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Mongolian Ground Jay,©Tony Disley

22 Aug Sage Thrasher in Fort Collins ["gmluger" ]
22 Aug Wild Turkey/Crom Lake-area ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
22 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 August 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Aug Re: Common Nighthawks by the dozens Jefferson County [birderbob ]
21 Aug Parked on August 19 [David Suddjian ]
21 Aug Re: Bird walk (including Pacific Wren search), Telluride, San Miguel County, Sat., Aug. 23rd [Ted Floyd ]
21 Aug Rare Bird Alert Notes [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Aug Common Nighthawks by the dozens Jefferson County [birderbob ]
21 Aug Re: warblers at Barr Lake (Adams Co.), Aug 20 [Adam Vesely ]
21 Aug Greater Roadrunner at Pueblo Reservoir 8/21 [Brandon ]
21 Aug Turkey Creek Ranch News, El Paso County ["Mel Goff" ]
21 Aug Washington County, yesterday ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
21 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 August 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
20 Aug Field trip this Saturday to Red Canyon Park near Canon City for Gray Flycatchers, Juniper Titmouse & more ["SeEttaM ." ]
20 Aug warblers at Barr Lake (Adams Co.), Aug 20 [David Dowell ]
20 Aug Re: Blue Jay predating hummingbird nest in Canon City ["SeEttaM ." ]
20 Aug Bird walk (including Pacific Wren search), Telluride, San Miguel County, Sat., Aug. 23rd [Ted Floyd ]
20 Aug Migration Lakewood/Jeffco []
20 Aug Re: Birds of Japan at DFO Monday Sept 25 [Charles Hundertmark ]
20 Aug Birds of Japan at DFO Monday Sept 25 ["Mary Cay" ]
20 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, Wednesday , 20 August 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
20 Aug Blue Jay predating hummingbird nest in Canon City ["SeEttaM ." ]
19 Aug Re: RFI: South Denver Broad-Tailed Hummingbird & Lark Bunting [Josh Adams ]
19 Aug Flock of migrating Common Nighthawks feeding over Canon City ["SeEttaM ." ]
19 Aug Crow Valley migrants Aug 19 (Weld County) [David Dowell ]
19 Aug Reynolds Park - Jefferson County [JBreitsch - Denver ]
19 Aug Re: RFI: South Denver Broad-Tailed Hummingbird & Lark Bunting [Tom Behnfield ]
19 Aug Bob Evans needs ride to convention [Maggie Boswell ]
19 Aug Re: Cherry Creek SP birds? [Cheri Phillips ]
18 Aug Re: RFI: South Denver Broad-Tailed Hummingbird & Lark Bunting [Polly Reetz ]
18 Aug Weld County Wanderings ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
18 Aug New Yard Bird/Nunn ID Help? ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
18 Aug Possible Black Swifts/Colorado Springs? ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
18 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 August 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
18 Aug Family of Gray Flycatchers in Red Canyon Park north of Canon City ["SeEttaM ." ]
17 Aug RFI: South Denver Broad-Tailed Hummingbird & Lark Bunting [Josh Adams ]
17 Aug Re: Little Gull at Cherry Creek, Arapahoe Co. [Cheri Phillips ]
17 Aug Cherry Creek SP birds? [Gary Brower ]
17 Aug NE Colorado Birding [William H Kaempfer ]
17 Aug Jumbo Reservoir, Logan County ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
17 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 August 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
17 Aug Acorn Woodpeckers in Pueblo Mtn Park: confirmed breeding success & roadrunner in west Pueblo County ["SeEttaM ." ]
16 Aug Re: [Mex] Whip-poor-will, LA Plata Co. [Van Remsen ]
16 Aug Re: Whip-poor-will, LA Plata Co. [Van Remsen ]
16 Aug Great Egret and fledged White-faced Ibis in heronry at Walden Res (Jackson Co) [Charles Hundertmark ]
16 Aug Great Egrey and fledged White-faced Ibis in Walden Res heronry (Jackson Co) [Charles Hundertmark ]
16 Aug Re: Beginning Computer Class for Birders (posted with moderator permission) [Pam Piombino ]
16 Aug MacGillivray's Warblers, El Paso Co, Saturday [Steven Brown ]
16 Aug Pueblo 8/16 (Evening Grosbeak/N. Waterthrush) [Brandon ]
16 Aug Whip-poor-will, LA Plata Co. [Glenn Walbek ]
15 Aug Beginning Computer Class for Birders (posted with moderator permission) [Amy Cervene ]
16 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 August 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
15 Aug Scissor-tailed Flycatchers-not; Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Wilson's Warbler in Florence River Park ["SeEttaM ." ]
15 Aug NE CO Highlights ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
15 Aug Re: Female needs room at CFO convention [Paul Kaufmann ]
15 Aug YMCA of the Rockies [scott ]
15 Aug Re: Female needs room at CFO convention [Sue Riffe ]
15 Aug Need help with Xeno-Canto downloads ["W. Robert Shade III" ]
15 Aug Female needs room at CFO convention [Sue Riffe ]
15 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 August 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
14 Aug Rare Bird Alert phone line discontinued [Charles Hundertmark ]
14 Aug N Waterthrush, El Paso Co [Steven Brown ]
14 Aug Northern Waterthrush, Dixon Reservior, Larimer County [Brad Biggerstaff ]
14 Aug Little Gull at Cherry Creek, Arapahoe Co. [Glenn Walbek ]
14 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 August 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
13 Aug Black-ch. Hummingbirds, Gray Flycatcher, BT Gray Warblers etc., SW Grand Co. [Van Remsen ]
13 Aug Black-backed Lesser Goldfinches, Larimer County [Elaine Coley ]
13 Aug Black-backed Lesser Goldfinches, Larimer County [Elaine Coley ]
13 Aug Tracking migration with DNA []
13 Aug Re: Pied-faced Grebes, Boulder County [Charles Hundertmark ]
13 Aug Crossbills, Antero, etc. [Ted Floyd ]
12 Aug Common Loon on Williams Fork Res. (Grand Co.) [Van Remsen ]
12 Aug RFI on Antero Reservoir, Park County [Elliott Gordon ]
12 Aug Pied-faced Grebes, Boulder County [Tom Wilberding ]
12 Aug Aug. 12 CFO field trip recap [Ted Floyd ]
12 Aug Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 12 August 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]

Subject: Sage Thrasher in Fort Collins
From: "gmluger" <gmluger AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:19:03 -0600
I saw one Sage Thrasher this morning at 1130 in the Cattail Chorus Natural
Area, where a short dirt trail heads south from the bike trail into the
natural area.  This dirt trail is about 1/4 mile NW of the Poudre and Spring
Creek Trail junction.  I'm not sure if it is considered rare or not but it
is the first one I've seen in Larimer County.

Greg Luger

Fort Collins

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Subject: Wild Turkey/Crom Lake-area
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:31:04 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

I photoed a Wild Turkey(!) foraging on the perimeter of a wooded lot about 
one mile south of Crom Lake/Pierce.  First time I've seen one up here in 
north Weld--I am only assuming it to be "wild" ... :-) ... you never know 
what folks up here have as "pets" or raised game birds.

We had two Sage Thrasher in our yard last night, too.

At Crom Lake--lots of "peeps" trying to ID them using ABA's guides:

   - http://www.aba.org/birding/v40n4p32.pdf
   - http://www.aba.org/birding/v40n4p40w1.pdf

Feel free to contribute to improving my shorebird skills when you look at 
them ... :-) ... :

   - http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo

Two videos, too:

   - http://coloradobirder.ning.com/video

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn (new email:  c o l o r a d o b i r d e r ==> A T y 
a h o o . c o m)--no spaces in between

http://coloradobirder.ning.com/

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


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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 August 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:34:47 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: August 22, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

The RBA phone line has been discontinued.

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

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

Mississippi Kite (*El Paso)
Snowy Plover (Alamosa, Otero)
Piping Plover (Otero)
Mountain Plover (*Park)
LITTLE GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Logan)
Band-tailed Pigeon (*Park)
Caspian Tern (Morgan)
White-winged Dove (Weld)
Greater Roadrunner (*Pueblo)
WHIP-POOR-WILL (La Plata)
ACORN WOODPECKER (Pueblo)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Mesa)
Gray Flycatcher (Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Fremont, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Pueblo)
Cassin's Kingbird (Pueblo)
Great Crested Flycatcher (*Washington)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Common Raven (Boulder)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Boulder)
Western Bluebird (Boulder)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Grand)
Northern Waterthrush (El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Mesa)
Indigo Bunting (El Paso)
Lesser Goldfinch (*Boulder)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Snowy Plover was reported by Rawinski at Blanca Wetlands, east of
Alamosa on August 11.  The best place for shorebirds was Pond #114 just N
of "t" in Road.  Go either N or S.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A juvenile plumaged LITTLE GULL was reported by Walbek at Cherry Creek SP
in the middle of the lake on August 14, August 15, August 17 and August 19.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On August 16 on the Bird Walk led by Steve Frye at Betasso Preserve they
reported 40 Pygmy Nuthatches, 4 Lesser Goldfinches, 1 Common Raven and 10
Western Bluebirds.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A m Indigo  Bunting was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on August
9.
--An ad Northern Waterthrush was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on
August 14.
--A Mississippi Kite was reported by Goff at Adams Open space in Fountain
on August 21.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--Gray Flycatchers were reported by Moss at Red Canyon Park 10 miles N of
Canon City on August 16.  There was a family of four plus an additional 3
Gray Flycatchers.  On August 20, Moss found two Gray Flycatcher families at
Red Canyon Park.

GRAND COUNTY:
--On August 13, Remsen reported 18 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 4
Black-chinned Hummingbirds on CR 117 above Radium.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A WHIP-POOR-WILL was found by Larson and Remsen S of Durango on Hwy 140
near the state line on August 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Northern Waterthrush was reported by Biggerstaff at Dixon Reservoir low
in bushes just S of the inlet stream on the S side of the dam on August 14.

LOGAN  COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Mlodinow at Jumbo on August 16.
--4+ Bell's Vireos were reported by Kaempfer in hedgerows at Little Jumbo
on August 16.

MESA COUNTY:
--On August 11, Cooper reported migrating Purple Martins and Common
Nighthawks at Fruita Reservoir #2.
--On August 10, Korte reported 10 Purple Martins on Brush Creek Road where
it enters Aspens.  Some of th
martins were recently fledged.
--On August 18, Stigen reported 3 American Three-toed Woodpeckers on Grand
Mesa on the Crag Crest trail.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--3 Caspian Terns were reported by Dowell at Jackson Lake SP on the NE side
of the lake on August 11.
On August 15, Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern at Jackson Lake on the NE
side.   At the campground side, Mlodinow reported a Northern Waterthrush on
August 15.

OTERO COUNTY:
On August 10, Minner-Lee reported Snowy Plovers with chicks and 2 Piping
Plovers at Lake Cheraw.

PARK COUNTY:
--2 Mountain Plovers were reported by Suddjian at James Mark Jones SWA off
CR 15 on August 19.
--2 Band-tailed Pigeons were reported by Suddjian near Bailey on August 19.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On August 16, Percival reported the following at Valco Ponds/Rock Canyon:
 Northern Waterthrush, 1 Black Phoebe, and 5 Eastern Phoebe, 2 Cassin's
Kingbirds
--On August 16, Moss reported 4 ACORN WOODPECKERS in pines at Pueblo
Mountain Park.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Moss on Siloam Road in West Pueblo
County on August 16.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Percival at Pueblo Reservoir W of
North Picnic Road on August 21.

WASHINGTON COUNTY:
--2 Great Crested Flycatchers were reported by Mlodinow at the inlet
Channel at Prewitt on August 20.

WELD COUNY:
--A White-winged Dove was reported by Mlodinow at Crow Valley on August 13.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 23 will be to Chatfield SP led by
Bob Shade (303-975-2476).
Call Leader if going.
Meet inside west entrance of park off S> Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of
C-470.  State Parks Pass required. This will be a half-day trip so lunch
will be optional but bring water and a snack.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 24 will be to Walden Ponds in Boulder
led by Chuck Hundertmark  (chundertmark AT gmail.com or 303-604-0531) .
 Call or email if going.
Meet leader at Cottonwood Marsh parking lat a 0800.  Half-day trip.  Easy
walking 2 to 3 miles.  If time allow, will also cehck Teller Lake #5 and
White Rocks Trail.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
August 25 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Ricketson
Auditorium at 7:30 pm.  Bob Shade will give a program on Birds of Japan.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Common Nighthawks by the dozens Jefferson County
From: birderbob <birderbob AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:21:54 -0700 (PDT)
s/b Aug 21, 2014 530pm

On Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:59:05 PM UTC-6, birderbob wrote:
>
> Aug 21, 2014  530pm  Just had dozens of Common Nighthawks swirling about 
> the treetops at out home in Wheat Ridge!  (We are 1 block west of Lutheran 
> Hosp.)  The sky was filled with these feathered boomerangs for some 30 
> minutes and they gradually moved to the east, but did not return.  
>
> Bob Santangelo
> Wheat Ridge
>

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Subject: Parked on August 19
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:19:54 -0600
An August 19 outing in Park County focused on the Badger Flat region
flanking County Road (CR) 31 north of Highway 24, with visits to Lake
George and Antero Reservoir and a few other upland spots.

Before sunrise a Common Poorwill was calling along Road 213 not far from CR
77.
Lake George had 6 Northern Shovelers (returning migrants; first for me in
Park this season), an adult Bald Eagle, and great looks at Sora (8) and
Virginia Rail (4).

I made numerous stops along many roads in the Badger Flat area. Most roads
there are pretty rough and rocky. There were several interesting birds.
Type 2 Red Crossbills were everywhere in the mostly pure Ponderosa pine
forest of that region. They were at just about every stop, with an
aggregate number for the morning of several hundred. I was interested to
see at several stops that they were feeding intently on currants, which had
abundant fruit in that area, otherwise attracting robins and bluebirds.
Those crossbills are no dummies, I guess…why pass up an easy meal even if
you can’t eat soup with a fork. Some with Type 4 flight calls materialized
where some Douglas-firs were mixed in on one slope along Road 213.

