[Tweeters] White-tailed Kite at Tenino Airport - Late Afternoon/Evening - YES

Rick Tyler rhtyler at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 11:30:49 PDT 2018


I believe the correct name is South Lewis County Airport.

Rick Tyler

On Sun, Mar 25, 2018, 10:52 AM Wayne Weber <contopus at telus.net> wrote:


> John,

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> Don’t you mean TOLEDO airport rather than Tenino? They’re not even in the

> same county!

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> Wayne Weber

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> Delta, BC

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> contopus at telus.net <Contopus at telus.net>

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> *From:* tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [

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> *Subject:* [Tweeters] White-tailed Kite at Tenino Airport - Late

> Afternoon/Evening - YES

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> Hi folks,

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> My schedule prevented an earlier chase of this bird today, but I opted to

> go down in the late afternoon and try anyway, and with some luck, it was

> successful. Thanks to previous finders' eBird reports, I got to the

> specific area easily. I turned on Buckley Road from Jackson Highway and

> checked the hedgerow on the south side of the runway, per earlier reports.

> No dice. I then drove south on Buckley, to where county maintenance on the

> road ended, checking trees and watching for flying raptors. Again, no

> luck. Turned back to Spencer, and headed east on Spencer, then left on

> Schoolhouse Lane, left on Tucker, left on Jackson Highway and back to

> Buckley. It was fortunate I decided to check Buckley again. This time, I

> opted to check the fields on the west side of Buckley, and -

> serendipitously - I saw a mostly-white bird that dropped low enough to show

> up against a fairly distant tree line. Buckley doesn't have much traffic,

> so I stopped, grabbed the binocs and confirmed the identity.

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> Then I grabbed the camera and was able to get some distant/grainy/marginal

> photos, but they were good enough to show the dark shoulder patches, large

> white tail, small head relative to the body and small bill. And also

> typical kite behavior - hover hunting frequently, in addition to some

> flying/soaring.

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> Photos are attached to my eBird report -

> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43931423.

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> John Tubbs

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> Lacey, WA

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> johntubbs AT comcast DOT net

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