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Fw: storm bird?
- To: "CarolinaBirds" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Fw: storm bird?
- From: "Robin Carter" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 13:05:59 -0400
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This bird may or may not have been a storm-blown stray. I have recorded
Mississippi Kite from Fairfield and even Chester Counties, the later on a
BBS in June a few years ago. Mississippi Kites wander widely, and since they
breed in my neighborhood in Columbia, even the northern most part of the
county is less than 15 miles from a breeding location.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna S. Bailey" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 9:21 AM
Subject: storm bird?
> While not as exciting as a Frigatebird, I believe I had an Allison-blown
> bird yesterday afternoon. Just in front of a squall line moving in from
> the northeast, I spotted a Mississippi Kite hunting over a weedy field
> along one of the birdy back roads in northern Richland county. The bird
> was apparently taking advantage of a break in the rain and hunting. I
> stopped the car and got out to watch him. While I watched, the bird
> a dragonfly and was eating "on the wing". It is a testament to the grace
> of a kite that the Mississippi Kite can still look elegant while picking
> dragonfly from between his toes in the erratic winds that proceed a
> I watched him until the rain was coming down in sheets and he disappeared
> behind the treeline. As there are no creeks or rivers particularly close
> to this spot, I think the strong winds from the tropical depression may
> have "moved" him a bit from his usual hunting/nesting area.
> In other news, I added a species to the list of breeders in the
> near the house. Yesterday, I finally heard enough (several complete
> most with an accented ending) to decide that there really were American
> Redstarts still in the creekbottom. There is one singer and possibly
> another. I haven't seen a female or any other evidence of nesting yet.
> Donna S. Bailey
> Winnsboro, SC
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> Where are the Birds? Migration across South Carolina