I went looking for the Everglade Kite on December 28. "In North America, a very rare but tame resident at Lake Okeechobee and Loxahatchee Refuge, Fla," said the field guide.
A cold wind was blowing when I got out of my car at Loxahatchee. Like a lot of northerners who visit Florida in the winter, I liked to pretend it was warmer than it really was -- and in fact it had been warm a few days ago. But it was cold now, and getting colder.
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Birds treated, but not featured (see Photo Credits):