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24 Nov Huerfano County Update: Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Common Loon [Polly Neldner ]
24 Nov Adams County Fairgrounds Geese [Chris Pagliaro ]
24 Nov 5 Black Scoters - Aurora Rampart - Dougco [Ira Sanders ]
24 Nov Pueblo West geese 11/24 [BKP ]
24 Nov Am Dipper in Adams Cty. today ["'bomaanka AT yahoo.com' via Colorado Birds" ]
24 Nov Around Longmont this morning ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
24 Nov Lots of longspurs in Kiowa County 11/23 [BKP ]
24 Nov "Raptor Alley" Trip #1 Results/Nunn ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
24 Nov change of venue for Boulder County Long-tailed Duck [David Dowell ]
24 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
24 Nov Family of Golden Eagles in Fremont County ["SeEttaM ." ]
23 Nov Tundra Swans,Aurora reservoir,Douglas Cty. [Tina Jones ]
23 Nov Haemorhous finch ID [Derek Hill ]
23 Nov Odds geese at Harriman today [Regina King ]
23 Nov 11-23-14 Longmont ["'William Fink' via Colorado Birds" ]
23 Nov McIntosh Lake (Boulder): Long-tailed Duck YES and Bonaparte's Gulls ["Mark Miller" ]
23 Nov Aurora Rampart and Platte Canyon Reservoirs (Douglas County) Sunday morning ["Joey Kellner" ]
23 Nov Prospect lake, Colorado Springs ["'lochlaren' via Colorado Birds" ]
23 Nov Boulder Long-tailed Duck []
23 Nov Costa's and scoters []
23 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
22 Nov Larimer County- 11/22 [Andrew Bankert ]
22 Nov Birding in Colorado Springs, Canon City and Pueblo, 11/22 [William H Kaempfer ]
22 Nov Huerfano and Las Animas Cos. Birding [millerrichj via Colorado Birds ]
22 Nov New COBirds.org website: Check out the homepage [Ted Floyd ]
22 Nov RE: Rocky Mtn Arsensal NWR -- Adams County [B K ]
23 Nov Pueblo birds on 11/22 [BKP ]
22 Nov Larimer County Reservoirs 11/22/14 [Austin Hess ]
22 Nov Re: Scoter hat trick, Memorial Park, CoSprings, El Paso [Todd Deininger ]
22 Nov Scoter hat trick, Memorial Park, CoSprings, El Paso [Todd Deininger ]
22 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Nov Re: Scoters chowing down, El Paso County [Art Hudak ]
21 Nov Scoters chowing down, El Paso County [Tina Jones ]
21 Nov Latham Res. and Golf Cart Boy ["'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" ]
21 Nov Re: Loon at Annex #8 (Larimer) on 11/21 ["'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" ]
22 Nov Pueblo Reservoir 11/21 [BKP ]
22 Nov Colorado CBC Dates [BKP ]
21 Nov BRAMBLING in Wyoming 11/21 [BKP ]
21 Nov Douglas Res--L-t Duck [Bob Righter ]
21 Nov DFO RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Nov 23 cancelled ["Kay Niyo" ]
21 Nov Jeffco, Douglas: Rusty Blackbird, loons, Black Scoters [David Gillilan ]
21 Nov Loon at Annex #8 (Larimer) on 11/21 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
21 Nov Re: Pacific Loon Larimer Co. ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
21 Nov Arapahoe Co. Lakes [Glenn Walbek ]
21 Nov Pacific Loon Larimer Co. [Georgia Doyle ]
21 Nov Re: Common merganser rescue. Boulder county ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
21 Nov Common merganser rescue. Boulder county [Julia ]
21 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
20 Nov Rusty Blackbird & Sora - Highline Lake - Mesa County [Mike Henwood ]
20 Nov Map cabinets ["'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" ]
20 Nov Pueblo Dunlin update 11/20 [BKP ]
20 Nov Larimer County 11/20 [Andrew Bankert ]
20 Nov Long- tailed Duck, Cherry Creek [Glenn Walbek ]
20 Nov Red-necked Grebe, North Gateway Park, Lamar (Prowers County) Colorado, 2014Nov20 [Janeal Thompson ]
20 Nov Windsor Reservoir/Weld ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
20 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Nov Canon City Surf Scoter continued at the west Valco Pond ["SeEttaM ." ]
19 Nov Northern Shrike, hawks yardbirds Jeffco ["Kay Niyo" ]
19 Nov Aurora Rampart Reservoir - Douglas County ["Joey Kellner" ]
20 Nov Pueblo and Colorado Springs birds 11/19 [BKP ]
19 Nov Scoters and Dunlin, El Paso and Pueblo ["Glenn and Laurie" ]
19 Nov Cheery Creek Res [Robert Righter ]
19 Nov Northern Larimer Rarities Continue [Andrew Bankert ]
19 Nov Douglas Res/Larimer [Rachel Hopper ]
19 Nov Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 November 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Nov *No* Magnificent Hummingbird for a week... [Adam Jack ]
18 Nov Re: Probable Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR [Nathan Pieplow ]
18 Nov Re: Tundra Swans at HamiltonRes (Larimer) on 11/18 [David Wade ]
18 Nov Probable Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR ["SeEttaM ." ]
18 Nov Boyd Lake scoters (Larimer) [Nick Komar ]
18 Nov Chatfield region mostly, Nov 18 [David Suddjian ]
18 Nov White-winged Scoter and Black Phoebe in Mesa County [Luger ]
18 Nov FW:rorighter l ["rorighter" ]
18 Nov Tundra Swans at HamiltonRes (Larimer) on 11/18 [DAVID A LEATHERMAN ]
18 Nov El Paso County Scoters, Long-tailed Duck 11/18 [Lee Farese ]
18 Nov Scoters, Prospect Lake, El Paso Co [David Chartier ]

Subject: Huerfano County Update: Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Common Loon
From: Polly Neldner <pollywren AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:53:05 -0700
It took quite a bit of looking, but was finally able to re-locate the 
Long-tailed Duck and 2 Red-necked Grebes in amongst the mass of Common 
Goldeneye on Martin Lake at Lathrop State Park. 


Also found a Common Loon on Horseshoe and a couple of Eastern Bluebirds between 
the two lakes. 


Polly Wren Neldner
La Veta, CO


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Subject: Adams County Fairgrounds Geese
From: Chris Pagliaro <pagliaro.chris AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:52:55 -0800 (PST)
On the way to the DMV today, I saw that there was a huge flock of geese on 
the fairgrounds lake, including many white geese.  After closer inspection, 
most of the white geese were Snow Geese, including a couple of blue morphs. 
 I was able to find a handful of Ross's Geese, and one Greater 
White-fronted Goose.  There were also some Snow/Canada or Snow/Cackling 
hybrids (not so sure on the hybrids, but they did have the grin patch of 
the snow goose).  Some great birding not far from home!

Chris Pagliaro
Thornton, CO

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Subject: 5 Black Scoters - Aurora Rampart - Dougco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:48:45 -0700
Birders,
I finally got down to Roxborough and though there were no swans, now there
are 5 female type Black Scoters there.  I had 4 together and the other
about 50 yards away.

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Golden, CO

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Subject: Pueblo West geese 11/24
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:26:32 +0000 (UTC)
Margie Joy called me a little bit ago, to let me know about a Greater 
White-fronted and a Ross's Goose at Cattail Crossing Pond, in Pueblo West.  I 
went right over there, and both birds with feeding in the grass along 
McCullough Blvd., across from Vectra Bank in Pueblo West, with Canada and 
Cackling Geese.  Thanks Margie, both were birds I hadn't seen in Pueblo County 
this year.  Other ducks on the pond itself were: a Ruddy Duck, Canvasback, and 
Redhead.  

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Am Dipper in Adams Cty. today
From: "'bomaanka AT yahoo.com' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds@googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:22:08 -0800 (PST)
Hi CoBirders
I saw a single American Dipper in Clear Creek at Lowell Blvd. (Adams Cty) 
this morning about 10:15 am. It was downstream, east of the bridge, viewed 
from the bike path.
Bob Canter, Denver CO

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Subject: Around Longmont this morning
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:07:19 -0500
Greetings All


Hit a few reservoirs before the winds kicked up
Union (WELD) was still fabulously birdy, with many gulls, mergansers and 
goldeneye. 

Highlights there included:


3rd year (ongoing) GLAUCOUS GULL
4 Thayer's Gulls (3 adults, 1 juv)
1 PACIFIC LOON
1 Common Loon


Ish Reservoir (Boulder/Larimer) was unfrozen and unoccupied. Neither hunters 
nor birds were present. Weirdly bird less 

Terry Reservoir (Boulder) was an ice cube, frozen solid. Easier to explain lack 
of birds there 

Clover Basin Reservoir (Boulder) had some open water, a fair number of birds, 
mostly coots, nothing of note 

Lagermen Reservoir (Boulder) is wide open and had many birds including 3 Snow x 
Cackling Geese (hanging with a white morph Snow Goose) and a female LONG-TAILED 
DUCK. The duck was at the western tip of the res. 

McIntosh (Boulder) is mostly iced over, but the open area had a nice 
concentration of birds, mostly RB Gulls and goldeneye. No LT Duck (which maybe 
went to Lagerman?) 



Good Birding
Steve Mlodinow


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Subject: Lots of longspurs in Kiowa County 11/23
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:36:40 +0000 (UTC)
Chris Wood sent me a photo of lots of longspurs down at Sheridan Lake, in Kiowa 
County yesterday afternoon.  I guess 6100+ (maybe like 10,000) Lapland 
Longspurs, 10 Chestnut-collared Longspurs, and two McCown's Longspurs.     

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: "Raptor Alley" Trip #1 Results/Nunn
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:05:49 -0800 (PST)
Excellent weather this past Saturday for a fine morning of "raptoring".  
Great bunch of birders showed up for breakfast and birds.  A total of 66 
birds seen.  Folks were impressed on the birds I "planted" along the trip 
route ... :-)

   - Ferruginous Hawk - 8
   - Unid Buteo - 7
   - Red-tailed Hawk - 19
   - Great Horned Owl - 1
   - Prairie Falcon - 2
   - Rough-legged Hawk - 7
   - American Kestrel - 15
   - Northern Harrier - 4
   - Unid falcon - 2
   - Merlin - 1 (closeup photos)
   
Photos:  

http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo/albums/raptor-alley-trip-1-results-nunn-2014 


On Sunday--Barrow's Goldeneye, five-goose species, 3-merganser species at 
35th Ave Gravel Pond (West ponds)

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

"Raptor Alley" Trip (2014-2015) reporting:

    October 20 - 39 raptors
    November 2 - 39 raptors
    November 22 - 66 raptors

Other wildlife:  Pronghorn; Coyote and American Tree Sparrows

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

    October 13 - 25 raptors
    October 26 - 30 raptors
    December 1 - 47 raptors
    December 15 - 43 raptors
    January 11 - 57 raptors
    February 23 - 45 raptors

Average Count Per 2013-2014 Trip- 41 raptor

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Subject: change of venue for Boulder County Long-tailed Duck
From: David Dowell <dave1wx AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:00:11 -0800 (PST)
This morning in the Longmont area, I did not see a Long-tailed Duck at 
McIntosh Reservoir, but I did see one at Lagerman Reservoir.  Lagerman was 
ice covered a week ago but is now ice free.  An excited group of 
Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Common Mergansers, and Common Goldeneyes 
was feeding there this morning.  Lagerman might be worth checking in the 
near future to see if a more interesting gull shows up.

The area of open water on McIntosh Reservoir is still small.  As the ice 
recedes this week, I wonder if the feeding group will move there.  McIntosh 
is the more typical location for the local merganser-goldeneye-gull 
activity this time of year.

