We didn't get to the ruins, but we did get to see some nice desert flowers.
Most of the mornings last week and this, I have joined the local "hawk watch" group. Every morning at 8:30 we gather here at this 15 foot high mound of sand to watch the migrating Swainson Hawks along with some Turkey Vultures as they rise from their overnight roosts and stream out to look for thermals where they gain altitude. Once they find a thermal they circle (kettle) and strike out to the north west over the mountains heading for Oregon, Washington, and Canada.The hawks and vultures are counted and records are kept of the numbers to help track the migration. This is one of only two counting stations in California.
Yesterday, we spotted 46 Swainson Hawks and 10 vultures. Today, it was almost the reverse. Ten hawks and 41 vultures.