Date: 7/30/17 4:16 pm From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Allendale Kite Fields - good action today
Chris Snook and I met Roger Smith at the Allendale Kite Fields this morning. Just before Roger arrived, Chris and I flushed a pair of Common Ground-Doves out of a grassy depression when I pulled in the entrance to a corn field to turn around. We also enjoyed some Red-headed Woodpeckers in the edge of the field at Revolutionary and Barton. Blue Grosbeaks and Painted Buntings were thick as fleas around the area.
It was quiet Kite-wise at Rev and Barton, so we cut our losses early and headed for Millet Road at 9am. We were glad we did. We enjoyed the closest looks at (flyby) Swallow-tailed Kites I have ever enjoyed. A couple of times they were too close for cameras or binoculars. There were at least 180 Swallow-tailed Kites and 25+ Mississippi Kites foraging over the pastures and hayfields and at one point most were perched in the treeline far in the rear of the vast pasture.
There was good June Bug activity in and over the fields and that was what the kites were keying on today. I would not be surprised if the show is still going next weekend at Millet Road. We also enjoyed the resident pair of Loggerhead Shrikes at Millet.
I put some photos of the kite show on my Flickr page: