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Spragues Pipit,©Dan Lane

29 Mar little help on IDs of Eastern waterfowl from bad photos [Linda Andes-Georges ]
29 Mar NO brant, Arapahoe County ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
29 Mar Boulder Broad-tailed Hummingbird [David Waltman ]
29 Mar La Junta area, 3/27-3/28 [Nathan Pieplow ]
29 Mar Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 March 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
28 Mar Dinosaur Ridge (28 Mar 2017) Raptors []
28 Mar Weld County birding [Susan Rosine ]
28 Mar FOS Broadtailed hummingbird, Douglas County [John Ealy ]
28 Mar Pacific Northwest Spotted Towhee-Jeffco-Golden [Ira Sanders ]
28 Mar Re: Re: Brant, Arapahoe county ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
28 Mar Re: Re: Brant, Arapahoe county ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
28 Mar Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 March 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
27 Mar Weld County birding [Susan Rosine ]
27 Mar RFI. Rosy-finch and ptarmigan info for visiiting birders [Scott Downes ]
27 Mar Dinosaur Ridge (27 Mar 2017) 12 Raptors []
27 Mar Re: Brant, Arapahoe county [Tim Ryan ]
27 Mar Brant, Arapahoe county ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
27 Mar Brant, Arapahoe County ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
27 Mar Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 March 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
27 Mar Tundra Swan [Stewart's Pond, Lasalle, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
26 Mar Larimer County Gulls (Great Black-backed Gull) [Nicholas Komar ]
25 Mar White-throated Swifts, Hall Ranch, Lyons, Bldr Cty 3/24 [Thomas Heinrich ]
12 Mar Birding Around Colorado [Luke Pheneger ]
27 Feb Last Raptor Alley of Season Trip Results [Raptor Alley, Nunn, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
27 Feb AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Woods L. (Weld) 2/27 [Brandon ]
27 Feb Mountain bluebirds Larimer Co [Gregg Somermeyer ]
27 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
26 Feb Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [Susan Rosine ]
26 Feb Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [Susan Rosine ]
26 Feb RE: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh ["Mark Miller" ]
27 Feb Re: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh [Christian Nunes ]
26 Feb Re: Greenwood Village Birding (Arapahoe Co.) [Charles Hundertmark ]
26 Feb Greenwood Village Birding (Arapahoe Co.) [Jared Del Rosso ]
27 Feb Re: Front Range Bushtits-What's Up Wtih That? [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
26 Feb Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [Ben S ]
26 Feb American Woodcock at Bobcat Ridge, Larimer county [cteuton ]
26 Feb Re: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh [Marie Hoerner ]
26 Feb Re: Horned Larks in Boulder and Larimer Counties [Libby Edwards ]
26 Feb Re: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh [Christian Nunes ]
26 Feb American Black Duck , Woods Lake ["'John Drummond' via Colorado Birds" ]
26 Feb Caribbean Trip: St Martin/St Maarten, Anguilla, Saba ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
26 Feb Re: Front Range Bushtits-What's Up Wtih That? [David Suddjian ]
26 Feb Front Range Bushtits-What's Up Wtih That? ["Doug Ward" ]
26 Feb Horned Larks in Boulder and Larimer Counties []
26 Feb Baird's Sandpiper at John Martin Reservoir, Bent County CO, 2/26/17 [Duane Nelson ]
26 Feb Re: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh [Marie Hoerner ]
26 Feb Rosy-Finches in Telluride (San Miguel County) [Eric Hynes ]
26 Feb Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
26 Feb Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [linda hodges ]
26 Feb Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh ["snowy.owlets" ]
26 Feb Cottonwood Marsh 2/26 ["snowy.owlets" ]
26 Feb Louisville Birds [Susan Wise ]
26 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 26 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
26 Feb Swan - Sawhill Pond 2/24/17 [Kyle Medina ]
25 Feb Pictures of Western Kingbird, Arapahoe Co. 2/25 [Susan Rosine ]
25 Feb Rough legged hawk [Greg Pasquariello ]
25 Feb Brown Thrasher [Karen Drozda ]
25 Feb Looking for eastern screech-owl info in Ft Collins area ["Jeff J Jones" ]
25 Feb Re: Rough legged hawk [Greg Pasquariello ]
25 Feb magpies, flickers, bushtits, and Bill Kaempfer (+ Harris's Sparrow sighting, Boulder) [Ted Floyd ]
25 Feb Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [Susan Rosine ]
25 Feb Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [Susan Rosine ]
25 Feb Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county [Joe Roller ]
25 Feb Louisville Birds []
25 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 25 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
24 Feb Re: Prairie Falcon back at Red Rocks (Jefferson) [Robert Raker ]
24 Feb Fawn Brook Rosy Finches (Boulder Co) ["'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds" ]
24 Feb Custer County Mtn Bluebirds ["Leon Bright" ]
24 Feb Re: Shaffers Crossing [Joe Roller ]
24 Feb Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Lakewood (Jefferson) ["W. Robert Shade III" ]
24 Feb Boulder bluebirds, 2/24 [Nathan Pieplow ]
24 Feb Shaffers Crossing ["'kent nelson' via Colorado Birds" ]
24 Feb Lapland Longspur [Weld County Landfill, Severance, Weld] ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
24 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]
23 Feb Prairie Falcon back at Red Rocks (Jefferson) ["W. Robert Shade III" ]
23 Feb Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 February 2017 [Joyce Takamine ]

Subject: little help on IDs of Eastern waterfowl from bad photos
From: Linda Andes-Georges <andesgeorges AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:54:56 -0600
Hi, folks-- 
In case anyone has an extra minute or two, I have some poor photos from a 
recent trip to coastal islands off SC where I was challenged by a number of 
bird IDs that I have little knowledge of. If anyone is willing to look at two 
of them, I'd appreciate opinions. I am null at shorebirds and weak on ducks 
I've never seen before! 


I was surprised to discover that the huge flocks of peeps we were seeing were 
mostly WESTERN Sandpipers. I have much to learn! 

Alas, we did not get even poor photos of many mysterious flying creatures. It 
was fun-- and frustrating. 


We tried for the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and frustratingly, heard one but could 
not find it. The forest was still smoldering from a recent prescribed fire 
which is used to help manage the forests that they prefer. Nevertheless, it was 
a good trip for woodpeckers in general: lots of practice. 


Linda Andes-Georges
Boulder County (W of Lagerman, N of Haystack, E of Table Mtn)
[Jean-Pierre says: W of Paris, S of Quebec, E of Tahiti]
8417 Stirrup Ln
Longmont CO 80503





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Subject: NO brant, Arapahoe County
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:23:21 -0600
 I went down around to all of the ponds this morning and did not find the brant 
or the flock of geese he was with. I did find a pair of hooded mergansers, a 
pair of wigeons and Red breasted nuthatches. 

 There was also a large coyote perusing the north side of the ponds as I went 
around the south side of the ponds. He was too far away for me to try to haze 
so I listened and watched the reaction of the birds in the area as he came 
through. They have a good alarm system and he never had a chance at a meal. 

     Thanks to everyone who came by to share my yard bird! It was a lot of fun.

Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Boulder Broad-tailed Hummingbird
From: David Waltman <djwaltman AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:52:41 +0000 (UTC)
Cheryl just came from outside saying "I heard a hummingbird!" And then it was 
at a feeder. I put up the feeders last weekend and felt a bit silly putting 
them up so early, but I thought I heard one on two occasions last week and a 
neighbor said she thought she saw one. My previous early date was 4/7/2015. 
Amazing. 

David Waltman
6,000 feet; 1/2 way between Boulder and Lyons

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Subject: La Junta area, 3/27-3/28
From: Nathan Pieplow <npieplow AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:27:58 -0600
Hi all,

Went down to Picketwire Canyon in the Comanche National Grassland for an
overnight camping trip. Spring arrivals in the canyon include Eastern and
Say's Phoebes, Rock Wren, Turkey Vulture, Killdeer, and White-throated
Swift. It was also nice to spend some time with Bewick's and Canyon Wrens,
Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Ladder-backed Woodpecker. I was hoping for an
early poorwill or Black-throated Sparrow, but no luck. Winter birds still
in evidence included Dark-eyed Junco and Townsend's Solitaire.

All the ravens I could identify with confidence were Commons, though I did
hear some suspiciously upslurred croaks at Vogel Canyon.

Probably the rarest sighting was an early male *Lark Bunting* that flew
across Highway 71 in Crowley County north of Box Springs yesterday.

Nathan Pieplow
Boulder

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 29 March 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:14:54 -0600
Compiler:           Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:                   March 29, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, March 29 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird  Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include:  (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist and the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Arapahoe)
Eurasian Wigeon (Weld)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Rio Grande)
Trumpeter Swan (*Archuleta, *Routt)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (*Routt)
Tundra Swan (*Weld)
Mew Gull (Larimer)
Thayer’s Gull (Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Montezuma,Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Denver, Larimer)
Williamson’s Sapsucker ( Pueblo)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Clear Creek)
Black Phoebe (*Archuleta, Boulder, Denver, Fremont, Mesa, *Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Adams, Douglas, Fremont)
Winter Wren (El Paso)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Bewick’s Wren (Moffat, *Pueblo)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa, Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (Kit Carson)
Savannah Sparrow (*it Carson, Mesa, Montrose, Saguache)
Fox Sparrow (El Paso, Routt)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Adams,  Boulder, *El Paso, Larimer, Montrose, Otero,
Weld)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Douglas)
Great-tailed Grackle ( Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On March 25 at East Lake Shores Park, Riley Morris reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March26 at Barr Lake SP, Will Sebern reported Eastern Phoebe.
---ON March 27 at Barr Lake SP, Diane Roberts, Karen Drozda, and Rebecca
Laroche reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On March 27, Deb Carstensen reported BRANT at her home off of Platte
Canyon Drive.  Please call her
at 303-408-3010 for more information.  Several birders saw the BRANT
including Tim Ryan, Marie Hoerner, and Doug Kibbe.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Pinon Lake Reservoir, Ben Bailey and Byron Greco reported
Trumpeter Swan.
---On March 28 at Navajo Reservoir/Piedra River upstream, Ben Bailey and
Bryon Greco reported 2 Black Phoebes.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 22 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Jonathan Montgomery reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 24 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Christian Nunes
and Jeff Parks  reported Black Phoebe.  On March 25 at  Boulder Creek and
75th St, David Dowell, Luke and Tracy Pheneger, Ted Floyd, Adam Vesely,
Steve Frye, and David Waltman reported Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at
Boulder Creek and 75th St, Mark Minner-lee and Willem van vliet- reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Christian Nunes
reported Black Phoebe at NW corner of waste water treatment plant and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.  On March 27 Will Niccolls and Sue Riffe reported Black
Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Guanella Pass Campground, Craig Robson reported 3
American Three-toed Woodpeckers.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On March 24 at Marston Reservoir, west end,  Doug Kibbe reported imm
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, Cynthia Madsen and David
Hill reported Black Phoebe at First Creek about 100 yards N of 56h Ave
bridge.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 28 at Ute Valley Park, David Tonnessen reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On March 21 on Cherry Creek Tail – south end to Walker Road Gravel Pond,
Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 22, Kingery reported
Eastern Phoebe singing is same spot.  On March 25 on Cherry Creek trail S
end to Walker Rd Gravel Pond, Cheryl Teuton, Hugh Kingery, and Glenn Walbek
reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 27, Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe
on Cherry Creek trail S end to Walk Rd Gravel Pond.
---On March 25 at Chatfield SP, Gregg Goodrich reported that the DFO Field
Trip has an Eastern Phoebe on the SE side of Kingfisher Bridge.  On March
27 at  Chatfield SP upstream of Kingfisher Bridge, Christine Alexander
reported Eastern Phoebe.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported Winter
Wren.  On March 23 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 23, Chris  Bronbin reported
Winter Wren at Sinton Pond.  On March 24 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Glenn
Walbek and Mark Peterson reported Fox Sparrow (Red).

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On March 22 in Canon City, Dan Stringer reported Black and Eastern
Phoebe.  On March 23, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes between
Sell’s Lake and Arkansas River and Eastern Phoebe in
Canon City.  On March 25, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes near
 MacKenzie Ave. bridge in
Canon City.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Brown reported Great-tailed
Grackle.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Neenoshe Reservoir (only southern pool), Tony Leukering
reported lots of waterfowl and 70 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 110
longspur species.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 27 on Creek B (road) Glenn Walbek reported 7 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, 15 McCown’s Longspurs and Savannah Sparrow.  The longspurs are
possibly nesting in this area.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On March 13 at Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland, Andy Bankert reported a
1st cyc Mew Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Thayer’s Gull, ICELAND
GULL, and early Franklin’s Gulls.  On March 19 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick
Komar reported Mew Gull and 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  On March 23, Nick
Komar and David Wade reported Mew Gull and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4
ad, 2 2nd-cyc, 4 1-st cyc).  On March 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick Komar
reported 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4 ad, 4 imm) and 1-st cyc Great
Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, Andy Bankert and Mike
McCloy reported 2 Linoln’s Sparrows and 23 Great-tailed Grackles.

MESA COUNTY:
---On March 22 on L Road between 20 – 21 Roads, Mike Henwood and Kathleen
McGinley reported Savannah Sparrow.
---On March 24 at Clifton Nature Park, Brett Walker reported Black Phoebe.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on CR 134, Blue Mountain, Jan Leonard reported a singing
Bewick’s Wren.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Totten Reservoir, Jim Beatty reported ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On March 23 west of Nucla, Coen Dexter reported Lincoln’s Sparrow and 9
Savannah Sparrows.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On March 26 at CR 28, north of CR FF, Bill Kaempfer reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 25 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Brandon
Percival and Kara Carragher reported singing Carolina Wren.
---On March 28 at Pueblo  Reservoir, Rock Canyon below dam, north of river,
Ben Sampson reported Black Phoebe and 2 Bewick’s Wrens.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Monte Vista NWR, Brandon Percival and Kara Carragher
reported Mallard (Mexican intergrade).

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on Yampa River Core Trail, Tresa Moulton reported 4
Slate-colored Fox Sparrows between the river and the Core Trail near
Emerald Park ball field.
---On March 28 at Stagecoach Reservoir near Oak Creek, Tom Litteral
reported imm Trumpeter Swan and 5 Barrow’s Goldeneyes.

SAGUACHE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Russell Lakes SWA, Peter Burke and Kara Carragher
reported Savannah Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 14, Mlodinow reported an Eurasian Wigeon and Tundra Swan at
Stewart’s Pond (Private Property) at CR 37 and CR 46.  On March 24 at
Stewart’s Pond,  CSU Ornithologist Club, Cheri Phillips, Chery Teuton, and
Brandon Nooner  reported Tundra Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 25 at
Stewart’s Pond, the Tundra Swan was reported by Nick Komar, David Wade,
Austin Hess, Wendy Wibbens, Alison Hixon, Sue Riffe, and Steve Mlodinow.
On March 26, at Stewart’s Pond, Marie Hoerner reported Eurasian Wigeon;
Rebecca Grieser reported Tundra Swan; and Ryan Graves reported both Tundra
Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 27, Mark Minner-Lee and Frank Farrell
reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond.  On March 28, Mike McCloy reported
Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond.
---On March 26 at wetland on CR 46, Emil Yappert reported Tundra Swan.
---On March 26 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Cheri Phillips reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On March 26 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips
The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, March 28 will be to Chatfield SP led by
David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)  Meet at 0700 for
car-pooling at the intersection of S Wadsworth and Deer Creek Rd.  Park on
the north side of Deer Creek Rd, which is just south of C-470.  State Parks
pass or day pass required.  Explore park and perhaps other nearby locations
for early migrants, waterfowl, resident birds, and any raptors zooming by.
Bring lunch, water, and scopes.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 1 will be to Denver City Park led by
Patrick O-Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955).  Meet at 0730 at
parking strip SE of 22nd Ave just north of Ferril Lake.  From Colorado
Blvd, turn west onto 22nd Ave and go past the Museum of Nature and
Science.  Turn left just before the zoo at the sign to the Pavilion
Bandstand.  Park on the left at the end of the parking area closest to
Ferril Lake.  Will focus on observation and photography of nesting
cormorants, herons, and egrets in Ferril and Duck Lakes as part of DFO’s
Colonial Waterbird Nesting Project.  Bring Spotting scope and camera if you
have them.  Night-herons and egrest (Ferril Lake) may be building nests,
and cormorants (Duck Lake) will be into their nesting cycle.  Bring water,
snacks, and sunscreen.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 2 will be to South Platte Park led by
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-665-9135).  Meet at 0800 at
south end of South Platte Park near C-470.  From C-470 take Platte canyon
Rd/South Platte Park exit.  From Platte canyon Rd at Depew Street turn
southeast onto the entrance road for South Platte Park.  Contuse past a
90-degree left turn and the first parking lot,  and meet in the second
parking lot.
   Will walk up the south Platte for about two miles.  Register online or
contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (28 Mar 2017) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:05:03 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 28, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0            161            161
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              4              4
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             0             12             12
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Prairie Falcon               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0             13             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6

Total:                       0            229            229
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 10:30:00 
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter:        Gary Rossmiller

Observers:        

Visitors:
2 birders, Barrett and Mary Hargreaves, stopped by at the top of the hour,
they had never been up there before. I showed them our cheat sheet from
HMANA.org. They mentioned bird watching along the Platte River in
Littleton. The mentioned seeing a Kestrel perched on the wires on the way
up.


Weather:
Overcast, wind blown moisture. Sun found a hole in the clouds around the
top of the hour for 20 minutes. Wind out of the north at 3-4 bft, a few
higher gusts. Clouds eventually cleared over the ridge to the west but Mt.
Morrison's summit was never seen. Could almost see the horizons. Storm
seemed to be heavier to the north. 

Raptor Observations:
Parked on Rooney Road, didn't expect to see the ridge through the clouds.
Got out and immediately saw a local RT near the ridge. Hiked up to the
platform. Closer to 10:30 2 local RT's worked the fields on the east side.
Once back at the parking lot a 3rd RT was visible.
Otherwise no migrating raptors.

Non-raptor Observations:
Over 50 elk on Bare Slope. Small birds fairly active; Canyon Wren heard,
Meadowlark, Magpie, Robin, Scrub Jay, Spotted Towhee disappeared into the
shrubs, and a flock of Mountain Bluebirds at the saddle to the south.

Predictions:
Another wet day but maybe migration?
========================================================================
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: Weld County birding
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:16:36 -0700 (PDT)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35498758
Pictures of the awesome Gadwall x Shoveler Hybrid 

Susan Rosine​
Thornton

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Subject: FOS Broadtailed hummingbird, Douglas County
From: John Ealy <jrealy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:12:43 -0700 (PDT)
The first broad-tailed of the season fed at one of our feeders at 9:50 this 
morning. I thought I  heard one fly overhead on March 22 but got no visual 
confirmation. I heard this guy first also and was beginning to doubt my ear 
as I stood shivering outside for five minutes.  Then I saw him at our front 
feeder. We have had our feeders out about three weeks. Our previous 
earliest date for a broad-tailed was April 5.
John Ealy, Roxborough Park, Douglas County  

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Subject: Pacific Northwest Spotted Towhee-Jeffco-Golden
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:52:03 -0600
Birders
For the last couple of days I have a bird at my feeders that matches the
Pacific Northwest ssp of Spotted Towhee.  Very few white spots and
extensively dark rufous sides.  The song also seems to be different.

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Golden, CO
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into a waterfall of creative alternatives."

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Subject: Re: Re: Brant, Arapahoe county
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:48:50 -0600
As usual, I made it dictation mistake and it looks like I said that people can 
go on Saturday to see the brant. You could certainly go today and income if you 
see him, let us know! 


Thanks, Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 28, 2017, at 7:45 AM, 'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds 
 wrote: 

> 
> The brant was at my house at dusk yesterday but I didn't see him or the small 
flock of Richardson's geese when I got up this morning. I left at dawn, 
however, and I didn't have full view of all three ponds. 

> If you would like to go to see if the brant is still there you can go to 
Columbine Lakes townhouses on sat on Platte Canyon Drive 1/2 mile south of 
Bowles . It is private property, but you can go to the top of the three ponds 
by going onto West Ponds Circle and park on the side of the street and take a 
look for them. You can also park in the visitor parking area and look from the 
bottom ponds too. Good luck! Let us know if it's there. I'll be at work until 
this evening. 

> 
> 
> 
> Thanks, Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Mar 27, 2017, at 5:31 PM, Tim Ryan  wrote:
>> 
>> Brant Arapahoe County at 2pm
>> 
>> Thanks Deb for the post and invitation to see the Brant, very nice yard 
bird! 

>> We observed it at 2pm with a group of Richardson's.
>> here is a picture:
>> 
>> Tim Ryan
>> Parker, Douglas County CO.
>> 
>>> On Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:04:16 PM UTC-6, fiddlenurs wrote:
>>> I wanted to update the Brant setting. He's actually with a flock of small 
gifts which I am calling Richardsons. Great new yard bird! 

>>> Woo hoo. 
>>> Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County 
>>> Sent from my iPhone 
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Subject: Re: Re: Brant, Arapahoe county
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:45:25 -0600
The brant was at my house at dusk yesterday but I didn't see him or the small 
flock of Richardson's geese when I got up this morning. I left at dawn, 
however, and I didn't have full view of all three ponds. 

 If you would like to go to see if the brant is still there you can go to 
Columbine Lakes townhouses on sat on Platte Canyon Drive 1/2 mile south of 
Bowles . It is private property, but you can go to the top of the three ponds 
by going onto West Ponds Circle and park on the side of the street and take a 
look for them. You can also park in the visitor parking area and look from the 
bottom ponds too. Good luck! Let us know if it's there. I'll be at work until 
this evening. 




Thanks, Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 27, 2017, at 5:31 PM, Tim Ryan  wrote:
> 
> Brant Arapahoe County at 2pm
> 
> Thanks Deb for the post and invitation to see the Brant, very nice yard bird!
> We observed it at 2pm with a group of Richardson's.
> here is a picture:
> 
> Tim Ryan
> Parker, Douglas County CO.
> 
>> On Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:04:16 PM UTC-6, fiddlenurs wrote:
>> I wanted to update the Brant setting. He's actually with a flock of small 
gifts which I am calling Richardsons. Great new yard bird! 

>> Woo hoo. 
>> Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County 
>> Sent from my iPhone 
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 28 March 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:34:20 -0600
Compiler:           Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:                   March 28, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, March 28 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird  Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include:  (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist and the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (*Arapahoe)
Eurasian Wigeon (Weld)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Rio Grande)
Tundra Swan (*Weld)
Mew Gull (Larimer)
Thayer’s Gull (Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Montezuma,Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Denver, Larimer)
Williamson’s Sapsucker ( Pueblo)
Black Phoebe (*Boulder, Denver, Fremont, Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (Adams, *Douglas, Fremont)
Winter Wren (El Paso)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Bewick’s Wren (Moffat)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Kiowa, *Kit Carson)
McCown’s Longspur (*Kit Carson)
Savannah Sparrow (*Kit Carson, Mesa, Montrose, Saguache)
Fox Sparrow (El Paso, Routt)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (*Adams,  Boulder, Larimer, Montrose, Otero, Weld)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Douglas)
Great-tailed Grackle ( Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On March 25 at East Lake Shores Park, Riley Morris reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March26 at Barr Lake SP, Will Sebern reported Eastern Phoebe.
---ON March 27 at Barr Lake SP, Diane Roberts, Karen Drozda, and Rebecca
Laroche reported Lincoln’s Sparrow.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On March 27, Deb Carstensen reported BRANT at her home off of Platte
Canyon Drive.  Please call her
at 303-408-3010 for more information.  Several birders saw the BRANT
including Tim Ryan, Marie Hoerner, and Doug Kibbe.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 22 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Jonathan Montgomery reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 24 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Christian Nunes
and Jeff Parks  reported Black Phoebe.  On March 25 at  Boulder Creek and
75th St, David Dowell, Luke and Tracy Pheneger, Ted Floyd, Adam Vesely,
Steve Frye, and David Waltman reported Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at
Boulder Creek and 75th St, Mark Minner-lee and Willem van vliet- reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Christian Nunes
reported Black Phoebe at NW corner of waste water treatment plant and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.  On March 27 Will Niccolls and Sue Riffe reported Black
Phoebe at Boulder Creek and 75th St.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On March 24 at Marston Reservoir, west end,  Doug Kibbe reported imm
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, Cynthia Madsen and David
Hill reported Black Phoebe at First Creek about 100 yards N of 56h Ave
bridge.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On March 21 on Cherry Creek Tail – south end to Walker Road Gravel Pond,
Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 22, Kingery reported
Eastern Phoebe singing is same spot.  On March 25 on Cherry Creek trail S
end to Walker Rd Gravel Pond, Cheryl Teuton, Hugh Kingery, and Glenn Walbek
reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 27, Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe
on Cherry Creek trail S end to Walk Rd Gravel Pond.
---On March 25 at Chatfield SP, Gregg Goodrich reported that the DFO Field
Trip has an Eastern Phoebe on the SE side of Kingfisher Bridge.  On March
27 at  Chatfield SP upstream of Kingfisher Bridge, Christine Alexander
reported Eastern Phoebe.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported Winter
Wren.  On March 23 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 23, Chris  Bronbin reported
Winter Wren at Sinton Pond.  On March 24 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Glenn
Walbek and Mark Peterson reported Fox Sparrow (Red).

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On March 22 in Canon City, Dan Stringer reported Black and Eastern
Phoebe.  On March 23, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes between
Sell’s Lake and Arkansas River and Eastern Phoebe in
Canon City.  On March 25, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes near
 MacKenzie Ave. bridge in
Canon City.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Brown reported Great-tailed
Grackle.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Neenoshe Reservoir (only southern pool), Tony Leukering
reported lots of waterfowl and 70 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 110
longspur species.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 27 on Creek B (road) Glenn Walbek reported 7 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, 15 McCown’s Longspurs and Savannah Sparrow.  The longspurs are
possibly nesting in this area.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On March 13 at Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland, Andy Bankert reported a
1st cyc Mew Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Thayer’s Gull, ICELAND
GULL, and early Franklin’s Gulls.  On March 19 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick
Komar reported Mew Gull and 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  On March 23, Nick
Komar and David Wade reported Mew Gull and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4
ad, 2 2nd-cyc, 4 1-st cyc).  On March 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick Komar
reported 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4 ad, 4 imm) and 1-st cyc Great
Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, Andy Bankert and Mike
McCloy reported 2 Linoln’s Sparrows and 23 Great-tailed Grackles.

MESA COUNTY:
---On March 22 on L Road between 20 – 21 Roads, Mike Henwood and Kathleen
McGinley reported Savannah Sparrow.
---On March 24 at Clifton Nature Park, Brett Walker reported Black Phoebe.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on CR 134, Blue Mountain, Jan Leonard reported a singing
Bewick’s Wren.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Totten Reservoir, Jim Beatty reported ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On March 23 west of Nucla, Coen Dexter reported Lincoln’s Sparrow and 9
Savannah Sparrows.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On March 26 at CR 28, north of CR FF, Bill Kaempfer reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 25 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Brandon
Percival and Kara Carragher reported singing Carolina Wren.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Monte Vista NWR, Brandon Percival and Kara Carragher
reported Mallard (Mexican intergrade).

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on Yampa River Core Trail, Tresa Moulton reported 4
Slate-colored Fox Sparrows between the river and the Core Trail near
Emerald Park ball field.

SAGUACHE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Russell Lakes SWA, Peter Burke and Kara Carragher
reported Savannah Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 14, Mlodinow reported an Eurasian Wigeon and Tundra Swan at
Stewart’s Pond (Private Property) at CR 37 and CR 46.  On March 24 at
Stewart’s Pond,  CSU Ornithologist Club, Cheri Phillips, Chery Teuton, and
Brandon Nooner  reported Tundra Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 25 at
Stewart’s Pond, the Tundra Swan was reported by Nick Komar, David Wade,
Austin Hess, Wendy Wibbens, Alison Hixon, Sue Riffe, and Steve Mlodinow.
On March 26, at Stewart’s Pond, Marie Hoerner reported Eurasian Wigeon;
Rebecca Grieser reported Tundra Swan; and Ryan Graves reported both Tundra
Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 27, Mark Minner-Lee and Frank Farrell
reported Tundra Swan at Stewart’s Pond.
---On March 26 at wetland on CR 46, Emil Yappert reported Tundra Swan.
---On March 26 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Cheri Phillips reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On March 26 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips
The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, March 28 will be to Chatfield SP led by
David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)  Meet at 0700 for
car-pooling at the intersection of S Wadsworth and Deer Creek Rd.  Park on
the north side of Deer Creek Rd, which is just south of C-470.  State Parks
pass or day pass required.  Explore park and perhaps other nearby locations
for early migrants, waterfowl, resident birds, and any raptors zooming by.
Bring lunch, water, and scopes.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 1 will be to Denver City Park led by
Patrick O-Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955).  Meet at 0730 at
parking strip SE of 22nd Ave just north of Ferril Lake.  From Colorado
Blvd, turn west onto 22nd Ave and go past the Museum of Nature and
Science.  Turn left just before the zoo at the sign to the Pavilion
Bandstand.  Park on the left at the end of the parking area closest to
Ferril Lake.  Will focus on observation and photography of nesting
cormorants, herons, and egrets in Ferril and Duck Lakes as part of DFO’s
Colonial Waterbird Nesting Project.  Bring Spotting scope and camera if you
have them.  Night-herons and egrest (Ferril Lake) may be building nests,
and cormorants (Duck Lake) will be into their nesting cycle.  Bring water,
snacks, and sunscreen.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 2 will be to South Platte Park led by
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-665-9135).  Meet at 0800 at
south end of South Platte Park near C-470.  From C-470 take Platte canyon
Rd/South Platte Park exit.  From Platte canyon Rd at Depew Street turn
southeast onto the entrance road for South Platte Park.  Contuse past a
90-degree left turn and the first parking lot,  and meet in the second
parking lot.
   Will walk up the south Platte for about two miles.  Register online or
contact leader.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Weld County birding
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:56:48 -0700 (PDT)
I'm way behind on my Ebird recordings, but here is an excellent site about the 
hybrid, AND a recent picture of this specific bird! 

http://birdhybrids.blogspot.com/2014/03/gadwall-x-northern-shoveler.html?m=1

Susan Rosine
Thornton

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Subject: RFI. Rosy-finch and ptarmigan info for visiiting birders
From: Scott Downes <downess AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:07:13 -0700 (PDT)
We'll be visiting Colorado next week, primary focus is Gunnison Sage-Grouse 
but as time allows I wanted to try for rosy-finches (black and 
brown-capped) and white-tailed ptarmigan. So had a couple of questions:

1. I've heard from others that have had some success at Loveland Pass for 
ptarmigan this time of year. Is that generally a good spot to try and how 
much effort is required to have a decent chance for them? I wasn't planning 
on packing snowshoes or other winter hiking gear on our trip.
2. Recommended spots for rosy-finches in early April? I'm guessing they are 
starting to disperse. Checking eBird reports, but any tips on reliable 
spots for rosy-finch flocks that would be likely in first week of April are 
appreciated. 

Thanks in advance for the help.

Scott Downes
downess AT charter.net
Yakima WA 

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Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (27 Mar 2017) 12 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:13:03 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 27, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              9            161            161
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              4              4
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             0             12             12
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Prairie Falcon               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                1             13             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6

Total:                      12            229            229
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Joyce Commercon

Observers:        Jim Schmoker

Visitors:
Brian Johnson arrived early in the morning with binoculars, hoping to see
some migrating raptors before heading off to look for nesting peregrines.
Pam Batton and Trey Corkern also came armed with binoculars later in the
morning, ready to help with the watch for a while. Jim Schmoker’s help in
spotting and tracking birds for several hours today was also greatly
appreciated. 
Jefferson County Schools are apparently on break this week, so there were
many more families and groups with children on the trail today, along with
the usual hikers and bikers. Most came up for view only. However, one pair
did show some interest in what was being seen; luckily at that moment,
there was a local, adult Red-tailed Hawk that was hunting nearby in Rooney
Valley. This provided them with a perfect example of the main migrant of
the day.


Weather:
The watch began with blue sky and sun (with cloud-cover at 5-10 percent)
but shifted to partly cloudy, then mostly cloudy (cloud-cover at about 80
percent) as a gray mass moved in from the northwest near noon MST. It was
mildly breezy (bft 2 and 3) with winds initially from the north shifting to
come generally from the east by mid-morning. Temperatures ranged from 8 C
to 17 C. A thin, white foggy haze was observed to move northward from the
Chatfield Lake area into the valley southeast of the Ridge in the morning.
An orange-brown haze hung low and heavy in the morning in the Denver Basin
to the northeast. Visibility was generally good, if a bit more hazy than
usual.

Raptor Observations:
Two Sharp-shinned Hawks pushed north together low and close to the Ridge in
the early morning, but nearly all the migrants today were Red-tailed Hawks
that passed on the west side of the Ridge. Many migrated over the far
western ridges from Mount Morrison to Cabrini/Bare Slope. Height-of-flight
for the Red-tailed Hawks was high (HF2) and higher (HF3). Local Red-tailed
Hawks were observed often today. A pair near West Ridge was seen chasing
and diving after some Common Ravens in the morning. Possibly the same pair
was seen circling with dropped legs near West Ridge again during the noon
MST hour; one of the pair performed a steep, sharp roller-coaster flight.
The absolute highlight of the day came right at the end of the watch when
five local Red-tailed Hawks circled high together but at differing heights
over the west-side valley; the uppermost pair fell from the sky
together—spinning, cartwheeling with talons clasped—then releasing and
parting after a few seconds. A sixth local adult Red-tailed Hawk (recently
observed hunting at the base of Green Mountain) joined the other five in
the west-side valley. The grouping dispersed with some heading west and
some heading south.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Canyon Wren was heard very clearly again today. A Raven, that croaked
with a higher pitch than one might expect, landed briefly on one of the
power poles to the north of the HawkWatch platform. Also seen or heard were
Western Meadowlark, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Townsend’s Solitaire,
Black-billed Magpie, American Robin, American Crow, Spotted Towhee and
Northern Flicker.
========================================================================
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: Re: Brant, Arapahoe county
From: Tim Ryan <tryan4thebirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:31:58 -0700 (PDT)
Brant Arapahoe County at 2pm

Thanks Deb for the post and invitation to see the Brant, very nice yard 
bird!
We observed it at 2pm with a group of Richardson's.
here is a picture:

Tim Ryan
Parker, Douglas County CO.

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>
> I wanted to update the Brant setting. He's actually with a flock of small 
> gifts which I am calling Richardsons. Great new yard bird! 
> Woo hoo. 
> Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County 
> Sent from my iPhone 
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Subject: Brant, Arapahoe county
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:04:07 -0600
I wanted to update the Brant setting. He's actually with a flock of small gifts 
which I am calling Richardsons. Great new yard bird! 

Woo hoo. 
Deb Carstensen, Arapahoe County
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Subject: Brant, Arapahoe County
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:55:16 -0600
I currently have a brant at my house outside of Littleton. He's in the pond of 
course, not actually at my house. 


I will be home for a while if anyone wants to run over to see it. My phone 
number is 

303-408-3010. Please call if heading over. I live 1/2 mile south of Bowles off 
Platte Canyon Drive. I can give you further directions if needed. He appears to 
be with a Richardsons white cheeked goose as far as I can tell. 

Deborah Carstensen, Arapahoe County
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 March 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:58:49 -0600
Compiler:           Joyce Takamine
e-mail:                RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:                   March 27, 2017

This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 27 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Bird  Conservancy of the Rockies.

Highlight species include:  (* indicates new information on this species)
NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist and the order of families has
changed.

Eurasian Wigeon (*Weld)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Douglas, Rio Grande)
Tundra Swan (*Weld)
Mountain Plover (Kit Carson)
Mew Gull (Larimer)
Thayer’s Gull (Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Larimer, *Montezuma,*Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Denver, *Larimer)
Williamson’s Sapsucker ( Jefferson, Pueblo)
Black Phoebe (*Boulder, Denver, *Fremont, Mesa)
Eastern Phoebe (*Adams, Douglas, Fremont)
Winter Wren (El Paso)
Carolina Wren (Pueblo)
Bewick’s Wren (Moffat)
Lapland Longspur (Weld)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (*Kiowa)
Savannah Sparrow (Mesa, Montrose, Saguache)
Fox Sparrow (El Paso, Routt)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Adams,  *Boulder, Larimer, Montrose, *Otero, *Weld)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Douglas)
Great-tailed Grackle ( Jefferson, Larimer, *Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On March 21 at Barr Lake SP below the dam, Norm Lewis reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March 25 at East Lake Shores Park, Riley Morris reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.
---On March26 at Barr Lake SP, Will Sebern reported Eastern Phoebe.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On March 22 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Jonathan Montgomery reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 24 at Boulder Creek and 75th St., Christian Nunes
and Jeff Parks  reported Black Phoebe.  On March 25 at  Boulder Creek and
75th St, David Dowell, Luke and Tracy Pheneger, Ted Floyd, Adam Vesely,
Steve Frye, and David Waltman reported Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at
Boulder Creek and 75th St, Mark Minner-lee and Willem van vliet- reported
Black Phoebe.  On March 26 at Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Christian Nunes
reported Black Phoebe at NW corner of waste water treatment plant and
Lincoln’s Sparrow.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On March 24 at Marston Reservoir, west end,  Doug Kibbe reported imm
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at First Creek at DEN Open Space, Cynthia Madsen and David
Hill reported Black Phoebe at First Creek about 100 yards N of 56h Ave
bridge.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On March 21 on Cherry Creek Tail – south end to Walker Road Gravel Pond,
Hugh Kingery reported Eastern Phoebe.  On March 22, Kingery reported
Eastern Phoebe singing is same spot.  On March 25 on Cherry Creek trail S
end to Walker Rd Gravel Pond, Cheryl Teuton, Hugh Kingery, and Glenn Walbek
reported Eastern Phoebe.
---On March 21 at Parker Regional Park, Marier Hoerner reported possible
Mallard/Mexican intergrade and possible EASTERN MEADOWLARK.
---On March 25 at Chatfield SP, Gregg Goodrich reported that the DFO Field
Trip has an Eastern Phoebe on the SE side of Kingfisher Bridge.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On March 20 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported Winter
Wren.  On March 23 at Sinton Pond Open Space, David Tonnessen reported
Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow (Red).  On March 23, Chris  Bronbin reported
Winter Wren at Sinton Pond.  On March 24 at Sinton Pond Open Space, Glenn
Walbek and Mark Peterson reported Fox Sparrow (Red).

FREMONT COUNTY:
---On March 22 in Canon City, Dan Stringer reported Black and Eastern
Phoebe.  On March 23, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes between
Sell’s Lake and Arkansas River and Eastern Phoebe in
Canon City.  On March 25, SeEtta Moss reported a pair of Black Phoebes near
 MacKenzie Ave. bridge in
Canon City.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On March 21 at Reynolds Park – Elkhorn, Chris Wood reported Williamson’s
Sapsucker.
---On March 21 at Reynolds Park Eagles View Trail 1, Chris Wood reported
calling Williamson’s Sapsucker.
---On March 25 at Harriman Lake Park, Chris Brown reported Great-tailed
Grackle.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Neenoshe Reservoir (only southern pool), Tony Leukering
reported lots of waterfowl and 70 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and 110
longspur species.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
---On March 20 on CR 58 between CR N and CR P, Glenn Walbek reported 2
Mountain Plovers.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On March 13 at Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland, Andy Bankert reported a
1st cyc Mew Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Thayer’s Gull, ICELAND
GULL, and early Franklin’s Gulls.  On March 19 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick
Komar reported Mew Gull and 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  On March 23, Nick
Komar and David Wade reported Mew Gull and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4
ad, 2 2nd-cyc, 4 1-st cyc).  On March 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, Nick Komar
reported 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4 ad, 4 imm) and 1-st cyc Great
Black-backed Gull.
---On March 25 at Wellington SWA Cobb Lake Unit, Andy Bankert and Mike
McCloy reported 2 Linoln’s Sparrows and 23 Great-tailed Grackles.

MESA COUNTY:
---On March 22 on L Road between 20 – 21 Roads, Mike Henwood and Kathleen
McGinley reported Savannah Sparrow.
---On March 24 at Clifton Nature Park, Brett Walker reported Black Phoebe.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on CR 134, Blue Mountain, Jan Leonard reported a singing
Bewick’s Wren.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
---On March 26 at Totten Reservoir, Jim Beatty reported ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
---On March 23 west of Nucla, Coen Dexter reported Lincoln’s Sparrow and 9
Savannah Sparrows.

OTERO COUNTY:
---On March 26 at CR 28, north of CR FF, Bill Kaempfer reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On March 25 on Arkansas River Trail east of Pueblo Blvd, Brandon
Percival and Kara Carragher reported singing Carolina Wren.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Monte Vista NWR, Brandon Percival and Kara Carragher
reported Mallard (Mexican intergrade).

ROUTT COUNTY:
---On March 22 on Yampa River Core Trail, Tresa Moulton reported 4
Slate-colored Fox Sparrows between the river and the Core Trail near
Emerald Park ball field.

SAGUACHE COUNTY:
---On March 25 at Russell Lakes SWA, Peter Burke and Kara Carragher
reported Savannah Sparrow.

WELD COUNTY:
---On March 14, Mlodinow reported an Eurasian Wigeon and Tundra Swan at
Stewart’s Pond (Private Property) at CR 37 and CR 46.  On March 24 at
Stewart’s Pond,  CSU Ornithologist Club, Cheri Phillips, Chery Teuton, and
Brandon Nooner  reported Tundra Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.  On March 25 at
Stewart’s Pond, the Tundra Swan was reported by Nick Komar, David Wade,
Austin Hess, Wendy Wibbens, Alison Hixon, Sue Riffe, and Steve Mlodinow.
On March 26, at Stewart’s Pond, Marie Hoerner reported Eurasian Wigeon;
Rebecca Grieser reported Tundra Swan; and Ryan Graves reported both Tundra
Swan and Eurasian Wigeon.
---On March 26 at wetland on CR 46, Emil Yappert reported Tundra Swan.
---On March 26 at Lower Latham Reservoir, Cheri Phillips reported Lincoln’s
Sparrow and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.
---On March 26 at Union Reservoir, Steve Mlodinow reported Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips
The DFO Field Trip for Tuesday, March 28 will be to Chatfield SP led by
David Suddjian (dsuddjian AT gmail.com; 831-713-8659)  Meet at 0700 for
car-pooling at the intersection of S Wadsworth and Deer Creek Rd.  Park on
the north side of Deer Creek Rd, which is just south of C-470.  State Parks
pass or day pass required.  Explore park and perhaps other nearby locations
for early migrants, waterfowl, resident birds, and any raptors zooming by.
Bring lunch, water, and scopes.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 1 will be to Denver City Park led by
Patrick O-Driscoll (patodrisk AT gmail.com; 303-885-6955).  Meet at 0730 at
parking strip SE of 22nd Ave just north of Ferril Lake.  From Colorado
Blvd, turn west onto 22nd Ave and go past the Museum of Nature and
Science.  Turn left just before the zoo at the sign to the Pavilion
Bandstand.  Park on the left at the end of the parking area closest to
Ferril Lake.  Will focus on observation and photography of nesting
cormorants, herons, and egrets in Ferril and Duck Lakes as part of DFO’s
Colonial Waterbird Nesting Project.  Bring Spotting scope and camera if you
have them.  Night-herons and egrest (Ferril Lake) may be building nests,
and cormorants (Duck Lake) will be into their nesting cycle.  Bring water,
snacks, and sunscreen.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 2 will be to South Platte Park led by
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT gmail.com; 303-665-9135).  Meet at 0800 at
south end of South Platte Park near C-470.  From C-470 take Platte canyon
Rd/South Platte Park exit.  From Platte canyon Rd at Depew Street turn
southeast onto the entrance road for South Platte Park.  Contuse past a
90-degree left turn and the first parking lot,  and meet in the second
parking lot.
   Will walk up the south Platte for about two miles.  Register online or
contact leader.

The March meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on March 27 at
7:30 p..m. in Ricketson Auditorium of the Denver Museum of Nature and
Science.  Park on the north side of the Museum and enter at the north side
security/employee entrance and tell the guard that you are there for the
DFO Meeting.  Dave Leatherman will give a talk on “What The Book, Personal
Observation and WIkileaks Say About The Fox Squirrel in Northern Colorado”

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Tundra Swan [Stewart's Pond, Lasalle, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:38:19 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

I found the Tundra Swan but not the Eurasian Wigeon :-( ... couple others 
there looking as well.  Other spring arrivals:

   - Say's Phoebe [Yard, Nunn, Weld]
   - Common Grackle [Windsor Lake, Windsor, Weld]
   - Red-breasted Merganser [Windsor Lake, Windsor, Weld]
   - American Avocet [Three ponds across from Behren's Lake, Lasalle, Weld]
   
There were ~400+ American White Pelican(!) at Neff Lake.  At Glenmere Park 
I had a immature Red-tailed Hawk no more than 10 feet from me at eye level 
on a fence post.  It had picked up a strip of brown cloth and either (1) 
thought it was a snake or (2) was trying to make thinner strips for 
nesting.  It is by far the CLOSEST I've gotten to a hawk in the wild, 
pretty neat--it did not care about my presence at all.


Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

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Subject: Larimer County Gulls (Great Black-backed Gull)
From: Nicholas Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:08:13 -0600
I visited the local gull hotspot this evening (5:45-7 pm) and was not 
disappointed, as 800 gulls lounged on the mudflats and shallow waters of 
Horseshoe Lake's southwest corner, located in northeast Loveland, just west of 
Boyd Lake State Park. 


Most (95%) of these gulls are staging adult California Gulls which will 
eventually move out to a nearby nesting colony, either in Jackson or Weld 
County. Today, there were about 35 (4%) Herring Gulls, many in adult breeding 
plumage. There were 8 (1%) Lesser Black-backed Gulls, half of which were in 
adult breeding plumage, and half immature of various ages. Amazingly, there 
were only 2 Ring-billed Gulls, which apparently have moved out in search of 
greener pastures, literally. And last, but certainly not least, was a 
first-cycle Great Black-backed Gull. One had been reported here about a month 
ago which I had missed, so I was especially happy to see it. A photo of this 
monster of a gull is below, on the right, with Herring and California Gulls to 
its left. 


There was no sign of the first spring Mew Gull or the adult Franklin's Gull 
which have been tripping the eBird rarity filter all month. 


You can view these birds through a telescope from a city utility easement just 
north of the inlet canal. I parked on a side street to the west, across Monroe 
St. 


Nick Komar 
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: White-throated Swifts, Hall Ranch, Lyons, Bldr Cty 3/24
From: Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:28:18 -0600
While on a bike ride up the Bitterbrush trail at Hall Ranch with my son this 
afternoon, I saw 3 WT Swifts flying overhead--FOY for me. Back at home in N 
Boulder had a FOY C Grackle at the feeder today. 


Thomas Heinrich
Boulder, CO
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Subject: Birding Around Colorado
From: Luke Pheneger <phenegerluke AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:13:00 +0000
Hi Everyone

Today my mom and I birded around Colorado hitting some of the spots that
have been hot lately. Starting with Westerly Creek Park.
At Westerly we found the Harris's Sparrow in about 2 minutes which I know
has been a little hit or miss lately. Also there was a Lincolns sparrow in
the same bush. In the park itself the Brown Thrasher continues along with a
pair of Yellow Rumped Warblers, 2 Cinnamon Teals, and a leucistic American
Wigeon.

At Cherry Creek we started off with an Adult Thayer's Gull and 3 California
Gulls. We then went to the South End( Dam End)where we had a supposed Rock
Wren but later made the easy correction, as the bird was a Carolina Wren
constintaly making its light Trill calls over and over again. And no it
wasn't a Marsh Wren :) Too trilly, not chattery like a Marsh Wren.
 We could never find the bird even though we heard it 6-8 times, but
looking for the Wren lead us to find a Says pheobe, American White Pelican,
and a flyover Kildeer along the dam.


We then visited Panama Reservoir where after spending 30 minutes looking
for a vantage point saw 3 Blue Winged teals, 3 pelicans, 18 Norther
Pintails, and two Eared Grebes.






Luke Pheneger
Longmont,Colorado

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Subject: Last Raptor Alley of Season Trip Results [Raptor Alley, Nunn, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:05:33 -0800 (PST)
Hi all

GREAT weather for raptoring on Saturday--sun, cold and no wind.  Group had 
a fantastic outing seeing all expected birds.  Also, we found Golden Eagle 
on nest as well as a (new) Bald Eagle nest in Nunn!  The Bald Eagle nest in 
Nunn was previously attempted last two years but never had an eagle 
actually on/in the nest.  I'll be watching this one closely.

Photos:  

http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/browse/album/Raptor-Alley-Nunn-Pierce-Weld-02-27-2017/ 


Total raptors = 44

   - Red-tailed Hawk - 5
   - Merlin - 1
   - Rough-legged Hawk - 8 (3 dark morphs)
   - Northern Harrier - 3
   - Prairie Falcon - 1
   - Ferruginous Hawk - 10 (1 dark morph, 3 on a fence line together--see 
   photos))
   - American Kestrel - 7
   - Bald Eagle - 5
   - Golden Eagle - 2
   - UNID Buteo - 2
   
Others:

   - Chukar - 2
   - Pronghorn - 26
   - Common Raven - 3
   - Ducks - 14 species (3 Cinnamon Teal)
   - Northern Shrike - 1

Thanks

Gary Lefko, Nunn

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Subject: AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Woods L. (Weld) 2/27
From: Brandon <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:16:43 -0700
This bird continues currently at east side Woods Lake, Weld County.
Congrats to Steve Mlodinow for finding this major CO rarity.  I hadn't seen
one in Colorado for a very very long time (back in the 1990s).

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Mountain bluebirds Larimer Co
From: Gregg Somermeyer <gsomermeyer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:28:31 -0800 (PST)
I was taking a Sunday drive on the outskirts of fort Collins yesterday and 
observed a large number (est 20-50) of mountain bluebirds along Bingham Hill 
Road just east of the summit. 


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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 27 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:16:55 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 27, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 27 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

Swan spec (*Boulder)
Trumpeter Swan (*Jefferson)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder)
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK (*Weld)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
American Woodcock (*Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, *Larimer, Weld)
ICELAND GULL (*Larimer, Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Douglas, *El Paso, *Larimer, Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Prowers)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Baca, El Paso)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Prowers)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Black Rosy-Finch (Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin, *San Miguel)
Lapland Longspur (Larimer, Logan, Weld)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Great-tailed Grackle (*Weld)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 19 at McKay Road Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Thayer's
Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 2 juv).  On February 20 at McKay
Gravel Ponds, Ryan and Jack Bushong reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

BACA COUNTY:
---On February 25 at Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area, Alan Versaw reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Chihuahuan Raven, and Canyon Towhee.
---On February 25 at Cottonwood Canyon (Southern Loop), Alan Versaw
reported 2 Greater Roadrunners and 4 Canyon Towhee.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Walden/Sawhill in Boulder, Carrie Vaughn reported 3
Tundra Swans and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows.  On February 19, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swans at Walden Ponds.  On February 20 at Walden/Sawhill
Ponds, Mark Minner-Lee reported 3 Tundra Swans and Lincoln's Sparrow.  On
February 25 at Sawhill Ponds, Kyle Medina reported swan.  On February 26 at
Cottonwood Marsh, Mark Miller reported 3 Tundra Swans sleeping and a 4th
swan fly in.  The 4th swan is a bit of a mystery.  It may be a hybrid
Trumpeter/Tundra.
---On February 24 at Fawn  Brook Inn in Allenspark, Dan Stringer reported
10 Brown-capped and 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 21 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), Adam Vesely reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
---On February 23 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs,
Bill Maynard and RIchard Bunn reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  On
February 26 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake, Heidi Eaton, Leonard and
Joy Lake reported Lesser Black-backed Gull.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 24 at Chatfield SP, Cheri Phillips reported Trumpeter Swan.
It was seen from Heron Overlook on the reservoir.  On February 25 at
Chatfield SP upstream from Kingfisher Bridge west of gravel ponds, Richard
Taylor, Art Hudak, and Gwen Moore reported Trumpeter Swan.  On February 26
at Chatfield gravel ponds, Phil Lyon reported Trumpeter Swan.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 24 near Wellington on CR 64, David Dowell reported 2 Lapland
Longspurs.
---On February 26 at Bobcat Ridge, Cheryl Teuton and Dan Brooke reported
American Woodcock in creek east of ranger's house.
---On February 26 at Horseshoe Reservoir, David Dowell reported juv
Thayer's Gull, juv ICELAND GULL, and 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 juv, 1
imm, 5 ad).

