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Mr. Wallace,
  Forgive me for asking, but where is Pine Island and how may I get there?
White-Tailed Kites would be a life bird for me!!  Thank you very much for
any help!

Scott Merrill
Temple Terrace, Florida
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----- Original Message -----
From: "R. D. Wallace" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, February 09, 2001 10:45 PM
Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] WHITE-TAILED KITES - LAKE MICCOSUKEE - YES


> The pair of White-tailed Kites were seen again on Friday 2/9 at 3pm,
> foraging over the western side of the marsh across from Pine Island.  They
> were first seen below the tree canopy level, with their white plumage and
> rapid wing-beats indeed looking tern- or small gull-like at a distance.
> They then soared up high over the canopy, and were harder to see, in
> silhouette.  They dove at each other and flew near each other for the 20
> minutes I watched them - could they possibly be preparing to nest in the
> area?
>
> The best 2 vantage points to see out onto the lakebed are from the boat
ramp
> at Rococo Rd east of Magnolia Rd (on the W side of the lake) - there was a
> chain across the road right before the "ramp".  The other is to follow
"West
> Lake Road" (on the NE side of the lake) S from CR 142 to the 90 degree
turn
> to the E and then follow the trail to the SW down to the Boat ramp - shown
> on DeLorme atlas P35.  There is a drivable trail along the eastern edge of
> the lakebed south to Pine Island, but 4-wheel drive is recommended - it
was
> wet and mushy between the mainland and Pine Island.  The birds were seen
by
> standing on the tailgate of the truck to get enough elevation to see out
> over the marsh.  Thanks to Brad Bergstrom for good directions!
>
> Lots of other raptors - Bald Eagle, Kestrels, TVs, tons of Harriers, many
> Red-tails and Red-shoulders, and a larger unidentified buteo.
>
> Bob Wallace
> Alachua
>