We had a great view of the bird through the scope but it was a little out of range for my camera. If you click on the photos, you can see a little more detail but not much. There are better photos available on some of the blogs I listed at the bottom of the post.
The kite had a habit of flicking its tail upward , sort of the way a mockingbird does. It also flexed its wings in different positions and was preening its feathers. We never did get a chance to see it in flight but I'm not complaining.
I don't chase after many birds on the rare bird alert but this was definitely worth the trip! It is the first recorded sighting of a White-tailed Kite in Connecticut. I feel fortunate that I've been able to see a Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, and now a White-tailed Kite within the state over the past 5 years. Maybe word is getting around amongst kites that Connecticut isn't such a bad place to visit.
Other notable birds in the same vicinity where the kite was located included- Yellow-crowned Night-Herons and a Peregrine Falcon.
You can read more about the Connecticut sighting of the White-tailed Kite on the following blogs: