|Posted on September 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM|
Two unexpected visitors to Washington County were reported on August 11. A Swallow-tailed Kite as well as a Mississippi Kite were spotted near the fish hatchery on Rt. 66. The STKI is a first record for the county and stayed in the area until at least August 26. People from near and far came to admire its beauty and aerial agility. The Swallow-tailed Kite is a medium sized raptor with striking
black and white plumage, a long forked tail, and a 48” wingspan. It captures flying insects, or plucks them from treetops, as well as small reptiles and birds. The STKI breeds in the southeastern US and winters in northern and central SA where it can also be a year-round resident. Thanks to Brad Lanning for spotting both birds, and to Jim Speicher for notifying club members.