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
Visitors: Odds and ends visitors to the station, mostly all were there for the views.
Weather: 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 Ridge.
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.
Predictions: 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: 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.