A large willow patch at Road 213 had a skulking Yellow-breasted Chat,
appearing in view for several moments but remaining silent. The same patch
had an Orange-crowned Warbler and a Lazuli Bunting. Three other Lazuli were
noted along Road 213 among abundant Chipping Sparrows and numerous Vespers
(with a few Brewer’s). A male Nashville Warbler at Road 262 was another
good warbler, with a male Black-throated Gray also along Road 262. Road 225
had two Townsend’s Warblers.  Other birds of note in this region were an
Eastern Kingbird at CR 44, and a Western Kingbird at Road 213, and three
Sage Thrashers were here and there. A Marsh Wren was at a tiny pond with
tules.

Antero Reservoir has great-looking habitat along the margin, but I had to
look hard to find any shorebirds. There were a few, though, besides the
summer resident Am. Avocets and a small scream of Killdeer. Best was a lone
Sanderling at the southeast corner. Also noted were 4 Western Sandpipers,
39 Wilson’s Phalaropes, 2 Northern Phalaropes (plus 35 unidentified). Two
Forster’s Terns were foraging along the western shore, sometimes sharing
space with some 35 Common Nighthawks. A female Northern Harrier was my
first in Park since sometime in spring. Increasing waterbirds included a
conservative 350 Green-winged Teal, 12 Nor. Shovelers, and 500 American
Coots. A Sage Thrasher was sans sage.

Two Mountain Plovers were in the wide open of James Mark Jones SWA off CR
15.

Two ponds along CR 34 had 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 3 Nor. Shovelers, and 32
Green-winged Teal. The nesting efforts by Eared Grebes at one pond were
winding down, with some 40 nests hatching there earlier this season.

Near Bailey there were 2 Band-tailed Pigeons and an Osprey.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Re: Bird walk (including Pacific Wren search), Telluride, San Miguel County, Sat., Aug. 23rd
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:46:33 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, everybody.

I have a bit more detail on the Telluride-outing bird outings this coming 
weekend. Here goes:

Sat., Aug. 23, 7:30 a.m. Alta Lakes, 10 mi. s. of Telluride for crossbills 
(both species possible), Black Swifts, Pine Grosbeak, etc.

Sat., Aug 23, 10:30 a.m. Downtown Telluride for Pacific Wren and Black 
Swifts. (See original post for more details.)

Sat., Aug 23, 3:00 p.m. Sheep Creek, 2 mi. w. of Telluride. Low-riparian 
birds like Swainson's Thrush and Fox Sparrow.

Sun., Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m., family hike and picnic at South Fork Preserve. 
Bring your own picnic. Mix of low-riparian birds and mountain 
finches. Directions here: http://tinyurl.com/TNC-South-Fork-Colo

These outings, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, are free 
and open to the public.

Hope to see some of you this weekend!

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado


On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 3:11:12 PM UTC-6, Ted Floyd wrote:
>
> Hello, birders.
>
> If you need one last summertime experience in the mountains before heading 
> east for the CFO convention, I hope you'll participate in one or more bird 
> walks in and around Telluride, San Miguel County, this coming weekend, Aug. 
> 23-24.
>
> The kickoff event starts at Between the Covers, a bookstore in town, 
> Saturday morning, Aug. 23rd. From the bookstore, we'll search for birds in 
> and around town, and, yes, we'll look for the Pacific Wren discovered 
> earlier this summer by Derek Lovitch and Jeannette Lovitch. Details on the 
> bird walk here:
>
>
> 
http://www.tellurideinside.com/2014/08/between-the-covers-a-bird-in-the-hand.html 

>
> Other weekend bird walks in San Miguel County will be sponsored by The 
> Nature Conservancy in Colorado. Please contact me offline if you're 
> interested, and I'll supply additional info.
>
> Hope to see some of you this weekend in Telluride!
>
> Oh, and give yourself a few hours for the drive from Telluride to 
> Sterling... :-)
>
> Ted Floyd
> Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado
>

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert Notes
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:34:33 -0600
CoBirders,

The Rare Bird Alert no longer has a phone answering machine so there
is no way to report a sighting to the RBA by phone.   You can still report
by
posting to CoBirds or by e-mail to rba At cfobirds.org.

The old list that the compilers used was getting very dated and so we are
now using the state review list which can be found at the cfo web site.
 Many
old birds that we used to report are no longer on the list and there are
some
familiar birds that are now on the list.

It would be helpful if you would date your sightings by month and day
instead of
yesterday or today.  Some do not include any dates.  Depending on when you
post and the time stamp that goes on the e-mail, when you just say today,
I can not be sure of the actual date especially for those you post late at
night.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
RBA compiler
Boulder

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Subject: Common Nighthawks by the dozens Jefferson County
From: birderbob <birderbob AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:59:05 -0700 (PDT)
Aug 20, 2014  530pm  Just had dozens of Common Nighthawks swirling about 
the treetops at out home in Wheat Ridge!  (We are 1 block west of Lutheran 
Hosp.)  The sky was filled with these feathered boomerangs for some 30 
minutes and they gradually moved to the east, but did not return.  

Bob Santangelo
Wheat Ridge

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Subject: Re: warblers at Barr Lake (Adams Co.), Aug 20
From: Adam Vesely <avesely22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:33:25 -0700 (PDT)
I stopped by this morning and also got great views of a Townsend's Warbler 
a little further down the path from the banding area that David described 
earlier.  

Adam Vesely
Thornton, CO 

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:50:09 PM UTC-6, David Dowell wrote:
>
> This evening in the bird-banding area at Barr Lake, there were at least 7 
> warbler species:  Nashville Warblers (3), Virginia's Warblers (2), Northern 
> Waterthrush, American Redstarts (2), Wilson's Warblers (2), Common 
> Yellowthroats, and Yellow Warblers.  The banding area is accessed from the 
> trail about a quarter mile northeast of the visitor's center.  Walking in 
> that area isn't easy, and the mosquitoes went from bad to unbearable as the 
> evening progressed.
>
> Other highlights included a large group of (approximately 80) Snowy Egrets 
> on the opposite side of the lake, and a spectacular sunset.
>
> David Dowell
> Longmont, CO
>

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Subject: Greater Roadrunner at Pueblo Reservoir 8/21
From: Brandon <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:20:29 -0700

Hi all,

Just before noon today, I was driving west along the main road on the North 
Side of Pueblo Reservoir, when a Greater Roadrunner flew across the road in 
front of me. It was just west of the North Picnic Road. There are junipers on 
both sides of the road at the spot, where I saw it. Since I don't see this 
species around here much, I thought I report it. Seems like there have been 
more sightings roadrunners in the Pueblo Area recently. 



Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO 

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Subject: Turkey Creek Ranch News, El Paso County
From: "Mel Goff" <melgoff AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:10:15 -0600
Hi, everyone.

Today we (Jeanne, Beth Payne, and I) were headed out to Turkey Creek Ranch, but 
found out it is no longer open to us. The sign reads that TCR is closed to all 
recreation activities and to all visitors. The only authorized activities there 
now are the Mounted Honor Guard and the Fire Station. 


I know many of you like to bird there, but even with military ID it is off 
limits! 


We also found a bit of bad news at Adams Open Space in the city of Fountain. 
First we found a tree that had fallen across the main trail, and then we found 
that the new bridge built last fall is GONE! Fountain had some terrible rains 
in the last couple of weeks, so it apparently was washed away by surging water 
on Jimmy Camp Creek. We could not get to the other side of the creek and there 
were only about a dozen species around. The one good bird we saw was a 
MISSISSIPPI KITE. 


We wrapped up the morning at Big Johnson Reservoir. Best birds there were a 
flock of Yellow-headed Blackbirds and one LONG-BILLED CURLEW. 


Good birding, all.

Mel Goff
Colo Spgs, CO

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Subject: Washington County, yesterday
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:21:33 -0400 (EDT)
Greetings All


Yesterday, Nick Moore, Sean Walters and I birded Prewitt Reservoir, Akron, and 
Last Chance 



The Prewitt Inlet Channel area had only one flock of birds, basically, but 
within that flock were 

1 Cassin's Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Great Crested Flycatchers
1 Cordilleran (actually, Cordilleran/Pacific-slope) Flycatcher
2 Olive-sided Flycatchers
1 Orange-crowned Warbler


The cove at Prewitt that typically has shorebirds first, had a nice little 
flock in the morning including 

1 juv SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
1 ad Long-billed Dowitcher
4 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Stilt Sand
2 Semi Sands
10+ Least and Baird's Sands, each
1 Wilson's Phal
several Spotted Sands and a scream of Killdeer


Akron was bird-free
Last Chance had a N Waterthrush and a rather early Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) 
Warbler 



Good Birding
Steven Mlodinow
Longmont CO


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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 August 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:22:28 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: August 21, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

The RBA phone line has been discontinued.

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, August 20 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Snowy Plover (Alamosa, Otero)
Piping Plover (Otero)
LITTLE GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Logan)
Caspian Tern (Morgan)
White-winged Dove (Weld)
Greater Roadrunner (Pueblo)
WHIP-POOR-WILL (La Plata)
ACORN WOODPECKER (Pueblo)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Mesa)
Gray Flycatcher (*Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Fremont, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Pueblo)
Cassin's Kingbird (Pueblo)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Common Raven (Boulder)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Boulder)
Western Bluebird (Boulder)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Grand)
Northern Waterthrush (El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Mesa)
Indigo Bunting (El Paso)
Lesser Goldfinch (*Boulder)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Snowy Plover was reported by Rawinski at Blanca Wetlands, east of
Alamosa on August 11.  The best place for shorebirds was Pond #114 just N
of "t" in Road.  Go either N or S.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A juvenile plumaged LITTLE GULL was reported by Walbek at Cherry Creek SP
in the middle of the lake on August 14, August 15, August 17 and August 19.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On August 16 on the Bird Walk led by Steve Frye at Betasso Preserve they
reported 40 Pygmy Nuthatches, 4 Lesser Goldfinches, 1 Common Raven and 10
Western Bluebirds.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A m Indigo  Bunting was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on August
9.
--An ad Northern Waterthrush was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on
August 14.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--Gray Flycatchers were reported by Moss at Red Canyon Park 10 miles N of
Canon City on August 16.  There was a family of four plus an additional 3
Gray Flycatchers.  On August 20, Moss found two Gray Flycatcher families at
Red Canyon Park.

GRAND COUNTY:
--On August 13, Remsen reported 18 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 4
Black-chinned Hummingbirds on CR 117 above Radium.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A WHIP-POOR-WILL was found by Larson and Remsen S of Durango on Hwy 140
near the state line on August 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Northern Waterthrush was reported by Biggerstaff at Dixon Reservoir low
in bushes just S of the inlet stream on the S side of the dam on August 14.

LOGAN  COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Mlodinow at Jumbo on August 16.
--4+ Bell's Vireos were reported by Kaempfer in hedgerows at Little Jumbo
on August 16.

MESA COUNTY:
--On August 11, Cooper reported migrating Purple Martins and Common
Nighthawks at Fruita Reservoir #2.
--On August 10, Korte reported 10 Purple Martins on Brush Creek Road where
it enters Aspens.  Some of th
martins were recently fledged.
--On August 18, Stigen reported 3 American Three-toed Woodpeckers on Grand
Mesa on the Crag Crest trail.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--3 Caspian Terns were reported by Dowell at Jackson Lake SP on the NE side
of the lake on August 11.
On August 15, Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern at Jackson Lake on the NE
side.   At the campground side, Mlodinow reported a Northern Waterthrush on
August 15.

OTERO COUNTY:
On August 10, Minner-Lee reported Snowy Plovers with chicks and 2 Piping
Plovers at Lake Cheraw.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On August 16, Percival reported the following at Valco Ponds/Rock Canyon:
 Northern Waterthrush, 1 Black Phoebe, and 5 Eastern Phoebe, 2 Cassin's
Kingbirds
--On August 16, Moss reported 4 ACORN WOODPECKERS in pines at Pueblo
Mountain Park.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Moss on Siloam Road in West Pueblo
County on August 16.

WELD COUNY:
--A White-winged Dove was reported by Mlodinow at Crow Valley on August 13.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 23 will be to Chatfield SP led by
Bob Shade (303-975-2476).
Call Leader if going.
Meet inside west entrance of park off S> Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of
C-470.  State Parks Pass required. This will be a half-day trip so lunch
will be optional but bring water and a snack.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 24 will be to Walden Ponds in Boulder
led by Chuck Hundertmark  (chundertmark AT gmail.com or 303-604-0531) .
 Call or email if going.
Meet leader at Cottonwood Marsh parking lat a 0800.  Half-day trip.  Easy
walking 2 to 3 miles.  If time allow, will also cehck Teller Lake #5 and
White Rocks Trail.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
August 25 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Ricketson
Auditorium at 7:30 pm.  Bob Shade will give a program on Birds of Japan.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Field trip this Saturday to Red Canyon Park near Canon City for Gray Flycatchers, Juniper Titmouse & more
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:00:52 -0600
Today I found the probable same family of Gray Flycatchers for the 4th time
in just over a week and at least one and likely two young are still being
fledged.  Also found a second family of Gray Flycatchers there, saw a
single (surprisingly) Pinyon Jay, Juniper Titmice, plus enjoyed a flock of
about a dozen Evening Grosbeak chowing down on juniper berries.   Just an
excellent amount of specialized bird activity going on in this
pinyon-juniper habitat.  I will post more on this later.

So I am leading a field trip there this Saturday, August 23, for those who
would like to catch as much of the action before the neotropical migrants
leave.  We will meet at 8 am at the Shell Station on the corner of H50 and
Dozier Ave in Canon City (the second traffic light going east on H50 after
you go down the hill into town).  Please email or call me (719-429-3821) so
I know who is coming.  We will break up a little after lunch or sooner for
those who need to leave early.  Need to bring water/drinks, hat, food,
insect repellent for gnats (no mosquitoes but annoying gnats).

