Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 13:00:00 Total observation time: 5.25 hours
Official Counter: Roger Rouch
Observers: Bill Wuerthele
Visitors: A gentleman visiting from Austin had seen the Hawkwatch reports and came up for about an hour mid-morning to do bird photography. Unfortunately the raptors and other birds were all pretty far away.
Weather: A warm but windy day with temperatures in the 60's and wind shifting from the west and north at around 3 or 4 Bft. in the morning, then 5 or 6 Bft. in the afternoon. Mostly clear in the morning and then partly cloudy. A few raindrops in the afternoon.
Raptor Observations: Only a few migrating raptors all in the morning hours, but some good entertainment from local raptors. A male and female Kestrel became very intimate on one of the power poles just to the east and later chased a Cooper's Hawk moving north to do an about face and fly south. A group of three to five Turkey Vultures roamed above the ridges through the day. A local Golden Eagle and Red-tailed Hawk performed some aggressive acrobatics together over the eastern ridge. And of course the occasional local Red-tailed.
Non-raptor Observations: Seen or heard included Woodhouse's Scrub-jay, Canyon Wren, Western Meadowlark, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Blue Jay, Townsend's Solitaire, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow. White-throated Swifts were common from mid-morning forward. ======================================================================== 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.