[texbirds] Re: Poert O'Connor myth buster

  • From: Tony leukering <greatgrayowl@xxxxxxx>
  • To: "brushfreeman@xxxxxxxxx" <brushfreeman@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:46:03 -0500

Brush et al.:

I don't know who told you that S-t Kites don't cross water, but most of the US 
breeders go south to South America via Florida.

Enjoy,

Tony Leukering
Villas, NJ

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
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
> The greatest musician of all time is mother nature.
> 

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