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: warblers at Barr Lake (Adams Co.), Aug 20
From: David Dowell <dave1wx AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:50:09 -0700 (PDT)
This evening in the bird-banding area at Barr Lake, there were at least 7 
warbler species:  Nashville Warblers (3), Virginia's Warblers (2), Northern 
Waterthrush, American Redstarts (2), Wilson's Warblers (2), Common 
Yellowthroats, and Yellow Warblers.  The banding area is accessed from the 
trail about a quarter mile northeast of the visitor's center.  Walking in 
that area isn't easy, and the mosquitoes went from bad to unbearable as the 
evening progressed.

Other highlights included a large group of (approximately 80) Snowy Egrets 
on the opposite side of the lake, and a spectacular sunset.

David Dowell
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Re: Blue Jay predating hummingbird nest in Canon City
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:18:04 -0600
<>

I find it unfortunate that a member thought it necessary to impose his
apparent critique of my statement that I found it a bummer that a young
Blue Jay had just eaten likely nestling hummingbirds..  While some may not
find it in any way upsetting to have watched while very young bird(s) still
in the nest were eaten, I suspect that many on this listserv would have
some similar reaction to it.  Maybe the  genetic coding

that causes humans to be protective of the young might have been at work in
my reaction--but for certain I learned as a young child to be protective of
young, including young of other species, as part of  my upbringing in my
family.  Added in was an empathetic response to such upset and helpless
parent(s).  When nature takes it's course even humans who understand the
natural phenomena may still find it disturbing.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Bird walk (including Pacific Wren search), Telluride, San Miguel County, Sat., Aug. 23rd
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:11:12 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, birders.

If you need one last summertime experience in the mountains before heading 
east for the CFO convention, I hope you'll participate in one or more bird 
walks in and around Telluride, San Miguel County, this coming weekend, Aug. 
23-24.

The kickoff event starts at Between the Covers, a bookstore in town, 
Saturday morning, Aug. 23rd. From the bookstore, we'll search for birds in 
and around town, and, yes, we'll look for the Pacific Wren discovered 
earlier this summer by Derek Lovitch and Jeannette Lovitch. Details on the 
bird walk here:


http://www.tellurideinside.com/2014/08/between-the-covers-a-bird-in-the-hand.html 


Other weekend bird walks in San Miguel County will be sponsored by The 
Nature Conservancy in Colorado. Please contact me offline if you're 
interested, and I'll supply additional info.

Hope to see some of you this weekend in Telluride!

Oh, and give yourself a few hours for the drive from Telluride to 
Sterling... :-)

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

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Subject: Migration Lakewood/Jeffco
From: markchavez AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:26:52 +0000 (UTC)
Migration is in full force in Lakewood the past couple of days!! It seems that 
as soon as the nesting Cooper's Hawks left the neighborhood things heated up. 
Below is the birds seen in our small suburban yard the last couple of days: 

 
Western Tanager--8
Western Wood Pewee-3
Chipping Sparrows--lots
Red-breasted Nuthatch--6  Irruption year??
Gray Catbird
Bullock's Oriole-2
Western Scrub Jays--5
House Wren-2 Our nesting pair has been gone for weeks
Mountain Chickadee--Nested for the second straight year in the yard!
Calliope(only females now)
Rufous(only female/imm now)
Black-chinned (lots of male and female)
Broad-tailed (lots of male and female)
grackles(large flocks already !!)
 
plus all the regulars

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

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Subject: Re: Birds of Japan at DFO Monday Sept 25
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:19:53 -0600
Please note the Denver Field Ornithologists program on Birds of Japan will
be Monday night *August *25.

Chuck Hundertmark, President
DFO


On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM, Mary Cay  wrote:

> Denver Field Ornithologists meetings resume this Monday night September 25
> at 7:30 pm.  Bob Shade will speak and show photos of *Birds of Japan*.
>  Bob lived and worked in Japan starting in 1969 before there was a bird
> book in English.  Read more in the September Lark Bunting newsletter at
> www.dfobirds.org
> The DFO meeting is held in Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Ricketson
> Auditorium.  Park on the north side of the building and enter through the
> west door between 7 and 7:30pm.
>
>
>
> Mary C Burger, DFO membershp
> 10826 E Maplewood Pl
> Englewood, Co 80111
>
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Subject: Birds of Japan at DFO Monday Sept 25
From: "Mary Cay" <mcburger3 AT juno.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:04:45 GMT
Denver Field Ornithologists meetings resume this Monday night September 25 at 
7:30 pm. Bob Shade will speak and show photos of Birds of Japan. Bob lived and 
worked in Japan starting in 1969 before there was a bird book in English. Read 
more in the September Lark Bunting newsletter at www.dfobirds.org The DFO 
meeting is held in Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Ricketson Auditorium. 
Park on the north side of the building and enter through the west door between 
7 and 7:30pm. Mary C Burger, DFO membershp 

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, Wednesday , 20 August 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:59:58 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: August 20, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

The RBA phone line has been discontinued.

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, August 20 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Snowy Plover (Alamosa, Otero)
Piping Plover (Otero)
LITTLE GULL (*Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Logan)
Caspian Tern (Morgan)
White-winged Dove (Weld)
Greater Roadrunner (Pueblo)
WHIP-POOR-WILL (La Plata)
ACORN WOODPECKER (Pueblo)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (*Mesa)
Gray Flycatcher (Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Fremont, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Pueblo)
Cassin's Kingbird (Pueblo)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Common Raven (*Boulder)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Pygmy Nuthatch (*Boulder)
Western Bluebird (*Boulder)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Grand)
Northern Waterthrush (El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Mesa)
Indigo Bunting (El Paso)
Lesser Goldfinch (*Boulder)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Snowy Plover was reported by Rawinski at Blanca Wetlands, east of
Alamosa on August 11.  The best place for shorebirds was Pond #114 just N
of "t" in Road.  Go either N or S.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A juvenile plumaged LITTLE GULL was reported by Walbek at Cherry Creek SP
in the middle of the lake on August 14, August 15, August 17 and August 19.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On August 16 on the Bird Walk led by Steve Frye at Betasso Preserve they
reported 40 Pygmy Nuthatches, 4 Lesser Goldfinches, 1 Common Raven and 10
Western Bluebirds.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A m Indigo  Bunting was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on August
9.
--An ad Northern Waterthrush was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on
August 14.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--Gray Flycatchers were reported by Moss at Red Canyon Park 10 miles N of
Canon City on August 16.  There was a family of four plus an additional 3
Gray Flycatchers.

GRAND COUNTY:
--On August 13, Remsen reported 18 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 4
Black-chinned Hummingbirds on CR 117 above Radium.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A WHIP-POOR-WILL was found by Larson and Remsen S of Durango on Hwy 140
near the state line on August 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Northern Waterthrush was reported by Biggerstaff at Dixon Reservoir low
in bushes just S of the inlet stream on the S side of the dam on August 14.

LOGAN  COUNTY:
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Mlodinow at Jumbo on August 16.
--4+ Bell's Vireos were reported by Kaempfer in hedgerows at Little Jumbo
on August 16.

MESA COUNTY:
--On August 11, Cooper reported migrating Purple Martins and Common
Nighthawks at Fruita Reservoir #2.
--On August 10, Korte reported 10 Purple Martins on Brush Creek Road where
it enters Aspens.  Some of th
martins were recently fledged.
--On August 18, Stigen reported 3 American Three-toed Woodpeckers on Grand
Mesa on the Crag Crest trail.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--3 Caspian Terns were reported by Dowell at Jackson Lake SP on the NE side
of the lake on August 11.
On August 15, Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern at Jackson Lake on the NE
side.   At the campground side, Mlodinow reported a Northern Waterthrush on
August 15.

OTERO COUNTY:
On August 10, Minner-Lee reported Snowy Plovers with chicks and 2 Piping
Plovers at Lake Cheraw.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On August 16, Percival reported the following at Valco Ponds/Rock Canyon:
 Northern Waterthrush, 1 Black Phoebe, and 5 Eastern Phoebe, 2 Cassin's
Kingbirds
--On August 16, Moss reported 4 ACORN WOODPECKERS in pines at Pueblo
Mountain Park.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Moss on Siloam Road in West Pueblo
County on August 16.

WELD COUNY:
--A White-winged Dove was reported by Mlodinow at Crow Valley on August 13.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 23 will be to Chatfield SP led by
Bob Shade (303-975-2476).
Call Leader if going.
Meet inside west entrance of park off S> Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of
C-470.  State Parks Pass required. This will be a half-day trip so lunch
will be optional but bring water and a snack.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 24 will be to Walden Ponds in Boulder
led by Chuck Hundertmark  (chundertmark AT gmail.com or 303-604-0531) .
 Call or email if going.
Meet leader at Cottonwood Marsh parking lat a 0800.  Half-day trip.  Easy
walking 2 to 3 miles.  If time allow, will also cehck Teller Lake #5 and
White Rocks Trail.

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
August 25 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Ricketson
Auditorium at 7:30 pm.  Bob Shade will give a program on Birds of Japan.

Good Birding,
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Boulder

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Subject: Blue Jay predating hummingbird nest in Canon City
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:46:51 -0600
Yesterday as I walked on the Canon City Riverwalk I heard 2 hummingbirds,
probably Black-chinned, making noises that sounded as though they were very
upset.  I spotted them above a tree branch about 30 feet above the ground
and they appeared to be upset with an immature Blue Jay that I observed on
that branch.  It occurred to me that there was a hummingbird nest there
that the omnivorous Blue Jay was predating.  After the jay finished and
flew off, the hummers continued agitated both in movement and calls for
another couple of minutes.  I walked around and was able to see that,
indeed,at that the spot where the Blue Jay had been there was a hummingbird
nest. Given the lateness of the summer, it would seem most likely that
there had been one or more nestlings there.  Bummer.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Re: RFI: South Denver Broad-Tailed Hummingbird & Lark Bunting
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:49:37 -0700 (PDT)
Hello all,
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who offered me advice. I found 
plenty of Lark Buntings out on East Yale Street, about thirty minutes east 
of Cherry Creek. Several males, still more or less in their breeding 
plumage were a unexpected bonus. Other good birds included several Common 
Nighthawks perched on fence posts just feet from the road and an apparent 
Cassin's Kingbird. 

This morning I walked around a small park near my hotel and had a brief 
look at a likely female Broad-Tailed Hummingbird. Early in the evening I 
went to another location and got much better looks at several males. 

After that I drove out near the airport to look for Burrowing Owls, which 
is not a lifer, but is a bird I don't get to see nearly as much as I'd like 
to. After much searching I located a single, distant bird along Quincy St. 
I made a second pass and noticed an entire group had exited their burrow 
and were perched in plain site.I made a third attempt and was amazed to 
find several other groups including one of at least twenty individuals in 
one small area. My total count on the third pass was 32 individual birds. 
Quite a treat.

Thanks again for your hospitality,
Josh Adams
Lynnwood, WA 


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>
> Hello all,
> I will be visiting Denver on business Monday and Tuesday of this week. 
> Looking at eBird data it appears there are a couple lifers that are 
> relatively easy to find that I can target in my free time, specifically 
> Lark Bunting and Broad-Tailed Hummingbird. I'll be staying and working near 
> Cherry Creek Reservoir so if anyone knows any places that are reliable for 
> these species and within a reasonably short drive of that area I'd love to 
> hear about it. 
>
> Thanks,
>
> Josh Adams
> Lynnwood, WA
>

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Subject: Flock of migrating Common Nighthawks feeding over Canon City
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:44:02 -0600
Over the week-end a flock of at least a dozen, likely more, Common
Nighthawks that were migrating through stopped over to feed with many
flying close over my home, flying around and around for about 45 minutes.
They were not very high so I got photos showing field marks and
identifiable by gender that I have uploaded to my Birds and Nature blog
. Two weeks ago a similarly large
(relative to what I see here anymore) migrating flock stopped over to feed
along the Arkansas River as it runs through Canon City.

SeEtta Moss
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Subject: Crow Valley migrants Aug 19 (Weld County)
From: David Dowell <dave1wx AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:40:50 -0700 (PDT)
I checked Crow Valley Campground (Weld County) and surroundings this 
morning and found some expected but nice migrants:  Cassin's Vireo, 3 
American Redstarts, 4 Gray Catbirds, 2 Olive-sided Flycatchers, and 2 
uncooperative empids.  The Red-breasted Nuthatches reported previously by 
Steve Mlodinow are still there, but I did not find the White-winged Dove. 
 The area near the "magic junipers" in the southwest part of the wildlife 
area was best and was briefly hopping, but otherwise the birds were shy and 
hard to find.
If you go "off trail" looking for birds, be prepared to deal with tall 
grass and weeds.

Nearby Norma's Grove was a bit slow.  The most interesting birds were a 
male Lazuli Bunting, a Prairie Falcon, and several Sage Thrashers.  The 
acrobatics of Common Nighthawks provided good entertainment at both 
locations.

David Dowell
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Reynolds Park - Jefferson County
From: JBreitsch - Denver <jbreitsch AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:56:22 -0700 (PDT)
I went out today with the express purpose of finding at least one bird to 
photograph so I could get the horrible reptile off of the first page of my 
Flickr site (I don't like snakes).  I had no place in mind when I left my 
house, and as has often been the case when that has happened this year, I 
ended up at Reynolds Park.  I guess I just like it there.

I hit several mixed flocks.  The biggest one held my attention for almost 
half an hour.  Among the species it contained were the following:

All three Colorado nuthatch species
More than half a dozen Brown Creepers
More Townsend's Warblers than creepers
Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
Mountain Chickadees
Western Tanagers
Several thrush species
and adult and young Chipping Sparrows

Throw in the swifts overhead, the juncos, wrens, flycatchers, and vireos 
(warbling), and it was a party.  I flushed a Dusky Grouse that I didn't get 
a picture of and then flushed another one that only made it as far as a 
tree right along the hiking path.  That one I did photograph.  This was all 
on the Eagle's View trail.  On my way to the bottom, when I'd gotten myself 
onto Raven's Roost Trail, I had a female Williamson's Sapsucker.

