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Dinosaur Ridge Hawkwatch - Jefferson County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This, the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado, is probably the best place in the entire nation to see the rare dark morph of the Broad-winged Hawk. Even so, the hawkwatch only logs a few each spring. Hawkwatchers who hang around long enough should see the 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 Falcon and Ferruginous Hawk are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular. Volunteers also often see 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 staffed by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory generally from about 9 AM to around 4 PM from the first week of March to the first week of May.

Habitat: Foothill Shrub
Directions: From I-70 exit 259 (the Morrison exit), head south a short distance on CO 26 and turn left (east) into a Park-'n'-Ride parking lot (the "Stegosaurus" lot). Follow the steep and sometimes muddy trail through a gate and switchbacks up to the top of the ridge. At the top of the ridge turn left and go through the gate.
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