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20 Dec Re: Yellow-billed Loon - Chatfield Reservoir - Dougco [modise ]
20 Dec Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 December 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Dec Re: Yellow-billed Loon - Chatfield Reservoir - Dougco [Janeal Thompson ]
19 Dec Yellow-billed Loon - Chatfield Reservoir - Dougco [Ira Sanders ]
19 Dec Yellow-billed Loon - Chatfield reservoir [Ira Sanders ]
19 Dec YB loon still at Chatfield [modise ]
19 Dec Re: RFI-info on foot pads of Western Screech-Owl [Ann Donoghue ]
19 Dec Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 December 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
18 Dec Weldona Block--Ft. Morgan CBC [William H Kaempfer ]
18 Dec Sterling, CO CBC [William H Kaempfer ]
18 Dec Harris's Sparrow - Fort Collins, Larimer [Georgia Doyle ]
18 Dec Dove central in Pueblo ["Leon Bright" ]
18 Dec Yellow-billed Loon []
18 Dec Rocky Ford CBC ["Stanley W. Oswald" ]
18 Dec 73rd Boulder CBC preliminary results [William Schmoker ]
18 Dec Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 December 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
17 Dec RFI-info on foot pads of Western Screech-Owl ["SeEttaM ." ]
17 Dec Park County Dec 16 [David Suddjian ]
17 Dec John Martin Reservoir CBC results and summary ["Duane Nelson" ]
17 Dec Chatfield Yell-bill Loon [Robert Righter ]
17 Dec Lagerman Reservoir (Boulder Co.), Dec 17 [David Dowell ]
17 Dec Western Gull - NOT ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
17 Dec CPER Bird Research 2015 [Amber Carver ]
17 Dec Rocky Ford SWA. Otero Co. 16 Dec ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
17 Dec Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 December 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
16 Dec Yellow-billed Loon @ Chatfield State Park [Steve Stachowiak ]
16 Dec Yellow Billed Loon at Chatfield (Douglas County) [Tom Behnfield ]
16 Dec "Interludes with Nature" spots left only on the Colorado Hairstreak and Dragonfly trips [Pam Piombino ]
16 Dec Followup on white faced hybrid duck, Adams County [Mary ]
16 Dec Re: 4-letter codes, English names, scientific names, and 6-letter codes [Chuck ]
16 Dec Larimer Landfill ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
16 Dec "Interludes with Nature", a few spots left, the perfect gift! [Pam Piombino ]
16 Dec RE: Yellow-billed Loon/Douglas []
16 Dec Larimer County: golden-crowned kinglets, brown creepers, hairy woodpeckers, and more [Libby Edwards ]
15 Dec 4-letter codes, English names, scientific names, and 6-letter codes [Bob Stocker ]
16 Dec Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 December 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
15 Dec American dipper in Adams County today ["'bomaanka AT yahoo.com' via Colorado Birds" ]
15 Dec Yellow-billed Loon - Chatfield (Douglas/Jefferson) [Kathy and Jeff Dunning ]
15 Dec Recent birds - Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe [David Suddjian ]
15 Dec Eastern Towhee - Boulder Co ["'Peter Ruprecht' via Colorado Birds" ]
15 Dec Yellow-billed Loon seen at chatfied [Joe ]
15 Dec Yellow-billed Loon, Chatfield S.P., Douglas/Jefferson [David & Mary Driscoll ]
15 Dec Yellow - billed Loon Chatfield res ["'lochlaren' via Colorado Birds" ]
15 Dec Possible Major Changes in Taxonomic Order [Norm Erthal ]
15 Dec Loons at Chatfield ["'lochlaren' via Colorado Birds" ]
15 Dec Re: YB Loon Chatfield [David Suddjian ]
15 Dec White-throated Sparrow, Boulder 12/14 [Thomas Heinrich ]
15 Dec YB Loon Chatfield [David Suddjian ]
15 Dec GJ CBC Highlights - Mesa County [Mike Henwood ]
15 Dec Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 December 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
14 Dec 2 White-throated Sparrows (both white and tan morphs) in Canon City-late report ["SeEttaM ." ]
15 Dec White-throated Sparrows - Aspen, Pitkin Cty [Dick Filby ]
14 Dec Chatfield State Park, Jefferson Co [Douglas Kibbe ]
14 Dec Chatfield Res (Jefferson/Douglas) 12/14 ["Mark Miller" ]
14 Dec Re: More photos [Cheri Phillips ]
14 Dec Northern Shrike - Teller Co ["Jeff J Jones" ]
14 Dec farewell [Scott Baron ]
14 Dec searching for bird walk leader - Loveland [Scott Baron ]
14 Dec More photos ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
14 Dec Photos needed ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
14 Dec Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 December 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
13 Dec Barr Lake - Adams CO [Ira Sanders ]
13 Dec Red-necked Grebe, North Gateway Park, Lamar (Prowers) Colorado [Janeal Thompson ]
14 Dec Yellow-breasted Chat, still, Carbondale Garfield Cty [Dick Filby ]
13 Dec Sterling (Logan) CBC prep work [William H Kaempfer ]
13 Dec YB Loon pics, 12/11/14, Larimer County [Tom Wilberding ]
13 Dec Big Johnson Res, el Paso Co, Saturday [Steve Brown ]
13 Dec Found: Yellow-Billed Loon (Chatfield State Park - Jefferson County) ["Joey Kellner" ]
13 Dec Costa's HB - YES [sheflew ]
13 Dec Harris's sparrows at Chatfield Arb, Jefferson County ["Johnson, Candice E., MD." ]
13 Dec Red-necked Grebe/Larimer ["Rachel Hopper" ]
13 Dec Chatfield[Jefferson], Ft Logan,[Denver] [Tina Jones ]
13 Dec Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 13 December 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
12 Dec Birding Huerfano and Las Animas Counties on 10th & 11th [millerrichj via Colorado Birds ]
12 Dec Glenmere Park ["'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" ]
12 Dec Big Johnson Reservoir ["'John D' via Colorado Birds" ]

Subject: Re: Yellow-billed Loon - Chatfield Reservoir - Dougco
From: modise <modise AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:00:25 -0800 (PST)
Ira, and everyone who has posted about this bird - thank your for 
continuing to do so!  My wife and I saw the bird yesterday (as I posted - 
:)) and, largely, it was because people kept updating about location, 
times, etc.  While it may seem a little repetitive day after day, it's 
definitely worth it for those of us who don't get out right away to see it.

This was a lifer for us as well, and a much appreciated one.  Thanks, too, 
to the two unidentified ladies who looked for the bird for two hours before 
we got there and found it within about 3 minutes of our arrival!

Bryan and Kristin Arnold 

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 December 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:58:36 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: December 20, 2014

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

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

Tundra Swan (Boulder)
White-winged Scoter (*Boulder)
Long-tailed Duck (Logan)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Douglas/Jefferson, Huerfano, Routt)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Douglas/Jefferson)
Red-necked Grebe (*Douglas/Jefferson, Huerfano, Larimer, Prowers)
Thayer's Gull (Boulder, Douglas/Jefferson)
ICELAND GULL (Boulder, Larimer)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Boulder, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer,
Park)
Greater Roadrunner (Bent)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, Otero)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Winter Wren (Douglas/Jefferson, Otero)
Lapland Longspur (Boulder, Logan)
Snow Bunting (Park)
Pine Warbler (Bent)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Indigo Bunting (Otero)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Grand, Park, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Grand, Park, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (Grand)
PURPLE FINCH (Otero)

BENT COUNTY:
--A Pine Warbler was found by Percival and Peterson on HH Rd N of Ft Lyon
Cemetery on December 14.
--Duane Nelson reported that a Greater Roadrunner was found on the John
Martin CBC on December 14.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On December 17, Dowell reported  ICELAND GULL, White-winged Scoter, 4
Thayer's Gulls (2 ad, 2 juv),
and 1 juv Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lagerman Reservoir.
--On December 18, Dowell reported Tundra Swan and Lapland Longspur at
Valmont Reservoir Complex.
--On December 18, Riffe reported White-winged Scoter at Clover Basin
Reservoir.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On December 13, Kellner reported Red-necked Grebe best viewed from Lake
View Parking Area.  On December 16, Hopping reported Red-necked Grebe at
Chatfield.  On December 19, Dale Adams reported Red--necked Grebe at
Chatfield.
--On December 13, Kellner reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP
between Massey Draw Parking Lot and Swim Beach Parking Lot.  On December
14, Mark Miller reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and m Barrow's Goldeneye at
Chatfield SP.  On December 15, Suddjian and many other birders reported
YELLOW- BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP.  It seems to move around the
reservoir.  On December 17, Righter reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at
Chatfield.  On December 18, Lawrence reported that the YELLOW-BILLED LOON
was seen by many birders at Chatfield.   On December 19, Arnold and Sanders
reported that the YELLOW-BILLED LOON was moving around Chatfield.
--At Chatfield on December 15, Suddjian reported 1 m Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
ad Thayer's Gull, and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.
--At Plum Creek Nature Area at Chatfield Suddjian reported Winter Wren on
December 15.

GRAND COUNTY:
--At feeders at 81 CR 100 s of Kremmling, Luke reported all three species
of Rosy-Finches on December 17.
CR 100 is accessed off CR 10 which comes off of Hwy 9.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Gwen Moore reported that the Golden-crowned Sparrow continues at Red
Rocks Trading Post on December 18.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Hopper at Rawhide Energy Plant on
December 6.  On December 16, Mlodinow reported Red-necked Grebe at Hamilton
Reservoir.
--ON December 16 at the Larimer County Landfill, Mlodinow reported ad
ICELAND GULL.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--On December 16 at North Sterling Reservoir, Kaempfer reported pair of
Long-tailed Ducks.
--On December 16 along the South Platte, Keampfer reported Red-bellied
Woodpecker and Lapland Longspurs.

MESA COUNTY:
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  On December 16,
Ortenzio reported that the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit the
Cooksey's feeders.

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

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Riffe at Grand Junction Wildlife Area on
December 14.

OTERO COUNTY:
--On December 16 at Rocky Ford SWA, Percival reported Red-bellied
Woodpecker, 3 Winter Wrens, and 1 f-type PURPLE FINCH.
--On December 16, Duane Nelson found an Indigo Bunting on the west edge of
Rocky Ford.

PARK COUNTY:
--3 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches and 2 White-winged Juncos were reported by
Suddjian at Shawnee on December 16.
--On CR 18 on December 16, Suddjian reported American Three-toed Woodpecker.
--Suddjian reported Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches coming to a pond along US 285
N of mobile home park "Campground of Rockies" adjacent to 63 Ranch SWA on
December 16.
--A Snow  Bunting in a flock of Horned Larks was reported by Suddjian on CR
59 between Hartsel and CR 23.
--A flock of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches was reported by Suddjian along CR 59
near CR 23.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--Brown-capped and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches were reported by Filby at
Snowmass on December 14.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On December 13, Thompson reported Red-necked Grebe at North Gateway Park
in Lamar.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--2 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Luke at Stagecoach Reservoir on
December 17.

No Field Trips Scheduled until next year.  Help with a Christmas Bird Count.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Yellow-billed Loon - Chatfield Reservoir - Dougco
From: Janeal Thompson <janealthompson AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:10:33 -0800 (PST)
Hello Ira,

Congratulations on the Yellow-billed Loon photos.  Tomorrow, Jane Stulp and 
I are planning a trip from Lamar to Chatfield to hopefully see this great 
bird which be a lifer for both, so cross your fingers for us!  We 
appreciate the updates as we are not terribly familiar with the Chatfield 
area; if you are out tomorrow and see it again, we will be checking COBIRDs 
regularly.  Look forward to seeing your pictures. Thanks again for the 
updates.   

Janeal Thompson
Lamar, CO

On Friday, December 19, 2014 4:16:16 PM UTC-7, Ira Sanders wrote:
>
> Birders,
> Here is a follow up to my earlier post.  After I posted, I lost track of 
> the YB Loon for a while.  I and David and Sharon went to the spit and we 
> relocated it much farther west than where I first saw it.  It was in Jeffco 
> at that point.  It then moved to the east and much closer over the next 45 
> - 60 minutes and I got some almost decent shots (not near as good as those 
> previously posted) that I will try and post later on smugmug.
> While we were watching the YB Loon, Patrick spotted 2 birds behind it and 
> those turned out to be 2 Common Loons.  They also got much closer.  I left 
> at about 3 pm and the YB Loon was moving into the Plum Creek Delta area and 
> the Common Loons were headed west.
>
> -- 
> Ira Sanders
> Golden, CO
> zroadrunner.smugmug.com 
>  

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Subject: Yellow-billed Loon - Chatfield Reservoir - Dougco
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:16:14 -0700
Birders,
Here is a follow up to my earlier post.  After I posted, I lost track of
the YB Loon for a while.  I and David and Sharon went to the spit and we
relocated it much farther west than where I first saw it.  It was in Jeffco
at that point.  It then moved to the east and much closer over the next 45
- 60 minutes and I got some almost decent shots (not near as good as those
previously posted) that I will try and post later on smugmug.
While we were watching the YB Loon, Patrick spotted 2 birds behind it and
those turned out to be 2 Common Loons.  They also got much closer.  I left
at about 3 pm and the YB Loon was moving into the Plum Creek Delta area and
the Common Loons were headed west.

-- 
Ira Sanders
Golden, CO
zroadrunner.smugmug.com

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Subject: Yellow-billed Loon - Chatfield reservoir
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:03:36 -0700
Birders, at present the yellow billed Loon is present off the sand spit in
Douglas County at Chatfield reservoir.

Ira Sanders
Golden, CO

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Subject: YB loon still at Chatfield
From: modise <modise AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:04:48 -0800 (PST)
Moving fast from Plum Creek outlet west past sand spit and Fisherman's Pier

Bryan and Kristin Arnold
Jeffco

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Subject: Re: RFI-info on foot pads of Western Screech-Owl
From: Ann Donoghue <ardonoghue AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:58:19 -0800 (PST)
While I can't speak to the exact purpose of the papilla other than to say - 
traction while perched, and other owls have this as well....I just learned 
about this program for reporting on dead or sick wildlife and thought I 
would pass it on!

http://www.whmn.org/wher/

You may wish to report this dead owl!