David Dowell
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:11:04 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 24, 2014

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Monday, November 24 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Tundra Swan (*Douglas, El Paso, Larimer)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Bent, *Boulder, El Paso, Garfield, Huerfano,
Larimer, Las Animas, Weld)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, *El Paso, Fremont, Las Animas, Mesa)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Douglas/Jefferson,  *El Paso, Larimer, Las
Animas, Mesa)
Black Scoter (*Douglas, *El Paso, Garfield, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (*Douglas, Garfield, Huerfano, Larimer, Routt, Weld)
Red-throated Loon (Las Animas)
Pacific Loon (*Douglas, Larimer, Morgan, Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Huerfano, Las Animas, Pueblo, Prowers)
Dunlin (Pueblo)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, Larimer, Pueblo, *Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, Ouray, Pueblo, *Weld)
Glaucous Gull (Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Mesa)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Rusty Blackbird (Douglas/Jefferson, Mesa)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.  On November 21 at
Aurora Reservoir, Walbek reported 2 Surf Scoters and 1 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Hopping at Cherry Creek Reservoir
on November 18.
--At Cherry Creek Reservoir on November 19, Righter reported 2 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and 1 ad Thayer's Gull.  On November 20, Walbek reported
imm Long-tailed Duck, ad Thayer's Gull, and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
At Cherry Creek on November 21, Walbek reported 1 White-winged Scoter, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.  On November 18, Stulp reported
Long-tailed Duck at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A f Long-tailed Duck was reported by Waltman at McIntosh Reservoir in
Longmont on November 23.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--At Aurora Rampart Reservoir at Roxborough on November 18, Suddjian
reported 2 f Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.  On November 19 at Aurora
Rampart Reservoir, Kellner reported 1 imm Black Scoters and a Pacific
Loon.  On November 20, Clark reported Black Scotter at Aurora Rampart
Reservoir.  On November 23 at Aurora Rampart Reservoir, Kellner reported
Pacific Loon and 3 f-type Black Scoters.  On November 23, Tina Jones
reported 4 ad Tundra Swans at Aurora Rampart Reservoir.
--At Platte Canyon Reservoir, Kellner report 1 m Barrow's Goldeneye on
November 23.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A White-winged Scoter was reported by Matt Clark at the Swim Beach at
Chatfield SP on November 18.
--A f Rusty Blackbird was reported by Gillilan at Chatfield SP on November
21.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  On November 21, Tina Jones
reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 f Black Scoter, and 1 f-type White-winged Scoter
at Prospect Lake.  On November 23, Kilpatrick reported all three species of
scoters at Prospect Lake
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.  A White-winged Scoter
and Long-tailed Duck was reported by Farese at Big Johnson on November 18.
Percival reported White-winged Scoter and f Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson
on November 19.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.  The Surf Scoter was reported
by Moss on November 19 at Valco Pond.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.  On November 19, Zerbi reported 2
Long-tailed Ducks at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November 20, Potter reported
Long-tailed Duck and 3 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November
21, Trappett reported 3 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November
22, McConnell reported  2 Long-tailed Ducks and 3 Black Scoters at Rifle
Gap Reservoir.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--At Lathrop SP on November 21, Rich Miller reported 1 Barrow's Goldeneye,
2 Red-necked Grebes, and 1 Long-tailed Duck.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 19, Kibbe reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17 and November 18, Leatherman reported
ad f White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  On
November 20, Bankert reported White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, and
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.  On November 21, Righter reported
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir. On November 22, Hess reported Black
Scoter, White-winged Scoter, and Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.
Douglas Reservoir is NW of intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Hamilton Reservoir
(associated with Rawhide Power Plant) on November 18.  3 Tundra Swans were
reported by Bankert at Hamiliton Reservoir on November 19.  On November 22,
Hess reported 7 Tundra Swans at Hamilton Reservoir.
--At Boyd Lake at the N end on November 18, Wild reported 4 probable Black
Scoters.
--On November 20, Bankert reported a Pacific Loon at Annex Reservoir #8
(South side of CR 56).
--On November 22, Bankert reported a Thayer's Gull at Cobb Lake.
--At Timnath Reservoir on November 22, Bankert reported m Barrow's
Goldeneye.
--A 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull was reported by Bankert at Walmart on Harmony on
November 22.
--At Lake Loveland on November 22, Bankert reported 2 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--On November 22 at Lake Trinidad SP, Rich Miller reported 1 Red-throated
Loon, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 1 Surf Scoter, 1 White-winged Scoter, and 1
Long-tailed Duck.

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  On
November 18, Luger reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe at
the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 20 Henwood reported 1
Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 22,
Woodward reported 1 White-winged Scoter and 2 Surf Scoters at the Fruita
Section of Colorado River SP.
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Henwood at Highline Lake on November 20.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Walbek reported seeing
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 22.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

OURAY COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Dexter at Ridgway Reservoir on
November 17.  On November 20, Zerbi reported Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Ridgway Reservoir.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on November 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17. Red-necked
Grebe was reported by Thompson at North Gateway Park on November 20.
Directions:  If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the
Arkansas River Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the
turn-off to Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left
after the two hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to
fishing pond.  The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On November 19 at South Shore Marina and SE Corner of Pueblo Reservoir,
Percival reported ad Great Black-backed Gull, 2 imm Lesser Black-backed
Gulls, juv Thayer's Gull and Pacific Loon.  On November 21 at the South
Shore Marina, Percival reported 1 ad Great Black-backed Gull, 1 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull, and 1 juv Thayer's Gull.  On November 22, Percival
reported 1 ad Great Black-backed Gull and 1 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed
Gull at the South Shore Marina tires of Pueblo Reservoir.
--At the Sailboard Lauching area of Pueblo Reservoir a Dunlin was found by
Rich Miller on November 18 and seen by Percival and Walbek on November 19.
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Percival from the Northern Plains CG
of Pueblo Reservoir on November 22.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes (23 male, 27 f-type) were repored by Dodson at
Stagecoach Reservoir on November 21.

WELD COUNTY:
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.  On November 20 at Union Reservoir, Dowell reported
Long-tailed Duck and Glaucous Gull.  On November 23 at Union Reservoir,
Fink reported 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull and Thayer's Gull.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

The DFO Field Trip for Friday, November 28 will be to Fairmont
Cemetery/High Line Canal led by A. J. Gest (offsetaj AT comcast.net
303-994-242).  Meet the leader at Fairmont Cemetery at 0800 in the parking
lot near the Chapel In The Pines.  Easy1.5 -2 miles walk on paved drives
and pathway.  Bring water, binoculars, scopes are optional.  There are
restrooms in the Mausoleum after 0900.  Maximum of 12 participants.  Please
register online or email/call leader.   Directions:  Approach from E
Alameda Ave and turn south on S WQuebec St to entrance of cemetery.
Proceed to south end to access the High Line Canal Trail.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 29 will be to Pueblo Reservoir
led by Ira and Tammy Sanders (zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com 303-278-7172).
Meet in parking lot of Safeway in Line Tree at Yosemite and Lincoln Ave.
Bring Plenty of water and lunch for an all-day trip.  State Parks pass
required.

RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count will be on Sunday, November 30 led
by Chuck Hundertmark (chundertmark8 AT gmail.com 303-64-0531).  Meet in the
parking lot of Jim Hamm Nature Area, Longmont at 0800. From the Denver
area, take I-25 north to exit 240.  Drive west on Hwy 119 to County Line
Road.  Head north on County Line Road and look for nature area on the left
just past 17th Ave.  Will check Union Reseervoir and McIntosh Lake for
Barrow's Goldeneyes and other early winter waterfowl.  Will check other
areas as time allows.  This will be primarily a driving trip.  Spotting
scopes will be useful.  Please register on the website, or call or email
the leader in advance.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Family of Golden Eagles in Fremont County
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:06:16 -0700
Yesterday while driving in a canyon area in Fremont County I spotted 4
large raptors and subsequently identified 2 as adult Golden Eagles and 1 as
a juvenile Golden Eagle.  I did not find a place to pull over quick enough
to id the 4th large raptor. While I watched these birds for more than a
half hour I observed an adult and a juvenile perch on an escarpment for a
period of time very near other which seems to confirm the juvenile is the
offspring of the adults.

I hoped to refind them today and identify the forth raptor--I did refind 2
Golden Eagles but they were distant.   I got a series of photos of them in
flight and perched that I have uploaded to my Birds and Nature blog
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SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Tundra Swans,Aurora reservoir,Douglas Cty.
From: Tina Jones <tjcalliope AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:15:20 -0700


Hi all,
I went to Aurora Rampart Reservoir late today[3:30pm], to get another Scoter 
fix. Yes, the 3, Black scoters were present. These Scoters were eating Crayfish 
also, but not as fast as the Scoters in Prospect Park were eating them. I did 
not see the Pacific Loon until it appeared around 4pm. Then, as I was scanning 
the lake, way on the southern side I saw what looked like Swans, which were 
swimming over towards me,[thank goodness, since they were too far way for me to 
call] . Finally they were in the middle of the lake, so I could get a good ID. 
They were 4 adult Tundra Swans. The crown came to a rounded border when it 
touched the upper bill. The eye of the bird almost looked separate from the 
bill of the bird. Trumpeter Swan usually has an eye which looks like it is part 
of the bill. There was a lot of head bobbing going on by each individual, which 
made me think they were restless or agitated, but I'm not a Swan, to totally 
agree with this description. It was very pretty out with light snow coming 
down. Happy Birding,Tina JonesLittleton, Jefferson County, CO 

 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Haemorhous finch ID
From: Derek Hill <derekthehill AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:37:36 -0800 (PST)
COBirds,

Within days of the Longmont Purple Finch report, south Texas reports a 
Cassin's Finch, far out of range, where Purple Finch would be more expected 
but still a fairly rare bird.  I guess these finches may be trickier than I 
thought. Maybe TEXBIRDS and COBirds can share opinions.

Texas CAFI

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/November/Resaca%20de%20la%20Palma%20SP.html 


Colorado PUFI
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafekt1ve/15772478681/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafekt1ve/15588523669/in/photostream/

Good birding,
Derek Hill
Fort Collins

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Subject: Odds geese at Harriman today
From: Regina King <king.regina AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:30:00 -0800 (PST)
Among a large flock of Canada Geese at Harriman today at noon (far east 
end) are 3 odd geese:  one appeared to be a Snow Goose morph, but with a 
dark bill and greyish legs.  The other two with yellow/orange bill & 
legs...possibly domestic, but maybe Greater White-fronted?  Would 
appreciate if someone could take a look.

Regina King
Littleton

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Subject: 11-23-14 Longmont
From: "'William Fink' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:45:54 -0700
Lesser Blackbacked Gull(adult) and Thayer's Gull and Common Loon at Union Res 
at about 10AM. No Longtailed Duck at 2PM. Bill Fink 


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Subject: McIntosh Lake (Boulder): Long-tailed Duck YES and Bonaparte's Gulls
From: "Mark Miller" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:48:27 -0700
Hi Everyone-

 

I birded McIntosh Lake in Longmont around noon today. The Long-tailed Duck
that Waltman reported was still present, in the middle of the lake with
mergansers and goldeneyes (the common of each). Gulls were also present,
including Bonaparte's (2), Ring-billed (maybe 200), California (2), and
Herring (2).

 

Yesterday I went down to Prospect Lake and enjoyed all the scoters (they're
still chowing down on crayfish). I went home by way of US-24 over to Park
County. A stop on CR 33 (Boreas Pass Road) got me 4 Pine Grosbeaks.

 

Mark Miller

Longmont, CO

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Subject: Aurora Rampart and Platte Canyon Reservoirs (Douglas County) Sunday morning
From: "Joey Kellner" <vireo1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:08:38 -0700
Aurora Rampart still has the three Black Scoter and a Pacific Loon as well
as one or two Greater Scaup (females).  Platte Canyon Reservoir had ~55
Hooded Merganser, one male Barrow's Goldeneye (among the Common) and TWO
Greater Yellowlegs!

Beautiful morning...so much for the forecasted winds.  


Joey Kellner
Littleton, Colorado


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Subject: Prospect lake, Colorado Springs
From: "'lochlaren' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:19:45 -0700
trifecta on scooters all three are still on the lake.along with lots of 
mergansers, ducks , and geese. 

waka Patrick, Parker Colorado

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Subject: Boulder Long-tailed Duck
From: djwaltman AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:16:42 +0000 (UTC)
Female at Mcintosh Res at 9 am 11/23.
David Waltman 
Boulder

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Subject: Costa's and scoters
From: stevenelarson AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:49:49 +0000 (UTC)
Hello everyone, 
Sorry for the late post. Yesterday Glenn Walbek Gene Rutherford and I saw the 
Grand Junction Costa's Hummingbird. Amazing to see any hummer on 22 November! 
On the way back to Denver we stopped at Rifle Gap SP and saw the 3 Black 
Scoters and Long-tailed Duck reported previously. I find this influx of scoters 
this year to be pretty amazing. It seems like every body of water in the state 
has one or two. It will be interesting top see how many of each species 
occurred when all is said and done. I don't recall any tear previously that had 
these kinds of numbers. Let's hope there is an eider or Harlequin mixed in with 
them somewhere! 

Steve Larson 

Northglenn, CO 

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:26:46 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 23, 2014

The RMBO Barrow's Goldeneye count for Sunday 23 November has been cancelled
due to weather.

