31 May 2012
Bird A Day: White-tailed Kites
The Bird A Day challenge continues and while I used some nice northern birds on my recent trip to North Carolina, I still have work to do here in Florida. On Tuesday, Andy and I drove out to Everglades National Park in a search to find a White-tailed Kite. We both had numerous times tried for this bird during the winter with no luck but Research Road was kind to us this week and delivered TWO White-tailed Kites in one snag. We had killer looks and watched the pair move only once to a different tree. The lower kite in the photo above has a prey item that it was busy eating.
We left after fullfilling looks and enjoyed the numerous Eastern Meadowlark on the drive out. We also found Swallow-tailed Kites and Eastern Bluebird on Research Road before leaving. The evening was topped off in Homestead with sightings of Gray Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, and Common Myna.