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29 Apr Fwd: FW: DFO Trip: Lake Jackson Reservoir 5/1 - Canceled [Ira Sanders ]
29 Apr Re: State Bird Records Committee [Gloria Nikolai ]
29 Apr Hello ;) [fiddlenurs via Colorado Birds ]
29 Apr RE: State Bird Records Committee ["Bill Maynard" ]
29 Apr white-throated sparrow [Janet Hanley ]
29 Apr Re: State Bird Records Committee [David Suddjian ]
29 Apr Re: State Bird Records Committee [Joe Roller ]
29 Apr Re: State Bird Records Committee [Doug Faulkner ]
29 Apr Yuma County mini fallout, 4/28/16 [Daniel Maynard ]
29 Apr State Bird Records Committee ["'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds" ]
29 Apr Boulder Co. storm birds, Apr. 28 [Ted Floyd ]
29 Apr Marston Reservoir,Denver County, 4/28/16 [Tina Jones ]
28 Apr Mountain Plovers in the news [Scott Severs ]
28 Apr Brown Pelican - Ireland Reservoir #5 [George ]
28 Apr Bird Conservancy Banding Station Report - Chatfield, 4/28/16 []
28 Apr Participants Wanted - Fort Collins Audubon Society Birdathon Fundraiser [Joey Angstman ]
28 Apr Flagler Reservoir, Kit Carson County []
28 Apr Green-tailed Towhee [Yard, Nunn, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
28 Apr FOY Lazuli Bunting, Pueblo ["Leon Bright" ]
28 Apr re: Denver County local interest migrants ["Karl Stecher Jr." ]
28 Apr Denver County local interest migrants [Chris Rurik ]
28 Apr Participants Wanted - Fort Collins Audubon Society Birdathon Fundraiser [John Shenot ]
28 Apr Aiken Audubon Society Field Trip to Chico Basin Ranch (El Paso/Pueblo Ctys) CANCELLED ["Mel Goff" ]
28 Apr A Note About eBird Entries ["Mel Goff" ]
28 Apr Shorebird Fun! [Crom Lake, Pierce, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
27 Apr Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Broad-Winged Hawk, Ibis sp. at White Ranch Open Space, Jefferson County [Christy P ]
27 Apr Bird Conservancy Banding Station Report, Chatfield, 4-27-16 []
27 Apr ??? Brown Pelican [Maikel Wise ]
27 Apr Shorebirds, El Paso County today [SUKE C ]
27 Apr Whimbrel, El Paso CO. [Glenn Walbek ]
27 Apr Dinosaur Ridge (27 Apr 2016) 12 Raptors []
27 Apr Glossy Ibis, Weld County on 4/26 [teuton ]
27 Apr Re: Boulder County, Gross Reservoir, alt 7600' [Pieter Strauss ]
27 Apr Douglas County oriole ["'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds" ]
27 Apr The Shorebird Mix and others at Walden Ponds, Boulder [Carl Starace ]
27 Apr Boulder County migrants [Roger Linfield ]
27 Apr Glossy Ibis, Weld County on 4/26 [teuton ]
27 Apr White-throated Sparrow and Broad-winged Hawk - Crow Valley (Weld) [Jason Beason ]
27 Apr RM Arsenal NWR - Adams County [JBreitsch - Denver ]
27 Apr Long-billed Dowitcher [Crom Lake, Pierce, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
27 Apr Re: Re: Douglas County oriole [Daniel Maynard ]
27 Apr Re: Douglas County oriole [David Tonnessen ]
27 Apr Re: Douglas County oriole [David Tonnessen ]
27 Apr Re: Re: Douglas County oriole [apanjabi via Colorado Birds ]
26 Apr Re: Douglas County oriole [John Ealy ]
26 Apr Re: Re: Douglas County oriole [Brad Biggerstaff ]
26 Apr Re: Douglas County oriole [David Dowell ]
26 Apr Re: Douglas County oriole [Austin Hess ]
26 Apr Douglas County oriole [John Ealy ]
26 Apr John Martin Brown Pelican, NO [Tom Behnfield ]
26 Apr Dinosaur Ridge (26 Apr 2016) 1 Raptors []
26 Apr John Martin Brown Pelican, NO [Duane Nelson ]
26 Apr Boulder County, Gross Reservoir, alt 7600' [Pieter Strauss ]
26 Apr Re: Brown pelican in Boulder County []
26 Apr Oriole; broadtailed and blackchinned humminbirds: lazuli bunting [John Ealy ]
26 Apr Black-headed Grosbeak, Douglas ["'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" ]
26 Apr How to get the most from your CFO Convention Field Trips! [Joe Roller ]
26 Apr Boulder Pelican NO? [Nick Moore ]
26 Apr FOY Black-chinned HB, Jeffco ["Kay Niyo" ]
26 Apr Brown pelican in Boulder County []
26 Apr Fwd: [NATURE-NET] April Boulder Audubon Program: Dr. Diana Tomback: Clark’s Nutcracker—The Bird that Builds Forests ["Scott E. Severs" ]
26 Apr Northern Parula/Larimer [Rob Sparks ]
26 Apr Bluff Lake - Denver (and a mention of Adams) [JBreitsch - Denver ]
26 Apr CFO convention info & updates [Ted Floyd ]
25 Apr Something to snipe about at Ken Caryl Valley, JeffCo [David Suddjian ]
25 Apr Eastern Arapahoe County [Chris Goulart ]
25 Apr Dinosaur Ridge (25 Apr 2016) 12 Raptors []
25 Apr Pawnee Grasslands; Weld County ["Johnson, Candice E., MD." ]
25 Apr Ruddy Turnstone in Bent County [Duane Nelson ]
25 Apr Cliff Swallows in Longmont [Kat Bradley-Bennett ]
25 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert for April 25, 2016 [Mary Driscoll ]
25 Apr White-throated Sparrow [Lone Tree Creek @Weld CR 110, Nunn, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
25 Apr South Eastern CO Trip [William H Kaempfer ]
24 Apr Eagel Repository trip FULL [Pam Piombino ]
24 Apr Something to grouse about (a couple reports from Jefferson and Arapahoe) [David Suddjian ]
24 Apr NO vermilion flycatcher at Belmar, Jeffco 4/24 p.m. [modise ]

Subject: Fwd: FW: DFO Trip: Lake Jackson Reservoir 5/1 - Canceled
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:35:01 -0600
I want to thank
​everyone who
 register
​ed​
for
​ the​
Sunday May 1st trip to Jackson
​ Lake​
State Park   Ira and I have been watching the weather forecast closely and
have determined for everyone’s safety and health, we should cancel the
trip. The winds will make the cold temps even more miserable, roads will be
slick from all the moisture this week.  We will certainly try and set it up
again later in the summer.

The weather forecast for Ft. Morgan is as follows:

*Saturday Night*

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with a low
around 33. Breezy, with a north wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26
mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

*Sunday*

chances of rain and snow before noon, then a slight chance of rain. Cloudy,
with a high near 46. North wind 8 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the
afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is
20%.





Thank You



Tammy Sanders

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Subject: Re: State Bird Records Committee
From: Gloria Nikolai <glorianikolai AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:05:04 +0000
Mark,
I love that you asked the question ND I love even more the reasoned and 
respectful reasons given in return. Thanks to all for benefiting the entire 
group with the conversation. 


Happy birding,
Gloria Nikolai
El Paso County

Ps. FOS Spotted Sandpiper today in El Paso County :-)
________________________________
From: cobirds AT googlegroups.com  on behalf of Bill 
Maynard  

Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 11:08:25 AM
To: mobma AT yahoo.com
Cc: cobirds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: [cobirds] State Bird Records Committee

Mark,

You answered your own question by reminding birders about the Baikal Teal 
behind the Baskin Robbins. It was a “real” bird but it was found during a 
period when Baikal Teal in their natural Asian range were in severe decline 
after having been the most common duck in its range. Also, anyone can currently 
buy a pair of Baikal Teal for a farm pond for $400. The ornithological record 
is way more than a birder’s eBird claims. It is a method of documentation 
that describes in writing for perpetuity what the bird was doing, what it 
looked like, where and when it was seen, and why it wasn’t a look-alike 
species. eBird reviewers and eBird users make mistakes. Rare bird committee 
members make mistakes too, but there 7 people evaluate a record, ask experts 
from outside of CO when needed, vs. the one eBird reviewer. If you want Baikal 
Teal on your personal list, tick it, but there were excellent ornithological 
reasons not to have it become part of the official CO bird list. Careful 
documentation, especially when a suite of photos or sound recordings are 
included, adds very valuable ornithological information for Colorado. eBird, 
IMO, not so much. 


Respectfully,

Bill Maynard
Colorado Springs
From: 'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com]
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 9:36 AM
To: Colorado Birds
Subject: [cobirds] State Bird Records Committee

In an age of Ebird, CObirds, and even Facebook bird ID groups, why do Colorado 
and other states still have state bird record committees? 


After John Ealy found the hooded oriole in his Douglas County backyard, many 
excellent birders asked to have documentation submitted to the Colorado Bird 
Records Committee, which decides whether rare-bird reports are legitimate. I 
submitted, but the process is a hassle. The website crashed, and instructions 
weren't always clear. 


I know this an all-volunteer effort, and money is short, and I'm always in 
favor of something that increases interest in and knowledge about birds, but 
what does the committee do that isn't already being done elsewhere in a more 
convenient way? In my experience, Ebird reviewers do an excellent job of 
screening entries. (They've found a bunch of my mistakes.) Ebird and CObirds 
make it easy to add photos. And with its international reach, Facebook allows 
fast access to ID experts whose yardbirds are our vagrants. 


It's also tough for me to forget how the committee decided that Bill Brockner's 
Baikal teal, seen by me and hundreds others behind the Baskin Robbins in 
Evergreen a few years back, was not actually a real Baikal teal. 


If there's a good reason to keep submitting to bird records committees, I'd 
like to hear it. 


Good birding.

Mark Obmascik
Denver, CO
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Subject: Hello ;)
From: fiddlenurs via Colorado Birds <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:36:40 -0400
Never let your shaft go down! 

http://www.phanmemgiaoduc.vn/mvivdidfzj/jgabub.php?guiaavulsa_id=7469&enumtypid=fafesez_emissao=512022 



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Subject: RE: State Bird Records Committee
From: "Bill Maynard" <bmaynard99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:08:25 -0600
Mark,

 

You answered your own question by reminding birders about the Baikal Teal 
behind the Baskin Robbins. It was a “real” bird but it was found during a 
period when Baikal Teal in their natural Asian range were in severe decline 
after having been the most common duck in its range. Also, anyone can currently 
buy a pair of Baikal Teal for a farm pond for $400. The ornithological record 
is way more than a birder’s eBird claims. It is a method of documentation 
that describes in writing for perpetuity what the bird was doing, what it 
looked like, where and when it was seen, and why it wasn’t a look-alike 
species. eBird reviewers and eBird users make mistakes. Rare bird committee 
members make mistakes too, but there 7 people evaluate a record, ask experts 
from outside of CO when needed, vs. the one eBird reviewer. If you want Baikal 
Teal on your personal list, tick it, but there were excellent ornithological 
reasons not to have it become part of the official CO bird list. Careful 
documentation, especially when a suite of photos or sound recordings are 
included, adds very valuable ornithological information for Colorado. eBird, 
IMO, not so much. 


 

Respectfully,

 

Bill Maynard

Colorado Springs

From: 'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] 
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 9:36 AM
To: Colorado Birds
Subject: [cobirds] State Bird Records Committee

 

In an age of Ebird, CObirds, and even Facebook bird ID groups, why do Colorado 
and other states still have state bird record committees? 


 

After John Ealy found the hooded oriole in his Douglas County backyard, many 
excellent birders asked to have documentation submitted to the Colorado Bird 
Records Committee, which decides whether rare-bird reports are legitimate. I 
submitted, but the process is a hassle. The website crashed, and instructions 
weren't always clear. 


 

I know this an all-volunteer effort, and money is short, and I'm always in 
favor of something that increases interest in and knowledge about birds, but 
what does the committee do that isn't already being done elsewhere in a more 
convenient way? In my experience, Ebird reviewers do an excellent job of 
screening entries. (They've found a bunch of my mistakes.) Ebird and CObirds 
make it easy to add photos. And with its international reach, Facebook allows 
fast access to ID experts whose yardbirds are our vagrants. 


 

It's also tough for me to forget how the committee decided that Bill Brockner's 
Baikal teal, seen by me and hundreds others behind the Baskin Robbins in 
Evergreen a few years back, was not actually a real Baikal teal. 


