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VOL. 120, NO. 38 ONLINE EDITION September 18, 2018
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Rare bird sighting in Topeka draws birders to capital
A rare bird sighting in northeastern Kansas is drawing birders to the capital.  

Birders first spotted a swallow-tailed kite in Topeka in late August.  

Birders from across the state have traveled to the Cedar Crest governor’s mansion and Kaw River State Park to catch a glimpse.  

Topeka Audubon Society board member Sue Newland saw the bird with a group of about 15 Mississippi kites, which are cousins of the swallowed-tailed kite and are more common in Kansas.  

Newland says the last time the bird species was seen in Shawnee County was in September 1972. She says there have only been 15 documented sightings of the bird in Kansas since 1968.  

The predatory bird has a white head and distinctive forked tail. –AP  

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