Tuesday, May 20, 2014

We Have Babies!

Since we have been posting our shots of the Swallow-tailed Kites that are nesting near the banding table several folks have been trying to locate it on their own. Including the park rangers. Unfortunately, there is exactly one spot you can even see the nest with any clarity. That spot is on private areas just below the banding table.

Ranger Frank stopped by last Sunday before he heads off on vacation (have fun, Frank!) and we were able to show him the spot. Last Sunday we had 3 birds in flight chasing of Vultures and we could see Momma on the nest early in the morning. Our good friend Paul Hueber has been curious about the nest site and today the rangers drove him into the area to show him the spot.

Seems it was a productive visit. Paul got a shot of two Kite fledglings peeking out of the nest!

Swallow-tailed Kite

Now we can watch for them our last Sunday and probably on other random days as they grow up. Excellent news! Breeding confirmed.

Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, May 25th.
All nets will be opened by 6:00 A.M.

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