Ann Donoghue
Fort Collins

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:45:55 PM UTC-7, SeEtta wrote:
>
>  I recently found a dead Western Screech-Owl that I believe had been hit 
> by a vehicle trying to fly across busy  MacKenzie Ave on the eastern edge 
> of Canon City.  It was not mangled so I took close-up photos on which I can 
> see what looks like papillae on the bottom of it's foot pads.  I wonder if 
> anyone knows the purpose of those?   I have previously found dead Northern 
> Pygmy-Owl but do not remember it having foot pads like this.  I have 
> uploaded a few photos of it including of those feet onto my Birds and 
> Nature blog . 
>
> SeEtta Moss
> Canon City
> http://BirdsAndNature.blogspot.com
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 19 December 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:18:35 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: December 18, 2014

 This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Thursday, December 18 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Tundra Swan (*Boulder)
White-winged Scoter (*Boulder, El Paso)
Black Scoter (Garfield)
Surf Scoter (Fremont)
Long-tailed Duck (El Paso, *Logan)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Douglas/Jefferson, Huerfano, *Routt)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Douglas/Jefferson)
Red-necked Grebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Huerfano, Larimer, Prowers)
Thayer's Gull (*Boulder, Douglas/Jefferson)
ICELAND GULL (*Boulder, Larimer)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (*Boulder, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer,
Park)
Greater Roadrunner (*Bent)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (*Logan, *Otero)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Winter Wren (Douglas/Jefferson, *Otero)
Lapland Longspur (*Boulder, *Logan)
Snow Bunting (Logan, *Park)
Pine Warbler (*Bent)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (*Jefferson)
Indigo Bunting (*Otero)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Grand, Park, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Grand, Park, Pitkin)
Black Rosy-Finch (*Grand(
PURPLE FINCH (*Otero)

BENT COUNTY:
--A Pine Warbler was found by Percival and Peterson on HH Rd N of Ft Lyon
Cemetery on December 14.
--Duane Nelson reported that a Greater Roadrunner was found on the John
Martin CBC on December 14.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On December 17, Dowell reported  ICELAND GULL, White-winged Scoter, 4
Thayer's Gulls (2 ad, 2 juv),
and 1 juv Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lagerman Reservoir.
--On December 18, Dowell reported Tundra Swan and Lapland Longspur at
Valmont Reservoir Complex.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On December 13, Kellner reported Red-necked Grebe best viewed from Lake
View Parking Area.  On December 16, Hopping reported Red-necked Grebe at
Chatfield.
--On December 13, Kellner reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP
between Massey Draw Parking Lot and Swim Beach Parking Lot.  On December
14, Mark Miller reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and m Barrow's Goldeneye at
Chatfield SP.  On December 15, Suddjian and many other birders reported
YELLOW- BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP.  It seems to move around the
reservoir.  On December 17, Righter reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at
Chatfield.  On December 18, Lawrence reported that the YELLOW-BILLED LOON
was seen by many birders at Chatfield.
--At Chatfield on December 15, Suddjian reported 1 m Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
ad Thayer's Gull, and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.
--At Plum Creek Nature Area at Chatfield Suddjian reported Winter Wren on
December 15.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On December 13, Steve Brown reported White-winged Scoter and Long-tailed
Duck at Big Johnson.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On December 13, Dale Adams reported Surf Scoter at Valco Pond in Canyon
City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On December 13, Riffe reported 2 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap.

GRAND COUNTY:
--At feeders at 81 CR 100 s of Kremmling, Luke reported all three species
of Rosy-Finches on December 17.
CR 100 is accessed off CR 10 which comes off of Hwy 9.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--Gwen Moore reported that the Golden-crowned Sparrow continues at Red
Rocks Trading Post on December 18.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Hopper at Rawhide Energy Plant on
December 6.  On December 16, Mlodinow reported Red-necked Grebe at Hamilton
Reservoir.
--ON December 16 at the Larimer County Landfill, Mlodinow reported ad
ICELAND GULL.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--A Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Kaempfer at CR 40 east of US 138
on December 13.
--At North Sterling SP on December 13, Kaempfer reported hearing Snow
Buntings and Lapland Longspurs in the fog.
--On December 16 at North Sterling Reservoir, Kaempfer reported pair of
Long-tailed Ducks.
--On December 16 along the South Platte, Keampfer reported Red-bellied
Woodpecker and Lapland Longspurs.

MESA COUNTY:
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  On December 16,
Ortenzio reported that the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit the
Cooksey's feeders.

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

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Riffe at Grand Junction Wildlife Area on
December 14.

OTERO COUNTY:
--On December 16 at Rocky Ford SWA, Percival reported Red-bellied
Woodpecker, 3 Winter Wrens, and 1 f-type PURPLE FINCH.
--On December 16, Duane Nelson found an Indigo Bunting on the west edge of
Rocky Ford.

PARK COUNTY:
--3 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches and 2 White-winged Juncos were reported by
Suddjian at Shawnee on December 16.
--On CR 18 on December 16, Suddjian reported American Three-toed Woodpecker.
--Suddjian reported Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches coming to a pond along US 285
N of mobile home park "Campground of Rockies" adjacent to 63 Ranch SWA on
December 16.
--A Snow  Bunting in a flock of Horned Larks was reported by Suddjian on CR
59 between Hartsel and CR 23.
--A flock of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches was reported by Suddjian along CR 59
near CR 23.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--Brown-capped and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches were reported by Filby at
Snowmass on December 14.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On December 13, Thompson reported Red-necked Grebe at North Gateway Park
in Lamar.

ROUTT COUNTY:
--2 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Luke at Stagecoach Reservoir on
December 17.

No Field Trips Scheduled until next year.  Help with a Christmas Bird Count.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Weldona Block--Ft. Morgan CBC
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:29:26 -0700
Yesterday I birded the Weldona block on the Ft. Morgan CBC. This block covers 
about a quarter of the entire circle, but doesn't have a lot of access, other 
than roads. Best birding spots are always at the two bridges over the Platte 
river. 


Along CO 144 SE of "Long Bridge" we saw 65 Wild Turkey coming out of the 
riparian areas to feed. In the marsh on the west side of the road south of Long 
Bridge we had 3 Wilson's Snipe, 2 Virginia Rail, 2 Eastern Bluebirds and a 
Mourning Dove. Three Eastern Screech Owls were also heard here before dawn. 
Driving the one road across the north west section of the block produced a 
single Golden Eagle and Merlin and a pair of Ferruginous and Rough-legged 
Hawks. 


Finally we ended the day looking for and re-finding a perched Short-eared Owl 
near the NE corner of the circle. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: Sterling, CO CBC
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:22:38 -0700
The 13th consecutive Sterling CBC was held on Tuesday, 12/16. Weather was 
decidedly different than along the front range-up to a foot of snow fell over 
Sunday night/Monday and the temperature on Tuesday morning was as low as 1 
degree (F). For a number of reasons, participation was low this year with only 
6 on the count, one of whom had to bow out in mid-morning. But the rest of us 
kept on counting on an extremely birdy day. 


I was afraid that the cold weather would have frozen out North Sterling 
Reservoir, but approaching it in the morning, we could see massive fog banks 
rolling off of it. Of course that made the counting slow, but things cleared up 
enough to reveal that about 25% of the water was open (all on the far shore, of 
course) with a nice selection of unusual species-one each of Western Grebe, 
Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican (amazingly the 4th time in 13 years 
for that species) plus 4 Hooded Mergansers (new to the count) and 6 
Double-crested Cormorants. Even nicer was a pair of Long-tailed Ducks and six 
Greater White-fronted Geese. 


Along the South Platte River and areas to the east of it there was a Greater 
Prairie Chicken, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Harris's Sparrow and Lapland 
Longspurs. That brought us to a total for count day of 61 (with 7 more count 
week species). Including count week species, that is the 5th highest total. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: Harris's Sparrow - Fort Collins, Larimer
From: Georgia Doyle <gadoyle3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:58:27 -0800 (PST)
Today I found a Harris's Sparrow with many White-crowned and Song sparrows 
at the City of Fort Collins Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area, near "Artist's 
Point Pond." Probably the same bird found in this same area by Robert 
Beauchamp on 11/28. 

I am hoping it is findable on Saturday for the Fort Collins CBC!

Georgia Doyle
Fort Collins

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Subject: Dove central in Pueblo
From: "Leon Bright" <urraca2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:40:50 -0700
COBirders,

  At 3:15 this afternoon at our backyard cracked corn feeders we had 27
White-winged doves, 8 Eurasian Collared Doves and one Rock Pigeon.  We
haven't seen any Mourning Doves since September, but there usually are a few
that spend the winter in the county.

Leon Bright

Pueblo (City and County)

 

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Subject: Yellow-billed Loon
From: acwo AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:18:51 +0000 (UTC)




Subject: Rocky Ford CBC
From: "Stanley W. Oswald" <stanoswald AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:09:20 -0700
The Rocky Ford CBC was completed Tuesday  with six expert birders totaling
98 species.
Notable in addition to Brandon's Purple Finch were:

a young male Indigo Bunting found by Duane Nelson at the west edge of Rocky
Ford (new species for the count).

three greater yellowlegs (previous high had been two) with Mark Peterson
tallying two at Holbrook Lake and Nelson one at Valco Ponds.

one American White Pelican at Valco Ponds.

six killdeer including five at Holbrook Lake

one Says Phoebe at the RF golf course found by Nelson

a new high count of White-crowned Sparrow (1,447)

Stan Oswald
Rocky Ford

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Subject: 73rd Boulder CBC preliminary results
From: William Schmoker <bill.schmoker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:21:42 -0700
Folks- 33 teams scoured their territories on the Sunday, December 14th Boulder 
Christmas Bird Count. On our 73rd running of the count we have provisionally 
counted 105 species along with three additional count-week species. 


The weather was certainly interesting, starting out partially cloudy and calm 
but then degrading into rain progressing into sleet and wet snow in the lower 
territories and steady snow up high. Our uppermost counters reported 4 or 5 
inches of accumulation during the day, and I know I grew 2 or 3 inches taller 
for a while due to tenacious mud adhering to my boots. 


One of the count-week birds is a new species for the count- a Say's Phoebe 
found by Nick Moore on the South CU Campus on Tuesday. 


Other rarities, seen 5 or less times on prior Boulder CBCs, were:
Ross's Goose & Greater Scaup (seen on 4 prior counts)
Lapland Longspur (3 prior)
Northern Cardinal (2 prior, same bird in N. Boulder back for its 3rd winter)
Eastern Towhee (1 prior count)

It has been famously said of our US Postal Service Letter Carriers that, 
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from 
the swift completion of their appointed rounds." 


I'd say the same sentiment applies to our diligent territory leaders and 
participants who head out each year whatever the conditions. Thanks for making 
the count such a success! Thanks also to Bill Kaempfer for hosting our 
compilation potluck, to Petrea Mah and Pam Piombino for organizing food and 
beverages and to folks who stuck around to help clean up at the potluck. We 
also deeply appreciate the help we get from the City of Boulder Open Space & 
Mountain Parks with permitted access to off-trail areas. 


Thanks again, & good luck to counters throughout the remainder of the count 
period- Bill Schmoker, Longmont 

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 18 December 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:55:58 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: December 18, 2014

 This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Thursday, December 18 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

White-winged Scoter (*Boulder, El Paso)
Black Scoter (Garfield)
Surf Scoter (Fremont)
Long-tailed Duck (El Paso, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Douglas/Jefferson, Huerfano)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Douglas/Jefferson, Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Huerfano, Larimer, Prowers)
Thayer's Gull (Arapahoe, *Boulder, Douglas/Jefferson)
ICELAND GULL (*Boulder, Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (*Boulder, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer,
Park)
Greater Roadrunner (*Bent)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan, *Otero)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Winter Wren (Douglas/Jefferson, *Otero)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Snow Bunting (Logan, *Park)
Pine Warbler (*Bent)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Park, Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Park, Pitkin)
PURPLE FINCH (*Otero)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On December 12 at Cooley Lake, Suddjian reported ad Glaucous Gull and
1-st cyc Thayer's Gull.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Pine Warbler was found by Percival and Peterson on HH Rd N of Ft Lyon
Cemetery on December 14.
--Duane Nelson reported that a Greater Roadrunner was found on the John
Martin CBC on December 14.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On December 17, Dowell reported  ICELAND GULL, White-winged Scoter, 4
Thayer's Gulls (2 ad, 2 juv),
and 1 juv Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lagerman Reservoir.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On December 13, Kellner reported Red-necked Grebe best viewed from Lake
View Parking Area.  On December 16, Hopping reported Red-necked Grebe at
Chatfield.
--On December 13, Kellner reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP
between Massey Draw Parking Lot and Swim Beach Parking Lot.  On December
14, Mark Miller reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and m Barrow's Goldeneye at
Chatfield SP.  On December 15, Suddjian and many other birders reported
YELLOW- BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP.  It seems to move around the
reservoir.  On December 17, Righter reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at
Chatfield.
--At Chatfield on December 15, Suddjian reported 1 m Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
ad Thayer's Gull, and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.
--At Plum Creek Nature Area at Chatfield Suddjian reported Winter Wren on
December 15.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On December 13, Steve Brown reported White-winged Scoter and Long-tailed
Duck at Big Johnson.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On December 13, Dale Adams reported Surf Scoter at Valco Pond in Canyon
City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--On December 13, Riffe reported 2 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Hopper at Rawhide Energy Plant on
December 6.  On December 16, Mlodinow reported Red-necked Grebe at Hamilton
Reservoir.
--A f Long-tailed Duck was found by Doyle in the NW part of Horseshoe
Reservoir in Loveland on December 11.
--ON December 16 at the Larimer County Landfill, Mlodinow reported ad
ICELAND GULL.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--A Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Kaempfer at CR 40 east of US 138
on December 13.
--At North Sterling SP on December 13, Kaempfer reported hearing Snow
Buntings and Lapland Longspurs in the fog.

MESA COUNTY:
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  On December 16,
Ortenzio reported that the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit the
Cooksey's feeders.

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

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Riffe at Grand Junction Wildlife Area on
December 14.

OTERO COUNTY:
--On December 16 at Rocky Ford SWA, Percival reported Red-bellied
Woodpecker, 3 Winter Wrens, and 1 f-type PURPLE FINCH.

PARK COUNTY:
--3 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches and 2 White-winged Juncos were reported by
Suddjian at Shawnee on December 16.
--On CR 18 on December 16, Suddjian reported American Three-toed Woodpecker.
--Suddjian reported Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches coming to a pond along US 285
N of mobile home park "Campground of Rockies" adjacent to 63 Ranch SWA on
December 16.
--A Snow  Bunting in a flock of Horned Larks was reported by Suddjian on CR
59 between Hartsel and CR 23.
--A flock of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches was reported by Suddjian along CR 59
near CR 23.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--Brown-capped and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches were reported by Filby at
Snowmass on December 14.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On December 13, Thompson reported Red-necked Grebe at North Gateway Park
in Lamar.

