The little face poking out of a nest high in a New Hampshire pine tree . . . is a Mississippi Kite . . . a bird that has no business being seen in New England. It’s northern range normally ends in the Carolinas.
Ingrid and I rushed down to New Hampshire this evening to see this rare New England visitor. I have seen them many times when I used to travel to South Carolina on business . . . but seeing one in Northern New England is remarkable.
It was also is our 275th ABA continental species of the year, beating the 274 we had last year . . . and we still have five months to go . . . including a pelagic trip in September and a trip to the Rio Grande Valley in December.