Mega-rarity – Swallow-tailed Kite in Kearney

July 26, 2016 Joel Jorgensen

Yesterday (26 July 2015), a Swallow-tailed Kite was photographed at Cottonmill Lake near Kearney.  Below is a photo of the bird taken by the observer, Dave Gleason.


Swallow-tailed Kites historically occurred in Nebraska, but were extirpated before 1900.   Since the species was extirpated there is only one other previously-accepted record – a bird observed below Fort Falls, Cherry County, 26 May 2013.   Thus,  this observation is one heck of a record.

Good birding!

Nongame Bird Program

Many thanks to Jim Jenniges for passing along this report.  

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