At the risk of quickly becoming the list skeptic...
The closest to Vermont that White-tailed Kite regularly occurs is southern
Florida and eastern Texas. Very rarely, this species does wander outside
of its known range, but the emphasis here should be on "very
rarely." According to "Bull's Birds of New York State" (the definitive
work on the birds of NYS), White-tailed Kite has been seen once ever in New
York State, and twice in Massachusetts. As previously noted, there are no
accepted records from Vermont. Any record of this species anywhere in
Vermont (or the entire Northeast) would be an extremely rare event; two
reports of this species (including one report of two individuals) by the
same observers suggests a misidentification. Adult male Northern Harriers,
with their white underparts, black wingtips, gray upperparts, and white
rumps, share a number of general characteristics with White-tailed
Kites. Perhaps the Kosches saw a male Northern Harrier, which is a fairly
common bird at this time of year, but an uncommon enough sight that it can
From: Bonita <kinglet AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 11:47:49 -0400
Ruth and Gene Kosche saw a White-tailed Kite this morning near the cemetery
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.
The Kosches are not on the internet but I will forward any questions or
comments you might have.