The temperature was 46 when I got out of my car and in the high 69 when I 
got back in a couple of hours later.  It was a good morning.

John Breitsch
Denver, Colorado
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Subject: Re: RFI: South Denver Broad-Tailed Hummingbird & Lark Bunting
From: Tom Behnfield <behnfield AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:20:54 -0700 (PDT)
Josh,

If you haven't gotten your Broad-Tailed Hummingbird, I have them in my backyard 
in Lakewood which is southwest of Denver, and pretty much straight West of 
Cherry Creek State Park. 30 Minutes from CC Reservoir. 


Feel free to email or call.

Happy Birding!

Tom Behnfield
Lakewood, CO 
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Subject: Bob Evans needs ride to convention
From: Maggie Boswell <picab AT qwest.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:11:36 -0600
Bob lives in AZ and asked me to post this for him.

I am planning to attend the CFO Convention and am looking for ride share 
transportation from the Denver-Boulder area to Sterling and back. 


I have not been a member of the listserv for sometime. I would prefer not to 
subscribe, because I get more e-mails than I care to deal with already, but I 
thought that a one time post with a request for a ride share might be the best 
way to go. 


 I checked the CFO website thinking that there might be ride share information 
there, but I did not find anything. 

 
My contact information is as follows:
 
revans9173 AT aol.com
 
Telephone before August 23  520-212-4580
Telephone after August 23    303-818-5256

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Subject: Re: Cherry Creek SP birds?
From: Cheri Phillips <richph51 AT q.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:16:26 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Gary,

I found a couple of Brewer's Sparrows yesterday at the Lake Loop. From the 
paved parking area there is a gravel path down to a picnic area. I found 
them there. Common Yellowthroat I haven't seen in awhile but have seen them 
at the pond near the airfield on the same side of the road. 

Cheri Phillips
Centennial, CO

On Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:13:20 PM UTC-6, Gary Brower wrote:
>
> All, 
>
> Yesterday a few folks posted to eBirds that they had seen some birds that 
> I’m “after” at Cherry Creek SP. I was wondering if one of them might 
send 

> me a private email giving some details as to WHERE they saw: 
>
>         Common Yellowthroat 
>         Bank Swallow 
>         Brewer’s Sparrow 
>
> The details for the Little Gull were wonderful (although, of course, you 
> can never count on it staying in one place). 
>
> Thanks! 
>
> Gary Brower 
> Englewood, CO

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Subject: Re: RFI: South Denver Broad-Tailed Hummingbird & Lark Bunting
From: Polly Reetz <pollybirdndance AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:53:02 -0700 (PDT)
We saw broad-tailed and rufous hummingbirds at Cherry Creek State Park last 
week - at the 12-Mile Group picnic area and wetlands trailhead on the 
southeast side of the park (ask at the entrance station).   Lark buntings 
might be around there but we didn't see any.  They are prairie birds; try 
the Plains Conservation Center on the east side of Aurora, CO.   Usually we 
see them on the Pawnee National Grasslands but they probably have started 
their move south and might be at the Center now.  Other folks might have 
good suggestions.
Polly Reetz

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>
> Hello all,
> I will be visiting Denver on business Monday and Tuesday of this week. 
> Looking at eBird data it appears there are a couple lifers that are 
> relatively easy to find that I can target in my free time, specifically 
> Lark Bunting and Broad-Tailed Hummingbird. I'll be staying and working near 
> Cherry Creek Reservoir so if anyone knows any places that are reliable for 
> these species and within a reasonably short drive of that area I'd love to 
> hear about it. 
>
> Thanks,
>
> Josh Adams
> Lynnwood, WA
>

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Subject: Weld County Wanderings
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:53:02 -0700 (PDT)
Crom Lake (east pond now 100% mud flat; west pond has lots of exposed 
shoreline

   - About 30 "peeps" recognized Baird's, Least, Western, Semipalmated
   - Semipalmated Plover
   - Killdeer - 82+
   
Weld CR 43 (.5m north of Weld CR 48 on E)--oil operation flooded area 
continues to "hop".  No activity on Weld CR 48, 46, 42, 40, 59.

   - Franklin's Gull - 100s (moved over here from Weld CR 42)
   - Long-billed Dowitcher
   - "Peeps" - 12+ Least and Semipalmated recognized
   - Forster's Tern - 3
   - Black-necked Stilt - 5
   - Killdeer - 10
   - Greater Yellowlegs - 3
   - Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
   - Snowy Egret - 5

Windsor Lake

   - Forster's Tern - 9
   - Black Tern - 1

Loloff Reservor

   - Franklin's Gull - 60+

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Subject: New Yard Bird/Nunn ID Help?
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:37:43 -0700 (PDT)
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/photo/cordilleran-flycatcher-new-yard-bird-nunn

Need some confirmation help on this ID ... if possible

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Subject: Possible Black Swifts/Colorado Springs?
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:07:42 -0700 (PDT)
Jason probably interested in this report ... :-)

Gary,

I just read the large article on black swifts, 
http://www.aba.org/thecoolestbird.pdf, and note that it includes no 
sightings of Black Swift east of the Sangre de Cristos in the south of 
Colorado.  You may wish to know about this observation from a friend of 
mine here.
----- John Murphy  wrote:
> I didn't realize that Warren, and thought I read our county had 
documented them and this was not a big deal. I can say that it is an 
accident to be there by the monolith (above where the Old Stage turns to 
dirt) when they are feeding the chicks, although I have seen them there 
many times. When I see them it is usually when I am lying in bed supine 
during the day, and then, through our 4 x 8 skylight, I see them, say, one 
in twelve times, during the summers, as small yet fast, flopping movers, 
way up in the sky. Of course, when I was sick, and mostly bedridden, I 
seemed to see them most every day. 
> 
> When they are closer, it is hard to keep them in the field of view of my 
10 power Minox binocs. They can fly like no other bird I have watched 
around here, totally erratic, like they are changing their minds 
constantly. 
> 
> It takes me a while to look up and find a new bird. But when I saw them 
from 100 feet away, landing and taking off from the main monolith above the 
road (the tightest spot in the road), I found them alright, with their huge 
wings. I think there are others up Dalling Canyon, (again where the OSR 
turns to dirt, but maybe they were just feeding, but I have seen them 
there, up canyon. The only place I saw them land and re-land though, was 
the one monolith next to the road. 
> 
> I think there are more nests below that peninsula of land that juts out, 
above south Cheyenne Canyon, where Helen Hunt Jackson's home used to be, as 
I have seen them there flopping around, but due to the foreshortening of 
vision caused by the canyon rim, I never saw one land. They were on the 
Cheyenne Mtn. side of the canyon, not the Cutler side. You look down upon 
them from this vantage. It is just below the OSR after the road turns south 
where the western vistas appear. This is no longer owned by Lyda Hill, so I 
don't have permission to go there anymore, but Mr. Anschutz is a naturalist 
and a hiker, and I bet I could get permission from Wayne Hoskins, the head 
of Broadmoor security. This would be about 400 yards from the falls. A hike 
up Mt. Cutler gives many good cross-canyon views of this area once the 
ridge is reached, and here one needs no permission. 
> 
> This is a hard bird to document, for a very rank amateur like me, as they 
are so erratic, as to when they appear. They eschew the feeders I have, and 
faithfully fill. You are welcome to come by on a low ceiling day. They are 
easier to see against the cloud bottoms than the blue sky, and I see them 
more often on cloudy days. 
> 
> I have lived here 45 years, in the same home, and have seen the same 
birds since at least thirty of those years. This year, at this time, I can 
guarantee you will see a family of 7 wild turkeys feeding on my feeders' 
droppings, the red tailed hawk I told you about looking for the Eurasian 
dove carcasses, and a big flock of grosbeaks, and 20 or more hummers, but 
it will have to be serendipitous if we see the black swifts, from my deck. 
You and Betty are the first people to be interested in this, and I know I 
have told scores of folks about them over the decades, and they just nod.
> My best,
> John
> 
> John Patrick Michael Murphy 
> Philosopher

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 August 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:19:57 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: August 18, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

The RBA phone line has been discontinued.

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 18 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Snowy Plover (Alamosa, Otero)
Piping Plover (Otero)
LITTLE GULL (*Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Logan)
Caspian Tern (Morgan)
White-winged Dove (Weld)
Greater Roadrunner (Pueblo)
WHIP-POOR-WILL (La Plata)
ACORN WOODPECKER (Pueblo)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Gray Flycatcher (*Fremont)
Black Phoebe (Fremont, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Pueblo)
Cassin's Kingbird (Pueblo)
 Bell's Vireo (*Logan)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Nashville Warbler (Boulder, Montezuma)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Grand)
Northern Waterthrush (El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Mesa)
Indigo Bunting (El Paso)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Snowy Plover was reported by Rawinski at Blanca Wetlands, east of
Alamosa on August 11.  The best place for shorebirds was Pond #114 just N
of "t" in Road.  Go either N or S.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A juvenile plumaged LITTLE GULL was reported by Walbek at Cherry Creek SP
in the middle of the lake on August 14 and August 15 and August 17.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Dowell at Skunk Canyon on August 5.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A m Indigo  Bunting was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on August
9.
--An ad Northern Waterthrush was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on
August 14.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--Gray Flycatchers were reported by Moss at Red Canyon Park 10 miles N of
Canon City on August 16.  There was a family of four plus an additional 3
Gray Flycatchers.

GRAND COUNTY:
--On August 13, Remsen reported 18 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 4
Black-chinned Hummingbirds on CR 117 above Radium.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A WHIP-POOR-WILL was found by Larson and Remsen S of Durango on Hwy 140
near the state line on August 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Northern Waterthrush was reported by Biggerstaff at Dixon Reservoir low
in bushes just S of the inlet stream on the S side of the dam on August 14.

LOGAN  COUNTY:
--A singing EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and singing Bell's Vireos were reported by
Severs at west Tamarac Ranch on August 6. The Pewee was just north of Site
1.
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Mlodinow at Jumbo on August 16.
--4+ Bell's Vireos were reported by Kaempfer in hedgerows at Little Jumbo
on August 16.

MESA COUNTY:
--On August 11, Cooper reported migrating Purple Martins and Common
Nighthawks at Fruita Reservoir #2.
--On August 10, Korte reported 10 Purple Martins on Brush Creek Road where
it enters Aspens.  Some of the
martins were recently fledged.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Beatty at the west end of McPhee
Reservoir in cottonwoods on the SW side of the dam on August 6.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--3 Caspian Terns were reported by Dowell at Jackson Lake SP on the NE side
of the lake on August 11.
On August 15, Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern at Jackson Lake on the NE
side.   At the campground side, Mlodinow reported a Northern Waterthrush on
August 15.

OTERO COUNTY:
On August 10, Minner-Lee reported Snowy Plovers with chicks and 2 Piping
Plovers at Lake Cheraw.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On August 16, Percival reported the following at Valco Ponds/Rock Canyon:
 Northern Waterthrush, 1 Black Phoebe, and 5 Eastern Phoebe, 2 Cassin's
Kingbirds
--On August 16, Moss reported 4 ACORN WOODPECKERS in pines at Pueblo
Mountain Park.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Moss on Siloam Road in West Pueblo
County on August 16.

WELD COUNY:
--A White-winged Dove was reported by Mlodinow at Crow Valley on August 13.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 23 will be to Chatfield SP led by
Bob Shade (303-975-2476).
Call Leader if going.
Meet inside west entrance of park off S> Wadsworth, 1.5 miles south of
C-470.  State Parks Pass required. This will be a half-day trip so lunch
will be optional but bring water and a snack.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 24 will be to Walden Ponds in Boulder
led by Chuck Hundertmark  (chundertmark AT gmail.com or 303-604-0531) .
 Call or email if going.
Meet leader at Cottonwood Marsh parking lat a 0800.  Half-day trip.  Easy
walking 2 to 3 miles.  If time allow, will also cehck Teller Lake #5 and
White Rocks Trail.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
 Boulder

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Subject: Family of Gray Flycatchers in Red Canyon Park north of Canon City
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:19:10 -0600
This past Monday I birded Red Canyon Park about 10 miles north of Canon
City where I stumbled upon some very young fledgling Gray Flycatchers.
There was definitely one parent in attendance that I observed feeding one
or more of the young birds, and I believe the other parent was nearby.
They were in thick vegetation and I was unable to get a photo in focus and
also the parent(s) quickly moved the young away.  Yesterday (Saturday) I
returned and looked for the family.  I found a family of Gray Flycatchers
just 75 feet from where I saw the family earlier in the week so believe it
is likely the same family group.  I got good photos of a parent and at
least one fledgling that I have uploaded to my Birds and Nature blog
.

In addition to this family of about 4 I saw an additional 3 Gray
Flycatchers yesterday as well as Juniper Titmice, Black-headed Grosbeak,
Chipping Sparrows, Western Shrub Jays, a fast moving shrike, a flock of
Pinyon Jays (heard only) and a singing Virginia's Warbler.  I don't why
anyone would think that summer is not a birdy time of year in Colorado.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: RFI: South Denver Broad-Tailed Hummingbird & Lark Bunting
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:24:18 -0700 (PDT)
Hello all,
I will be visiting Denver on business Monday and Tuesday of this week. 
Looking at eBird data it appears there are a couple lifers that are 
relatively easy to find that I can target in my free time, specifically 
Lark Bunting and Broad-Tailed Hummingbird. I'll be staying and working near 
Cherry Creek Reservoir so if anyone knows any places that are reliable for 
these species and within a reasonably short drive of that area I'd love to 
hear about it. 

Thanks,

Josh Adams
Lynnwood, WA

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Subject: Re: Little Gull at Cherry Creek, Arapahoe Co.
From: Cheri Phillips <richph51 AT q.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:25:11 -0700 (PDT)
I have been out 3 times to find the Little Gull with out success. Is there 
a good place to view it from? Do I need a scope? 

