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Great Bustard

22 Apr Great Horn Owl [JIM THOMPSON ]
26 Apr Mockingbird Cherry Creek Res []
26 Apr ondoor note ["'Account Shut Down Notifification' via Colorado Birds" ]
26 Apr Condor ["'Account Shut Down Notifification' via Colorado Birds" ]
26 Apr Clear Springs Ranch, El Paso, Co, Sunday [Steve Brown ]
26 Apr Red Crossbill - Cheesman Park (Denver, CO) [Jared Del Rosso ]
26 Apr Condor N8 now in NM ["snowy.owlets" ]
26 Apr Lamar birds 4/26 [Brandon Percival ]
26 Apr Chatfield Banding Station Closed 4/26 - Drizzle and Cold [meredith ]
26 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 26 April 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
25 Apr Re: Video showing Snowy Egret using 'foot shake' technique to stir up fish to catch-Florence River Park ["'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" ]
25 Apr Video showing Snowy Egret using 'foot shake' technique to stir up fish to catch-Florence River Park ["SeEttaM ." ]
25 Apr Weld Co ["'William Fink' via Colorado Birds" ]
26 Apr Common Loon, Spring Park Reservoir, Eagle County [Dick Filby ]
25 Apr Golden-winged Warbler, Main Reservoir, Jefferson County, 4/25/15, 1:05PM [Alec Hopping ]
25 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (25 Apr 2015) 10 Raptors []
25 Apr Golden-winged Warbler, Main Reservoir, Jefferson County, 4/25/15, 1:05PM [Alec Hopping ]
25 Apr Re: Opening Day 2015 - RMBO Chatfield Banding Station [meredith ]
25 Apr Opening Day 2015 - RMBO Chatfield Banding Station [meredith ]
25 Apr Re: Jackson Lake gulls (Morgan Co.) [David Dowell ]
25 Apr Golden-winged Warbler, Main Reservoir, Jefferson County, 4/25/15, 1:05PM [Art Hudak ]
25 Apr Gulls and Owls in Larimer County [Nick Komar ]
25 Apr FOS Fox Sparrow, RMNP, Larimer [Eric DeFonso ]
25 Apr Re: Gray Flycatcher- Waneka Lake, Boulder, CO [Ted Floyd ]
25 Apr Belmar park . Northern Parula ["'lochlaren' via Colorado Birds" ]
25 Apr Palm Warbler at Fountain Creek RP, El Paso [Joy Lake ]
25 Apr Broad winged Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike in vicinity of Rabbit Mt., Boulder County [Carl Starace ]
25 Apr Gray Flycatcher- Waneka Lake, Boulder, CO [Mark R ]
25 Apr Tree Swallows + - Summit County, Colorado [Ed Baker ]
25 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 25 April 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
24 Apr Orange-crowned Warbler. Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Boulder Co [Laura Steadman ]
25 Apr Delta County migrants, Friday [Dick Filby ]
24 Apr Glossy Ibis - Larimer [David Wade ]
24 Apr NO SPOTS LEFT, SORRY! Behind the Scenes at the Birds of Prey Raptor Rehab Facility [Pam Piombino ]
24 Apr Clear Springs Ranch, El Paso Co., Friday [Steve Brown ]
24 Apr Northern Parula -- Pueblo 4/24 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
24 Apr 3 SPOTS LEFT AS OF 10:30 A.M.: Saturday, May 2, Behind the Scenes at the Birds of Prey Raptor Rehab Facility [Pam Piombino ]
24 Apr Morning Commute/North Weld ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
24 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 April 2014 [Joyce Takamine ]
24 Apr Saturday, May 2, Behind the Scenes at the Birds of Prey Raptor Rehab Facility [Pam Piombino ]
23 Apr EPhoebe on nest and update on birds in Canon City area ["SeEttaM ." ]
23 Apr Elbert County 4/20 [David Suddjian ]
23 Apr Tri-county Broad-winged Hawk (Douglas, Jefferson, Arapahoe) [David Suddjian ]
23 Apr Firestone Gravel Pits Forster's Tern, Weld County [Carl Starace ]
23 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (23 Apr 2015) 13 Raptors []
23 Apr Re: Broad-winged Hawk, Greenlee Preserve, Boulder County [David Wade ]
23 Apr Long legged wading birds at Chatfield SP Douglas County [Douglas Kibbe ]
23 Apr Broad-winged Hawks, Mead, Weld, CO [Pauli Smith ]
23 Apr Broad-winged Hawk, Greenlee Preserve, Boulder County [Ted Floyd ]
23 Apr Willet, White-faced ibis - Boulder Reservoir, Boulder County [Mark R ]
23 Apr Chatfield S.P. American Avocet and White-faced Ibis [Jennifer Hallam ]
23 Apr Kentucky Warbler Lamar [Brandon Percival ]
23 Apr Common Black-Hawk Pueblo [Brandon Percival ]
23 Apr misc. north Boulder County [Linda Andes-Georges ]
23 Apr Crom Lake/Weld ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
23 Apr SE Colo Yesterday (Prowers, Bent, Kiowa, Otero) ["'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds" ]
23 Apr white winged doves - Gunbarrel [JohnT ]
23 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 April 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
22 Apr Godwits at Chatfield ["'Migrant' via Colorado Birds" ]
22 Apr Recent Jefferson and Douglas county birds, plus a bit of Arapahoe [David Suddjian ]
23 Apr Jeffco Birding 4/22 []
22 Apr Pueblo birds, new arrivals 4/22 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
22 Apr Broad-winged Hawk/Larimer [Rob Sparks ]
22 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 April 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (21 Apr 2015) 17 Raptors []
21 Apr Possible Baird's Sparrow - Larimer [David Wade ]
21 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 April 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
21 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (20 Apr 2015) 33 Raptors []
20 Apr Jackson Lake gulls (Morgan Co.) [David Dowell ]
20 Apr Swainson's Hawk and the new eagle nest in Longmont [Kat Bradley-Bennett ]
20 Apr Northcentral Weld County Birds ["The \"Nunn Guy\"" ]
20 Apr Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 April 2015 [Joyce Takamine ]
19 Apr Larimer and Weld County wandering [Josh Bruening ]
19 Apr First shorebirds in Florence, Fremont County [Dale Adams ]
20 Apr Red-necked Grebe & Bullock's Oriole Pueblo 4/19 ["Brandon K. Percival" ]
19 Apr HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (19 Apr 2015) 10 Raptors []

Subject: Great Horn Owl
From: JIM THOMPSON <jimjuliethompson1969 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:56:29 -0700 (PDT)
April 21st---Firestone,Weld Co. at the Saddleback golf course.  GHO nesting 
in a tree along the 18th fairway.  Can be easily viewed from the tee box. 
 The club house people were not aware.   

Jim Thompson
Loveland

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Subject: Mockingbird Cherry Creek Res
From: jconnell43 AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:21:02 +0000 (UTC)
Saw one adult mocker by the rest room near the east boat ramp about 1:15 pm. 

It seemed to be foraging on the ground for insects or worms. 

Jim Connell 
Aurora, Co 

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Subject: ondoor note
From: "'Account Shut Down Notifification' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:54:45 -0400
forgot name  Pat Snider former Nm RBA
719-422-8191

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Subject: Condor
From: "'Account Shut Down Notifification' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:52:04 -0400
Apparently the LOS aLAMOS one was photographed and is accepted. It had the N8 
and may be the one at Mesa Verde area. 


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Subject: Clear Springs Ranch, El Paso, Co, Sunday
From: Steve Brown <sbrown37 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:00:49 -0600
Hi COBirders,

Even though it was pouring in NW Colorado Springs this morning, it was just 
drizzly and windy with a low ceiling for banding south of Fountain. Small birds 
were moving north all morning, although most were staying up in the 
cottonwoods. 


Seen moving: 25 Franklin's Gulls, 20 WF Ibis, 20 Tree Swallows, several small 
flocks each of Myrtle and Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Gambell's 
White-crowned Sparrows. 


Banded today: 12 GWCS, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, male Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher, Male Com Yellowthroat, and a recaptured male Yellow Warbler banded 
by me last August. I wonder where he had been? 


Good birding,
Steve Brown
Colorado Springs

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Subject: Red Crossbill - Cheesman Park (Denver, CO)
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:05:16 -0700 (PDT)
This morning, around 7:30 a.m., I came upon a flock of about 16 red 
crossbill feeding in the spruce in the northeast edge of Cheesman Park. The 
birds did not appear to stay long, moving out toward the southwest edge. My 
dog and I failed to relocate them there on our way out of the park, but we 
did not do a thorough search.

If you intend to go looking for the crossbill, please know that there is a 
race today in Denver that cuts through the park. As of this morning, 6th 
and 7th avenues were inaccessible, there was a steady stream of runners 
through the park, and there was generic arena rock blaring out of a 
loudspeaker. The roads into the park were also closed; I suspect they will 
remain so until the early-to-mid afternoon, but I have not been able to 
find information about the race online. Probably the best bet for entering 
Cheesman is to park on a road outside of the park and walk in. The northern 
edge is probably better.

Also at the park was a house wren. The wren was singing, from the Botanic 
Garden side of things.

- Jared Del Rosso
Denver

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Subject: Condor N8 now in NM
From: "snowy.owlets" <snowy.owlets AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:29:55 -0700
Hi Everyone, 

I understand that California Condor N8 was seen in a private yard in Los Alamos 
on Friday 4/24. First NM record since prehistoric times.  


Mark Miller 
Longmont, CO 


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Subject: Lamar birds 4/26
From: Brandon Percival <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:43:21 -0600
White-eyed Vireo, Broad-winged Hawk, Wilson's Warbler, all still at Lamar
Community College Grove, Prowers Co. This morning.  So far the weather
hasn't dropped in new things here

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Chatfield Banding Station Closed 4/26 - Drizzle and Cold
From: meredith <meredithmcburney AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:13:13 -0700 (PDT)
It was drizzling and 43 when I got to Chatfield at 6:30 this morning, so we 
will not be open today.  Hoping for better weather soon!

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 26 April 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:58:10 -0600
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
Date: April 26, 2015

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Sunday, April 26 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Little Blue Heron (Otero)
Green Heron (*La Plata)
COMMON BLACK HAWK (Pueblo)
Broad-winged Hawk (Arapaoe/Douglas/Jefferson, *Boulder, Jefferson, Larimer,
Weld)
Mountain Plover (El Paso)
Thayer's Gull (*Morgan)
ICELAND GULL (Morgan)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Larimer, *Morgan)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Weld)
Caspian Tern (Bent, Delta, Fremont)
Least Flycatcher (*Douglas)
Gray Flycatcher (* Boulder, Montrose)
Black Phoebe (*Boulder, Delta, Dolores, Mesa, Montrose, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (*Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Pueblo)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Arapahoe)
ROCK WREN (Gunnison, *Larimer, Park)
Lapland Longspur  (Prowers)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Douglas)
McCown's Longspur (Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Larimer)
Golden-winged Warbler (*Jefferson)
LUCY'S WARBLER (La Plata)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Larimer, Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Jackson, *Larimer)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jackson)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A f Vermilion  Flycatcher was reported by Cheri Phillips at Smoky Hill
Picnic Area at Cherry Creek SP on April 21.

ARAPAHOE/DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On April 23, Suddjian reported an ad Broad-winged Hawk flying over
Douglas County into Jefferson County and then
into Arapahoe county.  He was at South Platte Reservoir.

BACA COUNTY:
--On April 18, Matt Clark reported 3 Canyon Towhees at Cottonwood Canyon.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Piping Plover was reported by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 9.  On April 17, Duane Nelson reported that 3 more Piping Plovers
have arrived at John Martin Reservoir.
--A Caspian Tern was found by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 15.  Duane Nelson reported the Caspian Tern on north side of John
Martin on April 17.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On April 12, Waltman reported Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder
Creek.  On April 15, Minner-Lee reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.  On April 19, Burke reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.
On April 24, Joan Coxe reported Black Phobe at 75th St and Boulder Creek.
On April 25, Bill Kaempfer reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and Boulder
Creek.
--On April 18, Minner-Lee reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Teller Farm.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Dowell on Skunk Canyon Trails
on April 21.  On April 22, Minner-Lee reported Fox Sparrow at Skunk Canyon
Trails.
--On April 23, Ted Floyd reported a migrating Broad-winged Hawk over
Greenlee Preserve in Lafayette.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Paula Hansley at Walden Ponds on April 25.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Carl Starace flying over Rabbit
Mountain on April 25.
--A Gray Flycatcher was reported by Mark Minner-Lee on the NW side of
Waneka Lake on April 25.

DELTA COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Stigen at Hart's Basin on April 21.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Robinsong at the Hotchkiss Sew Pond on
April 22.

DOLORES COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phobe was reported by Garrison at the boat launch at
Bradfield Bridge Campground on the lower Dolores River on April 18.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--3 McCown's Longspurs were reported by Kirkpatrick at the Model Airplane
Field at Chatfield on April 16.  On April 17, Kellner reported 2 McCown's
Longspurs ( 1f, 1 molting male) and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs (1f, 1
molting male) at the Model Airplane Field at Chatfield.  On April 18,
Manwaring reported 2 McCown's Longspure at Model Airplane Field at
Chatfield.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Farrell at Chatfield SP on the road to
washout on April 19.
--A pair of Eastern Phoebe was reported by Suddjian at Plum Creek near the
picnic area at Chatfield on April 21.  An Eastern Phoebe was reported by
Kibbe at Plum Creek Detla on April 23.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Glenn Walbek at Chatfield SP
downstream of Kingfisher Bridge.
--3 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Joey Kellner at Chafield SP on April
25.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Nikolai at Kettle Lakes on April 17.
--On April 21, William Ferrier III reported pair of Mountain Plovers at
Squirrel Creek Road and Ellicott Hwy in the field to the north between 3rd
and 4th telephone pole, about 75 ft beyond the fence.  They appear to be
nesting.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--2 Caspian Terns were reported by Rich Miller at Brush Hollow Reservoir on
April 19.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--A ROCK WREN was reported by Marcel Such at South Parlin Flats on April 23.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On April 17, Bert Harris reported Fox Sparrow , 3 McCown's Longspurs, and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch at Moose Visitor Center.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On April 7, Kibbe reported Eastern Phoebe upstream from Kingfisher Bridge
at Chatfield SP.  On April 10, Chavez reported 2 Eastern Phoebe upstream
from Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield SP.  On April 13, Robert Martinez
reported Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 15,
Kellner reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield.  On April 18, Drummond reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of
Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 21, Suddjian reported a pair of
Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge.
--A McCown's Longspur was reported by Suddjian at Hildebrand Ranch Park on
April 16.
--A dark morph  Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Rouch migrating over
Dinosaur Ridge on April 18.  On April 20, Commercon reported 5 Broad-winged
Hawks including a dark-morph adult over Dinosaur Ridge.  On April 23, Rouch
reported 2 Broad-winged Hawks at Dinosaur Ridge.
--2 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Cynthia Madsen at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield on April 21.  An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Norm
Lewis at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on April 22.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Alec Hopping at Chatfield SP at Deer
Creek on April 24.
--A Golden-winged Warbler was reported by Art Hudak at Main Reservoir on
the west side along trail where houses are parallel with reservoir.  Follow
trail until you come to a bench on the left.  The warbler was about 50 '
from the bench.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARBLER was reported by Riley Morris on the  Animas Trail across
from the La Plata County Fairground on April 23.  On April 24, Susan
Allerton relocated the LUCY'S WARBLER on the Animas River Trail, S of river
trail parking area off 29th St,
--A Green Heron was reported by Jim Beatty at Pastorius Reservoir on April
25.  It was flushed from the inlet channel.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On April 18, Sean Walters reported McCown's Longspur at Equalizer Lake.
--On April 19, Bruening reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Timnath Reservoir
on the east side.
--A possible BAIRD's SPARROW was reported by Wade at Douglass
Lake/Reservoir on the ditch road on the east side of the lake on April 21.
--An ad Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Sparks at McMurry Natural Area on
April 22.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Wade at Grandview Cemetery on April
23.
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by David Wade at Rawhide Energy
Station/Hamilton Reservoir on April 24.
--2 ROCK WRENS were reported by David Wade on CR 5 east of Rawhide Power
Plant on April 24.
--2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 1 2nd-cyc) were reported by Nick Komar
at the Larimer County Landfill on April 25.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Eric DeFonso at Rocky Mt NP
on the Cub Lake Trail in Moraine Park on April 25.
--Rock Wrens were reported by Nick Komar at Dixon Reservoir on April 25.

