Sunday, April 6, 2014

0Warm Windy Morning Watch-Sunday April 6, 2014


Migration Today:
Swainson's Hawks-3
Prairie Falcon-1
Unknown Raptor-1

A stiff wind from the NW at 12mph and very sunny today. Temps from upper 60's to low 80's. A Swainson's Hawk was present close to the count site this morning. All of the SW's moved low with powered flight to the west. Lift-off of the first SW was at 8:15A. The remaining two left at 8:40 and 9A. NOTE: The blog will be delayed a few days unless we have some migration.

I had visits from two enthusiastic folks today. They expected lots of Swainson's Hawks. They did come out early enough however there were few hawks to observe. We don't have a big migration number every day. Also, the season is quickly coming to a close (only a little over a week left for the official hawk count). We do however have Swainson's flying into May. We encourage folks to check the blog before coming out. Details concerning the number of hawks observed the evening before migration day will help to decide whether it is worth the effort to drive a few hours to the day site. The blog is and usually is posted before 8P every evening. You also can be part of the ALERT system. When we get lots of hawks in an evening I will post directly to now over 100 email addresses. All you have to do is contact me with your email address and indication that you want ALERTS.

Evening Watch:
Nice evening but not apparent migration into the valley:

Light wind tomorrow and hope for some migration but.......

Dark Morph SW near the count site-4/6/14

Rufous Morph (Intermediate) SW-Iris Kilpatrick

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