Cheri Phillips
Centennial, CO

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>
> Juvenile plumage, currently in the middle of the lake.
>
> *Glenn Walbek*
> *Castle Rock, CO*
>
> *Sent from my 4G LTE DROID*
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Subject: Cherry Creek SP birds?
From: Gary Brower <garybrower AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:13:10 -0600
All,

Yesterday a few folks posted to eBirds that they had seen some birds that I'm 
"after" at Cherry Creek SP. I was wondering if one of them might send me a 
private email giving some details as to WHERE they saw: 


	Common Yellowthroat
	Bank Swallow
	Brewer's Sparrow

The details for the Little Gull were wonderful (although, of course, you can 
never count on it staying in one place). 


Thanks!

Gary Brower
Englewood, CO

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Subject: NE Colorado Birding
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:03:51 -0600
As was Steve Mlodinow, I, too, was out birding yesterday in NE Colorado with 
similar results. 


Shorebird habitat is definitely back, and growing daily out there. Red Lion SWA 
is actually starting to dry out in places where there was water a few weeks 
back, but it is still the case that the best habitat is away from Logan County 
Road 95. I walked in from the parking area just north of US 138 where a flock 
of over 40 White-faced Ibis flew up and then all the shorebirds were sent 
scurrying first by Swainson's Hawk flybys and then by a pesky Peregrine Falcon. 
In the hedgerows further to the north by Jumbo Annex (aka "Little Jumbo") there 
were at least four singing Bell's Vireos. 


On Jumbo Reservoir, the shoreline is falling nicely. Examination of the shore 
showed muck covered shingles crawling with flies and other insect-y things. I 
had pretty good luck with peeps out there, dozens of Baird's Sandpipers, a few 
Least, a couple of Semi-palmated and at least one Western. A single Willet, a 
flock of Wilson's Phalaropes in flight and three Long-billed Curlews over on 
LCR 94.5 put me up to 14 shorebird species in the area. 


From there I went on to North Sterling State Park where the shoreline is again 
receding, but with few shorebirds to show for it. There were even more pelicans 
here than the 1,000 (easily) that Steve counted at Jumbo big flocks of Lark 
Buntings in the wheat stubble around the park, too. 


Prewitt Reservoir has higher, but still dropping, water levels. With lots of 
people present and only a few spots of shore, it was hard to turn up anything, 
but I did get two Stilt Sandpipers to bring my day to 15 species. As Steve 
noted in yesterday's post, the inlet canal area has dried out and can be 
entered, but the grasses and weeds are 4 feet tall! 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: Jumbo Reservoir, Logan County
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:26:26 -0600
Greetings all
Yesterday eve there was a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Snow Geese at Jumbo 
Reservoir. Over 1000 pelicans were hounded relentlessly by two folks on jet 
skies and left for a period but returned later. There is shorebird habitat, but 
relatively few shorebirds. Finally, headed s from Jumbo on county road 1 there 
was a Krider's Redtail and a Krider's x e RTHA cross 


Elsewhere, in Yuma County, there were few migrants beyond Yellow Warblers, 
excepting an American Redstart at Holyoke, Cemetery (Phillips County) 

Cheers
Steven Mlodinow 
Longmont CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 August 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 04:42:04 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: August 17, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

The RBA phone line has been discontinued.

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Sunday, August 17 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Snowy Plover (Alamosa, Otero)
Piping Plover (Otero)
LITTLE GULL (Arapahoe)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Logan)
Caspian Tern (Morgan, Costilla)
White-winged Dove (Weld)
Greater Roadrunner (*Pueblo)
WHIP-POOR-WILL (*La Plata)
ACORN WOODPECKER (*Pueblo)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Black Phoebe (Fremont, *Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (*Pueblo)
Cassin's Kingbird (*Pueblo)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Fremont, Montrose)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Chihuanhuan Raven (Cheyenne/Kiowa)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Nashville Warbler (Boulder, Mesa, Montezuma)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Grand)
Northern Waterthrush (El Paso, Larimer, *Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Mesa)
Indigo Bunting (El Paso)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Snowy Plover was reported by Rawinski at Blanca Wetlands, east of
Alamosa on August 11.  The best place for shorebirds was Pond #114 just N
of "t" in Road.  Go either N or S.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A juvenile plumaged LITTLE GULL was reported by Walbek at Cherry Creek SP
in the middle of the lake on August 14 and August 15.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Dowell at Skunk Canyon on August 5.

CHEYENNE/KIOWA COUNTIES:
--5 Chihuahuan Ravens were reported by Peterson near the county line and NE
of Sand Creek Massacre site on August 3.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
--At Smith Reservoir on August 3, Mlodinow reported ad Caspian Tern and ad
Glossy Ibis.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A m Indigo  Bunting was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on August
9.
--An ad Northern Waterthrush was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on
August 14.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--Miller reported a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on July 8 on CO 67, It was
seen flying alongside the highway. It was seen 0.75 miles north of the
Custer County line.  On July 13, Miller reported seeing the Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher at the same spot.  On July 14, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was
reported by Walbek, Percival and Schultz. On July 16, Drummond reported
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at 0730 but not at 1030.  On July 19, Hinds
reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the same spot.  On July 20,
Edwards reported that 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were seen and
that they appear to be nesting in the dead tree.  On July 22, Bill Maynard
reported 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher before 0800.  On July 23, Moss
reported seeing the female Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  On July 25, Moss was
able to see the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher pair exchange duty at the nest in
the dead tree.  On July 26, Kaempfer reported the pair of Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers were busy defending their nest.  On July 27, Moss watched the f
Scissor-tail forage from the driveway several hundered feet north of nest
tree..  Moss spoke to the property owner of the nest tree and it is okay to
park in the driveway as long as you do not block the driveway and stay
outside their fenceline.  On August 2, Moss reported seeing the male
Scissor-tail but not the female.  On August 4, Moss
again reported only seeing the male Scissor-tail.  On August 5, Rich Miller
reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
Moss reported seeing the male Scissor-tail on August 8.  On August 9,
Kellner reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

GRAND COUNTY:
--On August 13, Remsen reported 18 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 4
Black-chinned Hummingbirds on CR 117 above Radium.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A WHIP-POOR-WILL was found by Larson and Remsen S of Durango on Hwy 140
near the state line on August 16.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Northern Waterthrush was reported by Biggerstaff at Dixon Reservoir low
in bushes just S of the inlet stream on the S side of the dam on August 14.

LOGAN  COUNTY:
--A singing EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and singing Bell's Vireos were reported by
Severs at west Tamarac Ranch on August 6. The Pewee was just north of Site
1.
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by Mlodinow at Jumbo on August 16.

MESA COUNTY:
--On August 3, Korte reported Nashville Warbler and Purple Martins in
Collbran.  A pair of Purple Martins was feeding young.
--On August 11, Cooper reported migrating Purple Martins and Common
Nighthawks at Fruita Reservoir #2.
--On August 10, Korte reported 10 Purple Martins on Brush Creek Road where
it enters Aspens.  Some of the
martins were recently fledged.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Beatty at the west end of McPhee
Reservoir in cottonwoods on the SW side of the dam on August 6.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On August 4, Dexter reported a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher visited his yard
in Nucla.  He will report back on August 5 if it is still around.  On
August 5, Dexter was able to refind the Scissor-tailed Flycather where it
was
last seen on the 5th but it fly south of town and out of sight.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--3 Caspian Terns were reported by Dowell at Jackson Lake SP on the NE side
of the lake on August 11.
On August 15, Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern at Jackson Lake on the NE
side.   At the campground side, Mlodinow reported a Northern Waterthrush on
August 15.

OTERO COUNTY:
On August 10, Minner-Lee reported Snowy Plovers with chicks and 2 Piping
Plovers at Lake Cheraw.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On August 16, Percival reported the following at Valco Ponds/Rock Canyon:
 Northern Waterthrush, 1 Black Phoebe, and 5 Eastern Phoebe, 2 Cassin's
Kingbirds
--On August 16, Moss reported 4 ACORN WOODPECKERS in pines at Pueblo
Mountain Park.
--A Greater Roadrunner was reported by Moss on Siloam Road in West Pueblo
County on August 16.

WELD COUNY:
--A White-winged Dove was reported by Mlodinow at Crow Valley on August 13.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 17 will be to Roxorough SP led by
Doris Cruze (303-798-8072).  Meet outside the Roxborough SP Visitor Center
at 0730.  Will hike for 2 to 2.5 hours.  State Parks pass or $7 day pass
required.  bring binoculars, water, sturdy footwear, and snacks.  Lunch
optional.  Will probably see Lesser Goldfinch and Golden Eagle.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Acorn Woodpeckers in Pueblo Mtn Park: confirmed breeding success & roadrunner in west Pueblo County
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:49:06 -0600
Yesterday I got back to Pueblo Mountain Park to check on the pair of Acorn
Woodpeckers that appeared to be nesting in July.  I found them away from
the nest tree and there were 4 birds that were high up in the pine trees.
I observed an adult bird feeding a young fledgling (with blackish eyes
found on young juveniles).  I also photographed another Acorn Woodpecker
with blueish eyes that are found on older juveniles.  I did get a distant
photo I cropped for closer view showing the parent bird as it approached
the fledgling with it's bill open wide right before the feeding as well as
one right after the feeding and a closer one with the juvenile that has the
bluish eyes.  I have uploaded these to my Birds and Nature blog
.  It is nice to see that this pair
were successful in breeding this year.

On my way home via Siloam Road I was surprised to spot a Greater Roadrunner
that was in juniper grassland habitat (for some miles around).


SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Re: [Mex] Whip-poor-will, LA Plata Co.
From: Van Remsen <vnremsen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:19:24 -0700 (PDT)
Just to elaborate ... Steve and I pulled over a hundred yards before the 
state line on Hwy. 140 because a turnout on the east side of the road had a 
conspicuous patch of tall oaks and other broadleaf trees that had a very 
"Arizona" look, and we were rattling off likely Arizona species that 
"should" be there, just for fun, when in response to W. Screech-Owl 
imitations and spishing, in comes a Whip-poor-will (!), dashing around in 
broad daylight (ca. 11:00 AM), perched briefly for a couple of brief but 
close looks, and then vanished back into the dense undergrowth.  We could 
not lure it back out or relocate it.  [It was NOT on the list of species 
were were dreaming about.] .  Van Remsen (currently in Cortez)

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>
> Steve Larson and Van Remsen found this bird south of Durango on Hwy 140 at 
> the state line.
>
> *Glenn Walbek*
> *Castle Rock, CO*
>
> *Sent from my 4G LTE DROID*
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Subject: Re: Whip-poor-will, LA Plata Co.
From: Van Remsen <vnremsen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:03:56 -0700 (PDT)
Just to el

On Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:00:54 AM UTC-6, Glenn Walbek wrote:
>
> Steve Larson and Van Remsen found this bird south of Durango on Hwy 140 at 
> the state line.
>
> *Glenn Walbek*
> *Castle Rock, CO*
>
> *Sent from my 4G LTE DROID*
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Subject: Great Egret and fledged White-faced Ibis in heronry at Walden Res (Jackson Co)
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:26:52 -0600
I visited Walden Reservoir this morning to check the heronry on a large
island. Many White-faced Ibis, which Paul Slingsby and I confirmed nesting
August 1, had fledged young. Some could still be heard on the nest. The
ibis nested on an island of inundated willows and on the large island that
has a large population of California Gulls. About 120 adults and fledged
young ibis were present. (Probably a low number).

The large island, which is best observed from the east side of the lake,
hosted only California Gulls when Paul, the late Jim Duggan, and I began
monitoring the lake for RMBO'sColonyWatch. In 2006, American White Pelicans
and Double-crested Cormorants also established highly visible colonies on
the island. About that time, we also began seeing 3-5 pair of Snowy Egrets
nesting in brush at the south end of the island. Shortly thereafter a few
pair of Black-crowned Night Herons established nests in a couple of large
willows on the island.

Last year, the gull, pelican and cormorant colonies all but disappeared
probably due at least in part to low water levels.

This year, abundant water has brought an efflorescence of the heronry.There
were at least 10 Snowy Egret nests. One or possibly two pair of Great Egret
nested there. Cattle Egret have been reported by several observers, and on
Aug. 1, Paul and I saw an adult in the heronry. Unfortunately, we couldn't
tie it to a nest.

Interestingly, perhaps due to undetected events last year, the pelicans and
cormorants developed a strategy of nesting in brush on the island out of
sight from shore. Today, about 240 were present, mostly young.

As a final treat today, I caught a short look at about 20 juvenile Black
Terns.

More people deserve credit for North Park ColonyWatch over the years, but
that's for another venue.
Chuck Hundertmark
2546 Lake Meadow Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
303-604-0531
Cell: 720-771-8659
chundertmark8 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Great Egrey and fledged White-faced Ibis in Walden Res heronry (Jackson Co)
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:19:04 -0600
I visited Walden Reservoir this morning to check the heronry on a large
island. Many White-faced Ibis, which Paul Slingsby and I confirmed nesting
August 1, had fledged young. Some could still be heard on the nest. The
ibis nested on an island of inundated willows and on the large island that
has a large population of California Gulls. About 120 adults and fledged
young were present. (Probably a low number).

The large island, which is best observed from the east side of the lake,
hosted only California Gulls when Paul, the late Jim Duggan, and I began
monitoring the lake for RMBO's ColonyWatch. In 2006, American White
Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants also established highly visible
colonies on the island. About that time, we also began seeing 3-5 pair of
Snowy Egrets nesting in brush at the south end of the island. Shortly
thereafter a few pair of Black-crowned Night Herons established nest in a
couple of large willows on the island.

Last year, the gull, pelican and cormorant colonies all but disappeared
probably due at least in part to low water levels.

