[Ontbirds]Juvenile MISSISSIPPI KITE - Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch

Tracey&Dave Brown thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca
Tue Sep 9 21:10:22 EDT 2008

Hi All,

This afternoon at the Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch we were treated to a Juvenile MISSISSIPPI KITE passing by at treetop level and less than a couple of hundred feet to to the north of us.  This provided great lighting on the bird (especially through my scope!)...and it was in no hurry as it coasted into a moderate NW wind.  Unfortunately, none of the usual group of photographers were around to get shots of the bird.

I wanted to get this post out to give those at Leamingotn, Pt Pelee, Holiday Beach and Erie Metro Park the heads up.  The bird was recorded at 2:15 EST....and with the nicer weather this afternoon it may have got another couple of hours flying time under its belt.

I suspect that this bird will stay pretty much along the Lake Erie shoreline...especially given winds in the region are predicted to be N 15kph for Wednesday morning.

Good Birding!
Dave Brown
Hawk Cliff Foundation
thebrowns at ezlink.ca

> Directions to Hawk Cliff:
> >From east 401, take the Highbury south cut off at
> London, follow Highbury
> (Hwy 30) south to St. Thomas. Highbury changes into South
> Edgeware at a
> large curve in the road to the west. Follow South Edgeware
> west to the
> first set of traffic lights - Burwell Road, turn left
> (south) and stay on
> this road. It becomes Fairview Ave (Regional Road 22),
> which runs directly
> into Hawk Cliff Road. You will see a sign for Hawkes Cliff
> Farm, where they
> sell fresh vegetables and a gravel road just beyond sign.
> Just continue
> down gravel road to viewing area.
> >From west 401, take the Highway # 4 (Colonel Talbot
> Rd.) exit south,
> through Talbotville, road now is Sunset Rd. continue
> towards St. Thomas;
> you will come to a veer in the road, straight up to St.
> Thomas, veer to the
> right for Port Stanley, follow Highway 4, now Sunset to
> Port Stanley. As
> you approach Port Stanley you will come to a large curve 
> in the road with
> a sign saying East St, to the left. Take East St., and
> follow it to the
> first road left, (opposite Port Stanley Water Tower) Dexter
> Line. Follow
> Dexter Line approximately 2 km. and turn right down gravel
> road at Hawkes
> Cliff Farm, and follow gravel road to viewing area 

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