Friday, February 24, 2012

Hot Weather/Calm conditions/Few Hawks

Migration Today:
Turkey Vultures-3

Dark Morph Swainson's Hawk
It has been a very slow 3 days, thus, no blog. If you see a blank day, hit and hit Monthly Summaries, scroll down to Borrego Valley and you will get an account of hawks observed if any. It's also fun to compare other months and years. For example, if you look at the past 8 years of February data, the average for the month of Feb. is around 175. This is a very small part of the seasonal totals.

The calm, hot weather probably has been an influence as well. It is even possible that conditions are good for high altitude flights. So, we might have a migration that we are not viewing.

Evening Watch:
This evening at 5PM over 30 TV's flew into the back of the date farm. Two Swainson's Hawks flew into the date farm and were viewed from the evening watch. Perhaps things will begin to liven up.

Prediction for tomorrow:
Another warm day in the 80's predicted for tomorrow. Light winds will slow the departure of the TV's and SW's. Expect lift-off between 9A and 10A. Check in at the day site on DiGiorgio Rd (2.8 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive) for more information. Joe Hopkins is our leader tomorrow. Rose, our best eyes has arrived in town today and will certainly help us increase the number of hawks observed.

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