Four New Animals Make Lindsay Wildlife Their Home

November 21, 2017 19:00 pm · 5 comments

Lindsay Wildlife Experience is excited to announce that four animals, former patients in Lindsay’s pioneering Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital, are now ambassadors at Lindsay for the public to meet.

The new animals include a five-month-old white-tailed kite, a Swainson’s Hawk and two Mexican free-tailed bats.

This is the first time, in more than 30-years, that a kite has been an ambassador at the wildlife center.

The kite came to Lindsay originally after it fell out of his nest in Walnut Creek. A few months later, he was released and shortly after, the same bird was found flying repeatedly into windows and was brought back to Lindsay. It was determined that the four month old bird was docile around humans and had head trauma. Because he is so young, he is still growing into his “kiteness,” which means he will eventually be bright white with red eyes.

“The kite adds diversity to our collection and offers a new species for visitors to learn about that are common in our area,” said Lindsay Director of Animal Encounters Dawn Manley. “Kites have a very unique look, and they are loud, so people often notice kites more than other raptors in their neighborhood.”

The goal is to eventually train the kite to “kite,” as it’s known, where the bird will hover in mid-air on command, said Manley.

Silva November 21, 2017 at 7:48 PM

That is very exciting! Funny, I remember a lot more Red-tailed hawks and a lot fewer White-Tailed kites around here in years past.

Nyborg November 21, 2017 at 10:26 PM

Last year Kites nested in our large Monterey Pine tree. Love watching them
flying…so beautiful. They are still in the area.

Suzanne November 22, 2017 at 7:16 AM

Love bats. Would love to be able to foster one.

Johnny925 November 22, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Yeah me and the fam brought a few animals in there, i think they successfully released that red-tailed hawk though. Which is great news 🙂

Justifyable Languor November 22, 2017 at 10:36 AM

I had never seen a kite until last summer. Their cry is very distinct, but not loud like a blue jay. Their nesting and hunting grounds are disappearing. They live in the hills surrounding the marshlands. Danville had the incite to protect their surrounding hills (and scenic beauty as well) for these birds.

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/white-tailed-kite

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