[texbirds] Re: Poert O'Connor myth buster

  • From: Dan Smith <dan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: brushfreeman@xxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:33:40 -0500

Last year very early in the Watch I observed two Swallow-tailed Kites crossing 
Galveston Bay from Smith point at fairly wide points in the Bay. They were not 
streaming from the top of a thermal, but just powered flight coming fairly low 
down the peninsula and going straight across. They didn't seem to be at all 
intimidated by the Bay and did not hesitate. I would estimate height at about 
50-75 feet the whole way.

Dan Smith

On Sep 13, 2012, at 8:22 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>    So we are sitting on the Balcony just being lazy and watching a couple of 
> adult male Frigatebirds jostle larids for a late snack when we see something 
> out there flying directly toward the house in profile that had an unusual 
> flight for a water bird or gull.   As it got closer and closer we realized 
> that we were looking at a Swallow-tailed Kite coming across the bay.  
> Beautiful .....It flew directly over us, providing me a new "sq. mile bird" 
> and the Hockeys a new yard bird.....A bird I have been told will not cross 
> over large bodies of water.
>    Now depending on where you measure from here on the front beach, the bay 
> is 13 to 34 miles across.   And unless the kite flew down the peninsula, then 
> left that to fly north before coming in from the NE, that bird crossed a 
> bunch of water,   Even had if flown in from the peninsula, it had to cross 
> 3-5 miles of open water  coming in from the direction it did.   Migrant 
> raptors other than accipiters , Ospreys and falcons are rare in POC.
>    Godwits and willets are really flowing by.  Hordes of Swallows.
> -- 
> Brush Freeman
> Independent and affiliated Field Biologist
> 361-655-7641
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> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
> The greatest musician of all time is mother nature.

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