2 Swallow-tailed Kites and 1 Mississippi Kite have been reported for over a week (Swallow-taileds) and a few days (Miss.) in Campbell County, 2 hours from where I live in Virginia. They're both life birds I still need.
My dad and I went down today and arrived on site where other birders were including someone I know Brenda Tekin. They told me exciting news, 2 Mississippi and 2 Swallow-tailed Kites were there. I immediately saw the swallow-taileds - what a gorgeous bird! It took a minute for me to find them but I soon saw the distant Mississippis. After a little while, Broad-winged and Red-tailed Hawks were seen, and a THIRD Mississippi Kite joined the group of already-4 kites. At one time I had 5 kites, 3 Mississippis and 2 Swallow-tails in the same binocular view! A WOW moment!
Possible hurricane coming into the area next week. Storm-blown vagrants?? Hopefully!