Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Some Nice Swainson's Action Today

Directions to the day and evening watch sites:
Day Site-Drive east on Palm Canyon Drive to DiGiorgio Rd. Turn left (north and drive 2.8 miles to the morning site). We manage the site from 8A-11A through April 15th.
Evening Site-Drive east on Palm Canyon Rd to the 4-way stop at Borrego Valley Rd. Turn left (north and drive 1.8 miles to the evening site)-We are at the site from 5P-sundown.

Migration Today:
Subadult Golden Eagle
Swainson's Hawks-25
Turkey Vultures-24

Calm wind for most of the morning, cool with some high clouds, sunny. Besides the migrants, Redtails and a Harrier were spotted hunting. A Golden Eagle sat on a telephone pole a few miles south of the watch. First lift-off was just before 9A from Roadrunner RV Park (TV's) and the Date Farm. The SW's roosted at the date farm. Most of the raptors moved west then North using updrafts along the mountains rather than thermals.

Evening Watch:
3 Swainson's Hawks descended into the date farm this evening.

Prediction for Tomorrow:
We have a wind advisory through tomorrow. Gusts to 60mph are possible. Any Swainson's in the valley will probably depart at sunup.

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