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 21 at Brewster's Ridge/Bar X Wash, Denise and Mark Vollmar
reported Sagebrush Sparrow


PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 21 at N end of Willow Creek Park in Lamar, Dave Leatherman
reported ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 20 at N end of Lamar Community College Woods, Dave
Leatherman reported a sing Carolina Wren; heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker at
the S end, 4+ Northern Cardinals, and a Curve-billed Thrasher in Woodland
Park Subdivision south of the woods, right where Woodland Park Drive
crosses Willow Creek.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 26, at Pueblo Reservoir, Rock Canyon below the dam, Richard
Taylor reported Great Black-backed Gull.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
---On February 24 and 25, Eric Hynes reported all 3 species of Rosy-Finches
at his feeders in Telluride.  If you
would like to try for them please contact him at erichynes28 AT gmail.com

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 24, Gary Lefko reported 2 Lapland Longspurs on N side of
dump along CR 84, .25 m E of CR 25 in fallow field on south.
---On February 25, Glenn Walbek reported AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Woods
Lake.  On February 25 at Woods Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported AMERICAN BLACK
DUCK, 2 ad Thayer's Gull, ad ICELAND GULL, 2 ad Thayer's Gulls,
Great-tailed Grackle.  On February 26 at Woods Lake, John Drummond, Jeannie
Mitchell, and Lynne Miller reported American Black Duck.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip  for Saturday, March 4 will be to South Platte river
Trail at E 99th Ave and I-76 led by Chuck Hundertmark (chundertmark8 AT
gmail.com; 303-604-9531 <(303)%20604-9531>).  Meet at 0800 at parking area
at 88th Ave and South Platte River Trail.  From I-76 take E 88th Ave exit,
go west on 88th for 1.6 miles, then turn south at Colorado Blvd, Tur nleft
again into the parking lot for South Platte River Greenway Trailhead.
   Hike along pave trail and occasional in adjacent mud for up to three
miles.  Scopes optional.  Bring water and snacks.  Register online or
contact leader.

The DFO Field trip for Sunday, March 5 will be to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NWR led by George Mayfiled & Karen Drozda (georgemayfield AT gamil.com;
720-289-9395 <(720)%20289-9395>).  This trip is full

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:34:40 -0800 (PST)
I've been told that in 2009 there was a February sighting in Cheyenne County on 
the 27th. There have also been a few March recordings over the years. These are 
not Ebird records. 

As far as I can tell, my sighting is the earliest known sighting for the month 
of February (25th) 

Susan R.
Thornton

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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:34:40 -0800 (PST)
I've been told that in 2009 there was a February sighting in Cheyenne County on 
the 27th. There have also been a few March recordings over the years. These are 
not Ebird records. 

As far as I can tell, my sighting is the earliest known sighting for the month 
of February (25th) 

Susan R.
Thornton

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Subject: RE: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh
From: "Mark Miller" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:44:54 -0700
Hi Everyone,

 

The fourth bird kept apart from the other three, but tried to push its way 
through the ice to get a bit closer. It had quite a bit of dirt and grime on 
its neck, so I’m sure we’re talking about the same bird. It had a 
noticeable bulge in the bill, but it wasn’t what the Brits would call a 
stonking Trumpeter bill. Its vocalizations were lower pitched than I normally 
hear from Tundras. Frankly, I didn’t see any marks on the lores. It’s an 
odd one, and it’s a good lesson for all of us about looking at all the field 
marks. 


 

Mark Miller

Longmont, CO

 

From: cobirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Christian Nunes 

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 6:34 PM
To: Marie Hoerner 
Cc: Cobirds 
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh

 

Hi Maria,

 

I would make an argument that the bird in your photos is part of the pair of 
adult Tundra Swans that are invariably accompanied by the immature. Presumably 
they are a family group. The yellow spot on this one is rather small and can be 
hard to see, especially at a distance. Ted Floyd has some closer shots where 
the yellow can be seen well: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33740263 


Steve Mlodinow also has some nice flight shots that show all three of these 
birds. The yellow on that one adult is again hard to see, but it's present if 
you squint hard enough: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34073530 


 

Here are some more links to photos of the solitary swan who I think is more 
Trumpeter-esque, but things don't add up: 


 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33611634

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34030937

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34773743

 

Myself and many scores of birders have been calling this a Tundra Swan all 
winter, perhaps a bit too willingly. I remember studying it while it fed in the 
shallow bay at the east end of Hillcrest Reservoir back in January. Alarm bells 
were ringing, and I had hopes I could "turn" it into a Trumpeter, but the pale 
spot on the bill and the U-shaped forehead made me withdraw from that 
conclusion. I've started to look more closely at the available photos (and the 
bird too, but it was mostly sleeping this afternoon) after Mark Miller's email 
this morning. I still don't think it's a Trumpeter, but a hybrid could be an 
option. Or it's just a goofy Tundra Swan like we've been assuming all winter. 


 

Thanks,

 

Christian Nunes

Longmont, CO

 

  _____  

From: mesozoic.cephalopod AT gmail.com  
 > on 
behalf of Marie Hoerner  > 

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 7:14 PM
To: Christian Nunes
Cc: Cobirds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh 

 

That's interesting. That is not one of the birds that I was seeing last night; 
at least, I don't think that it is. Here are a couple of shots of that bird. 
(In the photos where the 4th swan joined 2 of the others briefly, it is the 
middle bird of the three in the photograph.) As far as I could see in the 
photos and through my binoculars, this one completely lacked the light color 
that is in the linked picture above. I am certainly not arguing with the ID of 
more experienced birders; I'm just wondering if one of the birds that I saw was 
a different bird because I'm curious and uncertain of my own ID skills when it 
comes to Trumpeters and Tundras. 


 

Thanks for the thoughts on these swans,

 

Marie Hoerner

Aurora, CO

 

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 5:09 PM, Marie Hoerner  > wrote: 


That's interesting. That is not one of the birds that I was seeing last night; 
at least, I don't think that it is. Here are a couple of shots of that bird. 
(In the photos where the 4th swan joined 2 of the others briefly, it is the 
middle bird of the three in the photograph.) As far as I could see in the 
photos and through my binoculars, this one completely lacked the light color 
that is in the linked picture above. I am certainly not arguing with the ID of 
more experienced birders; I'm just wondering if one of the birds that I saw was 
a different bird because I'm curious and uncertain of my own ID skills when it 
comes to Trumpeters and Tundras. 


 

Thanks for the thoughts on these swans,

 

Marie Hoerner

Aurora, CO 

 

 

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 4:49 PM, Christian Nunes  > wrote: 


Birders,

 

The two obvious adult Tundra Swans, one with extensive yellow on the bill and 
the other with a small yellow tear drop, are the likely parents of the 
immature. This family group acts as a unit and they are rarely separated by 
very much space. One adult has extensive yellow on the bill, the other more of 
a small tear drop. The immature is dusky and has a pale spot on the bill that 
hasn't yet turned yellow. It has V-shaped forehead feathering, demonstrating 
the weakness of this field mark on immature birds. 


 

The fourth bird is another adult, and is the head-scratcher. It spends more 
time by itself, often traveling over to the Valmont lakes. It is the individual 
recently photographed by Kyle Medina over at Sawhill Ponds (refer to his 
COBirds post from this morning "Swan- Sawhill Pond 2/24/17"). It is maybe 
slightly larger than the other swans, and the neck looks a little more sinuous 
and the back maybe more rounded. These features give it a resemblance to a 
Trumpeter. It currently has some heavy staining on the head and neck, which 
helps pick it out from a crowd, but is not something that's useful for ID. The 
thing is that it does have a pale spot on the bill in front of the eye- not 
bright yellow like the other Tundras, but more of an off white. The forehead 
feathering is also U-shaped, as in an adult Tundra. The legs are dark black, 
which might help rule out a "white morph" Trumpeter as described in David 
Sibley's blog post linked below. There's a good chance it's a Trumpeter x 
Tundra. Steve Mlodinow has extensive experience with both species and their 
crosses, so he might have more to chime in on that hypothesis. 


 

A handy link to Kyle's photo: http://tinyurl.com/hpe7det

Some good reading: 
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/07/trumpeter-swans-with-yellow-loral-spots/ 



  


  
Trumpeter Swans with yellow loral spots - Sibley Guides 


www.sibleyguides.com  

Related posts and pages: Trumpeter Swans, yellow bill spots, and leucism In a 
previous post I’ve talked about Trumpeter Swans with yellow bill spots as 
a... 


 

 

Thanks,

 

Christian Nunes

Longmont, CO

 

 

 


  _____  


From: mesozoic.cephalopod AT gmail.com  
 > on 
behalf of Marie Hoerner  > 

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 4:28 PM
To: snowy.owlets AT gmail.com  ; Cobirds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh 

 

I had not gotten the chance yet to post about this, but I saw four swans there 
last night. Three were Tundra Swans (2 adults and a 1st year), and the fourth I 
thought was a Trumpeter based on the complete lack of yellow in the lores and 
what seemed to be larger size (although they are hard to tell apart because of 
individual variability in the lores and I'm no expert when it comes to swans). 
It is nice to have confirmation since I was rather uncertain. 


 

Marie Hoerner

Aurora, CO

 

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 8:28 AM, snowy.owlets  > wrote: 


Hi Everyone,

 

A fourth swan has just come in. It looks and sounds like a Trumpeter.

 

Mark Miller 

Longmont, CO 

 

 

 

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Subject: Re: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh
From: Christian Nunes <pajaroboy AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:34:00 +0000
Hi Maria,


I would make an argument that the bird in your photos is part of the pair of 
adult Tundra Swans that are invariably accompanied by the immature. Presumably 
they are a family group. The yellow spot on this one is rather small and can be 
hard to see, especially at a distance. Ted Floyd has some closer shots where 
the yellow can be seen well: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33740263 


Steve Mlodinow also has some nice flight shots that show all three of these 
birds. The yellow on that one adult is again hard to see, but it's present if 
you squint hard enough: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34073530 



Here are some more links to photos of the solitary swan who I think is more 
Trumpeter-esque, but things don't add up: 



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33611634

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34030937

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34773743


Myself and many scores of birders have been calling this a Tundra Swan all 
winter, perhaps a bit too willingly. I remember studying it while it fed in the 
shallow bay at the east end of Hillcrest Reservoir back in January. Alarm bells 
were ringing, and I had hopes I could "turn" it into a Trumpeter, but the pale 
spot on the bill and the U-shaped forehead made me withdraw from that 
conclusion. I've started to look more closely at the available photos (and the 
bird too, but it was mostly sleeping this afternoon) after Mark Miller's email 
this morning. I still don't think it's a Trumpeter, but a hybrid could be an 
option. Or it's just a goofy Tundra Swan like we've been assuming all winter. 



Thanks,


Christian Nunes

Longmont, CO


________________________________
From: mesozoic.cephalopod AT gmail.com  on behalf 
of Marie Hoerner  

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 7:14 PM
To: Christian Nunes
Cc: Cobirds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh

That's interesting. That is not one of the birds that I was seeing last night; 
at least, I don't think that it is. Here are a couple of shots of that bird. 
(In the photos where the 4th swan joined 2 of the others briefly, it is the 
middle bird of the three in the photograph.) As far as I could see in the 
photos and through my binoculars, this one completely lacked the light color 
that is in the linked picture above. I am certainly not arguing with the ID of 
more experienced birders; I'm just wondering if one of the birds that I saw was 
a different bird because I'm curious and uncertain of my own ID skills when it 
comes to Trumpeters and Tundras. 


Thanks for the thoughts on these swans,

Marie Hoerner
Aurora, CO

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 5:09 PM, Marie Hoerner 
> wrote: 

That's interesting. That is not one of the birds that I was seeing last night; 
at least, I don't think that it is. Here are a couple of shots of that bird. 
(In the photos where the 4th swan joined 2 of the others briefly, it is the 
middle bird of the three in the photograph.) As far as I could see in the 
photos and through my binoculars, this one completely lacked the light color 
that is in the linked picture above. I am certainly not arguing with the ID of 
more experienced birders; I'm just wondering if one of the birds that I saw was 
a different bird because I'm curious and uncertain of my own ID skills when it 
comes to Trumpeters and Tundras. 


Thanks for the thoughts on these swans,

Marie Hoerner
Aurora, CO


On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 4:49 PM, Christian Nunes 
> wrote: 


Birders,


The two obvious adult Tundra Swans, one with extensive yellow on the bill and 
the other with a small yellow tear drop, are the likely parents of the 
immature. This family group acts as a unit and they are rarely separated by 
very much space. One adult has extensive yellow on the bill, the other more of 
a small tear drop. The immature is dusky and has a pale spot on the bill that 
hasn't yet turned yellow. It has V-shaped forehead feathering, demonstrating 
the weakness of this field mark on immature birds. 



The fourth bird is another adult, and is the head-scratcher. It spends more 
time by itself, often traveling over to the Valmont lakes. It is the individual 
recently photographed by Kyle Medina over at Sawhill Ponds (refer to his 
COBirds post from this morning "Swan- Sawhill Pond 2/24/17"). It is maybe 
slightly larger than the other swans, and the neck looks a little more sinuous 
and the back maybe more rounded. These features give it a resemblance to a 
Trumpeter. It currently has some heavy staining on the head and neck, which 
helps pick it out from a crowd, but is not something that's useful for ID. The 
thing is that it does have a pale spot on the bill in front of the eye- not 
bright yellow like the other Tundras, but more of an off white. The forehead 
feathering is also U-shaped, as in an adult Tundra. The legs are dark black, 
which might help rule out a "white morph" Trumpeter as described in David 
Sibley's blog post linked below. There's a good chance it's a Trumpeter x 
Tundra. Steve Mlodinow has extensive experience with both species and their 
crosses, so he might have more to chime in on that hypothesis. 



A handy link to Kyle's photo: http://tinyurl.com/hpe7det

Some good reading: 
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/07/trumpeter-swans-with-yellow-loral-spots/ 



[http://www.sibleyguides.com/wp-content/uploads/Cygnus_olor_MuteSwan_clean_thumb-218x300.jpg] 


Trumpeter Swans with yellow loral spots - Sibley 
Guides 

www.sibleyguides.com
Related posts and pages: Trumpeter Swans, yellow bill spots, and leucism In a 
previous post I’ve talked about Trumpeter Swans with yellow bill spots as 
a... 





Thanks,


Christian Nunes

Longmont, CO





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From: mesozoic.cephalopod AT gmail.com 
> on behalf 
of Marie Hoerner > 

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 4:28 PM
To: snowy.owlets AT gmail.com; Cobirds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh

I had not gotten the chance yet to post about this, but I saw four swans there 
last night. Three were Tundra Swans (2 adults and a 1st year), and the fourth I 
thought was a Trumpeter based on the complete lack of yellow in the lores and 
what seemed to be larger size (although they are hard to tell apart because of 
individual variability in the lores and I'm no expert when it comes to swans). 
It is nice to have confirmation since I was rather uncertain. 


Marie Hoerner
Aurora, CO

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 8:28 AM, snowy.owlets 
> wrote: 

Hi Everyone,

A fourth swan has just come in. It looks and sounds like a Trumpeter.

Mark Miller
Longmont, CO



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Subject: Re: Greenwood Village Birding (Arapahoe Co.)
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:33:34 -0700
Nice Ross's Goose pix.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 26, 2017, at 6:10 PM, Jared Del Rosso  
wrote: 

> 
> On Thursday, while driving home from DIA, I spotted an all white goose with 
some Canada / Cackling at West Middle School (Belleview & Holly) in Greenwood 
Village (Arapahoe). I couldn't tell, while driving on far side of Belleview, 
whether it was a Snow or Ross's. But either would be my first in my home circle 
and also bird #150 in that circle, so it was hard not knowing. I finally had a 
chance to go out and look for the goose today. I wasn't especially optimistic 
that it would still be hanging around the grass inside the middle school's 
track, but as I approached the school, I saw a white goose among the 
white-cheeked. I was able to watch the bird for a while and take some decent 
shots, which I believe show the goose to be a Ross's. Small bill with a grayish 
base & no real grin patch, relatively small stature, & rounded head. Photo 
below. 

> 
>  
> 
> 
> 
> 
> While at the school, I heard a day-calling Great Horned Owl. And a trio of 
Mountain Bluebirds flew over, only my second sighting of them in the area. 

> 
> From the school, I headed to Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve, hoping to get a 
better look at Mountain Bluebirds. I didn't see any, but I did see the 
White-throated Sparrow for the first time since early February. A Lesser Scaup, 
my first at the preserve & in my home circle, was a pleasant surprise. I looked 
for but did not find the Northern Shrike that's been at the preserve all 
winter, but I did get to watch the Harlan's Red-tail that's been around since 
November circle over the preserve a few times. 

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Subject: Greenwood Village Birding (Arapahoe Co.)
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:10:21 -0800 (PST)
On Thursday, while driving home from DIA, I spotted an all white goose with 
some Canada / Cackling at West Middle School (Belleview & Holly) in 
Greenwood Village (Arapahoe). I couldn't tell, while driving on far side of 
Belleview, whether it was a Snow or Ross's. But either would be my first in 
my home circle and also bird #150 in that circle, so it was hard not 
knowing. I finally had a chance to go out and look for the goose today. I 
wasn't especially optimistic that it would still be hanging around the 
grass inside the middle school's track, but as I approached the school, I 
saw a white goose among the white-cheeked. I was able to watch the bird for 
a while and take some decent shots, which I believe show the goose to be a 
Ross's. Small bill with a grayish base & no real grin patch, relatively 
small stature, & rounded head. Photo below.

 



 



While at the school, I heard a day-calling Great Horned Owl. And a trio of 
Mountain Bluebirds flew over, only my second sighting of them in the area. 

From the school, I headed to Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve, hoping to get 
a better look at Mountain Bluebirds. I didn't see any, but I did see the 
White-throated Sparrow for the first time since early February. A Lesser 
Scaup, my first at the preserve & in my home circle, was a pleasant 
surprise. I looked for but did not find the Northern Shrike that's been at 
the preserve all winter, but I did get to watch the Harlan's Red-tail 
that's been around since November circle over the preserve a few times. 


- Jared Del Rosso

Centennial, CO 

 


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Subject: Re: Front Range Bushtits-What's Up Wtih That?
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:08:43 +0000
Welcome back Doug "Thick-billed Kingbird" Ward.


I still thick of bushtit as a special bird when I see one, mostly because of my 
indoctrination regarding their status when I moved here in the 1970s. But 
certainly they are a great example of a species that has changed dramatically. 



