Hi Florida Birders: The following I received today from a young lady (non birder) who went to High School with our son. Perhaps those of you in the area downstate would care to comment, and I will pass your observations on to her. Thanks, Lucy Duncan While driving across Alligator Alley the other day, I saw a bird (actually about five) that I can't identify. I described it to my parents and their only thought is that they were Everglades/Snail Kites. I'm really not sure, so I'm hoping you can help ......... They were solitary - they were each about 2 or 3 miles away from each other in the Big Cypress part of Alligator Alley. Each was sitting in a tree -- usually one that didn't have any leaves or needles -- next to the drainage ditch on the north side of the road. They were about the size of an osprey, perhaps a little smaller. They struck me as raptor-type birds, but rather slender - not bulky and broadshouldered. The body was black and from the shoulders up, they were a beautiful shade of brown. The brown color was so striking that it is what drew my attention. Unfortunately, I was going about 70 miles an hour and that just didn't allow me to see much detail and it was dark when I drove back across the Alley last night. Looking in some bird books, it seems possible that they could have been juvenile snail kites, but I really wonder what my chances of having seen five in the space of an hour from a car would have been! We are having a drought, so it occurs to me that they could be searching for their snails near the more plentiful water of the manmade drainage canals. Any suggestions will be most welcome - somehow I think I might have to make another trip out to the Alley to see if I can find these guys again! Thanks for your help. Pia ________________________________________________________________ GET INTERNET ACCESS FROM JUNO! Juno offers FREE or PREMIUM Internet access for less! Join Juno today! For your FREE software, visit: http://dl.www.juno.com/get/tagj.