UPDATE: Last week, Refuge Deputy Manager Larry Woodward reported finding two Swallow-tailed Kite nests on the Refuge at the site where Suwannee was captured last year. Gainesville’s ARCI researcher Gina Kent came out to investigate and found more nests, in addition to four they had documented last year. Sadly, based on the data points on the map below, Gina thinks if one of the nests was Suwannee's, it may have failed, and he is now just hanging around. Swallow-tailed Kites, male and females, share nest duties and feeding of the chicks. He would be staying close to a nest, if he had chicks to feed. Maybe next year? Gina will continue to track the data received from his transmitter throughout the summer and come August, record Suwannee’s journey all the way back to Brazil!
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