No Field Trips Scheduled until next year.  Help with a Christmas Bird Count.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: RFI-info on foot pads of Western Screech-Owl
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:45:52 -0700
 I recently found a dead Western Screech-Owl that I believe had been hit by
a vehicle trying to fly across busy  MacKenzie Ave on the eastern edge of
Canon City.  It was not mangled so I took close-up photos on which I can
see what looks like papillae on the bottom of it's foot pads.  I wonder if
anyone knows the purpose of those?   I have previously found dead Northern
Pygmy-Owl but do not remember it having foot pads like this.  I have
uploaded a few photos of it including of those feet onto my Birds and
Nature blog .

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

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Subject: Park County Dec 16
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:47:07 -0700
But before even getting to Park I parked before sunrise at the margin of
Conifer (JeffCo) at a spot with a big view of the sky in hopes of learning
more about a roost of *American Crows* that I had deduced to be in that
area. I’ve been watching the crows pass over my home at Ken Caryl Valley
from a mountain roost located well west-southwest. This and other
observations indicated there is a large roost in the Conifer region. And
indeed over 30 minutes before sunrise the roosting crows were in the air in
big swirling clouds, dim against the still dark blue sky. I was unable to
pinpoint the roost location, but I was in the right area. The fast moving
dense flocks were hard to count, but I estimated 3,000 to 4,000 crows,
which soon began breaking off and heading in various directions. I think
this roost hosts crows that spend their daytime over a broad region in the
mountains and in the Metro area encompassing several counties.

A short while later I was at the Park/JeffCo line at Pine Junction and Am.
Crows were flying west from the direction of the Conifer roost to populate
the forests and fields of Park. Nearly 200 passed over in 10 minutes.

In the Pine Junction / Bailey region I encountered many *Red Crossbills*
(Types 2 and 4). A group of pines along Meadow Drive has been especially
good for crossbills in the last few weeks, with at least 85 there
yesterday, plus a large gathering of 25 *Cassin’s Finches*. A *Belted
Kingfisher* along Deer Creek at County Road 72 x Chickadee Road was fairly
uncommon for Park Co in winter, but especially interesting since the creek
there is but a small stream without much open area for kingfishers to
forage. Another Belted Kingfisher flew downstream along the frigid North
Fork of the South Platte at Bailey.

A birdy area at Shawnee had 3 *Brown-capped Rosy Finches* and 2 *White-winged
Juncos* with a large group of Gray-headed Juncos and House Finches. Driving
some streets in Fairplay I found a spot at the east end of Front Street
where three adjacent yards had multiple feeders visible from the road.
Other than a rare-for-winter *Am. Robin *(esp. at nearly 10,000 elev.), I
saw no unusual birds, but I mention it in case anyone is passing through
there. Stops along County Road 18 were nearly bird-free, but at one I had
an *Am. Three-toed Woodpecker* working on a snag and a *Gray Jay* nearby.

The big lakes are all frozen (Eleven Mile had been mostly open through Dec
9). The only pond or lake I know of with any appreciable open water in Park
 is a small pond right along Hwy 285 just north of the mobile home
community “Campground of the Rockies”, adjacent to 63 Ranch SWA. I noticed
this pond was open in mid-winter last year, too. This was nearly the only
place with ducks on this outing (*Mallard*, *Am. Wigeon*, *Green-winged
Teal*, and *Nor. Shoveler*). As a bonus, a flock of *Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finches* was coming into to drink at the pond!

County Road 59 between Hartsel and CR 23 was the only area where I
encountered *Horned Larks*, and there were quite a few of them in large
flocks. One flock had a *Snow Bunting*, which I first saw in flight as the
flock passed over the road, and then I heard it calling amid the flying
larks, and finally had decent views as it was on the ground for a time.
This was in the area where there are large piles of dirt along the north
side of the road, separated from the road by a berm, west of the crossing
of the South Platte. A cow carcass nearby attracted 5 *Bald Eagles* and a
crowd of about 70 *Common Ravens*. A flock of *Gray-crowned Rosy Finches*
were along CR 59 near CR 23.

More *Red Crossbills* and a small number of *Evening Grosbeaks *were along
CR 90 and Pike NF Roads near Round Mountain Campground. A few *Pine
Grosbeaks* were along NF Road 225 near Round Mountain Campground, too.

I was interested to note that of the many Type 2 Red Crossbills I observed
in various places, about 85% were red adult males. And they sure respond
well to imitations of Nor. Pygmy-Owl…

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: John Martin Reservoir CBC results and summary
From: "Duane Nelson" <dnelson1 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:36:36 -0700
Birders,

 

The John Martin Reservoir CBC took place on December 14th. The results were
paradoxical, with notable surprises. We ended up getting 98 species, a bit
below our average of about 110 species. I knew going into the count that we
were not going to break any records. The unprecedented eight-day cold spell
of mid-November (with three separate snowstorms) sent most waterfowl farther
south. Although we had five species of Goose (with 50,000 Snow Geese and
thousands of Ross’, and three rare Greater White-fronted Geese), we never
had fewer species of ducks on a count, missing regulars like Northern
Shoveler, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, and any of the rarer diving ducks. On
this count, we tallied fewer than 50 Mallards (we have had as many as 12,000
on a single count). We did have a few lingering American White Pelicans and
Double-crested Cormorants and Western Grebes that somehow survived in the
tiny open holes in the ice in November. Gull numbers and species were way
down, with only four species (one each Thayer’s and Bonaparte’s). By count
day, however, all the ice had melted, and we had 100 percent open water for
the first time in Count history, though strangely devoid of birds. Ground
and marsh loving passerines like sparrows and longspurs were similarly
absent after the deep snows of November, although their habitat existed in
good condition by the time of the count. 

 

A predicted minor storm for Sunday, December 13th turned out to be rather
major, with more than ½ inch of rain transitioning to 2 inches of snow
almost as heavy as concrete by midnight preceding count day. The main roads
were OK, but back roads, and especially, two-track roads were impassable,
getting worse as temperatures neared freezing late Monday morning. We were
unable to reach the most isolated parts of the circle. Weather for the count
was unexpectedly nice, with calm winds and no fog. We missed some staked-out
birds due to access issues. Regulars like Scaled Quail, Killdeer,
Ring-necked Pheasant, Mountain Bluebird and Bewick’s Wren were seen in
multiples before the front arrived, but avoided detection on Count day.

 

In spite of weather obstacles, the count added four new species: Pine
Warbler (found by Brandon Percival and Mark Peterson) on Road HH north of
the Ft. Lyon Cemetery, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Peregrine Falcon and
Golden-crowned Kinglet. We also upgraded Ladder-backed Woodpecker from Count
Week to Count Day. As most CBC compilers can relate to, the addition of even
one species to an established count is a big deal. Adding four (five)
species went far beyond even our most optimistic projections for what
promised to be a jejune count.

 

The highlight of our count was owling after the compilation dinner. Our
remaining group of seven hardy souls heard a Short-eared Owl, and, at one
undisclosed location, observed a calling Eastern Screech-Owl as two Western
Screech-Owls simultaneously called nearby. Bent County ought to be on the
maps for the convergence for these two owl species in apparently similar
numbers.  

 

I can’t say enough about the expertise and dedication of count regulars. As
is usual on this count, each group found surprisingly good birds that
contributed to the overall count. Some highlights: Greater Roadrunner,
Northern Mockingbird, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown
Creeper, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Western Scrub-Jay. Thanks to each of you for
your contributions.

 

Duane Nelson

Las Animas, Bent County, CO  

 



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Subject: Chatfield Yell-bill Loon
From: Robert Righter <rorighter AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:22:33 -0700
Hi
11am seen by Steve Hodges and myself off handy capped pier, no more than a 
stone's throw away!!! Was swimming surprising fast easy towards spit 


Bob Righter
Denver CO

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Subject: Lagerman Reservoir (Boulder Co.), Dec 17
From: David Dowell <dave1wx AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:02:23 -0800 (PST)
Lagerman Reservoir near Longmont was unusually busy early this morning and 
must have had some fish that the birds like.  Several hundred Mergansers (3 
species, but mostly Common) and several hundred gulls were actively feeding 
when I arrived.  I photographed a second winter ICELAND/THAYER'S GULL that 
I will need to study a little more before deciding on ID.  A male 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was present initially; I couldn't find the scoter 
later, so it might have departed when the Cackling and Canada Geese did.  A 
couple of Bald Eagles were causing the occasional ruckus.

Other gull highlights included 4 Thayer's Gulls (2 ad, 2 juv) and 1 Lesser 
Black-backed Gull (juv).

David Dowell
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Western Gull - NOT
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:59:29 -0500
Greetings All


So, being able to sit on a comfy chair and dissect marks one by one, the 
"apparent Western Gull" at Larimer Landfill is apparently not a Western Gull. 
Believe it or not, it is likely a LBBG. We (mostly me error) were misled by the 
bird's obvious secondary skirt (see Sibley for definition), a mark that is 
supposed to be present only on large Pacific gulls such as GW, Western, SB 
Gulls. Herring and LBB Gulls should not have such. Also, the bird seemed 
suitably big and big billed. However, plumage details point towards a LBB Gull 
with minimal white on tail (which was also misleading). 



Best Wishes
Steve Mlodinow

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Subject: CPER Bird Research 2015
From: Amber Carver <caramb22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:21:01 -0700
Hello, All!

I am writing to announce that I will be looking for part-time and full-time
research assistants again in 2015.  For those of you who are not familiar
with my project, I search for and monitor the nests of ground-nesting birds
(mostly McCown's Longspur, Horned Lark, and Lark Bunting) at the Central
Plains Experimental Range near Nunn, CO.  As those who helped me out last
year can attest, this project is labor intensive.  It requires walking 5-7
miles per day, dragging cumbersome ropes, and dealing with sometimes
intense heat.  My study area has A LOT of prickly pear cacti and
rattlesnakes, so participation is not for the faint of heart.  The reward
is getting to work in an area that is closed to the general public, getting
up-close and personal with charismatic grassland birds, and (if you commit
to helping full-time) receiving training and a possible per diem.

I am interested in help of any duration and frequency, but I am especially
in need of full-time undergraduate (or recent graduate) assistants.  I will
provide on-site lodging to student assistants who live far away and commit
to the full field season.  Rope-dragging takes place Mon-Fri from about
8AM-3PM.  I am also looking for a full-time crew leader who can supervise a
second crew (which I didn't have last year) and work for a couple of extra
hours each day to help with nest checks.  Please contact me if you would
like more information about the project.  Also please pass this message on
if you know of someone who is not a cobirds subscriber and who might like
to participate.

Have a good one!
-Amber Carver
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Rocky Ford SWA. Otero Co. 16 Dec
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:31:42 +0000 (UTC)
I counted birds at the Rocky Ford SWA, Otero County for the Rocky Ford CBC, on 
16 Dec.  Here are my highlights. Red-bellied Woodpecker -1 Western Scrub-Jay 
- 3Mountain Chickadee - 3Brown Creeper - 1Winter Wren - 3 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 6Eastern Bluebird - 6Hermit Thrush - 1Cedar Waxwing - 
18Spotted Towhee - 11PURPLE FINCH - 1 female plumage, photographed 

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 17 December 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:32:17 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: December 17, 2014

 This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Wednesday, December 17 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Boulder, Huerfano)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
White-winged Scoter (El Paso, Las Animas)
Black Scoter (Garfield)
Surf Scoter (Fremont)
Long-tailed Duck (El Paso, Huerfano, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Douglas/Jefferson, Garfield, Huerfano)
Pacific Loon (Las Animas)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Douglas/Jefferson, Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (*Douglas/Jefferson, Huerfano, *Larimer, Las Animas,
Prowers)
WESTERN GULL (*Larimer)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas/Jefferson)
ICELAND GULL (*Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer, Park)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Winter Wren (Baca, Douglas/Jefferson, Otero)
Bewick's Wren (Baca)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, Otero)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Snow Bunting (Logan)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Rosy-Finch (Teller)
PURPLE FINCH (Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--At Barr Lake SP on December 11, Dowell reported 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls and 2 Thayer's Gulls.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On December 10 at Cherry Creek Reservoir, Mlodinow reported ad Glaucous
Gull and 2nd-cyc Thayer's Gull.
--On December 12 at Cooley Lake, Suddjian reported ad Glaucous Gull and
1-st cyc Thayer's Gull.

BACA COUNTY:
--At Carizzo Canyon Picnica Area on December 10, Leatherman reported Winter
Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher.
--At Cottonwood Canyon on December 10, Leatherman reported Winter Wren.
--Along CR 177.9 5 - 10 miles N of Villegreen along east rim of
Chacuaco/Plum Canyons on December 10, Leatherman reported 2 Curve-billed
Thrashers, 2 Bewick's Wren, and 1 Greater Roadrunner.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--At Valmont Reservoir on December 6, Kaempfer reported a 1st winter Tundra
Swan.  A swan was reported by Minner-Lee at Valmont Reservoir Complex on
December 11.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Cyganowski at the Handicapped
Fisherman Platform at Chatfield Sp on December 11.  On December 11, Tina
Jones reported Red-necked Grebe near the dame at Chatfield.  On December
13, Kellner reported Red-necked Grebe best viewed from Lake View Parking
Area.  On December 16, Hopping reported Red-necked Grebe at Chatfield.
--On December 13, Kellner reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP
between Massey Draw Parking Lot and Swim Beach Parking Lot.  On December
14, Mark Miller reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and m Barrow's Goldeneye at
Chatfield SP.  On December 15, Suddjian and many other birders reported
YELLOW- BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP.  It seems to move around the
reservoir.  On December 16, O'Brien reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at
Chatfield.
--At Chatfield on December 15, Suddjian reported 1 m Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
ad Thayer's Gull, and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.
--At Plum Creek Nature Area at Chatfield Suddjian reported Winter Wren on
December 15.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On December 11, Drummond reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a
Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson.  On December 13, Steve Brown reported
White-winged Scoter and Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On December 13, Dale Adams reported Surf Scoter at Valco Pond in Canyon
City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--9 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Filby at "Ranch at Roaring Fork"
in Carbondale on December 11.
--2 Black Scoters were reported by Filby at Rifle Gap reservoir on December
11.  On December 13, Riffe reported 2 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--On December 10 at Lake Maria, Rich Miller reported a Swan spec.
--At Lathrop SP on December 10, Rich Miller reported 1 m Barrow's
Goldeneye, 1m Long-tailed Duck, and 1 Red-necked Grebe.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On December 11, Mlodinow reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Hopper at Rawhide Energy Plant on
December 6.  On December 16, Mlodinow reported Red-necked Grebe at Hamilton
Reservoir.
--A f Long-tailed Duck was found by Doyle in the NW part of Horseshoe
Reservoir in Loveland on December 11.
--ON December 16 at the Larimer County Landfill, Mlodinow reported ad
ICELAND GULL and possible 1-st cyc WESTERN GULL.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--On December 11 at Lake Trinidad SP, Rich Miller reported Pacific Loon,
Red-necked Grebe, and ad m White-winged Scoter.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--A Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Kaempfer at CR 40 east of US 138
on December 13.
--At North Sterling SP on December 13, Kaempfer reported hearing Snow
Buntings and Lapland Longspurs in the fog.