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Sunday, November 23 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Boulder, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer, Park, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Bent, El Paso, *Garfield, *Huerfano, *Larimer,
*Las Animas, Weld)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, *El Paso, Fremont, *Las Animas, *Mesa)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Douglas/Jefferson,  *El Paso, *Larimer, *Las
Animas, *Mesa, Park)
Black Scoter (Douglas, *El Paso, *Garfield,* Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, *Huerfano, Lake, *Larimer, Routt, Summit,
Weld)
Red-throated Loon (*Las Animas)
Pacific Loon (Douglas, Larimer, Morgan, Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (*Huerfano, *Las Animas, *Pueblo, Prowers, San Miguel)
Dunlin (Pueblo)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, *Larimer, Pueblo, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Arapahoe, Bent, *Larimer, Ouray,* Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Mesa)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson)
Rusty Blackbird (*Douglas/Jefferson, Mesa)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A juv Tundra Swan was reported by Sheeter at Adams County Fairground on
November 17.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.  On November 16, Suddjian reported 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cooley Lake.
--Two White-winged Scoters were reported flying over C470 near South Platte
Reservoir on November 17.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.  On November 21 at
Aurora Reservoir, Walbek reported 2 Surf Scoters and 1 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Hopping at Cherry Creek Reservoir
on November 18.
--At Cherry Creek Reservoir on November 19, Righter reported 2 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and 1 ad Thayer's Gull.  On November 20, Walbek reported
imm Long-tailed Duck, ad Thayer's Gull, and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
At Cherry Creek on November 21, Walbek reported 1 White-winged Scoter, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.  On November 18, Stulp reported
Long-tailed Duck at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--At Aurora Rampart Reservoir at Roxborough on November 18, Suddjian
reported 2 f Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.  On November 19 at Aurora
Rampart Reservoir, Kellner reported 1 imm Black Scoters and a Pacific
Loon.  On November 20, Clark reported Black Scotter at Aurora Rampart
Reservoir.  On November 21 at Aurora Rampart Reservoir, Gillilan reported
Pacific Loon and 3 f-type Black Scoters.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 17, Suddjian reported 5 Tundra Swans near the Marina Sand
Spit and an ad White-winged Scoter at Chatfield SP.
--A White-winged Scoter was reported by Matt Clark at the Swim Beach at
Chatfield SP on November 18.
--A f Rusty Blackbird was reported by Gillilan at Chatfield SP on November
21.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  On November 21, Tina Jones
reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 f Black Scoter, and 1 f-type White-winged Scoter
at Prospect Lake.  On November 22, Deininger reported all three species of
scoters at Prospect Lake
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.  A White-winged Scoter
and Long-tailed Duck was reported by Farese at Big Johnson on November 18.
Percival reported White-winged Scoter and f Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson
on November 19.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.  The Surf Scoter was reported
by Moss on November 19 at Valco Pond.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.  On November 19, Zerbi reported 2
Long-tailed Ducks at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November 20, Potter reported
Long-tailed Duck and 3 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November
21, Trappett reported 3 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November
22, McConnell reported  2 Long-tailed Ducks and 3 Black Scoters at Rifle
Gap Reservoir.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--At Lathrop SP on November 21, Rich Miller reported 1 Barrow's Goldeneye,
2 Red-necked Grebes, and 1 Long-tailed Duck.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 19, Kibbe reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17 and November 18, Leatherman reported
ad f White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  On
November 20, Bankert reported White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, and
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.  On November 21, Righter reported
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir. On November 22, Hess reported Black
Scoter, White-winged Scoter, and Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.
Douglas Reservoir is NW of intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Hamilton Reservoir
(associated with Rawhide Power Plant) on November 18.  3 Tundra Swans were
reported by Bankert at Hamiliton Reservoir on November 19.  On November 22,
Hess reported 7 Tundra Swans at Hamilton Reservoir.
--At Boyd Lake at the N end on November 18, Wild reported 4 probable Black
Scoters.
--On November 20, Bankert reported a Pacific Loon at Annex Reservoir #8
(South side of CR 56).
--On November 22, Bankert reported a Thayer's Gull at Cobb Lake.
--At Timnath Reservoir on November 22, Bankert reported m Barrow's
Goldeneye.
--A 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull was reported by Bankert at Walmart on Harmony on
November 22.
--At Lake Loveland on November 22, Bankert reported 2 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--On November 22 at Lake Trinidad SP, Rich Miller reported 1 Red-throated
Loon, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 1 Surf Scoter, 1 White-winged Scoter, and 1
Long-tailed Duck.

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  On
November 18, Luger reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe at
the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 20 Henwood reported 1
Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 22,
Woodward reported 1 White-winged Scoter and 2 Surf Scoters at the Fruita
Section of Colorado River SP.
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Henwood at Highline Lake on November 20.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Walbek reported seeing
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 22.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

OURAY COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Dexter at Ridgway Reservoir on
November 17.  On November 20, Zerbi reported Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Ridgway Reservoir.

PARK COUNTY:
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Suddjian at ponds near Cline Drive near
Santa Maria on November 17.
--On CR 58 on November 17, Suddjian reported 100 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
and 30 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on November 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17. Red-necked
Grebe was reported by Thompson at North Gateway Park on November 20.
Directions:  If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the
Arkansas River Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the
turn-off to Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left
after the two hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to
fishing pond.  The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On November 17, Percival reported Red-necked Grebe off West Fishing Roadt
at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On November 17 at Pueblo Reservoir, Percival reported 2 ad Trumpeter
Swans and 2 ad Tundra Swans in a cove S of South Shore Marina and ad Great
Black-backed Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull at South Shore
Marina tires.  On November 19 at South Shore Marina and SE Corner of Pueblo
Reservoir, Percival reported ad Great Black-backed Gull, 2 imm Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, juv Thayer's Gull and Pacific Loon.  On November 21 at
the South Shore Marina, Percival reported 1 ad Great Black-backed Gull, 1
ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 1 juv Thayer's Gull.  On November 22,
Percival reported 1 ad Great Black-backed Gull and 1 1-st cyc Lesser
Black-backed Gull at the South Shore Marina tires of Pueblo Reservoir.
--At the Sailboard Lauching area of Pueblo Reservoir a Dunlin was found by
Rich Miller on November 18 and seen by Percival and Walbek on November 19.
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Percival from the Northern Plains CG
of Pueblo Reservoir on November 22.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes (23 male, 27 f-type) were repored by Dodson at
Stagecoach Reservoir on November 21.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.  On November 17, Steele reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Miramonte Reservoir.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.  On November 20 at Union Reservoir, Dowell reported
Long-tailed Duck and Glaucous Gull.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT comcast.net
, 303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking
lot adjoining the South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of
Chatfield off of C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north
onto Wadsworth.  Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road
which becomes South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at
the sign that says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around
to parking lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Larimer County- 11/22
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007 AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:43:02 -0700
Nick Komar and I spent the whole day birding Larimer County.  We started
the morning off at Annex Reservoir #8.  Like Austin reported earlier today,
it was devoid of loons.  If anyone is interested, I posted a few photos of
the loon from Thursday on my Flickr page here: https://flic.kr/p/qa5q99.
From Annex 8 we headed to Cobb Lake where we found 2 Common Loons and a
possible Thayer's Gull.  The gull was on the darker side and the undersides
of the primaries looked too dark for us to comfortably call it a Thayer's.
After Cobb Lake we went to Poudre Reservoir #3.  Nick mentioned to keep an
eye out for black ducks, and I got excited when I spotted a darker
Mallard-like duck.  It wasn't a black duck, but it was a Mexican(ish)
Mallard.  I am still not very sure how to determine a pure/pure
enough/obvious intergrade, but there was no green in the bird's head and
there was not a whole lot of white in the tail.  We also had 5 species of
geese on the reservoir.  We made a quick stop at Douglas Reservoir where we
spotted the continuing Black and White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed
Duck.  We also relocated an interesting gull I found on Thursday, and as I
suspected it turned out to be a small first-year Ring-billed Gull.
Although we counted over 300 goldeneyes, we could not pick out any
Barrow's.  Another check of Annex #8 still did not produce the loon from
earlier in the week.  Our next stop was Timnath Reservoir where the second
goldeneye I saw was a male Barrow's and Nick spotted a first-year gull with
what looked like fairly uniform gray primaries.  The gull flew away, but
after we didn't find anything else out of the ordinary we tried to find the
gull.  It may have stopped at the Wal Mart on Harmony, because we found a
first-year Thayer's Gull there along with a nice assortment of ducks and an
interesting Herring Gull that showed a paler rump and more white in the
tail than the average American Herring Gull. From there we met up with
Georgia Doyle at Fossil Creek Reservoir.  Although we did not find much of
anything out of the ordinary, there was a decent number of birds including
almost 50 American White Pelicans and over 500 Common Mergansers.  As the
daylight was fading we headed south to the northern part of Horseshoe Lake
where we found likely the same Thayer's Gull from Wal Mart along with the
continuing Mew Gull and 2 Mexican(ish) Mallards.  One of the Mallards
didn't have as much white in the tail or chestnut in the breast as the
other one did.  I also got very excited when I saw a dark gull that looked
tiny.  I was hoping for another species, but it turned out to be a late
Franklin's Gull.  We ended the day at Lake Loveland where we added our
final species of gull for the day with 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  Nick
also spotted and photographed (maybe poorly in the fading light?) a
California Gull that had a noticeably paler back and a whiter head that was
possibly from the northern Great Plains population.  Overall it was a
really fun day of birding highlighted by 26 species of waterfowl and 8
species of gulls.

Good Birding,
Andy Bankert
Fort Collins, CO

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Subject: Birding in Colorado Springs, Canon City and Pueblo, 11/22
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:26:30 -0700
This morning, Todd Deininger, Sue Riffe, Gwen Moore and I set off for the 
middle of the state to look for several recently reported rarities. 


We started at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs (El Paso) where we got up-close 
and personal with all three scoters (2 Surf) plus Greater Scaup, Red-breasted 
Merganser and lots of other more expected species. We then went down CO 115 to 
Penrose (Fremont) and Brush Hollow Reservoir where there were double-digit 
Killdeer and 3 Canyon Towhees among others. We continued to Tunnel Drive where 
it was quite windy, but that didn't disturb a flock of Bushtits, a handful of 
White-crowned Sparrows and a Cooper's Hawk overhead (but no Rufous-crowned 
Sparrows, alas). 


In Canon City itself we had a sharp male Williamson's Sapsucker and a Red-naped 
Sapsucker in Centennial Park and found Juniper Titmouse along Temple Canyon 
Drive. 


We then continued to Pueblo Reservoir State Park (Pueblo) where, with Brandon 
Percival's assistance we had several productive stops (although not always 
seeing the same birds that Brandon reported earlier today). At West Fishing 
Road we had at least two Bonaparte's Gulls and Horned Grebes by the dam, but at 
the south marina we had 1st winter and adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a 
1st winter Mew Gull, but no Great Black-backed Gull. In addition, the only 
woodpecker we could find at City Park in Pueblo was a downy. 


Finally we stopped at Big Johnson (El Paso) on our trip home where we had 2 or 
3 Common Loons in the thousands of birds, but we were not able to turn up other 
recently reported good finds. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: Huerfano and Las Animas Cos. Birding
From: millerrichj via Colorado Birds <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:02:00 -0500
This morning I visited Lake Trinidad SP (Las Animas) and was amazed by  the 
variety of ducks, loons, grebes, etc on the water.  The highlights  were:
 
    Common Loon - 2
    Red-throated Loon - 1
    Red-necked Grebe - 2
    Surf Scoter - 1
    White-winged Scoter - 1
    Long-tailed Duck - 1
 
This is the best birding that I've ever experienced at this location by  
miles.  Hunters were present.
 
Yesterday I stopped at Lathrop SP (Huerfano) which was teeming with  
hundreds of gulls and ducks.  The highlights here:
 
    Barrow's Goldeneye - 1 out of 100+ Common  Goldeneyes.
    Red-necked Grebe - 2
    Long-tailed Duck - 1
 
Rich Miller
Canon City

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Subject: New COBirds.org website: Check out the homepage
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:04:48 -0800 (PST)
Hello, Birders.

Sorry, I was off the grid, at least COBirds-wise, last week. Which means I 
haven't had a chance for a little while to tell you more about all the 
great content and functionalities of the new COBirds website. Like the 
homepage iteself! If you haven't gone there yet, please do. Designer Ann 
Johnson has done a marvelous job of making this site function well both on 
smartphones and in the old-fashioned medium of computer monitors.

The basic concept of the homepage is to navigate you toward useful and 
timely content, both onsite and offsite. You've heard already about some of 
the splendid onsite content (convention reports, upcoming events, etc.). 
But the homepage is also an efficient way to get to offsite content of 
special interest to Colorado birders. A sampler:

1. CFO headlines. This is what it sounds like--current news for Colorado 
birders.

2. Colorado County Birding and the Colorado Bird Records Committees sites. 
These are sorta onsite, sorta offsite. More onsite, inasmuch as you get 
full access with your COBirds.org password.

3. COBirds (i.e., the listserv, where you are right now), eBird-Colorado, 
and CFO's group page on Facebook.

4. Birding and field ornithological sites with special relevance to CFO's 
mission. For example, the Colorado Birding Trail and the Colorado Breeding 
Bird Atlas.

And a whole lot more: a bird ID quiz, a bird checklist for the state, a 
directory of CFO volunteers, a portal to online content for Colorado Birds, 
information on grants and scholarships, etc.

See for yourself! It's all here:

*http://cobirds.org*

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

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Subject: RE: Rocky Mtn Arsensal NWR -- Adams County
From: B K <timshel40 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:33:27 -0700


Hello,

Just to start, let me say, no rarities -- just many old friends on a day of 
changing weather (Saturday). 


The lake status update at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR: After our early 
November deep-freeze, Lake Mary, Lake Ladora and the Havana Ponds are 
completely frozen and ice covered. I did not hike out to the Rod and Gun Ponds 
-- but would presume that since they are small ponds/lakes, they are frozen 
over as well. Not much bird-action happening at these ice-covered lakes though 
I did see deer, prairie dog and coyote. 


However, there is still significant open water at Lower Derby Lake -- which is 
visible from 6th Avenue (64th Avenue). This lake is closed to public walking 
access around the lake, but is easily visible from the paved road. Binoculars 
or a spotting scope definitely help. 


Canada Geese (thousands) and Mallards (many) -- and a very vocal group at that. 
However, as might be expected, there were many others mixed in including 
American Wigeon, Gadwall, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common 
Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Blue-winged Teal, 
Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler (scores), Snow Goose (1 stand out among the 
Canada Geese), Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot (scores) and Ring-billed Gull 
(scores). What kept it all interesting were the Bald Eagles -- one mature adult 
and 5 immature adults. As one might imagine, their passes over open water were 
quite a spectacle. At one point, on the ice-shelf at water's edge, there were 6 
Bald Eagles in various stages of maturity including one stunning mature Bald 
Eagle. At the inlet to Lake Ladora just below Lower Derby Lake, I did see a 
Belted Kingfisher. 


Elsewhere at RMANWR, I did see American Robin, Starling, Black-billed Magpie, 
Red-tailed Hawk and Mourning Dove. I was hoping to see at least a few sparrows 
or finches -- but none seen today (seems strange -- perhaps our unseasonable 
cold weather plays a role). Thanks for everyone's great reports -- I'm indebted 
to everyone here. 


Ben Kemena
Denver, Colorado

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Pueblo birds on 11/22
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:05:16 +0000 (UTC)
The re-scheduled Aiken Audubon trip that was going to be last Sunday, occurred 
today.  It was somewhat windy early, though it got nicer. 

Highlights from Pueblo Reservoir:Red-necked Grebe - 1 out from Northern Plains 
Campground (early morning light is best from the North side)Great Black-backed 
Gull - 1 adult on the South Shore Marina tiresLesser Black-backed Gull - 1 
first year on the South Shore Marina tiresCommon Loon - 1 only near the dam in 
the SE CornerBonaparte's Gulls were off West Fishing Road, as were a couple of 
Clark's GrebesHorned Grebes were near the dam, and Western and Eared were 
scattered all overCassin's Finch(es) were in the junipers at West Fishing 
RoadMountain Bluebirds were all over the place. 

At Pueblo City Park:A juvenile male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen in the NE 
Corner of Pueblo City Park. 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Larimer County Reservoirs 11/22/14
From: Austin Hess <outdoorlover1214 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:43:03 -0800 (PST)
The Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter, and Long-tailed Duck are all still 
at Douglas Reservoir as of late this morning. Nicole Teel, Fawn Simonds, 
and I also had very nice views at a SORA in a creek west of the small metal 
building on the north side of Douglas Reservoir. Nice to find. 

No sign of any Loons at Annex #8

Tundra Swans still present at Hamilton Reservoir. 7 total this time. 

Good birding,

Austin Hess
Fort Collins, Colorado



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Subject: Re: Scoter hat trick, Memorial Park, CoSprings, El Paso
From: Todd Deininger <goldeneagle90a AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:52:48 -0700
SW
On Nov 22, 2014 7:45 AM, "Todd Deininger"  wrote:

> All in the ST corner.
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Subject: Scoter hat trick, Memorial Park, CoSprings, El Paso
From: Todd Deininger <goldeneagle90a AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:45:20 -0700
All in the ST corner.

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:05:54 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 22, 2014

The RMBO Barrow's Goldeneye count for Sunday 23 November has been cancelled
due to weather.

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Saturday, November 22 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Boulder, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer, Park, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Arapahoe, Bent, El Paso, Garfield, *Larimer, Weld)
Surf Scoter (*Arapahoe, *El Paso, Fremont, Mesa)
White-winged Scoter (*Arapahoe, Douglas/Jefferson,  *El Paso, Larimer,
Mesa, Park)
Black Scoter (*Douglas, *El Paso, *Garfield, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Lake, *Routt, Summit, Weld)
Pacific Loon (*Douglas, Larimer, Morgan, Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo, Prowers, San Miguel)
Dunlin (Pueblo)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, *Pueblo, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Bent, Ouray, *Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Mesa)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson)
Rusty Blackbird (*Douglas/Jefferson, Mesa)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A juv Tundra Swan was reported by Sheeter at Adams County Fairground on
November 17.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.  On November 16, Suddjian reported 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cooley Lake.
--Two White-winged Scoters were reported flying over C470 near South Platte
Reservoir on November 17.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.  On November 21 at
Aurora Reservoir, Walbek reported 2 Surf Scoters and 1 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Hopping at Cherry Creek Reservoir
on November 18.
--At Cherry Creek Reservoir on November 19, Righter reported 2 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and 1 ad Thayer's Gull.  On November 20, Walbek reported
imm Long-tailed Duck, ad Thayer's Gull, and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
At Cherry Creek on November 21, Walbek reported 1 White-winged Scoter, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.  On November 18, Stulp reported
Long-tailed Duck at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--At Aurora Rampart Reservoir at Roxborough on November 18, Suddjian
reported 2 f Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.  On November 19 at Aurora
Rampart Reservoir, Kellner reported 1 imm Black Scoters and a Pacific
Loon.  On November 20, Clark reported Black Scotter at Aurora Rampart
Reservoir.  On November 21 at Aurora Rampart Reservoir, Gillilan reported
Pacific Loon and 3 f-type Black Scoters.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 17, Suddjian reported 5 Tundra Swans near the Marina Sand
Spit and an ad White-winged Scoter at Chatfield SP.
--A White-winged Scoter was reported by Matt Clark at the Swim Beach at
Chatfield SP on November 18.
--A f Rusty Blackbird was reported by Gillilan at Chatfield SP on November
21.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  On November 21, Tina Jones
reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 f Black Scoter, and 1 f-type White-winged Scoter
at Prospect Lake.
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.  A White-winged Scoter
and Long-tailed Duck was reported by Farese at Big Johnson on November 18.
Percival reported White-winged Scoter and f Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson
on November 19.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.  The Surf Scoter was reported
by Moss on November 19 at Valco Pond.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.  On November 19, Zerbi reported 2
Long-tailed Ducks at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November 20, Potter reported
Long-tailed Duck and 3 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November
21, Trappett reported 3 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap Reservoir.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 19, Kibbe reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17 and November 18, Leatherman reported
ad f White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  On
November 20, Bankert reported White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, and
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.  On November 21, Righter reported
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.  Douglas Reservoir is NW of
intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Hamilton Reservoir
(associated with Rawhide Power Plant) on November 18.  3 Tundra Swans were
reported by Bankert at Hamiliton Reservoir on November 19.
--At Boyd Lake at the N end on November 18, Wild reported 4 probable Black
Scoters.
--On November 20, Bankert reported a Pacific Loon at Annex Reservoir #8
(South side of CR 56).

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  On
November 18, Luger reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe at
the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 20 Henwood reported 1
Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Henwood at Highline Lake on November 20.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Ortenzio reported that
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 14.  Henwood reported the
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 16.  Dunning reported the COSTA'S
HUMMINGBIRD on November 17.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Gwen
Moore on November 18.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Woodward on
November 19.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

OURAY COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Dexter at Ridgway Reservoir on
November 17.  On November 20, Zerbi reported Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Ridgway Reservoir.

PARK COUNTY:
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Suddjian at ponds near Cline Drive near
Santa Maria on November 17.
--On CR 58 on November 17, Suddjian reported 100 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
and 30 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on November 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17. Red-necked
Grebe was reported by Thompson at North Gateway Park on November 20.
Directions:  If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the
Arkansas River Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the
turn-off to Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left
after the two hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to
fishing pond.  The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On November 17, Percival reported Red-necked Grebe off West Fishing Roadt
at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On November 17 at Pueblo Reservoir, Percival reported 2 ad Trumpeter
Swans and 2 ad Tundra Swans in a cove S of South Shore Marina and ad Great
Black-backed Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull at South Shore
Marina tires.  On November 19 at South Shore Marina and SE Corner of Pueblo
Reservoir, Percival reported ad Great Black-backed Gull, 2 imm Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, juv Thayer's Gull and Pacific Loon.  On November 21 at
the South Shore Marina, Percival reported 1 ad Great Black-backed Gull, 1
ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 1 juv Thayer's Gull.
--At the Sailboard Lauching area of Pueblo Reservoir a Dunlin was found by
Rich Miller on November 18 and seen by Percival and Walbek on November 19.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes (23 male, 27 f-type) were repored by Dodson at
Stagecoach Reservoir on November 21.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.  On November 17, Steele reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Miramonte Reservoir.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.  On November 20 at Union Reservoir, Dowell reported
Long-tailed Duck and Glaucous Gull.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 22 will be the Chatfield SP led
by Ed Holub (edmund.holub AT gmail.com, 303-979-2194).  Meet inside west
entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.  Lunch is
optional as trip will be half day but bring snacks and water.  State Parks
pass required.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT concast.net,
303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking lot adjoining the
South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of
C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north onto Wadsworth.
Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road which becomes
South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around to parking
lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Scoters chowing down, El Paso County
From: Art Hudak <donotbeconfused AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:02:23 -0800 (PST)
Your comments are clear and concise.

On Friday, November 21, 2014 9:06:15 PM UTC-7, tjcalliope wrote:

>  The 3, different Scoter species were at Prospect Lake[in Memorial Park], 
> today 11/21. I saw 2, Surf Scoter, 1, f. Black Scoter , and 1, f. 
> type White-winged Scoter. I could not get a good view of a third Scoter 
> which was way on the other side of the lake and behind the Canada Geese. 
> What a stitch to watch these Scoters. I could barely pull myself away. We 
> are talking major chowing down. One Surf Scoter ate 1, Crayfish, quickly 
> dove, ate a second Crayfish, dove again and ate a third Crayfish, dove 
> again, ate a fourth Crayfish, and dove again and ate a fifth Crayfish. 
> While this Surf was eating the other Surf Scoter continued to swallow 
> Crayfish, while the Black Scoter also ate Crayfish. The Black was having a 
> harder time swallowing the Crayfish than the Surf. Then these 3 scoters 
> swam a bit out into the middle of the lake and closed their eyes very 
> briefly and  Not for long. The 3 of them proceeded back to where they were 
> originally feeding and they all started chowing down as if they had never 
> eaten. No wonder the Scoters are at this park. It is a giant restaurant . 
> I've seen Scoters eat Mussels off the east coast, but they did not swallow 
> them as quickly as the the Scoters ate their prey in Prospect Lake.
>  
> Also present, but not in order, were Lesser Scaup, 1 pair of greater 
> Scaup, 1, pair of Canvasback, 1, pair of Redhead, Common Goldeneye, many 
> Ruddy Duck and Hooded Merganser, Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, 1, 
> California Gull, and many Ring-billed Gull. Eared Grebe were checking the 
> Scoter out. One Red-tailed Hawk was sitting in a tree, undisturbed by 
> people walking under the tree.
>  
> Happy Birding!
> Tina Jones
> Littleton, Jefferson County, CO
>  

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Subject: Scoters chowing down, El Paso County
From: Tina Jones <tjcalliope AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:06:11 -0700


The 3, different Scoter species were at Prospect Lake[in Memorial Park], today 
11/21. I saw 2, Surf Scoter, 1, f. Black Scoter , and 1, f. type White-winged 
Scoter. I could not get a good view of a third Scoter which was way on the 
other side of the lake and behind the Canada Geese. What a stitch to watch 
these Scoters. I could barely pull myself away. We are talking major chowing 
down. One Surf Scoter ate 1, Crayfish, quickly dove, ate a second Crayfish, 
dove again and ate a third Crayfish, dove again, ate a fourth Crayfish, and 
dove again and ate a fifth Crayfish. While this Surf was eating the other Surf 
Scoter continued to swallow Crayfish, while the Black Scoter also ate Crayfish. 
The Black was having a harder time swallowing the Crayfish than the Surf. Then 
these 3 scoters swam a bit out into the middle of the lake and closed their 
eyes very briefly and Not for long. The 3 of them proceeded back to where they 
were originally feeding and they all started chowing down as if they had never 
eaten. No wonder the Scoters are at this park. It is a giant restaurant . I've 
seen Scoters eat Mussels off the east coast, but they did not swallow them as 
quickly as the the Scoters ate their prey in Prospect Lake. 

 
Also present, but not in order, were Lesser Scaup, 1 pair of greater Scaup, 1, 
pair of Canvasback, 1, pair of Redhead, Common Goldeneye, many Ruddy Duck and 
Hooded Merganser, Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, 1, California Gull, and many 
Ring-billed Gull. Eared Grebe were checking the Scoter out. One Red-tailed Hawk 
was sitting in a tree, undisturbed by people walking under the tree. 

 
Happy Birding!
Tina Jones
Littleton, Jefferson County, CO

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Latham Res. and Golf Cart Boy
From: "'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:30:36 -0500
Yep, he's back. Probably never left, even though I haven't heard any reports 
recently. I decided to go out to Jackson SP to poke around a bit this 
afternoon, and came up with mostly the usual suspects. I timed my departure to 
arrive at Latham a half hour before sunset in hopes of spotting a short-eared 
owl (which, predictably enough, I did not). What I did get, however, was 
another run-in with the infamous (named by me, for lack of a better option) 
Golf Cart Boy, the fellow who comes out onto WCR 48 (which passes through the 
marsh at the south end of the reservoir) in his ATV and harasses birders, takes 
down license numbers and other such nonsense. To avoid the speeding traffic on 
48 (some cars were passing at more than 60 mph by my estimate), I pulled off 
into the far east end (away from the oil equipment) of the south side oil pad 
and was busily observing a merlin (aside from the lack of owls and presence of 
GCB, the visit was quite productive) when I heard the approach of a vehicle 
with some serious valve problems. Ignoring the vehicle in the hope of avoiding 
a confrontation, I busied myself with a great view of the merlin until I was 
hailed and informed that I was trespassing. I inquired if I were speaking to a 
representative of the oil company, and was told no, that the sheriff had 
stopped by and specifically requested that this yayhoo chase people off the oil 
pad. Well, having long ago had enough of this guy's act, I went back to 
ignoring him, whereupon he called the sheriff's office, phone on speaker so I 
could here the conversation and be appropriately intimidated. He told the 
office that I was trespassing, arguing and refusing to leave; I plead guilty to 
the latter two. Based on his demeanor, I interpreted that each of these was a 
felony that carried the death penalty, or worse, and that I was toast. I asked 
him if the sheriff was on his way and he said yes, and sped off in a shower of 
gravel and epithets cast my way. Yes, Dave, I think they were aspersions......I 
actually waited around for a half hour, on the shaky pretext of looking for 
owls, but no law enforcement officials appeared. Apparently trespassing, 
arguing and refusing to leave are not offenses which are high on their priority 
list. 



