Snail Kite at Lake Somerville, 7-27-22


This previous Saturday the 5th Texas document of Snail Kite was located at Flag Lake in Lake Somerville State Park in Lee Area. The majority of ABA birders understand them from the Florida populace referred to as Everglade Kites. Snail Kites likewise take place from main Veracruz in Mexico varying much southern right into South America. I have actually seen numerous in Mexico however have actually constantly wished to obtain one for Texas. I really did not become aware of it till Sunday early morning so I packed up the cars and truck as well as left concerning 10:30. After geting as for Odem, concerning 150 miles, I saw blog post on Facebook that the Snail Kite had actually blasted off the with marauders as well as had actually vanished at concerning 9 am. Why the knowledgeable birders on website waited so late to publish this is past me as well as it truly pissed me off. That incorporated with the truth that previous number of Snail Kites have actually been someday marvels relocated me to reverse as well as go house as opposed to proceed the warm 350 mile trip.

I really felt a little much better on Monday as the Snail Kite was not seen. I had actually conserved myself a great deal of driving as well as cash! Houston birders, David Sarkozi as well as John Berner, really did not offer up so conveniently as well as refound the bird on Tuesday. I obtained up dark as well as very early Wednesday as well as was off by 3 am. I reached the website at a little after 9 as warm however satisfied birders showed up back at the parking lot with Snail Kite included in their life checklists. I made the warm one mile stroll come with by a fellow retired secondary school AP educator. He educated AP Biology whereas I educated AP Calculus however we still shared a great deal of favorable ideas on the University Board AP program. When we reached the north side of Flag Lake, a couple of birders wer still existing as well as place us on the remote Snail Kite. It was wonderful to lastly see one in Texas however the remote sights were underwhelming.

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As the little team began delegating defeat the most awful of the warm, a set of late birders turned up as well as I remained to assist them locate the bird. My kindness was awarded with better sights. The birders mored than happy as well as left. I remained by myself a bit longer to go after dragon flies as well as was the recipient of the very best sight of all.

Additionally existing at the website was a household team of Mississippi Kites, grown-up over as well as young person listed below.

Maintaining with the kite style, today I was looking into the birds in our Progreso Lakes backyard as well as think what I located. This really remote south bound Swallow-tailed Kite was our very first for July as well as 7th document overall.

It might be warm as well as unpleasant however there are birds around to be located.

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