Date: 3/9/18 3:19 pm
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Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (09 Mar 2018) 5 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 09, 2018

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 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 28 28
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
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 31 31

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

Official Counter: Debbie James

Observers: Gary Rossmiller, Jane Haddock, Rick Bieser

Odds and ends visitors to the station, mostly all were there for the views.

Another very warm day up on the Ridge, and dry with low humidity. Winds in
the morning were calm, bu then became gusty by afternoon. It's crunchy
dry, and could really use precip.

Raptor Observations:
Local hawks observed were 5 Red-tailed Hawks--two who appear to still be
courting; 1 juvenile Golden Eagle who was hunting low on the east side of
the Ridge in the first hour; and 1 adult Bald Eagle flying low over West

Non-raptor Observations:
Also seen or heard: 7 Black-billed Magpie; 5 American Robin; 5 Dark-eyed
Junco; 12 American Crow; 10 Chickadees; 3 Townsend's Solitaire--two who
appear to be courting; 1 Northern Flicker; 1 Scrub Jay; and 6 Bushtits.
Also saw 8 head of deer over Mother Cabrini way, grazing.

Looks like it will be about 10 degrees F. cooler tomorrow, but no
significant precipitation in sight.
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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