Croom and his mate have sucessfully fledged one young
Swallow-tailed Kite. The juvenile began to edge out of the nest and onto
neighboring branches on the 5th of June. By the 7th of June, the young
kite was begging and being fed in the nearby trees. No less than 14
other Swallow-tailed Kites had been gathering in the evenings in this
his days foraging within 3 miles north and east of his nesting
area. He will start traveling farther as his offspring gets stronger
and starts to follow
him. Last year he left his nest area around the 18th of July
to join other kites in large communal night roosts, from which they
forage in small flocks each day to fatten up on insects before starting
their southbound migration.
We'll be watching to see if Croom is
on a similar schedule this year.