Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 20:25:12 -0700
Reply-To: Charlie <cmmbirds@YAHOO.COM>
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From: Charlie <cmmbirds@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Mississippi Kites - Lamar County
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I've been seeing Mississippi Kites (MIKI) a lot more this year than the last few years. At about 5:30pm today Tracey, Allan and I saw 4 of them kettling over High Falls Park Road in Lamar County.
--- On Wed, 7/20/11, Joel McNeal <joelmcneal@GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal@GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Mississippi Kites, Day 3 - Simonton Bridge Road, Oconee County - 7/20/11
> To: GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 6:08 PM
> > If I remember correctly I think
> at least a single Swallow-tailed Kite has
> > been seen by the river in the State Botanical Garden
> both of the last two
> > previous summers by Joel McNeal, please correct me if
> I am wrong.
> There's only been one Swallow-tailed Kite at the State
> Garden (and in Clarke Co.) that I know of, and tomorrow is
> the 2-year
> anniversary! At the time I considered it quite early
> since most
> post-breeding dispersers don't make it up this far until
> August, but
> there has been a lot of early dispersal this year with
> birds as far
> north as New England a couple weeks ago and the one seen by
> Garrett and Patrick Brisse Monday on Astondale Road right
> next door in
> Oconee Co.
> In other botanical garden kite news, the Mississippi Kites
> that nest
> in or near the garden property every year sounded like they
> successfully raising young this year. Bill &
> Karla O'Grady and I
> heard the raspy, Broad-winged Hawk-like adult calls on
> Sunday in the
> vicinity of the beaverpond and shortly thereafter heard the
> sound of
> begging youngsters. Once we hit the main garden area,
> the adult male
> put on a great show for us, coming down to one of the paved
> paths to
> grab an adult skink, then munching on it a bit in a tree
> and in flight
> above us before heading off towards the nesting area with
> leftovers. I put a couple of marginal photos up at
> the link in my
> signature. At least the red/rufous in the wings,
> which I rarely see
> well in the field, shows up.
> I did a quick mid-day kite sweep through rural eastern
> Clarke Co. this
> afternoon but came up empty on birds of prey. I was
> happy to find two
> Grasshopper Sparrows still making noise in a weedy field on
> Sams Rd. and even happier to see a freshly-impaled, big ol'
> Junebug impaled on barbed wire along Charlie Bolton
> Rd. Hopefully
> there are still breeding Loggerhead Shrikes in Clarke Co.,
> hopefully there will be an abundance of june buggy
> kite/shrike food in
> our area this year.
> Joel McNeal
> Athens-Clarke Co., GA
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