abbydog Sep 16, 2020 08:55 AM Bird ID 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!