Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Pam Batton
Observers: Kathy Holland
Visitors: 3 birders joined us for most of the am. Around noon 2 birders joined us for about an hour. A couple of the visitors from DFO. Thanks for the extra eyes!
Weather: The evening before had a storm of mixed rain and snow. Snow did not stick on the ridge, but the temperatures were cool and the site shrouded in low clouds for the first hour. Took most of the day for the haze to burn off the horizon. Green Mountain difficult to see till almost noon. Last hour had wind gusts.
Raptor Observations: Most observations to the west of site, due to wind direction and heavy haze to east.
An immature red-tailed hawk gave us a grand view as it perched on a snag next to the site. It seemed unconcerned about us and stayed for over 15 minutes. Never did go further north.
Non-raptor Observations: Magpies very active along the ridge. Ravens very active all around us. Black-capped Chickadee, Solitaire, Scrub Jay
Best siting was 4 White-throated Swifts migrating through
Predictions: The variety of species is increasing. The day should be good with the storm having blown out by today. ======================================================================== 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)