Monday, March 5, 2012

Some Swainson's Hawks in the Mix Today

Migration Today:

Swainson's Hawks-8
Turkey Vultures-6

Temperatures ranged from the upper 50's to 80. The sky was overcast with some nice blue holes. the wind was calm. TV's began to kettle up at 9:40P. Swainson's Hawks joined the TV's. The SW's lifted off from the date farm. Initially more than 6 TV's were observed. However only 6 migrated. 

Pictured to the right is "The Hill" as we affectionately call it. We are located on private property (Roadrunner Tree Farm). Mike Spiecherman, the manager, plows sand high enough for us to perch on. Although not high, it gives us a view over the tops of Tamarisk trees surrounding us. 

"The Hill"
Evening Watch:
Ten Turkey Vultures were observed flying over The Springs RV park this evening. They may have landed in the adjoining Eucalyptus trees or the Date Farm. No reports of Swainson's Hawks.

Prediction for Tomorrow:
We will once again experience some strong winds with gusts to 65mph. So hold onto your hat. With strong wind, the TV's will get up and out early.

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