Our last days in Borrego Springs were taken up with hiking and hawks. The last hike we took was 6.5 miles up the California Hiking and Riding trail. A climb of 2,500 feet that took us a little over 3 hours. We shuttled some cars to the top so that we did not have to make the down hill trip on foot.
The day before we left, we went out early in the morning to take part in the “Hawk Watch”. The night before, approximately 200 Swainson Hawks had landed in the palms. With no winds and warm temperatures, it was anticipated that the hawks would start to kettle and move out around 9:30 in the morning. We gathered with a group along Di Giorgio Road to wait for lift off.
Hal Cohen, the coordinator took the opportunity to educate the newcomers on what was happening.
At about 10 a.m. the hawks lifted off. These photos are taken on a later day, but they show the beauty of the hawk lift off.
Approximately 200 hawks left the valley that day.