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24 May Huerfano County Update: Blue Grosbeak, Bobolink and fallout! [Polly Neldner ]
24 May Fun birding at CU East Campus, Boulder County [Peter Burke ]
24 May Excuse me! [Virginia Simmons ]
24 May NW Park County 5/23 [David Suddjian ]
24 May RMBO Banding at Chico Basin Ranch, El Paso Co. [Nancy Gobris ]
24 May Arctic Tern-Timnath Res-Larimer [Josh Bruening ]
24 May Plumbeous Vireo, Rio Grande County [Virginia Simmons ]
24 May Looking for Hepatic Tanager, Santa Clara Creek. No Luck, but found Great Crested Flycatcher ["vorticity (Rick Taylor)" ]
24 May Bell's Vireo/Painted Bunting -- Pueblo County 5/24 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
24 May Arctic Tern adult at Timnath Rez (Larimer) [Nick Komar ]
24 May RMBO Chatfield Banding Report, 5/24/15 [meredith ]
24 May Bell's Vireo - Douglas ["'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" ]
24 May Migration picks up a last! ["Robert A. Spencer" ]
24 May Boulder County birding mudfest Part 3 - last [JohnT ]
24 May Indigo Bunting +, Loveland,Larimer [Elaine Coley ]
24 May Warblers, Fountain Creek, El Paso Co [David Chartier ]
24 May Red-eyed Vireo at Golden Ponds Longmont Boulder Co ["'William Fink' via Colorado Birds" ]
24 May County in subject line please! [Todd Deininger ]
24 May Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 May 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
23 May Big Days [Brandon Percival ]
23 May Re: Larimer County big day ["'Brandon K. Percival' via Colorado Birds" ]
23 May Larimer County Birds [Josh Bruening ]
23 May Larimer County big day [Nick Komar ]
23 May boxelder is a "hot" tree at present [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
23 May Lewis's Woodpeckers in Buena Vista ["'bomaanka AT yahoo.com' via Colorado Birds" ]
24 May RE: Golden-winged Warbler--Butterfly Woods/Larimer []
23 May Winter Wren, Moraine Park, Rocky Mtn. Nat. Park, Larimer Co. 5/23 [Jim Nelson ]
23 May RMBO Chatfield Banding Report, 5/23/15 [meredith ]
23 May Re: CPER Nest Monitoring: Wk. 1 [Amber Carver ]
23 May Pueblo birding 5/23 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
23 May re: Common Poorwill calling - Ft. Collins, Larimer Co. ["Karl Stecher Jr." ]
23 May Chestnut-sided Warbler at Cherry Creek SP - Arapahoe [Lois Levinson ]
23 May Great Crested Flycatcher (Larimer) [Nick Komar ]
23 May Golden-winged Warbler - Butterfly Woods (Larimer) [John Shenot ]
23 May Common Poorwill calling - Ft. Collins, Larimer Co. [Larry Griffin ]
23 May Ovenbird/Blackpoll Warbler/Larimer [Rob Sparks ]
23 May Golden-winged Warbler - Butterfly Woods (Larimer) [John Shenot ]
23 May CPER Nest Monitoring: Wk. 1 [Amber Carver ]
23 May Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 May 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
22 May From Eastern Bluebirds to Western Tanagers today at Pathfinder Park east of Canon City ["SeEttaM ." ]
22 May Red-headed Woodpecker - Poudre Trail/Butterfly Woods (LARIMER) [John Shenot ]
22 May Yet another Yellow-throated Vireo (Larimer( [Nick Komar ]
22 May RE: Yard Bird #50. Virginia's warbler - Longmont [Dave Hyde ]
22 May Video clip of Olive-sided Flycatcher singing and calling multiple times ["SeEttaM ." ]
22 May Big Day Results San Luis Valley []
22 May Chestnut-sided Warbler and Eastern Wood-Pewee, Loveland, Larimer [Sean Walters ]
22 May Greenlee Preserve, May 18-22 [Ted Floyd ]
22 May Lazuli bunting, backyard, Colorado Springs [David Chartier ]
22 May Great Crested Flycatcher, Larimer County [Brad Biggerstaff ]
22 May Re: Black Tern, Boulder county []
22 May flight calls & flock habits, N. Boulder Cnty [Linda Andes-Georges ]
22 May Black Tern, Boulder county [Maureen Blackford ]
22 May Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Loveland, Larimer [Maureen Blackford ]
22 May Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Loveland, Larimer [Maureen Blackford ]
22 May Chatfield state park ["'lochlaren' via Colorado Birds" ]
22 May Chestnut-sided Warbler, Loveland, Larimer [Sean Walters ]
22 May Lewis's Woodpecker/Nunn ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
22 May Re: Gray Flycatcher still at Ryssby Church, Boulder ["'ronbco' via Colorado Birds" ]
22 May Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 May 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
21 May Another Colorado Big Day, More Precipitation [Andrew Bankert ]
21 May Common Nighthawk, Boulder Co. [Paula Hansley ]
21 May Black-throated gray warbler, Lion's Park, Larimer County [Libby Edwards ]
21 May Re: CFO membership question - website [Gary Faust - Lisa Edwards ]
21 May CFO membership question - website ["Scott E. Severs" ]
21 May South Mesa Trailhead Parking Area (Boulder County), 5/21. []
21 May RMBO Chatfield Banding Report, 5/21/15 [meredith ]
21 May Lark Buntings [Jennifer Hyypiō ]
21 May Prospect Ponds Natural Area, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 5/21 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
21 May Re: Gray Flycatcher still at Ryssby Church, Boulder [Roger Linfield ]
21 May Canon City Riverwalk, Fremont Co. 5/21 (full report) ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
21 May Gray Flycatcher still at Ryssby Church, Boulder ["'ronbco' via Colorado Birds" ]
21 May Mourning Warbler - McMurray NA, Larimer Cnty - yes ["Ken & Christie Pals" ]
21 May Golden-winged Warbler Fremont Co. 5/21 [Brandon Percival ]
21 May Golden-winged Warbler Fremont Co. 5/21 [Brandon Percival ]
21 May NE Colorado birding yesterday [Norm Erthal ]
21 May Short-eared Owl/Nunn ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]

Subject: Huerfano County Update: Blue Grosbeak, Bobolink and fallout!
From: Polly Neldner <pollywren AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 20:58:14 -0600
We went out to Rouse Road with an out of town birder to try for Hepatic
Tanager. Searched and searched but could not find one. We did have quite a
few Blue Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings. some Western Tanagers, a
White-breasted Nuthatch attending it's young,  Western Bluebirds and a
Golden Eagle! Paul did find a Ladder-backed Woodpecker.


We then went out County Road 360 and were able to find at least 4, possibly
6 Bobolinks...all very far away.

After yet another cloudy morning and a Spring time squall we decided to
head out Valley Road thinking we might find Lark Buntings. We were unable
to locate any Lark Buntings, but suddenly found ourselves in the midst of
hundreds of birds! There must have been some sort of small fallout going
on. On ONE stretch of barbed wire fence approximately 20 ft. long we saw
the following:

8 Bullock's Orioles
4 Western Tanagers
more than a dozen Lark Sparrows
equally as many Chipping Sparrows
6 Western Wood Pewees
5 Western Kingbirds
3 Eastern Kingbirds
Barn Swallows
Western Meadowlark
6 Blue Grosbeaks
One lone male Bobolink singing it's fool head off!

Farther along we found Ash-throated Flycatcher
Swainson's Hawk
Cliff Swallows
Yellow Warblers
Mountain Bluebirds
Savannah Sparrow


This appears to be a very good year for Bullock's Orioles. We have more
than a dozen coming to our backyard feeders and found 50+ along Valley Road
today!
We have never seen so many Blue Grosbeaks along one stretch of road. We
stopped counting at 35!

Paul and Polly Wren Neldner
La Veta, CO

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Subject: Fun birding at CU East Campus, Boulder County
From: Peter Burke <peterburke AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 20:55:37 -0600
COBirders,
I spent the morning along the bike path by the CU East Campus, Confluence
Ponds. There was a female/first-year Blackpoll Warbler, a Veery haning out
with White-crowned Sparrows, several Swainson's Thrushes, singing Red-eyed
Vireo, Gray Flycatcher and the previously reported Northern Mockingbird was
on the west side of the pond. Western Wood-Pewees were seemingly at every
turn...plus many unidentified small empids.

Later I was at Cottonwood Marsh where the Black Terns continue their
photography-defying dancing -- I counted 18 today, but there have been
upwards of 28 this week... As the storm approached, I heard and then saw
four Sandhill Cranes heading east...being pushed by the weather. Seems late
for Sandhills, no?

Some photos are posted here .

Good birding,
Peter


Peter Burke

Editor, *Colorado Birds*

*Colorado Field Ornithologists*

935 11th St. Boulder, CO 80302

(973) 214-0140

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Subject: Excuse me!
From: Virginia Simmons <simmons19281 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 20:55:04 -0600
Please make that a Belted Kingfisher. Virginia

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Subject: NW Park County 5/23
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 20:46:55 -0600
Saturday morning (5/23) I visited areas of Park County in the northwest
corner of Park County in the watershed of the North Fork of the South
Platte. Indeed, the most interesting birding was right along the North Fork
near the town of Shawnee where clumps of willows and cottonwoods amid
grassland attracted many migrants, including a number species that are rare
to encounter in Park. Along the river here I focused on two areas, one open
to public access (Pike NF Rocky Mountain Regional Specialty Packstring) and
one area of private land upstream of that accessed with permission (Boxwood
Gulch). Access to the former is from Hwy 285 immediately past CR 64. Watch
for the sign on the right. Follow the short road down over the river, park
in the lot, and work upstream and downstream via little pedestrian only
"gates", and along the entry road.

These two areas collectively had the following. The species rare or rather
uncommon for Park included 1 *Ovenbird* (Packstring site), 1 *Gray
Flycatcher*, 1 *Cassin's Vireo*, 3 *Blue-gray Gnatcatchers*, 1 *Nashville
Warbler*, 1 *Yellow-breasted Chat*, and 1 *Lazuli Bunting*. Other migrants
included *Olive-sided Flycatcher* (1), *Western Wood-Pewee* (2), *Dusky
Flycatcher* (10), *Willow Flycatcher* (3), *Warbling Vireo* (5), *Swainson's
Thrush *(5), *Gray Catbird* (1), *Orange-crowned Warbler* (1), *Yellow
Warbler *(13), *Myrtle Warbler *(3), *Wilson's Warbler *(51!), *MacGillivray's
Warbler *(4), *Common Yellowthroat *(3), *Mountain White-crowned Sparrow*
(18), and more. These areas had over 60 species, which is pretty high for a
small area in Park at sites with few waterbirds.

A *Bullock's Oriole* along CR 68 was also a species rarely noted in Park.
Moderate numbers of Type 2 *Red Crossbills* in some areas, several
encounters with *Evening Grosbeak*.

Always fun in Park,

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: RMBO Banding at Chico Basin Ranch, El Paso Co.
From: Nancy Gobris <ngobris AT live.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 19:54:41 -0600
More rain at Chico Basin Ranch put a damper on the final week of banding, but 
not before our big day of the season on Monday. We banded 145 birds of 25 
species, including a gorgeous male Magnolia Warbler and an equally lovely adult 
male Orchard Oriole. Steady captures kept the crew hopping until closing at 2 
pm. 

 
We weren't able to band again until Thursday, with a late start due to 
overnight rain that soaked the net lanes and made the ranch roads even more 
muddy. We banded 38 that day and 41 on Friday, including our first and only 
Veery of the season. We ended the season on Saturday with our second highest 
day of 78 birds, including the capture of 6 species of flycatcher, a stunning 
adult male American Redstart, and a feisty adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 

 
Even with a scant 22 days of banding for the season and a number of net lanes 
consumed by tumbleweeds, we finished with 625 birds of 50 species, including a 
station-first Prairie Warbler. Not too shabby. Bill Maynard says that the best 
birds show up after Nancy leaves. I guess we'll see. 

 
Many thanks to Chico Basin Ranch for its enduring hospitality and to my most 
excellent volunteer crew: assistant bander Diane Luck, superior scribe Lynne 
Miller, and hopefully-returning net picker Anna Joy Lehmicke. 

 
Nancy Gobris
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Arctic Tern-Timnath Res-Larimer
From: Josh Bruening <87211jjb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 17:43:31 -0700 (PDT)
Bird still present as of 6pm. Seen from West parking lot. It was in the middle 
of the lake resting on a floating log. Great views through the scope which is 
probably necessary. 


Josh Bruening
Fort Collins

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Subject: Plumbeous Vireo, Rio Grande County
From: Virginia Simmons <simmons19281 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 18:25:00 -0600
Plumbeous Vireo was picking insects from branches in elm tree today (5/24) at 
my place. 

Other sightings not far away were Dusky Flycatcher along RG 15 Rd., and Am. 
White Pelican and Bridled Kingfisher on RG 18 Rd. 

Virginia Simmons, Del Norte

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Subject: Looking for Hepatic Tanager, Santa Clara Creek. No Luck, but found Great Crested Flycatcher
From: "vorticity (Rick Taylor)" <vorticity4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 17:12:11 -0700 (PDT)

Looking for Hepatic Tanager, Santa Clara Creek, Huerfano County, found 
Great Crested Flycatcher.  Many thanks to Paul and Polly Nelder who met me 
at Santa Clara Creek Sunday Morning 8:15AM, 14 May 2015.  I had two hopes 
for my visit to Heurfano County:  Bobolink (got it), and Hepatic Tanager 
(not so much).  CFO has a good listing for Santa Clara Creek, 
http://coloradocountybirding.org/BySite.aspx?SiteID=113  This can be an 
important place because it’s been good for Hepatic Tanager in past years.  
Their spring migration should be over by early June, so I was hopeful. We 
spent about an hour along Rouse Road birding from the road since everything 
else is private property.  Hepatic Tanager likes to forage high, so that’s 
where we looked. No calls, no songs, no luck.  After having luck with 
Bobolink (thanks again to Paul and Polly) I went back to Santa Clara creek 
at noon and spent 3 hours driving the length of Rouse Road looking high and 
low.   I did finally get luck with a Great Crested Flycatcher at the 
creek.  Also have never seen so many Black Headed Grosbeaks…total count was 
over 50 in 8 miles of driving.  Had blue grosbeak as well.  Rick Taylor, 
Colorado Springs, El Paso County. 

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Subject: Bell's Vireo/Painted Bunting -- Pueblo County 5/24
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 22:51:57 +0000 (UTC)
This morning I was surprised to find a singing Bell's Vireo at Valco Ponds SWA 
in Pueblo.  It was singing continuously for a half a hour, when I was trying 
to get photos of it.   


There are two ways to get to this bird.  You can park at Valco Ponds parking 
lot, along Hwy 96, and walk to the last pond (3rd pond), and keep walking east, 
until you are almost past the pond.  On your right (south) there are lots of 
olives, this is where the bird was.  If you would rather not park at Valco 
Ponds parking lot, the other closest place to park, is the eastern end of the 
Osprey Picnic Area on the North side of the river.  You'll have to walk east 
and then follow the river to the Valco Bridge, cross the bridge to south side 
of the river and go west to about where the 3rd Valco Pond appears, and on your 
left (south) is where the bird was.   

