Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Practice Citizen Science - Report Swallow-Tailed Kites

April 5, 2016 in Colleton County
Spring is the time when the black and white raptors known as Swallow-Tailed Kites are most visible in our area as they move up from Florida. South Carolina is in the upper reaches of their breeding range, but since Lowcountry habitat is favorable to them their population trend is on the increase. The Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston is managing a Citizen Science Project that rely's on input from the public about sightings of the bird. Their long, scissor-like tail is what sets them apart from other birds and they can be a barometer for the health of surrounding bottomland hardwoods and grasslands since they won't frequent any areas that don't provide adequate nesting and foraging zones.

To view past blog entries about the Swallow-Tailed Kite click Sightings Data - 2014 - 2013 - 2009

To view the most recent Birding Journal Observations click on March / April 2016

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