Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 10:41:29 -0700
Reply-To: Mark Freeman <roam4birds@YAHOO.COM>
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From: Mark Freeman <roam4birds@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Mississippi Kites again, Oconee County 05/30/2007
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Around 12:30 this afternoon I saw 3 Mississippi Kites again, this time all were
seen together at the same time. Two were adult males soaring low just over the
treetops along a small creek near 2300 Colham Ferry Rd (just north of Old
Farminton Rd), the third was soaring much higher overhead and drifting south
towards Astondale Rd.
(GoogleEarth 33.821431, -83.404064 and 33.815676, -83.403905)
Also, after I got home, Carole and I watched the pair of Cedar Waxwings
struggling with the same piece of string in a branch of a large sycamore over
the front patio. We're trying to video the behavior from the upstairs window,
and it's hard to say whether they are trying to retrieve the string for use
elsewhere or if they attempting to weave it in place (for a nest?) where we saw
them moments ago. According to The Birders Handbook (by Paul Ehrlich, et al),
waxwings prefer conifers for their nest, so we're thinking they would likely
use the row of Leyland Cypress nearby if they are in fact attempting to build a
nest, which would certainly be unusual this far south. The trick is finding
WHERE in that thick foliage!
Watkinsville, GA (Oconee County)
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