Also, when I was at the east end of the 3rd Valco Pond, when I was walking 
around it, a green colored bunting -- Painted Bunting flew out of the willows, 
and went to west side of the pond.  I didn't go back there, to try to re-find 
it.  I wasn't able to get photos of this bird, as I mostly only saw it in 
flight.  This was my 3rd green plumage Painted Bunting this spring in 
Colorado! 

Since these two species breed in other parts of Colorado, these birds are 
probably not of interest to most people, except for a few local people.  It is 
a long walk (a mile at least) from either of the two parking lots, 
unfortunately. 

The only other thing of note, on my five mile hike this morning, were four 
Bonaparte's Gulls on the Fish Hatchery Ponds, west of Valco Ponds parking 
lot/east of Snakeskin Picnic Area parking lot. 

Good birding,
Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Arctic Tern adult at Timnath Rez (Larimer)
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 16:45:48 -0600
We just had this bird in northeast corner of the reservoir, spotted by Dave 
Wade. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: RMBO Chatfield Banding Report, 5/24/15
From: meredith <meredithmcburney AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:43:32 -0700 (PDT)
Our best banding day this season - Nice weather, lots of visitors and, of 
course, more birds!  Pretty typical for a good day at this time in May. 
Banded 44, plus had 2 additional returns from prior years and a slew (18) 
of birds already counted this season.  Here's the breakdown of the new 
birds:

Dusky Flycatcher 3
Western Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 2
House Wren 7
Swainson's Thrush 2
Gray Catbird 8
Yellow Warbler 9 new, 2 returns (1 from 2013, 1 from 2012)
MacGillivray's Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 3
Green-tailed Towhee 1
Spotted Towhee 1
Mountain White-crowned Sparrow 1
Common Grackle 2
Bullock's Oriole 2

Open daily, weather permitting, for the next week - through the end of May, 
 From about 7:30 - 11.

Meredith McBurney
Bander, Chatfield Station
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

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Subject: Bell's Vireo - Douglas
From: "'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 18:40:15 -0400
During a 2-hour walk near home, with cloudy sky and a few sprinkles we heard, 
emanating from a patch of willows, the unmistakable song of a Bell's Vireo, but 
impossible to see. A couple of hours later, we returned and glimpsed a very 
active, very hard-to-see, very small bird (enough to pick out the field marks). 

 

 This makes 268 species in what we call the "Franktown Basin" -- Castlewood 
Canyon State Park, Gateway Mesa & Hidden Mesa Open Space, Franktown, and 
vicinity. 



Urling & Hugh Kingery 
  Franktown, CO
  

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Subject: Migration picks up a last!
From: "Robert A. Spencer" <bobolink AT indra.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:34:04 -0600
Hi cobirders. After 10 days of not gettng out birding or adding anything here 
Friday May 22 brought 8 Common Grackles 2 on the caged Sunflower feeder 

one on each side stretching their necks to reach the lower openings and with 
luck a seed with their beaks, the other 6 in the backyard grass moved in line 

thru the grass for insects.  

Saturday the 23rd at 8am a Black-headed Grosbeak male stopped on the feeder too 
big to get in flew into the nearby Chokecherry where I was able to 

see its rusty orange rump patch. First ever in my yard! It came back Sunday 
afternoon for a similar visit. 


Saturday also my son took me birding at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife. We saw 
over 35 species including 11 new ones for my year list including 

Western Kingbird, Northern Mockingbird,Lark Bunting (group of 20), Bullock's 
Oriole ( imm. male, later a bright pair), Lark Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, 

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Song Sparrow ( seen well to count), Blue Grosbeak ( 
pair),and an Eastern Kingbird, also a Western Wood Pewee. 


I hope to catch up on lots more migrants before summer.

Bob Spencer N.E. of Golden.      

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Subject: Boulder County birding mudfest Part 3 - last
From: JohnT <j.eclectus AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:32:29 -0700 (PDT)
All:
              Oh lordy. Will it every end.  The rain, the hail, *the mud.*   


These are for May 22, 23, 23 for Boulder County.   

*Species of note are listed in CAPS.*  

Sawhills \ Walden - SWAINSON's THRUSH, western wood peewee, common 
yellowthroat, and more American white pelicans.  Some Audubon's warblers, 
but numbers are dwindling.  A wet sloppy day. 

Skunk Creek Boulder Mt Park - 
RED HEADED WOODPECKER - flew across the intersection of Skunk Creek and the 
NCAR feeder trail.  Good looks, flew up into a ponderosa.  What makes this 
so unusual, is that red-headed's have been in serious decline throughout 
Boulder County for decades.  And even more unusual - I've never seen one in 
Boulder Mt Park, in a mixed ponderosa forest.  

Also at skunk creek:  lazuli buntings, bullock's orioles, yellow breasted 
chats, spotted towhees, gray catbirds, lesser goldfinches, pine siskins, 
yellow warblers, MacGillvray's warblers, green tailed towhee, western 
tanagers, blue gray gnatcatcher, SWAINSON's THRUSH, cordilleran flycatcher, 
scrub jay, and virgina's warbler. And mule deer and one coyote pup.  

And mud - I sunk to my ankles in gooey sticky mud on upper skunk creek 
trail. 

Sombrero Marsh:   Someone else already reported, but I saw 4 BLACK TERNS at 
the marsh.  Along with a GREAT TAILED GRACKLE. (Alex Cruz told me they were 
roosted there).  

Wild Basin RNMP:  Boulder County:  it started as a nice sunny day, and 
ended up with hail, thunderstorms, and torrential rain. - golden crowned 
kinglets, ruby crowned kinglets, brown creeper, American dipper, cooper's 
hawk, Audubon's warblers (lots, singing), dusky grouse.    I got stuck on a 
ridge above Ouzel Lake, with storms moving in from every direction.  Within 
20 minutes it went from blue skies to searing flashes of lightning and 
dark-as-midnight clouds. Pounding hail all the way back to the parking 
lot.  (Note:  upper Wild Basin parking lot is now open.  Bridge at Ouzel 
Falls is still out, but you can cross if you have good balance and some 
hiking poles).  

Bear Creek Canyon:  from the Bear Creek Neighborhood:  the lower footbridge 
is out; so is the upper footbridge.  There are large sections of sucking, 
oozing, mud.  
OVENBIRD:  at the upper creek  crossing, (where the Mesa Trail 
intersects) and another one about 400 yards south on the Mesa Trail.  Both 
singing.
RED EYED VIREO - Just above the upper creek crossing, singing and foraging 
in douglas fir, aspen, and box elder.
Along with:  gray catbirds, yellow breasted chats, MacGillvray's warbler 
(7), Virginia's warbler (3), Yellow warbler (12), Audubon's warbler (1), 
cordilleran flycatcher, western wood peewee, SWAINSON's THRUSH, blue gray 
gnatcatcher, black headed grosbeak, warbler vireo, western tanager (7), 
bullock's oriole, spotted towhee, green tailed towhee (6), lesser 
goldfinch, pine siskin, and a golden eagle being pummeled by a  common 
raven.  

I heard it might clear up by Wednesday, but I doubt it. 

Backyard in Louisville:  got some strange stuff coming in today:  black 
headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, and broad tailed hummingbird.  

The Heatherwood Trail was opened, closed, opened, and now closed again.   

I've pretty much had it with the rain.  I'm going somewhere tropical 
soon.   ;)  

John T (Tumasonis) of Louisville CO 










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Subject: Indigo Bunting +, Loveland,Larimer
From: Elaine Coley <elbo AT inbox.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 12:36:10 -0800




Subject: Warblers, Fountain Creek, El Paso Co
From: David Chartier <drchartier AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 18:29:35 +0000
I was ready for disappointment this morning when I arrived at Hanson Nature 
Center and found it closed. So I birded from Duckwood to Willow Springs and 
found eight warbler species. Most of the action was on the north side of Rice 
Pond, where I found a female American redstart and Blackpoll warbler. There was 
also a plumbeous vireo in the same area. The warblers were working the trees 
around the beaver lodge. Other warblers were MacGillivray's, Wilson's, yellow, 
yellow-rumped, orange-crowned, and common yellowthroat. 

 
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Colorado Springs
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Red-eyed Vireo at Golden Ponds Longmont Boulder Co
From: "'William Fink' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 11:03:18 -0600
Singing persistently (as a "preacher bird" should) in the southwest corner of 
Golden Ponds at 10AM Good birding in the sunlight! 


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Subject: County in subject line please!
From: Todd Deininger <goldeneagle90a AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 06:29:07 -0600
Remember to put the county (or general area) of your sightings in the
subject line of all posts.

Thanks to those of you that post.  Keep on posting.

Review them if you need to.  COBirds Rules of the Road
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 May 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 04:10:03 -0600
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
Date: May 24, 2015
E-mail:   rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Sunday, May 24 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Green Heron (Rio Grande)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (Baca)
Broad-winged Hawk (Baca, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, *Larimer,
*Phillips, Sedgwick, Weld, Yuma)
Upland Sandpiper (Boulder, Elbert, Larimer)
Laughing Gull (Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Morgan)
Caspian Tern (Morgan, Weld)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Weld)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Elbert, Larimer, Prowers, *Pueblo, Weld, Yuma)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (El Paso, Larimer)
ALDER FLYCATCHER (Kiowa, Yuma)
Least Flycatcher (Arapahoe, Boulder, *El Paso, *Jefferson, Larimer, Logan)
Gray Flycatcher (Boulder, *Larimer, Logan, Mesa, Weld)
Black Phoebe (Mesa, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Fremont, *Jefferson, Logan)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Larimer, Weld)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Baca, El Paso)
Yellow-throated Vireo (Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)
Blue-headed Vireo (*Jefferson)
Winter Wren (*Larimer)
Bewick's Wren (Boulder)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Weld)
Wood Thrush (El Paso (CB))
Curve-billed Thrasher (Pueblo)
Lapland Longspur  (Prowers)
McCown's Longspur (Elbert)
Worm-eating Warbler (El Paso, Larimer, Washington)
Golden-winged Warbler (Fremont, Kit Carson, *Larimer)
Blue-winged Warbler (*Jefferson)
BREWSTER'S WARBLER (Larimer)
Prothonotary Warbler (*Prowers)
LUCY'S WARBLER (La Plata)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (*Arapahoe, Fremont, Larimer)
MOURNING WARBLER (El Paso (CB), *Larimer)
Hooded Warbler (Elbert)
Magnolia Warbler (Boulder, *Larimer, Washington)
Blackburnian Warbler (Archuleta)
Palm Warbler (Elbert, Morgan)
Pine Warbler (Adams)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
Field Sparrow (Boulder)
Summer Tanager (*Boulder, Elbert, El Paso, Phillips)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Painted  Bunting (Baca)
Baltimore Oriole (Boulder, *El Paso, Logan)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A Pine Warbler was reported by Christoper Rustay at Barr Lake SP on the
RMBO side below the dam on May 20.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Cheryl Teuton in trees behind Swim
Beach at Cherry Creek SP on May 19.
--A m Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Lois Levinson at Cherry creek
Sp south of Lake Loop between bike path and lake on May 23.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A Blackburnian Warlber was reported by Jim Beatty at Windsurf Beach in
Cottonwood at a Watchable Wildlife area acrss bridge and east of former
railroad bed on May 21.

BACA COUNTY:
--At Cottonwood Canyon on May 18, Mlodinow reported RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 4
Broad-winged Hawks, 10 Canyon Towhees, and 3 Painted Buntings.
--On May 18, Mlodinow reported Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Walsh.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Bewick's Wren was reported by Ted Floyd at the SW corner of Teller Lake
#5 on May 16.
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Kent Forward at Teller Farm and Lakes
on May 16.
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported migrating over Greenlee Preserve in
Lafayette by Ted Floyd on May 18.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Paula Hansley at Hodgson-Harris
Reservoir in Superior on May 17.
--A m Magnolia Warbler was reported by Thomas Heinrich along Boulder Creek
below CU/Folsom Stadium on May 19.  On May 20, Curt Brown reported Magnolia
Warbler along Boulder Creek.
--Gray and Least Flycatchers were reported by Ted Floyd at Greenlee
Preserve in Lafayette on May 19.
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Kaempfer at Smith Park in Boulder on
May 20.  Smith Park is at Gilbert/5th and Aurora.
--On May 21, Ron Bolton reported Gray Flycatcher continues at Ryssby Church
in NE region.
--A Field Sparrow was reported by David Dowell on Skunk Canyon Trails in
Boulder on May 21.
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Hundertmark at Teller Farm and Lakes on
May 22.
--At Greenlee Preserve in Lafayette, Ted Floyd reported Least Flycatcher on
May 18 - 22, and Gray Flycatcher on May 19 - 20.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ray Sperger on Left Hand Creek in
Longmont between Hoover and Sunset on NW side of creek on May 18.
--A Summer Tanager was reported by Scott Severs on White Rocks Trail in
Boulder on May 23.

ELBERT COUNTY:
--On May 18, Suddjian reported Red-headed Woodpecker and Summer Tanager on
CR 149 S of Matheson.
--On CR 197 S SE of Matheson Suddjian reported flyover Upland sandpiper, 2
McCown's Longspurs, Hood Warbler, and Palm Warbler on May 18.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Tyler Stuart at the NW corner of
Sinton Pond in Colorado Springs on May 12.  On May 13, Dan String reported
Baltimore Oriole at NW corner of Sinton Park Pond and on the s side an ad
Worm-eating Warbler.  On May 14, David Tonnessen reported Baltimore Oriole
at Sinton Pond and Robb Hinds reported Worm-eating Warbler at Sinton Pond.
On May 15, Robb Hinds and Mark Chavez reported Baltimore Oriole continues
at Sinton Pond.  On May 16, Jessop and Gonzalez reported Balitmore Oriole
at Sinton Pond.  On May 17, Drummond and Tonnessen reported Baltimore
Oriole at Sinton Pond.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Aaron Driscoll at Clear
Springs ranch on May 14.  Directions:  Take exit 123 off I-25.
Go to east side of Hwy, cross RR tracks and turn left.  The bird was
sitting on fence west side of alfalfa field.
--A molting male Summer Tanager was found by Dan Carragher at Fountain
Creek RP on May 17.
--A Least Flycatcher was banded by Steve Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on
May 18.
--An EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was reported by Bill Maynard at Rice's Pond at
Fountain Creek Regional Park on May 19.
--A Baltimore Oirole was reported by Robb Hinds at Ramah Reservoir SWA on
May 23.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Gloria Nikolai at Pinello Ranch, Area
A on May 23.

