I received information today about the banded Snail Kite that is hanging out at the Circle B Bar Reserve lately. According to FWC,
After getting in touch with the University of Florida researchers who banded the bird, I found it was born in June of 2011 on East Lake Toho in St Cloud. We’re glad to see she (?) is doing well, the notes said she was the smaller of 2 young in the nest. My guess is female because there’s a fair amount of white around the eye and chin. The cinnamon/tawny color is typical in younger birds, but the white around the face isn’t.
Hopefully the expanding apple snail population at Circle B will keep this bird interested…and maybe she’ll bring a friend to help her establish a local population? :)