MESA COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phoebe was reported by Henwood on the Audubon Trail at
Phoebe Rock on April 20.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On April 20, Dexter reported Gray Flycatcher and several Black Phoebes in
Uravan.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--At Jackson Lake SP, Dowell reported 2 Thayer's Gulls, and ICELAND
(Kumlien's) Gull on April 20.  On April 25, Dave Dowell reported 5 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and 1 1st-yr Thayer's Gull at Jackson Lake SP.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Little Blue Heron was reported by Chris Wilkens at the confluence of
King Arroyo and Arkansas River on April 22.

PARK COUNTY:
A ROCK WREN was reported by Sue Riffe on the SE side of Antero Reservoir on
April 24.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--3 Northern Cardinal were reported by Komar at Lamar Community College
Woods on April 15.  A pair of Northern Cardinals was reported by Dan
Stringer at Lamar Community College Woods on April 22.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe close to breeding plumage was reported by Percival off
Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir on April 11.  On April 19,
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe from North Picnic Road at Pueblo
Reservoir.  On April 22, Percival reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues off Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir.
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Percival at Pueblo Reservoir SWA on the
NW side on April 16.
--On April 22, Percival reported singing Eastern and Black Phoebes at
Osprey Picnic Area in Rock Canyon.
--A COMMON BLACK HAWK was reported by Percival flying over the east end of
Osprey Picnic Area along the Arkansas River on April 23.

WELD COUNTY:
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Mlodinow at Lower Latham Reservoir
on April 16
--2 Mountain Plovers were reported by Bruening at the SW corner of CR 41
and CR 100 on April 19.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Restiva at the North Weld County
Landfill on April 19.
--A pair of Broad-winged Hawks was reported by Pauli Smith circling above
Mead on April 23.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.coml, 303-941-4881).  This trip is
full

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
April 27 at 0930 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Nathan
Pieplow will speak on "Listen to her sing."   Meeting is in Ricketson
Auditorium.  Park on the north side of the Museum and enter in the north
side security/employee entrance and tell the guard that you are there for
the DFO meeting.
Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Re: Video showing Snowy Egret using 'foot shake' technique to stir up fish to catch-Florence River Park
From: "'Deborah Carstensen' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:29:00 -0600
I love watching snowy egrets fish. It kind of looks like they have a piece of 
tape stuck to the bottom of their foot and they're trying to shake it off! 


I had my first snowy egrets here today, far earlier than I normally see them 
which is in June. 


Deborah Carstensen, Littleton, Arapahoe County

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> On Apr 25, 2015, at 10:11 PM, SeEttaM .  wrote:
> 
> I took a video of a Snowy Egret fishing at Florence River Park day before 
yesterday that shows it using what I call the 'foot shake' technique to stir up 
fish. The short video clip shows the egret first shake one foot, then the 
other, repeatedly under the water apparently successfully stirring up a fish 
that it quickly consumes. I think it is interesting what various strategies 
bird species have devised to improve their foraging. The video clip is now 
uploaded on my Birds and Nature blog. 

> 
> Yellow-rumped Warblers, both Audubon's and Myrtle (both found along the 
Arkansas River), come through in good numbers. Only other warbler species I 
have seen so far is Common Yellowthroat, a pair at Sell's Lake 2 days ago. 

> 
> The Eastern Phoebe that is sitting on eggs that I reported earlier is still 
sitting tight. Have yet to see her mate. 

> 
> SeEtta Moss
> Canon City
> http://BirdsAndNature.blogspot.com
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Subject: Video showing Snowy Egret using 'foot shake' technique to stir up fish to catch-Florence River Park
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:11:41 -0600
I took a video of a Snowy Egret fishing at Florence River Park day before
yesterday that shows it using what I call the 'foot shake' technique to
stir up fish.  The short video clip shows the egret first shake one foot,
then the other, repeatedly under the water apparently successfully stirring
up a fish that it quickly consumes.   I think it is interesting what
various strategies bird species have devised to improve their foraging.
The video clip is now uploaded on my Birds and Nature blog
.

Yellow-rumped Warblers, both Audubon's and Myrtle (both found along the
Arkansas River), come through in good numbers.  Only other warbler species
I have seen so far is Common Yellowthroat, a pair at Sell's Lake 2 days
ago.

The Eastern Phoebe that is sitting on eggs that I reported earlier is still
sitting tight.  Have yet to see her mate.

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

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Subject: Weld Co
From: "'William Fink' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:44:19 -0600
Went to Crow Valley Latham and Beebe Draw but Crom Lake was best with two 
Unsolitary sandpipers two nice breeding Western Sandpipers and four Longbilled 
Dowitchers plus FOS Wilson's Phalaropes and Least Sandpipers. Had Snowy Egret 
at Latham inlet canal. Crow Valley dead and nothing special at Loloff. Good 
birding... Bill Fink 


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Subject: Common Loon, Spring Park Reservoir, Eagle County
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:15:37 +0100
Hi all

 

Highlights of quick run around this evening:

 

Spring Park Reservoir

Common Loon 1

Bonaparte's Gull 2

California Gull 6

Ring-billed Gull 10

Great Horned Owl nest with 3 chicks

Brewer's Blackbird 3

 

Blue Lake, El Jebel

Red- breasted Merganser - male

 

At home the Pinyon Jays and Lincolns Sparrow persist

 

Good birding all

 

Dick Filby

Carbondale, Garfield Co

 

 

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler, Main Reservoir, Jefferson County, 4/25/15, 1:05PM
From: Alec Hopping <wahopping AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:58:54 -0700 (PDT)
North of the previous location, still on the W side of the res. Look for 
birders and you'll find the most recent location pretty easily. No one is 
currently on the bird. Also had a Black-throated Gray here about 10 mins ago. 


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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (25 Apr 2015) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Apr 2015 20:04:55 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 25, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1             83             83
Osprey                       2             12             12
Bald Eagle                   0              0              1
Northern Harrier             0              1              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             33             39
Cooper's Hawk                2             57             60
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0             11             11
Red-tailed Hawk              2             61            134
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Swainson's Hawk              1              5              5
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0              2              5
American Kestrel             0             82            101
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              6
Prairie Falcon               0              1              3
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1             20             24
Unknown Buteo                0              8             11
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             10

Total:                      10            394            517
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Roger Rouch

Observers:        Lee Farrell, Linda Farrell, Mitchell Blystone

Visitors:
A lot of runners and hikers stopped on the observation area to rest and for
the views, but few seemed interested in our activity.


Weather:
Temperatures ranged from  the low 50's to mid-60's.  Clear in the morning
to mostly cloudy with storm clouds on the horizons by day's end.  Winds
were moderate at around 2 Bft. mostly from the E and SE, but shifting
directions in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Migrating raptor counts were fairly evenly timed throughout the day.  There
was no real pattern for location and several were distant, including an
intermediate Swainson's that required Lee's good photo work for
identification. Local Red-tailed activity seemed less than usual and
included a juvenile with very light upper wing panels.  Wandering local
Turkey Vultures all day that could have only been only a few individuals. 
And a local Cooper's Hawk.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Seen or heard were American White Pelican, Spotted Towhee, Common Raven,
Western Scrub Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Western Meadowlark, chickadee,
White-throated Swift, Rock Wren, Black-billed Magpie, and Broad-tailed
Hummingbird.

Predictions:
Possibly a rain out or a short day early if the forecast is correct.  It
might be interesting to see if there will be another push after the this
next front or if migration is winding down?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler, Main Reservoir, Jefferson County, 4/25/15, 1:05PM
From: Alec Hopping <wahopping AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:49:01 -0700 (PDT)
Bird refound as of 6:46pm.

Alec Hopping
Currently looking at Golden-winged Warbler
Lakewood CO

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Subject: Re: Opening Day 2015 - RMBO Chatfield Banding Station
From: meredith <meredithmcburney AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:18:34 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry - I'm out of practice!  Forgot to ID myself!

Meredith McBurney
Bander, Chatfield Station
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 6:12:35 PM UTC-6, meredith wrote:
>
> We had a typical first day of banding (almost always the last Saturday in 
> April) at Chatfield  - Not a lot of birds and pretty much the expected 
> species.  We caught our first House Wrens and a Lincoln's Sparrow, probably 
> our first and last Junco, plus some year-round resident species, including 
> three that we banded last year.  Also saw lots of human friends - it was 
> great to have so many of you out on our first day!
>
> Here's the breakdown of our 10 birds:
>
> Black-capped Chickadee 1 new, 1 banded last year
> House Wren 2
> Spotted Towhee 1 new, 2 banded last year
> Song Sparrow 1
> Lincoln's Sparrow 1
> Dark-eyed Junco, Slate-colored 1
>
> We will be open daily,weather permitting, through May 31, EXCEPT for May 
> 8-9.  We will be opening nets at 6:30, and should have the first birds back 
> at the station by 7:30.  We will close by noon most days; earlier if it is 
> too hot. On most days, you will see more birds if you come early, and will 
> be more likely to avoid crowds.  On weekdays, we have school groups 
> visiting every day, and they usually arrive at the station sometime between 
> 9 and 10 a.m. Come visit!
>
>
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Subject: Opening Day 2015 - RMBO Chatfield Banding Station
From: meredith <meredithmcburney AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:12:35 -0700 (PDT)
We had a typical first day of banding (almost always the last Saturday in 
April) at Chatfield  - Not a lot of birds and pretty much the expected 
species.  We caught our first House Wrens and a Lincoln's Sparrow, probably 
our first and last Junco, plus some year-round resident species, including 
three that we banded last year.  Also saw lots of human friends - it was 
great to have so many of you out on our first day!

Here's the breakdown of our 10 birds:

Black-capped Chickadee 1 new, 1 banded last year
House Wren 2
Spotted Towhee 1 new, 2 banded last year
Song Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco, Slate-colored 1

We will be open daily,weather permitting, through May 31, EXCEPT for May 
8-9.  We will be opening nets at 6:30, and should have the first birds back 
at the station by 7:30.  We will close by noon most days; earlier if it is 
too hot. On most days, you will see more birds if you come early, and will 
be more likely to avoid crowds.  On weekdays, we have school groups 
visiting every day, and they usually arrive at the station sometime between 
9 and 10 a.m. Come visit!


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Subject: Re: Jackson Lake gulls (Morgan Co.)
From: David Dowell <dave1wx AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:15:53 -0700 (PDT)
Lots of gulls (roughly 700) were still at Jackson Lake this morning 
(Saturday), feeding with the grebes and cormorants and then resting on the 
north side of the lake.  As I arrived, a large, very pale, dark-billed gull 
(first impression Glaucous-Winged or Glaucous-Winged x Herring, but I don't 
know) flew by, turned, and then was outta there.  Otherwise, I found 5 
Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 first-year Thayer's Gull, Herring, California, 
Franklin's, Bonaparte's, and Ring-billed Gulls.  No sign of the Iceland 
Gull.

Although I didn't see a gull that looked quite like the candidate Western 
Gull from Monday, I've decided to leave Monday's gull as unidentified. 
 Observing gulls today was a good reminder at how difficult it is to 
observe the relevant characteristics at great distance for the 
breeding-plumage dark-mantled gulls.

David Dowell
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler, Main Reservoir, Jefferson County, 4/25/15, 1:05PM
From: Art Hudak <donotbeconfused AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:45:42 -0700 (PDT)
Hello,
 
Bird was on west side of reservoir along trail where the houses are 
parallel with the reservoir. Follow trail until you come to a bench that is 
to the left, the bird was working a shrub about 50' give or take from the 
bench. Photos can be viewed on CFO facebook page.
 
Happy Spring Migration,
 
Art Hudak
Denver County

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Subject: Gulls and Owls in Larimer County
From: Nick Komar <quetzal65 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:13:26 -0600
This morning, the Larimer County landfill hosted:
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 (1 ad, 1 second-cycle)
Herring Gull 2 (first cycle)
California Gull 40
Ring-billed Gull 120
Franklin's Gull 100

A mile south, two Burrowing Owls were back at their traditional locations at 
Coyote Ridge Natural Area near the parking lot. Vesper Sparrows were singing 
here and at the landfill. 


Nearby Dixon Reservoir was active. Highlights were Rock Wrens, House Wrens, 
lesser goldfinches, orange-crowned warblers, yellow-rumped warblers and a 
resident Western Scrub-Jay. 


Birders are welcome at the landfill but need to check in with an attendant on 
Saturdays or the main office on weekdays. Closed on Sunday. 


Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

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Subject: FOS Fox Sparrow, RMNP, Larimer
From: Eric DeFonso <bay.wren AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:35:39 -0600
Hi folks,

While leading a field trip up to Rocky Mountain national Park this morning,
our group located a slate-colored form Fox Sparrow along the Cub Lake trail
in Moraine Park. According to eBird, April sightings of Fox Sparrow in
Rocky Mountain national Park are fairly sparse, but this sighting is
comparable with arrival dates in previous years.

Eric DeFonso
Boulder


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Subject: Re: Gray Flycatcher- Waneka Lake, Boulder, CO
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:40:38 -0700 (PDT)
Hi, all. The *gray flycatcher* found by Mark Minner-Lee is still at 
Greenlee Preserve, Boulder County. Photos and discussion here:

http://tinyurl.com/GrFl-2015-04-25

Nice find. And the bird is being cooperative. A little birdie tells me it 
will here through the weekend.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County


On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9:41:08 AM UTC-6, Mark Minner-lee wrote:
>
> Currently looking at Grey Flycatcher in trees on Northwest side of Waneka 
> Lake just before approaching Greenlee Preserve.  Orange-crowned warbler in 
> vicinity too. 
>
> Mark Minner-Lee 
> Superior, CO 
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Belmar park . Northern Parula
From: "'lochlaren' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:04:14 -0600
    
found the northern parala in a l flock of yellow rumps flying around the bridge 
on the small pond at Belmar Park as of12:50 today. 

Loch Kilpatrick,  Parker  co
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Subject: Palm Warbler at Fountain Creek RP, El Paso
From: Joy Lake <joyplake AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:33:45 -0600
Leonard and I found a Palm Warbler near Mile marker 18 at Fountain Creek
Regional Park late this morning.  Last seen west side of the effluent
stream.

Joy Lake
Colorado Springs

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Subject: Broad winged Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike in vicinity of Rabbit Mt., Boulder County
From: Carl Starace <castarace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:51:42 -0600
  Just before 9 am today I watched a Broad winged Hawk pass over Rabbit Mt.
I later walked  the road closer to the wastewater pond,[ to the south], and
had a nice Logger Head Shrike perched on a short metal post and 2 singing
Vesper Sparrow. Earlier, an Orange Crowned Warbler made a brief stop in our
Crabapple Tree in Niwot.  Good Almost May Birding All,        Carl Starace

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Subject: Gray Flycatcher- Waneka Lake, Boulder, CO
From: Mark R <markrminnerlee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:41:04 -0600
Currently looking at Grey Flycatcher in trees on Northwest side of Waneka Lake 
just before approaching Greenlee Preserve. Orange-crowned warbler in vicinity 
too. 


Mark Minner-Lee 
Superior, CO

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Subject: Tree Swallows + - Summit County, Colorado
From: Ed Baker <ednbonniebaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:35:12 -0600
FIRST OF SEASON

Tree Swallows - at nesting sites along my BB Trail
They were not present as of 6 pm Friday eve, so they just arrived.  That's
my take on it.

At one of the nest sites the Swallows were dive-bombing the Mt Bluebird
pair that has claimed one of the nestboxes.  There are alternate sites from
which to choose, so no problem there.

______________________________

Juncos - I have had a yard-full of Juncos for past 10 days.
Normally I will get one here, one there, but this is a greater number so I'
ve witnessed behavior I had not seen before, i.e.,

They want mealworms will eat seed if that's the only-game-in-town.