EL PASO/PUEBLO COUNTIES (CB):
--On May 20, John Drummond reported Wood Thrush and MOURNING WARBLER near
banding station.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On the McKenzie Section of the Canon City Riverwalk on May 16, Robb Hinds
reported Golden-winged Warbler and Broad-winged Hawk.  On May 21, Percival
reported f Golden-winged Wabler near the Sells parking lot of Canon City
Riverwalk.
--On May 21, Percival reported 2 Eastern Phoebe and Broad-winged Hawk on
Canon City Riverwalk between Raynolds Ave and Sells Ave.
--A m Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Setta Moss at Pathfinder Park
on May 20.  Pathfinder Park is off Hwy 115 between Canon City and
Florence.  On May 21, Percival reported Chestnut-sided Warbler at
Pathfinder Park.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Polly Neldner at Lathrop SP on May 21.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Scot Somershoe at Chatfield on May 16.
--On May 13, Mark Chavez reported that the male Blue-winged Warbler has
returned to Welchester Tree Grant Park and was
eventually seen in the eastern section of the park where it was seen last
year.  On May 14, Alec Hopping reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On May 15, Robert Martinez reported Blue-winged Warbler
and 3 Yellow-throated Vireos at Welchester Tree Grant Park.  ON May 16,
Gent reported that the Blue-winged Warbler continues at Welchester Tree
Grant Park.
On May 17, Shoup and Lutomski reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On May 18, Yusuff and Chavez reported Blue-winged Warbler
at Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On May 19, Mark Obmascik reported
Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On May 20, Mark Chavez
reported that the Blue-winged Warbler continues at Welchester Tree Grant
Park.  On May 21, George Mayfield reported Blue-winged Warbler and Matt
Clark reported Blue-headed  Vireo at Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On May
23, Dane Houser and Linda Broeren reported Blue-winged Warbler at
Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On May 23, Mark Chavez reported 2 Least
Flycatchers and Blue-headed Vireo at Welchester Tree Grant Park.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Suddjian at Hildebrand Ranch on May 18.
--On May 22, Lock Kilpatrick reported Yellow-throated Vireo upstream of
Kingfisher Bridge and Suddjian reported Yellow-throated Vireo at Deer Creek
at Chatfield SP.
--On May 23, Tom Behnfield reported Eastern Phoebe at Audubon Center at
Chatfield.
--On May 23, Meredith McBurney reported banding a Least Flycatcher at RMBO
Chatfield  Banding Station.

KIOWA COUNTY:
--On May 20 in Eads, Mlodinow reported Broad-winged Hawk and ALDER
FLYCATCHER.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Gaede and Peterson at Fairview
Cememtery on May 16.
--A Golden-winged Warbler was reported by Gaede and Peterson at Flager
Reservoir SWA on May 16.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARRBLER was refound by Susan Allerton on May 21 on the Las
Animas River Trail in Durango where it was seen about 2 weeks ago.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--2 imm Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Nick Komar at the
Larimer County Landfill on May 16.
--A f Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Leatherman at Prospect
Ponds/Environmental Learning Center at the NE corner of southern most pond
along Sharp Point on May 17.  A Broad-winged Hawks fly over was reported by
David Wade in the N section of ELC on May 17.
--On May 18, Sean Walters reported an Upland Sandpiper flying over his yard
near Taft and US 287.
--On May 19, David Wade reported Worm-eating Warbler and Gray Flycatcher at
McMurry Ponds NA.  McMurry Ponds is on Hemock St off of N College Ave. in
Fort Collins.  On May 19, Dave Leatherman found a m MOURNING WARBLER at
McMurry Ponds NA.  On May 20, many birders reported Worm-eating and
MOURNING Warblers at McMurry Ponds NA.  On May 21, Ken Pals reported that
the MOURNING WARBLER continues at McMurry NA.  On May 23, Ray Sperger
reported MOURNING WARBLER at McMurry NA.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Josh Burening at Lee Martinez Park on
May 18.
--A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported by Bill Blackburn on a wooden fence
on S side of CR 38E near where Trowbridge Dr comes in below Horsetooth
Reservoir and W of S Taft Hill Road in Fort Collins on May 19.
--A Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by Sue Riffe at McMurry Ponds NA on
May 20.
--A Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by Sue Riffe at Poudre Ponds NA near
river edge between two parking areas on May 20.
--On May 20 at Boyd Lake SP, Nick Komar reported 3 imm Lesser Black-backed
Gulls and 1 ad Laughing Gull.
--At Prospect Ponds on May 21, Leatherman reported 2 Least Flycatchers.
--A BREWSTER'S WARBLER was reported by Sean Walters in his yard on May 21.
If you would like to try for the bird contact Sean at waltersintherockies
AT gmail.com.  On May 22, Sean Walters reported Chestnut-sided Warbler and
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE in his yard in Loveland.  Contact him at
waltersintherockies AT gmail.com if you would like to try for the birds.
--At Lions Open Space in Fort Collins, Ken Pals reported Least Flycatcher.
--A Great Crested Flycatcher was repored by Brad Biggerstaff between Lions
Open Space and Butterfly Woods Open Space in Fort Collins on May 22.
--A Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by Nick Komar in Lion's/Butterfly
Woods Open Space on May 22.
--A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported by John Shenot behind the brown
house near bend in Poudre Trail S of river at Butterfly Woods Open Space on
May 22.
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Ken Pals and Nick Komar at Lake Estes
on May 23.
--A pair of Broad-winged Hawks was reported by Rob Sparks at the junction
of Lee Martinez and Poudre Bike Trail on May 23.
--A Golden-winged Warbler was reported by John Shenot at Butterfly Woods on
May 23.
--A Great-crested Flycatcher was reported by Nick Komar at Lions Park on
May 23.
--A Winter Wren was reported by Jim Nelson in Moraine Park of Rocky
Mountain NP on May 23.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Joey Kellner at Prewitt on May 16.
--At Pioneer Park on W side of Sterling on May 20, Leatherman reported 10+
Least Flycatchers.
--At Sterling Cemetery on May 20, Leatherman reported m Baltimore Oriole
and 2 Least Flycatchers
--On CR 8 at Platte S of Merino on May 20, Leatherman reported 2 Eastern
Phoebe.

MESA COUNTY:
--Black Phoebes were reported by Lee Stigen on the Auduon Trail in Grand
Junction downstream from Redlands Power and Water Station on May 17.
--Henwood reported a Gray Flycatcher carrying nesting material in No
Thoroughfare Canyon in Colorado National Monument on May 18.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Palm Warbler was reported by Alec Hopping at Jackson Lake SP on May
15.  On May 17, David Dowell reported Palm Warbler at the campground of
Jackson Lake SP.
--At Jackson Lake SP east of the dam, David Dowell reported 3 Caspian Terns
and Lesser Black-backed Gull on May 17.

PHILLIPS COUNTY:
--A Summer Tanager was reported by Nathan Pieplow at Haxtun City Park on
May 15.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Mlodinow in Holyoke on May 23.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Prothonotary Warbler was reported by Paeml Graber at Lamar Community
College Woods on May 23.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported by Brandon Percival at Pueblo City
Park on May 23.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--A Green Heron was reported by Rawinski at Home Lake SWA on May 18.  It
was in the canal N of Home Lake.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Hopping and Dowell in Ovid on May 16.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--A Worm-eating Warbler and Broad-winged Hawk were reported by David Dowell
at Prewitt on May 17.  The warbler was just east of below dam parking and
caretaker's house.
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Erthal at Akron Golf Course on May 20.

WELD COUNTY:
--At Crow Valley on May 16, Josh Bruening reported Yellow-throated Vireo at
the east end of the park, Red-headed Woodpecker on a telephone pole near
parking lot bordering CR 77 and Gray Flycatcher.  At Crow Vally on May 18,
Sue Riffe reported Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, and
Gray-cheeked Thrush.  On May 20, Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by
David Dowell and Norm Erthal at Crow Valley.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Judith Henderson at Lower Latham on May 16.

YUMA COUNTY:
--An ALDER FLYCATCHER was reported by Hopping in Laird on May 16.
--2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS were reported by Mlodinow att Hale Ponds on May 21.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Mlodinow at Republica SWA e of Hale
on May 21.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, May 24 will be to Canon City led by Mary Cay
Burger (mcburger3 AT juno.com; 303-771-3431).  Meet at McDonalds restaurant
 at 0800, 2306 Fremont Drive, Canon City.  This is on the north frontage
road along Hwy 50 as you drive into town.  Will have restroom stop there.
Be ready to leave McDonalds by 0830.  Full day will end about 1600.  Pack a
unch, snacks, plenty of water, and sunscreen.  No parks pass required.
This is a companion trip to Ira and Tammy Sander's trip to Pueblo on May
23.  If you sign up for both trips, please make motel arrangements in
either Canon City or Pueblo.  On May 23-24, Mary Cay Burger may be reached
on her cell phone: 720-940-8394.  Please register online or contact leader
to register.  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Monday, May 25 will be to Mt Falcon Park led by
Karen Drozda (drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-388-0891).  Meet leader at upper
parking lot of west side of Mount Falcon Park at 0700.  From C-470 and US
285 SOuth, turn right at the Indian Hill exit to Parmalee Gulch Road.
Follow Parmalee Gulch Road for aproximately 2.6 miles to Picturis Road,
turn right at Picturis, then follow signs for Mt Falcon to upper parking
area.  Much of trip is in sun.  Bring hat, sunscreen, bug spray, lots of
water, hearty snacks, binoculars, Scope (Optional).  Great photo
opportunities.  Possible inclement weather.  Bring layers and rain gear.
Please register online or call leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Big Days
From: Brandon Percival <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:09:23 -0600
When my uncle Van and I use to do Big Days, there were not cell phones back
then.  So this wasn't a problem.  If we happened to run into other birders
during our big day route, we tried our best not to get bird information
from them, since we were trying to obey the ABA Big Day rules.  I don't
think ABA has changed their rules about getting bird information during the
Big Day.  Maybe they have, I don't know since I haven't done Big Days
recently.  I think Van and I have the single Colorado County Big Day record
for Colorado.  It was in Pueblo County and I think we had 168 species, if I
remember correctly (I think the entire county had 200 species that day).
We didn't really find any major rarities like everyone else was that day.

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Re: Larimer County big day
From: "'Brandon K. Percival' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:29:28 -0700
If this is a Big Day that you are submitting to ABA as an official big day, it 
would be breaking their rules to read cobirds, look at ebird reports, or get 
direct information from people while doing an official ABA big day.  I am not 
sure any recent big days actually keep to these rules.  Since everyone has 
their phones on all day, looking for current bird information.   


Brandon K Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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From:"Nick Komar" 
Date:Sat, May 23, 2015 at 8:21 pm
Subject:[cobirds] Larimer County big day

Dear Fellow birders,
As you know, the diversity of species in Colorado right now is very high, and 
Larimer County has been particularly blessed with rarities in recent days. With 
recent reports of rare warblers, vireos, Flycatcher's, gulls, etc., even more 
eyes will be out in Larimer County watching tomorrow.  

    Serendipitously, a group of 4 of us will be attempting a Larimer Big Day 
beginning at midnight tonight. By my count, about 225 species have been seen in 
Larimer in just the last few days. If we manage to move quickly enough, and 
have some luck with weather, and some cooperation from the birds themselves, we 
could reach 200 species. Therefore, if you see a species tomorrow (Sunday) that 
is rare enough to get flagged in eBird, we sure would appreciate hearing about 
it in real-time. You can post to Cobirds or email me directly. 

  We are hoping to make history tomorrow. And you can be a part of it. Thanks 
for your assistance. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins

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Subject: Larimer County Birds
From: Josh Bruening <87211jjb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:25:00 -0700 (PDT)
Good day all!

I have never wanted the rain to go away so badly.  At the same time, I do 
believe that the rain is the reason for this post.  I just wanted to post a 
recap for my birding in and around Fort Collins this week.  This is going 
down as the best week I've ever had birding in Fort Collins.  I'm not sure 
Wednesday of this week will ever be beat.  I seemed to have a knack this 
week of showing up places where other birders were earlier in the day prior 
to any posts only to find goodies everywhere I showed up.  Which is amusing 
considering at the beginning of last week I was begging for Yellow-rumps.  
So here is a quick synopsis of my observations.  Pretty much all of these 
have previously been posted.

Tuesday-Worm-eating Warbler Madness and other goodies
Wednesday-15 Warbler day in Fort Collins-my guess is that it won't be 
duplicated or beaten though I'd be happy to be proven wrong
McMurray Natural Area
-Worm-eating Warbler-great sighting Dave W!
-Mourning Warbler-great sighting Dave L!
-Ovenbird
-Blackpoll Warbler
-Tennessee Warbler
-Orange-crowned Warbler
-Yellow Warbler
-Common Yellowthroat
-Yellow-breasted Chat
-Yellow-rumped Warbler
-MacGillvray's Warbler
-Northern Waterthrush
Environmental Learning Center -the same day
-American Redstart
-Wilson's Warbler
-Virginia's Warbler

-Red-eyed Vireo-seen in multiple locations including Lion's Park, Prospect 
Ponds, and Poudre River trail.
-Warbling Vireos-more than I've ever seen in any spring here.  Lion's Park, 
Prospect Ponds, McMurray NA, My back yard.
-Plumbeous Vireos-see Warbling above

Flycatchers everywhere-Least, Hammond's, Dusky, Willow all singing in most 
of the above places.  
Gray-cheeked Thrush-McMurray
Golden-winged Warbler-today at Lion's Park-Growing up in PA never got my 
eyes on one.  Nemesis bird nailed.  Nice find John!
Black-throated Grey Warbler-female at Lion's Park today (that makes a 17 
warbler week for Fort Collins)

To add to Dave and Rob's observations:  I also witnessed a Brown Creeper 
carrying food to it's mate at McMurray.
Broad-winged Hawk-3 different observations at McMurray.
Swainson's Thrushes galore

I did not see the Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Prospect Ponds nor the Great 
Crested Flycatcher or Yellow-throated Vireo at Lion's Park.  But what a 
friggin' week!!!  And I'm sure I'm missing something important.  Met quite 
a few birders this week.  Also very nice to put Birder faces to Birder 
names.

Bird is the word y'all!

Josh Bruening
Fort Collins

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Subject: Larimer County big day
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 20:21:48 -0600
Dear Fellow birders,
As you know, the diversity of species in Colorado right now is very high, and 
Larimer County has been particularly blessed with rarities in recent days. With 
recent reports of rare warblers, vireos, Flycatcher's, gulls, etc., even more 
eyes will be out in Larimer County watching tomorrow. 

 Serendipitously, a group of 4 of us will be attempting a Larimer Big Day 
beginning at midnight tonight. By my count, about 225 species have been seen in 
Larimer in just the last few days. If we manage to move quickly enough, and 
have some luck with weather, and some cooperation from the birds themselves, we 
could reach 200 species. Therefore, if you see a species tomorrow (Sunday) that 
is rare enough to get flagged in eBird, we sure would appreciate hearing about 
it in real-time. You can post to Cobirds or email me directly. 

 We are hoping to make history tomorrow. And you can be a part of it. Thanks 
for your assistance. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins

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Subject: boxelder is a "hot" tree at present
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 20:10:32 -0600
Just a heads-up to everybody, a common denominator I am seeing in person and in 
looking at photographs taken by others: a lot of insectivorous neotropical 
migrants, as this spring migration peaks, are finding Boxelder (Acer negundo) 
to be a good restaurant. The reason is a small caterpillar lurking in leaflets 
tied together with silk called the Boxelder Leafroller (Caloptilia negundella). 
This lime green with a black head caterpillar is small and hides inside 
leaflets that it pulls around itself like a sleeping bag and then ties together 
with silk. Its mission is to eat itself out of its home and transform into a 
small, unimpressive moth. 


