The White-tailed Kites had a difficult time last winter when they built a nest and tried to raise a brood atop a tall tree in the area. A murder of crows (that’s the name for a flock of them) harassed the four fledglings and probably left only one survivor, or possibly zero. The parents then retreated to the Berkeley Meadow, where they themselves had fledged a year earlier. Now, judging by Phil Rowntree’s excellent camera work, at least one of them is back, checking out the park, where they’ve had good luck hunting voles. Whether they’ll try nesting here again, in the thick of crow territory, remains to be seen; I’d advise against it. The Meadow is a lot safer.
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