Snail Kite

Snail Kite
Snail Kite

By Linda December 26, 2018

I got back to Florida yesterday.  I drove from Maryland to Florida on Christmas Day and the traffic was very light most of the way.  It was most astonishing to me to drive in the Washington, D.C. area and see almost no traffic on the beltway and 95 south from D.C. to Richmond.  I spent much of my life sitting in rush hour traffic in the D.C. area and I felt like I was in an alternate reality having very few cars on the road.

There were several friends I wanted very much to see while I was in Maryland, but I couldn’t stay long enough to make it happen.  I sandwiched the trip between two local Christmas Bird Counts.

I received several eBird alerts over the last couple of days about a Snail Kite in the area.  That is very unusual for here.  After I finished unpacking and catching up on a few things, like brushing Dart and cleaning his ears, Regis and I headed out to where the Snail Kite was last seen. It was there!!  It flew right by us as soon as we arrived.

Snail Kite
Snail Kite

We saw lots and lots of Ibis.  It is the most Ibis I have seen.  There were also a lot of Glossy Ibis.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than one Glossy Ibis at a time.  There were at least two dozen of them.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Ibis and an Egret
Ibis and an Egret
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Wood Stork
Wood Stork
Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Forsters Tern
Forsters Tern
Forsters Tern
Forsters Tern plunging into the water for food.
Forsters Tern with food in its mouth
Forsters Tern successfully getting food.

When we got back from birding, Dart was as frisky as I have seen him in awhile.  I think he took a power nap while we were gone.

One Comment on “Snail Kite

  1. These are amazing photos. I have never seen some of these birds before. The detail is also amazing. You definitely have a lot of talent.

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