Boxelder is an atypical type of maple in that it has compound leaves, usually 3 
leaflets (sometimes 5) comprising one leaf. The branches display leaves that 
are opposite in arrangement (like other maples). They are usually found in 
riparian habitats. Do a search for images of boxelder and become familiar with 
it. The birds find the caterpillars by looking for deformed leaflets, knowing 
that the makers of the deformities are also food. They probe inside the leaf 
roll and extract the caterpillar. 


Birds I have seen doing this of late (and in the wonderful photographs of 
others like Tom and Mary France, Mark Chavez, etc.) are: Mourning Warbler, 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-headed Grosbeak, Blackpoll Warblers, Rose-breasted 
Grosbeak, Golden-winged Warbler, Bullock's Oriole. Probably many other birds 
are discovering this entree this wet spring. 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Lewis's Woodpeckers in Buena Vista
From: "'bomaanka AT yahoo.com' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds@googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:02:53 -0700 (PDT)
Hi CoBirders
I saw five Lewis's Woodpeckers along N.Pleasant St. in Buena Vista, Chaffee 
county, today. Fourteen other species seen are common in settled locations.
Bob Canter, Denver usually

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Subject: RE: Golden-winged Warbler--Butterfly Woods/Larimer
From: markchavez AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 01:14:13 +0000 (UTC)
 This morning, I woke up early and headed over to Crow Valley Campground. When 
I got there I was greeted with a sign that said, " Road Closed. No Camping or 
Walk-ins". My mood changed when I read a post from John Shenot that he found a 
Golden-winged Warbler in Butterfly Woods. I thought my chances were slim since 
almost two hours had passed since the sighting. As I got out of the car, I ran 
into John who gave me directions to the area. Thanks to John for finding this 
great bird! It didn't take long before hearing the bird's secondary call over 
the roaring river. A few minutes later I got great looks at this beautiful 
bird! Before leaving, we(Loch Kilpatrick and Glen Walbek) were able to locate 
the female Black-throated Gray Warbler and a Northern Waterthrush. Before the 
downpour I tried my luck at Lee Martinez Park. I only got 10 minutes before the 
downpour but got 2 Broad-winged Hawks in the woods and 2 flyover Sandhill 
Cranes. Photos of the Golden-winged and Black-throated Gray can be seen below: 

 
http://jaeger29.smugmug.com/BIRDS/RARE-AND-UNCOMMON-2015/i-5RPgKTH
 
 
 Before going home I decided to bird a sunny Welchester Tree Park. The park was 
extremely birdy with the highlight being a Blue-headed Vireo. Migrants seen 
were: 

 
     10 Western Tanagers
       1 Western Wood Peewe
       3 Dusky Flycatchers
       2 Least Flycatchers
       1 Blue-headed Vireo
       3 Plumbeous Vireo
       2 Warbling Vireo
       1 Macgillvray's Warbler
       1 Blue-winged Warbler
       3 Wilson's Warbler
       1 Orange-crowned Warbler
       1 Audubon's warbler
       5 Yellow Warbler
       1 Black-headed Grosbeak
       2 Clay-colored Sparrow
       2 Lazuli Bunting
  
 
 

Mark ChavezLakewood-Green Mtnhttp://jaeger29.smugmug.com/

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Subject: Winter Wren, Moraine Park, Rocky Mtn. Nat. Park, Larimer Co. 5/23
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:27:56 -0500 (CDT)
 We are enjoying a nice visit in the Estes Park area in Larimer County. This 
afternoon we drove slowly through Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park 
watching and listening for birds. We spotted a small, stub-tailed wren at the 
base of a bush right by the road. It was a very pale gray brown over all, with 
a very light throat and pale barring on the belly. We concluded it was a Winter 
Wren. 



Other expected birds included active Mountain Bluebirds, a female Western 
Bluebird bathing in a natural bird bath in the hollow of a rock right by the 
road, a singing Savannah Sparrow, Vesper, Chipping, and Brewer's Sparrows, and 
Brewer's Blackbird. 



Looking forward to a break in the rainy weather.


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, Maryland

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Subject: RMBO Chatfield Banding Report, 5/23/15
From: meredith <meredithmcburney AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 16:56:15 -0700 (PDT)
Nice morning of banding, with lots of human visitors - everyone thrilled to 
see the sun for the first time in days!  We were only able to open part of 
the station plus the Nature Center because of water issues, but still 
managed to capture 31 new birds for the season:

Least Flycatcher 1 (FOS)
Dusky Flycatcher 3
Gray Catbird 6
Yellow Warbler 1 new, 1 banded 2014
MacGillivray's Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Wilson's Warbler 2
Western Tanager 1
Green-tailed Towhee 1
Mountain White-crowned Sparrow 6
Lazuli Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 4

We are open daily, weather permitting, through the end of May, from about 
7:30 - 11 a.m.

Meredith McBurney
Bander, Chatfield Banding Station
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

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Subject: Re: CPER Nest Monitoring: Wk. 1
From: Amber Carver <caramb22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:16:49 -0600
Sorry, I assumed the CPER was a well-known spot.  It's in Weld County, 10
minutes north of Nunn, just off Hwy 85.  Let me know if you'd like a more
precise description.  It's about 45 minutes northeast of Ft. Collins and
1.5 hrs north of Denver proper.

-Amber Carver
Littleton, CO

On Sat, May 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM, David Suddjian 
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Thank you for the interesting report. But it does not give a clue as to
> where this is.
>
> Thanks,
>
> David
>
> On Sat, May 23, 2015 at 5:26 AM, Amber Carver  wrote:
>
>> Hi, All!
>>
>> The Central Plains Experimental Range nest monitoring field season got
>> off to a slow start this week.  There are tons of birds around, but we
>> weren't able to work outside most days due to rain.  On the days that we
>> did get out (Monday and Thursday), we covered a lot of ground but found few
>> nests.  This is not for lack of breeding birds.  There are plenty of
>> McCown's Longspurs around that have evidently staked out territories, but
>> we did not find many of their nests.  Either they have not built them yet,
>> or the females are spending more time off the nest than usual due to the
>> cold.  The Horned Larks breed early and appear to be between nesting
>> efforts.  We saw many recent fledglings and found few active nests.  The
>> Lark Buntings are still in gregarious mode and have not settled down to
>> establish territories yet.  Interestingly, there were some unusual birds
>> about.  We had a Rock Wren on the back porch of the field house, far from
>> any rocky terrain.  There were large flocks of Chipping Sparrows and Lark
>> Sparrows, with at least one Vesper Sparrow and one Clay-colored Sparrow
>> mixed in.  We encountered four Northern Shovelers and one American Coot on
>> a small ephemeral pond in one of the pastures.  My favorite bird of the
>> week was a male Blue Grosbeak, which was perched on a barbed wire fence in
>> the midst of a flock of Lark Buntings and other sparrows.  Our new nest
>> tally for the week is:
>>
>> McCown's Longspur: 6
>> Horned Lark: 3
>> Lark Bunting: 1 (still building)
>> Brewer's Sparrow: 1
>>
>> Let me know if you want to volunteer!
>>
>> -Amber Carver
>> University of Colorado Denver
>> (Littleton, CO)
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Subject: Pueblo birding 5/23
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:15:10 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
I helped with the DFO Field Trip today around Pueblo, I ended with 92 species 
of birds, though I started at 630am, the group appeared around 800am.  We also 
saw a Tiger Salamander in Pueblo City Park. 

Bird Highlights:
Pueblo City Park:Blackpoll Warbler - 1 maleRed-headed Woodpecker - 1 adultGreen 
Heron - 2Mississippi Kite - 2Olive-sided Flycatcher - 1Cordilleran Flycatcher - 
1Black-chinned Hummingbird on a nestPygmy and Red-breasted NuthatchesMountain 
Chickadees 

Below Pueblo Reservoir dam, mostly Rock Canyon:American Redstart - 1 femaleBlue 
Grosbeak - 1 maleChimney Swift - 1all the normal six species of swallows 

Cattail Crossing Pond in Pueblo West:Peregrine Falcon - 1White-winged Dove - 
1Dusky Flycatcher - 1lots of Great-tailed Grackleadult and baby American Coots 


Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: re: Common Poorwill calling - Ft. Collins, Larimer Co.
From: "Karl Stecher Jr." <kstecher AT idcomm.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 14:59:11 -0600
Larry, on a very foggy May 26 night in the mid to late 1970s, I lived in 
Denver at 200 South Cherry, in the Hilltop neighborhood.  I heard a 
poorwill which I then saw sitting (and calling) on the roof across the 
street (north) from my house.  I would have to look up the exact year.
  
 Karl
  
 Karl Stecher
 Centennial/Arapahoe
  
  
  

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To: "cobirds AT googlegroups.com" 
Subject: [cobirds] Common Poorwill calling - Ft. Collins, Larimer Co.   
Hi Cobirders,

Last night just before dark I heard the unmistakable call of a Common
Poorwill for a few minutes at my home in SE Ft. Collins. It was so close
and loud, we first heard it inside the house! Although I've
seen/photographed them here before, this was the first time I've heard
one calling out of its normal breeding range - a real treat. Here is a
link to a 2005 photo (from the CFO website/ Birding Resources/Links to
Information for Birders/ Colorado Bird Photos by various photographers -
courtesy of Rachel Hopper) .

http://www.pbase.com/rhopper/image/90986266

Larry Griffin
Ft. Collins

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Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler at Cherry Creek SP - Arapahoe
From: Lois Levinson <ltlevinson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:44:22 -0600
I got some good looks at a male Chestnut-sided Warbler around 10 am in
CCSP, south of the Lake Loop, between the bike path and the lake, flitting
around in the Cottonwoods. Thanks to Doug and Mike for directing me to the
bird.

Lois Levinson
Greenwood Village

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Subject: Great Crested Flycatcher (Larimer)
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:27:42 -0600
Just now at Lions Park, between parking lot and school football field (Laporte, 
CO). This is adjacent to Butterfly Woods 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler - Butterfly Woods (Larimer)
From: John Shenot <johnshenot AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:17:13 -0700 (PDT)
This is a Fort Collins Natural Area. Park at Larimer County Lions Park on 
Overland Trail. Follow bike path down river and across river on foot bridge to 
Butterfly Woods. 


John Shenot
Fort Collins, CO

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Subject: Common Poorwill calling - Ft. Collins, Larimer Co.
From: Larry Griffin <orchbird46 AT frii.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 11:02:33 -0600
Hi Cobirders,

Last night just before dark I heard the unmistakable call of a Common 
Poorwill for a few minutes at my home in SE Ft. Collins. It was so close 
and loud, we first heard it inside the house! Although I've 
seen/photographed them here before, this was the first time I've heard 
one calling out of its normal breeding range - a real treat. Here is a 
link to a 2005 photo (from the CFO website/ Birding Resources/Links to 
Information for Birders/ Colorado Bird Photos by various photographers - 
courtesy of Rachel Hopper) .

http://www.pbase.com/rhopper/image/90986266

Larry Griffin
Ft. Collins

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Subject: Ovenbird/Blackpoll Warbler/Larimer
From: Rob Sparks <robsparks AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 08:43:27 -0700 (PDT)

This morning I went birding along the Lee Martinez and Poudre Bike trail 
junction heading west. At the junction I had a Broad-winged Hawk calling 
and another one about 100 feet west of there.  The second BWHA individual 
seemed to have a squirrel but flew off as a Blue Jay harassed it. 

At the same spot I had a Blackpoll Warbler and an Ovenbird.  Gray Catbirds, 
Warbling Vireos were abundant with a few Swainson’s Thrushes.  There were 
also  two Lincoln’s Sparrows and a Willow or Alder Flycatcher with bad 
looks and no vocalization I am unsure of the flycatcher id.

Good Birding
Rob Sparks
Old Town
Fort Collins

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler - Butterfly Woods (Larimer)
From: John Shenot <johnshenot AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 08:28:07 -0700 (PDT)
I found this bird at butterfly woods at the south end of the bridge. 
Photographed by cole wild. Approximately nine am. 


John Shenot
Fort Collins, CO

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Subject: CPER Nest Monitoring: Wk. 1
From: Amber Carver <caramb22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 05:26:05 -0600
Hi, All!

The Central Plains Experimental Range nest monitoring field season got off
to a slow start this week.  There are tons of birds around, but we weren't
able to work outside most days due to rain.  On the days that we did get
out (Monday and Thursday), we covered a lot of ground but found few nests.
This is not for lack of breeding birds.  There are plenty of McCown's
Longspurs around that have evidently staked out territories, but we did not
find many of their nests.  Either they have not built them yet, or the
females are spending more time off the nest than usual due to the cold.
The Horned Larks breed early and appear to be between nesting efforts.  We
saw many recent fledglings and found few active nests.  The Lark Buntings
are still in gregarious mode and have not settled down to establish
territories yet.  Interestingly, there were some unusual birds about.  We
had a Rock Wren on the back porch of the field house, far from any rocky
terrain.  There were large flocks of Chipping Sparrows and Lark Sparrows,
with at least one Vesper Sparrow and one Clay-colored Sparrow mixed in.  We
encountered four Northern Shovelers and one American Coot on a small
ephemeral pond in one of the pastures.  My favorite bird of the week was a
male Blue Grosbeak, which was perched on a barbed wire fence in the midst
of a flock of Lark Buntings and other sparrows.  Our new nest tally for the
week is:

McCown's Longspur: 6
Horned Lark: 3
Lark Bunting: 1 (still building)
Brewer's Sparrow: 1

Let me know if you want to volunteer!

-Amber Carver
University of Colorado Denver
(Littleton, CO)

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 May 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 04:30:32 -0600
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
Date: May 23, 2015
E-mail:   rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Saturday, May 23 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Green Heron (Rio Grande)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (Baca)
Broad-winged Hawk (Baca, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Larimer,
Sedgwick, Weld, Yuma)
Upland Sandpiper (Boulder, Elbert, Larimer)
Laughing Gull (Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Morgan)
Caspian Tern (Morgan, Weld)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Weld)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Elbert, Larimer, Prowers, Weld, Yuma)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (El Paso, *Larimer)
ALDER FLYCATCHER (Kiowa, Yuma)
Least Flycatcher (Arapahoe, *Boulder, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan)
Gray Flycatcher (*Boulder, Larimer, Logan, Mesa, Weld)
Black Phoebe (Mesa, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Fremont, Logan)
Great Crested Flycatcher (*Larimer, Weld)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Baca, El Paso)
Yellow-throated Vireo (*Jefferson, *Larimer, Weld)
Blue-headed Vireo (Jefferson)
Bewick's Wren (Boulder)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Weld)
Wood Thrush (El Paso (CB))
Curve-billed Thrasher (Delta, Pueblo)
Lapland Longspur  (Prowers)
McCown's Longspur (Elbert)
Worm-eating Warbler (El Paso, Larimer, Washington)
Golden-winged Warbler (Fremont, Kit Carson)
Blue-winged Warbler (Jefferson)
BREWSTER'S WARBLER (Larimer)
Prothonotary Warbler (Prowers)
LUCY'S WARBLER (La Plata, Weld)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Fremont, *Larimer)
MOURNING WARBLER (El Paso (CB), Larimer)
Hooded Warbler (Elbert)
Magnolia Warbler (Boulder, Washington)
Blackburnian Warbler (*Archuleta)
Palm Warbler (Elbert, Morgan)
Pine Warbler (Adams)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
Field Sparrow (Boulder)
Summer Tanager (Elbert, El Paso, Phillips)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Painted  Bunting (Baca)
Baltimore Oriole (Boulder, El Paso, Logan)
PURPLE FINCH (Lincoln)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A Pine Warbler was reported by Christoper Rustay at Barr Lake SP on the
RMBO side below the dam on May 20.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Cheryl Teuton in trees behind Swim
Beach at Cherry Creek SP on May 19.