This year, abundant water has brought an efflorescence of the heronry.There
were at least 10 Snowy Egret nests. One or possibly two pair of Great Egret
nested there. Cattle Egret have been reported by several observers, and on
Aug. 1, Paul and I saw an adult in the heronry. Unfortunately, we couldn't
tie it to a nest.

Interestingly, perhaps due to undetected events last year, the pelicans and
cormorants developed a strategy of nesting in brush on the island out of
sight from shore. Today, about 240 were present, mostly young.

As a final treat today, I caught a short look at about 20 juvenile Black
Terns.

More people deserve credit for North Park ColonyWatch over the years, but
that's for another venue.


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2546 Lake Meadow Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
303-604-0531
Cell: 720-771-8659
chundertmark8 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Re: Beginning Computer Class for Birders (posted with moderator permission)
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:53:26 -0600
Hi Amy,

What a great idea!

I will forward this on to nature-net.  For those of you that don't monitor
"nature-net", it is brought to you by the fine folks at Boulder County
Nature Association, with the inimitable Scott Severs as moderator.  You
will NOT be inundated with emails from this listserv, but you will get to
see who is offering trips and classes in Boulder and surrounding areas, and
read interesting nature oriented articles.

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Best,

Pam Piombino


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> Cobirders,
>
>
> Since the RBA answering machine expired in late June, I have been on a few
> field trips with folks who mentioned that they didn’t have email addresses
> and didn’t know anything about navigating the Internet to get one and
> subscribe to the Google Group to post sitings.  Teaching computer skills is
> something I have a lot of experience with but it’s taken me a while to find
> a computer lab that would allow me to hold a class at no charge.  I finally
> found one so was hoping you all (who clearly don’t need a class) would help
> me get the word out to birders who could benefit from a basic-level class.
>
>
> Here are the details:
>
> Free Basic Computer/Internet Class for Birders
>
> Saturday, September 27, from 2-4pm
>
> Bemis Library Computer Lab (
> http://www.littletongov.org/index.aspx?page=128)
>
>
> My main goal is for everyone to leave with an email account and signed up
> for the Cobirds Google Group. I’ll take the group wherever they want to go
> computer/software/website-wise beyond that as time allows.
>
>
> If you find anyone who would like to attend, they can call me at
> 720-870-7957 to let me know they're coming and leave a contact number in
> case I would have to cancel.
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Amy Cervene
>
> Highlands Ranch
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Subject: MacGillivray's Warblers, El Paso Co, Saturday
From: Steven Brown <sbrown37 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:46:01 -0600
Hi COBirders,

A few more migrants showed up at Clear Springs Ranch - marsh banding site 
today. I banded two young female Mac's, and a couple more Yellow Warbler 
females (total 40 in last two weeks). Several more warblers were seen zipping 
around the lanes. 


Happy Migration,

Steve Brown
Colorado Springs

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Subject: Pueblo 8/16 (Evening Grosbeak/N. Waterthrush)
From: Brandon <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:40:04 -0700

Robb Hinds, Chris Knight, and I walked Valco Ponds/Rock Canyon, below Pueblo 
Reservoir dam (Pueblo County) this morning. 


Best birds:
Evening Grosbeak - 1 west of Valco Ponds parking lot along the Bluff, calling 
and then seen 


Northern Waterthrush - 1 close to the River, west side of the Valco Ponds 
parking lot, along Hwy 96. 


Black Phoebe - 1 and Eastern Phoebe - 5

All three species of kingbirds, two Cassin's, two Western, and two Easterns.

Male Ladder-backed Woodpecker in Rock Canyon, east side of the Osprey Picnic 
Area. 


Probably close to 10 Red-breasted Nuthatches.


Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO 

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Subject: Whip-poor-will, LA Plata Co.
From: Glenn Walbek <juncos AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:57:54 -0600
Steve Larson and Van Remsen found this bird south of Durango on Hwy 140 at the 
state line. 


Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Beginning Computer Class for Birders (posted with moderator permission)
From: Amy Cervene <acervene AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:59:50 -0600
Cobirders,


Since the RBA answering machine expired in late June, I have been on a few
field trips with folks who mentioned that they didn’t have email addresses
and didn’t know anything about navigating the Internet to get one and
subscribe to the Google Group to post sitings.  Teaching computer skills is
something I have a lot of experience with but it’s taken me a while to find
a computer lab that would allow me to hold a class at no charge.  I finally
found one so was hoping you all (who clearly don’t need a class) would help
me get the word out to birders who could benefit from a basic-level class.


Here are the details:

Free Basic Computer/Internet Class for Birders

Saturday, September 27, from 2-4pm

Bemis Library Computer Lab (http://www.littletongov.org/index.aspx?page=128)



My main goal is for everyone to leave with an email account and signed up
for the Cobirds Google Group. I’ll take the group wherever they want to go
computer/software/website-wise beyond that as time allows.


If you find anyone who would like to attend, they can call me at
720-870-7957 to let me know they're coming and leave a contact number in
case I would have to cancel.


Thanks,

Amy Cervene

Highlands Ranch

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 August 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:37:12 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: August 16, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

The RBA phone line has been discontinued.

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, August 16 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Snowy Plover (Alamosa, Otero)
Piping Plover (Otero)
LITTLE GULL (*Arapahoe)
Caspian Tern (*Morgan, Costilla)
White-winged Dove (*Weld)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Black Phoebe (Fremont)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Fremont, Montrose)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Chihuanhuan Raven (Cheyenne/Kiowa)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Nashville Warbler (Boulder, Mesa, Montezuma)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Grand)
Northern Waterthrush (El Paso, Larimer)
Fox Sparrow (Mesa)
Indigo Bunting (El Paso)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Snowy Plover was reported by Rawinski at Blanca Wetlands, east of
Alamosa on August 11.  The best place for shorebirds was Pond #114 just N
of "t" in Road.  Go either N or S.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A juvenile plumaged LITTLE GULL was reported by Walbek at Cherry Creek SP
in the middle of the lake on August 14 and August 15.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Dowell at Skunk Canyon on August 5.

CHEYENNE/KIOWA COUNTIES:
--5 Chihuahuan Ravens were reported by Peterson near the county line and NE
of Sand Creek Massacre site on August 3.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
--At Smith Reservoir on August 3, Mlodinow reported ad Caspian Tern and ad
Glossy Ibis.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A m Indigo  Bunting was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on August
9.
--An ad Northern Waterthrush was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on
August 14.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--Miller reported a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on July 8 on CO 67, It was
seen flying alongside the highway. It was seen 0.75 miles north of the
Custer County line.  On July 13, Miller reported seeing the Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher at the same spot.  On July 14, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was
reported by Walbek, Percival and Schultz. On July 16, Drummond reported
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at 0730 but not at 1030.  On July 19, Hinds
reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the same spot.  On July 20,
Edwards reported that 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were seen and
that they appear to be nesting in the dead tree.  On July 22, Bill Maynard
reported 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher before 0800.  On July 23, Moss
reported seeing the female Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  On July 25, Moss was
able to see the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher pair exchange duty at the nest in
the dead tree.  On July 26, Kaempfer reported the pair of Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers were busy defending their nest.  On July 27, Moss watched the f
Scissor-tail forage from the driveway several hundered feet north of nest
tree..  Moss spoke to the property owner of the nest tree and it is okay to
park in the driveway as long as you do not block the driveway and stay
outside their fenceline.  On August 2, Moss reported seeing the male
Scissor-tail but not the female.  On August 4, Moss
again reported only seeing the male Scissor-tail.  On August 5, Rich Miller
reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
Moss reported seeing the male Scissor-tail on August 8.  On August 9,
Kellner reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

GRAND COUNTY:
--On August 13, Remsen reported 18 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 4
Black-chinned Hummingbirds on CR 117 above Radium.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Northern Waterthrush was reported by Biggerstaff at Dixon Reservoir low
in bushes just S of the inlet stream on the S side of the dam on August 14.

LOGAN  COUNTY:
--A singing EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and singing Bell's Vireos were reported by
Severs at west Tamarac Ranch on August 6. The Pewee was just north of Site
1.

MESA COUNTY:
--On August 3, Korte reported Nashville Warbler and Purple Martins in
Collbran.  A pair of Purple Martins was feeding young.
--On August 11, Cooper reported migrating Purple Martins and Common
Nighthawks at Fruita Reservoir #2.
--On August 10, Korte reported 10 Purple Martins on Brush Creek Road where
it enters Aspens.  Some of the
martins were recently fledged.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Beatty at the west end of McPhee
Reservoir in cottonwoods on the SW side of the dam on August 6.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On August 4, Dexter reported a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher visited his yard
in Nucla.  He will report back on August 5 if it is still around.  On
August 5, Dexter was able to refind the Scissor-tailed Flycather where it
was
last seen on the 5th but it fly south of town and out of sight.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--3 Caspian Terns were reported by Dowell at Jackson Lake SP on the NE side
of the lake on August 11.
On August 15, Mlodinow reported a Caspian Tern at Jackson Lake on the NE
side.   At the campground side, Mlodinow reported a Northern Waterthrush on
August 15.

OTERO COUNTY:
On August 10, Minner-Lee reported Snowy Plovers with chicks and 2 Piping
Plovers at Lake Cheraw.

WELD COUNY:
--A White-winged Dove was reported by Mlodinow at Crow Valley on August 13.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 16 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Buzz Schaumberg (303-478-4641).  Please call leader if going.  Meet at 0730
at the Barr Lake SP Visitor Center.  State Parks Pass required.  Bring
lunch, plenty of water, and bug spray as trip may be 3/4 day depending on
birds and weather.  Trip can be easily modified to be accessible for a
person with a disability.  beginners are welcome.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 17 will be to Roxorough SP led by
Doris Cruze (303-798-8072).  Meet outside the Roxborough SP Visitor Center
at 0730.  Will hike for 2 to 2.5 hours.  State Parks pass or $7 day pass
required.  bring binoculars, water, sturdy footwear, and snacks.  Lunch
optional.  Will probably see Lesser Goldfinch and Golden Eagle.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatchers-not; Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Wilson's Warbler in Florence River Park
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:55:57 -0600
The female Scissor-tailed Flycatcher has not been reported since July 28
and now I have not seen nor heard of any reports of him since last Sunday
when the landowner saw him near the nest site on their property south of
Florence.  I found a photo I had taken of the female on July 28 sitting on
the nest and have uploaded it to my Birds and Nature blog
.

Late report of a Ladder-backed Woodpecker I saw in Florence River Park last
week.  This is only the second I have seen in riparian habitat though they
are reported to use lowland riparian forests both in and south of the U.S.

And I saw my first of the season migrating Wilson's Warbler in Florence
River Park yesterday. Have seen migrating Western Tanagers,one each, over
the past week in Florence River Park, Canon City Riverwalk and Red Canyon
Park. Landbird migration is on.

Photos of him and the Ladder-backed Woodpecker are also now up on my Birds
and Nature blog.  Trying to catch up.

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

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Subject: NE CO Highlights
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:51:23 -0400 (EDT)
Greetings All


I started today at Jackson Reservoir, then went to Prewitt, and eventually 
finished my day at Haxtun in Phillips County. Still fairly slow birding out 
there, but some nice highlights 



At the NE corner of Jackson Reservoir, Morgan, on a small crescent of mud, 
there were no shorebirds, but there was a Caspian Tern, undoubtedly one of the 
3 found by Dave Dowell a few days ago. 



In the state park, there was a Northern Waterthrush and a female Spotted x 
Eastern Towhee. Neither parental species should be migrating quite yet and 
neither breeds at Jackson, making this bird an oddity indeed. 



At Prewitt, there is just enough shorebird habitat to hold 12 Baird's Sands and 
3 Lesser Yellowlegs. 

On the brighter side, the inlet canal walk is drying out nicely and should be 
prime when the first real wave of passerines hits. The veg is luxuriant, as our 
the mozzies. I didn't get there until nearly mid day but still eked out another 
Northern Waterthrush plus Western Tanager, OS Flycatcher, Dusky and Willow 
Flycatchers. 



Akron Golf Course pond was bird free


In the town of Yuma, there was a subadult Mississippi Kite sitting in a tree in 
someone's yard near the intersection of Beatty and Hwy 59. I believe there are 
fewer than 5 records for the county. 



On Wednesday, two days ago, at Crow Valley, Nick Moore and I had a White-winged 
Dove (only my second in Weld) and some early migrants: Willow Flycatcher, 
Wilson's Warbler, Cordilleran Flycatcher. 



Also, there were 5 RB Nuthatches at Crow Valley on Wednesday and 5 at Prewitt 
today; methinks it will be another invasion fall for that species. 



Good Birding
Steve Mlodinow

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Subject: Re: Female needs room at CFO convention
From: Paul Kaufmann <460shooter AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:55:30 -0700 (PDT)
What convention?  Is there a birding convention that I don't know about??

On Friday, August 15, 2014 10:20:05 AM UTC-6, sheflew wrote:
>
> Hello birders,
>
> I would like to share a hotel room with someone for the convention from 
> Thursday through Saturday nights. Please contact me off list if you have 
> you are interested. THANKS!
>
> *Sue Riffe* 
> *Lyons, CO*
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Subject: YMCA of the Rockies
From: scott <pygmyowl AT frii.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:02:25 -0600
Hi All,

As some of you know a number of volunteers and I  have been operating a 
banding station at the YMCA of the Rockies south of Estes Park for some 
time now, actually it has been 16 years.

As a collective group we have captured and banded 88 different species 
at the site including hawks, owls, hummingbirds and even Band-tailed 
Pigeons.
As of today we have trapped and banded 9971 birds.

I am happy to say my next Monday or Wednesday (we trap every Monday, 
Wednesday and Friday) we will break the 10,000 mark for birds banded.

If anyone would like to see what we have captured over the years, you 
can see the numbers at www.CARRIEP.org. Look under research, then YMCA 
Bird Banding

Furthermore, The Barn Owls that CARRI has been monitoring are close to 
fledging. That can also be seen at www.CARRIEP.org

Best,
Scott Rashid

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Subject: Re: Female needs room at CFO convention
From: Sue Riffe <sheflew AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:01:29 -0600
I found a room.