When one or two locate a food source, they fight other encroaching Juncos.I
didn't think they had such aggressiveness.
_________________________________

Western Grebe - 1 lone Grebe on Lake Dillon

Bonnie Boex
Dillon

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 25 April 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:51:06 -0600
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
Date: April 25, 2015

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Saturday, April 25 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

BRANT (Rio Grande)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Little Blue Heron (Otero)
CALIFORNIA CONDOR (Montezuma)
COMMON BLACK HAWK (Pueblo)
Broad-winged Hawk (Arapaoe/Douglas/Jefferson, Boulder, Jefferson, Larimer,
Weld)
Mountain Plover (El Paso)
WESTERN GULL (Morgan)
Thayer's Gull (Morgan)
ICELAND GULL (Morgan)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (*Larimer)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Weld)
Caspian Tern (Bent, Delta, Fremont)
Least Flycatcher (*Douglas)
Gray Flycatcher (Montrose)
Black Phoebe (*Boulder, Delta, Dolores, Mesa, Montrose, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas, El Paso, *Jefferson, Pueblo)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Arapahoe)
ROCK WREN (Gunnison, *Larimer, *Park)
Lapland Longspur  (Prowers)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Douglas)
McCown's Longspur (Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Larimer)
LUCY'S WARBLER (*La Plata)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Larimer, Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Jackson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder)
Northern Cardinal (Prowers)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jackson)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A f Vermilion  Flycatcher was reported by Cheri Phillips at Smoky Hill
Picnic Area at Cherry Creek SP on April 21.

ARAPAHOE/DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On April 23, Suddjian reported an ad Broad-winged Hawk flying over
Douglas County into Jefferson County and then
into Arapahoe county.  He was at South Platte Reservoir.

BACA COUNTY:
--On April 18, Matt Clark reported 3 Canyon Towhees at Cottonwood Canyon.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Piping Plover was reported by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 9.  On April 17, Duane Nelson reported that 3 more Piping Plovers
have arrived at John Martin Reservoir.
--A Caspian Tern was found by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 15.  Duane Nelson reported the Caspian Tern on north side of John
Martin on April 17.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On April 12, Waltman reported Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder
Creek.  On April 15, Minner-Lee reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.  On April 19, Burke reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.
On April 24, Joan Coxe reported Black Phobe at 75th St and Boulder Creek.
--On April 18, Minner-Lee reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Teller Farm.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Dowell on Skunk Canyon Trails
on April 21.  On April 22, Minner-Lee reported Fox Sparrow at Skunk Canyon
Trails.
--On April 23, Ted Floyd reported a migrating Broad-winged Hawk over
Greenlee Preserve in Lafayette.

DELTA COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Stigen at Hart's Basin on April 21.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Robinsong at the Hotchkiss Sew Pond on
April 22.

DOLORES COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phobe was reported by Garrison at the boat launch at
Bradfield Bridge Campground on the loser Dolores River on April 18.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--3 McCown's Longspurs were reported by Kirkpatrick at the Model Airplane
Field at Chatfield on April 16.  On April 17, Kellner reported 2 McCown's
Longspurs ( 1f, 1 molting male) and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs (1f, 1
molting male) at the Model Airplane Field at Chatfield.  On April 18,
Manwaring reported 2 McCown's Longspure at Model Airplane Field at
Chatfield.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Farrell at Chatfield SP on the road to
washout on April 19.
--A pair of Eastern Phoebe was reported by Suddjian at Plum Creek near the
picnic area at Chatfield on April 21.  An Eastern Phoebe was reported by
Kibbe at Plum Creek Detla on April 23.
--A Least Flycatcher was reported by Glenn Walbek at Chatfield Sp
downstream of Kingfisher Bridge.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Nikolai at Kettle Lakes on April 17.
--On April 21, William Ferrier III reported pair of Mountain Plovers at
Squirrel Creek Road and Ellicott Hwy in the field to the north between 3rd
and 4th telephone pole, about 75 ft beyond the fence.  They appear to be
nesting.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--2 Caspian Terns were reported by Rich Miller at Brush Hollow Reservoir on
April 19.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--A ROCK WREN was reported by Marcel Such at South Parlin Flats on April 23.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On April 17, Bert Harris reported Fox Sparrow , 3 McCown's Longspurs, and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch at Moose Visitor Center.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--On April 7, Kibbe reported Eastern Phoebe upstream from Kingfisher Bridge
at Chatfield SP.  On April 10, Chavez reported 2 Eastern Phoebe upstream
from Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield SP.  On April 13, Robert Martinez
reported Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 15,
Kellner reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield.  On April 18, Drummond reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of
Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 21, Suddjian reported a pair of
Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge.
--A McCown's Longspur was reported by Suddjian at Hildebrand Ranch Park on
April 16.
--A dark morph  Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Rouch migrating over
Dinosaur Ridge on April 18.  On April 20, Commercon reported 5 Broad-winged
Hawks including a dark-morph adult over Dinosaur Ridge.  On April 23, Rouch
reported 2 Broad-winged Hawks at Dinosaur Ridge.
--2 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Cynthia Madsen at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield on April 21.  An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Norm
Lewis at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on April 22.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Alec Hopping at Chatfield SP at Deer
Creek on April 24.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A LUCY'S WARBLER was reported by Riley Morris on the  Animas Trail across
from the La Plata County Fairground on April 23.  On April 24, Susan
Allerton relocated the LUCY'S WARLER on the Animas River Trail, S of river
trail parking area off 29th St,

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On April 18, Sean Walters reported McCown's Longspur at Equalizer Lake.
--On April 19, Bruening reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Timnath Reservoir
on the east side.
--A possible BAIRD's SPARROW was reported by Wade at Douglass
Lake/Reservoir on the ditch road on the east side of the lake on April 21.
--An ad Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Sparks at McMurry Natural Area on
April 22.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Wade at Grandview Cemetery on April
23.
--A Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported by David Wade at Rawhide Energy
Station/Hamilton Reservoir on April 24.
--2 ROCK WRENS were reported by David Wade on CR 5 east of Rawhide Power
Plant on April 24.

MESA COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phoebe was reported by Henwood on the Audubon Trail at
Phoebe Rock on April 20.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A 2nd-yr m CALIFORNIA CONDOR was reported by Carver at Summit Ridge at
Mesa Verde NP on April 16.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--On April 20, Dexter reported Gray Flycatcher and several Black Phoebes in
Uravan.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--At Jackson Lake SP, Dowell reported a probable WESTERN GULL, 2 Thayer's
Gulls, and ICELAND (Kumlien's) Gull on April 20.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Little Blue Heron was reported by Chris Wilkens at the confluence of
King Arroyo and Arkansas River on April 22.

PARK COUNTY:
A ROCK WREN was reported by Sue Riffe on the SE side of Antero Reservoir on
April 24.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--3 Northern Cardinal were reported by Komar at Lamar Community College
Woods on April 15.  A pair of Northern Cardinals was reported by Dan
Stringer at Lamar Community College Woods on April 22.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe close to breeding plumage was reported by Percival off
Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir on April 11.  On April 19,
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe from North Picnic Road at Pueblo
Reservoir.  On April 22, Percival reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues off Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir.
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Percival at Pueblo Reservoir SWA on the
NW side on April 16.
--On April 22, Percival reported singing Eastern and Black Phoebes at
Osprey Picnic Area in Rock Canyon.
--A COMMON BLACK HAWK was reported by Percival flying over the east end of
Osprey Picnic Area along the Arkansas River on April 23.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--The Black BRANT was reported by Simmons S of Monte Vista NWR on the W
side of Hwy 15 on April 2.  She said that a scope was needed to identify
the bird.  On April 5, Nelder reported Black BRANT at Monte Vista NWR.  On
April 9, Percival reported Black Brant at Monte Vista NWR.  On April 15,
Rawinski reported BRANT remains at Monte Vista NWR.  It was seen off
turnout on 8S Rd.

WELD COUNTY:
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Mlodinow at Lower Latham Reservoir
on April 16
--2 Mountain Plovers were reported by Bruening at the SW corner of CR 41
and CR 100 on April 19.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Restiva at the North Weld County
Landfill on April 19.
--A pair of Broad-winged Hawks was reported by Pauli Smith circling above
Mead on April 23.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 25 will be to Roxborough SP led by
Alison Kondler (Fieldbirder AT msn.com, 303-904-9140).  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.coml, 303-941-4881).  This trip is
full

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
April 27 at 0930 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Nathan
Pieplow will speak on "Listen to her sing."   Meeting is in Ricketson
Auditorium.  Park on the north side of the Museum and enter in the north
side security/employee entrance and tell the guard that you are there for
the DFO meeting.
Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler. Walden/Sawhill Ponds, Boulder Co
From: Laura Steadman <lauramsteadman AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:35:04 -0600
Early this morning at Walden and Sawhill Ponds, in addition to 42 other
species, I had great looks at an *orange-crowned warbler* feeding in a
flowering bush (I don't know what they're called, but they have white buds
all over them and smell nice). That was a FOS for me! Also present were
both *myrtle* and* Audubon's yellow-rumped warblers*. *House wrens* seem to
be back in force again this year! A lone *spotted sandpiper* was peeping
and bopping around in Cottonwood marsh, near the boardwalk area.

Good Birding!
Laura Steadman
Broomfield County

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Subject: Delta County migrants, Friday
From: Dick Filby <dickfilby AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:30:12 +0100
Hi all

 

Tom McConnell and I birded Delta county today and had a very enjoyable
time..

 

As we headed out the Pinyon Jays invaded our feeders at home, and there was
a Swainson's Hawk on roadside poles by Hwy82 near Carbondale at Catherine
Store (Garfield)

 

In Hotchkiss there was no sign of the Western Screech Owl.

 

Fruitgrowers Reservoir was the best place where highlights included

American Bittern 1

Bonaparte's Gull 10+

Franklin's Gulls 20+

Ring-billed Gulls 15

Northern Harrier male

Peregrine Falcon 1 adult (female?)

White-faced Ibis 2

Willet 1

Marbled Godwit 84

Wilson's Phalarope 2

Western Sandpiper 5+

Least Sandpiper ca10

Black-necked Stilt 1

 

 

Sweitzer Lake, Delta

Common Loon 3

Bonaparte's Gull 5

Marbled Godwit 19

Eared Grebe ca80

 

Good birding all!

 

Dick Filby

Carbondale

 

 

Other birds included roadside Western Kingbirds..

 

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Subject: Glossy Ibis - Larimer
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:15:12 -0700 (PDT)
Hello birders,

Visited a few spots in northern Larimer County today with Georgia Doyle. A 
few of the highlights: at North Poudre Res #3 we saw Common Loon, an early 
Snowy Egret and a late Snow Goose (we thought it was a swan at first 
glance). On County Road 5 east of Rawhide power plant we found  Chipping, 
Brewer's, Vesper  and Savannah Sparrows, 2 Rock Wrens, a close but brief 
view of a Golden Eagle and best of all 4 Burrowing Owls. Over at Rawhide, 
everything was far away on the other side of the lake but we could pick out 
5 Herring Gulls and 1 Lesser Black-backed, 5 Wilson's Phalaropes, and a 
single Rock Wren was bopping around the observation area. 

On the north side of County Rd 70 (Owl Canyon Road), between Co Rds 11 and 
13, we found 10 Ibis and one of them was a Glossy Ibis. This particular 
stretch of road has a narrow shoulder and is relatively busy so I recommend 
parking at the power substation nearby and walking along the road to view 
the pond. Because the land on both sides of the road is private property 
and the narrow road shoulder, this can be a difficult pond to observe.

David Wade
Ft Collins, CO

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Subject: NO SPOTS LEFT, SORRY! Behind the Scenes at the Birds of Prey Raptor Rehab Facility
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:14:33 -0600
Sponsored by Boulder County Audubon

Saturday, May 2, 11: 30 a.m.  Behind the Scenes at the Birds of Prey Raptor
Rehabilitation Foundation

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Saturday, May 2, 11:30 a.m.  What does it take to receive an injured, ill
or poisoned bird of prey and rehabilitate it with the goal of releasing it
back to the wild?  Join Andrea Lutz to visit this most successful of
rehabilitation facilities.  How are they handled?  What are they fed?  What
are the challenges and how are successes measured?  You will meet the birds
that are used for education and the many babies that are admitted in spring
and early summer.  Meet at the East Boulder Recreation Center to carpool.

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Subject: Clear Springs Ranch, El Paso Co., Friday
From: Steve Brown <sbrown37 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:18:26 -0500
Hi COBirders,

Not too much to report from banding at CSR yet. The last two days just a Song 
Sparrow, a Lincoln's Sparrow, a Robin, and a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds. 


What was interesting were the migrants seen that didn't make it into a net, all 
FOS: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Com Yellowthroat, Merlin, 
and Franklin's Gull. 


Ya gotta love migration!
Good Birding,

Steve Brown
COS

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Subject: Northern Parula -- Pueblo 4/24
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:45:56 +0000 (UTC)
Around 7am, I saw a Northern Parula in the first group of Yellow-rumped 
Warblers I looked at, in the eastern part of the Osprey Picnic Area, in Rock 
Canyon, below Pueblo Reservoir (Pueblo County).  I thought, this might be a 
start to more rarities, though, I didn't find much else, except for an 
Orange-crowned Warbler.  Unfortunately, the Parula wasn't re-found later, 
though probably still around somewhere.  This bird was way high in the trees, 
I spotted it, because of its small size, compared with the Yellow-rumped 
Warblers.  I didn't hear it sing or call.  Good luck looking over the 
Yellow-rumped Warblers this weekend, I'm sure there will be things with them, 
if you are in the right spot at the right time.  

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: 3 SPOTS LEFT AS OF 10:30 A.M.: Saturday, May 2, Behind the Scenes at the Birds of Prey Raptor Rehab Facility
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:32:58 -0600
Sponsored by Boulder County Audubon

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Rehabilitation Foundation

Limited to 15, reservations:  piombino.pam AT gmail.com

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or poisoned bird of prey and rehabilitate it with the goal of releasing it
back to the wild?  Join Andrea Lutz to visit this most successful of
rehabilitation facilities.  How are they handled?  What are they fed?  What
are the challenges and how are successes measured?  You will meet the birds
that are used for education and the many babies that are admitted in spring
and early summer.  Meet at the East Boulder Recreation Center to carpool.

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Subject: Morning Commute/North Weld
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:58:07 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

   - Crom Lake
      - (*NEW*) *Long-billed Dowitcher* - 2
      - Wilson's Phalarope - 12
      - American Avocet - 10
      - Least Sandpiper - 7
      - Greater Yellowlegs - 2
      - (*NEW*) *Lesser Yellowlegs* - 2
      - Killdeer - 5
      - Ducks (teals, mallards, shovelers)
      - Weld CR 33 btw 98/100
      - Burrowing Owl - 4
      - *(NEW) Chukar* - 1
      
Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 24 April 2014
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:56:45 -0600
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
Date: April 24, 2015

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

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

BRANT (Rio Grande)
Long-tailed Duck (Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
Little Blue Heron (Otero)
CALIFORNIA CONDOR (Montezuma)
COMMON BLACK HAWK (Baca, *Pueblo)
Broad-winged Hawk (*Arapaoe/Douglas/Jefferson, *Boulder, *Jefferson,
*Larimer, *Weld)
Mountain Plover (El Paso)
WESTERN GULL (Morgan)
Thayer's Gull (Morgan)
ICELAND GULL (Morgan)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Weld)
Caspian Tern (Bent, Delta, Fremont)
Gray Flycatcher (Montrose)
Black Phoebe (Boulder, Delta, Dolores, Fremont, Mesa, Montrose, Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (*Douglas, El Paso Fremont, Jefferson, Pueblo)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Arapahoe)
ROCK WREN (*Gunnison)
Lapland Longspur  (Prowers)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Douglas, Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)
LUCY'S WARBLER (*La Plata)
PAINTED REDSTART (Montrose)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Larimer, Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Boulder, Jackson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder)
Summer Tanager (Fremont)
Northern Cardinal (*Prowers)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Baca)
Rusty Blackbird (Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jackson)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A f Vermilion  Flycatcher was reported by Cheri Phillips at Smoky Hill
Picnic Area at Cherry Creek SP on April 21.

ARAPAHOE/DOUGLAS/JEFFERSON COUNTIES:
--On April 23, Suddjian reported an ad Broad-winged Hawk flying over
Douglas County into Jefferson County and then
into Arapahoe county.  He was at South Platte Reservoir.

BACA COUNTY:
--A juv COMMON BLACK HAWK and Canyon Towhee were reported by Michael
O'Brien at Cottonwood Canyon on April 13.  On April 14, Stulp and Thompson
refound the COMMON BLACK HAWK and Canyon Towhee in Cottonwood Canyon.  On
April 18, Matt Clark reported 3 Canyon Towhees at Cottonwood Canyon.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Michael O'Brien at Comanche
National Grasslands, Rd J east of Campo on April 13.
--A Canyon Towhee was reported by Stulp at Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area on
April 14.
--5 Canyon Towhees were reported by Sean Fitzgerald at Picture Canyon on
April 15.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Piping Plover was reported by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 9.  On April 17, Duane Nelson reported that 3 more Piping Plovers
have arrived at John Martin Reservoir.
--A Caspian Tern was found by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 15.  Duane Nelson reported the Caspian Tern on north side of John
Martin on April 17.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On April 12, Waltman reported Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder
Creek.  On April 15, Minner-Lee reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.  On April 19, Burke reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.
--On April 18, Minner-Lee reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Teller Farm.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Dowell on Skunk Canyon Trails
on April 21.  On April 22, Minner-Lee reported Fox Sparrow at Skunk Canyon
Trails.
--On April 23, Ted Floyd reported a migrating Broad-winged Hawk over
Greenlee Preserve in Lafayette.

DELTA COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Stigen at Hart's Basin on April 21.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Robinsong at the Hotchkiss Sew Pond on
April 22.

DOLORES COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phobe was reported by Garrison at the boat launch at
Bradfield Bridge Campground on the loser Dolores River on April 18.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--3 McCown's Longspurs were reported by Kirkpatrick at the Model Airplane
Field at Chatfield on April 16.  On April 17, Kellner reported 2 McCown's
Longspurs ( 1f, 1 molting male) and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs (1f, 1
molting male) at the Model Airplane Field at Chatfield.  On April 18,
Manwaring reported 2 McCown's Longspure at Model Airplane Field at
Chatfield.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Farrell at Chatfield SP on the road to
washout on April 19.
--A pair of Eastern Phoebe was reported by Suddjian at Plum Creek near the
picnic area at Chatfield on April 21.  An Eastern Phoebe was reported by
Kibbe at Plum Creek Detla on April 23.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Nikolai at Kettle Lakes on April 17.
--On April 21, William Ferrier III reported pair of Mountain Plovers at
Squirrel Creek Road and Ellicott Hwy in the field to the north between 3rd
and 4th telephone pole, about 75 ft beyond the fence.  They appear to be
nesting.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--At John Griffin Regional Park in Canon City, Simon Thompson reported imm
m Summer Tanager, Eastern Phoebe and Black Phoebe on April 12.
--2 Caspian Terns were reported by Rich Miller at Brush Hollow Reservoir on
April 19.

GUNNISON COUNTY:
--A ROCK WREN was reported by Marcel Such at South Parlin Flats on April 23.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On April 17, Bert Harris reported Fox Sparrow , 3 McCown's Longspurs, and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch at Moose Visitor Center.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--2 Eastern Phoebe were reported by Burger at Swimbeach at Chatfield Sp on
April 7.  On April 8, Suddjian reported Eastern Phoebe and 3 Rusty
Blackbirds at Deercreek inlet.  On April 13, Matt Clark reported 2 Eastern
Phobe near the Swimbeach at Chatfield.
--On April 7, Kibbe reported Eastern Phoebe upstream from Kingfisher Bridge
at Chatfield SP.  On April 10, Chavez reported 2 Eastern Phoebe upstream
from Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield SP.  On April 13, Robert Martinez
reported Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 15,
Kellner reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield.  On April 18, Drummond reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of
Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 21, Suddjian reported a pair of
Eastern PHoebe at Kingfisher Bridge.
--A McCown's Longspur was reported by Suddjian at Hildebrand Ranch Park on
April 16.
--A dark morph  Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Rouch migrating over
Dinosaur Ridge on April 18.  On April 20, Commercon reported 5 Broad-winged
Hawks including a dark-morph adult over Dinosaur Ridge.  On April 23, Rouch
reported 2 Broad-winged Hawks at Dinosaur Ridge.
--2 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Cynthia Madsen at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield on April 21.  An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Norm
Lewis at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on April 22.

LA PLATA COUNTY:
--A LUCY's WARBLER was reported by Riley Morris on the Las Animas Trail
across from the La Plata County Fairground on April 23.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On April 3, Hess and others reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at the Walmart
Pond.  On April 4, Zabel reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On
April 4, Hundertmark reported Long-tailed Duck at Walmart Pond.  On April
6, Griffin reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On April 7,
Minner-Lee reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On April 8, Doyle
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks (2m, 1f) at the Walmart Pond.  The location is
at Harmony and I-25.  On April 9, Komar reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at the
Walmart Pond.  On April 10, Joan Coxe reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at
Walmart Pond.  On April 11, Beauchamp reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at
Walmart Pond.  On April 12, Chavez reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart
Pond.  On April 13, Loch Kilpatrick reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart
Pond.  On April 14, Moffett reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.
--On April 18, Sean Walters reported McCown's Longspur at Equalizer Lake.
--On April 19, Bruening reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Timnath Reservoir
on the east side.
--A possible BAIRD's SPARROW was reported by Wade at Douglass
Lake/Reservoir on the ditch road on the east side of the lake on April 21.
--An ad Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Sparks at McMurry Natural Area on
April 22.
--A Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Wade at Grandview Cemetery on April
23.

MESA COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phoebe was reported by Henwood on the Audubon Trail at
Phoebe Rock on April 20.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A 2nd-yr m CALIFORNIA CONDOR was reported by Carver at Summit Ridge at
Mesa Verde NP on April 16.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--A PAINTED REDSTART was reported by De Saix at the South Rim of Black
Canyon of Gunnison NP on April 15.
--On April 20, Dexter reported Gray Flycatcher and several Black Phoebes in
Uravan.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--At Jackson Lake SP, Dowell reported a probable WESTERN GULL, 2 Thayer's
Gulls, and ICELAND (Kumlien's) Gull on April 20.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Little Blue Heron was reported by Chris Wilkens at the confluence of
King Arroyo and Arkansas River on April 22.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--3 Northern Cardinal were reported by Komar at Lamar Community College
Woods on April 15.  A pair of Northern Cardinals was reported by Dan
Stringer at Lamar Community College Woods on April 22.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe close to breeding plumage was reported by Percival off
Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir on April 11.  On April 19,
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe from North Picnic Road at Pueblo
Reservoir.  On April 22, Percival reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues off Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir.
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Percival at Pueblo Reservoir SWA on the
NW side on April 16.
--On April 22, Percival reported singing Eastern and Black Phoebes at
Osprey Picnic Area in Rock Canyon.
--A COMMON BLACK HAWK was reported by Percival flying over the east end of
Osprey Picnic Area along the Arkansas River on April 23.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--The Black BRANT was reported by Simmons S of Monte Vista NWR on the W
side of Hwy 15 on April 2.  She said that a scope was needed to identify
the bird.  On April 5, Nelder reported Black BRANT at Monte Vista NWR.  On
April 9, Percival reported Black Brant at Monte Vista NWR.  On April 15,
Rawinski reported BRANT remains at Monte Vista NWR.  It was seen off
turnout on 8S Rd.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported by Fink at US 85 and CR 114 on
April 13.
--A Mountain Plover was reported by Fink 1 mile E of CR 57 and CR 96 on
April 13.
--At Murphy's Pasture, Fink reported McCown's Longspur on April 13.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Mlodinow at Lower Latham Reservoir
on April 16
--2 Mountain Plovers were reported by Bruening at the SW corner of CR 41
and CR 100 on April 19.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Restiva at the North Weld County
Landfill on April 19.
--A pair of Broad-winged Hawks was reported by Pauli Smith circling above
Mead on April 23.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 25 will be to Roxborough SP led by
Alison Kondler (Fieldbirder AT msn.com, 303-904-9140).  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.coml, 303-941-4881).  This trip is
full

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
April 27 at 0930 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Nathan
Pieplow will speak on "Listen to her sing."   Meeting is in Ricketson
Auditorium.  Park on the north side of the Museum and enter in the north
side security/employee entrance and tell the guard that you are there for
the DFO meeting.
Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Saturday, May 2, Behind the Scenes at the Birds of Prey Raptor Rehab Facility
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:36:29 -0600
Sponsored by Boulder County Audubon

Saturday, May 2, 11: 30 a.m.  Behind the Scenes at the Birds of Prey Raptor
Rehabilitation Foundation

Limited to 15, reservations:  piombino.pam AT gmail.com

Saturday, May 2, 11:30 a.m.  What does it take to receive an injured, ill
or poisoned bird of prey and rehabilitate it with the goal of releasing it
back to the wild?  Join Andrea Lutz to visit this most successful of
rehabilitation facilities.  How are they handled?  What are they fed?  What
are the challenges and how are successes measured?  You will meet the birds
that are used for education and the many babies that are admitted in spring
and early summer.  Meet at the East Boulder Recreation Center to carpool.

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Subject: EPhoebe on nest and update on birds in Canon City area
From: "SeEttaM ." <seettam AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:43:58 -0600
Today I found a typical appearing Eastern Phoebe on a well concealed nest
in the Canon City area.  This is early for one to be on the nest in my
experience here.  I did get one good photo of her on the nest and a zoomed
pic of the nest showing soft grasses lining the cup and moss around the
outside of the nest.  I have uploaded those to my Birds and Nature blog.


I have observed good numbers of Black and Eastern Phoebes returning to
traditional nesting areas around the Canon City area for the past 3-4
weeks. However as I have observed in the past, they will appear to pair up
then change partners.  This is evident when there is a mixed pair of Black
and Eastern or as in the past those probable hybrid BlackXEastern that had
the brown fronts which make them distinctive.  So far I have seen a mixed
pair, one Eastern and one Black at the oldest nesting site that now has two
Eastern Phoebes.  The Black Phoebe that has presumably been there over the
winter is still (as of this morning) at the Fremont County Sewer District
next to Florence River Park but I have not yet seen a second bird.  There
is a pair of Black Phoebes at Sell's Lake and they are vocalizing
often--you can just sit in your car by Sell's Lake and listen for them as I
did this morning.

Late report--over the week-end there were hundreds of White-throated Swifts
that had stopped over to feed around the Canon City Valco Ponds on
MacKenzie (yes, this is still not public) and along the Arkansas River for
a mile or so .  I have reported finding good numbers of the them in the
past two years near the Arkansas River by Florence so it would seem that
the river is part of their migratory pathway/stopover for feeding.

Sadly observed a Ruby-crowned Kinglet that I am afraid is injured-it was
moving slow and then spent over 5 minutes resting on a branch with it's
nictitating membrane over it's eye/s.

SeEtta Moss
Canon City
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Subject: Elbert County 4/20
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:35:38 -0600
I apologize for the late posting on a day trip to Elbert County on
4/20...but no one birds there anyway, so it seems. I enjoyed it though,
logging 102 species and encountering a good array of shorebirds, ducks and
some other waterbirds for that county.

I began the first part of the morning near Elizabeth making stops in pine
forest, mostly. A *Common Loon* flying north over Elizabeth was a treat,
and probably a pretty good county bird. *Red Crossbills *(Type 2) and
*Red-breasted
Nuthatches *were still common in the pine forest, and I was sort of
surprised to encounter *Cassin's Finches* at several stops, but I guess
they are known to nest out in Elbert. A few *Gray-headed Juncos* were
there, too.

Kiowa (town) had a pair of plains-worthy *Bushtits*. *Common Raven* was at
two spots a short way west of Kiowa.

From there pretty much all my stops were in the plains south of Highway 86.
There were quite a few small ponds and some moderate-sized ponds that had
water. Some had no birds, but many had one or several waterbird species.

Shorebirds included *American Avocet*, *Killdeer*, *Mountain Plover* (CR
197), *Greater Yellowlegs*, *Lesser Yellowlegs*, *Whimbrel *(CR 197, flying
N with curlews), *Long-billed Curlew*, *Baird's Sandpiper* (CR 86), *Least
Sandpiper*, *Western Sandpiper*, *Wilson's Snipe *and *Wilson's Phalarope*.

Waterfowl included *Canada Goose*, *Wood Duck*, *Gadwall*, *American Wigeon*,
*Mallard*, *Blue-winged Teal*, *Cinnamon Teal*, *Northern Pintail,
**Green-winged
Teal*, *Lesser Scaup*. Some other waterbirds *Pied-billed *and *Eared
Grebes*, *White-faced Ibis* and *Franklin's Gull*.

I noted small numbers of *McCown's* and *Chestnut-collared Longspurs*, an
early *Bullock's Oriole* (CR 22), and a decent assortment of sparrows:
*Chipping*, *Brewer's*, *Vesper*, *Lark*, *Savannah*, *Grasshopper*, *Song*,
*Lincoln's*, *White-crowned* and *Lark Bunting*.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Tri-county Broad-winged Hawk (Douglas, Jefferson, Arapahoe)
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:08:36 -0600
At mid-day I was at South Platte Reservoir and spotted an adult
Broad-winged Hawk soaring over the Chatfield dam area in Douglas. It
drifted northwest over C470 into Jefferson air. Then after circling there a
while it flew direct to the northeast into Arapahoe and out of view over
the South Platte. Very nice.

It was a tri-buteo moment, too, as Swainson's and Red-tailed where up
soaring in the same area.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Firestone Gravel Pits Forster's Tern, Weld County
From: Carl Starace <castarace AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:25:55 -0600
  This morning I had a single Forster's Tern and single White Faced Ibis at
the 2 westernmost gravel pits. Good April Birding All,         Carl Starace
, Niwot

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (23 Apr 2015) 13 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Apr 2015 17:04:49 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 23, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1             81             81
Osprey                       0              8              8
Bald Eagle                   0              0              1
Northern Harrier             0              1              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             32             38
Cooper's Hawk                1             55             58
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            2              8              8
Red-tailed Hawk              1             54            127
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Swainson's Hawk              0              4              4
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0              2              5
American Kestrel             1             81            100
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              6
Prairie Falcon               0              1              3
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            4             19             23
Unknown Buteo                0              7             10
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             10

Total:                      13            371            494
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Roger Rouch

Observers:        Claude Vallieres

Visitors:
Craig Tessmer visited much of the afternoon mostly to check things out and
take photos.  Rob Reilly provided his good spotting skills for about an
hour.


Weather:
A clear morning with clouds increasing to mostly cloudy by day's end. 
Temperatures from the mid-50's to low 60's with a wind mostly from the SE
at about 2 Bft.  NOTE:  With little warning of approaching storm a bolt of
lightning streaked over the ridge into the Red Rocks area quickly followed
by a  few other close strikes. The watch was immediately terminated at
14:00 (DST).

Raptor Observations:
Morning migration began with fairly low altitude naked eye birds over the
ridge, becoming higher through the morning (including two fairly high
Broad-winged Hawks), and ending the day with a few distant accipiter eye-
strainers over the west ridge line.  A typical assortment of local
Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture and a Cooper's Hawk. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Also seen or heard were Spotted Towhee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern
Flicker, Bushtit, Black-billed Magpie, Western Scrub Jay, Western
Meadowlark, Common Raven, American Crow, American Robin, Broad-tailed
Hummingbird, Mountain Chickadee.

Predictions:
BE AWARE of unsettled weather with possible lighting the next few days. At
least today, the watch started a little earlier than normal (8:30 DST) and
there was some early migration at the beginning of the day with the warmer
temperatures and early sun.   
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

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Subject: Re: Broad-winged Hawk, Greenlee Preserve, Boulder County
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:47:21 -0700 (PDT)
Birders, I too, saw a Broad-winged Hawk this morning but at Grandview 
Cemetery in Fort Collins. It was riding the wind as it blew through the 
cemetery and continued on down Mountain Ave. At the speed it was moving it 
could have been the same one Ted saw, who knows?