ARCHULETA COUNTY:
--A Blackburnian Warlber was reported by Jim Beatty at Windsurf Beach in
Cottonwood at a Watchable Wildlife area acrss bridge and east of former
railroad bed on May 21.

BACA COUNTY:
--At Cottonwood Canyon on May 18, Mlodinow reported RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 4
Broad-winged Hawks, 10 Canyon Towhees, and 3 Painted Buntings.
--On May 18, Mlodinow reported Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Walsh.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Bewick's Wren was reported by Ted Floyd at the SW corner of Teller Lake
#5 on May 16.
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Kent Forward at Teller Farm and Lakes
on May 16.
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported migrating over Greenlee Preserve in
Lafayette by Ted Floyd on May 18.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Paula Hansley at Hodgson-Harris
Reservoir in Superior on May 17.
--A m Magnolia Warbler was reported by Thomas Heinrich along Boulder Creek
below CU/Folsom Stadium on May 19.  On May 20, Curt Brown reported Magnolia
Warbler along Boulder Creek.
--Gray and Least Flycatchers were reported by Ted Floyd at Greenlee
Preserve in Lafayette on May 19.
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Kaempfer at Smith Park in Boulder on
May 20.  Smith Park is at Gilbert/5th and Aurora.
--On May 21, Ron Bolton reported Gray Flycatcher continues at Ryssby Church
in NE region.
--A Field Sparrow was reported by David Dowell on Skunk Canyon Trails in
Boulder on May 21.
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Hundertmark at Teller Farm and Lakes on
May 22.
--At Greenlee Preserve in Lafayette, Ted Floyd reported Least Flycatcher on
May 18 - 22, and Gray Flycatcher on May 19 - 20.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Ray Sperger on Left Hand Creek in
Longmont between Hoover and Sunset on NW side of creek on May 18.

DELTA COUNTY:
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Robinsong along the Uncompaghre
River in Confluence Park on May 14.

ELBERT COUNTY:
--On May 18, Suddjian reported Red-headed Woodpecker and Summer Tanager on
CR 149 S of Matheson.
--On CR 197 S SE of Matheson Suddjian reported flyover Upland sandpiper, 2
McCown's Longspurs, Hood Warbler, and Palm Warbler on May 18.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Tyler Stuart at the NW corner of
Sinton Pond in Colorado Springs on May 12.  On May 13, Dan String reported
Baltimore Oriole at NW corner of Sinton Park Pond and on the s side an ad
Worm-eating Warbler.  On May 14, David Tonnessen reported Baltimore Oriole
at Sinton Pond and Robb Hinds reported Worm-eating Warbler at Sinton Pond.
On May 15, Robb Hinds and Mark Chavez reported Baltimore Oriole continues
at Sinton Pond.  On May 16, Jessop and Gonzalez reported Balitmore Oriole
at Sinton Pond.  On May 17, Drummond and Tonnessen reported Baltimore
Oriole at Sinton Pond.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Aaron Driscoll at Clear
Springs ranch on May 14.  Directions:  Take exit 123 off I-25.
Go to east side of Hwy, cross RR tracks and turn left.  The bird was
sitting on fence west side of alfalfa field.
--A molting male Summer Tanager was found by Dan Carragher at Fountain
Creek RP on May 17.
--A Least Flycatcher was banded by Steve Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on
May 18.
--An EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was reported by Bill Maynard at Rice's Pond at
Fountain Creek Regional Park on May 19.

EL PASO/PUEBLO COUNTIES (CB):
--On May 20, John Drummond reported Wood Thrush and MOURNING WARBLER near
banding station.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On the McKenzie Section of the Canon City Riverwalk on May 16, Robb Hinds
reported Golden-winged Warbler and Broad-winged Hawk.  On May 21, Percival
reported f Golden-winged Wabler near the Sells parking lot of Canon City
Riverwalk.
--On May 21, Percival reported 2 Eastern Phoebe and Broad-winged Hawk on
Canon City Riverwalk between Raynolds Ave and Sells Ave.
--A m Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Setta Moss at Pathfinder Park
on May 20.  Pathfinder Park is off Hwy 115 between Canon City and
Florence.  On May 21, Percival reported Chestnut-sided Warbler at
Pathfinder Park.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Polly Neldner at Lathrop SP on May 21.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Scot Somershoe at Chatfield on May 16.
--On May 13, Mark Chavez reported that the male Blue-winged Warbler has
returned to Welchester Tree Grant Park and was
eventually seen in the eastern section of the park where it was seen last
year.  On May 14, Alec Hopping reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On May 15, Robert Martinez reported Blue-winged Warbler
and 3 Yellow-throated Vireos at Welchester Tree Grant Park.  ON May 16,
Gent reported that the Blue-winged Warbler continues at Welchester Tree
Grant Park.
On May 17, Shoup and Lutomski reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On May 18, Yusuff and Chavez reported Blue-winged Warbler
at Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On May 19, Mark Obmascik reported
Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On May 20, Mark Chavez
reported that the Blue-winged Warbler continues at Welchester Tree Grant
Park.  On May 21, George Mayfield reported Blue-winged Warbler and Matt
Clark reported Blue-headed  Vireo at Welchester Tree Grant Park.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Suddjian at Hildebrand Ranch on May 18.
--On May 22, Lock Kilpatrick reported Yellow-throated Vireo upstream of
Kingfisher Bridge and Suddjian reported Yellow-throated Vireo at Deer Creek
at Chatfield SP.

KIOWA COUNTY:
--On May 20 in Eads, Mlodinow reported Broad-winged Hawk and ALDER
FLYCATCHER.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Gaede and Peterson at Fairview
Cememtery on May 16.
--A Golden-winged Warbler was reported by Gaede and Peterson at Flager
Reservoir SWA on May 16.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARRBLER was refound by Susan Allerton on May 21 on the Las
Animas River Trail in Durango where it was seen about 2 weeks ago.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Lori Zabel at the Environmental
Learning Center in Fort Collins on May 14.
--2 imm Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Nick Komar at the
Larimer County Landfill on May 16.
--A f Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Leatherman at Prospect
Ponds/Environmental Learning Center at the NE corner of southern most pond
along Sharp Point on May 17.  A Broad-winged Hawks fly over was reported by
David Wade in the N section of ELC on May 17.
--On May 18, Sean Walters reported an Upland Sandpiper flying over his yard
near Taft and US 287.
--On May 19, David Wade reported Worm-eating Warbler and Gray Flycatcher at
McMurry Ponds NA.  McMurry Ponds is on Hemock St off of N College Ave. in
Fort Collins.  On May 19, Dave Leatherman found a m MOURNING WARBLER at
McMurry Ponds NA.  On May 20, many birders reported Worm-eating and
MOURNING Warblers at McMurry Ponds NA.  On May 21, Ken Pals reported that
the MOURNING WARBLER continues at McMurry NA.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Josh Burening at Lee Martinez Park on
May 18.
--A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported by Bill Blackburn on a wooden fence
on S side of CR 38E near where Trowbridge Dr comes in below Horsetooth
Reservoir and W of S Taft Hill Road in Fort Collins on May 19.
--A Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by Sue Riffe at McMurry Ponds NA on
May 20.
--A Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by Sue Riffe at Poudre Ponds NA near
river edge between two parking areas on May 20.
--On May 20 at Boyd Lake SP, Nick Komar reported 3 imm Lesser Black-backed
Gulls and 1 ad Laughing Gull.
--At Prospect Ponds on May 21, Leatherman reported 2 Least Flycatchers.
--A BREWSTER'S WARBLER was reported by Sean Walters in his yard on May 21.
If you would like to try for the bird contact Sean at waltersintherockies
AT gmail.com.  On May 22, Sean Walters reported Chestnut-sided Warbler and
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE in his yard in Loveland.  Contact him at
waltersintherockies AT gmail.com if you would like to try for the birds.
--At Lions Open Space in Fort Collins, Ken Pals reported Least Flycatcher.
--A Great Crested Flycatcher was repored by Brad Biggerstaff between Lions
Open Space and Butterfly Woods Open Space in Fort Collins on May 22.
--A Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by Nick Komar in Lion's/Butterfly
Woods Open Space on May 22.
--A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported by John Shenot behind the brown
house near bend in Poudre Trail S of river at Butterfly Woods Open Space on
May 22.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--A Field Sparrow and PURPLE FINCH were reported by Glenn Walbek on CR 27
on May 11.  On May 14, Walbek reported PURPLE FINCH on CR 27.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Joey Kellner at Prewitt on May 16.
--At Pioneer Park on W side of Sterling on May 20, Leatherman reported 10+
Least Flycatchers.
--At Sterling Cemetery on May 20, Leatherman reported m Baltimore Oriole
and 2 Least Flycatchers
--On CR 8 at Platte S of Merino on May 20, Leatherman reported 2 Eastern
Phoebe.

MESA COUNTY:
--Black Phoebes were reported by Lee Stigen on the Auduon Trail in Grand
Junction downstream from Redlands Power and Water Station on May 17.
--Henwood reported a Gray Flycatcher carrying nesting material in No
Thoroughfare Canyon in Colorado National Monument on May 18.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Palm Warbler was reported by Alec Hopping at Jackson Lake SP on May
15.  On May 17, David Dowell reported Palm Warbler at the campground of
Jackson Lake SP.
--At Jackson Lake SP east of the dam, David Dowell reported 3 Caspian Terns
and Lesser Black-backed Gull on May 17.

PHILLIPS COUNTY:
--A Summer Tanager was reported by Nathan Pieplow at Haxtun City Park on
May 15.

PROWERS COUNTY:
Lamar Community College Woods (LCCW)
--A Prothonotary Warbler was reported by Jeannie Mitchell at LCCW on May 14.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--A Green Heron was reported by Rawinski at Home Lake SWA on May 18.  It
was in the canal N of Home Lake.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Hopping and Dowell in Ovid on May 16.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--A Worm-eating Warbler and Broad-winged Hawk were reported by David Dowell
at Prewitt on May 17.  The warbler was just east of below dam parking and
caretaker's house.
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Erthal at Akron Golf Course on May 20.

WELD COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARBLER was reported by Leatherman at the Eaton Cemetery on May
10.  On May 12, Leatherman reported that the LUCY'S WARBLER continues at
Eaton Cemetery.  On May 12, Nick Komar reported that the LUCY'S WARBLER was
at Eaton Cemetery before nightfall with a flyover Broad-winged Hawk and
probable LESSER NIGHTHAWK.  ON May 13, Sue Riffe and several others
reported LUCY'S WARBLER at Eaton Cemetery.  On May 14, Nils Warnock
reported LUCY'S WARBLER at Eaton Cemetery.
--At Crow Valley on May 16, Josh Bruening reported Yellow-throated Vireo at
the east end of the park, Red-headed Woodpecker on a telephone pole near
parking lot bordering CR 77 and Gray Flycatcher.  At Crow Vally on May 18,
Sue Riffe reported Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, and
Gray-cheeked Thrush.  On May 20, Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by
David Dowell and Norm Erthal at Crow Valley.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Judith Henderson at Lower Latham on May 16.

YUMA COUNTY:
--An ALDER FLYCATCHER was reported by Hopping in Laird on May 16.
--2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS were reported by Mlodinow att Hale Ponds on May 21.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Mlodinow at Republica SWA e of Hale
on May 21.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, May 23 will be to Pueblo Area led by Ira
and Tammy Sanders (zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com; 303-278-7172).  Meet the
leaders at 0600 at SW corner of Safeway parking lot at NE corner of
Yosemite and Cinoln Ave in Lone Tree about mile west of I-25.  Park away
from the store.
  State Parks pass required.  Bring lunch snacks, water, and sunblock.
Will be birding Pueblo City Park, Valco Ponds, and other areas at the
leader's discretion.  Beet at 0600 and leaving no later than 0615.  Be
prepared to carpool.  This is a comanion trip to May cay Burger's Canyon
City trip on Sunday May 24.  If you are planning on joining Mary Cay, you
may want to make motel reservations in Pueblo or canyon City  Please
register online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, May 24 will be to Canon City led by Mary Cay
Burger (mcburger3 AT juno.com; 303-771-3431).  Meet at McDonalds restaurant
 at 0800, 2306 Fremont Drive, Canon City.  This is on the north frontage
road along Hwy 50 as you drive into town.  Will have restroom stop there.
Be ready to leave McDonalds by 0830.  Full day will end about 1600.  Pack a
unch, snacks, plenty of water, and sunscreen.  No parks pass required.
This is a companion trip to Ira and Tammy Sander's trip to Pueblo on May
23.  If you sign up for both trips, please make motel arrangements in
either Canon City or Pueblo.  On May 23-24, Mary Cay Burger may be reached
on her cell phone: 720-940-8394.  Please register online or contact leader
to register.  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Monday, May 25 will be to Mt Falcon Park led by
Karen Drozda (drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-388-0891).  Meet leader at upper
parking lot of west side of Mount Falcon Park at 0700.  From C-470 and US
285 SOuth, turn right at the Indian Hill exit to Parmalee Gulch Road.
Follow Parmalee Gulch Road for aproximately 2.6 miles to Picturis Road,
turn right at Picturis, then follow signs for Mt Falcon to upper parking
area.  Much of trip is in sun.  Bring hat, sunscreen, bug spray, lots of
water, hearty snacks, binoculars, Scope (Optional).  Great photo
opportunities.  Possible inclement weather.  Bring layers and rain gear.
Please register online or call leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: From Eastern Bluebirds to Western Tanagers today at Pathfinder Park east of Canon City
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 23:46:27 -0600
The sky apparently cleared enough for many of the neotropical migrants
present in the Canon City area yesterday to continue their migration as
Canon City Riverwalk near Sell's Lake was pretty quiet this morning with no
sign of the many warblers Brandon found yesterday.  However Pathfinder Park
was still quite active:  2 Eastern Bluebirds by the entry road; at least
one remaining Olive-sided Flycatcher, several remaining Wood-pewees (now
most singing and identifiable as Western Wood-pewees); Eastern, Western and
Cassin's Kingbird; an Ash-throated Flycatcher; a few Yellow-rumped and
Yellow Warblers, and the sound of a Canyon Wren calling from the cliffs
across the river resonating through the area.  I have uploaded pics of the
Eastern Bluebirds and a Western Tanager to my Birds and Nature blog.


And I believe I saw the odd empid reported by Brandon Percival
yesterday--it was above me but sure looked to have a yellow throat but
could not from my view see other features. And it was in same area he saw
it in.  Hmmm.

