Saturday, March 24, 2007

White-tailed Kites near McMinnville

A White-tailed Kite pair seems to have taken up residence on the outskirts of McMinnville, Oregon. This morning they were observed copulating four times in two hours, and the female disappeared for several extended periods of time into a thick growth of branches near the top of a young evergreen tree. The photo immediately above shows the general area, with a rough outline around the area where the Kites are spending most of their time. In the upper photo, taken from a slightly different angle, the circle on the right is around the perched male Kite. The left circle is around the (presumed) nest where the female is present but not visible. (Click on photo for enlarged view.)


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