Revised 2011 bird total:
437 species

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Kite, kite, kite, kite, kite!

What a day.

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!

Until later



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  2. What an awesome welcome back to Virginia! Wow, you are closing in on 375. way to go!!