Jeff and I decided we would try and find the Hook-Billed Kite at Santa Ana National wildlife refugee.
We started our morning by joining a group nature walk…
We took Willow trail, where others have seen the Kite..but had no luck..
Plain Chachalaca, Gold-fronted woodpecker, Couchs Kingbird
We saw Kettles of Mississippi Kite and other hawks soaring far above us..
From Santa Ana we headed to Bentsen state park
again..in search of the Hook-billed Kite.
We took the tram to the Hawk watching platform..
Can you see the dots??
There were streams of these kettles coming from Mexico heading north..it was around 3:30 till about 4:30 and then we didn't see as many kettles..
There were hundreds of Mississippi Kites throughout the afternoon circling in kettles..
She was gathering supplies for her nest
As we were walking back the the car
Birds of the Day
White wing dove
Yellow headed blackbird
Scissor tail flycatcher
Black-bellied whistling duck
Little blue heron
Great blue heron