Friday, February 27, 2015

Slow Down As March Approaches-February-21-February 27, 2015

Saturday Feb. 21-Joe
Sunday Feb 22-Laura
Monday Feb 23-Herb
Tuesday Feb 24-Steve
Wednesday Feb 25-Laura
Thursday Feb 26-Joe
Friday Feb. 27-Hal

Feb 21-3 TV's; 1 Swainson's Hawk
Feb 22-0
Feb 23-1 TV; 27 SW's
Feb 24-16 TV's; 57 SW's
Feb 25-0
Feb 26-0
Feb 27-1 SW

So far our number of Swainson's Hawks observed in February has surpassed the average of 174. This year falls into the fourth spot among 12 years of observation. This month we have counted 224 Swainson's Hawks. Flowers continue to be blooming profusely throughout the valley. White-lined Sphinx Moth and Painted Lady Butterfly caterpillars are munching away at the flowers. We expect very windy conditions through Saturday morning. Rain is predicted for Sunday. Monday or Tuesday could produce a nice migration. Today we spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk and a White-tailed Kite.

WE NEED A NICE USED LARGE UMBRELLA-We are looking for a large used umbrella to use at the hawkwatch. Someone walked off with our old umbrella. We have one now that is moth eaten. Preferably one that can tilt for the angle of the sun would work. However any old umbrella would do.  Let me know if you have one tucked away in the garage, getting dusty. You can contact me at

Evening Watch February 27:
It is very windy as I write this blog account. Twelve Swainson's came in this evening along with 9 Turkey Vultures. They were airborne when the watchers left as it became dark. '

Prediction for Saturday February 28:
With the very windy conditions, it is likely that all of the Swainson's and Turkey Vultures will be up and out of the valley early tomorrow.
Very Near the Hawkwatch-HC
Verbena, Sunflowers, Lupine and other species-HC
Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady Caterpillars Everywhere-HC
Sunset at the Evening Watch Site-HC

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