Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hiding Swainson's Today March 6, 2013

Laura Webb-assisted by:Roae Leong, Judy Davis, Hal Cohen

Migration Today:
Swainson's Hawks-31
Turkey Vultures-16

A strange weather day with very windy conditions to the east and calm to the west. We couldn't find the roosting hawks until they began to lift off at 8:30A. The 31 Swainson's roosted at the Date Farm. We did happen upon a lone SW on Di Giorgio Rd. Judy Davis had a nice shot and I took one (we were mooned and****, just before take off). There are some wildflowers near the path to the day hawkwatch site. A possible Merlin was observed near the hawk watch along with a Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk and Kestrel. 

Evening Watch:
Around 35-45 Swainson's came in and landed late at the Date Farm on the north side. Additionally 11 TV's came into the same area.

High winds are predicted for tomorrow. It is possible that all the SW's and TV's will leave at first light. Expect 35-40 Swainson's to kettle up along with TV's. Hopefully we will be spared the wind however forecasts suggest a windy day.

Sand Verbena at Hawkwatch-3/6/13-HC

Swainson's Hawk-3/6/13-Judy Davis
Swainson's Hawk Mooning Us-3/6/13-HC
Mooned and *********

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