Last year at the Putney Mountain Hawk Watch, I along with another Hawk watcher saw a bird fly over that left us very puzzled. At first we were both sure it was a Peregrine Falcon but as it got closer it was almost completely white. After day's of going over all our hawk guides, we came to the conclusion it was likely a White-tailed Kite. We did not get great views of it and in no way were we positive, of our identification. But with that said the other hawk watcher is very experienced and both of us are regulars at the mountain. With all these possible sightings of this bird some of them must be true. Taj --- On Thu 04/14, Gregory R. Askew < [log in to unmask] > wrote:
From: Gregory R. Askew [mailto: [log in to unmask]]To: [log in to unmask]: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 13:39:47 -0400Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] kiteI'd just like to apologize to the list if my earlier postings struck anyone asanything other than genuine but good-natured skepticism. I bet we've all hadsightings that have been subject to it at one point or another in our lives. Ifanything it made us keener and much more deliberate birders. Only recently haveI revisited sightings from my early years birding (my old Peterson checklist)and decided I was perhaps a little too ambitious with a few of them.GregQuoting "Scott W. Morrical" :> Quoting "Gregory R. Askew" :>> > THe Vins bird record commitee rejected what would have been the first> > sighting> > of a white-tailed kite in Vermont for insufficient details. This bird was> > seen> > at Herrick's Cove in March of 2004. Adult w-t kites are so distinctive; I> > can't> > think of any other birds th!
at might be mistaken for them?> > Greg>> How about an adult male Northern Harrier seen from below-- these get mis-ID'd> as> white-morph Gyrfalcons now and then, so WT Kite isn't too much of a stretch.> Scott>>> >> >> > Quoting "Gregory R. Askew" :> >> > > What's the likelihood of the same two people seeing the same rarity over> > the> > > course of a few years? Did anyone confirm the initial sightings? Just> > > curious;> > > that is, before I go and get all excited!> > > Greg> > >> > > Quoting Bonita :> > >> > > > Ruth and Gene Kosche saw a White-tailed Kite this morning near the> > cemetery> > > > and West Mountain Animal Hospital on Route 7A in Shaftsbury.> > > > They saw two kites a couple of years ago. Two were later seen in> Rutland.> > > > This one was an adult in beautiful plumage.&g!
t; > > > The Kosches are not on the internet but I will forwa
rd any questions or> > > > comments you might have.> > > > Bonnie Dundas> > > > Bennington> > > >> > >> > >> > > --> > >> >> >> > --> >>--
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