Rightly or wrongly, I tend to interpret most "trends" or "changes" we see in 
Colorado birding world thru the filter of their food. Every time I've been able 
to figure out the food of bushtits, it tends to be small insects: things like 
aphids, scales, psyllids, the makers of galls, plus insect parasites and 
predators of aphids and scales. I've watched bushtits at the Denver Botanic 
Gardens working for long periods of time on soft scales in some of the oak 
plantings. Of course, live oaks of several species are common in the southern 
heart of the bushtit's historical range. Many oak species are considered 
"quality" trees by Colorado Front Range urban foresters/landscape architects, 
and they are universally recommended as replacements for overplanted, "trash" 
species like silver maple, poplars and Siberian elm. Thus, I think, similar to 
what you mentioned for the blue jay, oak plantings are probably part of local 
habitat change by humans of benefit to bushtits. Certainly we have a lot of 
ornamental junipers and pinyon pines landscaping our new subdivisions. They 
occur on every list I've ever seen of recommended "xeriscaping" (i.e. low water 
use) plants, AND they harbor aphids and scales, good for bushtits. Climate 
change would seem to be another factor. I'd guess the associated extremes we've 
been seeing (especially those that could be described as "warmer/milder") allow 
for better survival of insect food items, but also, importantly, stress woody 
plants in a way that makes them more vulnerable to colonization by insects in 
the first place. Warm and dry, plus a lot more people taking showers and 
watering lawns = shortages, restrictions..... and moisture stress in plants. 



In short I would say Colorado is fast becoming part of the desert Southwest. If 
you research the last 50 species added to the Official State Checklist, an 
overwhelming majority of them are southwestern or southern. Black phoebe, 
black-chinned sparrow, Lucy's warbler and many others are examples. 
Black-chinned hummingbird, formerly only found south of Colorado Springs or on 
the West Slope, now breeds in Lamar and all the way up the Front Range to 
southern WY. White-winged doves are now part of the scene. I saw 42 in one 
Lamar yard this past January. We had 13 roadrunners on the John Martin Res CBC 
last December. Steve Mlodinow found one near Fort Morgan a few years ago, one 
has been running the roads near Red Rocks in recent years, an unsubstantiated 
report came from west of Fort Collins a little over a year ago. If that was a 
fig newton of somebody's imagination then, it won't be in a few years. 
White-throated swifts overwintered in Pueblo last year. I think we are close, 
if it hasn't happened already, to having several species of shorebirds 
overwinter on open water in Colorado (least sandpiper, greater yellowlegs, 
spotted sandpiper, Baird's sandpiper, not just dunlin, snipe and killdeer). 



It is exciting to see new things, but the reasons for them should be somewhat 
sobering. I think we birders have an important role to play in documenting the 
changes. If and when we ever have political leadership that values the 
environment, who knows, birders might have a lot to contribute that could make 
a difference. 



Welcome back, and we also welcome your future contributions to COBIRDS.


Dave Leatherman

Fort Collins


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Subject: [cobirds] Front Range Bushtits-What's Up Wtih That?


“Long time Colorado birder, first time CoBirds poster”. After being away 
for 17 years, I find myself back in the Front Range of Colorado on a regular 
basis now. Being born and raised here, I had over 25 years of birding 
experience before heading north to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 2000; actually 
splitting time between Colorado & Idaho now. With family down here, we were 
back for holidays, but never really got out to do much birding – plus after 
25 years, I had a pretty good idea of what, and how many, were where, or so I 
thought. 




Ted’s post last night (25 Feb.’17), “magpies, flickers, bushtits, and 
Bill Kaempfer”, prompted me to write this note based on one of the 
significant avian changes I’ve noticed along the Front Range since being 
away. Last summer, my wife and I were working in the yard here in Denver 
(Denver, Co.) and I heard the distinctive “twittering”, then “Holy s&#$, 
BUSHTITS!!!” (she still thinks the AOU needs to change the common name of 
these guys; I for one like it as I’m a perpetual adolescent). I immediately 
ran to eBird to check recent occurrences as I was sure this was huge. Turns 
out, not so much. Growing up, finding even a couple of Bushtits in the juniper 
patches west and south of town (Waterton, Red Rocks, Dinosaur Ridge, …) was a 
real nice surprise, and only happened once or twice a year. 




So what happened in the interim? As you all know, they are now common in 
numerous locations all along the Front Range. What gets me is that these guys 
have hopped habitat preferences, as opposed to expanding along with habitat 
creep like the Blue Jay following “forestation” across the Great Plains. Up 
until that little pack of Bushtits came through the yard, they were always a 
“specialty” of the piñon/juniper belts of the southeast and West Slope in 
my mind in Colorado. Now I can see a growing population, for whatever reason, 
spilling into the urban areas with all of the native and ornamental conifers, 
but an outright move into cottonwood riparian areas, that makes no sense to me 
– I smell a thesis in there somewhere. 




Any thoughts from the “old timers” who have been here throughout this shift 
would be welcomed. While stumbling on a rarity every so often is fun, these 
little evolutionary mysteries are what I very much enjoy about our hobby that 
is so linked to Nature. 




Happy to Be Back,

Doug Ward

Denver





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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: Ben S <benrmnp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:30:13 -0800 (PST)
I looked twice for this bird at Cherry Creek State Park today, in the 
mourning and afternoon. When I was looking at Lake Loop it was 15 degrees 
F. Therefore, I wouldn't be suprised if he had already moved on. I looked 
at the ebird bar charts. Not only had this species never been reported in 
Colorado in Feburary, the earliest it had previously been reported was 
early April. Nice find! Maybe next winter someone will get us a Tropical 
Kingbird!

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Subject: American Woodcock at Bobcat Ridge, Larimer county
From: cteuton <teuton AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:29:08 -0800 (PST)
The evanescent American Woodcock was in the creek a bit east of the ranger's 
house this afternoon, so, obviously it's still around. Could be seen from the 
county road that runs through the area. 

 Thanks to Joe Roller for teaching me the word "timberdoodle" for this hard to 
spot species, because now I can't get it out of my head! If timberdoodle 
doesn't work for you, alternate terms include "mudsnipe", "bogsucker", and 
"Labrador Twister". 

Good birding,
Cheryl Teuton 
Aurora 

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Subject: Re: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh
From: Marie Hoerner <mhoerner AT uchicago.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:14:25 -0700
That's interesting.  That is not one of the birds that I was seeing last
night; at least, I don't think that it is.  Here are a couple of shots of
that bird.  (In the photos where the 4th swan joined 2 of the others
briefly, it is the middle bird of the three in the photograph.)  As far as
I could see in the photos and through my binoculars, this one completely
lacked the light color that is in the linked picture above.  I am certainly
not arguing with the ID of more experienced birders; I'm just wondering if
one of the birds that I saw was a different bird because I'm curious and
uncertain of my own ID skills when it comes to Trumpeters and Tundras.

Thanks for the thoughts on these swans,

Marie Hoerner
Aurora, CO

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 5:09 PM, Marie Hoerner 
wrote:

> That's interesting.  That is not one of the birds that I was seeing last
> night; at least, I don't think that it is.  Here are a couple of shots of
> that bird.  (In the photos where the 4th swan joined 2 of the others
> briefly, it is the middle bird of the three in the photograph.)  As far as
> I could see in the photos and through my binoculars, this one completely
> lacked the light color that is in the linked picture above.  I am certainly
> not arguing with the ID of more experienced birders; I'm just wondering if
> one of the birds that I saw was a different bird because I'm curious and
> uncertain of my own ID skills when it comes to Trumpeters and Tundras.
>
> Thanks for the thoughts on these swans,
>
> Marie Hoerner
> Aurora, CO
>
>
> On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 4:49 PM, Christian Nunes 
> wrote:
>
>> Birders,
>>
>>
>> The two obvious adult Tundra Swans, one with extensive yellow on the
>> bill and the other with a small yellow tear drop, are the likely parents
>> of the immature. This family group acts as a unit and they are rarely
>> separated by very much space. One adult has extensive yellow on the bill,
>> the other more of a small tear drop. The immature is dusky and has a pale
>> spot on the bill that hasn't yet turned yellow. It has V-shaped forehead
>> feathering, demonstrating the weakness of this field mark on immature
>> birds.
>>
>>
>> The fourth bird is another adult, and is the head-scratcher. It spends
>> more time by itself, often traveling over to the Valmont lakes. It is the
>> individual recently photographed by Kyle Medina over at Sawhill Ponds
>> (refer to his COBirds post from this morning "Swan- Sawhill Pond 2/24/17").
>> It is maybe slightly larger than the other swans, and the neck looks a
>> little more sinuous and the back maybe more rounded. These features give it
>> a resemblance to a Trumpeter. It currently has some heavy staining on the
>> head and neck, which helps pick it out from a crowd, but is not something
>> that's useful for ID. The thing is that it does have a pale spot on the
>> bill in front of the eye- not bright yellow like the other Tundras, but
>> more of an off white. The forehead feathering is also U-shaped, as in an
>> adult Tundra. The legs are dark black, which might help rule out a "white
>> morph" Trumpeter as described in David Sibley's blog post linked below.
>> There's a good chance it's a Trumpeter x Tundra. Steve Mlodinow has
>> extensive experience with both species and their crosses, so he might have
>> more to chime in on that hypothesis.
>>
>>
>> A handy link to Kyle's photo: http://tinyurl.com/hpe7det
>>
>> Some good reading: http://www.sibleyguides.com/20
>> 11/07/trumpeter-swans-with-yellow-loral-spots/
>>
>> 
 

>> Trumpeter Swans with yellow loral spots - Sibley Guides
>> 
 

>> www.sibleyguides.com
>> Related posts and pages: Trumpeter Swans, yellow bill spots, and leucism
>> In a previous post I’ve talked about Trumpeter Swans with yellow bill 
spots 

>> as a...
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>>
>> Christian Nunes
>>
>> Longmont, CO
>>
>>
>> 
>>
>>
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>> behalf of Marie Hoerner 
>> *Sent:* Sunday, February 26, 2017 4:28 PM
>> *To:* snowy.owlets AT gmail.com; Cobirds
>> *Subject:* Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh
>>
>> I had not gotten the chance yet to post about this, but I saw four swans
>> there last night.  Three were Tundra Swans (2 adults and a 1st year), and
>> the fourth I thought was a Trumpeter based on the complete lack of yellow
>> in the lores and what seemed to be larger size (although they are hard to
>> tell apart because of individual variability in the lores and I'm no expert
>> when it comes to swans).  It is nice to have confirmation since I was
>> rather uncertain.
>>
>> Marie Hoerner
>> Aurora, CO
>>
>> On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 8:28 AM, snowy.owlets 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Everyone,
>>>
>>> A fourth swan has just come in. It looks and sounds like a Trumpeter.
>>>
>>> Mark Miller
>>> Longmont, CO
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Subject: Re: Horned Larks in Boulder and Larimer Counties
From: Libby Edwards <libbyeuro3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:05:18 -0700
My husband and I also saw a few flocks of about 20 horned larks each on the
way up and down Poudre canyon both ways on Friday, some in the flats along
the road after the Narrows and then further along up the canyon, mostly
along the road.  I have seen them normally in June and later in the tundra
areas of RMNP and Cameron Pass.  They nest up high.
Libby Edwards
Fort Collins
Larimer County

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> 7:30 AM Friday morning, following the storm that dropped about 4 inches of
> snow in Lyons, I saw a flock of approx. 20 Horned Larks feeding on the
> roadside in front of the Lyons Firehouse. Up in Pinewood Springs where
> snowfall was a little heavier, I found one lone Horned Lark huddled down in
> a snowbank near the mailboxes along the side of Hwy 36. I have never seen
> these birds around here before, not sure if they just got caught up in the
> storm.
>
> Irene Rivas
> Pinewood Springs - Larimer County
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Subject: Re: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh
From: Christian Nunes <pajaroboy AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:49:15 +0000
Birders,


The two obvious adult Tundra Swans, one with extensive yellow on the bill and 
the other with a small yellow tear drop, are the likely parents of the 
immature. This family group acts as a unit and they are rarely separated by 
very much space. One adult has extensive yellow on the bill, the other more of 
a small tear drop. The immature is dusky and has a pale spot on the bill that 
hasn't yet turned yellow. It has V-shaped forehead feathering, demonstrating 
the weakness of this field mark on immature birds. 



The fourth bird is another adult, and is the head-scratcher. It spends more 
time by itself, often traveling over to the Valmont lakes. It is the individual 
recently photographed by Kyle Medina over at Sawhill Ponds (refer to his 
COBirds post from this morning "Swan- Sawhill Pond 2/24/17"). It is maybe 
slightly larger than the other swans, and the neck looks a little more sinuous 
and the back maybe more rounded. These features give it a resemblance to a 
Trumpeter. It currently has some heavy staining on the head and neck, which 
helps pick it out from a crowd, but is not something that's useful for ID. The 
thing is that it does have a pale spot on the bill in front of the eye- not 
bright yellow like the other Tundras, but more of an off white. The forehead 
feathering is also U-shaped, as in an adult Tundra. The legs are dark black, 
which might help rule out a "white morph" Trumpeter as described in David 
Sibley's blog post linked below. There's a good chance it's a Trumpeter x 
Tundra. Steve Mlodinow has extensive experience with both species and their 
crosses, so he might have more to chime in on that hypothesis. 



A handy link to Kyle's photo: http://tinyurl.com/hpe7det

Some good reading: 
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/07/trumpeter-swans-with-yellow-loral-spots/ 



[http://www.sibleyguides.com/wp-content/uploads/Cygnus_olor_MuteSwan_clean_thumb-218x300.jpg] 


Trumpeter Swans with yellow loral spots - Sibley 
Guides 

www.sibleyguides.com
Related posts and pages: Trumpeter Swans, yellow bill spots, and leucism In a 
previous post I’ve talked about Trumpeter Swans with yellow bill spots as 
a... 





Thanks,


Christian Nunes

Longmont, CO





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Subject: Re: [cobirds] Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh

I had not gotten the chance yet to post about this, but I saw four swans there 
last night. Three were Tundra Swans (2 adults and a 1st year), and the fourth I 
thought was a Trumpeter based on the complete lack of yellow in the lores and 
what seemed to be larger size (although they are hard to tell apart because of 
individual variability in the lores and I'm no expert when it comes to swans). 
It is nice to have confirmation since I was rather uncertain. 


Marie Hoerner
Aurora, CO

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 8:28 AM, snowy.owlets 
> wrote: 

Hi Everyone,

A fourth swan has just come in. It looks and sounds like a Trumpeter.

Mark Miller
Longmont, CO



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Subject: American Black Duck , Woods Lake
From: "'John Drummond' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:35:42 -0700
Above seen at 3:25 pm on eastern shore line of Woods Lake Weld County .
John Drummond
Colorado Springs 

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Subject: Caribbean Trip: St Martin/St Maarten, Anguilla, Saba
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:18:03 -0500
Greetings All


I just returned from a most excellent trip to the Caribbean.
Photos of birds, bugs, and such (along with some hotel recommendations, etc) 
can be found at 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/36088296 AT N08/albums/72157678872413611


Good Birding and Best Wishes
Steve Mlodinow

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Subject: Re: Front Range Bushtits-What's Up Wtih That?
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:41:09 -0700
I'm not an old timer here, but the urban areas also have suet feeders,
which Bushtits along the Front Range seem to favor. And elsewhere in the
species' range, cottonwood riparian is a frequently used habitat.

David Suddjian
Ken Caryl Valley
Littleton, CO

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 11:31 AM, Doug Ward  wrote:

> “Long time Colorado birder, first time CoBirds poster”.  After being away
> for 17 years, I find myself back in the Front Range of Colorado on a
> regular basis now.  Being born and raised here, I had over 25 years of
> birding experience before heading north to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 2000;
> actually splitting time between Colorado & Idaho now.  With family down
> here, we were back for holidays, but never really got out to do much
> birding – plus after 25 years, I had a pretty good idea of what, and how
> many, were where, or so I thought.
>
>
>
> Ted’s post last night (25 Feb.’17), “magpies, flickers, bushtits, and 
Bill 

> Kaempfer”, prompted me to write this note based on one of the significant
> avian changes I’ve noticed along the Front Range since being away.  Last
> summer, my wife and I were working in the yard here in Denver (Denver, Co.)
> and I heard the distinctive “twittering”, then “Holy s&#$, 
BUSHTITS!!!” 

> (she still thinks the AOU needs to change the common name of these guys; I
> for one like it as I’m a perpetual adolescent).  I immediately ran to eBird
> to check recent occurrences as I was sure this was huge.  Turns out, not so
> much.  Growing up, finding even a couple of Bushtits in the juniper patches
> west and south of town (Waterton, Red Rocks, Dinosaur Ridge, …) was a real
> nice surprise, and only happened once or twice a year.
>
>
>
> So what happened in the interim?  As you all know, they are now common in
> numerous locations all along the Front Range.  What gets me is that these
> guys have hopped habitat preferences, as opposed to expanding along with
> habitat creep like the Blue Jay following “forestation” across the Great
> Plains.  Up until that little pack of Bushtits came through the yard, they
> were always a “specialty” of the piñon/juniper belts of the southeast 
and 

> West Slope in my mind in Colorado.  Now I can see a growing population, for
> whatever reason, spilling into the urban areas with all of the native and
> ornamental conifers, but an outright move into cottonwood riparian areas,
> that makes no sense to me – I smell a thesis in there somewhere.
>
>
>
> Any thoughts from the “old timers” who have been here throughout this
> shift would be welcomed.  While stumbling on a rarity every so often is
> fun, these little evolutionary mysteries are what I very much enjoy about
> our hobby that is so linked to Nature.
>
>
>
> Happy to Be Back,
>
> Doug Ward
>
> Denver
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Subject: Front Range Bushtits-What's Up Wtih That?
From: "Doug Ward" <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:31:27 -0800
“Long time Colorado birder, first time CoBirds poster”.  After being away
for 17 years, I find myself back in the Front Range of Colorado on a regular
basis now.  Being born and raised here, I had over 25 years of birding
experience before heading north to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 2000; actually
splitting time between Colorado & Idaho now.  With family down here, we were
back for holidays, but never really got out to do much birding – plus after
25 years, I had a pretty good idea of what, and how many, were where, or so
I thought.

