Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Hovering White-tailed Kite on Sunset Avenue

White-tailed Kites increased in number in California from the late 1930s into the 1970s (San Diego County Bird Atlas, 2004, Philip Unitt). Since then, urban sprawl has reduced the habitat these birds require in the San Diego region. I don't have very many agricultural fields or riparian corridors near my home in Escondido. So I see far fewer kites than I wish. So I present a couple of photos I took recently, even if they aren't exceptional. Still, hovering kites are always fun.

White-tailed Kite
White-tailed Kite. Tijuana River Valley, California. January 20, 2019.
White-tailed Kite

More photos of White-tailed Kite in San Diego from eBird. Click on the photos to rate (1 awful, 2 poor but identifiable, 3 average or small, 4 very good, 5 magazine cover worthy).

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