Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: Mitchell Blystone
Visitors: Many, many, many trail runners, bikers, and hikers throughout the day. A lot of gun fire and of course motor bikes. I did observe a very tenacious gentleman who waved the American Flag on the Green Mountain Pedestrian bridge for nearly two hours.
Weather: A good day to own sun screen. The morning started with some brisk westernly winds. Eventually faded to calm eastern winds and a lot of sun.
Raptor Observations: Almost all migration observations came from Morrison mountain/Two Pines then moved closer into the Matthew Winters area. Three Bald Eagles were seen within 10 minutes near Two Pines and I70 area and pretty much all migrators took their time moving North. Additionally all observations seemed to be in burst. There are two local Red Tail pairs that entertained all day and were the majority of sightings on the eastern side. One Accipiter was seen moving south along the Dinosaur ridge.
Non-raptor Observations: Many Scrub Jays, Magpies, and Robins were seen early in the morning but all song birds seemed to calm down when the warmth increased.
Predictions: If the weather is nearly the same I would keep your eye to the west. I'm not betting on that but that was the majority of my day's observations.
Bring sunscreen! ======================================================================== 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.