 

If there's a good reason to keep submitting to bird records committees, I'd 
like to hear it. 


 

Good birding.

 

Mark Obmascik

Denver, CO

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Subject: white-throated sparrow
From: Janet Hanley <janethanley43 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:16:42 -0600
I put out some millet this snowy morning and was rewarded to see both my
Harris' sparrow and the white-throated sparrow are still around, the latter
ever so smart in his breeding plumage.

Janet Hanley

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Subject: Re: State Bird Records Committee
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:30:17 -0600
These pasted from the Colorado Bird Records Committee page <
http://coloradobirdrecords.org/> offer some response to the question:

"The primary purpose is to provide a repository for information regarding
the records of rare or unusual birds within the state of Colorado. In order
to perform this function, the CBRC solicits, collects, assembles, reviews,
renders opinions on, and permanently archives, in the Denver Museum of
Nature and Science, all documentation concerning rare and unusual bird
records in Colorado."

And

"Birding anecdotes are great fun, but like any oral history, they disappear
over time. By providing details of rare bird sightings in an archival
documentation, birders contribute to a collective body of knowledge that
spans generations.  The intent of the Colorado Bird Records Committee's
peer review process is NOT to validate an individual's sighting or personal
list, rather it is to establish a standard for which rare bird reports can
be used as scientific-quality data."

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 9:35 AM, 'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds <
cobirds AT googlegroups.com> wrote:

> In an age of Ebird, CObirds, and even Facebook bird ID groups, why do
> Colorado and other states still have state bird record committees?
>
> After John Ealy found the hooded oriole in his Douglas County backyard,
> many excellent birders asked to have documentation submitted to the
> Colorado Bird Records Committee, which decides whether rare-bird reports
> are legitimate. I submitted, but the process is a hassle. The website
> crashed, and instructions weren't always clear.
>
> I know this an all-volunteer effort, and money is short, and I'm always in
> favor of something that increases interest in and knowledge about birds,
> but what does the committee do that isn't already being done elsewhere in a
> more convenient way? In my experience, Ebird reviewers do an excellent job
> of screening entries. (They've found a bunch of my mistakes.) Ebird and
> CObirds make it easy to add photos. And with its international reach,
> Facebook allows fast access to ID experts whose yardbirds are our vagrants.
>
> It's also tough for me to forget how the committee decided that Bill
> Brockner's Baikal teal, seen by me and hundreds others behind the Baskin
> Robbins in Evergreen a few years back, was not actually a real Baikal teal.
>
> If there's a good reason to keep submitting to bird records committees,
> I'd like to hear it.
>
> Good birding.
>
> Mark Obmascik
> Denver, CO
>
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Subject: Re: State Bird Records Committee
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:29:47 -0600
Mark,
I understand your concerns, but Bird Record Committees have NOT been
surpassed by eBird,
and I am a huge supporter of e Bird. e Bird species ID reviewers do great
work, but each of them is staunchly
supportive of the CBRC.

Perhaps the current chair of the Colorado Bird Record Committee, Mark
Peterson or
the recent chair, Doug Faulkner, now President of CFO, can take the time to
answer your questions
point by point.

In the meantime, I will just say that detailed documentation of any rarity
and many more common birds
is absolutely necessary for Colorado to have a "clean" state list,
unimpeachable.
Norm Erthal found Colorado's first state record of Hooded Oriole, and he
and I (who was with him) prepared
detailed reports to the CBRC, even though there were fine photos. Yes, it
was sort of a hassle, but well worth the effort.
I yearn to send the CBRC detailed reports of the next Colorado Wood Stork,
Olive Warbler and other birds that require
documentation. Those would be happy hassles.

And to second guess the 7 or so highly expert committee members' decision
about the Baikal Teal is not reasonable. As I recall, the bird
was thought to be a "real female Baikal Teal," but it's "provenance" was
the sticking point. Many more Baikal Teal
are kept in aviaries in the US than are thought to have flown here from
Lake Baikal.  And there was an aviary
a short distance from Evergreen. That is just the way I recall it, perhaps
not exactly correct. Ditto with the
Evergreen Rufous-collared Sparrow. Species ID was not questioned, but they
are good singers, are
widely kept as cage birds and are not vagrants to the US.

Mark, I'd be glad to chat with you on the phone, as space here is limited.
There are marked differences
between e Bird reviews and CRBC reviews. Just look at the issue of Colorado
Birds that describes
the tremendous effort the CBRC did in analyzing the ID of Colorado's only
Kelp Gull and it's "wild"
provenance.

Joe Roller
proud CFO member since 1975


On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 9:35 AM, 'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds <
cobirds AT googlegroups.com> wrote:

> In an age of Ebird, CObirds, and even Facebook bird ID groups, why do
> Colorado and other states still have state bird record committees?
>
> After John Ealy found the hooded oriole in his Douglas County backyard,
> many excellent birders asked to have documentation submitted to the
> Colorado Bird Records Committee, which decides whether rare-bird reports
> are legitimate. I submitted, but the process is a hassle. The website
> crashed, and instructions weren't always clear.
>
> I know this an all-volunteer effort, and money is short, and I'm always in
> favor of something that increases interest in and knowledge about birds,
> but what does the committee do that isn't already being done elsewhere in a
> more convenient way? In my experience, Ebird reviewers do an excellent job
> of screening entries. (They've found a bunch of my mistakes.) Ebird and
> CObirds make it easy to add photos. And with its international reach,
> Facebook allows fast access to ID experts whose yardbirds are our vagrants.
>
> It's also tough for me to forget how the committee decided that Bill
> Brockner's Baikal teal, seen by me and hundreds others behind the Baskin
> Robbins in Evergreen a few years back, was not actually a real Baikal teal.
>
> If there's a good reason to keep submitting to bird records committees,
> I'd like to hear it.
>
> Good birding.
>
> Mark Obmascik
> Denver, CO
>
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Subject: Re: State Bird Records Committee
From: Doug Faulkner <zebrilus AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:29:03 -0600
Mark and Cobirds:

I will share the primary reason I believe that Bird Records Committees
(BRCs) are important.  They are repositories for bird records.  A one-stop
shop.  Yes, one can submit photos to eBird, Cobirds, and any number of
other online sites, but availability to that information is not
long-lived.  A BRC acts like a museum.  The records submitted to it are
available for easy, public consumption in perpetuity.  Yes, there is the
vetting process that BRCs perform for what constitutes a "record", and that
is important, but to me it is the repository aspect that makes BRCs
necessary.

One could argue that museums are no longer necessary because collecting is
not performed at the same level as in the past.  Yet, they provide a
valuable resource to researchers because of their repositories of
specimens.  In much the same way, BRCs provide a repository of bird records
that can be used by researchers now and 100 years from now.  Try finding
any information about the Hooded Oriole on the internet next year, 5 years
from now, or in 50 years.  Instant gratification and information sharing is
great, but it is fleeting.  BRCs are in it for the long-haul.

respectfully,

Doug Faulkner
Arvada, CO

On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 9:35 AM, 'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds <
cobirds AT googlegroups.com> wrote:

> In an age of Ebird, CObirds, and even Facebook bird ID groups, why do
> Colorado and other states still have state bird record committees?
>
> After John Ealy found the hooded oriole in his Douglas County backyard,
> many excellent birders asked to have documentation submitted to the
> Colorado Bird Records Committee, which decides whether rare-bird reports
> are legitimate. I submitted, but the process is a hassle. The website
> crashed, and instructions weren't always clear.
>
> I know this an all-volunteer effort, and money is short, and I'm always in
> favor of something that increases interest in and knowledge about birds,
> but what does the committee do that isn't already being done elsewhere in a
> more convenient way? In my experience, Ebird reviewers do an excellent job
> of screening entries. (They've found a bunch of my mistakes.) Ebird and
> CObirds make it easy to add photos. And with its international reach,
> Facebook allows fast access to ID experts whose yardbirds are our vagrants.
>
> It's also tough for me to forget how the committee decided that Bill
> Brockner's Baikal teal, seen by me and hundreds others behind the Baskin
> Robbins in Evergreen a few years back, was not actually a real Baikal teal.
>
> If there's a good reason to keep submitting to bird records committees,
> I'd like to hear it.
>
> Good birding.
>
> Mark Obmascik
> Denver, CO
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Subject: Yuma County mini fallout, 4/28/16
From: Daniel Maynard <dmaynar AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:06:18 -0500
Folks,

I encountered a mini fallout in Yuma County yesterday on my way home from
work in Nebraska. If it had only been one or two weeks later, I'm convinced
it would have been massive. As it was, it was still a little early. Still,
it was a very, very good day in Northeast CO in April.

Some of my highlights included:

Three *Harris's Sparrows*,a *White-throated sparrow*, and a *Red-bellied
woodpecker* in Laird on the Nebraska border

Among the dozens of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Orange-crowned Warblers
dripping from the trees in Wray, I had a *Prothonotary Warbler*, a *Yellow
Warbler*, and three *Common Yellowthroats*, all of which got themselves
flagged in eBird. Somewhat surprisingly, a *Least Flycatcher* did not. *Chimney
Swifts* have arrived in town.

More warblers at Stalker Lake. There were warblers in the sagebrush,
warblers in the trees, and warblers on the ground. At one point, I was
looking at *3 'Western' Palm Warblers*, all perched on or underneath the
same picnic table. Nearly every sparrow I looked at was a *Clay-colored*,
though I did have a few *Chipping*, a singing *Brewer's, *and a singing *Field
Sparrow. *The lake was covered swallows; I was actually surprised I didn't
see a Purple Martin, but I did have the five other expected species (no
Violet-green). Shorebirds included *Baird's, Least, Semipalmated, Spotted*
and *Solitary Sandpipers*, and also *4 Willets*, *32 Long-billed Dowitchers*,
*Greater* and *Lesser Yellowlegs*, and *1 Wilson's Phalarope*. I
flushed an *American
Bittern*, which headed upstream, and also flushed an early *Green Heron*,
which sat in a tree for a photo.

[image: Inline image 1]

Terrible photo, but that's the best I could do with an iPhone and a pair of
binoculars. At least it's in focus.

Beecher Island hosted a number of good birds as well, such as *Northern
Bobwhite, Osprey, Eastern Screech-Owl*, *Red-bellied Woodpecker*, *Eastern
Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird,* *Northern Parula*, another *Harris's Sparrow*,
and another *White-throated Sparrow*.

102 total species in roughly a half-day of birding. There seemed to be
birds in every tree. Here's hoping this weather produces some more great
birds this weekend

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Denver, CO

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Subject: State Bird Records Committee
From: "'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:35:40 +0000 (UTC)
In an age of Ebird, CObirds, and even Facebook bird ID groups, why do Colorado 
and other states still have state bird record committees? 

After John Ealy found the hooded oriole in his Douglas County backyard, many 
excellent birders asked to have documentation submitted to the Colorado Bird 
Records Committee, which decides whether rare-bird reports are legitimate. I 
submitted, but the process is a hassle. The website crashed, and instructions 
weren't always clear. 

I know this an all-volunteer effort, and money is short, and I'm always in 
favor of something that increases interest in and knowledge about birds, but 
what does the committee do that isn't already being done elsewhere in a more 
convenient way? In my experience, Ebird reviewers do an excellent job of 
screening entries. (They've found a bunch of my mistakes.) Ebird and CObirds 
make it easy to add photos. And with its international reach, Facebook allows 
fast access to ID experts whose yardbirds are our vagrants. 

It's also tough for me to forget how the committee decided that Bill Brockner's 
Baikal teal, seen by me and hundreds others behind the Baskin Robbins in 
Evergreen a few years back, was not actually a real Baikal teal.  

If there's a good reason to keep submitting to bird records committees, I'd 
like to hear it. 

Good birding.
Mark ObmascikDenver, CO

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Subject: Boulder Co. storm birds, Apr. 28
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:34:23 -0700 (PDT)

Hello, Birders. After the weather turned nasty yesterday, Thurs., Apr. 28, 
the birding got good. I didn't have much time, but Greenlee Preserve, 
Boulder Co., had a *gray flycatcher,* for example. And the Boulder 
Reservoir and Clover Basin Reservoir mudflats had *western willets* and 
others shorebirds: peeps, dowitchers, yellowlegs, snipes, semi plovers, 
etc. I Imagine today will be good in Boulder County and elsewhere in the 
region--and that things will continue that way through the weekend. Below 
are pix of the Greenlee gray flycatcher and a western sandpiper at Boulder 
Rez:


 



 



Ted Floyd

Lafayette, Boulder County

 


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Subject: Marston Reservoir,Denver County, 4/28/16
From: Tina Jones <tjcalliope AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:42:27 +0000
Hi all,

Looking at Marston from the East side[Bow Mar Dr.], there was another gorgeous, 
alternate breeding plumage, Common Loon. There were 4, Common Mergansers also. 



