RE: Recent Snail Kite Sightings [Harns Marsh]
Thanks to the many readers of this list who responded to my request with directions to Harns Marsh in Lehigh Acres. I visited there on Saturday, April 9 and saw 5 Snail Kites, some quite close.
All of my Snail Kites were in female-type plumage. What is the ratio of adult males typical at this site? Is there a season when adult males may be more evident there?
I also had a wonderful show of Limpkins (no chicks), Swallow-tailed Kites right overhead, and a fair view of two Sandhill Cranes out in the middle.
It’s a wonderful spot!
Has anyone been seeing Snail Kites recently anywhere near the I75 corridor between Sarasota and Naples (inland to Immokalee)? I recall some fairly regular reports from a couple of years ago in the inland Ft. Myers area. I will be doing some birding in this general area next week (10-15 April) and would appreciate any specific leads to this target species. I’ll have a copy of Pranty in case referring to that helps locate a likely site. I was quite disappointed last spring to see none on a seemingly well-timed evening visit the Miccosukee roost site described in Pranty.
Thanks in advance for any help,