Date: 3/3/17 4:03 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge (03 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 03, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 4 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 4 6 6
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Dave Hill

Observers: Debbie James, Gary Rossmiller, Jim Banks

Visitors:
Various hikers and cyclers. One group stopped and asked several questions
about raptors vs. vultures, and also about falcons. This group of 5 was
very interested in what we were doing.


Weather:
This report is being submitted by Debbie James, I can't figure out how to
add my name to the list, but hopefully will get it done before next
Friday.
Beautiful day up on the Ridge. Started out a little cool, but then warmed
up quickly. Light breezes all day. Clear in the area of Green Mountain
and Mt. Morrison, but somewhat hazy to the south.

Raptor Observations:
Observed four local red tail hawks, two appeared to be conducting mating
behavior. Saw one local Prairie Falcon.

Non-raptor Observations:
There were 9 head of elk on the EAST side of the Ridge, but what was most
striking was how few birds we saw--26 in total for the day. Beyond raptors,
there were 5 American Crow, 1 Townsend's Solitaire, 1 American Robin, 3
Black-billed Magpie, 2 Scrub Jay, 1 Common Raven, 3 Mountain Bluebirds. In
my three years up on the Ridge there has never been so few birds. Most
notably missing were passerines.

Predictions:
Hope the migration kicks off. Looks to be an even warmer day tomorrow, so
don't forget that sunscreen.
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Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (<jeff.birek...>)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.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 Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

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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