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Can edhat readers identify this bird?
Kite Bird, see pipi longstocking.
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
Goleta is actually mentioned in the wiki report.
Yes, yes, yes, Hazel. I stand corrected.
Yeah, Hazel, guess you could say I need to go fly a kite!
Almost certainly a White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)
Sibley field guide. Previously called Black-shouldered Kite if people are wondering. I am unaware of any current name changes or species split for the species.
White underneath and gray above with the flight ability to hover or “ kite”.
They are increasing here and almost daily seen year round at Coronado Dr., Lake Los Carneros, Devereuux Slough and More Mesa. A couple of breeding pairs in at least 2 spots.
Decades ago they were quite common in the fields/marshy areas that became Camino Real Marketplace and the industrial areas around Los Carneros and Hollister, along with Harriers. We're lucky to have some still hanging on.
Kite bird which can be found up in the San Marcos foothills as well. Let's find a way to help preserve what we lovingly call "the bridge to nowhere" as a community open space. http://sanmarcosfoothills.com/BuyTheSanMarcosFoothills/pledge.html
Am with stopping development too! Kites have less and less habitat.
White-tailed kites depend on large open spaces and grassland, where their prey lives (small rodents such as voles). The "kiting" behavior is used while hunting prey. In the main Goleta Valley, currently the only spaces large enough to support breeding population of kites are Coal Oil Point-Ellwood, Lake Los Carneros and More Mesa. Kites used to breed in other areas, including the San Antonio creek watershed and San Marcos Foothills but residential development and drought may have reduced available prey below that needed to support a breeding pair. Another reason to protect our open spaces!