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Migrating SWKI were seen heading south a couple days ago in Veracruz, 
Mexico.

Lloyd


>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]>
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> 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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