Date: 3/5/17 5:17 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge (05 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 05, 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 4 4
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 2 13 13
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 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2 18 18
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Mike Fernandez

Observers: Joe Elliott, Karen Fernandez

Visitors:
Several curiosity seekers took the detour up to the hawkwatch platform to
ask questions. A couple of experienced birders stopped by and helped out.
One, a former Hawkwatch volunteer who started in 1999, Joe Elliott (Amelia
with him), was very helpful. The other shared photos from his focus area
along Bear Creek.


Weather:
Mostly low-ish cloud cover all day with winds mild and shifting direction.
May have screened high flyers. A brief break in the cover around noon
provided some direct sunlight, but quickly gave way to near 100% cover for
the rest of the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Second RTHA migrator circled above Green Mountain several times to gain
elevation, then took off north.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Crow, Common Raven, House Finch, Canada Goose, Red-Tailed Hawk,
Prairie Falcon, Bushtit (n=30), Black-Billed Magpie, Dark-Eyed Junco,
Townsend's Solitaire and Western Scrub-Jay (Woodhouse). Ravens and local
Red-Tails provided the entertainment for the day with their skillful air
play. Red-Tails often held stationary or hovered above us.

Predictions:
The trail is in excellent condition. I found the pole for the plastic owl,
but no owl (is it coming soon?). Temps are going to drop next two days, but
with so little hawk migratory activity today, even with predicted winds
coming, tomorrow could be bolstered by pent up need for forward progress.
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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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