MESA COUNTY:
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  On December 16,
Ortenzio reported that the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit the
Cooksey's feeders.

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

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Riffe at Grand Junction Wildlife Area on
December 14.

OTERO COUNTY:
--2 Curve-billed Thrasher were reported by Leatherman at Higbee Canyon Road
by on December 11.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--Brown-capped and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches were reported by Filby at
Snowmass on December 14.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On December 13, Thompson reported Red-necked Grebe at North Gateway Park
in Lamar.

TELLER COUNTY:
--On December 11 Goff reported a mixed flock of Rosy-Finches on Hwy 67 S of
Divide at the turn off for Crags Campground.

WELD COUNTY:
--A m PURPLE FINCH was reported by Mlodinow at Glenmere Park in Greeley in
the riparian area which extends W from the park on December 11.

No Field Trips Scheduled until next year.  Help with a Christmas Bird Count.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Yellow-billed Loon @ Chatfield State Park
From: Steve Stachowiak <waxwing2 AT q.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:29:38 -0800 (PST)
Cobirders,

The Chatfield Yellow-billed Loon is trending of late on Cobirds. Is the rarity 
of this bird making it popular? A click over to the CFO website and then to the 
Colorado Bird Records Commitee link can quickly answer that question. 


An easy query of the data indicates there are currently twenty-five accepted 
records of the species going back to 1944. So the bird is fairly rare and would 
indeed be worth a detour on the trip to the grocery store in order to observe 
it. 


Interestingly, this species has been documented every year or two since 1987 
after decades of no observations. Is this change attributable to the 
distribution of the species or the maturation of birding in Colorado? 


Good birding,
Steve Stachowiak
Highlands Ranch, CO

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Subject: Yellow Billed Loon at Chatfield (Douglas County)
From: Tom Behnfield <behnfield AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:00:40 -0800 (PST)
The Yellow-billed Loon was present at 3PM this afternoon between the ends of 
the spits on either side of the marina. Great views were had while the sun was 
shining, then as the sun was obscured by clouds, the Loon swam away and became 
more difficult to find. 


Tom Behnfield
Lakewood, CO
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Subject: "Interludes with Nature" spots left only on the Colorado Hairstreak and Dragonfly trips
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:47:55 -0700
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*BOULDER COUNTY AUDUBON’S*

*“INTERLUDES WITH NATURE, 2015”*



Proceeds from these popular field trips, now being offered for the 3rd
year, benefit out Youth Naturalist Program.  This year we are sending 3!!
promising young students to National Audubon’s Hog Island Environmental
Camp at a cost to BCAS of over $7500.



*IT’S A REDTAIL UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE!!*



*SOLD OUT!! Wait list closed, Leader, Cathy Sheeter*:  Are you confused by
the endless color and pattern variations displayed by our wintering raptor
populations?  If so, plan on joining fine nature artist and birder, Cathy
Sheeter, for this January near-plains field trip.  She will help you key in
on important field marks while studying Red-tails, Ferruginous and
Rough-legged Hawks.  The planned route should also grace us with Eagles,
Accipters and Falcons.  Limited to 12, $35 per person, January 24, 9 a.m.,
back-up date, January 25.   You will be notified of the meeting place.



*PICNICKING WITH PRAIRIE DOGS*



*SOLD OUT!!,  Will take four on the wait list, Leaders:  Maureen Lawry &
Ghia Zalewa:*  This very special outing will be an introduction to the
prairie ecosystem and the Prairie Dog’s critical role in this habitat.  Join
Maureen Lawry (who for 7 years has done educational outreach for children
via the Prairie Saga puppet show) and biologist and Prairie Dog specialist,
Ghia Zalewa, at the City of Boulder’s Waneka Open Space release site.  Enjoy
a gourmet picnic with stunning views of the Flatirons and a chance to see
the social interaction of these charming animals.  There is a good
possibility that you will see other prairie natives; Falcons, Eagles,
hawks, Badger and Coyotes.  $50 per person, including a gourmet
picnic.  Limited
to 12,   Saturday, May 16.  You will be notified of time and meeting place.



*DAZZLING DRAGONFLIES REDUX*



*6 SPOTS LEFT, Leader:  John Barr:*  Photographer and odonata aficianado,
John Barr, knows the Walden/Sawhill complex intimately.  Last year, he was
able to find and identify almost all of the possible species of
dragonflies, damselflies and spread-wings to be found in those wetlands
during July.  He can also give you hints for honing your insect photography
skills AND identify the butterflies we see.  Meet at the Cottonwood parking
lot at Walden Ponds at 8 a.m.  Limited to 8 lucky souls, $35 a person.  July,
23.


*LOVE ON A LEK, AN APRIL AFFAIR*



*SOLD OUT!!, Wait list closed, Leader:  Alison Holloran:*   Alison is
currently the Executive Director of the Audubon Rockies office, where one
of her priorities is conserving habitat and forming partnerships for the
protection of Greater Sage Grouse.   We will visit a lek where Alison will
explain conservation priorities and strategies, while we view the
ritualized male displays as they try and entice the females to, “pick me”,
“pick me”!   After the morning’s early lek visit, you would be fed a
gourmet brunch, and then have a private tour of the wildlife refuge. This
will be an overnight trip, leaving on an afternoon weekday in mid-late
April.   Limited to 10, $50 a person.  You will be responsible for one meal
and overnight lodging. (We will be visiting a lek in either Arapaho
National Wildlife Refuge (Walden), or near Laramie, Wyoming.  Details are
being worked out.)  You will be notified of the time and meeting place.


*          SIX-LEGGED SINGERS*



*SOLD OUT!!, Will take 2 on a wait list, Leader, Scott Severs: * Do you
ever wonder about the buzzes, trills, rattles and clicks you hear during
summer evenings?  Join one of Boulder’s best all around naturalists, *Scott
Severs*, for a late summer walk at dusk, when these insect songsters emerge
to intone their mating choruses. We'll learn about our local species of
crickets, katydids, cicadas and listen for each of their unique songs. We
might even see a firefly or two.  $35 per person.  Limited to 10, Saturday,
September 12, 6 to 9 pm.  You will be notified of meeting place.

*HARRIERS, BOBOLINKS & FIREFLIES:  EXPLORING EFFORTS TO SAVE BOULDER
COUNTY’S ISOLATED & THREATENED GRASSLAND SPECIES*


 *SOLD OUT!!  Will take 1 on a wait list, Leader:  Steve Jones:*  Explore
nesting habitat for some of Boulder County's most interesting and locally
threatened birds with prairie naturalist and writer Steve Jones.  Enjoy a
fully catered picnic supper at a quiet location in northern Boulder County.
Finish up with observation of flickering fireflies in our remnant tallgrass
prairies. What we see will depend on which species are breeding
successfully and can be safely observed, but we promise a delightful early
summer evening with lots of cool critter sightings.  $50 per person,
limited to 12, including a gourmet picnic.  Tuesday, June 30, 4-9 p.m.


*BUTTERFLY DREAMS:  *

*THE COLORADO HAIRSTREAK*



*4 SPOTS LEFT, Leaders:  Jan Chu, Ellen Shannon and Gordon Revey:*  Join
three of the most accomplished amateur lepidopterists in Colorado, for a
unique opportunity to see our Colorado State butterfly.  You will be taken
to a small, oak covered canyon, where we will find not only the Colorado
Hairstreak, but many other Colorado species, many of them quite rare and
elusive.  This hairstreak is nothing short of a religious experience!  Limited
to 10, *with a gourmet lunch*, $50 per person.  This will be a weekday
trip, leaving at 8:30 a.m from south Boulder, sometime in late July or
early August depending weather (the flight of this target species varies
from year).  You will be notified of meeting time, date and place.



*HUMMINGBIRD WORKSHOP*



*SOLD OUT!!, Will take 4 on a wait list, Leader, John Vanderpoel, v*ideographer
and co-author of *Hummingbirds of North America *DVD  This is an
exceptional opportunity to join an expert for a workshop that will explore
every aspect of hummingbird identification, behavior and natural history.  You
will start with an indoor class and proceed to the field to hone our i.d.
skills for these most magical of all bird species..  *A gourmet lunch will
be provided*.  Limited to 10.  $50.00  Sunday, August 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Meet
at John’s home in Niwot, details to follow.



*ABOVE THE TREES:  A TUNDRA TREK for PTARMIGAN AND GROUSE*


 *SOLD OUT, Wait list closed, Leader, Bill Kaempfer*:  Join one of
Colorado’s veteran birders*, *Bill Kaempfer, for this stroll along the
tundra of Niwot Ridge to look for two of this state’s most wanted species,
White-tailed Ptarmigan and Dusky Grouse.   Bill will have special
permission to drive three miles above the CU Mountain Research Station and
deliver participants to within one-half mile of tundra, where you will
enjoy stunning views, the peak of wildflower bloom and with any luck, these
two elusive species.  *Still, be prepared to hike up to a mile at high
elevation in cool and possibly windy weather to find these birds. * In the
past, on different trips, Bill has found Grouse with their many chicks and
Ptarmigan with chicks.  Maybe this will be the year for both!  This will be
a half-day trip for $35 per person.  Bring sturdy boots, warm layers,
water, sun protection, and your lunch to enjoy at the end of the hike.
Saturday, August 8, 2015.  Limited to 10, meeting time and place to be
determined.



To register, please send an email to:  piombino.pam AT gmail.com

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Subject: Followup on white faced hybrid duck, Adams County
From: Mary <mkeithler AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:35:29 -0700
Hi all,

Last Tuesday I posted about seeing an unusual white faced duck in the South 
Platte River at 88th and Colorado. I had guessed it might be a ruddy 
duck-Northern shoveler hybrid. That was unlikely, as a few people pointed out, 
since ruddies and shovelers have little in common. The white faced duck was 
actually a gadwall-shoveler hybrid and has been photographed by several people 
over the last few years. John Breitsch sent a link to a great photo of the 
duck, which he said I could share with the group 
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/breitschbirding/12034050915/in/set-72157616618427148). 
I was surprised that a gadwall-shoveler hybrid would have a white face, but 
apparently this is also the case in a gadwall-mallard hybrid. 


Mary Keithler, unincorporated Arapahoe County
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Subject: Re: 4-letter codes, English names, scientific names, and 6-letter codes
From: Chuck <lowrie2 AT mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:47:01 -0800 (PST)
This is really great! Thanks so much.
- Chuck Lowrie, Denver

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Subject: Larimer Landfill
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:39:13 -0700
Greetings All
This afternoon went to Larimer County Landfill with Georgia Doyle and David 
Wade. My apologies to Nick Komar. The bird I had called a Thayer's Gull was an 
adult Iceland as he'd thought. Also, there was a bird that looked excellent for 
a first cycle Western Gull. Will post photos and get outside opinions shortly 

Steven Mlodinow 
Longmont CO

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Subject: "Interludes with Nature", a few spots left, the perfect gift!
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:16:26 -0700
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*BOULDER COUNTY AUDUBON’S*

*“INTERLUDES WITH NATURE, 2015”*



Proceeds from these popular field trips, now being offered for the 3rd
year, benefit out Youth Naturalist Program.  This year we are sending 3!!
promising young students to National Audubon’s Hog Island Environmental
Camp at a cost to BCAS of over $7500.



*IT’S A REDTAIL UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE!!*



*SOLD OUT!! Wait list closed, Leader, Cathy Sheeter*:  Are you confused by
the endless color and pattern variations displayed by our wintering raptor
populations?  If so, plan on joining fine nature artist and birder, Cathy
Sheeter, for this January near-plains field trip.  She will help you key in
on important field marks while studying Red-tails, Ferruginous and
Rough-legged Hawks.  The planned route should also grace us with Eagles,
Accipters and Falcons.  Limited to 12, $35 per person, January 24, 9 a.m.,
back-up date, January 25.   You will be notified of the meeting place.



*PICNICKING WITH PRAIRIE DOGS*



*1 SPOT LEFT:  Will take four on the wait list, Leaders:  Maureen Lawry &
Ghia Zalewa:*  This very special outing will be an introduction to the
prairie ecosystem and the Prairie Dog’s critical role in this habitat.  Join
Maureen Lawry (who for 7 years has done educational outreach for children
via the Prairie Saga puppet show) and biologist and Prairie Dog specialist,
Ghia Zalewa, at the City of Boulder’s Waneka Open Space release site.  Enjoy
a gourmet picnic with stunning views of the Flatirons and a chance to see
the social interaction of these charming animals.  There is a good
possibility that you will see other prairie natives; Falcons, Eagles,
hawks, Badger and Coyotes.  $50 per person, including a gourmet
picnic.  Limited
to 12,   Saturday, May 16.  You will be notified of time and meeting place.



*DAZZLING DRAGONFLIES REDUX*



*6 SPOTS LEFT, Leader:  John Barr:*  Photographer and odonata aficianado,
John Barr, knows the Walden/Sawhill complex intimately.  Last year, he was
able to find and identify almost all of the possible species of
dragonflies, damselflies and spread-wings to be found in those wetlands
during July.  He can also give you hints for honing your insect photography
skills AND identify the butterflies we see.  Meet at the Cottonwood parking
lot at Walden Ponds at 8 a.m.  Limited to 8 lucky souls, $35 a person.  July,
23.


*LOVE ON A LEK, AN APRIL AFFAIR*



*SOLD OUT!!, Wait list closed, Leader:  Alison Holloran:*   Alison is
currently the Executive Director of the Audubon Rockies office, where one
of her priorities is conserving habitat and forming partnerships for the
protection of Greater Sage Grouse.   We will visit a lek where Alison will
explain conservation priorities and strategies, while we view the
ritualized male displays as they try and entice the females to, “pick me”,
“pick me”!   After the morning’s early lek visit, you would be fed a
gourmet brunch, and then have a private tour of the wildlife refuge. This
will be an overnight trip, leaving on an afternoon weekday in mid-late
April.   Limited to 10, $50 a person.  You will be responsible for one meal
and overnight lodging. (We will be visiting a lek in either Arapaho
National Wildlife Refuge (Walden), or near Laramie, Wyoming.  Details are
being worked out.)  You will be notified of the time and meeting place.


