Saturday, March 30, 2013

Lost 45 Swainson's From Last Night-March 30, 2013

Wes Hetrick
Assisted by:
Pam Albers, Hal Cohen

Migration Today:
Swainson's Hawks-16

Wes was out at sunup and couldn't find 45 Swainson's that flew into the Date Farm. We only took the hawks that were observed leaving through Coyote Canyon. We had a great look at a Prairie Falcon that flew over the hill and apparently chased another falcon from the ground before landing in a tree nearby.

Where are the hawks? We had a great beginning to the season. However we are not getting much migration during what should be a very active period. Either the hawks are taking another route north or they are held up to the south. Our window of migration opportunity begins to shrink after April 8 or so.

Evening Watch:
A disappointing evening without any Swainson's Hawks arriving.

Not much to predict. Hopefully we will have one of those surprise days with hawks coming in from unknown roosting sites.

A shot of a Swainson's on Henderson Canyon Rd. 3/30/13-HC

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