 

Ted’s post last night (25 Feb.’17), “magpies, flickers, bushtits, and 
Bill 

Kaempfer”, prompted me to write this note based on one of the significant
avian changes I’ve noticed along the Front Range since being away.  Last
summer, my wife and I were working in the yard here in Denver (Denver, Co.)
and I heard the distinctive “twittering”, then “Holy s&#$, BUSHTITS!!!” 
(she 

still thinks the AOU needs to change the common name of these guys; I for
one like it as I’m a perpetual adolescent).  I immediately ran to eBird to
check recent occurrences as I was sure this was huge.  Turns out, not so
much.  Growing up, finding even a couple of Bushtits in the juniper patches
west and south of town (Waterton, Red Rocks, Dinosaur Ridge, …) was a real
nice surprise, and only happened once or twice a year.

 

So what happened in the interim?  As you all know, they are now common in
numerous locations all along the Front Range.  What gets me is that these
guys have hopped habitat preferences, as opposed to expanding along with
habitat creep like the Blue Jay following “forestation” across the Great
Plains.  Up until that little pack of Bushtits came through the yard, they
were always a “specialty” of the piñon/juniper belts of the southeast and
West Slope in my mind in Colorado.  Now I can see a growing population, for
whatever reason, spilling into the urban areas with all of the native and
ornamental conifers, but an outright move into cottonwood riparian areas,
that makes no sense to me – I smell a thesis in there somewhere.

 

Any thoughts from the “old timers” who have been here throughout this shift
would be welcomed.  While stumbling on a rarity every so often is fun, these
little evolutionary mysteries are what I very much enjoy about our hobby
that is so linked to Nature.

 

Happy to Be Back,

Doug Ward

Denver

 

 

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Subject: Horned Larks in Boulder and Larimer Counties
From: irrivas15 AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:35:32 -0800 (PST)
7:30 AM Friday morning, following the storm that dropped about 4 inches of snow 
in Lyons, I saw a flock of approx. 20 Horned Larks feeding on the roadside in 
front of the Lyons Firehouse. Up in Pinewood Springs where snowfall was a 
little heavier, I found one lone Horned Lark huddled down in a snowbank near 
the mailboxes along the side of Hwy 36. I have never seen these birds around 
here before, not sure if they just got caught up in the storm. 


Irene Rivas
Pinewood Springs - Larimer County

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper at John Martin Reservoir, Bent County CO, 2/26/17
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:46:53 -0700
Birders,

I found a single Baird's Sandpiper today at John Martin Reservoir, Bent 
County. This may be the earliest spring record of this species in 
Colorado, although not by much. I believe Stan Oswald found this species 
on February 27th in Rocky Ford (Otero County) about 15 years ago, and I 
saw it on February 28th. Most years, this early migrant shows up in 
middle or late March around here.


Other spring birds at John Martin included a build-up of Red-breasted 
Mergansers, and some Lapland Longspurs showing signs of attaining 
breeding plumage.

I made a brief visit to Adobe Creek Reservoir, and saw migrant Horned 
and Clark's Grebes, as well as American White Pelicans.

Duane Nelson, Las Animas, Bent County CO


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Subject: Re: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh
From: Marie Hoerner <mhoerner AT uchicago.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:28:10 -0700
I had not gotten the chance yet to post about this, but I saw four swans
there last night.  Three were Tundra Swans (2 adults and a 1st year), and
the fourth I thought was a Trumpeter based on the complete lack of yellow
in the lores and what seemed to be larger size (although they are hard to
tell apart because of individual variability in the lores and I'm no expert
when it comes to swans).  It is nice to have confirmation since I was
rather uncertain.

Marie Hoerner
Aurora, CO

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>
> A fourth swan has just come in. It looks and sounds like a Trumpeter.
>
> Mark Miller
> Longmont, CO
>
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Subject: Rosy-Finches in Telluride (San Miguel County)
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:57:16 -0700
Hello Colorado Birders:

The fresh snow and drop in temperatures after the cold front Thursday
brought a significant influx of rosy-finches to my feeders here in
Telluride. I witnessed a feeding frenzy Friday and Saturday with about 20
pounds of hulled sunflower consumed both days. All three* species were
observed and over 1000 individuals (almost entirely Brown-capped). The blue
skies and rising temperature today has thankfully dispersed/calmed them
down quite a bit.

Photos and numbers can be viewed at my eBird checklist from Friday here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34782957

Good birding,
Eric
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Telluride, CO
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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:01:08 +0000
Joe et al,

I agree with everyone who thinks this kingbird is an amazing record. When first 
announced by Susan I was betting it would be a Tropical/Couch's. The photo 
proof of its being a Western is undeniable and I commend Susan for sharing this 
remarkable occurrence in various outlets including COBIRDS. 



I was in the Lamar area last week. The daily high temps were in the mid to high 
70s the entire visit until the current cold front came in on the 23rd. At Blue 
Lake on the 21st we found a Northern Shrike impaling grasshoppers instead of 
their more normal fare of birds and small rodents. Several species of 
grasshopper overwinter as nymphs (and are active on warm days), while many 
other grasshopper species overwinter in the ground as eggs. The shrikes seemed 
to be finding almost full-grown nymphs of a few species (according to hopper 
guru Tim McNary in the genera Pardalophora (photo of one impaled on tumbleweed 
caught up in barbed wire fence), Xanthippus and Arphia). Keeping with the 
musical theme, maybe the song appropriate for these impaled hoppers would be 
the jazz standard "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most". 



[cid:c7db140c-f759-459f-b1e7-ff384810b2dd]


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Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 8:59 PM
To: Susan Rosine
Cc: Colorado Birds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county

Great find, Susan!
The previous high latitude for Western Kingbird for February was that of 
Dallas, Texas, per eBird. 


In 1944 Frank Loesser wrote the ballad, "Spring Will Be a Little Late This 
Year," which became a great American "standard". 


He was not talking about this year, 2017.
We need new song.

Joe Roller, Denver

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I am going to download my pictures to my computer, and then I can post the best 
ones here. 

For now, I took some pics off the back of my camera,using my cell.
Try this link
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34802925

Susan

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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: linda hodges <hikerhodges AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:54:33 -0700
And an early Double-crested Cormorant in Colorado Springs yesterday. At
Double Tree pond.


*Linda Hodges*


On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 8:59 PM, Joe Roller  wrote:

> Great find, Susan!
> The previous high latitude for Western Kingbird for February was that of
> Dallas, Texas, per eBird.
>
> In 1944 Frank Loesser wrote the ballad, "Spring Will Be a Little Late This
> Year," which became a great American "standard".
>
> He was not talking about this year, 2017.
> We need new song.
>
> Joe Roller, Denver
>
> On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 8:06 PM, Susan Rosine  wrote:
>
>> I am going to download my pictures to my computer, and then I can post
>> the best ones here.
>> For now, I took some pics off the back of my camera,using my cell.
>> Try this link
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34802925
>>
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Subject: Swan #4 at Cottonwood Marsh
From: "snowy.owlets" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:28:52 -0700
    
Hi Everyone,
A fourth swan has just come in. It looks and sounds like a Trumpeter.
Mark Miller Longmont, CO 


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Subject: Cottonwood Marsh 2/26
From: "snowy.owlets" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:11:44 -0700
    
Hi Everyone,
There are three Tundra Swans sleeping in the gelid waters of Cottonwood Marsh 
in Boulder this morning 2/26. 

Mark Miller Longmont, CO 


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Subject: Louisville Birds
From: Susan Wise <burrowingowlsusan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:38:45 -0800 (PST)
Hey Ryan - it's been residing in Superior and Louisville for quite a few 
winters. The kids over in Superior love him and actually have given him a name. 
White Face. 

Susan Wise
Longmont Colorado 

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 26 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:35:32 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 26, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, February 26 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, *Jefferson)
Tundra Swan (*Boulder)
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK (*Weld)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Jefferson)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (*Baca)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Larimer, *Weld)
ICELAND GULL (*Weld)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Douglas, El Paso, Larimer, *Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Lewis's Woodpecker (Las Animas)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Prowers)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*Baca, El Paso)
Chihuahuan Raven (*Baca)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Prowers)
Sage Thrasher (Douglas, Mesa)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Pitkin)
Lapland Longspur (*Larimer, Logan, Weld)
Canyon Towhee (*Baca)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Great-tailed Grackle (*Weld)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 19 at McKay Road Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Thayer's
Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 2 juv).  On February 20 at McKay
Gravel Ponds, Ryan and Jack Bushong reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

BACA COUNTY:
---On February 25 at Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area, Alan Versaw reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Chihuahuan Raven, and Canyon Towhee.
---On February 25 at Cottonwood Canyon (Southern Loop), Alan Versaw
reported 2 Greater Roadrunners and 4 Canyon Towhee.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Walden/Sawhill in Boulder, Carrie Vaughn reported 3
Tundra Swans and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows.  On February 19, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swans at Walden Ponds.  On February 20 at Walden/Sawhill
Ponds, Mark Minner-Lee reported 3 Tundra Swans and Lincoln's Sparrow.  On
February 25 at Sawhill Ponds, Kyle Medina reported Tundra Swan.
---On February 24 at Fawn  Brook Inn in Allenspark, Dan Stringer reported
10 Brown-capped and 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On February 20 at Chatfield SP, Thomas Holub reported Trumpeter Swan on
the reservoir, Sapsucker species and Sage Thrasher in Plum Creek area.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 21 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), Adam Vesely reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
---On February 23 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs,
Bill Maynard and RIchard Bunn reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 20 at Belmar Park in Lakewood, Michelle Puplava reported
Barrow's Goldeneye.
---On February 24 at Chatfield SP, Cheri Phillips reported Trumpeter Swan.
It was seen from Heron Overlook on the reservoir.  On February 25 at
Chatfield SP upstream from Kingfisher Bridge west of gravel ponds, Richard
Taylor, Art Hudak, and Gwen Moore reported Trumpter Swan.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Boyd Lake, Riley Morris reported Lesser Black-backed
Gull.  On February 20 at Boyd Lake, Andy Bankert and Mike McCloy reported
Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 20 at Lake Loveland, Andy Bankert and Mike McCloy reported
ad Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
---On February 24 near Wellington on CR 64, David Dowell reported 2 Lapland
Longspurs.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
---On February 20 on Highway of Legends, Liza Anthony reported 6 Lewis's
Woodpeckers.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 20 at 21 Road and Canal Crossing, Eileen Cunningham reported
Sage Thrasher.
---On February 21 at Brewster's Ridge/Bar X Wash, Denise and Mark Vollmar
reported Sagebrush Sparrow


PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 21 at N end of Willow Creek Park in Lamar, Dave Leatherman
reported ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 20 at N end of Lamar Community College Woods, Dave
Leatherman reported a sing Carolina Wren; heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker at
the S end, 4+ Northern Cardinals, and a Curve-billed Thrasher in Woodland
Park Subdivision south of the woods, right where Woodland Park Drive
crosses Willow Creek.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir North Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Red-necked Grebe.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir Rock Canyon area below the dam/north
of river, Bill Schmoker reported Mallard (Mexican).

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 24, Gary Lefko reported 2 Lapland Longspurs on N side of
dump along CR 84, .25 m E of CR 25 in fallow field on south.
---On February 25, Glenn Walbek reported AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at Woods
Lake.  On February 25 at Woods Lake, Steve Mlodinow reported AMERICAN BLACK
DUCK, 2 ad Thayer's Gull, ad ICELAND GULL, 2 ad Thayer's Gulls,
Great-tailed Grackle.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 26 will be to Banner Lakes SWA led
by Rebecca Laroch & Mary Geder (RebeccaLLorche AT gmail.com; 626-318-4435
<(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is full.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Swan - Sawhill Pond 2/24/17
From: Kyle Medina <kmedina419 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:18:37 -0800 (PST)

Morning stroll through Sawhill Ponds. 1 Swan, each pond had about 2-3 GBH, 
and a plethora of ducks and geese


-Kyle Medina
-Westminster, CO


 


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Subject: Pictures of Western Kingbird, Arapahoe Co. 2/25
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:13:20 -0700
Seen from the Lake Loop parking lot in Cherry Creek State Park.
Susan Rosine
Thornton

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Subject: Rough legged hawk
From: Greg Pasquariello <greg AT pasq.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:09:03 -0700
There is a nicely visible rough-legged hawk at Carson nature center on the
poles just north of the visitor center

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Subject: Brown Thrasher
From: Karen Drozda <drozdakaren55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:44:07 -0800 (PST)
Looking for the recent post regarding the Brown Thrasher on the Highline 
Canal at Fairmount Cemetery Denver. Was it sighted in the last couple of 
days?

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Subject: Looking for eastern screech-owl info in Ft Collins area
From: "Jeff J Jones" <jjones AT jonestc.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:56:41 -0700
I have a friend flying in this evening. The primary target is Boreal Owl up
Poudre Canyon west of Ft. Collins.

 

But he also needs an eastern screech-owl. And I know from reading posts that
there are a couple reliable locations in the Ft Collins area to find them
roosting during the day. Kingfisher Point, Cottonwood Hollow and CSU
environmental learning center. 

 

I am hoping that someone might email me privately today with perhaps some
more specific info on how to quickly locate one of these roosting
individuals.

 

Thanks much. 

 

Jeff J Jones

(  jjones AT jonestc.com)

Teller County - 8500' - Montane Woodlands

 

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Subject: Re: Rough legged hawk
From: Greg Pasquariello <greg AT pasq.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:24:28 -0700
I'm going to amend this to unidentified buteo.  It might be a Harlans.
This bird has long wings, to the end of the tail, and it -appears- to have
feathered tarsi.  It has the "small billed" look that I associate with
rough leg.  However, it's much more sooty than any rough leg I've seen and
the light parts are not as blonde.  Finally, just before I left, it fanned
it's tail, and there's a bit of red just above a darker band.  I did not
see it fly.


Regards
-Greg Pasquariello

*​Highlands Ranch CO*



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> There is a nicely visible rough-legged hawk at Carson nature center on the
> poles just north of the visitor center
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Subject: magpies, flickers, bushtits, and Bill Kaempfer (+ Harris's Sparrow sighting, Boulder)
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:13:16 -0800 (PST)
Hello, all.

Long, long ago, in the lead-up to my first Colorado Christmas Bird Count 
(Boulder CBC, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002), Bill Kaempfer made two remarks that 
have stuck with me all these years. (He undoubtedly made more than two 
remarks, but two in particular found immediate and permanent residence in 
the limbic system of my brain.) Anyhow, he told me that (1) Black-billed 
Magpie and Northern Flicker are the only two species to have been reported 
on every single Boulder CBC and that (2) Bushtit would be a "choice bird" 
on the CBC.

The Black-billed Magpie and Northern Flicker continue their streak, but the 
Bushtit, although a supremely cool bird, is no longer a choice bird on the 
CBC, being reported every year now by multiple parties.

This chilly, sunny Saturday morning, Feb. 25, Andrew Floyd and I 
inadvertently commemorated the wisdom of Kaempfer by seeing three species 
building nests at Hecla Lake, Boulder County. Sure enough: Bushtit, 
Black-billed Magpie, and Northern Flicker. Photos of the nest-builders 
here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34794003.

Later in the day, in the planted conifers at the intersection of 109th 
Street and Jasper Road, eastern Boulder County, I saw a single Harris's 
Sparrow in a flock of juncos and White-crowns. Also a pair of Bushtits 
there.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Subject: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:37:08 -0800 (PST)
I couldn't believe my eyes. Cherry Creek State Park, Arapahoe Co. As I pulled 
into the parking lot, I assumed the bird was a Say's Phoebe, until it turned 
around! I watched it for quite some time, flying into the air to catch insects, 
flying back to a tree. Occasionally went to the ground to get a bug. 

After awhile it flew away, but not before I took lots of pictures. Another 
woman in the parking lot turned out to be a birder, and she agreed it was a 
Western Kingbird. 

Yellow belly, gray chest and head. Narrow white outer edges on dark tail. 
Typical Kingbird behavior. Definitely Western, not Cassin's. 

About to record it in Ebird, with some pics. Oh, and with the other birds I 
saw. LOL 


Susan Rosine
Thornton

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Subject: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:06:30 -0800 (PST)
I am going to download my pictures to my computer, and then I can post the best 
ones here. 

For now, I took some pics off the back of my camera,using my cell.
Try this link
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34802925

Susan 

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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:59:11 -0700
Great find, Susan!
The previous high latitude for Western Kingbird for February was that of
Dallas, Texas, per eBird.

In 1944 Frank Loesser wrote the ballad, "Spring Will Be a Little Late This
Year," which became a great American "standard".

He was not talking about this year, 2017.
We need new song.

Joe Roller, Denver

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> I am going to download my pictures to my computer, and then I can post the
> best ones here.
> For now, I took some pics off the back of my camera,using my cell.
> Try this link
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34802925
>
> Susan
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Subject: Louisville Birds
From: rabushong01 AT bvsd.org
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:15:27 -0800 (PST)
Hi all, 

Today me and my brother biked around a good portion of Louisville Town in the 
cold, windy weather. Highlights include a Brown Creeper, a male Northern 
Harrier,and many other fairly common to uncommon species around Louisville. 
Later in the day, we found an odd hybrid goose which appears to at least have 
some Canada Gooses genes in it. May also look for it tomorrow. 


Good Birding, Ryan Bushong


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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 25 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:16:18 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 25, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, February 25 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Moffat)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Chaffee)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Chaffee, Jefferson)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Mesa)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Crowley, Douglas, *El Paso,
Larimer, Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Red-throated Loon (Kiowa)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Lewis's Woodpecker (Las Animas)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Bent)
Sapsucker spec (Douglas)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Prowers)
Red-naped Sapsucker (La Plata)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Prowers)
Brown Thrasher (Denver)
Sage Thrasher (Baca, Douglas, Mesa)
American Pipit (Bent)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Boulder, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Boulder, Pitkin)
Lapland Longspur (Logan, *Weld)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Bent/Prowers)
Great-tailed Grackle (Bent, Chaffee)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 19 at McKay Road Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Thayer's
Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 2 juv).  On February 20 at McKay
Gravel Ponds, Ryan and Jack Bushong reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Aurora Reservoir, David Dowell reported ad Mew Gull, 3
Thayer's Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 17 at Cherry Creek SP, Candice Johnson and Glenn Walbek
reported ad Mew Gull.