David Wade
Ft Collins, CO

On Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:22:12 PM UTC-6, Ted Floyd wrote:
>
> Hello, Birders. I just now saw a *broad-winged hawk* migrating through 
> the cloudy skies above Greenlee Preserve, Boulder County. The bird wasn't 
> showing any signs of putting down, and I imagine it's in Longmont by now. 
> That said, it seems to me that broad-wings come through the Front Range 
> metro region in pulses, so it might be a good idea to be on the lookout for 
> others this afternoon. Winds are out of the southeast, and that's probably 
> good, all things considered.
>
> Also at Greenlee today: *Swainson hawk* building a nest, *solitary 
> sandpiper*, and numerous *Audubon* and *Myrtle warblers*, including 2 
> hybrids. Regulars there of late have been *black-crowned night-herons*, 
> *bushtits*, *spotted towhees*, *American white pelicans*, and *Say 
> phoebes*.
>
> Ted Floyd
> Lafayette, Boulder County 
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Long legged wading birds at Chatfield SP Douglas County
From: Douglas Kibbe <dpkibbe AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:14:02 -0600
No sign of the godwits among the many fishermen on the Marina sandspit, however 
the presence of 54 White-faced Ibis and 5 American Avocets made up for their 
absence. 

Doug Kibbe
Littleton
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Broad-winged Hawks, Mead, Weld, CO
From: Pauli Smith <hollyhockfarms AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:34:05 -0600
There are a pair of Broad-winged Hawks circling above my property looking for 
some lunch. They have been here for about a half hour. I shooed my half-grown 
pullets into the hen house just in case. 


 

Highland Lake is now full, so not much shore line for the Killdeers. The Herons 
have been back for weeks, and the geese never really left, but very little in 
the way of other water fowl. Usually by now, the lake is crowded. A farmer’s 
fire got out of control along the west shore a few weeks ago and burned down a 
lot of the undergrowth and other habitat where the geese and Mallards usually 
nest. We lost a few trees as well, so until things start growing again. . . 


 

Pauli Smith

Highlandlake/Mead, Weld

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Subject: Broad-winged Hawk, Greenlee Preserve, Boulder County
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:22:12 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, Birders. I just now saw a *broad-winged hawk* migrating through the 
cloudy skies above Greenlee Preserve, Boulder County. The bird wasn't 
showing any signs of putting down, and I imagine it's in Longmont by now. 
That said, it seems to me that broad-wings come through the Front Range 
metro region in pulses, so it might be a good idea to be on the lookout for 
others this afternoon. Winds are out of the southeast, and that's probably 
good, all things considered.

Also at Greenlee today: *Swainson hawk* building a nest, *solitary 
sandpiper*, and numerous *Audubon* and *Myrtle warblers*, including 2 
hybrids. Regulars there of late have been *black-crowned night-herons*, 
*bushtits*, *spotted towhees*, *American white pelicans*, and *Say phoebes*.

Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County 




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Subject: Willet, White-faced ibis - Boulder Reservoir, Boulder County
From: Mark R <markrminnerlee AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:01:36 -0600
Was out at Boulder Reservoir and some new arrivals showed up. 24 Willets and 31 
White-faced Ibis. I don't believe there are any Glossy Ibis in the group, but I 
left a few unidentified due to dark face and eyes with incomplete moderately 
thin white border on the face. I was about 150 yards away and even with a scope 
didn't feel comfortable saying one way or another. 




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Subject: Chatfield S.P. American Avocet and White-faced Ibis
From: Jennifer Hallam <ghinysu AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:35:23 -0700 (PDT)
There are currently 45 White-faced Ibis and 6 American Avocet on the shore at 
the sand spits by the Marina at Chatfield State Park. (JeffCo/DougCO) 


Jennifer Hallam
Ken Caryl, CO

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Subject: Kentucky Warbler Lamar
From: Brandon Percival <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:34:54 -0600
Jeannie Mitchell and Aaron Shipe have a Kentucky warbler at north end Lamar
Community college, Powers Co.

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Common Black-Hawk Pueblo
From: Brandon Percival <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:01:07 -0600
Adult seen east end of Osprey Picnic Area along Arkansas River below Pueblo
Reservoir dam and getting higher and moving east I think.  Other Pueblo
people are looking in town.  Probably not worth chasing.

Brandon K. Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: misc. north Boulder County
From: Linda Andes-Georges <andesgeorges AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:56:05 -0600
Hi folks,

As I sat parked at a light on Sunset & Boston in Longmont yesterday, I saw an 
osprey rise up from the nearby St Vrain with a monster fish. The pair flew (or 
rather the bird did) toward the fairgounds nest, where I bet some 
webcam-watchers saw the fish used for supper on that nest. I know of four 
active osprey nests within about 10 miles of us; a bird sitting on nest on all 
of them. So ospreys are probably doing better here than in pre-settler days. 


Tree swallows, barn swallows, house wrens, Wilson's snipe are all active this 
morning in the area. Our Say's have built a nest which, as usual, the house 
sparrows are trying to destroy. I am active in the war (happens every year; 
this year I'm using a high-powered water nozzle to discourage those little Brit 
raiders). The phoebes usually manage to raise a brood, with 3 or 4 fledging 
successfully. This will be year 8. 


Pair of W. bluebirds yesterday at Heil Ranch, lookin' for a home.

I saw my first Swainsons' on April 7th & the second at nearly the same place 
(Diagonal Hwy near 55th St) on the 20th. I hope there is a nest there. 


Local barn owls have been active since early March! And the GH owls have been 
active all winter, 


I'm loving it.

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Subject: Crom Lake/Weld
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:03:56 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

   - (New) Wilson's Phalarope - 2
   - American Avocet - 8
   - (New) Least Sandpiper - 2
   - Greater Yellowlegs - 3
   - Killdeer - 3

Many of the usual ducks, geese, corral birds.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
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Subject: SE Colo Yesterday (Prowers, Bent, Kiowa, Otero)
From: "'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:18:33 -0700 (PDT)
I was too tired to post last night, but just in case anyone's thinking 
about SE Colorado right now, I did a lengthy route yesterday:
At Lamar CC Woods (Prowers Co) male and female Northern Cardinal, pretty 
quiet otherwise. At Lake Hasty Campground below John Martin dam (Bent Co) 
Eastern Bluebird and a single Western Kingbird. At Blue Lake (Kiowa Co 
side) White-faced Ibis and Willets, at Cheraw Lake (Otero Co) lots of Ibis 
and Black-necked Stilts along with Wilson's Phalaropes, a Snowy Plover and 
Snowy Egret. At Holbrook Res (Otero) over a hundred White-faced Ibis at the 
NW corner and one Forster's Tern cruising the reservoir. Rocky Ford SWA 
(Otero) had Loggerhead Shrike and Ring-necked Pheasant. All reservoirs were 
teeming with ducks and grebes. At 5:30 p.m. one of the livestock ponds west 
of Meredith was chock-full of Franklins Gulls, 22 American Avocet, 12 
Black-necked Stilts, Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Cinnamon and 
Blue-winged Teal and other ducks, and a Semipalmated Plover. This small 
pond was framed by White-crowned Sparrows, Common and Great-tailed 
Grackles, Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and Brown-headed 
Cowbirds. This high concentration on and around a very small body of water 
made me want to be a peregrine falcon. 

As for shoreline Cheraw is good, Blue Lake has some, John Martin, Lake 
Hasty and Lake Henry were high but a bit of shoreline, and no shoreline at 
Meredith. My overall take on the day was that obviously spring has begun, 
but not fully "sprung". No warblers (except for numerous Yellow-rumped), no 
flycatchers (except for numerous Say's Phoebe and the Western Kingbird) and 
a moderate number of shorebird species although more were concentrated in 
areas that were too far away to scope.

Dan Stringer
Larkspur, CO


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Subject: white winged doves - Gunbarrel
From: JohnT <j.eclectus AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:16:09 -0700 (PDT)
All:
            Two white winged doves are present in the Gunbarrel area along 
the Cottontail Trail.   The Cottontail Trail can be accessed from 71st st. 
in Gunbarrel near Lookout Road.  Go East from that access point.   OR you 
can also access the Cottontail Trail from neighborhoods off of Park Lane 
Road.   This is the 2nd year I've noticed this species in this 
neighborhood, but I've never found a nest site.   

White winged doves have a distinctive call different from the dozens of 
Eurasian collared doves in the area;  if you have a good ear.  Also 
visually, look for the long white shoulder patches visible when the birds 
are perched.  

Effectively you can see 4 dove species in this area.  But the Eurasian's 
outnumber all the others combined.  

In Boulder County: House wrens are back, along with barn swallows, and a 
multitude of common grackles, pelicans, turkey vultures, mourning doves, 
and killdeers.  

John T (Tumasonis)  

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 23 April 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:35:46 -0600
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
Date: April 23, 2015

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

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

BRANT (Rio Grande)
Long-tailed Duck (Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (*Pueblo)
Little Blue Heron (*Otero)
CALIFORNIA CONDOR (Montezuma)
COMMON BLACK HAWK (Baca)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson, *Larimer)
Mountain Plover (*El Paso)
WESTERN GULL (Morgan)
Thayer's Gull (Morgan)
ICELAND GULL (Morgan)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Weld)
Caspian Tern (Bent, Delta, Fremont)
Gray Flycatcher (Montrose)
Black Phoebe (Boulder, *Delta, Dolores, Fremont, Mesa, Montrose, *Pueblo)
Eastern Phoebe (*Douglas, El Paso Fremont, *Jefferson, *Pueblo)
Vermilion Flycatcher (*Arapahoe)
Lapland Longspur  (Prowers)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Douglas, Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)
PAINTED REDSTART (Montrose)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Larimer, Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (*Boulder, Jackson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder)
Summer Tanager (Fremont)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Baca)
Rusty Blackbird (Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jackson)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY:
--A f Vermilion  Flycatcher was reported by Cheri Phillips at Smoky Hill
Picnic Area at Cherry Creek SP on April 21.

BACA COUNTY:
--A juv COMMON BLACK HAWK and Canyon Towhee were reported by Michael
O'Brien at Cottonwood Canyon on April 13.  On April 14, Stulp and Thompson
refound the COMMON BLACK HAWK and Canyon Towhee in Cottonwood Canyon.  On
April 18, Matt Clark reported 3 Canyon Towhees at Cottonwood Canyon.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Michael O'Brien at Comanche
National Grasslands, Rd J east of Campo on April 13.
--A Canyon Towhee was reported by Stulp at Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area on
April 14.
--5 Canyon Towhees were reported by Sean Fitzgerald at Picture Canyon on
April 15.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Piping Plover was reported by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 9.  On April 17, Duane Nelson reported that 3 more Piping Plovers
have arrived at John Martin Reservoir.
--A Caspian Tern was found by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 15.  Duane Nelson reported the Caspian Tern on north side of John
Martin on April 17.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On April 12, Waltman reported Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder
Creek.  On April 15, Minner-Lee reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.  On April 19, Burke reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.
--On April 18, Minner-Lee reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Teller Farm.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Dowell on Skunk Canyon Trails
on April 21.  On April 22, Minner-Lee reported Fox Sparrow at Skunk Canyon
Trails.

DELTA COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Stigen at Hart's Basin on April 21.
--A Black Phoebe was reported by Robinsong at the Hotchkiss Sew Pond on
April 22.

DOLORES COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phobe was reported by Garrison at the boat launch at
Bradfield Bridge Campground on the loser Dolores River on April 18.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--3 McCown's Longspurs were reported by Kirkpatrick at the Model Airplane
Field at Chatfield on April 16.  On April 17, Kellner reported 2 McCown's
Longspurs ( 1f, 1 molting male) and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs (1f, 1
molting male) at the Model Airplane Field at Chatfield.  On April 18,
Manwaring reported 2 McCown's Longspure at Model Airplane Field at
Chatfield.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Farrell at Chatfield SP on the road to
washout on April 19.
--A pair of Eastern Phoebe was reported by Suddjian at Plum Creek near the
picnic area at Chatfield on April 21.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Nikolai at Kettle Lakes on April 17.
--On April 21, William Ferrier III reported pair of Mountain Plovers at
Squirrel Creek Road and Ellicott Hwy in the field to the north between 3rd
and 4th telephone pole, about 75 ft beyond the fence.  They appear to be
nesting.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--At John Griffin Regional Park in Canon City, Simon Thompson reported imm
m Summer Tanager, Eastern Phoebe and Black Phoebe on April 12.
--2 Caspian Terns were reported by Rich Miller at Brush Hollow Reservoir on
April 19.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On April 17, Bert Harris reported Fox Sparrow , 3 McCown's Longspurs, and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch at Moose Visitor Center.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--2 Eastern Phoebe were reported by Burger at Swimbeach at Chatfield Sp on
April 7.  On April 8, Suddjian reported Eastern Phoebe and 3 Rusty
Blackbirds at Deercreek inlet.  On April 13, Matt Clark reported 2 Eastern
Phobe near the Swimbeach at Chatfield.
--On April 7, Kibbe reported Eastern Phoebe upstream from Kingfisher Bridge
at Chatfield SP.  On April 10, Chavez reported 2 Eastern Phoebe upstream
from Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield SP.  On April 13, Robert Martinez
reported Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 15,
Kellner reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield.  On April 18, Drummond reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of
Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 21, Suddjian reported a pair of
Eastern PHoebe at Kingfisher Bridge.
--A McCown's Longspur was reported by Suddjian at Hildebrand Ranch Park on
April 16.
--A dark morph  Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Rouch migrating over
Dinosaur Ridge on April 18.  On April 20, Commercon reported 5 Broad-winged
Hawks including a dark-morph adult over Dinosaur Ridge.
--2 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Cynthia Madsen at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield on April 21.  An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Norm
Lewis at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on April 22.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On April 3, Hess and others reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at the Walmart
Pond.  On April 4, Zabel reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On
April 4, Hundertmark reported Long-tailed Duck at Walmart Pond.  On April
6, Griffin reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On April 7,
Minner-Lee reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On April 8, Doyle
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks (2m, 1f) at the Walmart Pond.  The location is
at Harmony and I-25.  On April 9, Komar reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at the
Walmart Pond.  On April 10, Joan Coxe reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at
Walmart Pond.  On April 11, Beauchamp reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at
Walmart Pond.  On April 12, Chavez reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart
Pond.  On April 13, Loch Kilpatrick reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart
Pond.  On April 14, Moffett reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.
--On April 18, Sean Walters reported McCown's Longspur at Equalizer Lake.
--On April 19, Bruening reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Timnath Reservoir
on the east side.
--A possible BAIRD's SPARROW was reported by Wade at Douglass
Lake/Reservoir on the ditch road on the east side of the lake on April 21.
--An ad Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Sparks at McMurry Natural Area on
April 22.

MESA COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phoebe was reported by Henwood on the Audubon Trail at
Phoebe Rock on April 20.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A 2nd-yr m CALIFORNIA CONDOR was reported by Carver at Summit Ridge at
Mesa Verde NP on April 16.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--A PAINTED REDSTART was reported by De Saix at the South Rim of Black
Canyon of Gunnison NP on April 15.
--On April 20, Dexter reported Gray Flycatcher and several Black Phoebes in
Uravan.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--At Jackson Lake SP, Dowell reported a probable WESTERN GULL, 2 Thayer's
Gulls, and ICELAND (Kumlien's) Gull on April 20.

