Monday, March 25, 2013

Some Swainson's moving today-March 25, 2013

Hal Cohen
Assisted by: Wes Hetrick, Rose Leong, Richard Yates, Joe Hopkins

Migration Today:
Swainson's Hawks-50

The sky was clear with temps ranging from 60's-70's. The wind was calm. Lift off from the Date Farm at 9:05A. Some of the SW's moved directly west and shortly after the first lift off around 40 SW's kettled up and streamed west. All of the TV's appeared to be locals.

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Here is another look at the nice kettles on March 24

Evening Watch:
A disappointing evening. At 5:30P a large stream of Swainson's was observed. They continued flying northwest and may have departed the valley. Estimates of around 70 in this group. Another small group came in (another 10 or more) and they flew out of the valley the same direction. It is possible that the birds will backtrack and roost for the night. We did not see them. Around 8-10 Swainson's did fly into the Date Farm.

Once again calm wind is predicted for tomorrow. We hope for the larger group to show up. Around 8 Swainson's are in the Date Farm

Where and When:
Check in at the day site on Di Giorgio Rd south of Henderson Canyon Rd. Scouts will hopefully find the Swainson's Hawks.

Swainson's Hawks sitting in the field adjacent to the solar field-3/24/13-HC

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