Date: 3/21/21 1:01 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [cobirds] Dinosaur Ridge - Denver Field Ornithologists (21 Mar 2021) 14 Raptors
Dinosaur Ridge - Denver Field Ornithologists
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 21, 2021
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 10 10
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 5 5
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 3 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 5 86 86
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Ferruginous Hawk 0 6 6
Golden Eagle 0 3 3
American Kestrel 1 1 1
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 3 7 7
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 3 3

Total: 14 132 132
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Santi Tabares

Observers:

Visitors:
Rather quiet due to bad weather, two people asked about what we were
looking for.


Weather:
Cold, windy, and cloudy. Cloud cover started at 20% and gradually
progressed to 90% throughout the day. Light SSW wind throughout the day.
Started to snow and rain at around 1:30

Raptor Observations:
Nearly all raptors flying along western ridge, which the exception of the
falcons and Sharp-shinned which flew low over Dino Ridge. Also saw local
Golden and Bald Eagle.

Non-raptor Observations:
Trail still messy as the snow melts with ice and mud patches. Lots of
Mountain Bluebirds, Two elk north of I-70.

Predictions:
Winter Storm
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Report submitted by DAVID HILL ()
Dinosaur Ridge - Denver Field Ornithologists information may be found at:
http://www.dfobirds.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: https://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 of any skill level are always welcome. HawkWatch at
Dinosaur Ridge is generally staffed by volunteers 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 southwest end of lot to the 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. (Distance: 0.56 miles, Elevation gain: 259 feet)


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