White-tailed Kites at Lake Hodges
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White-tailed Kites at Lake Hodges White-tailed Kites at Lake Hodges Presentation Transcript

    • The White-tailed Kites of Lake Hodges Presentation by Robert Harrington Sponsored by San Deguito River Park September 17, 2011
      © Robert Harrington 2011
    • Birds of Lake Hodges
    • My personal observations
    Clark's Grebe Western Grebe Pied-billed Grebe Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron Green Heron Great Egret Snowy Egret Black-crowned Night Heron Mallard American Wigeon Northern Shoveler Turkey Vulture Northern Harrier White-tailed Kite Cooper's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Golden Eagle Bald Eagle Osprey Prairie Falcon American Kestrel California Quail American Coot Gull (various) Forster's Tern Mourning Dove Anna's Hummingbird Nuttall's Woodpecker Black Phoebe Say's Phoebe Ash-throated Flycatcher Cassin's Kingbird Western Kingbird Loggerhead Shrike Western Scrub-Jay American Crow Common Raven Northern Rough-winged Swallow Tree Swallow Bushtit Bewick's Wren House Wren Wrentit Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Western Bluebird Northern Mockingbird California Thrasher American Pipit Phainopepla Yellow-rumped Warbler Common Yellowthroat Black-headed Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak California Towhee Song Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Western Meadowlark Red-winged Blackbird Hooded Oriole House Finch Lesser Goldfinch American Goldfinch House Sparrow
    • The White-tailed Kites of Lake Hodges In early 2011 a pair of White-tailed Kites established a nest in the vicinity of the Piedras Pintadas Trail and raised 4 young. In April they built another nest (No. 2) and raised 4 more. In July they built another nest (No. 3) and raised 2 more. Reference info:
      • Monogomous pairs are formed in December View slide
      • Both of pair help in building nest View slide
      • Female incubates four eggs for 30-32 days
      • Male brings food during incubation
      • Young fly 30-35 days after hatching
      • Parents continue to feed young for approx. one month
  • Estimated Chronology White-tailed Kites of Lake Hodges, 2011
    • Trail Map, Lake Hodges South
    • Brood no. 1 (2 of 4), April 12
    • Brood No. 1, April 12
    • Adult, April 12
    • Nest No. 2, April 22
    • Nest Tree No. 2 seen from Piedras Pintadas Trail
    • Male delivering food, April 22
    • Adult in Nest, May 4
    • Male having his share, May 5
    • Male delivering portion to nest, May 5
    • Young in nest, May 26
    • Male delivering food, May 26
    • Young in nest, May 30
    • First venture from nest, June 3
    • First venture from nest, June 3: Looking for something to grab on to
    • First venture from nest, June 3: Getting lesson on the law of gravity
    • First venture from nest, June 3: Pulling up
    • First venture from nest, June 3: “ So what are you looking at?”
    • Food handoff, June 5 (1)
    • Food handoff, June 5 (2)
    • Food handoff, June 5 (3)
    • Adult, June 8
    • Juvenile, June 8
    • Juvenile, June 8
  • Juvenile pursuing parent with prey, June 8
  • Juvenile grabbing prey from parent, June 8
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 8
    • Two of four Juveniles in Brood 2, June 13
    • Juvenile swallowing gopher, June 13
    • Siblings fighting for dinner, June 13 Photo by Sharon Anthony
    • Food handoff, June 17 (1)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (2)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (3)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (4)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (5)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (6)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (7)
    • Juvenile, June 17
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 17 (1)
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 17 (2)
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 17 (3)
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 17 (4)
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 17 (5)
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 17 (6)
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 17 (7)
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 17 (8)
    • Adult with material for Nest No. 3, June 24
    • Nest 3 in top of large oak tree, July 21
    • Adult delivering food to Nest 3, July 24
    • Adult delivering food to Nest 3, August 6
    • Juvenile from Nest 3, first day out of nest, August 8
    • Second Juvenile from Nest 3, August 8
    • Juvenile from Nest 3, August 11
    • Juvenile from Nest 3, August 15
    • NOTES
    • This presentation is posted here:
    • http://robert-harrington.com/photos/110820kites/
    • See also a presentation on the Grebes of Lake Hodges here:
    • http://robert-harrington.com/photos/1108617grebes/