*          SIX-LEGGED SINGERS*



*SOLD OUT!!, Will take 2 on a wait list, Leader, Scott Severs: * Do you
ever wonder about the buzzes, trills, rattles and clicks you hear during
summer evenings?  Join one of Boulder’s best all around naturalists, *Scott
Severs*, for a late summer walk at dusk, when these insect songsters emerge
to intone their mating choruses. We'll learn about our local species of
crickets, katydids, cicadas and listen for each of their unique songs. We
might even see a firefly or two.  $35 per person.  Limited to 10, Saturday,
September 12, 6 to 9 pm.  You will be notified of meeting place.

*HARRIERS, BOBOLINKS & FIREFLIES:  EXPLORING EFFORTS TO SAVE BOULDER
COUNTY’S ISOLATED & THREATENED GRASSLAND SPECIES*


 *SOLD OUT!!  Will take 2 on a wait list, Leader:  Steve Jones:*  Explore
nesting habitat for some of Boulder County's most interesting and locally
threatened birds with prairie naturalist and writer Steve Jones.  Enjoy a
fully catered picnic supper at a quiet location in northern Boulder County.
Finish up with observation of flickering fireflies in our remnant tallgrass
prairies. What we see will depend on which species are breeding
successfully and can be safely observed, but we promise a delightful early
summer evening with lots of cool critter sightings.  $50 per person,
limited to 12, including a gourmet picnic.  Tuesday, June 30, 4-9 p.m.


*BUTTERFLY DREAMS:  *

*THE COLORADO HAIRSTREAK*



*4 SPOTS LEFT, Leaders:  Jan Chu, Ellen Shannon and Gordon Revey:*  Join
three of the most accomplished amateur lepidopterists in Colorado, for a
unique opportunity to see our Colorado State butterfly.  You will be taken
to a small, oak covered canyon, where we will find not only the Colorado
Hairstreak, but many other species, many of them quite rare and elusive.  This
hairstreak is nothing short of a religious experience!  Limited to 10, *with
a gourmet lunch*, $50 per person.  This will be a weekday trip, leaving at
8:30 a.m from south Boulder, sometime in late July or early August
depending weather (the flight of this target speices varies from year).  You
will be notified of meeting time, date and place.



*HUMMINGBIRD WORKSHOP*



*1 SPOT LEFT, Will take 4 on a wait list, Leader, John Vanderpoel,
v*ideographer
and co-author of *Hummingbirds of North America *DVD  This is an
exceptional opportunity to join an expert for a workshop that will explore
every aspect of hummingbird identification, behavior and natural history.  You
will start with an indoor class and proceed to the field to hone our i.d.
skills for these most magical of all bird species..  *A gourmet lunch will
be provided*.  Limited to 10.  $50.00  Sunday, August 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Meet
at John’s home in Niwot, details to follow.



*ABOVE THE TREES:  A TUNDRA TREK for PTARMIGAN AND GROUSE*


 *SOLD OUT, Wait list closed, Leader, Bill Kaempfer*:  Join one of
Colorado’s veteran birders*, *Bill Kaempfer, for this stroll along the
tundra of Niwot Ridge to look for two of this state’s most wanted species,
White-tailed Ptarmigan and Dusky Grouse.   Bill will have special
permission to drive three miles above the CU Mountain Research Station and
deliver participants to within one-half mile of tundra, where you will
enjoy stunning views, the peak of wildflower bloom and with any luck, these
two elusive species.  *Still, be prepared to hike up to a mile at high
elevation in cool and possibly windy weather to find these birds. * In the
past, on different trips, Bill has found Grouse with their many chicks and
Ptarmigan with chicks.  Maybe this will be the year for both!  This will be
a half-day trip for $35 per person.  Bring sturdy boots, warm layers,
water, sun protection, and your lunch to enjoy at the end of the hike.
Saturday, August 8, 2015.  Limited to 10, meeting time and place to be
determined.



Proceeds of these popular field trips now being offered for the 3rd year,
benefit out Youth Naturalist Program.  This year we are sending 3!!
promising young students to National Audubon’s Hog Island Environmental
Camp.

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Subject: RE: Yellow-billed Loon/Douglas
From: markchavez AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:53:59 +0000 (UTC)
Daren O'brien reports that the Yellow-billed Loon was seen off the Handicapped 
Fisherman's Platform at 845am. He states the bird was near the tires and then 
dove moving to the west past the platform. Daren's photos can be seen at the 
link below: 

 

http://naturesimage.smugmug.com/Other/Yellow-billed-Loon-Chatfield/46408257_qTZ4nV 


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

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Subject: Larimer County: golden-crowned kinglets, brown creepers, hairy woodpeckers, and more
From: Libby Edwards <libbyeuro3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:30:09 -0700
Yesterday mid-morning we walked the Overlook trail at Lory State Park and
just where a small spring crosses the trail was a mixed flock.  There were
about 6-8 golden-crowned kinglets right in front of us, all hovering around
a few scraggly junipers above the water.  We first heard the high-pitched
notes and then saw the flock.  They were like moving Christmas ornaments,
lighting up the space in the forest.  There was also a brown creeper moving
upside-down on the juniper branches and several black-capped chickadees.
Along the same trail were 3 hairy woodpeckers chasing each other off their
feeding posts.  While contouring, a red-tailed hawk landed a few feet from
us at the stop of a small ponderosa, not seeing us.  A Townsend's Solitaire
greeted us around the next corner and we spotted 2 scrub jays down the hill.

A memorable walk on a chilly December morning.

Libby Edwards
Fort Collins
Larimer County

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Subject: 4-letter codes, English names, scientific names, and 6-letter codes
From: Bob Stocker <bob AT stockerphotos.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:59:54 -0700
A couple of recent posts on cobirds prompted me to create a web-based 
program for matching English bird names, scientific bird names, 
four-letter codes derived from English names, and six-letter codes 
derived from scientific names. If you know one code or name, it will 
give you all the others. The web page for running the program is

http://stockerphotos.com/BirdCodes

I'd appreciate comments and suggestions for improvement.

Bob Stocker
Denver, Colorado

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 16 December 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:07:37 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: December 16, 2014

 This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Tuesday, December 16 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Boulder, Huerfano)
Tundra Swan (Boulder)
White-winged Scoter (El Paso, Las Animas)
Black Scoter (Garfield)
Surf Scoter (Fremont)
Long-tailed Duck (El Paso, Huerfano, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (*Douglas/Jefferson, Garfield, Huerfano)
Pacific Loon (Las Animas)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Douglas/Jefferson, Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (*Douglas/Jefferson, Huerfano, Larimer, Las Animas,
Prowers)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, *Arapahoe, *Douglas/Jefferson)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, *Douglas/Jefferson, El Paso, Larimer,
Park)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Winter Wren (Baca, *Douglas/Jefferson, Otero)
Bewick's Wren (Baca)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, Otero)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Snow Bunting (Logan)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Pitkin)
Rosy-Finch (Teller)
PURPLE FINCH (Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--At Barr Lake SP on December 11, Dowell reported 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls and 2 Thayer's Gulls.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On December 10 at Cherry Creek Reservoir, Mlodinow reported ad Glaucous
Gull and 2nd-cyc Thayer's Gull.
--On December 12 at Cooley Lake, Suddjian reported ad Glaucous Gull and
1-st cyc Thayer's Gull.

BACA COUNTY:
--At Carizzo Canyon Picnica Area on December 10, Leatherman reported Winter
Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher.
--At Cottonwood Canyon on December 10, Leatherman reported Winter Wren.
--Along CR 177.9 5 - 10 miles N of Villegreen along east rim of
Chacuaco/Plum Canyons on December 10, Leatherman reported 2 Curve-billed
Thrashers, 2 Bewick's Wren, and 1 Greater Roadrunner.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--At Valmont Reservoir on December 6, Kaempfer reported a 1st winter Tundra
Swan.  A swan was reported by Minner-Lee at Valmont Reservoir Complex on
December 11.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Cyganowski at the Handicapped
Fisherman Platform at Chatfield Sp on December 11.  On December 11, Tina
Jones reported Red-necked Grebe near the dame at Chatfield.  On December
13, Kellner reported Red-necked Grebe best viewed from Lake View Parking
Area.  On December 15, Kirkpatrick reported Red-necked Grebe at Chatfield.
--On December 13, Kellner reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP
between Massey Draw Parking Lot and Swim Beach Parking Lot.  On December
14, Mark Miller reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and m Barrow's Goldeneye at
Chatfield SP.  On December 15, Suddjian and many other birders reported
YELLOW- BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP.  It seems to move around the
reservoir.
--At Chatfield on December 15, Suddjian reported 1 m Barrow's Goldeneye, 1
ad Thayer's Gull, and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.
--At Plum Creek Nature Area at Chatfield Suddjian reported Winter Wren on
December 15.


EL PASO COUNTY:
--On December 11, Drummond reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a
Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson.  On December 13, Steve Brown reported
White-winged Scoter and Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On December 13, Dale Adams reported Surf Scoter at Valco Pond in Canyon
City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--9 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Filby at "Ranch at Roaring Fork"
in Carbondale on December 11.
--2 Black Scoters were reported by Filby at Rifle Gap reservoir on December
11.  On December 13, Riffe reported 2 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--On December 10 at Lake Maria, Rich Miller reported a Swan spec.
--At Lathrop SP on December 10, Rich Miller reported 1 m Barrow's
Goldeneye, 1m Long-tailed Duck, and 1 Red-necked Grebe.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On December 11, Mlodinow reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Hopper at Rawhide Energy Plant on
December 6.  On December 13, Hopper reported Red-necked Grebe at Hamilton
Reservoir.
--On December 10 at Boyd Lake N of Marina, Mlodinow reported YELLOW-BILLED
LOON.  On December 11, the YELLOW-BILLED LOON was reported by many birders.
--A f Long-tailed Duck was found by Doyle in the NW part of Horseshoe
Reservoir in Loveland on December 11.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--On December 11 at Lake Trinidad SP, Rich Miller reported Pacific Loon,
Red-necked Grebe, and ad m White-winged Scoter.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--A Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Kaempfer at CR 40 east of US 138
on December 13.
--At North Sterling SP on December 13, Kaempfer reported hearing Snow
Buntings and Lapland Longspurs in the fog.

MESA COUNTY:
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  On December 13, Riffe
reported that the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit the Cooksey's
feeders.

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

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Riffe at Grand Junction Wildlife Area on
December 14.

OTERO COUNTY:
--2 Curve-billed Thrasher were reported by Leatherman at Higbee Canyon Road
by on December 11.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--Brown-capped and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches were reported by Filby at
Snowmass on December 14.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On December 13, Thompson reported Red-necked Grebe at North Gateway Park
in Lamar.

TELLER COUNTY:
--On December 11 Goff reported a mixed flock of Rosy-Finches on Hwy 67 S of
Divide at the turn off for Crags Campground.

WELD COUNTY:
--A m PURPLE FINCH was reported by Mlodinow at Glenmere Park in Greeley in
the riparian area which extends W from the park on December 11.

No Field Trips Scheduled until next year.  Help with a Christmas Bird Count.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: American dipper in Adams County today
From: "'bomaanka AT yahoo.com' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds@googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:07:46 -0800 (PST)
HI CoBirders
An american Dipper continues in Clear Creek east of Lowell Blvd. in Adams 
County. Today it was at the I-76 bridges at 4:39 pm. This seems to be the 
favored spot this year. I also saw Mallards and Belted Kingfisher.
Bob Canter, Denver CO

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Subject: Yellow-billed Loon - Chatfield (Douglas/Jefferson)
From: Kathy and Jeff Dunning <mihmdunning AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:59:59 -0700
All -

Many thanks to all who posted today about the Yellow-billed Loon.  My
current work-schedule allowed my only a brief timeframe in which to go
see the bird and I appreciated the information flowing to cobirds as
to the best location to see the bird.

I initially found the bird halfway between the Handicapped Fisherman's
Platform and the dam tower, but the bird was actively diving and
moving about long distances when underwater.

Eventually the bird ended up very close to the platform along with one
of the Common Loons present allowing for outstanding comparisons and
photographs.

Great bird!

Kathy Mihm Dunning
Denver

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Subject: Recent birds - Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:10:26 -0700
Dec 12

Cooley Lake (Arapahoe) had an adult *Glaucous Gull* and 1st cycle *Thayer's*
with a gull flock loafing on ice which has since melted.

Dec 14

During the snowy afternoon my Ken Caryl Valley feeding stations attracted a
nice 3 *Harris's Sparrows*, and unexpected *Lincoln's Sparrow*, and *Cassin's
Finches*.

Dec 15

In addition to the *Yellow-billed Loon* (seen in both Jefferson and
Douglas), other birds of interest that I noted at Chatfield Reservoir this
morning included 2 *Common Loons*, 1 *Red-necked Grebe*, 1 male *Barrow's
Goldeneye*, 1 adult *Thayer's Gull*, 1 *Lesser-black-backed Gull* (both
these were on the ice in the upper end of the Platte arm of the lake, not
at the marina), 1 *Peregrine Falcon*, 1 *Prairie Falcon*, and 1 *Northern
Shrike*.

I explored in the upper region of the Plum Creek Nature Area up toward
Titan Road (Douglas) and found a *Winter Wren* in a flotsom thicket along
the creek. A *Merlin *was also noted in this area

My Ken Caryl Valley yard had 2 continuing *Harris's Sparrows*, 2 *Evening
Grosbeaks* flew over, and later 2 *Red Crossbills* (Type 2).

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Eastern Towhee - Boulder Co
From: "'Peter Ruprecht' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:57:17 +0000 (UTC)
Hi cobirders,
I've received a reputable report of a male Eastern Towhee, seen yesterday in 
the Marshall Mesa area by a visiting birder who is well-experienced with the 
species.  He didn't get photos. 


The bird's location was described as being just to the north of the Community 
Ditch trail, near a large rock outcrop and in the vicinity of an old fruit 
(apple?) tree.  There was at least one male spotted towhee in the general area 
as well, which provided comparison. 