OTERO COUNTY:
--A Little Blue Heron was reported by Chris Wilkens at the confluence of
King Arroyo and Arkansas River on April 22.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--3 Northern Cardinal were reported by Komar at Lamar Community College
Woods on April 15.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe close to breeding plumage was reported by Percival off
Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir on April 11.  On April 19,
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe from North Picnic Road at Pueblo
Reservoir.  On April 22, Percival reported that the Red-necked Grebe
continues off Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir.
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Percival at Pueblo Reservoir SWA on the
NW side on April 16.
--On April 22, Percival reported singing Eastern and Black Phoebes at
Osprey Picnic Area in Rock Canyon.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--The Black BRANT was reported by Simmons S of Monte Vista NWR on the W
side of Hwy 15 on April 2.  She said that a scope was needed to identify
the bird.  On April 5, Nelder reported Black BRANT at Monte Vista NWR.  On
April 9, Percival reported Black Brant at Monte Vista NWR.  On April 15,
Rawinski reported BRANT remains at Monte Vista NWR.  It was seen off
turnout on 8S Rd.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported by Fink at US 85 and CR 114 on
April 13.
--A Mountain Plover was reported by Fink 1 mile E of CR 57 and CR 96 on
April 13.
--At Murphy's Pasture, Fink reported McCown's Longspur on April 13.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Mlodinow at Lower Latham Reservoir
on April 16
--2 Mountain Plovers were reported by Bruening at the SW corner of CR 41
and CR 100 on April 19.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Restiva at the North Weld County
Landfill on April 19.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 25 will be to Roxborough SP led by
Alison Kondler (Fieldbirder AT msn.com, 303-904-9140).  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.coml, 303-941-4881).  This trip is
full

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
April 27 at 0930 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Nathan
Pieplow will speak on "Listen to her sing."   Meeting is in Ricketson
Auditorium.  Park on the north side of the Museum and enter in the north
side security/employee entrance and tell the guard that you are there for
the DFO meeting.
Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: Godwits at Chatfield
From: "'Migrant' via Colorado Birds" <cobirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:36:32 -0600
To supplement the migrants noted by David and Mark, I stopped by the Chatfield 
unit of the Botanic Gardens and got one (but not both) of the previously 
reported eastern phoebes. A quick swing through Chatfield yielded quite a 
number of nicely turned-out yellow-rumps, but the most notable sighting there 
was a flock of 32 marbled godwits at the marina sandspit. The birds seems quite 
attached to the east side of the spit and may remain overnight. 


Norm Lewis
Lakewood

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Subject: Recent Jefferson and Douglas county birds, plus a bit of Arapahoe
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:31:15 -0600
April 19

3 *Western Bluebirds *at Jackass Hill Park in Littleton were an uncommon
find for Arapahoe Co. A flock of 7 *Long-billed Curlews* flew over St. Mary
Catholic Church along South Prince, Littleton.

April 21

An *Osprey* flew north of South Valley Park in Ken Caryl Valley, JeffCo.

Chatfield Swim Beach (JeffCo) had a fishing *Osprey*, 2 *Marbled Godwits*
flying north, a *Spotted Sandpiper* and a *Least Sandpiper*. A *Clark's
Grebe* was among Westerns, and *Franklin's* and *Bonaparte's Gulls* were on
the water, and 5 species of swallows.

Kingfisher Bridge had the continuing pair of *Eastern Phoebes*. One of the
pair was working on a nest.

The riparian along the South Platte upstream of Kingfisher on the Douglas
side had a male *Northern Parula* (not singing), and *House Wrens *had
returned in force.

The pair of *Eastern Phoebes* at Plum Creek near the picnic area (Douglas)
was duly noted and checked off. Some well-dressed migrant *Yellow-rumped
Warblers* of both Myrtle and Audubon forms were a welcome sight.

A *Wilson's Snipe *was in a flooded open area near my Ken Caryl home...not
a big deal but good I think for Ken Caryl Valley. A *Green-tailed Towhee*
was along the Hogback Trail north of Massey Draw in the KC Valley.

April 22

The Sacred Heart Retreat House grounds near Sedalia (Douglas) had a
*Green-tailed
Towhee*, male *Western Tanager*, and a singing *Cassin's Finch*. Also
a *Brewer's
Sparrow* and a large number of *Chipping Sparrows.*

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

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Subject: Jeffco Birding 4/22
From: markchavez AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:06:28 +0000 (UTC)
Today, I had three hours to bird. There was definitely a push of spring 
migrants working through Jeffco. Belmar had an early young male Western 
Tanager, 7Yellow-rumped Warblers(Audubon's), 6 American Avocets, 2 Blue-winged 
Teal, a Wilson's Snipe,a Say's Phoebe, and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds. A 15 minute 
stop at Denver West had a Hermit Thrush, Chipping Sparrows, Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet, House Wren, and several Yellow-rumped Warblers. Bear Creek Lake Park 
had Yellow-headed Blackbirds, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Blue-winged Teal, Greater 
Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Eared Grebes, and 2 Willets. I finally ended 
the afternoon at Red Rocks and had 35-40 White-throated Swifts. In the 3 hours 
I had an enjoyable 52 species! 

In my yard, I have a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches that have take up 
residence in a birdbox! Unfortunately, the Mountain Chickadees (who nested in 
our yard last year) are losing the battle of trying to nest in last year's bird 
box. It is too close to the nuthatches that are proving dominant. I would have 
never guessed that these two mountain/foothill species would be battling for a 
nesting spot here in Lakewood. The poor Black-capped Chickadees have no chance! 

 
By the way, as I was writing his email, the first Broad-tailed Hummingbird of 
the year visited my feeder! 


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

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Subject: Pueblo birds, new arrivals 4/22
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:02:50 +0000 (UTC)
I saw some nice birds around Pueblo this morning.  In the Osprey Picnic Area, 
in Rock Canyon, below Pueblo Reservoir dam:  highlights were: Clay-colored 
Sparrow (early date for the Pueblo Bird Checklist Area), Eastern Phoebe 
(singing), Black Phoebe (singing), lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Lincoln's 
Sparrow, several House Wrens. 

At Pueblo Reservoir, the Red-necked Grebe continues off Sailboard launching 
area.  At North Picnic Road, with a small flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers, 
there was an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Chipping Sparrow, and Gray-headed Junco. 
 On the shore in the weeds, one Semipalmated Sandpiper, two Western 
Sandpipers, and several Least Sandpipers.  Yesterday, this location had a 
Willet.  Seems like a new shorebird has been here daily of late. 

Other birders roaming around this morning at Pueblo Reservoir, saw a Western 
Kingbird, a Great and several Snowy Egrets, Peregrine Falcon, White-faced Ibis. 
  

A pretty birdy morning, before the wind came up. 
Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: Broad-winged Hawk/Larimer
From: Rob Sparks <robsparks AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:53:37 -0700 (PDT)
While birding around McMurry Natural area this morning I had a single male 
Audubon's Warbler in a cottonwood and after a couple of minutes in comes an 
adult Broad-winged Hawk and perched in the same tree.  A couple of European 
Starlings started to give off some alarm calls, followed by some fearless 
Blue Jay's that mobbed the Broad-winged Hawk.

There was also a House Wren working the understory.

Good Birding,
Rob Sparks
Old Town Fort Collins 

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 22 April 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:18:32 -0600
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
Date: April 22, 2015

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

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

BRANT (Rio Grande)
Long-tailed Duck (Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
CALIFORNIA CONDOR (Montezuma)
COMMON BLACK HAWK (Baca)
Broad-winged Hawk (Jefferson)
WESTERN GULL (Morgan)
Thayer's Gull (Morgan)
ICELAND GULL (Morgan)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Weld)
Caspian Tern (Bent, *Delta, Fremont)
Gray Flycatcher (Montrose)
Black Phoebe (Dolores, Fremont, Mesa, Montrose)
Eastern Phoebe (Douglas, El Paso Fremont, *Jefferson)
Lapland Longspur  (Prowers)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Douglas, Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)
PAINTED REDSTART (Montrose)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (*Larimer, Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (*Boulder, Jackson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder)
Summer Tanager (Fremont)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Baca)
Rusty Blackbird (Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jackson)

BACA COUNTY:
--A juv COMMON BLACK HAWK and Canyon Towhee were reported by Michael
O'Brien at Cottonwood Canyon on April 13.  On April 14, Stulp and Thompson
refound the COMMON BLACK HAWK and Canyon Towhee in Cottonwood Canyon.  On
April 18, Matt Clark reported 3 Canyon Towhees at Cottonwood Canyon.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Michael O'Brien at Comanche
National Grasslands, Rd J east of Campo on April 13.
--A Canyon Towhee was reported by Stulp at Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area on
April 14.
--5 Canyon Towhees were reported by Sean Fitzgerald at Picture Canyon on
April 15.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Piping Plover was reported by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 9.  On April 17, Duane Nelson reported that 3 more Piping Plovers
have arrived at John Martin Reservoir.
--A Caspian Tern was found by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 15.  Duane Nelson reported the Caspian Tern on north side of John
Martin on April 17.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On April 12, Waltman reported Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder
Creek.  On April 15, Minner-Lee reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.  On April 19, Burke reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.
--On April 18, Minner-Lee reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Teller Farm.
--A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was reported by Dowell on Skunk Canyon Trails
on April 21.

DELTA COUNTY:
--A Caspian Tern was reported by Stigen at Hart's Basin on April 21.

DOLORES COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phobe was reported by Garrison at the boat launch at
Bradfield Bridge Campground on the loser Dolores River on April 18.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--3 McCown's Longspurs were reported by Kirkpatrick at the Model Airplane
Field at Chatfield on April 16.  On April 17, Kellner reported 2 McCown's
Longspurs ( 1f, 1 molting male) and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs (1f, 1
molting male) at the Model Airplane Field at Chatfield.  On April 18,
Manwaring reported 2 McCown's Longspure at Model Airplane Field at
Chatfield.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Farrell at Chatfield SP on the road to
washout on April 19.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Nikolai at Kettle Lakes on April 17.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--At John Griffin Regional Park in Canon City, Simon Thompson reported imm
m Summer Tanager, Eastern Phoebe and Black Phoebe on April 12.
--2 Caspian Terns were reported by Rich Miller at Brush Hollow Reservoir on
April 19.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On April 17, Bert Harris reported Fox Sparrow , 3 McCown's Longspurs, and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch at Moose Visitor Center.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--2 Eastern Phoebe were reported by Burger at Swimbeach at Chatfield Sp on
April 7.  On April 8, Suddjian reported Eastern Phoebe and 3 Rusty
Blackbirds at Deercreek inlet.  On April 13, Matt Clark reported 2 Eastern
Phobe near the Swimbeach at Chatfield.
--On April 7, Kibbe reported Eastern Phoebe upstream from Kingfisher Bridge
at Chatfield SP.  On April 10, Chavez reported 2 Eastern Phoebe upstream
from Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield SP.  On April 13, Robert Martinez
reported Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 15,
Kellner reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield.  On April 18, Drummond reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of
Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.
--A McCown's Longspur was reported by Suddjian at Hildebrand Ranch Park on
April 16.
--A dark morph  Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Rouch migrating over
Dinosaur Ridge on April 18.  On April 20, Commercon reported 5 Broad-winged
Hawks including a dark-morph adult over Dinosaur Ridge.
--2 Eastern Phoebes were reported by Cynthia Madsen at Denver Botanic
Gardens at Chatfield on April 21.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On April 3, Hess and others reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at the Walmart
Pond.  On April 4, Zabel reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On
April 4, Hundertmark reported Long-tailed Duck at Walmart Pond.  On April
6, Griffin reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On April 7,
Minner-Lee reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On April 8, Doyle
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks (2m, 1f) at the Walmart Pond.  The location is
at Harmony and I-25.  On April 9, Komar reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at the
Walmart Pond.  On April 10, Joan Coxe reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at
Walmart Pond.  On April 11, Beauchamp reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at
Walmart Pond.  On April 12, Chavez reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart
Pond.  On April 13, Loch Kilpatrick reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart
Pond.  On April 14, Moffett reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.
--On April 18, Sean Walters reported McCown's Longspur at Equalizer Lake.
--On April 19, Bruening reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Timnath Reservoir
on the east side.
--A possible BAIRD's SPARROW was reported by Wade at Douglass
Lake/Reservoir on the ditch road on the east side of the lake on April 21.

MESA COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phoebe was reported by Henwood on the Audubon Trail at
Phoebe Rock on April 20.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A 2nd-yr m CALIFORNIA CONDOR was reported by Carver at Summit Ridge at
Mesa Verde NP on April 16.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--A PAINTED REDSTART was reported by De Saix at the South Rim of Black
Canyon of Gunnison NP on April 15.
--On April 20, Dexter reported Gray Flycatcher and several Black Phoebes in
Uravan.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--At Jackson Lake SP, Dowell reported a probable WESTERN GULL, 2 Thayer's
Gulls, and ICELAND (Kumlien's) Gull on April 20.


PROWERS COUNTY:
--3 Northern Cardinal were reported by Komar at Lamar Community College
Woods on April 15.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe close to breeding plumage was reported by Percival off
Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir on April 11.  On April 19,
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe from North Picnic Road at Pueblo
Reservoir.
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Percival at Pueblo Reservoir SWA on the
NW side on April 16.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--The Black BRANT was reported by Simmons S of Monte Vista NWR on the W
side of Hwy 15 on April 2.  She said that a scope was needed to identify
the bird.  On April 5, Nelder reported Black BRANT at Monte Vista NWR.  On
April 9, Percival reported Black Brant at Monte Vista NWR.  On April 15,
Rawinski reported BRANT remains at Monte Vista NWR.  It was seen off
turnout on 8S Rd.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported by Fink at US 85 and CR 114 on
April 13.
--A Mountain Plover was reported by Fink 1 mile E of CR 57 and CR 96 on
April 13.
--At Murphy's Pasture, Fink reported McCown's Longspur on April 13.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Mlodinow at Lower Latham Reservoir
on April 16
--2 Mountain Plovers were reported by Bruening at the SW corner of CR 41
and CR 100 on April 19.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Restiva at the North Weld County
Landfill on April 19.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 25 will be to Roxborough SP led by
Alison Kondler (Fieldbirder AT msn.com, 303-904-9140).  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.coml, 303-941-4881).  This trip is
full

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
April 27 at 0930 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Nathan
Pieplow will speak on "Listen to her sing."   Meeting is in Ricketson
Auditorium.  Park on the north side of the Museum and enter in the north
side security/employee entrance and tell the guard that you are there for
the DFO meeting.
Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (21 Apr 2015) 17 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Apr 2015 22:04:06 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 21, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2             80             80
Osprey                       1              8              8
Bald Eagle                   0              0              1
Northern Harrier             0              1              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             29             35
Cooper's Hawk                1             54             57
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6              6
Red-tailed Hawk              1             53            126
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Swainson's Hawk              0              4              4
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0              2              5
American Kestrel             3             80             99
Merlin                       1              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              6
Prairie Falcon               0              1              3
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1             15             19
Unknown Buteo                2              7             10
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3              9             10

Total:                      17            358            481
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Claude Vallieres

Observers:        

Visitors:
Coming back for his fourth visit to assist was Jim Low from Wisconsin. His
assistance and keen eyesight helped locating distant raptors was very much
appreciated. He spent most of the day and spoke of his birding experiences
in the mid-west and at Skyline Ridge Hawk site in Duluth, Minnesota. Three
local visitors briefly stopped by asking what was being seen. 


Weather:
Sunny and comfortable temperatures throughout the day  7-20C (45-65 F).
Initially no cloud cover with gradual cloud build up later up to 85% with
dark grey clouds and virga to the North and to the West at end of the day.
Visibility was at maximum but diminished somewhat as haze formed throughout
the day. Winds were 0-3 B. scale with occasional higher gusts from varying
directions.

Raptor Observations:
This was the best Tuesday of this season with 17 migrating raptors seen.
Observed were 2 adult Turkey Vultures, 1 Osprey, 2 high flying
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 intermediate juvenile Red-tailed
Hawk, 3 American Kestrels (1-M, 2-F). The highlight was a very dark Pacific
Merlin. Distance and flat lighting which made positive identification
difficult also found migrating were 1 unidentified Accipiter, 2
unidentified Buteos and 3 unidentified Raptors. All flights were North
bound on both sides and high above of the ridge.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other local raptor observations were: 1 Prairie Falcon low on East side of
ridge, 2 American Kestrels also on East side, 3 Turkey Vultures who glided
up and down both sides of the ridge, 1 adult Bald Eagle who came from the
North on the East side and turned around heading towards Stanley Lake where
a nesting pair is. Numerous Red-tailed sightings occurred throughout the
day. 1 was a very close diving attack at a Black-billed Magpie right near
the site. Others were in singles or in pairs at times diving or with legs
extended towards each other. One observation had 5 Red-tailed who
eventually separated and went separate ways. The dark intermediate
Red-tailed that was observed yesterday was often seen today. Other birds
heard or observed today were: Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Mourning Doves,
Common Grackle, Bushtit, Grey-headed Dark-eyed Juncos, Black-billed
Magpies, Western Meadowlarks, Spotted Towhees, American Robins, Common
Ravens, 1 very high flying Great Blue Heron, White-throated Swifts, Western
Scrub Jays, Western Bluebirds, Townsend's Solitaire, Say's Phoebe, and
Northern Flickers.    

