Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Santi Tabares
Observers: Doug Faulkner, Reed Gorner
Visitors: Despite the nice weather less trail users, and only a handful briefly stopped at the platform.
Weather: Constantly shifting winds and cloud cover. Alternating between nearly completely overcast to scattered clouds. Wind changing from completely calm to strong northwestern gusts.
Raptor Observations: Lots of movement early in the day, hawks moving along Green Mountain, Dino Ridge, and over Mt. Morrison depending on weather at the moment. A lot more migrants compared to previous few days, most of them in the early morning.
Non-raptor Observations: Lots of Swifts flying by, with several swallows as well. Mountain and Western Bluebirds made appearances throughout the day, and spotted some deer at the bottom of the ridge and north of I-70.
Predictions: More active migration. ======================================================================== 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)