Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Swallow-tailed Kite

Tuesday, June 16th


A favorite avian species for everyone familiar with the bird is the Swallow-tailed Kite. These birds arrived in the U.S. Southeast around the first of March after having flown thousands of miles from there South American wintering range. They arrive here for breeding and by mid-summer the juveniles can be seen soaring with their parents.

They arrive here for breeding and by mid-summer the juveniles can be seen soaring with their parents. By the end of July the Kites have been gathering in staging areas as they prepare to repeat their journey back to South America. And so by Labor Day, most all of the Swallow-tailed Kites have left the U.S. The Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) has been tracking this a few other species as they migrate. Please follow their kite blog and other research projects as they work to solve the mystryies about how and where they migrate.


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