So far there have been only a couple reports of small numbers of
Swainson's hawks today. Chris Dean has seen a few at the Piute Ponds
and Steve Ritt has reported small numbers moving through the San
Gorgonio Pass near Banning. Steve also reported more than 100
Swainson's hawks moving west through the pass yesterday around mid
Conditions over Altadena and Pasadena have been less than optimal for
hawks today: low clouds, intermittent drizzle, and not much wind.
While watching occasionally from northern Altadena this morning I
didn't see anything moving west or soaring. There were two red-tailed
hawks, two red-shouldered hawks, and a merlin in my neighborhood that
spend a lot of time perched.
As I write this (at about 12:25 pm), the clouds over JPL are lifting
somewhat and I'm starting to see small numbers of turkey vultures
kettling, so it appears that conditions are improving.