Looking at Marston from the West side, from the fence, birds were more diverse. 
4, Semipalmated Plovers,[seems like today was one of their main arrival days 
along the front range] 1, Killdeer, 2 Least Sandpipers, 4, Long-billed 
Dowitcher, 1, Willet, and 14, Wilson's Phalarope. The usual Green-winged Teal, 
and Gadwall ,were present. Looking out in the middle of the lake from the west 
side, was a raft of around 32, Western Grebe[no Clark's that I could see], 
another raft of 30, Lesser Scaup, with 1, pair of Greater Scaup and 1, pair of 
Ring-necked Duck. Close to the Lesser Scaup were around 20, Redhead. 



The Swallow numbers were incredible. Many, many , Violet-crowned, and Tree, and 
Barn, with Violet-crowned being the most common. At least 1000 , Swallows were 
present feeding over the lake. Many of the Violet-crowned were trying to stand 
on the top of Willow stems. They had a hard time balancing themselves on the 
tippy top of the branches and some were swaying back and forth on the branches 
and looked like they were about to fall off the the tips, but managed to remain 
on the branch tips. What a balancing act. This also was seen from the western 
side next to the Water Board fence. 



Happy Birding!!

Tina Jones

Littleton, Jefferson County, Colorado

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Subject: Mountain Plovers in the news
From: Scott Severs <scottesevers AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:49:04 -0700
Rocky Mountain Bird Conservancy featured in this story on High Plains
Public Radio.


http://hppr.org/post/mbt-centennial-mountain-plover#stream/0

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Subject: Brown Pelican - Ireland Reservoir #5
From: George <georgemayfield AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:21:09 -0700 (PDT)
Karen Drozda and I stumbled upon the missing Brown Pelican (adult, breeding 
plumage) at Ireland Reservoir #5 around noon today.  The pelican was seen 
across the lake from the spot where County Rd. 49 heads due north away from 
the reservoir.  It was standing on some stumps and logs surrounded by 
flooded willows against the SE shore.  The bird flew off while we were 
watching to points unknown.

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Subject: Bird Conservancy Banding Station Report - Chatfield, 4/28/16
From: meredith.mcburney AT birdconservancy.org
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:32:20 -0700 (PDT)
We were fortunate enough to be able to open nets for a couple of hours this 
morning before the rain/snow/slush started.  It was grey and cool but no 
wind, and we caught 18 new birds plus 4 banded yesterday, all of which we 
shared with Christy Carello's Ornithology class from Metro State. Highlight 
was 2 EASTERN PHOEBES - the first of this species ever caught at this 
station. 

Here's the breakdown for the morning:

Downy Woodpecker 2 (male and female, side-by-side in the net)
Eastern Phoebe 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1 new, 2 banded last year
Hermit Thrush 1
Virginia's Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Myrtle 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Intergrade 1

Open daily, weather permitting (so it is very likely we will be closed some 
of the next few days!) through June 2, EXCEPT for May 13, 14, and 30. It is 
almost always better to visit early. We are opening nets at 6:30, and most 
days will have birds back at the station by 7:15. There are school groups 
every weekday, arriving about 9:45.
 
Meredith McBurney
Bander/Biologist
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

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Subject: Participants Wanted - Fort Collins Audubon Society Birdathon Fundraiser
From: Joey Angstman <jangstma27 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:02:53 -0700 (PDT)
I would like to join a team if anyone needs another set of eyes. I am available 
May 21 or 22. 


Joey Angstman
Fort Collins, CO

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Subject: Flagler Reservoir, Kit Carson County
From: buntingrobinjay AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:39:05 -0700 (PDT)
 

I got up early this morning at 5 and headed off to Flagler Reservoir. I 
have not been there before and it did not leave me disappointed after a 
long drive. Before getting there I stopped briefly at the rest area near 
Arriba (Lincoln County) and found the birds quit active there and beside 
the expected birds I found 5 *White-Crowned Sparrows* that proved a 
surprise for me. The *Great-tailed Grackles* were also actively calling.

At the reservoir it’s self I found 32 bird species. There was several types 
of shorebirds, *Killdeer, 4 Pectoral Sandpiper,* *1 Solitarily Sandpiper *and 
3* Lesser Yellow legs.* These birds I found in the marshy field part of the 
reservoir proper alongside the dame, with the yellow legs hanging out at 
the outlet. Many ducks were present also along with two *American White 
Pelicans*, always a joy to see. A lifer for me was found in this area also, 
two *White-Winged Doves* flew by. The white outer tail tips on a rounded 
tail caught my eye as different. The other hightails for me were the *Northern 
Mockingbird* which was singing beautifully and a *Loggerhead Shrike*. While 
exploring the area bellow the dame I noticed a different looking buteo in 
flight. It was a *Broad-winged Hawk* javelin, light phase. This was another 
lifer for me.

After exploring this area, I went to the town park of Flagler briefly and 
found more great-tailed grackles along with the common park birds and a 
boatload of *Cedar Waxwings*, around 58 but the exact number was hard to 
get. This mob proved the most exiting at the park. Over all a very good 
day. If anyone is thinking about heading out to this area it is a good 
time. Here is the three ebird checklist I submitted. 


Brian Johnson, 

Englewood CO


Arriba Rest Area, http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29265457

Flagler Reservoir http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29266174

Flagler Park, http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29266224

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Subject: Green-tailed Towhee [Yard, Nunn, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:38:15 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

My wife just reported Green-tailed Towhee now--hanging out with three 
Spotted Towhee in our yard today.  The many Chipping and White-crowneds 
remain, too.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

http://coloradobirder.ning.com/

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Subject: FOY Lazuli Bunting, Pueblo
From: "Leon Bright" <urraca2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:03:44 -0600
COBirders--  Just now spotted a male alternate-plumaged Lazuli Bunting in
our back yard in Pueblo.  I imagine he is finding out that spring in
Colorado isn't what he expected.

Leon Bright (Pueblo)

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Subject: re: Denver County local interest migrants
From: "Karl Stecher Jr." <kstecher AT idcomm.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:37:09 -0600
Cowbirds hit my feeders yesterday, and more today.  Blackbirds come by the 
feeder every day..waves of migrating  birds....common grackles, red-w 
blackbirds...these are different birds moving north all day, despite the 
weather.  No rarities, no sparrows in this suburban neighborhood.
  
 Karl Stecher
 Centennial/Arapahoe near Colorado Blvd and Orchard
  
  
  

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Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:29 PM
To: "Colorado Birds" 
Subject: [cobirds] Denver County local interest migrants   
 Hi all --  
 Good birds (by Denver County standards) seem to be showing up all over the 
metro area right now, with lots of turnover.
  
 Sunday at City Park I saw my first Chimney Swift, hundreds of swallows 
including Bank Swallow, and 35+ other species.
  
 Today along the Highline Canal in Fairmount Cemetery I saw a Harris' 
Sparrow with two white-crowns.
  
 Yesterday, Bluff Lake had a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Brown-headed 
Cowbird. FYI Bluff Lake's lake reconstruction project, aimed at improving 
habitat, is due to begin any day. The lake will be drained and the dam will 
be inaccessible for the next four-ish months.
  
 Westerly Wetlands is the place to be right now. In the last week I've 
seen: Great-tailed Grackle, Yellow-headed Blackbird, White-faced Ibis, 
Cattle Egret, Sage Thrasher, Rock Wren, many duck species, Solitary 
Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, 
Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, possible Baird's and Least, 
Semipalmated Plover, and Wilson's Snipe. Light is best early and late in 
the day; viewing is from the top of the dam with a scope (don't leave the 
gravel trail). Again, lots of turnover -- much of what I saw yesterday was 
not there today.
  
 Good birding!
 Chris Rurik
 Denver CO

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Subject: Denver County local interest migrants
From: Chris Rurik <chrisrurik AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:28:18 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all --

Good birds (by Denver County standards) seem to be showing up all over the 
metro area right now, with lots of turnover.

Sunday at City Park I saw my first Chimney Swift, hundreds of swallows 
including Bank Swallow, and 35+ other species.

Today along the Highline Canal in Fairmount Cemetery I saw a Harris' 
Sparrow with two white-crowns.

Yesterday, Bluff Lake had a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Brown-headed Cowbird. 
FYI Bluff Lake's lake reconstruction project, aimed at improving habitat, 
is due to begin any day. The lake will be drained and the dam will be 
inaccessible for the next four-ish months.

Westerly Wetlands is the place to be right now. In the last week I've seen: 
Great-tailed Grackle, Yellow-headed Blackbird, White-faced Ibis, Cattle 
Egret, Sage Thrasher, Rock Wren, many duck species, Solitary Sandpiper, 
Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, Western 
Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, possible Baird's and Least, Semipalmated 
Plover, and Wilson's Snipe. Light is best early and late in the day; 
viewing is from the top of the dam with a scope (don't leave the gravel 
trail). Again, lots of turnover -- much of what I saw yesterday was not 
there today.

Good birding!
Chris Rurik
Denver CO

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Subject: Participants Wanted - Fort Collins Audubon Society Birdathon Fundraiser
From: John Shenot <johnshenot AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:21:12 -0700 (PDT)
Fort Collins Audubon Society is holding a Birdathon fundraiser in May. We 
are allowing teams to count birds in ANY 24-hour period between May 13 and 
May 22. If you would like to register a team or make a donation, please 
visit our website at *http://www.fortcollinsaudubon.org/birdathon.html* 
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(I believe the list-serve rules allow me to post this announcement about a 
non-profit organization fundraiser. My sincere apologies if this is 
out-of-bounds.)

John Shenot
FCAS President
Fort Collins, CO

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Subject: Aiken Audubon Society Field Trip to Chico Basin Ranch (El Paso/Pueblo Ctys) CANCELLED
From: "Mel Goff" <melgoff AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:36:34 -0600
Due to inclement weather and the probability of muddy roads at Chico Basin 
Ranch, the AAS field trip scheduled for Saturday (4/30) has been cancelled. 


Hopefully, all who signed up will get this notification.

Mel Goff
Aiken Audubon Field Trip Coordinator

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Subject: A Note About eBird Entries
From: "Mel Goff" <melgoff AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:33:15 -0600
Hello, Cobirders.

Not many of you have a lot of time on your hands, but this morning I endeavored 
to audit my El Paso county eBird list for 2016 while watching the morning snow 
storm. 


I found 4 data entry errors. I had to delete 3 species entries and add 1 
species. It took a while, but I am fairly confident that my county list for 
2016 is now accurate. The mistakes were mine, and I hope they caused no one to 
look for a bird I reported but did not see. 


Regards,

Mel Goff
Colorado Springs, CO

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Subject: Shorebird Fun! [Crom Lake, Pierce, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:56:52 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

Best group so far at Crom Lake this spring.

   - Willet - 16
   - Spotted Sandpiper - 2
   - Least Sandpiper - 3
   - Wilson's Phalarope - 2
   - Wilson's Snipe - 1
   - Killdeer - 3
   - American Avocet - 18
   - Long-billed Dowitcher - 2

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

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Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Broad-Winged Hawk, Ibis sp. at White Ranch Open Space, Jefferson County
From: Christy P <passerculus AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:07:34 -0700 (PDT)
During the afternoon today we had a Broad-winged Hawk and 49 Ibis (unknown 
species) fly over White Ranch Open Space. 2 pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher were 
observed in flowering plum bushes, also. 


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Subject: Bird Conservancy Banding Station Report, Chatfield, 4-27-16
From: meredith.mcburney AT birdconservancy.org
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:29:43 -0700 (PDT)
A perfectly lovely first day of banding at Chatfield! Sunny, cool, no wind, and 
more birds than usual for late April at this station. A total of 34 birds, of 
which 20 were Yellow-rumped Warblers - Audubon's, Myrtles, even 1 intergrade; 
males and females; young and adults. 


