Date: 3/24/17 4:16 pm
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Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge (24 Mar 2017) 9 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 24, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 8 8
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 5 5
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 6 144 144
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 11 11
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 1 11 11
Unknown Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 6 6

Total: 9 202 202

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

Official Counter: Debbie James


Only saw 6 hikers/runners on the trail. One young man who had just moved
here from NJ to attend the Art Institute, stopped and talked. He was
shooting pictures.

Boy was it blowing hard up on the Ridge. The trail was muddy and slick on
the way up, but I'll not bemoan a drop of precip for that poor dry
mountain. A nice powdering of snow, which remained on Mt. Morrison thru
the end of the day. Temps were 4 - 9 degrees (C), but wind made it feel
much colder. Pretty much a complete cloud covering the entire day. Good
thing about the wind was that it made for great visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Only the first 4 migrators were to the west over Mt. Morrison and on to
Mother Cabrini, but at the start of the 3rd hour all birds flew on the east
side of the Ridge, many at eye-level. It was a wonder to see Red Tail
Hawks hovering stationary in the high wind. Two locals played quite a bit,
hovering in tandem, legs down, heads down, then would roll and zoom to the
south. Bird fun! 5 local Red Tail hawks were spotted; 2 local Kestrels; 1
Peregrine Falcon; and 1 local Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
5 Black-billed Magpie; 3 Western Meadowlark; 4 Townsend's Solitaire; 8
Northern Flicker; 3 American Crow; 2 Housefinch; 2 American Robin; 2
Woodhouse's Scrub Jay; 17 Mountain Bluebirds; 1 Spotted Towhee; 15 Western
Bluebirds; 5 Bushtit;

Hopefully not so windy.
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (<jeff.birek...>)
Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:

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

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