Odd Birds

Not odd as is in weird, but odd as in ones I wouldn’t have expected to see.

While waiting for a ride from work yesterday, I glanced up, as I often do, to see if any soaring birds were overhead. I saw 4 or 5 birds flying to my east, heading east, high enough that I could only make out general shape and patterns. The birds’ overall shape and under-wing patterns showed them to be White-tailed Kites! I have no photographic or other evidence to show you, but I know this species is very uncommon in Florida, especially near the coast. There was a documented nesting pair in the Kissimmee Preserve a couple of years ago.


Wite-tailed Kite photo taken by Andrew Baksh.

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