Parking for the Marshall Mesa area is south of Hwy 170 just a little bit east 
of Hwy 93 in far southern Boulder County.  See 
https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/marshall-mesa-trailhead.  It gets a lot of 
bike/runner/dog activity so very early mornings might be most conducive to 
finding active birds along the trails.  (Off-trail access on parts of Marshall 
Mesa requires a Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Habitat Conservation Area 
permit.) 

Peter RuprechtSuperior, CO



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Subject: Yellow-billed Loon seen at chatfied
From: Joe <jroller9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:50:07 -0700
Got a call; seen from handicapped fisher pier in line w spillway. 13:45Pm
Joe roller
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Subject: Yellow-billed Loon, Chatfield S.P., Douglas/Jefferson
From: David & Mary Driscoll <wddriscoll AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:19:36 -0700
Hi All,

Yellow-billed Loon seen well off camp ground registration parking area, by 
others, who shared a view with me. Also seen by me after other group left, seen 
with Common Loon, very close with each other. Great size comparison. Thanks to 
all the posts re. this great find!! 


Mary Driscoll
Unincor. Arapahoe Co.

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Subject: Yellow - billed Loon Chatfield res
From: "'lochlaren' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:18:43 -0700
both l[ns are being seen off of the fisherman handicap spot or you go over to 
the west side and see him off of messy draw parking lot 

Loch Kilpatrick 

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Subject: Possible Major Changes in Taxonomic Order
From: Norm Erthal <nerthal AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:24:16 -0800 (PST)
There is a possible change to the taxonomic order of birds that would turn 
your field guide inside out and upside down. The American Association for 
the Advancement of Science has announced an extensive DNA study. I have 
included a link to the article. Have fun
Norm Erthal
Arvada

http://www.aaas.org/news/new-genome-sequences-reveal-bird-tree-life

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Subject: Loons at Chatfield
From: "'lochlaren' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:37:28 -0700
as of 10:30 a.m. Me and several others are viewing a common loon and red-necked 
grebe off of the campground registration parking lot viewing area. No Yellow 
billed loon yet. 


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Subject: Re: YB Loon Chatfield
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:13:21 -0700
YB Loon now off parking lot at end of road that goes past campground 
registration. Just north of lot. 9:13am 


David Suddjian 
Littleton CO

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> On Dec 15, 2014, at 8:47 AM, David Suddjian  wrote:
> 
> Was off Massey Draw inlet and then swam/dove southeast across South Platte 
arm of lake in direction of park office. 

> 
> David Suddjian
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Subject: White-throated Sparrow, Boulder 12/14
From: Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:47:57 -0700
While participating in the Boulder CBC yesterday, I found a White-throated 
Sparrow at the NE corner of 4th and Dellwood. The bird then flew to the 
backyard of the house on the SW corner of 5th and Dellwood. 

The N. Cardinal, along with 5 Cassin's finches, made a couple of visits to my 
feeders this morning. We couldn't find it yesterday for the count 
unfortunately. 


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Boulder, CO
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Subject: YB Loon Chatfield
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:47:20 -0700
Was off Massey Draw inlet and then swam/dove southeast across South Platte arm 
of lake in direction of park office. 


David Suddjian
Littleton CO

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Subject: GJ CBC Highlights - Mesa County
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:11:06 -0700
Some highlights from the GVAS CBC in Grand Junction,

Costa's Hummingbird -1   Seen at 2217 Tuscany Drive.

Black Phoebe - 3   two seen by our group and 1 by another group.

Our group at the Grand Junction Wildlife Area also had the following in
addition to two Black Phoebe's.
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
Sora
White-throated Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow - 3, and maybe more among 100's of sparrows .

Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa county

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 15 December 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:48:27 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: December 15, 2014

 This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Monday, December 14 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Boulder, Huerfano)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Park)
White-winged Scoter (El Paso, Las Animas)
Black Scoter (Garfield)
Surf Scoter (Fremont)
Long-tailed Duck (El Paso, Huerfano, Larimer)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, *Douglas/Jefferson, Garfield, Huerfano, Park,
Pueblo)
Pacific Loon (Las Animas)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Douglas/Jefferson, Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (Douglas/Jefferson, Huerfano, Larimer, Las Animas,
Prowers, Pueblo)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Pueblo)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Arapahoe)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, El Paso, Larimer, Park, Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Logan)
Black Phoebe (*Mesa)
Winter Wren (Baca, Otero)
Bewick's Wren (Baca)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, Otero)
Lapland Longspur (Logan)
Snow Bunting (Logan)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (El Paso, Prowers)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (*Pitkin, Pueblo)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (*Pitkin)
Rosy-Finch (Teller)
PURPLE FINCH (Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Hutchinson on the South
Platte River N of 88th on December 9.
--At Barr Lake SP on December 11, Dowell reported 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls and 2 Thayer's Gulls.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On December 10 at Cherry Creek Reservoir, Mlodinow reported ad Glaucous
Gull and 2nd-cyc Thayer's Gull.

BACA COUNTY:
--At Carizzo Canyon Picnica Area on December 10, Leatherman reported Winter
Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher.
--At Cottonwood Canyon on December 10, Leatherman reported Winter Wren.
--Along CR 177.9 5 - 10 miles N of Villegreen along east rim of
Chacuaco/Plum Canyons on December 10, Leatherman reported 2 Curve-billed
Thrashers, 2 Bewick's Wren, and 1 Greater Roadrunner.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On December 6 on a pond on Hygiene Road, Kaempfer reported a 1st winter
Tundra Swan.  On December 9, Dowell and Nunes reported juv Tundra Swan on
pond on Hygiene Road.
--At Valmont Reservoir on December 6, Kaempfer reported a 1st winter Tundra
Swan.  A swan was reported by Minner-Lee at Valmont Reservoir Complex on
December 11.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Cyganowski at the Handicapped
Fisherman Platform at Chatfield Sp on December 11.  On December 11, Tina
Jones reported Red-necked Grebe near the dame at Chatfield.  On December
13, Kellner reported Red-necked Grebe best viewed from Lake View Parking
Area.
--On December 13, Kellner reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP
between Massey Draw Parking Lot and Swim Beach Parking Lot.  On December
14, Mark Miller reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON and m Barrow's Goldeneye at
Chatfield SP.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A f Northern Cardinal was reported by Stuart in Sondermann Park in
Colorado Springs on December 9.
--On December 11, Drummond reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a
Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson.  On December 13, Steve Brown reported
White-winged Scoter and Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On December 13, Dale Adams reported Surf Scoter at Valco Pond in Canyon
City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--9 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Filby at "Ranch at Roaring Fork"
in Carbondale on December 11.
--2 Black Scoters were reported by Filby at Rifle Gap reservoir on December
11.  On December 13, Riffe reported 2 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--On December 10 at Lake Maria, Rich Miller reported a Swan spec.
--At Lathrop SP on December 10, Rich Miller reported 1 m Barrow's
Goldeneye, 1m Long-tailed Duck, and 1 Red-necked Grebe.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On December 11, Mlodinow reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Hopper at Rawhide Energy Plant on
December 6.  On December 13, Hopper reported Red-necked Grebe at Hamilton
Reservoir.
--On December 10 at Boyd Lake N of Marina, Mlodinow reported YELLOW-BILLED
LOON.  On December 11, the YELLOW-BILLED LOON was reported by many birders.
--A f Long-tailed Duck was found by Doyle in the NW part of Horseshoe
Reservoir in Loveland on December 11.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--On December 11 at Lake Trinidad SP, Rich Miller reported Pacific Loon,
Red-necked Grebe, and ad m White-winged Scoter.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--A Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Kaempfer at CR 40 east of US 138
on December 13.
--At North Sterling SP on December 13, Kaempfer reported hearing Snow
Buntings and Lapland Longspurs in the fog.

MESA COUNTY:
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  On December 13, Riffe
reported that the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit the Cooksey's
feeders.

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

Morning is the best time to see the bird as it may not be present for long
periods during mid day.  I suggest leaving the bird to feed undisturbed in
late afternoon.  There is seating on the patio but you might want to be
prepared with a folding chair.  The courtyard is intimate and the feeders
close so a quiet atmosphere may be important to seeing the bird.  She often
perches deep in the aspen at the west end of the court yard.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Riffe at Grand Junction Wildlife Area on
December 14.

OTERO COUNTY:
--2 Curve-billed Thrasher were reported by Leatherman at Higbee Canyon Road
by on December 11.

PARK COUNTY:
--On December 9 at Eleven Mile Reservoir, Suddjian reported 18 Tundra
Swans, 1 Long-tailed Ducks and 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes.

PITKIN COUNTY:
--Brown-capped and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches were reported by Filby at
Snowmass on December 14.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On December 13, Thompson reported Red-necked Grebe at North Gateway Park
in Lamar.
--On December 9 at Lamar Community College Woods, Leatherman reported
Northern Cardinal and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On December 3 at Pueblo Reservoir below the dam, Percival reported
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.  On December 9, Percival reported that
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches continue to visit at the pool below Pueblo
Reservoir Dam.
--On December 9 at South Shore Marina, Percival reported juv Black-legged
Kittiwake, ad Great Black-backed Gull, several Lesser Black-backed Gull, m
Barrow's Goldeneye, and Red-necked Grebe.

TELLER COUNTY:
--On December 11 Goff reported a mixed flock of Rosy-Finches on Hwy 67 S of
Divide at the turn off for Crags Campground.

WELD COUNTY:
--A m PURPLE FINCH was reported by Mlodinow at Glenmere Park in Greeley in
the riparian area which extends W from the park on December 11.

No Field Trips Scheduled until next year.  Help with a Christmas Bird Count.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: 2 White-throated Sparrows (both white and tan morphs) in Canon City-late report
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:50:17 -0700
Earlier this past week I hosted 2 White-throated Sparrows in my yard in
Canon City-one a white morph and the other a tan morph.  I observed them
often drinking from my bird bath but did not observe them accessing my bird
feeders or seed.  I found them because of hearing their distinctive 'seep'
call and now realize they were in my yard or my neighbor's for a couple of
days before I observed and id'ed them.  After watching them for 3 days I
saw them fly off high above the ground at dark earlier this week and have
not seen them since.  I have uploaded photos and discussion about them on
my Birds and Nature blog .

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: White-throated Sparrows - Aspen, Pitkin Cty
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:32:50 +0000
Hi all

 

Whilst participating in the Aspen Christmas Count this snowy Sunday Mary
Harris and I found two White-throated Sparrows near Clark's Market, in a
private yard.

 

Also of note: an American Tree Sparrow on Gateway Mesa, Brown-capped and
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Buttermilk, many Evening and Pine Grosbeaks at
Snowmass, pretty much all the flowing water was without any ice, and that
Rebecca did a truly great job of organising - MANY THANKS! 

 

Good birding all

 

Dick Filby

Carbondale, CO

 

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Subject: Chatfield State Park, Jefferson Co
From: Douglas Kibbe <dpkibbe AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:17:57 -0700
Unable to find the Yellow-billed Loon on Chatfield Reservoir this afternoon, I 
settled for a drake Barrow's Goldeneye and two Common Loons near the 
northwestern picnic area ( it is near the northwest boat launch). Viewing 
conditions were marginal at best and the Y-b Loon could easily be too far from 
shore for me to ID it. 

 
Doug Kibbe  Littleton
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Chatfield Res (Jefferson/Douglas) 12/14
From: "Mark Miller" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:13:41 -0700
Hi Everyone-

 

I drove down to Chatfield Reservoir this morning 12/14. Snow was falling in
wet, heavy flakes, but it wasn't especially cold. I checked around the swim
beach and Massey Draw for loons without success, then went to the picnic
area near the dam. There was the loon, in with the coots. It certainly looks
like a Yellow-billed, with a completely pale yellow-green bill (no dark at
the tip), straight culmen, and brown tones to the plumage. It's not as steep
in the forehead as some I've seen, and it has a neck band, which makes me
think it might be a winter adult (see the Princeton Guide to the Birds of
Europe for a good drawing of one). Over the course of the morning, it went
as far south as the swim beach and as far north as the picnic area by the
dam, often very far out. I saw no other loons.

 

A male Barrow's Goldeneye at the picnic area near the dam was a nice
surprise. I saw no Red-necked Grebe, but I did see Pied-billed, Horned,
Eared, and Western. Very few gulls, nothing rare. At the Riverside Picnic
Area near the marina, a Killdeer landed in the parking lot, and the large
flock of juncos at the trailhead included a White-winged.

 

Mark Miller

Longmont, CO

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Subject: Re: More photos
From: Cheri Phillips <richph51 AT q.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:39:57 -0800 (PST)
I have a pretty good photo of the Black Phoebe in Boulder I would be happy 
to share. I can email it to you. I just need your email address.

Cheri Phillips
Centennial, CO

On Sunday, December 14, 2014 8:05:52 AM UTC-7, Steven Mlodinow wrote:
>
> Hello Again 
>
>  We could also use photos of the Boulder Black Phoebe and any RL Hawk 
> after 21 April. Date and location with all photos, please
> Best Wishes
> Steven Mlodinow
> Longmont, CO
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Subject: Northern Shrike - Teller Co
From: "Jeff J Jones" <JJones AT JonesTC.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:04:18 -0700
On Friday, I had a Northern Shrike along Trout Creek about 400 yards north
of the Manitou Lake dam. I have found 1 or 2 of these birds along Trout
Creek, north or south of Manitou Lake every winter for the past few years.
Also had Red Crossbills and a Clark's Nutcracker around the lake area; among
the usual species. The Lake is 99% frozen over; and the lake itself (not the
creek north and south of the lake) is a fee area ($6).

 

At my home feeder every day for the past month there are usually 60+
Cassin's Finches, 20+ Evening Grosbeaks; along with the other expected
fanfare.

 

Jeff J Jones

(  jjones AT jonestc.com)

Teller County - 8500' - Montane Woodlands

 

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Subject: farewell
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:41:53 -0700
Hi,

One sighting of minor note to report: a blue morph Snow Goose was in a
large flock of Cackling and Canada geese along Rocky Mountain Ave. near Co.
Rd. 24 in Loveland yesterday (Dec. 13) afternoon.

I have completed my Masters degree at Colorado State University as of this
week.  I need to do some life stuff back East so I will be driving across
the country starting today, making stops along the way for birding and
sightseeing and then driving to see my family in Conn. for Christmas.  I'll
be living in the DC area, a place that I lived for many years.  I will do
some last minute birding in the Northern Front Range this morning,
searching for but probably striking out on seeing a Northern Pygmy-Owl.

Through my enjoyment of birding during my brief time here I've gotten to
know some of you as well as increasing my life list by quite a bit.  Thanks
for any help that you have provided me.  It was also fun to become
reacquainted with birds that I hadn't seen for a long time before I came
here.  I will miss Colorado and would love to live here again someday if
things work out.

