Date: 4/15/18 8:58 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (14 Apr 2018) 11 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 7 58 60
Osprey 0 2 2
Bald Eagle 0 2 5
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 8 12
Cooper's Hawk 0 17 25
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2 37 205
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1
Ferruginous Hawk 0 1 3
Golden Eagle 0 1 9
American Kestrel 0 7 21
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 3
Prairie Falcon 0 1 3
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 8
Unknown Buteo 0 5 10
Unknown Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 5 6

Total: 11 155 379
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Observation start time: 09:15:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 3.75 hours

Official Counter: Mitchell Blystone

Observers: Jane Haddock

Visitors:
So many! Matt Smith joined us with a Birding and Beers Meetup group which
was really fun. At one point there was 10-12 additional excited observers
on the hill all hoping to catch a migrater in flight. A very interested
and fun group of people for sure. There was a couple hikers and bikers on
the trails but not a particularly busy day.


Weather:
A beautiful chilly sunny day. Little cloud cover throughout the morning
but a persistent southeast to easterly made for a colder day.

Raptor Observations:
A very entertaining day with a decent spread of raptor varieties. Multiple
Turkey Vultures made their way along the ridge line which was great for
some up close observations. Kestrels played along the east slope landing,
swooping, hovering, and taking breaks on the telephone lines. Two
Peregrines were seen with one migrating and one escorting the visitor out
of the valley. Another highlight was a Golden Eagle which came out from
the west with 4 accompanying Ravens. They made no progress in any
direction other then slowly moving straight up until they vanished into the
blue. Activity was spread evenly on the eastern and western sides of the
ridge line.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Meadowlark was heard (my first of the season) and White-breasted
Nuthatches, White-throated swifts, Robins, Mountain Chickadees, Ravens,
Scrub Jays, Magpies, and Townsend's Solitaires were all observed.

Predictions:
I would imagine it'll be a great day. No predictions really but hoping for
some good luck!
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Report submitted by Matthew Smith (<matt.smith...>)
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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