[CT Birds] WT Kite possibly departed

Scott Kruitbosch kbosch at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 13:14:08 EDT 2010


Long story short, what I said was correct - the last 100% without a doubt certain sighting of the White-tailed Kite was Saturday morning. I am obivously aware of our Big Sit team and it was factored in to my email.


Scott Kruitbosch

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From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1 at optonline.net>
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Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:02:57 
To: Scott Kruitbosch<skruitbosch at ctaudubon.org>
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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] WT Kite possibly departed

Scott et all,

On Sunday I s/w with the group at Milford Point who were doing the BIG
SIT. They informed me that they 
Briefly saw the WTKITE early Sunday
morning at Milford Point. That was the LAST time that I am aware of a very RELIABLE sighting.

Cheers,
Mardi W. Dickinson
http://kymry.wordpress.com
http://twitter.com/MardiWD

On Oct 12, 2010, at 11:27 AM, Scott Kruitbosch <skruitbosch at ctaudubon.org> wrote:

> The increasingly collective thought now is that the White-tailed Kite may have departed Stratford on Saturday. There have been no 100% reliable reports of it since then. It was seen during the very early morning only by those at Stratford Point for the BioBlitz, including Dr. Twan Leenders. The molt has been complete for some time now. The temperatures have been dropping quite a bit. It felt some 40 degree lows in the past week. I mentioned to a few people last week that it looked quite unhappy sitting in its tree in the cold rain. People who have a tremendous amount of experience with it have not seen it repeatedly during times one would expect. The kite is (or was) a very conspicuous bird. There is a chance it is feeding in a nearby area, or somehow eluding everyone, but it seems more and more likely that it has left us after 70 days. It has occasionally been MIA for a period of time, but nothing more than 36 hours, and even then, we usually had a glimpse of it somewhere nearby. If
> it is seen, I will update this status ASAP. Be on the lookout to our south. I hope it will be picked up somewhere else. Please feel free to forward this message to other regional birding lists down the coast.
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