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AUGUST 1, 2014 - The Eastern Kingbird is the only widespread member of its species in eastern US.  It is common and easily found in the summer, often observed perched on treetops or wires.  They can be found moving in flycatcher fashion to snag insects in the air and returning to their perch.  They winter in South America, gathering in flocks in tropical forests.  Even their diet changes from primarily insects in the summer to more berries and fruit in the winter.

Eastern Kingbirds are handsome birds with dark gray backs and wings, a nearly black cap which reaches below the eye and covers the cheek.  The breast is pale gray, lightening into a nearly white chin and underbelly.  The 8.5-inch bird has wings that are more narrow and pointed than other kingbirds.  A distinguishing field mark is the white band on the tip of the tail.

Nest sites are generally in deciduous trees or large shrubs, 7-30 feet above the ground.  The female completes most of the nest building, lays 3-4 pinkish white eggs splotched with brown, lavender and gray, and incubates the egs for 16-18 days.  Both parents hunt for food for the hatchlings.  The young take their first flight at less than 3 weeks and may stay with their parents for another month.

Chuck Tague photographed this trio of young Eastern Kingbirds on Black Point Drive in Merritt Island NWR in August 2013. 

Facts above were gathered from The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley, Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman.

Fall Springshed Academy - Blue Springs Alliance.  Six weekly class sessions to be held on Fridays, starting September 12, 2014.  Click on this link for a copy of the Academy flyer:   Blue Spring Academy Flyer 2014

Florida's Water & Land Legacy Amendment -- now classified as Amendment 1 -- will be on the ballot in November 2014.  If passed, 33% of the State's documentary stamp tax revenue (paid when real estate is sold) will be dedicated to land conservation, provide for outdoor recreation, managing existing lands and protection of lands critical to the water supply.  This is NOT a new tax, just an allocation of what is already being collected.  The amount of money collected by Amendment 1 from the existing stamp tax amounts to less than 1% of the State budget.  For more information, visit the official website by clicking on the link below.

Florida's Water and Land Legacy official website
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