Last month we reported the presence of Northern Harrier Hawks on More Mesa … in summer … a most unusual occurrence. And since early spring, we have also noticed some very atypical kite behavior. That is, the historical “east” site, with its perching, hunting and nesting areas, has been nearly devoid of kites. This was very puzzling, as the year-round use of “east” has been documented consistently for many decades. And, while mating behavior had been observed in late spring at a central location, no confirmation of any fledglings had been reported.
However, we are elated to announce that four chicks have fledged from a nest historical “west” kite site! Given the unusual weather conditions this summer (low temperatures, high winds and extensive fog), it may be that kite hatchings have been delayed this year. (To read more about kite nesting and care of fledgling, please go here.)
The fledglings reported above were sighted by several different MMPC supporters; birding enthusiasts who regularly file reports that constitute the large (albeit informal) data base we have amassed on the birds of More Mesa over these past ten years. Of late, we are doubly fortunate, since most of these great reports are being accompanied by photographic documentation.
Because we wanted to share these images with all our supporters, and share them in a timely fashion, we have set up a Flickr account to host images from sightings reports, from now on. You may access this information here or by clicking on the image below. We would also like to remind everyone that any observer can effortlessly file a sightings report by going to the home page of this web site, and clicking on the button labeled “Birds, Animals and Rare Plant Sightings”.
Finally, many thanks to all of you who go out on More Mesa to observe its bird life, and then take the time to file reports. This documentation adds immeasurably to both our scientific data base, and our enjoyment of the bird treasures in this wonderful area.