BACA COUNTY
---On February 18 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd reported
Chihuahuan Raven and Sage Thrasher.

BENT/PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 19 on CR 1 and CO 196, Chip Clouse reported 1 singing
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.
---On February 19 at Lake Hasty, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker
and American Pipit.
---On February 18 near CR 15 & US 50, Ted Floyd reported a massive flock of
Great-tailed Grackles.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Walden/Sawhill in Boulder, Carrie Vaughn reported 3
Tundra Swans and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows.  On February 19, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swans at Walden Ponds.  On February 20 at Walden/Sawhill
Ponds, Mark Minner-Lee reported 3 Tundra Swans and Lincoln's Sparrow.
---On February 24 at Fawn  Brook Inn in Allenspark, Dan Stringer reported
10 Brown-capped and 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 18, Jeff Guy, Kara Carragher, and Brandon Percival reported
2 Tundra Swans on CR 163 pond.
---On February18 at Sands Lake SWA, Kara Carragher and Brandon Percival
reported 6 Barrow's Goldeneyes
and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.

CROWLEY COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Lake Henry, Liza Antony reported 1-st cyc  Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 18, Jeff Dawson reported Brown Thrasher at Fairmount
Cemetery.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On February 20 at Chatfield SP, Thomas Holub reported Trumpeter Swan on
the reservoir, Sapsucker species and Sage Thrasher in Plum Creek area.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hanover Road, Kyle Hawley reported 2 Ladder-backed
Woodpeckers.
---On February 21 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), Adam Vesely reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
---On February 23 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs,
Bill Maynard and RIchard Bunn reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Lake Arbor, Kevin DeBoer and Alison Hixon reported
BRANT.
---On February 20 at Belmar Park in Lakewood, Michelle Puplava reported
Barrow's Goldeneye.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Blue Lake, Dave Leatherman and Janeal Thompson
reported ad Red-throated Loon viewed from SE most boat ramp.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers. On February 18, Amy Dobbins reported 3 Acorn
Woodpeckers on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision.
---On February 19 on River Trail between DT Hotel and Albertsons, Amy
Dobbins reported f Red-naped Sapsucker.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other birders
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.  On February 17, Todd
Deininger reported that the American Woodcock was
NOT seen.  On February 18, Dick Pautsch reported that the Ranger told him
that he has not seen the Woodcock since February 15.
---On February 19 at Boyd Lake, Riley Morris reported Lesser Black-backed
Gull.  On February 20 at Boyd Lake, Andy Bankert and Mike McCloy reported
Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 20 at Lake Loveland, Andy Bankert and Mike McCloy reported
ad Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
---On February 20 on Highway of Legends, Liza Anthony reported 6 Lewis's
Woodpeckers.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Highline Lake SP, Denise and Mark Vollmar and Ronda
Woodward reported Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 20 at 21 Road and Canal Crossing, Eileen Cunningham reported
Sage Thrasher.
---On February 21 at Brewster's Ridge/Bar X Wash, Denise and Mark Vollmar
reported Sagebrush Sparrow.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Browns Park NWR, Jan Leonard reported 9 Trumpeter
Swans.


PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 18 at south end of Lamar Community Colleges Wood, Ted Floyd
reported Carolina Wren.
---On February 21 at N end of Willow Creek Park in Lamar, Dave Leatherman
reported ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 20 at N end of Lamar Community College Woods, Dave
Leatherman reported a sing Carolina Wren; heard
a Red-bellied Woodpecker at the S end, 4+ Northern Cardinals, and a
Curve-billed Thrasher in Woodland Park Subdivision south of the woods,
right where Woodland Park Drive crosses Willow Creek.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir North Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Red-necked Grebe.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir Rock Canyon area below the dam/north
of river, Bill Schmoker reported Mallard (Mexican).

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Drake Lake, Gary Lefko reported Lesser Black-backed
Gull.
---On February 24, Gary Lefko reported 2 Lapland Longspurs on N side of
dump along CR 84, .25 m E of CR 25 in fallow field on south.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 25 will be to Genesee Park led by
Chris Gilbert (chrisgee9 At gmail.com
804-214-1508 <(804)%20214-1508>)  Meet at 0700 at the Stegosauarus parking
lot just south of I-70, exit 259.  Drive under the freeway to the second
left turn.  The parking lot is at the base of the Hogback, near Hawk Watch
location.
   Weather and trail coniditions allowing, we will hit the trails on the
North side of I-70 in Genesee Park.  Plan on a 5 mile hike with hopefully
lots of mountain birds.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 26 will be to Banner Lakes SWA led
by Rebecca Laroch & Mary Geder (RebeccaLLorche AT gmail.com; 626-318-4435
<(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is full.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon back at Red Rocks (Jefferson)
From: Robert Raker <rob.raker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:07:01 -0800 (PST)
Hey Bob,
Had the pair on Feb 15th, one on Cave Rock the other on Frog Rock. Looks 
like there back for more kids!
Rob Raker
Lakewood

On Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:57:54 AM UTC-7, Bob Shade wrote:
>
> Yesterday the 22nd, after scattering seed at the Trading Post, I checked 
> Cave Rock where the Prairie Falcons nest every year and sure enough found 
> one (seemed large like a female) perched on a likely nesting ledge. I also 
> found a dipper singing at the upstream bridge in Morrison Park where they 
> build a nest every year. This is an easy place to show your out of town 
> guests a dipper. 
>
> Bob Shade
> Lakewood
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Subject: Fawn Brook Rosy Finches (Boulder Co)
From: "'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:44:33 -0800 (PST)
There were twelve Rosy Finches at the Fawnbrook Inn feeders (Boulder 
County) at noon today, ten Brown-capped and two Gray-crowned (Interior). I 
then drove Ski Hill Road south of town looking for Pine Grosbeak and didn't 
see any, but had an awesome adult male Northern Goshawk. Went back by the 
feeders at 1:30 and after ten minutes the same group of Rosies showed up. 
I'm thinking there were larger numbers in the area but there were no 
mesmerizing, swirling large flocks, in fact both times I saw these twelve 
birds they just appeared in the trees above the feeders before I knew they 
were coming in. It was between 7 and 11 degrees, snow cover, in spite of me 
arriving at noon it seemed like an ideal day for some Rosy Finches to 
appear, and I was pleased to see just these twelve.

Other birds were Hairy Woodpecker, Mountain Chickadee, White-breasted 
Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco (mostly pink-sided), Steller's Jay, Black-billed 
Magpie, probably 140 Pine Siskins, Common Raven flyover, and three Wild 
Turkeys near the beginning of Ski Hill Road, scratching under a feeder 
Junco-style and looking like large, beautiful yard pets.

Dan Stringer
Larkspur, CO

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Subject: Custer County Mtn Bluebirds
From: "Leon Bright" <urraca2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:36:06 -0700
COBirders--  A couple of male Mountain Bluebirds showed up at about 8000 ft.
elevation, some 7 miles NNW of Westcliffe along Verdemont Rd on Feb. 21.
That's about three weeks or so earlier that average.  The snow that has
fallen since then is probably no big deal since snow is normally expected
throughout March and much of April in the Sangre de Cristo range.

Leon Bright, Pueblo and Custer County

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Subject: Re: Shaffers Crossing
From: Joe Roller <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:13:06 -0700
Go to eBird, Kent, click on Explore data, then Explore Hotspost and type in
the name "Staunton State Park."
Here are the High Counts for all species, all years from eBird checklists
from Staunton SP, which is near Shaffer's Crossing, CO.
Best regards and good eBirding.

Joe Roller, Denver

>
> Staunton State Park Change Region
> 
 

> Arrivals
> 
 

>  | Departures
> 
 

>  | High Counts  Updated ~10 hr(s) ago.All-time records  2017201620152014
> 2013   to   20172016201520142013
> High Counts, 1900-2017
> Species
> 
 

> #
> 
 

> Observer
> 
 

> Location
> 
 

> Date
> 
 

> 1 Canada Goose *Branta canadensis* 19 Candice Johnson Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 21, 2015
> goose sp. *Anser/Chen/Branta sp.* 1 Norm Lewis Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 23, 2016
> 2 Mallard *Anas platyrhynchos* 6 Mark Amershek Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Apr 22, 2016
> 3 Double-crested Cormorant *Phalacrocorax auritus* 1 Aaron Shipe Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 10, 2016
> 4 Great Blue Heron *Ardea herodias* 3 Cynthia Madsen Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Jul 7, 2016
> 5 Turkey Vulture *Cathartes aura* 5 Arthur Gest Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 19, 2016
> 6 Sharp-shinned Hawk *Accipiter striatus* 1 Tuesday Birders Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 6, 2015
> 7 Cooper's Hawk *Accipiter cooperii* 1 Janice Arey Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Sep 1, 2016
> Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk *Accipiter striatus/cooperii* 1 Candice
> Johnson Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 21, 2015
> 8 Northern Goshawk *Accipiter gentilis* 1 Janice Arey Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 27, 2016
> Cooper's Hawk/Northern Goshawk *Accipiter cooperii/gentilis* 1 Mark
> Amershek Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 6, 2016
> Accipiter sp. *Accipiter sp.* 1 Rebecca Laroche Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 1, 2016
> 9 Bald Eagle *Haliaeetus leucocephalus* 1 Mark Amershek Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 6, 2016
> 10 Swainson's Hawk *Buteo swainsoni* 1 Anonymous eBirder Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Sep 9, 2013
> 11 Red-tailed Hawk *Buteo jamaicensis* 6 michael kiessig Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 20, 2016
> 12 Rough-legged Hawk *Buteo lagopus* 1 Bradley McDonald Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Mar 29, 2015
> Buteo sp. *Buteo sp.* 2 Mike Foster Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 20, 2015
> hawk sp. *Accipitridae sp. (hawk sp.)* 1 Patty Jaacks Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Sep 1, 2013
> 13 Spotted Sandpiper *Actitis macularius* X Mike Foster Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 3, 2013
> 14 Band-tailed Pigeon *Patagioenas fasciata* 1 Mike Foster Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 20, 2015
> 15 Eurasian Collared-Dove *Streptopelia decaocto* 1 Aaron Shipe Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 11, 2016
> 16 Mourning Dove *Zenaida macroura* 10 Christopher Warneke Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 4, 2013
> 17 Great Horned Owl *Bubo virginianus* 1 Candice Johnson Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 28, 2016
> 18 Northern Pygmy-Owl *Glaucidium gnoma* 1 W. Robert Shade III Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 22, 2013
> 19 White-throated Swift *Aeronautes saxatalis* 8 michael kiessig Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 17, 2016
> 20 Black-chinned Hummingbird *Archilochus alexandri* 1 Aaron Shipe Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 11, 2016
> 21 Broad-tailed Hummingbird *Selasphorus platycercus* 15 Rebecca Laroche 
Staunton 

> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 1, 2016
> 22 Rufous Hummingbird *Selasphorus rufus* 2 Doug Kibbe Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 3, 2015
> 23 Calliope Hummingbird *Selasphorus calliope* 2 Aaron Shipe Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 10, 2016
> hummingbird sp. *Trochilidae sp.* 7 Kat Dunn Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 17, 2016
> 24 Belted Kingfisher *Megaceryle alcyon* 2 Bart Deferme Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 18, 2015
> 25 Williamson's Sapsucker *Sphyrapicus thyroideus* 10 Rebecca Laroche 
Staunton 

> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 1, 2016
> 26 Red-naped Sapsucker *Sphyrapicus nuchalis* 3 Mike Foster Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 20, 2015
> sapsucker sp. *Sphyrapicus sp.* 1 Adam Vesely Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 22, 2015
> 27 Downy Woodpecker *Picoides pubescens* 8 Rebecca Laroche Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 1, 2016
> 28 Hairy Woodpecker *Picoides villosus* 8 Colin Schiltz Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 6, 2013
> Downy/Hairy Woodpecker *Picoides pubescens/villosus* 1 Tim Ryan Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 19, 2016
> 29 American Three-toed Woodpecker *Picoides dorsalis* 1 Aaron Shipe Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 11, 2016
> 30 Northern Flicker *Colaptes auratus* 15 Patrick O'Driscoll Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 8, 2016
> woodpecker sp. *Picidae sp.* 1 Christy Payne Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 18, 2015
> 31 Peregrine Falcon *Falco peregrinus* 2 Judith Henderson Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 14, 2014
> 32 Olive-sided Flycatcher *Contopus cooperi* 9 Mark Amershek Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 1, 2015
> 33 Western Wood-Pewee *Contopus sordidulus* 26 michael kiessig Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 11, 2016
> Western/Eastern Wood-Pewee *Contopus sordidulus/virens* 4 Gerald "Jerry"
> Baines Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 24, 2014
> 34 Least Flycatcher *Empidonax minimus* 1 Aaron Shipe Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 10, 2016
> 35 Hammond's Flycatcher *Empidonax hammondii* 4 Doug Kibbe Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 29, 2015
> 36 Dusky Flycatcher *Empidonax oberholseri* 2 Wendy Wibbens Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 8, 2014
> 37 Cordilleran Flycatcher *Empidonax occidentalis* 14 michael kiessig 
Staunton 

> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 17, 2016
> Empidonax sp. *Empidonax sp.* 2 Chris Owens Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 21, 2015
> 38 Say's Phoebe *Sayornis saya* 1 Christy Payne Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 9, 2016
> 39 Ash-throated Flycatcher *Myiarchus cinerascens* 1 Candice Johnson Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 21, 2015
> 40 Western Kingbird *Tyrannus verticalis* 5 Patty Jaacks Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Sep 1, 2013
> 41 Plumbeous Vireo *Vireo plumbeus* 6 Sue Summers Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 5, 2016
> 42 Warbling Vireo *Vireo gilvus* 26 Ira Sanders Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 15, 2014
> 43 Red-eyed Vireo *Vireo olivaceus* 1 Candice Johnson Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 21, 2015
> 44 Gray Jay *Perisoreus canadensis* 2 Christy Payne Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Oct 18, 2015
> 45 Steller's Jay *Cyanocitta stelleri* 18 michael kiessig Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 17, 2016
> 46 Blue Jay *Cyanocitta cristata* 1 Tuesday Birders Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Aug 5, 2015
> 47 Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay *Aphelocoma woodhouseii* 1 michael kiessig Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 20, 2016
> 48 Black-billed Magpie *Pica hudsonia* 11 Mark Amershek Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 1, 2015
> 49 Clark's Nutcracker *Nucifraga columbiana* 7 Aaron Shipe Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 11, 2016
> 50 American Crow *Corvus brachyrhynchos* 20 Brian Johnson Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 23, 2016
> 51 Common Raven *Corvus corax* 6 Steve Smith Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 12, 2016
> 52 Northern Rough-winged Swallow *Stelgidopteryx serripennis* 6 Mark
> Amershek Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 6, 2016
> 53 Tree Swallow *Tachycineta bicolor* 20 Steve Smith Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Jun 12, 2016
> 54 Violet-green Swallow *Tachycineta thalassina* 44 Mark Amershek Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 21, 2015
> 55 Barn Swallow *Hirundo rustica* 5 michael kiessig Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) May 20, 2016
> 56 Cliff Swallow *Petrochelidon pyrrhonota* 36 Chuck Aid Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 6, 2014
> swallow sp. *Hirundinidae sp.* 25 Anonymous eBirder Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Jul 20, 2014
> 57 Black-capped Chickadee *Poecile atricapillus* 15 Susan Strasevicz Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Feb 15, 2017
> 58 Mountain Chickadee *Poecile gambeli* 54 Bart Deferme Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 18, 2015
> chickadee sp. *Poecile sp.* 10 Dale Pate Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 9, 2016
> 59 Red-breasted Nuthatch *Sitta canadensis* 9 Mark Amershek Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Feb 10, 2017
> 60 White-breasted Nuthatch *Sitta carolinensis* 12 Mark Amershek Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Feb 10, 2017
> 61 Pygmy Nuthatch *Sitta pygmaea* 35 Wendy Wibbens Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Aug 8, 2015
> 62 Brown Creeper *Certhia americana* 15 Christy Payne Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 18, 2015
> 63 Canyon Wren *Catherpes mexicanus* 1 Christy Payne Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Oct 18, 2015
> 64 House Wren *Troglodytes aedon* 50 Ira Sanders Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 15, 2014
> 65 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher *Polioptila caerulea* 1 Heidi Retherford Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 18, 2016
> 66 Golden-crowned Kinglet *Regulus satrapa* 18 Christy Payne Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 18, 2015
> 67 Ruby-crowned Kinglet *Regulus calendula* 13 Christy Payne Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 11, 2016
> 68 Western Bluebird *Sialia mexicana* 15 Janice Arey Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Sep 1, 2016
> 69 Mountain Bluebird *Sialia currucoides* 16 Cynthia Madsen Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 23, 2013
> bluebird sp. *Sialia sp.* 4 Bruce Cyganowski Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 21, 2016
> 70 Townsend's Solitaire *Myadestes townsendi* 5 michael kiessig Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 20, 2016
> 71 Hermit Thrush *Catharus guttatus* 5 michael kiessig Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 20, 2016
> 72 American Robin *Turdus migratorius* 46 Ira Sanders Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 15, 2014
> 73 Gray Catbird *Dumetella carolinensis* 1 Renee Casias Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 27, 2015
> 74 Sage Thrasher *Oreoscoptes montanus* 1 Aaron Shipe Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 10, 2016
> 75 Ovenbird *Seiurus aurocapilla* 1 Christy Payne Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 18, 2015
> 76 Orange-crowned Warbler *Oreothlypis celata* 1 Doug Kibbe Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 29, 2015
> 77 MacGillivray's Warbler *Geothlypis tolmiei* 1 michael kiessig Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 17, 2016
> 78 Yellow Warbler *Setophaga petechia* 1 Chris Gilbert Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 1, 2016
> 79 Yellow-rumped Warbler *Setophaga coronata* 34 Mary Keithler Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 27, 2013
> 80 Townsend's Warbler *Setophaga townsendi* 1 Adam Vesely Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 22, 2015
> 81 Wilson's Warbler *Cardellina pusilla* 1 Heidi Retherford Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 25, 2016
> 82 Chipping Sparrow *Spizella passerina* 57 michael kiessig Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 11, 2016
> 83 Brewer's Sparrow *Spizella breweri* 1 michael kiessig Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 20, 2016
> Spizella sp. *Spizella sp.* 6 Mark Amershek Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 21, 2015
> American Tree Sparrow/Spizella sp. *Spizelloides/Spizella sp.* 1 Mark
> Amershek Staunton State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Apr 22, 2016
> 84 Lark Sparrow *Chondestes grammacus* 1 Adam Vesely Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Aug 22, 2015
> 85 Dark-eyed Junco *Junco hyemalis* 40 Betty Glass Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Oct 6, 2015
> 86 White-crowned Sparrow *Zonotrichia leucophrys* 2 Tuesday Birders Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 6, 2015
> 87 Vesper Sparrow *Pooecetes gramineus* 3 Keith Hidalgo Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 9, 2016
> 88 Savannah Sparrow *Passerculus sandwichensis* 2 michael kiessig Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 17, 2016
> 89 Song Sparrow *Melospiza melodia* 6 michael kiessig Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 17, 2016
> 90 Lincoln's Sparrow *Melospiza lincolnii* 9 michael kiessig Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 20, 2016
> 91 Green-tailed Towhee *Pipilo chlorurus* 2 Wendy Wibbens Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 28, 2014
> 92 Spotted Towhee *Pipilo maculatus* 2 Wendy Wibbens Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) May 28, 2014
> sparrow sp. *Emberizidae sp. (sparrow sp.)* 13 Patty Jaacks Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Sep 1, 2013
> 93 Western Tanager *Piranga ludoviciana* 8 Ira Sanders Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 15, 2014
> 94 Black-headed Grosbeak *Pheucticus melanocephalus* 5 michael kiessig 
Staunton 

> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 20, 2016
> 95 Lazuli Bunting *Passerina amoena* 2 Christy Payne Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Jun 11, 2016
> 96 Red-winged Blackbird *Agelaius phoeniceus* 3 michael kiessig Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 20, 2016
> 97 Brewer's Blackbird *Euphagus cyanocephalus* 4 michael kiessig Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) May 20, 2016
> 98 Common Grackle *Quiscalus quiscula* 5 Mike Foster Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Jun 29, 2013
> 99 Great-tailed Grackle *Quiscalus mexicanus* 3 Anonymous eBirder Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 20, 2014
> 100 Brown-headed Cowbird *Molothrus ater* 9 Chuck Aid Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 6, 2014
> 101 Bullock's Oriole *Icterus bullockii* 1 Gwen Moore Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Jun 13, 2016
> 102 House Finch *Haemorhous mexicanus* 10 Renee Casias Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 25, 2014
> 103 Cassin's Finch *Haemorhous cassinii* 8 Chuck Aid Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Jun 6, 2014
> 104 Red Crossbill *Loxia curvirostra* 11 Mark Amershek Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 6, 2016
> 105 Pine Siskin *Spinus pinus* 18 Anonymous eBirder Staunton State Park (
> map
> 
 

> ) Aug 27, 2013
> 106 Lesser Goldfinch *Spinus psaltria* 2 Tuesday Birders Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 6, 2015
> 107 American Goldfinch *Spinus tristis* 3 Wendy Wibbens Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 15, 2015
> 108 Evening Grosbeak *Coccothraustes vespertinus* 5 Mark Amershek Staunton
> State Park (map
> 
 

> ) Aug 6, 2016
> 109 House Sparrow *Passer domesticus* 10 Renee Casias Staunton State Park
> (map
> 
 

> ) Oct 25, 2014
> passerine sp. *Passeriformes sp.* 15 Anonymous eBirder Staunton State
> Park (map
> 
 

> ) Jul 20, 2014
>

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Subject: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Lakewood (Jefferson)
From: "W. Robert Shade III" <wrshade3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:11:37 -0700
Just as I was lamenting that I could not make it up to Allenspark on this
snowy day, what should appear at my feeders but one male GCRF! Interior
dawsoni type. I will let you know if it hangs around and becomes
"chaseable." Now if only they would come to Red Rocks again!

Bob Shade
Lakewood

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Subject: Boulder bluebirds, 2/24
From: Nathan Pieplow <npieplow AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:08:52 -0700
Three sky-blue male Mountain Bluebirds at the Coors Event Center this
morning were my first for the CU-Boulder campus, and a lovely sign of
spring.

Nathan Pieplow
Boulder

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Subject: Shaffers Crossing
From: "'kent nelson' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:12:38 +0000 (UTC)
I am curious if anyone has a rough list of species seen at or around this 
location. Please email me off-list.  

Thanks.
Kent NelsonOuray

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Subject: Lapland Longspur [Weld County Landfill, Severance, Weld]
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:47:07 -0800 (PST)
 Hi all

On the north side of the dump along Weld CR 84, .25m east of Weld CR 25 
hanging out in fallow field on south.  They were with a flock of Horned 
Lark (24+).  I turned off car and both longspurs walked within 15 feet of 
my driver side window.  Excellent photos:

   - http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/home/

Thanks
Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.club/

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:17:30 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 24, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 24 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Moffat)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Chaffee)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Chaffee, Jefferson)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Mesa)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Crowley, Douglas, *El Paso,
Larimer, Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Red-throated Loon (Kiowa)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Lewis's Woodpecker (Las Animas)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Bent)
Sapsucker spec (Douglas)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Prowers)
Red-naped Sapsucker (La Plata)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (El Paso)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Carolina Wren (Prowers)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Prowers)
Brown Thrasher (Denver)
Sage Thrasher (Baca, Douglas, Mesa)
American Pipit (Bent)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Pitkin,)
Black Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Mesa)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Bent/Prowers)
Great-tailed Grackle (Bent, Chaffee)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 19 at McKay Road Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Thayer's
Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 2 juv).  On February 20 at McKay
Gravel Ponds, Ryan and Jack Bushong reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Aurora Reservoir, David Dowell reported ad Mew Gull, 3
Thayer's Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 17 at Cherry Creek SP, Candice Johnson and Glenn Walbek
reported ad Mew Gull.

BACA COUNTY
---On February 18 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd reported
Chihuahuan Raven and Sage Thrasher.

BENT/PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 19 on CR 1 and CO 196, Chip Clouse reported 1 singing
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.
---On February 19 at Lake Hasty, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker
and American Pipit.
---On February 18 near CR 15 & US 50, Ted Floyd reported a massive flock of
Great-tailed Grackles.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Walden/Sawhill in Boulder, Carrie Vaughn reported 3
Tundra Swans and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows.  On February 19, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swans at Walden Ponds.  On February 20 at Walden/Sawhill
Ponds, Mark Minner-Lee reported 3 Tundra Swans and Lincoln's Sparrow.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 18, Jeff Guy, Kara Carragher, and Brandon Percival reported
2 Tundra Swans on CR 163 pond.
---On February18 at Sands Lake SWA, Kara Carragher and Brandon Percival
reported 6 Barrow's Goldeneyes
and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.

CROWLEY COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Lake Henry, Liza Antony reported 1-st cyc  Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 18, Jeff Dawson reported Brown Thrasher at Fairmount
Cemetery.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On February 20 at Chatfield SP, Thomas Holub reported Trumpeter Swan on
the reservoir, Sapsucker species and Sage Thrasher in Plum Creek area.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hanover Road, Kyle Hawley reported 2 Ladder-backed
Woodpeckers.
---On February 21 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), Adam Vesely reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
---On February 23 at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs,
Bill Maynard and RIchard Bunn reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Lake Arbor, Kevin DeBoer and Alison Hixon reported
BRANT.
---On February 20 at Belmar Park in Lakewood, Michelle Puplava reported
Barrow's Goldeneye.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Blue Lake, Dave Leatherman and Janeal Thompson
reported ad Red-throated Loon viewed from SE most boat ramp.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers. On February 18, Amy Dobbins reported 3 Acorn
Woodpeckers on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision.
---On February 19 on River Trail between DT Hotel and Albertsons, Amy
Dobbins reported f Red-naped Sapsucker.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other birders
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.  On February 17, Todd
Deininger reported that the American Woodcock was
NOT seen.  On February 18, Dick Pautsch reported that the Ranger told him
that he has not seen the Woodcock since February 15.
---On February 19 at Boyd Lake, Riley Morris reported Lesser Black-backed
Gull.  On February 20 at Boyd Lake, Andy Bankert and Mike McCloy reported
Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 20 at Lake Loveland, Andy Bankert and Mike McCloy reported
ad Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
---On February 20 on Highway of Legends, Liza Anthony reported 6 Lewis's
Woodpeckers.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Highline Lake SP, Denise and Mark Vollmar and Ronda
Woodward reported Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 20 at 21 Road and Canal Crossing, Eileen Cunningham reported
Sage Thrasher.
---On February 21 at Brewster's Ridge/Bar X Wash, Denise and Mark Vollmar
reported Sagebrush Sparrow.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Browns Park NWR, Jan Leonard reported 9 Trumpeter
Swans.


PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 18 at south end of Lamar Community Colleges Wood, Ted Floyd
reported Carolina Wren.
---On February 21 at N end of Willow Creek Park in Lamar, Dave Leatherman
reported ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 20 at N end of Lamar Community College Woods, Dave
Leatherman reported a sing Carolina Wren; heard
a Red-bellied Woodpecker at the S end, 4+ Northern Cardinals, and a
Curve-billed Thrasher in Woodland Park Subdivision south of the woods,
right where Woodland Park Drive crosses Willow Creek.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir North Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Red-necked Grebe.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir Rock Canyon area below the dam/north
of river, Bill Schmoker reported Mallard (Mexican).

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Drake Lake, Gary Lefko reported Lesser Black-backed
Gull.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 25 will be to Genesee Park led by
Chris Gilbert (chrisgee9 At gmail.com
804-214-1508 <(804)%20214-1508>)  Meet at 0700 at the Stegosauarus parking
lot just south of I-70, exit 259.  Drive under the freeway to the second
left turn.  The parking lot is at the base of the Hogback, near Hawk Watch
location.
   Weather and trail coniditions allowing, we will hit the trails on the
North side of I-70 in Genesee Park.  Plan on a 5 mile hike with hopefully
lots of mountain birds.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 26 will be to Banner Lakes SWA led
by Rebecca Laroch & Mary Geder (RebeccaLLorche AT gmail.com; 626-318-4435
<(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is full.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Prairie Falcon back at Red Rocks (Jefferson)
From: "W. Robert Shade III" <wrshade3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:57:52 -0700
Yesterday the 22nd, after scattering seed at the Trading Post, I checked
Cave Rock where the Prairie Falcons nest every year and sure enough found
one (seemed large like a female) perched on a likely nesting ledge. I also
found a dipper singing at the upstream bridge in Morrison Park where they
build a nest every year. This is an easy place to show your out of town
guests a dipper.

Bob Shade
Lakewood

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 February 2017
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:22:45 -0700
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
e-mail:    RBA AT cobirds.org
Date:   February 23, 2017
This is the Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, February 23 sponsored by Denver
Field Ornithologists and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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

NOTE:  The RBA is using the new AOU checklist, & the order of families has
changed.

BRANT (Jefferson)
Trumpeter Swan (Douglas, Moffat)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Chaffee)
Mallard (Mexican intergrade) (Pueblo)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Chaffee, Jefferson)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
American Woodcock (Larimer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Mesa)
Mew Gull (Arapahoe)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Crowley, Douglas, Larimer, Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Red-throated Loon (Kiowa)
Turkey Vulture (Jefferson)
Lewis's Woodpecker (Las Animas)
Acorn Woodpecker (La Plata)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Bent)
Sapsucker spec (Douglas)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (*Prowers)
Red-naped Sapsucker (La Plata)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (*El Paso)
Chihuahuan Raven (Baca)
Carolina Wren (*Prowers)
Curve-billed Thrasher (*Prowers)
Brown Thrasher (Denver)
Sage Thrasher (Baca, *Douglas, Mesa)
American Pipit (Bent)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Pitkin,)
Black Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Sagebrush Sparrow (*Mesa)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (*Prowers)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Bent/Prowers)
Great-tailed Grackle (Bent, Chaffee)

*****For directions to unfamiliar locations (e.g. "Lower Latham"), please
refer to CFO's Colorado County Birding site:  www.coloradocountybirding.org

ADAMS COUNTY:
---On February 19 at McKay Road Ponds, Adam Vesely reported 2 Thayer's
Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3 ad, 2 juv).  On February 20 at McKay
Gravel Ponds, Ryan and Jack Bushong reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Aurora Reservoir, David Dowell reported ad Mew Gull, 3
Thayer's Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 17 at Cherry Creek SP, Candice Johnson and Glenn Walbek
reported ad Mew Gull.

BACA COUNTY
---On February 18 at Two Buttes SWA below dam, Ted Floyd reported
Chihuahuan Raven and Sage Thrasher.

BENT/PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 19 on CR 1 and CO 196, Chip Clouse reported 1 singing
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.
---On February 19 at Lake Hasty, Ted Floyd reported Red-bellied Woodpecker
and American Pipit.
---On February 18 near CR 15 & US 50, Ted Floyd reported a massive flock of
Great-tailed Grackles.

BOULDER COUNTY:
---On February 17 at Walden/Sawhill in Boulder, Carrie Vaughn reported 3
Tundra Swans and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows.  On February 19, Todd Deininger
reported Tundra Swans at Walden Ponds.  On February 20 at Walden/Sawhill
Ponds, Mark Minner-Lee reported 3 Tundra Swans and Lincoln's Sparrow.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
---On February 18, Jeff Guy, Kara Carragher, and Brandon Percival reported
2 Tundra Swans on CR 163 pond.
---On February18 at Sands Lake SWA, Kara Carragher and Brandon Percival
reported 6 Barrow's Goldeneyes
and 6 Great-tailed Grackles.

CROWLEY COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Lake Henry, Liza Antony reported 1-st cyc  Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

DENVER COUNTY:
---On February 18, Jeff Dawson reported Brown Thrasher at Fairmount
Cemetery.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
---On February 20 at Chatfield SP, Thomas Holub reported Trumpeter Swan on
the reservoir, Sapsucker species and Sage Thrasher in Plum Creek area.

EL PASO COUNTY:
---On February 16 on Hanover Road, Kyle Hawley reported 2 Ladder-backed
Woodpeckers.
---On February 21 at Chico Basin Ranch (fee area), Adam Vesely reported
Ladder-backed Woodpecker.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Lake Arbor, Kevin DeBoer and Alison Hixon reported
BRANT.
---On February 20 at Belmar Park in Lakewood, Michelle Puplava reported
Barrow's Goldeneye.

KIOWA COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Blue Lake, Dave Leatherman and Janeal Thompson
reported ad Red-throated Loon viewed from SE most boat ramp.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
---On February 11 on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision, Kip Stransky
reported 5 Acorn Woodpeckers. On February 18, Amy Dobbins reported 3 Acorn
Woodpeckers on Meadow Road in Rafter J Subdivision.
---On February 19 on River Trail between DT Hotel and Albertsons, Amy
Dobbins reported f Red-naped Sapsucker.

LARIMER COUNTY:
---On January 8, David Wade and Cole Wild reported 2 American Woodcocks at
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in the creek between the parking lot and the
road.   On February 11, Dave Leatherman reported American Woodcock at
Bobcat Ridge NA.  On February 12, David Wade and many other birders
reported American Woodcock at Bobcat RIdge NA.  On February 17, Todd
Deininger reported that the American Woodcock was
NOT seen.  On February 18, Dick Pautsch reported that the Ranger told him
that he has not seen the Woodcock since February 15.
---On February 19 at Boyd Lake, Riley Morris reported Lesser Black-backed
Gull.  On February 20 at Boyd Lake, Andy Bankert and Mike McCloy reported
Lesser Black-backed Gull.
---On February 20 at Lake Loveland, Andy Bankert and Mike McCloy reported
ad Thayer's Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
---On February 20 on Highway of Legends, Liza Anthony reported 6 Lewis's
Woodpeckers.

MESA COUNTY:
---On February 16 at Highline Lake SP, Denise and Mark Vollmar and Ronda
Woodward reported Greater Yellowlegs.
---On February 20 at 21 Road and Canal Crossing, Eileen Cunningham reported
Sage Thrasher.
---On February 21 at Brewster's Ridge/Bar X Wash, Denise and Mark Vollmar
reported Sagebrush Sparrow.

MOFFAT COUNTY:
---On February 18 at Browns Park NWR, Jan Leonard reported 9 Trumpeter
Swans.


PROWERS COUNTY:
---On February 18 at south end of Lamar Community Colleges Wood, Ted Floyd
reported Carolina Wren.
---On February 21 at N end of Willow Creek Park in Lamar, Dave Leatherman
reported ad m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
---On February 20 at N end of Lamar Community College Woods, Dave
Leatherman reported a sing Carolina Wren; heard
a Red-bellied Woodpecker at the S end, 4+ Northern Cardinals, and a
Curve-billed Thrasher in Woodland Park Subdivision south of the woods,
right where Woodland Park Drive crosses Willow Creek.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir South Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Great Black-backed Gull.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir North Marina, Bill Schmoker reported
Red-necked Grebe.
---On February 19 at Pueblo Reservoir Rock Canyon area below the dam/north
of river, Bill Schmoker reported Mallard (Mexican).

WELD COUNTY:
---On February 19 at Drake Lake, Gary Lefko reported Lesser Black-backed
Gull.

Denver Field Ornithologists Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, February 25 will be to Genesee Park led by
Chris Gilbert (chrisgee9 At gmail.com
804-214-1508 <(804)%20214-1508>)  Meet at 0700 at the Stegosauarus parking
lot just south of I-70, exit 259.  Drive under the freeway to the second
left turn.  The parking lot is at the base of the Hogback, near Hawk Watch
location.
   Weather and trail coniditions allowing, we will hit the trails on the
North side of I-70 in Genesee Park.  Plan on a 5 mile hike with hopefully
lots of mountain birds.  Register online or contact leader.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, February 26 will be to Banner Lakes SWA led
by Rebecca Laroch & Mary Geder (RebeccaLLorche AT gmail.com; 626-318-4435
<(626)%20318-4435>)  This trip is full.

Good birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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