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Mississippi Kite in New Hampshire

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.