Date: 5/6/18 8:44 pm From: robert adamo <radamo4691...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Belated Report of a Swallow-tailed Kite in Montauk on 5/4/18
My computer was out getting repaired by The Geek Squad since 5/3/18, and only got it back at 1900 tonight. Among the 250 + emails waiting on me was one from Hannah Mirando, from the 4th. It seems that she and her Dad were heading east to do some birding at The Point when Hannah's attention was drawn to some birds heading toward them. Before they flew over heading west (the last time the birds were seen) the kite's size, in comparison to another one in the group, a Red-tailed Hawk , color, body shape and deep forked tail were well seen by Hannah and her Dad (Mike). Stopping as quick as possible, and then jumping out of the car, frustration was the only thing in sight.
For those who don't know Hannah, I can only share my knowledge of her birding background and skills. She lives in Montauk, is, I believe, a senior at East Hampton H.S., has been a member of the New York State Young Birders Club for a number of years, and has served as its President. The YBC has produced many outstanding birders (Hope Batcheller, Brent Bomkamp, Brendan Fogarty, Benjamin Van Doren and Michael McBrien to name a few) and I can tell you Hannah is right up there with them !