Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mississippi Kite, NH

Friday went to Newmarket, NH, for the Mississipi Kite. One male and two females are busy nest building and copulating. Nest is hidden in a maple tree next to a fairly busy state route in a residential are. Parts of the nest are visible. This is the first breeding record for Mississippi Kite in New Hampshire, and the first record of this species in New Hampshire. There have been fairly regular Spring reports in eastern Massachusetts the last few years.

After a couple of hours watching the kites, went on to Plum Island. Dipped on the King Rail, but had a great demonstration of Least Bittern agility at Hellcat Swamp (no decent photos), and near the maintenance shed watched a pair of Orchard Orioles feeding young - here is the year old male feeding young.

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