Almost all our 16 GPS-tracked Swallow-tailed Kites are in South America now.
Bayou Vincent is the outlier in Bolivia and seems to be settling into a wintering spot. Lacombe is across the border into the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Just north of him in the State of Rondônia is JAX, Apopka, Sanibel, and Suwanee.
We’re relieved to get data from Sanibel, Suwannee, and Apopka who were "offline" for a while as they traveled through the Amazon. We are still holding out for our two earliest migrants Babcock and OK, who have been out of touch since August. This has happened before and we'll continue to cross our fingers.
Ponchitolawa is nearing the northern Bolivia border, some 750 miles away from his nearest neighbor Hobolochitto.
Five kites are straddling the southern Andes Mountains in Colombia: Sarasota, Sawgrass, and Pritchard to the East and OK and Babcock to the West.
Wilson is making progress through Central America and is almost caught up to where PBC-ERM Male and Female last reported in Panama.
Safe travels Swallow-tailed Kites!
Special thanks: Orleans Audubon Society Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge bioGraphicNational Audubon Society Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society SCCF CROW - Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. Palm Beach Zoo Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management The Avian Reconditioning Center for Birds of PreyOrleans Audubon Society St. Petersburg Audubon Society Peace River Audubon SocietySarasota Audubon Society Venice Area Audubon Society Friends of the Carlton ReserveSeminole Audubon Society Halifax River Audubon Orange Audubon Society Clearwater Audubon Society West Volusia Audubon Audubon Center for Birds of Prey Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society - OVAS Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Red Shouldered Hawk chicks on the nest
in the Carlton Reserve
Photo by Art Smith
Progress Report on one of the red-shouldered hawk chicks shown below:
now out of the nest
Photo by Art Smith
Sarasota, the tagged swallow tail kite is back home again in the Carlton Reserve after his winter in South America!
learn more by clicking on picture.
Friends of the Carlton in recent years have been helping fund Swallow-tailed Kite research with two grants totaling $1200. The kites have been sighted nesting in the Carlton Reserve. The Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) has attached tracking devices to two birds from the Carlton. View maps of their flights to Central and South America and read more about ARCI on the web at ARCI or on Facebook.
Photos provided by Hans Mooyman
"Carlton" is the name given to the swallow tailed kite tagged in the Reserve June 14, 2016. Another kite tagged in 2017 was named "Sarasota." Local Audubon groups and the Friends of the Carlton and local Audubon groups donated $2000 to help track and these birds as they migrate 10,000 miles through Central America to and from the rainforests of Brazil.
Photo by Will Randall
Reserve visitors are sighting Swallow Tailed Kites in the Reserve, Spring, 2017
Joe Saladino got this shot near Myakka River State Park
BBC2 - The Great British Parakeet Invasion
The T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve was purchased in the 1982 for public water source and for conservation of open lands and passive recreation that is environmentally benign.
It is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and home to over 150 species of birds.
Go To Sarasota County Events Calendar to find guided birding activities or visit the Carlton anytime and explore fine birding opportunities in a wilderness environment that abuts the officially designated Wild and Scenic Myakka River.