Saturday, April 7, 2012

April 7-Nice Views Today

Migration Today:
Swainson's Hawks-63

Weather today included calm wind, sunny with broken clouds and temperature 60's-lower 70's. First lift-off at 9A from a few places. Two Swainson's Hawks emerged from trees only a few hundred yards from the day site (see photo). They kettled up over the watch site, moved south to join 6 SW's from the Date Farm. By 9:15A hawks began to rise from Ellis and east of Ellis Farm. This kettle included around 45 birds. It appears that some of the hawks moved directly north as did the big kettle. The hawks streamed northwest making counting easy today. Additional small kettles formed at both Ellis Farm and the Date Farm.

What type of camera do you use to take photo's? I don't have a fancy camera. I use a Panasonic Lumix 24X mainly just for documentation. It's rather small and easy to carry. It does an adequate job but not as good as the pro's with their big lenses. The bird today was mighty close so it was easier to get a decent photo.

Subadult Light Intermediate Morph Swainson's Hawk-4/7/12
 Evening Watch:
Another calm beautiful evening. At 6:15P about a dozen Swainson's Hawks were spotted very high. They didn't land. At 6:45P a large group of hawks was sighted to the north. At least 35 TV's and 15-20 Swainson's Hawks have landed near the day site.

Prediction for Tomorrow:
Weather should be calm and warming into the 80's tomorrow. Lift-off should take place between 8:30 and 9:15A. The best place for viewing is at the day site on Di Giorgio Rd near Henderson Canyon Road.

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