
naturalist and guides wilderness tours in Wyoming.  He mentioned a recent
Osprey GPS tagging project in the Tetons that sounded similar to the RMBO
project. There is some limited online information on this and other raptor
studies done by Craighead Beringia South wildlife education and research
center for those who might be interested.    Also former Dino Ridge
volunteer Jane Haddock and friend Jim helped spot for a short time.


Weather:
Warm with temperatures rising from the low to mid 60's and near windless
during mid day.  Mostly cloudy.  Gusty wind and rain sprinkles starting at
day's end.   

Raptor Observations:
A few morning raptors, mostly Kestrels, were near the ridge and low, but
the majority of the migration was over or beyond the west ridges, some
fading in and out of the distance.  Flat light and distance hampered
identifications.  Only a few local Red-tail Hawks.  Local Turkey Vultures
popped in and out of view from behind Mt. Morrison and Rocky Ridge.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Robin, Western Scrub Jay, Spotted Towhee, Common Raven, American
Crow, Western Meadow Lark, numerous White-throated Swift.

Predictions:
Suspicions are for limited activity or possible cancellation due to snow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


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

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

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Subject: Pelicans at Walden Pond
From: Elena Holly Klaver <elena AT indra.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:38:35 -0600
FOS (for me at least) three white pelicans at Walden Ponds, Boulder County, and 
thursday the osprey pair was on the nest on the back side of Boulder Reservoir. 


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Subject: Boulder Birds
From: Nick Moore <sdhjuw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:52:20 -0600
CU East Campus has started to attract some land migrants. The last few days
have had Lincoln's Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers and an Eastern Phoebe.
Today I had a Barn Swallow and a early Chipping Sparrow.
Boulder Res. is very high so I have concentrated on Baseline Reservoir.
Earlier today I thought I had two Mexican Duck. In better light this
afternoon I failed to refind the female and the male had a white tail and
broad white bars on the wings. Still a Mexican x Mallard is a good bird.

Nick Moore
Boulder

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Subject: Common Loon - Barr Lake - Adams County
From: JBreitsch - Denver <jbreitsch AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:17:42 -0700 (PDT)
Date:  12 April 2014
Time:  2:00 pm
Location - General:  Barr Lake, Adams county
Location - Specific:  Along the west side of the dam
Weather - Overcast, warm

I had several first of year birds today on a quick trip out to Barr Lake. 
 I decided to use the access by the RMBO office.  On my way up from the 
parking lot I had my FOY Barn Swallow, which was attacking an American 
Kestrel in the air.  Once on the dam walkway, I saw half a dozen Horned 
Grebes in breeding plumage.  Not far from the grebes was a Common Loon also 
in breeding plumage.  That was another FOY.  To round it out, I had my 
first Swainson's Hawks of the year, and there were many of them.  At least 
two were attacking a Red-tailed Hawk.  You'd think that after a 
multi-thousand mile journey they'd be tuckered out, but all of these new 
arrivals are just downright feisty.

Another sign of spring was the increase in big life.  At one point it 
sounded as if someone was driving a remote control car behind me, but it 
was just a swarm of bugs looking for trouble.  Throughout my time there I 
had bugs flying at my eyeballs at a completely uncalled for velocity.  It 
almost made me not mind when I ate one of them....when it decided to fly 
into my mouth.  You'd think that I'd be disgusted or horrified by all of 
this, but all my bird brain kept telling me was how wonderful it was to 
have all this passerine food back.  I look forward to seeing what the storm 
brings in tomorrow.

John Breitsch
Denver, Colorado
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Subject: Red Rocks (Jefferson County) Fox Sparrow, GC Sparrow, Peregrines
From: "W. Robert Shade III" <wrshade3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:11:07 -0600
The DFO trip to Red Rocks and Bear Creek Lake Park turned up the
Golden-crowned Sparrow and the Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored subsp.) at the
trading post feeders. The Peregrine Falcon pair at Ship Rock put on a food
exchange display. Sadly the Prairie Falcons seem to be missing from Cave
Rock this year.

Bob Shade
Lakewood

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