Thursday, September 23, 2010

White-tailed Kite Day 53

The White-tailed Kite is still at Stratford Point. I know many people from other New England states, the Mid-Atlantic, and maybe even some in Connecticut have not seen the raptor and are still looking for the time. There have been people from all over the nation still coming for their first visit. This weekend is your big chance. The kite was present Wednesday evening, and will therefore be there today. As we have the cold front that came by earlier tonight lifting back through as a warm front later Thursday there is no real conducive weather to move. The odds are very high it will be there Saturday and Sunday (at this point when would they not be?).

The kite sitting in its favorite tree before eating a meal (see it?)

So why is this weekend your shot? The Great Stratford Bird Festival. As previously mentioned, it takes place from Friday through Saturday, with many events at Stratford Point. This means it will be open on a fairly regular basis. Considering all of the activity the kite may be pushed out to Short Beach or during some of the time. Nevertheless, if you come by early or late you have a good chance of seeing it with the gate open and staff on hand to help you out. Even if it is not on the property, we may be able to locate it for you. You can also enjoy various exhibits, bird banding, guided walks, and live raptors (other than the White-tailed Kite, American Kestrels, Peregrine Falcons, Merlins, Northern Harriers - Stratford Point has been busy lately!).

A tired-looking kite preening just after dawn

If you have not seen the kite, believe me, it is worth your time. The Great Stratford Bird Festival will make that time even more enjoyable. Please come visit us and participate in some of the activities.

Photos © Scott Kruitbosch

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