Good luck with the CBCs.

Scott Baron
Loveland, Colo.
soon to be in Gaithersburg, Md.

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Subject: searching for bird walk leader - Loveland
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:18:26 -0700
Hi,

The High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) in Loveland is searching for an
knowledgeable birder to lead bird walks at Equalizer Lake.  You may best
know the area as the location where the Brant spent over a month in the
fall.  The area can be good for birds such as waterfowl and gulls in season.

They also are looking for a presenter to give a talk about birds, perhaps
early next year.

If you are interested in lending your expertise, please contact Kelley
Jazdzewski at:

kelley AT suburbitat.org

High Plains Environmental Center
http://suburbitat.org
1854 Piney River Dr.
Loveland, CO 80538


Thanks,

Scott Baron
Loveland, Colo.

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Subject: More photos
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:05:50 -0500
Hello Again


We could also use photos of the Boulder Black Phoebe and any RL Hawk after 21 
April. Date and location with all photos, please 

Best Wishes
Steven Mlodinow
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Photos needed
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:53:49 -0500
Greetings All


A few photos are needed for the spring North American Birds column . Rich M, do 
you have a photo (or does someone else) of the DeWeese reservoir Laughing Gull. 
Mark P, do you have any shots of the ZT Hawk to contribute? Does anyone else? 
Cathy S - photos of the Painted Redstart? Anyone else have a killer shot? 



We try to use photos from finders of birds such as these, so their photos will 
get first crack. Prefer photos to be cropped, otherwise, whatever PPI you wanna 
use is fine. JPGs, TIFF, etc okay. 



If you can pop them my way this week, that'd be great


Thanks Much
Steven Mlodinow
Longmont CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 14 December 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:31:34 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: December 14, 2014

 This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Sunday, December 14 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (Boulder, Huerfano)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Park, Pueblo)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, *El Paso, Las Animas)
Black Scoter (*Garfield)
Surf Scoter (*Fremont)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, *El Paso, Huerfano, Larimer, Park)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Garfield, Huerfano, Park, Pueblo)
Pacific Loon (Las Animas)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (*Douglas/Jefferson, Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (*Douglas/Jefferson, Huerfano, *Larimer, Las Animas,
*Prowers, Pueblo)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Pueblo)
Thayer's Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (Arapahoe)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, El Paso, Larimer,
Park, Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca, Bent)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (*Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (*Logan, Prowers)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Winter Wren (Baca, Otero)
Bewick's Wren (Baca)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, Otero)
Lapland Longspur (*Logan)
Snow Bunting (*Logan)
Pine Warbler (Boulder)
Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (El Paso, Prowers)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Moffat, Pueblo)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder)
Rosy-Finch (Teller)
PURPLE FINCH (Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Hutchinson on the South
Platte River N of 88th on December 9.
--At Barr Lake SP on December 11, Dowell reported 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls and 2 Thayer's Gulls.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On December 8 at Cherry Creek Reservoir, Walbek reported 4 Long-tailed
Ducks, White-winged Scoter, Barrow's Goldeneye, ad Glaucous Gull, and
4th-cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On December 10 at Cherry Creek
Reservoir, Mlodinow reported ad Glaucous GUll and 2nd-cyc Thayer's Gull.

BACA COUNTY:
--At Carizzo Canyon Picnica Area on December 10, Leatherman reported Winter
Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher.
--At Cottonwood Canyon on December 10, Leatherman reported Winter Wren.
--Along CR 177.9 5 - 10 miles N of Villegreen along east rim of
Chacuaco/Plum Canyons on December 10, Leatherman reported 2 Curve-billed
Thrashers, 2 Bewick's Wren, and 1 Greater Roadrunner.

BENT COUNTY:
--2 Greater Roadrunners were reported by Dowell on CR J on December 7.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On December 6, Kaempfer reported all three species of Rosy-Finches at
Fawnbrook Inn -- about 100 Gray-crowned including some Hepburn's, 10
Brown-capped, and 2 Black.  On December 7, Mark Miller reported all three
species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook Inn.
--On December 6 on a pond on Hygiene Road, Kaempfer reported a 1st winter
Tundra Swan.  On December 9, Dowell and Nunes reported juv Tundra Swan on
pond on Hygiene Road.
--At McIntosh Lake on December 6, Kaempfer reported an ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.
--At Valmont Reservoir on December 6, Kaempfer reported a 1st winter Tundra
Swan.  A swan was reported by Minner-Lee at Valmont Reservoir Complex on
December 11.
--A Pine Warbler was reported by Tumasonis in Louisvile in Ponderosas
behind the Cinebarre Theatre at Macaslin Blvd and Dillon Road on December 6.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Cyganowski at the Handicapped
Fisherman Platform at Chatfield Sp on December 11.  On December 11, Tina
Jones reported Red-necked Grebe near the dame at Chatfield.  On December
13, Kellner reported Red-necked Grebe best viewed from Lake View Parking
Area.
--On December 13, Kellner reported YELLOW-BILLED LOON at Chatfield SP
between Massey Draw Parking Lot and Swim Beach Parking Lot.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A f Northern Cardinal was reported by Stuart in Sondermann Park in
Colorado Springs on December 9.
--On December 11, Drummond reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a
Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson.  On December 13, Steve Brown reported
White-winged Scoter and Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--On December 13, Dale Adams reported Surf Scoter at Valco Pond in Canyon
City.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--9 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Filby at "Ranch at Roaring Fork"
in Carbondale on December 11.
--2 Black Scoters were reported by Filby at Rifle Gap reservoir on December
11.  On December 13, Riffe reported 2 Black Scoters at Rifle Gap.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--On December 10 at Lake Maria, Rich Miller reported a Swan spec.
--At Lathrop SP on December 10, Rich Miller reported 1 m Barrow's
Goldeneye, 1m Long-tailed Duck, and 1 Red-necked Greb e.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On December 2, Chavez reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post. On December 6, Hartman reported Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post.  On December 11, Mlodinow reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at
Red Rocks Trading Post.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 6 at the Larimer County Landfill, Komar reported 5 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls (mostly ad), 5 Thayer's Gulls (mostly juv), and an ad
Kumlien's ICELAND GULL.
--At Horseshoe Reservoir on December 3, Komar reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull
and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4th-cyc).  On December 7, Komar reported
multiple Lesser Black-backed Gulls, thayer's Gull, and possible Ad ICELAND
GULL and juv ICELAND GULL.
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Hopper at Rawhide Energy Plant on
December 6.  On December 13, Hopper reported Red-necked Grebe at Hamilton
Reservoir.
--On December 10 at Boyd Lake N of Marina, Mlodinow reported YELLOW-BILLED
LOON.  On December 11, the YELLOW-BILLED LOON was reported by many birders.
--A f Long-tailed Duck was found by Doyle in the NW part of Horseshoe
Reservoir in Loveland on December 11.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--On December 11 at Lake Trinidad SP, Rich Miller reported Pacific Loon,
Red-necked Grebe, and ad m White-winged Scoter.

LOGAN COUNTY:
--A Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Kaempfer at CR 40 east of US 138
on December 13.
--At North Sterling SP on December 13, Kaempfer reported hearing Snow
Buntings and Lapland Longspurs in the fog.

MESA COUNTY:
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  On December 13, Riffe
reported that the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit the Cooksey's
feeders.

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

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

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--A flock of 2500+ Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches was reported by Brett Walker
on Buckwater Ridge East of Harper's Corner south of Dinosaur NM on December
6.

OTERO COUNTY:
--2 Curve-billed Thrasher were reported by Leatherman at Higbee Canyon Road
by on December 11.

PARK COUNTY:
--On December 9 at Eleven Mile Reservoir, Suddjian reported 18 Tundra
Swans, 1 Long-tailed Ducks and 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On December 13, Thompson reported Red-necked Grebe at North Gateway Park
in Lamar.
--A m Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Leathernan at Willow Creek
Park in Lamar on December 8.
--On December 9 at Lamar Community College Woods, Leatherman reported
Northern Cardinal and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On December 3 at Pueblo Reservoir below the dam, Percival reported
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.  On December 9, Percival reported that
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches continue to visit at the pool below Pueblo
Reservoir Dam.
--On December 6, Duane Nelson reported 2 ad Tundra Swans north of US 50 on
water treatment ponds between mile markers 331 and 332, about 1/2 mile east
of the Arkansas River.  This is about 20 miles east of Pueblo.
--On December 9 at South Shore Marina, Percival reported juv Black-legged
Kittiwake, ad Great Black-backed Gull, several Lesser Black-backed Gull, m
Barrow's Goldeneye, and Red-necked Grebe.

TELLER COUNTY:
--On December 11 Goff reported a mixed flock of Rosy-Finches on Hwy 67 S of
Divide at the turn off for Crags Campground.

WELD COUNTY:
--A m PURPLE FINCH was reported by Mlodinow at Glenmere Park in Greeley in
the riparian area which extends W from the park on December 11.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, December 14, will be the South Platte River
Trail at East 74th Ave and I-76 led by Amy Morton (razgoryp AT gmail.com
571-480-3113).  Directions:   If Driving north on I-76, exit at East 74th
Ave and turn west over freeway.  Look for parking lot on the south side of
the road.
If Driving south on I-76, exit at East 88th Ave.  Drive west to Dahlia and
south on Dahlia to E 77th Ave.  Turn right (west) over freeway and look for
parking lot on the south side of the road.  Half-day, 3 mile walk along the
South Platte River.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, December 14, will be to CherryCreek SP led
by Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT  yahoo.com 3030941-4881).  Meet at
Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek Sp.  The Prairier Loop is locate at the
south rim of the reservoir.  State Parks pass or day pass required.  This
is a half day trip passing through many important habitats in 3 miles.
Trails could be slippery, so dress accordingly.  Bring water and snacks;
lunch optional.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Barr Lake - Adams CO
From: Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:55:48 -0700
Birders,
Barr Lake is being refilled by the irrigation company that owns the water
there.  Last month the lake was at drought levels as the irrigation company
worked on some gates in the dam.  It is now rising quickly as the work on
the gates is finished.
Today there were >5000 geese there (estimate and I'm probably quite low)
which were mostly Canada and Cackling but included several hundred Snow
Geese, Ross's Geese (incl 1 Blue morph Ross's) and at least 6 Greater
White-fronted Geese.  There were 1,000's of Common Merganser, a handful of
Canvasback and other assorted ducks.   Also >15 Bald Eagles and the dark
morph Rough-legged Hawk has returned for a 5th year.

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Ira Sanders
Golden, CO

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe, North Gateway Park, Lamar (Prowers) Colorado
From: Janeal Thompson <janealthompson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:51:56 -0800 (PST)
The Red-necked Grebe first seen by Jane Stulp and Janeal Thompson 15Nov2014 
at North Gateway Park, Lamar (Prowers) Colorado, continues to be seen on 
the pond, as of today, 13Dec2014.  

Thank you.

Janeal Thompson 
Lamar, CO

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Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat, still, Carbondale Garfield Cty
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:09:02 +0000
Hi all

 

The unseasonal Yellow-breasted Chat, possibly of the eastern form 'virens',
is still at the "Ranch at Roaring Fork", Carbondale today, Saturday. Also a
single Snow Goose there (an unusual bird in this valley!)

 

Good birding all

 

Dick Filby

Carbondale, CO

 

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Subject: Sterling (Logan) CBC prep work
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer AT Colorado.EDU>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:20:58 -0700
Gwen Moore and I spend the day in the Sterling area scouting for the CBC coming 
up on Tuesday, December 16th. Even though Sterling was the coldest spot in the 
state today (outside of Leadville) the birds were great. 


We started off heading up CR 37, the road that one takes to get to the State 
Welcome Center right off I-76. This road follows the S. Platte to the NE for 7 
or 8 miles until it turns and crosses the river. Right in the area of the 
bridge over the Platte, birds were plentiful and active in an early morning 
dense fog that didn't burn off until early afternoon. We had a Harris's Sparrow 
and a Red-bellied Woodpecker as highlights in this spot (CR 40 east of US 138). 


Next was the tiny village of Pedroni at CR 43 and 48. Once again birds were 
super-active in the morning's cold fog-best were some Cedar Waxwings and 
Brewers Blackbirds along with a couple of Ring-necked Pheasants. We continued 
to North Sterling State Park where the mostly open (98%) reservoir contributed 
to the fog to the extent that we could not see more than 10 feet off-shore at 
first. As a result not many birds seen other than a flushed Great-horned Owl. 
We made our way to the southernmost campground in the park, and I have to tell 
tales on Gwen, the cold and fog were making it hard to get out of the car. 


"Come on," I said, "Or you'll miss the Snow Buntings." I think to prove me 
wrong, Gwen played a Snow Bunting call notes and immediately we heard responses 
from them overhead in the fog. We also had the similar but clearly different 
(drier, more rattle-like and less musical) calls of Lapland Longspurs and 
Horned Larks. Our first geese of the day showed up in the arms of a group of 
hunters returning from their blinds-well at least it showed us that there were 
some geese around. Slowly the ice-fog began to lift and we discovered a group 
of gulls on one of the few ice shelves on the edges of the reservoir. The first 
group had just Herring and Ring-Billed Gulls, but a second throng at the end of 
the park's west entrance road also had an adult Thayer's and a Bonaparte's-both 
extremely good finds for Logan County in December. 


Later in the day, the fog had totally dissipated and we were able to add to our 
totals including four American White Pelicans (our only "flagged" species for 
the day), Double-crested Cormorant and Western Grebe. On our way back to the 
metro area we stopped at Prewitt-the number of birds there was overwhelming, 
but nothing in terms of new species other than a small flock of Great-tailed 
Grackles. All told on the day, we found 54 species 53 of which were in the 
Sterling CBC circle. 


Bill Kaempfer
Boulder

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Subject: YB Loon pics, 12/11/14, Larimer County
From: Tom Wilberding <twilberding AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:57:34 -0800 (PST)

Not great pics, but as a point of reference for Chatfield loon. Guessing 
same bird.
Thanks, Joey, and WELCOME BACK, YB!

http://bit.ly/1sqUK4o

Tom Wilberding
Boulder,CO

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Subject: Big Johnson Res, el Paso Co, Saturday
From: Steve Brown <sbrown37 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:35:34 -0700
Hi COBirders,

I stopped by some of the open-water spots around Colo Spgs on a warm and calm 
day today. Big Johnson was 100% open, but the birds were WAY out there. Best 
birds (for me) were the previously mentioned White-winged Scoters (near the 
dam, in the corner), a female LONG-TAILED DUCK, Clark's and Western Grebes, 
Canvasback, and lots of Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers, and Com Goldeneye. Near 
the dam also were an adult Bald Eagle, and a male N Harrier. 

