Wednesday, March 7, 2012

ALERT-Nice Kettle of Swainson's In Town at 5:15P This Evening

Migration Today:
Swainson's Hawks-36
Turkey Vultures-19
Kettle of Swainson's Hawks

The ferocious wind continued through the night and the Swainson's Hawks and Turkey Vultures migrated by 7:30A. In our new brochure we talk about wave periods. We are now entering a wave a few days before March 10th. This is based on past year arrivals.

Evening Watch ALERT:
A nice flight into the date farm of at least 50 Swainson's Hawks. Fourteen TV's flew in as well. All of the raptors settled into the date farm on Borrego Valley Rd.

Prediction for Tomorrow:
The weather should cooperate with light wind from the SSE, warming to the low 70's. Our experience has been that numbers that arrive in the evening are only 1/2-3/4 of the hawks that fly in. So tomorrow we should have some nice Swainson's kettles. A good place to view them would be on Borrego Valley Rd. across from the date farm, or Big Horn and Di Giorgio Rd. and finally the day site on Di Girogio Rd. Expect the hawks and vultures to kettle up between 8:30A and 9:30A.

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