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

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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker - Poudre Trail/Butterfly Woods (LARIMER)
From: John Shenot <johnshenot AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 21:10:25 -0700 (PDT)
I tried and failed to refind the Great-crested Flycatcher reported by 
Biggerstaff, and missed all the rare birds reported by Edwards and by Komar at 
Lions Park. My consolation prize was a Red-headed Woodpecker, behind the brown 
house near the bend in the Poudre Trail south of the river at Butterfly Woods. 
Same property also had a Wild Turkey. 


John Shenot
Fort Collins, CO

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Subject: Yet another Yellow-throated Vireo (Larimer(
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 21:45:09 -0600
After work, I bee-lined for Lion's Park/Butterfly Woods Natural Area in 
northwest Fort Collins (just south of Laporte) hoping to add myself to a Great 
Crested Flycatcher's Larimer County life list 😉, but we failed to find each 
other. Instead I found a raging Cache La Poudre River, some friendly birders, 
and a decent variety of other birds (45 species). Highlights among migrants 
were: 

Yellow-throated Vireo (singing from trees along the Overland Trail road)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (originally reported yesterday by Libby Edwards)
American Redstart - female (possibly territorial)
Olive-sided Flycatcher

Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: RE: Yard Bird #50. Virginia's warbler - Longmont
From: Dave Hyde <pink-beam AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 22:04:25 -0500
The excitement is continuous in my yard! Unable to get out in the field much 
I've been paying closer attention to the birds at home and have added three 
more to my yard list this week! First a Swainson's thrush (#51), then next day 
as I was pointing out to Patti through the window where I spotted the 
Swainson's thrush on my neighbor's fence, a little grey, olive and yellow 
warbler with broken eye-ring popped up not more that 5 feet from me through the 
window. A MacGillivray's warbler! (#52) Spurred into activity by this fine spot 
I actually went outside near dusk and heard something that sounded like a robin 
but was not. It took me a half hour to glimpse this bird high in a tree in the 
gloom: orange belly, pale tail, large white patch on dark wing! A Bullock's 
oriole! And earlier in the day I'd counted six Chipping sparrows (but I'd 
spotted them at home last year)... So, up to Yard Bird #53 now. Wish the sun 
would come out, though... Happy birding to all - Dave Hyde/Longmont near the 
cemetery 


Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 15:06:24 -0600
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Yard Bird #50. Virginia's warbler - Longmont
From: sheflew AT gmail.com
To: pink-beam AT hotmail.com

Congrats Dave!Sue Riffe LyonsSue Riffe

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 10:32 AM, Dave Hyde  wrote:



Saturday morning I spotted a Virginia's warbler from my yard in the middle of 
Longmont! Bird #50 in 2 1/2 years. Love this rainy weather - Dave Hyde/Longmont 
near the cemetary 






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Subject: Video clip of Olive-sided Flycatcher singing and calling multiple times
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:47:33 -0600
I forgot it takes longer to process video clips on Vimeo so just got the
two video clips uploaded.  The first one is of one of more than 12
Olive-sided Flycatchers I have seen in the past 3 days while rainy and
overcast weather conditions brought this and other neotropical migrants
down and effectively grounded them here (apparently it cleared up overnight
as most have moved on). While I heard the 'quick 3 beers/free beer' song
from several of these flycatchers this one sang it's 'free beer' song and
gave it's 'pip,pip,pip' call frequently that I picked up in this short
video clip. Interestingly 'Birds of North America' online indicates they
sing when they get to their breeding territory and that their song is
'occasionally heard during non-breeding season'.   I also have a second
video clip without vocalizations but very close views of this bird as it
checks out it's surroundings in search of food and several still pics.  I
certainly enjoyed finding and observing so many of these birds as they are
listed as apriority species for conservation on Partners in Flight National
Watch List

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

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Subject: Big Day Results San Luis Valley
From: <cougar AT gojade.org>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:06:41 -0600
A cool and somewhat breezy day made for some challenging birding today in the 
San Luis Valley. Lisa Clements, Jerry Poe and I started before dawn and had a 
fun and full day. Best birds were: 


American Redstart (only 3rd spring record for our area) (Cat Creek, Conejos 
County) 

Great Egret (At Russell Lakes, Saguache Cty)
Peregrine Falcon (MVNWR, Rio Grande County)
Black Terns (Smith Reservoir, Costilla County)
Wood Duck (Home Lake SWA, Rio Grande Cty)

Overall we felt that bird numbers and varieties were way down from previous 
years for this time period. 


John Rawinski
Monte Vista CO

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Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler and Eastern Wood-Pewee, Loveland, Larimer
From: Sean Walters <waltersintherockies AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:37:56 -0600
Hello CoBirders,

Late this morning, I was unable to relocate the Chestnut-sided Warbler when I 
looked. However, this evening, the bird was relocated (with the help of a few 
other birders). It was in almost the exact same little area it was this morning 
except that it was very high in some trees. Also of note, an Eastern Wood-Pewee 
was first heard singing and then seen just a few hundred feet south of where 
the Chestnut-sided was seen. 


Go birding!
Sean Walters
Loveland, CO


> On May 22, 2015, at 10:53 AM, Sean Walters  
wrote: 

> 
> Hello All, 
> 
> Looking at an adult male Chestnut-sided Warbler along our canal right now. 
Same spot as the Brewster's yesterday. So far, no sign of the Brewster's, but 
it was very active yesterday and difficult to find and follow. As always, if 
interested, anyone is more than welcome to come by. Just email for directions. 

> 
> Sean Walters
> Loveland, CO
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Subject: Greenlee Preserve, May 18-22
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 18:32:46 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, Birders.

No real rarities this past week at Greenlee Preserve, Boulder County, but 
plenty of turnover on a daily basis. Here's a summary:

Mon., May 18. 1 upland sandpiper, 1 least flycatcher, 1 eastern warbling 
vireo, 1 bushtit, 4 myrtle warblers, 5 Audubon warblers, 1 lazigo bunting.

Tues., May 19. 1 least flycatcher, 1 gray flycatcher, 4 dusky flycatchers 1 
Swainson thrush, 1 northern waterthrush, 1 orange-crowned warbler, 3 myrtle 
warblers, 5 Audubon warblers.

Wed., May 20. 1 osprey, 1 Cooper hawk, 2 bald eagles, 1 least flycatcher, 1 
gray flycatcher, 3 dusky flycatchers, 1 western warbling vireo, 7 bushtits 
(family group with recently fledged young), 2 Swainson thrushes, 5 myrtle 
warblers, 5 Audubon warblers, 3 clay-colored sparrows, 1 Lincoln sparrow, 1 
white-crowned sparrow, 2 western tanagers, 3 pine siskins.

Thur., May 21. 1 broad-tailed hummingbird, 1 least flycatcher, 3 dusky 
flycatchers, 2 western warbling vireos, 2 bushtits, 2 Swainson thrushes, 1 
northern waterthrush, 4 myrtle warblers, 4 Audubon warblers, 2 Wilson 
warblers, 1 Lincoln sparrow, 1 lazigo bunting.

Fri., May 22. 2 black-chinned hummingbirds, 1 broad-tailed hummingbird, 1 
least flycatcher, 3 dusky flycatchers, 1 western warbling vireo, 1 Swainson 
thrush, 1 American pipit, 2 Audubon warblers, 2 clay-colored sparrows, 1 
lazigo bunting.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County

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Subject: Lazuli bunting, backyard, Colorado Springs
From: David Chartier <drchartier AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 22:41:20 +0000
Yet another new yardbird this year: lazuli bunting. Amazing year for a yard in 
the middle of residential Colorado Springs. 

 
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Subject: Great Crested Flycatcher, Larimer County
From: Brad Biggerstaff <eyepatchtattoo AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 16:00:56 -0600
Between Lions Open Space and Butterfly Woods Open space in northwest Fort
Collins, where Overland Trail crosses the Poudre River, there is a nice,
long bike path bridge over the river.  Where the bridge enters the woods on
the south bank, near Butterfly Woods Open Space, I saw a Great Crested
Flycatcher between noon and 1:00 today.

Most unfortunately, the bird was silent.

I have posted photos at

https://plus.google.com/photos/105742165113837247842/albums/6151780032505422801

and welcome comments.

Brad Biggerstaff
Fort Collins

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Subject: Re: Black Tern, Boulder county
From: cbrown1902act AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 14:04:50 -0700 (PDT)
Wow, what a show --- thanks for sharing this!   At 2:30 PM we saw the 7 
terns with accompanying swallows.  Then watched a very dramatic swarm of 
many hundreds of swallows drifting north, really filling the sky from just 
overhead to hundreds of feet in altitude. 

Curt Brown, 
Boulder CO

On Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:21:13 PM UTC-6, mblackford wrote:
>
> There are currently (May 22nd, 1:00pm) approximately 7 black terns at 
>  Sombrero marsh in Boulder County.   They are flying with about 150 
> swallows, predominantly over the south west corner of the pond.  They 
> occasionally land on PVC pipe that sticks up from the pond (closer to south 
> end) 
>
> Sombrero Marsh is one block south of Arapahoe & 63rd St in Boulder.   
>  Turn south from Arapahoe St on 63rd St. 
>
> Maureen Blackford 
> Boulder County

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Subject: flight calls & flock habits, N. Boulder Cnty
From: Linda Andes-Georges <andesgeorges AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:58:47 -0600
Hi folks--

I'm looking for some information on an occurrence that I noticed this morning 
while transecting in a closed County property. 


I had been hearing Hermit Thrushes (singing, which is easy for me) and Spotted 
Sandpipers, all stationary. But just as I began trudging back to my car 
(thoroughly drenched, and tired of carrying scope with its gerry-rigged plastic 
bag protections), I saw a flock of about 20 birds, widely spaced, fly over me 
uttering a few scattered cries that I did NOT recognize. The light was 
terrible, and I had on a noisy nylon hood. Excuses aside, I could not decide if 
these were more Spotties or the Swainson's thrushes that others have seen in 
such numbers the past couple of days. 


I've listened to a number of recordings, and lean toward the SPSAs.

Any comments? Do either or both species flock this way? They were headed east, 
downriver, exactly toward where Scott S was about to report big numbers of the 
SWTH. 


I'd like to learn something from this puzzlement.

Linda Andes-Georges
Central Boulder County

PS joining all the other FOS reports, I had my FOS-Colorado Dusky flycatcher 
today. Most others have been previously reported by others. 


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Subject: Black Tern, Boulder county
From: Maureen Blackford <mblackford AT nednet.net>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:21:03 -0600
There are currently (May 22nd, 1:00pm) approximately 7 black terns at Sombrero 
marsh in Boulder County. They are flying with about 150 swallows, predominantly 
over the south west corner of the pond. They occasionally land on PVC pipe that 
sticks up from the pond (closer to south end) 


Sombrero Marsh is one block south of Arapahoe & 63rd St in Boulder. Turn south 
from Arapahoe St on 63rd St. 


Maureen Blackford
Boulder County

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Subject: Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Loveland, Larimer
From: Maureen Blackford <mblackford AT nednet.net>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:10:38 -0600
Apologies.    In reading this, I accidentally sent it out 

Maureen Blackford 
Boulder County

On May 22, 2015, at 1:08 PM, Maureen Blackford  wrote:

> 
> 
> Maureen 
> 
> On May 22, 2015, at 10:53 AM, Sean Walters  
wrote: 

> 
>> Hello All, 
>> 
>> Looking at an adult male Chestnut-sided Warbler along our canal right now. 
Same spot as the Brewster's yesterday. So far, no sign of the Brewster's, but 
it was very active yesterday and difficult to find and follow. As always, if 
interested, anyone is more than welcome to come by. Just email for directions. 

>> 
>> Sean Walters
>> Loveland, CO
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Subject: Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Loveland, Larimer
From: Maureen Blackford <mblackford AT nednet.net>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:08:52 -0600

Maureen 

On May 22, 2015, at 10:53 AM, Sean Walters  
wrote: 


> Hello All, 
> 
> Looking at an adult male Chestnut-sided Warbler along our canal right now. 
Same spot as the Brewster's yesterday. So far, no sign of the Brewster's, but 
it was very active yesterday and difficult to find and follow. As always, if 
interested, anyone is more than welcome to come by. Just email for directions. 

> 
> Sean Walters
> Loveland, CO
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Subject: Chatfield state park
From: "'lochlaren' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:07:16 -0600
    
there is a yellow billed cuckoo calling along with the yellow throated Vario at 
the gravel pond / scuba Ponds at Chatfield. 

Loch Kilpatrick,  Parker, Co


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Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Loveland, Larimer
From: Sean Walters <waltersintherockies AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 10:53:38 -0600
Hello All, 

Looking at an adult male Chestnut-sided Warbler along our canal right now. Same 
spot as the Brewster's yesterday. So far, no sign of the Brewster's, but it was 
very active yesterday and difficult to find and follow. As always, if 
interested, anyone is more than welcome to come by. Just email for directions. 


Sean Walters
Loveland, CO

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Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker/Nunn
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:09:08 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

Last night we spotted a Lewis's Woodpecker, of all birds, on the west side 
of Nunn as you come into town along Weld CR 100 on north side.  If you 
arrive from the west (from Wellington) there is a house on your south as 
you go past Weld 27 ("Raptor Alley").  We saw it land on the thick wooden 
wooden fence posts then fly to the center of "forest" aka their very large 
windbreak.  He needs to go about two miles east to my yard ... :-)

Speaking of water, Lone Tree Creek which runs from north of Carr through 
Nunn (Dover Reservoir at Weld 108/Hwy 85) to Antelope Reservoir (Pierce) 
and beyond is completely full of water and flowing.  We have NEVER seen in 
our 13 years up here water where creek crosses Weld CR 100 about 1.0m east 
of Weld CR 33.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
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Subject: Re: Gray Flycatcher still at Ryssby Church, Boulder
From: "'ronbco' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 07:43:18 -0700 (PDT)
Yes. 
Sorry I was not more specific.


On Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:34:39 PM UTC-6, Roger Linfield wrote:
>
> A web search of Ryssby Church shows it to be at 9000 N 63rd Street, 10 
> miles NNE of Boulder, but still in Boulder County.  Is that where the 
> flycatcher is?
>  
> Roger Linfield
> Boulder
> On Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:47:53 PM UTC-6, ronbco wrote:
>
>> Thanks to David Dowell for reporting this on May 11. I refound it in the 
>> north east region of the church grounds. I was silent, but not shy. The eye 
>> ring is very slim, wing bars evident, and the tail dipping was, um, 
>> "tell-tale".
>>
>> Ron Bolton
>> Berthoud
>>
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 May 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 04:20:07 -0600
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
Date: May 22, 2015
E-mail:   rba AT cobirds.org

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Friday, May 22 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Green Heron (Rio Grande)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (Baca)
Broad-winged Hawk (Baca, *Fremont, *Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Larimer,
Sedgwick, Weld, *Yuma)
Upland Sandpiper (Boulder, Elbert, Larimer)
Laughing Gull (Larimer)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larimer, Morgan)
Caspian Tern (Morgan, Weld)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Weld)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Elbert, Larimer, Prowers, Weld, Yuma)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (El Paso)
ALDER FLYCATCHER (*Kiowa, *Yuma)
Least Flycatcher (Arapahoe, Boulder, El Paso, Jefferson, *Larimer, Logan)
Gray Flycatcher (*Boulder, Larimer, Logan, Mesa, Weld)
Black Phoebe (Mesa, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (*Fremont, Logan)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Weld)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Baca, El Paso)
Yellow-throated Vireo (Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)
Blue-headed Vireo (*Jefferson)
Bewick's Wren (Boulder)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Weld)
Wood Thrush (El Paso (CB))
Curve-billed Thrasher (Delta, Pueblo)
Lapland Longspur  (Prowers)
McCown's Longspur (Elbert)
Worm-eating Warbler (El Paso, Larimer, Washington)
Golden-winged Warbler (*Fremont, Kit Carson)
Blue-winged Warbler (*Jefferson)
BREWSTER'S WARBLER (*Larimer)
Prothonotary Warbler (Prowers)
LUCY'S WARBLER (*La Plata, Weld)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (*Fremont, Larimer)
MOURNING WARBLER (El Paso (CB), *Larimer)
Hooded Warbler (Elbert)
Magnolia Warbler (Boulder, *Washington)
Palm Warbler (Elbert, Morgan)
Pine Warbler (Adams)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
Field Sparrow (*Boulder)
Summer Tanager (Elbert, El Paso, Phillips)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Painted  Bunting (Baca)
Baltimore Oriole (Boulder, El Paso, Logan)
PURPLE FINCH (Lincoln)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A Pine Warbler was reported by Christoper Rustay at Barr Lake SP on the
RMBO side below the dam on May 20.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Cheryl Teuton in trees behind Swim
Beach at Cherry Creek SP on May 19.

BACA COUNTY:
--At Cottonwood Canyon on May 18, Mlodinow reported RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 4
Broad-winged Hawks, 10 Canyon Towhees, and 3 Painted Buntings.
--On May 18, Mlodinow reported Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Walsh.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Bewick's Wren was reported by Ted Floyd at the SW corner of Teller Lake
#5 on May 16.
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Kent Forward at Teller Farm and Lakes
on May 16.
--An Upland Sandpiper was reported migrating over Greenlee Preserve in
Lafayette by Ted Floyd on May 18.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Paula Hansley at Hodgson-Harris
Reservoir in Superior on May 17.
--A m Magnolia Warbler was reported by Thomas Heinrich along Boulder Creek
below CU/Folsom Stadium on May 19.  On May 20, Curt Brown reported Magnolia
Warbler along Boulder Creek.
--Gray and Least Flycatchers were reported by Ted Floyd at Greenlee
Preserve in Lafayette on May 19.
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Kaempfer at Smith Park in Boulder on
May 20.  Smith Park is at Gilbert/5th and Aurora.
--On May 21, Ron Bolton reported Gray Flycatcher continues at Ryssby Church
in NE region.
--A Field Sparrow was reported by David Dowell on Skunk Canyon Trails in
Boulder on May 21.

DELTA COUNTY:
--A Curve-billed Thrasher was reported by Robinsong along the Uncompaghre
River in Confluence Park on May 14.

ELBERT COUNTY:
--On May 18, Suddjian reported Red-headed Woodpecker and Summer Tanager on
CR 149 S of Matheson.
--On CR 197 S SE of Matheson Suddjian reported flyover Upland sandpiper, 2
McCown's Longspurs, Hood Warbler, and Palm Warbler on May 18.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A Baltimore Oriole was reported by Tyler Stuart at the NW corner of
Sinton Pond in Colorado Springs on May 12.  On May 13, Dan String reported
Baltimore Oriole at NW corner of Sinton Park Pond and on the s side an ad
Worm-eating Warbler.  On May 14, David Tonnessen reported Baltimore Oriole
at Sinton Pond and Robb Hinds reported Worm-eating Warbler at Sinton Pond.
On May 15, Robb Hinds and Mark Chavez reported Baltimore Oriole continues
at Sinton Pond.  On May 16, Jessop and Gonzalez reported Balitmore Oriole
at Sinton Pond.  On May 17, Drummond and Tonnessen reported Baltimore
Oriole at Sinton Pond.
--A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was reported by Aaron Driscoll at Clear
Springs ranch on May 14.  Directions:  Take exit 123 off I-25.
Go to east side of Hwy, cross RR tracks and turn left.  The bird was
sitting on fence west side of alfalfa field.
--A molting male Summer Tanager was found by Dan Carragher at Fountain
Creek RP on May 17.
--A Least Flycatcher was banded by Steve Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on
May 18.
--An EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was reported by Bill Maynard at Rice's Pond at
Fountain Creek Regional Park on May 19.

EL PASO/PUEBLO COUNTIES (CB):
--On May 20, John Drummond reported Wood Thrush and MOURNING WARBLER near
banding station.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On the McKenzie Section of the Canon City Riverwalk on May 16, Robb Hinds
reported Golden-winged Warbler and Broad-winged Hawk.  On May 21, Percival
reported f Golden-winged Wabler near the Sells parking lot of Canon City
Riverwalk.
--On May 21, Percival reported 2 Eastern Phoebe and Broad-winged Hawk on
Canon City Riverwalk between Raynolds Ave and Sells Ave.
--A m Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Setta Moss at Pathfinder Park
on May 20.  Pathfinder Park is off Hwy 115 between Canon City and
Florence.  On May 21, Percival reported Chestnut-sided Warbler at
Pathfinder Park.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Polly Neldner at Lathrop SP on May 21.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Scot Somershoe at Chatfield on May 16.
--On May 13, Mark Chavez reported that the male Blue-winged Warbler has
returned to Welchester Tree Grant Park and was
eventually seen in the eastern section of the park where it was seen last
year.  On May 14, Alec Hopping reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On May 15, Robert Martinez reported Blue-winged Warbler
and 3 Yellow-throated Vireos at Welchester Tree Grant Park.  ON May 16,
Gent reported that the Blue-winged Warbler continues at Welchester Tree
Grant Park.
On May 17, Shoup and Lutomski reported Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester
Tree Grant Park.  On May 18, Yusuff and Chavez reported Blue-winged Warbler
at Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On May 19, Mark Obmascik reported
Blue-winged Warbler at Welchester Tree Grant Park.  On May 20, Mark Chavez
reported that the Blue-winged Warbler continues at Welchester Tree Grant
Park.  On May 21, George Mayfield reported Blue-winged Warbler and Matt
Clark reported Blue-headed  Vireo at Welchester Tree Grant Park.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Suddjian at Hildebrand Ranch on May 18.

KIOWA COUNTY:
--On May 20 in Eads, Mlodinow reported Broad-winged Hawk and ALDER
FLYCATCHER.

KIT CARSON COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Gaede and Peterson at Fairview
Cememtery on May 16.
--A Golden-winged Warbler was reported by Gaede and Peterson at Flager
Reservoir SWA on May 16.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARRBLER was refound by Susan Allerton on May 21 on the Las
Animas River Trail in Durango where it was seen about 2 weeks ago.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Lori Zabel at the Environmental
Learning Center in Fort Collins on May 14.
--2 imm Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported by Nick Komar at the
Larimer County Landfill on May 16.
--A f Chestnut-sided Warbler was reported by Leatherman at Prospect
Ponds/Environmental Learning Center at the NE corner of southern most pond
along Sharp Point on May 17.  A Broad-winged Hawks fly over was reported by
David Wade in the N section of ELC on May 17.
--On May 18, Sean Walters reported an Upland Sandpiper flying over his yard
near Taft and US 287.
--On May 19, David Wade reported Worm-eating Warbler and Gray Flycatcher at
McMurry Ponds NA.  McMurry Ponds is on Hemock St off of N College Ave. in
Fort Collins.  On May 19, Dave Leatherman found a m MOURNING WARBLER at
McMurry Ponds NA.  On May 20, many birders reported Worm-eating and
MOURNING Warblers at McMurry Ponds NA.  On May 21, Ken Pals reported that
the MOURNING WARBLER continues at McMurry NA.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Josh Burening at Lee Martinez Park on
May 18.
--A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported by Bill Blackburn on a wooden fence
on S side of CR 38E near where Trowbridge Dr comes in below Horsetooth
Reservoir and W of S Taft Hill Road in Fort Collins on May 19.
--A Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by Sue Riffe at McMurry Ponds NA on
May 20.
--A Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by Sue Riffe at Poudre Ponds NA near
river edge between two parking areas on May 20.
--On May 20 at Boyd Lake SP, Nick Komar reported 3 imm Lesser Black-backed
Gulls and 1 ad Laughing Gull.
--At Prospect Ponds on May 21, Leatherman reported 2 Least Flycatchers.
--A BREWSTER'S WARBLER was reported by Sean Walters in his yard on May 21.
If you would like to try for the bird contact Sean at waltersintherockies
AT gmail.com.
--At Lions Open Space in Fort Collins, Ken Pals reported Least Flycatcher.

LINCOLN COUNTY:
--A Field Sparrow and PURPLE FINCH were reported by Glenn Walbek on CR 27
on May 11.  On May 14, Walbek reported PURPLE FINCH on CR 27.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Joey Kellner at Prewitt on May 16.
--At Pioneer Park on W side of Sterling on May 20, Leatherman reported 10+
Least Flycatchers.
--At Sterling Cemetery on May 20, Leatherman reported m Baltimore Oriole
and 2 Least Flycatchers
--On CR 8 at Platte S of Merino on May 20, Leatherman reported 2 Eastern
Phoebe.

MESA COUNTY:
--Black Phoebes were reported by Lee Stigen on the Auduon Trail in Grand
Junction downstream from Redlands Power and Water Station on May 17.
--Henwood reported a Gray Flycatcher carrying nesting material in No
Thoroughfare Canyon in Colorado National Monument on May 18.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--A Palm Warbler was reported by Alec Hopping at Jackson Lake SP on May
15.  On May 17, David Dowell reported Palm Warbler at the campground of
Jackson Lake SP.
--At Jackson Lake SP east of the dam, David Dowell reported 3 Caspian Terns
and Lesser Black-backed Gull on May 17.

PHILLIPS COUNTY:
--A Summer Tanager was reported by Nathan Pieplow at Haxtun City Park on
May 15.

PROWERS COUNTY:
Lamar Community College Woods (LCCW)
--A Prothonotary Warbler was reported by Jeannie Mitchell at LCCW on May 14.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--A Green Heron was reported by Rawinski at Home Lake SWA on May 18.  It
was in the canal N of Home Lake.

SEDGWICK COUNTY:
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Hopping and Dowell in Ovid on May 16.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--A Worm-eating Warbler and Broad-winged Hawk were reported by David Dowell
at Prewitt on May 17.  The warbler was just east of below dam parking and
caretaker's house.
--A Magnolia Warbler was reported by Erthal at Akron Golf Course on May 20.

WELD COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARBLER was reported by Leatherman at the Eaton Cemetery on May
10.  On May 12, Leatherman reported that the LUCY'S WARBLER continues at
Eaton Cemetery.  On May 12, Nick Komar reported that the LUCY'S WARBLER was
at Eaton Cemetery before nightfall with a flyover Broad-winged Hawk and
probable LESSER NIGHTHAWK.  ON May 13, Sue Riffe and several others
reported LUCY'S WARBLER at Eaton Cemetery.  On May 14, Nils Warnock
reported LUCY'S WARBLER at Eaton Cemetery.
--At Crow Valley on May 16, Josh Bruening reported Yellow-throated Vireo at
the east end of the park, Red-headed Woodpecker on a telephone pole near
parking lot bordering CR 77 and Gray Flycatcher.  At Crow Vally on May 18,
Sue Riffe reported Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, and
Gray-cheeked Thrush.  On May 20, Yellow-throated Vireo was reported by
David Dowell and Norm Erthal at Crow Valley.
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Judith Henderson at Lower Latham on May 16.

YUMA COUNTY:
--An ALDER FLYCATCHER was reported by Hopping in Laird on May 16.
--2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS were reported by Mlodinow att Hale Ponds on May 21.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Mlodinow at Republica SWA e of Hale
on May 21.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, May 23 will be to Pueblo Area led by Ira
and Tammy Sanders (zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com; 303-278-7172).  Meet the
leaders at 0600 at SW corner of Safeway parking lot at NE corner of
Yosemite and Cinoln Ave in Lone Tree about mile west of I-25.  Park away
from the store.
  State Parks pass required.  Bring lunch snacks, water, and sunblock.
Will be birding Pueblo City Park, Valco Ponds, and other areas at the
leader's discretion.  Beet at 0600 and leaving no later than 0615.  Be
prepared to carpool.  This is a comanion trip to May cay Burger's Canyon
City trip on Sunday May 24.  If you are planning on joining Mary Cay, you
may want to make motel reservations in Pueblo or canyon City  Please
register online or contact leader to register.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, May 24 will be to Canon City led by Mary Cay
Burger (mcburger3 AT juno.com; 303-771-3431).  Meet at McDonalds restaurant
 at 0800, 2306 Fremont Drive, Canon City.  This is on the north frontage
road along Hwy 50 as you drive into town.  Will have restroom stop there.
Be ready to leave McDonalds by 0830.  Full day will end about 1600.  Pack a
unch, snacks, plenty of water, and sunscreen.  No parks pass required.
This is a companion trip to Ira and Tammy Sander's trip to Pueblo on May
23.  If you sign up for both trips, please make motel arrangements in
either Canon City or Pueblo.  On May 23-24, Mary Cay Burger may be reached
on her cell phone: 720-940-8394.  Please register online or contact leader
to register.  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Monday, May 25 will be to Mt Falcon Park led by
Karen Drozda (drozforte AT AOL.com; 303-388-0891).  Meet leader at upper
parking lot of west side of Mount Falcon Park at 0700.  From C-470 and US
285 SOuth, turn right at the Indian Hill exit to Parmalee Gulch Road.
Follow Parmalee Gulch Road for aproximately 2.6 miles to Picturis Road,
turn right at Picturis, then follow signs for Mt Falcon to upper parking
area.  Much of trip is in sun.  Bring hat, sunscreen, bug spray, lots of
water, hearty snacks, binoculars, Scope (Optional).  Great photo
opportunities.  Possible inclement weather.  Bring layers and rain gear.
Please register online or call leader to register.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Another Colorado Big Day, More Precipitation
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007 AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 21:27:17 -0600
I had another friend (Alex Harper) getting ready for a field season in town
last weekend, so him and I did a big day on Monday.  We pretty much
followed the same route I wrote about a week ago and managed to find 205
species.  Like last week the precipitation made birding difficult during
parts of the day, but the lack of wind during the first few hours of the
day made it possible to pick up breeders in the snow.  The wind combined
with the rain between Antero Reservoir and Canon City put us an hour behind
schedule and kept our birding time at eastern migrant traps under 15
minutes at each site (Van's Grove, Lake Hasty, Lamar Community College, and
Temple Grove).  Between the two big days I have done in the past week or so
I had a total of 230 species plus another 11 during scouting, so the route
has a ton of potential but the weather never seemed to fully cooperate.
Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the day:

