I am wondering if anyone out there have spotted white-tailed kite in NW of Georgia, in Bartow County near the stretch of highway 140 and 41 meet. I work in Adairsville so I am in this area Mon-Friday of the week. The same exact spot where F3 tornado hit a week and a half ago.
3 times I saw a bird right off highway 41 which I didn't know what it was at the time of sightings.. Once it flew right over me, less than 20 feet above the ground and landed into grassy area off the highway while I was on the passenger seat traveling toward north and twice on the electric wire while I was driving on the same highway. I said 3 times but I didn't conclude the 3 sightings were of the same bird until days later after I began to try figuring out what they were.
The first sighting, when it flew over me, I saw the distinguish 2 black round patches underneath the wings right by the wrist . And the belly had no color pattern and was in solid off white color. Outer wing (underneath) was greyish color and it was about the size of hawks. There are lots of hawks in the area and I see them all the time.
2 other sightings, it was sitting on the utility wire. What was strikingly different from hawks was it had a white face and reddish eyes. All 3 sightings took place in January last year.
According to my birding book, I can not find birds that fit descriptions of the one I saw. ... except white-tailed kite particularly for 2 black round patches by the wrist (underneath) which, I know they are not found in this area.
I am wondering and would like to know if anyone out there had spotted white-tailed kite in Adairsville/Bartow area before...? I wasn't carrying a camera to work and I did not take picture of the bird. The picture I am posting here is not taken by me but it looked exactly like it.
Please pardon me for my lengthy post and thank you for your time to read it...