The Swallow-tailed kites are returning. Refuge staff members spotted one on February 28. Friends board members and members are seeing them too. Debbie Jordon saw one near her home in Melrose and Barbara Woodmansee saw one in San Felasco Hammock. Captain Tony Johns spotted one near the mouth of the Gopher River.
Debbie Jordan contacted Avian Research and Conservation Institute researcher Dr. Gina Kent for an update. The photo shows our Suwannee II, dressed in white, on her way back to us as of March 13.
The second is from March 19. She's back in Florida. Now, we hope for a successful nesting this year.