Date: 7/26/20 9:43 pm From: Don Henise <kiskadee3...> Subject: [obol] White-tailed Kite Family - Coos
Robyn and I drive the Coquille to Bandon Road - Highway 42S - at least once a week, sometimes more often. Through the end of April we would occasionally see one or two White-tailed Kites in the Coquille River Valley to the west of Parkersburg Road. We wondered if they might nest in the area. Then we didn't see any through the month of May and only saw one once in June on the 1st. We had not seen any kites along 42S until yesterday when I spotted one on a tree. This was a little farther west right at the 5 mile marker on the highway. We found a spot to pull over and I walked back to investigate and was surprised to find a family of 6 individuals - 2 adults and 4 recently fledged young. The adults were flying around apparently hunting and perching on tree tops. The four young were sitting together in low bush making us think that they were very recently fledged.
I have some very poor distant digiscoped photos in my eBird checklist: