Date: 10/9/19 1:23 pm
From: Alex Lamoreaux <aslamoreaux...>
Subject: Re: [RV Birds] Re: What happened to the White-tailed Kites?
Keeping with the trend of widespread decline in WT Kites in the Pacific
Northwest, it seems likely they have been reduced to primarily a wintering
species in our region... although with sporadic nesting attempts. This
decline may actually be a reversal to their historical range though, since
they aren’t even ‘native’ to Oregon etc.... first arriving to our region in
the 70s. A change in land use (farmland to industry, etc) and perhaps
rodenticides are to blame for their decline locally.

eBird data suggests the wintering birds leave by March 15 (or earlier) and
that they return again around Nov 1(ish). I bet Jeff Tufts has better
insight to their comings and goings though.

Lauren and I are considering a project with local kites and are about to
submit our proposal to KBO.... maybe we can eventually answer some
questions about their decline. In the meantime documenting sightings on
eBird, and more specifically documenting their prey items would be very
beneficial.

Alex




On Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 12:47 PM Karl Schneck <keschneckdds...> wrote:

> I talked to one of the local ranchers this morning (I've talked with him
> numerous times and he knows the wildlife around here) and he said he saw a
> WTKI a couple of months ago on the north side of I-5 in the Payne Rd. area,
> making that the last known sighting this year.
>
> On Monday, October 7, 2019 at 2:56:32 PM UTC-7, Karl Schneck wrote:
>>
>> The last reported sighting on eBird is 3/15/19... most sightings were in
>> January in the E. Butler Lane area near Ashland. I have been checking this
>> area on my bike rides and no luck. Has anyone seen them and not reported
>> them on eBird?
>>
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