Anyway, I wish that I would get to report a rarity or something every now and 
then. I'm not sure when I was appointed Official Jerk Magnet of the birding 
community, but I'd be delighted to pass along the mantle if anyone wants it. 



And on a birding note, other than the lack of short-eared owls, Latham was 
delightful, with the merlin, several red-tails, multiple harriers of all sexes 
and ages, a few great-tailed grackles, and assorted other typicals. There is a 
large open area on the south side of the otherwise-frozen reservoir, and there 
was a truly spectacular "fly out" of Canada Geese (surprisingly, no white 
geese), consisting of at least 10,000 birds in numerous skeins heading off in 
various directions. Couple that with a spectacular sunset over the marshes, and 
it was a worthwhile, if somewhat annoying, stop. 



To sum up, Latham is a great place for a brief sunset stop if you don't mind 
threats and intimidation. 



Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO


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Subject: Re: Loon at Annex #8 (Larimer) on 11/21
From: "'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:01:12 -0500
Dave- I think "to cast aspersions" is what happens if you eat bad cottage 
cheese...... 



Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO




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From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN 
To: COBIRDS 
Sent: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 1:52 pm
Subject: [cobirds] Loon at Annex #8 (Larimer) on 11/21



I went up to Annex #8 Reservoir today, which is just north of the Fort Collins 
Country Club in the southwest corner of the intersection of CRs 13 and 56. Andy 
Bankert reported a sleeping, unidentified loon on Windsor #8 (res across 56 
from Annex #8 day before yesterday) and a Pacific Loon from Annex #8 yesterday. 
This morning, the loon at Annex #8, after considerable anguished observation 
from a couple different angles and distances, in my opinion is a Common Loon. I 
have heard a few other observers of today's bird agree with this diagnosis. 
With all the movement of waterfowl ongoing, it is quite possible the bird today 
and Andy's bird from yesterday are different. I am not casting aspersions, 
whatever aspersions are? 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins  
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Pueblo Reservoir 11/21
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:15:05 +0000 (UTC)
I went over to the South Shore Marina tires at Pueblo Reservoir mid-afternoon 
today, to see if there were any different gulls around.  Late in the afternoon 
is always when there are more gulls around, then other times of the day at 
Pueblo Reservoir. 

Great Black-backed Gull - 1 adultLesser Black-backed Gull - 1 adult (my first 
adult this winter), 1 first yearThayer's Gull - 1 juvenileCommon Loon - 3 seen 
from the South Shore Marina See some of you tomorrow for the Aiken Audubon 
trip around Pueblo. 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Colorado CBC Dates
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:40:11 +0000 (UTC)
I got quite a few updates on Christmas Bird Count dates.
2014:
Saturday, Dec 13: Roaring Fork River Valley (this won't be an official 
National Audubon CBC this year, since it won't be held during the official 
dates of Dec14-Jan 5). 

Sunday, Dec 14: Aspen, Boulder, Delta, Durango, Eagle Valley, Evergreen-Idaho 
Springs, Fairplay, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Pagosa Springs, Penrose. 

Monday, Dec 15: John Martin Reservoir.
Tuesday, Dec 16: Rocky Ford, Sterling.
Saturday, Dec 20: Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Monte Vista 
N.W.R., Montrose, Pueblo Reservoir, Salida, Steamboat Springs 

Sunday, Dec 21: Westcliffe.
Friday, Dec 26: Rawhide Energy Station.
Saturday. Dec 27: Spanish Peaks.
2015:

Thursday, Jan 1: Denver (Urban), Grand Mesa, Loveland.
Friday, Jan 2: Flagler.
Saturday: Jan 3: Crook, Douglas County, Great Sand Dunes N.P., Hotchkiss, Lake 
Isabel. 

Sunday, Jan 4: Barr Lake, Black Forest
There are between 10 and 15 more Colorado CBCs that the date hasn't 
been posted on the CBC Website as of yet.   

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: BRAMBLING in Wyoming 11/21
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:53:23 +0000 (UTC)
I see on the ABA Rare Bird Alert facebook page, that a Brambling was 
photographed in Saratoga, Wyoming this morning.  The state's 3rd record! 

Colorado birders should be on the lookout, they come to feeders sometimes. 
Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Douglas Res--L-t Duck
From: Bob Righter <rorighter AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:58:20 -0700
Hi

The female Long-tailed Duck is still at Douglas Res., in northern Larimer Co. 
First seen by David Wade, then by Rachel Hopper, followed by Dave Leatherman. 
Seen in the north-east section of reservoir. Look for a small duck, smaller 
then a female Goldeneye, with a whitish head. I didn't see the Black or 
White-winged Scoters that were also previously reported earlier. 


Good luck

Bob Righter
Denver, CO

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Subject: DFO RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Nov 23 cancelled
From: "Kay Niyo" <Kay AT KayNiyo.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:48:00 -0700
The DFO RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Nov 23 led by Paul
Slingsby has been cancelled due to the expected storm.

 

Kay

 

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Niyo Scientific Communications

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Subject: Jeffco, Douglas: Rusty Blackbird, loons, Black Scoters
From: David Gillilan <david.gillilan09 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:16:40 -0700
Susan Pellegrini and I found a female Rusty Blackbird this morning at Chatfield 
Reservoir, along the shore at the Massey Draw area. There were also 1-2 Common 
Loons farther south in the reservoir, and small numbers of a variety of ducks 
and grebes, otherwise not particularly birdy. At Aurora Rampart Reservoir 
(entrance to Roxborough State Park), we found Mark Chavez, the continuing 
Pacific Loon, and 3 female/1st winter Black Scoters, along with a smattering of 
ducks and coots. 


David Gillilan
Littleton

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Subject: Loon at Annex #8 (Larimer) on 11/21
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:52:43 -0700
I went up to Annex #8 Reservoir today, which is just north of the Fort Collins 
Country Club in the southwest corner of the intersection of CRs 13 and 56. Andy 
Bankert reported a sleeping, unidentified loon on Windsor #8 (res across 56 
from Annex #8 day before yesterday) and a Pacific Loon from Annex #8 yesterday. 
This morning, the loon at Annex #8, after considerable anguished observation 
from a couple different angles and distances, in my opinion is a Common Loon. I 
have heard a few other observers of today's bird agree with this diagnosis. 
With all the movement of waterfowl ongoing, it is quite possible the bird today 
and Andy's bird from yesterday are different. I am not casting aspersions, 
whatever aspersions are? 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins  
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Pacific Loon Larimer Co.
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:48:48 -0800 (PST)
Visited Pacific Loon at Noon--stationed in very far SW cove.  Sleeping most 
of time.

"Photo" (very long distance with digital zoom=bad photo):  
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo

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

On Friday, November 21, 2014 9:34:58 AM UTC-7, Georgia Doyle wrote:
>
> The loon reported by Andy Bankert yesterday at Annex Reservoir no 8 is 
> still here.  On  cr 13 s of cr 56. Best viewing at dam on east side of res. 
> near oil well. Need scope.
>
> Georgia Doyle 
> Fort Collins
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Subject: Arapahoe Co. Lakes
From: Glenn Walbek <juncos AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:36:11 -0600
Aurora Reservoir - 2 Surf Scoters, 1 adult Lesser Black- backed Gull

Cherry Creek Reservoir - 1 White-winged Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Common 
Loons at least 1 adult Lesser Black- backed Gull. 


Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Pacific Loon Larimer Co.
From: Georgia Doyle <gadoyle3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:34:56 -0700
The loon reported by Andy Bankert yesterday at Annex Reservoir no 8 is
still here.  On  cr 13 s of cr 56. Best viewing at dam on east side of res.
near oil well. Need scope.

Georgia Doyle
Fort Collins

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Subject: Re: Common merganser rescue. Boulder county
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:23:50 -0800 (PST)
Here are Colorado licensed wildlife rehabilitators, 

http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/SpecialLicenses/WildlifeRehabilitation/PublicRehabListing.pdf, 

should someone get to bird.

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


On Friday, November 21, 2014 7:36:59 AM UTC-7, jebo... AT gmail.com wrote:
>
> I just found a common merganser in the middle of the road on Martin Drive 
> in Martin acres. If I did not need to be in a classroom in 20 minutes I 
> would be able to rescue him. He is now sitting near a bush on the corner of 
> 44th St. and Martin Drive.  I know some people are of the school of thought 
> that nature should take it's course.  I'm not one of those people. :-) 
>
> If anyone manages to rescue him please let me know. 
>
> Julia Bond 
>  Boulder  County 
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Common merganser rescue. Boulder county
From: Julia <jebond333 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:36:52 -0700
I just found a common merganser in the middle of the road on Martin Drive in 
Martin acres. If I did not need to be in a classroom in 20 minutes I would be 
able to rescue him. He is now sitting near a bush on the corner of 44th St. and 
Martin Drive. I know some people are of the school of thought that nature 
should take it's course. I'm not one of those people. :-) 


If anyone manages to rescue him please let me know. 

Julia Bond
 Boulder  County

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:57:31 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 21, 2014

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

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

Swan spec (Arapahoe, Boulder, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer, Park, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Arapahoe, Bent, El Paso, *Garfield, *Larimer, *Weld)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, El Paso, Fremont, *Mesa, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Douglas/Jefferson,  El Paso, *Larimer, Mesa,
Park)
Black Scoter (*Douglas, El Paso, *Garfield, *Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Lake, Routt, Summit, Weld)
Pacific Loon (Douglas, Jefferson,  *Larimer, Morgan, Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Pueblo, *Prowers, San Miguel)
Dunlin (Pueblo)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, Pueblo, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, *Ouray, Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (*Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Mesa)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, Jefferson)
Rusty Blackbird (*Mesa)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)
PURPLE FINCH (Pueblo)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A juv Tundra Swan was reported by Sheeter at Adams County Fairground on
November 17.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Swans were reported by Beltz at Cherry Creek Reservoir off the Lake
Loop on November 13.
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.  On November 16, Suddjian reported 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cooley Lake.
--Two White-winged Scoters were reported flying over C470 near South Platte
Reservoir on November 17.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Hopping at Cherry Creek Reservoir
on November 18.
--At Cherry Creek Reservoir on November 19, Righter reported 2 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and 1 ad Thayer's Gull.  On November 20, Walbek reported
imm Long-tailed Duck, ad Thayer's Gull, and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.  On November 18, Stulp reported
Long-tailed Duck at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Severs at Lagerman Reservoir on
November 13.  On November 15 Frye reported Red-necked Grebe at Lagerman.
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--At Aurora Rampart Reservoir at Roxborough on November 18, Suddjian
reported 2 f Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.  On November 19 at Aurora
Rampart Reservoir, Kellner reported 1 imm Black Scoters and a Pacific
Loon.  On November 20, Clark reported Black Scotter at Aurora Rampart
Reservoir.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 17, Suddjian reported 5 Tundra Swans near the Marina Sand
Spit and an ad White-winged Scoter at Chatfield SP.
--A White-winged Scoter was reported by Matt Clark at the Swim Beach at
Chatfield SP on November 18

EL PASO COUNTY:
--2 Tundra Swans were reported by Big Johnson by Driscoll on November 14.
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  Drummond reported 3 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 1 ad Black Scoter at Prospect Lake on November
15.  On November 17, Hinds reported 3 White-winged Scoters, 1 Black Scoter,
and 2 Surf Scoters at Prospect Lake.  On November 18, Chartier reported 1
Surf Scoter, 1 Black Scoter, and 1 White-winged Scoter at Prospect Lake.
On November 19, Walbek reported Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, and White-winged
Scoter at Prospect Lake.
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.  A White-winged Scoter
and Long-tailed Duck was reported by Farese at Big Johnson on November 18.
Percival reported White-winged Scoter and f Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson
on November 19.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.  The Surf Scoter was reported
by Moss on November 19 at Valco Pond.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.  On November 19, Zerbi reported 2
Long-tailed Ducks at Rifle Gap Reservoir.  On November 20, Potter reported
Long-tailed Duck and 3 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap Reservoir.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Hudak at Harriman Lake on November 13 and
November 14.
--A "Red" Fox Sparrow was reported by Mitzen at Red Rocks Trading Post on
November 14.
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 19, Kibbe reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--3 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Park Creek Reservoir viewed
from 80 Rd, 8 miles W of Hamiliton Reservoir on November 13.
--On November 15, Komar reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull and
Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland and
an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Loveland in the NW corner.
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17 and November 18, Leatherman reported
ad f White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  On
November 20, Bankert\ reported White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, and
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.  Douglas Reservoir is NW of
intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Hamilton Reservoir
(associated with Rawhide Power Plant) on November 18.  3 Tundra Swans were
reported by Bankert at Hamiliton Reservoir on November 19.
--At Boyd Lake at the N end on November 18, Wild reported 4 probable Black
Scoters.
--On November 20, Bankert reported a Pacific Loon at Annex Reservoir #8
(South side of CR 56).

