Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Swallow-tailed Kite in Lasalle ON


Local birder Mark Nedov recently observed a Swallow-tailed Kite while driving in Lasalle ON. He observed it flying near a large hocky arena, pool, community complex called the "Volmer Center" named after a local construction company.

I had attempted to see it yesterday - but was unable to find it. I did get a chance to meet up with Mel , Rick and Jeremy H though!

Rick reminded me of a sighting that I missed several years ago at Point Pelee, where the bird was seen north of the PPNP park, it was flying south over point pelee, and hundreds of birders gathered in the parking lot of the visitor center to watch it fly over. After 10 minutes of waiting, I was hungry - so I went to get a sausage ---- and while enjoying the sausage, Rick asked if I had seen it fly over --- and no --- I had missed it!

I did self-find one (Swallow-tailed Kite) the following year though.

This morning, the bird was found perched atop a dead tree of an adjacent woodlot. I was able to see the bird as I drove in to find it today --- but only for a moment!

Here is a video of the beautiful bird in flight:

Good birding!



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