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Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs

Yesterday evening 18 Swainson's Hawks roosted at the Date Farm (Evans Farm is the correct name now). We officially opened the hawk count today. Each evening we hope to monitor incoming hawks from a mesquite dune located 1.8 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive on Borrego Valley Rd. Incoming hawks usually arrive between 4pm and just after sunset. The morning watch is located 2.8 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive on DiGiorgio Rd. (south of Henderson Canyon Rd.) Our official count site is on a raised sand hill to the east. We monitor migration hawks from 8am-11am each morning through March. If you would like to be on the ALERT list, send me an email and you will be added. I send out information about roosting hawks when we get more than 100 in town. I estimate the departure time for the following day. A major flower bloom is predicted this season. If we have a super bloom and with it millions of caterpillars, we will have a record number of Swainson's Hawks. Beware that March weekends will be very crowded in Borrego Springs especially with a warmup in the coming weeks. On March 18, 2017 we counted 3,713 Swainson's Hawks migrating. You can access information about the hawkwatch at and our blog at

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