Here's the breakdown:

Black-capped Chickadee 2 new, 1 banded 4/25/15
House Wren 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Myrtle 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon 9
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Intergrade 1
Spotted Towhee 1 new, 1 banded 5/26/15
Unidentified Dark-eyed Junco 1

Open daily, weather permitting (so it is very likely we will be closed some of 
the next few days!) through June 2, EXCEPT for May 13, 14, and 30. It is almost 
always better to visit early. We are opening nets at 6:30, and most days will 
have birds back at the station by 7:15. There are school groups every weekday, 
arriving about 9:45. 


Meredith McBurney
Bander/Biologist
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

 

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Subject: ??? Brown Pelican
From: Maikel Wise <maikel.wise AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:43:45 -0700 (PDT)
I notice that there are no posts that contain the words BROWN PELICAN.  I'm 
guessing we have all scoured the ponds, reservoirs, lakes, and hot tubs in 
Boulder County?  
I'm wondering if it's on one of the 'private' properties in the vicinity or 
it has finally clicked its heels three times and gone home.
Susan Wise
-so tired from binocular fatigue that I can't figure out how to log out of 
Maikel's account.
-Superior, Colorado (Boulder County)

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Subject: Shorebirds, El Paso County today
From: SUKE C <mclee72 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:50:22 -0600
Perhaps of interest to El Paso Birders,
 
At Drake Lake (off Mallard Dr)
11 Willets
20 + Long-billed Dowitchers (at first I saw around 9 birds by the shore but as 
I was leaving 

I saw more in the grass,  east of the sandy/muddy to the north)
 
At the Stapleton Pond
2 more Willets
9-10 LB Dowitchers
A LARGE flock of Yellow-headed Blackbirds perched on top of one of the houses 
on the west side of the pond. They were not only on the peaked part of the 
house but all over the roof. Hundreds! 

 
 
In the drainage stream, on the other side of Lambert Rd
1 Solitary Sandpiper
2 Wilson's Snipes
2 Kildirs 
 
The water level is getting lower at Stapleton pond as a crew is pumping some of 
the water out. 

Maybe they will dredge it which will leave a lot of mud for shorebirds...
Cecile Lee
Elbert, CO
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Whimbrel, El Paso CO.
From: Glenn Walbek <gwalbek AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:45:26 -0600
A single Whimbrel was associating with 14 Marbled Godwits at Ramah State 
Wildlife Area today. 


Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (27 Apr 2016) 12 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:59:16 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             74             89
Osprey                       4              9             10
Bald Eagle                   0              3             12
Northern Harrier             0              0              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             35             44
Cooper's Hawk                1             42             49
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3              3
Red-tailed Hawk              2             68            250
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              7              7
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0              1              2
American Kestrel             1             25             38
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             2              7             10
Prairie Falcon               0              7             12
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1             15             25
Unknown Buteo                0              4             17
Unknown Falcon               0              3              8
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              6              8

Total:                      12            310            590
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bill Flowers

Observers:        Paul Slingsby

Visitors:
We had two sets of hikers come by and look around.  Bikers and joggers were
out on the trail.  One set of joggers asked us if we knew any birds and it
turns out they wanted to know the name of the Black-billed Magpies around
the site



Weather:
Another Colorado Spring day with some to lots of clouds, wind direction and
speed continuously changing, and spitting of precipitation on us during the
afternoon.  The temperature ranged from 39 to 50 degrees F and the wind
ranged from less than 5 mph to gusts of 20 mph.

Raptor Observations:
We had migrating raptors every period except for the last period (2-3 PM
MDT).  The highlights for migrating raptors were four Osprey and two
Peregrine Falcons.  But we had continuous raptor actions all day.  We had a
Golden Eagle come over the ridge several times during the day.  Resident
Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrels, and Turkey Vultures provided
opportunities to study long distance field marks and postures.  

Non-raptor Observations:
We had the usual passerines and corvids around the site today.  These
include:  Western Meadowlark, Black-billed Magpie, Western-scrub Jay,
American Robin, Broadtail Hummingbird, Common Ravens, Townsend's Solitaire,
Northern Flicker, White-throated Swift, and Violet-Green Swallows.
 
First thing in the morning we had a Rock Wren come within 8 feet of the
site and it stayed around a couple of minutes.  Paul was almost beaned by
an American Kestrel that came over the Ponderosa Pine just in front of the
site, it went toward the ground, but lifted up to miss Paul and the Juniper
at the site.  It probably was within 1 foot of Paul's head when this
happened.

During the last period, we had about 40 gulls between the site and Green
Mountain.  They probably were Franklin's Gulls based on the field marks.

Of course several elk and a few mule deer were on the Cabrini ridge, but
not until about lunch time.

Predictions:
With the weather forecast, the observation of raptors may be limited.  It
probably will be miserable on the ridge if the snow and rain starts while
people are on the Hawkwatch site.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.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 Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

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: Glossy Ibis, Weld County on 4/26
From: teuton <teuton AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:00:33 -0600
    
Just had a Glossy Ibis confirmed in e-bird. The bird was with a relatively 
small group of White-Faced Ibis near a pond on CR 40 just east of CR 45, but 
there are flocks of Ibis all over the place up there in the Lower Latham area, 
so be on the lookout. Cheryl Teuton,Aurora  



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Subject: Re: Boulder County, Gross Reservoir, alt 7600'
From: Pieter Strauss <pstrauss451 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:38:01 -0700 (PDT)


 

Thanks to Chip Clouse for correcting my ID -- this little fellow is a 
Myrtle Warbler.  I have attached a pic from last year of an Audubon's 
Warbler, same tree.  Didn't think to compare the coloration of the throat 
-- white vs yellow.  I really appreciate corrections, please feel free!


Pieter Strauss



On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 5:00:52 PM UTC-6, Pieter Strauss wrote:
>
>
> 04 25 2016 first Audubon's Warbler arrived.  They don't sit still for 
> long, but I got this picture. 
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>
> Pieter Strauss, Lakeshore Park, above Gross Reservoir
>
> My full list of this spring's notable arrivals:
> 04 02 2016     2 red-tailed hawks soaring over reservoir
>                       6 male and female mountain bluebirds
> 04 03 2016      2 mourning doves
>                       numerous house finches
> 04 04 2016      male evening grosbeak at feeder
> 04 09 2016      2 western bluebirds, male and female
> 04 12 2016      kestrel made a pass at my cat while she was lounging on 
> the deck, thought better of it
> 04 17 2016      Cassin's finch male and female at my feeder
> 04 21 2016       2 Cedar Waxwings in cotton wood
> 04 23 2016      Broad Tailed Hummingbird
>                        2 Green and Violet swallows soaring over deck
>
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Subject: Douglas County oriole
From: "'Mark Obmascik' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:04:47 +0000 (UTC)
John Ealy, one of my former editors at the Denver Post (he saved me from myself 
more times than I want to admit), invited me over to his house this morning 
near Roxborough Park in Douglas County to search for the interesting oriole. We 
ended up with several good looks but lousy photographs of the bird. 
(Zapruder-style pix attached.) I haven't seen a hooded oriole in more than ten 
years, so I will leave the ID to those who know the bird better. John said it 
was his third day seeing the bird in his backyard. 

The oriole is a brilliant yellow with black masked face, long bill, black tail, 
and a strong white wingbar. It was about as long as a starling but not nearly 
as chunky. John saw the bird just before I arrived. After it failed to return 
for 90 minutes, I played a hooded oriole song, which it responded to twice.  I 
heard it call "veek," which sounded close to the hooded oriole call on the 
Sibley app. 

Hope this helps.
Good birding.
Mark ObmascikDenver, CO



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Subject: The Shorebird Mix and others at Walden Ponds, Boulder
From: Carl Starace <castarace AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:18:20 -0600
     A fine mix of shorebirds there, with 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, a Solitary
Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, a dozen Long Billed Dowitcher  4 American
Avocets, a Willet and both Semi palmated and Lesser Sandpipers. Further
along the trail towards Boulder Creek were 3 Brewers Sparrows,  some
Chipping Sparrows,  two pair of Wood Duck,  lots of Yellow rumped Warblers
and an Orange Crowned Warbler. Good Spring Birding All,       Carl
Starace    Niwot

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Subject: Boulder County migrants
From: Roger Linfield <rplinfield AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:20:13 -0600
This morning at Walden Ponds, the woods just west of Cottonwood Marsh had two 
Brewer’s Sparrows and an early Eastern Kingbird. 


Around noon, a flock of seven Long-billed Curlews flew in and landed at the 
mouth of the inlet to Boulder Reservoir. 


The woods by Twin Lakes had two Swainson’s Thrushes.

Roger Linfield
Boulder

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Subject: Glossy Ibis, Weld County on 4/26
From: teuton <teuton AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:25:38 -0600

-------- Original message --------
From: teuton  
Date: 04/27/2016  10:00 AM  (GMT-07:00) 
To: cobirds AT googlegroups.com 
Subject: Glossy Ibis, Weld County on 4/26 


    
Just had a Glossy Ibis confirmed in e-bird. The bird was with a relatively 
small group of White-Faced Ibis near a pond on CR 40 just east of CR 45, but 
there are flocks of Ibis all over the place up there in the Lower Latham area, 
so be on the lookout. Cheryl Teuton,Aurora 


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Subject: White-throated Sparrow and Broad-winged Hawk - Crow Valley (Weld)
From: Jason Beason <aeronautes.saxatalis AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:24:16 -0600
Rob Sparks and I birded at Crow Valley campground this morning. A few
migrants were found on this very chilly morning. An impressive number of
Lincoln's Sparrow and Spotted Towhee were present (estimating between
50-100 of each). One adult light-morph Broad-winged Hawk and one
White-throated Sparrow (white striped) were other highlights. For warblers
a few Yellow-rumped (Myrtle and Audubon's) and Orange-crowned were all we
could find. Along Weld county road 65 near Hwy 14 we saw a few Vesper
Sparrows and many McCown's Longspurs.

-- 
Jason Beason

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Subject: RM Arsenal NWR - Adams County
From: JBreitsch - Denver <jbreitsch AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:06:28 -0700 (PDT)
27 April 2016
Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR

Not all of the sparrows are back yet, but I did see Chipping, Brewer's, 
Clay-colored, Vesper, Song, Lincoln's, and a couple of Green-tailed 
Towhees. 

There were some good moments during the day.  About a minute or twos walk 
east from the intersection of the Prairie/Rod-Gun/Woodland trails meet I 
had , all at the same time, House Wren, Rock Wren, Green-tailed Towhee, a 
perched Tree Swallow, American Kestrel, mating Downy Woodpeckers, and a 
calling Sora.  

The shoreline at Havana Ponds is growing by the day. Since Sunday, the 
water level has receded at least 5-10 feet.  That being said, the only new 
shorebird seen this morning was a Spotted Sandpiper.  

Other birds of potential interest seen while walking or driving were 
Loggerhead Shrike, Burrowing Owl, the two Eastern Phoebes, the family of 
Great Horned Owls, American Avocets, rafts of Ruddy Ducks, Eared Grebe, 
Lesser Scaup, Common Merganser, White-faced Ibis, Say's Phoebe, and Horned 
Larks.  48 species in all.

John Breitsch
Denver, Colorado
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Subject: Long-billed Dowitcher [Crom Lake, Pierce, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:32:38 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

This morning there were two Long-billed Dowitcher hanging out with about a 
dozen American Avocet on Crom lake east pond and shore.  In yard had about 
dozen Chipping Sparrow and eight White-crowned Sparrow along with a Spotted 
Towhee.

Thanks
Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Subject: Re: Re: Douglas County oriole
From: Daniel Maynard <dmaynar AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:20:06 -0600
Folks,

Just a friendly reminder that in order to have a chance at becoming a state
record, a sighting would first need to be submitted to the CO Bird Records
Committee for consideration. I can't speak for the other committee members,
but I can say that I would certainly like to see this sighting submitted :)
A link to the website where records can be submitted is here:
http://coloradobirdrecords.org/. Yes, that is a shameless plug for the
committee.

More importantly, I think just about every birder in the state would be
interested in seeing this bird for themselves, if that is indeed a
possibility.

A few observations that point to Hooded Oriole vs. Orchard:
- The slightly more decurved bill (especially the upper mandible)
- The photo *suggests* a bold upper wing patch a la Hooded (immature M
Orchard shows 2 relatively similar width wing bars)
- The coloration seems too yellow for Orchard (usually more
greenish-yellow), as has already been pointed out
- Orchard is very small, not much bigger than a large warbler.