Sue Riffe
Lyons, CO


On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 10:20 AM, Sue Riffe  wrote:

> Hello birders,
>
> I would like to share a hotel room with someone for the convention from
> Thursday through Saturday nights. Please contact me off list if you have
> you are interested. THANKS!
>
> *Sue Riffe*
> *Lyons, CO*
>



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Subject: Need help with Xeno-Canto downloads
From: "W. Robert Shade III" <wrshade3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:40:01 -0600
I would like to use songs of some Japanese birds for my "Birds of Japan"
presentation at the DFO meeting Monday August 25. I did this once
successfully but now, after pressing the "download symbol" on the selected
vocalization, cannot find the download on my MacBookPro. Flummoxed. Can
anyone help?

Thank you.

Bob Shade
Lakewood

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Subject: Female needs room at CFO convention
From: Sue Riffe <sheflew AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:20:01 -0600
Hello birders,

I would like to share a hotel room with someone for the convention from
Thursday through Saturday nights. Please contact me off list if you have
you are interested. THANKS!

*Sue Riffe*
*Lyons, CO*

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 August 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:33:01 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: August 15, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

The RBA phone line has been discontinued.

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 15 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Snowy Plover (Alamosa, Otero)
Piping Plover (Otero)
LITTLE GULL (*Arapahoe)
Caspian Tern (Morgan, Costilla)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Black Phoebe (Fremont)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Fremont, Montrose)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Chihuanhuan Raven (Cheyenne/Kiowa)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Nashville Warbler (Boulder, Mesa, Montezuma)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Grand)
Northern Waterthrush (*El Paso, *Larimer)
Fox Sparrow (Mesa)
Indigo Bunting (El Paso)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Snowy Plover was reported by Rawinski at Blanca Wetlands, east of
Alamosa on August 11.  The best place for shorebirds was Pond #114 just N
of "t" in Road.  Go either N or S.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A juvenile plumaged LITTLE GULL was reported by Walbek at Cherry Creek SP
in the middle of the lake on August 14.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Dowell at Skunk Canyon on August 5.

CHEYENNE/KIOWA COUNTIES:
--5 Chihuahuan Ravens were reported by Peterson near the county line and NE
of Sand Creek Massacre site on August 3.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
--At Smith Reservoir on August 3, Mlodinow reported ad Caspian Tern and ad
Glossy Ibis.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A m Indigo  Bunting was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on August
9.
--An ad Northern Waterthrush was banded by Brown at Clear Springs Ranch on
August 14.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--Miller reported a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on July 8 on CO 67, It was
seen flying alongside the highway. It was seen 0.75 miles north of the
Custer County line.  On July 13, Miller reported seeing the Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher at the same spot.  On July 14, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was
reported by Walbek, Percival and Schultz. On July 16, Drummond reported
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at 0730 but not at 1030.  On July 19, Hinds
reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the same spot.  On July 20,
Edwards reported that 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were seen and
that they appear to be nesting in the dead tree.  On July 22, Bill Maynard
reported 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher before 0800.  On July 23, Moss
reported seeing the female Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  On July 25, Moss was
able to see the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher pair exchange duty at the nest in
the dead tree.  On July 26, Kaempfer reported the pair of Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers were busy defending their nest.  On July 27, Moss watched the f
Scissor-tail forage from the driveway several hundered feet north of nest
tree..  Moss spoke to the property owner of the nest tree and it is okay to
park in the driveway as long as you do not block the driveway and stay
outside their fenceline.  On August 2, Moss reported seeing the male
Scissor-tail but not the female.  On August 4, Moss
again reported only seeing the male Scissor-tail.  On August 5, Rich Miller
reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
Moss reported seeing the male Scissor-tail on August 8.  On August 9,
Kellner reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

GRAND COUNTY:
--On August 13, Remsen reported 18 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 4
Black-chinned Hummingbirds on CR 117 above Radium.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Northern Waterthrush was reported by Biggerstaff at Dixon Reservoir low
in bushes just S of the inlet stream on the S side of the dam on August 14.

LOGAN  COUNTY:
--A singing EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and singing Bell's Vireos were reported by
Severs at west Tamarac Ranch on August 6. The Pewee was just north of Site
1.

MESA COUNTY:
--On August 3, Korte reported Nashville Warbler and Purple Martins in
Collbran.  A pair of Purple Martins was feeding young.
--On August 11, Cooper reported migrating Purple Martins and Common
Nighthawks at Fruita Reservoir #2.
--On August 10, Korte reported 10 Purple Martins on Brush Creek Road where
it enters Aspens.  Some of the
martins were recently fledged.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Beatty at the west end of McPhee
Reservoir in cottonwoods on the SW side of the dam on August 6.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On August 4, Dexter reported a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher visited his yard
in Nucla.  He will report back on August 5 if it is still around.  On
August 5, Dexter was able to refind the Scissor-tailed Flycather where it
was
last seen on the 5th but it fly south of town and out of sight.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--3 Caspian Terns were reported by Dowell at Jackson Lake SP on the NE side
of the lake on August 11.

OTERO COUNTY:
On August 10, Minner-Lee reported Snowy Plovers with chicks and 2 Piping
Plovers at Lake Cheraw.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 16 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Buzz Schaumberg (303-478-4641).  Please call leader if going.  Meet at 0730
at the Barr Lake SP Visitor Center.  State Parks Pass required.  Bring
lunch, plenty of water, and bug spray as trip may be 3/4 day depending on
birds and weather.  Trip can be easily modified to be accessible for a
person with a disability.  beginners are welcome.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 17 will be to Roxorough SP led by
Doris Cruze (303-798-8072).  Meet outside the Roxborough SP Visitor Center
at 0730.  Will hike for 2 to 2.5 hours.  State Parks pass or $7 day pass
required.  bring binoculars, water, sturdy footwear, and snacks.  Lunch
optional.  Will probably see Lesser Goldfinch and Golden Eagle.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
 Boulder

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert phone line discontinued
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:42:15 -0600
Earlier this summer, the answering machine for the Rare Bird Alert phone
line broke down. The answering machine and dedicated phone line were housed
at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. It was funded through Denver Field
Ornithologists by donations. It was updated daily by a dedicated group of
volunteers (Joyce Takamine, Joe Roller, Allison Hilf, and others).

The number of users has declined as more birders have turned to the
internet and Cobirds which provides a more timely delivery of information.

In light of this situation, the Board of Directors of Denver Field
Ornithologists voted today to end support of the RBA phone line. Volunteers
will continue to maintain the RBA on Cobirds.

A suggestion has been made that Cobirds users who know a fellow birder who
does not have internet access may want to offer to share RBA information
with that other birder.

The RBA phone line has served Colorado birders well since it was first
housed in Lynn Willcockson's home. Today, Cobirds continues to fill that
role.

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Denver Field Ornithologists
2546 Lake Meadow Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
303-604-0531
Cell: 720-771-8659
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Subject: N Waterthrush, El Paso Co
From: Steven Brown <sbrown37 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:45:09 -0600
Hi COBirders,

Banding at Clear Springs Ranch this morning I caught an adult, (probably female 
by smaller size) Northern Waterthrush, a couple of Yellow Warblers, and little 
else. A NOWA is pretty unusual for us, but we usually see a couple from about 
now until Labor Day. Again, this willowy site is about 1 1/2 miles N of the 
parking area at CSR (the lot is under construction right now with lots of heavy 
equipment). 


Waiting for a front to bring in some more migrants!

Good birding,
Steve Brown
Colorado Springs

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Subject: Northern Waterthrush, Dixon Reservior, Larimer County
From: Brad Biggerstaff <eyepatchtattoo AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:24:33 -0600
This morning at Dixon Reservoir/Pine Ridge Natural Area in west Fort
Collins, along with multiple Yellow Warblers, Western Wood-Pewees, American
and Lesser Goldfinches, and mosquitoes, there was a Northern Waterthrush.
 It was low in the bushes just south of the inlet stream on the south side
of the dam.

Brad Biggerstaff
Fort Collins

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Subject: Little Gull at Cherry Creek, Arapahoe Co.
From: Glenn Walbek <juncos AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:12:03 -0600
Juvenile plumage, currently in the middle of the lake.

Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 August 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:36:17 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: August 14, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, August 14 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Snowy Plover (Alamosa, Otero)
Piping Plover (Otero)
Caspian Tern (Morgan, Costilla)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Black Phoebe (Fremont, Montrose, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Pueblo)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Fremont, Montrose)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Chihuanhuan Raven (Cheyenne/Kiowa)
Purple Martin (Mesa)
Nashville Warbler (Boulder, Mesa, Montezuma)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (*Grand)
Fox Sparrow (Mesa)
Indigo Bunting (El Paso, Montrose)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Snowy Plover was reported by Rawinski at Blanca Wetlands, east of
Alamosa on August 11.  The best place for shorebirds was Pond #114 just N
of "t" in Road.  Go either N or S.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Dowell at Skunk Canyon on August 5.

CHEYENNE/KIOWA COUNTIES:
--5 Chihuahuan Ravens were reported by Peterson near the county line and NE
of Sand Creek Massacre site on August 3.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
--At Smith Reservoir on August 3, Mlodinow reported ad Caspian Tern and ad
Glossy Ibis.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A m Indigo  Bunting was banded by Brown at Clear Spirngs Ranch on August
9.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--Miller reported a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on July 8 on CO 67, It was
seen flying alongside the highway. It was seen 0.75 miles north of the
Custer County line.  On July 13, Miller reported seeing the Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher at the same spot.  On July 14, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was
reported by Walbek, Percival and Schultz. On July 16, Drummond reported
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at 0730 but not at 1030.  On July 19, Hinds
reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the same spot.  On July 20,
Edwards reported that 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were seen and
that they appear to be nesting in the dead tree.  On July 22, Bill Maynard
reported 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher before 0800.  On July 23, Moss
reported seeing the female Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  On July 25, Moss was
able to see the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher pair exchange duty at the nest in
the dead tree.  On July 26, Kaempfer reported the pair of Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers were busy defending their nest.  On July 27, Moss watched the f
Scissor-tail forage from the driveway several hundered feet north of nest
tree..  Moss spoke to the property owner of the nest tree and it is okay to
park in the driveway as long as you do not block the driveway and stay
outside their fenceline.  On August 2, Moss reported seeing the male
Scissor-tail but not the female.  On August 4, Moss
again reported only seeing the male Scissor-tail.  On August 5, Rich Miller
reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
Moss reported seeing the male Scissor-tail on August 8.  On August 9,
Kellner reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

GRAND COUNTY:
--On August 13, Remsen reported 18 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 4
Black-chinned Hummingbirds on CR 117 above Radium.

LOGAN  COUNTY:
--A singing EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and singing Bell's Vireos were reported by
Severs at west Tamarac Ranch on August 6. The Pewee was just north of Site
1.

MESA COUNTY:
--On August 3, Korte reported Nashville Warbler and Purple Martins in
Collbran.  A pair of Purple Martins was feeding young.
--On August 11, Cooper reported migrating Purple Martins and Common
Nighthawks at Fruita Reservoir #2.
--On August 10, Korte reported 10 Purple Martins on Brush Creek Road where
it enters Aspens.  Some of the
martins were recently fledged.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Beatty at the west end of McPhee
Reservoir in cottonwoods on the SW side of the dam on August 6.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On old Hwy 90 about a mile east of Nucla Power Plant, Dexter reported a
singing m Indigo Bunting and 5 Black Phoebes on August 1.
--On August 4, Dexter reported a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher visited his yard
in Nucla.  He will report back on August 5 if it is still around.  On
August 5, Dexter was able to refind the Scissor-tailed Flycather where it
was
last seen on the 5th but it fly south of town and out of sight.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--3 Caspian Terns were reported by Dowell at Jackson Lake SP on the NE side
of the lake on August 11.

OTERO COUNTY:
On August 10, Minner-Lee reported Snowy Plovers with chicks and 2 Piping
Plovers at Lake Cheraw.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On August 1, Percival reported 2 Black Phoebes and 3 Eastern Phoebes at
Valco Ponds/Rock Canyon below
Pueblo Reservoir Dam.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 16 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Buzz Schaumberg (303-478-4641).  Please call leader if going.  Meet at 0730
at the Barr Lake SP Visitor Center.  State Parks Pass required.  Bring
lunch, plenty of water, and bug spray as trip may be 3/4 day depending on
birds and weather.  Trip can be easily modified to be accessible for a
person with a disability.  beginners are welcome.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 17 will be to Roxorough SP led by
Doris Cruze (303-798-8072).  Meet outside the Roxborough SP Visitor Center
at 0730.  Will hike for 2 to 2.5 hours.  State Parks pass or $7 day pass
required.  bring binoculars, water, sturdy footwear, and snacks.  Lunch
optional.  Will probably see Lesser Goldfinch and Golden Eagle.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Black-ch. Hummingbirds, Gray Flycatcher, BT Gray Warblers etc., SW Grand Co.
From: Van Remsen <vnremsen AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:27:01 -0700 (PDT)
COBIRDS: what a beautiful morning in extreme SW Grand Co., where I spent 
about 1.7 hours slowly working CR 111 for about 1.6 miles above Radium, 
mainly PJ woods.  Although there are not any summer/fall records of 
Black-throated Gray Warblers in eBird for the county (coverage artifact?), 
they were the commonest species (18 on the tally sheet), all in mixed-spp 
flocks.  [I did not hear a song of any bird species this morning.]  Other 
mentionables: 1 Gray Flycatcher, 4 Black-chinned Hummingbirds, 1 
Red-breasted Nuthatch (post-breeding disperser), 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
(ditto), and, for me, the biggest surprise ... a Scrub Jay (solo wandering 
bird -- no scrub oak anywhere that I could see.  Gruesome details 
at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19463432.   Van Remsen 
(currently in Walden)

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Subject: Black-backed Lesser Goldfinches, Larimer County
From: Elaine Coley <elbo AT inbox.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:02:27 -0800




Subject: Black-backed Lesser Goldfinches, Larimer County
From: Elaine Coley <elbo AT inbox.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:57:27 -0800




Subject: Tracking migration with DNA
From: scottesevers AT gmail.com
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:32:58 +0000
Interesting article on DNA markers and bird migration starring the Wilson's 
Warbler. 


http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/08/hidden-bird-migrations-revealed-dna

Scott
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Subject: Re: Pied-faced Grebes, Boulder County
From: Charles Hundertmark <chundertmark8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:25:32 -0700 (PDT)
Fine photos, as usual Tom. I suspect that snazzy face actually is 
camouflage, breaking up the pattern of the head visually.

