Bird #274 — White-tailed Kite

elanus (kite) leucurus

Sunday, April 1, 1984 — 11:00 am

Sonoita, Arizona — Route 82, just south of town

We were driving away from Sonoita when Mom suddenly yelled, “What’s that?” She pulled the van over to the side of the road and pointed at a large white bird.  It was flying buoyantly over a grassy, hilly field that was scattered with brush.  At first glimpse, it looked like a gull. It was a White-tailed Kite (called a Black-shouldered Kite at the time).  It was flitting low over the grass, hovering occasionally in one spot.  It stooped briefly to the ground once.

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