Sunday, March 25, 2007

White-tailed Kite in flight

This afternoon the pair of White-tailed Kites here in McMinnville, Oregon, continued to show every intention of nesting. The male (shown here) was twice seen catching a vole in the nearby field, and returning with it to where the female was perched on the tip of a young evergreen tree. As he approached, she flew up to meet him, tilted to one side reaching out with her feet, and took the vole from his dangling feet. Then she flew down to a perch on a low branch of a bare deciduous tree and quickly ate the vole in bite-sized pieces. Twice, also, the pair was observed copulating, and one of them carried a small stick (or large grass stem) about a foot long into the nest site.


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