Date: 7/16/20 7:40 pm
From: Grace E. Fleming <GFleming47...>
Subject: RE: [NHBirds] Mississippi Kite update - All 4 nests are doing fine
Well said, Steve - let's not ruin it!! To see these beautiful birds and their young every year is a special treat for many of us!

Grace Fleming

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From: <nhbirds...> [mailto:<nhbirds...>] On Behalf Of Stephen Mirick
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2020 3:57 PM
To: <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Mississippi Kite update - All 4 nests are doing fine

Just an update.....all 4 known nests are doing fine as of this
afternoon. It is likely there is a very young chick in each nest.

I checked today and saw the following:

GREENLAND - Both adults were seen and when an adult flew in with food, a
young chick was seen. Still small and hard to see. When I first got
there, an adult flew off and I waited to see how long the nest was
unattended. I waited for over 40 minutes before an adult flew back in
to the nest. So....to answer Deb Power's question.....I guess they are
OK with leaving a chick unattended for that long. I imagine this would
be different if it was raining or extremely hot when an adult would
likely attempt to control the temperature of the young bird.

STRATHAM - One adult was seen today on the nest as if brooding a chick.
I didn't stay long and could not see the chick; however, Chris Duffy
reported both adults and feeding behavior yesterday.

NEWMARKET - One adult was on the nest as if brooding a chick. A 2nd
adult was nearby perched and flying. I didn't stay long enough to
witness a food exchange, but I am assuming a baby is in the nest. This
nest is very difficult to monitor due to branches.

DURHAM - Both adults were seen and a chick was seen being fed by one of
them. So all appears to be well at this site. I should mention,
however, that a photographer from MA (didn't have binoculars) was parked
illegally along Madbury Road directly under a no parking sign. In
addition, she had set up a tripod at the edge of the front yard and was
"camping out" to try to get a good photograph. While I respect the
desire to get a good photo, we need to respect the property owners (and
the law!!). I suggest that people park on a side street and stay on the
sidewalk. In addition, let's all police each other. If you see bad
behavior, then let the birder/photographer know. We are very lucky to
have a nest spot like this which is visible from a side walk!! Let's
not ruin it.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


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