Cheers,
-- 
Dan Maynard
Denver, CO

On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 10:33 PM, John Ealy  wrote:

> Apologies. The only clear photo I have is what I posted. The bird is very
> timid and flies from the feeder if we approach the windows, which is why I
> had to resort to digicam. The more I look at the pic, the more the bird
> looks like a young orchard to my eye. I'd love to have a state record bird,
> but I'm skeptical.
>
> On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 9:12:45 PM UTC-6, David Dowell wrote:
>>
>> Wow!  Any photos of the side or back?  I'm wondering if Streak-backed
>> Oriole is also a possible ID.
>>
>> David Dowell
>> Longmont, CO
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Subject: Re: Douglas County oriole
From: David Tonnessen <davidtonnessenx AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:56:32 -0700 (PDT)
>
> Agreed, an Orchard Oriole would never look this orange. Also, the bill is 
> too slender for Streak-backed and the other markings aren't quite right 
> either, no?
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Subject: Re: Douglas County oriole
From: David Tonnessen <davidtonnessenx AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:54:47 -0700 (PDT)

> Agreed, an Orchard Oriole would never look this yellow. Also, the bill is 
> too slender for Streak-backed and the other markings aren't quite right 
> either, no?
>


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Subject: Re: Re: Douglas County oriole
From: apanjabi via Colorado Birds <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:37:45 -0600
Looks too orange to be an orchard oriole.  

Arvind Panjabi
Fort Collins 
Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 26, 2016, at 10:33 PM, John Ealy  wrote:
> 
> Apologies. The only clear photo I have is what I posted. The bird is very 
timid and flies from the feeder if we approach the windows, which is why I had 
to resort to digicam. The more I look at the pic, the more the bird looks like 
a young orchard to my eye. I'd love to have a state record bird, but I'm 
skeptical. 

> 
>> On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 9:12:45 PM UTC-6, David Dowell wrote:
>> Wow! Any photos of the side or back? I'm wondering if Streak-backed Oriole 
is also a possible ID. 

>> 
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>> Longmont, CO
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Subject: Re: Douglas County oriole
From: John Ealy <jrealy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:33:24 -0700 (PDT)
Apologies. The only clear photo I have is what I posted. The bird is very 
timid and flies from the feeder if we approach the windows, which is why I 
had to resort to digicam. The more I look at the pic, the more the bird 
looks like a young orchard to my eye. I'd love to have a state record bird, 
but I'm skeptical. 

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>
> Wow!  Any photos of the side or back?  I'm wondering if Streak-backed 
> Oriole is also a possible ID.
>
> David Dowell
> Longmont, CO
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Subject: Re: Re: Douglas County oriole
From: Brad Biggerstaff <eyepatchtattoo AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:33:46 -0600
Great bird!

I just saw on eBird that a Hooded Oriole was seen and photographed in
Manhattan, Kansas.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29231842

Birds and their wings....

Brad Biggerstaff
Fort Collins

+++ It's amazing what you see when you look +++
Wow!  Any photos of the side or back?  I'm wondering if Streak-backed
Oriole is also a possible ID.

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Subject: Re: Douglas County oriole
From: David Dowell <dave1wx AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:12:45 -0700 (PDT)
Wow!  Any photos of the side or back?  I'm wondering if Streak-backed 
Oriole is also a possible ID.

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Subject: Re: Douglas County oriole
From: Austin Hess <outdoorlover1214 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:44:59 -0700 (PDT)
That's a male Hooded Oriole.... do you realize that would be a 2nd state 
record??? Incredible find. 

Austin Hess
Fort Collins, Colorado

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Subject: Douglas County oriole
From: John Ealy <jrealy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:44:55 -0700 (PDT)
Thought we had a Bullock's oriole, but this one is smaller with shorter 
beak and no eyeline over orange auriculars. I'm thinking it might be an 
orchard or hooded. Anybody's help would be appreciated. Apologies for the 
inferior digicam.


 



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Roxborough Park, Douglas County

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Subject: John Martin Brown Pelican, NO
From: Tom Behnfield <behnfield AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:20:04 -0700 (PDT)
Perhaps it has relocated to Boulder County!!

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Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (26 Apr 2016) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:44:46 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             74             89
Osprey                       0              5              6
Bald Eagle                   0              3             12
Northern Harrier             0              0              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             34             43
Cooper's Hawk                1             41             48
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3              3
Red-tailed Hawk              0             66            248
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              7              7
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0              1              2
American Kestrel             0             24             37
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              5              8
Prairie Falcon               0              7             12
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             14             24
Unknown Buteo                0              4             17
Unknown Falcon               0              3              8
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              6              8

Total:                       1            298            578
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 11:30:00 
Total observation time: 3.25 hours

Official Counter:        Bill Wuerthele

Observers:        

Visitors:
Other than a trail crew, there were few people on the trail.  No one 
stopped by the observation platform.  


Weather:
Dark clouds covered 70% of the sky at the beginning of the watch, and by
late morning cloud cover was 100%, with a steady rain/sleet mix falling. 
Precipitation began as light graupel showers, gradually becoming a
rain/sleet mix.  Visibility decreased from about 10 km in the morning to 1
km by noon, with the tops of Mt. Morrison, West Ridge and Cabrini obscured
by low clouds.  The temperature dropped from a high of 47 F in the morning
to 41 F by noon.  Wind was out of the east and then northeast at a steady 4
Bft.  After an hour of steady rain/sleet mix with no letup in sight and no
birds in the air, the watch was ended at 12:30 MDT. 

Raptor Observations:
Migrating Raptors: A very slow day with just one migrating raptor counted -
an immature Cooper's Hawk passing just east of the observation platform.  

Non-migrating Raptors: A slow day for locals as well, with an adult
Cooper's Hawk passing very close to the Ridge, going south; an adult
Red-tailed Hawk displaying some fancy undulating flight; and two Turkey
Vultures moving south along the Ridge.   

Non-raptor Observations:
The following species were seen or heard:  Black-billed Magpie, Western
Meadowlark, Common Raven, Spotted Towhee, Western Scrub-Jay, White-throated
Swift (just one), Townsend's Solitaire, Northern Flicker, American Crow,
and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. 

Predictions:
The trail was fine on the way up, but very muddy on the way down.  Expect
mud. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.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 Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

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: John Martin Brown Pelican, NO
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:18:45 -0600
Birders,
The adult Brown Pelican, reliably seen for about 10 days in the stilling 
basin below the dam at John Martin Reservoir (Bent County), seems to 
have departed. I did not see it on Monday or Tuesday. I think it 
departed, as have most of the American White Pelicans it associated 
with. I think the Brown Pelican should be considered "gone". Of course, 
I'll update if it returns.

When the winds diminished at mid-day today, I was able to canoe to the 
island(s) favored by yesterday's Ruddy Turnstone. It, too, has moved on.

Duane Nelson
Las Animas, Bent County, CO

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Subject: Boulder County, Gross Reservoir, alt 7600'
From: Pieter Strauss <pstrauss451 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:26:43 -0700 (PDT)


04 25 2016 first Audubon's Warbler arrived.  They don't sit still for long, 
but I got this picture. 









 




Pieter Strauss, Lakeshore Park, above Gross Reservoir

My full list of this spring's notable arrivals:
04 02 2016     2 red-tailed hawks soaring over reservoir
                      6 male and female mountain bluebirds
04 03 2016      2 mourning doves
                      numerous house finches
04 04 2016      male evening grosbeak at feeder
04 09 2016      2 western bluebirds, male and female
04 12 2016      kestrel made a pass at my cat while she was lounging on the 
deck, thought better of it
04 17 2016      Cassin's finch male and female at my feeder
04 21 2016       2 Cedar Waxwings in cotton wood
04 23 2016      Broad Tailed Hummingbird
                       2 Green and Violet swallows soaring over deck

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Subject: Re: Brown pelican in Boulder County
From: jandcrutenbeck AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:26:12 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry, but in my haste to post the Brown pelican at Walden Ponds, I forgot 
to include my name.

John Rutenbeck
Longmont

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:04:32 PM UTC-6, jandcru... AT gmail.com wrote:
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> There is a Brown pelican hanging loosely with the American white pelicans 
> today, Tuesday, April 26, at Walden Ponds in Boulder County. Specifically, 
> it was on Cottonwood Marsh.

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Subject: Oriole; broadtailed and blackchinned humminbirds: lazuli bunting
From: John Ealy <jrealy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:19:46 -0700 (PDT)
We had our first *oriole* 4/26/16 but were unable to get positive ID, 
because it came and left so quick. Initially thought it a *Bullock's*, but 
second sighting looked very much like a hooded, which we have not seen in 
our area before. Will confirm. Also got a female *broadtailed hummingbird * at 
1:40 p.m.: a male *black-chinned hummingbird* around noon; and FOS male *lazuli 

bunting*, at a feeder, at 3:55 p.m.

John Eally
Roxborough Park, Douglas County

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Subject: Black-headed Grosbeak, Douglas
From: "'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:56:07 -0400
 A Black-headed Grosbeak just came to our sunflower seed feeder. He retreated, 
but after we chased away the turkeys, he came back. 


We have a couple of hummingbirds, new this week, but not much else to crow 
about. 


We did see this afternoon one White-faced Ibis in the flooded field across 
Walker Road from the gravel pit pond -- it lacked white around the face but had 
red legs, and very red knees (or whatever those things are). And red in the 
face. 


 

Hugh Kingery 
Franktown, CO

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Subject: How to get the most from your CFO Convention Field Trips!
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:03:25 -0600
Many of you who will attend next week's CFO Convention are experienced
birders and have been on tons of field trips.



But CFO welcomes less experienced birders too. Hey, each of us was a less
experienced birder before having enough experiences to become experienced!



You will find loads of helpful information about participating in and
getting the most out of each CFO field trip next week

in the Denver Field Ornithologists newly released guide, *Better Birding
with DFO. *


In it are useful guidelines about being prepared, birding cooperatively,
respecting the leader, and even some highway safety tips.



Here's the link:

 http://dfobirds.org/Documents/DFO_Better_Birding.pdf



Please let me know if you get even a smidgeon of a useful tip by reading it.


Thanks and see you in Lamar!


Joe Roller

CFO member

DFO president


jroller9 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Boulder Pelican NO?
From: Nick Moore <sdhjuw AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:22:20 -0600
I had almost no time but I took a very brief survey of Cottonwood marsh just 
now. I did not find the pelican. I would not be surprised if others manage to 
find it with more effort. I wanted to post for others in case they like me 
wanted to cram it into their schedule. 


Nick Moore 
Boulder CO

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Subject: FOY Black-chinned HB, Jeffco
From: "Kay Niyo" <Kay AT KayNiyo.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:55:11 -0600
Just had my FOY Black-chinned Hummingbird at my feeder!  Raining and cold,
so he is hanging out in the tree next to the feeder for quick access! 

 

And FOY black-backed Lesser Goldfinch male at thistle feeder yesterday.

 

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: Brown pelican in Boulder County
From: jandcrutenbeck AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:00:45 -0700 (PDT)
There is a Brown pelican hanging loosely with the American white pelicans 
today, Tuesday, April 26, at Walden Ponds in Boulder County. Specifically, it 
was on Cottonwood Marsh. 


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Subject: Fwd: [NATURE-NET] April Boulder Audubon Program: Dr. Diana Tomback: Clark’s Nutcracker—The Bird that Builds Forests
From: "Scott E. Severs" <scottesevers AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:46:06 -0600
Reminder - Nutcrackers - Tonight - Boulder - Audubon



Scott E. Severs
Longmont, CO

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Subject: [NATURE-NET] April Boulder Audubon Program: Dr. Diana Tomback:
Clark’s Nutcracker—The Bird that Builds Forests
To: Nature Net 




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

*Program Meetings are held at Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder,
5001 Pennsylvania Ave. (west off 55th St. between Arapahoe and Baseline).
Join us at 7:00 pm for socializing; programs begin at 7:15 pm.*

Dr. Diana Tomback will be discussing the Clark’s nutcracker and its
coevolved, mutualistic interaction with whitebark pine. Beyond the
whitebark pine, nutcrackers are keystone species that disperse seeds of
several pines in Colorado as well as across the West. All may not be well
in the world of the nutcracker. Its iconic relationship with whitebark pine
is threatened by an invasive disease, outbreaks of mountain pine beetles,
and climate change.

Science Advisory Board member Dr. Diana Tomback is a professor and
associate chair with the Department of Integrative Biology at the
University of Colorado, Denver. She also serves as volunteer director for
the non-profit Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, based in Missoula, MT.
Dr. Tomback’s area of expertise includes evolutionary ecology, with
application to forest ecology and conservation biology. For her doctoral
research, she found that Clark’s nutcracker, a crow-like bird of high
mountain forests, is the main seed disperser for whitebark pine. Her
research over time has focused on the ecological and evolutionary
consequences of seed dispersal by nutcrackers to whitebark pine and other
pines. While working on her Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. Tomback was the first
to discover the ecologically important commensal relationship between the
nutcracker and the whitebark pine.

