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Tommie and Bob,  you may have heard that for the last several years a pair or  possible a few pairs have attempted nesting in Arkansas. I don't know of the success of any nest yet, but the St. Louis bird could be a wanderer from that group. 

brad

>>> Tommie & Ron Rogers <[log in to unmask]> 08/23/06 7:17 AM >>>
Yes, according to the man who did the research, they find their own parents.  I believe the researcher's name was Ken Meyers in Florida.  Don't quote me on that.  It has been a few years since I met him and heard his conclusions on the research.  I wish I could recall the exact mountain range and country (Chile and Argentina)where the kites winter.  It was far south in South America.  He also said there were non-migratory Swallowtail Kites living in that area of South America.  The researchers had difficulty getting into that area (political, etc.).   They attempted to get land owners to preserve habitat there for the kites.  
The Swallowtail Kite breeding range was much more extensive in N. America in the past.  A pair of Swallowtail Kites average two eggs yearly.  Many perish crossing the Gulf of Mexico.  Their present breeding range is SC, FL, Georgia, Alabama (maybe), Mississippi, and Louisiana.  They have only one brood per year.  Therefore, it is unlikely that they will ever re-occupy their former breeding range.
Tommie Rogers
Mound City, MO

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jackie Chain 
  To: Tommie & Ron Rogers 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 5:56 PM
  Subject: Re: S-T kite 8/22 - yes/age of bird?


  Wow!  They find their own parents?

  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County


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