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  Two
Surf Scoters were reported by Ortenzio at Colorado River State Park, Fruita
Section on November 6.  On November 11, Henwood reported that the two Surf
Scoters continue at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November
12, Zerbi reported that the two Surf Scoters continue at the Fruita Section
of Colorado River SP.  On November 15, Woodward reported 3 Surf Scoters at
Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 17, Dunning reported 1
Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 18,
Luger reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe at the Fruita
Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 20 Henwood reported 1 Surf
Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.
--A Rusty Blackbird was reported by Henwoodat Highline Lake on November 20.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Ortenzio reported that
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 14.  Henwood reported the
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 16.  Dunning reported the COSTA'S
HUMMINGBIRD on November 17.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Gwen
Moore on November 18.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Woodward on
November 19.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

OURAY COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Dexter at Ridgway Reservoir on
November 17.  On November 20, Zerbi reported Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Ridgway Reservoir.

PARK COUNTY:
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Suddjian at ponds near Cline Drive near
Santa Maria on November 17.
--On CR 58 on November 17, Suddjian reported 100 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
and 30 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on November 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17. Red-necked
Grebe was reported by Thompson at North Gateway Park on November 20.
Directions:  If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the
Arkansas River Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the
turn-off to Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left
after the two hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to
fishing pond.  The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe and f PURPLE FINCH were reported by Percival off West
Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir on November 15.  On November 17, Percival
reported Red-necked Grebe off West Fishing Roadt at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On November 17 at Pueblo Reservoir, Percival reported 2 ad Trumpeter
Swans and 2 ad Tundra Swans in a cove S of South Shore Marina and ad Great
Black-backed Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull at South Shore
Marina tires.  On November 19 at South Shore Marina and SE Corner of Pueblo
Reservoir, Percival reported ad Great Black-backed Gull, 2 imm Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, juv Thayer's Gull and Pacific Loon.
--At the Sailboard Lauching area of Pueblo Reservoir a Dunlin was found by
Rich Miller on November 18 and seen by Percival and Walbek on November 19.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Litteral on Lake Catamount just
south of Steamboat Springs on November 12.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.  On November 17, Steele reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Miramonte Reservoir.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 f-type Surf Scoters and a Thayer's Gull were reported by Prather at
Union Reservoir on November 14.
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.  On November 20 at Union Reservoir, Dowell reported
Long-tailed Duck and Glaucous Gull.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 22 will be the Chatfield SP led
by Ed Holub (edmund.holub AT gmail.com, 303-979-2194).  Meet inside west
entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.  Lunch is
optional as trip will be half day but bring snacks and water.  State Parks
pass required.

RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Sunday Novmeber 23 led by Paul
Slingsby (paslingsby ATcomcast.net 303-422-3728).  Meet at stegosaurus lot
to carpool.  From I-70 west, exit 259 (Morrison exit), turn left and driver
under I-70 bridge and look for Park-n-Ride on your left.  This is the same
lot as used by Hawk Watch.  Meet at south end of lot near driveway at 0800.
  Will count Barrow's Goldeneyes and other birds at Silverthorne water
treatment plant, then drive to Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand
Lake.  Spotting scopes, binoculars, and 2-way radios will be useful.  Dress
for cold windy weather even if forecast is for a comfortable day.
Insulated, wind-proof leg coverings, and warm boots are recommended.  Bring
water and snacks.  Will find a warm place to buy lunch.  Plan to be back at
Stegosaurus lot by dark.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT concast.net,
303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking lot adjoining the
South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of
C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north onto Wadsworth.
Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road which becomes
South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around to parking
lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Rusty Blackbird & Sora - Highline Lake - Mesa County
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:49:24 -0700
Nic Korte and I spent the day scouting for The Thanksgiving Waterfowl trip
this Saturday.  We had one of those memorable birding experiences that one
never forgets this afternoon.

We were driving from Highline Lake on the east side (where the offices &
campground are located) to the west side and Mack Mesa area on R Road.  As
we crossed the little stream below the dam I slowed the car down and we
looked at the ducks in the stream.  Nic said "There's our Green-winged Teal
(we didn't have one for the day)" as a flock of Mallards and 4 Green-wings
took flight.  "Wait a minute, there's a snipe."  "What's that blackbird on
the ground just above the snipe.  In the next 30 minutes we witnessed the
following in that one little muddy area next to the stream with our binocs
and then our scopes.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
Wilson's Snipe
Virginia Rail (2)
SORA
Marsh Wren
Song Sparrow (several)

The Rusty soon left the mud flat and flew upstream into dense cover.  The
Wilson's Snipe stayed in the same location feeding the entire time, while
the 2 Virginia Rails, Sora, and Marsh Wren would dart out from the heavy
cover to feed on the mud flat briefly, then dart back to cover before
emerging again.  Several times all the birds could be seen at the same
time. We watched this action for about 30 minutes from 3:30 to 4.

Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa County

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Subject: Map cabinets
From: "'Hugh Kingery' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:55:46 -0500
The Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas has two beautifully built map cabinets for 
which we would like to find a home. Allen Lavery made them for the first atlas. 



    Dimensions: 28 x 33 (width, depth) x 35 inches tall 
 16 drawers, the size to hold a topographic map flat. Each will hold 70-80 topo 
maps. 

    Wood sides, masonite bottoms.

I can send pictures - I don't have a site where you can go on-line to look at 
them. 


 
If you might have a use for them, CBAP would gladly give them to you (for a 
modest donation, of course). They currently live in our garage where a pickup 
truck would have to pick them up. 


 

Hugh Kingery 
  Franktown, CO

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Subject: Pueblo Dunlin update 11/20
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:10:57 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
I went over to Sailboard launching area this morning at Pueblo Reservoir and 
looked to see if the Dunlin was around and I didn't see it the two times I went 
there.  There's a few other places that have shore around Pueblo Reservoir, 
that the Dunlin could go to perhaps (maybe the N-1 Road, SE Corner, South Shore 
Marina area, or Hobie Cat Road).  If anyone happens to be out there and 
re-finds it, please let us know where.   

I walked along the Arkansas River on the north side, mainly looking for Rusty 
Blackbird, Black Phoebes and unusual shorebirds, and didn't find any. 

Hopefully there will be some birds around here on Saturday for the Aiken 
Audubon Group.  Seems like the rare stuff likes to be around here during the 
week and not as much over the weekends.  

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Larimer County 11/20
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007 AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:42:01 -0700
Here are some birds of note I saw around Larimer County today.  It was nice
to run into several other people birding throughout the morning!

Annex Reservoir #8 (south side of CR56):
Pacific Loon

Pouder Reservoir # 3:
~15 Ross's Geese
~20 Snow Geese
2 Greater White-fronted Geese

Douglas Reservoir:
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck


Good Birding,
Andy Bankert
Fort Collins

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Subject: Long- tailed Duck, Cherry Creek
From: Glenn Walbek <juncos AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:17:26 -0600
The numbers of diving ducks and gulls are increasing at Cherry Creek.  An 
immature Long-tailed Duck, an adult Thayer's Gull and 4 Lesser Black-backed 
Gulls were the highlights this morning. 


Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe, North Gateway Park, Lamar (Prowers County) Colorado, 2014Nov20
From: Janeal Thompson <janealthompson AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:47:04 -0800 (PST)
As of 11:20 a.m., 2014Nov20, the winter plumage *Red-necked Grebe* was at 
North Gateway Park in Lamar (Prowers County) Colorado.

Janeal Thompson
Lamar, CO  

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Subject: Windsor Reservoir/Weld
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:20:30 -0800 (PST)
Windsor Reservoir hosted thousands of birds this morning--viewed from north 
side and SE corner.  There were lots of birds in NW corner, middle of 
reservoir.  Reservoir 50% iced(?).

   - Common Loon
   - Bald Eagle - 3
   - Ducks - 1,000s (distance)
   - Gulls - 1,000s (distance)
   - Geese - 1,000s (distance)
   - Snow/Ross's 250+
      - Greater White-fronted - 1
   
Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

http://coloradobirder.ning.com/

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:28:47 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 20, 2014

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Thursday, November 20 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Arapahoe, Boulder, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, *Larimer, Park, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, Bent, *El Paso, Garfield, *Larimer, Weld)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, *El Paso, Fremont, Mesa, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, Douglas/Jefferson,  *El Paso, *Larimer,
Mesa, Park)
Black Scoter (*Douglas, El Paso, Garfield, *Larimer)
Long-tailed Duck (El Paso, *Garfield, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Lake, Routt, Summit, Weld)
Pacific Loon (*Douglas, Jefferson,  Morgan, Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Pueblo, Prowers, San Miguel)
Dunlin (*Pueblo)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (*Arapahoe, *Pueblo, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (*Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, Ouray, *Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (*Pueblo)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Mesa)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, *Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)
PURPLE FINCH (Pueblo)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A juv Tundra Swan was reported by Sheeter at Adams County Fairground on
November 17.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Swans were reported by Beltz at Cherry Creek Reservoir off the Lake
Loop on November 13.
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.  On November 16, Suddjian reported 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cooley Lake.
--Two White-winged Scoters were reported flying over C470 near South Platte
Reservoir on November 17.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Hopping at Cherry Creek Reservoir
on November 18.
--At Cherry Creek Reservoir on November 19, Righter reported 2 ad Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and 1 ad Thayer's Gull.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.  On November 18, Stulp reported
Long-tailed Duck at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Severs at Lagerman Reservoir on
November 13.  On November 15 Frye reported Red-necked Grebe at Lagerman.
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--At Aurora Rampart Reservoir at Roxborough on November 18, Suddjian
reported 2 f Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.  On November 19 at Aurora
Rampart Reservoir, Kellner reported 1 imm Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 17, Suddjian reported 5 Tundra Swans near the Marina Sand
Spit and an ad White-winged Scoter at Chatfield SP.
--A White-winged Scoter was reported by Matt Clark at the Swim Beach at
Chatfield SP on November 18

EL PASO COUNTY:
--2 Tundra Swans were reported by Big Johnson by Driscoll on November 14.
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  Drummond reported 3 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 1 ad Black Scoter at Prospect Lake on November
15.  On November 17, Hinds reported 3 White-winged Scoters, 1 Black Scoter,
and 2 Surf Scoters at Prospect Lake.  On November 18, Chartier reported 1
Surf Scoter, 1 Black Scoter, and 1 White-winged Scoter at Prospect Lake.
On November 19, Walbek reported Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, and White-winged
Scoter at Prospect Lake.
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.  A White-winged Scoter
and Long-tailed Duck was reported by Farese at Big Johnson on November 18.
Percival reported White-winged Scoter and f Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson
on November 19.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.  The Surf Scoter was reported
by Moss on November 19 at Valco Pond.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.  On November 19, Zerbi reported 2
Long-tailed Ducks at Rifle Gap Reservoir.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Hudak at Harriman Lake on November 13 and
November 14.
--A "Red" Fox Sparrow was reported by Mitzen at Red Rocks Trading Post on
November 14.
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 19, Kibbe reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox
Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--3 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Park Creek Reservoir viewed
from 80 Rd, 8 miles W of Hamiliton Reservoir on November 13.
--On November 15, Komar reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull and
Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland and
an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Loveland in the NW corner.
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17 and November 18, Leatherman reported
ad f White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  On
November 19, Hopper reported White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, and
Long-tailed Duck at Douglas Reservoir.  Douglas Reservoir is NW of
intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Hamilton Reservoir
(associated with Rawhide Power Plant) on Nomber 18.  3 Tundra Swans were
reported by Bankert at Hamiliton Reservoir on November 19.
--At Boyd Lake at the N end on November 18, Wild reported 4 probable Black
Scoters.

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  Two
Surf Scoters were reported by Ortenzio at Colorado River State Park, Fruita
Section on November 6.  On November 11, Henwood reported that the two Surf
Scoters continue at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November
12, Zerbi reported that the two Surf Scoters continue at the Fruita
Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 15, Woodward reported 3 Surf
Scoters at Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 17, Dunning
reported 1 Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On
November 18, Luger reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe at
the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Ortenzio reported that
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 14.  Henwood reported the
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 16.  Dunning reported the COSTA'S
HUMMINGBIRD on November 17.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Gwen
Moore on November 18.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Woodward on
November 19.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

OURAY COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Dexter at Ridgway Reservoir on
November 17.

PARK COUNTY:
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Suddjian at ponds near Cline Drive near
Santa Maria on November 17.
--On CR 58 on November 17, Suddjian reported 100 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
and 30 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on November 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17. Red-necked
Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park on November 18.
Directions:  If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the
Arkansas River Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the
turn-off to Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left
after the two hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to
fishing pond.  The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe and f PURPLE FINCH were reported by Percival off West
Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir on November 15.  On November 17, Percival
reported Red-necked Grebe off West Fishing Roadt at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On November 17 at Pueblo Reservoir, Percival reported 2 ad Trumpeter
Swans and 2 ad Tundra Swans in a cove S of South Shore Marina and ad Great
Black-backed Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull at South Shore
Marina tires.  On November 19 at South Shore Marina and SE Corner of Pueblo
Reservoir, Percival reported ad Great Black-backed Gull, 2 imm Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, juv Thayer's Gull and Pacific Loon.
--At the Sailboard Lauching area of Pueblo Reservoir a Dunlin was found by
Rich Miller on November 18 and seen by Percival and Walbek on November 19.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Litteral on Lake Catamount just
south of Steamboat Springs on November 12.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.  On November 17, Steele reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Miramonte Reservoir.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 f-type Surf Scoters and a Thayer's Gull were reported by Prather at
Union Reservoir on November 14.
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.  On November 18, Mlodinow reported Glaucous Gull at Union
Reservoir.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 22 will be the Chatfield SP led
by Ed Holub (edmund.holub AT gmail.com, 303-979-2194).  Meet inside west
entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.  Lunch is
optional as trip will be half day but bring snacks and water.  State Parks
pass required.

RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Sunday Novmeber 23 led by Paul
Slingsby (paslingsby ATcomcast.net 303-422-3728).  Meet at stegosaurus lot
to carpool.  From I-70 west, exit 259 (Morrison exit), turn left and driver
under I-70 bridge and look for Park-n-Ride on your left.  This is the same
lot as used by Hawk Watch.  Meet at south end of lot near driveway at 0800.
  Will count Barrow's Goldeneyes and other birds at Silverthorne water
treatment plant, then drive to Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand
Lake.  Spotting scopes, binoculars, and 2-way radios will be useful.  Dress
for cold windy weather even if forecast is for a comfortable day.
Insulated, wind-proof leg coverings, and warm boots are recommended.  Bring
water and snacks.  Will find a warm place to buy lunch.  Plan to be back at
Stegosaurus lot by dark.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT concast.net,
303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking lot adjoining the
South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of
C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north onto Wadsworth.
Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road which becomes
South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around to parking
lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Canon City Surf Scoter continued at the west Valco Pond
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:43:52 -0700
The Surf Scoter found day before yesterday by Rich Miller continued at the
Valco Pond on the west side of MacKenzie Ave.  There is a parking lot on
the east side of MacKenzie across from that pond but those crossing the
road between the high volume of traffic going at least 50 mph should be
sure their insurance is paid up.  There are also two places a passenger
vehicle can park on the west side of the road by the pond:   vehicle gate-
with enough room to pull in front of the locked gate and be out of traffic;
and near the bridge there is enough level shoulder to pull over out of
traffic.

I got a pretty good photo of this Surf Scoter that I have uploaded to my
Birds and Nature blog.   It shows a
dark brown eye which *Birds of North America* online states is found on
immature Surf Scoters.

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

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Subject: Northern Shrike, hawks yardbirds Jeffco
From: "Kay Niyo" <Kay AT KayNiyo.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:41:11 -0700
My little feeder birds have been hunted the past week by a Sharp-shinned
Hawk on the 11th and a Cooper's Hawk and a Northern Shrike on the 16th.  I
suspect the adult sharpie might be the same one what hung out in my locust
tree all last winter, Nov-Feb.  The Cooper's has already devoured a rock
pigeon in the neighborhood!  And the Northern Shrike is a new yard bird!  A
lovely and patient hunter!  I still have 2-4 Lesser Goldfinches coming to my
thistle feeders.

 

Photos here http://www.kayniyo.com/trip_Unusual_Birds.htm

 

Kay

 

Kayleen A. Niyo, Ph.D.

Niyo Scientific Communications

5651 Garnet St.

Golden, CO 80403

303.679.6646

Kay AT KayNiyo.com; www.KayNiyo.com

 

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Subject: Aurora Rampart Reservoir - Douglas County
From: "Joey Kellner" <vireo1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:47:07 -0700
Aurora Rampart Reservoir (near the entrance to Roxborough State Park)
continues to harbor the 2 immature Black Scoters (dirty white bellies) and
the Pacific Loon all first reported by the venerable David Suddjian.

Joey Kellner
Littleton, Colorado

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Subject: Pueblo and Colorado Springs birds 11/19
From: BKP <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:52:15 +0000 (UTC)
I birded with Bill Maynard, Anna Joy Lehmike, Janeal Thompson, and Jane Stulp 
today in Pueblo and later in Colorado Springs. 

Pueblo City Park was pretty cold and quiet from 8-9am.  The best bird was a 
male *Red Crossbill* flying over.  I'm not sure if there was one bird that 
flew over twice, or two of them. 

At Pueblo Reservoir at the South Shore Marina/SE Corner, we saw an adult *Great 
Black-backed Gull*, two immature *Lesser Black-backed Gulls*, a juvenile 
*Thayer's Gull*, a *Pacific Loon*, and two *Common Loons*. 

At Sailboard launching area at Pueblo Reservoir, there was a *Dunlin* on the 
shore (which was first found yesterday by Rich Miller).  We could see the 
*Pacific Loon* out on the water better from here, earlier it was pretty far out 
from the other side of the Reservoir.  Margie Joy and Pearle and Clif were 
also able to see the Dunlin, and Glenn Walbek got some nice photos of it. 

At West Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir, we looked over the grebes, and didn't 
see a red-necked grebe, though we did see some *Bonaparte's Gulls* and a 
*Clark's Grebe*. 

We then headed to Big Johnson Reservoir in southern Colorado Springs, El Paso, 
where Mark Peterson had some nice birds for us to look at.  We all saw a 
*Ross's Goose*, *blue form Snow Goose*, two *White-winged Scoters*, a female 
*Long-tailed Duck*, plus *Common Loon* and *Bonaparte's Gulls*. 

Then we headed to Prospect Pond in Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, El Paso 
County, where we saw, along with Cathy Sheeter, two *Surf Scoters*, one 
*White-winged Scoter*, and a *Black Scoter*. 

A fun day for sure!
Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Scoters and Dunlin, El Paso and Pueblo
From: "Glenn and Laurie" <juncos AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:32:17 -0700
Folks,

I made it down to Colorado Springs and visited Prospect Pond, along with 
others. All three species of scoter continue to show very nicely close to 
shore. After I left, I heard Brandon found a Dunlin at Pueblo Reservoir. He 
attempted to post this but it never came through. Photos of these birds can be 
seen at the following link. 


http://www.pbase.com/gwalbek/2014_birds

Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Cheery Creek Res
From: Robert Righter <rorighter AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:09:29 -0700
Hi:

Highlights from quick spin around Cherry Creek Res. at noon. Most birds seen in 
northeast section of the lake. 


Cackling Geese, quite a few
Brass-eyed Whistlers, (Common Goldeneyes), in large numbers, all over
Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 adult, 
Thayer’s Gull, 1 adult, excellent views of wingtips, seen flying in 
north-central region 


Bob Righter
Denver, CO



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Subject: Northern Larimer Rarities Continue
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007 AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:34:58 -0700
I was a little short on time this morning, but I managed to make it to
Hamilton Reservoir to see the continuing Tundra Swans.  There were two
swans fairly close on the southwest corner of the lake and a third swan
that was too far out to identify.  I didn't notice anything else out of the
ordinary.  From there I went to Douglas Reservoir where it took some time
to find both the Black and White-winged Scoters and the Long-tailed Duck.
On my way back to town I made a quick stop at a large lake just north of CR
56 where I found a sleeping loon.  I could only stay for 5 minutes and the
bird never lifted its head, so I could not identify it to species.

Good Birding,
Andy Bankert
Fort Collins, CO

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Subject: Douglas Res/Larimer
From: Rachel Hopper <r-hopper AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:29:30 -0700
COBirders,

The White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter and Long-tailed Duck are all currently 
still at Douglas Res., Larimer County. 


Sent from my iPhone
Rachel Hopper
Ft. Collins

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 November 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:36:44 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: November 18, 2014

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

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

Swan spec (Arapahoe, Boulder, Weld)
Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)
Tundra Swan (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, *Larimer, Park, Pueblo)
Long-tailed Duck (*Arapahoe, *Bent, *El Paso, Garfield, Larimer, Park, Weld)
Surf Scoter (Arapahoe, *El Paso, Fremont, Mesa, Park, Weld)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, *Douglas/Jefferson,  *El Paso, *Larimer,
*Mesa, Park)
Black Scoter (*Douglas, *El Paso, Garfield, *Larimer, Park)
Long-tailed Duck (El Paso, *Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Garfield, Lake, Park, Routt, Summit, Weld)
Pacific Loon (Boulder, *Douglas, Douglas/Jefferson, Jefferson,  Morgan,
Weld)
Red-necked Grebe (Boulder, Pueblo, *Prowers, San Miguel)
BLACK VULTURE (Morgan/Weld)
American Golden-Plover (Weld)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Weld)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Bent, Larimer, *Ouray, Park,
Pueblo)
Glaucous Gull (*Weld)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Park)
Black Phoebe (*Mesa)
White-eyed Vireo (Pueblo)
Winter Wren (Logan)
Lapland Longspur (Park)
McCown's Longspur (Weld)
Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder, *Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Park)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Park)
PURPLE FINCH (Boulder, Pueblo)
White-winged Crossbill (Boulder)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--At Barr Lake on November 4, Sheeter reported 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
(1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), and 1 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull.  On November 9, Dowell
reported 1-st cyc Thayer's Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull.
--A juv Tundra Swan was reported by Sheeter at Adams County Fairground on
November 17.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--2 Swans were reported by Beltz at Cherry Creek Reservoir off the Lake
Loop on November 13.
--2 Lesser  Black-backed Gulls were reported by Suddjian at Cooley Lake in
South Platte Park on November 14.  On November 16, Suddjian reported 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cooley Lake.
--Two White-winged Scoters were reported flying over C470 near South Platte
Reservoir on November 17.
--At Aurora Reservoir on November 16, Dowell reported 2 Surf Scoters, 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 1-st cyc Thayer's Gulls.
--A f Long-tailed Ducks was reported by Hopping at Cherry Creek Reservoir
on November 18.

BENT COUNTY:
--At John Martin Reservoir on November 17, Duane Nelson reported m
Long-tailed Ducks from Overlook and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   Duane
reported most of reservoir is frozen.  On November 18, Stulp reported
Long-tailed Duck at John Martin Reservoir.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Floyd at Boulder Reservoir on November 10.
--White-winged Crossbill were reported by Mlodinow at the corner of 76th
and Brockway in Boulder on November 12.
--A f PURPLE FINCH visited the feeders of Bryan Guarente in Longmont on
November 12 thru 15.  If you would like to try for the bird, please contact
Bryan at bryan.guarente AT gmail.com for updates and contact information.
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Severs at Lagerman Reservoir on
November 13.  On November 15 Frye reported Red-necked Grebe at Lagerman.
--The Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported by Harlan at Teller Farms on
November 16.
--5 Swams were reported by Wilberding at Boulder Reservoir on November 16.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--At Aurora Rampart Reservoir at Roxborough on Novmeber 18, Suddjian
reported 2 f Black Scoters and a Pacific Loon.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On November 10 at Charfield, Suddjian report 1 - 2 Pacific Loons near the
dam.
--On November 17, Suddjian reported 5 Tundra Swans near the Marina Sand
Spit and an ad White-winged Scoter at Chatfield SP.
--A White-winged Scoter was reported by Matt Clark at the Swim Beach at
Chatfield SP on November 18

EL PASO COUNTY:
--2 Tundra Swans were reported by Big Johnson by Driscoll on November 14.
--On November 14, Bill Maynard reported f Black Scoter and 3 White-winged
Scoters at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.  Drummond reported 3 f-type
White-winged Scoters and 1 ad Black Scoter at Prospect Lake on November
15.  On November 17, Hinds reported 3 White-winged Scoters, 1 Black Scoter,
and 2 Surf Scoters at Prospect Lake.  On November 18, Chartier reported 1
Surf Scoter, 1 Black Scoter, and 1 White-winged Scoter at Prospect Lake.
--2 White-winged Scoters, 1 Long-tailed Duck and a juv Tundra Swam were
reported by Peterson at Big Johnson on November 16.  A Whit-e-winged Scoter
and Long-tailed Duck was reported by Farese at Big Johnson on November 18.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--A f-type Surf Scoter was reported by Rich Miller at Valco Pond W of
Mackenzie Ave in Canon City on November 17.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--At Rifle Gap SP on November 17, Dunning reported 1  Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
Long-tailed Duck, and 3 Black Scoters.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--A Pacific Loon was reported by Hudak at Harriman Lake on November 13 and
November 14.
--A "Red" Fox Sparrow was reported by Mitzen at Red Rocks Trading Post on
November 14.
--On November 15, Kellner and Chavez reported ad Golden-crowned Sparrow and
red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post, but no juv Golden-crowned
Sparrow.  On November 16, Starace reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red
Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On November 17, Gilliland reported
Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks Trading Post.  On
November 18, Chavez reported Golden-crowned Sparrow and red Fox Sparrow at
Red Rocks Trading Post.

LAKE COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Kellner at Mount Elbert Forebay on
November 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--3 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Park Creek Reservoir viewed
from 80 Rd, 8 miles W of Hamiliton Reservoir on November 13.
--On November 15, Komar reported an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull and
Horseshoe Reservoir in Loveland and
an ad Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Loveland in the NW corner.
--On Douglas Reservoir on November 17 and November 18, Leatherman reported
ad f White-winged Scoter, f Black Scoter, and f Long-tailed Duck.  Douglas
Reservoir is NW of intersect of CR 50 and CR 15.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Leatherman at Hamilton Reservoir
(associated with Rawhide Power Plant) on Nomber 18.
--At Boyd Lake at the N end on November 18, Wild reported 4 probable Black
Scoters.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--At Prewitt Reservior below the dam on November 11, Dowell reported 3
Winter Wren and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

MESA COUNTY:
--2 Surf Scoters were reported by Henwood at Colorado River State Park,
Fruita Section on November 5.  They were on the northern most pond.  Two
Surf Scoters were reported by Ortenzio at Colorado River State Park, Fruita
Section on November 6.  On November 11, Henwood reported that the two Surf
Scoters continue at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November
12, Zerbi reported that the two Surf Scoters continue at the Fruita
Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 15, Woodward reported 3 Surf
Scoters at Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On November 17, Dunning
reported 1 Surf Scoter at the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.  On
November 18, Luger reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe at
the Fruita Section of Colorado River SP.
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  Ortenzio reported that
the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was seen on November 14.  Henwood reported the
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD on November 16.  Dunning reported the COSTA'S
HUMMINGBIRD on November 17.  The COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD was reported by Gwen
Moore on November 18.

