Kite Overhead

Less than an hour after observers spotted a Burrowing Owl in the grass of the Nature Area on the north side of the park, this White-tailed Kite patrolled the sky over the same area at an altitude of perhaps 20 feet. It then settled on a low tree in the area and took a look around. Seeing nothing of interest, it took to the sky again, hovered for a minute or two, and winged its way southward.

The cinnamon bib on this bird suggests that it’s a juvenile. Perhaps it’s the survivor of the clutch that its parents tried to raise on a treetop earlier this year, amidst mobbing by a murder of crows. Or it’s the scion of a new breed that grew up later in the Berkeley Meadow. In any event, it’s good to see it, even if it may scare the feathers off any little owl that doesn’t have overhead cover.

White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)

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