Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 11:30:00 Total observation time: 2.5 hours
Official Counter: Dave Hill
Visitors: Several hikers, runners and bikers
Weather: The day started with sunshine and 40% clouds. Just after noon light snow began to fall. Then the clouds moved in obscuring all the geography along the west side of the ridge. Snow intensity increased and I departed at 12:30 PM MDT.
Raptor Observations: 1 Golden Eagle (local bird who escorted 3 Red-taileds along their route north) 1 Cooper's Hawk (migrant) 6 Red-tailed Hawk (4 adult migrants, 2 adult locals) 1 Prairie Falcon (local - flew south along the ridge)
Non-raptor Observations: 1 Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay 2 American Crow 6 Common Raven 2 Townsend's Solitaire 6 American Robin 8 House Finch (Stegosaurus parking lot)
Predictions: The snow is melting. Frozen earth in the morning, mud in the afternoon! ======================================================================== Report submitted by DAVID HILL () Dinosaur Ridge - Denver Field Ornithologists information may be found at: http://www.dfobirds.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 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)