(Lots of white-faced geese, too, many with what appeared to be tiny bills.)

Guess we'll see what transpires after the front arrives tonight.
Good birding,
Steve Brown
Colorado Springs

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Subject: Found: Yellow-Billed Loon (Chatfield State Park - Jefferson County)
From: "Joey Kellner" <vireo1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:50:02 -0700
At 4:07pm I found a YELLOW-BILLED LOON on Chatfield Reservoir.  The bird was
seen between the Massey Draw parking lot and the Swim Beach parking lot.
Presumably this is the same Yellow-billed Loon as was previously reported at
Boyd Lake.  I was not able to go up and see the Boyd Lake bird, but here is
a description of the Chatfield bird:

Large, "block-headed" loon with large, yellow bill; upturned distal half of
the lower mandible.  Head a nice light tan-brown (not the dark
chocolate-brown of a Common Loon).  Pale face with small eye and larger
circular "ear spot" behind the eye.  Clear "indentations" between the pale
front of the neck and throat and the tan-brown of the back of the neck.
Back feathers broadly edged in buff creating a nice barred appearance to the
back indicating this to be an 1st year bird.

The bird was actively diving during the 8 minutes that I observed it.

Also, seen was the continuing RED-NECKED GREBE best seen from the Lake View
parking area (turn at the Campground Registration office and continue to the
parking lot at the end).


Joey Kellner
Littleton, Colorado



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Subject: Costa's HB - YES
From: sheflew <sheflew AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:12:26 -0700
Cobirds,

The female Costa's HB came to the feeder this evening at 3:02 and finally at 
3:50 in sleety rain. 


The apple tree that she has been perching in lost most of its leaves last 
night. So, she is perching in a spruce tree just across the fence. 


With the cold snap today, the Costa's has been irregular at the feeder.

Hope everyone has a chance to participate in one or more CBC's starting 
tomorrow! 


Sue Riffe
Lyons, CO




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Subject: Harris's sparrows at Chatfield Arb, Jefferson County
From: "Johnson, Candice E., MD." <Candice.Johnson AT childrenscolorado.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:44:53 +0000
Birding today at Chatfield Arboretum with Lynn Wilcoxson's DFO group we saw 3 
Harris's sparrows, 1 adult and 2 first-winter birds. They were close together 
low to the ground in a bush near the north end outlet of the western-most pond, 
right near the trail. They cooperated for 10 minutes, then flew up into a tree 
above us in a beautiful display. 


Candice Johnson, Denver, CO


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Subject: Red-necked Grebe/Larimer
From: "Rachel Hopper" <r-hopper AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:35:49 -0700
COBirders,

The Red-necked Grebe at Hamilton Reservoir (Rawhide Power Plant) that I
found last week is still present this afternoon hanging out with a few
Western Grebes. The lone injured pelican is still there and a single
Double-crested Cormorant remains.

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Rachel Hopper
Ft. Collins, CO



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Subject: Chatfield[Jefferson], Ft Logan,[Denver]
From: Tina Jones <tjcalliope AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:25:34 -0700
On Dec. 11, at Chatfield Reservoir State Park, the Red-necked Grebe was seen in 
Jefferson County, near the dam, with Western Grebes. This bird really moves 
around the lake to different locations. 

 
On 12/12, at Fort Logan Cemetery I saw 1, immature Greater White-fronted Goose. 
The one I saw the week before was an adult. The immature was seen near the pond 
at the Cemetery entrance,[which is off of S. Sheridan]. Good luck. These Geese 
move back and forth from other sites. This is Denver County. 

 
Good Luck, and have fun everyone on the Christmas counts.
 
Happy Birding !
Tina Jones
Littleton, Jefferson County, CO
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 13 December 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:54:55 -0700
Compiler: Joyce Takamine
Date: December 13, 2014

 This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert Saturday, December 13 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Swan spec (*Boulder, *Huerfano)
Tundra Swan (Boulder, Park, Pueblo)
White-winged Scoter (Arapahoe, *EL Paso, *Las Animas)
Long-tailed Duck (Arapahoe, *El Paso, *Huerfano, Larimer, Park)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Adams, Arapahoe, Garfield, *Huerfano, Park, Pueblo)
Pacific Loon (*Las Animas)
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (*Douglas/Jefferson, *Huerfano, Larimer, *Las Animas,
Prowers, Pueblo)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Pueblo)
Thayer's Gull (*Adams, *Arapahoe, Larimer)
ICELAND GULL (Larimer)
Glaucous Gull (*Arapahoe)
Lesser  Black-backed Gull (*Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, El Paso, Larimer,
Park, Pueblo)
Great Black-backed Gull (Pueblo)
Greater Roadrunner (Baca, Bent)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Mesa)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Prowers)
Black Phoebe (Mesa)
Winter Wren (Baca, Otero)
Bewick's Wren (Baca)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Baca, Otero)
Pine Warbler (Boulder)
Fox Sparrow (Jefferson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)
Northern Cardinal (El Paso, Prowers)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Boulder, Moffat, Pueblo)
Black Rosy-Finch (Boulder)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Boulder)
Rosy-Finch (*Teller)
PURPLE FINCH (*Weld)

ADAMS COUNTY:
--A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was reported by Hutchinson on the South
Platte River N of 88th on December 9.
--At Barr Lake SP on December 11, Dowell reported 3 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls and 2 Thayer's Gulls.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--On December 8 at Cherry Creek Reservoir, Walbek reported 4 Long-tailed
Ducks, White-winged Scoter, Barrow's Goldeneye, ad Glaucous Gull, and
4th-cyc Lesser Black-backed Gull.  On December 10 at Cherry Creek
Reservoir, Mlodinow reported ad Glaucous GUll and 2nd-cyc Thayer's Gull.

BACA COUNTY:
--At Carizzo Canyon Picnica Area on December 10, Leatherman reported Winter
Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher.
--At Cottonwood Canyon on December 10, Leatherman reported Winter Wren.
--Along CR 177.9 5 - 10 miles N of Villegreen along east rim of
Chacuaco/Plum Canyons on December 10, Leatherman reported 2 Curve-billed
Thrashers, 2 Bewick's Wren, and 1 Greater Roadrunner.

BENT COUNTY:
--2 Greater Roadrunners were reported by Dowell on CR J on December 7.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On December 6, Kaempfer reported all three species of Rosy-Finches at
Fawnbrook Inn -- about 100 Gray-crowned including some Hepburn's, 10
Brown-capped, and 2 Black.  On December 7, Mark Miller reported all three
species of Rosy-Finches at Fawnbrook Inn.
--On December 6 on a pond on Hygiene Road, Kaempfer reported a 1st winter
Tundra Swan.  On December 9, Dowell and Nunes reported juv Tundra Swan on
pond on Hygiene Road.
--At McIntosh Lake on December 6, Kaempfer reported an ad Lesser
Black-backed Gull.
--At Valmont Reservoir on December 6, Kaempfer reported a 1st winter Tundra
Swan.  A swan was reported by Minner-Lee at Valmont Reservoir Complex on
December 11.
--A Pine Warbler was reported by Tumasonis in Louisvile in Ponderosas
behind the Cinebarre Theatre at Macaslin Blvd and Dillon Road on December 6.

DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Cyganowski at the Handicapped
Fisherman Platform at Chatfield Sp on December 11.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--A f Northern Cardinal was reported by Stuart in Sondermann Park in
Colorado Springs on December 9.
--On December 11, Drummond reported 2 White-winged Scoters and a
Long-tailed Duck at Big Johnson.

GARFIELD COUNTY:
--9 Barrow's Goldeneyes were reported by Filby at "Ranch at Roaring Fork"
in Carbondale on December 11.
--2 Black Scoters were reported by Filby at Rifle Gap reservoir on December
11.

HUERFANO COUNTY:
--On December 10 at Lake Maria, Rich Miller reported a Swan spec.
--At Lathrop SP on December 10, Rich Miller reported 1 m Barrow's
Goldeneye, 1m Long-tailed Duck, and 1 Red-necked Greb e.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On December 2, Chavez reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post. On December 6, Hartman reported Fox Sparrow at Red Rocks
Trading Post.  On December 11, Mlodinow reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at
Red Rocks Trading Post.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On December 6 at the Larimer County Landfill, Komar reported 5 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls (mostly ad), 5 Thayer's Gulls (mostly juv), and an ad
Kumlien's ICELAND GULL.
--At Horseshoe Reservoir on December 3, Komar reported 1 ad Thayer's Gull
and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4th-cyc).  On December 7, Komar reported
multiple Lesser Black-backed Gulls, thayer's Gull, and possible Ad ICELAND
GULL and juv ICELAND GULL.
--A Red-necked Grebe was reported by Hopper at Rawhide Energy Plant on
December 6.
--On December 10 at Boyd Lake N of Marina, Mlodinow reported YELLOW-BILLED
LOON.  On December 11, the YELLOW-BILLED LOON was reported by many birders.
--A f Long-tailed Duck was found by Doyle in the NW part of Horseshoe
Reservoir in Loveland on December 11.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY:
--On December 11 at Lake Trinidad SP, Rich Miller reported Pacific Loon,
Red-necked Grebe, and ad m White-winged Scoter.

MESA COUNTY:
--Steve Bouricius (bouricii At earthlink.net) kindly has made arrangements
to see the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD.  Here are his instructions.
The Costa's Hummingbird in Grand Junction was still present on November
16.  The hosts, Larry and Twanna Cooksey, graciously welcome birders to
view the bird from their courtyard at 2217 Tuscany.  On December 11,
Ortenzio reported that the COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit the
Cooksey's feeders.

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

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

MOFFAT COUNTY:
--A flock of 2500+ Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches was reported by Brett Walker
on Buckwater Ridge East of Harper's Corner south of Dinosaur NM on December
6.

OTERO COUNTY:
--2 Curve-billed Thrasher were reported by Leatherman at Higbee Canyon Road
by on December 11.

PARK COUNTY:
--On December 9 at Eleven Mile Reservoir, Suddjian reported 18 Tundra
Swans, 1 Long-tailed Ducks and 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--On December 5, Thompson reported Red-necked Grebe on Valco Ponds in Lamar.
--A m Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported by Leathernan at Willow Creek
Park in Lamar on December 8.
--On December 9 at Lamar Community College Woods, Leatherman reported
Northern Cardinal and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--On December 3 at Pueblo Reservoir below the dam, Percival reported
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.  On December 9, Percival reported that
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches continue to visit at the pool below Pueblo
Reservoir Dam.
--On December 6, Duane Nelson reported 2 ad Tundra Swans north of US 50 on
water treatment ponds between mile markers 331 and 332, about 1/2 mile east
of the Arkansas River.  This is about 20 miles east of Pueblo.
--On December 9 at South Shore Marina, Percival reported juv Black-legged
Kittiwake, ad Great Black-backed Gull, several Lesser Black-backed Gull, m
Barrow's Goldeneye, and Red-necked Grebe.

TELLER COUNTY:
--On December 11 Goff reported a mixed flock of Rosy-Finches on Hwy 67 S of
Divide at the turn off for Crags Campground.

WELD COUNTY:
--A m PURPLE FINCH was reported by Mlodinow at Glenmere Park in Greeley in
the riparian area which extends W from the park on December 11.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, December 13 will be to Chatifled Arboretum
led by Lynn Willcockson (Lynnliz2698 AT aol.com, 303-757-7000).  Meet at
the Entrance Gate to the Arboretum at 0830.  Enjoy a leisurely walk and see
what birds are out making a living.  Lunch optional.  RSVP required.  Limit
15 participants.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, December 14, will be the South Platte River
Trail at East 74th Ave and I-76 led by Amy Morton (razgoryp AT gmail.com
571-480-3113).  Directions:   If Driving north on I-76, exit at East 74th
Ave and turn west over freeway.  Look for parking lot on the south side of
the road.
If Driving south on I-76, exit at East 88th Ave.  Drive west to Dahlia and
south on Dahlia to E 77th Ave.  Turn right (west) over freeway and look for
parking lot on the south side of the road.  Half-day, 3 mile walk along the
South Platte River.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, December 14, will be to CherryCreek SP led
by Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT  yahoo.com 3030941-4881).  Meet at
Prairie Loop lot in Cherry Creek Sp.  The Prairier Loop is locate at the
south rim of the reservoir.  State Parks pass or day pass required.  This
is a half day trip passing through many important habitats in 3 miles.
Trails could be slippery, so dress accordingly.  Bring water and snacks;
lunch optional.

Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Birding Huerfano and Las Animas Counties on 10th & 11th
From: millerrichj via Colorado Birds <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:10:28 -0500
Dec. 10, Huerfano County
 
1. Lake Maria:  Lake Maria often has Swans this time of  the year.  On the 
10th there was one, however, it was too far away to  name the species.
 
2 Lathrop State Park:  Beautiful, sunny day with no wind - a  rarity.  On 
Lake Martin:
    Barrow's Goldeneye - 1 male
    Long-tailed Duck - 1 male basic
    Red-necked Grebe - 1 basic
 
Dec. 11, Las Animas County
 
1.  Lake Trinidad State Park:  No boats, no hunters!   Seen here:
    Pacific Loon - 1 basic
    Red-necked Grebe - 1 basic
    White-winged Scoter - 1 adult male -  beautiful
    Eastern Bluebird - 2
    Merlin - 1
 
All these locations were ice free.
 
Rich Miller
Canon City
    
    

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Subject: Glenmere Park
From: "'Steven Mlodinow' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:03:02 -0700
Greetings All
I spent about 3 hours birding around Glenmere Park, a neighborhood rife with 
coned conifers. I had, in about 3 hours 

23 RB Nuts
2 Mountain Chickadees
4 Brown Creepers
12+ type 3 Red Crossbills (at intersection of 14th and 17th nne of the park)
1 male PURPLE FINCH in riparian area extending west from park
The pinioned Snow Goose and 2 pinioned Cacklers are still there, tho one of the 
Cacklers may not be so healthy 

Cheers
Steven Mlodinow
Longmont CO


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Subject: Big Johnson Reservoir
From: "'John D' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:23:04 -0500
CO birders :

 I was hoping that the Yellow-billed Loon aka White-billed Diver might be at 
Big Johnson this afternoon . No loons of any sort but the 2 White-winged 
Scoters and a Long-tailed Duck remain . 


John Drummond
Colorado Springs 

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