Date: 4/7/17 4:15 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (07 Apr 2017) 2 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 07, 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 4 4
Osprey 0 1 1
Bald Eagle 0 3 12
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 7 17
Cooper's Hawk 1 6 11
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 17 197
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 5
Golden Eagle 0 0 3
American Kestrel 0 8 20
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 2
Prairie Falcon 0 0 1
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 1 16
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 2 49 305
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Debbie James

Observers:

Visitors:
Steady stream of hikers and cyclers. One couple out taking pictures and
bird spotting ate their lunch at the station and watched local birds.


Weather:
A balmy day up on the Ridge, with light breezes and a whole day of cloud
cover, so it didn't get too hot.

Raptor Observations:
First hour had lots of activity from 5 local red tails, two locked in
aerial combat at one point. There was one local Sharp Shinned Hawk
flitting around, 3 local kestrels--with a female who perched on a line in
the afternoon vocalizing with another kestrel out of the line of sight. I
think they got everything settled, because she flew off to the south, and I
didn't see her the rest of the day. There was one local Turkey Vulture who
kept swooping overhead to see if I'd cough hard enough to do myself in and
therefore be some good eating. I was grateful for local birds because it
was a slow, slow day otherwise.

Non-raptor Observations:
7 elk on East side of Ridge, grazing their way south. 9 mule deer grazing
below Mother Cabrini. 2 Eastern Fence lizards sunning on rocks at the
station today. 5 Common Ravens, one missing most of its left tail
feathers, 5 black-billed magpie; 1 Northern Flicker; 4 Meadowlark; 5
Bushtit; 4 Mountain Chickadee; 2 Scrub Jay; 1 Townsend's Solitaire; 1 White
Throated Swift.

Predictions:
It looks like exactly the same weather tomorrow. The trail is in good
shape, except for the switchback turn, which is still muddy. I pose a
question: Since Spring was so early this year, is migration just about
over?
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Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (<jeff.birek...>)
Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 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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