Date: 5/4/18 3:23 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (04 May 2018) 7 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 04, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 3 6 94
Osprey 0 5 11
Bald Eagle 0 0 6
Northern Harrier 0 0 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 25
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 41
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 16
Red-tailed Hawk 3 6 241
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 9 15
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 11
American Kestrel 0 10 43
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 8
Prairie Falcon 0 0 4
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 17
Unknown Buteo 0 0 23
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
Unknown Raptor 0 0 8

Total: 7 46 580
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Debbie James

Observers:

Visitors:
Hickers and bikers were plentiful on trial. A few people came up on the
station, but just looked at the view.


Weather:
Mt. Morrison and Genessee got a dusting of snow--high peaks were
well-covered, and everything else at lower elevation well-soaked.
Beautiful spring day with temps starting at 15 C, rising to 21 C by end of
watch. Mostly clear skies and low breeze.

Raptor Observations:
Slow day--it appears migrators had the sense to push through ahead of the
storm, so glad Joyce was there to count them all. In the second hour a
kettle of 7 Turkey Vultures circled over Mother Cabrini, most likely honing
in on food. Also spotted were two local Red-Tailed Hawks, and a Peregrine
Falcon streaked by the station once in the morning and again in the p.m.

Non-raptor Observations:
5 head of deer were on east side of Ridge, one doe was noticeably pregnant.
A Cottontail rabbit hoped nearby, and finally the Eastern Fence lizard
appeared at station. Saw two coyotes walking along eastern ledge as I was
leaving--all creatures evidence of the diversity of animals on and around
the Ridge. Also seen or heard: 4 Black-capped Chickadee; 5 Mountain
Chickadee; 1 Blue Jay; 2 Northern Flicker; 3 Western Meadowlark; 5 Spotted
Towhee; 1 Woodhouse's Scrub Jay; 1 American Robin; 1 Rock Wren; 2
Black-billed Magpie; 9 Violet-green Swallow; 1 House Finch; 1 American
Crow; 1 Common Raven; and 7 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

Predictions:
Unless someone can cover for Mike, this will be the last report for the
season.
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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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