Predictions:
Expect muddy/wet trail as the patches of snow continue to melt and create
water puddles and small streams on the trail. Forecast is for sunny and
similar temperatures to today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

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Subject: Possible Baird's Sparrow - Larimer
From: David Wade <davespeedbump AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:16:46 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings birders,

At Douglass Lake/Reservoir today I flushed a sparrow that flew 20 ft 
further down the trail where it basically crashed into the ground then 
sprang upright and gave me a quick unobscured look before running into the 
tall grass. I'm positive it was an Ammodramus sparrow based on its shape 
and gizz however, I'm not certain it wasn't an early Grasshopper Sparrow. 
It's plumage seemed rather pale and old not fresh and new. The dark 
markings that make up the border of the cheek patch, or auricles, created 
a  more Baird's-like square-ish shape rather than the "two spot" look of 
GRSP. The head had a slight yellow-y orange cast to it rather than the more 
concentrated yellow towards the eyes of a Grasshopper.  I only had a brief 
second or so of viewing and am very unsure about which species I actually 
saw. After looking at online photos and three guide books, the impression I 
have is it was more Baird's than Grasshopper. I will probably never know 
for sure but It's going into ebird as Ammodramus Sp and into my personal 
list as "unconfirmed - most likely Bairds".
 I saw it along the ditch road on the east side of the lake. If you count 
the power poles starting from the east side parking lot, it was about the 
5th or 6th pole depending on which pole you start counting by.

David Wade
Ft Collins, CO

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 21 April 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:35:16 -0600
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
Date: April 21, 2015

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Tuesday, April 21 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

BRANT (Rio Grande)
Long-tailed Duck (Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)
CALIFORNIA CONDOR (Montezuma)
COMMON BLACK HAWK (Baca)
Broad-winged Hawk (*Jefferson)
Piping Plover (Bent)
Mountain Plover (Weld)
WESTERN GULL (*Morgan)
Thayer's Gull (*Morgan)
ICELAND GULL (*Morgan)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Weld)
Caspian Tern (Bent, Fremont)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
Gray Flycatcher (*Montrose)
Black Phoebe (Boulder, Dolores, Fremont, Mesa, *Montrose)
Eastern Phoebe (Boulder, Chaffee, Douglas, El Paso Fremont, Jefferson)
Lapland Longspur  (Prowers)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Douglas, Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)
PAINTED REDSTART (Montrose)
EASTERN TOWHEE (El Paso)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Jackson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder)
Summer Tanager (Fremont)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Baca)
Rusty Blackbird (Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jackson)

BACA COUNTY:
--A juv COMMON BLACK HAWK and Canyon Towhee were reported by Michael
O'Brien at Cottonwood Canyon on April 13.  On April 14, Stulp and Thompson
refound the COMMON BLACK HAWK and Canyon Towhee in Cottonwood Canyon.  On
April 18, Matt Clark reported 3 Canyon Towhees at Cottonwood Canyon.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Michael O'Brien at Comanche
National Grasslands, Rd J east of Campo on April 13.
--A Canyon Towhee was reported by Stulp at Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area on
April 14.
--5 Canyon Towhees were reported by Sean Fitzgerald at Picture Canyon on
April 15.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Piping Plover was reported by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 9.  On April 17, Duane Nelson reported that 3 more Piping Plovers
have arrived at John Martin Reservoir.
--A Caspian Tern was found by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 15.  Duane Nelson reported the Caspian Tern on north side of John
Martin on April 17.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On April 3, Floyd reported Eastern and Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge
over Boulder Creek.  On April 4, Steadman reported Eastern Phoebe and Black
Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder Creek.  On April 5, Minner-Lee
reported both Eastern and Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder
Creek.  On April 6, Dowell reported Eastern Phoebe and Black Phoebe at 75th
St Bridge over Boulder Creek.  On April 9, Victoria Wheeler reported Black
Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder Creek.  On April 11, Hundertmark and
Vanderpoel reported Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder Creek.  On
April 12, Waltman reported Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder
Creek.  On April 15, Minner-Lee reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.  On April 19, Burke reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.
--On April 18, Minner-Lee reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Teller Farm.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Michael O'Brien at Sands Lake SWA on
April 11.

DOLORES COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phobe was reported by Garrison at the boat launch at
Bradfield Bridge Campground on the loser Dolores River on April 18.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--3 McCown's Longspurs were reported by Kirkpatrick at the Model Airplane
Field at Chatfield on April 16.  On April 17, Kellner reported 2 McCown's
Longspurs ( 1f, 1 molting male) and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs (1f, 1
molting male) at the Model Airplane Field at Chatfield.  On April 18,
Manwaring reported 2 McCown's Longspure at Model Airplane Field at
Chatfield.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Farrell at Chatfield SP on the road to
washout on April 19.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On April 11, Drummond reported a f EASTERN TOWHEE at Chico Basin Ranch
(fee area) by the banding station.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Nikolai at Kettle Lakes on April 17.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--At John Griffin Regional Park in Canon City, Simon Thompson reported imm
m Summer Tanager, Eastern Phoebe and Black Phoebe on April 12.
--2 Caspian Terns were reported by Rich Miller at Brush Hollow Reservoir on
April 19.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On April 17, Bert Harris reported Fox Sparrow , 3 McCown's Longspurs, and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch at Moose Visitor Center.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--2 Eastern Phoebe were reported by Burger at Swimbeach at Chatfield Sp on
April 7.  On April 8, Suddjian reported Eastern Phoebe and 3 Rusty
Blackbirds at Deercreek inlet.  On April 13, Matt Clark reported 2 Eastern
Phobe near the Swimbeach at Chatfield.
--On April 7, Kibbe reported Eastern Phoebe upstream from Kingfisher Bridge
at Chatfield SP.  On April 10, Chavez reported 2 Eastern Phoebe upstream
from Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield SP.  On April 13, Robert Martinez
reported Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 15,
Kellner reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield.  On April 18, Drummond reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of
Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.
--On April 7, Somershoe reported a pair of Williamson's Sapsucker at
Genessee Park.  On April 10, Chavez refound the WIlliamson's Sapsucker pair
at Genessee Mountain Park.
--A McCown's Longspur was reported by Suddjian at Hildebrand Ranch Park on
April 16.
--A dark morph  Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Rouch migrating over
Dinosaur Ridge on April 18.  On April 20, Commercon reported 5 Broad-winged
Hawks including a dark-morph adult over Dinosaur Ridge.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On April 3, Hess and others reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at the Walmart
Pond.  On April 4, Zabel reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On
April 4, Hundertmark reported Long-tailed Duck at Walmart Pond.  On April
6, Griffin reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On April 7,
Minner-Lee reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On April 8, Doyle
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks (2m, 1f) at the Walmart Pond.  The location is
at Harmony and I-25.  On April 9, Komar reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at the
Walmart Pond.  On April 10, Joan Coxe reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at
Walmart Pond.  On April 11, Beauchamp reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at
Walmart Pond.  On April 12, Chavez reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart
Pond.  On April 13, Loch Kilpatrick reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart
Pond.  On April 14, Moffett reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.
--On April 18, Sean Walters reported McCown's Longspur at Equalizer Lake.
--On April 19, Bruening reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Timnath Reservoir
on the east side.

MESA COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phoebe was reported by Henwood on the Audubon Trail at
Phoebe Rock on April 20.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A 2nd-yr m CALIFORNIA CONDOR was reported by Carver at Summit Ridge at
Mesa Verde NP on April 16.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phobe was reported by Simon Thompson at Ute Indian Museum
in Montrose on April 10.
--A PAINTED REDSTART was reported by De Saix at the South Rim of Black
Canyon of Gunnison NP on April 15.
--On April 20, Dexter reported Gray Flycathcer and several Black Phoebes in
Uravan.

MORGAN COUNTY:
--At Jackson Lake SP, Dowell reported a probable WESTERN GULL, 2 Thayer's
Gulls, and ICELAND (Kumlien's) Gull on April 20.


PROWERS COUNTY:
--3 Northern Cardinal were reported by Komar at Lamar Community College
Woods on April 15.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe close to breeding plumage was reported by Percival off
Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir on April 11.  On April 19,
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe from North Picnic Road at Pueblo
Reservoir.
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Percival at Pueblo Reservoir SWA on the
NW side on April 16.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--The Black BRANT was reported by Simmons S of Monte Vista NWR on the W
side of Hwy 15 on April 2.  She said that a scope was needed to identify
the bird.  On April 5, Nelder reported Black BRANT at Monte Vista NWR.  On
April 9, Percival reported Black Brant at Monte Vista NWR.  On April 15,
Rawinski reported BRANT remains at Monte Vista NWR.  It was seen off
turnout on 8S Rd.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Mountain Plover was reported by Leatherman in a fallow field S of the
high school football field in Briggsdale on April 8.
--At CR 86 S of CR 105, Leatherman reported dozens of Chestnut-collared
Longspurs and several McCown's Longspurs.
--A Mountain Plover was reported by Leatherman in a dry play on Hwy 105 S
of CR 86 on April 8.
--A Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported by Fink at US 85 and CR 114 on
April 13.
--A Mountain Plover was reported by Fink 1 mile E of CR 57 and CR 96 on
April 13.
--At Murphy's Pasture, Fink reported McCown's Longspur on April 13.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Mlodinow at Lower Latham Reservoir
on April 16
--2 Mountain Plovers were reported by Bruening at the SW corner of CR 41
and CR 100 on April 19.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Restiva at the North Weld County
Landfill on April 19.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 25 will be to Roxborough SP led by
Alison Kondler (Fieldbirder AT msn.com, 303-904-9140).  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.coml, 303-941-4881).  This trip is
full

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
April 27 at 0930 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Nathan
Pieplow will speak on "Listen to her sing."   Meeting is in Richetson
Auditorium.  Park on the north side of the Museum and enter in the north
side security/employee entrance and tell the guard that you are there for
the DFO meeting.
Good Birding,
Joyce Takamine
Boulder

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (20 Apr 2015) 33 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Apr 2015 01:04:17 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               7             78             78
Osprey                       2              7              7
Bald Eagle                   0              0              1
Northern Harrier             0              1              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             27             33
Cooper's Hawk                3             53             56
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            5              6              6
Red-tailed Hawk              1             52            125
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Swainson's Hawk              1              4              4
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 1              2              5
American Kestrel             5             77             96
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             1              3              6
Prairie Falcon               0              1              3
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1             14             18
Unknown Buteo                0              5              8
Unknown Falcon               1              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              6              7

Total:                      33            341            464
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:45:00 
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Commercon

Observers:        

Visitors:
Two young women, who arrived with their well-behaved dog, stopped by and
were interested to find out that HawkWatch involved counting migrating
raptors. They had seen and photographed some (local) Turkey Vultures
sunning on some rocks further south along the Ridge.  Richard Cuellar
returned to HawkWatch this afternoon and ably provided much needed help as
the second onslaught of migrants swept past the site. He had hoped to see
some Broad-winged Hawks and was rewarded with several.


Weather:
The day was partly cloudy with 10 percent cloud-cover in the morning,
mostly at the horizons, which morphed later in the day into 60 percent
cloud-cover, which included some thick gray clouds, scattered about the sky
mostly to the south, west and north. Some remaining snow was scattered on
the flanks of the surrounding mountains. Winds came consistently from the
east and southeast. The wind blew mostly at beaufort level 2 but gusted
often to level 3 in the afternoon. Temperatures on the hill appeared to
stay between 10 and 12 C (50 and 54 F). A light snow fell briefly in the
afternoon. Visibility was good, although it was a bit hazy to the south.  

Raptor Observations:
The morning opened with a lot of raptor activity, including 12 migrants
during one hour. Migration stalled for the next hour until a dark-morph
Swainson's Hawk was spotted making its way north just to the east of
WestRidge. More migrating raptors soon followed, often passing in rapid
succession. A major highlight of the day was five Broad-winged Hawks, the
last four of which came by within 10 minutes of each other; the final
Broad-winged Hawk seen to pass was a beautiful adult dark-morph. More than
half of the raptors migrated north over (or close to) the Ridge; most of
the rest passed west of the Ridge. Local activity included Turkey Vultures
making the rounds up and down the Ridge. A few times in the morning, a
local Peregrine Falcon was seen near the site soaring then diving
(apparently hunting). A local Prairie Falcon perched on the power pole for
a while. The local adult Red-tailed Hawks made a few appearances, with the
darker adult of the Rooney Valley pair perching on its usual phone pole in
the valley in the afternoon. Two apparently local juvenile Red-tailed Hawks
were seen together near Cabrini; one, that was seen often during the day,
was heavily marked, a possible dark- or intermediate-morph.

Non-raptor Observations:
Also seen or heard were Spotted Towhee, Black-billed Magpie, Mountain
Chickadee, Western Meadowlark, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Raven, American
Crow, Northern Flicker, Slate-colored Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated
Swift, Western Scrub-Jay, Western Bluebird, American Robin, Townsend's
Solitaire, and Rock Pigeon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

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Subject: Jackson Lake gulls (Morgan Co.)
From: David Dowell <dave1wx AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:26:10 -0700 (PDT)
Several hundred gulls were present early this morning, one of which looked 
like an adult WESTERN GULL.  But, I should mention that I don't have much 
experience with this species.

Also present were ICELAND (3rd year), Thayer's, Herring, Lesser 
Black-backed, Ring-billed, Franklin's, and Bonaparte's Gulls.

Gulls and grebes were on the west side of the lake early this morning and 
could be viewed from the state park.  Also be aware of road work in the 
area.

David Dowell
Longmont, CO

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Subject: Swainson's Hawk and the new eagle nest in Longmont
From: Kat Bradley-Bennett <katpbennett AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:23:28 -0700 (PDT)
Saw my FOS Swainson's Hawk yesterday in Longmont (4/19/15) sitting a n the 
bee hive next to Airport Road, just south of Mountain View Ave., just east 
of the Osprey platform on the Zweck's farm.

From that vantage point, it is easy to spot the new Bald Eagle nest. Follow 
the line of the railroad tracks (with your eyes) west and it stands out 
like a sore thumb right now, pre-leaves. A spotting scope provides the best 
view because it is way back from the road. It is private land and there is 
no direct access to the nest. Watch it from Airport Road.

Kat Bradley-Bennett
Longmont (Boulder County)

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Subject: Northcentral Weld County Birds
From: "The \"Nunn Guy\"" <colorado.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:44:30 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all

Visited almost all bodies of water in northcentral Weld County yesterday.  
Total of 65 species.  Highlights being:

   - Least Sandpiper (Crom Lake)
   - All three teals (Various locales)
   - 100s and 100s of Franklin's Gull (Weld CR 78/23, Latham Reservoir)
   - Great-tailed Grackles - 30+ (Crom Lake, Woods Lake, Weld CR 48, Weld 
   CR 42)
   - Wood Duck - 8 (Woods Lake)
   - Mute Swan - 2 (35th Ave Gravel Pond, Greeley)
   - Black-necked Stilt - 5 (Loloff Reservoir, Weld CR 48)
   - Burrowing Owl - 2 (Weld CR 42 btw 45/47 on N)
   - Ruddy Duck - 11 (Weld CR 59)
   - Wilson's Snipe - 2 (Crom Lake, Weld CR 37)

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

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Subject: Colorado Rare Bird Alert, 20 April 2015
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:51:46 -0600
Compiler:  Joyce Takamine
Date: April 20, 2015

This is the Rare Bird Alert, Monday, April 20 sponsored by Denver Field
Ornithologists and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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

BRANT (Rio Grande)
Long-tailed Duck (*Larimer)
Red-necked Grebe (*Pueblo)
CALIFORNIA CONDOR (Montezuma)
COMMON BLACK HAWK (Baca)
Broad-winged Hawk (*Jefferson)
Piping Plover (Bent)
Mountain Plover (*Weld)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (*Weld)
Caspian Tern (Bent, *Fremont)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Jefferson)
Black Phoebe (*Boulder, Dolores, Fremont, Montrose)
Eastern Phoebe (Boulder, Chaffee, *Douglas, El Paso Fremont, Jefferson)
Lapland Longspur  (Prowers)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Douglas, Weld)
McCown's Longspur (Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Larimer, Weld)
PAINTED REDSTART (Montrose)
EASTERN TOWHEE (El Paso)
Canyon Towhee (Baca)
BAIRD'S SPARROW (Pueblo)
Fox Sparrow (Jackson)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Boulder)
Summer Tanager (Fremont)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Baca)
Rusty Blackbird (Jefferson)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Jackson)

BACA COUNTY:
--A juv COMMON BLACK HAWK and Canyon Towhee were reported by Michael
O'Brien at Cottonwood Canyon on April 13.  On April 14, Stulp and Thompson
refound the COMMON BLACK HAWK and Canyon Towhee in Cottonwood Canyon.  On
April 18, Matt Clark reported 3 Canyon Towhees at Cottonwood Canyon.
--An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported by Michael O'Brien at Comanche
National Grasslands, Rd J east of Campo on April 13.
--A Canyon Towhee was reported by Stulp at Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area on
April 14.
--5 Canyon Towhees were reported by Sean Fitzgerald at Picture Canyon on
April 15.

