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Young white-tailed kites rescued in Antioch

By Gary Bogue
Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 6:10 am in Lindsay Wildlife Museum, White-tailed kite.

Young white-tailed kites in box, ready to be returned to their nest. Photo by Deanna Moss, Antioch, CA.
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Young white-tailed kites rescued in Antioch

We live in Antioch and are lucky enough to have several redwood trees around our home.  A couple of months ago, I noticed 2 unique birds circling our house.  After researching online, I learned that they are white-tailed kites.  And lucky us…they decided to nest in one of our trees!

On Saturday, June 9, we had a party at our house, and it was very windy.  The wind blew the entire nest out of the tree, and onto our roof.  Two of the babies were hanging onto the nest, and were fine, but one hit the roof and did not look like it would survive.  I IMMEDIATELY called the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, had my husband put gloves on, and packed up the babies and the nest in a box for transport.  Lindsay later contacted me and told me that the one bird didn’t survive, but that the other 2 would be okay.  Later that night, I found another bird on the ground, and unfortunately it did not survive.

Traverso Tree Service employee prepares to return a box full of kites to their nest. Photo by Deanna Moss, Antioch, CA.
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Lindsay sent a volunteer out to our house the next day (Sunday) to look at the nest location, and see if it was a good candidate for a return.  They made arrangements with Traverso Tree Service, a local company, and they had the babies secured in a basket, and back in our tree by  Monday afternoon!

I was shocked and elated!  Not only is the Lindsay wildlife Museum a wonderful resource filled with wonderful volunteers, but the Traverso Tree Service works with them FREE OF CHARGE.  I was told that the 3 guys who showed up to return the birds were on their lunch break.

They are also coming back out this week to check on the babies and make sure that the parents have been back to feed them.  If not, Lindsay will take them and prep them for release.

This is such a heartwarming story.  I cannot say enough about Lindsay Wildlife Museum, and Traverso for working with them.  We’ve named the babies Lindsay & Traverso.
DeAnna Moss, Antioch, California

They’re back! Box full of kites returning to their nest in a backyard treetop. Photo by Deanna Moss, Antioch, CA.
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Once again, Lindsay Wildlife Museum comes riding to the rescue, this time in the back of a tree service van! It was a team effort … Lindsay, Traverso … and of course they couldn’t have done any of this without you and your husband, who rescued those baby kites in the first place! Great effort, everyone!

You can learn more about the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek (925-935-1978) at /Gary

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One Response to “Young white-tailed kites rescued in Antioch”

  1. Dave Harper Says:

    Such a great story that you saved the two youngsters.
    White tailed Kites were almost gone in the 1930’s. They are one of the coolest birds of prey around. Thanks for assisting in giving these youngsters another chance.

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