Directions:  From Redlands Parkway, continue west on S. Broadway about 0.6
mi. and turn left on South Camp Road (the street sign is missing); take S.
Camp to Renaissance Blvd., turn left on Renaissance, then right on Tuscany
to 2217.  Please enter the gate from the Montero Street side, left of the
garage door.

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.

MORGAN/WELD COUNTIES:
--A BLACK VULTURE was reported by Rutherford along US 34 between Greeley
and Fort Morgan on November 10 near mile marker 143.

OURAY COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Dexter at Ridgway Reservoir on
November 17.

PARK COUNTY:
--A f American Three-toed Woodpecker was reported by Suddjian at Timberline
CG off of CR 58 on November 11.
--At Antero Reservoir on November 11, Suddjian reported Long-tailed Duck
and 2 f Surf Scoters.
--A Lapland Longspur was reported by Suddjian N of Spinney Mountain
Reservoir on CR 59 on November 11.
--At Spinney Mountain Reservoir on November 11, Suddjian reported 3 f Surf
Scoters, 2 Black Scoters (1m, 1f) and 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes.
--At Eleven Mile Reservoir on Novmeber 11, Suddjian report 1 Surf Scoter, 8
Barrow's Goldeneyes and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
--35 Tundra Swans and 3 White-winged Scoters were reported by Kellner on
Elevenmile Reservoir on November 16.
--A flock of 650 Rosy-Finches (400 Gray-crowned, 200 Brown-capped and 50
Helpburn's) were reported by Kellner along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and
Hartsel on November 16.
--A flock of about 100 Rosy-Finches all Gray-crowned along High Chaparral
Road between Hwy 24 and Eleven Mile Reservoir on November 16.
--4 Tundra Swans were reported by Suddjian at ponds near Cline Drive near
Santa Maria on November 17.
--On CR 58 on November 17, Suddjian reported 100 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
and 30 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park in Lamar
on November 15 and by Thompson on November 16 and November 17. Red-necked
Grebe was reported by Stulp at North Gateway Park on November 18.
Directions:  If you are coming from the north on Hwy 287, cross the
Arkansas River Bridge and turn left or east on Crystal St which is also the
turn-off to Holiday Inn Express.  Go east on Crystal to the first left
after the two hotel entrances and head north past the concrete plant to
fishing pond.  The grebe stays to the N and NW side of the pond.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe and f PURPLE FINCH were reported by Percival off West
Fishing Road at Pueblo Reservoir on November 15.  On November 17, Percival
reported Red-necked Grebe off West Fishing Roadt at Pueblo Reservoir.
--On November 17 at Pueblo Reservoir, Percival reported 2 ad Trumpeter
Swans and 2 ad Tundra Swans in a cove S of South Shore Marina and ad Great
Black-backed Gull and 1-st cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull at South Shore
Marina tires.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Litteral on Lake Catamount just
south of Steamboat Springs on November 12.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was found by George Steele on October 29 at Miramonte
Reservoir and seen again on October 30 by Dexter and Wright.  Steele
reported on November 7 that the Red-necked Grebe continues at Miramonte.
On November 10, Zerbi reported that the Red-necked Grebe continues at
Miramonte.  On November 17, Steele reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues at Miramonte Reservoir.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
--At Dillon Reservoir on Novmeber 16, Kellner reported 8 Barrow's
Goldeneyes and 1 imm Black Scoters.

WELD COUNTY:
--3 f-type Surf Scoters and a Thayer's Gull were reported by Prather at
Union Reservoir on November 14.
--6 Swans were reported by Glabach on Winsor Reservoir on November 16.
--On November 17 at Union Reservoir, Riffe reported 2nd-cyc Glaucous Gull,
2 Thayer's Gulls (1 ad, 1 1-st cyc), f Barrow's Goldeneye, and juv
Long-tailed Duck.  On November 18, Mlodinow reported Glaucous Gull at Union
Reservoir.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, November 22 will be the Chatfield SP led
by Ed Holub (edmund.holub AT gmail.com, 303-979-2194).  Meet inside west
entrance of park off S Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of C-470.  Lunch is
optional as trip will be half day but bring snacks and water.  State Parks
pass required.

RMBO's Annual Barrow's Goldeneye Count on Sunday Novmeber 23 led by Paul
Slingsby (paslingsby ATcomcast.net 303-422-3728).  Meet at stegosaurus lot
to carpool.  From I-70 west, exit 259 (Morrison exit), turn left and driver
under I-70 bridge and look for Park-n-Ride on your left.  This is the same
lot as used by Hawk Watch.  Meet at south end of lot near driveway at 0800.
  Will count Barrow's Goldeneyes and other birds at Silverthorne water
treatment plant, then drive to Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand
Lake.  Spotting scopes, binoculars, and 2-way radios will be useful.  Dress
for cold windy weather even if forecast is for a comfortable day.
Insulated, wind-proof leg coverings, and warm boots are recommended.  Bring
water and snacks.  Will find a warm place to buy lunch.  Plan to be back at
Stegosaurus lot by dark.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, November 23 will be to to South Platte River
Reservoir and River Trail led by Mike Foster (mike1.foster AT concast.net,
303-456-2647).  Directions:  Meet at 0900 at parking lot adjoining the
South Platte Reservoir.  The reservoir is just north of Chatfield off of
C-470.  Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd, exit and turn north onto Wadsworth.
Turn right (east on West Chatfield Ave and follow the road which becomes
South Platte Canyon Road (CO 75).  Make a sharp turn right at the sign that
says South Platte Reservoir and follow the access road around to parking
lot.
  After exploring the reservoir, will walk along South Platte River looking
for shorebirds, ducks.  The walk is 3-4 miles.  Bring lunch (optional),
water, and a scope if you have one.  Some may visit nearby Panera Bread for
lunch.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
November 24 at 7:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Chuck
Hundertmark will speak on "Rackets and Ruins:  Birding Mexico's Yucatan".
Park on the north and enter through the West Door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: *No* Magnificent Hummingbird for a week...
From: Adam Jack <adam.jack AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:12:48 -0700
COBirders,

It has been a week since our magnificent vagrant was last seen here. It was
suggested that I keep the feeder out (and warmed) just in case she came
back, in case that gave us more information/insight, but there has been no
sight nor sound. She is gone.

I'm taking the feeder down for the season, and remembering a special fall.

regards

Adam
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Subject: Re: Probable Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR
From: Nathan Pieplow <npieplow AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:44:25 -0700
As the crane flies, the west Texas Common Crane is directly south of
Colorado right now.  Might have crossed Colorado to get to Texas.  Might be
coming back this way next spring.  Something to keep in mind!

Nathan Pieplow
Boulder

On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 9:21 PM, SeEttaM .  wrote:

> This has been posted in Texas with solid birders saying it is likely wild:
>
> < Crane
> associating with roughly 4,000 Sandhill Cranes on Goose Lake at Muleshoe
> NWR. It didn't appear to have any leg bands, so I'm leaning wild origin,
> which isn't all that surprising given the number of Lessers in the area
> from summering locales in Siberia. However, pending acceptance from the
> TBRC, it will be a first state record for Texas! For now I have posted 2
> photos on my Flickr page.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/jboslerbirds/15821481571/in/photostream/
>
> Justin
>
> --
> Justin Bosler
>
>
> Graduate Research Assistant
> Dept. of Natural Resources Management
> Texas Tech University
> Lubbock, TX, USA  79409>>
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>
> SeEtta Moss
> Canon City
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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans at HamiltonRes (Larimer) on 11/18
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:27:43 -0800 (PST)

At least three of the Tundra Swans were still present in the SW corner of 
> the lake as of 4:30 pm. Unfortunately, the wind, cold and more wind made 
> the viewing less than pleasurable. Along the way, on Larimer Co Rd 15, I 
> saw 12 Sandhill cranes standing in a field of stubble just past the 
> intersection with Owl Canyon Road.
>

David Wade
Ft Collins, CO 

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Subject: Probable Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:21:42 -0700
This has been posted in Texas with solid birders saying it is likely wild:

<>


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Canon City
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Subject: Boyd Lake scoters (Larimer)
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:25:52 -0700
Cole Wild reports 4 Common Loons and 4 distant scoters in the north end of Boyd 
Lake. He tentatively identified them as Black Scoters. If anyone gets more 
definitive looks, please update this sighting. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: Chatfield region mostly, Nov 18
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:24:33 -0700
[Douglas]

Went back to Chatfield Reservoir this morning, hoping something new blew
in, but by the looks of it, not much did, except Goldeneye numbers bumped
up quite a bit. At the Marina sand spit an adult *Greater White-fronted
Goose* flew in with a flock of Canadas. A female *Red-breasted Merganser*
was near Plum Creek inlet.

Aurora Rampart Reservoir at the Roxborough entry had 2 female *Black
Scoters*, 1 *Pacific Loon*, and a fair assortment of other waterfowl in
small numbers. A *Prairie Falcon* made a ceremonial pass.

Platte Canyon Reservoir (near crossing of Waterton Road over South Platte)
was fun. Here I had a *Common Loon*, a female *Blue-winged Teal*, 11 *Greater
Scaup*, an unexpected *Greater Yellowlegs* that flew in from the north and
circled the lake area, calling, then moved off to the northeast, nice
counts (for a small reservoir) of 117 *Common Goldeneyes* and 62 *Hooded
Mergansers*, and a *Say's Phoebe*.

[Jefferson]

A *Northern Shrike* was perched at the Audubon Center feeding station area
near the Waterton Canyon trailhead.

Trailmark Lake was about 85% frozen, but the open hole had a throng of
about 1300 ducks frenetically feeding on some aquatic plant (and perhaps
aquatic animals living on the plants). These included about 450 *American
Wigeon*, 400 *Ring-necked Ducks*, 310 *Redheads*, and others including
2 *Greater
Scaup*, and 2 *Nor. Pintail* (my only pintails in the general area over
recent days). I viewed this lake a couple weeks ago, when there was no ice.
There was a moderate number of ducks, but they were mostly loafing or
feeding leisurely. I'd have to assume that same aquatic plant (and
critters?) was there, and even more available. I wonder what changed to
spur the very active foraging I saw today...besides the innate urgency of
an ice hole.

Back home, a *Harris's Sparrow* continues at my Ken Caryl Valley feeding
station

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: White-winged Scoter and Black Phoebe in Mesa County
From: Luger <gmluger AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:47:45 -0700
Saw two White-winged Scoters and a Black Phoebe in the NW corner of the boating 
lake at JM Robb-Colorado River State Park, Fruita section. Seen from the river 
trail. 

Greg Luger
Fort Collins

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Subject: Tundra Swans at HamiltonRes (Larimer) on 11/18
From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:52:19 -0700
After checking on the still-present rarities (wwscoter, blkscoter, and 
longtailedduck) at Douglas Reservoir (Larimer), Georgia Doyle and I went up to 
Hamilton Reservoir associated with the Rawhide Power Plant north of Buckeye 
Road. There we saw a group of three Tundra Swans swimming in the southwest 
corner and a lone fourth Tundra Swan a little further north along the west 
shore (but still basically the southwest corner of the res). All were adults. 
Nick Komar loaned me his wonderful Swarovski scope and even with that wonderful 
piece of glass I could not make out any yellow in the lores of these birds (but 
they still might show some with a closer view). 


Also, several of us all looked for the "saturated plumaged" (at least on the 
back) harrier at Douglas Reservoir and Nick and Georgia say they may have seen 
it, and report that its underparts, indeed, appeared "normal". 


Dave Leatherman
Fort Collins
 		 	   		  

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Subject: El Paso County Scoters, Long-tailed Duck 11/18
From: Lee Farese <leefarese AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:05:14 -0800 (PST)
Hi All,

Will Clary and I birded around El Paso County this morning.

We spent about an hour, from 7:30 to 8:30 at Prospect Lake. There is much 
more open water than it sounds like there was yesterday, so birds were a 
bit more spread out. In close to shore was the *Black Scoter*, diving 
frequently along with Buffleheads, Canvasback, Scaup, and a female Ruddy 
Duck. A little ways out we saw a *Surf Scoter*,with a clear white patch on 
the back of its head. We weren't able to find either of the White-winged. 
Large numbers of waterfowl on the lake, constantly stirred up by a Bald 
Eagle.

We then went to Big Johnson Reservoir, and spent a while scoping the water. 
We found the continuing *White-winged Scoter* and *Long-tailed Duck*. Also 
3 Common Loons and a few Clark's Grebes, along with many more expected 
species. Two eagles were present here as well, along with many Red-tails 
and a few Kestrels.

After that we did a brief walk through Fountain Creek Regional Park, where 
highlights were Virginia Rail and several raptors: a very light juv. 
Red-tail, a Cooper's Hawk, a Sharp-shinned bathing in the creek, and a 
Harrier. We found three lingering RC Kinglets too.


Lee Farese
CO Springs

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Subject: Scoters, Prospect Lake, El Paso Co
From: David Chartier <drchartier AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:25:48 +0000
Saw one each of surf, black and white-winged scoters this morning about 8am. 
There is still a small opening near the swim beach where I saw the surf scoter. 
There is another opening out toward the middle where I saw the black and 
white-winged. I did see both the surf and white-winged dive and not re-surface, 
so I hope they did not get trapped under the ice. 


 

David Chartier

Colorado Springs, CO
 		 	   		  

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