Date: 3/25/18 4:30 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (25 Mar 2018) 31 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 25, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 1 1
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 2 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 3 3
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 21 128 128
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Ferruginous Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 1 7 7
American Kestrel 3 4 4
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 1 5 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 31 157 157
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Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Mike Fernandez

Observers: Carol Cwiklinski, Rob Riley

Visitors:
We had many visitors to the platform today and this time most were curious
about our project. Handed out one info card to a family with a daughter who
asked us several questions.


Weather:
Good weather today for people and birds. Wind and clouds arrived late in
the watch.

Raptor Observations:
SPECIAL NOTE: OBSERVATIONS FROM A SECOND LOCATION (in radio contact) DURING
TODAY'S WATCH --
Second location: 50 meters down southeast side of Two Pines.
Observation time: 9:00-14:00 MST. Observer: Steve Small.
Turkey Vulture 7, Northern Harrier 3, Bald Eagle 1, Sharp shinned Hawk 5,
Cooper's Hawk 4, Northern Goshawk 1 adult, Red tailed Hawk 30 (3 dark
morph), American Kestrel 10, Peregrine Falcon 3. Total migrators: 64. (This
compares with 31 total migrating birds seen from the platform.)

Migrating Raptors: Migrators were all over the place today. Some east, some
directly overhead, and some west; some beyond naked eye, and some just
above us over the ridge. Good thing there were three of us most of the day.
Zero migration seen first and last hour of the watch; all were seen between
9:00 am and 1:00 pm MST.

Non-Migrating Raptors: Turkey Vultures (3 locals), Bald Eagles (1 local
heading due west very high over Power Lines), Unid. Accipiter (1),
Red-tailed Hawks (3), American Kestrel (1), and Unid. Falcon Sp (1).

Non-raptor Observations:
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay (2), Black-billed Magpie (2), American Crow (14),
Common Raven (7), Mountain Chickadee (4), Bushtit (4), Townsend's Solitaire
(6), Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (2), House Finch (2).

Predictions:
Unpredictable.
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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/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=123

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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