Date: 3/4/18 3:50 pm
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Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (04 Mar 2018) 5 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 04, 2018

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 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 5 16 16
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 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 5 17 17

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Mike Fernandez

Observers: Carol Cwiklinski, Karen Fernandez, Steve Small

An avid birder stopped by at noon for about 1/2 hr and will come back this
week now that he knows this is the CO hawkwatch. Has been a drop in
contributer at other HW sites, especially in Virginia. Very busy with
humans on the platform today; hard to navigate at times. But very good
response from several groups who wanted to know more about our effort.
Handed out Hawkwatch info card and solicited volunteers to at least four

Windy and warm. Gusty west (generally) winds screaming up the west side
steadily all day, but fairly calm on the east slope. Mid day gusts over 30
mph, BFT-7 (Whole trees in motion; resistence felt walking against the

Raptor Observations:
Migrating Raptors: Mostly HOF-3 high flyers today. Their path northward was
less direct than on less windy days.

Non-Migrating Raptors: 3 local Red-taileds repeatedly over the Gap and
north on the west side of the ridge. One sub-adult Bald Eagle circled over
Cabrini and disappeared west early in the count.

Non-raptor Observations:
A group of three Townsend's Solitaires flitted about close to the platform,
east and west, early. A couple of Black-billed Magpie's were present but
very infrequent down ridge on the east. A House Finch appeared and
auditioned, then dropped out early. A few Crows and many Ravens persisted
all day in spite of (or seemingly enjoying) the winds.

Cooler on Monday, but winds continue. Be careful up there.
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (<jeff.birek...>)
Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies information may be found at:

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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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