BENT COUNTY:
--A Piping Plover was reported by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 9.  On April 17, Duane Nelson reported that 3 more Piping Plovers
have arrived at John Martin Reservoir.
--A Caspian Tern was found by Duane Nelson at John Martin Reservoir on
April 15.  Duane Nelson reported the Caspian Tern on north side of John
Martin on April 17.

BOULDER COUNTY:
--On April 3, Floyd reported Eastern and Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge
over Boulder Creek.  On April 4, Steadman reported Eastern Phoebe and Black
Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder Creek.  On April 5, Minner-Lee
reported both Eastern and Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder
Creek.  On April 6, Dowell reported Eastern Phoebe and Black Phoebe at 75th
St Bridge over Boulder Creek.  On April 9, Victoria Wheeler reported Black
Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder Creek.  On April 11, Hundertmark and
Vanderpoel reported Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder Creek.  On
April 12, Waltman reported Black Phoebe at 75th St Bridge over Boulder
Creek.  On April 15, Minner-Lee reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.  On April 19, Burke reported Black Phoebe at 75th St and
Boulder Creek.
--On April 18, Minner-Lee reported Golden-crowned Sparrow at Teller Farm.

CHAFFEE COUNTY:
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Michael O'Brien at Sands Lake SWA on
April 11.

DOLORES COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phobe was reported by Garrison at the boat launch at
Bradfield Bridge Campground on the loser Dolores River on April 18.

DOUGLAS COUNTY:
--3 McCown's Longspurs were reported by Kirkpatrick at the Model Airplane
Field at Chatfield on April 16.  On April 17, Kellner reported 2 McCown's
Longspurs ( 1f, 1 molting male) and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs (1f, 1
molting male) at the Model Airplane Field at Chatfield.  On April 18,
Manwaring reported 2 McCown's Longspure at Model Airplane Field at
Chatfield.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Farrell at Chatfield SP on the road to
washout on April 19.

EL PASO COUNTY:
--On April 11, Drummond reported a f EASTERN TOWHEE at Chico Basin Ranch
(fee area) by the banding station.
--An Eastern Phoebe was reported by Nikolai at Kettle Lakes on April 17.

FREMONT COUNTY:
--At John Griffin Regional Park in Canon City, Simon Thompson reported imm
m Summer Tanager, Eastern Phoebe and Black Phoebe on April 12.
--2 Caspian Terns were reported by Rich Miller at Brush Hollow Reservoir on
April 19.

JACKSON COUNTY:
--On April 17, Bert Harris reported Fox Sparrow , 3 McCown's Longspurs, and
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch at Moose Visitor Center.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
--2 Eastern Phoebe were reported by Burger at Swimbeach at Chatfield Sp on
April 7.  On April 8, Suddjian reported Eastern Phoebe and 3 Rusty
Blackbirds at Deercreek inlet.  On April 13, Matt Clark reported 2 Eastern
Phobe near the Swimbeach at Chatfield.
--On April 7, Kibbe reported Eastern Phoebe upstream from Kingfisher Bridge
at Chatfield SP.  On April 10, Chavez reported 2 Eastern Phoebe upstream
from Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield SP.  On April 13, Robert Martinez
reported Eastern Phoebe at Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.  On April 15,
Kellner reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of Kingfisher Bridge at
Chatfield.  On April 18, Drummond reported Eastern Phoebe downstream of
Kingfisher Bridge at Chatfield.
--On April 7, Somershoe reported a pair of Williamson's Sapsucker at
Genessee Park.  On April 10, Chavez refound the WIlliamson's Sapsucker pair
at Genessee Mountain Park.
--A McCown's Longspur was reported by Suddjian at Hildebrand Ranch Park on
April 16.
--A dark morph  Broad-winged Hawk was reported by Rouch migrating over
Dinosaur Ridge on April 18.

LARIMER COUNTY:
--On April 3, Hess and others reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at the Walmart
Pond.  On April 4, Zabel reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On
April 4, Hundertmark reported Long-tailed Duck at Walmart Pond.  On April
6, Griffin reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On April 7,
Minner-Lee reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.  On April 8, Doyle
reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks (2m, 1f) at the Walmart Pond.  The location is
at Harmony and I-25.  On April 9, Komar reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at the
Walmart Pond.  On April 10, Joan Coxe reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at
Walmart Pond.  On April 11, Beauchamp reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at
Walmart Pond.  On April 12, Chavez reported 3 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart
Pond.  On April 13, Loch Kilpatrick reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart
Pond.  On April 14, Moffett reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Walmart Pond.
--On April 18, Sean Walters reported McCown's Longspur at Equalizer Lake.
--On April 19, Bruening reported 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Timnath Reservoir
on the east side.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY:
--A 2nd-yr m CALIFORNIA CONDOR was reported by Carver at Summit Ridge at
Mesa Verde NP on April 16.

MONTROSE COUNTY:
--A pair of Black Phobe was reported by Simon Thompson at Ute Indian Museum
in Montrose on April 10.
--A PAINTED REDSTART was reported by De Saix at the South Rim of Black
Canyon of Gunnison NP on April 15.

PROWERS COUNTY:
--3 Northern Cardinal were reported by Komar at Lamar Community College
Woods on April 15.

PUEBLO COUNTY:
--A Red-necked Grebe close to breeding plumage was reported by Percival off
Sailboard launching area of Pueblo Reservoir on April 11.  On April 19,
Percival reported Red-necked Grebe from North Picnic Road at Pueblo
Reservoir.
--A BAIRD'S SPARROW was reported by Percival at Pueblo Reservoir SWA on the
NW side on April 16.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY:
--The Black BRANT was reported by Simmons S of Monte Vista NWR on the W
side of Hwy 15 on April 2.  She said that a scope was needed to identify
the bird.  On April 5, Nelder reported Black BRANT at Monte Vista NWR.  On
April 9, Percival reported Black Brant at Monte Vista NWR.  On April 15,
Rawinski reported BRANT remains at Monte Vista NWR.  It was seen off
turnout on 8S Rd.

WELD COUNTY:
--A Mountain Plover was reported by Leatherman in a fallow field S of the
high school football field in Briggsdale on April 8.
--At CR 86 S of CR 105, Leatherman reported dozens of Chestnut-collared
Longspurs and several McCown's Longspurs.
--A Mountain Plover was reported by Leatherman in a dry play on Hwy 105 S
of CR 86 on April 8.
--A Chestnut-collared Longspur was reported by Fink at US 85 and CR 114 on
April 13.
--A Mountain Plover was reported by Fink 1 mile E of CR 57 and CR 96 on
April 13.
--At Murphy's Pasture, Fink reported McCown's Longspur on April 13.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Mlodinow at Lower Latham Reservoir
on April 16
--2 Mountain Plovers were reported by Bruening at the SW corner of CR 41
and CR 100 on April 19.
--A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported by Restiva at the North Weld County
Landfill on April 19.

The DFO Field Trip for Saturday, April 25 will be to Roxborough SP led by
Alison Kondler (Fieldbirder AT msn.com, 303-904-9140).  This trip is full.

The DFO Field Trip for Sunday, April 26 will be to Barr Lake SP led by
Karen von Saltza (kvonsaltza AT yahoo.coml, 303-941-4881).  This trip is
full

The next monthly meeting of Denver Field Ornithologists will be on Monday,
April 27 at 0930 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Nathan
Pieplow will speak on "Listen to her sing."   Meeting is in Richetson
Auditorium.  Park on the north side of the Museum and enter in the north
side security/employee entrance and tell the guard that you are there for
the DFO meeting.

Joyce Takamine
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Subject: Larimer and Weld County wandering
From: Josh Bruening <87211jjb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:23:04 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all!

Decided to brave the wind today and put in some miles in hopes of eyeing 
some early arrivals.  The day started and ended in my backyard in Fort 
Collins.  In between I hit up the pond at the Wal-mart followed by Timnath 
Reservoir.  From there drove to Lower Latham and Beebe Draw then to 
Glenmere Park in Greeley which I had never stopped at before.  I then 
headed to Crow Valley and the Pawnee and then west to Crom Lake, Wellington 
State Wildlife Area, Poudre #3, Douglas Reservoir and finally Grandview 
Cemetery.  Despite it being difficult to hear anything today I had some 
good birds and some notable misses.  Was hoping for 100 species for the 
day.  Didn't quite make it.  I did see many of these birds in several 
places but I was strictly keeping a running tally today rather than a 
complete list of everywhere I visited.  This list will only show where they 
showed up on my day list.  So in loose order of appearance, here they are.

My backyard
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee
House Finch
American Crow
Common Grackle
Downy Woodpecker
Mountain Chickadee (has been around since the cold snap)
Northern Flicker

Wal-mart pond-nothing...

Timnath Res
Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Red-winged Blackbird
European Starling
Blue Jay
Western Meadowlark
Mourning Dove
Horned Lark
American Robin
Horned Grebe
Ring-billed Gull
Northern Pintail
Eared Grebe-1 (east side)
Clark's Grebe-1 (east side)
Pied-billed Grebe
California Gull
Red-breasted Merganser-There has been up to a dozen or more here for at 
least a week.  I only saw 2 today
Common Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron-There were at least 7 on the east side acting really 
frisky.  Fun to watch.
Killdeer
Great-tailed Grackle
Gadwall
Yellow-headed Blackbird
House Sparrow
American Coot
Lesser Scaup
Western Grebe
Greater Scaup-1 male east side.  Mingling with Lessers
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Common Goldeneye-way late.  Surprised to see this bird.
*Long-tailed Duck*-2 east side.  I have seen these two here for a week but 
have not been able to determine if these are the same birds from the 
Wal-mart pond as they are only maybe 2 miles apart.
Green-winged Teal
Swainson's Hawk
American Kestrel
Say's Phoebe-the only one of the day.
Eurasian Collared Dove

Greeley/Latham/Beebe/Glenmere
Black-billed Magpie
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
White-faced Ibis
American Avocet
Wilson's Snipe
Peregrine Falcon-2 on 48
Marsh Wren
Northern Harrier
Sandhill Crane-2 of the Russet variety.  Gorgeous!  Also very frisky.  
Bald Eagle
American White Pelican
Black-necked Stilt
American Wigeon
Bonaparte's Gull
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs-1 in with the Greaters at Beebe
Franklin's Gull
Rough-legged Hawk-2 today.  Getting late.  One at Beebe and one at Crow 
Valley
Virginia's Rail
Blue-winged Teal
Black-crowned Night Heron-Glenmere Rookery

Crow Valley-virtually birdless...and the Pawnee
American Goldfinch
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Vesper Sparrow
Ring-necked Duck
McCown's Longspur
Loggerhead Shrike
Common Raven
Burrowing Owl
Mountain Plover-2 in a field at the southwest corner of Weld County roads 
41&100
Long-billed Curlew-1 all by his lonesome on 102 between 37&41
Merlin
Ferruginous Hawk

Wellington SWA/Poudre #3/Douglas
Golden Eagle- on nest
Northern Rough-winged Swallow-1 the only swallow I saw all day.
Redhead
*Common Loon*-2 I think the one initially reported by Lefko found a friend
David Wade
Turkey Vulture
Osprey

87 species.
Notable misses
-Song, White-crowned Sparrow
-3rd time striking out on Chestnut-collared Longspur so far this year
-no peeps anywhere
-Townsend's Solitaire
-Bluebirds of any kind
-Spotted Towhee
-Prairie Falcon
-Great Horned Owl-I even tried Grandview thinking it would be an easy add 
on.  Low-hanging Hoot if you will...
-White-breasted Nuthatch
many others...

Beautiful day despite the wind.  Saw many deer and antelope and a really 
cold and ticked off Bull Snake.  Guess us Northerners have to be patient a 
while longer.

Good Birding all!

Josh Bruening
Fort Collins

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Subject: First shorebirds in Florence, Fremont County
From: Dale Adams <dasaadams AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:19:26 -0700 (PDT)
The fields along CR 119 in Florence, Fremont County are starting to be 
irrigated. Yesterday we saw a Greater Yellowlegs and five White-faced 
Ibises. Today the Greater Yellowlegs had been joined by a Lesser Yellowlegs 
as well as a Cattle Egret and two White-faced Ibises. Hopefully more 
shorebirds will be on the way soon!

Dale and Joel Adams
Florence, Fremont County

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe & Bullock's Oriole Pueblo 4/19
From: "Brandon K. Percival" <flammowl17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:29:29 +0000 (UTC)
This afternoon, Margie Joy and I saw the brightly colored Red-necked Grebe, 
look east from North Picnic Road, near the north shore.  I assume this is the 
same bird I saw on 12-13 April from Sailboard launching area. 

Shorebirds continue to move in and out of the grassy areas at North Picnic Road 
at Pueblo Reservoir.  In the last few days, the list of species of shorebirds 
follow:  Marbled Godwit (up to 3), American Avocets, Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs, Western, Least, and Baird's Sandpipers, Wilson's Snipe, a 
Semipalmated Plover (that Pearle and Clif photographed yesterday evening), and 
Killdeer.  This is a pretty good list for Pueblo Reservoir.  Hopefully more 
species to come. 

While looking for a Cattle Egret (which I couldn't re-find), below Pueblo 
Reservoir dam, late this afternoon, a male Bullock's Oriole was in a tree, near 
the wooded footbridge, by Snakeskin Picnic Area.  

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

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Subject: HSR: Dinosaur Ridge (19 Apr 2015) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Apr 2015 18:04:19 -0400
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2             71             71
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              0              1
Northern Harrier             0              1              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             24             30
Cooper's Hawk                3             50             53
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              1             51            124
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Swainson's Hawk              0              3              3
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              2
Golden Eagle                 0              1              4
American Kestrel             2             72             91
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              5
Prairie Falcon               0              1              3
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             13             17
Unknown Buteo                0              5              8
Unknown Falcon               1              1              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              5

Total:                      10            308            431
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Gary Rossmiller

Observers:        Lee Farrell, Linda Farrell

Visitors:
Lee and Linda Farrell helped from 10am till after 2pm. Pam Batton from
School of Mines brought a group of 13 teachers up who are taking a class on
raptors during their recertification process. They were great to have on
hand from around 11am till after 1pm. The mid-morning local RT's and TV's
gave all of us a good show near the ridge.


Weather:
Overcast with periods of sun, calm and quite enjoyable all day. Slightly
falling barometer. Slight breeze at times out of the east, southeast. Trail
had turned into a river in many areas. Head up early on Monday to hopefully
have a slightly firm trail

Raptor Observations:
Only a few raptors all day on all sides of the ridge. Locals came out in
mid-morning sun to keep us occupied. Flat light made ID difficult at times.
TV's came up from the south to entertain us a couple of times. A RT harried
a Golden Eagle by the powerlines as it headed west. Just not a lot of birds
of any kind all day.

Non-raptor Observations:
A handful of deer above I-70 all day. Trail was very quiet due to the mud
and water.
Robins, Magpies, Flicker, Gray Jay, Raven, Townsend's Solitaire,
Meadowlarks, Pigeons and Doves.

Predictions:
Hopefully some warmer weather and winds will open the bird valve again.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (jeff.birek AT rmbo.org)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.rmbo.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from the Rocky Mountain
Bird Observatory from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of
March to the first week of May.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

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