White-tailed Kite at Nik & Niks

Observers: D.Parker
Email: jimanddebbyatquenetdotcom
Remote Name: 209.221.222.53
Date: 11/07/2003
Time: 02:55:45 PM

Sighting

Today, after seeing the Pacific Loon found yesterday at the "corner" pond (first pond you come to from Bishop), the large pond on the west side of gravel works was checked and there in a poplar tree the kite was spotted. It flew east and landed near the Owens River and perched on a snag. When it flew away I could see long narrow wings, gray on top, with distinctive angled black wing covert forming bars across each wing. These were distinctive and contrasted with the gray back. The wing tips were black also. The underside, especially the breast and head were pure white. A distinctive black line went through the eye and could be seen at great distance. The perched bird, through the scope, had glistening snow white underside contrasting with dark wing. The HOME was present also in the same pond that sits by the road. The kite flushes easily.