Mississippi Kites – Here for the summer


One of the raptor type birds that hang around here in the summer is the Mississippi Kite.  I was reminded of them when my friend, Russell Smith, called me and told me that there were some in his neighborhood.  There is a nest across the street from his home, and some of the young ones come sit in his own tree.  I haven’t gotten there yet in time to get photos for this blog post, so I will relate this experience that I had a couple of years ago.

Mississippi Kite

Mississippi Kite

We had been to the Cedar Gap Farm bird sanctuary near Abilene.  When leaving, about a quarter of a mile away I spotted a young kite sitting atop a utility pole.  It was crying out, so I looked to the sky and spotted his parent, flying high above.  As I watched, the adult came soaring in with a tasty morsel and fed it to the child.  The adult, then left, apparently to fetch some more food so I got my cameras prepared.  As it came back, I was able to get these photos.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

Mississippi Kite - juvenile

Mississippi Kite – juvenile

Adult Mississippi Kite feeding a juvenile.

Adult Mississippi Kite feeding a juvenile.

Adult Mississippi Kite feeding juvenile

Adult Mississippi Kite feeding juvenile