See our website  for more program listings
and a plethora of field trips for the spring/summer seasons.

Thanks,

Sharon Daugherty
Boulder Audubon
sharona_974 AT yahoo.com

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Subject: Northern Parula/Larimer
From: Rob Sparks <robsparks AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:29:34 -0700 (PDT)
This morning in the light drizzle Jason Beason and I found a Northern 
Parula just east of McMurry Natural Area along the foot path.
We also had a Brewer's Sparrow and Blue-grey Gnatcatcher.  Birds were on 
the move with over 80 Yellow-rumped Warblers (both races) moving north.

At Lee Martinez park Jason found 2 Broad-winged Hawks.  There were also 
over 20 Chipping Sparrow's on the move.

Good birding
Rob Sparks
Old Town Fort Collins

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Subject: Bluff Lake - Denver (and a mention of Adams)
From: JBreitsch - Denver <jbreitsch AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:17:49 -0700 (PDT)
26 April 2016
Bluff Lake - Denver

The water was as high as I've seen it at Bluff.  No shorebirds at all.  I 
did have a couple of avocets, 4 Snowy Egrets flew over, Say's Phoebes, 
Black-crowned Night Heron, and a lot of Yellow-rumped Warblers.  

On my way home, I drove by the playa north of 56th Ave between Nepal and 
Piccadilly (a mile or two east of Tower).  There was only a Lesser 
Yellowlegs and a dowitcher.  Due to distance and my shorebirding skills 
atrophying over the winter, I couldn't tell you what type of dowitcher I 
was looking at.  Generally speaking, when it comes to them, I just 
spuh-tter around anyway.  Wow, that was just awful.  I apologize.  


 


This playa has been there each of the past few years in various sizes.  It 
will never attract enough interesting birds to be a destination spot, but 
if you happen to be driving that way, you may want to give it a look. 
 There is a wide dirt pull off on the south side of the road.  For county 
listers, anything on the south end of 56th at that spot is Denver county. 
 Everything to the north of the road is Adams.  

John Breitsch
Denver, Colorado
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Subject: CFO convention info & updates
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:53:27 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, Everybody. We're barely a week away from the 2016 CFO Convention in 
Lamar. Here are some updates and info:

1. Abstracts for the science session (Sat., May 7) have been posted online:

http://cobirds.org/CFO/Conventions/Abstracts/2016.pdf

A sampling of topics and taxa: Gray Vireo, Lilian's Meadowlark, warbler 
call notes, the flooding of Chatfield, the teal housewives of Monte Vista, 
and everything you could ever want to know about Rock Wrens and Canyon 
Wrens. Seriously, it's a great session, and certain to be a highlight of 
the convention.

2. Field trip leaders will be emailing field trip participants by the end 
of the week. When you hear from your field trip leader, *please read the 
email!* In particular, we need to be thinking about the impacts of the 
recent and predicted rains down there. Your field trip leaders will let you 
know about this.

3. Please use #CFOConvention 
 for all social 
media content related to the convention. This is an excellent way to figure 
out what's going on, and to let folks know what you're up to at the 
convention.

4. Please check http://cobirds.org/CFO/Conventions/Next.aspx daily for 
important updates and general information about the convention. 

5. Be prepared to have a wonderful convention experience in Lamar!

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Subject: Something to snipe about at Ken Caryl Valley, JeffCo
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:01:03 -0600
Sorry for the bad puns...

Last night toward midnight, and then again this evening begging after
sunset I've had a *Wilson's Snipe* winnowing right by home. Massey Draw
here has wet grasslands (now partly flooded) and some cattail wetland.
Tonight he is really going at it, as he has been winnowing more or less non
stop for the past 2 hours. What a delightful sound to have in the home
soundscape! I hope he attracts a mate.

Last spring I had just one daytime sighting of a Wilson's in the same area,
but there was no winnowing.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Eastern Arapahoe County
From: Chris Goulart <cgoulart001 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:51:37 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday I birded for a few hours in the far-east part of Arapahoe County 
around Byers, Deer Trail and Peoria.  I was struck by the number of 
Loggerhead Shrikes that I observed with a conservative count of about 30.  
However, there were probably more as I found many of them in pairs.   

Raptors were observed in good numbers too.  A M/F pair of Prairie Merlins 
were found at Richmil Ranch Open Space.  Also observed were 7 harriers, a 
kettle of about 20 Turkey Vultures, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, 4 Red-tailed 
Hawks, 1 Ferruginous Hawk, one Prairie Falcon, 6 Kestrels, and 2 
Great-horned Owls.  Seeing an early Swainson's Hawk and a late Rough-legged 
Hawk were pretty cool as well. 

Between the raptors and shrikes, the rodents don't stand a chance.

Chris Goulart
Aurora, CO

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Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (25 Apr 2016) 12 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:11:48 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 25, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               4             74             89
Osprey                       0              5              6
Bald Eagle                   0              3             12
Northern Harrier             0              0              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             34             43
Cooper's Hawk                0             40             47
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3              3
Red-tailed Hawk              1             66            248
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              7              7
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0              1              2
American Kestrel             3             24             37
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              5              8
Prairie Falcon               0              7             12
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             14             24
Unknown Buteo                0              4             17
Unknown Falcon               0              3              8
Unknown Eagle                1              1              1
Unknown Raptor               1              6              8

Total:                      12            297            577
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Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Commercon

Observers:        

Visitors:
Plenty of people were on the trail today. Many came just for the view. A
fairly large hiking group, with leashed dogs, was on the trail early; one
interested woman in the group inquired about the watch and also spotted one
of the local Red-tailed Hawks. Later in the day, another hiker asked if we
counted Turkey Vultures and commented on the good-sized population in the
area; she also expressed her appreciation of the HawkWatch volunteers.


Weather:
The day was warm and breezy with temperatures ranging from 13 to 16 C (55
to 61 F) and winds from the east and northeast at mostly bft 2-3 levels.
After 9 am MST, the cloud-cover hovered near 50% and consisted of a very
mobile mix of scattered, thick clouds and thin, high diaphanous clouds.
These latter produced a number of colorful sun halos. Visibility was good,
if a bit hazy at distance.

Raptor Observations:
The majority of the migrants passed over or very near Dinosaur Ridge; many
of these were during the afternoon and were at or near eyelevel. The early
migrants, however, had highly variable heights-of-flight as well as no
common northward flight path. An apparently local adult light-morph
Swainson’s Hawk was spotted near Cabrini but then it headed southeast over
the Ridge, eventually passing the south end of Green Mountain. The local
Rooney Valley Red-tailed Hawks were out and about; the female hunted while
the male interacted repeatedly during the day with a local juvenile
Red-tailed Hawk. This involved a number of instances of adversarial
circling and diving at each other, along with some leg-dropping, until, in
the afternoon, both seemed tired and slightly more tolerant. A local male
American Kestrel was observed hovering and hunting many times in Rooney
Valley, as well. The raptor highlight came at the end of the watch when a
local adult male Cooper’s Hawk, with a full crop, passed west over the
HawkWatch platform, so close that his dark cap and gray cheeks could be
easily seen.

Non-raptor Observations:
A lone American White Pelican flew south over Rooney Valley not long after
noon MST. Two noisy Blue-gray Gnatcatchers hung around on the Ridge a good
part of the day. Also seen or heard were Spotted Towhee, Bushtit, Western
Meadowlark, chickadee species, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie,
White-throated Swift, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s), Common Raven,
American Crow, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Flicker,
and Violet-green Swallow. About 8 elk were seen east of Cabrini in the
morning. Five mule deer were spotted in Rooney Valley.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.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 Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

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: Pawnee Grasslands; Weld County
From: "Johnson, Candice E., MD." <Candice.Johnson AT childrenscolorado.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:40:39 +0000
Amazing weather for a drive on the prairie. At Crow Valley Campground we found 
the previously reported Red-bellied Woodpecker excavating a tree. A lone 
Orange-crowned Warbler was nearby. On the Birder's Route we almost ran over 5 
McCown's Longspurs sitting on the road, then 3 Chestnut-collared Longspurs out 
beyond Stop 4. 3 Burrowing Owls were in the prairie dog colony near Stop 4. On 
our way up we had more "birds in the road" at Lower Latham where 2 Sandhill 
Cranes were courting in the road and vocalizing. There was no other car on the 
grassland besides ours, so a birder's dream. 


Candice and Tim Johnson
Denver


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Subject: Ruddy Turnstone in Bent County
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:32:31 -0600
Birders,

One of my great pleasures is connecting birds I find with people that 
want to see them. I found and photographed a beautiful alternate 
(breeding) Ruddy Turnstone while canoeing this morning at John Martin 
Reservoir. Unfortunately, this bird was far offshore on the back side of 
an island closed to the public to protect nesting Piping Plovers. I 
apologize for not being able to provide directions or more specific 
information. I don't really think the chances of birders having a 
successful chase would be very good.

For the enjoyment of those interested, here is a picture I took this 
morning.

Duane Nelson
Las Animas, Bent County, CO


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Subject: Cliff Swallows in Longmont
From: Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:03:46 -0700 (PDT)
About 30 male Cliff Swallows arrived at the nesting site on Mountain Drive 
by Blue Mountain Elementary in west Longmont on Saturday.

Kat Bradley-Bennett
Longmont

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert for April 25, 2016
From: Mary Driscoll <wddriscoll AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:02:05 -0600
Compiler:   Mary Driscoll
e-mail:     RBA AT cobirds.org 
Date:  April 25, 2016
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 25, 2016, sponsored by Denver 
Field 

Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include: (* indicates new information on this species).
 
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe*)(Mesa)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Routt, Summit)
Dusky Grouse (Gunnison)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Routt, Weld)
Red-throated Loon (Arapahoe, Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (Bent)
Neotropic Cormorant (Weld)
BROWN PELICAN (Bent)
Little Blue Heron (Otero)
Glossy Ibis (Bent)(La Plata)
Broad-winged Hawk (Boulder, Larimer*, Prowers)
Snowy Plover (Otero)
Piping Plover (Bent)
Mountain Plover (El Paso, Lincoln*, Pueblo, Weld)
HUDSONIAN GODWIT (Otero)
ICELAND GULL (Bent)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Boulder, Larimer)
Caspian Tern (Pueblo)
Acorn Woodpecker (LaPlata)
Red-belllied Woodpecker (Prowers*)(Weld)
Gray Flycatcher (El Paso)
Black Phoebe (Boulder, Garfield, Jefferson)
Eastern Phoebe (Arapahoe, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Jefferson)
Couch’s Kingbird (Prowers)
Chihuahhuan Raven (Elbert)
Bewick's Wren (Fremont)
Eastern Bluebird (Jefferson, Summit)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Bent, El Paso)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Weld, Douglas)
McCown's Longspur (Douglas)
Prothonotary Warbler (Larimer)
Hooded Warbler (El Paso)
Nashville Warbler (Jefferson)
Northern Parula (Bent, Jefferson, Prowers)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Weld)
Canyon Towhee  (Bent, Otero)
Sagebrush Sparrow (El Paso)
Fox Sparrow (Gunnison, Durango)
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Mesa)
Great-tailed Grackle (El Paso, Weld)
 
ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On April 24, David Suddjaian reports the, over wintering, Long-tailed Ducks 
continue at South Platte Reservoir. 

--On April 12, Doug Kibbe reported breeding plumaged Red-throated Loon at 
Cherry Creek SP. 

--On April 17, Jared Del Rosso reported Eastern Phoebe at Marjorie Perry Nature 
Preserve by the smaller of the two ponds. On April 19, Jared Del Rosso reported 
an Eastern Phoebe flycatching over the eastern most lake at Marjorie Perry 
Nature Preserve in Greenwood Village. 


BENT COUNTY:
--On April 23, Brandon Percival reported 2 Northern Parulas at Lake Hasty 
Campground near campsite 81. 

--On April 19, David Leatherman reported a Glossy Ibis on the peninsula at Lake 
Hasty, no other Ibis were present. 

--On April 19, Duane Nelson reported a Red-necked Grebe in drab basic plumage, 
was just offshore, and within 100 feet of the rocky face of the dam of John 
Martin Reservoir. On April 21, Kerry Hargrove reported the Red-necked Grebe at 
John Martin Reservoir. 

