Joe, assisted by Wes, Pam, Rose and Hal
The Swainson's Hawks form yesterday evening came out of Ellis Farm today and flew to the ground near the solar field. They remained in the field and an adjacent tree until 8:35A. They took off singly flew low to the north. Counting was easy today and photographers got some nice shots. See the Youtube showing the hawks on the ground. http://youtu.be/3leKKvqur-Y
At 5:10P around 50 Swainson's Hawks were observed very high. They drifted west out of sight. At 6:10P around 150 Swainson's were found directly overhead. They all descended into the Date Farm. We are not sure if the earlier group joined the later group. We estimate 150-200 Swainson's are in this evening. Over 40 Turkey Vultures also flew in and landed in the Roadrunner Club.
Once again the wind forecast for tomorrow morning is west wind at 6mph. The SW's will probably depart between 8 and 9A. Best viewing from DiGiorgio Road. around 1.5 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive. If the wind picks up the hawks might leave earlier. A west wind sometimes pushes the hawks east a bit before they move north.
|Dark Swainson's Hawk-3/21/14|
|Turkey Vultures with solar in the background|
|Jet that scared us and may have flown through a large kettle of SW's|
|Another Amazing Shot by Iris Kilpatrick|