Date: 3/23/17 5:21 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge (23 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 23, 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 1 8 8
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 138 138
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Ferruginous Hawk 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 3 3
American Kestrel 1 10 10
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Prairie Falcon 0 1 1
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 0 10 10
Unknown Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 6 6

Total: 5 193 193
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Mike Fernandez

Observers: Karen Fernandez, Mary Fran O\'Connor

Visitors:
Expert New York hawk watchers Liza and Ajit Antony (Mount Peter Hawkwatch
site in Warwick, NY) were on the hill from 8:00 to 11:00 MST and provided
numerous sitings. Former hawk watch volunteer Mary O'Connor came up at
12:30 MST and observed for an hour and a half. A visiting couple from
Massachusetts took a break from training for the Continental Divide Trail
and reported seeing lots of BAEA flying west along the I-70 corridor.


Weather:
Strong, sporadic wind gusts from the west all day. Otherwise, sunny and
clear with minimal high cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
Local RTHA observed throughout the day on both sides of the ridge. A local
PEFA soared with a Red-Tailed Hawk above the platform. A migrant BAEA was
"escorted" by a pair of local RTHA from Green Mountain to Cabrini.

Non-raptor Observations:
Limited bird activity on the ridge today, perhaps due to wind. Observed
were American Crow, Common Raven, Townsend's Solitaire, Woodhouse's
Scrub-Jay, American Robin, Black-billed Magpie, and Northern Flicker.

Predictions:
Rain or snow should have an impact on migration. Or not.
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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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