--On April 19, Duane Nelson reported two more Piping Plovers at John Martin 
Reservoir. Please contact him if you want to see these endangered nesting 
species at dnnelson1 AT centurytel.net . 

--On April 13, Jane Stulp, Janeal Thompson, and Dave Leatherman reported Canyon 
Towhee and 2 Curve-billed Thrashers at residence of Duane Nelson in Las Animas. 

--A BROWN PELICAN was found by Jill White Smith at Lake Hasty below the dam on 
April 14 and was seen by several other birders. On April 15, Duane Nelson and 
Sue RIffe reported BROWN PELICAN below the dam at John Martin Reservoir. 

Birders wondered if this is the same individual that was at Lake Beckwith. From 
photos posted, the two pelican look to be 

different individuals. See the CFO facebook page. On April 16, Mat Clark 
reported BROWN PELICAN at Lake Hasty. On April 17, Duane Nelson and Mike 
Serruto reported that the BROWN PELICAN continues below the dam at John Martin. 
On April 19, Duane Nelson reported the BROWN PELICAN was present in the 
stilling basin below the dam at John Martin Reservoir. On April 20, Leatherman 
reports the BROWN PELICAN still present with White Pelicans on the east end of 
the Lake Hasty peninsula at 7pm. On April 23, Brandon Percival reports the 
BROWN PELICAN just east and below John Martin Reservoir. 

--On April 14, Tony Leukering reported 1-st cyc ICELAND GULL at John Martin 
Reservoir in the dam area. On April 18, Duane Nelson reported seeing the 1-st 
cya ICELAND GULL at John Martin Reservoir fly by him as he was canoeing at 
Point Overlook. It was alone and flying to the west. 


BOULDER COUNTY:
--On April 19, Ted Floyd reports two Broad-winged Hawks over Boulder Creek at 
75th St. 

--On April 18, S. Mlodinow reports Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying over Union 
Reservoir. 

--On April 5, Cheri Phillips and David Dowell reported Black Phoebe at 75th and 
Boulder Creek. On April 6, Christian Nunes reported Black Phoebe at 75th and 
Boulder Creek. On April 8, David Waltman and Adam Vesely reported Black Phoebe 
at 7th and Boulder Creek. On April 9, Steve Frye and Tom Behnfield reported 
Black Phoebe at 75th and Boulder Creek. On April 10, Kim Mauritz, Jack, Ryan 
Bushong, and Bill Kaempfer reported Black Phoebe at 75th and Boulder Creek. On 
April 11, Candice Johnson, Norm Lewis, Nick Moore and Dean Shoup reported Black 
Phoebe at 75th and Boulder Creek. On April 15, Al Clark reported Black Phoebe 
at 75th and Boulder Creek. On April 17, David Dowell reported Black Phoebe at 
75th and Boulder Creek. On April 19, Floyd reports the Black Phoebe near the 
75th St. Bridge. 

 
DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--On April 18, Chris Gilbert reported Mccowen’s Longspur at Chatfield State 
Park at the model airplane field. 

--On April 18, Doug Kibbe reported a Chestnut-collared Longspur at Chatfield 
State Park at the model airplane field. 

--On April 9, Joey Kellner reported 2 Eastern Phoebe upstream of Kingfisher 
Bridge at Chatfield SP. On April 11, David Suddjian reported 2 Eastern Phoebe 
by the Platte River parking area east of Kingfisher Bridge. On April 11, Doug 
Kibbe reported 2 Eastern Phoebe downstream of Kingfisher Bridge on east side. 
On April 15, Michael Kiessig reported 2 Eastern Phoebe downstem of Kingfisher 
Bridge. On April 21, David Suddjian reports the Eastern Phoebe near the 
Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield SP. 

--On April 12, Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe and Great-tailed Grackle on 
Walker Road Trail in Franktown. 


DURANGO COUNTY:
--On April 18, Riley Morris reported a Slate-colored Fox Sparrow in the Juniper 
bushes by the elk statue at the Durango Fish Hatchery parking lot. There were 
two in the same area. 


ELBERT COUNTY:
--On April 23, David Suddjian reported a Chihuahuan Raven at CR 173 between CRs 
30 and 26 in the far south-central part of the county. 

--On April 23, David Suddjian reported many McCown’s Longspurs and 
Chestnut-collared Longspurs along CR 66 at 3.0 miles E of CR 149 in a heavily 
grazed pasture. 

--On April 23, David Suddjian reported McCown’s Longspurs and 
Chestnut-collared Longspurs along CR 161 N of CR 66. 

--On April 23, David Suddjian reported MCCown’s Longspurs along CR 181 at 
spots N and S of CR 74, and along CR 66 E of CR 169, and along CR 165 N of CR 
66. 


EL PASO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Mark Peterson at Adams Open Space in 
Fountain on April 1. On April 2, Aaron Driscoll reported Eastern Phoebe at 
Adams Open Space in Fountain. On April 10, Bill Maynard reported Eastern Phoebe 
at Adams Open Space. 

--On April 12, Bill Maynard and Richard Bunn reported Sagebrush Sparrow at 
Hanover Road. 

--On April 15 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area) near the banding station, Brandon 
Percival and Stephany McNew reported m Hooded Warbler and Gray Flycatcher. On 
April 17, David Chartier, Sam Fason, and Bill Maynard reported Gray Flycatcher 
at Chico Basin Ranch at the woods by the banding station. 

--On April 15, Mel Goff reported Mountain Plover on Squirrel Creek Road.
--On April 15 on Hanover Road, Mel Goff reported Curve-billed Thrasher east of 
Hanover and at the west end of the road a Great-tailed Grackle. 

--On April 17, Gloria Nikolai reported Eastern Phoebe at Kettle Lakes.
--On April 17, Tony Leukering reported f Black-and-white warbler at Adams Open 
Space in Fountain. 


FREMONT COUNTY:
--On April 13, Hugh Kingery reported Bewick's Wren at Brush Hollow Reservoir.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On April 21, JoAnn Potter Riggle reports a pair of Black Phoebes at Stilt 
Island Park, under the south side of the bridge that crosses the Colorado 
River. 


GUNNISON COUNTY:
--On April 14, Jeff Skevington reported 2 Dusky Grouse and Slate-colored Fox 
Sparrow at Black Canyon of Gunnison NP. 


JEFFERSON COUNTY: 
--On April 19, Tom Behnfield reports a Nashville Warbler at the west end of 
park west of the inlet footbridge at Belmar Park Lake. On April 20, the 
Nashville Warbler, seen by many, was seen in high branches of Cottonwood trees. 
On April 21, Brian Johnson reports the Nashville Warbler along the west side of 
the park, close to the houses and where the west trail parallels the horse 
path. 

--On April 18, F. Farrell reports an Eastern Bluebird at the Weat Ridge 
Greenbelt--Prospect Park and Lake. 

--On April 11, Doug Kibbe reported 1 Eastern Phoebe downstream of Kingfisher 
Bridge on west side and David Suddjian reported 2 Eastern Phoebe on the west 
side of Kingfisher Bridge. On April 15, Phil Lyon reported 2 Eastern Phoebe on 
west side of Kingfisher Bridge. 

--On April 14, Gail DeLalla reported Black Phoebe near Lookout Mountain Nature 
Center and Preserve. 

--On April 15, Rob Raker reported a first year f Vermilion Flycatcher at Belmar 
Park in Lakewood. On April 18, Aaron Shipe saw the Vermilion Flycatcher at 
Belmar Park. April 19, seen by D. Suddjian along the drainage that exits south 
side of the lake, below the path that crosses the drainage. On April 20, the 
Vermilion Flycatcher, seen by many birders, was still working an area on the 
south side of the lake at Belmar Park. On April 21, the Vermilion Flycatcher 
was seen by Brian Johnson, and others, along the south side of the lake. 

--On April 17, Matt Clark and Susan Bonfiglio reported f Northern Parula at 
Wheatridge Greenbelt near South Parking Lot. On April 20, R. Raker reported a m 
Northern Parula at the Wheatridge Greenbelt, just west of Prospect Lake, it was 
with a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers. On April 21, Tim Mitzen reports the 
Northern Parula at Prospect Park feeding high in a Cottonwood tree, about 200 
meters down the main trail, west of the bridge. 


LA PLATA COUNTY:
--On April 18, Logan Derderian reported an Acorn Woodpecker at Meadow Road, 
Rafter J subdivision. 

--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Riley Morris at Huck Finn Pond and Hatchery 
area of Durango on April 12 and was seen 

by several birders. On April 13, Ryan Votta reported eatern Phoebe at Huck Finn 
Pond and Hatchery area in Durango. 

--A Glossy Ibis was found by Susan Allerton and seen by Jason St. Pierre and 
Riley Morris at Pastorius Reservoir on April 15. 

 
LARIMER COUNTY:
--On April 24, David Leatherman reports Broad-winged Hawks 3, flying over 
Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins. The first was a dark morph, and the other 
two were light morph, at least one was an adult. 

--On April 19, David Wade reports a Broad-winged Hawk at Running Deer Natural 
Area in Fort Collins perched in a Cottonwood tree. 

--On April 9, Jeff Birek reported a Prothonotary Warbler at Lee Martinez Park 
in Fort Collins. The warbler was seen by many 

birders on April 9. On April 10, Seth Gallagher and many other birders reported 
Prothonotary Warbler at Lee Martinez Park. On April 11, Derek Hill and several 
other birders reported Prothonotary Warbler at Lee Martinez Park. On April 12, 
Rob Sparks and several other birders reported Prothonotary Warbler at Lee 
Martinez Park. On April 13, Ken Pals and several other birders reported 
Prothonotary Warbler continues at Lee Martinez Park. 

--On April 16, David Wade and Nick Komar reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 
(1 ad m, 1 4th-cyc f) at Horseshoe Reservoir. 

--On April 16 David Wade spotted a breeding plumaged Red-throated Loon in the 
morning. On April 17, David Bray and David Wade reported that the Red-throated 
Loon continues at Boyd Lake SP, but not the best of views. Also reported 
Red-throated Loon on April 17 were Marie Hoerner and Robert Beauchamp. 

On April 18, David Bray reported the Red-throated Loon continues at Boyd Lake, 
at the extreme southeast end. 


LINCOLN COUNTY:
--On April 22, William Kaempfer reports two Mountain Plovers just south of 
Arriba on 3f about a mile west of Old 63. 


MESA COUNTY: 
--On March 27, a Long-tailed Duck was reported by Nic Korte and Diane Trappett 
at Redlands Parkway Ponds. On March 28, Long-tailed Duck was reported by Ronda 
Woodward, Denise and Mark Vollmar, Eileen Cunningham, and Mike Henwood. On 
April 18, Diane Trappett reports the Long-tailed Duck continuing at Redlands 
Parkway Ponds. 

--On April 1, Emily Marino and Neva Lee reported a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at 
Snooks Bottom Open Space down the path up from river near the parking area. 
Snooks Bottom is near Fruita. On April 9, Mike Henwood reported a 1st year 
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at Snooks Bottom Open Space. On April 10, Denise and 
Mark Vollmar reported GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at Snooks Bottom Open Space. On 
April 11, David Price reported GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at Snooks Bottom Open 
Space. On April 12, Diane Trappett reported GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at Snooks 
Bottom Open Space. On April 15, Robert Beauchamp reported GOLDEN-CROWNED 
SPARROW at Snooks Bottom Open Space. 

 
OTERO COUNTY:
--On April 18, Stan Oswald reported a HUDSONIAN GODWIT in the northwest corner 
of Holbrook Lake, it was associating with a Marbled Godwit, it moved to the 
Northeast corner in the afternoon with three more Marbled Godwits. Too far for 
photo ID. Snowy Plover were also seen that Holbrook Lake on April 18, by Stan 
Oswald. Brandon Percival reported the HUDSONIAN GODWIT in the Northwest corner 
of Lake Holbrook in the morning of April 19. 

--On April 12, Stan Oswald reported Little Blue Heron at Holbrook Reservoir. On 
April 13, Stan Oswald, Jane Stulp, and Janeal Thompson reported Little Blue 
Heron at Holbrook Reservoir. On April 14, the Little Blue Heron and Snowy 
Plovers were reported by Brandon Percival, Davida Kalina, and Tony Leukering at 
Holbrook Reservoir. On April 15, Gloria Nikolai reported Snowy Plover at 
Holbrook Reservoir. 


