Date: 8/13/19 5:32 pm From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...> Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite still present, Geary County
5:38 p.m. - Having just gotten home I put a pound of ground beef in the skillet to start browning for taco Tuesday.
5:39 p.m. - Phone buzzes with a text from Jeff Keating. Swallow-tailed Kite soaring over his house.
5:40 p.m. - Throw the skillet and ground beef in the fridge and head out the door.
5:50 p.m. - Pull into Jeff's driveway and get out with binoculars in hand. Jeff explains that it showed up at 5:35, right on schedule with previous evening sightings. He said it was quite high! We all stand around and spend time looking at any speck moving in the sky. Plenty of Mississippi Kites and Turkey Vultures. Mississippi Kite numbers start increasing.
Somewhere around 6 p.m. I see a speck high in the air and get my binoculars on it. Distinctive black and white pattern and a strong forked tail! We all get on it within a minute and spend the next ten minutes watching it - generally fairly high but it made a couple of stoops that brought it down closer. Always a beautiful bird.
6:10 p.m. - High fives all around and we head back home to resume taco Tuesday meal prep. 305th Geary County species on the books!
If you want to try for this bird, I'd be in Jeff's driveway by 5:30 p.m. and spend time looking at any speck high in the sky!!!
Thank you Josh (Jeff's son who first saw the bird last Wednesday) and Jeff who kept texting me whenever it showed up. It took three attempts but we finally got it!
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