Not being able to locate the Cattle Egret nest at City Park in Denver.
Spotting a Greater White-fronted Goose with our car headlights before 1 AM,
setting up another 5 goose day.
Watching Alex crawl through the snow above 11,000 feet after flying in from
Las Vegas the previous night.
Hearing White-tailed Ptarmigan first thing in the morning after hiking
through the snow near Weston Pass.
Flushing a Dusky Grouse while driving down the Weston Pass road.
Having American Three-toed Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch and
Golden-crowned Kinglet right where I scouted them out the previous day.
Constant snow during the first hour and a half of birding.
A singing Savannah Sparrow at Buffalo Creek Reservoir saving us a ten
minute detour.
Picking out a Marbled Godwit and Alex spotting a Peregrine Falcon at Antero
Reservoir.
Alex's sharp eyes picking out two male Common Mergansers while driving east
from Antero.
Easily adding Pinyon Jay in Guffey.
Getting slowed down by a muddy road near Guffey where our only new addition
was White-breasted Nuthatch.
Getting even further behind schedule while trying to find Black-throated
Gray Warbler in the wind/rain at various pull-offs on Highway 9.
Having one of those pull-offs produces Bushtit, Juniper Titmouse,
Virginia's Warbler, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Spending 30 minutes at the Royal Gorge with only two new additions to our
list.
Picking up all of the expected bosque birds along the Canon City River
walk, but missing the scouted out Summer Tanager and Evening Grosbeak.
Missing Lewis's Woodpecker but getting great looks at Bobolinks along
Lincoln Street in Canon City.
Picking up Ash-throated Flycatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Canyon Wren,
Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, and Black-throated Sparrow in less than 10
minutes along Chandler Road.
Spending an extra ten minutes hoping for Rufous-crowned Sparrow along
Chandler Road.
Taking a selfie with a Cattle Egret in Florence after missing that bird
right at midnight.
Seeing very cooperative Band-tailed Pigeon and Evening Grosbeak and hearing
an unexpected Hammond's Flycatcher in Greenwood.
Not hearing MacGillivray's Warbler or Cordilleran Flycatcher in Greenwood.
The strategical decision to scope the Osprey nest from the top of the
Pueblo Reservoir Dam so Alex could scope the reservoir and find a Common
Loon.
Not spotting a single gull on Pueblo or John Martin Reservoirs.
Quick additions of White-winged Dove and Green Heron in Pueblo.
Crossing I-25 with 167 species was a major highlight.
Crossing I-25 at 2:27 was not a highlight.
A quick scan of Lake Holbrook through the trees from the highway producing
a Forster's Tern which turned out to be our only one of the day.
Worrying about getting a public urination ticket while scoping the flats at
Lake Cheraw during our only run-in with a police officer during the day.
Luckily the officer was just checking to make sure we were ok.
Alex spotting a Broad-winged Hawk at Lake Cheraw shortly before the officer
arrived.
Scoping a Swift Fox den during a failed attempt at Mountain Plover.
Getting stuck behind a school bus that made sure each kid made it safely
inside before moving forward.
An unidentified Archilochus hummingbird at Van's Grove.
Finding our only Clay-colored and Grasshopper Sparrows on the north side of
John Martin Reservoir.
Identifying a flyby Summer Tanager at Lake Hasty Campground, and later
seeing it perched.
The Lake Hasty Cackling Goose that doesn't seem to move more than 20 feet.
Quickly adding Piping Plovers thanks to the hard work of Duane Nelson at
John Martin Reservoir.
Picking up Least Flycatcher, Northern Cardinal, and Northern Waterthrush in
our hurried run through the Lamar Community College Woods.
Not finding Red-bellied Woodpecker anywhere in Lamar.
Arriving at Temple Grove shortly before sunset and only adding Red-headed
Woodpecker and Wild Turkey.
Getting to Neesopah and finding Ross's Goose as bird #200 and Alex picking
out a Western Sandpiper as well as adding Sanderling and Semipalmated
Plover.
Hearing Black Rail while putting on our jackets near Ft. Lyons due to the
wind and cold temperatures.
Virginia Rail calling for bird #205 and our last new pickup of the day.
Missing Sora (this ended up being our worst mishap of the day)

At around 10:00 after missing Western Screech-Owl and Sora we decided to
camp at the marsh about a mile west of County Road 15 near Ft. Lyons in
hopes of hearing a Sora in our sleep before midnight. Sometime after
midnight Alex woke me up to close the car windows due to the rain, and we
were way too tired to make the connection of what the rain would do to the
roads.  When we woke up the next morning the roads were very muddy and
after learning that roadside assistance means next to a paved road and
getting phone numbers for towing companies from Duane (thanks for those!),
we decided that brute strength and three hours of our time was better than
having to pay for a tow truck.  The overall highlight of the trip had
nothing to do with the 205 species of birds we had on Monday, but it came
after I pushed the car to get it started then watched as Alex took off then
veered off the road into a field and continued for the next mile until he
hit the pavement shouting "We don't need any [expletive deleted] tow
truck!".

I posted a picture of our checklist and some pictures we took during the
big day at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/8995556 AT N05/E29S4r and I will post
more photos that Alex took during the big day as he is able to upload them
during his field season.  Birds we got have a dot next to them on the
checklist and should at least have an attempt to cross them out.  Circled
species were targets after Pueblo we had staked out.  Dickcissel was
accidentally crossed off, but we did not have that.  Overall I think our 5
most surprising birds were: Dusky Grouse, Summer Tanager, Common Loon,
Golden Eagle, and Broad-winged Hawk.  Our 5 worst misses were probably:
Franklin's Gull, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Sora, and
MacGillivray's Warbler.

Good Birding!
Andy Bankert
Fort Collins, CO

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Subject: Common Nighthawk, Boulder Co.
From: Paula Hansley <redstart.paula AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 20:05:55 -0600
As I was driving through Louisville this morning, I saw a lone nighthawk 
skimming just above the tops of houses and trees! My FOS. 


Paula Hansley
Louisville

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Subject: Black-throated gray warbler, Lion's Park, Larimer County
From: Libby Edwards <libbyeuro3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:50:05 -0600
Seen by two of us about 5 pm, on the social trail along the Poudre River 
between the picnic area and the school. Very cooperative bird. Many yellow 
warblers, and warbling vireo also. 

Libby Edwards

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Subject: Re: CFO membership question - website
From: Gary Faust - Lisa Edwards <lagh2 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:14:45 -0600
Hi Scott,

Yes, part of the process is to create an "account". Can you let me know offline 
who was having problems and I will reach out to them. 


Thanks!
Lisa Edwards
CFO Membership Chair

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> 
> A friend tried to join today via the website but the Join button is a dead 
link. Does one need to create an account and login in order to join CFO and pay 
for a membership online? It's not clear on the Join page. 

> 
> Thank you,
> 
> Scott E. Severs
> Longmont, CO
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Subject: CFO membership question - website
From: "Scott E. Severs" <scottesevers AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:09:04 -0600
A friend tried to join today via the website but the Join button is a dead
link. Does one need to create an account and login in order to join CFO and
pay for a membership online? It's not clear on the Join page.

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Subject: South Mesa Trailhead Parking Area (Boulder County), 5/21.
From: cbrown1902act AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 16:13:37 -0700 (PDT)
Between 4 and 4:15 PM,  in a very popular group of Hawthorns by the picnic 
tables: Black-capped Chickadees, Chipping Sparrows, a pair of Black-headed 
Grosbeaks, a pair of Western Tanagers, a male American Redstart, and a 
squirrel.  Nearby, a Veery and a Gray Catbird (FOY).

Curt Brown
Boulder, CO

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Subject: RMBO Chatfield Banding Report, 5/21/15
From: meredith <meredithmcburney AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 17:32:09 -0700 (PDT)
Nice day at Chatfield - under grey skies but no real threat of rain, we had 
18 different species among our 26 birds caught for the first time this 
year.  (We also caught 10 birds that had already been captured sometime 
during the past 3 1/2 weeks):

Spotted Sandpiper 1 (Yep, really. This guy must have been skimming along 
the shoreline; he got caught in the very end of a net that runs 
perpendicular to the river.)
Western Wood-pewee 2 (FOS)
Hammond's Flycatcher 1 (FOS)
Dusky Flycatcher 1
Western Flycatcher 1 (FOS)
Warbling Vireo 3
House Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Swainson's Thrush 2
Yellow Warbler 1 return, banded 5/28/13
MacGillivray's Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1 new, 1 return, banded 5/28/13 (same day as the 
returning Yellow Warbler, see above)
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Spotted Towhee 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Mountain White-crowned Sparrow 1
Lazuli Bunting 1 (F)
Bullock's Oriole 2 (M & F together)

Open daily, weather permitting, through the end of May, from about 7:30 - 
11.

Meredith McBurney
Bander, Chatfield Station
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

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Subject: Lark Buntings
From: Jennifer Hyypiō <jhyypio AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 15:54:12 -0600
3:50 pm 5/21/15
Out south entrance of Chatfield.
Just spotted a flock of 40 Lark Buntings perching on a fence running east/west, 
just south of Highline Canal off Roxborough Rd. 


Jennifer Hyypio
Douglas, County 
CO

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Subject: Prospect Ponds Natural Area, Fort Collins (Larimer) on 5/21
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 15:45:46 -0600
I took a long walk along the river south of Prospect today, starting at the 
Business Park lot at the north end of Sharp Point Drive, thru Prospect Ponds 
NA, to the Environmental Learning Center parking lot. 


First interesting thing was seeing Nick Komar and a pass-by biker extracting a 
fish hook from the wing of a young male Red-winged Blackbird. Nick rescued the 
bird from being caught on a branch. My mom always said what matters most is 
what you do when you think nobody's looking. Nice act of benevolence by birder 
Nick to a bird. 


Highlights of the rest of the walk:
Lots of Swainson's Thrushes
Lots of Eastern Kingbirds (4 in one view near the feed lot)
Lots of Yellow Warblers (25 at least)
Hermit Thrush (1)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 adult m)
Black-headed Grosbeak (1 adult m eating boxelder leafroller caterpillars)
*Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1, being severely harrassed by robins.  Why?) 
Plumbeous Vireo (1)
Least Flycatcher (2)
Bunting sp. (buzz heard only)
White-crowned Sparrow (1, possibly 2, mountain form) near house by ELC parking 
lot 


Total of 58 species

What happened to the Orange-crowned Warblers this year? Maybe all at Flagler 
the day David Dowell reported 190. 


Nick told me he had heard a singing American Redstart. I ran into Kevin Keirn 
who said he and Joe Mammoser had seen a female Blackpoll Warbler in the area. I 
saw neither of these birds. Besides Yellows, which were seemingly everywhere, I 
saw very few warblers (few Yellow-rumps, one Common Yellowthroat, that's it). 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Gray Flycatcher still at Ryssby Church, Boulder
From: Roger Linfield <rplinfield AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 14:34:39 -0700 (PDT)
A web search of Ryssby Church shows it to be at 9000 N 63rd Street, 10 
miles NNE of Boulder, but still in Boulder County.  Is that where the 
flycatcher is?
 
Roger Linfield
Boulder
On Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:47:53 PM UTC-6, ronbco wrote:

> Thanks to David Dowell for reporting this on May 11. I refound it in the 
> north east region of the church grounds. I was silent, but not shy. The eye 
> ring is very slim, wing bars evident, and the tail dipping was, um, 
> "tell-tale".
>
> Ron Bolton
> Berthoud
>
>

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Subject: Canon City Riverwalk, Fremont Co. 5/21 (full report)
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 21:21:07 +0000 (UTC)
Sorry for the two e-mails about the female Golden-winged Warbler, I didn't 
think the first message went through on my phone.  SeEtta Moss was also able 
to see this bird.  I was able to get a photo too.  I wonder if this is the 
same one Robb Hinds saw on 16 May on the east end of the Canon City Riverwalk 
(that I and others couldn't find later that day), or if this a different one. 
 Quite a few mile distance between the two locations, though both sightings 
involve a female. 

Other highlights (from Raynolds Ave to Sells Ave) along the Canon City 
Riverwalk (11 species of warblers):American Redstart - 1 singing young male 
near Sells parking lot of the RiverwalkRed-eyed Vireo - 1 same location as 
redstartNorthern Waterthrush - 8 (some singing)Broad-winged Hawk - 1Eastern 
Phoebe - 2lots of other birds In Florence, I saw a Cattle Egret with cows 
along the River Road. 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Gray Flycatcher still at Ryssby Church, Boulder
From: "'ronbco' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 12:47:52 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks to David Dowell for reporting this on May 11. I refound it in the 
north east region of the church grounds. I was silent, but not shy. The eye 
ring is very slim, wing bars evident, and the tail dipping was, um, 
"tell-tale".

Ron Bolton
Berthoud

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Subject: Mourning Warbler - McMurray NA, Larimer Cnty - yes
From: "Ken & Christie Pals" <mtnpals AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 12:37:54 -0600
CoBirders,

The Mourning Warbler found by David Leatherman on Tuesday is still at
McMurray Natural Area in Fort Collins.  It was observed by many birders at
around 11:45 a.m. today.  The Worm-eating Warbler has not been re-found as
of now.  Many of the birds have moved on, still many Swainson's Thrushes,
White-throated Sparrow.

At Lions Open Space, there was a female American Redstart, a few
Orange-crowned  and Yellow-rumped Warblers and several Yellow Warblers.
Also a Least Flycatcher and other expected residents.

Good Birding,
Ken Pals

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler Fremont Co. 5/21
From: Brandon Percival <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 10:49:35 -0600
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Date: May 21, 2015 10:46 AM
Subject: Golden-winged Warbler Fremont Co. 5/21
To: cobirds 
Cc:

Just saw a female GWWA near Sells parking lot along Canon City River walk.
Between bluff trail and river.

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler Fremont Co. 5/21
From: Brandon Percival <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 10:46:43 -0600
Just saw a female GWWA near Sells parking lot along Canon City River walk.
Between bluff trail and river.

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: NE Colorado birding yesterday
From: Norm Erthal <nerthal AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 09:46:02 -0700 (PDT)
Kathy Mihm-Dunning and I birded in northeast Colorado. The weather was 
better than in Denver but certainly unusual. It started at 37 and climbed 
to 46 during the day. With little wind and no rain, birding was not 
uncomfortable since we were dressed well. For people who know me, I did 
wear a coat and gloves. 

Highlights
Crow Valley CG - it is only closed for walk-in camping, not other 
activities, you need rubber boots
Yellow-throated Vireo found by David Dowell
Veery 3 among the well over 100 Swainson's Thrushes who were forced out of 
the thickets with all of the water
Blackpoll Warbler 5 males
Tennessee Warbler
Interesting due to the water
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2

Akron Golf Course
Eared Grebe
Chimney Swift 25
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler 1st female I have seen

Prewitt Reservoir
Cedar Waxwing 100 at least
Rose-breasted Grosbeak male

Latham and Beebe Draw had very few shorebirds

Norm Erthal
Arvada CO



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Subject: Short-eared Owl/Nunn
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 08:11:27 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

Last night on way home from work (5PM-ish) I had a Short-eared Owl fly 
across Weld CR 100 (south-to-north) just before Weld CR 23.  Pretty neat to 
see--and third time in this vicinity last 5 years or so.

At home this morning:

   - Clay-colored, White-crowned, Chipping, Brewer's and Lark Sparrow
   - Blue Grosbeak (1m, 1f)
   - Black-headed Grosbeaks (1m, 1f)
   - Gray Catbird
   - Green-tailed Towhee
   - Swainson's Thrush - 2
   - One mysterious grayish bird my wife caught a glimpse we could never 
   find again
   - "Usuals"
   
Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

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