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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Swallow-tailed Kite in PA

There is a Swallow-tailed Kite that has been hanging around the Militia Hill Hawkwatch and the adjacent golf course for the past week. This afternoon I got to take my sister (visiting from Utah) and my kindergartener over to see it. We got distant views through the scope as the bird soared and swooped around over the golf course. This bird is normally only found in the SE US and points south, so not a bird I was expecting to see in PA (past records are few and far between-see here--and usually birds seen just flying past). Sweet! (photo: wikipedia)

1 comment:

Will said...

There is another one at Wallkill NWR in New Jersey as well recently.

I usually associated Swallow-tailed Kites as a Spring overshoot migrant, so these late summer records are interesting and maybe thes start of a trend?

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