It’s the time of year that folks look for info on Mississippi Kites. Here’s some!
For just about the entire month of August, we’ve been treated to the daily routines of a family of Mississippi Kites in our neighborhood. The American kites are small hawks with pointed, falcon-like wings who spend their days engaged in thrilling aerial acrobatics. They feed primarily on large flying insects, and have a particular penchant for swooping down from lofty heights and snatching cicadas from canopy trees. In central Oklahoma, Mississippi Kites are common and conspicuous summer residents (May – September) of forest, field, and town. They are active during the heat of day, when they may glide and soar so high that they appear as tiny specks.
Many years ago, I encountered my first Mississippi Kites in Virginia, right along the North Carolina border southeast from Richmond. It took a serious effort to find them, following verbal instructions left on a birding hotline’s answering machine. I walked down a…
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