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!
----Original Message----- 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.