Chuck Hundertmark
Lafayette, CO

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:05:18 AM UTC-6, Tom Wilberding wrote:
>
> Hello birders, 
>
> Over at the very full Teller Lake No. 5 are a few juvenile Pied-billed 
> Grebes with their striking black and white facial patterns. Most juvenile 
> birds look drab and camouflaged, for good defensive reasons. But 
> Pied-billed Grebe juveniles are an exception, along with Masked and Ruddy 
> Ducks. Any others? Must be an evolutionary reason for this, but whatever 
> the reason, snazzy-looking young Pied-billed Grebes seem to be enjoying 
> their first summer before turning into drab adults. “Summertime is always 
> the best of what might be.” --Charles Bowden.
>
> Here are they are, plus a few others from Sunday: http://bit.ly/Vg8Ifb
> Here’s where Teller Lake No 5 is: https://goo.gl/maps/Vi9Mh
>
> Cheers!
> Tom Wilberding
> Boulder, CO
>

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Subject: Crossbills, Antero, etc.
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:34:04 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, Birders.

I just heard some Type 2 Red Crossbills flying low over Lafayette, eastern 
Boulder County, this cloudy Wednesday morning (which reminds me, I need to 
go put out the trash...), Aug. 13th. Probably headed to Chatfield or Cherry 
Creek.

Speaking of Chatfield and Cherry Creek, I'll be, well, speaking about 
Chatfield and Cherry Creek (and other things) tonight at The Boulder Book 
Store. 7:30 p.m., 1107 Pearl Street (west end of the Pearl Street Mall). 
More info here:


http://www.boulderbookstore.net/event/ted-floyd-american-birding-association-field-guide-birds-colorado 


Hope to see some of you tonight!

Oh, and Antero. Thanks to Elliott Gordon for his inquiry. I hope he and 
others spend a lot of time there, starting yesterday. I have an idea about 
birding the place that may seem odd, but bear with me. Here goes. The few 
times I've been there, (a) I've been delighted by the good birds and even 
greater potential of the place and (b) I've been a bit concerned about 
flushing birds along the lake's edges. Last time I was there, Hannah and 
Andrew and I figured out how not to disturb the birds: Do like the 
fishermen, and just walk out a hundred or so feet *into* the lake. You get 
great views of the birds on shore, they seem completely unperturbed by your 
presence, and there's a pleasing sort of mild vertigo about the whole 
experience of scoping (oh, yes, bring scope, distances are vast out there) 
birds while having the feeling of walking on water.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

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Subject: Common Loon on Williams Fork Res. (Grand Co.)
From: Van Remsen <vnremsen AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:28:18 -0700 (PDT)
COBIRDS: a late afternoon trip to Williams Fork Reservoir S of Parshall was 
not very productive, but I was surprised bt a basic-plum. Common Loon at 
the sw. corner of the lake.  I also had a fly-by Black-necked Stilt there. 
 Gruesome details at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19442328

Van Remsen, currently in Kremmling.

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Subject: RFI on Antero Reservoir, Park County
From: Elliott Gordon <tengalloncat AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:43:01 -0700 (PDT)
If you have been to Antero Reservoir recently (let's say past two months) 
or in past years in late August to September, I would like to hear about 
your experiences to plan a successful birding trip of my own there. I am 
mainly interested in which parts you may have explored and what notable 
species you saw.

Thank you,
Elliott Gordon
Colorado School of Mines

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Subject: Pied-faced Grebes, Boulder County
From: Tom Wilberding <twilberding AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:05:18 -0700 (PDT)

Hello birders, 

Over at the very full Teller Lake No. 5 are a few juvenile Pied-billed 
Grebes with their striking black and white facial patterns. Most juvenile 
birds look drab and camouflaged, for good defensive reasons. But 
Pied-billed Grebe juveniles are an exception, along with Masked and Ruddy 
Ducks. Any others? Must be an evolutionary reason for this, but whatever 
the reason, snazzy-looking young Pied-billed Grebes seem to be enjoying 
their first summer before turning into drab adults. “Summertime is always 
the best of what might be.” --Charles Bowden.

Here are they are, plus a few others from Sunday: http://bit.ly/Vg8Ifb
Here’s where Teller Lake No 5 is: https://goo.gl/maps/Vi9Mh

Cheers!
Tom Wilberding
Boulder, CO

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Subject: Aug. 12 CFO field trip recap
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:32:05 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, Birders.

Fifteen of us convened earlier this morning, Tuesday, August 12, for 
three-plus glorious hours of the rich sensory and psychological experience 
of being out at night. Where to start?

I know, let's start with astronomy. We fortunate to have with us Dan Durda, 
a professional astronomer and gifted interpreter for general audiences, and 
we enjoyed viewing of variable stars, double stars, gas nebulae, the galaxy 
in Andromeda, the planet Uranus, various constellations, several star 
clusters, stars with every manner of Arabic name, a near conjunction of 
Jupiter and Venus, an iridium flare, The Great Watermelon (how the moon 
looks late at night a day or so after full), and, oh, yes, meteors. The 
Perseids were, all things considered, rather humdrum. The Great Watermelon 
blew out all but the brightest meteors. Still, we saw several dozen. One 
induced a wonderful shriek from some of the participants. I love it when 
that happens. We learned cool stuff about asteroids, extrasolar planets, 
and what the moon's surface is made of. (Watermelon rind?)

Non-avian animals. We heard coyotes and bull frogs, crickets and cicadas, a 
squeaky rodent, fish thrashing about, and maybe a red fox. A highlight was 
seeing a big foraging flock of bats, mainly big brown bats, but also at 
least one hoary bat. The bats were working the buggy airspace in the 
treetops that line Greenlee Reservoir. Meanwhile, cottontails were so thick 
we were practically kicking them out of the way.

Nocturnal passerine migrants. The *Chipping Sparrow* flight was good. 
During the times when I wasn't gabbing, I heard them going over at a rate 
of 30-40 flight calls per hour, from our start time at 2:45 to the end of 
nautical dawn, about three hours later. Sharp-eared listeners like 
Topiltzin Martinez, Elena Klaver, and Mark "The Minnesota Mystic" Alt heard 
more than I did. (They have better ears, and they talk less.) We also heard 
a few *Lark Buntings,* a couple of *Wilson's Warblers,* and a few short, 
high, clipped notes that I think could have been *Brewer's Sparrows.* A *Lazigo 

Bunting* flew over during civil twilight. So things were definitely on the 
move, with just the slightest breeze out of the west-southwest.

Other cool things flying around. At 3:58, we heard something amazing: a 
loudly trumpeting, high-flying *Western Grebe,* winging its way from 
northwest to southeast. It's unusual to even see a Western Grebe in 
sustained flight. Hearing one at night was awesome. We also got to hear a 
lot of calling from *Black-crowned Night-Herons *flying about. During 
astronomical dawn, the resident *Barn Swallows* were on the wing, 
twittering in the moonlit, doing whatever it is they do on summer nights. 
In the early 3am hour we heard a flight call that I think was likely that 
of a *Semipalmated Plover;* not positive of that ID. Oh, and a few 
*Killdeer.*

Birds not flying around. We heard a few birds just sitting around: a couple 
of *American Robins* stirring at night roosts, *Mallards* quacking in the 
marsh, and a female *Great Horned Owl* who was singing a subdued, sort of 
whiny, nasal version of the typical series of hoot notes. Here's a 
recording: 
https://soundcloud.com/ted-floyd/great-horned-owl-boulder-county-aug-12 


(Sorry, the owl's hooting was a bit muted, and there was some traffic along 
nearby Baseline Road.)

Birds actually seen, during civil twilight. We actually saw (!) a few birds 
in the half hour of civil twilight that precedes sunrise. These included 4 
*Wood 

Ducks,* a *Double-crested Cormorant,* a *Great Blue Heron,* a juvenile 
*Cooper's 

Hawk,* a family group of *Swainson's Hawks* (n=4), a *gull* and a 
*hummingbird* (sorry, still not enough light for ID), a couple of *House 
Wrens,* a *Gray Catbird,* a *Spotted Towhee,* and a *Lesser Goldfinch.* 
Here's the 
catbird: https://soundcloud.com/ted-floyd/gray-catbird-boulder-county-aug-12

This was an outing of Colorado Field Ornithologists (CFO), which brings you 
COBirds and a lot more. Learn more about CFO: http://cfobirds.org/

Thanks to everybody for coming out tonight. I had a wonderful time, and 
we'll do it again next year. And to think, we were already done and back in 
bed or at breakfast before the "Tuesday Birders" are even awake... :-)

Ted Floyd

Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 12 August 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 03:50:37 -0600
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: August 12, 2014
email: rba AT cfobirds.org

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, August 12 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Snowy Plover (*Alamosa, *Otero)
Piping Plover (*Otero)
Caspian Tern (*Morgan, Costilla)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Logan)
Black Phoebe (Fremont, Montrose, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Pueblo)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Fremont, Montrose)
Bell's Vireo (Logan)
Chihuanhuan Raven (Cheyenne/Kiowa)
Purple Martin (*Mesa)
Nashville Warbler (Boulder, Mesa, Montezuma)
Fox Sparrow (Mesa)
Indigo Bunting (El Paso, Montrose)

ALAMOSA COUNTY:
--A Snowy Plover was reported by Rawinski at Blanca Wetlands, east of
Alamosa on August 11.  The best place for shorebirds was Pond #114 just N
of "t" in Road.  Go either N or S.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Dowell at Skunk Canyon on August 5.

CHEYENNE/KIOWA COUNTIES:
--5 Chihuahuan Ravens were reported by Peterson near the county line and NE
of Sand Creek Massacre site on August 3.

COSTILLA COUNTY:
--At Smith Reservoir on August 3, Mlodinow reported ad Caspian Tern and ad
Glossy Ibis.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A m Indigo  Bunting was banded by Brown at Clear Spirngs Ranch on August
9.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--Miller reported a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on July 8 on CO 67, It was
seen flying alongside the highway. It was seen 0.75 miles north of the
Custer County line.  On July 13, Miller reported seeing the Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher at the same spot.  On July 14, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was
reported by Walbek, Percival and Schultz. On July 16, Drummond reported
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at 0730 but not at 1030.  On July 19, Hinds
reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the same spot.  On July 20,
Edwards reported that 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were seen and
that they appear to be nesting in the dead tree.  On July 22, Bill Maynard
reported 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher before 0800.  On July 23, Moss
reported seeing the female Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  On July 25, Moss was
able to see the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher pair exchange duty at the nest in
the dead tree.  On July 26, Kaempfer reported the pair of Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers were busy defending their nest.  On July 27, Moss watched the f
Scissor-tail forage from the driveway several hundered feet north of nest
tree..  Moss spoke to the property owner of the nest tree and it is okay to
park in the driveway as long as you do not block the driveway and stay
outside their fenceline.  On August 2, Moss reported seeing the male
Scissor-tail but not the female.  On August 4, Moss
again reported only seeing the male Scissor-tail.  On August 5, Rich Miller
reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
Moss reported seeing the male Scissor-tail on August 8.  On August 9,
Kellner reported the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

LOGAN  COUNTY:
--A singing EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and singing Bell's Vireos were reported by
Severs at west Tamarac Ranch on August 6. The Pewee was just north of Site
1.

MESA COUNTY:
--On August 3, Korte reported Nashville Warbler and Purple Martins in
Collbran.  A pair of Purple Martins was feeding young.
--On August 11, Cooper reported migrating Purple Martins and Common
Nighthawks at Fruita Reservoir #2.
--On August 10, Korte reported 10 Purple Martins on Brush Creek Road where
it enters Aspens.  Some of the
martins were recently fledged.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A Nashville Warbler was reported by Beatty at the west end of McPhee
Reservoir in cottonwoods on the SW side of the dam on August 6.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On old Hwy 90 about a mile east of Nucla Power Plant, Dexter reported a
singing m Indigo Bunting and 5 Black Phoebes on August 1.
--On August 4, Dexter reported a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher visited his yard
in Nucla.  He will report back on August 5 if it is still around.  On
August 5, Dexter was able to refind the Scissor-tailed Flycather where it
was
last seen on the 5th but it fly south of town and out of sight.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--3 Caspian Terns were reported by Dowell at Jackson Lake SP on the NE side
of the lake on August 11.

OTERO COUNTY:
On August 10, Minner-Lee reported Snowy Plovers with chicks and 2 Piping
Plovers at Lake Cheraw.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On August 1, Percival reported 2 Black Phoebes and 3 Eastern Phoebes at
Valco Ponds/Rock Canyon below
Pueblo Reservoir Dam.

DFO Field Trips:
The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, August 16 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Buzz Schaumberg (303-478-4641).  Please call leader if going.  Meet at 0730
at the Barr Lake SP Visitor Center.  State Parks Pass required.  Bring
lunch, plenty of water, and bug spray as trip may be 3/4 day depending on
birds and weather.  Trip can be easily modified to be accessible for a
person with a disability.  beginners are welcome.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, August 17 will be to Roxorough SP led by
Doris Cruze (303-798-8072).  Meet outside the Roxborough SP Visitor Center
at 0730.  Will hike for 2 to 2.5 hours.  State Parks pass or $7 day pass
required.  bring binoculars, water, sturdy footwear, and snacks.  Lunch
optional.  Will probably see Lesser Goldfinch and Golden Eagle.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
 Boulder

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