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I did not imply that the kite is from Florida.  I merely stated that 
research was done on the Florida Swallowtail Kites.  It was also done on 
kites from other southern states including Texas to track the kites' 
migration routes.  Some of the Swallowtail Kites fly across the Gulf of 
Mexico and some pass through Texas down the coast of Mexico.  The length of 
the tail is longer on the adults.
Tommie Rogers
Mound City, MO

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Fisher" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:27 PM
Subject: Re: S-T kite 8/22/age/when will bird leave?


>I don't think it can be assumed that the S-T Kite is from Florida or that 
>it will depart on the same schedule with Florida birds. (It may well depart 
>earlier). It is true that 60-65% of the 800-1125 pairs of S-T Kites in the 
>U.S. breed in Florida. But S-T Kite also breeds west as far as East Texas, 
>and there is a record of a pair attempting to nest in the White River 
>Bottoms of Arkansas in 2002. Historically, S-T Kites ranged up the 
>Mississippi River drainage as far as Minnesota. They also ranged north in 
>the plains from Texas to Oklahoma and Kansas. The present Missouri bird is 
>in a location that used to be within the species' historic Mississippi 
>drainage range.
>
> If the bird is a juvenile, the likliest possibility is that it wandered 
> north from a breeding site closer to us than peninsular Florida.
>
> A few S-T Kites show up at the Corpus Christi hawk watch in April and 
> September each year. I spent some time in Texas in April, 1997, both at 
> Corpus Christi and at High Island, farther east. I heard reports of S-T 
> Kites in both places while I was there (although I was not fortunate 
> enough to see one). I wonder if there is not a small remnant "central" 
> breeding population, which produces the Texas migrants.
>
> Incidentally, Kansas Department of  Wildlife and Parks unsuccessfully 
> attempted to reintroduce S-T Kite into Kansas a few years back.
>
>
> Bob Fisher
> Independence, Missouri
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Charlene and Jim Malone" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 12:38 PM
> Subject: S-T kite 8/22 - yes/age of bird?
>
>
>> The Swallow-tailed kite continues!
>> Checked on the kite and Jo Ann Eldridge and her group had it at the 
>> "magic gate" about 9:30 AM or so.
>> Then it flew east to parts unknown by me and them at the time.
>>
>> If you procrastinators want to see it, better get there soon.
>> "The Birds of North America Online" says that there are few individuals 
>> and no communal roosts in Florida by mid-Sept.
>>
>> Re: age
>> Initial impression was of a juvie, but let myself be swayed to think 
>> adult.
>> After the close-up pictures, thinking juvie again.
>> Any other thoughts about age and why?
>>
>> Guess it's time to turn attention to passerines now and  finding the 
>> no-show Buffies in Linc Co.
>> (yes Scott Schuette had two Buff-breasted sandpipers earlier this month, 
>> but think he was hallucinating or suffering heat stroke.)
>>
>> Good birding,
>> Charlene Malone
>> St. Louis co.
>>
>>
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