PROWERS COUNTY:
--On April 24, William Kämpfer reports Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 calling, at 
Lamar Community College Woods. 

--On April 19, David Leatherman reports a yellow Kingbird, Couch’s Kingbird, 
seen briefly in north Lamar. 

--On April 12 at Willow Creek Park in Lamar, Jane Stulp reported Broad-winged 
Hawk. 

--On April 16, Dave Leatheman reported f Northern Parula at Lamar Community 
College Woods near the library. On April 19, Dave Leatherman reported a 
Northern Parula at Lamar Community College woods in flowering Cottonwoods just 
south of the library. 


PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Mountain Plover was reported by Brandon Percival near Boone on April 14.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Brandon Percival flying by Osprey Picnic Area 
below Pueblo Reservoir Dam on April 17. On April 18, B. Percival reported the 
Caspian Tern flying over the Arkansas River, below Pueblo City Park. 


ROUTT COUNTY:
--45 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Tom Litteral at Stagecoach Reservoir 
near Oak Creek on April 16. 

--8 Sharp-tailed Grouse were reported by Jeff Skevington north of Hayden on CR 
80 on April 17. It is best to view from road uphill to south. 


SUMMIT COUNTY:
--On April 18 Bonnie Boex reported an Eastern Bluebird m, confirmed by Kevin 
Corwin. On April 19, Ed Baker reports the Eastern Bluebird at the Eagle 
Sculpture in Dillon where the bike path runs along the lake and hwy 6. 

--At Angler Mountain Ranch on April 12, Charlied Nims reported 5 Barrow's 
Goldeneyes. 


WELD COUNTY:
--On April 18, S. Mlodinow reported a Neotropic Cormorant swimming with a 
Double Crested Cormorant near the east side of Lower Latham Reservoir. Both 
birds flew off. The Neotropic is similar in size to a Western Grebe. 

--On April 18, G. Lefko reported 14+ Great-tailed Grackles along Weld CR 48 
Marsh, they were seen on Sunday. 

--A Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Steve Mlodinow at Crow Valley CG on 
April 2. On April 10, Frederic Hareau reported Red-bellied Woodpecker at Crow 
Valley CG. On April 11, Steve Mlodinow reported Red-belllied Woodpecker and 
Black-throated Gray Warbler. On April 18, Mlodinow reports the Red-bellied 
Woodpecker at Crow Valley CG. 

--A Sharp-tailed Grouse was reported by Cheri Phillips on CR 117 just S of the 
Nebraska state line. 

--On April 13, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser Black-backed Gull at Union 
Reservoir. 

--On April 14, Sue Riffe reported Mt Plover, 6 Chestnut-collared Longspur, and 
10 McCown's Longspur at Pawnee NG. 


DFO Field Trips:

DFO Field Saturday, April 30 is to Barr Lake SP
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Gregg Goodrich (Email: GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com Phone: 
303-655-9135) 

Trail Diffculty: Easy Maximum Participants: 12 Directions: Meet at the Barr 
Lake SP Visitor Center. State Parks pass or day pass required. From Denver, 
take east I-76 to Bromley Lane, exit 22. Go east on Bromley Lane to Piccadilly 
Rd, then turn south for ~2 miles to park entrance and follow road to Visitor 
Center. Bring snacks, lunch, and plenty of water. Trip may be 3/4 day depending 
on birds and weather. Trip can be easily modifed to be accessible for a person 
with a disability. Beginners are welcome. Barr Lake can have interesting 
migrants at this time. Register online or contact leader. 


Roxborough State Park Saturday, April 30
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Alison Kondler (Email: Fieldbirder AT msn.com Phone: 303-904-9140)
Trail Diffculty: Easy
Maximum Participants: 12 Directions: Take S Wadsworth Blvd past Chat eld SP to 
Water- ton Rd on left. Take Waterton Rd 1.6 miles east to North Rampart Range 
Road. Turn right and go south 2.3 miles to Roxborough Park Rd. Turn left (east) 
onto Roxborough Park Rd and then turn imme- diately right (south) on Roxbor- 
ough Rd and follow signs to the Park (2.2 miles). State Parks pass or day pass 

required.

Jackson Lake Reservoir Sunday, May 1
6:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tammy Sanders & Ira Sanders (Email: amkestral AT gmail.com 
Phone: 303-278-7172) 

Trail Diffculty: Moderate Maximum Participants: 14 Directions: Meet at Colorado
Parks and Wildlife, 6060 N broadway. Exit I-25 at 58th Ave, go west 2 blocks to 
broadway, then north 2 blocks to parking lot on right to carpool. State Parks 
pass or day pass required. This is an all-day trip so bring lunch, plenty of 
water, bug spray, and sunscreen. 

Scopes will be helpful and remember your mud boots as we may hike through some 
mud. Radios are a necessity to keep the cars in communication. Be prepared to 
either drive or ride since the limit for cars is 4. We will leave at 6:15 
sharp! Register online or contact leader. 


Good Birding,
Mary Driscoll

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Subject: White-throated Sparrow [Lone Tree Creek @Weld CR 110, Nunn, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:02:05 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

Sunday bird report ...

   - White-throated Sparrow [Lone Tree Creek  AT Weld CR 110, Nunn, 
   Weld]--stay in car if visiting this area so as not to stress "momma" 
   Red-tailed Hawk on nest on north.  Hanging out with White-crowneds and 
   Chipping Sparrows
   - White-faced Ibis 
 
 

   - 17 [Small pond west of Behrens Reservoir, Lasalle, Weld].  Double-crested 
   Cormorant 
 
 

   just north in other ponds, too
   - Mute Swan 
  

   - 2 [Arrowhead Lake, Evans, Weld]
   - Great Egret 
   , 
   Sandhill Crane 
  

   (2), Black-necked Stilt 
 
 

   (3) [Weld Cr 48, Lasalle, Weld]
   - Burrowing Owl - 3 pair (#1 
 
, 

   #2 
 
, 

   #3 
 
), 

   one bachelor 
 
 

   (7 total) [Weld CR 33 btw 98+100, Nunn, Weld]
   - Ring-necked Pheasant (with Chukar) 
 
, 

   Chukar (on our roof 
   ), Say's 
   Phoebe , 
   Brown-headed Cowbird 
    
   [Yard, Nunn, Weld]
   - Great Horned Owl "momma" with two owlets 
 
 

   and "poppa" owl 
 
 

   across the street observing [Weld CR 100, Nunn, Weld]
   - Sharp-shinned Hawk 
 
, 

   Vesper Sparrow 
    
   [Weld CR 41 btw 100+102, Nunn, Weld]

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

http://coloradobirder.ning.com/

Mobile:  http://coloradobirder.ning.com/m


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Subject: South Eastern CO Trip
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 02:17:20 +0000
I headed out on Friday afternoon to Lamar in order to do some scouting for my 
trips in 10 days at the CFO Convention in Lamar. While migration was still a 
bit early, and conditions were unpleasantly windy, especially on Saturday, I 
found some interesting birds. 


On Friday I headed east to the Arriba area and was able to find a couple of 
Mountain Plovers just south of town on 3f about a mile west of Old 63. 


I continued on to Schaffer Reservoir in Lincoln County which is one of my 
favorite spots in that county. There always seems to be water here, and it is 
always chock full of birds. They are a bit distant, but easily scopeable, 
especially in the afternoon with the sun behind you. The reservoir is on 
private land, so you must stay on the road. That means that you may miss some 
stuff and not be able to ID quite everything, but this is still a spot worth a 
visit. It is on the "old" road that parallels US 287 between Hugo and Kit 
Carson. (Anyone who was on my SE Colorado field trip last May will remember the 
truly exciting time we had driving through the mud on this road, but that's 
another story.) In any event, I recorded 42 species at this spot on Friday, and 
a full 1/3 of them required flagging notes on eBird, most because of the very 
large numbers of individuals out there. While none were eBird first observation 
for Lincoln County (which does have an eBird list of 296, after all), Trumpeter 
Swan and Great Egret were pretty darn good. 


Saturday, I headed off to our neighbor to the east, so I can't really report on 
the results on Cobirds (but let me titillate the 20 of you who have signed up 
for my trip to Kansas-I have some really good spots to visit including a 
private home in Garden City that just happens to have a yard list with over 30 
species of Warblers!). One point of interest, however, the rest stop on US 50 
east of Holly, but in Colorado, is a really nice spot for birding. I've asked 
Joe Roller to add it as a Colorado eBird Hotspot (and he has complied). 


Today I started out at Lamar Community College Woods where at least three 
Northern Cardinals were singing, and a couple of Red-bellied Woodpeckers were 
calling. Best bird there for me, however, was a White-throated Sparrow. Lots of 
Yellow-rumps were the only warblers that I found. From Lamar I headed north to 
Sheridan Lake, which is a lake again. It was really covered with lots of stuff 
including 42 White-faced Ibis, 21 American Avocets, a flock of Least Sandpipers 
plus a few Baird's, one Western and a Wilson's Phalarope. Also present, 5 
Black-crowned Night Herons. Brandon (the town, not the birder) had a Spotted 
Towhee and a Burrowing Owl, while nearby Sand Creek Massacre NHS featured a 
Rock Wren. 


Finally I made my way up to I-70 at Siebert where the water treatment pond area 
had four Snowy Egrets and a Cattle Egret (seemingly a first county record). I 
also had a Virginia Rail call below the Flagler Dam. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: Eagel Repository trip FULL
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:44:08 -0600
Sponsored by Boulder County Audubon

I can take 4 names on a wait list:

*National Eagle and Wildlife Repository*
*Friday, April 29, 2016, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.*
*Free, Limited to 20, Reservations: piombino.pam AT gmail.com
*
*Leader: Carol McCasland*
This facility is located on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and administered by
the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Department. It is dedicated to accounting for
all confiscated or otherwise forfeited wildlife items. It is here that
parts and feathers of dead Bald and Golden Eagles, after a careful
accounting process, can be distributed to Native American Tribes. You will
learn about laws that protect wildlife and the challenges of enforcing
wildlife regulations from illegal trade and possession.
We will start with a tour of this complex, and afterwards move onto a new
display about Black-footed Ferrets that have recently been reintroduced to
the Arsenal. After a brown bag lunch, participants will go on the Arsenal
wildlife drive where Bison are almost certain. Meet at the northeast corner
of the East Boulder Recreation Center parking lot to car pool at 9 a.m.

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Subject: Something to grouse about (a couple reports from Jefferson and Arapahoe)
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:27:01 -0600
Recently I posted about my sighting of a Dusky Grouse at the base of the
hills where Massey Draw exits its rocky canyon in Ken Caryl Valley, and I
also noted a report from my neighbor across the street telling me that that
he had very recently seen a "Blue Grouse" (i.e., Dusky) in his yard and on
his roof. He seems to be a keen observer, but I doubted, particularly given
the suburban setting of the neighborhood. Yes, we do live very near the
base of the hills and near wild habitat, but grouse amid the houses, lawns,
and plantings of a suburban development? Does that happen?

Thinking not, I was fairly shocked early this morning as I opened my front
door, heading out to fill the feeders. There was a male *Dusky Grouse*
moving across my front lawn, not 30 feet out from me! It spooked and went
up into a low tree and I went to find my phone for a quick photo. But when
I got back out a minute later he was not there.

Later I went to my neighbor to share my sighting and he brought out his
iPad and showed me photos he had captured of his sighting, showing a male
Dusky Grouse perched on our neighbor's roof! That was April 10. I didn't
know he had photos. I suppose it is likely that the male I saw in my yard
is the same individual. My neighbor has lived here for 25 years and says he
has never seen one before near our street. Do Dusky Grouse visit suburban
developments much, if the general location is reasonable?

Also early this morning, I stopped at South Platte Reservoir, where the
three wintering *Long-tailed Ducks* had recently been reported to eBird.
They were still there this morning, foraging right around the JEF/ARA
county line. The male of the trio is really starting to look nice. A flock
of 18 *White-faced Ibis* flew by, too.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: NO vermilion flycatcher at Belmar, Jeffco 4/24 p.m.
From: modise <modise AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:00:49 -0700 (PDT)
My wife Kristin and I worked the outlet from the south side of the lake for 
about an hour late this afternoon, but no luck.  As consolation prizes, we 
saw some beautiful yellow-rumped warblers, great blue herons on the nest, 
and an upset kingfisher buzzing around.

If anyone does see the bird, please continue to post!  This would be a 
lifer for my wife and me - :).

Bryan and Kristin Arnold
Littleton, Jeffco
5,500'

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