Observation start time: 10:00:00 Observation end time: 12:00:00 Total observation time: 2 hours
Official Counter: Mitchell Blystone
Visitors: A lot of trail traffic but not too many visitors to the platform.
Weather: A beautiful spring day with plenty of blue sky. Early in the day high cirrus clouds covered the western horizon with a later development of some decent cumulonimbus clouds. A cool eastern breeze persisted through the morning.
Raptor Observations: A great day for close ups of Broad-Wings! My first 10 minutes on the hill had 7 BWHs fly really low and near the deck. There was a lot of activity around Mt. Morrison with some of the migrators being little more than dots on the horizon. Most of the local's activity was farther south down the ridge line.
Non-raptor Observations: Lots of White throated swifts, Chickadees, Robins, Dark-eyed junkos, Crows, Magpies, and even a couple rabbits.
Predictions: Hopefully as good as today! Activity seemed to be sticking to the western side of the hill so maybe it's theme! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Matthew Smith (<matt.smith...>) 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.