There were four swallow tail kites flying over the Six Mile Slough preserve in Fort Myers today. These birds are pretty incredible. They dip and dive using the wind (which is where their name comes from). They’re numbers have been falling due to habitat destruction. While they’re not endangered nationally, many states are protecting them. This was the first time I’d seen more than one at a time. I hope they are beginning to nest at the slough.
If you go:
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Address: 7791 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Programs: Daily guided walk. 9:30 a.m. through April, then Wednesdays only